In a lot of ways, 2017 was a year of controversy, turmoil, destruction, and devastation. I don’t even need to add any links because I know you know what I’m talking about. Although there’s plenty of reason to drag your feet and hang your head as you enter a new year after one that brought pain almost every week, there were also plenty of events that redeemed society through encouraging acts of kindness, rising star power, and positive social change, and these were also exhibited in various ways through music. Today we’re focusing on the fuller half of the glass and reflecting on the great music events that lit up the stage instead of the land.
While there were some major events that brought people together and took the big issues of the day head-on, others were simply there to provide some small form of escapist joy in this recurringly depressing world, and we can use all these examples to spring ourselves forward into a better 2018. Scroll below and take a look through the year of hilarious stage antics, huge wins for underdogs, and more.
First off, we have to pay homage to all the incredible music that was brought into the world last year, and there was a ton of it. New projects from Kendrick Lamar, The National, Thundercat, and more of Coma’s top picks from 2017 can be found here.
Khalid just being so damn cute all the time
Pop R&B sensation Khalid had a hell of a year in 2017. After releasing his debut album American Teen last March, he’s quickly risen to the top of the charts and the top of a lot of American teens’ hearts. Touting five Grammy nominations including Song of the Year and Best New Artist, he’s starting 2018 on the right note. It helps too that he also just seems so giddy and goddamn adorable all the time.
Kesha’s Return to Glory
Kesha is another example of someone who blew 2017 out of the water instead of drowning under it. Despite having a really rough 2014, 15, and 16, she hit 17 with a whole new attitude and force that we can all take notes on. Although her legal case on contract disputes is still ongoing, she showed the world that she’s ready to take charge of her life and her music with the release of Rainbow in August. With both light-hearted anthems and powerful ballads alike, Rainbow sets a refreshing and cathartic tone in a world of turmoil.
This pick might be a little controversial. That’s because the rise to stardom for talk show sensation Danielle Bregoli, AKA Bhad Bharbie, is pretty controversial. Gaining notoriety as the poster child for exactly how not to act as a child, it’s understandable that few are eager to support her now apparently budding rap career. However, what can be said is this: Bhad Bharbie has ignored the haters and ridden her confidence all the way to the top. Say what you will about the fiery 14 year old, but I don’t see all the internet commenters signing with Atlantic Records. She can teach us all the lesson that if this totally hate-able underdog can make a name for herself, then maybe we can too. (Maybe try to use more understandable vocabulary, though.)
One Love Manchester Concert
On a more heartfelt note, remembering the One Love Manchester event is something everyone can get behind. Despite the tragic attack that led to its inception, the One Love concert brought people back together and proved that we shouldn’t be afraid to let our voices be heard. The show was supported by the likes of Miley Cyrus, Ariana Grande, Stevie Wonder, Mac Miller, Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Liam Ghallager, Coldplay, and more, and it raised about $13 million towards rebuilding after the devastating concert attack.
Noel Gallagher’s Scissor Section
There’s few a pair as petty as the Gallagher brothers, and they reached a new level when Noel and Co. brought a rather interesting instrument to the stage while he was performing a song from his new album, Who Built the Moon. Noel went on to state that it was done as an effort in “snipping away at the last ribbons of Liam’s sanity.” Of course, brother Liam was quick to respond with a potato-peeling performance of his own; a potential slap towards Noel’s intelligence, or maybe Liam’s sign of a playful indifference to the jab. Or perhaps the whole thing is just an orchestrated charade to generate publicity for the pair’s respective album releases, and they’re actually perfectly amicable but have just kept the damn thing going so long they don’t know how to end it (not unlike this awful run-on of a sentence). Who knows, you be the judge. I’m just going to sit back and laugh at the fact that someone actually made another human play with a pair of scissors into a microphone at a concert.
Frank Ocean’s Pants
Although acting as just a small glimmer of light in brightening up the year, Frank Ocean’s pants at his 30th birthday party definitely weren’t lacking in the glimmer department. Here’s a dude that’s always been known for his style, but still blew up the internet with pictures of his celebratory attire. Rockin’ some show-stopping retna burners like these just might help you forget about the terrors that await outside the club.
Of course, this just barely scratches the surface of all the great things that happened in music this year. Stay tuned for Part II!