Milby on Music column

Sam Smith.
Sam Smith.

The year is drawing to a close already. Is it just me or do years seem to go quicker the older you get?

It only seems like yesterday when we were sending ‘Happy New Year’ texts three hours early before the networks get busy.

Musically in 2014 Dolly Parton did Glastonbury, streaming started counting towards the charts, Bob Geldof gave us another Band Aid and U2 inflicted their new album upon unsuspecting Iphone users.

2014 is also the year when us Brits invaded America. One Direction have been breaking teenage hearts right across the States and are the first British act to have their first three albums go to number one on the American charts.

Sam Smith is also doing amazing things across the pond and flying the flag for British music. His debut album is brilliant with heartfelt song-writing and that incredible voice.

That achievement has been recognised at this year’s prestigious Grammy award where Sam has a record-breaking six nominations including best new artist.

Ed Sheeran has had an incredible year. He is the only artist to sell over a million copies of an album in the UK in 2014.

His record ‘X’ was also a huge number one in America and in the same week Sam Smith was just behind in the charts at number two.

The last time British artists occupied the top two spots in the American album charts was in 1993. But now Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith have performed the feat achieved by Eric Clapton and Sting more than two decades ago.

Ella Henderson was another big success story in 2014. Since leaving the X Factor finals a few years ago, she disappeared to find her sound.

Another huge hit this year is a song which I’m sure is driving parents mad everywhere. It’s that song from ‘Frozen’ sung by Idina Menzel.

I must confess I’ve never seen the film although I’m pretty sure I know every word of the song.