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  1. It is very common to encounter a record that needs a few good listening-s and time before making your very last decision towards it. Here are the albums that thoroughly changed my opinions overtime: Teenage Dream by Katy Perry Out of Katy's discography, this is the very first record from her that I get tired of. I used to like it but after some time, I feel like it's more of a compilation album that an actual one because of how big the production of each tracks are. It also gave me the idea that LP is just an excuse to market the singles. Head Above Water by Avril Lavigne Just based off the lead single, I really had high hopes for Avril's comeback project. I regularly listened to it after the release but only within a month or so, I realized how underwhelming the rest of the tracks are. I still love some of them but Dumb Blonde, Goddess, Love Me Insane and Warrior are just terribly written. Labrinth, Sia, Diplo Present... LSD by LSD After hearing one of their single from a toothpaste commercial, I literally tracked that song down which brought me to this record. I immediately dismissed the album though after giving it a few listens, but my stupidity always surprised. I mean, it's one of the best records I've heard with a psychedelic aesthetic. They deserve more credits though! What about yours?
  2. "A less earworm but a great grower." (one minute read) The Manchester Arena Bombing has successfully shaken not just the public security against terrorism, but as well the artistic image of Ariana Grande. Ever since her musical debut back in 2013, Grande has been struggling to establish her figure as one of the new pop heirs. And in follow-up to her 2016's third full-length record, Dangerous Woman, Grande has distanced herself from the black & white persona, projecting a more uplifting side of her spectrum. While Sweetener favored by critics, earning a staggering 81/100 Metacritic score, most people shared different insights towards the album. Even some noted that the production is messy, muddled and too tentative. And despite the obvious influences of the mainstream producers, Martin and Williams to named a few, the album is surprisingly contained a throwback and distant productions. Sweetener is easily a less earworm but a great grower. The repetitive vocal backdrops instead of using the usual electro or instrumental synths are widely demonstrated in almost half of the record, take blazed, R.E.M, sweetener, successful and borderline as examples. This style is a smart tactic to keep the track sounds busy while retaining the intended impression. It is actually similar to the reggae and hip-hop structures that were widely used back in 2000's, and early 2010's. Even the redundancy of the light is coming and no tears left to cry's lyrical contents still managed to stand out. It isn't the tracks mentioned don't have the "catchiness", but hearing their lyrics in repeat makes the listeners unconsciously remembering the song itself. A very common pop trick, and Cry About It Later by Katy Perry is one of the great examples. While having a featured artist is most album's big gun, that isn't the case with Sweetener. blazed and borderline somewhat have their own potentials, but came off lesser and considerately like fillers. The chill and laid-back production don't help either to make these tracks prominent. Moreover, 2018 wasn't really a good year for pure pop so there is no established sound or bars for Grande to begin with. Conclusively, this is probably the album from Grande that I thoroughly enjoyed and genuinely listen regularly. And if I will rank each tracks, 1 being the song I enjoyed the most and 15 is the least. This will be the list: 1. no tears left to cry 2. everytime 3. R.E.M 4. successful 5. goodnight n' go 6. God is a woman 7. blazed 8. get well soon 9. pete davidson 10. the light is coming 11. sweetener 12. breathin' 13. raindrops (an angel cried) 14. borderline 15. better off Sweetener: 7/10 These are just my thoughts, what about yours?
  3. What song do you think has the hottest music video? I like Madonna's "Sorry." She looks so beautiful there (Y) That's Madonna just before her middle age (Y) I also like Madonna in Frozen she draws beautiful characters that insinuate Qaballistic facts about the truth of death and suffering
  4. After discussing some of my work with fellow lyricists @dark_wolf and @DonoDotto, I thought it might be fun to create a thread where people can post their own work. Here you can share with us finished or unfinished lyrics, snippets of things you're writing, and song ideas. If you sell your lyrics, you can self advertise here, too. Your lyrics don't have to fit a certain theme, nor do they have to be censored. You can share anything from s.ex songs to h0e anthems to clichéd love ballads and anything in between. You can also give feedback and praise other people's submissions. You can give constructive criticism if you must, but please be gentle. I want people to feel comfortable enough to share their lyrics. Dragging or rude comments will not be tolerated. Also, I really shouldn't have to say this, but don't steal from anyone. The receipts as to who originally wrote them are here and you will be called out. To start things off, I figured I'd share something I wrote a few months ago. It's one of my favorite compositions. Anyways, I'm looking forward to reading everyone's posts.
  5. After a lengthy hiatus, Shawn Mendes released a new song titled "Wonder." He low-key returned with cryptic teasers and clips promoting the song and video. Not long after, he premiered the wondrous visual. It definitely had a "cardigan" vibe, but tailor-made for him. Well, it didn't smash the charts like almost all of his other singles do. Why do we think that is? Is it the song itself? Did it not resonate with people? Was he not away for enough time, so there was less of a demand? Does his relationship with Camila Cabello have anything to do with it? I'm not a huge fan of charts in general, but I was surprised to see some of his recent stats. Maybe it's a slow burner and will climb the charts over the next few weeks. Curious... what do you guys think? Related:
  6. Hi guys, I think we have all at some point imagining our lives as a movie or relating to a song every time you play it on your phone on your morning walk to work or class . Here are some songs i would actually consider as the soundtrack of my life: Let me know what songs do you consider to be a part of the soundtrack of your life
  7. I was just scanning off my news feed on Facebook, when I suddenly bumped into this shared punned post of a guy for being the male version of Katy Perry. And boy, I must say I literally freaked out when I saw this: I thought, it was just a face filter that became a trend recently but it wasn't. I found out that he is actually an aspiring artist named Alexander 23, Alexander Glantz in his birth name and 25 years old. I might check his catalogue out some time but still, his resemblance to Katy Perry is remarkable. Edited: I just checked his YouTube channel, and this is the song from him that I liked so far. I think his music is okay, because it is not really the genre that I'm into.
  8. My library has a fair share of pop and soft rock genres, but I know we always have exceptions. This Empty Northern Hemisphere is by far the most distant album to pop that I usually listen to. It's a very calming country-folk record. Yours?
  9. When I watched movies, not only my eyes are open but also my ears for possible songs that I could save to my playlist. And here are the notable ones: Feel Something (from "Centre Of My World") Salvation (from "The Little Prince") I Am The Very Model Of A Modern Major General (from "Those People") Someone To You (from "Love, Victor") What are yours?
  10. It is either because of the good rendition or the quality, here are the live performances that I will never get tired of hearing or watching: Thinking Of You (live at the Glastonbury) IT's YoU (live at the Honda Stage) Tragedy (live at the M.E.N Arena) Katy Perry's Medley (live at the Pepsi Superbowl Halftime Show) What are yours?
  11. I remember in high school that everyone knew I stanned Britney, but I also felt a little embarrassed about it because subconsciously it forced me to face my sexuality (not that stanning Britney as a teenager = being gay, but....). I legit only told like 2 or 3 of my friends in hs that I had BreatheHeavy. Then in my 20s I found myself being pretty hesitant to tell people I loved pop music. I would list a bunch of genres and throw pop in there. I presumed they'd judge me for being basic or something. Now that I'm in my early '30s and totally comfortable with who I am, I have no qualms saying I lOvE pOp MuSiC aNd PrOmOtE iT fOr A LiViNg. Exhale, do you openly tell people you are a big fan of pop music. Don't deny it, either! Look, if you're on Exhale right now, you are. Thoughts?
  12. Christina Aguilera has had some pretty epic music videos throughout her 20+ year career: Dirrty, Candyman, Fighter, Beautiful, Genie in a Bottle... A lot of her peers, including Britney, Justin Timberlake, P!nk, JLo, Missy Elliott, Beyonce, and Rihanna, among others, have already received it. There's a rumor that she is at the VMAs on August 30th. Xtina teased she has an announcement this Friday, so... Should Xtina get it next? If not... why do you feel that way? Related:
  13. "A comfortable addition to her catalogue." From the exploitation of kissing a girl to dancing while purposely woke, Katy Perry is our favorite party best friend throughout the decade. And today, she finally dropped her most anticipated fifth studio album, Smile, follow up to 2017's Witness. We managed to somehow know what would be the direction of this record through her droplet era, starting from Zedd's collaboration, 365, to the most recent wedding-inspired ballad , Never Worn White. And though commercially underwhelming, it successfully transitioned her sound from electro-influenced pop to her old bubbly persona. And before proceeding to the album's final verdict, here are the track by track reviews: 1. Never Really Over ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ - rather than to use her bubblegum-pop clichè, Perry progressively transcend the track into a mouthful and catchy harmonious anthem. Indeed, a perfect pop song. 2. Cry About It Later ⭐⭐⭐ - though the electric guitar and bass are quite addictive, starting the track with it's chorus makes it tirelessly redundant. 3. Teary Eyes ⭐⭐⭐ - the electronic syths sound very familiar. At least the dreamy/feather-like way Perry sings blended well with it's edge-y beats. And that second verse is a great build up though. 4. Daisies ⭐⭐⭐⭐ - though the verses are particularly weak, the euphoric and explosive chorus helps the track to reach it's peak. 5. Resilient ⭐⭐⭐⭐ - the narrative is very strong but the lack of dynamics between the verses and chorus is somewhat a turn down. But the build up in bridge has paid off to redeem it's rightful place as one of the strongest track in the record. 6. Not The End Of The World ⭐⭐⭐ - an impressive misfire considering how grandiose the intro is. The verses are plainly bland, and just relied by repeating the worn off choruses. 7. Smile ⭐⭐⭐ - contrast to it's upbeat production, the track isn't adventurous enough to explore it's own potential to be a good Teenage Dream heir. Though it has some of the strongest lyrics. 8. Champagne Problems ⭐⭐⭐ - the laid-back syths are way too comfortable, to the point the track has became monotonously unexciting. And the chorus being lazily written didn't help either. 9. Tucked ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ - the bubbliness of the production probably resonates her Hummingbird Heartbeat and Act My Age tracks. And with matching playfulness of the lyrics, this song is the easiest to digest relentless. 10. Harley's In Hawaii ⭐⭐⭐⭐ - the acoustic guitar successfully sets up the **** tone of the track, and the cleverness of the songwriting also wins to give a slow-burner-like vibe. 11. Only Love ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ - the track has no promising melody or production but the way it's been delivered like a journal entry makes it more relatable. 12. What Makes A Woman ⭐⭐⭐ - though adorably and delicately produced, the swearings are just unnecessary. Wished the excitement in the second verse leads into something but it ended shortly. 🎪 🎪 🎪 "Smile" (6/10) The record is not a revival of her iconic Teenage Dream but rather a continuation of the PRISM's club inspired contents. And though it lacks with the promising and experimental sound of her ambitious Witness, the narratives and production are surprisingly cohesive, considering the weights of Never Really Over as an opening track has put in. The tracklisting is also well blended and sync as the album progresses, without hearing the lead singles being aggressively overshadowing the following tracks. Favorite Track(s): • Never Really Over • Resilient • Tucked • Only Love Least Favorite Track(s): • Cry About It Later • Teary Eyes What are your favorites tracks? Related:
  14. I'm too lazy to explain anything. Just read what the title says. It's really not that hard to grasp... Let's limit it to 1 song per album (2 are acceptable if the album is on the longer side). Also, "perfect" doesn't mean that every song on an album has to be a 10/10. It just means that you enjoy every song on an album except THAT ONE SONG. Boys Will Be Boys () I mean, it's not a terrible song. I actually really like the arrangement and how orchestral it sounds, but not only does it feel a bit preachy, it's also just so freakin' out of place. Nobody Knows Me () Super underrated album. Love every single song on this masterpiece of an album except "Nobody Knows Me". There's so many beautiful arrangements and melodies on this album, whereas this song is literally just noise to me. I Forgot That You Existed () Sorry, @IForgotYouExisted, but I freakin' hate this stupid song. I listened to "Lover" in full for the first time like a month ago (I know I'm a flop fan). I absolutely looove this album, but this song has been bothering me since the very beginning. My eyes roll into the back of my head every time it comes on. It's so cringe. I can't say I'm crazy about "The Archer" either, but at least it's a mood / vibe, y'know?! Anywhere U Go () It's not terrible, but it has no place on this masterpiece. It's super out of place and sounds like a reject from her debut album. Black Heart () It's boring. That's all I have to say.
  15. Katy Perry's sophomore album, Teenage Dream, has set another record breaking achievements after 10 years of it's release. Her label, Capitol Records, just recently updated the certifications of the said era in preparation of the album's anniversary this August 24th, four days before the release of her fifth record, Smile. Here are the details: Teenage Dream (album) - 8x Platinum Teenage Dream (single) - 8x Platinum Firework - 12x Diamond With these, Katy Perry has now surpassed Michael Jackson's record of the highest certified music package (album + singles) with staggering 64.5 million units sold. Notably that these two artists have the same feat of having five No.1 singles in one album (doing so with Teenage Dream and Bad). And with Firework's hitting a new mark, it also became the most consumed single for a female lead, alongside with another achievement of being the only artist to have 7 songs to sold more than 8 million units in RIAA history. Congratulations, Katy Perry!
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  17. When I say ‘stan’ top 5 I mean these are the 5 artist you would stan if the one above didn’t exist. So I’ll go. My top 5 artist of all time (or my stan top 5) 1. Britney Spears 2. Taylor Swift 3. Miley Cyrus 4. Mariah Carey 5. Lana Del Rey GO!
  18. Does anyone else hates this? Music is music and if people can't accept you for your musical preferences, **** 'em. Life is too damned short to deny yourself one of the few true pleasures of life. Music is supposed to make you feel things, if "girly" bebopping songs make you happy, listen to them! Listen to whatever pleases you. Music is something that speaks out to you and puts you in the zone weather it's for studying or working out. Don't be persuaded by the media or your friends to try and like a song, feel it for yourself. i JUST needed to pass a message to say... Enjoy what you enjoy and don't let others place their insecurities on your back. Rest assured that a huge number of men enjoy "girly" things of one sort or another and it's not a bad thing in the least. People that are so insecure about themselves that they have to make fun of other people for what they do is stupid. It's the weakest form of human being. We should stop caring about it. **** it. Paint your nails. Do the dishes. Listen to """"girly"""" music. Really though, who gives a ****. Like...why is girly seen as a bad thing? What is wrong with this world? You don't have to be "macho" 100% of the time to be a man. There's no point doing **** you don't like just to make other people happy. Anybody that's worth caring about won't give a **** what you do. Once you stop worrying about everyone else's opinion of you you'll be a lot happier. The people that matter won't mind.
  19. Time travel to the past, do you remember the exact song ? That one song that introduced you to the world of music. I remember mine like it was yesterday, unforgettable, it is literally one of the earliest memories I have.
  20. Since Miss Rona is still touring, what have you guys been doing during quarantine? I’m learning how to do a British accent
  21. What pop star, male or female, has great taste at picking singles. Some times I listen to an album and can't understand why a certain artist ran with the single they did. If it were up to me, I would've picked something else. However, other pop stars nail it. I couldn't imagine that era any other way if that single selection didn't exist. I think Taylor Swift might be one of the best at choosing her singles. Not only is she an amazing songwriter, she's super business savvy. I find Justin Bieber's single selections to be pretty meh. On most of his albums, there are some GEMS, but they ran with something else. Who do you think is good / bad at picking singles?
  22. We all love to throw the term FLOP out there. But, what specifically is it that makes a song a flop? There are some legitimately great pop songs that've "flopped" on the charts. Does that make it a flop? Cause then again, there are some garbage songs that chart amazingly well. Is it the lyrical content? Does a song need to meet a certain quota for it to be a flop? In other words... does a song's structure play a role? What about the music video? Can a visual turn a song from something alright to a flop simply because the video didn't resonate or accurately portray the song? Is it a feeling that you get? WHY do you call something a FLOP? Can you provide an example? Asking for a friend.
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