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Tis’ the season – it’s Spotify Wrapped!

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It’s finally that time of the year! And no we’re not talking about the festive season, we mean the celebration of Spotify Wrapped!

December 1 marks the release of the iconic, highly anticipated annual Spotify Wrapped campaign where over 381 million listeners subscribed to the streaming platform can see their unique listening trends for the year.

The campaign consists of snazzy and shareable customised infographics summing up your top artists, songs, playlist, podcasts, and genres, as well as the total number of minutes spent listening on the app.

Other features of the personalised campaign include:

  • 2021: The Movie – Pairs Spotify listener’s top songs with typical scenes from a movie that’s about you 
  • Your Audio Aura – Spotify worked with an aura expert to visualise listener’s audio aura based on your top two music moods
  • Playing Cards – An interactive game of ‘two truths and a lie’ based on each Spotify listener’s personal listening data 
  • 2021 Wrapped Blend – a feature that allows Spotify listeners create a blended playlist with their friends and see how their 2021 music tastes match up

So who and what did the world listen to the most this year?

For the second year in a row, Peuorto Rican rapper Bad Bunny was Spotify’s most listened to artist of the year, with more than 9.1 billion streams.

Bad Bunny’s reaction to hearing the news

Both the second most streamed artist, and most streamed female artist of the year was Taylor Swift, followed by BTS, Drake, and Justin Bieber.

18-year-old Olivia Rodrigo took the world by storm this year with her song ‘drivers license’ the first most streamed song on Spotify and ‘good 4 u‘ the fourth.

Not only that, but the young star’s debut album SOUR was also the number one most streamed album of the year.

Other than being a music streaming platform, Spotify has also become a home for podcasts, with the most popular being The Joe Rogan Experience, Call Her Daddy, Crime Junkie, TED Talks Daily, and The Daily

But whilst today may be a day worth celebrating for Spotify users, those subscribed to rival Apple Music are experiencing serious FOMO.

As Spotify listeners enjoy personlised interactive quizzes, audio auras and show-off-able infographics, Apple Music listeners just get a playlist with their top songs of the year.

The mediocre version of the Spotify Wrapped experience is a part of Apple Music’s Replay feature that launched in 2021.

And this isn’t to say that the $2.79 trillion company doesn’t have the facilities to collect data to make a personalised experience for their millions of listeners. 

Spotify has actually launched an entire campaign dedicated to Apple’s ‘unfairness’ where they believe Apple to be monopolising consumer’s listening devices (aka their iPhones) to benefit the Apple Music listening experience over Spotify’s.

Alas, the rivalry between Spotify and Apple Music continues… so who’s side are you on?

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Actress Denise Dowse passes away

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Actress and Director Denise Dowse has passed away at the age of 64.

Dowse was most known for her roles in “Beverly Hills 90210”, “Insecure” and ‘Ray”, as well as appearances in shows such as ‘Charmed”, “The West Wing” and “Law and Order”.

Dowse’s sister, Tracy, made the announcement about her sister’s death on the actress’ Instagram account.

The actress was also a strong advocate for African American theatre, and dedicated to sharing her profession with children.

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Tom Holland firms as favourite for James Bond role

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Actor Tom Holland has had his chances of playing the prized role of James Bond strengthened over other contenders.

According to reports, the producers want to cast a younger-looking actor who happens to also be under 5’10”.

The 26-year-old fits both categories, but this also rules out several other people, including Idris Elba and Tom Hardy.

Producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson won’t be revealing too many more details, as the identity of the actor playing the role won’t be known until next year.

There are reports that the next actor will play 007 in an origin story in the future.

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Why women are flocking to South Korea for love

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The “Netflix effect” is enticing western women to look for love in South Korea

New research has revealed western women are heading to South Korea in the hopes of finding true love, all thanks to to hit Korean Netflix shows.

Researcher Min Joo Lee began investigating why an unusually large amount of western women are in the country.

She conducted hundreds of interviews with females predominately in their 20’s. In conclusion, she found one common thread- Korean men.

The women spoke of the “Netflix effect” after watching popular shows that depict the men in the country as “romantic, patient and in touch with their emotions.”

In particular, Netflix’s ‘Crash Landing On You’ series has women going crazy for the men portrayed in the drama. 

Netflix’s ‘Crash Landing On You’

It follows Korean television series experiencing a major uptick from global audiences over the last two years.

The country is also home to many successful K-Pop sensations, with an impressive global female fan base.

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