Ariana Grande brings Christmas cheer in ‘Christmas Kisses’

Welcome to Ariana Fridays! Every Friday leading up to Christmas, I’ll be review Ariana Grande Christmas catalog. She happens to have two EPs and  one single. Nothing brings Christmas cheer like Ariana Grande.

It’s the first Friday in December! Do you know what that means? Only 18 days until Christmas. As you have a massive heart attack because you haven’t finished your Christmas shopping, it’s time to go down memory lane  and reminisce about Ariana Grande’s first ever Christmas EP “Christmas Kisses.” Also, I swear this isn’t being an Ariana Grande fan site. It just happens she’s a queen and I appreciate a queen being a queen. Welcome to the first edition of Ariana Fridays!

“Christmas Kisses” was released in December of 2013. Instead of having all the songs come out on the EP release date, each song was released individually as single the weeks leading up to the release date. This was done similar to Justin Bieber and how he did his album “Journals,” which was also released in the same month.  It’s like they have the same manger or something. 

The EP features four songs on it. Two of the songs are covers while the other two songs are original Christmas songs. The album is a good mix of pop and R&B. It’s similar in style to her debut album “Yours Truly.” The album has a good flow when it comes to the layout and progression of the EP. It starts out fast paced and extremely upbeat before ending on a much relaxing and slower pace. The EP has this old-school Britney Spears and Mariah Carey feel to it. 

The two covers are of “Last Christmas” and “Santa Baby,” which also features former “VICTORiOUS” co-star Liz Gillies. Both songs Ariana put her own spin on to where they are still the same songs you know and love but more update to date. This is more so apparent in “Last Christmas” where she added in a new verse. This is the kind of covers of Christmas music I want to hear. She adds something new to the songs and not let it be just the same old song. 

The two original songs, “Love in Everything,” and “Snow in California” are good songs but they aren’t that memorable as the other two. They aren’t bad songs but they are just average. “Love is Everything” is such as better song compared to “Snow in California.” It’s just too corny with the lyrics. It’s even too corny for Christmas music standards. “Snow in California” is just meh. It’s not bad but it’s not good. It just feels like filler on the album. It’s also not as lyrically strong as the rest of the album. 

Verdict

“Christmas Kisses” is great first Christmas EP but it’s nothing too great. The covers on the album are the highlights while the original songs are something that most people will just gloss over. I do recommend this EP as it’s good music to have on in the background during this holiday season. You will mainly be listening to the covers. 

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

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Ariana Grande releases docuseries about ‘Dangerous Woman’ series

Still feeling like a Dangerous Woman

On Thursday, November 29th Ariana Grande pulled a Shane Dawson and released a docuseries that focused on her 2017 “Dangerous Woman” tour. “Dangerous Woman Diaries” were highly anticipated as it was a behind the scenes look at the tour and looked like it would also have performances on there. The release of this docuseries also happens to hype her newest video “Thank U, Next.” Well timed, Miss Butera, well timed.

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Before I go any further into the review, let’s get one thing straight: I’m very glad she released the “Dangerous Woman Diaries.” I wasn’t able to go to see the tour so I didn’t experience it. I’m stating this first because here is the part where I have to nonobjective and review it like I would any other. As a Ariana Grande fan, I enjoyed it. But as a journalist and reviewer, I had mixed feelings. 

“Dangerous Woman Diaries” is pretty much your standard concert movie. It full of the performances from the tour as well as little behind the scenes bits from tour and Ariana’s life. It’s split into four different episodes: one episode covers “Sweetener” and the other three is the tour and performances. It’s all amateur footage as well. So there are times where it’s like you are literally watching the video on YouTube, which is where the series is ironically, and there’s also times that it looks likes a full production.

I honestly liked how personal the series felt. You got a closer look at what’s its like to be on tour with Ariana as well as got to get see how close their crew is thoughout the tour. The footage help and hurt the overall experience. While the raw handy cam footage worked for those personal moments, it hurt the performances. There was times where you would have professional HD footage that look something that you would get on a full fledge concert DVD. Then it go to handy cam footage that was good quality but something that you would have found on YouTube from a fan. It’s sketchy but not as clear as the previous footage. It literally looks like a fan-made DVD of the concert. There you go, I said it!

I can forgive the fan-made DVD aspect but here are the unforgive able things that I just can’t let slide. After the first episode, they have given “Dangerous Woman Diaries” a TV-MA. What is funny about that is the fact it’s still censored. And it’s not like casually censored. Take her performance of “Everyday.” When she sings “He’s giving me that good shit/that makes me not quit,” a loud and obnoxious bleep is played when shit comes up. This is for most swear words like that you don’t really ear on TV before 9 PM.  I’m pretty sure she just trolling us but like, why? Why give something a TV-MA rating and have it censored like that? I reminded me of that Miley concert DVD that did the same thing. It’s unnecessary and making me think it’s going to uncensored. We’ve heard Ariana swear before so don’t censor it.

The fact that this entire docuseries seems like a half-assed rush job is the biggest downfall. Between the editing and some of the things they decided to do with it, I feel like Frankie edited for 50k followers, a pack of glitter, and 50 cents in iMovie. It’s less of the concert footage but more so on the overall product. Like the last episode, which covers the Manchester bombings, is just one rushed product.

Some of the performances aren’t the full songs. The parts about the bombings are just blocks of text letter before an emotional performance of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” Like if they combined the two, it would have been some much better. Also would have added me or emotion to it. Reading that letter killed any emotion. I don’t if it was supposed to be like that or a last minute decision. I just wish they would have spent more time on the entire series.

Verdict

“Dangerous Woman Diaries” isn’t a bad docuseries at all. Again, I enjoyed it as a Ariana Grande fan. It allowed me to see what everyone was talking about when they discussing her tour. The rushed final product and the unneeded censorship on something that’s rated TV-MA is really what brought it down a little bit. I do recommend watching this. It does give you more insight on “Sweetener” and Ariana herself. All of the “Dangerous Woman Diaries” episodes is currently available on YouTube Premium, formerly YouTube Red. If you don’t have YouTube Premium, then one will released a week. Again, I do recommend checking it out. 

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

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Ashley Tisdale returns with new single ‘Voices In My Head’

There’s still that he said, she said

It’s been almost 10 years since Ashley Tisdale, the queen of Disney Channel in the mid 2000s to late 2010s (fight me on that), has given us a official album and single. Ashley is underrated and underappreciated. She have given us bop after bop and who do we all talk about? It’s the sledgehammer licking Molly Cyprus, tattooed Debbie Lovelotto, and that Bieber loving Seoulina Gomez. Don’t worry, Ashley is back and here to make every remember her name, like they don’t already.
My thoughts after listening to “Voices In My Head”
“Voices In My Head” is Ashley Tisdale bopthem (yep! I still making it happen). It shows a mature Ashley as she talks about dealing with anxiety and depression with her newest album “Symptoms.” I’m all here for this mature Ashley because the highlight of the entire thing is her saying fuck. That’s right, Sharpay Evans released a song with dropping the F bomb. Ashley Tisdale has only had one fuck to give and she gave it in this song. I’m all for this era for Ashley Tisdale. Sure, “Headstrong” was probably her best era. I’m shook from listening to this song. “Voice In My Head” is everything. It’s still a pop bop that she’s known for but all hits the acoustic vibes that we were loving on her YouTube channel. If you don’t know anything about music on YouTube, then you are greatly missing out on the gems she’s been giving us. Take a listen to the new single below:
https://youtu.be/o5hTJ7tCssA

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Poppy gets edgy and deep with newest album ‘Am I A Girl?’

She’s your internet girl

Everyone’s favorite YouTube star has released her second album on Halloween of all days. No, it’s not JoJo Siwa. She did team up with Jake Paul for something. I’m talking about Poppy. Everybody loves Poppy. Everyone wants to be her.

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“Am I A Girl?” is Poppy’s second album. Honestly, this is her second strongest release to date. Her strongest was her EP that she released as That Poppy called “Bubblebath.” It’s very much so underrated.  So is some of the promo singles released too. “Am I A Girl?” is a mix of electronic pop music and rock music. I really enjoyed the rock part of the album. I want an entire rock album from her. Her vocals sound extreme good with a metal backing. It was something that was unexpected when I started to listen to “Am I A Girl?” I wasn’t the biggest fan of her first album “Poppy. Computer.” It wasn’t a bad album but it just fell short of what it could have been. It might have been the fact that “Bubblebath” was so good. The lyrics on this album is honestly everything. They have a deep meaning with them. The album is split into different segments. As you get go through the album, the more edgy and rock/metal it gets. There’s even some iconic lines in there that is will make you laugh and just die because they are iconic. I highly recommend giving “Am I A Girl?” a listen. It’s all bops with extremely good and catchy lyrics are meaningful. I love me a catchy tune with a great message. Poppy is still the queen of the Internet.  I hope she is able to capitalize on this album and ride it the metal road into the future.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

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