Jojo grabs her crown with the reissue of ‘Jojo’

It’s a new month and a new year. Since it’s January and this artist just re-released all of her old music, it’s only fitting to dedicate a whole month to her. Welcome to Jojo January. No, it’s for JoJo Siwa and her obsession with big bows. That’s all the jokes I’m going to make about her since she’s only like 8 years old. I’m talking about the original teen queen Jojo. There are four Fridays in January and she happens to have three albums and two extra songs on iTunes.

Growing up, I wasn’t a huge Jojo fan. I pretty much enjoyed the hits like “Leave (Get Out)” and “Too Little Too Late.” So when she re-recorded a re-released all of her older work, I decided it was time to look into her work as a whole. I need to educate myself more on the fine arts. As a musical connoisseur, I need to explore different artist. Music and Sexuality go hand and hand. You don’t know what you like until you try it. And that the tea. Anyways, let’s talk about Jojo’s self-titled debut album. Keep in mind that I’m listening to the re-issued/re-released updated version.

No tears will fall from these eyes

“Jojo” was originally released in back in the summer of 2004. It was re-released in December 2018. To make a long story short about why she re-recorded, re-worked, and re-released 14 year music, I leave you with this: label drama. The album is a mix of R&B, Pop, and hip-hop. It’s actually a very nice blend of everything. It reminded me of Ariana Grande’s first album “Yours Truly.” Which is ironic because this album was nine-years-old when Ariana Grande released it. Ariana wanted to be like Jojo. Even their high ponytails were similar. Maybe Jojo is really Ariana? *conspiracy theory*

The album itself is a really good mix. The album seems to be split into two different acts: first act before “Leave (Get Out)” and last act after “Leave (Get Out).” The main flaw with the album is that most of the songs on the album sound the same and similar. It’s not a bad thing but it’s not a good thing. It just blends together too much and you can’t tell the songs apart.

Some songs were better than others. Obviously, “Leave (Get Out)” is the stand out of the album but “City Lights,” “Breezy,” and “Baby It’s You” are also good songs as well. There are also some songs that are just meh. “Weak” is a cover but it’s just too long of a song. If they would have trimmed like two minutes off of the song, then it would have been a fine song,

Verdict

“JoJo” is a great debut album. It’s a standard debut album with debut album issues but I’ve just come to expect that when it comes to debut albums. Jojo was definitely underrated and ahead of her time. I didn’t take vocals into account for the review because of their new vocals but still. Her vocals slay and could make angels cry. I do recommend taking a listen to it because I enjoyed the album.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

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Flashback to Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth first meeting in ‘When I Look at You’

In case you didn’t know, Liam Hemsworth and Miley Cyrus got married. I thought it was time to celebrate their love because it’s adorable. In honor of their love, I thought I would go back down memory lane and talk about “When I Look at You.” I would rewatch “The Last Song” but let’s be real – that shit was terrible.

Omg they were just little babies

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Get ready to feel the feels

“When I look at You” was released in February 2010 as the final single from Miley’s underrated EP “The Time of Our Lives” and as a promotional song for her upcoming movie “The Last Song.” It’s a mellow and power ballad in the soft rock genre. Honestly, the production on the song is extremely well done. The subtle strumming of the guitar in the middle of the song to the powerful beat underneath Miley’s killer vocals during the bridge. It’s just so well done.

The lyrics are catchy and strong that you can’t help but just enjoy the song. It’s honestly one of my favorite songs that Miley has put it. It’s just so raw and emotional and to think that she was only 17 years old when she released. Those vocals are everything and they are still everything. Like I honestly forgot how good she was when she was younger and for how long she’s been performing and releasing music for. Between her own music and “Hannah Montana,” she has like 10 albums under her belt and she’s only 26 years old.

If you haven’t seen the video or heard “When I Look at You,” then you are missing out. It’s honestly a classic that should be on every love song playlist. It just one of those songs that will last forever and won’t be outdated. It also doesn’t hurt to listen to live versions. Like Miley performs it at her friend’s wedding and it’s literally everything, EVERYTHING. There’s also a Spanglish version where Miley’s singing in English and David Bisbal is mixing in Spanish and English. If you couldn’t let, I pretty much love this song. Hence why I’m not officially review it or rating it.

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Ariana Grande’s EP ‘Christmas & Chill’ sets new standards for Christmas music

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.

It’s the last Friday before Christmas and we are onto our final Ariana Friday. I know, you are very sad like I am but hey, at least we made it here together. And don’t worry, this one will be shorter than the last two. So bundle up and get ready for as it’s time to review Ariana Grande’s final Christmas EP “Christmas and Chill.” 

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Released back in 2015, “Christmas and Chill is a quick and easy album that you can easily breeze faster than you can breeze through an episode of “Riverdale.” Each song is a little under three minutes long and there are only six songs all today on the album.  It’s short, sweet, and to the point.

Ariana is her Christmas form

Now, this isn’t your grandmothers Christmas music. This is pretty much Christmas sex music. It’s not too vulgar but it’s dirty enough to where you get what’s she’s trying to get at. Ariana wants Santa to cuddle with her under the mistletoe after he comes down her chimney.

The EP isn’t bad. In fact, the beats for the sounds are catchy. I highly enjoyed all of the songs on there. They were fresh and original. The biggest flaw of this album is the length of the songs. While they aren’t too short, it was would have been a much better listening experience if they were longer. The album just has you leaving more. It’s like its teasing more but there’s nothing more to tease. It’s like we got a taste of the cherry and we just need to take a bite but there’s nothing to bite.

I also recommend listening to the Japanese bonus track. It’s a remix version of “Into You” that features the late great Mac Miller. It’s rather good. I wish they would have had his rap on the album version. 

“Christmas & Chill” is a great Christmas EP that improves on what was made in “Christmas Kisses.” Each song stands out and is enjoyable to listen to. The downfall of the EP is the fact that all songs on the EP are so short. If they were a little bit longer, it would be mash out of the park. I highly recommend adding it into your Christmas day rotation. It’s worth the listen. 

Rating: 4 out of 5

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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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