Halsey’s New Chapter…And It’s Not Dark

“I never said it’s a pop album, I just said it’s not an angry one, and thank god I sat down to write and realized I wasn’t angry anymore. It feels good to have that weight off my chest,” Halsey tweeted after news came out that her next album will not be as dark as her previous single and girl power anthem, “Nightmare”.

Halsey – AKA – Ashley released a new single titled “Graveyard” last week. Although the name sounds quite ominous and blends in with her melodic cryptic poetic pop, “Graveyard” is deep and it’s real. The New Jersey native shed some light on the new song with Zane Lowe, saying, “In some ways it’s a metaphor. It’s about like loving someone to death, kind of. And then in other ways it’s actually pretty literal. There’s a lot of moments in the song that are pretty literal, which was kind of scary to write about. But you know me, I find the scary thing and I do it.”

The song feels more at ease than “Nightmare“. Halsey gives us a deeper look at love and how it affects her, how it becomes her, and how she lives through it. She sings with ease, “they say I may be making a mistake, I woulda followed all the way, no matter how far. I know when you go down all your darkest roads, I woulda followed all the way to the graveyard.” The chorus is light and follows a steady drum beat as Halsey tells her own honest story. If the rest of the album is this colorful and cohesive, then sign me up.

In case you didn’t know, Halsey is also a talented artist (shocking…she can do it all). She took on the challenge of painting her own album artwork and filmed herself live while she did it. Check out the finished product here:

 


 

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Inside Astroworld: Travis Scott’s Netflix Film

The documentary opens with the Houston, Texas native talking to a night vision camera, explaining the concept behind Astroworld; an album that shook the rap world to its core, making Scott the biggest rapper of 2018.

Look Mom I Can Fly shows the real Travis Scott. Behind the loud bass, smoke clouds, and paparazzi flashes, Scott is a family man to his core. Keeping a tight-knit circle, he often runs backstage to hug and give thanks to family and friends. Girlfriend and businesswoman, Kylie Jenner makes a couple appearances as they welcome their daughter, Stormi, into the world. Scott is seen kissing and playing with his daughter with a big wide smile plastered on his face. “Ain’t going to lie, It’s the livest thing of all time” is how Scott described what it was like to listen to his unborn baby’s heartbeat.

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Fans are quickly swept onto the Astroworld journey to fruition, seeing behind the scenes snippets of how the legendary album was made. James Blake, Kevin Parker (Tame Impala), and Earth, Wind, and Fire all make a quick appearance as contributors on the album. But what the fans really learn about is what Astroworld means to Scott. The album is inspired by the AstroWorld theme park that was located in Houston, Texas. The Six Flags-owned park later closed down in 2005. On the theme behind this album, Scott says, “They tore down AstroWorld to build more apartment space. That’s what it’s going to sound like, like taking an amusement park away from kids. We want it back. We want the building back. That’s why I’m doing it. It took the fun out of the city.” That angst and rioting anger can be heard all over the Astroworld album.

The rapper created his own Astroworld festival in Houston, Texas last November. This sold out festival looked like something out of a video game. Fans practically bent down barricades to run inside and go crazy in the world of Travis Scott. Not only did this festival promote Scott and his new music, but brought fans from all over the world to his hometown of Houston to relish in the magical Astroworld.

It’s safe to say it’s been a long time since a rapper has had such a massive effect on people of all genders, races, and ages. Crowds are flooded with mosh pits, riots, nose bleeds, and sometimes even broken bones. Scott’s music allows fans to open up and go crazy no matter where they are in a stadium full of people. After a tough loss at the Grammy’s, Travis is reminded that he’ll keep doing it for the fans and never stop making music. If you’re a fan of Travis Scott, be sure to sit down and watch this documentary to further understand who he is as an artist – not just a rapper.

 


 

 

 

The 1975’s New Single, “People”

Leading their new era, The 1975’s upcoming album, Notes On A Conditional Form is set to release any day now. “People” is a loud and brisk introduction to a new album filled with themes of mental health, home, and domesticity, according to bandleader Matt Healy himself.

“People” might be one of their most emo songs to date, taking a page out of the 90’s punk era. Healy screeches his voice to let out an important message; “People like people, they want alive people, the young surprise people, stop f*****g with the people”. Through screeching guitars and an overblown microphone, Healy urges people to act on issues to promote real change in the world.

This isn’t the first time we’ve heard strong statements from the Manchester-based rock band (listen to “I Like America and America Likes Me” or “Love It If We Made It”) The band has somehow kept rock alive over the past several years by being themselves and staying current in pop culture – something most bands can’t accomplish in a smart way.

Listen below to dive into the passionate and activist minds of The 1975:


Who You Need: Doja Cat

 

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WHO: Doja Cat

WHERE: Los Angeles, CA

GENRE: R&B/Rap

TOP SONGS: “Go To Town”, “Juicy”, and “MOOO!”

Doja Cat’s 2014 release, titled Purrr! was a subtle introduction to who Doja is…but not at her full potential. The five tracks are softer with a more dreamy R&B flare. But on her latest debut album Amala (her birthname), we hear the real Doja. Flooded with a suave blend of R&B and hip-hop backbeats, this album is nothing but straight fire. Not only are her rhythm’s catchy, but her lyrics are next level genius and even comedic at times. Songs like “Wine Pon You”, “Wild Beach”, and “Morning Light” are softer with more of a Kehlani feel to them. While “Candy” “Down Low” “Juicy” and “Tia Tamera” are hip-hop infused with massive hip-hop beats and wild lyrics. Doja recently dropped the video for her single “Juicy” but this time Tyga lends a hand on a quick verse. Check out the fruity video below:

In a recent interview with ENFNTS Terribles, the 23-year-old shed light on her debut album and the concepts behind it. “The album isn’t so much of a conceptual piece. It’s more of a compilation and I think it shows more of my versatility as an artist. The thing about the album is that I’ve written so many songs on that album that are from years and years ago. And there are some songs on it that were totally new, so the album consists of three phases in my life.”

Doja’s unique rhythm is unmatched and so advanced for someone new-ish to the industry. With over 2,000,000 monthly listeners, this California native is bound to catapult into major success going forward with her music career. Not only does Amala prove her diversity but her unique artistry as well. Doja refuses to put female entertainers in a box – she does whatever she wants, whenever she wants to.

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