My Christmas Gift to You

It’s that time of year where it doesn’t matter whether you’re in a store, in your car or just watching TV – you’re going to hear a Christmas song.

It’s usually the same familiar faces and voices – Michael Bublé, Mariah Carey, Cliff Richard, Paul McCartney and Wham!

But what if you’re tired of hearing the same radio-friendly Christmas songs? What if you want to kick it up a gear and party the only way you know how – with songs made for turn ups and lit Christmases (I’m not talking about the lights on your tree here).

Well, I might have something in store for you good people.

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Standout Albums of 2015

2015 is nearing a close (time goes by so quick guys) and with it we got some great albums to mark each and every little thing that happened in our lives this year.

So – which ones made the cut in my list of standout albums?

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The Creators In Hip Hop

So I recently watched Complex’s interview with rapper A$AP Rocky and it got me thinking. He and the A$AP crew spoke about their beginnings, how they pieced together their style, music and videos, and used their creativity to elevate themselves to the status that they’re at now. After watching I couldn’t help but think about those in the hip hop game that create great music – but more importantly, know how to give it to us in a way that is forward-thinking, creates a message and is always more than just the music. They are the creators in hip hop.

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14 Years Without Aaliyah

August 25th. The year was 2001. 14 years ago, the news began to reach the public that Aaliyah Haughton had passed away.

Flying back to the US from shooting her latest music video for song Rock The Boat in the Abaco islands, Aaliyah, 7 of her entourage and the pilot didn’t make it back to Florida as their plane crashed, killing all on board.

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ARTPOP: The End Of An Era

Little monsters everywhere are suffering from post-ArtRAVE depression after the last ArtRAVE took place in Paris just last week.

The event was extra special as the Lady Gaga concert was streamed live worldwide thanks to Yahoo and LiveNation. Monsters that had attended the previous ArtRAVE concerts were able to relive their night by watching the stream, and fans that had never been to a Gaga concert were able to watch it live and pretend that they were in the audience with the hundreds of thousands of fans that were in Paris Bercy.

{If you missed it, the video is at the end of this post}

artpopball

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Let’s Talk About Boys – Boy Bands, That Is!

Following on from the last post, Girl Bands Now & Then: What Makes Them So Popular?, it would only be fair to give the boys some recognition too!

After finding a box of CDs in my room last week, it was as though I’d come across a time capsule! Filled with albums by the Spice Girls, Girls Aloud, Steps, and boy-bands like Blue, *N Sync, Boyzone, a1 and 5ive, it was a box straight from my childhood! (Not to mention the fact that I’d also found my Game Boy Colour minutes earlier…)

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Girl Bands Then & Now: What Makes Them So Popular?

Following on from my last post It’s All About The Nineties (which happens to be my latest fave post that I’ve written – mainly because I love being nostalgic and stuff), I decided to write about some of the music that I’ve caught myself listening to since then. And what have I been listening to lately I hear you ask? GIRL BANDS.

I’m talking about ladies that get together, decide that they can make decent music if they were a group and BOOM! They get a record deal and become worldwide sensations, inspiring women everywhere to grab their hairbrushes and sing into them (they also become posters for men to put on their wall and dream about).

And just who are these women? Which bands am I referring to? Why are girl bands so great? Carry on reading if you really want to know (and of course you’ll want to know – girl bands aren’t like Marmite, you purely love them. No hatred for girl bands exists in this world). So let’s look at some of my fave girl bands throughout the ages (basically the past 20 years as they’re the only ages I’ve been present in!)

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It’s All About The Nineties

Over the past few days I’ve been binge-watching 90s teen cult films after work. I’m not ashamed to admit it either!

I realised in watching them that there are definitely glimmers of the 90s in today. Whether it’s those stretchy plastic neck chokers that look like you’ve doodled swirls with a permanent marker around your neck, or gingham checked midi skirts, or matching crop tops and skirts it’s a sure thing. The 90s is back (and I’m pretty happy about it). Just now I was looking at a baby pink fluffy crop top with matching skirt and cursed Charli XCX for making me want fluffy clothes that I would have normally ignored. But pop culture has made the message clear – if you’re not wearing jelly shoes, or wearing gingham then you’re not ‘on trend’.

Anyways, watching the 90s films I was able to appreciate something other than the fashion that was around then. The music! The soundtracks to these films sent me back to my childhood and made me realise just how amazing the 1990s were. Think about it: there was Hanson, The Spice Girls, No Doubt and other musical geniuses that just made the 90s… well they just made the 90s, the 90s.

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Did you spot the celeb cameos in Haim’s new video for “My Song 5”?

Haim’s three long-haired sisters released their video for My Song 5 in the last week, which they recorded with A$AP Ferg, rapper of the A$AP mob.

The Haim sisters

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5 Reasons To Stan For Miley Cyrus

Almost a year has gone by since Miley Cyrus revealed her shocking performance at the MTV VMA Awards. Although the TV might have recovered from its shock and is now functioning normally, some people have found it hard to remove the performance from their memory, thus making it so that negative thoughts might be attached when you might hear the words ‘Miley Cyrus’, or see a picture of her in a magazine, or hear a song of hers on the radio. With this year’s VMAs, I decided to reflect on the past year focusing on Miley Cyrus and the criticisms she’s faced since her performance at the award ceremony.

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