Camila Cabello drops two new songs ‘Havana’ and ‘OMG’

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It’s been a busy weekend for the former Fifth Harmony member as she decided to rock our core with brand new songs from her upcoming debut album “The Hurting. The Healing. The Loving.” While these aren’t official singles, they do offer a quick look into the what to really expect from an album we pretty much heard nothing about besides some little things.

Camila released “Havana” and “OMG.” Both songs are bangers and both are jams. “Havana” features Young Thug and is the strong song out of the two. It just pure pop and catchier than a case of herpes from a dollar stripper. It has a beat that you can groove to and is just sultry enough to be sexy. It’s just a bouncy beat with lyrics that just go with the flow.  And Young Thug is featured briefly on the track and it’s just enough to make the song and not be too much. It’s literally just a perfect song. The only bad thing about is that it left me wanting more.

“OMG” is a club banger that shows her voice better than “Crying in the Club.” While nothing will beat that, it sounds more like her. The beats are sick and fit so well with the vocals on the song and flow. Quavo is on the song and like Young Thug, he isn’t too much into the song but just the right amount. I just wish that the song had a better ending because it literally stops mid beat. When I first listened to it, I thought it was the device that I was listening on messing up. Nope, it’s just how the song ended.

“Havana” and “OMG” are great promotional tracks for Camila’s upcoming record. Her music has been better than anything that Fifth Harmony has put out since she left. I can’t wait to see what the album offers.

“The Hurting. The Healing. The Loving.” is released on September 22nd.’
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Single Review: Louis Tomlinson and Bebe Rexha are on and off again in “Back to You”

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Louis Tomlinson is back in a new single! It’s his second solo single and boy, is this single so much better than his first single. There wasn’t any wrong with the first single just to clarify but it would have been way better.

Before “Back to You,” I really haven’t heard of this Bebe Rexha lady. If you are like me and didn’t know who she was, she’s an American singer-songwriter that was on G-Eazy’s “Me, Myself, and I” before Britney slayed it. She also wrote some songs for some other people. Her music isn’t bad actually. She released a few EPs and that’s about it.

“Back to You” is a slow bop that you will get addicted to if you aren’t careful. It’s an infectious song with lyrics that hit home to a certain degree because they are talking about an on and off relationship that is a little toxic. The chorus is what really get’s stuck in your head. I also enjoyed hearing Louis say fuck and bullshit. It’s always a good time hearing people drop an f-bomb that you wouldn’t normally hear.

The only thing I had to complain about when it came to the song is the fact that it started out with Bebe part in the song. When I first heard it, I wasn’t sure it was the right song. It was off-putting just because it’s Louis Tomlinson featuring Bebe Rexha and not the other way around. That’s pretty much my only complaint. It’s a little complaint and it’s probably me just nitpicking. Update: Louis was being a gentleman and letting the lady sing first. Not 100% confirmed.

The music video is just following them around as they go on about their life before reunited and pretty much sing the song out. Not sure what the point of all of it is but it wasn’t a bad music video. It could have been a little bit better. I can’t wait to hear the song performed because I feel like it’s going to be YUUUGGGGEEE (please make sure you say that in a Donald Trump voice).

“Back to You” is classic pop bop with an infectious hook and beat. The fact that Bebe starts off the song and not the main artist is confusing at first but you get used to it. This is probably the strongest single that has been put off by the someone from One Direction that didn’t leave the group.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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Video Review: ‘Down’ by Fifth Harmony

 

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Looks like Fifth Harmony is back in full force as they gave us the video for their latest single.

When I reviewed “Down,” I gave it a one out of 5 due to it felt like a rushed single and wasn’t up to their usually standards. The music video is the same. I’m really not trying to just shit all over what Fifth Harmony does, but this music video just wasn’t anything to cry home about. It looks like the children’s version of “Spring Breakers.” Like it was a party that no one wanted to attend. It’s just shots of them looking sexy in their hotel, them dancing in their hotel parking lot, and then shots of Gucci Mane rapping.

The dancing is fine and actually saves the video from getting the same rating as the single. While it wasn’t anything earth-shaking, it was very good and was nice way to make it seem like it was just them talking into the camera trying to be seductive. If it was just that then it would have been boring and not really standing out. I mean, it really doesn’t stand out but the dancing is something that makes it memorable.

I also really wish there was some sort of story to the music video because I just want to know why they are at the hotel. While there is a slight story there, it’s not really highlighted in the video. The story that is told in the video of the relationship between the members and how they would always be down. The video contradicts this by having them in four separate hotel rooms. This would have been fine if they didn’t end with a pose and scenes of them in a pool randomly. Sure, they are together but there’s just still so many unanswered questions.

Because of how the video was made, it came across as a PR to prove that they are all still cool and friends. The video for “Down” is a better version of the song, but it still not a good song. The entire package for “Down” is just something that isn’t up to the usual Fifth Harmony standards. The video pretty much shows that “Down” was done out of spite in an attempt to outshine Camila.

Rating: 2 out of 5


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Single Review: ‘Down’ By Fifth Harmony

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Fourth..erm, Fifth Harmony has released a new single to the world. It’s their first single since Camila Cabello left the group in a cloud of controversy and press releases. It’s also the first since Lauren Jauregui got pushed for pot but we don’t know about it. They kind of just pushed it under the rug, rolled it up and then lit it with their middle fingers in the air.

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“Down” is features Gucci Mane and is the first single off of their untitled third album from the band that is literally the most successful group to come off of the American version of “X Factor.” The song is a catchy song like most of their other singles. The beat is danceable but it does get repetitive and annoying after a while.

The lyrics on this song aren’t very good. Besides the fact that the chorus is horrible and just works and repeats down into very verse, they are just transparent and don’t really seem to have any story of meaning behind them. Also, I get that down is the name of the song but I don’t need to hear literally every five seconds. The second verse is like two lines before it gets ready to kick by into the chorus. Like, what was the point of that?

The song just overall feels rushed like they were trying to capitalize and beat Camila’s single. It wasn’t very good. I knew it wasn’t very good when I was annoyed by the beat two minutes in and annoyed with the word down. Also, I enjoyed Gucci Mane’s verse way more than the entire song. His part was literally the best thing. Gucci Mane has been slaying his verse lately when he is featured on songs.

Fifth Harmony needs to change-up their sound if they are wanting to make a dent in the mainstream radio. While their second album was much improved over their first, they need to stop using snappy/annoying beats over and over again. It hurts the replay value. If “Down” is any indication of what their third album is going to be, they might want to take a step back and look at the product that they are putting out. Also, don’t do rush things to outdo someone. It’s never a positive thing to do.

“Down” feels rushed and made out of spite. It starts out good before it gets to be too annoying with the overly used beat and the name of the song. Gucci Mane’s rap is the best part of the song. I really tried to like it but it just wasn’t good. “Down” wasn’t up to the usual standards of Fifth Harmony.

Rating: 1 out of 5

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