The Fall and Rise of Jojo’s ‘Disaster’

It’s a new month and a new year. Since it’s January and this artist just re-released all of her old music, it’s only fitting to dedicate a whole month to her. Welcome to Jojo January. No, it’s for JoJo Siwa and her obsession with big bows. That’s all the jokes I’m going to make about her since she’s only like 8 years old. I’m talking about the original teen queen Jojo. There are four Fridays in January and she happens to have three albums and two extra songs on iTunes.

We have now gotten into the depressing part of Jojo January. It’s time that we get into the part where she didn’t give the world a third album until 2016. Yep, it took her 10 years for her to get us the highly anticipated follow up to “The High Road.” I feel like this has turned into a series about Jojo. I’m okay with this. Let’s cover what would have been the first single off of her third album “Jumping Trains.” This one will be the original version because the video is still up on her VEVO page.

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You shot the bullet that killed me

Before we get into “Disaster,” here’s the cliff notes version of what happened. It’s a lot that happened to young Jojo. Oh, I’m not going to cover “Demonstrate.” It’s not an official single. It’s apart of her story so I’ll post my thoughts on it.

“Disaster” was released in 2011. It was supposed to be the first single off of her then third album “All I Want is Everything.” The album was actually completed back in 2009 but was waiting for her then-label Blackground and Da Family Entertainment Records to sign distribution rights to release it. When they failed to do so, she sued them and won. After she won, she was released from her contract and Blackground Records set up for the album to release on Interscope Records.

That ended up falling through. During this time, Jojo also remade her third album. They planned on having “Demonstrate” being the new first single for the new third album called “Jumping Trains.” It wasn’t until 2013 that Jojo was fully free from Blackground. That came at a price as her discography and back catalog under Blackground records. Hence, why she re-recorded and re-release all her old music. I hope that all made sense because it’s a lot. Oh here’s the court complaint aka the tea.

The song

“Disaster” is what I would consider the sister song to her hit “Too Little Too Late.” It has the same feeling of that song. The song is catchy and upbeat and just feels like an anthem. It has a pop rock/power pop feel to the song. It’s kind of like the 2010’s version of “Since U Been Gone.”

The song is about being in a relationship going south and just not being like it was first like was. There’s also lyrics suggesting that there’s some deep shit going on. It just adds to a song that really got the raw end of the deal. Besides the behind the scenes crap, the song was criticized because it wasn’t “showing her progression as an artist.” This was mainly by the critics but I don’t think they were really paying attention. Jojo helped write the song when she was 21 years old. I know when I was 21, I was writing about this kind of stuff.

Thoughts on “Demonstrate”

“Demonstrate” was suppose to be released the summer of 2012. It was the new first single off of her third album. I don’t think it’s a bad song but I do think that “Disaster” is definitely a strong single. Demonstrate is a slow and sexy single that is definitely something that we didn’t hear from Jojo. But it was a step in the right direction overall. I wish we could hear both versions of the third album before it became “Mad Love.” Now back to our regularly scheduled program.

Verdict on ‘Disaster’

Personally, I think “Disaster” is a bop. I think it got too much hate on it for being too similar to “Too Little Too Late.” While I consider it to be the sister song, it’s definitely more mature than “Too Little Too Late.” It’s honestly it’s underrated. I think it got a bad rap just because they focused too much on it being similar to “Too Little Too Late” and not on the growth itself. The new version that she re-released is amazing but honestly, nothing compared to the original. It’s something about Jojo’s music that makes it so special. It’s a shame that some people aren’t able to have both versions to listen to. Greed is a dangerous drug.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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‘7 Rings’ are few of Ariana Grande’s favorite things

Once upon a time there was girl named Ariana Maria Grande-Butera, Miss Butera if you’re nasty. She was a princess in the land of pop. Miss Butera sang and sang and love and love but then her heart kept breaking. She was sad and her loyal subjects send her so much love. Until one morning, Miss Butera woke up, look in the mirror and said: “Yup, I’m that bitch.” It was then when we saw a princess become bad bitch. Then she gave everyone “7 Rings.”

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Who woulda thought it’d turn me to a savage?

“7 Rings” was released on January 18th after weeks of speculation. It’s an R&B pop song that takes part of “My Favorite Things” from the musical “The Sound of Music.” Because of this, I really hope someone makes an Dame Julie Andrews and Ariana Grande duet.

The song is an ear-worm. It will get stuck in your head. The lyrics are very self-aware and iconic lines. It’s pretty much just Miss Butera talking about how she can enjoy the finer things in life because she’s rich. It’s a song that you can listen to that will make you feel like a rich bitch. I listened to the song on my way to work and I just felt like a rich hoe.

The entire song is based on the events that inspired after her public breakout with her ex Pete Davidson. Miss Butera went out a bought all of her friends rings. She happened to buy seven rings. Hence the title of the song being “7 Rings.” Because of this, it’s safe to sat that the common theme of her next album “Thank, u next” is going to be growth and just celebrating friends and yourself.

The video was also released at the same time as the single and it’s just one big party. It’s like Miley Cyrus’ “We Can’t Stop” video met Demi Lovato’s “Sorry Not Sorry” video in the upper east side and had a baby. That baby was the video of “7 Rings.” The video is just Ariana and her friends having fun and celebrating life.

Verdict

“7 Rings” is an excellent song that is iconic enough to take your wig. I do wish it was a little bit longer but at the same time it’s just long enough to where it’s everything. The song hypes up Miss Butera as a pop icon as well as her upcoming album that we are patiently waiting for.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

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Let’s go down memory lane with Miranda Cosgrove’s ‘About You Now’

I recently watched a video on YouTube of Josh Peck and Miranda Cosgrove where they react to old cringeworthy videos of themselves. During this video, they decided to revisit the bop that is Miranda Cosgrove’s signature song called “About You Now.” Since it’s the first Monday of the new year, I thought it would be a trip down memory to go over it. It is turning 10 years old this year.

Leave it all to Miranda

“About You Now” was released in 2009 as a part of an EP of the same name. This was just a promo EP to get Miranda into the music scene. It’s actually a cover. The original band that performed the song was the UK band by the name of the Sugababes. Their version is a little more risque. Miranda toned it down because of she’s a classy Nickelodeon girl. This was the time when those Disney delinquents were going wild. It came during a time where Nickelodeon was making bops and Disney was making just concerned about body shots and salvia.

The song is a nice blend of rock and pop. It starts off nice and rather slow before really kicking into a power pop song with the chorus. It’s like this the entire time and it’s just a good time. One of those songs that it’s a classic. It’s not as good as the original but it’s up there. It is the best single that Miranda has ever done.

Miranda Cosgrove About You Now
Miranda and Diego

The music video is even more iconic. Sure, it’s just Miranda missing her ex in a mall but without her, we wouldn’t know who the hell Diego Boneta is. He’s the heartthrob of the video. He was recently in “Scream Queens” and the movie musical “Rock of Ages.” It’s your standard run of the mill late 2000s video but it’s just so good and a fun time. It’s only awkward when it just Miranda and the band. She just seems so uncomfortable.

The plot of the music video is also slightly stupid because she dumped Diego because she walked out on him just talking to a flirtatious girl. Like jealous much? They end up making up at the end and he gets her a necklace, which is even worst because she doesn’t deserve it. Miranda didn’t deserve Diego at all.

If you haven’t listened to Miranda’s “About You Now,” what are you doing with your life? The entire EP is only two songs: A remix and the standard version. The remix isn’t as much as bop but it’s more of calming bop. I recommend taking a listen. And yes, we are going to ignore the little article I wrote a long time ago. It was just a casual article that included her on a list. I rescind her off that list. Everyone else can stay.

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Flashback to Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth first meeting in ‘When I Look at You’

In case you didn’t know, Liam Hemsworth and Miley Cyrus got married. I thought it was time to celebrate their love because it’s adorable. In honor of their love, I thought I would go back down memory lane and talk about “When I Look at You.” I would rewatch “The Last Song” but let’s be real – that shit was terrible.

Omg they were just little babies

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Get ready to feel the feels

“When I look at You” was released in February 2010 as the final single from Miley’s underrated EP “The Time of Our Lives” and as a promotional song for her upcoming movie “The Last Song.” It’s a mellow and power ballad in the soft rock genre. Honestly, the production on the song is extremely well done. The subtle strumming of the guitar in the middle of the song to the powerful beat underneath Miley’s killer vocals during the bridge. It’s just so well done.

The lyrics are catchy and strong that you can’t help but just enjoy the song. It’s honestly one of my favorite songs that Miley has put it. It’s just so raw and emotional and to think that she was only 17 years old when she released. Those vocals are everything and they are still everything. Like I honestly forgot how good she was when she was younger and for how long she’s been performing and releasing music for. Between her own music and “Hannah Montana,” she has like 10 albums under her belt and she’s only 26 years old.

If you haven’t seen the video or heard “When I Look at You,” then you are missing out. It’s honestly a classic that should be on every love song playlist. It just one of those songs that will last forever and won’t be outdated. It also doesn’t hurt to listen to live versions. Like Miley performs it at her friend’s wedding and it’s literally everything, EVERYTHING. There’s also a Spanglish version where Miley’s singing in English and David Bisbal is mixing in Spanish and English. If you couldn’t let, I pretty much love this song. Hence why I’m not officially review it or rating it.

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