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!
Ever wonder what Canadians are watching you YouTube? While we’re waiting on YouTube‘s annual REWIND Video highlighting bright moments in 2018, today they revealed the top Videos Canadians watched this year!
Canadians couldn’t get enough of Kylie Jenner 11-minute video to her daughter and Maroon 5 shows outlasting longevity with their star-studded GIRLS LIKE YOU (ft. Cardi B) Video taking top honours!
Check ’em out:
TOP TRENDING VIDEOS IN CANADA
To Our Daughter
we broke up
Do You Hear “Yanny” or “Laurel”? (SOLVED with SCIENCE)
Paul McCartney Carpool Karaoke
Walmart yodeling kid
Deadpool, meet Cable
The Royal Wedding 2018: Prince Harry and Miss Meghan Markle
Falcon Heavy Test Flight
FORTNITE DANCE CHALLENGE! – (In Real Life)
2018 US Open Highlights: Serena Williams’ dispute overshadows Naomi Osaka’s final win | ESPN
TOP TRENDING MUSIC VIDEOS IN CANADA
Maroon 5 – Girls Like You ft. Cardi B
Drake – God’s Plan
Childish Gambino – This Is America (Official Video)
Bruno Mars – Finesse (Remix) [Feat. Cardi B] [Official Video]
Ariana Grande – no tears left to cry
Post Malone – Psycho ft. Ty Dolla $ign
Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin – I Like It [Official Music Video]
Drake – Nice For What
Lil Dicky – Freaky Friday feat. Chris Brown (Official Music Video)
Dua Lipa – IDGAF (Official Music Video)
Cardi B‘s already back like she never left! Produced by JWhiteDidIt who brought us Bodak Yellow, the repeat-streamable Track is a cut from that same cloth we keep wanting to wear and we love that it’s just Cardi solo this time.
Cardi B quickly has won our hearts and her debut Disc INVASION OF PRIVACY still is v. much on our playlists and minds. Check-out the new Jora Frantzis-directed Video for latest Single Be Careful, which like Drake’s Nice for What, samples Lauryn Hill’s Ex-Factor with a samba-meets-streets vibe.
Hot-off her two iHeart Radio Music Award wins for Best New Artist and Best Hip-Hop Artist,CARDI B preps the release of her debut Disc INVASION OF PRIVACY. The record-setting Rapper topped charts for three straight weeks with her smash hit Bodak Yellow, making her the first female Rapper in two decades to accomplish a #1 on Billboard‘s Hot 100 Chart.
Check-out this new Track from the Disc, DRIP ft. Migos:
…meanwhile a year later the hits still are coming from Bruno Mars’ 24K MAGIC Disc. To spruce things up, he surprises us with a new ’90s-licious Remix of FINESSE with Cardi B! The Track already was a slice of that era but this added touch definitely enhances the nostalgia! The Video for the Track is dedicated in loving memory to ’90s TV staple IN LIVING COLOR.The memories!
In addition to being a big annual fixture in New York for the past couple years, iHeartRadio‘s Jingle Ball also has become the ultimate music event to take place in Toronto kicking-off the Holidays. More star-studded than ever, this year’s edition was headlined by the likes of Backstreet Boys, Kelly Clarkson, Fergie, Fifth Harmony, Noah Cyrus, Cardi B, Post Malone and several more! In addition to musical guests, presenters also included Camren Bicondova (Gotham), Patrick Schwarzenegger (Midnight Sun), Tom Ellis (Lucifer), Shay Mitchell (Pretty Little Liars) and supermodel Hailey Baldwin.
Running in tandem at its venue Air Canada Centre, the annual CP24 CHUM CHRISTMAS WISH TOY DRIVE took place, doing a bit of good for the community in addition to all its dazzle.
We caught-up with some of the stars in-town for the iHeartRadio Jingle Ball.