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Apple Music: Best 100 songs of 2020

And another 100 from Singapore

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In a feed full of Spotify Wrapped, Apple Music also has their own take with their best songs that defined 2020.

Some of the artists and songs in this specially-curated lineup are as follows:

The 100 Best Songs of 2020

Watermelon Sugar by Harry Styles

Wasn’t satisfied with this year’s summer season? Listening to this track (or watching it) will make you high especially with Harry’s refreshing vocals together with the vintage-like VHS aesthetics that go well with the vibe of the song.

Say So by Doja Cat

It may be one among the songs that went viral because of TikTok challenges, but Doja Cat has got all it takes to claim a spot in the Best 100 for its refreshing song paired with glitz and retro.

WAP by Cardi B feat. Megan Thee Stallion


A song in the hit list that got all the eyes and ears for its suggestiveness. Just a reminder to protect your eyes from all the 3.6 Billion TikTok #WAPChallenges out there.

Lovesick Girls by BLACKPINK

BLACKPINK continues to dominate the international music scene with their latest comeback track that’s more intimate and heartbreaking compared to their previous loud-pop releases. BLACKPINK surely is the revolution because they’re the only Korean act in this year-end lineup.

Know Your Worth by Khalid, Disclosure

If you’re up for some chill vibe, Khalid’s track released last March is something you would want to play whenever your enjoying a company with yourself, or a loved one. It would even be more enjoyable while driving around.

mirrorball by Taylor Swift

One of the most played tracks from Taylor Swift’s folklore album. This track is perfect to cherish the whimsical winter season of 2020.

Therefore I Am by Billie Eilish

Running around several stores inside Target all by yourself surely is an adventure and listening to Billie’s latest single surely felt like one, too.

Intentions by Justin Bieber feat. Quavo

If you’re tired of hearing Yummy, listening to Justin Bieber’s Intentions will make you feel empowered — especially if you’re a woman who’s struggling a lot now.

positions by Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande’s latest track may not be as hyped up as thank u, next and no tears left to cry but we all know she has a solid following for being at the top third spot. One thing is for sure, God is a woman.

Blinding Lights by The Weeknd

On the first spot is The Weeknd’s single that sure made the hit especially because of the overall interest in synth-wave and city pop.

You can listen to each and every song in this playlist below.

Singapore’s Top 100 Favorites

Just like Singapore’s diverse society, their Top 100 song playlist mostly consists of a Western, Mandarin, and Korean hits that weren’t really limited to this year’s releases.

Señorita by Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello

This worldwide hit collaboration between Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello is still being played around Singapore — and we’re not surprised because its catchy tune and lyrics are timeless.

Psycho by Red Velvet

Although released by end of 2019, this is considered by many as one of 2020’s best K-Pop releases of all time. Red Velvet will truly make you Psycho-tic with this hypnotic and eargasmic comeback track. #PsychoSOTY

Memories by Maroon 5

Maroon 5 is one of the music pioneers in this age — and Memories is one among their many songs that hit once more. Its majestic rhythm paired with lyrics of inspiration has undoubtedly left a mark in a lot of Singaporean Apple Music users this year.

Shallow by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper

Singaporeans aren’t getting tired of listening to this two-year-old soundtrack from Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s film ‘A Star Is Born’ and it shows the superiority of the duo as they sing with their hearts’ content.

eight by IU feat. Suga

Another favorite from the GadgetMatch team is a collaboration between the popular Korean singer-songwriter-actress IU and BTS’ Suga. Every ballad might make you feel sad but listening to this single reminds us that there will always be rainbow at the end of the storm.

Graveyard by Halsey

A song so lit that it might even make the flames in your relationship burn further. Stop sleeping on Halsey’s music or else you might go straight into the graveyard.

Wannabe by ITZY

Listed also as one among the K-Pop songs for women empowerment, Wannabe is a strong title track by ITZY with powerful vocals and choreography that surely hit Singapore’s most-listened tracks of 2020.

What’s Wrong by Eric Chou

A truly heartwarming song by a popular Taiwanese singer that will surely make you feel you’re in love all over again.

Dynamite by BTS

There are honestly a lot of BTS songs in Singapore’s Top 100 list for 2020 but Dynamite has got to be one of their recent mostly-played K-Pop songs out there because it’s a jam you shouldn’t miss out.

Dance Monkey by Tones and I

On top of the list is this hit track by Tones and I that will surely make you dance all-day and all-night long once you pump it up to your loud speakers or earphones.

Get a taste of what Singaporeans’ music taste is like by clicking this playlist:

Other playlists

Apple Music also has a specialized Top 100 Songs Global playlist that runs for five and a half hours.

With Apple Music’s special Live Lyrics feature, it became helpful for most listeners as they can sing the song perfectly with the right lyrics on screen. Here are the songs with the most read lyrics this 2020:

Finally, a special playlists for songs that were asked 9.2 billion times through Shazam.

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Netflix is reportedly producing a live-action Pokémon series

With Lucifer showrunner Joe Henderson

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Pokémon remains one of the most popular franchises today. From the ever-popular video game series to the still-ongoing anime series, the creature collector franchise still going strong. Even then, the franchise is reportedly working on another addition to its repertoire: a live-action Netflix series.

According to Variety, Netflix is in the early stages of an upcoming Pokémon series on the platform. Much like the widely successful film Detective Pikachu starring Ryan Reynolds, the series will star actual humans in a live-action format. Beyond that, the report does not go into detail into how the creatures will look like for the series.

Likewise, the report does not indicate when the series will launch.

Lucifer’s Joe Henderson is reportedly helming the series. He is also known for adapting Stephen King’s 11.22.63 for Hulu.

Over the past few years, Pokémon has tapped various segments besides gaming and anime fans. The company has tapped lifestyle with branded accessories and lifestyle-oriented apps. Adding a live-action series will tap into the thriving Netflix market.

For Netflix’s part, the popular streaming platform has considerably increased the variety of genres it is producing. Besides the live-action Pokémon series, Netflix is also releasing an anime version of its popular original, The Witcher.

SEE ALSO: Pokémon Legends: Arceus is the first open-world Pokémon game

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Netflix’s first games will be mobile-only first

Including Stranger Things titles

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Since the rise of its popularity years ago, Netflix has dominated the streaming services industry. Since then, the company has moved past just hosting content on its platform. They have also produced their own content including hit shows like Stranger Things. Now, they are going further than just films and TV series. Netflix is expanding to mobile games first.

Days ago, Netflix announced development towards gaming content. However, in their earnings report for the second quarter of this year, Netflix announced focus on mobile games first. To do so, the company has hired former EA official Mike Verdu for the project.

The company has also listed some properties that it is working on. The first game titles will include ones for Stranger Things. Further, Netflix subscribers will have free access to the games with their subscription. However, since the focus is still on mobile, only mobile users can access them when they come out.

Of course, this isn’t the first time that Netflix tried interactive content. Recently, they released a special choose-your-own-adventure version of Black Mirror called Bandersnatch. Viewers were able to steer the film according to prompts on their screen, effectively making their own version of the film. Though the film never kickstarted the interactive film genre, it redefined how Netflix content can be enjoyed digitally.

Now, with whatever Netflix is planning, the company is likely continuing that trend.

SEE ALSO: What does your favorite Netflix genre say about you?

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Netflix could add video games to the platform at no extra cost

It’s trying to create a metaverse

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Netflix Video Games

Netflix revolutionized video streaming a decade ago and has been leading the sector ever since. Now, the company plans to leverage its reach and offer video games on the platform in a bid to dominate the entertainment industry.

The streaming service currently has more than 200 million subscribers globally and hosts movies, TV shows, and documentaries. According to a Bloomberg report, video games will be added as a new genre, and many experts are stoked about its future potential.

The streaming platform hired former Electronic Arts and Facebook executive Mike Verdu to head up the project. He has worked on many projects such as The Sims, Plants vs. Zombies, and Star Wars franchises. At Facebook, he was responsible for bringing games and other content to Oculus platforms.

Over the years, Netflix has experimented with many projects that aim to complement its existing entertainment library. Black Mirror: Bandersnatch was a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure-style production that made the watching experience far more engaging and exciting.

It has also previously tied up with third-party developers to release a couple of Stranger Things-themed mobile games. The company has also invested heavily in Game-inspired TV shows and movies such as Dota, Castlevania, and The Witcher.

Investors are also keenly watching how Netflix can establish a metaverse — a variety of virtual experiences, environments, and assets that make up an ecosystem. In simpler words, video games, TV shows, and movies can complement each other to offer a vaster entertainment experience.

While comparing Netflix’s current ambition to Google Stadia or Microsoft xCloud may be an overstatement at the moment, the cloud gaming sector is expected to be the future. If Netflix can gradually ramp up its offerings, the platform can be a formidable competitor in the entertainment space.

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