Last year was a big one for Robert Pattinson. After a largely quiet year previous, the 30-year-old actor/singer stepped back into the limelight with big-name collaborations such as Kendrick Lamar’s “Humble,” the Weeknd’s “Starboy” and Stormzy’s “I Am.”
The year was filled with big moments for the London-born star. In fact, if you look back at his social media channels closely, you’ll see that he rarely (if ever) stopped posting about important events or new music opportunities in the last year.
Here, we’ll take a look back at some of Pattinson’s key moments from the past year and explore what he’s been up to lately. So, sit back, relax, and get ready to reminisce.
Key Moments From The Past Year
While 2017 was a big year for Pattinson, it wasn’t all smooth sailing. The singer/songwriter (whose real name is Robert Donaldson) endured a really rough patch in the first half of the year. Why? Well, he had a stalker for a while who was sending him creepy messages and had to drop out of sight for a while to protect himself. However, his bad days were nothing compared to his good luck. Just when he thought the year couldn’t get any worse, it threw up more good luck. Here are some of the key moments from the past year:
If there was one key moment from August 2017 it would be the Weeknd’s “Starboy.” The song, which samples “Can’t Rely On Nobody,” was one of the biggest hits of the month. It debuted at number three on the Billboard Top 100 and hit number one on the Canadian Hot 100.
It’s been a while since we’ve heard from the Weeknd. The song was released on his album, The Untitled Kanye West and Adele collaboration album, which was released earlier this year. While we didn’t hear from the Canadian singer for a while, he resurfaced in April 2018 with a brand new single called “Mystery of Love.”
In April, Stormzy released his Gang Signs & Prisons project, which featured Kendrick Lamar and Schoolboy Q. The project was originally supposed to come out in 2016 but was delayed numerous times due to label issues. However, it wasn’t long before the project saw the light of day. The 24-year-old rapper’s project (which was originally supposed to be called Coming of Age) was released on his GBE (Growing up Black in East London) label and was met with generally positive feedback. “Gang Signs & Prisons” became Stormzy’s highest-charting song to date, peaking at number three on the UK Singles Chart.
Unfortunately, the song wasn’t quite as successful on the other side of the pond. The song barely made it to the top ten in America, reaching a peak of number 11 on the Billboard Top 100. However, the song did manage to top the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot Rap Songs charts.
In May, Pattinson collaborated with the legendary Amy Winehouse on her song “Back To You.” The song was originally released in 2003 and was one of Winehouse’s final songs. However, it wasn’t until 2018 that her music saw a widespread revival thanks in part to the success of her song “Land Of Make Believe.” “Back To You” was one of the most successful songs of the month. It debuted and peaked at number 11 on the Billboard Top 100 and stayed in the chart for 11 weeks.
Winehouse passed away in late 2006. She was just 27 years old. However, her music lived on. In fact, it became such a success that her 2006 album, Back To You, was named after the song. While we’ve heard from Winehouse and Pattinson in the past (most recently in the form of a bizarre tweet from the trombone-playing pop star), it will be interesting to see if they try and collaborate again. If they do, it will be interesting to see what happens. So much has changed in the last 13 years since this song was released. It would now be cool to see how these songs fit in today’s music scene.
In November, Pattinson reunited with his Twilight bandmates for a massive concert in Prague. The concert was held in support of the city’s annual festival, the Boomerang. The band was joined by none other than Justin Bieber for a few tracks. The concert, which was filmed for a forthcoming DVD, was one of the biggest concerts of the year. It was also the last show of the tour. However, it wasn’t all work and no play for the singer. He also spent a lot of time in the studio working on new music. Indeed, he posted a photo on Twitter of him, Bieber and Marley sharing a musical instrument. The photo (which was retweeted more than 14,000 times) hinted at the possibility of new music from the group.
Sadly, 2018 didn’t see much in the way of new music from the Twilight band. However, they did reunite for a televised party at the American Music Awards in support of the victims of the recent hurricanes in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico. During the special, the members of the band shared a passionate speech about the importance of supporting local musicians and sharing music with one another.
Finally, in December, Pattinson released what may be his most personal album to date. Entitled Autobiography, the record is primarily composed of brand new recordings. The only single from the album is called “Nornagon.” It’s a beautiful, sad song about a young woman who leaves her family home for university. Upon arriving, she realizes that she doesn’t fit in with the other students and feels like a fish out of water. She longs for the safety and familiarity of her old home. However, once she’s there, she realizes that she actually enjoys her new surroundings and starts to have regrets about leaving. “Nornagon” is the most human-centric song on the album. The accompanying music video is a story about being different and being yourself. It’s an ode to individuality and self-discovery.
Pattinson hasn’t released any other new songs since. However, he did continue to make sporadic appearances on our screens. Most notably, he scored a role in the upcoming film adaptation of Wuthering Heights. The actor will play a version of himself in the movie. It’s unknown if he has any songs written for the film.
Looking back on 2017, it was a very eventful year for Robert Pattinson. While his stalker-related drama brought him a great deal of trouble and heartache, it also brought him a lot of luck. We may not have heard from him in a while, but a lot happened in 2017 that meant something to the 30-year-old (and potentially, the rest of us).