When you think of a list of artists who could drop two albums in six months, the list mainly includes rappers. Future, Drake, NBA Youngboy, and… Ariana Grande? On her fifth full-length studio album, Grande reinvents the pop wheel by releasing the antithesis to her Grammy-nominated #1 summer album, Sweetener (review here). Following the culture-shifting “thank u, next” (read here); a gorgeous promotional single in … Continue reading Ariana Delivers a Dark Companion to ‘Sweetener’ with ‘thank u, next’
Hip-hop rules the world right now. It rules every playlist, every radio station, every new slang term, every viral video, and every dance craze. So, for pop superstar, Ariana Grande, launching a comeback was going to be more difficult this time around. From her debut album, Yours Truly, in 2013, Grande has quickly risen to upper echelon of pop titans. Amassing four Grammy nominations, 2 #1 albums, … Continue reading Album Review: Ariana Grande, ‘Sweetener’
Sting once said, “If you play music with passion and love and honesty, then it will nourish your soul.” If he is to be held to his word, then every soul in The Bitter End was nourished after the incredible performances by a slew of talented, rising stars at NXTWAVE X FOHTA. NXTWAVE X FOHTA was a benefit concert held on Saturday, July 14 to raise … Continue reading Rising Stars Shine at Benefit Concert for Pharrell-Backed Charity
Last night, Ariana Grande released the first promotional single from her upcoming album, Sweetener, due August 17. The track is titled “The Light Is Coming” and it marks the fifth collaboration between Grande and Nicki Minaj. Produced by Pharrell, “The Light Is Coming” is a stark departure from the pure pop sound of the album’s lead single, “No Tears Left to Cry,” but does it pay … Continue reading Single Review: Ariana Grande, “The Light Is Coming”
In the middle of their wildly successful stadium world tour, music’s most powerful couple, Beyoncé and JAY-Z, have surprised the world with their first joint album, EVERYTHING IS LOVE. Half a decade after popularizing the concept of the surprise album with her eponymous fifth album, Beyoncé has done it again, this time with her husband and longtime collaborator. EVERYTHING IS LOVE acts as the final act … Continue reading Beyoncé & JAY-Z’s ‘Everything Is Love,’ A Track-by-Track Review
Last night, the 2018 Billboard Music Awards took place. As usual, it was an unnecessarily long awards show where more lackluster performances were showcased than awards given out. I still believe that the Billboard Music Awards are the single most pointless awards ceremony; it’s just three laborious hours of shameless promotion for Billboard, Pepsi, and friends. Regardless, here is a ranking of the night’s strongest … Continue reading Every Performance at the BBMAs Ranked!
Now that the eligibility period for the 2018 Grammy Awards has officially ended, it’s time to discuss potential nominees. In this 8 part series we will discuss our predictions for the General field, the pop, rock, and rap categories, and one random group of categories. This was probably the hardest group of categories to predict thus far; there are so many deserving nominees and everyone … Continue reading 2018 GRAMMYs Predictions: The R&B Field