Miley Cyrus….yeah

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Miley Cyrus is back, y’all! This time, it’s a music video that is pretty much a sex tape…that is only starring her.  So we thought we would watch it and review it for you so you don’t have to put your eyes through it (you’re welcome for that).

 

The song

When I heard that “Adore You” was going to be the third single, I was a bit angry and confused. Originally, rumor had it that “SMS (Bangerz)”, featuring the legendary Britney Spears, was going to be the third single and that was a good catchy song.  But having 2 ballads single back to back wasn’t the greatest idea that Larry Rudolph and Miley had even if Miley Cyrus shined when she did ballad.

“Adore You” is an overall okay song. It’s a ballad that pretty much has the same theme of “Wrecking Ball” except she isn’t going to come through like a Wrecking ball but rather a much subtle approach. The vocals on the song are good minus the beginning part that reminds me of the Hannah Montana segways when someone sad happened in the scene before. The background instrumental/beats are just weird with the song. Granted, most of Miley’s album are this but it just doesn’t work in this song.

 

The Video

Here’s the video if you want to brave through it:

The subtle approach that the song has is literally thrown out of the window by the music video. The video is Miley wearing skin color underwear in what I assume to be expensive see-through sheets, the only kind when you are expecting to get lucky. Then she’s wearing some sort of shear body suit, that looks like her grandma knitted her for christmas, in a bathtub.  During this video, Miley is learning about the touch of her hand (Britney Spears song reference click here for the song if you don’t know it). Yes, Miley made the first ever solo celebrity sex tape that works as a music video. She also bust out a video camera and then records it herself.

The whole video is….just one big awkward video. It’s more awkward than “Wrecking Ball” (I didn’t think that was possible). It also didn’t leave a lot to the imagination which by now, it isn’t a surprise. Overall, I think this wasn’t a great move by her management team or by her. For the first time, I’m rather disappointed by Miley.

 

Rating 3 video cameras out of 5

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Ariana Grande is still Right There

It looks like our favorite little television redhead has topped her last music video. Last Week, Ariana Grande released her newest music video for her single, “Right There”.  And let me tell you: Ariana didn’t need to tell us where she was there because she hasn’t left:

When I first heard the song off of her album, I honestly wasn’t a big fan of it. I just assumed it was going to be “that one song” that I would tolerate because the album itself was amazing. But this video has changed the song for me. When I saw this video, my inner british pop nerd came out because it reminded me of Step’s video for “The Way You Make Me Feel”.

Starring Grande along with the former Governor of California’s son Patrick Schwarzenegger, the video is at a masquerade party with Grande being Juliet, Schwarzenegger playing Romeo, and Big Sean playing the priest that has absolutely nothing to do with anything in this video. I’m a firm believer that he was too busy to take part in the real filming so they just threw him in a church and filmed filler scenes since he raps on this track heavily. Anyways, they are at a masquerade party and they meet but then they lose each other before finding each other at the pool of all places before jumping into it and almost make out. The video is probably the cutest video I’ve seen all year based off of the style of it.

What didn’t work?: Well, Big Sean’s scenes. It just made no sense to me. It might make more sense if I read the “Romeo and Juliet” play but alas it didn’t make any sense. They also probably should have casted Nathan Sykes, Ariana’s Wanted Boyfriend, as the love interest because then it would have been, as Bailey puts its, “Totes Adorbz”.

Rating: 4 Salmon Cats out of 5

Miley Cyrus gets to banging y’all

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Guess what got released early via a iTunes stream guys!?! It’s the new MILEY CYRUS CD!! That’s right, Monday was a glorious day for all the smilers out there. With the stream release, it’s now time for our review of the album that the world….okay, the universe…has been waiting for.

Like many people , I was scared for my life because the new Miley is pretty much one scary and slightly disturbing with a mix of sex appeal that she hasn’t had before. The album title,”Bangerz”, itself just sounds like a bad porno title that was rejected because there was no story or flow with that movie and no one would watch. Well, the bad porno movie I just described to you is pretty much this album in a nut shell. But the no story or musical flow is what makes this album pretty much awesome. The album gives you the feel of what’s it like to be in Miley Cyrus’ head- A jumbled up southern mess of awesomeness.

Produced by her new “beau” Mike WiLL Made It, the bulk of the album is good ole dirty southern hip hop, which works surprisingly well with Miley.  At certain points, I felt like I was too white to be listening to Miley Cyrus (which is pretty much the weirdest statement I have stated in my life). The album has it parts of Miley’s pop roots that shows off her vocals. Most of the pop songs are pretty much about her break up with Liam Hemsworth. Miley even gave sampled some past songs like “Push it” and “Stand by me”

This album is pretty much her début album-it’s the new Meet Miley Cyrus. The album gives you a good look into the mindset of Miss Cyrus and the most personal album that she has put out.

What didn’t work?: Nothing actually, this album is a gem!

 

Rating: 4.5 tongues out of 5

The album that keeps on giving

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Arianators rejoice! After three long years of waiting for a full length album release, Ariana Grande’s debut album “Yours Truly” has FINALLY been released to the world on September 3. If you don’t know who Ariana Grande is by now, don’t worry, you will soon.  Within the past few weeks, Ariana has managed to promote her second single “Baby, I”, open up for the southern leg of Justin Bieber’s Believe tour, hit the road on her own tour (Listening Sessions), and even perform during the VMA Pre Show on MTV. Oh…and did I mention that it is quite possible that she has one of the BEST voices of our generation? Yeah…believe it.

This is also a girl who knows what direction she wants to go with her music. After putting together an entire album about a year ago that wasn’t the style of music Ariana wanted to be known for (think bubblegum anthems like her standalone single “Put Your Hearts Up”), Ariana decided to go back to the drawing board and take her time creating an entirely different album filled with the throwback R&B, pop magic she is passionate about.  As any obsessed fan, I have personally been dying of anticipation for this album all summer. So, without further adieu here is the long-awaited Pop Project Exclusive track-by-track album review of Yours Truly.

1.Honeymoon Avenue:

Let me begin by saying that I have loved, adored and obsessed over this song since the first time I heard it 2 years ago on YouTube. True Arianators will recognize a different arrangement than the original version planned for the first draft of the album. The new arrangement is a bit slower with a more emphasized R&B feel.  Guest vocals are featured from fellow Victorious alum/producer/friend of Ariana, Leon Thomas III.  This song is perfect. Yes it is a different arrangement, but the new arrangement is what makes the song. The intro and ending are so on point, and makes for a strong opening track to the album.

2. Baby, I

Fans will already be familiar with the second track on the album, as it is Ariana’s second single from the album which was released earlier this summer. The track starts out strong with almost a theatrical feel to it. The production is big, and Ariana’s vocals are even bigger. As with many tracks on this album, Ariana doesn’t just dabble in the “whistle register” of her range, she SLAYS it, and this song is a perfect example. Fun, upbeat, throwback sounding track.

3. Right There

This track was included in the pre-order of the album on iTunes, so most Arianators are familiar with this track as well. The track includes a feature from rapper Big Sean, which is perfection. Ariana has explained this song in earlier interviews as a sort of “follow up” or response to her first single “The Way”, which is logical based on the similarities that are heard between the arrangements of the tracks. Once again, the throwback 90’s R&B/Pop sound is laced throughout the track. Definitely a nice addition to the album.

4. Lovin’ It

Personally, I cannot stop singing this song. This is definitely one of those tracks on the album that make the “Mariah Carey” comparison come up, which is a HUGE compliment to Ariana. This song is pure throwback perfection. The lyrics are fun and the beat is infectious. I dare you to not get this song stuck in your head after listening. And let me just say that the bridge is nothing short of amazing….Is it obvious I am OBSESSED with this song?

5. Piano

It’s hard to explain this track. It is very heavy with, what else, piano…and I love it. The lyrics are super fun and just make you want to sing along. The track is one of those feel good songs about music and love and warm feelings and just….wonderfulness. Is that a word? Well now it is because that is what this song is. Wonderfulness.

6. Daydreamin’

Long time fans of Ariana will know that her concept for her original first album was very heavily influenced by 50s, du-wop sounding tracks. Daydreamin’ is one of the few tracks from the first draft of the album that made it to the final product. It features a definite du-wop throwback sound, and sounds like you should be listening to it in a soda shop while wearing a poodle skirt. I also must confess I have quoted this song on multiple social media pages for the past 2 years because I love it so much. Fun fact: the song is inspired by the real life romance of Ariana’s Nonna and Grandpa. That conversation at the end of the track? Yep, that is them. How cute!?

7. Tattooed Heart

Oh this song…I don’t even know what to say except that it is absolute perfection. Again it features the prominent 50s du-wop sound which I am obsessed with. This song just makes me think of a sock hop, dimmed lights, slow dancing, ribbons in my hair…and a ride home from a cute boy with slicked back hair and a 50s pink Chevy convertible. It’s everything I dream of and wish for. This song also features some of my favorite lyrics from the entire album. Just a lovely, lovely little song.

8. The Way

You know this song. You love this song. It is STILL killing it on Top 40 radio, and I am STILL jealous that Ariana got to kiss my man Mac in the video for it. Such a fun song.

9. You’ll Never Know

Rolling Stone premiered this track earlier this week, and I of course freaked out over it. The track features the 90s throwback sound as before heard in the album. What got me about this song is that this song dropped just around the time of an apparent break-up between Ariana and boyfriend Jai Brooks of YouTube fame. Although details of the breakup are still unknown, I like to think of this song as a bit of an anthem for Ariana in this situation. Very fun track.

10. Almost Is Never Enough

If there was one track on this album that I could see becoming a classic “ballad” to stand the test of time for years to come, this would be it. This song is gorgeous. Everything about it is gorgeous. The track includes a feature from The Wanted’s Nathan Sykes, whose voice meshes nicely with Ariana’s. The song was also recently featured in the motion picture The Mortal Instruments: The City of Bones, and appears on the soundtrack as an amended version. Ariana sings the hell out of this song, and just showcases her range and control so well. An absolutely beautiful song that I hope gains the recognition that it deserves…Grammys anyone?

11. Popular Song

Although I love this song for it’s upbeat sound and message, I have to admit that this track appearing on this album made me a bit disappointed. The track is primarily Mika’s track, and appears on Mika’s recent album as well. Did this really need to be included on this album? No. In my opinion it doesn’t fit with the other tracks on the album, and is a track that many Arianators already own. I feel that Ariana could have placed one of the other beloved songs from the original draft of the album that didn’t make the cut in this tracks place….But I guess we will all just have to deal.

12. Better Left Unsaid

This song in my opinion is the hidden gem of the album. The track starts out sweet and poppy like some of the others on the album. Soft-spoken lyrics backed by a theatrical arrangement, quickly and suddenly morphs into an almost rave/house music influenced chorus that makes you want to jump and fist pump with the best of them. This song is extremely catchy, fun and energetic. Lucky attendees of Ariana’s recent tour will especially love this song if they have seen her perform it live, and have experienced seeing Ariana’s hidden talent for doing full-out choreography in sky-high heels to the track…Her talents are just never-ending.

13. The Way-Spanglish (iTunes bonus Track)

Because I guess we needed this on the album?  Honestly I could take or leave this track because…I don’t know Spanish unless it seems on a Mexican restaurant menu. Sorry not sorry.

Overall

So, my overall thoughts on this album? It is everything I wanted it to be. It has old tracks I knew and loved from earlier years of the album process, as well as new tracks, and of course the two hit singles that were released earlier this year. Do I hate the fact that Popular Song is included on this album? Yes. Do I find the Spanglish version of The Way completely unnecessary and pointless? Yes. Do I think that she should have included some of the old fan favorites such as “Voodoo Love, Pink Champagne, Do You Love Me and Boyfriend Material?” YES….But do I also think that this album could possibly, fingers crossed, get Ariana a GRAMMY nomination for new artist?…I actually think so. If nothing else, this album, along with the Top 40 charting singles that have already been released from Ariana earlier this summer are enough to get her name out to those who may not know her music yet, and to show the world just how amazing her voice actually is. I mean…A REAL singer with REAL talent making an album with REAL instruments and without the use of autotune or gimmicks to cover up flaws? Where can you find that in today’s music industry?…Oh I know. Her name is Ariana Grande, and she is about to take over the world.

Rating: 9.5 bows out of 10.