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  1. Image result for cyndi lauper shineCYNDI LAUPER - "SHINE" (2001/2004)

     

    Cyndi Lauper broke out in 1983 with her blockbuster debut She's So Unusual. The album spawned multiple Top 10 hits including the 80s classics "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" and "Time After Time". Her 1986 sophomore album True Colors was not as successful but still managed to have multiple hits including the title track which has become an LGBT anthem in the years since its release. However after her first 2 albums, she experiences a slump in success caused by a mixture of label problems and lack of promotion. Her third album A Night to Remember (or "A Night to Forget" as Cyndi once called it) had mixed responses in sales and critical reception. Her next 2 albums Hat Full of Stars and Sisters of Avalon received very little attention from the mainstream, resulting in poor commercial performance. However, despite the lack of commercial success these albums would show a development in Cyndi's artistry, stripping away the "weird" image of the 80s and showcasing a more mature side of Cyndi. Shine was originally planned to be a dance album, but the style developed in a continuation of these previous 2 albums. However, just like those albums, Shine would have minimal chart success and also suffered a worse fate than those previous 2 albums.

    The album was originally supposed to be released in 2001 via Adel records, her first album after finishing her contract with Epic Records. But the album's release was constantly moved back and postponed. Adel records then folded and the album's release was cancelled. Cyndi bought back the tracks from Adel Records and was now effectively an independent musician without a record label. Cyndi put together a 5 track EP with some songs from the album ("Shine", "It's Hard to Be Me", "Madonna Whore", "Water's Edge" and a remix of "Shine") and toured with the EP. Eventually, Cyndi would sign back with Epic, but the full album never had an official release until 2004 and this was only in Japan. There have been no plans to release the full album in any other countries (if you try to search for this album on iTunes or Spotify, you will only find the EP version). This is unfortunate, because I believe that this album is one of Cyndi's very best. It showcases a variety of music styles, more so than any of her other albums. It also could have been a potential comeback album if has the right amount of label support, but of course this was impossible under the circumstances at the time.

    In this review, I will give my opinion on each the songs from this album. I will also provide a YouTube link to each track (if I can find it on YouTube).

    Tracklist:
    01. Shine
    I know that many people may disagree with this opinion, but the title track is a contender for the best song of Cyndi's discography. It begins with a wonderful string arrangement before drums and vocals are brought in. Cyndi's vocals are powerful and the energy of this song never stops until the very last second. The song lyrically follows the same theme as "True Colors", encouraging the listener to be more confident in themselves. She tells the listener 'I'll stand by you, don't try to push me away' and tells us 'don't be afraid, it will all be OK'. "Shine" is a song that can make you feel better even if you don't feel good, and it takes a special type of song to accomplish that.

    02. It's Hard to Be Me
    This track sees a return of the 'rockier' 80s Cyndi. The song is about a celebrity who tries to show a different side of their personality but finds this difficult to do because of how they are portrayed in the media, 'If you could see all my depth and complexity, I think you'd agree, It's Hard to Be Me'. The song was supposedly written about Anna Nicole Smith, who tried to buy the song as the theme tune to her reality show but Cyndi declined. I haven't found any confirmation that this was true but it certainly is interesting if Anna Nicole Smith thought this song would be a good way of representing herself on a reality show.

    03. Madonna Whore
    No, this is not about the Madonna. This is actually about the Madonna-Whore Complex (look it up). This track is slightly slower than the previous song, featuring the use of guitars, drums and flutes. With lines such as 'Every woman's a Madonna, every woman's a whore, you can try and reduce me but I'm so much more', this song has a feminist message which Cyndi has always included in her music since her debut.

    04. Wide Open
    One of my favourite tracks on this album. The track features a rich instrumentation and brings up the pace of the album after the previous song. Lyrically, the song is about wanting more from life ('Wide Open for anything') and moving away from an unsatisfactory life ('I used to cast out wishes that never came back again').

    05. Rather Be With You
    This track has a slight Motown-influenced song. Lyrically, the song is about wanting a relationship to return to how it was ('Wish I could make us all brand new') but Cyndi feels that this relationship can be fixed ('I think we'll make it through, 'cause if it's all the same I'd rather be with you'). This track was a grower for me, at first I didn't take much notice of it, but the more I listened to it, the more I liked it.

    06. Who Let in the Rain (New Version)
    This song originally appeared on the album Hat Full of Stars and for some reason was re-recorded for this album. Usually I am hesitant about song re-recordings but this one works out well. There are only minor differences to the original, but this version sounds more 'modern' than the original. The song fits in this album nicely and this shows the connection in styles between Hat Full of StarsSisters of Avalon and Shine. This song follows a similar theme to "Rather Be With You", concerned with troubles within a relationship ('When love gets strong, people get weak, sometimes they lose control and wind up in too deep'). This song is one of my favourite songs from Cyndi's discography and I love both versions of this song.

    07. Comfort You
    One of the more experimental songs on the album (and also one of my favourites), this song has influences of new wave and electronica and also features some of the best lyrics on the album. The track is essentially about Cyndi wanting to comfort her partner despite the world facing so many problems ('An ocean of humanity, some wash up along the street'). The way Cyndi intertwines the themes of a troubled relationship with the themes of a troubled world is reminiscent of her songwriting style on Hat Full of Stars, especially with songs like 'That's What I Think' and 'Who Let in the Rain'.

    08. Eventually
    One of my favourite songs from the album. This track reminds me of the songs included on Madonna's album Ray of Light (which is my favourite Madonna album too). Like with the previous song, this one of the more experimental moments on the album. Lyrically, the track tells us of a number of conversations that Cyndi has with different people and she comes to the conclusion that our actions will always affect each other ('What comes floating to me, eventually will come floating back to you').

    09. Valentino
    Another very strong track follows from the previous two. This song features a similar instrumentation to "Shine" but with a darker edge. This track tells the story of a young girl from Sicily who has a unhappy marriage when she is older and she wants to escape with a handsome man named Valentino ('Waiting for Valentino, his dark eyes lock on mine').

    10. This Kind of Love
    One of the slower and stripped down songs on the album. The song is essentially about a relationship that isn't good for either person involved. In my opinion, this one of the weaker tracks on the album, but it's still a good song.

    11. Higher Plane
    Shine was originally planned to be a dance album, but much of the songs were changed from their original sound. This song is the only track that holds some resemblance to the original sound for this album, but it still manages to fit quite well in the tracklist. The simple lyrics are proof of the intended dance sound for this song ('Make the music and the rhythm carry me away') but this is certainly not a bad thing.

    12. Water's Edge
    This song is a little sister to "Time After Time" and is every bit as flawless. The song is about reflection, loneliness and wanting to be protected ('I wish you could wrap yourself around me, I am gripped by a loneliness') and it is without a doubt one of her best songs from her 2000's albums.

    13. I Miss My Baby (I haven't been able to find a YouTube link for this song)
    This song was originally a bonus track for Japan, but since the album didn't get released anywhere else, it's status as a 'bonus track' is irrelevant. This song is the most 'stripped back' on the album, with a simple guitar and drum sound. The song is about someone missing their partner while sleeping in bed alone. Overall, it's a simple but effective track to end the album.

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    Welcome ladies and gentleladies!

    The music that I'm about to list is not from this month (or not specifically!), this is just the music I bopped to the entire month.

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    Let's start with the album recommendations, shall we!

    Let's me self-promote a bit and recommend you my fanmade "Dangerous Woman" rework, aka "Dangerous Woman: Reloaded." An album full of edits, got rid of some features that I annoyed the pissing fuck out of me and other shite that you will hear when you listen to the album.

    Ariana Grande - Dangerous Woman: Reloaded

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    #LucaRecommends: Touch It, Thinking Bout You, Forever Boy, Moonlight & Sometimes

    #LucaDoesNotRecommend: Greedy 4 Love, Side To Side, Everyday & Let Me Love You

    If anyone needs a DL link, PM me!

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    Moving on to the second album, y'all might not read/listen to this, BUT I am 100% certain you will tear up listening to this soundtrack!

    The Track Team - Avatar: The Last Airbender (OST)

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    An unofficial soundtrack due Nickelodeon being a dick and not putting it out managed to be one of the most illegally downloaded soundtrack albums so far.

    Showing nothing but eastern sounds (tsungi horn for example) that makes you think about loved ones, anger, your life, what's good and what's not.

    If you are an emotional person, like me, you will enjoy this thing even if you aren't an Avatar stan.

     

    #LucaRecommends: The Two Lovers, Peace, Panda Lily, Last Agni Kai/The Phoenix King

    #LucaDoesNotRecommend: Scarf Dance

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    Third and final album recommendation I have for you, is the good sis Foxes who's career hasn't been all too well.

    Even though her last album was cute, she can't top her debut! From bops like Let Go For Tonight & Holding On To Heaven to Youth & The Unknown.

    Foxes is truly underrated, iCarly Jepsen could never!

    Foxes - Glorious (Deluxe Version)

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    #LucaRecommends: Youth, Talking To Ghosts, Let Go For Tonight, Night Glo

    #LucaDoesNotRecommend: Home, Night Owls Early Birds

    If you need a DL, PM me!

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    #LucaLISTS: 10 December Faves!

    1.) Lana Del Rey - Radio

    2.) Birdy - Skinny Love

    3.) ZAYN & Taylor Swift - I Don't Wanna Live Forever

    4.) Oh Wonder - White Blood

    5.) Dua Lipa - Blow Your Mind (Mwah)

    6.) Troye Sivan - EASE (feat. Broods)

    7.) Beyoncé - All Night

    8.) Ariana Grande - Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

    9.) Olivia O'Brien - hate u love u

    10.) Oh Wonder - Without You

     

    I was bored. Forgive me, happy holidays theaux.

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    Hi! Welcome to my "Top 10 Albums of 2016" blog! In light on this year reaching an end and inspired by the multiple countdowns that other members have done in the forum, I decided to do one myself. This year has been pretty good to me in terms of music as I've liked a lot of releases, as well as found a lot of new stuff! Now if you know me you know that I like Korean and Japanese music, and yes, of course, there's albums of the language in this countdown. You can also probably guess my #1 correctly since I've been pretty vocal about it. You might find something new in this list that you like! Anyway, starting from #10 and going upwards...

     

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    SHINee are one of the staple groups in K-Pop, they're essential to anyone's experience in the genre and my favorite boy group ever! 1 and 1 features a variety of genres that together make up this great album; from House, to 90's Jack Swing, the album has many many gems in it. The album is a really nice collection of good vocals and production working together. It serves you bops, midtempos, (amazing) ballads.
    #HyuntySTANS: SHIFT, Tell Me What To Do, Feel Good

     

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    Perfume are a techno inspired J-Pop trio, and one of my favorite artists ever. They're definitely not everyone's cup of tea, being such a heavy electronic group that features autotune, vocaloid, high-pitched voices, etc, but being a big electronic fan, that's really what makes me love them so much. COSMIC EXPLORER was preceded by many singles released prior to the album, but most of these were reworked into new versions that in some cases is for the better, and others, for the worst. Either way, the album does a great job at mixing today's EDM trends while still keeping it loyal to their sound.
    #HyuntySTANS: STORY, FLASH, Cosmic Explorer, Pick Me Up

     

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    I was never a JoJo stan, hell I had never listened to a song by her previously to listening to Mad Love., but I was immediately impressed. This is a fantastic comeback album, you can feel the passion she has for music in many of the songs included here. Her vocals are absolutely fantastic - especially on the ballads Music. and I Am., whew - the production is done just right. Bops, mid-tempos, ballads, this album is a ride of emotions that I love to experience!
    #HyuntySTANS: Honest., Vibe., High Heels., Good Thing.

     

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    LEMONADE, the iconic album/movie that shook the world! I could spend a while talking about how amazing the visual part of the album is, but we're talking about the music here so I'll leave that for another time! The album ranges from many, many genres yet manages to stay as a cohesive body of work. The production, the vocals, the lyrics, the theme, the concept, it's all perfectly executed and it's why this is Beyoncé best album ever.
    #HyuntySTANS: 6 Inch, Freedom, Daddy Lessons, Hold Up

     

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    Big shoutout to @blankdreams. for introducing me to this album indirectly via Popfection! This album is seriously an electropop masterpiece, I'm still as amazed as I was the first day I listened to it, and I still love it as much as I did then. The album's production is insane and just massive, seriously praise Joel Little for the amazing work. It's an experience to listen to, let me tell you, especially when you get to the title track which closes the album, whew! Georgia's voice is so interesting and it shines in this album. Plus, the Tove feature is seriously an amazing moment.
    #HyuntySTANS: Conscious, Free, Are You Home, Hold The Line, Recovery, Freak of Nature

     

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    I discovered DEAN not too long ago, and I'm very very glad I did! He's a South Korean alternative R&B artist who released his debut ep "130 Mood: TRBL" earlier this year. With just 6 tracks (and an outro) the album sets a moody ambient from the beginning, with a set of mid-tempos following through. The production (done by himself) is so on point, his vocals are so so smooth, the melodies are really lovely throughout the entire thing, and it all mixes together in this amazing record where every single track is a highlight. I highly recommend you listen to this, you won't regret it. He's almost a Korean The Weeknd, if that gives you any motive to listen to him!
    #HyuntySTANS: 21, D (Half Moon), Pour Up

     

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    I found out about BANKS with Gemini Feed, and I was definitely interested from that point and on. The Altar did not disappoint from the excitement I had built up from before, it exceeded my expectations. I love the dark tone her music has, even in the more upbeat moments of the album. Actually I wanna point out how FLAWLESS the transition from Mother Earth to Weaker Girl is, easily one of the best moments of the album, I love that too much. Her lyrics are flawfree, the production slays. She really did that with this album.
    #HyuntySTANS: Trainwreck, Gemini Feed, 27 Hours, To The Hilt

     

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    Barely a month has passed yet this album found its way into my Top 3 of the year, truly a flawless album. The album keeps his signature dark and moody R&B vibe, but it's evolved, Starboy definitely borrows more pop, electronic and house influences compared to his previous albums, and I'm a huge fan of this. The Daft Punk features really take each of those songs to a new level, and the fact that they're the opener and closer of the album is just a really nice touch.
    #HyuntySTANS: Rockin', Secrets, False Alarm, A Lonely Night, Love To Lay

     

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    Pop perfection at its finest! This is the album that solidified me as an Ariana stan, it's just too damn good. Even though this is always said when talking about it, praise the lord for Focus' backlash that made her change the album's direction! The title track came through and left everyone shook, myself included. Then the rest of the album was just sent from the Pop Gods themselves. It has one of the best songs of this year, the hit that got away, Into You! By the way, Forever Boy > Knew Better
    #HyuntySTANS: Into You, Touch It, Greedy, Thinking Bout You, Side to Side

     

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    Talented, brilliant, incredible, amazing, show stopping, spectacular, never the same, totally unique, completely not ever been done before, unafraid to reference or not reference, put it in a blender, shit on it, vomit on it, eat it, give birth to it. I really cannot put my love for this album into words, she really left me bald. I'm a huge fan of electronic music - as I've previously stated - and this album being so House-heavy was just a gift. Every single song is fucking perfect, even the interludes! The album is short but that's compensated by the fact that every song is pure perfection. I cannot wait to see what the second volume will sound like, but I'm sure it'll be just as flawless as this one.

    #HyuntySTANS: Lady Wood, True Disaster, Vibes, Flashes, Keep It Simple

     

    Hope you enjoyed my rambling, and that you might've found something new to listen to!

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    A nice lil mixtape of music I like. A lot of it is really underrated, so give it a listen!

     

     

  4. Hello everybody, and welcome back to #TeaOfTheDay

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    We're already in day 3, ratings are good (not really, but still) oprah4 

    So onto today's tea, yesterday i promised to talk about one of Gaga's albums, and i'm going to talk about HA best album HA magnum opus HA album that she will never beat in terms of excellence, visuals, singles & longevity, i'm talking about The Fame: Monster.

    On today's hot tea, i'm going to give the reasons on why this album is her best.

     

    REASON #1:

    It features Bad Romance, her arguably most iconic song with her best music video to date. It's diamond certified in the US despite peaking at #2 (Damn Kesha gaga2)

    REASON #2:

    This album features two of her three #1 songs, Just Dance (which was originally released in the fame but whatevs) and Poker Face (which was also released in the fame...but eh), who's also diamond certified

    REASON #3:

    And last but NOT least, it features S U M M E R B O Y ha MOST UNDERRATED SONG FROM A L L T I M E.

     

    And with that ladies, i conclude this day, hope you enjoyed the Tea!

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  5. After overwhelmingly good reviews from critics of the first episode of Phan's Phavorite .GIFs, the network has decided to bring it back for a new special! Today, I'm showing you some of my Phavorites, from Episode 1 and the upcoming Episode 2, but now in Emoticon form! This is the perfect 25-piece collection for any gay on the go! Full list below:

     

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    Thank you, for visiting the Grand Hall of Phanniemotes.

    As always, stay gay, xoxo Babydoll Phan.

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    Donald J. Trump is our President

    Twitter Notifications and videos of Marches, Riots, Shootings, Lootings

    It's like this is the norm, the everyday

    so many people feel unwanted, chewed, and spit out

    our nation is divided, east and west, north and south

    there are children, adults, family crying, people dying

    there are worries,

    there are concerns of a Republican government and possible a second term

    it feels that we, on the right side of herstory, got defeated

    the majority is not with us and doesn't want to embrace us

    we can spend countless hours on the why and the how

    we can read headlines and articles, saying this can't be true

    I'm sure there are many who rub it in our faces and mock our ideology, calling it just plain stupid

    we wonder from 8 years of seemingly progression, only to ask was it worth it in the end

    our feelings, emotions, thoughts all valid

    waiting for the next catastrophe to happen

    it was not just us, the silent minority

    It was mostly every media outlet and celebrit-ory

    Now on it is on us, all of us

    man, woman, child, and those who chose to not be classified

    no matter what sexual orientation, race, religion and what have you comes to mind

    we must all unite and keep our voices loud

    cause we won't let them get the best of us

    we won't let every policy, law, or bill go without a fight

    cause it is only right, by the mighty generations who came before us

    that we don't hinder progression no matter how much distress

    cause it looks like our future is one big fucking mess

    but if we work together and stay critical

    we can defeat any enemy no matter how big or small

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    GOING BACK IN TIME 
     

    [February 23rd 2002]
     
     
    15.  Wherever You Will Go - The Calling  | Week 2 | -1 | Peak 14
    14.  A Thousands Miles - Vanessa Carlton  | Week 1 | NE | Peak 14
    13. Gotta Get Thur This - Daniel Bedingfield | Week 14 | -1 | Peak 7 [1]
    12.  Murder On The Dancefloor - Sophie Ellis Bextor  | Week 12 | -5 | Peak 6
    11. Hands Clean - Alanis Morrissett  | Week 4 | -3 | Peak 8
    10. My Sarcrifice - Creed | Week 6 | -1 | Peak 7 [1]
    09. Chop Suey - System Of The Down | Week 9 | +1 | Peak 08 [1]
    08. Crawling In The Dark - Hoobastank  | Week 2 | NE | Peak 08
    07. For You  - Stand   | Week 1 | NE | Peak 07
     06. In The End - Linkin Park | Week 20 | -3 | Peak 1 [7]
    05. All You Wanted - Michelle Brunch | Week 5 | = | Peak 4 [1] 
    04. You Give Me Something Jamiroquai  | Week 3 | = | Peak 4
    03. Death Defy - Motor Ace | Week 9 | -1  | Peak 1 [2] 
    02. Youth Of Nations - P.O.D | Week 4 | +4 | Peak 05
    01. Hey Baby - No Doubt | Week 9 | +1 | Peak 1 [1] 
     
    FALL OFFS
    What's Luv? - Fat Joe Feat. Ashanti  | Week 1 | NE | Peak 15
    That Day - Natalie Imbruglia  | Week 2 | +1 | Peak 13
    I'm Not A Girl, Not Yet A Woman - Britney Spears | Week 9 | = | Peak 5 [1]
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    This blog, like I've mentioned before, is about all kinds of love and breakup advice which includes friendships and family.

    but for a few editions I want to focus on the most important type of love..... SELF LOVE. These will all be under the theme of #LoveMyself

     

     

    Please read, be open to sharing, asking, conversing, even if you feel like you have a healthy relationship with yourself.  

    You might enlighten others with knowledge that is not mentioned, or pick up a few tips to use on yourself. oprah1

     

     

    Dr. H.O.N.E.Y at your service. oprah11 I'm just like you, no better, no worse, just sharing what little I do know in hopes someone will benefit. rav3

     

     

     

     

    Blog Entry #2: Do I #LoveMyself Enough to Change?

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    We received this question in the mail, and we almost overlooked it but we managed to grab a hold of this very important question: rav2 

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                               Dear H.O.N.E.Y,

    Why do I always find myself making promises to myself that I never keep, and end up stuck at the bottom because of my own actions? 

     

     

    oprah8 hmmm....  A tricky one.

     

     

    First, I won't say that I follow what I preach, nor that I have achieved every goal that I've set out to achieve.  oprah11

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    I'm not saying I haven't broken new year resolutions before and gained pounds when I said that I'd lose them. I'm not going to pretend that I'm better than anyone and have done/seen it all and everyone has to play catch up with me. I'm just like everyone else, I actually have made plenty of mistakes in my life and I will share some of them in this very blog in future editions. Nobody's perfect, but we have to strive to get as close AS POSSIBLE to our goals/promises to ourselves.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Whether it's losing weight, quitting smoking, learning French, eating healthier/going green, waking up early, being more active, etc..

    The first step is to acknowledge to yourself WHY you want to achieve this goal in the first place? The important questions you should ask yourself now:

     

    #1 Is it in fact YOUR GOAL? Or is it a goal enforced/encouraged by others in your family/circle? oprah8

     

    #2 Do you even care to PUT IN THE WORK in order to achieve it or would achieving it not matter either way? oprah8

     

    #3 Will it have a positive influence on you/your self esteem? Are you doing it for the right reasons? oprah6

     

    #4 Are there side effects that could result from you attempting to achieve this goal? If so, are you prepared to face them? oprah8

     

    #5 Are you willing to continue on this path or do you think it's just a "phase" and then you'll be back to basics? Be HONEST with yourself! oprah12

     

     

     

     

     

     

    I will discuss each one of those questions in a bit. But first I want you to close your eyes for 20 seconds and think about that goal of yours then come back to this. oprah11

     

     

     

     

     

    So my experience with this topic hasn't been very successful. Throughout my life I hated many stuff about myself, and wanted to change/achieve stuff. Let's just say that for the main part I have yet to change many stuff that I told myself that I would. However, a few times I have worked hard on changing my bad ways and/or learning to do something that I hated/was scared of, and ended up changing for the better. Sometimes even for the WRONG REASONS. 

     

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    A Main thing I wanted to change during the end of my college years was my major fear of public speaking to a group of a people. My case was really bad, I even had panic attacks in the classroom just if I suspected that I MIGHT be asked to speak or give my opinion on something. It's a condition I've had for many years. I'm deathly shy, but not when people speak to me one-on-one or a group of people that I already know. So I had a huge assignment of a public speech I had to give in class or else I wouldn't pass. I had a friend that helped to gather people so I could train plenty of times on giving speeches until I got used to it. I had a vision of me delivering speeches like Martin Luther with conviction and belief in my message, and that I was going to encourage everyone to follow my message. rav2 So I practiced with groups of people repeatedly until I was used to it and when it came time to go live! in the classroom, I was ready and nailed it. It was a great challenge and an even better reward. I'm happy that I've achieved it and conquered my fear. oprah7

     

     

     

    One instance was when I was a bit heavier during my late teen years. I fell in love with someone that I've been talking to for months in a long distance relationship. I decided that I wanted to lose weight, so by the time me and him met, I'd be snatched and ready to have him be slayed by my beauty. rav2  I had a morning workout routine, then in the afternoon I'd burn fat by dancing to whichever song was on the radio/tv. rav2  I achieved my goal and lost 20 Kilos/44 Pounds in 1 month!  It was a huge achievement, but obviously done for ALL the wrong reasons. I don't advise ANYONE to follow that method or that reasoning for weight loss. oprah2

     

     

     

     

     

    A major cause for people to self-sabotage when they're doing so good at a new project or a goal is because of loss of #SelfLove. It's not necessarily the case for everyone that self-sabotages, some just don't care about that goal and are just trying to convince themselves that they do. That's why in future entries in the #LoveMyself series I will give tools how how we can all love ourselves to be able to achieve goals and love other people in a healthy manner. oprah7

     

     

     

    Now back to the important questions:

     

     

     

    #1 Is it in fact YOUR GOAL? Or is it a goal enforced/encouraged by others in your family/circle? oprah8

    A main reason why many people trying to lose weight/cut smoking/get off drugs,etc don't succeed is because it never was their goal  to begin with. Obviously, if achieving something is not your idea, you're less likely to put in the work to achieve it. Listen to your gut instinct. You will know who is the force driving the idea behind this "change". 

     

     

    #2 Do you even care to PUT IN THE WORK in order to achieve it or would achieving it not matter either way? oprah8

    If you are not willing to put in the work, then why even make that deceleration to yourself? If it is too much work, then why did you make an agreement with yourself that you'd achieve it? It's like asking for a job and the minute that you're hired you sleep at home and miss work and expect your salary at the end of the month and then complain when your account balance is $0.00 oprah8 

     

     

    #3 Will it have a positive influence on you/your self esteem? Are you doing it for the right reasons? oprah6

    If it's something that is superficial like plastic surgery or weight-loss (if both are done with the sole intention of pleasing OTHERS) then it will most likely lead to you getting LOWER self esteem than you already have, because you sought out these changes to please others, not for yourself or your physical/mental/emotional health. There might come a time and you might hate yourself for your decisions or have a setback and gain ALL your weight back and possibly get more weight than you initially had. oprah8 

     

     

     

    #4 Are there side effects that could result from you attempting to achieve this goal? If so, are you prepared to face them? oprah8

    If achieving this goal will harm you or cause small physical or mental side effects then you better be prepared to take them on. If not, then you shouldn't aim so high, maybe try to aim a little lower with a different less severe goal? oprah8 

     

     

     

    #5 Are you willing to continue on this path or do you think it's just a "phase" and then you'll be back to basics? Be HONEST with yourself! oprah12

    This is relevant to many of us. We start on the good path to the promise land, then we lose our way halfway though and stumble and fall. It could happen, yes, true, but it also could be US ALLOWING it to happen. @PoisonCandy and @LG6 Pls Be Good mentioned earlier that they had plans on losing weight but never followed through with their plans. As many people, the obviously committed for 2 seconds then got lazy, don't many of us do that tho? Yes. I'm a living, breathing example of just that. But we can all learn from this bit of info right here:

     

     

     

    For any type of change, you must NOT create a new system for you to follow in order to achieve that goal. You must NOT make a schedule of daily exercises! You must NOT change your diet! You must NOT go to the gym 3-4 times a week! You must NOT sign up for a new health program! You must NOT drop a cigarette and quit cold-turkey on the spot! You must NOT have that drastic change in your life! All of this is counterproductive. It all NEVER WORKS! clap1

     

    The correct way is to induct healthier alternatives in your day to day life. Do not deprive yourself of anything!! Do not excessively workout daily!! What you have to do is dance more and workout less. Make it a FUN ACTIVITY THAT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH WEIGHT LOSS! Make it a jog with a friend while chatting. Make it an yummy new meal that is - sidebar - also healthy, not a healthy meal that doesn't taste horrible. Make it a REALISTIC LIFESTYLE CHANGE, NOT A NEW REGIME/DIET to achieve a certain goal. clap1  Most successful cases of weight loss and bettering one's health were not done by looking at it as a "diet" with deprivation of certain foods and being forced to work out every minute of every day, most of it is what came in small doses and what can be seen as a "Lifestyle" edit. clap1

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Hopefully this bit of advice can help us and heal us all. oprah7

     

     

    If you have additions please post, if you have questions please submit, and if u have topics/questions for future blog entries, please PM me. rav2 

     

     

    Thanks for tuning in. rav2  

     

     

     

     

     

    Next entry will be a very heavy and serious topic relating to how far people are willing to hurt themselves in life. cry5

     

  8. brit9 I just updated my iTunes, and I decided its time I finally use this abandoned blog to post a mini-review. brit9 

    Okay so let me sort this out. When I updated I expected a just ever so slightly upgraded version of the previous iTunes. Which I completely adored and loved to use. That entire look was gorgeous and just the right amount of simplistic. Award deserving. 

    I was shocked, to say the least, when the update finished less than an hour ago. But actually, when you get the playlist thing out of the way, the main view looks pretty nice. The design is pretty cute, easy to get around. The covers look nicer with slightly sharper and smaller icons and curved corners. Scrolling is faster with a lot of albums. Its generally a lot better to look at than before. 10/10

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    But then, there's the issue with the update. The part where they ruined it so much to me wanting to downgrade back to iTunes 12.4. The way you view albums on their own. They destroyed what made tracklist views so stunning. They removed the album cover based colors and background, which shined prominently in iTunes 11, and even more in the previous installments of iTunes 12. They also fucked over people with long album tracklists. I have Complete Season albums of Glee, each with at least 100 songs. It was pretty easy to get through before, when everything was neatly divided into two halves/columns. But now, its just one thing. Plus, they made the album covers way too large in this view and generally caused a design that's unpleasant to look at. 0.1/10

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    So basically. There was an epic glo-up, and then there was a flop. That's Apple for you. brit9 I'm gonna downgrade, if anyone cares to join me.

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    Welcome to TFM's Dangerous Woman track ranking! I was kinda bored today so I listened to DW and ranked all 18 songs and added my thots on each track jj2 Hope y'all enjoy!

     

    #18. "I Don't Care" / Nobody cares about this piece of shit. She can keep it tbh jj4 

    #17. "Jason's Song (Gave It Away)" / At least it's just a Target bonus I guess. 

    #16. "Focus" / Problem's fugly little sister eve1 Cute video, shitty song. I bop to it every once and a while though jj2 

    #15. "Moonlight" / Moonlight is cute and Ari serves vocals but it doesn't fit DW at all. Sounds like it belongs on Christmas & Chill tbh orangu1 

    #14. "Step On Up" / Not as bad as people make it out to be. It's not the best but it's better than Focus and IDC!

    #13. "Everyday" / Although this is a really great bop and I feel like it would be a great single, it's one of the weakest on the album imo. Maybe it's because I hate Future eve1  

    #12. "Leave Me Lonely" / Beautiful song, but I don't really like Macy Gray's voice and it brings the song down for me. Ari's parts slay though. 

    #11. "Be Alright" / Great bop but something feels missing. I waited MONTHS for this song and when it was released, I was disappointed. bummer1 

    #10. "Bad Decisions" / "Ain't you ever seen a princess be a bad bitch?" ICONIC. A fun bop but the next songs are way better.

    #9. "Let Me Love You" / I actually really love this song. I hate Lil Wayne's verse but this song gets way too much hate.

    #8. "Sometimes" / I used to HATE this song, but it has grown on me over the summer. It's actually really good and it should be the next single alex1 

    #7. "Thinking Bout You" / *insert lady_gaga_talented_brilliant_incredible.gif* THIS WILL SLAY LIVE, SHE BETTER PERFORM IT

    #6. "Touch It" / The chorus ended careers tbh. Amazing song and I will fight anybody who disagrees.

    #5. "Side to Side" / THIS INCREDIBLE BOP! FUTURE #1 SMASH alex1 Also, It took me 3 months to finally get what the song means eve1 

    #4. "Greedy" / Yes, this song is a bit basic but I love it sooo much. The key change >>>> (When will Gaga jj2 )

    #3. "Dangerous Woman" / This song is great and the bridge fucking slays. One of my favorite singles of 2016.

    #2. "Knew Better/Forever Boy" / THIS SONG SLAYS. FB > KB but both parts are fantastic and deserve extended versions. 

    #1. "Into You" / This song is pop perfection. Everything about it slays and it deserved to be #1 for 25 weeks. ny12 

     

    Thanks for reading hunties! Let me know if you agrih with anything here or drag me in the comments!

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  9. This ranking is for the one and only queen: Madonna, bitch. ~I Don't Give A paraphrase reference~ I decided to do this because why not? I'm still on my little break but this gives me something to do and I love doing these so far even though they flop.

     

    WARNING: I'm putting the first one in a spoiler because it is a very unpopular opinion and I don't need y'all bitching. If you open the spoiler, you are agreeing to not be a little bitch.

     

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    This album just doesn't do ANYTHING for me. I rarely listen to it and if I do, it's just the highlights. Pls don't hurt me.

    Highlights: Papa Don't Preach, Open Your Heart, Where's The Party, True Blue

    Can Go Suck A Dick: Love Makes The World Go Round, Jimmy Jimmy

     

    12: Like A Virgin

     

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    This album has some AMAZING songs but the fillers are FILLERS and so generic and just dated trash. Love Don't Live Here Anymore is underrated.

    Highlights: Angel, Like A Virgin, Love Don't Live Here Anymore, Dress You Up, Shoo-Bee-Doo (pls don't hurt me)

    Can Go Suck A Dick: Material Girl (pls don't hurt me), Over And Over

     

    11: Madonna

     

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    Pretty dated but pretty catchy and an amazing debut. Not much to say about it really

    Highlights: Lucky Star, Burning Up, I Know It, Holigay, Think Of Me

    Can Go Suck A Dick: Borderline

     

    10: MDNA

     

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    She could have done better but this album isn't as bad as everyone says. It's just messy tbh. Home of the should have been hit single I'm Addicted. Some songs are borderline G E N E R I C ie Girl Gone Wild, Turn Up The Radio, etc but she pulls some of them off. I wish she didn't try to be so edgy this era but at least we got some holy BOPS.

    Highlights: Girl Gone Wild, Gang Bang, I'm Addicted, Nicki's verse on I Don't Give A, Love Spent, Falling Free, Beautiful Killer, Best Friend

    Can Go Suck A Dick: Give Me All Your No, the rest of I Don't Give A

     

    9: Hard Candy

     

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    Truly underrated by Madonna stans. It is nowhere near as bad as all of you say it is. Literally only a couple duds. Yeah, she cased trends but she did it PERFECTLY. So many great bops on this album that all of you WASTE. Give It 2 Me should have smashed tbh

    Highlights: Give It 2 Me, Miles Away, She's Not Me, Beat Goes On, Devil Wouldn't Recognize You, Voices, Ring My Bell, the album cover shoot

    Can Go Suck A Dick: 4 Minutes, Spanish Lesson

     

    8: Like A Prayer

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    Blah blah blah art blah amazing blah pure artistry blah blah game changer blah blah blah. IDGAF. Yes, mature artistic game changing iconic controversial album, I agree. But some songs just didn't age well or just suck dick. Hate me. I truly respect the artistry of the album but I still find it a tad overrated. Oh Father is one of my fave songs from her.

    Highlights: Like A Prayer, Express Yourself, Till Death Do Us Part, Oh Father, Keep It Together, Spanish Eyes

    Can Go Suck A Dick: Love Song, Promise To Try, Dear Jessie

     

    7: Confessions On A Dance Floor

     

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    Used to be my favorite Madonna album but some of it hasn't aged well. I still love it and think it is still almost flawless and a great comeback. This album just delivers so much. Production. Lyrics. Looks. SERVED

    Highlights: Hung Up, Get Together, Sorry, Let It Will Be, Forbidden Love, How High, Isaac

    Can Go Suck A Dick: I Feel Love ripoff, I Hate Myself, Push (me over a cliff)

     

    6: American Life

     

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    An edgier Ray Of Light. She tried perfecting the formula of Music but made a few missteps but still B+ for effort. I do find this album is pretty overrated by fans because it's so edgy and SOME NOT ALL just wanna seem edgy. This album does have great moments though and she really delivers. Lyrics are SERVED (Except in a couple songs). Same with looks kinda. Nothing Fails was the hit that got away, so magical and one of my faves from her. Easy Ride is probably in my top 10 songs and is a pure masterpiece. Die Another Day is unnecessarily hated on.

    Highlights: Hollywood, Love Profusion, Nobody Knows Me, Nothing Fails, Die Another Day, Easy Ride, the original American Life video

    Can Go Suck A Dick: American Life, the released video of American Life

     

    5: Ray Of Light

     

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    I used to HATE this album but I have since since the (ray of) light! Basically an updated Like a Prayer except better! Except a couple songs... Anyways, Nothing Reall Matters and Skin should have SMASHED

    Highlights: Swim, Ray Of Light, Skin, Nothing Really Matters, Sky Fits Heaven, Frozen, The Power Of Good-Bye, the vocals

    Can Go Suck A Dick: Shitty/Ashtray

     

    4: Rebel Heart

     

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    I know I'm going to get hate for this album being so high but it truly is almost flaw free. Messy but still almost perfect. A couple songs should have been cut, a couple songs should not have been changed from the demo (looking at you Rebel Heart. Madonna, what's good?? Avicii slayed that version). I relate to a lot of this album and has a special place in my little gay heart. Hate me for it bitches. So underrated and should have done SO much better. Also, Bitch I'm Madonna BOPS.

    Highlights: Living For Love, Devil Pray, Ghosttown, Unapologetic Bitch, Illuminati, Bitch I'm Madonna, Joan Of Arc, Iconic, Holy Water, Best Night, Veni Vidi Vici, S.E.X., Messiah, Rebel Heart, Auto-Tune Baby, Beautiful Scars, Addicted

    Can Go Suck A Dick: Body Shop, Graffiti Heart

     

    3: Erotica

     

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    Erotic, Erotic, put your hands all over my iconic copy of this controversial album. So fucking amazing, well written masterpiece. Should have done a lot better than it did. It's dark, beautiful, heartbreaking lyrics. In my opinion, her most mature.

    Highlights: Erotica, Fever, Deeper And Deeper, Bad Girl, Waiting, Words, Why's It So Hard, Secret Garden, Bad Girl video

    Can Go Suck A Dick: Did You Do It?

     

    2: Music

     

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    Hate me for this, idc. I really think this is her most forgotten album. This album is really sentimental to me so it holds a special place in my heart. I had the CDS of Music when it first came out but I didn't know who it was but it slayed me and I always wondered who it was. Then in 2011, Gaga got me into Madonna and this was the first album I listened to and I stanned. This is a flawless album that should have done better, had more singles, and deserves more all together.

    Highlights: Music, Impressive Instant, Runaway Lover, I Deserve It, Amazing, Nobody's Perfect, Don't Tell Me, Paradise (Not For Me), Gone, American Pie

    Can Go Suck A Dick: The people who discredit this album

     

    1: Bedtime Stories

     

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    So personal, sad, and incredibly done. There isn't a dull moment on this piece of art. Definitely underrated and deserves so much more than what it got. The singles (except Take A Bow) deserved more. Trend chasing but done immaculately. Some of the songs on this album are in my top 10 of hers. This album really speaks for itself.

    Highlights: Survival, Secret, Inside Of Me, Human Nature, Forbidden Love, Love Tried To Welcome Me, Sanctuary, Bedtime Story

    Can Go Suck A Dick: Your Honesty not making the album

     

     

     

    Ryanism of the day: Don't forget to take care of yourself first

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    So for this post I sorted out my discography of albums last night and wanted to share my collection of CDs, EPs and single that I own (inspired by @Shiver)

    Also the Golden Medoner (inspired by @Shiver yet again) is my fave album of that year.

     

    2017:

    Katy Perry - Witness

    Lorde - Melodrama

    Zara Larsson - So Good

     

    2016:

    Ariana Grande - Dangerous Woman

    Banks - The Altar

    Dagny - Ultravoilet EP (signed)

    VQ2zu9H.png Foxes - All I Need (signed)

    Gwen Stefani - This Is What The Truth Feels Like

    Lady Gaga - Joanne

    Little Mix - Glory Days (signed)

    Nina Nesbitt - Modern Love EP (signed)

    Sia - This Is Acting (Deluxe)

    Sophie Ellis-Bextor - Familia (signed)

    Tove Lo - Lady Wood

     

    2015:

    Adele - 25

    Demi Lovato - Confident (signed)

    Ellie Goulding - Delirium

    Grimes - Art Angels

    Halsey - Badlands

    Karin Park - Apocalypse Pop

    Little Boots - Working Girl

    Little Mix - Get Wired (signed)

    VQ2zu9H.png Marina & The Diamonds - FROOT (signed)

    Meghan Trainor - Title (signed)

    Róisín Murphy - Hairless Toys

     

    2014:

    Ariana Grande - My Everything

    Azealia Banks - Broke With Expensive Taste

    Banks - Goddess

    Charli XCX - Sucker

    Foxes - Glorious

    Iggy Azalea - The New Classic

    Iggy Azalea - Reclassified

    Lana Del Rey - Ultraviolence

    La Roux - Trouble In Paradise

    Linnea Dale - Good Goodbyes

    MØ - No Mythologies To Follow

    Nicki Minaj - The Pink Print

    Sophie Ellis-Bextor - Wanderlust

    VQ2zu9H.png Tove Lo - Queen Of The Clouds

     

    2013:

    Beyoncé - Beyoncé

    Britney Spears - Britney Jean

    Demi Lovato - DEMI

    VQ2zu9H.png Ellie Goulding - Halcyon Days

    Icona Pop - This Is… Icona Pop

    Katy Perry - Prism

    Lady Gaga - ARTPOP

    Little Boots - Nocturnes

    Little Mix - Salute

    Lorde - Pure Heroine

    M.I.A - Matangi

     

    2012:

    Adam Lambert - Trespassing

    Azealia Banks - 1991 EP

    Bertine Zetlitz - Electric Feet

    Christina Aguilera - Lotus

    Ellie Goulding - Halcyon

    Goldfrapp - The Singles

    Kesha - Warrior

    Lana Del Rey - Born To Die: Paradise Edition

    Leona Lewis - Glassheart

    Little Mix - DNA

    Madonna - MDNA

    VQ2zu9H.png Marina & The Diamonds - Electra Heart

    Nicki Minaj - Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded

    Nicki Minaj - Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded The Re-Up

    No Doubt - Push & Shove

    Petra Marklund - Inferno

    Rihanna - Unapologetic

    Rita Ora - Ora

     

    2011:

    Adele - 21

    Beyoncé - 4

    Britney Spears - Femme Fatale

    Florence + The Machine - Ceremonials

    Jessie J - Who You Are

    Lady Gaga - Born This Way

    Pixie Lott - Young Foolish Happy

    Rihanna - Talk That Talk

    September - Love CPR

    VQ2zu9H.png Sophie Ellis-Bextor - Make A Scene

     

    2010:

    VQ2zu9H.png Christina Aguilera - Bionic

    Christina Aguilera & Cher - Burlesque Soundtrack

    Ellie Goulding - Lights

    Ellie Goulding - Bright Lights

    Katy Perry - Teenage Dream

    Kesha - Animal

    Marina & The Diamonds - The Family Jewels

    M.I.A - MAYA

    Nicki Minaj - Pink Friday

    P!nk - Greatest Hits… So Far!!!

    Rihanna - Loud

    Robyn - Body Talk

     

    2009:

    Britney Spears - The Singles Collection

    Cascada - Evacuate The Dancefloor

    Florence + The Machine - Lungs

    Lady Gaga - The Fame Monster + The Fame

    La Roux - La Roux

    VQ2zu9H.png Little Boots - Hands

    Pixie Lott - Turn It Up

    Rihanna - Rated R

     

    2008:

    Britney Spears - Circus

    Christina Aguilera - Christina Aguilera EP

    Christina Aguilera - Keeps Gettin´Better: A Decade of Hits

    VQ2zu9H.png Katy Perry - One Of The Boys

    Rihanna - Good Girl Gone Bad: Reloaded

     

    2007:

    Bertine Zetlitz - In My Mind Best Of 1997 - 2007

    Britney Spears - Blackout

    Róisín Murphy - Overpowered

    September - Dancing Shoes

    VQ2zu9H.png Sophie Ellis-Bextor - Trip The Light Fantastic

     

    2006:

    Christina Aguilera - Back To Basics

    Gwen Stefani - The Sweet Escape

    Gwen Stefani - Wind It Up (single)

    VQ2zu9H.png Margaret Berger - Pretty Scary Silver Fairy

    Rihanna - A Girl Like Me

     

    2005:

    Rihanna - Music Of The Sun

     

    2004:

    Britney Spears - Greatest Hits My Prerogative

    VQ2zu9H.png Gwen Stefani - Love.Angel.Music.Baby

    Margaret Berger - Chameleon

     

    2003:

    VQ2zu9H.png No Doubt - The Singles 1992 - 2003

    Sophie Ellis-Bextor - Shoot From The Hip

     

    2002:

    Christina Aguilera - Stripped

     

    2001:

    VQ2zu9H.png No Doubt - Rock Steady

    P!nk - Missundaztood

     

    2000:

    Christina Aguilera - Mi Reflejo

    VQ2zu9H.png No Doubt - Return Of Saturn

     

    1999:

    Christina Aguilera - Christina Aguilera

     

    1995:

    No Doubt - Tragic Kingdom

     

    1993:

    No Doubt - The Beacon Street Collection

     

    1992:

    No Doubt - No Doubt

     

    That´ s it for now, until next time.

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    THE FIRST EVER REVIEW BLOG ON FOTP IS OFFICIALLY BACK! 

    This is SYLK Reviews Back to Basic's era! So we're gonna be scoring like the old days! Using WENDY emotes!

    In collab with The Wendy Emote Museum we will score each track from a minimum of 0 to a max 5 scores to each track! 

    For our FIRST review! We will be reviewing GLORY by THE QUEEN OF POP herself Britney Spears!Wy3RYbW.png

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    01 - Invitation

    A very nice opener, the breathy tone of ha voice sounds really incredible with the aura.mp3 of the song. It's a very calm and soothing song. Really a strong opener. The lyrics are cute too yes. I give this song ..dhvoUxH.gif

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    02 - Make Me... (feat. G-Eazy) 

    Alot of people have been saying that they didn't like this when it came out and that it grew on them later on, but tbh this has been my jam from the moment it came out! She sounds amazing, the twangy bird noises are very cute yes and the production is very nice. The only thing that disgusts me is the G-FLOPzy's verse omfg delete that ew. vQJZmsq.gif

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    03 - Private Show 

    I literally don't understand the hate for this song. It's such a fun, sensual song. I do hear the weird effect in voice yes but tbh I think the cartoon-ish effect kind of adds to the song's quirky character.  She SERVES vocals on here! This is definitely a fav yes. 5 wendys for this song!dhvoUxH.gif

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    04 - Man On The Moon 

    I think this song is soo beautiful. The lyrics are so cute and the chorus is literally the most beautiful thing we've heard from Britney so far--I mean those harmonies omg *orgasms* Another five wendys! 450561ezgif626394240.gif

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    05 - Just Luv Me 

    A cute song yes but I have to be honest here I didn't care for snippets that leaked or whatever. I don't really have much to say on this track, I mean I could see myself listening to it once in awhile, or wake up one night craving it, but for now, it's undermined by some of the stronger tracks on the album.AclZsta.gif

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    06 - Clumsy 

    I won't lie, I had to pretend to like it when it first came out. It starts off well, but it loses me somewhere leading up the hook. The 'opps' is a cute reminder of the Opps I Did It Again days tho yes..mToh7bx.gif

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    07 - Do You Wanna Come Over?

    Anyone who doesn't like this iconic bop is deaf. I mean the guitars mmm fuck me they sound so good. And then the chorus hits--those backup singers snatch my wig yes ! It's a pussy bopper and one of the faves! mBDE6Ud.gif

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    08 - Slumber Party 

    An OBVIOUS contender for 2nd Single. It follows Make Me's footsteps nicely. It has a very fun vibe. And the production is probably the best one we've seen on this album so far. One of the faves yes!6LVNyOP.gif

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    09 - Just Like Me

    There might be haters out there aka @Onika and they are welcomed to kiss my ass cause this song is fucking AMAZING! She sounds amazing on it and omg the lyrics are CUTEE!! Britney's disbelieve in the other woman looking just like her gives us a BOP!9GpDgqa.gif

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    10 - Love Me Down 

    Definitely a stand out track from the album and a possible future single! Britney SERVES in this song. And the production oh lordy that wobbling bassline fuck! Slam me on the table and prolapse my anus queen GODNEY! OKaSYgT.gif

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    11 - Hard To Forget Ya 

    When I first heart it, I thought it was cute yes but then a reverse warholian expedition happened and my love for this song just disappeared. It's a cute song but ...It doesn't really go anywhere...3Ww7RvQ.gif

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    12 - What You Need

    The mature but less beautiful sister of PriVISHNU show! She sounds amazing as well, she showcases some VOCALS ON HERE!!! Britney can SANG! Anyone who says otherwise can kiss my bum! 3lCJ92t.gif

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    #sylksFAVE 

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    #sylksHATE 

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    Hard to Forget Ya 

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    ALBUM SCORE

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    BRITNEY DELIVERED! 8x_zpslmt8addu.gif

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    For a more PROFESSIONAL Review including the Deluxe tracks head over to Pop Fection!tumblr_n6onu19zpt1r36bj2o4_75sq.gif

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  12. Britney Spears 'Glory'

    2016

    Album Review

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    For the Physical Deluxe review click here: https://talkabouttunes.wordpress.com/2016/08/29/britneyglory2016/

     

    1. Invitation 

    (B.Spears, J.Michaels, J.Tranter, N.Monson)

    Instantly, this sounds like a zen track from Britney with an Asian twist to it. “Here’s my invitation baby” works great as an intro and literally invites the listener to engage in the journey Britney is providing with Glory. “I just need you to trust me” actually makes me nervous as to what to expect, she is keeping her cards close to her chest with ‘Invitation’ it’s calming yet the anticipation in the track is like a slow build to track 2 – it’s really easy to get into and a perfect album opener. The track is soothing, with a heavy beat and slower paced vocals – a treat. 6.5/10

     
    2. Do You Wanna Come Over?

    (M.Larsson, R.Fredriksson, J.Michaels, J.Tranter, S.Chila)

    OK… I wasn’t expecting such a swift change in theme – the beat and ‘Justin Timberlake‘ style guitar riff sounds quite dirty, musically and the clumbsy vocal arrangements coinciding with the sounds of cans opening work really well together and it’s very Ke$ha meets Timberlake. This is definitely a sound I wish to hear more of from Britney – the sound is engaging from start to end and the song takes several twists and turns… I could definitely see this as a single and Britney sounds very good on the track. Could this be classed as ‘Outrageous’ part 2? 7/10

     
    3. Make Me (Ft.G-Eazy)

    (B.Spears, M.Burns, J.Janiak, G.Gillum)

    Now this is the track a lot of people would be waiting for seeing as it’s the lead single from the album. The change in pace is welcomed and resembles the same ‘zen’ vibe from track 1. The heavy chorus really compliments Britney’s light and fluffly vocals and makes for a nice juxtaposition. The builds “Wan’t you to move” also set the choruses up a treat. G-Eazy’s appearance is needed I think, it sounds like one of those typical instrumentals where a rapper will pop up, but I feel it enhances the sound and it’s the only credited feature on the track list. I feel this single is another one to add to ‘classic Britney 8/10

     
    4. Private Show

    (B.Spears, C.M.Williams, T.Winfrey, S.Smith)

    As soon as the track starts, the background sounds really resemble something from a circus and this track wouldn’t have been out of place on Britney’s ‘Circus’ album; these sounds carry the song and it’s really enjoyable to hear Britney’s vocals in more of a raw form – she sounds really strong and it reinforces the ideology of this track being a female empowerment anthem. The chorus is particularly catchy and really keeps the listener engaged, leaving them wanting more. However, the vocals really start to grate by the end of the song “Put on a private show” particularly. 7.5/10

     
    5. Man On The Moon

    (J.Evigan, I.Juber, P.Ryan, S.Fox, M.Lomax)

    The instrumental to this track is exceedingly catchy, I could happily listen to that on its own. However, with the vocals, it kind of makes the whole thing seem ‘wishy washy’ until the gorgeous falsetto notes “On the Moon” kick in. It kind of feels like a 2003 B-side, lyrically relating to a more vulnerable Britney. It has a lovely sentiment to it nevertheless. 6/10

     
    6. Just Luv Me

    (D.Omelio, M.A.Hoiberg, J.Michaels)

    Wow – as soon as the track kicks in, it holds so much resemblance to Justin Bieber’s‘Company’ from the arrangements and the robotic sounds in the background. It’s actually hard to shake it from my mind. I love the way Britney sings in this track, it’s sultry and teasing, whilst singing from an endearing and vulnerable point of view. Towards the end of the track, the repetition of ‘Just Luv Me’ becomes irritating and starts to resemble a track from Fifth Harmony’s 7/27 album. Another mid-tempo mellow track. 5/10

     
    7. Clumsy

    (T.Riley, W.Felder, A.Niceforo)

    Yes… Here we go, builds from the beginning, and a killer vocal arrangement and a gradually building instrumental – Femme Fatale Britney is back! The theme of the track is very playful indeed and the way Britney sings the track in almost a rushed manner really emphasises the song’s message and you can picture a music video for the track, with Britney being tossed all over the room. An album gem. 8/10

      
    8. Slumber Party

    (M.Larsson, R.Fredriksson, J.Michaels, J.Tranter)

    Rihanna is that you? The beat is reminiscent of a Rihanna track, with the urban body roll vibe. Listening to the track, it’s hard to think that Britney hasn’t done a song with this theme before, it’s cleverly written and talks of the naughty side of a ‘slumber party’. I do find the track very middle of the road but I wouldn’t skip it – it’s very engaging.5.5/10

     
    9. Just Like Me

    (B.Spears, J.Michaels, J.Tranter, N.Monson)

    I always do it. I judge the song before it’s played based on the title, and I had no idea the song would include “She looks just like me” and be from the perspective of a scorned lover and the previous relationship – I assumed it would be a raunchy kind of song and I must say it’s nice to hear a song like this from Britney, the vocals are floaty and it keeps the listener engaged. 5.5/10

     
    10. Love Me Down

    (E.K.Bogart, A.Goldstein, J.John, J.Karpov)

    A different direction from Britney now, more urban and I’m not sure if it’s working for her or not… I feel the song has a lot of potential but it’s too Gwen Stefani and not enough Britney. In fact this would have been perfect for Gwen’s album “The Sweet Escape” but I don’t feel it suits Britney or her weak vocals very much. Having said that, Britney sounded very good in the middle 8. I like how the track goes in several directions and almost sounds like 3 songs stitched together. 7/10

     
    11. Hard To Forget Ya

    (O.Gorres, I.Kirkpatrick, B.Coney, D.Andrews, E.Drewett)

    Now I feel indifferent about this track – I love the verses and the pre-choruses/builds are amazing, providing a perfect sense of anticipation, but the choruses are just horrendous; the beat is too heavy with clumbsy hooks, Britney sounds bored and it’s very ‘Beat dropping trend chaser’. What a shame. 4.5/10

     
    12. What You Need

    (B.Spears, C.M.Williams, T.Winfrey, S.Smith)

    A trip to the 60’s to open this track with a kick ass vocal from Britney is always a good way to start a song. Also, kudos to Britney on that vocal, she sounds amazing and it’s quite raw. The hand claps in the chorus really boost the songs energy (Like it needs boosting anymore) but I wish they made more of the choruses, they are quite on par with the verses in term of production and need lifting just a little bit more, but it’s a sound that I think suits Britney very well and it’s contagious as hell. 7.5/10

     

    For the Physical Deluxe Review click here: https://talkabouttunes.wordpress.com/2016/08/29/britneyglory2016/

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    More than halfway through summer, these are my certified bops of the season! 

     

    No other song on this list is more appropriate to start with than this colourful show of fashion and culture meeting explosive record. I don't think anyone could listen to Laura Mvula's empowering vocals and NOT feel like a Phenomenal Woman afterwards cry6 

     

    To tumblr girls' joy everywhere, Hayley deliver's this catchy track touching on insecurities and emotional turbulence of a young person, all the while managing to make being a spontaneously dancing outcast look pretty fucking cool rav3 

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    I'm never going to get over how this BOP was completely ignored to flatline orly1 3 millions views? Shameful! The provocative lyrics, catchy melody, infectious beat cry6 Everything about this track is so danceable cry6 

    And I thought I loved this song BEFORE the video dropped orly1 a perfect collaboration of video media and music and just a Super FUN song overall, easily capturing the essence of summer.

     

     

    Used to loving Alicia's power ballads, this tropical house track caught me by surprise! Who would have thought we'd be dancing to Alicia Keys in 2016 cry6 

     

    Released earlier this year, Work still feels like part of summer's soundtrack cry6 You can't listen to this song and not want to... iggy1 

     

    Ending my list with this tender slow jam. Usher and Yuna's gorgeous harmonies recall the very first stir of infatuation and resulting blissfulness of a new crush oprah7

     

    Special mention to Drake's monster smash One Dance!

     

     

     

    What have you been listening to this summer? hay1 

  13. So. I thought this blog needed something a bit different for a change. Something less... depressing. I probably will do another Cancer blog when I return to Ohio in a few weeks for the burial of his ashes. But anyways. Now I'm gonna do a tutorial. How to add explicit labels (explicit.png tkB9m.png) to songs you specifically have on iTunes. This also works to delete tags, and add clean tags.

    WHAT  YOU'LL NEED:
    + MP3tag (get it here)


    STEP ONE:
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    Open MP3tag, and import the audio file of whichever song you'd like to add a label to. You can do this by dragging the file from its folder straight into the application. I'll be using Bubblegum Bitch by Marina and the Diamonds, from her 2012 LP, Electra Heart [above, altered tracklist].

    STEP TWO:
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    In MP3tag, right click the song and hit Extended Tags.... Search the side for "ITUNESADVISORY". If its there, remove the tag by clicking the X button, or change the tag by clicking on it and click the edit (paper and pencil) button and skip to the "Value" area of this step. If its not there, though, then click the icon of a paper with a star on it, (Add field...) then enter exactly "ITUNESADVISORY" in the Field box. You'll only need to enter the full thing once. In later instances with performing this method it will be automatically filled in for you when you start typing it. In the Value box, enter 1 for EXPLICIT and 2 for CLEAN. Explicit and Clean will show up with their own symbols on iTunes, while no tags makes it look like a normal song. Click OK.

    STEP THREE:
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    Now you will need to refresh the song on iTunes. You can do this by easily double clicking on the song to play it, or restarting iTunes, or deleting + reimporting the file. I prefer the first option, but whatever you want to do. Done!

    I hope you found this helpful.

  14. RNDOM

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    So, what's the point on drag and talk shit about an artist/record if you'll jump again on the bandwagon train when she/he releases something new and 'it's cool to stan because everyone's hype about it when you never give a fuck about it'?

    What's the point on stan/change your avi/set every major girl release something when you don't like/stan the artist/music he/she made when everyone's is praising, waiting for it?

    This brought back memories when everyone was praising 'Lemonade' cuz it was "innovative", "cool", "experimental" bla bla bla... and few weeks later some trash talk about it, because 1) they 'realized' it really never was shit, 2) they said it was "staged/fake" to get out of there when they clearly never were there for the music/project (even when we always knew she likes to have perfect control & she plans everything, did everyone expected it was true? really?... and then the next thing was Ariana, wow, so impressed for the upgrade, lmao. This was perfectly pictured when ARTPOP came out and fans were praising the shit of it, but when the media/fanbases ripped apart the album half of the fandom left and juped to other more "succesful" "accepted" pop gurls

    And what does it says about us?  Do others opinion really matters at all to us? Do we really need to follow trends & what the majority likes to have a sense of worth? isn't this just a reflection of a weak personality that desires to be part of something? Maybe that's why i rather not listen something from someone i know i won't like or feel interest on, i guess it looks more real and less cringe than jumping over and over again swapping "your taste" and pretend you're into the critical acclaim & music when you're just following the leaders.

    Then again im bitter and sometimes i have a poor taste when it comes to guilty pleasures, shouldn't be judging people, it just came to my mind suddenly, #JusticeForFKA, #JusticeForGrimes, #JusticeForAzealia and the rest of acts i like who got hate & shit just because the sheeps followed the leader who didn't liked "x" record, or "x" thing about her/his

     

    P.S. Instead of doing this i should be listening all the shit i download but i don't touch becaus im lazy af and i dont wanna put it with my perfect orden/tags on iTunes, r.i.p. to me

  15. Britney Spears // Glory

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    Like many of us, Britney was more or less my first foray into pop music, but probably not in the way you'd expect. Up until high school, I'd listened to mostly alternative / rock / basic straight white boy music. I didn't touch pop (or rap) at all, but my bus ride to school was almost an hour each way, and the driver always had pop radio on. So, I started getting closely acquainted with it. My first pop album download was Circus, and I didn't like it. I had not yet found the light.

    As I got more into pop, I went back and listened to Britney's discography, in reverse. I started with Circus, Blackout, and made my way back. I didn't get as attached to her first few albums, maybe because I lacked the nostalgia of growing up with her music, and I maintained that Circus, Blackout and Femme Fatale were my Britney trinity. I have since gotten more into ITZ and Britney (the album, obviously), but those remain my favorites.

    Let's not even talk about The-Album-That-Shall-Not-Be-Named.

    I was actually driving home from that TV job (the one where I met New York) around 1 in the morning the day Make Me was released, so I listened to it on repeat most of the way home. Sexy midtempo Britney was here, and I was here for it. But the feature is trash, let's be honest with ourselves. As we got the promo singles, I somehow became simultaneously more and less confident in what the album as a whole would be. I liked each track, but they each had a fatal flaw that I couldn't unhear. Make Me was the G-Eazy feature, Private Show didn't really feel like a studio track at all, Clumsy's was the horrendous mixing for the breakdown and the flimsy-feeling production, and DYWCO was the shouting men in the chorus. Did we not, as a society, learn our lesson after Focus? I was still excited, mind you, but I did have my concerns.

    Thankfully, those promo singles were largely the most lackluster songs on the album. Let's dive in.

     

    1. INVITATION - 4/5

    Wow, what an album opener. This is something you straight up don't hear from Britney, and I love it. Even the vocal effects feel stylistic, instead of messily covering up some phoned in vocals. They're tender, but they feel right.
     

    2. MAKE ME FEAT. G-EAZY - 3/5

    Don't get me wrong, this song is boppy, but it's not lead single material. And the one feature on the entire record is wasted on someone as bland and basic as G-Eazy. Take him out, put in someone better (or don't put in anyone at all) and it would be better.
     

    3. PRIVATE SHOW - 4/5

    I genuinely hated this when she first dropped it. It was messy, it feels underproduced, like I'm listening to a "live" version of a song instead of an album track. It has since grown on me, though. It's something completely different for her, and I can appreciate that about it. Plus it's lowkey kind of catchy.
     

    4. MAN ON THE MOON - 5/5

    The production. The vocals. The message. Everything is slick pop perfection. The oo-oo-oo-oo-oooonnn in the chorus is absolutely infectious.
     

    5. JUST LUV ME - 4/5

    I was super excited to hear this after that snippet leaked. Hearing the full thing, it's a catchy midtempo DJ Mustard track, is there really anything else I can say about it? "I'm not gonna ask for a sip when I'm thirsty" is a great lyric. I wish the chorus was a bit more dynamic, but I get it; we need to know the words after just one listen, so Repeat Stuff.
     

    6. CLUMSY - 3/5

    The "oops!" is cute but the breakdown kind of kills any momentum the song has. Meh.
     

    7. DO YOU WANNA COME OVER? - 3/5

    I want to like this song, because the production is good, she sounds good, the verses are good, but that chorus -- bleh.
     

    8. SLUMBER PARTY - 5/5

    I know some people thought this song felt too topically samey right after DYWCO, but I actually really like that about it. It feels like a proper followup to the question eve1  it's definitely a standout track on the album, probably my first favorite really. The casual f-bomb is perfect. The production and melody are SO catchy.
     

    9. JUST LIKE ME - 2/5

    OKAY STOP WITH THE FUCKING TERRIBLE CHORUSES PLEASE. The song is reasonably cute but the chorus is awkward as shit. 
     

    10. LOVE ME DOWN - 4/5

    Okay now this is something I can get into demi1 again, something very stylistically different for Brit but it fucking WORKS.
     

    11. HARD TO FORGET YA - 4/5

    Once again I find myself wishing the chorus was a little more dynamic, but goddammit this song is still a banger. The production on this album is super interesting, it feels like there's a lot going on without being overwhelming. All the little bits and bobs circling around during the verses here give this song a great texture.
     

    12. WHAT YOU NEED - 4/5

    Yes this sounds like a Burlesque track, yes it doesn't have a post-chorus payoff like you're probably expecting, but I could listen to Britina growl all damn day. She's not Whitney Houston (and she doesn't need to be), but I think we can all agree it's nice to hear her flexing her vocals for a change. "That was fun", yes it was Brit, yes it was.
     

    13. BETTER - 5/5

    Alright we've clearly got some Kygo influence here, but that's not a bad thing. This song is cute as fuck, and the production is (once again) on point. Another general album thought: let's all take a moment to appreciate that she isn't drowning in background vocal layers for the first time in nearly 10 years. She's actually here y'all!
     

    14. CHANGE YOUR MIND (NO SEAS CORTES) - 4/5

    Anyone else kinda getting a chuckle out of the fact that Revival was largely midtempo with one random Latin-influenced song, and the same thing is happening here? Not trying to start a stan war or anything, just sort of a funny observation. Anyway, this song is good as fuck, and the chorus is absolutely perfect. I don't speak German Spanish but I can if you like cry0 
     

    15. LIAR - 5/5

    YES. YES. YES. EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS IS PERFECT, WHY IS THIS RELEGATED TO BONUS TRACK STATUS?
     

    16. IF I'M DANCING - 4/5

    Production is spastic and completely out of left field, but it's not a bad thing. I can see why it's a bonus track, but at the same time I'm here for it ya know? Also this:

     

    17. COUPURE ÉLECTRIQUE - 4/5

    I genuinely am not sure how to rate this one. I don't understand a single word of it because I'm an ignorant monolingual 'Murican, but it's cute. Her vocals are sweet and the production is good, so I guess we'll go with a 4.

     

    OVERALL - 4/5

    I'm so happy she's back. Not just physically there, but she actually seems invested and present in the material in a way she hasn't been for many years, and she delivers a great pop record as a result. The producers work with her voice instead of covering it up, the album feels fresh, and I can tell it's going to be on repeat for a long time.

    Good job Brit, welcome back to the big leagues.

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