Since streaming became the new norm, overtaking CD sales and now paid downloads of artists' music, it’s now become more evident how streaming and music playlists are actually hurting artists and devaluing who's behind the music.
American Horror Story is back, and Season 9 of Ryan Murphy's FX anthology series is taking viewers back in time to 1984. Fans couldn't be more excited about the show going retro with its references to 80s slasher flicks like Friday the 13th and A Nightmare on Elm Street, and, judging from the series' new opening credits, AHS: 1984 is going to feature an awesome soundtrack.
As any holiday season approaches, the piles of music to listen to grow exponentially and so do the chances of some great music just slipping by for no other reason than there is too much of it. The first reaction of any music fan is to go for the music they are somehow familiar with, something they know they will love, like a lavish reissue of one of their favourites.
We’ve all been there. A visit to your hometown—or perhaps, you’ve just grown up and changed while still in your hometown—is met with mixed emotions. It’s like for every fond memory and bout of nostalgia you experience, you also experience equal parts dread and anxiety.
These days, with streaming, downloads, and all the available formats, new and old, it is quite easy for good music to fall under the radar. In that respect, it is an almost an even field, whether music is something you seriously follow or you are just a casual fan. It often happens that your pile of vinyl or CDs just grows, or those downloads and possible streaming links are overcrowding your computer.
Why do I like covers so much? Honestly after hearing the original songs so many times, it’s nice to hear different renditions. I now have over 9,000 songs on my Super Hits and their Best Covers playlist on Spotify. You can make your own list too!
Next to Hip Hop, R&B (Rhythmic and blues) is my favorite genre to listen to—from the slow beats to the outstanding vocals that make me wish I could sing ,or rather just hold a simple note. Because I do have a passion for listening to R&B, there are so many songs I could list or recommend, but today I’m sticking to my top five R&B songs that were released in the last two years. So if you’re wondering why “Doo Wop,” by Lauryn Hill isn’t on here, that’s why. These are the songs that you might not have seen on the charts, but surely they deserve to be there, and on your love/feelings playlist.
Today, music surrounds me; not only do I listen to it, but I write about it, and I hope to pursue a career in the industry. It wasn't always like this though. When I was in elementary school, all I cared about was becoming some amazing fashion designer, but now, as I look back, music was always there and inspiring me.
In my opinion, creating a playlist is a form of art. Curating a perfect list of music that strongly conveys a certain mood or feeling can be quite a challenge, but the reward makes all of the effort worthwhile.
Bleachers has been such an important band in my life, because they really know how to make me get in the feels, but also I genuinely enjoy Jack Antonoff's music style. They are mainly know for "I Wanna Get Better," their RIAA certified gold debut single.
We all have one whether we realize it or not: A Personal Sad Music Playlist. It's the songs that we are drawn to when we are feeling down. I feel like I am taking a risk showing my list of sad songs, as if I'm opening up a whole new way to be vulnerable. However, I also think that a list like this could do a lot of good. I just want everyone to know that it's totally normal and okay to have a list of sad songs that they feel personally attached to.