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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Does Ariana Grande’s ‘Santa Tell Me’ still hold up 4 years later?

All I Want For Christmas is a man

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.

Back in 2014, I reviewed Ariana Grande’s Christmas jingle “Santa Tell Me.” I gave that a 2 candy canes out of 5. I thought it was cute to rate things based on items that have to do with that. I’m glad I no longer do that. I thought it was a good idea to actually re-review what one Ariana Grande fan has called a “holiday bop.” Was I too harsh on the song or was I right along? Welcome to the Pop Project Redux, where I re-review things because I’m out of ideas for content. 

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Now when I first reviewed “Santa Tell Me,” I’ll be the first to admit that it wasn’t a good review. I spent more time complaining about the fact that Christmas themed song is overly done than actually tell you about the single. It’s not something that I would post today unless it’s for the video of the song. 

“Santa Tell Me” was released as a stand-alone Christmas song from Ms. Grande, Miss Butera is you’re nasty, in the US. It was included in Ariana’s Christmas EP “Christmas Kisses” in the land of the rising sun Japan. Click the link under a winking Ariana for that review. Ariana has been weird when it comes to Christmas music. It’s like she wants to release some but yet she doesn’t. I just waiting for the studio version of her cover of “All I Want For Christmas is You.”

The song itself isn’t a bad song. It’s your standard Ariana Grande song.  It has a catchy beat. It’s pretty much talking about asking Santa for a man for Christmas but not getting your hopes up in case Santa can’t fit another human down a chimney.  She wants a man that care and not like the past men in her life. It’s kind of bland lyrics. Like who ask Santa Claus for a man? 

The lyrics hold back the song. If it was a little less cheery, then it would make sense but the tone of the lyrics and the beat doesn’t mes well. The lyrics are deep but the fact that it’s on a Christmas song make them bland. This topic would have been better handled as a non-Christmas song.  It would have been able to get deep and the depth it should have gotten. 

It sounds like Miss Butera is trying to create something you will listen to all year round but it falls short. It feels like a rushed and like they were just trying to put it out to capitalize and boost sales for “Christmas Kisses.” It is a bop but not a bop like all the other bops she has put out. The video for “Santa Tell Me” does make it 100% better. It doesn’t fit the song lyrically but does it fit the beat and is adorable. It’s pretty much just Ariana and her friends having fun and spreading Christmas cheer around her house. 

Verdict

“Santa Tell Me” is an attempt to be a holiday classic but it falls short. Unless you are a hardcore Ariana Grande fan, you will probably enjoy when it comes on but it probably won’t be something you will remember to play every Christmas. I do recommend listening to it at least once or twice. It is a quality listen. I would watch the video while listening to it just for the fact it makes it more enjoyable. It’s an enjoyable song either way but more enjoyable with the visuals.

Also, make sure you listen take a listen to the Japanese version, it’s dirtier. There’s talks of mounting and someone unwrapping her. It’s worth the listen for a dirty Christmas song.

Rating: 2 out of 5

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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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Ashley Tisdale returns with new single ‘Voices In My Head’

There’s still that he said, she said

It’s been almost 10 years since Ashley Tisdale, the queen of Disney Channel in the mid 2000s to late 2010s (fight me on that), has given us a official album and single. Ashley is underrated and underappreciated. She have given us bop after bop and who do we all talk about? It’s the sledgehammer licking Molly Cyprus, tattooed Debbie Lovelotto, and that Bieber loving Seoulina Gomez. Don’t worry, Ashley is back and here to make every remember her name, like they don’t already.
My thoughts after listening to “Voices In My Head”
“Voices In My Head” is Ashley Tisdale bopthem (yep! I still making it happen). It shows a mature Ashley as she talks about dealing with anxiety and depression with her newest album “Symptoms.” I’m all here for this mature Ashley because the highlight of the entire thing is her saying fuck. That’s right, Sharpay Evans released a song with dropping the F bomb. Ashley Tisdale has only had one fuck to give and she gave it in this song. I’m all for this era for Ashley Tisdale. Sure, “Headstrong” was probably her best era. I’m shook from listening to this song. “Voice In My Head” is everything. It’s still a pop bop that she’s known for but all hits the acoustic vibes that we were loving on her YouTube channel. If you don’t know anything about music on YouTube, then you are greatly missing out on the gems she’s been giving us. Take a listen to the new single below:
https://youtu.be/o5hTJ7tCssA

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