Some time ago I wrote a Journal detailing how I recently discovered Dark Empire (Remix) by a then relatively new artist to me, X-Ray Dog. On June 9, 2007 I updated the post to mention that after just three weeks, Dark Empire (Remix) dethroned my then previously most played song, Un Giorno Per Noi by Josh Groban.
At that time, Un Giorno Per Noi topped my list with 759 plays.
Well, 5 years later, the amazing Josh Groban Song climbed past Dark Empire (Remix), whose favour slowly faded due to the emergence of new artists such as Future World Music, and new songs by X-Ray Dog and Immediate Music. 367 songs later I would like to welcome back Un Giorno Per Noi to the top of my Overall Charts.
--- Interesting tidbit, with over 1200 plays, I have essentially played Un Giorno Per Noi for over 4 days consecutively. Dark Empire (Remix) clocks in at just under 11 hours.
1. Britney Spears' first single from her latest album Circus, Womanizer has topped my most played track of the year. Interestingly, this is the second time her first single from her album has made my year-end top ten.
2. The first of two tracks that I played prior to August 30 2008, Attesa by Sarah Brightman is a great classical song. It has been played 217 times in total.
3. New artist Audiomachine makes a big debut with Thunderdome (Build @ 1:46). If you fancy the Trailer Music genre, then you have to listen to this track.
4. The first track I heard from Beyonce's latest album (I Am...) is one of the most powerful power pop song of the year; and it shows. If I Were A Boy was played 145 times in 365 days.
5. Pavarotti's Il Gladiatore is a powerful classical song with remnants of The Gladiator soundtrack by Hans Zimmer. Luciano Pavarotti's perfomance is the best I have come across thus far, and it shows in play counts.
In total I have played over 139 265 tracks*. Therefore I played over 39 000 tracks in one year. An average of 109 songs were played each day (down from 132)
– 1. X-Ray Dog - played 1,258 this year (11,446 total). NEW 2. Martin Phipps - played 1,123 this year. ▲3. Michael Jackson - played 1,059 this year (2,927 total). ▼4. Future World Music - played 1,058 this year (2,592 total). ▲5. Mariah Carey - played 958 times this year (3,532 total). ▲6. Beyoncé - played 900 times this year (1,399 total). NEW 7. Audiomachine - played 873 times this year. ▼8. Moby - played 782 times this year (2,526 total) ▲9. Brandy - played 777 times this year (1,158 total) ▲10. Andrea Bocelli - played 742 times this year (1,438 total)
1. Again for the third consecutive year, X-Ray Dog have been my most played artist. This year's top played song:Darkest Empire This year's plays / position: 91 / #18
2. One of two new artists made their way unto my year-end top 10 charts, the highest placer is Martin Phipps. More on him and the music I have been listening to here. This year's top played song:The Work Of The Lord This year's plays / position: 117 / #8
3. Michael Jackson has made his way unto my top ten. Of course this is thanks to his recent death, and my discovering his older songs (Motown). This year's top played song:Stranger in Moscow This year's plays / position: 69 /#40
4. Trailer music creators, Future World Music has fallen one spot, and is now #4 on my year-end charts. This year's top played song:Unstoppable This year's plays / position: 119 / #9
6. Beyonce's album I Am... was no doubt a hit, and it shows in my plays of her. Like Martin Phipps, and Michael Jackson, this is her first time on my year-end top 10 ten. This year's top played song:If I Were A Boy This year's plays / position: 145 / #4
7. The second and final new artist on my top 10 artists of the past 365 years is the Trailer music project titled Audiomachine. This year's top played song:Thunderdome (Build @ 1:46) This year's plays / position: 151 / #3
8. This is Moby's second year on these charts. While he falls to #8 from #7, my love for his music remains. This year's top played song:One Of These Mornings This year's plays / position: 57 / #56
9. Brandy's album Human was released late 2008, her album plays are reflected here. She too is a new-comer to the top 10. This year's top played song:Right Here (Departed) This year's plays / position: 129 / #6
10. Andrea Bocelli finally made it unto the top 10 year end after missing out on his debut year, the year 2008. His Incanto, along with plays from earlier works propelled him to #10, with742 plays. This year's top played song:Because This year's plays / position: 109 / #12
So what have we learned? I played a significantly smaller amount of songs this past year. What would have accounted for this? My final year at University, my non-reliance on music as a past time, and traveling on the road where my CD player does not scrobble tracks. This is my first year that all my 10 ten artists were not played over 1, 000 times.
Also, unlike my first year on last.fm (August 30 2006 - 2007), where New Age music mostly filled my appetite, Pop / R&B and Trailer Music seems to be preferred these days.
*These number are not entirely accurate as I am yet to scrobble two weeks of play data from my Zune.
It has been a while since I wrote a note on a song. But I had to express my love for the track E Lucevan Le Stelle.
Oddly, I have had this track in my library for over two years without really noticing it. (This is one of the reasons why I don't delete songs I find "ok" on a couple listens... you never know what gem you my find when my 5,500+ mp3s are on shuffle).
I can't tell the exact time I downloaded my first version of E Lucevan Le Stelle, but I know for a fact it came from a bootleg Era album titled Ocarina Dream Opera. I played this version 22 times, up until I realized that most of the songs came from the artist Quinn's album The Solemn Vow.
Oddly, the track doesn't exist on that album.... I still don't know who is the original artist for the track I currently have, now still titled Quinn - E Lucevan Le Stele (Tosca).
----during writing this Journal, something came to me; why not use SHAZAM, the iPhone application that allows you to determine the track and artist of any given song. Guess what? That version of E Lucevan Le Stelle came up UNRECOGNIZED. Anyone willing to take a listen to the version I have, feel free to download here, and if you know who it is (artist, album), please tell me.\
Anyway, back to my discovery of this track. It is important to note that the version I had for years now ( tagged as ERA then QUINN) contained no lyrics. This is probably the reason for me not taking note of the song.
Interesting to note that both versions of this song was played 44 times in total.
Enter Paul Potts' latest album Passione. Guess what? The last track on the album is E Lucevan Le Stelle.
It was one day a few weeks ago I realized that I knew this song; it did sound familiar. Indeed... this was when I realized I had it for years.
I really began to grow into the song when I discovered Jonathan Ansell... and he too had a version of the track. Since then (back in May) I favourited both versions.
It was not until yesterday June 18 that I really begain to love this track. So I decided to download / listen to all versions I could (thanks to the Zune Pass). I am, however, disappointed in the fact that Luciano Pavarotti did not record a studio version of this track. On the other hand, this version of the song is never-the-less great.
But unfortunately because of my OCDness, I can't download and keep a live-version of a track in my library. The cleanness of studio-tracks is my forte. I may concede, and download the live track after all. We have to wait and see though.
I then downloaded Russell Watson's version, he does a great job with his interpretation of the classic song. His version is titled differently (according to Zune) it is Tosca, Act III: E Lucevan Le Stelle. I am tempted to rename it for the sake of order; since all the versions I have is simply:
E Lucevan Le Stelle
After doing simple mathematics I realize that I have played the track over 170 times by the above artists. If it was a single artist track it would have been placed at 78 on my overall tracks played since August 2006.