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2020.06.27 01:49 woahkenners18 [F4A] Anywhere/Online- Is our love written in the stars?
Hello! I’m Kensley, and 18, I’m panromantic gray-asexual (I lean more towards feminine individuals), and looking for a potential partner!distance doesn’t matter to me at all! Near or far, my love knows no bounds! (I live in Georgia, USA) And with that, here’s some things about me: If I had to describe myself, I’d say that I'm soft (big “uwu” energy), romantic, and caring! I'm also clingy, a total dork, and a weirdo- or so people say! I’m 5’7 and mixed(biracial). I’m also a bit shy, but as I start to warm up, I’ll get more comfortable! I usually spend my days on tiktok, reading (my favorite series is Warrior Cats), drawing, and watching YouTube/Hulu/Netflix, also watching anime (if you have any recommendations, lemme know!), playing video games (I play on switch, 3DS, and PS4- but mainly the switch), listening to music (some of my favorite bands/artists include Justin Timberlake, Walk The Moon, Imagine Dragons, and AWOLNATION), and talking to my friends! I'm also into new age beliefs/occult (tarot, astrology, witchcraft, etc.) and LOVE animals, especially cats! That’s all I can really think of for now, if you’re interested, don’t hesitate to say hi! 💜 (The reason Im posting here is partly because- I’m gray-asexual, which means I rarely experience sexual attraction, and a lot of people won’t talk to me due to that ;-; so I’m hoping I get a chance here!)
2020.06.09 06:59 woahkenners18 [F4R] looking for someone to vibe with, romantically or otherwise!
Hello! I’m Kensley, and 18, I’m panromantic, and looking for a potential partner or friend! here’s some things about me: If I had to describe myself, I’d say that I'm soft (big uwu energy), romantic, and caring! I'm also clingy, a total dork, and a weirdo- or so people say! I’m 5’7, mixed, and “thicc”. I’m also a bit shy, but as I start to warm up, I’ll get more comfortable! I usually spend my days on online, reading (my favorite series is Warrior Cats), drawing, and watching YouTube/Hulu/Netflix, playing video games (I play on switch, 3DS, and PS4- but mainly the switch), listening to music (some of my favorite bands/artists include Justin Timberlake, Walk The Moon, Imagine Dragons, and AWOLNATION), and talking to my friends! I'm also into new age beliefs/occult (tarot, astrology, witchcraft, etc.) and LOVE animals, especially cats! I’m also trying to get back into anime- if you have any recommendations, please send some my way! That’s all I can really think of for now, if you’re interested, don’t hesitate to say hi! 💜 P.S. distance doesn’t matter to me at all! Near or far, my love knows no bounds!
2020.05.20 07:38 CoolCabinetMinisterGood to know about the business acumen of Bollywood stars. This helps us to better understand their persona which is under the glamour facade. Our leading ladies rock!
The Bollywood Stars Bringing Glamour And Investments To The Indian Startup Ecosystem. With investments in Bumble and Holberton School, Priyanka Chopra is a regular on the investor circuit Deepika Padukone invested in health food brand Epigamia, while Hrithik Roshan has backed Cultfit. The most recent instance was Aishwarya Rai Bachchan's investment in Ambee Here Are The Bollywood Stars Who Have Invested In Your Favourite Startup For the last few decades, Bollywood has been India’s global identity. However, in the last few years, the India startup ecosystem has also become a well-regarded export pulling in investments from around the world. Startup innovations, entrepreneurs and the booming investor ecosystem have drawn the attention of global economic powerhouses. And there is a new breed of investors emerging too, with the rise of Bollywood investments. Investors from the glamorous world of Bollywood are doing their bit for the startup ecosystems. However, beyond being brand ambassadors, Bollywood celebrities have also taken turns in betting on startups in various sectors. While some have taken turns to be investors, some others have started up their own businesses as well. The trend is not a surprise. Over the last few years, Hollywood celebrities including the likes of Ashton Kutcher, Snoop Dogg, Nas, Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake, among others, have shown off their penchant for tech by backing various startups. In India, the trend of startup investments began quite some time back. From Amitabh Bachchan to Rani Mukherjee, the next generation of celebrity-turned-investor has names such as Priyanka Chopra, Deepika Padukone and more. Here’s a brief of the recent celebrities who have donned their tech interest with investor cap: Deepika Padukone Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone began her investor journey with a multi-crore strategic partnership with Mumbai-based FMCG health-food brand Epigamia. The investment by Padukone comes as an extension of the recently closed Series C round of funding led by Verlinvest, Danone Manifesto Ventures, and DSG Consumer Partners. Epigamia was launched in 2015 by Rohan Mirchandani, Uday Thakker, Ganesh Krishnamoorthy, and Rahul Jain as a Greek yoghurt brand and expanded its portfolio to include artisanal curd, snack packs, Indian sweets, and smoothies. Rohan Mirchandani, cofounder, Epigamia said the actress’s massive appeal aligns with the health-conscious youth of India that the brand is hoping to reach. “Our shared set of core values and beliefs is what drew us together and this bonding principle, along with Deepika’s involvement in our products and brand, will be extremely valuable for us,” he said. Deepika Padukone has also donned her entrepreneurial hat with a fashion label, All About You and an NGO, Live Life Foundation. In September, Padukone through her family office has invested in Delhi-based Blu Smart. She participated in $3 Mn angel round of funding through her family office Ka Entreprises, along with JITO Angel Network, Kalpavriksh Trust, Survam Partners, cofounder of Micromax Rajesh Agarwal, and the MD of Bajaj Capital Sanjiv Bajaj among other investors. Blu Smart was initially launched in January 2019 as an electric cab-hailing platform. Later in June, the Delhi-based company has pivoted to offer subscription-based car rentals, ride-sharing on both electric cars and bikes, and shared the electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure across Delhi NCR region. Akshay Kumar Popularly known for his athletic and simple lifestyle, Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar stuck with his health and wellness interests. Kumar invested an undisclosed amount in Mumbai-based wearable tech startup, GOQii. Founded in 2014 by Vishal Gondal, GOQii is a smart wearable that helps people track their steps, sleep, and other physical activities, and then does more. Its smart health ecosystem integrates tools for real-time personalised coaching, an explosive high-growth health ecommerce store, scheduling health checkups, a health locker. Akshay Kumar joined the company’s board as an investor and strategic advisor. As part of this association, Akshay Kumar will host one of GOQii’s health education initiatives called the ‘India Health Quiz’ on GOQii Play. Kumar will be conducting live coaching sessions on GOQii Play. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan Ambee Raises Funding From Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Rajan Anandan Former Miss World and Bollywood actor Aishwarya Rai Bachchan recently turned angel investor in an investment with her mother, Vrinda KR. The duo invested INR 50 Lakh each in Bengaluru-based environmental intelligence startup Ambee. Founded in 2017 by Akshay Joshi, Jaideep Singh and Madhusudan Anand, Ambee provides data about hyperlocal air quality which is accessible to developers, consumers, health researchers and media companies. The platform uses proprietary data and analytics to help customers make informed decisions or take preventive measures in a situation of severe environmental distress. Arjun Kapoor Bollywood actor Arjun Kapoor announced his investment in home food delivery company Foodcloud.in to empower women. “My aim at investing in Foodcloud.in is to contribute towards a larger societal purpose of empowering the homemakers to contribute towards their family income,” Kapoor has said. Led by Vedant Kanoi and Sanjhi Rajgarhia, the food delivery platform runs on the premise of home cooks delivering hygienic and home-cooked food to customers from their kitchens. For Kanoi, having a “socially conscious youth icon” like Kapoor’s support is a dream come true. “He has enjoyed the homemade food by our talented home chefs in Delhi and we’re excited to have his support to grow our initiative to new cities,” he said. Priyanka Chopra Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra, who shifted base to Los Angeles after making inroads into Hollywood with Quantico and Baywatch, has been all over the headlines for after her high-profile engagement with American singer-actor Nick Jonas. Beyond making couple headlines, she also made a buzz with her investments in alternate college education startup Holberton School and dating app Bumble. San Francisco-based Holberton School was founded in 2015 by Julien Barbier, Rudy Rigot and Sylvain Kalache as a project-based alternative to college for the next generation of software engineers. Bumble was founded by Whitney Wolfe Herd in December 2011 as a “feminist dating app”. Chopra said that she is honoured to join the two companies that are striving to expand gender diversity in the tech space and make a social impact for the greater good of society. After her investment, Bumble launched its operations in India. Sukhbir Singh Popular singer Sukhbir Singh began his investments journey with LQI in August. Singh participated in the $200K funding round of Gurugram-based beverage startup, LQI. The funds will be deployed to increase the production capacity and the geographical expansion to newer markets. Founded in 2016 by Shubham Khanna, Palak Kapoor and Kapil Kumar, LQI uses their proprietary technology to manufacture Smoothie, Milkshake and Fruit Water frozen packs made with 100% raw fresh fruit with a increased shelf life of 2.5 months without use of any colors, flavors, purees or preservatives. Singh soon announced his second investment in electric vehicle startup eBikeGo. Amritsar-based electric bike rental company eBikeGo was founded in 2017 by Dr Irfan Khan. The company procures its electric bikes from the Indian EV manufacturer Okinawa Autotech. The startup is currently present in Delhi, Amritsar, Jaipur, Jalandhar, and Agra. The company generates revenue through tourist and customer bike rentals along with partnerships with logistic delivery providers. eBikeGo is aiming to capture 2% of the Indian electric two-wheeler market share in the near future, and plans to build a fleet of 200K bikes in 100 Indian cities. Ayushmann Khurrana Invests In The Man Company Bollywood actor Ayushmann Khurrana has invested an undisclosed amount in Gurugram-based male grooming startup The Man Company (TMC). The actor would also be the brand ambassador for the company. This is the first time the actor has made such an investment. TMC founder and managing director Hitesh Dhingra said that the funding is part of a strategic investment in the company, and the actor would not hold any board position. He added that the funds will be used for branding and ramping up presence across India. The Man Company was founded in 2015 by Bhisham Bhateja, Hitesh Dhingra, Rohit Chawla and Parvesh Bareja. The company is known to offer a head-to-toe range of men’s grooming products across various categories, including bath and body management, shaving and perfumes. Ayushmann Khurrana said, “The definition of a gentleman has thankfully evolved today and I believe men should be comfortable to embrace their vulnerability and their weaknesses. It doesn’t make them less of a man. I immediately connected with the philosophy of The Man Company and consider the company as a progressive and extremely inclusive brand whose products I love using. The company has impeccable business insights and I will be deeply invested in ensuring that the company grows from strength to strength in the years to come.’’ https://inc42.com/buzz/the-bollywood-stars-bringing-glamour-and-investments-to-the-indian-startup-ecosystem/
2020.05.18 17:04 SimonSays18IJW: The Social Network (2010)
Link to my original review: https://simonsaysfilm.blogspot.com/2020/05/the-social-network-2010-10-years-later.html There isn't much that I could say about this film that hasn't already been belabored by many a movie critic over the last decade. We know about Aaron Sorkin's zippy, razor-sharp dialogue that is wholly emblematic of the man as a writer, but also perfectly akin to the kind of sleek, voguish movie that The Social Network ultimately is. Even 10 years since its release, and in a time where social media is exorbitantly more prevalent than the filmmakers could have imagined, the film feels urgent. Modern, even. We also know about David Fincher's polished direction. The cold visual sheen that characterizes much of his filmography is present here, even though the story he is telling diverges from the crime-oriented thrillers he is known for making. Fincher's sober directing style is an unlikely pairing with Sorkin's vibrant, almost hyperactive penmanship. But it is, ultimately, a happy marriage. We know about the opulent performances. Jesse Eisenberg, whose subsequent acting career has felt to me like a series of unfortunate miscastings, seems to have been born to embody the twerpy, unsociable presence of Sorkin's Mark Zuckerberg. It's a career-best turn as the Facebook founder and subject of Sorkin's close, critical study. He's joined by the equally capable Andrew Garfield, who turned in a really solid and underrated performance as Zuckerberg's close friend and business partner, Eduardo Saverin. He's ultimately a tragic figure in this story, and Garfield elicits plenty of sympathy. Armie Hammer and Justin Timberlake round out the main cast and both do great supporting work. We know about the riveting monologues. We know about the agonizing betrayals. We know about the hypnotic score that palpitates beneath the on screen proceedings. We also know about purported inaccuracies in Sorkin's portrayal of the events before, during, and after the creation of Facebook. There isn't much we don't know about The Social Network. It's a film that seems tailor made to be talked about. To be analyzed. And there's plenty to be discussed. Perhaps what we didn't know about the film, and what we can examine right now in the year 2020, is how it would hold up from years of close scrutiny and an ever-changing societal landscape. Facebook was a big deal in 2010. It had amassed 500 million users as the film's punchy poster tells us, and was an influential behemoth of a social media platform. However, in an age where Mark Zuckerberg appeared before the United States Congress to testify about Facebook's collection and usage of users' personal data, and when now more than ever people are being confronted with the realities of widespread surveillance and data mining on the part of huge mega-corporations like Facebook and Google, there is a tinge of anachronism that permeates throughout the film upon watching it today. That's not to say that The Social Network is a bad film. Not by any stretch of the imagination. From a filmmaking perspective, this is a stellar and compelling piece of storytelling with some of the most outstanding screenwriting I've ever encountered. The performances are all top-notch. David Fincher's direction is excellent. There's nothing wrong with this movie from an objective viewpoint, and as a work of art, it can still be enjoyed as well today as when it was first released. With that said, I believe it will increasingly become something of a period piece, a snapshot of a bygone era when social media was not as pernicious and complicated. But it's important not to lose sight of how and why things happen. The past can be distorted. History can be misremembered, if we let it. For this reason, The Social Network will endure as an important historical document. And an exceptionally entertaining one at that.
2020.05.17 22:22 TheRoyalGodfrey[DISCUSSION] Snoop Dogg - BUSH (5 Years Later)
Bush (stylized in all caps) is the thirteenth studio album by American rapper Snoop Dogg. It was released on May 12, 2015, through Doggy Style Records and I Am Other, and distributed by Columbia Records. The album was produced by Pharrell Williams with additional production by Chad Hugo. It features guest appearances from Kendrick Lamar, Stevie Wonder, Charlie Wilson, Gwen Stefani, T.I. and Rick Ross. Bush was the first album by the rapper after his return to the hip hop moniker Snoop Dogg. Bush was supported by three singles; "Peaches N Cream", "So Many Pros" and "California Roll". The album received generally positive reviews from critics, debuting at number 14 on the US Billboard 200, and number one on the US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. It serves as the follow-up to Snoop's twelfth studio album Reincarnated (2013).
Background and title
On August 28, 2014, a video was released of what would be a preview on one of the songs working together between Snoop Dogg and Pharrell Williams. In September 2014, Snoop announced on his Instagram account, his new work together with Pharrell. The LP is the first studio album entirely of hip hop released by Snoop since Doggumentary (2011). Since then, Snoop alongside his good friend and rapper Wiz Khalifa, released the soundtrack Mac & Devin Go to High School. This collaborative album contains the hit single "Young, Wild & Free" (top ten in the Billboard Hot 100). The song was nominated for a Grammy under the category of Best Rap Song. In 2013, Snoop then used his new moniker Snoop Lion, and released his first reggae and twelfth overall album Reincarnated. This album was nominated at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards in the category Best Reggae Album. At the end of 2013, he then used another moniker Snoopzilla, in reference to Bootzilla, and joined with music producer Dâm-Funk to launch the entirely of funk collaborative album 7 Days of Funk. In January 2015, Snoop revealed the album's title at the Convention Consumer Electronics Show that occurred in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. The track "So Many Pros" was originally a track recorded by Timbaland and featured Pharrell Williams and Justin Timberlake, called "Been It", however, due to Timbaland's album being cancelled Pharrell re-worked the final track, in which Chad Hugo, Charlie Wilson, Pharrell and Rhea Dummett featuring as backing vocals. The video was also shot for "Been It", with amateur footage showing Timberlake recording his portion of the music video whilst on The 20/20 Experience World Tour and Timbaland recording his portion on a beach with skantly clad models. The lyrics to the song seem to have remained unchanged, however the lyric "...so many hoes" has been changed to "...so many pros" which is the title of the track itself.
The album was produced by Pharrell Williams, with additional production by Williams' Neptunes partner Chad Hugo. The duo had worked in partnership with the rapper on Paid tha Cost to Be da Boss (2002), R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece (2004) and Tha Blue Carpet Treatment (2006). The partnership between these two artists has earned several singles of successes for both Snoop Dogg and for Pharrell, including "From tha Chuuuch to da Palace", "Beautiful" and "Drop It Like It's Hot", among others.
"Peaches N Cream" was released on March 10, 2015, as the first single from the album. The song features guest vocals from Snoop's longtime collaborator Charlie Wilson. The lyric video was released on the same day. The song peaked at number 16 on the US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles. The album's second single, "So Many Pros", was released on April 14, 2015. The music video won an MTV Video Music Award for Best Art Direction, during the ceremony on August 30, 2015. The album's third single, "California Roll", was released on May 5, 2015. The song featuring vocals from American R&B singer Stevie Wonder. The single peaking at number 15 on the US R&B Songs.
Bush received generally positive reviews from critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 69 based on 20 reviews. David Jeffries of AllMusic said, "Accept Bush is a delayed dank disco triumph, and then drop it like it's hot, one more time." Brian Josephs of Consequence of Sound said, "Although it's well-intentioned, you're very aware that the only reason you're at this party is because Snoop invited you." August Brown of the Los Angeles Times said, "There aren't many '90s rappers who could credibly settle into a sound like this, but Snoop is an excellent student of his formative musical era." Kate Hutchinson of The Guardian said, "Bush is a high five of an album, made for hydraulic cars and throbbing dancefloors, delivered, in typical Snoop style, as if from a fur-lined throne overlooking a pool party." Kellan Miller of HipHopDX said, "Snoop and Charlie Wilson play off each other's energy, and the instantly catchy nature of the track justifies the notion that the diminished returns of Bush are the result of an excellent dream deferred by poor execution." Phil Hebblethwaite of NME said, "Snoop takes a surprising back seat, singing low in the mix and seldom rapping--an odd decision, but it works and when Bush is good, it's an absolute joy." Jonathan Frahm of PopMatters said, "All in all, Bush is another consistent release from Snoop to add to his portfolio, with enough freshness to still be spinning his name in the clubs." Roger Krastz of XXL said, "Overall, Bush is a fun and enjoyable listen from start to finish with the album's retro imagery brought to life by Snoop Dogg and his slick persona." Julian Kimble of Pitchfork said, "While Bush is strong enough musically, you can't help but wonder what would've happened if this crew had followed R&G with a full-length a decade ago, when everyone involved was still in his prime." Brittany Spanos of Rolling Stone said, "From the moment opening track "California Roll" hits its "Drop It Like It's Hot"-ish bass line, Bush is a pleasant stroll down memory lane." Kris Ex of Billboard said, "It's a quick listen, clocking in at less than 45 minutes, and the 10 tracks are laid-back--perhaps too much."
In the United States, Bush debuted at number 14 on the US Billboard 200 with 32,000 album-equivalent units, which included 27,000 pure album sales, marking the third highest debut of the week and the eighth best-selling album of the week. The album was also streamed 2.8 million times in the first week. It serves as Snoop's sixth solo album to debut at number one on the US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. Bush dropped to the number 44 in its second week, earning an additional 12,000 album-equivalent units, which included 9,000 pure album sales. In the United Kingdom, the album debuted at number 25 on the UK Albums Chart. Bush was Snoop's tenth solo album to debut at top-ten on the UK R&B Chart, reached at number two. As of May 2016, the album has sold 250,000 copies worldwide.
2020.04.29 01:34 CyrusWaugh(Almost) Every Pop star collaboration ranked
Pop stars in country songs, that has become the biggest trend these days, 2018, it was making wedding songs, 2019 was talking about how country somebody was, and 2020 is making sure you have a major label pop artist on your song, literally go through the years and the number of these collaborations just get bigger and bigger, I’m sure it was noble early on to have a pop star on a country song, and it had more meaning back then as it was a rare occurrence, nowadays it honestly lost its meaning, oh wow, this artist is on this song, nowadays, I’m not shocked they are and I’m not excited that they are. Florida Georgia Line started this downwards spiral of collaborations and this trend is far from evaporating, so I’m going to rank all these collabs and stars making “country music”. However Old Town Road is not on this list, because people know at this point it isn’t country and realize it was never intended to be released as a country song, it’s it’s own entity and we should leave it that way, so let’s get through this as I say which ones work and which ones don’t. There are some I may forget, these songs are just off the top of my head.
I was considering whether or not it deserved its own spot, as this dude isn’t signed to a Nashville label, and I don’t want to give this song any buzz, the more buzz you give a song like this whether you’re saying its good or bad makes it trend, and this a song I don’t want to trend whatsoever, its getting ready to drop off the chart as they are releasing a version with Sam Hunt all of a sudden hoping it gives it a shred of streams. I don’t like trap music whatsoever. However I know when a song is doing something right, even trap. This isn’t the case in the slightest, the song is boring, its trap beat is extremely weak. And I’d honestly call it a snap track rather than a trap song. The song’s structure doesn’t make sense, and the lyrics are just drab, and trap lyrics are drab but this takes it to another level. I think its is going to be forgotten once hormonal teens stop using it on tik tok. And hopefully this will send country trap into the forgotten abyss along with bro country.
Back Porch Bottle Service-AJ McLean
I feel like this would’ve been a successful hit in the late 90’s but releasing in the late 2010’s was a mistake. This is forgettable in almost every aspect. The melody in stupid, lyrics just scream desperate. And the production is extremely terrible. I don’t have much to say about, I can’t find anything profound, or interesting to talk about it, it is a blank slate of a song, which explains why it is stuck at the bottom with My Truck.
Coming Home-Keith Urban ft. Julia Michaels
The opening piano chords make it seem like a reflective mature song, and then you get the insult that is the bastardzation (is that even a word) of the chord of Mama Tried by Merle Haggard, one of the most beloved country songs of all time, they literally copy and paste that chord and tear it to shreds. They do the same thing with the chorus, it isn’t that bad of a song, it is just bland, but its that chord that infuriates me, there are some lines you don’t cross, that is one of them. Julia Michaels sounds like she’s grasping for breath when she comes, but when we get to the chorus she sounds fine. It’s just a mess, a mess I don’t really feel that invested in.
This Is Us-Jimmie Allan ft. Noah Cyrus
I know songs from Phineas & Ferb with this narrative that sound way better, and I’m not joking, there are a lot of Phineas & Ferb songs that are really good. Basically what I’m saying is: go watch Phineas & Ferb, its not just for kids and also watching that is better than listening to this pile of vanilla. There is nothing truly wrong, it just is an overproduced song that does nothing. The lyrics don’t feel relatable. The lyrics are incredibly simplistic as well as the melody. If you’re gonna do straight up pop music then at least make it sound good, the top 40 has a bunch of songs teeming with life like Circles or Blinding Lights. If you want to bastardize a genre at least put in the effort.
Lost In The Middle Of Nowhere-Kane Brown ft. Becky G
I don’t really know much about this one, I think it is bland, I think it has interesting words and is pretty catchy, but I don’t really understand what this song is about, I think it has the same narrative of Lose It. That’s it, it’s bland. It likes to repeat lyrics several times, and if I don’t have much to say in terms of a song from here on out, I’m implying there is nothing to take from listening to it whether that is good or bad.
The Champion-Carrie Underwood ft. Ludacris
Cry Pretty was a really bad album, I’ll even say it is the worst album in Carrie Underwood’s catalog and possibly the worst mainstream album of 2018, and its because of songs like this. It wants to be this big workout song, I’ve seen better attempts at this like God’s Country, or Loud & Heavy (I use them as workout songs don’t judge me) I will say Ludacris does a pretty good job. I like how they use Champion as an acronym, but Carrie just doesn’t bring it at all, one of the weakest vocal performances from her. One of the best voices in music overall went to making some of the most drab music.
Take Back Home Girl-Chris Lane ft. Tori Kelly
This is a really cheesy song. Everything about this song is extremely cringey. This feels like a song that has the same narrative as a stereotypical small-town boy & girl hallmark film. It follows the standard checklist of boyfriend/bro lyrics. I’m not emotionally invested in the story, and Chris Lane just doesn’t sound good and nor does Tori Kelly which is honestly shocking.
The Bones-Maren Morris ft. Hozier
Out of all the artists available you got Hozier. Look I don’t like that The Bones is number one on the country charts, but I think The Bones is a solid pop song, similar to my opinion of Body Like A Back Road. Maren Morris definitely has an earworm with this song, its become the biggest hit of her career since My Church. I just do not like Hozier on this, his voice is so annoying on this track, everything works with this song, I admit I slightly enjoy this song. But I hate the version with Hozier. I think he doesn’t harmonize with Maren Morris at all. I’m glad this was the first number one for a woman since 2015, I would’ve preferred More Hearts Than Mine or I Hope You’re Happy Now but what are you gonna do.
The Other Girl-Kelsea Ballerini ft. Halsey
I’m infuriated they made this the next single rather than Half Of My Hometown, Halsey is going to get the most buzz, so I get why. This is bad vocally, and production wise it is nothing special, however lyrically it is interesting. I’m actually impressed in terms of lyrics. What I really enjoy is lines like whose the diamond whose the pearl. If they changed the melody and production I would enjoy this way more, but I can only take it as the overall package which is why it isn’t in the top 10.
Cool Anymore-Jordan Davis ft. Julia Michaels
Jordan Davis normally does a good job in terms of crossover songs. This isn’t really the case, I like how they say you don’t have to be cool anymore, but they repeat that so many times, take a shot every time they say that, you will be wasted. It is way too repetitive for my taste. I’m not keen with the production here either, whereas on other songs like Single You Up or Take It From Me, it is really fun. Here it is just too forgetful.
Nobody But You-Blake Shelton ft. Gwen Stefani
I’m surprised this song is succeeding as well as it is. It is a mess all over the place, but it is a decent mess. I hate when people bring up roads nowadays, that is the one thing no matter where this genre goes will stay, whether its bro pop or boyfriend country, that one aspect stays no matter what. I don’t really like Gwen Stefani in the song. He’s written way better songs for his partner like God Gave Me You, a far better song than this. This can only dream to be as good as it. I think this song is pretty catchy but I’ve never imagined people would enjoy this song as much as God’s Country. So kudos to Blake Shelton, he’s back in a very big way, I wish I could say the same for Miranda Lambert.
Last Time I Say Sorry-Kane Brown ft. John Legend
Eh I like it to a degree, It is way too simplistic for my taste. I would love for them to say what actually happened but if you can’t, why create this song in the first place? What are you sorry about, I need to know these things in order to relate to this song. I think John Legend sounds pretty good, his voice is amazing, can’t really say the same thing for Kane Brown, he rarely uses his bass voice anymore, which is where Kane Brown shines, it is a good pop song, but why not put this on the pop chart, this would succeed way more there, its not me complaining that its on the country chart, it isn’t insulting enough for me to hate it, you’re losing money putting this primarily on country radio. I don’t get labels sometimes. I thought their number one goal was to make money not lose it.
10,000 Hours-Dan + Shay ft. Justin Bieber
This isn’t as bad as many people say, and its not as good as many people say. It’s a song that plays it safe, if this was released in 2010, this would’ve succeeded as much as it does now, there is nothing outlandish about this song but nothing profound either, its an earworm sure, but it’s a cheap love song. I scratch my head when I think about this song, cause its not a 5/10 or worse nor a 8/10, I am all over the place when talking about this song. It has banjo sure, its not a snap track so I’m not gonna complain, I say let it be .
You Should Be Sad-Halsey
This is a diss track. This feels more like a rock song more than anything, I like this song quite a bit, I like the lyrics a lot. They are really hurtful and full of pain sadness, and especially bitterness. I think it is a bit simplistic melodically. I get what’s going on with her and G-Eazy so I can empathize as well. This makes Gaslighter look like a fit compared to this song.
One Thing Right-Marshmello ft. Kane Brown
The further we go, the more bombastic the songs. Its not “I Got Away With You” but it is solid, I like the guitar throughout. Lyrically its okay, it’s not a simplistic song like a lot of this list. But my favorite thing in a song is lyrics and I usually am never satisfied with these pop crossovers. I don’t like Kane Brown’s voice in a majority of his new releases, he tries to sing like a pretty boy, instead of the rugged bass voice he is.
Women-Florida Georgia Line ft. Jason Derulo
I’ve gone on record saying that Women is in fact a good song, but it came out at the worse time, where for the very first time there was no women in the top 20 radio, and you release a song about loving and appreciating women. That was a major mistake. I think out of all the songs about loving women, this was the best. I wasn’t the biggest fan of Women Amen and I really didn’t like Female by Keith Urban. However I like this song a lot because it sounds like a legit R&B song, not a defective clone, not a poor copy, just a solid R&B song. I like the lyrics Jason Derulo brought to the table. This is one of the rare occurrences where a snap track works, I like the vocal power they bring, so this song gets a thumbs up from me. Just they shouldn’t have released it when they did, because it backfired.
Setting The World On Fire-Kenny Chesney ft. P!nk
I’m not he biggest fan of the intro, the drum loop feels so cheap, however the first few lyrics make up for that. Chesney doesn’t do the best job vocally but P!nk makes up for that, she sounds great. Pretty much make this a P!nk song and get rid of Kenny. I’m sorry but he doesn’t sound good on this track. Kenny’s too old to reach those high notes so I get why its happening. It’s a nice middle lane song that I can get behind
Meant To Be-Bebe Rexha ft. Florida Georgia Line
To follow up u/Notwith10000men just because I don’t like a song, doesn’t mean its not good. This is in fact a good song, but it is ridiculous that this song is considered country, I get why it was number one for 50 weeks, look at the streams and sales, and I understand why it was as successful as it was, it is a jam, and sure it is the poster boy for every pop crossover, having a snap track, talking about how they love a girl and wanting to get her on a road in 2 minutes and 45 seconds. Pardon my French but the song just slaps. I’m not just primarily invested in country and I know a good pop song when I see one. I enjoy it a lot, because it does pop right unlike so many other rejects on the country chart trying to achieve the same exact thing. Florida Georgia Line don’t really offer much, that’s why it is credited to Bebe Rexha. I wish the duo could do more, because they are capable of doing it, I just hate that it denied so many good songs in 2018 a number one spot.
Heartless-Diplo ft. Morgan Wallen
Diplo doesn’t have a place in country music, but nonetheless, this is pretty fire. I can’t believe I’m using all these unprofessional words, but I have no other way of describing this. Everything just works, it moves fluidly, Morgan Wallen brings it with his raspy vocals, the second verse is just insanely catchy. Sure it is a standard break up song with nothing truly unique, but the way they move the words is done so well, mostly because Diplo is a pop artist who actually knows what he’s doing (except on do si do which is hideous) I don’t see it as country, but similar to Women by FGL I see this a pop song not a cheap knock off.
Cruise (Remix)-Florida Georgia Line ft. Nelly
I’m probably over ranking this but I don’t care. I know the original is far better, but there is just something that brings me back to the remix, I was not a fan of a lot of the songs being put out overall in 2013. So the remix was a nice thing to hear on the radio, everything non country just didn’t click for me but this did. Nelly does a good job with this song, because he’s a professional rapper, Tyler Hubbard needs to stay away from rap, after 3 tracks of him doing it, he is just so bad at it. Out of all the remixes of country songs like Tequila and Dirt Road Anthem, this is by far the best.
Keeping Score-Dan + Shay ft. Kelly Clarkson
This is a bit overlooked with all the hits these two have. It isn’t an overproduced boyfriend song, or a wedding song. This is more in every aspect, it has Dan + Shay’s vocal power, nice lyrics, it has a simple message of living life to the fullest, Kelly Clarkson and the duo blend amazingly. Kelly Clarkson is probably my favorite out of all the female features. This reminds of a song by Rascal Flatts, back in the day they were known for creating power ballads. The bridge is pretty repetitive so that docks it down a bit. But this is one of the best songs in Dan + Shay’s catalog as 90% of their stuff is so vanilla. Check it out, you won’t regret it. And my favorite pop collab is:
Say Something-Justin Timberlake ft. Chris Stapleton
In order to make a good collab you need two people who understand the genre and are truly passionate about it. These two are those type of artists, Justin and Chris care deeply and that care created this song, it is a rootsy smash. It isn’t an overproduced vanilla track nor a laid-back reflective song. Both blend to create a beautiful harmony. I still don’t know what this song is about, but I truly don’t care. The music video version adds another layer of praise, as it is more grounded in terms of instruments and production. Its ironic how the one guy who refused to go with the norm, created a traditional masterpiece went on to have the number one country album of the decade, and got to collaborate with some of the biggest names in music. While everyone else scrambled to be just like these pop stars and got nowhere.
2020.04.16 22:54 memphis_violistThe Social Network (2010)
I recently watched The Social Network for the first time and I loved it so much that I decided that I would write my first ever movie review on this movie. I hope you guys like it, and feedback is very much appreciated since I hope to start doing this more often in the future. The Social Network is a 2010 film written by Aaron Sorkin and directed by David Fincher about the founding of Facebook and the fallout between Mark Zuckerberg and his business partners. At first glance, the synopsis for this film may put off some people, especially considering what the public knows about Zuckerberg in 2020, but at the heart of this story is the story of a friendship between Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) and Eduardo Saverin (Andrew Garfield) and what happens when conflicting business ideals and selfish ambitions destroy a lifelong friendship. Eisenberg, Garfield, Justin Timberlake, and Armie Hammer are all excellent in this film, and Eisenberg definitely deserved his Oscar nomination for this role. Despite the stellar acting performances, though, Sorkin's Academy Award-winning screenplay is the clear standout of this film, as the dialogue is fast-paced and engaging, and the result is a mesmerizing well-crafted story of how Facebook became the juggernaut company that the public knows today. The non-linear storytelling of this film makes for an interesting stream-of-consciousness structure that jumps between dialogue from court settlements in the "present-day" (2010) and the stories the characters tell from their point-of-view of how Facebook was founded (2003-2010). This is a film that gives insight into how one of the most successful modern-day businesses was founded, and this highly-engaging comedic drama has something for everyone to enjoy. I give this film an A+ rating, and it is by far one of my new favorite films that I will definitely be watching again and again. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1285016/
2020.03.25 14:26 Marry_WedExpertNew Wedding Songs For 2020
Getting Ready Wedding Songs 2020 Our getting ready songs are a combination of fun and emotion to keep you high spirited and calm at the same time. These latest songs for getting ready are a balance of everything, from the calm Best Day Of My Life by American Authors to the danceable Marry You by Bruno Mars. Check them below. https://preview.redd.it/s7ilg3bwkto41.jpg?width=6000&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=1892806eb6f28c4f914f37f3aebf0873456588fd Lady Gaga – The Cure Sam Hunt – Body Like a Back Road Calvin Harris ft. Young Thug, Pharrell Williams and Ariana Grande – Heatstroke Misterwives – Outside the Lines Bruno Mars – Marry You BTS – DNA Avicii – Wake Me Up OMI (Felix Jaehn Remix) – Cheerleader American Authors – Best Day of My Life A$AP Rocky – Sundress Best New Wedding Reception Songs 2019 You do not need go searching for fit songs for the reception anymore! New hit songs like Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran which talks about loving your partner forever is perfect. Do you want to turn up the heat a bit? Treasure by Bruno Mars and some new pop songs below will leave the different stages of your reception popping! Which are your best choices from our favorites below? Here we give you a list of some of the most popular new dance songs to play at various points during your wedding reception: DJ Snake – Taki Taki Train – Marry Me Bruno Mars – Treasure Jason Mraz, Colbie Caillat – Lucky Jason Derulo, LAY, NCT 127 – Let’s Shut Up & Dance Harry Styles – Sweet Creature Justin Timberlake – Can’t Stop the Feeling Sweet Tea Project – Lover’s Lullaby Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line – Meant to Be Kygo & Imagine Dragons – Born To Be Yours
2020.03.01 21:46 85_13Inside Llewyn Davis: Everyone thinks Llewyn is gay
Inside Llewyn Davis is a typical Coen brothers movie, insofar is it presents a protagonist suffering one bad turn of events after another in a relentlessly grim tone. These bad turns can often seem unprompted, suggesting they leave "loose threads," such as in this film:
2020.01.24 16:50 RedLazyBearAn (unofficial) analysis of modern Paris Saint-Germain: how a football club wants to become a global brand [Part 3]
It's me again soccer. This time, I invite you to follow me through the least-known aspect of Paris Saint-Germain (at least in this sub) : the brand and business side. Disclaimer : yes, Paris Saint-Germain still is and remains a football club. I think - and many experts agree with me - that this business model is actually the future of big sports franchise, like it or not. I am not saying I like it, just that following the NBA model, big clubs are "trying to enter more and more aspects of the football fan's lives" (Marc Armstrong, PSG sponsoring director). This is how.
You can find the first part, about how and why QSI bought Paris Saint-Germain in 2011,here.
The second part, that underlines how PSG became both the biggest French club atm and a much-mocked contender for European greatness, ishere.
The business side : Paris more than Saint-Germain.
As we previously said, QSI did not buy Paris Saint-Germain out of love for the Hechter shirt or just wanting to have a new, shiny toy. It is a question of survival for the Middle-Eastern emirate, confronted to the growing militarized power of some of its neighbors and the eventual shrinking of gas and oil revenues. Football fans being able to place the country on the map is vital so that it cannot just disappear one day without anyone caring. As such, the Qatari owners not only developed a strong team able to sway the heart of wins-attracted fans; it tried to implement itself in fashion, lifestyle medias, and the daily life of as many people as possible.
PARTNERSHIPS: one who piggybacks the success of others becomes the piggybacked one.
You may have seen recent Deloitte and KPMG reports that placed Paris Saint-Germain as the fifth club in the world ranked by annual earnings. They are also second in Europe in terms of salary mass and seventh in the world in terms of followers on social networks. How did that come to be for a club that, a decade ago, was only the second-best followed team in France, a high second-tielow first-tier football country? Well, dear reader, they invested a lot of money from Qatar, yes, that is true. But they also played a good game of partnering up with the right people. The most flagrant example of this is the partnership between Paris Saint-Germain and Jordan Brand. This was absolutely unheard of, but we can only guess that the marketing PSG team understood that the NBA was trying to enter the European market at this point and that the help of a well-known football club could only be welcome. Thus, they were the first to propose an association to His Airness Mikael Jordan. This led to official shirts, sneakers and clothing lines baring the two logos side by side, as is illustrated by the new fourth shirt they released just this week. This, plus the regular participation to the ICC in the summer, opened new markets to Paris Saint-Germain, but we’ll go back to that later. The thing about an association with Jordan Brand is that not only is your logo on every specialized website/shop in the world, but also that very known people will take notice of you. Queue to Rihanna, Justin Timberlake and several NBA stars being seen, photographed and advertised wearing the Paris Saint-Germain colors. People who never heard of European soccer now recognized the round, Eiffel-Tower logo. It’s done. You just became a world-known brand. But that is not all! For there are others places you must go. You are rich, famous, get to the round of sixteen of the UCL every year. What do you do? You ask people much, much more money for the right to put their brand on your shirt. Nike’s contract with Paris Saint-Germain is nowadays the second highest rate that the “swoosh” brand plays a club to equip it. For a good reason: PSG sold a million shirts worldwide just last year, 200 000 of which were “Jordan” ones. Two birds, one stone for Nike. You might also have noticed that the PSG shirt arbors an “ALL” mention. This is the logo of Accor Live Limitless, a huge international hotel chains. In every one of their hotels in the world, you are able to find PSG merchandising. They also pay a handsome sum to be able to put their name on the chest of Neymar and Kylian Mbappé. Oh, by the way, do you know who is the president of ALL? Sébastien Bazin. That’s right, an old president of Paris Saint-Germain from 2009 to… 2011, when the Qatari buyout happened. You might also notice that ex-French president Nicolas Sarkozy (from 2007 to 2012, rumored to be very close to the Qatari emir Al-Thani) is a huge fan of Paris Saint-Germain and has more or less his own seat in the VIP section of Parc des Princes. This success means that now, people are eager to partner up with the Paris Saint-Germain brand more than the other way around. To be an official partner of PSG these days is estimated to cost around 1.5 million euros. And partners they have: from sweets and Japanese collection figures to electric vehicles, denim pants, and even Rwanda. That’s right, the country of Rwanda paid around 10-20 million bucks to have a “Visit Rwanda” mention on the training shirts of Paris Saint-Germain, the right to sell “Made in Rwanda” products in the Parc des Princes and maybe have a few stars visit the country and post in on Instagram. And then sometimes you get lucky, like when a well-known rapper sings a song named after your captain and it becomes viral (check it out, it’s glorious); but you have more chance of that happening when your captain is Thiago Silva than when it is Zoumana Camara. Speaking of stars, do you remember who PSG signed at the beginning of the wild Qataro ride? That’s right, star players. The Spice Boy David Beckham; the punchline-giver, in-the-newspapers-once-a-week Zlatan Ibrahimovic; more recently, the legend Gianluigi Buffon and two Ballon d’Or regulars: Kylian Mbappé and Neymar. As their glory rises, PSG rises at the same time. The important thing is to be seen, especially in an era where broadcasts are trying to find new, not-picked-a-team-yet publics in Asia.
INTERNATIONALIZATION: if all roads lead to Rome, it’s because Rome built these roads
As we have seen earlier, the new version of Paris Saint-Germain has attracted a much larger public than the old one did in France. But that is not enough. One has to go big, go wide, go global. The first step is, as we have seen, to get yourself on foreign markets. They won the USA and Canada thanks to the Jordan partnership. They won Japan by their many lifestyle and gadget creations, plus the opening of two high-ends PSG-themed coffee shops in Tokyo (very pricey, do not recommend). They got into China through the e-Sports scene, which we will talk about later, and through summer tours in the country. But that is not the only way. Of course, every club practices that, but maybe PSG, who we often accuse of putting its players on a bit too high of a pedestal, does it more than others. It’s simple: you buy star players from every country. The Italian press talks about Paris Saint-Germain each time they have something to right about one of the players the club bought in Italy: Marco Verratti, Mauro Icardi, Edinson Cavani, Ezequiel Lavezzi, Salvatore Sirigu… The Spanish press CANNOT stop to talk about the players it wants but that PSG keeps like it’ll make them win the UCL: Neymar and Kylian Mbappé. The Brazilian/South-American press follows its players: Neymar, Thiago Silva, Marquinhos, Angel Di Maria, Christiane Endler, Leandro Paredes… same with Senegal (Idrissa Gueye) or Germany (Julian Draxler, Kevin Trapp and coach Tuchel). Plus, Nasser al-Khelaifi is also president of beIN Media Group, a TV broadcaster that spans all of Middle East and Europe and is seeking to expand. I wonder if that might help Paris Saint-Germain to get prime-time. What’s more, to ensure its future, Paris Saint-Germain opened PSG Academies in dozens of countries, football schools with very good teachers and practice kits, where more than 13 000 children all around the world can learn to appreciate the colors of the club (and maybe one or two of them will be able to become professional, which could be nice). Nowadays,
MODERN, URBAN AND YOUNG: be the youngest club in the Top 47 in Europe for a reason
It appears that the young generation may not be as invested in football as the previous ones were. Videogame and other hobbies are eating up more and more screen time and available brain attention. This is one of the reasons that led Paris Saint-Germain to cry and create an identity and a brand that is not only linked to football but also to luxury, modern technologies and the City of Paris. You may have heard that, for the second time, Paris Saint-Germain’s colors appeared in Paris’ Fashion Week. That is absolutely right. The club signs more and more partnerships with young clothes designers, clothing brands and others luxury societies: jewels, perfumes, electrical cars. The goal is to appear desirable, and to encroach the logo in the mind of high-class people that wields cultural power. We’ve seen what that can do in the Jordan paragraph. Paris Saint-Germain is also one of the clubs that chose to form a partnership with Socios.com, a society that proposes an app where you can find (like in Pokemon Go) or buy “tokens” that will lead you to be able to participate in some of the decision-making in details of the club’s life. That means that at any moment, your phone can remind you that you have an available PSG token somewhere around. Their new training center is also at the heart of the long-term project. While using every modern available technology, it tries to be as eco-responsible as possible: electrical vehicles will be the only ones on site, renewable energy will be collected and they even planted trees that produces a pear juice they will sell in the Parc des Princes. Finally, they tried their hands at VR and created a huge arcade room next to the stadium where you can play with the legends of the club and an escape game inside the stadium on days without games. Diversification, baby. They also invested in the eSports scene. I’ll admit I don’t know much about it, so maybe some others redditors can complete it. I do know, though, that the PSG.LGD DOta 2 team is considered one of the best in China (so, part of those with the most followers) and that Paris Saint-Germain is one of three football clubs in France to run and finance an official eSports team. Finally, PSG uses the image of the city of Paris. It is renown all around the world as the city of love, luxury and bad servers; and as Paris Saint-Germain is its only top football, handball and feminine football club, the collaborations between the two are numerous. The club obtained an authorization to light up the Eiffel Tower for the arrival of Neymar at the club, for example. Now, every touristic tour of Paris is punctuated by a game at Parc des Princes, which is a landmark of the city. They also, in the early years of the Qatari administration, suppressed the crib that was on the old versions of the logo, a symbol of the Saint-Germain-en-Laye city and Stade Saint-Germanois, the ancestor of PSG; to make more space for the Eiffel Tower. CONCLUSION:See what we've become. So, yeah. Paris Saint-Germain pretty much leapt from a third-/fourth-tier European team, with a brief moment of glory in the 90s, to a giant football club that ambitions to rival the top 10 of the continent; plus a brand that starts to be more interested in the Chinese market than in its French fans. For me, who has been a supporter since I was a kid in the end of the 90s, and many others, it has been a wild ride. I think I will always remember the words of a journalist I read once: “Paris Saint-Germain has become an insufferable club; I still cannot help but support it”. I guess many of you know the feeling somewhat, when your club is not in its best days. Well, multiply that feeling by around ten, mix it with hopes of previously unattainable victories, and you get my state of mind. I do not condone, nor do I agree with, the acts of Qatar as a country. If you have never heard of it, well:
Women are still subpar citizens
Homosexuality is forbidden and punishable
Thousands of migrant workers died on the construction of the 2022 world cup stadiums.
It is decidedly not an eco-friendly country and do not seem to get anywhere nearer
It has been linked to terrorist organizations in the past.
So yeah. Not a great sponsor. But one that got my club on the top of Europe, despite the remontadas. So, mixed feelings? This allows me to end on a personal note. Yes, we, as PSG supporters, know about Qatari atrocities. Yes, we feel hurt when you hurl them to our face. No, it will not make us stop supporting our club, because we heard it a lot before, and yes, it will make us dig out dirt about your own club because “if you don’t support Sankt Pauli and boycott the world cup you can’t tell me anything, the mote and the beam blah blah fracking blah”. We get it. You get it. I understand the sentiment. Yes, we lost part of our identity in the buyout - I personally think that we lost more in the “plan Leproux” that precedes it by a year, but that’s open to debate. Yes, it’s unfair that not everyone gets that much money. Yes, we are also quite convinced that some people in the European football institutions (Hi Javier Tebas) try hard to bring down “new” dominant clubs such as Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City. Yes, my club has become something WAY out of my imagination and control. But it’s still my club. So, go ahead with the banter, guys and girls, but be respectful and be funny. Love football, always. Hope you learned a thing or two about modern PSG and the football world. Do not hesitate to add any content and ask any question you want in the comments. This is u/redlazybear signing out.
2020.01.21 19:11 jdbug100I emailed Navy Hill developers a handful of questions. They responded.
Last week I got an email from the Navy Hill people asking me to tell City Council I supported the project. I responded by saying I wasn't sure if I supported the project, and asked a handful of questions. To my surprise, and appreciation, they answered in pretty good detail. Figured I would share their responses for all knowledge. Warning: this gets lengthy. Q. how important is landing a minor league team to the success of the arena? A. This a very good question, and we appreciate the opportunity to respond. It is important to note that we have intentionally deferred any conversation with potential minor league sports tenants at this time. Without City Council approval of the current ordinances now under consideration, it would be premature. Many people believe that an arena needs to have a sports team as an anchor tenant to be successful. The fact is that having minor league teams, either G-League basketball or ECHL hockey, will have very little financial impact on the financial performance of the arena. Most of the revenue generated from minor league teams needs to go to the teams themselves, to pay staff and player salaries etc., and not to the arena itself. Touring concerts and shows generally provide a much better revenue return and a much larger draw of fans. Each sports tenant would take up about 30 calendar dates, which means these dates are not available to arena management to book for more profitable events. Examples of these event types include concerts like Justin Timberlake, Elton John, Shawn Mendes, and Ariana Grande; family shows such as Disney on Ice, Cirque du Soleil, and the Harlem Globetrotters; and non-tenant sporting events/tournaments like UFC Fight Night and WWE Wrestling events. However, having a minor league tenant can help drive the success of the arena as it can provide a generally stable and predictable event and attendance load that plays a role in driving other long-term and stabilizing revenues such as advertising, sponsorships, and premium seating. There are other reasons an arena would want a sports tenant at the minor-league level. Even though the average attendance would be around 3,000 per event, that’s still 3,000 fans each night coming into downtown – eating in our restaurants and parking in our lots and garages. Those are good results for the community, even if they are only marginally good for the arena. There would also be a generation of Richmonders growing up in future years who will have followed these teams and their players. Those experiences are important parts of community building and can make Richmond a more well-rounded and diverse place in which to live. Q. have you had any discussions with interested minor league teams (our closest comrades in the NBA and NHL are fairly locked in so it doesn’t appear we have a natural partner there)? A. You are correct regarding the NBA and the NHL. For many reasons, Richmond is not a candidate to host either of these leagues and the new arena is not being designed for NBA or NHL needs, other than pre-season programming. Regarding minor league sports teams, we have intentionally deferred any conversation with potential sports tenants at this time. Without City Council approval of the current ordinances now under consideration, it would be premature. Q. how would a deal be structured with a minor league team so that they can afford to play in a 17,500-seat arena when they realistically are going to attract 5,000-6,000 fans max? A. We are very cognizant that having a successful tenant in the arena is desirable. The new arena’s operator is a leading expert in the industry when it comes to negotiating fair lease arrangements with minor league teams. Additionally, Comcast Spectacor, the part-owner of Richmond Arena-operator Spectra, owns a number of professional teams themselves. A deal with any future team will be structured to take all factors into account. The size of the venue, while obviously larger than the anticipated attendance levels of these teams, plays a small role in the overall deal. The arena operator would work closely with the tenant(s) to create a business model that is both fair but also one that provides incentives for both arena operations and the team(s) to drive ticket sales and maximize attendance potential. That is the success model for generating the maximum revenues for all parties. Q. what will the affect be on the success of the project if we do get a minor league team, and then after 3 seasons it folds, like several minor league hockey teams have in the city’s history? A. There would be little financial effect, and having the industry-leading arena operator involved helps to fill any lost dates with other events as well as acquiring another minor league team to the arena in the unlikely event this happens. Q. what due diligence have you done on hosting ncaa basketball tournaments? What is the likelihood of the ncaa awarding some set of games to Richmond? A. With the development of a new arena, we have no doubt in Richmond’s ability to regularly attract NCAA tournament events once again. Early in the development process we reached out to Ron English and Meredith Cleaver of the NCAA to describe the program that we intended to initiate for Richmond, and to confirm the site selection process they manage for the NCAA. Ron and Meredith run the men’s and women’s tournament programs. NCAA Men’s Basketball championship play is structured around these key events:
The “First 4” (1 venue)
1st and 2nd Round (8 venues)
Regionals (4 venues)
“Final 4” (1 venue)
In order to secure a First 4, 1st Round, and/or 2nd Round events, an arena must seat at least 10,000. Consideration is given to quality venues that can seat more than that, but only up to a limit. The new Richmond Arena will easily meet the NCAA’s standards for size, quality features, and technology. The requirements to host a Regional are trending toward playing only in NBA-sized cities and in NBA arenas. With that, even if the arena capacity was 18,000 seats or greater, it is highly unlikely we would ever get a bid award to bring a Regional to Richmond. But as far as the NCAA is concerned, a 17,500-seat basketball-centric arena for the First 4 and the 1st and 2nd Rounds is ideal. In our conversations with the NCAA, they also shared their host city submission procedures when applying for a bid, which includes identifying available hotel rooms and other considerations as well as their Venue Space Assignment matrix, which we have implemented in our core arena design. The NCAA Women’s Basketball championship requirements are less stringent. For these events, the new Richmond Arena would be large enough to host all rounds except for the Final Four, which will continue to go to NBA cities/arenas. The bid process for NCAA events occurs a few years prior to hosting, with the current bid cycle (with responses due in February) open for 2023-2026. Once the development is approved and arena plans go into motion, we will work closely with the NCAA to identify the soonest possible cycle in which we can participate and aggressively pursue the opportunity. Q. How many total events does the arena need to host to make it and the area around it successful? A. Arenas of this size and nature will generally host over 100 events per year. The success of the arena and surrounding area will be driven by several factors such as the number of events, attendance at those events, and the types of events hosted. Our projections indicate a healthy event and attendance schedule for the arena and we believe this will result in success from the standpoint of the arena itself, but also in the surrounding area as a result of the economic impact from increased visitation. Q. how many do you project to host per year and show me the breakdown and the reasoning behind why you expect that? A. Anticipated stabilized year annual event projections can be found below (here: https://imgur.com/5r7ZamW). It is our expectation that this is an achievable event load due to the arena operator’s experience in similar markets throughout the United States, as well as the prior history of event activity in the greater Richmond market. In addition, the arena operator has wide-ranging relationships in the live entertainment industry, providing great opportunity for them to attract events to Richmond. Q. if this arena could have been in operation this year, what would a theoretical schedule have looked like? A. We believe the schedule would look very much like the above, and perhaps a bit stronger due to the effect of having a brand-new, state-of-the-art facility in downtown Richmond available, which has not been the case for many years.
So, a backstory on me: I have never been in a relationship before. I've never held hands with anyone before, and I've really never done anything in a physical sense with anyone. I only kissed one time in my life, but it was such a long time ago that I hardly even remember it now. It was years ago. I've never really thought about doing anything with anyone whatsoever. I'm most of the time very happy being self-partnered. However, with that being said, there are moments that I do desire to have that companionship and have somebody for once hold me and hug me. I have little to no friends. That is overall by design and by my liking. I am overall the type who isn't really all too social, really. I have issues with social interaction in general. I'm not too good when it comes to interacting with people, honestly. I'm in no way a social butterfly. I've been described as "socially awkward" on more than one occassion in my life. So, since I've been a kid, I've always been more comfortable to be a soloist when it comes to others. So, I guess my isolated life is as much choice as it is circumstances of low wealth as well. My life is just me flying solo in actuality. It can sound depressing to some, but to me it isn't. I can get a lot done because I don't have to entertain anybody else. Many days I don't feel all alone and melancholic. I'm so wrapped up in my work that I barely notice. There are some times where it is okay to be alone. However, I would be remissed if I didn't state how ostracizing it can be to be asexual me while everyone else is rolling in pairs. Part of me does want to truly have someone who will go out with me and will actually include me in their plans or just plain talk to me out of the blue. I would like that for me as well. I'd like for someone to open up to from time to time too. It's just hard to do find that when you don't want sex. It sucks there are no aces in real life you can meet. I sometimes have those moments of longing. I sometimes pine for a kiss... or two. I sometimes wish someone would come up and tell me "I love you!" I sometimes wish for those things. I am a hopeless romantic at times. I remember all the love songs that I heard when I was a kid, and I always would hope for someone to fall in love with like that for me. I at times wished for someone to "love me until the end of time", quote Justin Timberlake. Some call that sappy goo-goo junk, but I guess I'm sappy then. I do want to fall in love in some way. I want someone who won't make me feel so alone in this world, someone who regards me as lovely and special. I have those feelings at times. I guess I'm in my feelings today. So, while it's another night playing solitaire in this game of love, I am having this conversation with myself once again. One part of me is stating I am happy and I'm free. The other part is longing for a significant other to come along. As much as I want to convince myself that I am free, I'm independent, and I don't need anyone else because I'm all good on my own, it is sometimes a tough sell to the other half of me who declares otherwise. How I wish I could cut out the part of my brain that starts sending transmitters of amore, but part of me is curious to figure out what the game of love is truly all about. Better yet, my whole me does. I don't want to be alone for eternity. I want my partner-in-crime. I want to explore the world of partnership that I've never even forged into. Part of me does want to figure out what in the world love is all about. I want to be kissed. I want to kiss someone back. I want to be snuggled. I want to be held. I want to hold someone back. I want someone who will be with me, and someone who says that they miss me when we're apart. I want to be love, and I want to be loved back. I don't want to be all alone forever. Sorry, ambivalence, but I think it's time we start seeing other people. I think it's time we go our separate ways. I wish you well.
2019.10.13 17:17 sanghyunohfreinds with benefit- movie review
While I was looking for a foreign romance movie, I got a good evaluation of the movie. Justin Timberlake, the main character of the movie, is new to work in New York City, and meet a career broker at the airport. First time he met her, she helped him adjust to New York, and ever since then he and she have become comfortable friends. But increasingly, there is a subtle feeling between the two and they promise to become sex partners without any emotion from each other. Of course the promise was not kept, and the two begin to like each other. One day Justin takes her to her hometown of Los Angeles, where she learns a lot about Justin and is fond of him. Then, Justin unintentionally swore the woman to his sister. After hearing the backstabbing, she runs away, and the two become estranged, but Justin's dad's advice helped Justin get her back and they become lovers again. The most impressive scene in the movie is that Justin, who was ashamed of his father for dementia, is no longer ashamed of his father and has come to love each other. It is a common romance movie, but it was very touching in it.
Hey guys, I've been working on a Rakan Playlist to listen to while playing. I've been working on it for about a week now and it has about 40 songs. I want some opinions on the track list. It has a strong bias for alternative and older music (mostly due to familiarity), so other genre and modern song suggestions are appreciated! Also if you have anything for any of the less full categories that would be appreciated too! Link to Playlist on Youtube Spotify too! Rakan is: -Good-looking- Sexy Back - Justin Timberlake Sexy & I Know It - LMFAO You Sexy Thing - Hot Chocolate -Dancer- Lose Yourself to Dance - Daft Punk Jailhouse Rock - Elvis Presley Give Life Back to Music - Daft Punk Let's Dance - David Bowie Play That Funky Music - Wild Cherry We Got the Funk - George Clinton -Rebel/Fighter- Another One Bites the Dust - Queen Rebel Love Song - Black Veil Brides The Outsider - Black Veil Brides I Fought the Law - The Clash Breaking the Law - Judas Priest Back in Black - ACDC -Vastayan/Non-human/Part-Bird/From Nature- Celtic Music - Adrian von Ziegler (youtube him) x7 The Last of the Real Ones - Fall Out Boy Born to be Wild - Steppenwolf Wild Side - Motley Crue Rakan/Xayah Login -CharmeMagical- I Put a Spell on You Come and Get Your Love - Redbone Magic - Pilot -Xayah's LovePartner- Wild Love - Feathers Whole Lotta Love - Led Zeppelin You Shook Me All Night Long - AC/DC When They Call My Name - Black Veil Brides ? Da Ya Think I'm Sexy? - Rod Stewart Rebel Rebel - David Bowie ? Can't Help Falling in Love - Elvis Presley Burning Love - Elvis Presley Hooked on a Feeling - Blue Swede Looks that Kill - Motley Crue I was Made for Loving You - Kiss Sucker - Jonas Brothers (suggested by u/Typhoonflame) -Impatient/RunneFun-LoveExcited- Victorious - Panic At the Disco (NS) I Can't Get no (Satisfaction) - Rolling Stones Don't Stop Me Now - Queen Don't Threaten Me With A Good Time - Panic at the Disco Na Na Na - My Chemical Romance I Wanna Break Free - Queen Jump - Van Halen Ramin - Just Like a Gold Rush (NS) Emperor's New Clothes - Panic At the Disco Jump Around - House of Pain Green Hill Zone Act 1 - Sonic Mania OST Party Poison - My Chemical Romance -Rakan (for stuff that fits but isn't clearly defined under other labels)- I Walk The Line - Johny Cash Why Worry - Set it Off (NS) EDIT: I've added some recommendations based off comments! Single recommendations are under the recommended songs. NS = u/NoodleSchnoodle
2019.10.03 23:03 shakillyouHelp me make a Halloween Banger playlist!
Hi everyone! I am throwing a pre-Halloween party tomorrow and am working on a playlist. My partner and I have decided to try to make a hybrid Halloween-Dancing-Banger playlist where we have classic everyone-knows-it Halloween songs (ie. Monster Mash) and dancing banger songs but with a spooky/scary feel to them (ie. Crawl - Childish Gambino). Any suggestions for Halloween songs, in-thene dancing bangers, or even just regular dancing bangers (ie. Sexy Back - Justin Timberlake ft. Timbaland) are greatly appreciated! Help me make this night awesome :D
2019.08.05 15:38 hannahps4I Don't Get It: wedding date seemingly confirmed
Listening to today's IDGI podcast - just Ashley and Jared. At the beginning they say they're kicking off their wedding month, but the written description says they're kicking off their wedding weekend. So I think August 11th is confirmed! They're answering questions about the wedding. Will update as I listen if anyone is interested! Updates:
Jared says he couldn't give birth and they talk about the male/female dynamics. Jared is overly defensive. They discuss male vs female genitalia in terms of pain, healing, etc. Jared says something about how maybe childbirth seems more traumatic because the vagina is internal, vs. the pain of getting kicked in the balls, for example. Jared also says that during childbirth "it's like a cut and it spreads" "like a wound." Ugh. He doesn't want to watch the baby coming out. I genuinely don't care to comment further on this.
How are they feeling with "one month" to go? Too much planning, haven't been able to enjoy it for the last two months. Now they're paying for stuff. Her parents have been "incredibly helpful." They're worrying about out of town guests etc. More worried about ceremony than reception. Their dog is walking down the aisle in a white dress.
Jared isn't looking forward to family drama. Neither is Ashley. Apparently Jared has a dramatic cousin and a dramatic family overall. There was an accident with blood the night before her bachelorette party. Jared is dreading the photos. They have a weird, long, cryptic exchange about fans, meet and greets, trying to split their time between people, etc.
Jared wants to hear "holy crap, you're getting married man" a lot during the rehearsal dinner. Ashley is excited but doesn't feel like it's real yet.
Honeymoon: Italy (Capri and Amalfi Coast), then Santorini. Booked through Booking.com with their podcast manager Courtney. They're looking forward to just chilling and neither of them wanted a 'touristy' honeymoon.
How long do they want to wait to get pregnant? Apparently 2020. Ashley says she's worried about breaking out since she'll have to go off her acne medication.
Question from a listener who has a partner who is often moody. Apparently Jared is sometimes moody. They talk about the best coping mechanisms and support methods.
They talk about playing the victim, pity parties, etc., when it comes to your partner. Ashley says she has love handles and Jared agrees (wtf). They also talk about putting things into perspective in terms of real big life problems, health, etc.
Ashley says she used to wish away her life before she had someone. Jared says she wouldn't trade good life moments for anything and Ashley says she used to go to bed and think about how it was one day less until she found her husband. Now they think it's one day less with their parents or with each other.
They say they have a good balance in terms of spending time with their parents (flying back and forth). Jared talks about the New England life path and how very few people leave. Jared says "their world has broadened" since being on the Bachelor. Ashley clearly wants them to be bicoastal, Jared doesn't sound sure.
They're more grateful for their parents now that they're older and getting married. They get emotional. Jared doesn't like to think about his parents' health failing. Ashley says that now she's found Jared, she feels like the generations are moving along.
Someone asks about how to transition their long distance relationship into one where they're living together. Ashley says that "if you guys are supposed to be together, it won't be that much of a transition." Jared says that there will be growing pains, but to be excited about moving in together. Ashley says "Jared and I were pretty much together for 4 years" and Jared says "yes and no," and that it would be disrespectful to other people they dated during that time. They had an unconventional friendship. They never talked to each other about dating other people. Back to the question, they say the honeymoon phase is elongated with long distance but that will change when they're back together. Not having butterflies every single day is normal.
Someone has a partner who suddenly says he doesn't want children. Jared says if they stay together and don't have kids, she'll resent him. "Sometimes kids are a make or break in a relationship." They need to start talking about it in a serious way (she's 29, he's 27, they've been dating three years.)
Someone asks why their boyfriend has stopped being physically touchy with them. They've only been dating for 10 months. Jared says she has to tell him and talk about her needs, etc. She could also try being more touchy herself to see if he'll reciprocate.
Ashley asks if there's anything Jared needs that she doesn't give him. They get a bit weird because clearly there are things he's not comfortable saying on the podcast. I sense that their communication is ineffective at best.
Someone asks about moving in together after only dating for three months. They bicker a lot. Ashley says they did jump into it and maybe they're not that compatible, as you don't really know someone after dating for 3 months. They say it could be growing pains, which are normal. Jared thinks 3 months seems rushed. They wonder why it was rushed.
Someone asks Ashley, as someone who's only had one serious relationship, how she knew Jared was the one. She wonders if she'll regret not exploring other options. Ashley says it's because of they met when she was 27 after having "interactions" and "dates with enough guys." She says she wouldn't have known if they were younger. (I disagree with this. My SO and I met at 14, started dating at 21, we're now 23 and engaged. He was my first serious relationship and I knew he was 'The One' within the first six months. Sometimes you just know.) Jared says he did have strong feelings for one person before and Ashley says she had infatuations. Ashley says to get rid of as many 'what ifs' as possible. Basically they think that because the girl is wondering about other relationships and they're young, maybe it won't work out.
They talk about the "grass is greener" idea and the fact that even well-matched people are often only 90% compatible. They say not to focus on the few things that don't click because that's normal. Ashley says Jared is perfect for her except she wishes he were less moody. Jared won't respond but says he loves her. They tell her that the "what ifs" are always going to be there and that going for 100% isn't a guarantee. Jared says that she's "only 23, and she's so young." They think that in her late 20s she might wish she'd explored other options. They say to talk about it a lot and soul-search. They talk about couples who get together young and have to break up to try dating other people and then get back together. Apparently Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake did it, as well as Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson.
Lauren just texted Ashley: "do you have any leftovers for me? If not, I'll just make macaroni and cheese." Jared loves the powder mac and cheese. Ashley got him into Cracker Barrel and Kraft Deluxe. She says she grew up with the squeezy tube but now she likes the Annie's one.
They think they sounded unenthusiastic. Jared says he doesn't want to lie and it's okay that there are some negatives and some stressful things. They're looking forward to the day and the week of. Ashley says again that she's looking forward to signing the paperwork.
Jared reiterates that he wanted to wear an engagement ring and his friends busted his balls and implied he'd be less of a man. Ashley says he's "so sexy" and "hot" with his ring on. Apparently it's in his bedroom.
Ashley: "Thanks for following our love journey." They're worried that people will overanalyze everything they say.
For those looking for a masculine gay singer with synthpop, folk, indie and new wave sensibilities, and shamelessly relatable (and sometimes hilarious) LGBT lyrics, this indie performer is perfect for you. He was born in Michigan but raised in a Methodist household in Colorado, at odds with his homosexuality, being told at home that people like him would "were going to hell" and being often bullied physically and emotionally at school for his sexuality; however that was just the beginning of a very shaky journey: during his 20s and 30s, and aided partly by the childhood traumas of a very unwelcome environment and the death of his mother before making amends with her, he turned his attention to alcohol, hard drugs and promiscuity in order to fill that void in his life and to get a relief from the constant anxiety attacks he had. Having studied languages in Germany (he's fluent in English, German, Russian, Spanish and Icelandic, and can get along in French and Swedish) he returned to the United States and formed an alternative rock/dream pop band called The Czars, which enjoyed a cult following and positive critical reception but was unsuccessful. Although they're not fully my cupo of tea, I think some people in here might enjoy some of their stuff:
Little Pink House: A very jazzy rock ballad with an inebriating atmosphere and gorgeous harmonies
Drug: A very heartbreaking ballad which compares a damaging relationship you must leave behind with drug addiction and withdrawal... kinda appropriate TBH.
Paint The Moon: A very country-esque piece about heartache and unconditional love.
Angeleyes: This acoustic cover of the ABBA song is everything!
After six unsuccessful albums, the other members of the band started to leave in 2004 and just nine months after the exodus started Mr. Grant was left as the only remaining member of the group; he eventually finished their contractual tour and left the music scene for good, finishing The Czars' short life.
QUEEN OF DENMARK (2010)
During the next few years, he decided to quit drugs and returned to ''mainstream civilization'', working as a waiter and a flight attendant for a while before taking up work as a Russian translator in a New York hospital. In 2009, members of the Texas-based folk band Midlake, who were fans of The Czars, convinced him to return to the music industry, lending him their studio and production work in what it became Grant's 2010 solo debut album Queen of Denmark. Although it might be too folky for this sub (even when the B-sides are very experimental), the very personal and raw album but it's still an exceptional debut which has been described as “a near-perfect marriage of [John's] warm baritone with [backing band/producers Midlake's] lush woodwind and keyboard textures, bring to tender life Grant's tales of growing up gay in the midwest“. The album was Mojo Magazine's Best Album of 2010 and was only their second album to attain the label Instant Classic. Some tracks out of interest for this sub:
The album opener,TC & Honeybear, is a gorgeous and almost fairy ballad of two Romeo-and-Juliet-esque forbidden gay lovers who run away to be together at last.
Marz is a nostalgic look at Grant's favorite store of his childhood with a very calming and soothing piano-based instrumental, in which the dispar lyrics woven together in the chorus to reveal a nostalgic subject matter that complements the evoking musical background.
Where Dreams Go To Die is a heartbreaking piece about Grant regretting having fell in love with someone who looks like "the one". It's a quiet simple song made fuller thanks to it's hitting chorus performed with a really overwhelming passion.
Queen of Denmark, the title track and album closer, is a gorgeous, shaky, and occasionally funny piece about confronting those who oppress you mentally, while also recognizing that your unaddressed personal issues might have led you to some of those awful situations and that a change starts with you.
Not an album per se, but I have to highlight it due to how important it is for Mr. Grant: in 2011, Grant discovered that he was HIV positive, something that worsened his always-present anxiety and depression; he would eventually broke up a long-relationship he had at the moment with a guy that seemed to be the one just one record ago due to the diagnosis, and of course he relocated to Iceland to start anew, a place in which he still lives up to this day. The same year he was asked by the electronic act Hercules & Love Affair to collaborate on a track that ended up being the aforementioned I Try To Talk To You: a throwback house tour de force piece that wouldn't be too out-of-place playing out loud in an underground gay club in San Francisco in the mid-90s, surrounded by a punchy and evocative piano that urges you to dance along such sad lyrics in which Mr. Grant bares his soul and reveals to us the moment in which he discovered he was 'sick' and how he was unable to trust in the only person he loved at the moment. Mr. Grant and H&LA premiered the song live at a 2012 festival in which he confessed his HIV positive status to the world. Although not his song, the nostalgic atmosphere, electronic elements and heavy lyricism would form the backbone of his subsequent releases. https://preview.redd.it/nc4kdammao731.jpg?width=700&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=966e61c9329a997060d57029f616d4dd7d241ac1
PALE GREEN GHOSTS (2013)
In his second album, Pale Green Ghosts, Mr. Grant adds lots of synthpop and self-references to his formula to create a very eclectic album that's “self-obsessed but completely compelling, profoundly discomforting but beautiful, lost in its own fathomless personal misery, but warm, funny and wise“. With the help of Biggi Veir from Icelandic electronic group GusGus as producers and Sinead O'Connor as a guest vocalist, this sophomore effort was released to loud critical acclaim, and gave Mr. Grant a nomination to Best Solo Artist at the Q Awards (alongside David Bowie) and Best International Male Solo Artist at the Brit Awards (alongside Bruno Mars, Drake, Justin Timberlake and Eminem), among other recognition and Best of the Year list placements.
The opening title track, Pale Green Ghosts, is an epic synthpop mind-tempo ballad and a statement about travelling out of your small home town to find yourself and be allowed to grow and discover yourself. This is decidedly more elegant than his previous tracks with its lyrics references and the sampling of the second movement of Prelude in C-sharp minor by Sergei Rachmaninoff.
GMF, his most popular track and first true hit, is a folky and relatable ballad is about the struggle of dealing with your personal issues (mainly with self-esteem and other people’s perceptions of yourself) while you're in a relationship and want to give your best. Also some of the lyrics are painfully funny.
Vietnam, my personal favorite of him, is a heartbreaking soft rock/synthpop hybrid that serves as something of a lyrical sequel to I Try To Talk To You, using Vietnam War's Agent Orange as a metaphor for song about not having that special person by your side when you need him the most, how his apathy and lack of understanding hurts you more than his outright rejection... also the line “and the only thing that brings me any comfort is the knowledge is that, no matter who you're with, you'll always be alone“ is one of my favorites lines ever for some reason.
You Don't Have To is a melancholic synthpop epic about those types kind of relationships where you drift apart slowly from someone, with a strong dose of biographical elements and similar elements to those of Vietman, as in it also addresses an apathetic partner.
The album closer, Glacier, is a gorgeous and minimalist piano ballad which doubles as a critique to those religious groups who think can impose their beliefs to anyone who disagrees with them as they falsely believes to live in a theocracy, while also addressing how all pain and sorrow is temporary and how those experiences can make you a stronger person. Also the video is everything a gay need to watch, is really powerful.
GREY TICKLES, BLACK PRESSURE (2015)
Named after the literal rough English translations for grái fiðringurinn (midlife crisis in Icelandic) and kâbus (nightmare in Turkish), Grey Tickles, Black Pressure is an angrier album than its predecessors yet also surprisingly more concise and poppier, with a more pronounced new wave influences while maintaining the intimate scope and some of the rock elements of its predecessors, in an album that has been described as “'his angriest, saddest and funniest music yet“ in which he “uses his crisis as an opportunity to pair lavish sounds with razor-sharp lyrics that tear them down“. Once again praised during its initial release, the album debuted at the top 5 in the UK and Ireland, and was included on several lists of Best of the Year, like those of The Guardian and Rough Trade. Recorded in Dallas (similar to his debut album) and produced by John Congleton (who had also worked with St. Vincent and Kimbra) and collaborations of both Amanda Palmer and Tracey Thorn from Everything But The Girl, the album was slightly rushed as Mr. Grant was offered the opening act spot in the Pixies' during their 2015 North American summer tour, which means Grant had to finish the album before heading to the road... fortunately for us, the result was still up to his liking and was “a lot of fun“ for him so there's nothing to feel ashamed for.
The title track and proper opening track, Grey Tickles, Black Pressure, is a heavily depressing ode that sets the mood right away... it first starts with Grant stating how he never though he could be the kind of person who might have contracted HIV despite all of the ever-present warnings that his ''debauchery'' was the kind of behavior that lead to it; then it goes to state that there's no one who could help him, and even if there's someone, “there are children who have cancer“ so his suffering is not a priority... then there's some lines about his lack of commercial success, he revealing that he would rather self-mutilate rather than feel depressed, and his lack of interest to what else might be happening elsewhere when he's having a 'bad day' to put it lightly. It's a really heavy song.
Snug Slacks, featured in Pitchfork’s “50 songs that define the last 50 years of LGBTQ pride”, is the ultimate geronthophilia anthem, a sultry funky narrating the sleazy hook-up between a good looking youngster and a experienced and seasoned older gentleman with a huge confidence.
You & Him is a hilarious and sarcastic rock piece about a guy who Mr. Grant at first seems to complement only to reveal later that he's pairing him up with “Him“ (who is he exactly is quite the spoiler) because he's actually kind of an asshole and stupid, the kind of non-thinking idiot who would go to Chernobyl for their honeymoon and act shocked when and offended that there's no one to receive him.
Down Here is a dreamy electrorock mid-tempo track about the vagaries of an unrequited love, in which the intoxicating atmosphere gets a very cathartic conclusion in a really quirky and jazzy ending.
Dissapointing, one of 2015's best songs according to Time magazine, is a very upbeat and romantic electropop bop filled with bizarre pop culture and literary references, comparing and putting below that special one such disparate things like SNL cast members, Russian composers and writers, and ballet dancers “with or without tights“; all of that alongside Tracey Thorn's iconic vocals. Also let's not ignore how this song has one of the gayest video ever.
LOVE IS MAGIC (2018)
With his most electronic album to date, Mr. Grant reunited with the members of Midlake and, alongside musician/synth expert Benge, to create something that pushed his sound forward while also keeping his lyricism grounded... the result is an album of contradictions: futuristic sounds with nostalgic atmosphere, personal and heartbreaking lyrics paired with impersonal and distant beats, and a constant bipolarity between laughing at the quirky line and the hard-hitting revelation that follows afterwards. Although its his most bizarre release, and it kinda killed the upward momentum of his career so far, the album was well-received enough that any concern that he was in a downward spiral and out of ideas could be easily dismissed... and yes, it's kinda inaccesible if you're expecting a more traditional release like his previous albums, but it's also really welcoming if you let yourself be surrounded by the strangeness of its content; after all, this might be among by Top 10 albums of the decade and it keeps going up the list with every listen.
The opening track, Metamorphosis, is a good resume of the album's overall eccentricity... it open with this zany and synth-filled exploration of Grant's psyche, featuring a continuous diatribe of random phrases and though (“14 year old boy rapes 80 year old man“, “67 yogurt flavors, which one do you want?“, “Who created ISIS?“) which stops at a middle point for Mr. Grant to reflect on how he spent his time in gay clubs exploring his repressed sexuality while his mother was dying of cancer and how he barely had any time to even mourn her properly... then we get transported to the jarring contradictions again which represents all of those distractions that let us momentarily forget all of those things we regret. God, this is a heavy song.
Love Is Magic, the title track, is a heavy synth-driven slow-burning mellow pop song about how, despite all his issues someone can have in their relationships and how many shit gets thrown to said relationship, love is still a magic thing after all.
Tempest is a nostalgic electropop ballad with an explosive ending in which Mr. Grant is reminiscent of how scary it was for him to grow up in such a religious community that rejected him outright, and how his only escape was drowning his sorrows while playing arcade games in the mall.
Preppy Boy is an upbeat funky dance track that deals with a fantasy that every gay might have gotten at some point: flirting with the squeaky clean good looking guy next door (or classmate) and hoping for the best... and this is underselling the awesomeness of this bop.
Touch & Go, the closing track, is an ode to Chelsea Manning (the ex-military analyst turned Wikileaks informer turned U.S. government's favorite public target), and her “metamorphosis“ to her true-self.
If you're interested, here are a couple of track that you might enjoy:
Modern Parenting and Pink Squirrel by Creep Show, a supergroup led by Mr. Grant, which released an album in mid-2018 and that pushed the Love Is Magic experimentation to new directions.
Mountaineers, by Sussane Sundfør, is an ambient ballad from a Popheads-friendly artist in a duet with Mr, Grant.
No Prejudice by Pöllaponk, a pop rock band that represented their native Iceland at the 2014 Eurovision and placed at 15th place in the Finals; Mr. Grant is credited as a writer due to his work translating the track to English.
King and Cross by Ásgeir, an indie folk song that was a minor worldwide hit in 2013, and that was translated from Icelandic to English (alongside the rest of the album) by Mr. Grant, who also has a cameo in the music video.
His version of Elton John's Sweet Painted Lady that was recorded for the 40th anniversary reissue of Elton's album Goodbye Yellow Brick Road in 2014.
2019.05.02 23:24 horndoctorSystem Blue Brass and Drums?! The full story!
Hello all!! I hope you are having a great day! I just wanted to drop a new thread here about System Blue. I just came across an old thread that had a LOT of misinformation about the brand, and the product, so thought I might shed some light on the conversation. I also understand the dynamic of discussions like this online that some people will chime in with little quips and jokes that may not reflect anything based on reason or actual experience. So I'm going to start by qualifying who I am. Then I'll provide some information that may be really useful for folks that are exploring this product. This is a pretty inclusive (and I realize lengthy) write up. It's simply intended for those who care to know more about System Blue. WHO AM I? My background in the Activity: My name is Mike Corrigan, the Horn Doctor. I am an adult. I marched with Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps from 1998-2001. (Mellophone) This was Boston's last year the corps hadn't ever made finals in DCI, thru the beginning of their first three Finals appearances. I also helped teach in 2002. I have taught marching bands around the US from Maryland, to Rhode Island and Massachusetts, to Nebraska, Missouri, Kansas. I have worked with high school and collegiate bands and drum corps from an educational perspective. I tell you these things so you can understand that I am experienced and understand the demands of the activity as a musician, and as both a musical tech and visual tech. My Background in the Musical Instrument Industry: I began Musical Instrument Repair as a kid, but formerly attended Red Wing Repair School in 1999. After graduating from that program, I took a job as an apprentice manufacturing Custom Trombones at S.E. Shires Company outside of Boston. I apprenticed here for 4 years. Over the years I have worked with in some capacity (consulting - manufacturing - Warranty and Support - etc) for the following companies: S.E. Shires Custom Brass - Greenhoe Custom Trombones, Calicchio Custom Trumpets, Earl Williams Custom Trombones, Conn-Selmer, Yamaha, Jupiter, Dynasty, Eastman, XO, and System Blue. I repaired all of the instruments for Boston Crusaders the last two years I marched Boston '00-'01 as a member of the corps. I continued providing repair service for Boston thru the time that I decided to pursue providing the DCI Activity with a qualified and trained Mobile Repair Unit. From 2006-2016 I toured the US providing Repair and Support to primarily top 12 DCI groups throughout the season. I founded B.A.C. Horn Doctor as my full-time focus in 2004. As the Horn Doctor, my company has serviced and repaired literally tens of thousands of wind instruments of various vintages, qualities, and voices. I began handcrafting my own horns instruments. (handmade Sackbuts) The instruments I've made have been under the name B.A.C. Musical Instruments. I transitioned from historic period brass into manufacturing Custom Modern Trombones and Trumpets. We hand make these instruments in our factory in Kansas City. We are trying to preserve a dying American Craft. Today I can tell you that I've made instruments for some of the top musicians in the industry. From Trombone Shorty to Elliot Mason with Wynton Marsalis' Jazz at Lincoln Center. To musicians that back Bruno Mars, Justin Timberlake, Beyonce, John Legend, Kool and the Gang, NO BS! Brass Band, etc etc... Because of my background, and what my company does, we have had the tremendous honor to partner up with the guys from Blue Devils, and System Blue, and recently with the world-renowned Canadian Brass. I tell you all of this, so you understand that I am experienced Master Craftsman, and understand the significance of the technical designs to meet the demands of Professional Musicians at the highest caliper acoustically, and the build required to facilitate the demands of an activity such as DCI.
I am just ONE person involved with System Blue. I can tell you that there are a FEW DOZEN more individuals who have an equally, or in most cases MORE impressive qualifying background to suggest they understand what they are doing as it relates to the activity and the product.
Tell me about System Blue. Why do they exist? Where do they come from? If you're not familiar with the Blue Devils, you've probably found yourself in this chat group by mistake. But beyond having the Blue Devils (A) Corps, the group that has the most winning record in the Activity, they also have a (B) corps that competes in the Open Class Division. They also have smaller kiddos in the (C) Corps, which primarily stays in their region of Concord California. The (C) Corps is absolutely amazing. They are taking younger kids and helping expose them to music and dance in a meaningful way. They are exposing them to this amazing activity. They don't have a C corps for the purpose of breeding success. They do it to make a tremendous impact on the community, and these kids. The fact that this program generates excited kids dedicated to this activity, and the fact that some of these kids continue their 'career' as exceptionally well trained and focused members thru the top A Corps is simply a side effect of their core mission. The Blue Devils also have an educational outreach program they run thru the brand known as 'System Blue', a for-profit entity intended to help support the Blue Devils. System Blue educational team provides clinics around the United States for kids that are involved in the Marching Activity thru their local marching band or WGI Winds groups. Again, their mission is to make a positive impact on these kids lives, and the community they interact with. Blue Devils also have other musical performance groups around the Pacific Coast. And they have an International Group that performs abroad! Now, let me tell you about the System Blue. System Blue was originally a concept. It was an idea that the Blue Devils organization possessed some incredibly talented and respected individuals on their teaching and support staff. These individuals were constantly helping companies time and time again develop the absolute best product they could get their hands on. Their benefit at the end of the day was perhaps receiving some free equipment. There are various ways Drum Corps fund their non-profit organizations. But the Blue Devils realized, that rather than giving away all of their valuable intellectual property for pennies on the dollar, perhaps they could leverage this to help support their organization thrive. A brand and product is born. (licensing) Now that you know all of this, I hope you understand how much sense it was for them to harness the value of their 'Intellectual Property', and try to leverage that value to help support their great visions, and help them realize the positive impact they are already making on the world. Enter System Blue products. When they first started System Blue, they were simply 'licensing' the brand. System Blue Drum Sticks, or drum heads. System Blue Chopsaver. System Blue marching shoes. Finally, the relationship with Conn-Selmer allowed them to step up the game, and to develop their own design of brass instruments. King was making 'System Blue' designed horns. It evolves into something bigger. But why? A few years ago, the organization realized they had a lot of limitations with what they could do thru simply licensing. These issues aren't necessarily a given, but not uncommon challenges presented with a licensing program. It just depends on the structure of the deal put together between the two parties. The principal issues you might be faced with when licensing can be explained in this analogy: : Say you are an Uber Driver and you want a new car. You want a bunch of specific features to ensure maximum comfort. Now imagine a car company comes up to you and says, "Hey, I know you are pretty popular Uber Driver, and other drivers look up to you. And I know you're looking for a new car. I'd like to give you one of my cars for free!" You say, "While the thought of a free car is pretty nice, I'd prefer to have a car with a bunch of extra features your car doesn't have to ensure my passengers are super comfortable." So a deal is struck. The car companies agree's "Okay, we'll make you whatever kind of car you want. You design it, and lay out all of the features you want. And here's what we'll do. In addition to giving you a car, we are going to offer your model car to other Uber Drivers. Whenever we sell a car like yours, we'll pay you royalties for your design ideas" - ((Consider what I mentioned above about System Blue. They don't want to just get free equipment. They want to leverage their Intellectual Property to generate revenue to support all of their incredible programs)) - So what are some challenges you might face? First of all what if the Car company is going to continue making the original old model? So if an Uber driver needs a new car, one will be a bit more expensive because not only due to the additional features but because the Car company needs to pay royalties to you whenever they sell the new model. The Car company just might in fact leverage the original less expensive car over the one you designed based on the cost to their customers to seal a deal. That's not necessarily wrong. But it's a reality. If you (The Uber Driver) really believe in your special new model car, and your motivation wasn't just to get a free car, but to generate revenue thru the sale of your model. A model you also believe in, and feel will provide a more comfortable experience to passengers around the world, you may be frustrated if you find out your more expensive model is simply attracting consumers to the product, and the energy is being converted to sell the less expensive model. Now consider this; What happens if you realize the layout of the console or locations of the cupholders might be more comfortable if you adjust details on your new model? Or you realize there might be a way you can get memory foam in the seat cushions instead of regular foam, that you hadn't originally considered? Or what if you want to experiment with a more aerodynamic car shape to save gas? Well, you're not the 'Manufacture' these things are all coming after the development of the new model in the first place. You're just the Uber driver. If you're not the manufacture of the car, further revisions and changes mean major changes in production and potentially significant investment to explore. That's not really your call to make. Or I should say at least you're at the mercy of the factory as to whether they agree that this investment is something their willing to do. After all, they built you the car you asked for. And now you're driving it. Transition to Manufacturing: System Blue realized if they took the next step with the evolution of their product. Essentially becoming the manufacture, they would control their destiny. If they saw value in an enhancement or additional feature of their product, it was them, and them alone that would choose whether it was a meaningful investment or not. Imagine the Blue Devils wanting to make a slight change at the end of the show during finals week to provide an extra 0.005 of G.E., and someone tells them, no I don't think it's worth it. That's the same way they handle these instruments. So what's my role in System Blue today? How/Why am I providing insight on the brand? Presently there are only two wind instrument companies in the world (that I am aware of) that are fully vertical (meaning producing from Student thru Professional Handmade Wind Instruments) that are 100% American Owned companies, with a Factory that produces instruments in the United States. With that said, it should be a known fact that most musical instruments in the world now are produced in Asia. And most companies that you can think of have some level of production done in China. System Blue had an experienced team of individuals who knew what they wanted and needed to be successful. At the end of the day, these guys demand the best for their students and their organization. Once they decided the direction they wanted to go as far as becoming the 'Manufacture', Investigating factories overseas was only logical. They ended partnering with a company that turns out to be the largest factory in the world. Why? Because they demanded the best. They knew that working with this particular company, they could leverage their talent against a company with the fewest challenges and obstacles in the world. It's the same reason why someone that travels a lot might prefer a larger cellular network. You might get a better plan if you stay confined to a particular area that this small company offers. But if you want all the access and the freedom to go anywhere you want, you'll choose to go with the biggest network. This was a great strategy to get started. And considering what they've gotten out of it, it has paid off! Misinformation about the Factory and Production and other horns that look similar on the market. Now here is where most of the misnomers and misinformation begins. Some might suggest that when using the biggest factory in the world, their quality control might be the poorest. Or what they make is the same as what everyone else offers. Or their service might be the worst. This couldn't be further from the truth. Yes, there are 'brands' out there who have a product made by this same factory. And you might even see a product that looks really similar. But the reality is this. System Blue has a team of people that are designing their instruments. This team involves folks like myself that have experience actually making musical instruments. There are some other random brands in the market place. Perhaps a business-oriented individual enjoys music, and see's an opportunity to make some money reselling instruments that look similar. What is their qualification for developing, designing, and manufacturing musical instruments? That's the question. Even some of the finest repair people I've met will admit they couldn't tell you the difference about how spinning a bell this way, as opposed to that way will affect the way the instrument sounds. At the end of the day, it is even beyond the way we have the horns made. It's beyond the thought out design and approach to the build of the instruments. It's also the support and reliability of the company. Are parts available? If so, how accessible are they? Is the product proven in the activity at the highest level? Here is what System Blue did. They partnered with B.A.C. Musical Instruments. Not only are we the distributor, but we are also their Quality Control Facility. We help support the brand with parts. We have a staff of dedicated individuals who understand the instruments, and the design. We also have a dealer network of equally passionate music stores around the country that can provide a local face to face support. As craftsmen and designers who make the highest quality handmade custom instruments, we also help the brass staff to implement their ideas and concepts into the design and help the factory execute these things. System Blue is very reactive, and constantly approaching the product with the thought 'How can we improve and make it better'. Again, Just like a Blue Devils Field Show. We may have won at Quarterfinals, but how can we improve the show, and make it even better for Finals? Not only did Sysem Blue recognize the importance of teaming up with one of the few American Factories left in the United States to provide an American based Quality Checkpoint on all of their product, but they invested in their own System Blue team over in China. So instruments go thru the factory's Quality Control Checkpoints. Then an experienced Beijing based System Blue Team (trained by System Blue and B.A.C.) inspects and QC's the instruments. Then they are received in our Kansas City facility and go thru our final Quality Control Check. As far as frequency of visits to China from the US. Holy Toledo! System Blue regularly has a representative traveling to China. It's been nearly on a monthly basis since the concept started years ago. So the dialog is fresh, and the relationship is much stronger between SB with this factory than with most other companies that might work with this same facility. NOW ABOUT THE PRODUCT: Brass Instruments: The new Brass instruments that have been produced by System Blue over the last several years, since they broke off on their own are the result of several iterations of prototyping and design changes. As I mentioned, even with a great product, the team is constantly considering any feedback and observations about what they might be able to do to improve the instruments. From my experience now with over 20 years of servicing this activity, I think I have a pretty good handle on how well the instruments need to be braced. But remember, I'm not just a 'repair guy', I also manufacture instruments. So I helped John and the brass staff arrive at some pretty awesome enhancements to the approach of the 'build' quality. Certain branches are beefed up, and thicker gauge components are utilized in certain areas. We are considering ergonomic design and balance for the health and wellness of the musicians. And most importantly, how does the horn play/respond/project/resonate. How do the instruments blend as a choir to get a cohesive sound? System Blue has what they call their 'Professional Series'. The Pro Series are what the Blue Devils A corps play. Think of this as 'spared no expense', their top-shelf fine bottle. They also have their 'Traditional Series'. This is what it sounds like. The traditional Series are based on other more commonly found designs that have been around for many years. While these are still well built, and sound great, this is just slightly more economical for a band program to get. So perhaps your school has a tighter budget, the Traditional Series allows you to stretch that budget and expand your instrumentation. Percussion Instruments: One of the most exciting things about this project has been the Carbon Fiber design with the battery. Yes, these drums are MUCH lighter than their appropriate counterparts in the marketplace. They have a BUNCH of patents on these awesome ideas and brilliant designs. This means you're only getting them from System Blue. Their patents certainly expand past the weight, however. They have some incredibly meaningful enhancements to the mechanical aspects of the drums, and their functionality. Once again, it was important to Scott and the team that the drums 'sound' and 'feel', and 'respond' a particular way. Obviously, they are beating on these drums all summer, it's also important that the drums hold up! This last year System Blue continued stretching their wings with the entire front ensemble. From Marimbas to Vibes, Pedal Glock, Bells, Drum Set, Xylophones, Bass Drums, etc... Everything Blue Devils A Corps fielded last year was System Blue. What better proving grounds then the Blue Devils A Corps! Keep in mind, the percussion instruments are absolutely another level across the board. These are by no stretch a 'low budget' option. These are a 'best quality' consideration when groups are looking to sound and perform at a higher level. Yes, we try to get competitive with pricing, but unlike other companies in the marketplace, that is not the sales pitch here. Value and Quality are what you need to be expecting from System Blue. I hope this post helped provide some insight into the brand. I just wanted to make sure people have an accurate account of what System Blue is doing, and accurate account of the quality. There are some passionate people behind this brand. And there are a lot of incredibly unique perspectives that are in play, ensuring the success of the product, who believe in the product that makes our situation truly remarkable. I have personally seen individuals reactions when they first audition these instruments completely shocked by how awesome the quality is. Shocked simply because they heard from a person who heard from a person otherwise. The reality here, as will always be the case, sometimes people with whom loyalties may lie elsewhere, (for one reason or another) pass along misinformation about the quality of a product, when they themselves have not been directly even exposed to the equipment. System Blue has a pretty powerful team of passionate individuals who are dedicated to creating the best quality product they can. We are reactive and welcome any feedback and criticism if you have it. I would challenge you to reach out to folks that actually have the equipment in their programs across the country. We are excited to hear the Blue Devils this summer again with their head to toe System Blue line up! And now, the B Corps will have the new System Blue in their line! If anyone has any questions about the product please check out SystemBlue.org. If you are a director of bands and need any assistance, or would like a quote, please reach out directly thru the website, and one of us will be happy to get back to you! Thanks to everyone who made it thru my System Blue novel! And thank you to everyone who has supported System Blue and what we're doing! ;o) --Mike Corrigan (Horn Doctor) Founder and President of B.A.C. Musical Instruments Distributor of System Blue
For each year in our tournament, I took the top 16 songs from Billboard’s Year-End Hot 100 chart (which measures a song’s overall popularity over the course of the year), and seeded them appropriately (so that the more popular songs have a slight advantage). Then, I took the output of the 16 years, and ran a tournament to find the best song of the 90s, the best song of the 00s, then pitted those two winners in the grand final. Note: In the filled-out bracket, we were mostly in agreement. When we absolutely couldn’t agree, we had to split. Splits are denoted by slashes; the song on top is d8uv’s choice, and the song on bottom is antarris’s choice.
Notes from the tournament
1992—Winner: “Under The Bridge”
End of the Road - Boyz II Men vs. I'll Be There - Mariah Carey
Under the Bridge - Red Hot Chili Peppers vs. All 4 Love - Color Me Badd
Baby-Baby-Baby - TLC vs. To Be with You - Mr. Big
Save the Best for Last - Vanessa Williams vs. I'm Too Sexy - Right Said Fred
Tears in Heaven - Eric Clapton vs. I Love Your Smile - Shanice
Jump - Kris Kross vs. Black or White - Michael Jackson
My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It) - En Vogue vs. Just Another Day - Jon Secada
Baby Got Back - Sir Mix-a-Lot vs. Achy Breaky Heart - Billy Ray Cyrus
d8uv: Note: “Smells Like Teen Spirit”–you know, the song that changed the entire rock genre—only got up to 32. And yet, “Just Another Day”, a song that you have never heard of, was the 10th most popular song. What the hell was wrong with the people of 1992? antarris: Not everyone was an angsty white suburban teenager, you know.
1993—Winner: “Nuthin’ But A ‘G’ Thang”
I Will Always Love You - Whitney Houston vs. Dazzey Duks - Duice
Dreamlover - Mariah Carey vs. Rump Shaker - Wreckx-n-Effect
Freak Me - Silk vs. In the Still of the Nite - Boyz II Men
That's the Way Love Goes - Janet Jackson vs. Don't Walk Away - Jade
Weak - SWV vs. Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang - Dr. Dre
Can't Help Falling in Love - UB40 vs. Knockin' da Boots - H-Town
If I Ever Fall in Love - Shai vs. Informer - Snow
Whoomp! (There It Is) - Tag Team vs. Lately - Jodeci
antarris: I don’t even know who like a third of these people even are. “I Will Always Love You” nearly won my bracket.
The Sign - Ace of Base vs. Without You / Never Forget You - Mariah Carey
All for Love - Bryan Adams, Rod Stewart and Sting vs. All That She Wants - Ace of Base
Hero - Mariah Carey vs. Again - Janet Jackson
The Power of Love - Céline Dion vs. I'll Remember - Madonna
Stay (I Missed You) - Lisa Loeb and Nine Stories vs. Bump n' Grind - R. Kelly
I'll Make Love to You - Boyz II Men vs. Whatta Man - Salt-n-Pepa and En Vogue
Breathe Again - Toni Braxton vs. Don't Turn Around - Ace of Base
I Swear - All-4-One vs. Wild Night - John Mellencamp feat. Meshell Ndegeocello
antarris: The Sign was the first album I ever owned. I sang “Don’t Turn Around” in the shower through my mid-twenties. Sorry-not-sorry. d8uv: This was the year of Ace of Base, and as much as I love my trashy eurodance, the sound hasn’t aged particularly well. antarris: I live for my trashy eurodance. Fight me.
Gangsta's Paradise - Coolio feat. L.V. vs. Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman? - Bryan Adams
Take a Bow - Madonna vs. Don't Take It Personal (Just One of Dem Days) - Monica
On Bended Knee - Boyz II Men vs. Water Runs Dry - Boyz II Men
Kiss from a Rose - Seal vs. Freak Like Me - Adina Howard
Another Night - Real McCoy vs. I Know - Dionne Farris
Creep - TLC vs. Run-Around - Blues Traveler
Fantasy - Mariah Carey vs. This Is How We Do It - Montell Jordan
Waterfalls - TLC vs. I Can Love You Like That - All-4-One
antarris: “Waterfalls” is just a touch behind for me, probably because my little sister played it incessantly. She was seven. d8uv: Antarris called “Gangsta’s Paradise” out as “the only rap song every white person knows”. This was meant as a compliment, but I know better.
1996—Winner: d8uv: “Tha Crossroads”, antarris: “C’mon N’ Ride It (The Train)”
Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix) - Los del Río vs. Sittin' Up in My Room - Brandy
I Love You Always Forever - Donna Lewis vs. You're Makin' Me High / Let It Flow - Toni Braxton
Always Be My Baby - Mariah Carey vs. Missing - Everything but the Girl
Nobody Knows - The Tony Rich Project vs. Ironic - Alanis Morissette
Give Me One Reason - Tracy Chapman vs. C'mon N' Ride It (The Train) - Quad City DJ's
Because You Loved Me - Celine Dion vs. Exhale (Shoop Shoop) - Whitney Houston
Tha Crossroads - Bone Thugs-n-Harmony vs. Twisted - Keith Sweat
One Sweet Day - Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men vs. Follow You Down / Til I Hear It from You - Gin Blossoms
d8uv: When pressed for comment, all antarris said was “... it’s a choo-choo train.” antarris: Pure fucking lyrical genius. “Tha Crossroads” is my second favorite, though. d8uv: Still, I found myself honestly surprised at how much I liked “Tha Crossroads”.
Something About the Way You Look Tonight / Candle in the Wind 1997 - Elton John vs. Nobody - Keith Sweat feat. Athena Cage
Return of the Mack - Mark Morrison vs. How Do I Live - LeAnn Rimes
Can't Nobody Hold Me Down - Puff Daddy feat. Mase vs. MMMBop - Hanson
Un-Break My Heart - Toni Braxton vs. For You I Will - Monica
I Believe I Can Fly - R. Kelly vs. Quit Playing Games (With My Heart) - Backstreet Boys
I'll Be Missing You - Puff Daddy feat. Faith Evans and 112 vs. You Make Me Wanna... - Usher
Don't Let Go (Love) - En Vogue vs. Wannabe - Spice Girls
Foolish Games / You Were Meant for Me - Jewel vs. Bitch - Meredith Brooks
d8uv: This—like 1994—was a surprisingly weak year. Every matchup other than the final was super easy, and even the final wasn’t that hard. antarris: “Semi-Charmed Life” was #17. It would have won my bracket. I probably should’ve bought it instead of recording the video off MTV.
1998—Winner: “How’s It Going To Be”
Too Close - Next vs. My Way - Usher
Candle in the Wind 1997 - Elton John vs. Nice & Slow - Usher
How Do I Live - LeAnn Rimes vs. No, No, No - Destiny's Child
Truly Madly Deeply - Savage Garden vs. My Heart Will Go On - Celine Dion
Together Again - Janet vs. How's It Going to Be - Third Eye Blind
You're Still the One - Shania Twain vs. Gettin' Jiggy wit It - Will Smith
All My Life - K-Ci & JoJo vs. I Don't Want to Wait - Paula Cole
The Boy Is Mine - Brandy and Monica vs. You Make Me Wanna... - Usher
antarris: This year was also surprisingly weak. Lots of “this is my third favorite song from this artist.” d8uv: Elton John cheated with a mediocre song that made into two years of this tournament.
1999—Winner: “Livin’ la Vida Loca”
Believe - Cher vs. I'm Your Angel - R. Kelly and Celine Dion
Every Morning - Sugar Ray vs. Nobody's Supposed to Be Here - Deborah Cox
...Baby One More Time - Britney Spears vs. If You Had My Love - Jennifer Lopez
Heartbreak Hotel - Whitney Houston feat. Faith Evans and Kelly Price vs. Slide - Goo Goo Dolls
Kiss Me - Sixpence None the Richer vs. Where My Girls At? - 702
Angel of Mine - Monica vs. Have You Ever? - Brandy
Genie in a Bottle - Christina Aguilera vs. Livin' la Vida Loca - Ricky Martin
No Scrubs - TLC vs. I Want It That Way - Backstreet Boys
d8uv: This had the hardest matchup in the entire tournament. The seeding was unkind, and forced two songs that would have won the year if they didn’t have to clash. “No Scrubs” vs. “Livin’ la Vida Loca”. But, in the end, Ricky Martin just barely beat TLC. I’m still not sure if this was the right choice. antarris: If “No Scrubs” had won, it would have made it just as far as “Livin’ La Vida Loca” did. It’s that good. My mom thinks we made the wrong choice, though.
Breathe - Faith Hill vs. There You Go - Pink
Amazed - Lonestar vs. Bent - Matchbox Twenty
Everything You Want - Vertical Horizon vs. Try Again - Aaliyah
I Wanna Know - Joe vs. Jumpin', Jumpin' - Destiny's Child
Say My Name - Destiny's Child vs. Higher - Creed
Maria Maria - Santana feat. The Product G&B vs. Thong Song - Sisqó
I Knew I Loved You - Savage Garden vs. He Wasn't Man Enough - Toni Braxton
Smooth - Santana feat. Rob Thomas vs. Kryptonite - 3 Doors Down
antarris: I honestly thought d8uv would fight me on this one. I remembered him saying he absolutely hated “Smooth”. d8uv: My dad only listens to Classic Rock. So, when Santana came out with new music, of course he had to Limewire it, and he loved those singles. I heard “Smooth” so many times my teeth fell right out of my head. Turns out, it’s actually a great song. Who knew?
Hanging by a Moment - Lifehouse vs. Where the Party At - Jagged Edge feat. Nelly
Thank You - Dido vs. Again - Lenny Kravitz
I'm Real (Murder Remix) - Jennifer Lopez feat. Ja Rule vs. It Wasn't Me - Shaggy feat. Rikrok
Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me) - Train vs. Stutter - Joe feat. Mystikal
If You're Gone - Matchbox Twenty vs. Hit 'Em Up Style (Oops!) - Blu Cantrell
All for You - Janet Jackson vs. It's Been Awhile - Staind
Let Me Blow Ya Mind - Eve feat. Gwen Stefani vs. Independent Women - Destiny's Child
Fallin' - Alicia Keys vs. U Remind Me - Usher
antarris: A garbage-ass year. I’m pretty sure I rounded third base listening to that Staind song, though. d8uv: I thought Dido would win, since I love that song and still play it. antarris: I think you mean “Stan”.
2002—Winner: “In The End”
How You Remind Me - Nickelback vs. U Don't Have to Call - Usher
What's Luv? - Fat Joe feat. Ashanti vs. U Got It Bad - Usher
Wherever You Will Go - The Calling vs. Always on Time - Ja Rule feat. Ashanti
Dilemma - Nelly feat. Kelly Rowland vs. Ain't It Funny - Jennifer Lopez feat. Ja Rule
A Thousand Miles - Vanessa Carlton vs. Complicated - Avril Lavigne
Hot in Herre - Nelly vs. The Middle - Jimmy Eat World
In the End - Linkin Park vs. Blurry - Puddle of Mudd
Foolish - Ashanti vs. I Need a Girl (Part One) - P. Diddy feat. Usher and Loon
d8uv: Hybrid Theory is the rare album that became better over time. antarris: Seriously. I hated this in 2002. Love it now.
2003—Winner: “Crazy in Love”
In Da Club - 50 Cent vs. Beautiful - Christina Aguilera
Miss You - Aaliyah vs. Picture - Kid Rock feat. Sheryl Crow
When I'm Gone - 3 Doors Down vs. Baby Boy - Beyoncé feat. Sean Paul
Crazy in Love - Beyoncé feat. Jay-Z vs. Shake Ya Tailfeather - Nelly, P. Diddy and Murphy Lee
Unwell - Matchbox Twenty vs. Get Low - Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz feat. Ying Yang Twins
Get Busy - Sean Paul vs. 21 Questions - 50 Cent feat. Nate Dogg
Right Thurr - Chingy vs. Bring Me to Life - Evanescence feat. Paul McCoy
Ignition (Remix) - R. Kelly vs. All I Have - Jennifer Lopez feat. LL Cool J
antarris: I had somehow never even heard “Crazy in Love” before. Wow. d8uv: This did not win because it was novel. Lord knows, these pop charts are filled with random songs that we’ve forgotten. Almost every single one was forgotten for a reason. antarris: To be fair, I think 2001 made me give up on pop music for like a decade.
2004—Winner: “Hey Ya!”
Yeah! - Usher feat. Lil Jon and Ludacris vs. Slow Jamz - Twista feat. Kanye West and Jamie Foxx
Hey Ya! - Outkast vs. Goodies - Ciara feat. Petey Pablo
The Way You Move - Outkast feat. Sleepy Brown vs. Confessions Part II - Usher
This Love - Maroon 5 vs. Slow Motion - Juvenile feat. Soulja Slim
The Reason - Hoobastank vs. Tipsy - J-Kwon
If I Ain't Got You - Alicia Keys vs. Freek-a-Leek - Petey Pablo
I Don't Wanna Know - Mario Winans feat. Enya and P. Diddy vs. Lean Back - Terror Squad
Burn - Usher vs. Here Without You - 3 Doors Down
d8uv: Outkast was as popular as they deserve, for once. antarris: I was promised Enya. I got baby Adam Levine instead. What the actual fuck.
2005—Winner: “Gold Digger”
We Belong Together - Mariah Carey vs. Mr. Brightside - The Killers
Candy Shop - 50 Cent feat. Olivia vs. Don't Cha - The Pussycat Dolls feat. Busta Rhymes
1, 2 Step - Ciara feat. Missy Elliott vs. You and Me - Lifehouse
Since U Been Gone - Kelly Clarkson vs. Don't Phunk with My Heart - The Black Eyed Peas
Gold Digger - Kanye West feat. Jamie Foxx vs. Disco Inferno - 50 Cent
Let Me Love You - Mario vs. Lose Control - Missy Elliott feat. Ciara and Fatman Scoop
Boulevard of Broken Dreams - Green Day vs. Behind These Hazel Eyes - Kelly Clarkson
Hollaback Girl - Gwen Stefani vs. Shake It Off - Mariah Carey
antarris: That’s not even the best song named “Shake It Off.” d8uv: Kanye can be very VERY good when he tries.
Bad Day - Daniel Powter vs. Run It! - Chris Brown feat. Juelz Santana
Ridin' - Chamillionaire feat. Krayzie Bone vs. SexyBack - Justin Timberlake feat. Timbaland
Hips Don't Lie - Shakira feat. Wyclef Jean vs. Grillz - Nelly, Paul Wall and Ali & Gipp
You're Beautiful - James Blunt vs. Over My Head (Cable Car) - The Fray
Unwritten - Natasha Bedingfield vs. Be Without You - Mary J. Blige
Promiscuous - Nelly Furtado feat. Timbaland vs. Me & U - Cassie
Crazy - Gnarls Barkley vs. Check on It - Beyoncé feat. Slim Thug
Temperature - Sean Paul vs. Buttons - Pussycat Dolls feat. Snoop Dogg
antarris: “Crazy” vs. “Ridin’” was hard for me. I’m still not sure if I made the right call. d8uv: Are you sure you weren’t thinking of the Weird Al version? antarris: Yes. Fuck off.
Irreplaceable - Beyoncé vs. This Is Why I'm Hot - Mims
I Wanna Love You - Akon feat. Snoop Dogg vs. Say It Right - Nelly Furtado
Buy U a Drank (Shawty Snappin') - T-Pain feat. Yung Joc vs. Girlfriend - Avril Lavigne
Big Girls Don't Cry - Fergie vs. Makes Me Wonder - Maroon 5
Before He Cheats - Carrie Underwood vs. Don't Matter - Akon
The Sweet Escape - Gwen Stefani feat. Akon vs. Party Like a Rockstar - Shop Boyz
Hey There Delilah - Plain White T's vs. Glamorous - Fergie feat. Ludacris
Umbrella - Rihanna feat. Jay-Z vs. Smack That - Akon feat. Eminem
d8uv: Here it is, the weakest year of the tournament. There’s like one, maybe two good songs in this list.
90s Grand Tournament—Winner: “Under The Bridge”
d8uv: This was harder than the individual years, because we love every single one of these songs. “Under The Bridge” vs. “Nuthin’ but A ‘G’ Thang” was particularly brutal for me. antarris: We started listening to high-quality versions of the songs here instead of just streaming YouTube. Coolio going over Ace of Base in my bracket surprised me.
00s Grand Tournament—Winner: “In The End”
antarris: “Umbrella” over “Crazy” and “Gold Digger”? Really? It’s like I don’t even know you! d8uv: Should I pack up and leave? Maybe head to the train station? antarris: I picked the song about choo-choo tr--oh, I see what you did there. Not cool. d8uv: This song was always great, it just took a few years for people to forget the stank of nu-metal.
The Grand Final—Winner: “Under The Bridge”
d8uv: They tried so hard, and got so far. But, in the end, it didn’t even matter. antarris: Afterwards, I looked up some of the history on “Under the Bridge”, and this makes sense. A funk-rock band wrote a song based on a poem and had it produced by Rick Rubin. It’s like catnip to both of us for completely different reasons. d8uv: The thing that clinched it for me was the realization that this song builds so beautifully. It’s dynamic in a way most pop songs are, but maintains being interesting even during the subdued opening. antarris: Yeah, I used an orgasm metaphor when I advocated for it. d8uv: Most of the songs on this list were pop songs that became art. This song felt like art that became a pop song. That’s pretentious to say, so just remember—I almost went with “Umbrella”.
I chose these years because I needed to cut 4 years to get 20 years down to 16. Because of this, I excluded the two lowest-revenue (according to the RIAA, adj. for inflation) years from the 90s (1990 and 1991), and the two lowest-revenue years for the 00s (2008 and 2009). It might have been better to include them, but I didn’t want to. Because the Billboard year ends in November, if a song is released during the winter, it’s likely that it won’t show up as a smash hit for one year; instead, it will show up as a mediocre hit across two years. Some songs can pull off charting highly in consecutive years, but that’s really rare. It’s important to remember the wise words of Binary Star: Everything that glitters ain’t gold, and every gold record don’t glitter—that’s for damn sure. The Hot 100 measures popularity, not cultural relevance or quality. A lot of very good, very important songs didn’t make the cut for this tournament, while a lot of long-forgotten dross did. Ultimately, I’m fine with this. Most of the fun of filling out the bracket was running into songs I don’t remember and going “What the fuck are YOU, song?” For singles with an A-side and a B-Side (ex: “Follow You Down / Til I Hear It from You - Gin Blossoms”) I chose the first song. This is a little arbitrary, but a line has to be drawn somewhere. Some additional caveats (because antarris is an academic pedant): this obviously has too small and homogenous a viewing audience to be objective truth. While both of us have pretty broad taste in music, there are some genres—mainstream country and slow R&B in particular—that neither of us is super into. This probably skews our results significantly, especially in the 90s bracket. Also, a better way to determine our sample of songs would be to take a page from Good Mythical Morning’s cereal tournament and set up a poll for each year. However, getting a survey sample that’s representative of the population at large would be extremely challenging with an internet poll and, let’s face it, we’re not getting grant money for this shit.
If you disagree, you should fill out your own bracket:
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