Best of Alternative and Indie Music 2016

Best of Alternative and Indie Music 2016

 

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Alternative rock (also called alternative music, alt-rock or simply alternative) is a genre of rock music that emerged from the independent music underground of the 1980s and became widely popular in the 1990s and 2000s. In this instance, the word "alternative" refers to the genre's distinction from mainstream rock music. The term's original meaning was broader, referring to a generation of musicians unified by their collective debt to either the musical style or simply the independent, D.I.Y. ethos of punk rock, which in the late 1970s laid the groundwork for alternative music.[4] At times, "alternative" has been used as a catch-all description for music from underground rock artists that receives mainstream recognition, or for any music, whether rock or not, that is seen to be descended from punk rock (including some examples of punk itself, as well as new wave, and post-punk).

Alternative rock is a broad umbrella term consisting of music that differs greatly in terms of its sound, its social context, and its regional roots. By the end of the 1980s magazines and zines, college radio airplay, and word of mouth had increased the prominence and highlighted the diversity of alternative rock, helping to define a number of distinct styles (and music scenes) such as gothic rock, jangle pop, noise pop, indie rock, indie pop, grunge, industrial rock, alternative hip hop, and rap rock. Most of these subgenres had achieved minor mainstream notice and a few bands representing them, such as Hüsker Dü and R.E.M., had even signed to major labels. But most alternative bands' commercial success was limited in comparison to other genres of rock and pop music at the time, and most acts remained signed to independent labels and received relatively little attention from mainstream radio, television, or newspapers. With the breakthrough of Nirvana and the popularity of the grunge and Britpop movements in the 1990s, alternative rock entered the musical mainstream and many alternative bands became successful.

By the end of the decade, alternative rock's mainstream prominence declined due to a number of events that caused grunge and Britpop to fade and led to the hiatus of the Lollapalooza festival. Nevertheless, post-grunge remained commercially viable into the start of the 21st century, with the commercial success of Creed and Matchbox Twenty; Radiohead's critical acclaim, and the success of some post-Britpop groups like Coldplay. Emo attracted attention in the larger alternative rock world, and the term was applied to a variety of artists, including multi-platinum acts. During the late 1990s and early 2000s, several alternative rock bands emerged, including The White Stripes, The Strokes, Arcade Fire, Franz Ferdinand, and Interpol, that drew from post-punk and new wave. Post-punk revival artists such as Modest Mouse and The Killers had commercial success in the early and mid 2000s.

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Twenty One Pilots
 
Blackstar
 
★ (pronounced and stylized as Blackstar) is the twenty-fifth and final studio album by English musician David Bowie.
 
Green Day
 
Unsteady
 
"Unsteady" is a song by American rock band X Ambassadors.

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Industry Influencer

Leonard Norman Cohen, CC GOQ (September 21, 1934 – November 7, 2016) was a Canadian singer, songwriter, musician, poet, novelist, and painter. His work mostly explored religion, politics, isolation, sexuality, and personal relationships.[2] Cohen was inducted into both the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame as well as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He was a Companion of the Order of Canada, the nation's highest civilian honor. In 2011, Cohen received one of the Prince of Asturias Awards for literature and the ninth Glenn Gould Prize.

Cohen pursued a career as a poet and novelist during the 1950s and early 1960s, and did not launch a music career until 1967, at the age of 33. His first album, Songs of Leonard Cohen (1967), was followed by three more albums of folk music: Songs from a Room (1969), Songs of Love and Hate (1971) and New Skin for the Old Ceremony (1974). His 1977 record Death of a Ladies' Man was co-written and produced by Phil Spector, which was a move away from Cohen's previous minimalist sound. In 1979, Cohen returned with the more traditional Recent Songs, which blended his acoustic style with jazz and Oriental and Mediterranean influences. "Hallelujah" was first released on Cohen's studio album Various Positions in 1984. I'm Your Man in 1988 marked Cohen's turn to synthesized productions and remains his most popular album. In 1992, Cohen released its follow-up, The Future, which had dark lyrics and references to political and social unrest.

Cohen returned to music in 2001 with the release of Ten New Songs, which was a major hit in Canada and Europe. His eleventh album, Dear Heather, followed in 2004. After a successful string of tours between 2008 and 2010, Cohen released three albums in the final four years of his life: Old Ideas (2012), Popular Problems (2014) and You Want It Darker (2016), the last of which was released three weeks before his death.

Chart-Topper & Big Award Winner

Twenty One Pilots (stylized as TWENTY ØNE PILØTS and sometimes shortened to TØP) is an American musical duo originating from Columbus, Ohio. The band was formed in 2009 by lead vocalist and keyboardist Tyler Joseph along with former members Nick Thomas and Chris Salih, who eventually left in 2011, and currently consists of Joseph and drummer Josh Dun. The duo rose to fame in the mid–2010s, after several years of touring and independent releases.

They put out two self-released albums, Twenty One Pilots in 2009 and Regional at Best in 2011, before being signed by Fueled by Ramen in 2012. Their label debut, Vessel, was released in 2013. The duo achieved breakthrough success with their fourth album, Blurryface (2015), which produced the singles "Stressed Out" and "Ride". In addition, the single "Heathens", recorded for the soundtrack of the film Suicide Squad, made the group the first alternative artist to have two concurrent top ten singles in the U.S. The duo has been nominated for three Grammy Awards.[13]

Top 10 Albums of 201610

Album Releases this Year228

Artists with New Releases219

Chart-Topping Artists154

Chart-Topping Albums60

Chart-Topping Songs139

#1 Radio Songs15

Top iTunes Songs10

Top SoundCloud Songs10

Top NPR Songs56

Best Reviewed Albums40

Best Reviewed Artists72

Award Winners12

Top Albums by Award Winners7

Top Songs by Award Winners10

Up & Coming Artists of 201626

Artists on Tour262

Popular Music Festivals41

Popular Record Labels20

Videos29

Spotify - Featured Albums & Singles494

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Drake, Mendes, the Weeknd lead Juno nominees while Downie's work gets 6 nods
  –  February 8, 2017
TORONTO - Global music stars Drake, Shawn Mendes and the Weeknd led the Juno Award nominations on Tuesday, while Gord Downie's work in 2016 is in the running for ... up for songwriter of the year, best adult alternative album and best video for his ...
Someone From The Internet Dug Up The Original Samples Of Over 300 Of Your Favorite Hip-Hop Songs From 2010-2016 : Watch
  –  February 8, 2017
We work with musicians and record labels from all over the world to showcase a variety of the freshest electronic, hip-hop, indie, and alternative music to a global following that is comprised of millions of music lovers in over 110 countries. So ...
The Weeknd, Drake, Shawn Mendes Lead 2017 Juno Awards Nominations
  –  February 7, 2017
adult alternative album and recording engineer; Ruth B for fan choice, breakthrough artist and songwriter; and 2016 Polaris Music Prize winner Kaytranda for breakthrough artist, video and electronic album. Check the full list of nominees here.
Adele brought in $80.5m in 2016 making her the highest-paid Grammy nominee with Beyonce and Justin Bieber trailing behind
  –  February 7, 2017
Record sales have Adele firmly in the lead with 25 becoming the world's best-selling album of 2015 and has sold 20 million copies as of June 2016. The Grammy Awards are the top U.S. music honors ... including best alternative album but missed out on ...
Three Saskatchewan artists in five categories join Drake, Shawn Mendes and The Weeknd among this year's Juno Awards nominees
  –  February 7, 2017
Regina’s Andy Shauf picked up three Juno nominations, including breakthrough artist of the year, on the strength of his 2016 album The Party, which is nominated for adult alternative album ... inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.
Lady Gaga gets emotional after her Super Bowl halftime show
  –  February 7, 2017
... performs 'Bang Bang' at the 2016 American Music Awards in Los Angeles, California, U.S., November 20, 2016. American Muisc Awards highlights Twenty One Pilots accepts the award for favorite artist alternative rock at the 2016 American Music Awards in ...
Inside Apple Music's plan to take over the Indian market
  –  February 7, 2017
Not only is Apple Music tying up with a host of local musicians and content creators across indie and alternative music as well as mainstream ... Apple Music touched 20 million paying customers at the end of 2016 — half that of rival Spotify.
Radar 101: Introduction to today’s indie and alternative music
  –  February 7, 2017
This week we are featuring five indie and alternative albums that both new and frequent ... Phantogram with their recent album release titled, “Three” (2016). Phantogram is an American music duo consisting of Sarah Barthel (lead singer and keyboardist ...
Blink-182 Extends 2016 Tour, Adds Verizon Arena to the List
  –  February 6, 2017
This year, Blink-182 will travel to music festivals, markets and other venues that they missed during the first leg of the tour. In 2016, the band topped the ... s Out of Her Mind’, both hit #1 on Alternative Rock radio. “We’re all very excited ...
Stem Helps Split Royalties, and Takes Off as Music Distributor
  –  February 5, 2017
One answer was revealed on Sunday in an online ad promoting “Blonde” as one of the most acclaimed releases of 2016 and noting ... The indie music sector already has a well-established network of alternative distribution companies like TuneCore and ...
ALBUM PREMIERE: New Scranton band Permanence debut their ‘Northeast’ alternative rock
  –  February 2, 2017
A new alternative rock ... the amazing music and artists that have come from NEPA and, of course, the pizza,” Randy Weller explained. Permanence began as two separate projects that collided in May of 2016 into a punk and grunge-influenced rock group ...
2016 Artist Survey: Kristina “Teeny” Lieberson of TEEN
  –  January 31, 2017
We lost three highly influential music icons in 2016. What are your thoughts on the passing of ... We came to the independent world to engage in alternative perspectives. But now that world has succumbed to feeding the same capitalist mentality of art ...
MICHAEL DILAURO – Spaghetti Western (2016)
  –  January 29, 2017
Long way of saying, I personally am quite grateful for “alternative country”, because what it actually does is return country to music to its proper lineage of music by the people, for the people, about real things, not about cheap exploitation.
We 'Double Dare' You to Watch WATERPARKS New Music Video "Royal"
  –  January 28, 2017
Houston's Waterparks has now released a new music video ... on the covers of Alternative Press and Kerrang! magazines. The band has also previously toured as direct support for Good Charlotte and appeared on the entirety of the 2016 Vans Warped Tour.
11 alternative music videos with the best choreography, ranked
  –  January 27, 2017
The alternative music scene isn’t necessarily known for its dance moves ... but they certainly brought their A-game to this celebration of excess. 8. Polyphia - “LIT” 2016 Dancer/choreographer Vinny Balbo brings this song by instrumental outfit ...
Global Background Music Market Gaining From Rapid Urbanization And Tourism Industry
  –  January 27, 2017
The report, titled “Global Background Music Market 2016-2020” is a comprehensive study of the ... such as availability of alternative media, abundance of royalty-free background music, replacement of background music with visual displays, and adherence ...
Music in 2016: We mourned great losses, streamed even more & bought less
  –  January 27, 2017
Pop music was the most-consumed music in 2016, though its percentage of total, 14.6 percent, fell more than 4 percent. Hip-hop was No. 2, followed by R&B, rock, country, Latin music, alternative rock, indie rock, metal and religious music. Consumption of ...
ASCAP Announces 17 Hitmakers for "I Create Music" EXPO: Aloe Blacc & more
  –  January 26, 2017
Deputy served as a producer on J.Cole's 2016 record 4 Your Eyez Only, which peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 as well. Joining them are production trio Captain Cuts, who have co-written two No. 1 hits on Billboard’s Alternative Music charts and last ...
Bandcamp Reports Strong Growth, Adding 2000 Indie Labels, Hundreds Of Thousands Of Artists In 2016
  –  January 25, 2017
The recorded music business had a decent year in 2016, but indie powerhouse Bandcamp had an ever ... Some say the model is simply broken. ...Bandcamp provides an alternative to all of this because we feel strongly that an alternative needs to exist.

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