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Vote In The Rober Awards 2019 Music Poll.

The Rober Academy for the Arts & Sciences of Entertainment cordially invites you to cast your vote in The XXXVIII Rober Awards Music Poll. Please find the ballot after the jump. You can mark up to two choices in each of the twenty categories. To help your choices, a Spotify playlist with tracks from all nominated artists is enclosed at the bottom.

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Big Thief; Lana Del Rey; Fontaines D.C and Billie Elish Lead #RoberAwards2019 Nominations

The nominations for this year’s Rober Awards Music Poll have just been announced and US folk-rockers Big Thief are the favourites featuring in five categories, including album and song of the year; best group; rock and live artists. The Brooklyn band, who has released two excellent albums in 2019, has topped our Top 50 best albums chart and now lead the nominees for our annual awards.

They are followed closely, with four apiece, by Lana Del Rey, who is having a career peak thanks to her sixth and most accomplished album to date, “Norman Fucking´Rockwell;” Irish debuting post-punk band Fontaines D:C, going against the trend by bringing back to life the rather fading power of rock guitars, and the alt. pop revelation of the year, Billie Eilish. Read the rest of this entry »

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#Bestof2019 : Top 100 Tracks (25-1)

FKA Twigs’ exquisite vocal and electronica experimentation kickstarts the final and most important part of our Top 100 tracks of 2019 (Positions 25-1). For the first time ever 19 out of our Top 25 songs are performed by female musicians or female-fronted bands, including the whole of the Top 10. This only reaffirms 2019 as a year with strong feminine (and feminist) flavour.

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#Bestof2019 : Top 100 Tracks (50-26)

The multicultural, London-based indie quintet Vanishing Twin opens the third part of our favourite songs of 2019 (50-26), which also features classically trained R&B singers; Brazilian electronic DJs teaming up with some of Today´s biggest urban Latin stars; math rock revivalists; songwriters’ collaborative projects; the only three artists with more than a song in our list; the American superstar recently awarded as artist of the decade and a rather enigmatic musician whose songs were scheduled for a 2013 release, but did not see the light of day until now.

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#Bestof2019 : Top 100 Tracks (100-76)


101-BLACKPINK
Kill This Love
(YG/Interscope)

After the albums of the year, it’s time to look back at the 100 songs that we enjoyed the most during the last twelve months, following the tradition of beginning with the symbolic number 101; one of the year´s guilty pleasure of sorts that also represents the state of mainstream music in 2019. K-Pop quartet BLACKPINK with its infectious, R&B-filled ‘Kill This Love’ is the chosen one this time. It indicates two clear trends in Today´s pop, the fading predominance of the fatigued-looking Anglo-Saxon music industry, with both Asian and Latin American artists taking an increasingly biggest share of the world´s interest in pop.

It is also a symbol of what the latest edition of Primavera Sound festival, with its bold, gender-balanced bill, named “the new normal”, in which the industry is achieving a fairer parity between male and female musicians. In our case, 2019 is the year when female artists almost outnumbered the male ones, with for the first time ever a full Top 10 made of female solo artists or female-fronted bands. In the best albums, the 50/50 parity is also an historical one.

Although not a particularly innovative year, other trends our tracks of 2019 point at are the return or consolidation of both folk-rock and jazz, present behind some of the most creative music released. In the first quarter of our Top 100 tracks of the year recap you’ll find good examples of that jazz and folk-rock “comebacks” plus groundbreaking rising latin artists in surprise collaborations with mainstream superstars; electronica favourites; African idols; dance anthems and a teaser from the next album of the act who most critics have deemed responsible for the album of the decade. Check The Top 100-76 here: Read the rest of this entry »

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#Bestof2019 : Top 50 Albums

We begin our annual end of the year music review with our favourite albums. In the coming days we will be also checking the Top 100 singles, making a brief analysis of what’s been going on during the last twelve month and we´’ll finish with the announcement of our 2018 Rober Awards nominees. Then, with the new year, we´ll have a look at the last twelve months in film. Stay tuned!

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#Nominations2018 : Album Of The Year

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#Nominations2018 : Song Of The Year

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#Nominations 2018 : Best Group Or Duo


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#Nominations2018 : Best Male Artist

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#Nominations2018 : Best Female Artist

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#Nominations2018 : Breakthrough Artist

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#Nominations2018 : Best Pop Artists

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#Nominations2018 : Best Rock Artists

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