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Zane Lowe is my favorite interviewer. He allows artists to fully answer questions and he makes the whole interview feel more like a friendly conversation about the art of music and its impact on the artists themselves and the fans. If you don’t understand Billie Eilish, this interview might help:

 

News broke that Camila Cabello is going to star in the latest version of Cinderella! This will mark her acting debut, and the singer will have a big hand in the making of the soundtrack as well. The idea for this new adaptation came from late night host, James Corden.

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Troye Sivan’s written homage to Ariana Grande as one of Time’s 100 most influential people is ADORABLE. Sivan is a true friend of the pop singer and this short beautiful dedication shows the world why Ariana is so impactful in music and our society.

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Ahead of Earth Day on Monday, Lil Dicky released a fun and inspirational video as an ode to our Earth, featuring artists like Ariana Grande, Halsey, John Legend, Sia, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Ed Sheeran, and so many more! Each artist plays a different animal in what feels like a short animated film. I don’t know what possessed Lil Dicky to make this but it’s pretty funny and cool. Check it out below:

 

In the wake of Beyonce’s film Homecoming on Netflix, the iconic singer released merch to go along with her visuals from her 2018 historic Coachella performance. Some new pieces include cropped hoodies, t-shirts, long sleeves, and more…AND new broke that Lemonade is hitting all streaming platforms Tuesday, April 23. FINALLY!!!!!!

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Lizzo’s new album, Cuz I Love You. THAT’S IT.

 


 

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Fifty Shades of YES!

No, I haven’t read the books. No, I probably won’t. So don’t ask me. But…. THE FIFTY SHADES OF GREY SOUNDTRACK IS COMING OUT.

You guys, this is going to be the most EPIC soundtrack. It’s going to be released on Feb. 10th and the hype is unreal. I love soundtracks so much, especially when they are so beautifully done, like I assume this one is. The track listing has finally been released on iTunes and I have been obsessing over it ever since.

If you’re up to date, you’ve probably already heard the exquisite song “Earned It” by The Weeknd. This song could not be more divine if it had to be. A beautiful orchestra accompanies the subtle sensual vocals of singer Abel Tesfaye as he croons, “cause girl you’re perfect/ you’re always worth it/ and you deserve it/ the way you work it.” Tesfaye recently stated in a behind the scenes video for “Earned It” that his music and Fifty Shades of Grey are a “match made in heaven.” He also said, “If you listen to my album, even the past work I’ve done, it’s very Fifty Shades of Grey” which could be why he not only has one song on the soundtrack but two; the second is titled “Where You Belong”. Not to mention, Tesfaye’s falsetto literally could make any grown woman melt into a warm puddle. The music video for “Earned It” was just released and if you’re mentally prepared you can watch it below:

Another artist who was granted more than one song on the album…BEYONCE. Duh.

She lends her vocal prowess to her own songs, including a new remix of “Haunted” from her self titled album Beyoncé. “Haunted” happens to be one of my favorites off the Beyoncé, because of its diverse electronic sound mixed with heavy bass and monotonic vocals dealing with the pressures of life and later shifting into a fast paced fantasy. As usual, “Haunted” also has a strong amount of sex appeal; “You want me?/ I walk down the hallway/ You’re lucky/ The bedroom’s my runway/ Slap me/ I’m pinned to the doorway…” you get the point. This song werkkkkks.

Beyoncé also brings one of her classics back to life. That’s right, they are calling it “Crazy In Love” (the 2014 remix). If you’ve seen the trailer for Fifty Shades, you’ve probably already drooled over how flawless this song sounds (pun intended). Beyoncé slows down the song and brings a more romantic feel with muffled vocals and what sounds to be like a full orchestra accentuating every half whispered note escaping her lips. Here’s the trailer featuring the song, if you haven’t already seen it:

Sia makes an appearance on this album singing a song called “Salted Wound” which I can only predict is probably emotional perfection to the ears and I absolutely can’t wait to hear it.

Ellie Goulding comes back with her fairy-like vocals spreading the message of “Love Me Like You Do” in a powerful pop ballad with truly stunning lyrics. The video (released today) has footage from the movie and also shows Goulding with her usual gorgeous blonde waves caressing the camera with every angle. Check it out:

This album not only dabbles into a recent musical trough of artists, but revisits the past with classics like, “Beast of Burden” by The Rolling Stones, “I Put A Spell On You” covered by Annie Lennox, and “Witchcraft” by the incomparable Frank Sinatra. These songs will give the album a more wholesome feel, proving love songs can de diverse whilst still making a cinematic impact in the year of 2015. Being a Sinatra fan my whole life, I can only imagine where “Witchcraft” will fit into this movie (insert excited heart eyes emoji here). And “Beast of Burden” is probably one of the sexiest songs of the late 70’s. With lyrics like, “I’ll never be your beast of burden/ So let’s go home and draw the curtains/ Music on the radio/ Come on baby make sweet love to me.” I think it’ll fit in just fine…

Other songs feature the sweet Jessie Ware, powerful AWOLNATION, talented Skylar Grey, newcomers Vaults, soulful Laura Welsch, and composer Danny Elfman.

February 10th, sit back and listen to this album.

-Abbey

Beyonce’s “Heaven” is just that

It’s 12:48 am and I can’t sleep. I listen to “Heaven” by Beyonce and relive some of the most pivotal moments in my life: the death of loved ones, the life of new ones, the tears I’ve cried, the laughs I’ve laughed, the smiles I’ve smiled, the love I’ve given, the love I’ve received. Life is nothing without love.

“Heaven couldn’t wait for you, so go on, go home” may be the most heartbreaking lyrics we have ever heard Beyonce sing.

“Heaven” floods our ears with a haunting piano melody and heartbreakingly beautiful lyrics that flow as effortlessly as a prayer. Beyonce proves that the power of love is just that…power.

“I fought for you the hardest, it made me the strongest” the song is obviously referring to the miscarriage Beyonce suffered a few years back. The steady piano and quiet enchanting background vocals make the song a symbol of raw emotion.

“Heaven” ends with a Spanish translation of the “Our Father” that further proves the impact of a simple song about the pure feeling of a love that was  lost.

It is now 1:19 am and I’m crying, but now I think I can go to sleep.

Well hello there!

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My name is Abbey and this is my first blog. I am currently a college student studying communications while specializing in music journalism! I hope to someday write for bands, magazines, blogs, or really anything as long as I get to live the musical life I have always dreamed of. Travelling and spreading the joy and emotion of music is something I aspire to do every day. I could not be more excited to start this new online journey and I look forward to gaining some followers in the process.

My mission for Blondie & the Beat is to give people a place to read about new music, old music, and just music in general. I will encompass the life of a college student who happens to have a passion for writing, reading, and spreading the love of music to everyone. I will post anything from music videos I love to why I think Beyoncé is a genius beyond words (yes, I’m still reeling from the “surprise” album.)

I hope everyone from every walk of life can look at my blog and find something they love about music.

So hop on the tour bus and lets do this thang!!!