Top 5: Alessia Cara: Know-It-All

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Alessia Cara is starting the next chapter of her career with “Growing Pains,” but it is important to reflect on where she has been with her debut album, Know-It-All.  Here are my Top 5 for the album below.

“Here”

Her debut single has the moody R&B feel that I wish the album had more of. It solidified Cara as the “anti-social pessimist” underdog which we all feel like inside.

“I’m Yours”

Cara can’t be negative, no matter how hard she tries, when she’s falling in love. I love how in the song, she still tried to keep an attitude, but despite her best efforts, keeps falling. An interesting take on a love song.

“Four Pink Walls”

The only song Cara wrote by herself on her debut album, “Four Pink Walls” in actually the strongest song lyrically, showing off Alessia’s potential. It definitely is an anthem for anyone that had a dream that seemed unreachable.

“Wild Things”

Know-It-All seems to be the soundtrack to the underdogs, but in this song highlights that you aren’t alone. I love the “yayayaya” chant in the background.

“River Of Tears”

The amount of pain, vulnerability and frustration that Alessia Cara shows on the song is great. With just a piano, her voice and emotions, Cara showed that she didn’t need a lot of background noise to get her message across.

Check out the entire album below.

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My Lolla 2018 Schedule

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Thursday:

Thu 08/02/18 5:15 PM – Jaden Smith, American Eagle

Thu 08/02/18 5:45 PM – BILLIE EILISH, Tito’s Handmade Vodka

Thu 08/02/18 6:45 PM – KHALID, Bud Light

Thu 08/02/18 6:50 PM – Madison Beer, BMI

Thu 08/02/18 7:45 PM – A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, American Eagle

Thu 08/02/18 7:45 PM – Camila Cabello, Lake Shore

Thu 08/02/18 8:30 PM – TRAVIS SCOTT, Bud Light

Highlight of the day:

Khalid

I’ve been trying to see him perform several times and keep missing it, so I’m excited for him to play songs off American Teen and his several collabs.

Song I Hope Is Performed:

“Saved”

Friday:

Fri 08/03/18 12:50 PM – Clairo, American Eagle

Fri 08/03/18 2:30 PM – Taylor Bennett, Perry’s

Fri 08/03/18 3:30 PM – Bebe Rexha, Lake Shore

Fri 08/03/18 4:30 PM – TYLER, THE CREATOR, Grant Park

Fri 08/03/18 5:30 PM – Alina Baraz, Lake Shore

Fri 08/03/18 6:45 PM – Post Malone, Bud Light

Fri 08/03/18 7:45 PM – BROCKHAMPTON, American Eagle

Fri 08/03/18 8:30 PM – BRUNO MARS, Grant Park

Highlight Of The Day:

Alina Baraz

While I’m sure Bruno will put on a great show, I’m looking forward to up-and-comer Alina Baraz’s set. I’ve been loving her EP, The Color of You.

Song I Hope Is Performed:

“I Don’t Even Know Why Though”

Saturday:

Sat 08/04/18 4:45 PM – LL COOL J, Bud Light

Sat 08/04/18 5:15 PM – GOLDLINK, American Eagle

Sat 08/04/18 5:30 PM – Carly Rae Jepsen, Lake Shore

Sat 08/04/18 6:30 PM – Daniel Caesar, American Eagle

Sat 08/04/18 6:30 PM – Logic, Grant Park

Sat 08/04/18 7:30 PM – Dua Lipa, Lake Shore

Sat 08/04/18 8:30 PM – THE WEEKND, Grant Park

Highlight Of The Day:

The Weeknd

Saturday, in my opinion, is the best day. It was hard to pick a highlight, but I’ve seen The Weeknd live before and with his massive catalog of hits, this will be the highlight of Lolla.

Song I Hope Is Performed:

“Crew Love”

Sunday:

Sun 08/05/18 2:50 PM – Jessie Reyez, American Eagle

Sun 08/05/18 3:30 PM – KALI UCHIS, Lake Shore

Sun 08/05/18 4:00 PM – Knox Fortune, American Eagle

Sun 08/05/18 4:30 PM – Lykke Li, Grant Park

Sun 08/05/18 5:00 PM – Gucci Mane, Bud Light

Sun 08/05/18 7:00 PM – Lil Uzi Vert, Bud Light

Sun 08/05/18 9:00 PM – Playboi Carti, American Eagle

Highlight Of The Day:

Overall seems like a pretty chill day. I’ve heard good things about Kali Uchi so I’m looking forward to checking her out the most.

Songs I Hope Is Performed:

Her part on “Get You,” but would love to be introduced to new music.

All The Degrassi Actors Who Were In The “I’m Upset Video” and Their Last IMDb Credit

Drake released the video for his new single “I’m Upset” that is his high-school reunion…at Degrassi.

Like any high school reunion, it is good to check in to what people have been doing. Here is every cameo in the video and their last IMDb credit.

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Jimmy and Spinner

Last IMDb credit:

Anchor Man 2: The Legend Continues (2013) Jimmy

Degrassi The Next Class (2016) Spinner

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Ellie, Marco, Paige

Last IMDb credit:

UnReal (2018) Ellie

Degrassi The Next Class (2016) Marco

Killer High (filming) Paige

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Craig

Last IMDb credit:

Designated Survivor (2016-2018)

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Terri

Last IMDb credit:

Degrassi: The Next Generation (2001-2004)

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Hazel

Last IMDb credit:

The Number: The Reboot (2016-2017)

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Ashley

Last IMDb credit:

Degrassi: Minis (2005-2008)

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Ms. Kwan and Archie “Snake” Simpson

Last IMDb credit:

The Adventures of Napkin Man! (2015) -Ms. Kwan

Very Very Valentine (2018) -Archie

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Rick

Last IMDb credit:

Deadly Inferno (2016)

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Toby

Last IMDb credit:

Falling Water (2018)

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Jay and Silent Bob

Last IMDb credit:

Jay and Silent Bob Get a Reboot (announced) -Jay

Moose Jaw (announced as producer)  -Silent Bob

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Derek and Danny

Last IMDb credit:

Charlie Muse (post production)  -Derek

Goalie (filming)  -Danny

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Connor

Last IMDb credit:

Degrassi: The Next Generation (2008-2015)

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Emma and Manny:

Last IMDb credit:

Degrassi The Next Class (2016) (Emma)

Paint It Red (in post production) (Manny)

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Mia

Last IMDb credit:

Lucky Day (in post production)

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Liberty

Last IMDb credit:

Degrassi The Next Class (2016)

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Jane

Last IMDb credit:

Edging (2018)

Check out the full video below.

Top Five: Ariana Grande Shares Her Top 5 Songs From Dangerous Woman and My Everything

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Ariana Grande is known for interacting with her fans on Twitter, but she gave us some insider information on her favorite songs.

A fan asked Ariana Grande what her top five for Dangerous Woman was. She replied.

Ariana Grande’s Top 5 For Dangerous Woman

“Be Alright”
“Dangerous Woman”
“Let Me Love You”
“Side To Side”
“Knew Better/Forever Boy”

A fan followed up with asking what her Top Five were for her sophomore album, My Everything

Ariana Grande’s Top 5 For My Everything

“Only One”
“Be My Baby”
“Best Mistake”
“Break Your Heart Right Back”
“You Don’t Know Me”

A few day later she shared her top five for Yours Truly

 

Ariana Grande’s Top 5 For Yours Truly

“Honeymoon Ave”
“Lovin’ It”
“Daydreaming”
“You’ll Never Know”
“Right There”

I decided to share my top five for each of her album.
My Top 5 For Yours Truly

“Honeymoon Avenue”
“Baby I”
“Right There”
“Lovin’ It”
“The Way”

My Top 5 For My Everything

“Break Free”
“Best Mistake”
“Be My Baby”
“Break Your Heart Right Back”
“Love Me Harder”

My Top 5 Dangerous Woman

“Be Alright”
“Into You”
“Sometimes”
“Bad Decisions”
“Knew Better/Forever Boy”
*Honorable mention to accapela version of Dangerous Woman

My favorite album is Yours Truly because I love the old school, Babyface feel. I really miss her collaborations with Big Sean, but my favorite collab partner of her’s is Cashmere Cat. His single “Adore” featuring her vocals is probably her best song.

Her album, Sweetener, is due out in August and below is a playlist of Grande’s favorite songs from her albums. Check out a playlist of Grande’s favorite songs below.

Nicki Minaj and Future Announce Joint Tour: NICKIHNDRXX

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In anticipation of the August 10 release of her new album, Queen, Nicki Minaj announced a joint tour with Future. Nicki hasn’t been on tour since 2015-2016 for The Pinkprint Tour, so it is exciting to see what she does. Nicki will also be headlining the Made In America festival this year with Post Malone.  Future is new stranger to joint tour, he went on the Summer ’16 with Drake two summers ago.

Check out the dates above.

All The Surprise Acoustic Songs On Taylor Swift’s reputation Tour (So Far) and Suggested Songs She Should Play

Taylor Swift likes to give her fans a little surprise during each concert. The 1989 tour was known for its surprise guests during “Style,” but the reputation tour is known for its surprise acoustic song during each show. Below is a running lists of songs that have been performed thus far, and some suggestions for new songs to add to the list.

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“All Too Well”-Red
Glendale, Ariz., May 8;

“Wildest Dreams”-1989
Santa Clara, Calif., May 11

“The Best Day”-Fearless
Santa Clara, Calif., May 12

“Red”-Red
Pasadena, Calif., May 18

“All Too Well”-Red
Pasadena, Calif., May 19

“Holy Ground”-Red
Seattle, Wash., May 22

“Teardrops on My Guitar”-Taylor Swift
Denver, Colo., May 25

“Our Song”-Taylor Swift
Chicago, June 1

“22”-Red
Chicago, June 2

“I Knew You Were Trouble.”-Red
Manchester, England, June 8

“I Don’t Wanna Live Forever”-50 Shades Darker Soundtrack
Manchester, England June 9

“Mean”-Speak Now
Dublin, Ireland June 15

“How You Get The Girl”-1989
Dublin, Ireland June 16

“So It Goes…”-reputation
London, England June 22

“Fifteen”-Fearless
London, England June 23

“Mine”-Speak Now
Louisville, Kentucky June 30

“Sparks Fly”-Speak Now
Columbus, Ohio July 7

“State of Grace”-Red
Landover, Maryland July 11
*Also played “So It Goes..” instead of “Dancing With Our Hands Tied”

“Never Grow Up”-Speak Now
Philadelphia, PA July 13

“Treacherous”-Red
Philadelphia, PA July 14
*Also played “So It Goes..” instead of “Dancing With Our Hands Tied”

“Babe”-Sugarland single
Cleveland, OH July 17

“Welcome To New York”-1989
East Rutherford, NJ July 20

“Fearless”-Fearless
East Rutherford, NJ July 21

“Enchanted”-Speak Now
East Rutherford, NJ July 21
*Also played “So It Goes..” instead of “Dancing With Our Hands Tied”

“22”-Red
Foxborough, MA July 26
“Change”-Fearless
Foxborough, MA July 27
“Ours”-Speak Now (Deluxe Edition)
Foxborough, MA July 28
*Also played “So It Goes..” instead of “Dancing With Our Hands Tied”
“Out Of The Woods” –1989
Toronto, ON August 3
“Come Back…Be Here”-Red (Deluxe Edition)
Toronto, ON August 4
*Also played “So It Goes..” instead of “Dancing With Our Hands Tied”
“A Place In This World”-Taylor Swift
Pittsburgh, PA August 7
“This Love”-1989
Atlanta, GA August 10
“The Lucky One”-Red
Atlanta, GA August 11
“Invisible”-Taylor Swift
Tampa, FL August 14
“Breathe”-Fearless
Miami Gardens, FL August 18
“Better Man”-Little Big Town cover (she wrote the song)
*also performed “Tim McGraw” with a full band with Tim McGraw and Faith Hill
Nashville, TN August 25
“Jump Then Fall”-Fearless (Platinum Edition)
Detroit, MI August 28
“Begin Again”-Red
Minneapolis, MN August 31
“Tied Together With A Smile”-Taylor Swift
*Also played “So It Goes..” instead of “Dancing With Our Hands Tied”
Minneapolis, MN September 1
“The Story of Us”-Speak Now
Kansas City, MO September 8
“Forever & Always”-Fearless
Indianapolis, IN September 15
“Hey Stephen”-Fearless
St. Louis, MO September 18
“Speak Now”-Speak Now
New Orleans, LA September 22
“Wonderland”-1989 (Deluxe Edition)
Houston, TX September 29
“White Horse”-Fearless
Arlington, TX October 5
“All Too Well”-Red
Arlington, TX October 6

Songs by Album, So Far

Taylor Swift-6 (counting “Tim McGraw,” which was not acoustic)

Fearless-9

Speak Now-8

Red-10 (Not counting “All Too Well” three times or “22” twice)

1989-6

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Other-3

Songs That Should Be Added To The Set

“I Almost Do”Red

While everyone applauds “All Too Well” as Red’s saddest moment, I find “I Almost Do” as the underrated ruby of Red. The sadness of reminiscing about a lost love while also letting it go because it would hurt too much to try again is vulnerable Taylor at her best.

“Breathe”Fearless (Finally played August 18!)

Many below think this song is about a romantic relationship, its actually about the end of a friendship.  A different territory for Taylor that should be highlighted during her concert.

“Enchanted”Speak Now (Finally played July 22!)

What I love about this song is the journey that it takes you on. You feel that you are on the date that this song is inspired by, and I’ve always confused about why this song wasn’t a single.

“Everything Has Changed”Red

The song is meant to be played on a guitar, and I feel like it will fit into the quiet, low key moment that the acoustic set is. Bonus points if she brings Ed Sheeran out for it.

“Hey Stephen”-Fearless (Finally played September 18!)

I always thought this was a adorable song, and I think it would be cute for the audience to sing along with the humming.

Camila Cabello is also a fan of this song, talking to TRL that it is a song that soundtracked her life.

Best Music of 2018 (So Far)

We are roughly half way in to 2018, meaning it time to highlight the best of the year thus far. While we are waiting for the anticipated summer releases, like Drake’s Scorpion, the first half of 2018 has already brought great music. Check out the list of the best songs and albums below.

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Probably the most underrated artist on TDE, SiR’s November shows the essential characteristics of a promising artist: a cohesive album that takes you on a journey and relatable lyrics that don’t sound generic.

Black Panther The Album

The best movie soundtrack I’ve heard in quite some time, this album, executive produced by Kendrick, fits the movie perfectly. From a song told from the perspective of the villain (“King’s Dead”) to the collab that we never knew we needed (Khalid and Swae Lee) this album is as memorable as the movie.

Drake-“God’s’ Plan”

Right now everyone is focused on Drake and Push-T’s beef, but lets not forgot Drake biggest accomplishment this year. “God’s Plan” was number one for 11 weeks on the Billboard 100. It’s a motivational song on top of a trap beat, with a memorable video of Drake giving the whole video budget away to the people of Miami.

Swae Lee ft Slim Jxmii and Rae Sremmurd-“Guatemala-From Swaecation

Even though this is from Swae Lee’s solo endeavor, Swaecation, Slim Jxmmi is featured on this song. His rap verse is the perfect compliment to Swae Lee’s frothy lyrics on this island infused jam.

Childish Gambino-“This Is America”

“This Is America” replaced “God’s Plan” as the number one song after premiering its vivid video. There is something beautiful about the number one song is America featuring the line “black man, get your money” in the chorus.

What’s your favorite music of 2018 thus far?

Top Aftershows To Check Out For Lollapalooza 2018

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GoldLink:

Known for soundtracking Summer 2017 with his single “Crew,” GoldLink would be a great hip-hop show to burn off more energy after the festival or a great jumping off point if you weren’t at the Lolla and looking to start of the night with a hype show.

Carly Rae Jepsen:

Carly is a new addition to the Lolla lineup after replacing Jessie Ware who had scheduling issues, so it is even more exciting that she is having an after show. Carly was amazing at 2016 Pitchfork Music Festival and while a casual listener could go to listen to “Call Me Maybe” you should definitely see her perform songs off Emotions live. Here’s hoping she has new music to premiere by then too.

Alina Baraz

Alina was on my list for acts that I wanted to do an after show, so I’m glad she is on the list. While her most popular song “Electric” with Khalid, I’m most looking forward to her performing her solo song “I Don’t Even Know Why Though.”

You can buy tickets for all of the after shows now here.