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    The Sounds of Our Lives (formerly General Music Discussion)

    True. I loved that song. The only thing is it sounded like a Pink song with Nate duetting in it. This sounds his song Pink is covering.
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    The Sounds of Our Lives (formerly General Music Discussion)

    I agree. No shade to Ariana, but I wish the money they spent on promoting another album by her six months after her last album would’ve gone to another artist. They should’ve made Ari promote Sweetener first, or rerelease it with 3-4 new songs. I guess it worked out, but eh. I just listened to Pink’s new song. At first it sounds like Pink fronting Mumford & Sons. Then, it starts sounding like fun. I mean, the band. At first I thought Jack Antonoff produced it, but apparently he didn’t. Nate Ruess, lead singer of fun., did co-write it. It’s a bit of a shrug, to be honest, but I see it doing its job. Pink’s nothing if not consistent.
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    Unpopular Opinions about Music

    I brought up hip-hop/rap because it’s currently the dominant genre in popular music. It was more shorthand for current music that’s popular than hip-hop specifically. Many songs and albums, especially these days, do numbers solely because of streaming. They talked about that on the NYT Popcast last year. If you take away streams, I believe both of those soundtracks were on the top selling albums list, and with streaming, they were high but not as much. As far as Gaga, I was referring to her last album Joanne for the most part. She did a rock version at the Grammys...to somewhat mixed reviews. Eh, not necessarily. She’s done that consistently, yes, but I’ve long theorized that Adele is as big as she is because of who her contemporaries are. Adele has a big voice and sings big songs that seem to use real instruments and dresses like a lady. Not all that special — I’ve often thought Adele could be kind of hoary and a bit, well, boring — but bookended up against current pop music, she stands out. Like I said, my comments were more shorthand than hip-hop specific. Those soundtracks are what they are, which is probably why they have done so well. Even your pop acts have to wind up making concessions to hip-hop to get a hit — and not just hip-hop, but trap in particular. Look no further than current number one song “7 Rings” by Ariana Grande where she’s rapping using Soulja Boy’s flow from 2010. Or the muted hip-hop beat of “Without Me” by Halsey that’s at number 3 (not to mention the remix of that song featuring JuceWrld). That’s not always the case, but it’s the unfortunate truth that most mainstream acts have to show some literacy in hip-hop/rap (both in sound and the common tropes) to have consistent chart success. Two mainstream projects they don’t seem belabored by that is refreshing.
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    Country Music, Y'all!

    I have a messy, vain point to make: I want Keith Urban to cut his hair. I can’t be the only one. For one thing, it’s either too long or too short. I could accept it if it was just long — some dudes like long hair. I could accept it if it was just a bit longer than most male country artists. But Keith’s hair is in a sensible bob that hits him right at the shoulders. It’s like he wants to be the long haired cool guy and a well-coifed pretty boy at the same time. Gotta pick one. Also, he just looks like he saw a picture of Jennifer Anniston one time and was just like, “phbbt, girl please. I can do that”. Or maybe he thinks he’s Andy Brinker and wants to signal he doesn’t need corporate sponsorship. IDK. I just feel like he needs to cut it. I could take long hair if I felt like it was part of a look, but Keith just looks too old for his hair. A married man with kids north of 35 doesn’t need to cling to the SoCal surfer locks. I know this is random but for real. It’s annoying.
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    Unpopular Opinions about Music

    I like the song just fine — nothing to write home about — but I think the success of that song, along with the success of the Greatest Showman soundtrack, is because people are starved for music that sounds like music. I don’t know how I feel about Gaga’s Countrypolitan makeover over the last few years, but I do think a lot of people are hip-hopped out. I wouldn’t be surprised if Adele comes out with another big ballad that does crazy numbers for the same reason.
  6. Yeah, Mac was a real talent. He’ll be missed. He was a funny guy, too. I remember his MTV2 show from a few years ago.
  7. I wonder what’s next for Bruno. I wonder if he’s going to do something fresh and original or if he’s going to Bel Biv Devoe us again. I wouldn’t mind an artist that was an honest throwback to the New Jack Swing era full time — think of how Leon Bridges is a throwback to old school soul — but I am a little tired of the Six Flags R&B Revue type of teas Bruno has been serving since 2nd term Obama. S’time to get a new gig. I agree, but I will say this is yet another example of hip-hop being full of shit (not you, but a commentary on the culture). When Mac dropped that album, hip-hip barely paid it attention. They were too busy doing that corny ass In My Feelings challenge and following that lame ass beef between MGK and Eminem. Hip-hop didn’t give Mac Miller his flowers while he was here, but then when the Grammy voters fail to do the same thing, now you see all these people talking about good his project was.
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    Unpopular Opinions about Music

    Oh, me neither. I think if that were to happen they would add an annoying trap rhythm to it for the kids and it would probably pale in comparison. But I just think it would fit their personal narratives well, and I’m almost certain Halsey knows and loves that song.
  9. Exactly. I think a lot of these artists are self-centered so they do a lot of self-centered shit. How about just being gracious and humble and letting it be that? Drake barely shows up to the Grammys and then when he does show he wants to give this BS speech about true success? Man, please. You submitted that song because you wanted to win. Period. I disliked that because it was inconsiderate of the team of people who were behind her who...kinda don’t give two fucks about Beyoncé’s “my man ain’t shit” album. And also, Adele was doing all that damn crying, but if Beyonce has won, she wouldn’t have said shit about Adele and she damn sure wouldn’t have broken off a piece of her award for her. Well, here’s the thing: Cardi has writing credits on every song on her album. I don’t doubt she’s had A LOT of writing help, I think a lot of the credit goes to the producers who knew what the music needed to feel like. I mean, I can believe Cardi has a hand in writing her lyrics. How clever or witty are her lyrics in the first place? Even her flows aren’t all that intricate. I just think Cardi is the rare NY rapper who knows that the bop will take you further than just bars. This usually comes naturally to down-South rappers who know you have to put together records that will keep the party going rather than flipping intricate rhymes. LOL. I hate to say this, but I remember Ashanti’s heyday. Ashanti was a cute, light-skinned around-the-way girl with a sweet but thin voice. She knew her way around a hook, but Ashanti wasn’t a star. She was a glorified hook girl. In fact, going back to prior comments about colorism, Lil Mo was a much better singer than Ashanti, but Ashanti might’ve only taken off because she was the cute light-skinned chick. So if her label decided to try and make money by giving some of her material to J Lo, take that up with Irv Gotti and them. J Lo is still a star; Ashanti is...at the house tweeting.
  10. Sadly I think you’re right. I’ve heard stories about how blatantly colorist the industry is. I do wonder if that is music industry specific or if it’s the entertainment industry writ-large. Because even though Cardi has the industry stats, a big part of her success is that she’s become a household name. A celebrity. It seems like if she was just a chick who could rap, she could probably get signed, but I don’t know if she would be guest-hosting Jimmy Fallon, on the cover of magazines, and the toast of Fashion Week if she weren’t light-skinned with the right lace front/wig.
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    Unpopular Opinions about Music

    Here’s a random idea: Post Malone and Halsey should remake “Broken” by Seether.
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    Unpopular Opinions about Music

    I think I’ve said before that I think the reason artists like Cardi B, Camilla Cabello, J Balvin, Ozuna, among others, are being pushed is because of the political climate we’re in with Trump and immigration and the wall and all that. I’m annoyed by that for two reasons: 1. I...don’t like when corporations and The Suits try to make sociopolitical statements through artists. I don’t have a problem with messages via music in a general sense — that’s part of the power of music — but it’s more annoying when I feel like certain people are being put in position just to Make A Point or fulfill a quota. It feels really manipulative and off-putting. Plus, I like when I feel like a message is emanating from an artist so I can hold them accountable if they sound ridiculous. It’s harder when the message is something stupid and it’s buried in an AutoTuned pop song. 2. Speaking of which, the other problem I have, and this is main issue: THEY’RE USING BLAND, BARELY TALENTED ACTS TO SEND THESE MESSAGES. Camilla Cabello has been on TV so many times performing Havana; it’s not a great song, she isn’t a great singer, she’s cute but nothing special in the looks department, and her album was just a’ight. Why do I keep seeing her, on TV, singing this same five-note song? Twenty years there was a “Latin craze” with Ricky Martin, Marc Anthony, Christina Aguilera, and J. Lo. The former three can sing and perform, and J. Lo can perform and at least had some catchy songs. Camilla was just the cute chick in the kick line for Fifth Harmony. Even though, I will say it was slyly ironic that Ricky Martin came out to perform Havana with Camilla at the Grammy’s since twenty years ago he had the Latin-crossover novelty hit Livin La Vida Loca which similarly got played out and has haunted him the rest of his career.
  13. I can’t entirely disagree but I also think she’s the result of hip-hop devolving into sex raps and superficiality. I think the genre forces females into rapping about the same stuff, and when that happens, it just becomes about whoever is hot rapping about bullshit over a generic trap beat. That being said, Cardi B is proof that with a budget and professionals and raw talent and hard work, you can accomplish a lot. Only female artist to have every song on her album get a Gold or Platinum certification, and Bodak Yellow has sold over 9 million records worldwide. Thats saying something.
  14. Shay from Dan and Shay looks like Handsome Chubby Cubicle Guy. Diana Ross is a diva and you will respect her as such.
  15. As much as I loved seeing Ricky Martin and Young Thug on Havana, I never want to hear that freaking song again. Serious question: did Gaga take a hit of coke before the awards? She looks and is acting high. Congrats I guess to her for her win. Shawn Mendes and Miley sounded straight CHEEKS. Who was the chick in the white dress? And Janelle Monáe is...more weird than good.
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