2018 will go down as one of the best years in recent Cinema. While I’m not loving the current sound of what’s dominating the airwaves, there were a few Pop Gems that filled my heart and ears with joy. Those of you who are following me on Social Media know that my year was all about A STAR IS BORN. I had few expectations of it at the beginning of the year, but then came the Trailer in June and then came news of it premiering at TIFF ’18. Seeing it at the Festival, my year and life would be changed forever, single-handedly owning my two favourite realms, Music and Film. I am still not healed of the heartbreak I experience and can imagine what it’s like to be Lady Gaga or Bradley Cooper and carrying their characters with them after filming. If you still haven’t seen it, please do.
We loved the resurgence of the Musical with the likes of Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, Bohemian Rhapsody and Mary Poppins Returns performing v. well in numbers. The World needs a lift in spirits and these all came to save the day at the right time.
Music wise, we are ever-excited about Dua Lipa‘s blooming career and she has gifted us with several earworms which still stand the test of time at the end of year. While there wasn’t really a big single off it, Mariah Carey‘s critically-acclaimed Caution is definitely a smooth, cohesive listen. Cardi B‘s Invasion of Privacy gave us life in a big way this spring and likewise, there wasn’t one particular 2018 single which impacted us, the Album was on repeat for quite a while for us.
Here are my Best of 2018 Lists:
One Kiss – Calvin Harris ft. Dua Lipa
The Middle – zedd ft. Maren Morris
Electricity – Silk City ft. Dua Lipa
I’ll Never Love Again – Lady Gaga
Shallow – Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga
God is a Woman – Ariana Grande
Breathin – Ariana Grande
Lights Down Low – M△X
Nothing Breaks Like a Heart – Mark Ronson ft. Miley Cyrus
Youngblood – 5 Seconds of Summer
A Star is Born
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again
Crazy Rich Asians
Ben is Back
A Quiet Place
Mary Poppins Returns
Check-out Team Mr. Will’s Best Picpicks of 2018 here.
2018 also was my best year for Selfies ever. Will I ever stop? Why stop at something you love this much? Sorry, haters!
The Adult Cast of IT: CHAPTER TWO
Jack Dylan Grazer
Jamie Lee Curtis
John David Washington
Julia Roberts (kinda!)
Kelly Marie Tran
Marcia Gay Harden
Mary J. Blige
Michael J. Fox with Team Mr. Will
Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue
Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg
We’ve been at this game for what is approaching our tenth year and we’re showing no signs of stopping. We are indebted to you, our Readers for all the support and love you’ve shown all these years and we’ll never forget being named NOW Magazine Readers’ Choice Best Blogger this year. Thank you. To a stellar 2019!
Now that’s a Flashback Friday! After much teasing, Ariana Grande unleashes her epic Video for #1 hit single, thank u, next, an homage to Classics Mean Girls, 13 Going on 30, Bring it On and Legally Blonde!
Slinky, sexy. We’ve waited a long time for new music from Ariana Grande and new Single NO TEARS LEFT TO CRY is gifted to us right in time for the weekend! Somewhat in the same vein as hits Be Alright and Into You from her DangerousWoman Disc, with a bit of ’90s House Music meshed with current Pop sensibility and finished of course that signature emotional quiver in her voice.
Check-out the David Mayers-directed gravity-defying Video:
2016 certainly was one for the books. I admit feeling terribly guilty every time someone claimed how horrible the year was when I secretly felt otherwise! Whether it be the amazing Films I saw, singling-out LA LA LAND, which I will say is the one of the finest to be released in the past decade, or songs on the radio – we love a return to strong melancholy melodies – the year gave us many memories to hold on to. And to think we used to scoff at Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Bruno Mars and The Weeknd … now they’re on repeat on our Spotify account.
If there was a big name in town, we were there and this will be defined as the year we met our faves Gwyneth Paltrow, James Corden, Anne Hathaway, Taraji P. Henson, Rooney Mara and Emma Stone. We admit, we’re a bit mortified we’ll run out of heroes to meet!
And let’s not forget my love of horses. My travels to New York and California brought me together with icons like California Chrome, Beholder, Lady Eli and star of tomorrow, Classic Empire – the early favourite for May’s Kentucky Derby. My favourite horsey moment though? Meeting “Princess” aka A Pic by MrWill, my own namesake, for the first time back in February! I will miss her as she enjoys the sun and sand in Florida this winter, but look forward to her being a tough machine in the spring after her winter training.
Join me on a walk down memory lane one more time! And check back this weekend as we check-in with Team Mr. Will including Justin Waldman, Jon Godfrey, Dave Baldwin, Siobhán Rich, Amanda Gilmore + George Kozera as they give us their Best-Ofs!
TOP TEN FILMS
1. La La Land
3. Bridget Jones’s Baby
4. Nocturnal Animals
7. A Bigger Splash
9. Florence Foster Jenkins
Into You – Ariana Grande
Don’t Let Me Down – The Chainsmokers ft. Daya
Let Me Love You – DJ Snake ft. Justin Bieber
Starboy – The Weeknd
24k Magic – Bruno Mars
Cheap Thrills – Sia ft. Sean Paul
Dangerous Woman – Ariana Grande
No – Meghan Trainor
7 Years – Lukas Graham
Lifted – CL
All About Us – Jordan Fisher
Love Like That – Mayor Hawthorne
Just Like Fire – P!nk
This is What You Came For – Calvin Harris ft. Rihanna
Lost Boy – Ruth B
Treat You Better – Shawn Mendes
Spirits – The Strumbellas
Let it Go – James Bay
Work from Home – Fifth Harmony
City of Stars – Ryan Gosling
Audition – Emma Stone
It ain’t even Summer yet, but everyone knows that the Campaign for coveted SONG OF THE SUMMER usually begins well in advance. The culmination of some masterful Publicity and Promotion by the Record Label for complete Airwave Domination! We’ve kept our ears open and we love that Pop Music is making a return back to proper melodies and although bugs terrify us, we certainly aren’t afraid of an Earworm.
We’re noticing the Europeans completely are winning the Pop Music Game right now with several Transatlantic Imports like Ellie Goulding, zedd and Tove Lo having a major presence on-air, but longtime veterans like Flo Rida and Maroon 5 also are showing incredible longevity. New names like Andy Grammer, Echosmith and Tori Kelly are bringing that sunny West Coast vibe across the continent. Canadians Walk Off the Earth have a mighty-catchy Tune in Rule the World which could find success across the Border! It’s tough to say who will come out on-top but there surely are some worth Contenders!
Have a listen! Which of these Tracks will be Song of Summer 2015?
TOVE LO – TALKING BODY
TORI KELLY – NOBODY LOVE
MAROON 5 – SUGAR
ARIANA GRANDE – ONE LAST TIME
ANDY GRAMMER – HONEY, I’M GOOD
ECHOSMITH – BRIGHT
NICK JONAS – CHAINS
ELLIE GOULDING – LOVE ME LIKE YOU DO
FLO RIDA – GDFR
ZEDD FT. SELENA GOMEZ – I WANT YOU TO KNOW
WALK OFF THE EARTH – RULE THE WORLD
LUNCHMONEY LEWIS – MAMA
(Photo/video credit: Sony Music/Universal Music/Warner Music)
English Quartet RIXTON are in town after opening for pint-sized, venti-size-voiced Diva Ariana Grande. The Band is making the most of their stay in Toronto promoting debut Disc LET THE ROAD out now, before heading to the next stop of Grande‘s Honeymoon Tour in Pittsburgh.
Grande had the Internet buzzing after making a sharp fall performing BANG BANG last night at Air Canada Centre, but recovering gracefully!
A video posted by Kirk Pelletier (@kirkpelletier) on
(Video by our friend Kirk Pelletier)
Consisting of members Jake Roche, Charley Bagnall, Danny Wilkin and Lewi Morgan, RIXTON came onto our radars last Summer with Top 20 Hit Me and My Broken Heart (a #1 Hit in the U.K.) and although they’ve come here a few times for Press, our timing was always off and finally I got a Group Snap earlier with the Boys today! Good Blokes. Loving their fashion-forward street look too!
Certainly one of the sexiest Tracks of 2014, Scarborough’s The Weeknd and Ariana Grande team-up on the bouncy LOVE ME HARDER, from the latter’s latest Disc My Everything. The Video for the Track, directed by Hannah Lux Davis, was just released and it’s cinematic and mysterious just like it sounds. Grande might drop a few jaws with the racy movements!
The Song is co-written by Max Martin, Savan Kotecha, Peter Svensson, Ali Payami, Ahmad Balshe and The Weeknd.
Two words are on everybody’s lips this Summer. ARIANA. GRANDE. The pint-pized Pop Perfection with a dynamic voice is ready for a triumphant reign on the Charts with her upcoming Sophomore Disc, MY EVERYTHING. And believe me, it will be EVERYTHING. A Superstar Team of Writers and Producers are armed and ready to fire on this Disc including Zedd, Max Martin, Shellback, The Weeknd, Sean Combs, Ryan Tedder, Harry Styles and several, several more.
2. “Problem” (featuring Iggy Azalea)
3. “One Last Time”
4. “Why Try”
5. “Break Free” (featuring Zedd)
6. “Best Mistake” (featuring Big Sean)
7. “Be My Baby” (featuring Cashmere Cat)
8. “Break Your Heart Right Back” (featuring Childish Gambino)
9. “Love Me Harder” (with The Weeknd)
10. “Just a Little Bit of Your Heart”
11. “Hands On Me” (featuring ASAP Ferg)
12. “My Everything”
Check-out BREAK FREE (ft. Zedd):
And just once more, the Video for PROBLEM (ft. Iggy Azalea)
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Universal Music Canada release MY EVERYTHING on Tuesday, August 25, 2014 in Standard and Deluxe Editions.
Make no mistake, Ariana Grande‘s days as a TV Star are long behind her. She is a bona fide Pop Star. Her latest Single, Problem (ft. Iggy Azalea) may have just seen a release but in no time it has catapulted to the top of the iTunes Chart in over 47 countries! The Track quickly has become one of the fastest #1-debuting Songs of all time.
The R&B-Dance Track, which could easily fit on a Jennifer Lopez Album (at her best), sounds just as ready to dominate the airwaves as it does our iPods.
Listen to the Track below:
We spotted Grande‘s Collaborator Iggy Azalea in Toronto just last weekend. Read about it here.
Of course, we had a way more positive experience meeting Grande here last August! Read about that here!
Grande‘s second full-length Album is due Summer 2014 via Universal Music Canada!
It was totally grande. Singer/Actress Ariana Grande is one of several Teen Actresses in recent years to enter the Top 40 Realm, but what separates her contemporaries is that remarkable voice – all four octaves of it! We’ve all heard the evidence on debut Single The Way (ft. Mac Miller)!
Known best for her work on popular TV Series Victorious, she also reprises her signature role of Cat Valentine on Sam and Cat, seen in Canada on YTV. Unfortunately due to flight delays from New York City where she appeared at the MTV Video Music Awards last night, her Fans camped outside KISS 92.5 in Toronto were left disappointed on a grande scale. She is said however to reschedule an appearance tomorrow in advance of her Sound Academy Show.
We caught-up with Grande on her way to a secret TV taping and although a bit concerned due to delay, she still was awesome to make time for Fans! “One at a time please” she said, unsure which Camera to look at to be sure of the perfect Photo for her Fans. So thoughtful!
She was sweet enough to sign a Photo which will go to one lucky Reader! Simply click “like” on this Post at Mr. Will Wong on Facebook! Share this Post with your Friends and double your chances! Good luck.
Check out her new Single Baby I below:
Grande also recorded Almost is Never Enough for The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones’ OST featuring The Wanted‘s Nathan Sykes:
See our Snap below:
Grande‘s debut Disc Yours Truly gets a release via Universal Music Canada on Tuesday, September 3, 2013. Pre-order here.
(Photo/video credit: Mr. Will Wong/Universal Music)