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Cover of the Day

Starts 1:15

Ugh Nick Jonas… BAE. Covering one of my favorite sassy songs.

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Ariana Grande – Dangerous Woman (A Review)

“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 –

  • We’re so happy that “Focus” is not on this album because (we’re all thinking it!) it did not meet the bar for the rest of this album.
  • Ariana’s album was originally going to be called “Moonlight,” but then was changed to “Dangerous Woman.” Both are singles on her album and it doesn’t make a difference to us.
  • This album is everything we hoped for and has exceeded our expectations, but just like every other album of hers there are songs that we love and hate.

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
  2. Knew Better / Forever Boy
  3. Moonlight
  4. Into You
  5. Bad Decisions
  6. I Don’t Care
  7. Leave Me Lonely
  8. Let Me Love You
  9. Thinking About You
  10. Sometimes
  11. Dangerous Woman
  12. Everyday
  13. Be Alright
  14. Greedy
  15. Side to Side

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.

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Song of the Day

NAO – Girlfriend

We are so looking forward to this next album. “Girlfriend” is such a pretty single – the second we heard it, we were dreaming up choreography. I’m really excited to be getting back in the studio soon. We’ve been rusty, but there’s so much that we can do with all the songs that we’ve been loving recently. Who knows – someday maybe I won’t be so shy and we’ll put a video up on Insta!

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Ariana Grande – Into You Music Video

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?

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Carpool Karaoke w/ Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas

This is actually the first time that I’ve ever watched an episode of Carpool Karaoke and HOBviously we watched because Hellooooo Nick Jonas! I was incredibly entertained by this though and watched this twice before bed just last night! We love you Nick and Demi seems like a girl we could probably call a homie.

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Song of the Day

Autograf, Kilter – Metaphysical – Kilter Remix

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Song of the Day

Flume ft. Kai – Never Be Like You

We like our mainstream songs too. ;)

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Blog Roundup

  • 4 men and their different incomes and lifestyles [Esquire]
  • What do you do the night before you travel? [Fathom]
  • How long your work breaks should be [A Life of Productivity]
  • 25 songs that tell us the direction of music [New York Times]
  • The food you relate to the most according to your birthday [Refinery29] YES! of course mine is chocolate covered raisins <3
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Song of the Day

Nick Jonas – Chainsaw

2/3 songs that Nick has been releasing have been so great! We can’t wait to see what the new album has in store for us. Deemed the “most personal song” that he’s ever written, we can’t help but have all these questions about “Chainsaw.” Was this song about Olivia Culpo? Most likely. Why did they break up? What went down? Will they ever get back together? Hopefully we’ll have answers in the next couple of months!

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Song of the Day

SG Lewis, JP Cooper – Shivers

I’ve been listening to this song obsessively for the last week or so now and it’s so good. I find myself repeating it over and over again and even dreaming up choreography in my head for it – none that we can attempt right now because we’re sick and kind of weak, but when we’re all better this is one that we can’t wait to try out.

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Night Ripper Is 10 Years Old

One of my favorite albums turned 10 years old this week and to be honest, I can’t even remember the first time I heard this or if there was a specific person that introduced this to me. It’s 2016 so in 2006, I was over Myspace, way into Facebook, and starting to read more blogs. “Double Pump” was a 1:45 long track, but it was enough to get me hooked. It was all I had heard without hearing anything else and it’s just a mashup of beats and not any real vocals until…Madonna comes in at 1:02.

We discovered the full album shortly after. It became a part of my studying routine to be listening to Girl Talk as I was studying – which is crazy by the way, but I figured at the time that it was much better and safer than taking adderall – which I didn’t need by the way.

I ended up seeing Girl Talk in concert 4 times, attempting to get on stage the 2nd time, and actually getting on stage and dancing in front of the crowd the 3rd and 4th time. I was feeling pretty nostalgic the other day so without even knowing it was the 10 year anniversary, I threw Night Ripper on in Spotify and started bopping along while getting down to some serious emails.

I really love this article that Stereogum wrote to commemorate the 10 year anniversary of Night Ripper and one of my favorite albums ever. It’s true, Greg Gillis isn’t the first to do this and he’s not the last, but he’s so good at what he does. I’m still trying to figure it out. And sure, some people have gotten close – I booked a mashup artist that I liked once for a show and they did a phenomenal job, but that’s also cause I just couldn’t afford Greg at the time. I still prefer Girl Talk over The Hood Internet and Super Mash Bros. Greg is still touring and if you haven’t seen him live yet, you gotta. You’ll never experience anything quite like it.

#neverforget

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Song of the Day

Ella Mai ft. Ty Dolla $ign – She Don’t

If you’ve been following Yow Yow! for awhile then you know I’m a huge fan of girl anthems and this jam by Ella Mai is probably my favorite in 2016. I think I like it because the lyrics cut deep, but the background beat of the music is so poppy and cute that it’s kind of all a disguise. Had someone the other day tell me that I was throwing shade at them – but for real –

THIS is the shade that you were looking for.

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Bumbershoot 2016

Every year this lineup comes out and I’m not home in Seattle for it or the festival, I experience a little fomo! Bumbershoot isn’t my childhood, but it’s totally my adolescence and that’s still pretty important. Everyone going to this is so so very lucky!!

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Ariana Grande on Jimmy Fallon

Oh my gosh and this… below. Is it just me or does her performance of “Dangerous Woman” keep getting better and better?

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