The singer turned to social media to tease the new single saying, “dis one is special to me, I’ll tell you why soon”. Not only does the song follow suit to some of Billie’s past hits but follows the same flow as well. In her classic hushed alto tone, the singer speaks, “I had a dream, I got everything i wanted, not what you’d think, and if I’m being honest, it might’ve been a nightmare, to anyone who might care.”
The song is an homage to the dark side of fame while simultaneously showing love to her brother and co-producer FINNEAS. Although it’s ominous and bleak, this is the Billie Eilish I love and cherish; lulled tones that feel very Lorde-esque and always poetic. Eilish takes her fans straight down the path to her heart – no questions asked.
Utah native, Madge, is slowly creeping her way into our headphones. An obscure pop singer and producer now living and creating music in LA. Newest single, “Alice” has finally put her on the map. Child-like vocals, cat sounds, and a punchy sing-a-long beat draws you into whatever magic is happening on this track. She’s so cool, it hurts.
Talk a little more about your background in music? Was it always an interest of yours?
“I grew up playing classical piano quite seriously. I always had a love/hate relationship with it. In fact, as a teen I swore it off altogether. It’s been fun to claim ownership of it again on my terms.”
What/who are some of your inspirations? Whether it be art, movies, musicians, etc.
What does your studio look like? Who is with you? Is self-producing important to you?
“It’s a corner of my living room with a big stained glass window along the right side. I work with my partner in the studio space, but produce almost everything myself for Madge. I love collaborating and have collaborated on Madge (with Chance Lewis for my single “Alice”), but self-producing is REALLY important to me. It’s at the heart of Madge.”
People seem to stumble over the words to describe your sound. What would you call it?
Tell me more about your latest single “Alice” and where the inspiration came from?
“Alice is about a poltergeist. It’s the intersection of humor and horror, pleasure and spooks. I felt haunted by her for several years and now she’s like a funny bat that hangs out on my shoulder at night.”
What are your musical plans for the rest of this year?
“I’ll be releasing an EP later this year and playing a bunch of shows this summer. I also have a self-directed / self-edited music video for “Alice” coming out soon!”
Over the weekend I had the pleasure of seeing Ariana Grande LIVE and it was everything I hoped it would be and more! Not to mention the best early birthday present ever! My friends and I walked into the stadium through a flock of 10-13 year olds wearing their blinking Ariana cat ears (which were $40…no thanks…hello DIY). We grabbed a pretzel, tried to wait in the merch line…then decided to skip it and head to our seats. We were in the stands but had a perfect view of the stage in its entirety. The show start to finish is a massive production. Gorgeous lights, clear sound, fantastic choreography, and incredible visuals were everywhere during The Honeymoon World Tour. It’s easy to see that everyone on this team work day in and day out to make the show perfection every single time its done.
An almost 20-song setlist provided fans with the best Ariana playlist you could imagine, even playing her Major Lazer song from The Hunger Games, “All My Love”, her older unreleased track “Pink Champagne”, and a perfected cover/mashup of “I’m Every Woman/Vogue”. She talked to the crowd a couple times reminding everyone of how cute they are and expressed how thankful she is that everyone came to see her perform. There’s no doubt Ariana Grande will go down in history as a pop diva.
Most of the time she was strutting across the stage in her white sparkly Louboutin’s as her thick flowing hair bopped around to her every move. She kept up with the choreography while belting out every note even better than you hear it coming out of your car speakers. It’s almost as if she downplays her singing on her CD’s and then blows the roof off every venue when she performs them live. Grande makes every song sound effortless in the most angelic way. I was almost waiting for her to grow wings and fly back to the magical place she must’ve come from, because a voice like hers is truly one in a million.
Slower more sentimental songs like, “Honeymoon Avenue”, “Tattooed Heart”, and “My Everything” showcased her voice even more, and brought serious tears to my eyes. A sweet homage to her late grandfather brought the rest of the fans to tears as his voice was heard through the stadium giving Ariana words of encouragement for the rest of her life. Grande’s show start to finish was personal in the coolest ways.
Outfit changes, chandeliers, large clouds, sparks, confetti bombs-it’s safe to say Grande literally had it all. She was the epitome of a pop princess on a world tour. The bigger the better.