Nasty C, Lady Zamar, Shekhinah, Kwesta and AKA were amongst the most streamed South African artists in 2018 on Apple Music.
The global digital music streaming platform has unveiled its year-end music charts for an accurate glimpse into the best performing artists, songs and albums from the previous fiscal.
And while Drake had the biggest year out of any artist both global and in South Africa, the list also reveals which local acts achieved the best sales on the platform.
Nasty C appears on Apple Music’s Top 100 biggest song with Particula – a collaborative bop in which he slaps alongside Major Lazor and DJ Maphorisa. Despite not making it to the top of MTV’s controversial Hottest MCs list, there’s no lack of evidence that the young rapper had the biggest year of his massively successful career to date.
Having dropped his critically acclaimed sophomore studio album Strings & Bling earlier this year, Nasty C’s moves included a deal to further his global footprint with Universal Music and, amongst other highlights, his continued clothing deal with Sportscene.
Lady Zamar’s debut album, King Zamar, instantly became one of the biggest albums when it hit the shelves back in 2017.
Two years after its premiere, the 18 track project continues to slap. This year, King Zamar sustained its relevance as Zamar continued churning out scorchers. Unsurprisingly. the best performing out of those is ‘Collide‘, which kept the songstress on top of the charts throughout 2018. Collide is the 16th biggest song overall on the list, the second biggest song with a South African artist, as well as the biggest South African song by a female artist.
Kwesta’s Spirit proved itself to be taking after its older sibling, Ngud, is crafting its own nook of timelessness in the streets. The 2017 scorcher, featuring Wale, made waves all the way into 2018, where it became the 22nd biggest song on Apple Music. The same can be said for Shekhinah’s Suited. Taken from her debut album Rose Gold, Suited has remained a big commercial success more two years after its release.
There’s further proof that the biggest summer smashes have a lifespan that exceeds two years on this chart. People streamed Sun El Musician’s Akanamali well into 2018, despite the song has been quite a strong contender for song of the year the year prior.
Other entries include Distruction Boyz with Omunye, Mlindo with AmaBlesser and amongst others, AKA’s Fela in Versace. The full list is below;
|Rank||Song Title||Artist Name||Feat. Artist|
|2||Havana (feat. Young Thug)||Camila Cabello||Young Thug|
|3||rockstar (feat. 21 Savage)||Post Malone||21 Savage|
|4||Silence (feat. Khalid)||Marshmello||Khalid|
|5||Psycho (feat. Ty Dolla $ign)||Post Malone||Ty Dolla $ign|
|6||Nice For What||Drake|
|7||In My Feelings||Drake|
|9||Particula (feat. Nasty C, Ice Prince, Patoranking & Jidenna)||DJ Maphorisa & Major Lazer||Nasty C,Ice Prince,Patoranking & Jidenna|
|10||Young Dumb & Broke||Khalid|
|12||These Days (feat. Jess Glynne, Macklemore & Dan Caplen)||Rudimental||Jess Glynne,Macklemore & Dan Caplen|
|13||Body (feat. brando)||Loud Luxury||brando|
|15||Wolves||Selena Gomez & Marshmello|
|17||What Lovers Do (feat. SZA)||Maroon 5||SZA|
|18||Girls Like You (feat. Cardi B)||Maroon 5||Cardi B|
|19||Youngblood||5 Seconds of Summer|
|20||Never Be the Same||Camila Cabello|
|21||Love Lies||Khalid & Normani|
|22||Spirit (feat. Wale)||Kwesta||Wale|
|25||Akanamali (feat. Samthing Soweto)||Sun-El Musician||Samthing Soweto|
|26||Back to You||Selena Gomez|
|27||Shape of You||Ed Sheeran|
|28||Lonely Together (feat. Rita Ora)||Avicii||Rita Ora|
|29||Too Good at Goodbyes||Sam Smith|
|30||Dusk Till Dawn (feat. Sia) [Radio Edit]||ZAYN||Sia|
|31||I Like It||Cardi B,Bad Bunny & J Balvin|
|32||What About Us||P!nk|
|33||Unforgettable (feat. Swae Lee)||French Montana||Swae Lee|
|34||All The Stars||Kendrick Lamar & SZA|
|35||Eastside||benny blanco,Halsey & Khalid|
|36||The Middle||Zedd,Maren Morris & Grey|
|37||Freaky Friday (feat. Chris Brown)||Lil Dicky||Chris Brown|
|38||Rise (feat. Jack & Jack)||Jonas Blue||Jack & Jack|
|39||Omunye (feat. Benny Maverick and Dladla Mshunqisi)||Distruction Boyz||Benny Maverick & Dladla Mshunqisi|
|40||Look Alive (feat. Drake)||BlocBoy JB||Drake|
|41||AmaBlesser (feat. DJ Maphorisa)||Mlindo||DJ Maphorisa|
|42||Despacito (Remix) [feat. Justin Bieber]||Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee||Justin Bieber|
|44||Club Controller (feat. TNS & Zanda Zakusa)||Prince Kaybee & LaSoulMates||TNS & Zanda Zakusa|
|45||River (feat. Ed Sheeran)||Eminem||Ed Sheeran|
|46||New Rules||Dua Lipa|
|47||Remind Me to Forget||Kygo & Miguel|
|48||Something Just Like This||The Chainsmokers & Coldplay|
|49||I Miss You (feat. Julia Michaels)||Clean Bandit||Julia Michaels|
|50||Him & I||G-Eazy & Halsey|
|51||In My Blood||Shawn Mendes|
|52||MotorSport||Migos,Nicki Minaj & Cardi B|
|53||I Fall Apart||Post Malone|
|54||All Falls Down||Alan Walker,Noah Cyrus & Digital Farm Animals|
|55||One Kiss||Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa|
|56||Running Wild (feat. Jethro Tait)||Pascal & Pearce||Jethro Tait|
|57||Candy Paint||Post Malone|
|58||Perfect Duet (with Beyoncé)||Ed Sheeran|
|59||FRIENDS||Marshmello & Anne-Marie|
|60||Better Now||Post Malone|
|61||no tears left to cry||Ariana Grande|
|64||Let Me Go (feat. Florida Georgia Line & watt)||Hailee Steinfeld & Alesso||Florida Georgia Line & Andrew Watt|
|65||Fela In Versace (feat. Kiddominant)||AKA||Kiddominant|
|67||You Are the Reason||Calum Scott|
|68||Castle on the Hill||Ed Sheeran|
|69||Ocean (feat. Khalid)||Martin Garrix||Khalid|
|70||Bodak Yellow||Cardi B|
|72||Solo (feat. Demi Lovato)||Clean Bandit||Demi Lovato|
|73||Congratulations (feat. Quavo)||Post Malone||Quavo|
|74||Call Out My Name||The Weeknd|
|75||Finesse (Remix) [feat. Cardi B]||Bruno Mars||Cardi B|
|76||More Than You Know||Axwell Λ Ingrosso|
|77||Taste (feat. Offset)||Tyga||Offset|
|78||Walk It Talk It (feat. Drake)||Migos||Drake|
|79||Boo’d Up||Ella Mai|
|80||Praise the Lord (Da Shine) [feat. Skepta]||A$AP Rocky||Skepta|
|83||Wild Thoughts (feat. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller)||DJ Khaled||Rihanna & Bryson Tiller|
|84||Lucid Dreams||Juice WRLD|
|85||Bamthathile (feat. Mlindo The Vocalist)||Sun-El Musician||Mlindo The Vocalist|
|86||It Ain’t Me||Kygo & Selena Gomez|
|87||Feels (feat. Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean)||Calvin Harris||Big Sean,Katy Perry & Pharrell Williams|
|88||SICKO MODE||Travis Scott|
|91||Meant to Be||Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line|
|93||This Is Me||Keala Settle & The Greatest Showman Ensemble|
|94||Inde (feat. Bucie & Nokwazi)||Heavy-K||Bucie & Nokwazi|
|95||There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back||Shawn Mendes|
|96||Man’s Not Hot||Big Shaq|
|97||Bartier Cardi (feat. 21 Savage)||Cardi B||21 Savage|
|98||All Mine||Kanye West|
|99||OK (feat. James Blunt)||Robin Schulz||James Blunt|
|100||FEFE (feat. Nicki Minaj & Murda Beatz)||6ix9ine||Nicki Minaj & Murda Beatz|
Squid Game Ending Explained; We’ve Been Scammed
We’ve been had, and Squid Game is here to prove it.
When the end of the South Korean horror drama arrives on the ninth episode, the winner finds himself harrowed by what the coveted prize has cost his soul. In the rat race for survival, along with a better life that hinges on the never ending hustle, there’s no time to stop and see the horror our lives become. By the end, we see how the winner has sold his soul for a crappy deal that came with a few toys, and a happy meal.
A group of 456 players are mysteriously invited to take part in a set of children’s games for a grand prize of $38 million, which will be enough to give the winner the financial freedom they desperately need. The players are selected from different walks of life, with the burden of excessive debt being their biggest motivation to give the Game a go.
The first of deepening terrors comes during the first game, when the players discover that penalties for losing in the challenges will be death. DEATH. Horrified, the players initially vote to leave and return to their lives.
This noble departure doesn’t last long; their material realities as fugitives on the run from debt collectors only highlights the glow of the precious promise they’ve now left behind. When they return for the second time, they now consent to their highly probable deaths.
Led by Lee Jung-jae, who plays Seong Gi-hun, a taxi driver with a gambling addiction, the South Korean series has become somewhat of a global phenomenon. Now the most streamed Korean series of all time, Squid Game is also said to be on pace to dethrone Bridgerton as the most streamed series in the history of Netflix. And it’s with good reason. Squid Game is a trip.
Survival is the drive. The blues of a broke life pile up for Seong Gi-hun, who’s daughter is being taken away to the US by her mother and step father. His mother is battling deteriorating diabetes and even in her frail condition, is still working hard to make ends meet. It’s during the peak of his frustrations that Gi-hun is randomly invited to take part in the Game.
After accepting the offer, he finds himself in a discreet location along with 455 players, who are also drowning in debt. The players are kept under an authoritarian system of surveillance. Masked guards in pink suits keep the scene under control under the supervision of the Front Man. Gi-hun allies with other players, including his childhood friend Cho Sang-woo, as a the most strategic way to survive the bloody challenges.
Amongst those that end up in this team is player 001, a frail old man who who became his “gganbu”. Sae-byeok, who was also in the team, was killed by Sang-woo, Gi-hun’s childhood friend, team member and flip-flopping ally. Several other team members had to be killed by their team mates, which revealed the wickedness of the games.
In the end, Gi-hun’s victory came without an apology. He had to defeat a close ally in the games, the old and frail player 001. They’d bonded throughout their time, but in the end he had to advance himself against those he’d built alliances. As the games progressed, the players found themselves having to face tough calls. Someone else has to die for you to make it another day.
After a series of brutal games, it comes down to childhood friends Gi-hun and Cho Sang-woo. They’d played different games, with Sang-woo having played hard and stopping at nothing to win. Gi-hun is mad at Sang-woo for a series of betrayals, including him stabbing Sae-byeok to her death. In the end, Gi-hun wins when Sang-woo apologised and kills himself.
Yet despite emerging a winner, Gi-hun finds that the cost of becoming an overnight billionaire has bankrupted his soul. For a year following the day his bank account was loaded with a nine zero figure, he didn’t touch the money. After all, he returned to find his mother dead on the floor. One of his motivations was getting the money to get her medical help over her advancing diabetes.
Gi-hun is clearly troubled by the bodies upon which his new wealth rests. A year passes and he hasn’t touched the money – even oddly reverting to old patterns of asking for loans to get by. It might be late to be so concerned about the moral questions surrounding the games now – the long and short of it is he won and his life has changed.
Later, he is shocked to find out that the “gganbu” who had to be killed after losing to him in a game of marbles, was never really killed.
In a shocking plot twist that changes everything – he also finds out that the old man is in fact the creator of the games! Finding him in a medical bed after receiving a mysterious invite to the location, Gi-hun discovers that the man’s real name is Oh Il-nam, an obscenely rich fella who created the games in 1988 (the same year Korea hosted the Olympics for the first time) purely for their entertainment. We already know by now that ‘the VIPs’ are a bunch of morally bankrupt elites who find pleasure in watching the poor masses slaughtering each other for money in a broken system. Where have we heard that before?
Although his participation in the games as player 001 was a farce, what he told Gi-hun back then, that he had a brain tumour, had been true. And of course, he challenged him to another sick game. A man had been freezing to death on a street pavement, and Oh Il-nam challenged Gi-hun to guess to bet on the odds that someone who help him when the clock strikes 00:00 at midnight. As Gi-hun wins, Oh Il-nam dies.
We assume this marks the end of the games. However later in the episode, Gi-hun sees the man who recruited him doing it to someone else. He runs to stop what is happening, but arrives at the exact scene late, the train has already taken off. Later on the way to boarding a flight, he turns and calls a number. “I can’t forgive you for everything you’re doing,” he tells ta man we assume to be In-ho. He turns back, clearly about to begin his new mission.
What we know now, is that Oh Il-nam created the games to tickle the sick tastes of his sick rich network. But he is now dead. Who is now behind the games? This, and Gi-hun’s passionate manifesto, are strong indications that next season of the series is already shaping up to a different arc. It’s his final transformation, and he is ready to take down the operation and those behind it. He won’t allow people to be “horses” for the entertainment of wealthy elites.
We know that In-ho shot Jun-ho in a bid to stop him from alerting the police about the games. The signal was bad, delaying the delivering of the evidence Jun-ho had been trying to send in several texts, right up to the moment the moment he plunged from a cliff and hit the water. What we don’t know is whether the messages were really not delivered. There’s also no conclusive evidence that Jun-ho is dead.
Potentially, the biggest lesson from season one is that our relentless pursuit for material success in a punishing money system kills us.
First Look at HBO’s Game of Thrones Spin-Off ‘House of The Dragon’
Things look promising for HBO’s upcoming drama series, The House of Dragon. The highly buzzed Games of Thrones prequel’s first visual teaser has been met with much fanfare, raking in more than 8,6 million views on Youtube within two days of its arrival.
First reactions and buzz around the epic teaser have been strong indications that the series, slated to premiere in 2022, is off to a good start despite the infamous final season slump suffered by G.O.T. And it could mean that maybe, just maybe, the world ready to let old baggage go.
The House of Dragon, created by an entire different team, will arrive about three years since the cold winter. The cast includes Matt Smith, Paddy Considine and Sonoya Mizuno who will be bringing to life a different era of Westeros.
Midnight Mass is Creepy With A Dark Subtext and You Need To See it
‘God’s angel’ had sinister plans for the town.
The reign of terror plunges a small and quiet town to ashes when the arrival of a charismatic yet mysterious priest coincides with the return of a disgraced young man who has just been released from prison.
While Riley (Zach Gilford) initially finds that Crockett Island and its 127 residents – along with his childhood sweetheart Erin (Kate Siegel) – still conduct a mundane existence, Pastor Paul (Hamish Linklater) soon changes that.
When the island’s much loved Roman Catholic senior priest takes a trip to the pilgrimage and never comes back, an energetic new priest takes his place at the Holy Land church. And while his arrival brings with it a new wave of spiritual revival amongst the island community, something sinister begins to haunt the town.
With each episode, the esoteric occult that powers Paul’s ability to perform astounding miracles and mesmerise the islanders, slowly gains dominion over the unsuspecting community. Instead, they begin taking up a renewed interest in the church as word of mouth spreads about the signs and wonders. Much like Jesus Christ was able to draw crowds wherever he went, the appearance of Paul’s supernatural power is able to attract even those who’d remained sceptics their lives.
It’s the blending of the sacred and the sinister. The taking of communion that has been contaminated with demonic blood, which functions as the miracle drug promising eternal life.
We soon find out the miracles come at an unthinkable cost.