Song of the Day

Wild Thoughts – DJ Khaled, Rihanna, Bryson Tiller

While this isn’t my favorite recent tune from Khaled and Rihanna, it’s certainly a party starter and perfect for the kick off of your July Fourth weekend! The infectious Santana sample is enough to keep you listening, and you can almost hear Rihanna smiling and laughing while singing the first verse. The video leaves little to the imagination with Rihanna’s revealing outfits.

It doesn’t always have to be a serious heartbreaker or club banger. Sometimes, a fun pop song that’s less than perfect is all you need to get things going and sing along. Have a great weekend friends!

 

 

Alicia Vikander and Michael Fassbender still going strong

Michael Fassbender and girlfriend of three years Alicia Vikander made their first public appearance in months together last night. The pair was pictured leaving the Bulgari party in Venice, Italy looking happy and carefree.

Just a few weeks ago, it was reported that the two have moved in together in London. The two who met while filming The Light Between Oceans have battled cheating rumors for most of the relationship. It appears things are good between them at the moment:

Beyonce and Jay-Z’s twins names revealed

According to TMZ, Beyonce and Jay-Z named their twins Rumi and Sir Carter. A company owned by the couple just filed trademarks for the names Rumi Carter and Sir Carter leading most to believe these must be the names of the newborn twins. I think it’s a safe bet.

Now the real question, what do you think of the names?!? I’m not feeling them. Rumi could be ok but Sir is a title/greeting. I wouldn’t name my daughter Mrs. or Madam. Just saying…

 

New Music Friday Album Review: Calvin Harris – Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1

Calvin Harris – Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1

I haven’t been shy about my enthusiasm for the latest offerings from Calvin Harris. From Slide to Feels to Heatstroke, his single releases off of Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1 have all been fire. I’m happy to say, the album follows suit.

Each song utilizes the strengths of the featured singers and MC’s while showing off Calvin’s insanely good beats and production. Slide, the gorgeous opener uses Frank Ocean and Migos to set the tone and vibe for the entire album. It’s fun, funky, and smooth. Cashout has one of the sickest beats I’ve heard this year with solid verses from Schoolboy Q, while Heatstroke is perhaps my favorite song on the album with insane harmonies from Pharrell Williams and Ariana Grande.

Rollin showcases two of the biggest names in the game right now, Khalid and Future. The middle of the album calls on heavy hitters John Legend, Snoop Dogg, Nikki Minaj, and Travis Scott on Prayers Up, Holiday, and Skrt on Me.

Feels is already the song of the summer in many circles. I heard the song continuously last weekend all over New York City. Faking It brings down the vibe a bit with Kehlani and Lil Yachty, but the album doesn’t suffer from it. The song is a solid collaboration. The interesting closer Hard to Love is a perfect bookend to Slide. It’s the end of the party or even the next morning.

Harris has a knack for recognizing an artists strong point and capitalizing on it to record some of the best DJ/popstar/rapper collaborations of the last decade. A lot of people throw around “song of the summer” and “album of the year”, but this is THE album of the summer and quite possibly album of the year.

There isn’t a weak song on Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1. No need to make playlists or worry about skipping songs this Fourth of July, put this album on repeat and enjoy.

4.5/5

New Music Friday: Single Reviews

The biggest music story of the day is the release of Jay-Z’s 4:44. Hov’s response to Beyonce’s Lemonade is worthy of all the chatter, but some solid new singles deserve attention too!

This week, Liam Gallagher continues his impressive comeback, TLC finally has something new for loyal fans, St. Vincent is back to her old tricks, Tyler the Creator reminds us why he’s deserving of all the hype, Rudimental teams up with James Arthur, and Adam Lambert gives no fux.

No Introduction – TLC

TLC hasn’t released a new album in fifteen years since Lisa Left-Eye Lopes’ death. The remaining members have worked hard to keep things going, but so far nothing has panned out. No Introduction is a solid effort from Chili and T-Boz. “We don’t need no introduction…we back” they triumphantly sing, while a Bollywood inspired beat bangs in the background. The problem is, no matter what they do or create from now on, Lisa’s presence will always be missed. She was the spark in the group that brought every second to life with energy and spunk. Without her, they’re another mediocre R&B group. This new version of TLC isn’t bad, but sadly for them it’ll never be as good as it was. 3/5

New York – St. Vincent

Annie Clark, better known as St. Vincent impresses on New York, the first single from her fifth album expected later this year. Her wonderful songwriting is showcased here with honest lyrics, beautiful piano and swelling strings. “I have lost a hero, I have lost a friend, but for you darling I’d do it all again”. Her simplicity cuts right through you, with obvious emotion building throughout the song. Warning: If you’re going through a breakup, you won’t get through this without crying. 4/5

Sun Comes Up – Rudimental featuring James Arthur

James Arthur is on a roll, isn’t he? Say You Won’t Let Go is a massive hit worldwide and now Rudimental, one of the most interesting groups the last few years has teamed up with the British singer. Sun Comes Up is an upbeat dance track about overcoming adversity. Like most Rudimental songs, it’s catchy, contagious, and will be stuck in your head within minutes. I’ve always enjoyed Rudimental because a lot of their stuff sounds different and makes me pause. This song however sounds like it could’ve been released by a number of other artists. That said, it’s still an enjoyable summer tune. 3.5/5

Chinatown – Liam Gallagher

Following the traditional single release structure leading up to an album, Liam Gallagher has chosen a ballad of sorts for his second single. Following the impressive Wall of Glass isn’t easy, but Chinatown doesn’t disappoint. The acoustic guitars and thumping bass drum drive the tune with Liam belting out lyrics that could’ve come from an Oasis album. Gallagher is set to release his much anticipated debut album As You Were on October 6th. 4/5

911 / Mr. Lonely – Tyler the Creator featuring Frank Ocean

I’ll be honest, I’ve never been a huge fan of Tyler the Creator or Frank Ocean. While I enjoyed a few songs, I wasn’t really understanding all the hype. This new song, however is the real deal. 911/Mr. Lonely is so creative and inspired I’d be crazy not to like the latest offering from Tyler and Ocean. Tyler’s verses are really strong and Oceans voice on the hook is so smooth and fun. Call me a fan. 4/5

Two Fux – Adam Lambert

Adam Lambert frustrates me. He should be much bigger with the amount of talent and swagger he has, but his choices are hard to understand sometimes. He’s a great fit with Queen, but his solo stuff has always been up and down. I loved What Do You Want from Me and 2015’s Ghost Town, but Two Fux doesn’t work. I’m all about the empowering message, but the melody and cheesy lyrics don’t work. “Namaste away”, I gladly will if this is what I can expect from future Lambert offerings. 2/5

Game of Thrones Stars go high fashion for Time magazine

Game of Thrones biggest stars grace the cover of Time magazine this week in a stunning image. From left to right Kit Harington, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, and Lena Heady.

Inside, an in-depth article accompanies a high fashion photo spread with the cover models and Stark sisters. It’s a refreshing look for the cast as they’re usually photographed in their Game of Thrones costumes. Even creators David Benoiff and D.B. Weiss look like high fashion models.

The piece describes the history of the show, how production works, and the anticipation for the final season. The actors open up about their characters and controversy around specific storylines (incest, rape, etc.) It’s an interesting read, especially Sophie Turner’s take on the Sansa/Ramsey outrage.

Check out the gorgeous portraits below:

Emilia Clarke – Daenerys Targaryen

Kit Harington – Jon Snow

Lena Heady – Cersei Lannister

Maisie Williams – Arya Stark

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau – Jamie Lannister

Peter Dinklage – Tyrion Lannister

Sophie Turner – Sansa Stark

D.B. Weiss and David Benioff

 

First Trailer for The Greatest Showman

If you love scary clowns, animal abuse, and creeps who exploit those with deformities, P.T. Barnum is probably your hero. The inventor of the circus and “show business” is getting the biopic treatment in a big budget film.

The Greatest Showman is set to be released on Christmas and has a lot of money and expectations behind it. The musical boosts an impressive cast with Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Zac Efron, and Zendaya. It also has the people behind the music from La La Land involved. So why I ask, is the music in the trailer so AWFUL!?

I had to keep turning it down, as the shrill shrieking was hurting my ears. I’m all for mixing era’s – old music can work with modern trailers and new music can work with historical films, but this doesn’t work. I’m guessing we’ll see a new trailer with different music very soon.

Am I being too harsh? Are you excited for The Greatest Showman???

Zendaya shines at Spider-man: Homecoming premiere

Zendaya worked the red carpet at the premiere of Spider-Man: Homecoming in Los Angeles last night. The actress, who plays Mary-Jane in the newest version of the Marvel franchise choose a gown showcasing her long legs. While the hair isn’t my favorite, the gown is a showstopper:

Zendaya’s co-stars were also on hand:

Tom Holland looks dapper:

Marisa Tomei looks a little messy:

Robert Downey Jr. looks stoned:

Micheal Keaton looks like he’s dressed for a casual weekend:

Terry Crews looks like he’s always desperate for attention:

Adele May Never Tour Again

I hate when actors/singers/writers make big dramatic announcements that mean nothing. Yesterday, Adele did just that by sharing a dramatic Instagram post about possibly never touring again.

If you’re going to quit, make a vague announcement through your spokesperson saying you’re not going to comment any further like PR pro Daniel Day-Lewis recently did.

What Adele should have done was say “I’m done forever. I will be living a quiet life in London with my family. Don’t bother me, you’ll never hear me sing again.” Then, release new music and do a world tour three years later! Don’t say “I may not do this again”, because we all know she can’t stay away from the limelight even though she supposedly hates it.

Here’s Adele’s full quote:

“So this is it. After 15 months on the road and 18 months of 25, we are at the end. We have taken this tour across UK+ Ireland, throughout Europe, all over America and I finally got to go to Australia and New Zealand too. Touring is a peculiar thing, it doesn’t suit me particularly well. I’m a real homebody and I get so much joy in the small things. Plus I’m dramatic and have a terrible history of touring. Until now that is! I’ve done 119 shows and these last 4 will take me up to 123, it has been hard out an absolute thrill and pleasure to have done. I only ever did this tour for you and to hopefully have an impact on you the way that some of my favourite artists have had on me live. And I wanted my final shows to be in London because I don’t know if I’ll ever tour again and so I want my last time to be at home. Thank you for coming, for all of your ridiculous love and kindness. I will remember all of this for the rest of my life. Love you. Goodnight for now”.

Her final show? Bitch, please. See you in a few years.

I’m Back

I’ve been traveling the past week and unable to update the site. I’m so sorry to leave you hanging! As an apology, here’s a video of a dog birthday party nicer than any of us will ever experience:

The shirts! The cake! The Birthday kisses! Shila, can I can an invite next year?