A hit single or a successful album (or at least one) is the dream most record labels are nurturing each year. Tastes change, though, and so do musical styles - a band that was a huge success in one year might not even make it to the top 10 the next. Plus, there are always newcomers to attack the top spots of the charts, and it's often not up to the Record labels that produce hits, but to the marketing agencies behind them, to make them count. How well they fare in the long run... well, that's a different story.
Now, let's see which were the biggest hit singles of this year, and what record labels are behind them.
Calvin Harris feat. Rihanna - This is What You Came For (Sony/Westbury Road)
Released this April through Sony Music and Rihanna's own Westbury Road record label, This is What you Came For was written by Calvin Harris and Taylor Swift, and produced by the former. The song debuted on the 2nd place of the UK Singles Chart and made it to the #3 spot on the US Billboard Hot 100, topping the charts in Australia, Canada, and Ireland. As of October, the single has sold 1.2 million copies in the US, and over 6 million worldwide.
Sia - Cheap Thrills (Inertia/Monkey Puzzle/RCA)
Australian singer / songwriter Sia had a long way to go to make it to the top spot of the Billboard Hot 100, but it was worth the wait. The song "Cheap Thrills" mixes the artist's signature synthpop sound with Sean Paul's signature "reggae-tinged" style, becoming what the Rolling Stone calls a "bouncy party anthem". As of October 2016, the single sold 1.5 million copies in the US.
Mike Posner - I Took a Pill in Ibiza (SeeB Remix) (Island Records / Universal)
Mike Posner's "I Took a Pill in Ibiza" is a folk pop song, inspired by the writer's experience under the influence of a mystery pill he got from a fan. It was not until the Norwegian duo SeeB released its remix of the song that it knew global success. The song's remix topped the charts in the Netherlands, Norway, Ireland, and the UK, and made it to the top ten in countries like Denmark, Finland, Sweden, and Posner's home country, the United States.
Lukas Graham - 7 Years (Warner)
Lukas Graham - although the name sounds like it's attached to an individual - is a Danish pop-soul band active since 2011. Their first album was a success in its native Denmark, while their second brought them international recognition, especially due to their hit single "7 Years" that made it to the #2 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 List. "7 Years" sold 2.03 copies as of October 2016.
Drake feat. Wizkid & Kyla - One Dance (OVO Sound)
Drake's One Dance is a truly international performance. The Canadian hip-hop artist performs the song with guest vocals from Nigerian Afrobeat artist Wizkid and British singer Kyla. Released soon after the launch of Drake's album Views, the song became number one in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States, becoming Drake's first number-one single in all ten countries as the lead artist.
The most successful singles of this year might not be remembered for centuries (although, as usual, only time will tell), but they are a great way to spice up our parties or soothe us while killing time at the Royal Vegas. Music is a great match for the Royal Vegas' slot machines, especially if you play them on the go. While listening to one of the most successful hits of the year, you can immerse your brain into the hypnotic spin of slot machines at the Royal Vegas Mobile.