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The List: What We Heard in 2014

  • December 12, 2014
  • 2 min read
Eminem at MTV Music Award Show 2014
Eminem at MTV Music Award Show 2014

It is that time of the year. It happens after every Thanksgiving and is forgotten by the time the balls drops on January 1st in Times Square. if you have not guessed yet, it is the final countdown – the Top 10 List that kept our ears filled with a constant joyous beat.

Music in today’s day and age is not based on CD sales or even online downloads, rather the top streaming artists. This is how I listen to my music and is basis of this Top 10. One of the top listening portals used in the US is Spotify. It seems that we wanted nothing less than to go back to the days of yonder, for me that’s like 10 years ago in 11th grade, and listen to my friends bust a beat of none other than The Real Slim Shady. Self titled White Trash is name of the game today as Eminem takes home the prize of over 331 Million musical hits. It is kinda a wonder that Shady V has sold over 138,000 albums. Personally I wish this next name was Chris “Breezy” Brown’s but instead it is his nemesis, though Chris claims otherwise, Drake. The rapper took in upwards of 658,000 album sales for Nothing was the Same. That is what I label as success. Someone please explain to me why rapping remains n the #3 slot. Is Kanye really that fabulous? Mr. West’s Yeezus clocked in 327K in album sales which ain’t too shabby. Ultaviolence by Lana Del Rey was the #4 streamer of 2014 with over 182,000 albums sold. If this were a top 10 list for wacky rality show contestants, her brother Frankie would snatch the prize, but we will settle for Ariana Grande being My Everything with a modest near 170 thousand albums bought.

The bottom 5 streamers go to Jay Z at 6 and his gal Beyonce at 10 with Katy Perry, Coldplay and Ed Sheeran in between.


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Chris Ryan is an accomplished promoter, event planner, producer, activist, counselor, poet and blogger. Within the course of two and a half years Chris Ryan has worked with some of NYC's most established promoters/event planners, been named 2007′s GaySocialite of the year, granted a promoter of the year award from NYC's most famous gay establishment, Splash. He's worked in some of NYC's top venues including; Avalon, Capitale, Cipriani, Cielo, Pacha, Element, Le Poisson Rouge, XL, G Lounge, Plumm, Hilton Hotel, Indigo Hotel, Spirit, Myst/Quo, Splash, The Ritz, Vlada, Roseland Ballroom, Heaven, etc. In 2008, Chris Ryan has begun to unveil some of the most innovative & unique parties New York City has ever seen. The Fusion events "fuse" together all disciplines of art into an event that remains diverse yet cohesive at the same time. won best gay promotions website from NYC Event Patrons in 2008 & he was granted an award from the Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club, Gov. Patterson & Michelle Clunie (QAF) saluting him for his hard work in nightlife. Chris Ryan has also begun working with many renown companies, including; doctors, lawyers, physicians, modeling agencies & more. Chris Ryan has been responsible for wide-scale promotions for all these companies & generating tremendous business. Chris Ryan has even started to become National with events taking place in LA & Miami this year. In May of 2009 Chris Ryan received the very prestigious honor of being named a "40 Under 40″ Gays in America by the Advocate Magazine. He also created three successful parties that generated over 1,500 patrons each. In January of 2010 Chris Ryan was featured as one of the top promoters to look out for in Noize Magazine Chris Ryan joined forces with legendary promoter/event producer, Lee Chappell and created one of the most talked about events of all 2010, Desire @ Capitale. Chris Ryan and Lee featured one of the most outstanding artists NYC has ever seen, "Oh Land." Her performance coupled with an exquisite and unforgettable set design added to this extravagant event that held over 1,000 patrons in one of NYC's most successful PRIDE events! Chris Ryan then joined forces with legendary Pacha promoter, Rob Fernandez in addition to Jake Resnicow and Tommy Marinelli to bring one of the largest and most successful parties worldwide to NYC, MATINEE. The event on Governor's Island saw over 2,000+ attendees and one of the most ambitious productions ever. In 2011 Chris Ryan started Emerge Music Promotions with business partner Darren Melchiorre. Emerge Music promotions began signing artists with plans to develop and market the artists to the community at large. Emerge Music promotions has big events planned for 2012 and 2013. Chris Ryan debuted the IMAGE events which took place on top of two of NYC's most beautiful rooftop venues, Rare View and Indigo Hotel. The events were blogged everywhere and featured the fashion designs of several clothing designers, artists and photographers. Chris Ryan felt that fashion and art should be displayed at every event and attracted the likes of Malan Breton, Calvin Klein and even Katy Perry. Chris Ryan began an extremely successful event which incorporated the concept of a house party into a nightclub atmosphere. The event Twist'D at G Lounge has been one of the most talked about events in NYC and allows it's audience to play nearly-naked Twister, beer pong, flip cup & more with other attendees. Chris Ryan was granted an excellence in volunteering award from AVP (Anti-Violence Project) for all his efforts in supporting the organization. 2013 has a very promising landscape on the horizon and Chris Ryan is complacent in saying "you haven't seen anything yet!"

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