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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Top 5ive: Spice Girls

Way back in the day, I did a Top 5ive Spice Girl singles. I decided it was time to recheck and redo the list just to make sure that I still stand by the list that I originally did. Also, I’ve been on a Spice Girl kick since they have done a sort of reunion tour that I’m rather jealous they didn’t bring it to the states. So here’s the Top 5ive Spice Girls singles.

5. 2 become 1

It’s the Spice Girl’s sex song. It’s a song about having a connection with someone and using protection when you are having sex with that person. I bet you didn’t realize that until now. My childhood was shook. Especially since Baby Spice, Emma Bunton, has all the sexy lines. It’s the sexiest yet cleanest song about sex ever. The music video was also pretty cool. The girls singing and moving slowly as the fast pace world moves around them. See the metaphor yet? I know, that was deep for 1996.

4. Goodbye

It’s the first song after Ginger Spice, Geri Halliwell, left. And it’s an amazing song. The vocals on the song are killer. It was their “goodbye” to the fellow spice. Many also thought it was them signaling that they were ending the group, which they did due two years later. Fun fact: this song was released two years before the album got released. The lyrics tug on your heart-strings as they sing “no, no, no, no” beautiful as the hook. The music video is beautiful as well. “Goodbye” is the breakup anthem of the late 90’s for friendships and relationships. Oh, and you need to listen to the Orchestra version. It’s sooo much better.

3. Spice Up Your Life

The unofficial anthem of the Spice Girls, this song is just killer. It’s just one of those feel good songs that you just get up and dance to and chant with it like you are in a cult. No one is really sure what the words mean nor what the words are, but you just can’t help but sing a lot. While the futuristic video was an amazing idea, the iconic entrance and performance from their movie “Spice World” is what really stick into your mind. That entire movie is such an underrated classic but that’s not what we are talking about. Honestly, this song should be on any “get amped” playlist.

2. Wannabe

The song is iconic. It’s the first single they ever released. It took the world by storm. The lyrics may not make any sense at time, it was really just the wording, but it set the tone for what to expected with the Spice Girls. It also had everyone wondering what does it mean to “ziga ziga ah.” According to UrbanDictionary, the term “ziga ziga ah” means things of sexual nature….let’s just pretend that I never looked it up. Anyways, it’s the song that everyone knows and everyone sings along to. It’s pretty much everyone’s jam. You’re welcome for getting this stuck in your head.

Honorable Mention

“Who Do You Think You Are”

Frankly, this is an underrated bop of the Spice Girls. It’s a late 90’s disco jam that came off of their first album. It’s just a fun song that you can get down to and just relieve whatever crap is going on in your life. Mel C, Sporty Spice, vocals on the song are what stands out. Especially towards the end of the song. And the video is iconic as it’s pretty much everyone dream. It’s them a hip and trendy club. It may or may not be a gay club. We stan.

1. Viva Forever

This is the song that showed a more serious side of the Spice Girls. While the music video kind of sucked, honestly it was weird. There’s children and puppy fairies. It’s just a lot to process and handle. It’s their signature song that they used it as the title of the musical based off of their music. Unlike the musical, everyone pretty much loved the song. It was also the last single to have Geri before her departure in the Spring of 1998. It’s very fitting for that as well because of the song’s theme of Friendship.

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