Deezer has worked with renowned comic illustrator Brian Williamson to turn some of this year’s biggest music moments into The Deezer Annual, a collection of limited edition pieces of art that are available to buy, raising money for international charity War Child.
From Zayn breaking hearts to Madonna falling on her arse, the story of 2015’s biggest music moments is full of highs and lows, now captured expertly through comic art.
Huge talking points such as Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj’s Twitter spat over the VMAs, Drake setting the internet alight with his Hotline Bling dad dancing and Kanye West being upstaged by prankster Lee Nelson at Glastonbury have made the shortlist.
Deezer, a leading global music streaming service with more than 6 million subscribers in over 180 countries, has a team of 50 dedicated music editors all across the world who looked at the biggest stories of the year. A long list was then cross referenced with Deezer’s own streaming data to pull together the final 10, brought to life in humorous style with Williamson’s rich illustrations.
Williamson is a renowned illustrator, with a career that has seen him work with comic giants Marvel and DC Comics, in addition to the likes of Dreamworks, Aardman, Nintendo and Sega, among countless others.
The full list of illustrations to appear in the Deezer annual is as follows:
- Zayn quits One Direction, breaking millions of girl’s hearts across the globe. His departure saw streaming data for One Direction fans increase by 55% globally.
- Justin Bieber redeems himself with global smash hit What Do You Mean? In fact, every single song from his Purpose album charted in the UK Top 100 – beating the record set by The Beatles.
- Madonna falls off stage during a live BRITS performance.
- Dave Grohl breaks his leg mid-performance, but still finishes the show.
- Nicky Minaj and Taylor Swift are embroiled in a Twitter tantrum over the MTV VMAs nominations.
- Drake triggers a million memes with the release of Hotline Bling His global streams increased by 218% after the video dropped.
- Rihanna causes controversy with her violent and graphic B**** better have my money!
- The Weeknd prove that a numb face isn’t solely derived from a wild Saturday night after their hit becomes the global summer anthem. Their daily streaming ‘peak’ was reached on October 3rd, 2015.
- Shirtless Shia LaBeouf shocks fans as he wrestles a tiny girl in Sia’s Elastic Heart
- Kanye West experiences the bitter taste of Karma, after his headline Glastonbury slot is upstaged by prankster Lee Nelson. It didn’t affect his streaming success however, as his UK listening figures spiked 66%.
Fans will have the opportunity to win the inaugural illustration of each design by placing an online bid at http://deezer.auction-bid.org. All money raised through the auction will go directly to War Child – an international charity that helps children whose lives have been torn apart by wars in areas including Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and the Central African Republic. They are protecting children from the brutal effects of conflict and helping them rebuild their lives through education, counselling and skills training.
War Child CEO, Rob Williams commented: “The international music community has been exceptionally good to us as a charity for over 20 years, with support from artists as varied as Sir Paul McCartney, Muse, Amy Winehouse and The Killers – and we’re now happy to welcome Deezer to the fold. Today, War Child’s work has never been more vital. Children are suffering from the brutal effects of conflict around the world and they are in desperate need of protection and education. Anyone who bids for one of these unique comic illustrations is enabling War Child to give these children the support they need to rebuild their lives.”
Illustrator Brian Williamson said: “I’ve worked on some of the most iconic comic books and characters in the world, but it’s clear that the music landscape provides just as much drama as some of the richest fictional worlds.”
Sam Lee, Deezer’s UK & Ireland music editor said: “2015 has been a great year for fans of music, but arguably even a better year for fans of drama and headlines. Kanye loomed large over everything that happened – despite him not actually releasing a new album this year –We can’t wait to see what in store for next year!”