Miley Cyrus shines in epi​sode of ‘Black Mirror’ as Ashley O

In case you have been living under a rock, Miley Cyrus not only released the first third of her seventh album, “SHE IS MILEY CYRUS.” But she also starred in an episode of the Netflix series “Black Mirror.” Before she becomes the first person to get on the Billboard Music charts under three different names, it’s time to talk about Miley’s episode on this series. It’s the best of both worlds.

Meet Ashley O, aka Hannah Montana 2.0

Head like a hole, black as your soul

“Black Mirror” is a British Anthology series. So what this means that none of the episodes are standalone episodes and have nothing to do with each other. So can watch Miley’s episode without having to worry about getting caught up first. The series follows what can happen with new technology in modern society and the side effects of what would happen, whether good or bad. If you know what “The Twilight Zone” is, it’s similar to that.

Miley’s episode is entitled “Rachel, Jack, and Ashley Too.” It follows Ashley O, a pop star that is starting to feel the pressure of being something that she doesn’t feel like it’s her. Her management team is doesn’t care and puts creative constrictions on her. Ashley is looked up by a fan named Rachel, who gets an AI doll of Ashley called Ashley Too who she uses to as a friend. Rachel hasn’t been able to make friends since the death of her mother. Rachel’s sister, Jack, isn’t a big fan of Ashley O or the Ashley Too doll.

This episode is a fantastic episode. The episode has issues when it comes to a coherent plot and pacing. There are too many plots going on that it’s all over the place. You think it is going one way, but then it goes another and forgets where it was going to go. Like there was a plot started about Rachel and Jack dealing with the loss of their mother, but it was thrown out during the middle and final act of the episode. Then it gets resolved by the end, but there’s not any real resolution.

The primary arch of the episode is more on Ashley O, and her management controls her so she can be who they want her to be due to how much money she is making for them. Without going too much into the story and spoiling it, it’s incredibly relevant to pop music in this day and again. More so in particular to the #FreeBritney movement that happened a couple of months ago. Honestly, Ashely O has a lot of similarities to Britney Spears.

The pacing of the episode is the biggest problem. It drags through the beginning and part of the middle acts. It’s not dull per se but it doesn’t peak your interest until the true intentions of the Ashley O and her management team come into the light. Most of the beginning is just getting to know Rachel and Jack, which is fine but the plot isn’t really strong enough to carry the show. Especially when it doesn’t proper development.

“Rachel, Jack, and Ashley Too” isn’t a bad episode but rather a good one. It just suffers from too many plots that create a slightly incoherent plot at times and pacing. I do recommend checking it out because Miley’s performance in it was everything. Miley was the highlight of the episode, especially as the Ashley Too doll. I got “Hannah Montana” vibes from the wig, and that’s when nostalgia hit. I liked the episode and hope they do more with Ashley O.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

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Taylor Swift and Katy Perry make up in ‘You Need to Calm Down’

It’s official! A new Taylor Swift era is upon us. Announced on Thursday, June 13th, Taylor would be releasing her seventh studio album “Lover” on August 23. With this announcement, Taylor also blessed us with the second single off of the album entitled “You Need to Calm Down.” And in Taylor Swift fashion, the song made people feel many things.

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Can you not step on my gown

“You Need to Calm Down” is a pop song produced by Taylor and Joel Little, who also worked with her before on “ME!.” The song has an electropop feel that honestly came off as a Carly Rae Jepsen song at first. It has this retro 80s vibe to it. At first, I wasn’t feeling it. But it grew me the more I listened to it. “You Need to Calm Down” is light years better than “ME!” “ME!” isn’t a bad song but it wasn’t up to par with what we usually got from Taylor. Her first singles typically tend not to be as good as the other singles, it just was average.

Lyrically, the song is about dealing with homophobia and people that feel the need to be critical of you without actually knowing you. It’s a song to her internet trolls, and the people are just plain assholes. I like the lyrics. It’s nice to see her do a some like this where it’s just not the average Taylor Swift song about love. While her love songs were great, you can only do so many love songs before it gets overdone.

The music video for the song is probably one of Taylor’s best videos. Her video is always something else, but this video is close to “Bad Blood” level of good. Pretty much, the video is Taylor in a big LGBTQ trailer park living her best life with a lot of famous LGBTQ neighbors. While she and her friends are just having fun, there a bunch of protesters and people hating on them for doing absolutely nothing wrong. The video ends with two protesters leaving and joining Taylor and company during a food fight. The biggest thing out of this video is that KATY PERRY IS IN IT. Her and Taylor hug it out as a hamburger and fries, respectively.

My love for this video knows no bounds because it’s just super fun and shows Taylor using her platform to show support for LGBTQ. There’s even a cute little plug for Taylor’s petition to keep the Equality Act, a piece of legislation that would offer protection for LGBTQ from being fired because they are LGBTQ. Billboard wrote an article about Taylor and the Equality Act. The video came out during Pride month and is just a fun video that covers a serious topic. Again, my love for this video and Taylor Swift knows no bounds.

I highly recommend listening “You Need To Calm Down” and watching the video for it. It sets the tone for what to expect from her newest album “Lover” as well as it’s just a fun Pride/pro-LGBTQ video and song. This song has me more hyped for “Lover” than “ME!” did.

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Miley Cyrus returns to form with ‘She is coming’

After two years of no word on an official album, Miley Cyrus has returned and given the world a new album. But unlike her previous albums, Miley decided to torture us by splitting her album into three different EPs. I think that Miley is just looking to torture us with anticipation. Let’s talk about “SHE IS COMING” from Miley Cyrus. There’s going to be a lot of capitalization.

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Swish, Swish motherf***er

“SHE IS COMING” is the first of three EPs from Miley Cyrus. Along with “SHE IS HER,” and “SHE IS EVERYTHING,” this makes up her seventh studio album, “SHE IS MILEY CYRUS.” Yep, Miley is trying to kill us. “SHE IS COMING” is Miley’s first EP since 2009’s “The Time of Our Lives.” Miley reunites with Mike Will Made It as well as teaming up with Mark Ronson again, whom she previously worked with on their single “Nothing Breaks Like a Heart.”

The EP is the love child if all of her music got together and had a love child. I’ll be frank; I was worried about this album because the promo videos on Miley’s social media made it look like she was making a “Miley Cyrus and her Dead Petz 2.” I don’t know if you remember that album, but it was a hot mess. I was pleasantly surprised when I started listening, and it was more like “Bangerz” meets all her other discography.

The EP is only six songs and it honestly the perfect amount for it. Each song brings something different to the overall feel and theme. It has a little bit of everything. From the female empowerment anthem “Mother’s Daughter” to about having sex and not being the same person as before in “Cattitude,” this EP has something for everyone on the album.

My only complaint with the album is that the flow of the EP is nonexistent. It doesn’t feel like there is no rhyme nor reason. It’s slightly all over the place. It’s not a bad thing, but it does create an uneven listening experience. Like you go from a dance song to two songs that are slower in pace before going back to a dance song. I, personally, would like it to be evener, with the song listing and flow. It feels like 4 out of 6 songs have been slow songs.

“SHE IS COMING” is a great album and feels like the right step in where Miley Cyrus is going with her music. I enjoyed listening to the EP and cannot wait to hear what comes next. I just wished that the album has had a better flow and was more spaced out with the songs. But overall, it’s a good taste of what is next to come, which will be on the EP “SHE IS HERE.” Sidenote: I’d lose my cool if there’s a second album called “SHE IS HANNAH MONTANA.”

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

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Jonas Brother’s return to form with ‘Happiness ​Begins’

It’s been ten years since the world received a gift in the form of a Jonas Brothers album. On Friday, June 7th, we received a gif in the form of the Jonas Brothers’ fifth studio album. Now that we all had a weekend to process and enjoy the record, it’s time that we review “Happiness Begins.” Hopefully you also watched “Chasing Happiness.” It’s a must before you start the album.

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I’m a sucker for you

“Happiness Begins” was the Jonas Brothers’ first album off of their previous label Hollywood Records. They are now on Republic Records, which is the same label that Joe’s side group DNCE is on. The album is less rock and power pop than what we have got in their previous albums. They play around with a few different genres like reggae and country. But there is a definite pop vibe throughout all the songs.

The boys worked with OneRepublic’s and superstar producer Ryan Tedder on the album, and it shows. The songs are well produced and flow very well together. Nick, Joe, and Kevin wrote every song on the album, which makes each song personal. The songs are overly wordy like 95% of their previous songs. I honestly liked the mature lyrics. While they aren’t cleverly sexual like Nick and DNCE’s songs, there still some hints of it.

While the album is well produced and flows very well, the main issue is the fact that it feels more like a “test the waters” album. I get the playing it safe, especially after six years of not releasing anything together, but it hinders, “Happiness Begins.” The singles are strong, but that’s about it. “Don’t Throw it Away” and “Rollercoaster” are bangers but all the songs seem to blend with how they sound. The songs just sound too similar and there isn’t anything in between to separate the songs like a palate cleanser. There’s a difference between having each song carry on the same theme to having it all sound the same. The songs do give off this happy vibe as the title says, but it’s the same happy vibe.

“Happiness Begins” is a delightful and well-produced and written album. It’s an excellent start to reunited Jonas Brothers, but it isn’t anything that has you listening to the album for extended listening. The singles are the standouts but after that, it just the same sound besides a few songs here and there. I do recommend this album because it is a good listen and will bring on the feels. Oh, I do recommend the Target Deluxe track “First.” It’s honestly a bop that doesn’t deserve being a deluxe track.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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