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
Charlie Puth certainly is a force to be reckoned with. Signed to Atlantic Records (Warner Music), the 24-year-old from New Jersey surfaced last year and has non-stop since delivered the hits. His first single See You Again (from Furious 7) with Wiz Khalifa garnered him a #1 and three Grammy nods.
Marvin Gaye (ft. Meghan Trainor) was one of songs of summer 2015 and current single One Call Away has shown longevity, currently at number 10 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. He is said next to be producing Selena Gomez tracks for her next album.
Puth plays his first ever show in Toronto tonight at The Mod Club, the latest in a tour which has seen him trek through North America by bus. He spent most of his morning doing radio interviews before meeting fans at HMVUnderground, signing his debut disc Nine Track Mind and posing for pics with fans before an in-house photographer.
We had the pleasure of meeting Puth twice and he was amazingly nice to stop to take a Selfie being in a rush at KISS 92.5‘s The Roz & Mocha Show and we got to chat more with him at his signing where he was genuine in accepting a compliment about his album. We honestly love it.
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See our Highlights of Puth’s day including his HMV Superstore visit and show at The Mod Club:
Puth played an amazing, intimate show with a selection from his debut disc NINE TRACK MIND. It was an experience getting to witness his true musicianship, performing extended endings to some of his material allowing him to scat and do vocal flourishes. The set was v. fan-focused with his audience singing along start to finish. And at one point he even invited one on-stage to perform One Call Away together, transposed into her range!
We also got to meet his Supporting Talent, Sony Music artists Phoebe Ryan and Sophie Beem, the latter whom we’ve been raving about much of late – she was signed by none other than Beyoncé.
We absolutely adore Charlie Puth since he first graced our airwaves with Wiz Khalifa collabo See You Again. After hearing Marvin Gaye (ft. Meghan Trainor) we were sold and since discovering his debut disc NINE TRACK MIND last month, we’ve been obsessed. Equal parts Pop Idol and a fantastic Singer/Songwriter, we want to take give one of our Readers the full CHARLIE PUTH Experience in Toronto this coming Monday, March 28, 2016.
With over 100 million views already, Puth‘s latest single ONE CALL AWAY also is on its way to being a major smash hit!
For those of you in Toronto (or who can make it to Toronto), you are entering to win a wristband and a copy of NINE TRACK MIND which will be signed by Puth in-person. That’s right! You’ll be meeting him! Above this, you also will get a ticket to see Puth live in concert atThe Mod Club later that evening! Beyoncé‘s protégé Sophie Beem also will be opening!
To enter to win, simply click “like” on this Post at MR. WILL ON FACEBOOK. Click “share” on this Post for an extra chance. You must physically be able to make it to Toronto Monday, March 28, 2016 in the afternoon. We will not be providing transportation.
Further details below:
To clarify, this contest is not directly affiliated with Warner Music Canada nor HMV Canada. We have an extra ticket to the show and also a wristband to meet him and out of the goodness of our hearts want to share with our Willionaire$! Also remember that event details are subject to change at the organizers’ discretion.
Warner Music Canada release Charlie Puth‘s NINE TRACK MIND, now in stores and iTunes!
Making a throw back to Young MC, you’ve gotta check-out this hot track from Sophie Beem! The Sony Music (Columbia Records) Artist is a protege of Beyoncé and believe it or not, she’s only in 11th grade! Currently on tour with Charlie Puth, who makes a Toronto stopoff at Mod ClubMonday, March 28, 2016, Beem is set to make a splash. She at least turned quite a few heads at their L.A. show at Fonda Theatre the other day with Beyoncé and Jay-Z coming out to watch her at the show!
In the meantime, enjoy first single I Got It ft. Fetty Wap!
Definitely keep a tab on Beem, whose five-track EP is now out on iTuneshere!