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From Rich Brian to festivals: The colorful year in music

Marcel Thee

The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta  /  Wed, December 18, 2019  /  03:41 pm
From Rich Brian to festivals: The colorful year in music

Popular: Rich Brian (center) is undeniably Indonesia's biggest-ever pop-culture export. (Courtesy of YouTube/-)

It's safe to say that 2019 has provided music fans with a lot to chew on from a variety of angles. From the increasing convergence of lesser-known and big-time musicians and bands to growing experimentation in musical textures, this year also saw an increasing number of local acts touring abroad; an increasing number of local festivals – both small and big, disastrous and successful; an ever-reliable meme-heavy spread of musical gossip; the growth of brand culture within (or without) artistry; and the increasing support of commercial entities in bands. What remains the biggest and arguably proudest storyline for many is the growing resume of rapper Rich Brian, who is undeniably Indonesia's biggest-ever pop-culture export. Releasing singles that reached high positions in global charts, collaborating with top hip-hop musicians and featuring on late-night American TV ...