Gwen Stefani “Make Me Like You”

Okay, Gwen. I see you. I see that you’re taking this solo comeback seriously now. After last years lukewarm “Baby Don’t Lie” and “Spark the Fire,” Gwen is taking us, her fans, seriously once again. I tried so hard to like “Baby Don’t Lie,” but it was a shame. I couldn’t even pretend to like it. It was just so whatever to me. “Spark the Fire” I liked for a week, if I remember correctly. My bf kept asking me to stop trying to make him like the song, so I obliged.

“Make Me Like You” follows Gwen’s first official single “Used To Love You” off of her forthcoming album “This Is What the Truth Feels Like” due March 18th. “Make Me Like You” is very Gwen; funky melody, throwback sound, and the poppiest of pop. I mean, if you’re going to dabble in pop music, might as well do it right. Right?

The video is cute too. A live video that was shot during a commercial break during the Grammy Awards, the video had set changes, costume changes, dancers, confetti, and the Target logo. Yeah, I get that Target paid for the video, but dang, at least use some Threshold furniture or use a bottle of up&up lotion for your elbows. Be discreet about the sponsorship in the video. But, its cute.

 

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Troye Sivan “Youth”

This is my jam. Troye definitely has a sound that he’s creating. It’s sort of whimsical without being dumb, positive without sounding like a charity song, and cool without being cheap sounding.

Honestly, Troye reminds me of Mika. Hopefully, Troye’s sound grows as he ages. I just feel like Mika hasn’t evolved his sound. Every song Mika has sounds like it could be from his debut album.

Anyway, here is my new favorite song, “Youth.” I’ve already turned the volume all the way up and performed it in my living room, several times. I am Troye.

 

Adele “All I Ask” Live on Ellen

I love this song. Its the first song I instantly gravitated toward when I listened to “25.” This performance is fresh off the heels of her Grammy’s performance where there were sound issues. While this performance wasn’t flawless, its coo because guess what, Adele is a human. Weird, right?

Adele’s cinched waist is giving me heaven, while her sassy bob cut is all I ask for in a short cut. Get it?

Adele was vocally pristine. Sure, there were a few bum notes, but it added to the realness of the overly produced business that is the music business. Why aren’t artists allowed to be real? I mean, I love my overproduced pop girls, don’t get me wrong. But, I also let them have their bad days.

Question: Do you ever think about how a singer’s breath smells when they’re performing in front of hundreds, thousands, even millions of people? Think about it, what if Adele had poop breath the night she performed her televised special at Radio City Music Hall late last year? I’ll tell you what, it would be funny!

Lana Del Rey “Freak” Video Premiere

So, last week Lana Del Rey decided to treat Los Angeles to a premiere of her new video for “Freak” at The Wiltern in Los Angeles, California. Well, it just so happens that I live close enough to go, so I did just that. My bf and I bought our $5 tickets and drove to L.A. listening to “Freak” to get in the mood. To be honest, “Freak” isn’t and wasn’t my favorite off of “Honeymoon.” I’m more of a “Honeymoon,” “Music To Watch Boys To,” “The Blackest Day” kind of guy.

Okay, so we get there and the line is wrapped around the building, like, the end of the line is nearly connected to the front. I see that and immediately get discouraged, but then I thought, they have to let us in, we have a purchased ticket. So, we get in and get great spots on the floor. It’s not as packed as I thought it was going to be. Emma Roberts kept staring at us, probably because we were staring at her, I spotted Lana’s sister, Chuck, and the girls from “Music To Watch Boys To.”

We bought two premiere posters to commemorate the experience and to match our little Tropico posters. Lana comes out, sings “Honeymoon,” “West Coast,” and “Video Games” with piano and guitar accompanists and I nearly crap my pants. Like, I had to stand and cross my legs so the voodoo didn’t slip out of my sweaty crack.

Once Lana gets to showing the video, I’m excited, but also hungry. So, I ask my bf if he wants to leave early and go eat. I know, I’m selfish and should have wanted to stay so I could be face to face with Lana and ask her where the hell “Life is Beautiful” is, but I was so hungry I started to nibble on the skin around my fingernails.

All in all, the show was awesome and it was freaking $5. I mean, who knows when Lana will announce a proper concert?

 

 

 

 

FKA twigs “Good To Love”

This is just damn beautiful. Her voice, the melody, the atmospheric sounds, the voice layering, the build up. F*ck.

The video was pretty to look at too, but the song is what makes it. I kind of lost my way with FKA twigs when she released the “M3LL155x” EP. Immediately after listening to that EP, I was excited off of the high from all the visuals she had provided, but after that, I never found myself listening to it. Parts of LP1 were magic and parts were just not my taste.

Although, with “Good To Love” I am ready to indulge, put my pearls on and caress them while I listen to the beautiful sounds she gives us.

The Weeknd Surprises L.A. With Lana Del Rey on The Madness Tour

I kid you not, I had just finished telling my boyfriend “wouldn’t it be cool if Lana came out and sang “Prisoner”with The Weeknd?”

Then, bam! Lana slides onto the stage like the chanteuse she is and I acted a damn fool. I started to scream like a 12  year old girl who just saw Justin Bieber’s weenie pics for the first time.

Ariana Grande Releases New Music Video And Song “Focus.”

I go back and forth with my love for Ariana Grande. Sometimes I love her, sometimes I “nothing” her. At times, I love to hate on her, but lets be real, when I’m “hating” on her, its because I want her to do well. I feel like I’m her Tia Leti with orange-blonde curly, wet hair with a whole can of hairspray keeping my hair looking “wet” like ramen noodles.

After listening to her latest single “Focus,” I couldn’t help but think of 2000’s rap sensation Mystikal during the chorus. “Focus” is a meatier version of Ariana’s previous single “Problem.” Okay, hear me out. I liked “Focus” and I already have time set aside tomorrow afternoon to blast the song and create my own lip-sync routine to it, but thats it. I just liked it. Now, when “Problem” came out I thought it was the most blasé song. Then, out of nowhere I was aching to hear it 12 times in a row.

Buy “Focus” here.

Just watched the video and I LOVE all of the looks Ariana has in the video. The silver hair and the thigh high boots are whats getting me though. Like, I have to fan myself because she is owning those looks. And when she started dancing in the star outfit? I blacked out.

Both the song and video for “Focus” are very reminiscent of “Problem,” but hey, that formula worked and got Ariana a # hit so, why not take the Mariah Carey route and have a signature sound for lead singles and a signature look for videos? Where can I preorder your album Ari?

Adele Says “Hello”

And it starts, now.

Adele has been absent from the music scene since the promotional campaign for “21” came to an end. And I don’t mean absent in the sense of other pop stars where they’re all over magazine ads and television, I mean, Adele actually got married, had a child, and lived her life type-of-absent.

Fittingly, “Hello” is her new single and at first I thought, “meh.” Then I got home and watched the music video with my boyfriend and started foaming at the mouth because out of nowhere, it just clicked. Could have been that things are just cooler when he’s around or that Adele looked sensational in the video. Cheekbones on point. Hair blowing in the wind. Yes. Show us what Mariah has taught you Adele.

I’ve already preordered the vinyl here. And I’ll probably buy a copy from Target because they have 3 exclusive bonus tracks. One of the tracks “Lay Me Down” just MIGHT be a Sam Smith cover. If it is, I want my tombstone to say “Even as an adult, he thought caca jokes were funny.”

Brace yourselves below and preorder “25.”

NEW ADELE SONG AND VIDEO, “HELLO,” TO PREMIERE TONIGHT

Come 11:30 PM PST time, no other song will matter for, I’d say, the next week. Adele is back after selling over 30 million copies of her previous album, “21.” The rumored promo for “25” is sensational, unique, and an all-out event. Curiosity surrounds the album regarding how the album will sound, topics of the songs, and also with streaming becoming more dominant and physical album sales dwindling even more so, how the album will fare sales wise.

Adele tweeted an open letter yesterday explaining how she approached “25” and apologized for the 4 year wait.

I seriously want to quit my job and just report on all things Adele. As you all know, I’m obsessed with Lana Del Rey and she has unique ways of marketing, but Lana seems to be scaling back on television performances and all things “being in the spotlight.” Whereas Adele will dominate EVERYTHING.

The track listing last also been released and I’m glad she doesn’t have 99 songs on it. A good, solid, 11 songs. Hopefully none are “filler” tracks, but we’ll have to wait and see.

1. Hello
2. Send My Love (To Your New Lover)
3. I Miss You
4. When We Were Young
5. Remedy
6. Water Under The Bridge
7. River Lea
8. Love In The Dark
9. Million Years Ago
10. All I Ask
11. Sweetest Devotion

I’m excited, elated, and stressed. Stressed because I know getting tickets to her tour will be a damn Olympic obstacle.

ADELE. “Hello, it’s me.”

Adele is coming! Adele is coming!

Pretty sure everyone involved in mainstream music is getting ready to be overshadowed by Adele. Her new album is slated to be released in November, so a single released within the next weeks is very likely.

Coming off the heels of her Diamond selling album “21,” Adele is predicted to dominate music once again. Her rumored promo campaign is insane with exclusive appearances on NBC and this “guerrilla” way of introducing her music to the public.

I kid you not, I’m feeling things inside. Fall is always the most exciting time for mainstream music. All the heavy hitters release their music and its interesting to experience all of the innovative ways they do so.

Get your tissues out because this sounds like it’s a continuation of “Someone Like You.”

“Hate to turn up out of the blue, uninvited.” = “Hello, its me. I was wondering if after all these years you’d like to meet…”

I’m in a happy relationship and now I feel like I’m brokenhearted.