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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“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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Pop Project Explains: Met Gala 2019 Fashion

On Monday, May 6, the 71st annual Met Gala was a thing again. If you don’t know what that is then you need to get with the times. The Met Gala is a fundraising event for Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York City. It also marks the opening of the Costume Institute’s annual fashion exhibit. This is the event that all the celebrities wear their best costumes. Because of this, I decided to put on my fashion blogger hat and chat about some of the costumes and my thoughts. This years theme was camp. So naturally, only gay men and women knew what the hell that means.

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What the hell is camp?

Don’t feel bad if you don’t have any idea what camp is. You will soon find out that some people didn’t even know what it meant. Or they just don’t care. So here’s the wikipedia definition of Camp

Camp is an aesthetic style and sensibility that regards something as appealing because of its bad taste and ironic value. Camp aesthetics disrupt many of modernism’s notions of what art is and what can be classified as high art by inverting aesthetic attributes such as beauty, value, and taste through an invitation of a different kind of apprehension and consumption.

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So now that we got that out of the way, let’s get into some of these fashions.

Nick and Priyanka Jonas

Oh, Where do I begin with this. I think it might be best to start off with this: Nick Jonas has proven that not everyone can look super hot all of the time. While I can appreciate their take on glitter, I don’t know what this is suppose to be. Priyanka looks like a glittery alien queen while Nick looks like a 1970s gay porn star with tendencies to like little children and lure them with candy into his van/cult. Please, Nick, for the love of Jonas, don’t ever get a mustache like that. The world and I thank you in advance.

Nick was wearing a white suit with Dior Men with glittery gray shoes that look like it was made from her dress. Apparently Dior Men’s suit are for cult leaders. Priyanka looks like she killed some poor creature that invaded her home planet and had it weaved into Dior Haute Couture. Sadly, this wasn’t the weirdest outfit from the night.

Katy Perry

Someone call Disney! One of the dancing chandeliers from “Beauty and the Beast” on Broadway escaped storage and ended up at the Met Gala. Oh, sorry that is just Katy Perry. Now I don’t know why someone would want to wear something that looks as uncomfortable as it probably feels. Especially with how many battery packs was needed to keep everything lit. But don’t worry, she didn’t this all night.

Katy Perry then decided to dress up as a hamburger. Yep, she went from a chandelier to a hamburger. From the lighting of a fancy dinner to something you can get from something off the dollar menu. While I appreciate their bold fashion choices, I really don’t understand them. I get fashion isn’t suppose to be comfortable but there’s no fashionable reason for anything she is wearing.

Katy’s hamburger outfit was made by McDonald’s. I hear that she wanted Wendy’s to make her outfit but they don’t make fake burgers.

Kim Kardashian and Kayne West

Only Kim Kardashian West would make looking almost completely naked a look for Met Gala. Kim told one of the media that she wanted to look like she was wearing a wet t-shirt. Unless you’re wearing a stripper’s shirts, I would like to know what shirt is that transparent to where it matches your skin color so well. It looks more like floppy skin than it is a wet t-shirt. She also looks like a sci-fi movie villain. A villain that is looking to steal peoples youth as she clings onto relevancy. She also kind of looks like a condom.

Kayne West is dressed like he is picked up his outfit off of the rack of Walmart. Apparently, Yeezey’s jacket was $40. Pretty much, Kayne is all of us if we couldn’t spend countless thousands of dollar on a fancy outlandish outfit. Kayne also looks like he’s going to murder someone and he’s carrying around the body, Kim, as a memento in the back of his van.

Celine Dion

Oh, Celine Dion. She’s the only person that can pull off looking like a peacock. I feel bad for the people that was sitting behind her. The tea of the entire outfit that Celine didn’t know what camp was. She thought they were talking about camping. I know have visions of Celine coming to the Met Gala as a tent or a boy scout. They would have probably been even better than looking like an extremely gay peacock trying to blind their lover with their sparkles.

The fact that Celine Dion has no idea what camp is makes everything seem even better. I can just picture her reactions to everything. The awe and the amazement to the world around her. Just a new born gay sparkly peacock just sitting there in amazement of a huge ass hamburger or a man holding onto his own head.

Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen

It appears the Grim Reaper took a day off to take some of the celebrities careers at the Met Gala. Oh, I’m sorry that just Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen. Now I’m poking fun at the fact they look like death. But rather they decided to make their own theme where they are just wearing black leather dresses. One is wearing yellow. I’m honestly not sure which one is which at this point. But it’s very obvious that they might have a thing for leather. They do dress alike so maybe the camp is the fact they are dressed alike. I honestly don’t know. I just hope they didn’t take anyone’s careers. If they did, my money is on Kimye. It would cause the least amount of waves.

In my research in trying to figure who is who, I noticed a trend of them of wearing darker tones to the past Met Galas. Are they trying to hide something or just try to be dark and brooding? One tends to lighten it up a little but it’s still dark. I’m starting to wonder if they are vampires.

There was too many fashions to go over that occurred. Like Jared Leto holding his own head, Zendaya turning into Cinderella, or whatever the hell Cardi B was wearing. I highly recommend googling the outfits. It’s a joy. The same joy you got by reading this piece

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Album Review: ‘Witness’ by Katy Perry

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After years of waiting for this, Katy Perry has finally given us a brand new album. It’s been a helluva ride to get here. I’m just glad the wait is finally over.

“Witness” is the fifth studio album from Katy Perry. Right off the bat, you can tell that this album is definitely a different sound for her. “Witness” has more of a dance pop vibe to it. It honestly feels like europop. It’s not a bad sound for Katy Perry at all. It suits her vocals really well. Although, at times, it feels like too much. By the time you reach the middle of the album, you’re kind of tired out of the europop.

The fact that you are tired out of the europop is caused because it’s a rather long album. There are 15 songs on the album. If there was more ballads to break up the song with danceable beats, it probably wouldn’t feel like torture at some points. Think of it like you are going to a nightclub. You are enjoying the first couple hours of it but then you just over it. “Witness” is pretty much like going to club. It’s not bad in short sittings, but not good for long-term listening.

The lyrics are supposed to be more adult and socially conscious but they really aren’t. There are a few song with that but it’s not until the second half of the album. It’s the second half of the album where “Witness” shines and truly shows what could have been. Katy’s vocals on the album are the best on the second half of the album. On some of the songs, there’s just too much vocal effects to fit the genre that it takes alway from how good Katy Perry’s voice truly is.

The best song off of the album for me “Swish Swish.” This song is just so catchy and addictive to listen to. It’s definitely one of the highlights the album. Allegedly, it’s her answer to Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood, who magically added her discography to streaming services right before the release of “Witness.” Nicki Minaj really shines in the track as well. She has really been killing it when she’s featured on tracks. First “Side to Side” with Ariana Grande and now “Swish Swish.” Another good song is “Miss You More.” It’s probably one of the few true ballads of “Witness.”

”Witness” is actually a fun album. The majority of the songs aren’t anything spectacular. They are just fluffy dance pop filler. “Swish Swish,” “Chained To the Rhytm” are some of the highlights of the album. The sound is different from what we’ve heard from her and comes across as too much by the time you reach the end of the album. Like I said, It’s a fun album but it just gets old fast.

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Rating: 3 out of 5

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Katy Perry is ‘Chained To The Rhythm’ in Pleasantville

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Katy Perry released the video for her latest single “Chained To The Rhythm” and in normal Katy Perry fashion, the video is strange. It’s not Lady Gaga strange but it’s up there. It’s more deep than anything else. Before I dive into the video, let’s watch it together:

The video takes place in the world where the 1950s are a thing again. The video is pretty much set in a much more updated 1950s future. I was waiting for a 1950’s interpretation of robot to pop out and trying to crazily  attack everyone but fail because they are taking pictures of it with their iPads.

The video itself is actually very representative of the meaning of the song. Through out the video you see Katy Perry follow the rest of the crowd in the amusement park “Oblivia,” named after what the people are-oblivious to their surroundings. They are on rides that are literally killing them because they are unsafe, one ride literally throws people over a white picketed fence. Throughout the video, it becomes more apparent that Katy Perry is falling out of the “Rhythm” as everyone around her keeps on doing what I’m referring to a synchronized land swimming. Everyone is in a line for a ride, it’s a long ass ride, and they are doing synchronized land swimming. Towards the end, Katy is out of the rhythm and ends up noticing that “hey, this isn’t right.”

Because of the 1950s theme, this reminds me of the movie “Pleasantville.” For those that don’t know, how dare you never see “Pleasantville,” it follows two siblings that got transported into a 1950s television show. Over the course of the movie, them and the citizens of Pleasantville become more socially aware of all the issues in the town like racism, free speech, and even what sex is (in the 1950s, penises and vaginas were on strike and never interacted. It was sexless time). As the town become more clear, the people and the surrounds turned from black and white to color. The concept that Katy used in the video was really well done. It showed the same plot in “Pleasantville” but made it her own. The movie is very relevant today. Katy’s video does an excellent job of pointing that out.

I have a feeling that Katy Perry’s videos will be like a series and each being a continuation of the one before it. There’s no clear resolution to this video, which allows me to make my own up. My ending is that Katy Perry kills everyone and ends up leaving with Skip.

Overall, the video makes you think. It’s not her greatest video but it’s her most profound. I’ll take profound over a show.

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