Zedd and Alessia Cara released the video for their collaboration “Stay.” While the song is about not wanting to let go of a love, the video has an interesting take on the how one action can change everything. In the first universe, Zedd doesn’t catch the elevator in time to share it with Alessia, so they enjoy their day separately. When he does catch the elevator, they have a fun day together, which ends unexpectedly.
The story line and message is interesting as it relates to the movie that the song is featured in, “Everything, Everything” that shows how meeting a person can change your life in ways you don’t expect.
Kendrick’s video for his video “Humble” has a lot of incredible imagery, but what stood out most out most to me is seeing a real butt.
I’m not talking about a butt with injections compared to a natural butt. I’m talking about a butt with no makeup on it. Yes, people put make-up on butts, especially in videos, and yes, most women, skinny or big, have stretch marks on their butts. It is completely natural, as not even that noticeable or gross, but in videos and magazines, they are altered completely. It is just such a dumb and unreasonable standard for society to make that I glad Kendrick recognized that and showed the truth.
Enjoy the video below
During his audition for the musical interpretation of “White Man Can’t Jump,” which I would love to hate-watch, Elijah decided to sing “Let Me Be Your Star” for his audition instead of his original choice of a song from “Newsies.” His rendition reminded me of this gem of a show. Yeah, the actual story of the show didn’t make sense after a while, but the music of “Smash” was always amazing. Also, it introduced me to Leslie Odom Jr. from Hamilton so another win for this show.
Check out Elijah audition below and check out a playlist of the best songs from Smash.
THEY. released a video for “What You Want,”a single from the debut full length album “Nu Religion: Hyena.” The video is influenced by Hanna Barbera (think Flintstones, Scooby Doo, Yogi Bear) the video is moving images of the same door way. It is very trip to the eye, and reminds me of the running scenes in Scooby Doo when when the background doesn’t change that often, but the gang is moving their feet very fast and supposedly going a long distance. It also reminds me of fun version “the sunken place” from the movie “Get Out.”
Check out the video above and check out the tour dates for THEY.’s Nu Religion Tour here.
After complaining about album reviews , Evil Jinx is back to complain about a situation that all music lovers go through, when your favorite artist achieves mainstream success. You have mixed feelings. Like Good Jinx, you are happy that an artist that you supported through the come up is becoming successful. Its always great to see people getting money for doing something they love. But like Evil Jinx, you hate how everyone is into the artist now while you been in it from the beginning.
While of course you want credit for being in it from the start, the biggest problem with someone going mainstream is the change in sound. A lot of times to go mainstream, you have to change you sound to have a more “pop” sound. Sometimes artists even dumb down the lyrics a bit. The experimentation is sound can be good. Sometimes you can even keep your essence and sound like Kendrick Lamar has. However, this emotion, I think you should be open to all music from an artist you like and ignore public opinion.
Pigeons and Planes put out a video that shows the inner fight of listening to new music in the social media age.
We’ve all seen this on Twitter, when an album drops or leaks, people are quick to respond that its either garbage or a classic, before they have time to live with it, or even listen to the complete album. These quick opinions have definitely made me biased when listening to an album, and even a bit arrogant when I like a album that is being trashed on social media. As Evil Jinx says “they’re sheep…they aren’t smart enough to get it.”
There are plenty of albums that after a first listen I have one opinion and some time later, after its been integrated into my life a bit, I have a different opinion about it. For instance, last year, I wasn’t really a big fan of Rhianna’s “Anti” the first time I listened to it. After all the hype building up to it, I was a bit disappointed, and only really liked the single “Work.” But a few months later, a friend was playing the album, and I had a new perspective on it. Songs grew on me that I didn’t expect. For instance, “Close To You,” which can’t be described as a “banger” is such a beautiful, heartbreaking song.
I feel like you need to really sit with an album before you can give a definite response to it. I believe if you aren’t willing to listen to it three months after it was released, its probably not that great. But what about the necessity of album reviews coming out quickly? Well I do still understand that they need to come quickly, and having a strong opinion, negative or positive, does bring traffic to the site. But they should be taken with a grain of salt for those exact reasons. But when it comes to your own personal soundtrack to your life, understand that it takes more than 16 minutes to create an opinion.
Fifth Harmony performed live for the first time as a quartet at the People’s Choice Awards, and they made sure to make a statement. Saying the first line on “Work From Home,” that was originally Camila’s part, the group changed the line and collectively said “We ain’t worried about nothin’, we ain’t worried about nada,” declaring that they aren’t worried about doing this without Camila. Lauren, which fans often complain about not having enough solo, sang the rest of Camila’s part.
I thought that this was the a great way to reintroduce themselves. Them dancing alone in separate cubes really highlighted their individual skills, and I also like they put each person’s name on the screen when they were singing. Being in a group, sometimes a casual listeners doesn’t know your name.
I’m not too worried about Fifth Harmony’s future at all.
In anticipation of Chance The Rapper closing out SNL for the year again, here is a look back on all of Chance The Rapper’s TV performances this year.
What are you hoping he performs on SNL?
(I couldn’t find the entire clip)
Good Morning America
The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon
BBC Radio 1
“Feel No Ways (Drake Cover)”
“All We Got”
JoJo and Alessia Cara perform their song “I Can Only” from JoJo’s album “Mad Love.” acoustically with JinJoo from DNCE. I actually think the song sounds way better acoustically. It shows off their vocals, and I think it sends the message of the song even better.
Watch them perform this song in the bathroom, with Alessia wearing the Beyonce “Sleigh All Day” holiday set.
Skylar Grey has made a name for herself in the hip-hop world for the better part of a decade. She has earned Grammy nominations for her collaboration with rap artists. She was a writer for “Love The Way You Lie,” the Rihanna and Eminem song that received a Grammy nomination for Song of the Year and Best Rap Song. Her collaboration with Dr. Dre and Eminem for “I Need a Doctor” earned her nominations for Best Rap/Song Collaboration and Best Rap Song. She has also been a featured artist for many hip hop heavy weights songs, including T.I., Diddy and Nicki Minaj.
Following her previous solo projects, the albums “Like Blood Like Honey” and “Don’t Look Down,” she has released the single “Moving Mountains.” The video, filmed in Utah, where Grey now calls home, has the well known collaborator solo, attacking a snowy mountain climb on her own. Grey soulfully sings about going with the flow and living in the moment.
It will be interesting to see what direction Grey goes next. While this track definitely has a folkish vibe to it, I wonder how inspired she will be by her new home in Utah, or if she will continue the hip-hop collaboration that she is known for.
You can check out the video for “Moving Mountains” below and also listen to a playlist of her most popular collaboration.