It might take a minute for you top place the name. Paris Jackson. You think of all the Jackson's you know, before you realize this is Paris Jackson. Michael Jackson's daughter. The same one that shares a name with a Hilton heiress.
We haven't seen much of her since her father's death, but there have been rumblings that she was making her way into society. I was waiting for her first single. She may be from a musical prodigy, but even she would have a hard time competing with one of the best selling artists of all time. She would be the next Lisa Marie Presley, or in this case Latoya.
Paris Jackson is making her debut as part of a Chanel campaign. In the released photos she look's like strikeningly like an 80s era Madonna (more so then Madonna's own daughter Lourdes). Her looks reminds me even of a Bangerz era Miley Cyrus.I think this is perfect for her. She collects her check. She gets dolled up, does a few commercials, and in a few years (after a few acting lessons) she can conquer television.
This is the perfect amount of Paris. We get to see her smiling. See her doing good and she gets to make her way among Gigi Hadid, Joan Smalls, and Cara Delevigne.
All of her shoes are named after a poisonous flower. It suggests a dangerous femininity underlying all her designs. The shoes are made in Italy. Where else can luxury shoes be made? The shoes speak for themselves and included are some of my favorite hues of nightshade. You can find her designs in Vogue and on celebrities, including shoe obsessed Madonna.
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.
Recently I’ve become obsessed with The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. One of the many franchises spinning from the Real Housewives of Orange County. One of my favorite club singers, Erika Jayne has joined the cast. You can read my article on her here.
Matriarch, Lisa Vanderpump, with her posh accent and her uncut mouth is the best. She lives by the color pink and she loves dogs, but isn’t that crazy about bitches. She has ponies at her house and swans in the water feature. She says it like she means it and she might be aggressive, but who isn’t in Beverly Hills?
And, I really like Eileen Davidson. She’s on Days of Our Lives. Her marital life seems shaky and her plotline is contrived, but I just like her. She just seems so nice and after she stood up for Erika, there’s no one I like better.
Lisa Rinna. She has lips reminiscent of the ones Goldie Hawn's character got in The First Wives Club. She has her own clothing line on QVC. She starts shit. Gets her ass waxed on TV and doesn’t seem to care for Erika that much. She’s a skinny loud mouth archetype perfect for reality TV.
For me The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills has everything you need. It’s all petty, guilty drama. There’s no physical altercations and they all drive Mercedes Benz. What more do you need on a Tuesday night?
This list is a review of all of the albums I've bought this year. They are all rated on a scale of 1 to 5 bubbles. My favorite song is listed along with the album. This is determined solely based on how many times I've listened to it individually.
Music comes in so many different forms and textures that it's hard to say definitively what album is “better” then another. I never did buy Adam Lambert's The Original High, but from what I've listened to it's a stellar return to form. The same goes for Selena Gomez's Revival. When I heard Justin Bieber's new album Purpose I found it to be acceptable plodding mid tempo fair. However that said, I know quite a few people who really enjoy his new musical direction. Ellie Goulding's Delirium is not in my taste, but if you're a fan of her earlier work her new seventeen track epoch should satisfy
The most important news in music this year is the continuing lawsuit between Kesha and Dr. Luke. She is asking to be released from her contract after revelations of physical and mental abuse on the part of her record producer Dr. Luke. Sony Music has refused to let her out of her contract and is siding with Dr. Luke. A growing protest has started, creating the trending hashtags #FreedomForKesha and #SonyMusicSupportsRape.
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Broke With Expensive Taste: Azealia Banks
2 ½ Bubbles
The album originally dropped too little digital fanfare in 2014 finally saw it's physical release in 2015. Azealia Banks is the beleaguered rap artist more known for her trans-phobic discourse and public melt downs. Her first album, although full of solid moments tends to drag and concepts run into one another. And, nothing on the album quite replicates the viral sensation of “212”. The best cuts off the album tend to be the singles.
Most Played Song: Tie between “Heavy Metal and Reflective” and “BBD”
Buy Broke With Expensive Taste
The Eephus: Wondaland
3 ½ Bubbles
A joint EP released by Janelle Monae's recording mates on Wondaland none of the songs on the EP live up to the fun of singles “Classic Man” and “Yoga”. The bonus remix of “Classic Man” featuring Kendrick Lamar does little to liven up the final two songs off the EP, which are both slow burns.
Most Played Song: “Yoga” featuring Jidenna.
Buy The Eephus
Emotion: Carly Rae Jepsen
The much lauded album by Canadian singer Carly Rae Jepsen it features “Really Like You” a song that intended to return her to the top of the charts with a cameo studded music video. The album is a glossy, easy breezy, down your throat listen, even at 17 tracks long. An accomplishment that goes much further then any of the album's singles did.
Most Played Song: “Your Type”
The Fool: Ryn Weaver
2 ½ Bubbles
This album hinges on an experimental electronic influence that is well captured on buoyant songs “Pierre” and “Octahate”. Ryn Weaver never quite matches the magic that made her contemporary, Halsey's debut so fascinating. It's a listenable if unremarkable debut. The Fool also features one of the most pretentious songs of 2015 finalized with the spoken word outro on “Traveling Song” that consists of talking about “turtle soup”
Most Played Song: “Octahate”
Buy The Fool
How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful: Florence and The Machine
The first release from the indie rock band in four years it finds Florence Welch deepening her outlook on themes explored on their other two studio albums. The album is bolstered by her voice and big strings. Some songs falter in their length and remarkability, but the album is focused none the less and features some of the most anthmetic and personal work of her career.
Most Played Song: “What Kind Of Man”
Peace is the Mission: Major Lazer
3 ½ Bubbles
Another Diplo helmed DJ set, his production as Major Lazer is decidedly reggae themed. Featuring global smash “Lean On” the album powers through some of the most fun dance music produced this year. The album features guest vocals from superstars Ellie Goulding and Ariana Grande.
Most Played Song: “All My Love (Remix)” featuring Ariana Grande and Machel Montano.
Buy Peace Is The Mission
Pitch Perfect 2: Soundtrack
The album fares just as well as the movie did. The more you liked the movie, the more you'll appreciate the accompanying soundtrack. As so often is the case the sequel proves to be not as good as the original. Besides the movies chronicled performance it also features new music from Ester Dean and Jessie J.
Most Played Song: “Crazy Youngsters” by Ester Dean
Buy Pitch Perfect 2
Reflection: Fifth Harmony
An initial glance at this album would show it to be one of the glossiest releases of the year. The first five opening songs are exemplary of what processed pop is supposed to sound like. It's the final six tracks that sink into the nineties influenced R&B that Ariana Grande does so well, except on Fifth Harmony they play like throwaway B-Sides. The album although promising doesn't show the full potential of the group.
Most Played Song: “Top Down”
Sremm Life: Rae Sremmurd
Rap's latest and greatest duo, Rae Sremmurd dazzle with the ridiculous jangling of “No Flex Zone” and “Unlock The Swag”. The album benefits from guest appearances by Nicki Minaj and Big Sean. A thoroughly fun ride and the antithesis of what Kendrick Lamar is trying to do with the genre.
Most Played Song: “No Flex Zone”
Buy Sremm Life
Favorite Album of The Year: Breathe In. Breathe Out by Hilary Duff
Favorite Song of the Year: "Breathe In. Breathe Out" by Hilary Duff
As wonderful as the LGBT community is our representation on radio is minimal at best. See Sam Smith and his lack of personal pronouns in all of his hits so he doesn't “alienate people”. Because, as we all know LGBT is offensive and gross and disgusting and the brave heterosexuals and cisgenders shouldn't have to put up with us. Least of all on the radio or their TV screens.
I'm going to be trying to include people that you might not be aware of. Some people you would have to do some research to find. Therefore as much as I love my gay boys, Elton John and Ricky Martin, they won't be on here. Similarly, everyone's favorite bisexuals Fergie, Madonna, and David Bowie did not make the cut.
All of his music is experimental electro pop. The trend among hopeful pop stars who want to carve out their own niche in the industry without alienating the top 40. His single “Wild” notably marked him using male pronouns to address his lover.
I hope you've found some cool LGBT singers to add to your playlist. If there's anyone you think I should add be sure to comment below.
Picture it. It's about August 31st and I'm going through my twitter feed and I see that Havana Brown is talking about her song “Battle Cry”. I'm fan girling of course. This song is fucking amazing. I am living. I am living for the video.
Buy "Battle Cry"
This blogger Nick Tredrea reviewed her song and it was a short little piece, but all of his reporting was on point. So, I was like why not read more of his blog. I ended up reading every single thing over the course of two days. It was a holy experience if I'm being brutally honest.
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I would like to imagine that this is what my blog would be like if I was Australian, but it would not be nearly as entertaining.
He also has a YouTube channel. Right now there's only a few videos. I don't know what the posting schedule is. I think it's funny. I really enjoyed it. It's certainly better then mine.
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If you want to start reading Japanese literature there's no better place to start then Murakami. He deals often times with this mystical realism and his prose is amazing. One word by Murakami is better then anything I could ever come up with.
This summer I finally picked up another few books after Madonna: An Intimate Biography, China Rich Girlfriend, and Kim Kardashian's Selfish. I love Murakami and I said I need to read more. I read Norwegian Wood and I'm honestly so conflicted.
The book of his that I am obsessing over is his latest release. It sold over a million copies in it's first week on sale in Japan. It's a fast paced read and I think a good introduction to Murakami. It's not as much of a commitment as 1Q84 or some of his other work.
The Colorless Tskuru Tazaki is about this man who thinks of himself as colorless, while everyone who was important in his life had a “color”. That's all I'm really going to say about it. If you want to know more google at your own risk. It's a quick fast paced read. Trust me. I'm obsessed with it. I can't stop thinking about it.
“High Off My Love” is the third single from Paris's yet untitled second studio album that was due for release back in December of 2013 when “Good Time” was thrown into the world. I loved that song in 2013 and most certainly would have blogged about it then. I loved “Come Alive” and I love “High Off My Love” now.
I'm honestly not sure what is holding Paris Hilton from dropping this album. We've been waiting, since 2013. Her last album was not some commercial juggernaut. There aren't any expectations. We can say she's waiting for one of these songs to break through like “Stars Are Blind” did, but Paris was popular back then for being scandalous. Unless she plans on snorting cocaine off of Lindsay Lohan's body and calling it gum she is not going to have a hit. She's polarizing and radio does not play with that.
I don't know what Birdman is doing on the song. His inclusion seems unnecessary. It's certainly not the kind of star power she needs to get a hit.
If Paris wanted to go for a spotlight song she should enlist someone like Lana Del Rey. That would have people talk. Lana Del Rey would never do it, but it would be a fascinating collaboration. Someone intersting and prevalent that's what Paris needs.
Now, in this video there are sexy shirtless men in masks. Something about masquerade balls is a turn on. There are Paris Hilton clones. There's seduction. There is some good “Justify My Love” vibes that any Madonna fan will appreciate. Especially with the recent popularity of 50 Shades of Grey. Bondage is in.
What's the point of dating if they don't go with your outfit?