I might have laughed at this a little bit harder than I expected to. This is both ridiculous and entertaining at the same time. Do they do the exact same thing that DJ Khaled does, but in a less annoying way?
How much do we love her? After releasing her song, “thank u, next” 30 minutes before the premiere of Saturday Night Live last weekend, she went on the following week to give it its first performance on Ellen. I’ve never seen First Wives Club, but the performance didn’t disappoint. It’s impossible to not root for Ari after the year that she has had and we can’t wait to see what she does next with her upcoming album. Should we be buying tickets for her tour now?
I had a chat with a student from my alma mater yesterday who was interested in working in the music industry. While I didn’t take that path myself, having that conversation alone really took me back. Talking about music and that time in my life felt easy. It’s as if six years haven’t gone by already and that I haven’t been in my actual career for that long. In reality, six years is a long time though. I told him that while I miss music sometimes and often wonder if I had gone down that path, there are still ways to keep that part of my life active. I try to go to concerts every once in awhile though it’s not once a week like it was when I was a teenager. Keeping up with new music and new artists and bands is easier with Spotify. On top of that, I get to use Yow Yow! as my music outlet for things that I find interesting and writing about it even if it’s not a constant in my life.
Here’s a piece tonight from VICE that I found quite interesting. I have always listened to Post Malone, but couldn’t figure out why I even liked him and why he was intriguing to me in the first place. This gave me the answer I was basically looking for.
Ariana Grande – thank u, next
“thank u, next” is the breakup anthem we always wanted, but never had until now. At first listen, it seems like a simple tune. You feel like you’re listening to her story about her breakup(s) but aren’t really sure where to take it from here. Is this a song you can sing along to? Can choreography be put to it? A second or third listen will tell you that there’s more to this story. Trust – I’ve listened to a lot of breakup songs. Your girl has a playlist of them and when I thought I was going through a heart wrenching breakup sometime in the 2000’s, I leaned on “I Hate This Part” by The Pussycat Dolls. I didn’t know better, but I also never had better.
Ari’s relationship with herself is her focus right now just like we’ve all said that a relationship with ourself is the most important. She just said it in a more profound way.
Classixx, Panama – A Mountain With No Ending
I just read an article that said that Danity Kane was about to have another comeback and while that news doesn’t speak to me that much, I ended up getting nostalgic for old Danity Kane. The girl group had such a great run. They were talented. They put out bops. And they had an incredible friendship growing up in front of the camera. Everything was good until it wasn’t. Don’t we say that about everything though? The comeback will only consist of Aubrey’s new face, Shannon, and Dawn so unfortunately, it’s not quite the same.
While we wait for the comeback, I just want to post videos from their earlier (best!) days instead.
Can we talk about how this was the funniest commercial I caught all week? Spotify released an ad featuring Camila’s bop “Havana” and what was supposed to be fun and upbeat was downright terrifying. It was so scary for children seeing this ad that it had to be pulled entirely. If you get frightened easily, maybe don’t watch it. I, on the other hand, found this to be really entertaining and am still laughing over this days later. Why they turned this commercial into something scary, I’m not sure. Maybe it had something to do with Halloween? Either way, I’m glad Spotify can include a little humor.
A Spotify spokesperson had this to say about their ad: “We acknowledge the ruling from the ASA and regret any distress the ad may have caused the complainant,” a Spotify spokesperson said of the ad. “It was created as a tongue-in-cheek horror parody – intended to be a humorous ad that demonstrated just how catchy some tracks can be. We take our responsibilities as a marketer very seriously and continue to be mindful of the ASA’s guidance on the effective and appropriate targeting of advertising campaigns.”
I’m going to think of this commercial every time I hear this song.
Shawn Mendes and teddy<3 – Under Pressure
I’m loving this throwback of “Under Pressure” from Shawn Mendes and teddy<3 (formerly known as Teddy Geiger) teddy<3 has been more behind the scenes lately writing and producing even playing a large part in many of the song on Shawn’s album. The two are close friends and Shawn was there for teddy when she came out as transitioning earlier this year.