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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Miley Cyrus returns to form with ‘She is coming’

After two years of no word on an official album, Miley Cyrus has returned and given the world a new album. But unlike her previous albums, Miley decided to torture us by splitting her album into three different EPs. I think that Miley is just looking to torture us with anticipation. Let’s talk about “SHE IS COMING” from Miley Cyrus. There’s going to be a lot of capitalization.

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Swish, Swish motherf***er

“SHE IS COMING” is the first of three EPs from Miley Cyrus. Along with “SHE IS HER,” and “SHE IS EVERYTHING,” this makes up her seventh studio album, “SHE IS MILEY CYRUS.” Yep, Miley is trying to kill us. “SHE IS COMING” is Miley’s first EP since 2009’s “The Time of Our Lives.” Miley reunites with Mike Will Made It as well as teaming up with Mark Ronson again, whom she previously worked with on their single “Nothing Breaks Like a Heart.”

The EP is the love child if all of her music got together and had a love child. I’ll be frank; I was worried about this album because the promo videos on Miley’s social media made it look like she was making a “Miley Cyrus and her Dead Petz 2.” I don’t know if you remember that album, but it was a hot mess. I was pleasantly surprised when I started listening, and it was more like “Bangerz” meets all her other discography.

The EP is only six songs and it honestly the perfect amount for it. Each song brings something different to the overall feel and theme. It has a little bit of everything. From the female empowerment anthem “Mother’s Daughter” to about having sex and not being the same person as before in “Cattitude,” this EP has something for everyone on the album.

My only complaint with the album is that the flow of the EP is nonexistent. It doesn’t feel like there is no rhyme nor reason. It’s slightly all over the place. It’s not a bad thing, but it does create an uneven listening experience. Like you go from a dance song to two songs that are slower in pace before going back to a dance song. I, personally, would like it to be evener, with the song listing and flow. It feels like 4 out of 6 songs have been slow songs.

“SHE IS COMING” is a great album and feels like the right step in where Miley Cyrus is going with her music. I enjoyed listening to the EP and cannot wait to hear what comes next. I just wished that the album has had a better flow and was more spaced out with the songs. But overall, it’s a good taste of what is next to come, which will be on the EP “SHE IS HERE.” Sidenote: I’d lose my cool if there’s a second album called “SHE IS HANNAH MONTANA.”

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

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Jonas Brother’s return to form with ‘Happiness ​Begins’

It’s been ten years since the world received a gift in the form of a Jonas Brothers album. On Friday, June 7th, we received a gif in the form of the Jonas Brothers’ fifth studio album. Now that we all had a weekend to process and enjoy the record, it’s time that we review “Happiness Begins.” Hopefully you also watched “Chasing Happiness.” It’s a must before you start the album.

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I’m a sucker for you

“Happiness Begins” was the Jonas Brothers’ first album off of their previous label Hollywood Records. They are now on Republic Records, which is the same label that Joe’s side group DNCE is on. The album is less rock and power pop than what we have got in their previous albums. They play around with a few different genres like reggae and country. But there is a definite pop vibe throughout all the songs.

The boys worked with OneRepublic’s and superstar producer Ryan Tedder on the album, and it shows. The songs are well produced and flow very well together. Nick, Joe, and Kevin wrote every song on the album, which makes each song personal. The songs are overly wordy like 95% of their previous songs. I honestly liked the mature lyrics. While they aren’t cleverly sexual like Nick and DNCE’s songs, there still some hints of it.

While the album is well produced and flows very well, the main issue is the fact that it feels more like a “test the waters” album. I get the playing it safe, especially after six years of not releasing anything together, but it hinders, “Happiness Begins.” The singles are strong, but that’s about it. “Don’t Throw it Away” and “Rollercoaster” are bangers but all the songs seem to blend with how they sound. The songs just sound too similar and there isn’t anything in between to separate the songs like a palate cleanser. There’s a difference between having each song carry on the same theme to having it all sound the same. The songs do give off this happy vibe as the title says, but it’s the same happy vibe.

“Happiness Begins” is a delightful and well-produced and written album. It’s an excellent start to reunited Jonas Brothers, but it isn’t anything that has you listening to the album for extended listening. The singles are the standouts but after that, it just the same sound besides a few songs here and there. I do recommend this album because it is a good listen and will bring on the feels. Oh, I do recommend the Target Deluxe track “First.” It’s honestly a bop that doesn’t deserve being a deluxe track.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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Let’s talk about Pride

Every year during Pride Month, some people think it’s a good idea to have “straight pride” parade It’s pretty much like clockwork. So I thought it would be a perfect time to talk about everything that is wrong with the idea of a “straight pride” parade and why we have Pride. It’s sad that we still have to deal with stuff like this in 2019.

What’s wrong with Straight Pride?

First thing is that I’m not saying you shouldn’t be proud and show pride in who you are and your sexuality. No one is saying that. In fact, if you are straight, you should be celebrating the fact that you don’t have to worry about whether or not you will get beat up or killed for showing public displays of affection with the person you love. You don’t have to worry about getting called slurs or disowned because you love who you love.

Sure, it can happen if you are straight, but it’s more than less just based on the character of the person you are dating. It could also be based on whether or not your love is forbidden based on family blood feud if you are in a CW drama or soap opera. But it’s not usually based on the gender of the person you love. If what I have listed still doesn’t make you under what Pride month is really all about, then I feel sorry for you.

Why we have Pride?

Pride month is the month that the LGBTQ celebrates each other and themselves. Between people tell you that you are going to hell for loving who you love, fear of not being accepted by those close to you, or constantly being judged, Pride is a celebration of being proud of who you are. It’s a celebration of being and loving who you are. It’s a celebration of being different and just being you.

When all Americans are treated as equal, no matter who they are or whom they love, we are all more free.”–Barack Obama.

The reason that there is a Pride Month is because of the Stonewall Riots in 1969. Stonewall Riots were against police raids on a local LGBTQ bar just because they were LGBTQ. They were having a good time and enjoying life, but that was against the law. At this time, it was illegal to LGBTQ. The US Government kept lists on people that were/suspected of being LGBTQ, LGBTQ friendly establishments, and anyone friends with LGBTQ. You could legally fire someone for being LGBTQ. They would track your mail if you got LGBTQ material sent to you. Cities even did sweeps to get rid of LGBTQ. THAT IS WAY THERE IS PRIDE.

What is Pride?

Pride is a place where everyone is accepted for just being them. It’s just full of love and acceptance. No one is there to judge you, make you feel bad about yourself. That’s what Pride is all about. It’s not about trying to cause a scene or show this group of being that you are better than them.

Before you sit there and think to yourself, “It’s not fair, why isn’t there a Pride for straight people?” I recommend you research why there is a need for pride for LGBTQ. That’s the problem with 95% of society today. No one looks up anything and just believe the first thing they hear. The fact that you don’t have a Pride/Heritage/History month doesn’t mean you don’t exist. It just means you didn’t have to fight for your right to exist.

To straight people, be grateful that you can bang in the streets without worrying about getting killed, beat up, or stoned. You can hold hands down the road or kiss under the stars in public. You can also get married without people telling you that your bond isn’t legal or real. Feel free to come to pride as long as you aren’t a bigoted asshole. All are welcome. You don’t have to be LGBTQ to go to Pride. It may be shocking, but even straight people go to pride. You don’t have to be LGBTQ to support the message that Pride gives.

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