Ariana Grande’s EP ‘Christmas & Chill’ sets new standards for Christmas music

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 last Friday before Christmas and we are onto our final Ariana Friday. I know, you are very sad like I am but hey, at least we made it here together. And don’t worry, this one will be shorter than the last two. So bundle up and get ready for as it’s time to review Ariana Grande’s final Christmas EP “Christmas and Chill.” 

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Released back in 2015, “Christmas and Chill is a quick and easy album that you can easily breeze faster than you can breeze through an episode of “Riverdale.” Each song is a little under three minutes long and there are only six songs all today on the album.  It’s short, sweet, and to the point.

Ariana is her Christmas form

Now, this isn’t your grandmothers Christmas music. This is pretty much Christmas sex music. It’s not too vulgar but it’s dirty enough to where you get what’s she’s trying to get at. Ariana wants Santa to cuddle with her under the mistletoe after he comes down her chimney.

The EP isn’t bad. In fact, the beats for the sounds are catchy. I highly enjoyed all of the songs on there. They were fresh and original. The biggest flaw of this album is the length of the songs. While they aren’t too short, it was would have been a much better listening experience if they were longer. The album just has you leaving more. It’s like its teasing more but there’s nothing more to tease. It’s like we got a taste of the cherry and we just need to take a bite but there’s nothing to bite.

I also recommend listening to the Japanese bonus track. It’s a remix version of “Into You” that features the late great Mac Miller. It’s rather good. I wish they would have had his rap on the album version. 

“Christmas & Chill” is a great Christmas EP that improves on what was made in “Christmas Kisses.” Each song stands out and is enjoyable to listen to. The downfall of the EP is the fact that all songs on the EP are so short. If they were a little bit longer, it would be mash out of the park. I highly recommend adding it into your Christmas day rotation. It’s worth the listen. 

Rating: 4 out of 5

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Ariana Grande sings about what if in her newest single ‘Imagine’

Ariana Grande, Miss Butera if you’re nasty, has blessed us with her second song off of her upcoming album “Thank U, Next.” If you thought that “Thank U, Next” was everything then you will be in slightly happy surprise

Put your heart up to the Clouds

“Imagine” is an upbeat and very emotional ballad from Miss Grande. I had a mini PTSD moment at the start of it because I had Pharrell flashbacks due to “Sweetener.” I call the Pharrell tracks on the album “Unsweetened.” But honestly, this song is what I wish would have been on “Sweetener.” 

The production is beautifully done and it just so positive. The song makes you feel like you are on a cloud of love and that’s the place you want to be on. The song is about the what ifs. Like what if something didn’t happen and you were with someone you loved dearly. You are in denial. It’s almost like you are “Daydreamin’.” And Ariana even busts out the whistle notes in the song. I’m not going to live. I died in happiness with every time I heard them. 

Because of the name and the nature of the song, many are thinking that it’s about her late ex-boyfriend Mac Miller. Mac had a tattoo on his arm of the word “Imagine.” As well as there are call outs to some of his lyrics through the song. Ariana hasn’t confirmed any of this but based off of “Thank U, Next,” this seems like a valid theory. 

“Imagine” might not be up to the level that “Thank U, Next” was but it really doesn’t need to be. It’s another look at what to expect with life after “Sweetener.” I do recommend this single because it’s an amazing song. I cannot wait to see what else she will give in this album. I’m also patiently waiting for “Needy” to drop. 

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Stephen Puth sets the music world on fire with ‘Sexual Vibe’

Let those panties fly!

I was on youtube when I stumbled across an artist that goes by the name of Stephen Puth. Like everybody, my first thought was “Oh, I wonder if he’s related to Charlie Puth.” Now, I know that everyone that happens to have the same name may not be related. So I did what any good journalist would do, I researched it. And yes, he is related to Charlie Puth. Charlie is his older brother. Small world right? Now that we got that out of the way, let’s talk about his first single “Sexual Vibe.” 

He’s got us feeling something all right….

Yes, you did read that right. He’s starting out strong. Now, this is the only comparison I will do between him and his brother Charlie: It’s the same style of music as Charlie. “Sexual Vibe” has this old school pop vibe to it. It actually feels like a song you would hear during the summer. You can groove to it but it’s not like you will be dancing heavily for it. It has a nice flow and beat to it because of that.

Stephen Puth

This song is extremely sexual if you couldn’t tell by the title of the song. According to a comment that Stephen posted on YouTube, the song is about the moment when you lock eyes on a person across the room. “Sexual Vibe” is about the feeling you will get before anything happens. All the build-up of tension and hoping it goes somewhere. That’s exactly how the song was set up and it makes absolute sense.

Even the video captures this perfectly as it follows Puth in a party and he meets the girl of his dreams. The video follows the party and him finally getting the girl. It’s excellently produced and shot. It told the story of the song and didn’t overpower the lyrics with the visuals. The video is super sexy and just gives you the feel. It’s a rather impressive start to a career.

Verdict

“Sexual Vibe” is a catchy single and great start to a career. I want to know what is in the water at the Puth house. Stephen and Charlie are extremely talented and I want a collaboration between the two because it would be everything.

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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: 4 out of 5

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