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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Top 5ive: Jessica Simpson

After going down the well with my Top 5ive list for the lovely Mandy Moore, I thought it would be fitting to adventure back to Jessica Simpson’s music career. While she goes by Jessica Johnson now and beauty and fashion guru, we all remember how much we loved her on “Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica,” as well as her iconic role of Daisy Duke in the movie “The Dukes of Hazzard.” Jessica is an underrated pop and country princess. To celebrate her, here are her top 5ive singles.

Classic Jessica Sim

5. “Where Are You” Featuring Nick Lachey

We all remember where we were when we heard that Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson announced they were getting a divorce. Behind Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake, they were the IT Couple. This song was their first duet. It’s extremely adorable with the vocals being everything on it. The video itself is iconic as it’s literally Nessica, or Jick just be adorable in various romantic locations. It’s a “musical couple goals” video.

4. “I Wanna Love You Forever”

Jessica’s first single, “I Wanna Love You Forever” is probably the strongest single that she released off of her first album “Sweet Kisses.” It really shows off Jessica’s vocals and really set her aside from Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears, 2/3 of the Holy Trinity. The video itself is random and weird but seeing Jessica Simpson in a field of sunflower while she hits those high notes is adorable.

3. “These Boots Are Made for Walking”

When you think of Daisy Duke, besides the iconic jean shorts, you think of Jessica Simpson. Her cover of Nancy Sinatra’s “These Boots Are Made For Walking” appeared on the soundtrack for her movie “The Dukes of Hazzard.” The music video is just her in a bar with Willie Nelson while clips from the movie played around it. The song is extremely catchy. It will get stuck in your head. It also came out right after she and Nick ended their marriage. So she sexed up her image with for the role and video. She pretty much became more of a sex symbol.

2. “Irresistible”

“Irresistible” was Jessica’s become a pop sex symbol like her holy trinity members. She was actually the first to really sex up her image. This song came out in April 2001, Britney’s “I’m A Slave 4 U” came out in September 2001, and Christina’s “Dirrty” came out in July 2002. You can thank Jessica for that. The song was extremely well done. It’s honestly one of my personal favorites of hers. “Irresistible” is an underrated bop with a video that slays.

Honorable Mention

“A Public Affair”

Just because “A Public Affair” didn’t make the list, doesn’t mean that we should honor this song because it was ahead of its time. It came off of her fifth album of the same name, the song was different than what we had gotten previously from her. It was more synthpop instead of just Pop with a little flare to it. The video had a rather all-star cast with Christina Applegate, Christina Milian, Eva Longoria, Maria Menounos, Andy Dick, and Ryan Seacrest. It’s just her and her friends having a fun time while dreaming of having an affair with a guy that looks like her ex-husband. “A Public Affair” got a bad wrap when it was first released. #JusticeforAPublicAffair.

1. “With You”

This song is probably Jessica’s best single and it’s for obvious reasons. It’s an anthem for being so in love that with someone that they don’t care if you are dress extremely nice, put on a lot/any makeup, etc. It’s an anthem for letting someone just fall in love with you and how you make yourself to look like. The video itself just shows Jessica living her life and being sexy doing things around her house. There’s even an iconic scene of her seductively eating wings. This video sums up why we all love Jessica Simpson/Johnson.

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The Jonas Brothers returned to music with comeback single ‘Sucker’

The day was October 29th, 2013. It was two days away from Halloween, but for many, it was scarier than what they would experience at the end of the month. For millions of girls across the world, they cried into their pillows as the Jonas Brothers broke up in order to “get their shit together.” Apparently, it took them six years and countless family dinners to “get their shit together.” After weeks of speculations, the Jonas Brother’s official Twitter announced that there would be a new single come into our lives at Midnight. They didn’t disappoint. AT ALL

The Kardashians are currently shaking in Calabasas

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You’re the medicine in the pain, the tattoo inside my brain

“Sucker” is an upbeat pop song. It continues the sound that the Jonas Brothers presented in their song “Poms Poms” and “The First Time.” The sound for this song is matured and more well rounded. The best way to describe it is that they took the DNCE sound, mashed it with Nick’s sexy lyrics from his solo career, and just added Kevin Jonas. When you listened to “Poms Poms” and “The First Time,” it just didn’t sound like them nor did it sound like something they wanted to put out.

The song’s lyrics are about their relationship and just being totally in love with the person you are with. This was obviously taken from real-life experience, with a call out to Nick’s recent marriage to Priyanka Chopra in the song lyrics. It’s mainly Nick and Joe on vocals but that’s to be expected as that was the case for most of their career. Kevin was only majorly on vocals during the first album “It’s About Time.” Honestly, I would have had like to have had all three brothers on vocals but that’s just me nitpicking.

The video itself is extremely adorable and rather iconic. It’s pretty much them and their significant others just having fun in a mansion. It has an Alice in Wonderland theme to it and frankly, I really liked it. I liked how they had their actual wives/girlfriend to play themselves and it just seemed like a fun time. It came across very well on the screen.

The only problem with “Sucker” is that it sounds too similar to the music that’s on the radio. Like I mentioned before, it sounds like a DNCE song. While there really isn’t too much they could do to not make it sound similar to what’s on the radio, it would have helped to try to make not sounds like that.

Let’s rate Nick Jonas

because why not

It’s Nick Jonas….he’s muscles are showing. 10 out of 10. Here’s a gif of him in a tub. You’re welcome.

Again, you’re welcome

Verdict

“Sucker” is an excellent start to their comeback. The only thing really working against them is the fact that the song sounds like everything else on the radio. I don’t think it will get lost in the shuffle because of the hype but the similarity to DNCE, and other music similar, isn’t going to do it any favors. I still love the song though.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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