“Diamond Hard” is the third single released from Estonian singer Kerli's upcoming second studio album. Her first since 2008's Love Is Dead. The eight year drought was punctuated by appearances on the Almost Alice soundtrack and a euphoric EP Utopia that was meant to be her second studio album.
Kerli returns to the music world after discovering herself in the isolation of the woods in Estonian. Her first single releases from her upcoming album were measured ballads. Breathtaking and beautiful. Both “Feral Hearts” and “Blossom” displayed the sensitivity she can deliver.
It's with “Diamond Hard” that we find her at her most visceral. It's the most other worldly of the tracks she's displayed so far. The song's is meant to be an uplifting piece of pop and lyrically it delivers. The music video finds her reveling in pagan themes. We have spikes on her back, a diamond encrusted Kerli, and a woman in red placed on a pedestal as mysterious black figures hound her.
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And, maybe that's why our politicians really don't care. The people hurt so often in mass shootings are already marginalized by society. The gunman is just upholding our preexisting sexist, islamaphobic, racist, homophobic, and transphobic view points.
In the United States we directly link guns to masculinity and our masculinity to violence. We have more guns per capita then any other country in the world. In the United States we have more guns then citizens. And our guns have more rights then our marginalized groups.
13 days after the massacre at Orlando, republican Andy Holt made the decision to give away an AR-15 at a fundraiser. The weapon involved in the United States most deadly mass shooting. According to columnist Helen Ubiñas it took her 7 minutes to purchase this same semi-automatic rifle. God bless the United States.
Things are ramping up. We know from last season that there was at least a second killer. This is what happens when you wear a mask. Anyone can put it on and rip someone aorta out and blame your crime spree on it. It's unfair. Last season's killer, Piper Shaw got shot in the head from the help of everyone's favorite lesbian Audrey Jensen, who also happened to be seen burning incriminating letters.
Brooke and Jake are finally together. It's time. Brooke is everyone's favorite popular dumb blonde slut. I thought for sure they were going to slice her in that refrigerator last season, but here we are. Jake is just stupid, but he's sweet. Kind of. Brooke is played by Carlson Young. A goddess of beauty and grace and if she ends up being the killer this season I expect her to get away with it.
Emma is the show's central and most boring figure. This season she'll be returning from therapy, but of course she won't be recovered. Like get over it Emma. Sure you saw your boyfriend sliced in half by farm machinery. Sure you watched the Sherrif's intestines fall out. Get over it. It's not that traumatic.
J. Lo is closing out the rating juggernaut and bringing a new TV show to success. Her crime drama Shades of Blue has been renewed for a second season on NBC. You can read more about that here.
The show has been producing steady ratings and a place on television is a good place for Jennifer Lopez. She's got the kids to take care of after all.
These are the rumors that are flying out there. One. Jennifer Lopez is recording a new Spanish album. We haven't had a full length Spanish record from J. Lo since Como Ama Una Mujer. One of her best and most soft albums in my humble homosexual opinion. I'm down for a repeat.
“Good Time” is a rave by the numbers pop jewel with Paris cooing over a seductive electronic beat. Paris is clearly hoping to recreate the success of “Stars Are Blind”. Sometimes she forgets how polarizing she is.
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She followed it up with the breathy “Come Alive”, a beautiful, if not hit worthy song that she released in 2014. This song was the subject of the first post on this blog. You can read about it here.
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This is what she needs to do. Run a print campaign, go on TV. Be a tabloid star again. Get people talking about her and all the while be dragging her new music out along with it. Paris has matured though and I don't think that appeals to her.
There are some exciting things happening. Hilary Duff. The true queen of Disney Channel is in the recording studio. For Younger. All we can assume is she's vamping up the show's nonexistent theme song. As of now all we have is this dub step preview of a vamped up cover of Fleetwood Mac's "Little Lies", which is not nearly as bad as it sounds.
The truth is no one actually caress whats happening to Liza. Sure, she's the center of the plot line and the lead, but she's dull. She is the forty year old suburban mom just trying to make her way in New York City.
Kelsey is a wonderful girl. It hurts my soul how confined she is in this relationship, but that is why we have mama Liza to coach her on her wrong ways. In the mean time. Thad. Kelsey's boyfriend is kind of hot.
And, if Trout ever finds out about Liza's real age. It will be over. Her career in publishing will be done. Trout has occasionally shown her kind heart, but it doesn't stretch to this kind of estrogen takeover and deception.
The two episode premiere is sure to be the highlight of January. If you missed season one be sure to check out the first Media Monday done on Younger titled Young Enough (read here) and the Snapshot Saturday dedicated to the always fashionable actor and model, Nico Tortorella (read here).
He wasn't wrong, but he was stanning hard. Who are universally famous Australian recording artists? Olivia Newton-John, Kylie Minogue, and ACDC. Sia if you want to go current. Their platinum certification is 70,000 copies compared to the United States a million copies. The thresholds are wildly different. Havana Brown's “We Run The Night” sold over a million copies in this country. She might be one of the highest selling Australian recording artists, but that doesn't mean well renowned.
This was the song I stood for. “Bullet Blowz” was good. It was a club banger. Too much of a club banger for radio. That's a damn shame, because that song is amazing. Havana slayed it. Our bald headed boy DJ Kronic served up some sick beats. You couldn't figure out the name of the song to save your life. It was tragically not destined for success.
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The music video? To die for. Literally. There are sexy shirtless men surrounded in a stilted western themed extravaganza where Havana Brown gets her revenge. The concept is already more original then the shoot she and Pitbull did for “We Run The Night”.
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She croons. She slays. Havana Brown's “Battle Cry” deserves to top your end of summer playlist.
With any luck we should have a second studio album release by the end of this year. I will keep you updated. With even more luck it might even be released in the United States. Wouldn't that be nice. Shipping from Australia takes too much time.
I found out about his first novel, because an excerpt of it was put in Vogue. I can tell your judging me and that's fine. That's where I find out about all my literature. It's the reason I'm checking out Anna Erelle's In The Skin of a Jihadist. Which, should be absolutely fascinating.
Crazy Rich Asians plays with stereotypes. I feel like Kevin Kwan is playing with and criticizing the way Americans perceive and lump together Asian cultures. However, I have not taken the time to analyze it in this way. I really need one of my literature professors to read it and tell me what they think.
China Rich Girlfriend should be leaving us off where Crazy Rich Asians left us. With a solid ending and reasonable certainty that Nick and Rachel would be married.
It's received warm reviews much like the first one. It's funny. Original. Modern. It came out on the same day that a string of albums made there way into the world. Breathe In. Breathe Out, The Fool, Deja Vu. This novel starts before the ceremony.
It's guaranteed to be a heated mess. Where at first it seems only a little messy and then heat is applied to it so what was once a little mess is now even mesier.
Much like Ester Dean her focus has been behind the music's production. She is a hit maker and what's more sexy as fuck. Besides a stray studio album she released in 2004, Bonnie McKee's solo career has been uneventful. She's planning on changing that.
I have sporadically been watching Bonnie McKee's career since she released “American Girl” back in 2013 from her still upcoming studio album. I heard this song on the radio of all places. I heard multiple times all in the same day and it was clear. I was either going to love it or I was going to hate it. I really thought this song was going to blow up. It didn't.
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The only thing that worries me is that Bonnie McKee is no longer with her major record label. Something about not having artistic control or whatever it was. She is no longer with them. Now, I like “Bombastic”, but this needs a good record label push. The song and the video are not on the viral level of “Gangnam Style”.
This is also hopefully just a teaser for her album, which should be released at some point later this year. And, “American Girl” along with “Sleepwalker” will find their way on to the track list. The EP is called Bombastic and it's guaranteed to be just that. It's out on June 30th. It will be the four hottest songs of the summer all in one place. You can preorder it now on iTunes.
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For people not invested in the process of Madonna's new studio album. It is a lot of information to keep up with. Collaborators, tracklists, instagram pictures. That is why I will try to summarize the event that is sure to hit us in year 2015.
For over a year now Madonna has been teasing us with the release of her 13th studio album. It's been a cruel process to the fans. At the start of this year, I thought there was a strong possibility that we could have a new album that summer, maybe later that year. Well, it is no longer later this year. It will be 2015. No release date within 2015, but I think the album is close to done.
From the collaborators swirling around in the studio, this album should be EDM inspired. We have Avicii, Diplo, Disclosure, Natalia Kills, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Nicki Minaj, Alicia Keys all as possibilities.
Avicii is for all intensive purposes confirmed as a collaborator. I do not approve. Although, it doesn't surprise me that Madonna likes him. His music is derivative of her American Life album. His lack of originality and his critical acclaim bother me as Madonna's similar work was derided by the critics. However. I have chosen to accept him as the Queen has graced him with her presence.
Diplo is confirmed. Diplo is just a producer. You probably know some of his work. He's the man behind “Paper Planes”, “Look At Me Now” and “Too Close”. He has guaranteed us that there are three certified smashes from the album with his name attached to it. Now when I listed those three songs earlier and said this is what you should know him for. That is literally all you will know him for. He's worked with other big names, but those are the hits he's attached to. Three.
Now Disclosure is interesting. They're a relatively new production team. I don't particularly care for the Sam Smith fronted “Latch”, still with the right backing vocals (*cough* *cough* Madonna) I'm interested. They said recently to Billboard that they are not working with Madonna, but they would “consider it”. Everyone would consider it. Are you being shady, Disclosure. Are there plans to work with Madonna that you are respectfully choosing not to inform us of. That is my question. I think they are definitely possibilities. I expect to see collaborations from them on her new album.
This brings us to a very interesting point. Natalia Kills, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Nicki Minaj, and Alicia Keys have been linked to this album. The question is are they appearing on the album as songwriters or featured artists?
Natalia Kills I am very up in the air about. She is a wise move for Madonna to team up with. Natalia has that underground pop vibe that could lure the hipsters into looking into a Madonna record. I think a duet or just some backing vocals from Natalia Kills would be great for the album.
The same goes for Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Nicki Minaj, and Alicia Keys. I like what they bring to the table. Katy Perry has been rumored to have been collaborating with her since their S&M themed V cover shoot last Labor Day. Miley Cyrus's twerking “We Can't Stop/Don't Tell Me” mash up with Madonna this year shows it as a possibility. And, I think it would be a great move. Both Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus draw from different sectors of the pop market. It is too bad that the Queen couldn't have gotten Katy during her Teenage Dream phase. Everything Katy was touching turned multi-platinum, but she will still be useful to her.
Nicki and Alicia are collaborators. No question. Who knows what song Alicia Keys will be featured on. This is a rather new announcement made through Madonna. Personally. I'm shocked Nicki is back in the studio with Madonna. I love it. It will be great. Madonna almost never collaborates twice with someone. William Orbit and the producers of her earlier records being the major exceptions.
What's great about all these women is that they all draw from different sectors of the pop market. This new album will be big. It will catapult Madonna to the upper echelons.
Word has it that Nicki Minaj is doing a rap verse for a song, tentatively titled “Bitch, I'm Madonna”. I hope this song exists. However, in the way of star power. A “Bang, Bang” style trio would be fantastic. Imagine.
Titled, either “Messiah”, “Living For Love”, “Rebel Heart”, “Sorry Not Sorry” or “Unapologetic Bitch”. I repeat. “Unapologetic Bitch”
Featuring: Nicki Minaj and Miley Cyrus.
Yes. Do you feel it. Can you imagine. Shaking at the thought of it. Also in case you weren't aware all of those song titles I threw out there are popular tags Madonna has been adding to her twitter and instagram. Conversely all of those tags could be the title for her new album.
It saddens me that the album won't be out this year, but I think it's a good thing for its sales. Madonna is a legend. Legend status doesn't get you on the radio. If anything it's a barrier to get on the radio. Madonna does not need to be fighting the Rihanna's for radio play this holiday season. When the music industry has slowed back down, she should strike. For all intensive purposes, though I think the album is done.
A “source” stated that if the album was done there would be sales sheets and other proof it was coming out this year. They said she would have a cohesive plans for music videos and the “look”. Now if anyone does follow her on instagram. Madonna has the look down. She's settled on what this album is. It's just not going to drop. Anyone who suggests that Madonna will drop an album like Beyonce did last year is blindly mistaken. This is Madonna bitch. She is not going to copy someone that shamelessly.
The earliest I feel we can hope for any music from this new untitled set is December. An album release in February at the earliest. The first public performance of a lead single at Dick Clark's New Year's Rocking Eve. I would push that forward to the Grammy's in February. Leaving the album to a release date in March or April of 2015.
Once, she has a large public performance of her single she can drop the album and go on tour. Drop it like MDNA and link ticket sales to the album. She doesn't need to prove herself anymore and she certainly doesn't need a song on the radio.
At this point it's more a point of pride. If however she's going to get on the radio. We need better promotion then what we got for MDNA. And, a better lead single. I love “Give Me All Your Luvin'”, but “Girl Gone Wild” was a better choice. Especially if all America was going to hear of the new album at the Superbowl was that song.
In the words of Madonna, "Music makes the people come together."