Renaton

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I was never into Shania, but she was the alternative to bro-country, than we really need artists like her back.
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March 21, 2015 on The Week In Pop: Sam Hunt Brings Hip-Hop-Informed Country To SXSW
I need to relisten to Electra Heart, as I thought it was a massive disappointment at the time, at the point I stopped listening to her, even though some of the songs, like "Radioactive" and "Primadonna" were actually really good. I thought she tried to pull off an entire album in "Shampain" mode, but it got exhausting (and this comes from someone who absolutely loves Shampain and thinks it might just be her song ever). The new album is a great surprise in tone though.
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March 21, 2015 on The Week In Pop: Sam Hunt Brings Hip-Hop-Informed Country To SXSW
They are both really nice and all, but they still don't feel like the anthemic songs Rihanna gave us before her break. Here's hoping her actual album will deliver harder than this.
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March 19, 2015 on Rihanna – “As Real As You And Me” & “Dancing In The Dark”
1. Ray Of Music 2. Erotica (I find it weird to see it strangely underrated and underappreaciated around these parts when it's such a big fan-favorite) 3. Bedtime Stories (same thing) 4. Madonna (debut) 5. Like a Prayer 6. Music 7. Confessions on a Dance Floor 8. Like a Virgin 9. Rebel Heart 10. True Blue 11. American Life 12. I'm Breathless (yes, it counts) 13. Hard Candy 14. MDNA
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March 18, 2015 on Madonna Albums From Worst To Best
True Blue is kind of uneven, while Confessions really goes hard.
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March 18, 2015 on Madonna Albums From Worst To Best
I hadn't thought of "U Got It Bad", but I thought "I Bet" was pretty similar to Beyonce's "Jealous" (not enough for accusations of plagiarism, but enough that I was reminded of it).
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March 15, 2015 on Jermaine Dupri: “Ciara’s New Single Is A Complete Rip-Off Of Usher’s ‘U Got It Bad'”
That Jimmy Eat World/Kelly Clarkson situation is one of the few instances where I think a lawsuit needs to happen.
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March 11, 2015 on Robin Thicke, Pharrell Ordered To Pay $7.3M For Ripping Off Marvin Gaye
There's a total of zero rapes on Marvin Gaye's song, for one thing.
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March 11, 2015 on Robin Thicke, Pharrell Ordered To Pay $7.3M For Ripping Off Marvin Gaye
Yep, that's not a family with the most pleasant history, is it?
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March 11, 2015 on Robin Thicke, Pharrell Ordered To Pay $7.3M For Ripping Off Marvin Gaye
It's too bad nothing else from Kiss crossed over. "Tonight I'm Getting Over You" at least should've been a huge hit.
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March 5, 2015 on Q&A: Carly Rae Jepsen On Her All-Star Indie Collaborators And Really, Really, Really Anticipated New Album
All this list is missing is "Gossip Folks" though. I'd actually put that one on top 5.
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March 3, 2015 on The 10 Best Missy Elliott Songs
It's impossible for me to ever get tired of any of these songs. And that's a pretty perfect top 3. "Get Ur Freak On" has to be one of the songs I played the most through out my life.
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March 3, 2015 on The 10 Best Missy Elliott Songs
Since I'm not cool and I still love The Weeknd, I have to say, "Earned It" is a pretty addictive listen.
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February 20, 2015 on The Week In Pop: Fifty Shades Of Grey And The Movie Soundtrack Resurgence
For some reason, Kim Gordon's comments reminded me of this: https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/236x/ae/96/5c/ae965cb1ce439a15fac3278f774e5668.jpg
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February 20, 2015 on Kim Gordon Trashes Lana Del Rey: “[She] Doesn’t Even Know What Feminism Is”
I kinda call bullshit on that. Lana Del Rey is only ever playing a character when it suits her image. I feel her fans insist on this excuse to make up for the shit she does and says (kinda like Eminem's fans do), but it still doesn't change the fact the image she projects should be up for discussion just as any other artist should be. I don't like how Kim talked about this, but she has every right to criticize another female music artist talking bullshit about a cause she believes in, even if under the pretense of it all being an act.
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February 20, 2015 on Kim Gordon Trashes Lana Del Rey: “[She] Doesn’t Even Know What Feminism Is”
I'm sure glad we have ourselves a man here to explain us feminism!
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February 20, 2015 on Kim Gordon Trashes Lana Del Rey: “[She] Doesn’t Even Know What Feminism Is”
I had never read that LDR quote until now and just... wow. Just when you think she couldn't possibly get any worse...
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February 20, 2015 on Kim Gordon Trashes Lana Del Rey: “[She] Doesn’t Even Know What Feminism Is”
Yeah, but I don't remember his verse on that one being "Katy, Imma let you finish, but Spielberg had the extraterrestrial of all time!".
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February 11, 2015 on Kanye West Will Record With Taylor Swift, Says She Supported His Grammy Stage Crash
But that's not necessarily a music category though. Actually, there are a few Grammy categories that aren't about music, because you don't need to be a musician to be recorded (hence the existence of a Spoken Word Album category, or whatever that's called).
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February 9, 2015 on Grammys 2015: Winners List
I hear Jack Black and Jethro Tull will do a concert together to celebrate.
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February 9, 2015 on Grammys 2015: Winners List
Biggest hit always wins that category. So yeah, laziness.
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February 9, 2015 on Grammys 2015: Winners List
I was expecting the video with the donkeys to be more batshit crazy, honestly. But I like the youkos at the end, as Kitsunes are my favorite type of mythological creatures and I appreciate just about any use of them.
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February 6, 2015 on The 5 Best Videos Of The Week
Simple, but effective I thought (even if some of the editing tricks are a bit overdone). I do think it mostly works, thanks to being admittedly very barebones, and to Tinashe's presence. And I also think a song like "Aquarius" pretty much guarantees to make everything good. If anything, it's cleansing to watch this after the tackiness of that Madonna video.
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February 6, 2015 on Tinashe – “Aquarius” Video
I love Madonna, I really do, but sometimes, in her later years, it feels like she is self-sabotaging her own career. Her desperate attempts to appeal to a younger audience that is not interested in her while alienating her older fanbase, the uninspired hooks, the cliché selection of producers... and now even her videos, which would used to be one of the best things about her work, now feel... forgettable. Her music videos used to be like an event, especially the ones for the first singles, and while there are aspects to this one that aren't that bad, it still fails at being as exciting as her previous work (which unfortunately is true about most of her music these days as well). How one of the most ambitious popstars of the planet got like this is beyond me.
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February 6, 2015 on Madonna – “Living For Love” Video
Nah, you're cool. And I see your points. But I still think it's important to keep ourselves informed on the artists we like and don't like in how they choose to build their careers, their priorities and how they put that into practice so we can see all aspects of the music world at large, because it makes aware of what we are consuming. It's not about painting manicheistic definitions of right or wrong, but the fact we have a right to know this and consider how this affects our view of the artists and if the way we saw them before is the same because we still favor their other strengths, or if a departure of the image is enough to affect how I feel about them (by which we become more aware of what was at least part of their appeal to us before and what it has become after, as it is important we constantly evaluate how we process your appreciation or dislike for music). But you're not a villain, trust me. THIS is a villain: https://31.media.tumblr.com/969a71416ba7a300b938439d692e332b/tumblr_mod6agCMcR1r0j0yso1_400.gif
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February 6, 2015 on Taylor Swift Takes Legal Action Against Her Fans On Etsy
But listen, here's the thing: it's not that the fact that Taylor Swift needs to fill the role and image she has built for herself in every aspect of her career and her life. It's that the positive aspects don't mean she is immune to criticism about the negatives. And it doesn't mean we are not allowed to talk about and speculate how some of the positive aspects might just be image-building when you take into the account the negative, regardless of what we would do or were supposed to do in her position. If anything, it's a legitimate reaction to a piece of news and helps shape for better or for worse your perspective on an artist based on what you value, whether they reaffirm or contradict said values, so you can be more informed and have a more nuanced view of them than simply siding with them or rejecting them automatically. In a way, I actually feel this kind of article is a way to counterbalance the dichotomy you say this piece reinforces (especially in a site that usually praises her. A LOT.) because it is not saying "Take this side", it's letting you know be aware of the many sides to consider.
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February 6, 2015 on Taylor Swift Takes Legal Action Against Her Fans On Etsy
She says the song is clearly ironic and about the perception the media has of her and not who she really is, but this makes a pretty good case for that not being true, isn't it?
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February 6, 2015 on Taylor Swift Takes Legal Action Against Her Fans On Etsy
"There’s a difference between Drake threatening to sue a major corporation like Walmart for their “YOLO” t-shirts, and major pop stars threatening fans with legal action over homemade crafts." Oh, so NOW we can think that's a shitty move and not BUSINESS SAVVY?
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February 6, 2015 on Taylor Swift Takes Legal Action Against Her Fans On Etsy
I'm very underwhelmed by this video. The color treatment sucks, the editing is way too choppy even for pop music's standards, and the direction is basic as hell. The visual concept feels wasted. I was expecting more of what's supposed to be a comeback single. And ending the video with a Nietzsche quote just... is just... could you take yourself way too seriously more than you already do? http://www.index.hr/images2/DjecaBozic888.gif
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February 6, 2015 on Madonna – “Living For Love” Video