I honestly did not know how this was going to turn out, but this is more amazing than I thought it would be.
I honestly did not know how this was going to turn out, but this is more amazing than I thought it would be.
I will not lie; I cried some very solid tears watching this performance tonight by Ariana Grande. I’m glad that she was able to return to Manchester for this concert. That is some incredible strength and courage given the incident that occurred Saturday night. <3
Music videos are so endearing to me these days. They were so under appreciated long ago when you just expected to see them on repeat on MTV. These days, you actually have to look for them! This was probably one of my least favorite songs off of Ariana Grande’s most recent album, but I did find this video to be pretty cheeky and slightly NSFW. Everyone is really getting after it in this! And Ariana is like their biggest cheerleader, which is kind of awesome.
It’s funny when you go into a song kind of thinking that you’re going to hate it, but then… you end up liking it. Is anyone else still confused about this Mac Miller / Ariana Grande relationship? How did this happen all of a sudden? I know I know, her first song was a collab with him, but I never saw this coming.
“Dangerous Woman” is officially out and we cannot lie to you. It’s all we have been listening to for the past week. Good news though! I’ve listened to it so much that I can rank all of the songs in my favorite order (something I never do) and I’ve got a little something to say about each one. Before we get into all of this, here are my initial thoughts –
I can’t believe how long I’ve been a fan of Ariana’s. I think it started when she first appeared on Victorious singing, but when “The Way” came out with Mac Miller, I was hooked and that was back in 2013! She’s come so far since then and now with her third album “Dangerous Woman” she’s really coming out strong. We’ll get to the “why” in a second.
Our favorite songs: (tbh I like all of them except for “Side to Side” with Nicki Minaj. We’ve never loved the reggae feel unfortunately so we put this last)
1. “Touch It” wasn’t originally my favorite song off the album and to be honest I only started listening to it more frequently within the past couple of days, but we love it because of its complexity and the range in the verses. Let’s just assume that Ariana isn’t writing her own songs (she most likely isn’t) but the lyrics of “Touch It” are so beautiful and you might mistake them for being something dirty at first glance, but it’s actually very pretty. I think we’re just pleasantly surprised by it all. My favorite? The bridge –
Remind me why we’re taking a break
It’s obviously insane
‘Cause we both know what we want
So why don’t we fall in love?
Baby, let’s be in love
2. “Knew Better / Forever Boy” – Ugh this is so good. It was tough to put this 2nd because I actually think it’s my favorite song overall. Because it’s featured near the end of the album, I don’t think it’s going to get the attention that it deserves though. She probably won’t even include it in her tour. This is so 90’s to me the fact that it’s two different songs in one that are connected and make perfect sense together. The first part is sexy and seducing like every young girl is playing coy when she sings this jam (just like Ariana would!) but very quickly after a 1:30, you start to see the song shift. The beat picks up and this starts to sound like something you’d hear in a club. I don’t think we’ll get tired of this and lucky for us it’s the longest track on the album.
3. “Moonlight” is very pretty, but Ariana is totally following her MO with this. Every album of hers always starts out with something very soft that highlights her vocals, but isn’t a banger. Who remembers “Honeymoon Avenue” and the “Intro” of her sophomore album “My Everything?”
4. We might have placed “Into You” a little bit higher on our ranked list after watching the music video this week. It’s so steamy and the way that the song is structured allows for so much buildup. It makes a lot of sense that this song is actually doing better than “Let Me Love You.” Our favorite part is the pre-chorus. Sometimes it’s so good that you miss it entirely:
Oh baby, look what you started
The temperature’s rising in here
Is this gonna happen?
Been waiting and waiting for you to make a move
(Woo, oh, oh, oh)
Before I make a move
5. “Bad Decisions” – BOY is this a girl anthem. To be entirely honest, this whole album is a girl anthem, but sometimes the ladies need something like that whether it’s a) building up your confidence again b) to feel good about yourself or c) to pull you out of that shitty breakup. This is totally something that I would probably sing along to with my girlfriends and it’s clearly one of the sassiest singles on her album. Our favorite line? “Ain’t you ever seen a princess be a bad bitch?”
6. “I Don’t Care” is nice. This is a perfect spot for it on our ranked list. It reminds me a lot of her previous songs with the strings, but one reason we love it is because you would think that this song would be really in-your-face and aggressive. Obviously, she’s singing about not caring about what people think about her (could she be referring to that infamous donut incident) but instead it ends up being a very pretty track. It’s light and airy and suggests to all of us that this is the kind of approach we should be taking instead of just getting upset. Classy Ari.
7. “Leave Me Lonely” – Look at our girl reviving Macy’s career again! We like this song because it’s so unexpected – whoever thought Macy would make an appearance, but the contrast between both of their voices makes this such a good single. We love how dramatic it feels and sounds – kind of like a track for a Bond movie. This song was clearly put on this album to showcase Ariana’s vocals and they did a good job with it. Before the album came out, I watched a video of her performing this song and while it wasn’t high quality, it was very clear to me how powerful of a track this would be. I think this is going to come up a lot more and I wouldn’t be surprised if she released this as her next single down the line.
8. “Let Me Love You” – the worst part of this was watching all of those teaser videos for this music video on her Instagram and then learning that the music video was released on Apple Music. What the heck! Some people have said that this song would’ve sounded better with Big Sean than with Lil Wayne, but what can you do? It’s not a song that we love or hate, but it doesn’t stand out to me. If I had to choose between this and “Love Me Harder…” well I think you know the answer.
9. “Thinking About You” – It’s not a bad single, but it needs a little something extra. Throughout the song (every time I listen to it) I’m always waiting for something to “wow” me, but it never comes and I never stop trying to convince myself to stop looking for it. As the last track on the album, I don’t feel like it will get any attention, but it’s okay because every album has to have some filler tracks.
10. “Sometimes” – I keep thinking that this song is intro-ed with Bruno Mars, but it’s totally not him! Another pretty track, but honestly it’s a snooze fest until you get to the bridge. Sometimes I’ll pass by the whole song just for the bridge because it’s the most exciting part of the track. If the rest of this song were up to this tempo, it’d be in good shape! There were some missed opportunities here.
I don’t know, I don’t know, I don’t know
Why it never worked, but it’s going to now
You don’t know, you don’t know, you don’t know
What it does to me when I feel you around
Is it love? Is it lust? Is it fear?
But it’s hard to breathe when you’re touching me there
Hard to breathe when you’re kissing me there
Hard to breathe when you’re not here
11. “Dangerous Woman” – If this wasn’t the first single released off her album, it probably would’ve ranked higher, but at this point we kind of feel like the song is overplayed. We will say, however, that this track completely BLOWS “Focus” out of the water and we’re so glad that she began promoting her new album with the track because it put her in a good place to soar the charts. Another vocal-highlighting track, but for good reason.
12. “Everyday” – This song sticks out like a sore thumb to me on the album. It tries very hard to be hip-hop and with Future on the track, but I don’t feel like she’s fooling anyone. It’s much to aggressive for her in a different way and I think even I would feel a little awkward watching her try and perform this song in concert.
13. “Be Alright” – I was pretty surprised that she came out with this song as the second debut off the album. I was really excited when I heard it for the first time on Saturday Night Live, but since I’ve had time to listen to the other tracks off the album, this one has kind of dropped off my list of favorites. It’s your typical “feel good” type of song, but it’s nothing special. I liked it more than “Greedy” so it’s a step up from that, but not by much.
14. “Greedy” – This is a bop for sure, but it’s not for everyone. When I try to think of who this song would appeal to, I’m kind of confused. It just feels like a pop filler for this album for me. It doesn’t showcase her vocal that much; the lyrics aren’t as captivating to me. It just kind of feels like a song that is just there.
15. “Side to Side” – I can’t get into this.
Ariana Grande released her new music video for “Into You” and it’s a steamy one! I’ll have to admit that this wasn’t one of my favorite songs at first, but after watching this and listening to it a few more times, it has really grown on us! As you all know, her new album is ALSO out. We’ll be discussing this soon in another post as well, but for now we’re just sharing the video. The best part? There’s a twist at the end! Any guesses on what is REALLY happening in this music video?
Oh my gosh and this… below. Is it just me or does her performance of “Dangerous Woman” keep getting better and better?
I’m really glad that Ariana didn’t release her album when she did because it seems like after the debut of “Focus” and how well it didn’t do, she took some time to go back and now “Dangerous Woman” is such a hit. I’m really excited for what’s to come from her on the new album and this music video of hers is great. Oh how our little Ari G has grown up from her Nickelodeon days…
omg we luv her.
Ariana officially released this song earlier this week, but we heard it for the first time during her performance on SNL! It’s a pretty simple song and doesn’t showcase a whole lot, but it’s such a great “feel good” song that we thought it was perfect for kicking off our Sunday and BIRTHDAY WEEK! It also just kind of goes along with how we’ve been feeling about 2016 in general.
Selena Gomez in Calvin Klein
The red carpet for me this year was just so-so. There wasn’t anything that I absolutely loved or hated, maybe in the end I just prefer things like the Golden Globes or The Oscars. Usually, the first look that I share is something that I really like. This time, though I give this look a 6/10. The sparkly blue is nice and sure the cut-outs are edgy, but it’s really not anything we haven’t seen before. Also her old school hair is just meh to me.
So the funny part about this post is that most of these were not even written by me! They were written by Mandi! So while this just means that I probably need to put in a little bit more work into Yow Yow! (which we all know) – I also want to highlight how proud I am of Mandi. It has been so fun to share in this experience with her and give her an outlet to share her views throughout her wedding planning process. It really has been seamless. Since we’ve started doing this, I know a lot of her friends and family have told her how much they enjoy hearing about her planning when they are afar. I’m glad that Yow Yow! has been a place for everyone to come together, which reminds me that a long time ago, that was one of the reasons we made this blog.
With that, here are our top 10 posts from the year 2015: