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BTS, Jonas Brothers, Taylor Swift and Ariande Grande – winners at 2019 VMAS

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In the pop music world you’re on top if you win at the 2019 VMAs, the annual MTV Video Music Awards show.

The annual award show has had its ‘moments’ – with Madonna’s onstage kiss with Britney Spears in 2003 and and Kanye West storming the stage in 2009 to tell Taylor Swift that her award should have gone to Beyonce. This year had none of the drama but plenty of winners.

South Korean super band BTS won Best Group as well as Best K-Pop, while the recently reunited Jonas Brothers, won Best Pop Song for “Sucker”. BTS still won the voter Best Group award despite their vociferous fandom ‘ARMY’ boycotting the awards because they considered the new ‘Best K-Pop’ award as racist.

Taylor Swift won the coveted Video of the Year and Ariana Grande was voted Artist of the Year with ‘girl-power’ well on display at the this year’s MTV Video Music Awards show. Cardi B beat out a male-dominated lineup to win Best Hip-hop Video

Alternative pop ‘whisperer’ 17 year old Billie Eilish beat Lizzo to be named both Best New Artist and Best Breakthrough artist in the fan-voted awards.

Lil Nas X took home the Song of the Year award for “Old Town Road,” a ‘country rap’ collab with Billy Ray Cyrus that spent 19 consecutive weeks at the top of the Billboard singles chart.

Mendes and Camila Cabello stoked reports that they are dating with a steamy live version of their romantic duet “Senorita”, which reached Number One this week on the Billboard singles charts.

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Is this the next big change in pop music? The winners of the IFPI Global Recording Artist of the Year Award, BTS

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2020 IFPI Global Recording Artist of the Year Award. In the past 8 years the IFPI Global Recording Artist of the Year Award has been given to Ed Sheeran, Adele, One Direction, and Taylor Swift and Drake. BTS are backed up by ARMY, their huge fanbase.

The power of ARMY. The IFPI represents the recorded music industry worldwide. It’s not a Grammy or a popularity vote. The award is calculated according to an artist’s or group’s worldwide performance across digital and physical music formats during the past year. Everything from streams to vinyl, CDs and downloads…. and covers their entire body of work. The award was announced last week at the culmination of the IFPI Global Artist Chart, which counted down the top 10 best-selling artists of the past year.

And it’s certainly been a great year for music… not so much for going to live concerts but we’ve certainly had a lot more time to listen to our favourite artists and stream their clips on YouTube.

The group that won this year, based on their pure sales, actually came second in 2018 and 7th in 2019, so it isn’t some statistical blip on the music radar.

The win also represents somewhat of a quantum shift in world music… the sort of thing that only happens once in a generation. Rather than the popular cross-over style shift represented by the George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue in 1924, the brith of rock with Bill Haley in 1955 or the rise of British pop in the 1960s, personified by The Beatles, this year’s IFPI signals another generational milestone in tastes, method, world reach and engagement with fans.

In all the right-hand turns of the popular music genre, there has usually been a technological breakthrough that has accompanied them, or at least been a key aspect of their success.

In the case of the the Great American Songbook, the foundations of the pop music genre, it was the recorded record and the start of radio-as-entertainment in the 1920s that provided a method to reach a huge audience with the new sounds and tunes for the first time.

Then it was the 7” single that made music cheaper and easier to play, that revolutionised the radio music formats of the 1960s and provided the perfect vehicle of the British pop revolution to spread around the world.

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Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

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There was the original Covid-19 outbreak and lockdowns back in April and May in 2020, then again just before Christmas and New Year when the new clusters emerged in Samut Sakhon and the eastern coastal provinces, Patong’s nightlife was quiet enough, almost non-existent.

Now when the restrictions are lifted, Nimz will take you through Phuket’s famous nightlife spot Bangla Road, Patong Beach and Phuket Town. It’s quiet, but there are still clubs open and operating and ready to welcome you.

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Located in the heart of Bangkok City, Thailand. Just a few metres away from the Saphan Khwai BTS station, ‘DUMBO BKK’ offers a fine mixture of jazz, great food and original cocktails. Bringing you back to the urban tenors of the late 1940s – early 1950s, New York. Som, one of our new Thaiger Vloggers sneaks in, and brings us her impressions of the place. Let’s check it out!

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