Britney Spears’ iconically underrated album ‘Blackout’ is everything

In case you have been living under a rock the past couple of days, Jamie Lynn Spears was the voice of reason on Instagram. She spoke about the travesty that has been occurred involving one of her sister, Britney Spears, singles “Piece of Me.” Pretty much, Jamie says what we all are thinking: The song is underrated and that it should have wonder a Grammy and should be nominated for a Grammy every year. Because of this, I thought it was fitting that we revisit what is considered her best work. We are going to talk about “Blackout.”

It’s Britney, bitch

“Blackout ” is the fifth studio album from the legendary Britney Spears. It was released in the fall of 2007. The album was recorded and released during Britney’s dark period. It was her first album after having not released one since 2003. There’s an entire backstory for this and we aren’t here for that. Just Google “Britney Spears Original Doll” and you find out all that you need to know. If I’m not mistaken, this is the first album that Britney was executive producing, which just means she made more control over the entire album than what was probably given to her in the past. One of the major producers of the album is Danja. He is featured on many of the songs on the album is pretty much everyone that Britney wants to work with again. The last album he worked with her on was 2008’s “Circus.”

From MTV. ICONIC

The album isn’t like anything that we have gotten before from Britney. It’s more dance-pop and electropop. It’s honestly lightyears ahead of its time. It has dubstep in there and uses it so much better than how it’s used today. The Britney Stan in me would even say that she’s helped make dubstep popular like Cher made auto-tune popular after she did “Believe” back in 1999.

“Blackout” was the album that gave us iconic songs like “Piece of Me” and “Gimme More.” The latter song was performed at 2007 MTV Video Music Awards in an infamous performance. Yep, it’s THAT song. “Piece of Me” literally slayed at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards. It won all the categories it was nominated at. It was coming full circle and show the word that Britney Spears was back, bitch.

This album is just an extremely enjoyable experience from the first song to the last song, excluding the random “Gimme More” remix, are just so good songs. They all fit so well together and just flows well together. Even the meh songs, which are some, are still good. Britney’s vocals on this album are also very good. The people she worked with, including Pharrell Williams, really knew what they were doing and how to work with Britney. They produced this album so well.

“Blackout” had very little promo, for obvious reason, and is vastly underrated and underappreciated. I wish Britney would do another album like this. The closest we would get to it would be her 2011 album “Femme Fatale.” Britney really doesn’t experiment like this anymore. We aren’t going to talk about “Britney Jean” because that album is just a disappointment. Rumor has it that it might be coming but that rumor has been floating around for years.

Now I’m not going to “rate” this album because frankly, I’m going to rate it 5 out of 5. I think everyone should listen to this album as it’s a pop classic. The album is such a classic that it’s in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Yeah, that’s how this album is viewed. I recommend you listen to the album. I really like this album to the point where this is my favorite album of Britney’s. If I had to pick my top five songs on this album, which is extremely hard, it would be “Break The Ice,” “Gimme More,” “Hot as Ice,” “Piece of Me,” and “Get Back” in no particular order.

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Top 5ive: Lindsay Lohan Singles

I don’t know about you but I have been straight up LIVING for Lindsay Lohan’s newest TV venture called “Lindsay Lohan’s Beach Club” I’m all for boss LiLo. She literally takes no prisons in the show and who can blame her. It’s her name, and her brand. I would be doing that same thing. In honor of this, I thought it would be fitting to countdown her biggest singles.

Of course I want my own show LiLo.

“Bossy”

While this wasn’t an official single, it was slated to be the newest single off of her never-released third album. This song is a sleeper bop. It’s not as catchy as her previous song but it was still something that you can jam out to because it has a dance beat. It was released in 2008, it didn’t get the attention it deserves until MTV pulled it out of its life of obscurity. It’s now theme song for “Lindsay Lohan’s Beach Club.” That’s because she’s now a boss bitch. It’s about time that “Bossy” gets into that limelight.

“Confessions of a Broken Heart (Daughter to Father)”

Honestly, This is my favorite song that she has done just because it’s just so raw and emotional. It came off of her second album “A Little More Personal (Raw)” and it was her ode to daddy issues. It was an open letter to her father, Michael, and was just her way to express her feeling. The raspy vocals with the rock feel of the song are so good. Lindsay even directed the video, which was just even better because it was raw, emotional, and just disturbing. I recommend watching the video if you haven’t already.

“Over”

This is a deep cut song off of her first album “Speak.” Sure, it was a single but it was just an underrated single. It’s a pop-rock ballad that has opens with a slow and steady beat before kicking into high gear for a power ballad. The video itself tells the story of the so well. Forbidden love, emotional baggage, and the stereotypical early 2000s garage band singling in the song. I remember thinking that this was scandalous at the time due to the scenes in the camper. sigh. If that camper could talk.

“Rumors”

Lindsay’s first single is probably her most famous and the most relatable until “Confessions of a Broken Heart (Daughter to Father).” It’s a forgot gem unless you stan Lindsay or was around during this time. The song is all about her relationship with the paparazzi and how everyone was trying to start rumors about her. It was the literal precursor to Miley Cyrus’ “Can’t Be Tamed.” I honestly forgot how much of a banger this song was until I turned it up and got down to it. Like, it’s everything.

Honorable Mention

“Drama Girl (That Girl)”

While we can all agree that the movie, “Confessions of A Teenage Drama Queen,” was a dumpster fire train wreck of crap. The song from the song is actually a bop. It’s probably the best part of the entire movie. The song was the final song in the movie was the big final number the movie’s musical portion. The video itself is your standard promotional music video for a movie. It has Lindsay performing in an audition while clips from the movie play in the background. Not iconic to make the list official but something that shouldn’t be totally overlooked

“Ultimate”

While this isn’t an official single and apart of her solo discography, this is probably her best known and loved song. It from her hit 2003 movie “Freaky Friday,” a remake of a Disney movie that came out in 1976. It’s our first glance at the fact that Lindsay had some pipes on her. Before this, she was there but lost in the crowd of her peers. This movie and song are what really pushed Lindsay Lohan into stardom. Without, we wouldn’t be blessed with her talents like we are today.

I highly recommend checking out Lindsay Lohan’s albums because they aren’t all that bad. In fact, I wish we will get more music from her. I need more Lindsay’s music. Also, I need more of that iconic dance that she was doing at her club.

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Top 5ive Iconic Theme songs from The WB

I have developed an addiction to the teen dramas of the late 90s and early 00s. Hulu is currently feeding my addicting and is my drug dealer. And no, this isn’t a sponsor deal. Through, I am totally down for one if Hulu would like to make it one. I’ll even take a Netflix sponsor deal too as they also have a good amount of classic teen shows. I thought it was only fitting that we take a moment to remember the channel that gave us such good memories in the 90s. The WB. It premiered on January 11th in 1995. In the late 90s early 2000s, The WB had literally all the best shows. They also had the most iconic theme songs as well.

In honor of what was a staple to many teens, it’s time to reminisce about their top 5ive iconic theme songs. So these are all song that was raised to their iconic status by the fact their television were everything.

“Save Me” by Remy Zero from “Smallville”

Before there was “Arrow,” The WB had the show “Smallville.” The show followed the origin story of Clark Kent, better known as Superman. It ran for 10 seasons and this show was pretty much everything. I missed it during its original run (I was 10 when it premiered). But the show opening is so iconic that we are still talking about it. Hearing “SOMEBODY SAAAVVVEEE MMEEEE” on your tv just brings back the feels. I need somebody to save me every time I hear it. The video that played was just so cool. Especially towards the end of the series. The explosions at the actor slowly come front and their name appears is everything.

“I Don’t Wanna Be” by Gavin Degraw from “One Tree Hill”

Remember the hunk that was Chad Michael Murray, or CMM? If you don’t, he was Zac Efron before while Zac Efron was on “Summerland.” Well, he was on a little show called “One Tree Hill.” It about two half-brothers and their life on a hill with only one tree. It was pretty much like Dawson’s Creek. For seasons one through four and season eight, they used “I Don’t Wanna Be” by Gavin Degraw as the opening. The way they used the song to was just everything. It starts off nice and slow and building up to kicking into the beat and really setting the tone for what to expect. The song is more iconic than the actual opening video. It’s just kind of blah compared to other iconic openings.

“I Don’t Want to Wait” by Paula Cole from “Dawson’s Creek”

While if you watch the show on Hulu, this song isn’t in the opening but rather just a more awkward song. The opening for “Dawson’s Creek” is probably the most iconic both audio and video. You have a playful song just casually playing in the background while the cast is just chilling there having fun at the creek in Massachusetts. Apparently, it doesn’t snow there or it only does it in small burst. Anyways “I Don’t Want to Wait” still doesn’t fit with the opening but yet it fits with the overall theme of the show. You can’t help but think of James Van Der Beek paddling his little boat up a creek that you can easily walk around or through. Either way, this was the format for all teen drama openings.

“How soon is now?” by Love Spit Love from “Charmed”

“How soon is now?” was pretty much a staple of many 90’s shows and movie. It was most famously featured in the witchcraft movie “The Craft” before it became the anthem for the Aaron Spelling show “Charmed.” Following three powerful witch sisters, “Charmed” had the same feeling that “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” had as it was this kickass show where they found demons and other supernatural themes villains. While the song is no longer there when you binge in the show on Netflix, this theme song is iconic. Even the opening video playing under it had a super cool effect and it just gave off such nice vibe.

Honorable Mention

“‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ Theme” by Nerf Herder from “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”

While this isn’t an actual song, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” is the single most iconic show that the WB gave the world. It would be a tragedy not to mention this show. They took the 1992 movie that wasn’t very good and turned into a teenage masterpiece. The theme for the series just made everything click. While I prefer the newer version of the theme from Season 3 to season 7, it’s still such an iconic theme and opening. The hero shot at the end always makes me smile.

“Where You Lead” by Carole King and Louise Goffin from “Gilmore Girls”

Whether you actually watched this show or not, everyone knows the theme song from “Gilmore Girls.” It just has one of those theme songs that while it gets a tad bit annoying, it’s just an iconic because it perfectly matched the theme and the overall feel of the show. It was a show about small-town life and dealing with what comes up in your life. It’s honestly a show that I didn’t get or find funny until I got older. It’s a funnier version of “Seinfeld.” I’ll end it there before I ruffle too many feathers.

All the shows mentioned above are available on either Netflix and Hulu (hit me up if you are looking to hook up me with a brand deal). I recommend watching all of them because it’s really interesting to see how teen shows have progressed from then and now. Until then, I’ll go back to wishing I was a teen in the late 90s.

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High school gets dark and twisty in ‘Heathers’

The 1980’s were such a strange time. They had big hair, weird fetishes for hairspray, scrunchies, and obsessions for Rob Lowe. Nothing says this more than the movies that came out during this time. This was probably going to be an unpopular opinion movie review because this movie got so hyped up and it ended up leaving me going “is that it?” It’s time that talk about the movie “Heathers.”

Fuck me gently with a chainsaw

“Heathers” was released in 1989, 1988 internationally, and is a black comedy movie. For those that aren’t aware of what a black comedy movie is, it’s just a movie with dark humor. It makes fun of taboo issues. The movie actually has a pretty decent cast of people that would be heavily featured in the 1990s. Shannen Doherty from “Beverly Hills, 90210,” Winona Ryder from a security tape from Saks Fifth Ave., and Christian Salter from “Interview with the Vampire.” It was directed by Michael Lehmann. He really didn’t do anything major.

Sums up this movie perfectly

The movie follows a high school clique, named Heathers. 3 of the members are named Heather. The main character of the movie is a girl named Veronica who begins to question whether or not being popular is worth it. She meets the broody and rebellious new boy at school who shows her a different more dangerous way of life. Once Veronica realizes what the new boy in town is up to, she quickly tries to stop it without ruining the flow of the queen bee.

For me, I think that this move was a tad bit overhyped. It was hyped up like “Mean Girls.” I thought the movie wasn’t bad. In fact, there it’s rather funny in parts with the dark humor. Like it’s fucked up humor. One scene is a girl fake hanging herself and her mother walks in. The girl then reveals that she’s fine just by making a typical teenage girl lines. It’s that kind of humor The movie wasn’t what I expected it to be. I knew it was going to be fucked up but not that fucked up.

The acting in the movie is okay. It’s your typical late 80s/early 90s teen movie. It’s nothing to write home about but it did add to the over the top nature. I can honestly see why people literally love this movie and it has a cult following. It was ahead of its time. If it was made near this time period, then it would have been made differently and probably more successful.

Verdict

“Heathers” wasn’t a bad movie. Looking back, I enjoyed it more than I originally thought I did. It’s iconically over the top. Like there are moments in the movie where I just look and go “what the actual fuck?” I do recommend watching it and making an opinion for yourself. Personally, I probably wouldn’t watch it again or go out of my way to watch it. I can also see why it’s a successful musical.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5

I thought this was fitting since this was my face for most of the movie.

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