A new Taylor Swift era…

So as I am sure most of you know Taylor Swift recently released a new track titled “Look what you made me do” and she premiered the music video last night at the VMA awards. The release came after much speculation and a social media wipe from the artist’s side. She wiped her social media pages clean and started posting very strange snake content. Ahead of the official release, there was already a vibe surrounding this new era of what is T. Swift up to…

I first heard a snippet of the song when Shonda Rhymes released a teaser video of her new TGIT season. She used the song as a background to her teaser content. At first, I thought ok, it seems different. Let me hear the rest of the song before I decide. I watched the music video last night and I must say, my feelings are very mixed. The song and record are created around the concept of her reputation, which in itself is not odd for an artist in the limelight. Their reputations are always under scrutiny and we do live in a very judgmental society. So I understand her wanting to speak out about her reputation.

The video takes on a rather synical approch. There are so many signifiers of the end of the ‘old’ Taylor Swift. She repeats many of the characters she has previously played in old music videos and makes so many refrences to stories that she has been involved with in the past year. There is a reference to her feud with Katy Perry, the incident with Kim and Kanye West and even a reference to her recent law suit which she won. There is no doubt that the video is beautifully crafted- which all Taylor Swift videos have in common. (Remember her trip to Africa for wildest dreams?)

It is clear that Taylor worked very hard on the minor details within the video. Many of them are not even visible on first glance but after the third or fourth time watching the video, it becomes clear how many Diggs the star is stabbing at her past. It is a really brilliant music video. There is so much to look at and it is clear that this video was not made on a small budget. I get it. I understand that she felt like it was time to speak out about all the shade she has been receiving from all ends. However, part of me is sad that she is trying so hard to kill off old Taylor- I loved old Taylor. 1989 was and still is one of my favorite records to date. That music inspired me so much and I still listen to it on a regular basis.

I understand that there comes a time where stars feel like they need to evolve and grow. However, Taylor Swift has always represented such positivity within the industry- a trait which should always be encouraged. So I am not completely sure of why she felt she needed to make this music so dark? Having said that, the video is really brilliant and clever. T.Swfit always manages to bring some wit into her work and this is no different.

All I can say is that the next Taylor Swift era looks like it is going to be one hell of a ride…

Have a look at her video on her VEVO channel 🙂

*lights out*

Natalia

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One Love Manchester

On the 22nd of May 2017 a horrific suicide bombing took place at Manchester Arena right after Ariana Grande’s concert. Lives were lost, lives were changed and a city was suddenly brought together by tragedy. There are no words to describe how terrible this incident was. Not only for the city of Manchester but for the world.  As a human race we need to stand together and fight back with the goodness that does still exist in this world. Love, respect and happiness can trump evil and this is what Ariana Grande realized when she organised a benefit concert to both honour the victims of the attack and fundraise money for victims and families who were affected by the attack.

On the 4th of June 2017, Ariana returned to Manchester for the concert of a lifetime. At first the concert was just going to be Ariana and her unbelievable voice, but then it become an event to showcase compassion and kindness and artists like Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus and Robbie Williams decided to take part in the event. The 3-hour spectacular was full of high profile artists, emotional moments and a set list full of positivity, love and inspiration.

I think this was such a perfect way to honour the victims of such a horrendous attack. Of course it will not take away the pain or fear caused by the attack but it was such a wonderful way to bring about some happiness during such a difficult and dark time. I am in such awe of Ariana for putting together such an event. I think she showed such maturity and strength with this event that I cannot do anything else but respect her. She showed people that in dark times they need to be strong and stay positive. Light overcomes darkness.

As strong as Ariana seemed to the public, I think this benefit also staged as a very important part in her own healing. I am sure it must be terrifying to leave the stage and hear the commotion of the bombing. To know that your fans, who have travelled and invested time and money to see you perform, have been victims of such an incident must be a terrible thought. I can only imagine how scared she must have been to return to the stage in Manchester and I send her so much love and respect for doing so.

The event was live streamed on numerous networks and social media sights including Facebook. The event was live streamed world wide because the artists did not want any fan to be left out of the event and she felt it was important for people all over the world to stand together and celebrate Love through music. The power of music and limitless and this benefit was testimony to that.

The full set list from the benefit:

Marcus Mumford – Timshel

Take That – Shine, Giants, Rule The World

Robbie Williams – Strong, Angels

Pharrell Williams feat. Marcus Mumford – Get Lucky

Pharrell Williams feat Miley Cyrus – Happy

Miley Cyrus – Inspired

Niall Horan – Slow Hands, This Town

Ariana Grande – Be Alright, Break Free

Little Mix – Wings

Ariana Grande and Victoria Monet – Better Days

Black Eyed Peas feat Ariana Grande – Where Is The Love

Imogen Heap – Hide And Seek

Ariana Grande and Mac Miller – The Way, Dang!

Ariana Grande and Miley Cyrus – Don’t Dream It’s Over

Ariana Grande – Side To Side

Katy Perry – Part Of Me, Roar

Justin Bieber – Love Yourself, Cold Water

Ariana Grande – Love Me Harder

Coldplay feat Ariana Grande – Don’t Look Back In Anger

Coldplay – Fix You, Viva La Vida, Something Just Like This

Liam Gallagher – Rock And Roll Star, Wall Of Glass

Liam Gallagher feat Chris Martin – Live Forever

Ariana Grande – One Last Time, Somewhere Over The Rainbow

What an increadible event…

*lights out*

Natalia

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Michael Buble + Derek Hough = A beautiful music video

Hi guys,

So Michael Buble released his new music video for his original single “I believe in you” on Friday (10 Feb 2017) He partnered with Derek Hough, for those of you who do not know, an exceptional dancer and choreographer. Derek has been a part of the Dancing with the star’s family since season 5 and at the end of last year played the role of Corney Collins in the NBC’S live extravagance of Hairspray.

I CLEARLY needed another reason to love Mr Buble and he gave me one. This video is beautiful. It follows the story of a couple. They meet when they are young children and live a life of ups and downs. Derek does an amazing job of matching the lyrics with beautiful choreography. The video itself is what a music video should be. A means to a better understanding of the song. There are no mixed messages here. The song and the video connect beautifully to emphasise the message of true love and believing.

Even before the video was released I have loved this song. It is such a positive song. You do not need crude language, explicit ideas and age restrictions to make music. Sometimes the purity of value, love, and trust is actually enough. This song is a song that will last for years and years because of the message… I believe in you and we can do anything- together.

Have a look at this wonderful video on YouTube and let me know your thoughts…

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Michael Buble- Nobody but me (2016)

Hi guys,

Michael Buble’s new album was released recently and well I have to write about it!! (#1 Fan right here) ‘Nobody but me’ is Michael’s 9th studio album. On the Album he covers some of the best-loved Jazz songs and  has 3 original songs co-written by Mr. Buble himself. Needless to say, I was VERY excited to hear this Album and even pre-ordered my own copy. Overall, I think it is a solid CD and I am enjoying it a lot.

My favorite songs on the album, ironically, are his original ones; Nobody but me, I believe in you and Someday. Someday is my favorite since it features Megan Trainor- I mean is there a more perfect collaboration? I think not! There is something about Michael’s voice that just hits me in the all the right places. His passion for old school Jazz and his beautiful voice are a match made in heaven and I regard him as the 20th century, Frank Sinatra. It’s fantastic.

My only criticism is that I wish he could write more original songs. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy a good cover but I feel like he is doing it too much. We know he is talented, we know he can sing and we know he is great at jazz so why not bring some modern jazz into the world? I have been a fan of Michael Buble for as long as I can remember. I have seen him live twice and I cried both times. With all that in mind, my favorite songs are his own ones. There is nothing like ‘home’, ‘lost’ or ‘Everything’ those songs are timeless and will live on forever- he just needs to carry that on.

*lights out*

Natalia

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New from OLLY MURS

Hi guys,

So there is a lot of new stuff being released in the music world at the moment! DNCE released a controversial new music video this week, Michael Buble released his new music video for ‘nobody but me’ (Look out for a post on that) and Olly Murs released his new Music video for Grow up.

I just finished watching his music video and it is so great! The title of the song gives the concept away a bit- it is about growing up! In a relationship sense, that is. Realizing that in a relationship there are two sides and to make it work it requires you to give and take. It is about overcoming your insecurities in order to make your relationship last. It has a pretty universal message to it which is great.

I have always loved Olly Murs, ever since he was on the ‘X factor’ in 2009. There is such a friendly vibe to his music and it is really refreshing to hear. His music has a bit of an Indie theme throughout and in its own unique way, it celebrates what British music is all about. On top of his talent, he is VERY easy on the eyes which never hurts…

Back to his music video, he has very cleverly used little kids to showcase the theme of the song. The story goes as follows: he is creating his music video and his production crew consists of little kids! And it is extremely cute. I was able to pick up the concept right away- He is the ‘grown up’ in the world of children. Instead of belittling the children, however, there is the idea that even though they are children he (Olly) can respect them and they can all work together. I presume this is to contrast the immature behavior he is singing about.

I kind of love it when artists write songs that are personal and they don’t keep it a secret. It shows that they are human but are able to channel their frustrations/ feelings/ experiences into their music- a healthy way of dealing with conflicts in their lives. This is what Olly has always done and I respect him for not giving up on who he is as a person and artist. After almost 8 years in the industry, he still remains authentic. Good Job Olly!!

His video is able to watch on youtube on his VEVO channel 😀

*lights out*

Natalia

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Thank you- Megan Trainor

Hi guys,

So as you all know I was so excited for this album and I could not wait to hear what Megan had up her sleeve. Well, since I got this album I HAVE NOT STOPPED LISTENING TO IT. I love it! The album includes the happy go lucky, bubbly, life loving sound that Megan is known for with a softer side of her that we haven’t heard so much of yet. I have heard some people say that her album is ok and it is not their favorite CD but i happen to think that it is great and I have been happily jamming to it in my car for the past week and a bit.

The first single that was released from the album was no and I did not love it at first but it has certainly grown on me. It introduced us to the ‘growing’ sounds of Miss Trainor and almost set the theme for the album. However when I got the chance to listen to the whole album from beginning to end, I was pleasantly surprised by the softer songs that are there. Songs like hopeless romantic, kindly calm me down and just a friend to you really let us in to the ‘human’ side of Megan. I put human in inverted commas because sometimes we make celebrities out to be immortal beings when in actuality they are just normal people like us.

Other songs on the album like Me too, Champagne problems and I love me reminded me of why I love Megan. Her priority in her music is to make her audience feel good and I love that. We all have our dark, hide away days when we need music that expresses how dark we feel inside but Megan’s music is just happy music that you can always listen to if you need a kick. I really believe that this is what sets Miss Trainor apart from other artists. Her music might not be on the same scale as songs like “Wind beneath my wings” by Bette Midler, but her music is certainly different because of the positive messages she sends out through her lyrics.

I am really happy to be able to add ‘Thank you’ to my iPod and I foresee many hours lying on the beach singing “If I was you, I’d want to be me too.” Her album is available to purchase on iTunes and hopefully you guys all go out and get yourselves your own copy 😀 I hope you all enjoy the album as much as I am and I can’t wait to follow Megan Trainor into her very bright future ahead!

Natalia

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