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The Sexiest Songs of All Time You Need to Hear
Songs can have a variety of emotions that they impart on a listener. Rage, joy, hope, sadness, and even that eerily unsettling calm that can only be gotten once in a blue moon can be found in the right track.
Theory: '...Ready for It?'
Many theories are going around about Taylor Swift’s new music video “…Ready For It?” It’s safe to say that Swift is keeping to the theme of herself versus her past, as shown in her music video “Look What You Made Me Do.” While many focus on the minor details of the “…Ready For It?” video, for example Swift’s dating life (like there’s nothing else interesting about her), I will focus on one thing: Taylor in the glass box. I have seen many theories where Taylor in the box is how the media sees her, but it goes even further than that. The glass box takes us through each era of Swift's career–Taylor Swift, Fearless, Speak Now, Red, 1989, and Reputation. Let’s take a closer look.
Top 10 Best One Hit Wonders of the 1950s and 1960s
With enough hard work, talent and determination, any musician can create one great song. Sometimes one hit single is all you need to make an impression that will last a lifetime. That is what these one hit wonders of the 1950s and 1960s did. Here are ten of the best from those decades.
Taylor Swift's Semantic Fields in 'Reputation': Part One
When I first downloaded all of Reputation, I spent the morning skipping through songs, finding one that I thought I may like. At first I was kind of worried because I only liked one or two songs, but as I listened to the lyrics more, slowly, and one by one, each song became one that I must sing along to in the car and can't seem to get myself to willingly escape. This happens for me a lot when first listening to an album because I'm always looking for new music, but hate the process of getting acquainted with the lyrics of the song. I just want to be able to sing along to it immediately, figure out all the hidden messages, find where songs link together in albums, songs hinting at other songs, mirroring previous number one hits and so on. But appreciation takes time, and it was only a matter of time until Reputation became a verbal example of concepts learned and discussed in my 400 level creative writing classes.
Interview with Edith Bowman
I’ve never encountered the emotions of what it is to be star struck. Not until Edith Bowman slides through the door of her PR Company in a leopard print sweatshirt that looks like pure comfort, a leather skirt for added cool, and a black beret covered in yellow stars that I can’t help gush over moments later. “Hi hi hi, I’m so sorry. Have you been waiting long?” And for a second, I am at a loss for words until the following words come from her. “I’m dying for a cup of tea, d’you mind if I quickly make one?” Suddenly, I feel like I’m meeting a friend for a hot beverage. She has an interviewer’s air, going straight into to asking me about my journey, before I’m quickly spilling the beans about being a long time Tomb Raider fan and we’re rating the new film. “I thought the acting was great. But the script let it down.” I’m quick to agree as we perch on a stone colour lounge sofa steps from where she made a cuppa for us both.
The History and Significance of Entertainment Shows in Vegas
Vegas needs music like music needs Vegas. The two are inextricably linked. Vegas has hosted some of the greatest shows of all time, including record-breakingly long runs that have defied the odds. Elvis, for example, performed for an incredible run in Vegas between 1969-76 that included 837 consecutive sell-outs. Vegas always does things big – like finding the biggest stars and paying them big money to perform at big venues. Just look at Celine Dion, who earns approximately $500,000 per performance for a 70 nights-a-year contract. But how did Vegas become such a magnet for stars and audiences, and how has it managed to evolve alongside changing trends in music and culture?
Kanye West's 2018 Media Frenzy
Kanye West is no stranger to controversy. Actually, he welcomes controversy and backlash with open arms as he realizes they will culminate into “breakthroughs.” He’s on a constant mission of self-discovery and expression—regardless of whether he’s politically correct. He can’t wait to ruffle feathers, or in some cases, pluck them unapologetically.
Living the Life of Pablo
The air outside was humid. Crickets chirped while I choked on my breath. I was crouched in a ball in my driveway, panting into the tops of my kneecaps, when a van pulled up outside of my house.
Cereal Dating With Alison Wonderland
It is a rare occasion that one gets to sit down and really pick the brain of an artist whose style and sound they truly admire, so when I was offered the chance to interview Alison Wonderland, I must admit that I had a small fan girl moment.
Why Group Winner's 'EVERYDAY' Comeback Is Lit
Recently, the hip-hop based Kpop group identified as Winner released a new song named “Everyday,” along with a completed album that shares the same name as the title song. The average person might question as to why I find their new comeback marvelous. My answer is that there are many noteworthy points about their title song and music video. Here are the points that I find tremendously incredible:
Why Country Music Evolving Is a Good Thing
I was raised on country music. As my taste and openness to other genres has blossomed in the advent of my adult life, the genre has remained a favorite of mine. I like the story-telling, the emotional through-line, the authenticity.
The Parallel Universe of Two Hard Working Musicians
Weird Al Yankovic has been one of the most successful musicians in the humor genre to date. His parodies are international successes and his clever renditions have given him much deserved musical recognition. What is interesting about Weird Al, is that while you’re laughing at the lyrics, you come to realize that the music is actually quite good. No matter what song he is doing the supporting music is solid. Sometimes Weird Al used session musicians to the extent of Ray Manzarek of The Doors doing keys and helping him on the stylistic parody, "Craigslist," whose release was just after the case closing of the “Craigslist Killer.”