• artRAVE Experience, 5/12/14

    Mag 13 2014, 20:39

    Mon 12 May – artRave: The ARTPOP Ball
    Let me begin with the people. They were dressed with outfits based off G.U.Y., they also had dreadlocks, there were cross-dressers, there were Lady Gaga t-shirts (I wore my Applause shirt), and just your basic, less-spirited dressers. I even saw someone with a Taylor Kinney shirt on! Before the first opening act, someone kindly invited me into the pit, as I was standing near the ARTPOP Lounge. So I joined in on the fun. I had a conversation with someone who asked me if this was my first Lady Gaga concert.. sadly, yes it was. I was surrounded by my people. Some girl comes in wearing a Madonna-ish suit, and sat down in the pit, and everyone was staring and laughing at her, which I believe is NOT what the artRAVE is about, so I just kindly ignored those rude people. During the near end of the show, a drunk lady just comes around, oh boy, you would NOT believe the amount I've seen that were drunk, there was one in front of me, dancing to EVERY song!!
    Now, for the opening acts, during Hatsune Miku, my area of the stage (I was below the runway leading out to the crowd), just stood there. No one could understand her. Obviously who would if she only sung Japanese? Now onto Lady Starlight, I thought she was better than Hatsune. Everyone actually moved, so that was a plus!
    Onto the better part, LADY GAGA. The interludes were fabulous. I got crunk during the interlude that contained Jewels N' Drugs. When the first song came on, I swore my hearing just completed screwed out. I could barely her talking during the show. But everytime she mentioned DC, everyone went HAYWIRE!! During G.U.Y., it was still the same: everyone singing the words, dancing, pumping their fists (me being one of them). During the end, everyone was shouting NEIN ZEDD and I was so pumped by then, OMG. During Donatella, everyone was speaking the spoken intro and we're singing the background parts to the chorus like mad! For Fashion!, Gaga went to the piano and played during the song, and she done it justice! Then we had a very short intermission before VENUS came along. Speaking of, during the song, I put my hands up in the classic V-formation. For MANiCURE, everyone was jumping when Gaga was jumping! With Cake Like Lady Gaga, I lipped the words in front of my father (who dislikes cursing). I had no mind! Then, here comes Just Dance, EVERYONE is singing the classic introduction, and we were all jumping and fist pumping. For my favorite song, Poker Face, I got a lot excited for it! AHHH! I was way too in the moment! Unfortunately, I barely remember Telephone. Partynauseous = AMAZING. Then came into an interlude. Now comes Paparazzi, I felt big emotion, and I think it's safe to say everyone in the room did too! During Do What U Want, Gaga showed off AMAZING, PERFECT, FLAWLESS vocals! She went to the piano for Born This Way, beginning a wonderful speech, it was so beautiful. She incorporated DC into the acoustic version of the song and we all went HAYWIRE! Then the Jewels N Drugs interlude, Gaga actually went INTO the pit, YES, INTO. THE. PIT. And Aura, everyone was doing the trademark HA HA HA intro and then we she commanded us to dance, we did... HARDCORE. Before Sexxx Dreams, everyone threw just about anything on the stage. Gaga read a few notes about the fans thanking her for saving their lives and invited those lucky ones backstage! Jealous! Now Sexxx Dreams, we all sung every part, spoken & sung, and we did not miss a damn beat. Unfortunately, during Mary Jane Holland, Gaga cut out my favorite part of the song. BUT, during it, WEED LEAF CONFETTI! During Alejandro, she told us to part our hands up and JUMP, she goes "I know you know the words to this!" and indeed we did. With our hands up and singing the song. During an 'interlude' with an instrumental called Ratchet, Gaga literally stripped right in front of the crowd. Now, here comes everyone's favorite song, Bad Romance. During the song, I did part of the choreo in the pits and she tells us to put our paws up, and we sure did. For Applause, she was right above me with her neon-high school clad outfit and danced. Before Applause, she said that this was the worst part of the show, saying goodbye. Now, Swine... OH MY GOD. This put the RAVE in artRAVE. We screamed and shouted SWINE all over the damn place! WOO. Now here we are waiting for an encore for about 5 minutes, and out she comes for the final song, Gypsy. When the album version kicked in, we all jumped for our lives! And was saddened that she had to go. During then, I was informed by my father that I was shown on screen, YAAAS. For basically 85% of the show, I got to see the flawless ass. And that, my friends, is the story of the artRAVE. 5.12.2014 Brandon Harris.
  • Review: Luke Bryan - Spring Break 6...Like We Ain't Ever - EP

    Mar 11 2014, 4:37

    We all know him. We all love him. He shakes it. He brings it. And he slays the country game. That's right, Luke Bryan is back for Spring Break! He just released an EP to celebrate the season! A short review it will be, but who cares? Here we go!
    *''She Get Me High'' - When I review music, I put the songs on shuffle to see if anything can surprise me even more than just going in order. Well, this was the last one, and it felt like it deserved to be. The beat and lyrics are just AMAZING. Everything about this track is really good.
    *''Like We Ain't Ever'' - A very "We Owned The Night" beat. His vocals are like "I am gonna take your troubles and throw them into the trash!", hell, I need that. There is something in the springtime air.. it is called, slayage.
    *''Night One'' - This sounds more like a summer song. I can see myself in the water on Gulf Shores in the dead of night and imagining a very fantasy-like video. His voice remains very soothing and relaxed, which makes this song all the more amazing.
    *''Are You Leaving With Him'' - Whoa. Very video gamey intro, reminds me of something of Super Mario 64's water worlds. If I had the choice, I would leave with you. If she don't, well she is a bit too stupid.
    *''Good Lookin' Girl'' - I got myself swaying side to side and my fingers snapping. Now I want a sex change so I could pretend he's talking to me.
    *''The Sand I Brought To the Beach'' - "A real sad story y'all". it is. But Luke, you can just forget that little heifer and keep doing your spring break thing! You brought the sand to the beach, but I say she tried to take it back, but you know, get even more sand!
  • A Good Partying Playlist

    Dic 31 2013, 6:24

    Need something to dance to? Bored? Having a party? Have no fear. I have made a playlist for such an occasion! The playlist I made has 80 songs, but I'm obviously not going to bore with all that, so I'll shorten it for you :)

    • Ashley Tisdale
    - Crank It Up
    • Beyoncé
    - Run the World (Girls)
    Britney Spears
    - Gimme More
    - Freakshow
    - I'm A Slave 4 U
    - Work Bitch
    - Till The World Ends
    - Me Against the Music w/ Madonna (Rishi Rich's Desi Kulcha Remix)
    • Christina Aguilera
    - Not Myself Tonight
    • Calvin Harris
    - Need Your Love w/ Ellie Goulding
    • Enrique Iglesias
    - Dirty Dancer w/ Usher & Lil Wayne
    - I Like It w/ Pitbull
    • Katy Perry
    - Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.) w/ Missy Elliott
    • Ke$ha
    - Tik Tok
    - Blow
    - Die Young
    - C'mon
    • Lady Gaga
    - G.U.Y.
    - Venus
    - Do What U Want w/ R. Kelly
    - Marry the Night
    - Scheiße
    - Heavy Metal Lover
    - Just Dance w/ Colby O'Donis
    - Poker Face
    - Telephone w/ Beyoncé
    • Madonna
    - Music
    - Celebration (Benny Benassi Remix Edit)
    • Nicki Minaj
    - Pound The Alarm
    - Starships
    • Rihanna
    - S&M w/ Britney Spears
    - Where Have You Been
    - We Found Love w/ Calvin Harris
    • Robin Thicke
    - Give It 2 U w/ Kendrick Lamar
    • Selena Gomez (and the Scene)
    - Birthday
    - Slow Down
    - Naturally
    • Shania Twain
    - Party For Two (Pop Version)
    • will.i.am
    - Scream & Shout w/ Britney Spears

    Remember, party and be a slut!
  • Favorite Songs & Albums of 2013

    Dic 30 2013, 6:11

    As 2013 comes to a close, I'd like to share with you all my favorite tracks and albums from the year, and yes, this does include my Top 10 from 2013.

    SONGS
    1) Lady Gaga - G.U.Y.
    2) Britney Spears - Work Bitch*
    3) Calvin Harris / Ellie Goulding - I Need Your Love
    4) Selena Gomez - Slow Down
    5) Kelly Clarkson - People Like Us
    6) Lady Gaga - Venus
    7) Selena Gomez - Come & Get It
    8) Natalia Kills - Problem
    9) Katy Perry / Juicy J - Dark Horse
    10) Bastille - Pompeii
    11) Britney Spears - Ooh La La
    12) Carrie Underwood - See You Again
    13) Kelly Clarkson - Tie It Up
    14) Darius Rucker - Wagon Wheel
    15) Lady Antebellum - Goodbye Town
    16) Luke Bryan - That's My Kind Of Night
    17) The Band Perry - Done.
    18) OneRepublic - Counting Stars

    ALBUMS
    1) The Band Perry - Pioneer
    2) Bastille - Bad Blood
    3) BEYONCÉ
    4) Britney Spears - Britney Jean
    5) Cassadee Pope - Frame By Frame
    6) Hunter Hayes - Encore
    7) Justin Timberlake - The 20/20 Experience
    8) Katy Perry - Prism
    9) Kelly Clarkson - Wrapped in Red
    10) Lady Antebellum - Golden
    11) Lady Gaga - ARTPOP
    12) Luke Bryan - Crash My Party
    13) Natalia Kills - Trouble
    14) Selena Gomez - Stars Dance*

    *Top Favorite of the Year
  • My Top Songs & Albums of 2013

    Dic 3 2013, 14:18

    - TOP 10 ALBUMS

    10. Cassadee Pope - Frame By Frame
    9. Hunter Hayes - Hunter Hayes: ENCORE
    8. The Band Perry - Pioneer
    7. Britney Spears - Britney Jean
    6. Bastille - Bad Blood
    5. Natalia Kills - Trouble
    4. Lady Antebellum - Golden
    3. Kelly Clarkson - Wrapped In Red
    2. Lady Gaga - ARTPOP
    1. Selena Gomez - Stars Dance

    - TOP 10 SONGS

    10. OneRepublic - Counting Stars
    9. Luke Bryan - That's My Kind of Night
    8. Darius Rucker - Wagon Wheel
    7. Lady Gaga - Venus
    6. Carrie Underwood - See You Again
    5. Natalia Kills - Problem
    4. Bastille - Pompeii
    3. Selena Gomez - Slow Down
    2. The Band Perry - Done.
    1. Britney Spears - Work Bitch
  • Review: Britney Spears - Britney Jean

    Nov 26 2013, 5:04

    After taking a while off the music scene, superstar Britney Spears, has been working on a very personal (as she says) record. Bits and pieces of it tell me so. You want to hear my take on it? No, well too bad.

    • "Alien" - One of my favorites! Trust me Britney, if I have anything to say about it, you won't be alone. Her vocals + the beat = a match made in heaven.
    • "Work Bitch" - You wanna hot body? You wanna Bugatti? You wanna Maserati? You better dance bitch. The EDM really has infected the queen of pop. But she puts the beat down and she puts it down... hardcore. My favorite track released in 2013. You wanna hate this song? You better leave bitch.
    • "Perfume" - The second single written by Spears and international pop star, Sia. The lyrics are creative by using perfume as somewhat a metaphor. Spears makes much emotion for this wonderful song. Current girlfriend, watch out for the ex-girlfriend because she just might take him back!
    • "It Should Be Easy" - Autotune much? Of course we know why, will.i.am touched it. Britney is fabulous without autotune so why it came out this way is a slap. Although, the beat is great.
    • "Tik Tik Boom" - What an intro! The lyrics are far too provocative. But who cares? This features T.I., which is a good choice for this. I can only say one word about this track: sexual.
    • "Body Ache" - A definite club banger and a fan favorite. The twerk anthem on the album. There's really no other way to describe this flawless track. But I have two words for you: just dance.
    • "Til It's Gone" - A very personal song. Poor girl, heartbroken. Of course, it also turns into a club banger. This reminds me of a track by Britney, titled "He About To Lose Me". Girls and guys, hold on to your lovers.
    • "Passenger" - One of my most anticipated tracks! Bhangra intro, nice! Now hit it! Now let's be honest, if you think she means by being a passenger in a vehicle, your mind isn't sexual enough. Girl can get it, especially with the rock vibe!
    • "Chillin' with You" - A country sound, awesome! This features her younger sister, Jamie Lynn Spears, who is a rising country artist, so the sound of it doesn't surprise me. I don't know how I feel whenever I hear "witchu". Her sister sounds like Lizzie McGuire whenever she sang. Having these two in one track is wonderful! Whoever thought of this collaboration, bless you.
    • "Don't Cry" - The intro has no flaws whatsoever. The whistling fits in within this track. The emotion she puts behind it really just does it well. No, I'm not crying because of how great it is, I'm just... ugh leave me alone!
  • Review: Lady Gaga - ARTPOP

    Nov 3 2013, 0:06

    It has been since the year 2011 that pop superstar, Lady Gaga, has released an album. After a hip injury, she had returned with the highly-anticipated album "ARTPOP", which everyone has been dying for. I am here to give you all a review on this album to give you a sort of idea on how the album sounds.

    • "Aura" - This track reminds me of one of her tracks "Americano" with it's spanish-ness. And then after "HAHA" & "AURA", we hit the dance scene with her raspy voice. I LOVE the chorus, her voice sounds so innocent. The "Dance. Sex. Art. Pop." is very amazing with it's robotic femininity,
    • "Venus" - A track already released before the album. A part of the lyrics allude to a Sun Ra track. This song is a definite club-banger. If this existed earlier this year, I would have actually enjoyed my astronomy class.
    • "G.U.Y." - My most anticipated track. And with that said, I always have expectations for my anticipated tracks. The intro is flawless! I feel like I'm playing a retro video game. The most club-banger out of all the tracks. This Gaga/Zedd-produced track just outdone the whole album.
    • "Sexxx Dreams" - This was one of the songs performed at iTunes Festival. And the "ah" in here makes it a lot sexxxual and hot. The grooviness is just muy bien. And the speaking parts just help out the sexxxualness. This is like a female version of Enrique Iglesias's "Tonight (I'm F***** You)" with it's very out-there lyrics.
    • "Jewels n' Drugs" (featuring T.I., Too $hort and Twista) - I wish I could understand what these rappers are saying, cause all I hear is chicken calling. I definitely preferred this at the iTunes Festival. Gaga singing trap-hop is very unusual, but this is Gaga we're talking about.
    • "MANiCURE" - Very valley girl, very "Mickey". Her raspiness helps out very much with this song. Although I don't get why the i in the track name is lower-case vs. all the others. I feel like this is a pop version of "Cake Like Lady Gaga", especially because of the trap at the end.
    • "Do What U Want" (featuring R. Kelly) - A promo single gone to being the second single. This track puts Gaga in the world of R&B, with it's feel and with the inclusion of R. Kelly. The production throughout this is just amazing. No flaws, very smooth.
    • "ARTPOP" - This reminds of me Selena Gomez's "Love You Like a Love Song" with a dash of TLC. It's like Heaven on steroids, especially the lyric "We could belong together. ARTPOP".
    • "Swine" - I LOVED THIS when she performed it at the iTunes Festival. It's very dancy and it reminds me of "Marry the Night" because of it's high-energy. The squeals & the screams make it all amazing. I describe "Marry the Night" as a seizure on the dancefloor. Well, "Swine" is joining the club!
    • "Donatella" - The talking intro is so funny & cool. This alludes to fashion icon, Donatella Versace, obviously. I honestly have nothing much to say because I'm no fashion technic. But the beats are on point, especially at the end. The talking portions are just awesome!
    • "Fashion!" - When this was revealed for the track listing, we thought this was a remake of her 2008 track of the same name. The 80s feel makes it flawless. Noticed the "Marry the Night" reference? I just died a bit as it is one of my favorites. The '80s called, they love it!
    • "Mary Jane Holland" - The beat reminds me of her track "Bloody Mary" with the tempo of this album's track "G.U.Y." (as judging from the snippet). I can imagine her fans dressing up as Princess High (what Gaga dressed as for Halloween in 2012) and getting high to this live. And she said no 'high' songs on this album, looks like someone lied to us. I forgive you, Gags. The dubstep-ness in this is just FLAWLESS to the core. LADIES & GENTLEMEN, MARY JANE HOLLAND!
    • "Dope" - Formerly known as "I Wanna Be With You". I don't like ballads. But I like her voice in this, it captures much emotion. It reminds me of her Fame Monster track, "Speechless".
    • "Gypsy" - I love this. Aside the fact it is considered a ballad, I consider it just plain pop, which is a good thing. When her voice goes a bit high during her singing a portion of the lyrics is so "We Are Young".
    • "Applause" - The lead single. It first premiered in August 2013. It has a very synthy swag to it with just a drop of dance. I believe this alludes to Gaga's hip injury. We all know she loves the stage and being away from it kills her inside. And the fact that it's the last track is very coincidental on her part.
  • Review: Kelly Clarkson - Wrapped In Red

    Nov 1 2013, 7:06

    We all know Kelly Clarkson. It's impossible to go everywhere and not hear a song by her. The Grammy winner has released a Christmas album "Wrapped in Red" and I am here to review it track-by-track. Let's go, shall we?

    • "Wrapped in Red" - The title track sets off into a vast wonderland of traditional and originally composed holiday songs. A warm welcome to the album. The "oooh"'s are very whispy and smoothed out with perfection.
    • "Underneath the Tree" - Very lively! This reminds me of another holiday song, "My Only Wish (This Year)" by Britney Spears. Of course this one is more of a traditional holiday track. The jazziness just adds onto the excitement!
    • "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" - I can imagine this playing during the ending credits to The Polar Express. You feel so relaxed and calm. In my imagination, I also see a short child putting the star on top of the tree with the help of a parent.
    • "Run Run Rudolph" - A very rockin' track! It's like an exciting version of "Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree". Definitely my favorite!
    • "Please Come Home for Christmas (Bells Will Be Ringing)" - This track sounds very R&B with (obviously) holiday sounds. This sounds a bit depressing at first, but if you can't tell by the title, it is a plea. Kelly's vocals always match with songs like this.
    • "Every Christmas" - An original penned by Kelly, herself, with Aben Eubanks. The jazziness brings all the more merry into this song. Kelly continues with that voice of her's and just makes it all worth it.
    • "Blue Christmas" - It sounds like Elvis is singing to me, but as a female. I always think of Elvis when I hear this, so Kelly kept that thinking alive, but (as said) as a female. I can also imagine them singing it together.
    • "Baby, It's Cold Outside'' - A duet with former Brooks And Dunn member, Ronnie Dunn. As if Kelly's voice wasn't smooth enough, the addition of Ronnie really helps out. It's like they're telling a story to one another. I love this, this definitely has to be one of my favorite duets. It's something you hear while being near the fireplace and drinking that hot cocoa!
    • "Winter Dreams (Brandon's Song)" - Gee, I wonder who Brandon is. I hope it's me! Just kidding, it's her husband. I think of those little snow worlds in those New Super Mario Bros. games when I hear this. Love the reference to Bing Crosby (whose famous single is "White Christmas" that went on to become one of the best selling singles of all time).
    • "White Christmas" - I've heard a lot of renditions of this track (one being by Lady Gaga). This first began with Bing Crosby and become the top selling song of all time. But enough of that, this is Kelly's version. She makes it sound so soothing. I feel relaxed and at ease with this. Of course what's a rendition of this without a piano!?
    • "My Favorite Things" - This was once recorded by the legendary Julie Andrews. Kelly makes this traditional song very exciting and lively. The instrumentation brings in more exciting while the vocals lively.
    • "4 Carats" - The rock portion is like Elvis and Springsteen's winter love child. The rock and the jingle makes me feel like I'm in a winter version of High School Musical. Imagine Sharpay singing this!
    • "Just for Now'' - It starts off cheery and then kicks in with the piano and the vocals. Her voice in this song is very smooth and precise. The song's message is to say "can we all just calm down and enjoy something for once". Of course I could be wrong. The orchestration behind the song leads this to be a tend dramatic.
    • "Silent Night" - A duet with two female country superstars, Trisha Yearwood & Reba McEntire. I've heard a few renditions of this traditional song, but this one just tops the cake for me. Having it as a more-than-one person song seems to be very fitting. Trisha's portion just captures a lot of feeling within this track. Reba's trademark voice continues in this song and it fits just right and I'm glad she was one of the collaborators on the album. And then when all three come together, it just makes it a triple threat!

    Well there ya have it, my review of Kelly Clarkson's holiday album "Wrapped in Red"! I hope you all do enjoy this album as much as I do!
  • Review: Selena Gomez - Stars Dance

    Lug 20 2013, 1:47

    As an established actress and musician, Selena Gomez has had all the best success for a woman of her age. With this album, Selena pushes out of her comfort zone and has a more edgier and rougher side to her. She says this is the hardest she's worked on a record, and it clearly shows. She also says that Britney Spears has been an influence on the record, that influence can clearly be heard in songs like "Slow Down", "Undercover", "Save the Day" and "Love Will Remember". It is clear that there is some Rihanna influence on the album, heard in "Like A Champion" and the top 10 platinum hit "Come & Get It". Now everyone wonders... which songs are about Justin Bieber. As we know, they had begun dating around 2011 and called off their relationship in early 2013. There clearly are some tracks that relate to the relationship, as "Love Will Remember" shows the most personal side of Selena none of us have ever seen. Also, I feel as though this is sort of like Britney Spears' "He About To Lose Me", off of the pop queen's album Femme Fatale. The most oddball song off the album has to be "Birthday", as Selena introduces a more provocative side to her. We hear another new side of Selena, rap. In the middle of the song "Write Your Name", she makes it seem as if she's pro at it (obviously covering a Nicki Minaj song really helped). Probably another oddball track, is "B.E.A.T.". A lot have compared this to fellow dancepop singer Dev's "Bass Down Low". Although I do agree it has a Dev feel to it, it certainly doesn't sound like the aforementioned track. "Stars Dance", the title track kicks in with an orchestrated beat, and then we hear a bit of dubstep influence in the track. It's not one of my favorites, but I do LOVE the line "I can make the stars dance". Note: Selena has said that dubstep master-Skrllex has been an influence on the album as well. We heard a song that leaked in 2012 titled "Rule the World", and needless to say, I wasn't that much of a fan of it, but the lyrics are so interesting."Our love was made to the rule the world/you came and broke the perfect girl". Now the song is titled "Forget Forever", which I think is another shady track off this record, the new title in my opinion, fits better than the leaked title. Now onto the bonus tracks. My favorite is not on the iTunes edition, but on the Target edition: "I Like It That Way". Selena is very shady like in this track: "You're so hot.... NOT!" Ha! This, "Love Will Remember" and "Forget Forever" are the shadiest tracks on the record in my opinion. Another Target edition track, "Lover In Me", which was composed by Gomez, really shows her hand at songwriting, she proves that while she doesn't write half her songs, she can still write. I do have another least favorite, "Music Feels Better", it seems as though Selena went back to her teenpop ways versus the edgier side of herself. And finally, "Nobody Does It Like You", which is decent, but the intro is FANTASTIC! I'd say Selena has outdone herself with this record and will hopefully continue to go into a more edgier side to herself.
  • Favorite Songs of 2012.

    Dic 23 2012, 18:01