Celebrate friendship with Spice Girls’ ‘Viva Forever’

I don’t know about you, but I’m very jealous that Spice world 2019 didn’t come over to us here in the states. It’s been over ten years since we had a Spice Girls tour over here. But I thought it would be fitting to remember their best and final single as a Quintet until 2007. After all, it’s always the right time to spice up your life. Fun fact: It’s on my list for their Top 5ive songs.

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Do you still remember how we used to be?

“Viva Forever” was the final single off of their second album, “Spiceworld.” It was released in the July 1998, a few months after Ginger Spice, Geri Halliwell, announced to the world that she would be leaving the group. It was written by the Girls as well as Matt Rowe and Richard Stannard. Geri wrote most of the songs.

The song is an exceptionally well-done pop song. Its similarity structured to another song of theirs, “Mama.” It has a Spanish vibe with the guitar that is throughout the song. It’s a rather lovely and slow ballad that we really didn’t get from the girls at the time, at least as singles. Most of the time, all of their singles were upbeat dance bops.

Do you still remember how we used to be?
Feeling together, believing whatever
My love has said to me

“viva forever”

The video for the song was a cool and incredibly creepy concept. The video didn’t have the actual girls in it, probably due in part, there was only four now. It follows two children as the fairy version of the girls interact with the children and just helps them. It’s not the most en genius plot to the video, but it’s a plot. Frankly, I would have like to have something different, even if it was just clips of the girls. That would have been more fitting.

While the song lyrics are geared more friends, the video for “Viva Forever” about leaving your childhood behind and keeping your youth alive even as you get older. The lyrics for me are probably the best part of the entire song. The way it was written just make the song stand out. It’s kind of written like a letter. There’s so much depth to the song.

Fun Fact

The song did get a musical named after it. In 2012, the Spice Girls green-lighted a musical similar to “Mamma Mia!” called “Viva Forever!” It followed a girl named Viva, because that’s a real name, as she tried to get her band on TV. Viva eventually gets her time in the spotlight, but it’s without her band. Only performed in the West End Theatre, “Viva Forever!” was panned by critics and lasted less than a year.

Verdict

“Viva Forever” is frankly one of the most underrated songs that the Spice Girls have released. “Viva Forever” was overshadowed by Geri Halliwell leaving the group. I highly recommend checking the song if you haven’t already. It’s worth the listen. I really wouldn’t watch the video because it just came across like a cash grab. It’s just weird and creepy too.

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Britney Spears’ ‘Slave 4 U’ turns 18 years old: Feel old?

While some remember 2001 as a dark time, there was one gleaming light in the darkness, and her name was Britney Jean Spears. Yes, I bolded her name because you put respect on her name when speaking about the queen of pop. On this day, September 25, in 2001, Britney Jean Spears taught America about sexuality and invented music with her iconic song, “I’m a Slave 4 u.” Britney Jean Spears brought the country together with sexy dancing, moaning, and pure pop goodness.

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I know I may be young, but I’ve got feelings too

“I’m a Slave 4 u” is the first single off of her third album entitled “Britney.” It was written and produced by The Neptunes, Chad Hugo, and Pharrell Williams. “I’m a Slave 4 U” is proof that Pharrell doesn’t screw up everything he touches. The song was Britney Jean Spears sexually awakening. At the age of 19, it was Britney shedding her good-girl image and starting a more mature path in music. Fun fact: this song was written for Janet Jackson, along with another song off of “Britney” entitled “Boys.” What bops.

Frankly iconic

Lyrically, the song talks about being in the club and letting the music control you and being a “slave to the music.” In an interview, Britney Jean Spears said that the song is “about me just wanting to go out and forget who I am and dance and have a good time. That’s kinda where I am now right now. I love working, but at the same time, I love having a good time.” Let’s be real, it’s about having sex with someone hot.

The song also had a strong R&B and urban feel to the song. There’s also a lot of breathing, panting, record scratching, and moaning in the song. Most don’t know that it’s a federal offense if you don’t breathe heavy, pant, or moan with Britney. That’s why most people go to jail. “I’m a Slave 4 u” is frankly a hypnotic banger that you can’t help to dance to when it comes on. It’s the 2000s equivalent Janet Jackson’s “Nasty,” which you need to hear if you haven’t already. I’m still waiting for the Britney Jean Spears and Janet Jackson duet.

“I’m a Slave 4 U” because iconicĀ at the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards. Britney Jean Spears performed the song, and a special guest came on stage: a live albino Burmese Python. There was also a white tiger, but no one cares about that tiger. You have seen one tiger, you have seen them all. She also rode a male dancer like a horse. It wasn’t as dirty as it sounds. But it was risque for the time.

Throughout the years, Britney Jean Spears has even made it more sexually charged and dirty. She’s added whips, stripper poles, rainforest/jungle chic, and also remixed it with Busta Rhymes and The Nuptune’s song “Light Your Ass on Fire.” Such an iconic remix that all need to hear. “I’m a Slave 4 U” is a timeless classic that all should enjoy and respect. Without it, we wouldn’t have music.

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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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Backstreet Boys’ ‘Incomplete’ is still underrated banger

With the reunion of *NSYNC, I’ve been kind of a boy band/90s pop music mood lately. Because of this, I’ve re-discovered many classics that I wouldn’t have if I would have stayed in my “current era” little bubble. One of those classics is frankly underrated single from the greatest boy band in the history of mankind, Backstreet Boys. So let’s talk about “Incomplete” and why you should love it.

I’m awake but my world is half asleep

“Incomplete” was released in April of 2005. It came after the boys took two years off from making music as a quintet. It was from their fourth album “Never Gone.” It was a massive departure from their previous pop style. “Incomplete” was a more mature pop-rock ballad than a teen pop bop. Don’t get me wrong, the song is a bop. But it’s a far cry from songs like “Larger Than Life” and “As Long As You Love Me.” The more mature vibe that was given in “Black & Blue” was finalized with this song. It’s set the tone perfectly for what their sound would be be for “Never Gone.”

This song is extremely well done and produced. The instrumental track behind the vocals was just simply amazing. Starting with the piano and then kicking in with more of an orchestral feel after the first chorus. AJ and Nick shared the lead vocals and honestly, it works so well. Their voices blend so well together. You really don’t get the full backing of the group until the middle of the song right after AJ sings “I don’t want to make you face this world alone.”

The video itself is extremely well produced. Every shot has a meaning and just tells the story the really amazing lyrics. It seems that each member has their own element. These elements come out as the boys are just hanging out in the desert at an abandon gas station. Brian is water, Nick is the fire, Howie D is rain, Kevin is the snow, and AJ is the sun. I’ll give them a break that some of these elements are the same and/or just weather. The video is still just beautiful.

“Incomplete” is one of the many reasons that the Backstreet Boys have been able to stay around for how they have. If you have not listened to any of their music after their hiatus, then you are missing out. I highly recommend checking out “Incomplete” as well as their other work after. You won’t be disappointed at all.

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