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Music Review. Selena Gomez-“Look at her Now”: The Sharp Transition

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One song revisits the journey of a painful relationship that came to an end, with all the emotional baggage attached. The other song introduces bright, new beginnings after overcoming all of those negative feelings that were recollected and hashed out in the song previously described, “Lose You to Love Me”. For one who is not too familiar with the pop artist and her history, one may wonder if Gomez’s “Lose You to Love Me” and “Look at her Now” is just another great pair of songs that were conjured off of a whim; or is it something more?

Selena And Justin Bieber

It all goes back to the moment Selena Gomez and fellow pop sensation, Justin Bieber, had gone public with their relationship at the Vanity Fair Oscars Party in February 2011. These former teens were indeed star-crossed lovers. There were quite a few breaks over the duration of their relationship. In fact, Bieber and Gomez are practically known for their former on-again, off-again relationship. They officially went their separate ways a few months after the year 2018. To everyone’s surprise, Bieber had already become somebody else’s man two months afterward – the daughter of the actor and conservative political activist Stephen Baldwin, Hailey Baldwin. It appears that these two also had a past of their own, for they reportedly were seeing one another in the year 2016.

Justin and Hailey

Today, 22 year old model “Hailey Baldwin” is formally known as “Hailey Bieber” being that Bieber officially married her after only two months of engagement, two weeks into February of last year (2018). If that is hard to grasp in any way (given the newness of the relationship, along with their very young age), then this will be as well… Oddly, yet astonishingly enough, the “Sorry” artist had transitioned from dating Selena Gomez, to going out with the model just TWO months after their split.

FAR FROM A MUSICAL WHIM.

Selena Gomez

Having a better idea of their past relationship from beginning to end, the fact that Gomez’s new release is about Bieber (one way or the other), is practically undeniable. The “I Want You to Know” singer does not try to conceal it either. At the same time, the lyrics from both new hits are very subtle. The lyrics that stood out to everyone midst listening to the music are “In two months you replaced us! – like it was easy…” and “It was her first real lover, his too till he had another…”. Based on an interview that Selena Gomez recently did with American radio personality, Ryan Seacrest, these songs were a way of “wrapping up a chapter in a pretty little bow…”. She revealed that the ballad “Lose You to Love Me” was actually written over a year ago. During a different interview with multimedia superstar Zach Sang, Selena was asked whether or not she wishes for the person she alludes to in her latest music to listen to it: “Yeah, I do”, the 27-year-old singer responded.

SELENA’S WISH BECOMES PRACTICALLY INEVITABLE

On November 4th of 2019, it was officially announced that Selena Gomez’s newly released single “Lose You to Love Me” had reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. To top it all off, Selena scored her other first number one on the Rolling Stone charts in the very same week! Given all of the outstanding attention Gomez’s two-week-old song “Lose You to Love Me” is grasping already, one can be assured that ex-boyfriend Justin Bieber will personally come across the song[s] one way or the other. As a matter of fact, an out of this world musical mash-up involving the two has already gone viral within the past week – Justin Bieber’s 2015 number one hit “Sorry” with no other than Selena Gomez’s number one hit “Lose You to Love Me”. As the mash-ups producer, Andy Wu, notes, both of the artists’ number one hits were coincidentally co-written by the same pair of individuals: Julia Michaels, and Justin Tranter.

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Spanking New: Sia Features Burna Boy in a Track Titled Hey Boy

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African Giant crooner Burna Boy, has been on a winning streak this wee year, following a spillover of success from 2020, which saw the release of his latest album, Twice as Tall, another Grammy nomination, and collaboration with Wizkid.

On Monday the 11th of January, 2021, Australian superstar Sia, announced via her Instagram account, a collaborative track with Burna, to the awe of fans globally.

The audio which is titled “Hey Boy” has been released, with the music video to be premiered on Thursday the 14th of January, 2021.

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Video: Wizkid Features Burna Boy for the First Time

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Game of Ayo, played with Diamonds for stones

Since 2011, Ayo Balogun aka Wizkid hasn’t fallen short of hits with great collaborations.
His latest collaboration was with the African Giant crooner, Burna boy in a song called Ginger featured in his latest album Made in Lagos.

The spanking new video released yesterday the 8th of January, 2021, depicted a lavish lifestyle, packed with an onslaught of video vixens, with the star attraction of a local game of “Ayo” played with diamonds for stones.
Both Wizkid and Burna Boy have been in comparison along with Davido by fans as they had one action in common lately; the release of a new album.

The last quarter of 2020 saw the release of Made In Lagos music album by Wizkid, Twice as Tall album by Burna Boy, and A Better Time album by Davido putting the trio at the forefront in the competition to be the best in the Nigerian music industry.

Wizkid ft Burna Boy – Ginger

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Queen Bey’s Eldest Child Receives BET Award at the Age of 7

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At a very young age (7), Blue Ivy has already been recognized and praised for her work with her mother on the new “Lion King” soundtrack. Blue Ivy first featured on Beyonce’s heartfelt video for the powerful song “Spirit”. This very same song from Disney’s “The Lion King” has already received a Grammy nomination or two for the upcoming year, 2020.

A few weeks ago, Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s daughter, Blue Ivy, received her very first award. Specifically, the Carter’s eldest child took home The Ashford & Simpson Songwriter’s Award from BET’s Soul Train Awards. Believe it or not, the 7-year-old is actually one of the co-writers of the hit song that is apart of the “Lion King” soundtrack, “Brown Skin Girl”. Blue Ivy shares this award with other artists that collaborated with her on the track such as Nigerian artist, Wizkid, Guyanese artist, SAINt JHN, and no artist other than Beyoncé herself. Blue Ivy both leads and concludes “Brown Skin Girl” with her vocals.

Additionally, “Brown Skin Girl” from Disney’s “The Lion King” was nominated for another award. The song was nominated for the best collaboration at the 2019 BET Soul Train Awards. On the other hand, Chris Brown and Drake’s “No Guidance” swopped in for the title, including other award-winning titles at the 2019 Soul Train Awards, such as the best dance performance, AND the song of the year.

There are no worries, for “Brown Skin Girl” has been getting the recognition it deserves on additional platforms, such as the Billboard Charts. “The Lion King” track at hand has landed on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, earning Blue Ivy Carter her first-career entry on the Hot 100. “Brown Skin Girl” from Beyoncé’s ‘The Lion King: The Gift’ album debuted at No. 76 this past July. The whole album itself had placed as high as No. 2 on the Billboard 200.

Listeners and fans alike all take to “Brown Skin Girl” being that it praises dark-skinned and brown-skinned females for the way they are created. The song is designed to make these types of individuals know their worth – to make young girls and women of color hold their heads up high and embrace their uniqueness, culture, and beauty. The message of the song can be easily distinguished through lyrics such as “There’s complexities in complexion, but your skin, it glow like diamonds…Took everything in life, baby know your worth, I love everything about you from your nappy curls, to every single curve, your body natural…”, and the chorus itself. On the whole, this song is a must-listen for those who need a confidence boost, for those who need to know the value and greatness of ‘black’ women, or/and those who simply want to listen to Blue Ivy’s voice (or any other artist in the song).

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Top 10 on Billboard Charts: Nov.24 – Nov.30

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1.) Circles – Post Malone

Two individuals are tied up in a relationship that goes up and down. Every time they “run away” from one another, they somehow end up going back to one another. For one reason or the other, the individuals are drawn to each other, but apparently, not for all the right reasons. Malone allows his partner make the make the moves “…so I don’t take the blame.”. At the end of the day, Malone’s character knows inside his heart that the relationship has to come to an end once and for all before the relationship turns toxic. The “Better Now” artist premiered “Circles” in New York City during his Bud Light Drive Bar Tour.

As of last Sunday, Post Malone has offcially become a two-time AMA (American Music Award) winner for Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Album. “Circles” is apart of Malone’s recent award winning album, “Hollywood’s Bleeding”.

2.) Someone You Loved – Lewis Capaldi

Another song based off of fallen love. The character Capaldi portrays is someone who opened up and allowed themselves to be vulnerable, but yet, the partner suddenly “then…pulled the rug.”. At this point, the torn individual feels like he no longer has anyone to turn to for comfort, assurance, or a sense of security. Now, one has to become accustomed to navigating life on their own outside of a relationship. “Someone You Loved” officially marks Lewis Capaldi’s first song to reach the Billboard Top 100 Chart. Capaldi partnered up with the charity organization “Live life, Give Life” with intending to increase awareness for individuals in need of organ donations. 

Appearing in the No. 1 spot for quite a few weeks at a time, Capaldi’s “Someone You Loved” has remained on the Billboard 100 list for 28 weeks.

3.) Good as Hell – Lizzo

An empowering song that encourages women not to spend time fretting over a relationship gone bad where “…he don’t love you anymore…”. Lizzo implies that women should not beg to stay in any relationship because at the end of the day, if the individual claims that they do not want you [anymore], it is their loss – life goes on. The music video shows that one of the best lasting remedies to a let-down is feeling good about yourself by looking good, treating yourself, embracing your self-worth and being surrounded by supportive friends. This is another song of Lizzo’s that had originally came out few years ago (2016), but did not gain popularity until after her performance at the 2019 Video Music Awards.

Check out the version of “Good as Hell” where Lizzo collaborates with pop singer/actress, Ariana Grande!

5.) Memories – Maroon 5

As the lead singer of the group, Adam Levine can be heard singing and harmonizing throughout the whole song. In this song, Levine proclaims his thankfulness to his loved ones… the ones who that are within his orbit, and those who, for any reason, are out of it. At one point, “hatred” was felt when he had lost somebody who was dear to him. Now, Levine conveys through this song that he has an open heart – a heart that is capable of going back in time and recalling all of the ‘memories’ him and the loved one had together before they were separated (whether through a bad argument, or through death, is not made clear) in a healthy, positive outlook. From that point going forward, Adam Levine vows to honor the person as long as he lives. On the whole, Maroon 5’s “Memories” song depicts a very humane message. It lets individuals know that it is not only okay, but natural, to go through a cascade of emotions after loosing someone who was once a very important aspect of their life. At the end of the day, what keeps the person alive in one’s soul is the cherishing the memories of that individual.

After releasing the track, Adam Levine took to twitter and stated “This song is for anyone who has ever experienced loss. In other words, this song is for all of us.”

5.) Lose You to Love Me – Selena Gomez

Gomez revisits the events of her past relationship and sings about her rough journey overcoming heartbreak, and betrayal. The crisp video that accompanies the song displayed Selena’s anger, hurt and confusion during that point of her life. Shot by the latest version of the iPhone, the iPhone 11 Pro. This marks Gomez’s first No. 1 track on the Billboard charts.

Selena Gomez headlined the 2019 American Music Awards, where she performed “Lose You to Love Me” for the very first time [followed by it’s follow-up song, “Look At Her Now”].

6.) Senorita – Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello

Ever since they have started dating one another, singer-songwriters Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello have been the talk of the town over the past few of months. “Senorita” outlines the blossoming of a romantic relationship. In the sweet yet steamy music video, the “I Know What You Did Last Summer” singers found themselves grossly intrigued by one another from the very moment they laid eyes on each other. As the saying goes, “From there, it was history.”. Both the song and the video that compliments it convey how they cannot resist one another, for no matter how hard either one of them try to deny it, they always find themselves craving and thinking about each other when they are apart. “Senorita” marks the first collaboration that Mendes and Cabello did as a couple. They preformed the song for the first time at the 2019 Video Music Awards.

In addition to performing “Senorita” at the 2019 VMA’s, the couple has also performed the popular song at the 2019 AMA’s. With “Senorita”, Mendes and Cabello won an AMA for the best collaboration of the year.

7.) No Guidance – Chris Brown ft. Drake

Brown fans, Drake fans and “No Guidance” listeners alike would have likely did a double take from the very moment they came across the song. “Why surprised?” some may wonder… . Well, it all goes back to the bloody, physical altercation that transpired between Chris Brown, Drake, and their entourage at a night club in the year 2012. It is alleged that this viral, out-of-control brawl was over singer/songwriter, and now fashion designer, Rihanna. 

Rihanna dated Chris Brown 2008-2009. After a serious 2009 domestic violence case between the “Look at Me Now” and “Man Down” singers, the two ended their relationship. By the time 2011 came, Rihanna began dating the Canadian singer/rapper, Drake. At the night club in 2012, it was stated that Chris Brown made the cordial gesture of sending a fine wine over to Drake’s table… only for Drake to reject the gesture, and pass over a note to Brown’s table that grossly flaunted the fact that he was sleeping with Rihanna at the time (despite the fact Brown had already had a new girlfriend). From there, a massive fight between the two broke out that also consisted of the throwing of glass bottles. A lot of people got horrifically injured due to being caught up in the crossfire of the brawl. A few individuals in the fight had to get stitches on the face and head.

The fact that Brown and the Canadian made a song together strongly indicates an olive branch was extended, and that therefore, both have settled their deep-seated issues. While the song itself praises ‘that special women’s’ qualities, the video “depicts a dance battle between Brown and Drake in which they resolve their beef – mirroring the ending of their real-life feud.”. – Billboard

At the 2019 BET’s Soul Train Awards, Chris Brown’s and Drake’s collaboration on “No Guidance” has earned them three honors in one night. “No Guidance” was declared to be the best dance performance of the year, the best collaboration of the year, AND, overall, the song of the year.

8.) Everything I Wanted – Billie Eilish

“Everything I Wanted” has been released only two weeks ago, and has already made its way into the Hot 100 Chart. Elish’s new single went from No. 74 the first week of it’s release, to No. 8 the second week.

The song at hand was co-written and produced by Billie Eilish’s brother, Finneas. In a recent interview, Eilish gives listeners insight on why she created the song. She states that she is one of those individuals who more so often than not, encounters nightmares. Worse than getting nightmares here and there, Billie also suffers from sleep paralysis.

If one is able to make out the picture on the cover of the single, they will notice it is the Golden Gate Bridge in San Fransico, California. Unfourtantely, the Golden Gate Bridge is well-known for being a common suicide site. This iconic landmark corrorlates with Elish’s “Everything I Wanted” being that it is based off of a dream she had where she commited suicide. The song goes on about how people were acting indifferent after witnessing Eilish’s death – even those who she considered to be her friends. At the end of the day, the song converts to Billie expressing gratitude for her brother, Finneas, for she knows that he will always be there for her no matter what troubles she faces, and vice-versa.

Last Sunday, Billie Eilish has clinched onto her first AMA for the best Alternative Rock Artist. On that very same night, Eilish recieved an additional AMA for the New Artist of the Year.

9.) 10,000 Hours – Dan + Shay & Justin Bieber

This song is about lovers embracing one another and all that they have to offer in terms of companionship. The three spouses (Dan, Shay, and Justin Bieber) vow to always be there for their partners. They want to continue knowing them on a deep level that practically no one else knows on them on – “…the good and the bad…”. The trio of singers express their undying will to patient and to keep trying to capture their partner’s hearts each and every day of their lives together.

According to Billboard, the release of the single marks Justin Bieber’s first entry on a Country chart.

10.) Truth Hurts – Lizzo

Not so long ago, “Truth Hurts” spent some time in the spotlight as number 1 on the Billboard 100. This song is about a woman realizing that the man she was with was “holding me back” when she was the one doing all the heavy-lifting in the relationship to ensure his well-being. Given the situation, the woman Lizzo portrays decides that she does not necessarily need to get married to be happy. In fact, Lizzo offers the man up to other girls who have been chasing after him. Nothing or anyone is worth being a “side chick”. It happens that Lizzo’s “Truth Hurts” came out in 2017. The song did not get much attention until the track featured on Lizzo’s third studio album “Cuz I Love You”. “Truth Hurts” alone has lasted on the Billboard Top 100 Chart for 29 weeks.

Check out how Lizzo’s “Truth Hurts” has inspired youth!

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