What a year etc! ‘Someone put 2018 in rice’ hehehe, and so on. A whole two years since people turned 2016 into a “burning dumpster fire” cliche, “everything’s awful” is still a mantra that mostly helps people cope with the fact that the world makes no sense (and is due to start choking us in 2030 anyway). Look, you get the idea. As people who spend an unhealthy amount of time online when we’re not at gigs or interviewing artists or injecting music directly into our veins, the news cycle easily turns into a bit of a blur for us at Noisey dot com. Chances are, it might have for you too.
Musicians put out projects (albums, EPs, mixtapes, Instagram magazines, whatever) at such speed that a major label act’s impact can feel like a quiet ripple within a week. This year, Drake put out an album – remember that? Within a couple of weeks, no one was really talking about it. And you can be honest about how many times you’ve listened to it all the way through, it’s fine. Beyond American rap beef, Azealia Banks vs Elon Musk, the screaming white noise of constant sexual misconduct allegations and Dave and Fredo getting to number 1 in the UK charts (!!), few stories have managed to stick around for more than a few days. Lucky you: we’ve gone back and rounded up some of the ridiculous, often dumb shit that did indeed happen in 2018 and that you probably forgot about.
Lana Del Rey defeated Radiohead
Diddy said he wanted to be referred to as LOVE
The Endless vinyl people ordered in November 2017 was actually shipped
Jessie J was on a singing competition as a contestant, not judge – and won. It was in China
Speaking of which, Nicki Minaj went to China to perform at a festival that might not have existed
Jesus, the “Nice for What” video was this year
Katy Perry was in a court battle with some nuns
A black woman artist said the Black Panther “All the Stars” video ripped off her paintings
Beyonce and JAY Z made a music video IN THE LOUVRE
Justin Timberlake wrote an album about being a Man of the Woods, which he promoted with a video set in the future featuring a weird robot (?!)
And wait, hold up – Childish Gambino released “This Is America” too
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