Leading executives reveal their favourite tracks and albums of 2016 (part 2)

Leading executives reveal their favourite tracks and albums of 2016 (part 2)

Christine And The Queens are one of 2016's undeniable good news stories. Their music clearly struck a chord with the wider industry too, many of the execs we quizzed voted the French act as either a favourite track or album of the year. 

David Bowie, naturally, is another high scorer. Read on for part two of our series of Q&As.

Jon Gisby, head of Europe, Vevo

Track: Izzy Bizu - White Tiger. With a 13 year old daughter in the house, this has been on 24-7 and has sound tracked 2016 for me.
Album: David Bowie – Blackstar. Stunning on so many levels. 

Malcolm Dunbar, co-founder, PledgeMusic
Track: Michael Kiwanuka - Black Man In A White World
Album: Michael Kiwanuka - Love & Hate 

Pieter Van Rijn, CEO, FUGA
Track: Bruce Springsteen - Chapter & Verse
Album: Bear's Den - Red Earth & Pouring Rain  

Simon Pursehouse, Sentric Music
Track: Clean Cut Kid- Pick Me Up. I’ve lost count how many times I’ve listened to this song yet the chorus still fills me up with joy. Glorious songwriting.
Album: Frightened Rabbit - Painting Of A Panic Attack. In my humble opinion Scott Hutchinson is potentially the finest lyricist of his generation. Every song he writes has at least one line that absolutely floors me.

Alistair Goldsmith, Sentric Music
Track: Brocolli (feat. Lil Yachty) - D.R.A.M
Album: Skepta - Konnichiwa

Diane Wagg, co-chair MMF/Deluxxe Management
Track: I love Christina And The Queens, Rag‘N’Bone Man, Oh Wonder, Glass Animals, Years & Years, Let’s Eat Grandma…… OK – it’s The 1975 – The Sound…

Stephen Budd, co-chair MMF/Stephen Budd Music
Track: Vaudau Game - La Vie C’est Bon (Hot Casa Records)
Album: Shabaka And The Ancestors - Wisdom of Elders 

Peter Leathem, chief executive, PPL
Track: Tinie Tempah - Girls Like (feat. Zara Larsson)
Album: Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool 

Sammy Andrews, artist manager
Track : Will Varley - Something Is Breaking. Will is one of finest songwriters the UK has ever produced and I think one of the most important protest songwriters since Dylan, and fuck knows we need some thoughtful social commentary & protest songs in the world right now.
Album: Ed Harcourt – Furnaces. A stunning body of work start to end, my record of the year. 

Annette Barrett, managing director, Reservoir/Reverb Music
Track: Christine And The Queens - Tilted
Album Christine And The Queens - Chaleur Humaine 

Ben Mortimer, co-president, Polydor
Track: Anderson Paak - Am I Wrong
Album: Radiohead: A Moon Shaped Pool 

Nick Raphael, Capitol Records UK, president
Track: Justin Bieber - Love Yourself 

Mike Smith, managing director, Warner/Chappell Music 
Track: Christine And The Queens - Tilted
Album: The Mystery Jets - Curve Of The Earth 

Jane Dyball, CEO, MPA Group of Companies
Track: Bruno Mars – 24K Magic. It’s always good to have a great party track before the MPA Christmas lunch so it’s gotta be Bruno.
Album: Radiohead: A Moon Shaped Pool. Sublime. 

Kim Bayley, CEO, ERA
Track: Jack Savoretti - When We Were Lovers. He just goes from strength to strength.
Album: Walking On Cars - Everything This Way. They really deserve to break through. 

Paul Reed, general manager, AIF
Track: 65daysofstatic - Supermoon
Album: PJ Harvey- The Hope Six Demolition Project 

Anton Lockwood, Director DHP Family Live
Track: Jain - Makeba and Haley Bonar - Kismet Kill
Album: Margo Price - Midwest Farmer’s Daughter. Exceptional songwriting, and on This Town Gets Around a brilliant skewering of the industry! A nod for Whitney’s near perfect Light Upon The Lake too.    

Rak Sanghvi, managing director, UK & international, Spirit B-Unique
Track: Drake - Controlla
Album: Drake - Views 

Kanya King, CEO, MOBO
Track: Drake - One Dance. Brilliant to see Kyla’s classic UK funky track put on the world stage.
Album: Kano - Made In The Manor 

Ted Cockle, president, Virgin EMI
Track: Lapsley - Operator (DJ Koze remix). Blissful dancefloor excellence.
Album: Rick Astley - 50. This Old House is a quality soul boy nugget. 

Alexi Cory-Smith, executive vice-president, BMG UK
Track: Christine And The Queens - Tilted
Album: Bon Iver - 22, A Million 

Geoff Taylor, chief executive, BPI/BRIT Awards
Track: Laura Marling - Soothing
Album: David Bowie - Blackstar 

John Reid, president, Live Nation Europe
Track: Chance The Rapper - Coloring Book
Album: The Weeknd - Starboy 

Sam Isles, MD TicketWeb, artist services, Ticketmaster
Track: Bruno Mars – 24K Magic. My team are always sending me loads of cool new tracks and artists.

Steve Tilley, director, Kilimanjiro Live
Track: Wilco - Normal American Kids
Album: Frightened Rabbit - Painting Of A Panic Attack 

Phil Christie, president, Warner Bros UK
Track: Christine And The Queens - Tilted
Album: Michael Kiwanuka - Love And Hate 

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