Rihanna is continuing to dip her toes into the world of fashion. The CFDA awarded her fashion icon and Rihanna is doing her best to live up to her award.
You might remember her Fenty Puma collection that was launched this February during fashion week. Not to mention her role as a creative director for Stance socks. That and her own brand of weed and we wonder why it took four years to get Anti.
Rihanna Pairs Up With Dior
Rihanna's brand ambassadorship with Dior has lead to her putting input into a new sunglasses collection titled “Rihanna”. Their futuristic and reportedly inspired by Star Trek, specifically the character La Forge. She also lent her voice to the movie with the single “Sledgehammer”.
The sunglasses are one good paycheck away from being in your wardrobe. One frame comes in six different colors and retails for $840, while the other 24 Karat plated shade will be locked up for $1,950.
Dior may still not have a creative director, but who needs a creative director when you have Rihanna.
I'm Feeling BOMBASTIC
Bonnie McKee is inspired by all things eighties. The leg warmers, the neon colors, the workout themed music videos reminiscent of Olivia Newton-John's “Physical”. She's the pop star the world has been waiting for and there has still yet to be justice for her underrated single “American Girl”. The song that convinced me to find love at a 7/11 parking lot.
Buy "American Girl"
Buy "I Want It All"
Buy "Wasted Youth"
Key Lyric: I Didn't Mean To Tumble Into Your Arms/ They're Not My Baby's But They're Keeping Me Warm
McKee revealed before she started this song that it was inspired by the break up of an eight year relationship. She fell into the arms of a tatted man, dark and handsome, who wanted more then she was able to give. It's a touching ballad that finds her addressing the inability to give oneself completely to another after heartbreak and just wanting something “easy”. It's yet to receive the visual treatment, but that's sure to come.
You can buy the Bombastic EP at all digital retailers or a physical copy on her website.
Ghostbusters is one of the most high profile action films of summer 2016. It's also going to be the funniest. Civil War broke our heart and who knows what the fuck Batman v Superman was about. The new Ghostbusters films follows in the footsteps of the original films and TV shows. Quirky and beloved it was one of the highlights of the eighties, right behind Madonna grinding with her rosary beads.
The cast is phenomenal. All of Hollywood's funniest ladies are here. Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones are all here to reinterpret the originally male driven comedy.
The meninists of the world have cried foul on this reinterpretation, but what is the point of a reboot if not to change and make the old new again? What would Batman be if not the depressingly dark creation that Christian Bale made out of it? Not the blockbuster trilogy that came from it.
Ghostbusters is also set to release a soundtrack to accompany the move the day it comes out in theatres. It features a string of A-Listers and three different versions of the “Ghostbusters” theme song covered by Walk The Moon (“Shut Up and Dance”), Pentatnoix, and the original by Ray Parker Jr.
The official lead single is by alt-rocker Elle King (“Ex's & Oh's). It's a firey song called “Good Girls” that may or may not be the song of the summer.
Those Days Are Here
The Haim sisters all part their hair down the middle and their best friends with Taylor Swift. She took them with her to Hawaii and they went on tour with her. And, with the money I spent buying those tickets I could have bought nosebleeds to go see them open for her on The 1989 Tour. .
There was a time when Haim was a hipster cool band, although by now their far too mainstream for that title. You could see Haim at Coachella at this point.
If your new to Haim, I don't know where to start you. They really don't lose. “Forever” and “Falling” are probably your safest bets. Although, their most eccentric track “My Song 5” got remixed with an A$AP Rocky verse.
If you don't have the time. I heard their new songs. These girls are coming for our souls and our radio's this year. You won't have to go too far.
The Queen of Country Music?????
Cyndi Lauper is an LGBT icon for the ages and she decided to delve into country music. I know how people feel about country music. I mean if your not from Iowa, there truly is no innate desire to listen to it, but I grew up on the sentimental country twang of the nineties and it does have a soft spot in my heart.
You might not know who Cyndi Lauper is, but you know her music. She was originally predicted to be in it for the long haul. Madonna was the throwaway eighties girl and Cyndi was the crazy girl with the personality and talent. She sang “Girls Just Want To Have Fun”, “True Colors”, “I Drove All Night” and my favorite ode to female masturbation, “She Bop” just to name a few.
Detours is full of covers. She's very classic country on here. None of this is polished Carrie Underwood or a true stab at returning to the charts, but it bears the mark of a Cyndi Lauper classic.
We've got some classic sixties country in Patsy Cline hits “Walking After Midnight” and “I Fall To Pieces”. They lack Patsy's signature husk, but Cyndi makes up for it with her usual charm and vigor. She even brings out Willie Nelson to truly harken back to those country roots on “Night Life”.
Cyndi shines on the albums second single “Funnel of Love” originally made famous by Wanda Jackson, a woman Adele absolutely adores. The album closes with the Dolly Parton classic, “Hard Candy Christmas”. Allison Kraus sings a few lines. This is the second time she's included a Christmas song on one of her studio albums. The first was “Feels Like Christmas” on the deeply political Hat Full of Stars.
Detour is full of flaws, charms and guest stars, but Cyndi bears all of this with a cowboy's sweethearts smile. This is eleventh studio album by the woman best known for her eighties escapades. It marks the most guest appearances she's ever had on an album with five stars lending their vocal prowess. Emmylou Harris, Vince Gill, and Jewel are just some of the few to lend their support. Detour may not be perfect, but it does make us hope she doesn't wait another six years for a musical return.
May Music Pulling Through
This is the first month this year that I'm excited about the music coming out. Every month has had it's winner's. March and Gwen Stefani, February with The 1975, and January started off strong with Rihanna. However, it's March that decided to pull out the release dates.
There's three releases I'm excited for this month and they're all stellar.
It's an eclectic mix of country perfection, including lyrical stand out “You're The Reason Our Kids Are Ugly”. Cyndi Lauper also recently donated all the profits from her concert in North Carolina to a cause dedicated to overturning the recent hate laws against the LGBT community.
Goo Goo Dolls
Surprise of all surprise. I've never been a Goo Goo Dolls fan. I knew the name. I appreciate them from a distance as the epitome of the 90s. Of course I knew the hits. All the one word wonders, “Slide”, “Name”, and “Iris”. Then, by chance I heard their lead single “So Alive”. It's anthemetic. It's wonderful and it's unlikely to overtake the charts, but it should be given the chance.
The Goo Goo Dolls in the 10s are the modern forebears to a style of music that Panic! At The Disco and Fall Out Boy have done so well commercially with. I don't know if their doing it better, but it sure sounds damn good.
Buy "So Alive"
It's unlikely that this album will win a Grammy for “album of the year”. It's appeal to mainstream is too strong for that, but will it create her first number one? Now that's something it could.
Gaycation centers around Ellen Page and her friend Ian Daniel exploring the LGBT culture of whatever country they are in. The show opened with Japan. And, the type of discrimination that goes on there despite the fact that there is no religious governing body that is opposed to homosexuality. It was such an in depth and great look at the different way that gays are perceived in the world, when I and so many others really only have their native perspective on the issue.
The show is very open and honest. It has this sense of community to it. This were all in it together and how diverse the LGBT community is and how we persevere and survive under oppression.
I find Gaycation to be eye opening and a good way to keep the dialogue open about what it’s like to be gay in the 21st century. Ellen Page is right. There are gay people. There are trans people. Why can’t we just get over this and move on? And, yet it remains that our society has a problem letting it’s prejudices go.
Gaycation is the best thing to happen to television in 2016
A Texas Dandelion
Kacey Musgraves is a critically acclaimed country singer from Mineola, Texas. No, I don't know where Mineola is, but I do know where Texas is. She's the yellow rose of Texas. The most perfect girl to ever come out of a trailer park.
And only two were in the top ten. Women are being systematically shunned by country music and that's why I'm attempting to use my platform of eight readers to demand more women on the radio.
Not to mentions she has my seal of approval.
Plus Size High FAshion
Beth Ditto is gorgeous. An entire Snapshot Saturday was dedicated to her on this blog. You can read that article here. Inside and out. Weight is not a character flaw. She is the perfect person to make a stab at this endeavor. She knows better than anyone what kind of clothes it takes to make a woman confident, especially in a society that looks down on women who are bigger than a size 8.
All of these can be purchased on Beth Ditto's website (here)
Blogger, Perez Hilton was even seen rocking her corset tee, a shirt that tragically would dwarf my body in its smallest size. And, that’s a good thing! Where normally overweight women look at clothing and see that it doesn’t come in their size, it’s refreshing for me to see clothing that’s not made for me, that I can’t wear on my body. Beth Ditto is catering to a group that isn’t the majority and she’s doing a fantastic job at that.
My Blue Youth
So, how did this happen? I made no effort to listen to Troye Sivan's new single, “Youth”. It came to me on the waves of the radio. It did what every great Troye Sivan has done for me. It picked up where “Happy Little Pill” and “Wild” left him, wanting more. The song is cinematic in it's perfection.
I was still hesitant on purchasing the album. I was intensely disappointed by Wild. And as nondescript as the suicide themed “Talk Me Down” was, I wasn't convinced. I knew the album had a duet with Betty Who. The Australian pop singer, best known for her bright single, “Somebody Loves You”.
His voice is like milk. It has a tendency to blend into the background of the music. That's his strength. You can lay on the floor and just let his voice wash over you. A lot of these songs melodies are more memorable then the words he's actually saying.
I appreciate Troye's artistry as a full length artist. There's a lack of uptempo material, but he likes to stay in this mid to low tempo groove. The backing music isn't ground breaking. What Troye Sivan is selling is his perspective and his youth. If that's something you can get behind. This landscape of dream pop he's created will be perfect for you.
What's the point of dating if they don't go with your outfit?