Christine & The Queens – Chris (The 59) #365

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Christine & The Queens – Chris (2018)

Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, turned 59 this year. So ‘The ’59’ has celebrated 59 years of cracking tunes with a few albums from each year – 1959 through 2018. Today, as we near the end of this year-long series, we go beyond 59 to year 60 – 2018. Four tunes from four albums from this year to round off the series.

And for the final entry in the this series, here’s Chris, the second studio album from Christine and the Queens, released on 21 September 2018 in both English and French versions through Because Music.

It was preceded by the release of two singles, each of which were released in both English and French versions: “Girlfriend” / “Damn, dis-moi”, featuring Dâm-Funk, and “Doesn’t Matter” / “Doesn’t Matter (Voleur de soleil)”. An English-language single, “5 Dollars”, was also released alongside an S&M-inspired video, followed by the French version of “La Marcheuse”.

And there ends the Jemtunes 2018 series ‘The 59’. Starting tomorrow, another year-long, 365-entry series begins – “Starters for Ten”. Thirty-six top ten and one top five list of tunes and tracks from Jem’s back-catalogue of music over the years. The series kickstarts with ‘Top ten blues-rock stonkers’ running between 1st and 10th January 2019.
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Laura Marling – Once I was an eagle (The ’59) #339

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Laura Marling – Once I was eagle (2013)

Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, has now turned 59. So ‘The ’59’ celebrates 59 years of cracking tunes with a few albums from each year – 1959 through 2018. Currently we’re at year 55 – 2013

Once I Was an Eagle was the fourth studio album by singer-songwriter Laura Marling, and was released on 27 May 2013.

“Master Hunter” was the album’s first official single release.

It was nominated for the 2013 Mercury Prize and has been cited as one of the best singer-songwriter records of the 21st century to date.

David Bowie – The next day (The 59) #338

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David Bowie – The Next Day (2013)

Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, has now turned 59. So ‘The ’59’ celebrates 59 years of cracking tunes with a few albums from each year – 1959 through 2018. Currently we’re at year 55 – 2013

The Next Day was the 24th and penultimate studio album from David Bowie, released on 8 March 2013 on his ISO Records label, under exclusive licence to Columbia Records.

The album was announced on Bowie’s 66th birthday, 8 January 2013. His website was updated with the video for the lead single, “Where Are We Now?”, and the single was immediately made available for purchase on the iTunes Store.

The Next Day Extra, an additional disc featuring four more tracks, and remixes of songs from the original album, was released in November that year, as the album itself earned Bowie his first number one in the UK since 1993’s ‘Black Tie White Noise’.

It was ranked as the second best album of 2013 (in a tie with Blue October’s ‘Sway’) by German music magazine Kulturnews, was nominated for both the 2013 Mercury Prize and the Best Rock Album at the 2014 Grammy Awards and for MasterCard British Album of the Year at the 2014 Brit Awards.

Bruce Springsteen – Wrecking Ball (The ’59) #331

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Bruce Springsteen – The Wrecking Ball (2012)

Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, has now turned 59. So ‘The ’59’ celebrates 59 years of cracking tunes with a few albums from each year – 1959 through 2018. Currently we’re at year 54 – 2012.

Wrecking Ball was the seventeenth studio album by Bruce Springsteen, released March 6, 2012, on Columbia Records.

It was named best album of 2012 by Rolling Stone and along with the album’s first single, “We Take Care of Our Own”, was nominated for three Grammy Awards

Ed Sheeran + (The ’59) #328

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Ed Sheeran + (2011)

Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, has now turned 59. So ‘The ’59’ celebrates 59 years of cracking tunes with a few albums from each year – 1959 through 2018. Currently we’re at year 53 – 2011.

Ed Sheeran’s debut album – simply titled ‘+’ , was released on 9 September 2011 by Asylum Records and Atlantic Records.

The album was preceded by two single releases – “The A Team” and “You Need Me, I Don’t Need You” – which peaked at numbers three and four on the UK Singles Chart, respectively. “Lego House” was released on 11 November 2011 as the album’s third single and matched the chart success of its predecessors, peaking at number five in the UK. Three additional singles—”Drunk”, “Small Bump”, and “Give Me Love”—were released throughout the year, all charting within the top 25 of the UK Singles Chart.

On release, the album itself rose to the top of the UK albums chart with week-one sales alone. It was also the highest debut for a British artist’s first studio album in the US since Susan Boyle’s ‘I Dreamed a Dream’ in 2009.

Adele – 21 (The 59) #324

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Adele – 21 (2011)

Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, has now turned 59. So ‘The ’59’ celebrates 59 years of cracking tunes with a few albums from each year – 1959 through 2018. Currently we’re at year 53 – 2011.

21 was Adele’s second studio, released on 24 January 2011. It shares the folk and Motown soul influences of her 2008 debut album 19, but was further inspired by the American country and Southern blues music to which she had been exposed during her 2008–09 North American tour ‘An Evening with Adele’.

Composed in the aftermath of the singer’s separation from her partner, the album typifies the near dormant tradition of the confessional singer-songwriter in its exploration of heartbreak, self-examination, and forgiveness.

Five singles were released to promote it with “Rolling in the Deep,” “Someone like You” and “Set Fire to the Rain” becoming international number-one songs, while “Rumour Has It” charted in the top 20 across Europe and North America.

Globally, ’21’ was the biggest selling album for both 2011 and 2012, and helped revitalise lagging sales of the UK and US music industry.  Shortlisted for the 2011 Mercury Prize, 21 won the 2012 Grammy Award for Album of the Year and the Brit Award for British Album of the Year.

 

Beach House – Teen Dream (The ’59) #320

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Beach House – Teen Dream (2010)

 

Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, has now turned 59. So ‘The ’59’ celebrates 59 years of cracking tunes with a few albums from each year – 1959 through 2018. Currently we’re at year 52 – 2010.

Teen Dream was the third studio album by from Beach House and their debut album with the record label Sub Pop, who released it on January 26, 2010.

It received universal acclaim from music critics, who hailed it as one of the best albums of 2010. NME included it in their 2013 edition of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. It was also included in the 2014 edition of the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die, and In August 2014, Pitchfork ranked it as the fifth best album of the 2010s so far.