One Direction

one-directionOk let’s talk about boy bands. Love em or hate em, there’s not doubt that they crank out poppy hits that make metric s-tons of money. So with that out of the way, let’s talk One Direction, a boy band which is currently composed by four members: Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson all of them born in England, and Niall Horan who is from Ireland, plus former member Zayne Malik who announced his departure from the band just last week.

The band was founded in 2010, and all we can say now is that they HAD tons of success: global fame, world tours, dozens of awards but the most important was likely millions of truly rabid fans that would give everything to share a brief moment with their idols, because the boys of One Direction (or 1D, as they’re commonly known among fans) have become more than just musicians, they’re a downright global phenomenon. Continue reading

The Unstoppable Taylor Swift

taylor-swiftThis leggy, blonde beauty has been in the game since her teenage years; with over 26 million Instagram followers and 55 million Twitter followers, Swift is most definitely a household name at this point in her career. She has had endless success since the release of her very first album and continues to be one of the world’s most well-recognized celebrities.

Her first album self-entitled Taylor Swift was released when she was just at the ripe age of sixteen back in 2006. This album introduced us to the classic country Taylor songs like “Teardrops on My Guitar” and “Picture to Burn.” Along with these hits, “Our Song” was also on the album and happened to make her the youngest person to write and perform a song on the Hot Country Songs Chart. In total, five singles were released from this album, leading her to be nominated for a Grammy Award in the category Best New Artist. Continue reading

Praise Yeezy!

I first heard kanye-west1Kanye when his song, Jesus Walks, hit the airwaves. His lyrics. Punchlines. And how he delivered his wordplay was just awesome. What this artist represented and how he came out with it was just out of this world. Personally, I felt like Tupac Shakur had risen from the dead (if you believe he actually died, you conspiracy theorists lol). I never got to listen to much of his work on the first album, but a couple of albums later, I think he came up with his greatest work to date. Graduation, this was an album that even today I relate to the songs on a personal basis. Despite the mainstream and commercial success of the album, it still left a mark in my life. It’s still on my top ten favorite albums of all time. I was pretty disappointed when he cancelled his concert back in 2013 here in Minneapolis.

His star has shone brilliantly since his first album but somewhere along the way, he let that stuff get to his head. Somewhere along the way, Kanye West lost his appeal to me as a human being. I felt like he started making tracks for the hell of it. Pulling publicity stunts that ten year olds don’t even think about. Continue reading