Taylor Swift – Look What You Made Me Do

Wow, ok so I realize this post is late but life got a bit crazy and I couldn’t post on a regular basis. Nevertheless, let’s begin.

Taylor Swift knows how to get the public talking and looking forward to her new music. On August 18, 2017, she deleted everything from her social media accounts i.e. Instagram, Twitter and now posts on Facebook after 2015. I am not a Swifty, so I did not care for the hype too much. However, I did think this was a clever marketing strategy to get people talking and anticipate her next move.

On August 24, 2017, she released the lyrics version of her new single “Look At What You Made Me Do”, with a very different vibe from her typical music style. Can you imagine a dark/edgy Taylor? Well, you better start because she is here and according to the lyrics of her new single, the old Taylor is gone.

Even though I am not a Swiftie, I respect Taylor as an artist because she does it well and she knows what she’s doing. I applaud her for evolving and trying out different genres and reinventing herself. Some people are giving her hate for not being the country Taylor we all know, but I love the change. People aren’t meant to stay the same, change is part of life. If you guys don’t like the new Taylor, you can leave and find another musician to admire.

Now back to the music video, I think all of us has seen it by now so I won’t go over it in too much detail. I love the cinematography, the first scene of Taylor emerging from the ground as a zombie symbolizes her return to the music scene. After the Kanye drama, Taylor went on a mini hiatus but little did we know she was coming back stronger than ever. My other favorite scene is when Taylor is with the other versions of herself and battling with them. I am not sure what it means exactly but to me symbolizes letting go of your past selves. Finally, we see Taylor making fun of herself about all of the things she was criticized about in the past.

As for the song, I really like it but the chorus disappointed me. I was expecting it would be a bit more upbeat because there was a build up in the pre-chorus part. To me, the chorus felt kind of flat and repetitive, however, I love the rest of the song. I just wish the chorus was more powerful.

I am sincerely looking forward to the release of her new album, you bet I will be reviewing it.

Thank you so much for reading.

See you soon!

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Twice – Knock, Knock

There is no doubt Twice is newest girl group to rise to popularity, in fact, they are often compared to South Korea’s favorite group, SNSD. Now, I am not going to compare them to SNSD, because they have their own unique charm.

Twice was formed by JYP Entertainment from the talent competition show, Sixteen. They debuted on October 20, 2015 with their hit song, “Ohh Ahh”, following this single the girls have released  hit after hit.

Their newest single, “Knock, Knock” was released on Sunday, February 19 and in just three days the music video hit 16 million views. It also topped the Melon, Genie, Bugs and Mnet, within eight hours. I think it’s safe to say they are sweeping up to charts in a heartbeat. The song is presented as a sequel to their previous single, “TT”.

In the music video, the girls are having slumber party  and being silly with their friends. When they see it’s snowing outside, they rush out to have a snowball fight, but quickly realize the door shut behind them, being locked out. They rush to go and knock on the door, hence where the sequel part comes into play. In the previous single, “TT”, two children turn around to a knock at the door.

This song has a catchy and cheerful chorus, with their new eye catching “knock, knock” dance. I already have this on replay, will you?

See you soon!

PS. I am hoping that very soon I will be back to posting on a regular basis, however I am thinking about whether to go back to what this blog used to be. I used to post about various topics, I am still figuring it out so I will let you know what happens as soon as possible.

 

Lindsey Stirling, Brave Enough Tour 2016

Hello everyone,

It’s been a while, my apologies for keeping you waiting but I have a brand new post for you so I hope that makes up for the wait 🙂

For those of you who are new to my blog I am not a professional music critic. Simply love music so much that I want to write my thoughts and opinions about albums, songs, and performances. So that’s exactly what I’m going to be doing today I will talk to you guys about the Lindsey Stirling performance I saw this Tuesday. Lindsey Stirling is one of the most innovative and creative violinist of our time. This may sound like an exaggeration, but go on over to her YouTube channel and you will be blown away by her talent.

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Lindsey Stirling, Brave Enough, album cover.

Before I get into the good stuff, I want to give you guys a brief background information about Lindsey. Lindsey Stirling was born on September 21, 1986 she is an electronic classical performance artist. She combines both genres of music and dances while playing the violin, as you can imagine it takes a lot of stamina to be able to do that but she makes it look so effortless. Lindsey decided in 2010 to appear on America’s Got Talent, but she got voted off further into the show and was told she wouldn’t be able to sell out any shows with this kind of music. She then took her music YouTube, cinematographer David Gray reached out to Lindsey in hopes of collaborating on a YouTube video together. From there her music started to take off and slowly she gain more following. She has released three albums and her first release was her self-titled album Lindsey Stirling. She has performed with many amazing singers such as Celine Dion, and she won a Billboard Award for Top Dance Electronic album. Do I need to say more, she is quite amazing!

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Lindsey Stirling, along side Celine Dion at the 2016 Billboard Awards!

I’m going to give you a breakdown of what the concert was like and what to expect if you are attending her. The concert began with Shawn Hook as the opening act, who is also a fellow Canadian. He has performed with Elton John, so he is someone to look out for in the future. If I can recall correctly, he performed about 4-5 songs, including his famous single, “Sound of Your Heart”. He had great vocals, very clear and not auto-tuned at all and his piano skills were on point. The show began at 8:00pm, Shawn performed until 8:30pm and then we had a half an hour intermission.

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At 9 o’clock, the star of the night appeared on stage, she performed her song “Pheonix” and it was an electrifying introduction. The stage looked incredible, three screens were set up and on top the Brave Enough logo could be seen.

The costumes and stage effects were quite impressive, in front of the main stage there was a net-like looking screen that was brought down. On that screen special effects were projected, such as leaves falling down or the effects of rain. It was definitely a very unique visual experience. Seeing Lindsey perform on stage you can see she definitely has the charisma and the energy to keep the audience engaged. She loves what she does for a living and this is her passion. The skill of dancing and playing the violin at the same time can be a very hard but she manages to pull it off very well. Lindsey Stirling is a very down to earth person who engaged with the audience and had conversations with them. She put together a little skit that supposedly was filmed backstage, it was quite funny and we were all laughing. Lindsey along with her drummer and guitar player, came out onstage with child sized music instruments and played a song or two. That just goes to show even with a child’s toy she can still pull it off.

After the skit Lindsey took the time to talk about one of her crew members, Gavi, who passed away of cancer. She talked about how hard it was for her to deal with this loss and how she’s overcoming it. She performed a tribute song for Gavi with a special video montage she put together of him. After this tribute performance, Lindsey talked about a song that Gavi and her started writing together before he passed away. They couldn’t finish it so she said that she worked very hard and she felt that she had Gavi’s support from up above to finish the song. It was very touching performance. Afterwards, Lindsay changed costumes and played a few more songs before ending the show. When she performed her song, “Arena”, she talked about the adversity she faced when she was told that she will not be able to make it as a musician. Her positive message to anyone in the audience who had any special talents was never to give up and never to let anyone tell them that they cannot do it. Instead she said to use it as a way to get back up there and fight for what you are born to do. It was such a great message and it really hits close to home for me personally, because I have lots of aspirations and dreams for the entertainment industry. After she left the stage everybody were yelling encore, encore, we all wanted to see her back on stage and she came back for one final performance of “Roundtable Rival”.

What am I going take away from this concert experience? I have learned that being persistent to chase your dreams is vital. Never give up, Lindsey didn’t and now she is a star. Make sure you visit her YouTube channel, you are in for a treat!

Thanks for reading and see you soon!

 

Update

Hello everyone,
My apologies for my absence, I am currently on vacation in Vancouver City and I was on a road trip to Oregon and Washinton State.

I have a lot of new content for you guys and travelling stories so stay tuned 🙂
See you soon!

Update + New Blog!

Hello everyone,

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything on my blog and life has been keeping crazy busy lately! I’ve been sick for two months, May and June, in May I had a horrible fever and in June I had an ear infection and strep throat. Let’s just say, for two months I’ve been on antibiotics and pain killers and it was a lot for my body to handle.

I used to work in a daycare and I got illnesses I’ve never had before as a child, so I wanted to take time to recover and get my energy back. In addition, I also got a new job for the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the adjustment period has not been easy. There is a lot for me to learn and it’s been super stressful, so I couldn’t focus too much on blogging.

However, this weekend I had the chance to work on something that I was planning since the relaunch of my blog. I decided to create a lifestyle blog, because I wanted to continue to write about lifestyle. So I would like to welcome you to Daily Talk, the name may seem familiar because I named this blog this at one point. For more information, please visit my new blog to find out what I will be writing about.

Thank you for your patience and making time to read this post 🙂

See you soon!

 

Billboard Music Awards 2016! What you missed.

The BBMAs were quite a treat last night, from Britney Spears nostalgic medley to Madonna and Stevie Wonder’s tribute to Prince.

It’s safe to say that this is the first award show I really enjoyed in a very long time, for the past few year music award shows felt dull to me. I think it helped that every performance  was at its scheduled time and the awards ended right on time.

In case you missed the BBMAs, don’t fret because I got you covered.

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The one and only Queen of Pop opened the BBMAs with a 7 minute medley of her greatest hits. Not only did she look amazing on stage, but she also showed the audience she can still put on a great show.

She kicked off the BBMAs with her single “Work B*tch”, then launched into her next track “Womanizer”. Other tracks she performed were “I love Rock n’ Rock”, “Breathe on Me” and personal favorite of mine, “Slave 4 You”.

Britney also took home the Millennium Award in honor of her lengthily career.Congratulations!!!

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Troy Sivan and Lindsey Stirling

Many YouTubers are slowly making their way into the mainstream media, Troy Sivan first debuted in 2014 with his single “Happy Little Pill” since then his popularity is slowly rising. Last night, he performed his single, “Youth”. It was surreal moment for Troy, as you could clearly see the pure joy he expressed to be on stage. One his Twitter he wrote, “I really mean it, I am sobbing”.

Lindsey Stirling also had her moment, as she performed along the legendary Celine Dion. Lindsey first auditioned on Americas Got Talent, after being eliminated, she began making YouTube videos. She films creative videos showing her skills as a violinist and dancer.

Celine Dion with son, Rene-Charles

Celine brought the audience to tears with her speech, talking about her children and the aftermath of her husbands death. Another touching moment for Celine was when she received her award from son, Rene-Charles.

Celine Dion was honored with the Icon Award for her lifestime achivements, after performing a cover of Queen’s song “Show Must Go On”. 

Kesha will bounce back!

The legal battle between Kesha and Dr. Luke has been a turbulent time for the singer. Initially her performance was cancelled by Dr. Luke and her record label, Kemosabe Records (fearing she will use her time on stage to address her legal battle).

Kesha eventually got her wish to stand on that stage, while performing Bob Dylan’s 1964 song “It Ain’t Me Babe”. To anyone who criticized her vocal abilities, last night she proved everyone wrong!

Adele in her new music video, “Send My Love (to Your New Lover)”

Adele took home a win for Top Billboard 200 Album, despite her absence from last night’s awards, she didn’t forget to leave a little something for her fans and introduce her new MV  “Send My Love (to Your New Lover)”.

Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani shared the stage on Sunday night, performing a duet together of “Go ahead and Break My Heart”. When those two were on stage, they only had eyes for each other.

Justin Bieber kept his performance low key, but made up for it with stunning…almost magical stage effects, while performing medley of singles “Company” and “Sorry”. Bieber did not seem too excited throughout the show, channeling an icy exterior. Later, Bieber stated “I don’t feel good at award shows”, that is expected after Justin posted a lengthily Instagram post of why he will no longer take pictures with fans. I guess fame can be frustrating sometimes.

P!nk got us flying high last night with her performance of “Just Like Fire” from the new Alice in Wonderland movie. There is no one better at acrobatic stunts than P!nk, watching her performance gave me flashback of her 2010 Grammy performance. What about you?

Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande is presenting a more mature side of her and her latest music! She started off with an electric keyboard solo and then jumped into her new single “Into You”. As usual, Ariana’s vocals were electrifying.

Ariana wasn’t the only who had electrifying vocals, Rihanna belted her song “Love On Brain” from the Anti album.

Last but certainly not least, is Madonna’s tribute to the legendary Prince! Madonna tamed down her image for her tribute, singing “Nothing Compares 2 You”, as photos of the late Prince appeared behind her. Shortly after, Stevie Wonder joined Madonna singing “Purple Rain”, while the arena turned purple in the Prince’s honor.

Other stars who performed last night were: Demi Lovato, Nick Jonas ft. Tove Lo, DNCE, Megan Trainor, Fifth Harmony ft. Ty Dolla $ign, The Go-Go’s and Shawn Mendes.

What was your favorite BBMAs moment? Let me know in the comments box below!

See you soon!

 

 

 

 

 

Jessica Jung / Solo Debut!

The time has come for Jessica Jung to spread her wings and fly with her first ever solo debut! Let’s welcome back Ms. Jung to the music scene because she proved yet again, no matter what she is faced wit, she will triumph.

It’s been almost a year and half since Jessica’s exit from SNSD and her former entertainment company, SM Entertainment. Many fans wondered what will be Jessica Jung’s next move. Will she quit the music industry? Will she focus solely on fashion and her fashion brand, Blanc and Eclare?

On January 18, 2016, Jessica posted a short video on Instagram of her in a music studio. Fans began to speculate a possible comeback for the Korean Pop star, and they weren’t wrong. On April 27, she posted a picture telling her fans she finished filming her first ever solo music video.

It’s a great feeling!
Finished up shooting an MV last month in lovely LA, Malibu and even the desert! Just completed the final edits today, took over a month because I wanted to make sure every detail was perfect! Can’t wait to show it to u guys!
For now, here’s a pic ❤️ Who’s excited?!! – via www.instagram.com/jessica.syj

Jessica’s new entertainment agency, Coridel Entertainment, released two teaser videos of her debut single “Fly” ft. Fabolous. Meanwhile, Jessica Jung posted a few more photos from her album cover photoshoot. Her mini album “With Love, J” will consist of six singles with worldwide album release on May 17, and an Englis version release on May 27.

  1. Fly ft. Fabolous
  2. Big Mini World
  3. Falling Crazy in Love
  4. Love Me The Same
  5. Golden Sky
  6. Dear Diary

Jessica’s solo debut single, “Fly”, premiered yesterday and it already has 3 million views! An amazing accomplishment for a newly released single, this shows the unbelievable support from her adoring fans. “Fly” is a pop dance with an inspiring and uplifting message about being brave and chasing your dreams. Jessica is glowing with happiness throughout the music video, this video showcases her own personal touch and style.

The time has come for Jessica to shine bright like a star, she has proved that she can fly high and be successful. For her to go on her own has been a blessing in disguise and I’m sure this will open many doors of opportunities for her.

Good luck Jessica Jung, we are excited what you have in store for us in the future

What do you think about Jessica’s solo debut? Let me know in the comments box below.

To read Jessica’s interview with Billboard magazine and find more about what she has to say about debuting as solo artist, click here (http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/k-town/7377337/jessica-jung-solo-album-girls-generation-interview)

Enjoy!

See you soon!