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For better or worse, 2017 has witnessed a surge in popularity for trap-leaning hip hop and the embrace of rappers as the new rockstars in full force.

The fallout from the genre is everywhere, ranging from the obnoxious prominence of hypebeast culture to your uncannily lacklustre Top 40 blockbuster. While this fad might not be everyone’s cup of tea, there are some creations however, that should be universally scorned.

We could tell you we didn’t enjoy roasting these sorry excuses for music but then we’d be lying!  

 

10. Young and Menace - Fall Out Boy

Teejay: I seriously don’t get why everyone is trying to sound more techno these days. Fall Out Boy disappoint us yet again with this migraine of a song, proving that they’ve certainly strayed away from their well-loved previous efforts, Save Rock and Roll for instance. The song’s constant change in dynamics doesn’t make it as “listenable” as you’d want it to be, unfortunately.

 
 

9. Look What You Made Me Do - Taylor Swift

Aside from the subliminal Mean Girls reference and the objective superiority over its Katy Perry counterpart, Swish Swish (though that’s not saying much), it takes a certain degree of effort to relate to New Taylor’s isolationist and ultimately unlikable plane of existence. The pettiness and whole reputation concept is dated and simply tacky at this point. The only thing LWYMMD furthers is Swift’s streak for less-than-memorable lead singles much to her detriment, not that it matters.   

 
 

8. Bon Appetit - Katy Perry

Xinyi: There is a fine line between being provocative and derogatory. This song definitely crossed the innuendo line for me, in fact listening to the track made me slightly uncomfortable. Let’s not even talk about the music video… Lyrically, lines like “Got me spread like a buffet”, “Well I'm open 24” and “I'm on the menu” were overly cringey and just derogatory. This song was a step worse than her previous song Birthday from Prism with even more explicit food innuendos.

 
 

7. Thumbs - Sabrina Carpenter

Linda: The instrumental rips off Sam Sparro's Black & Gold, but watered down to Britney at her most generic. Much worse are the fake-deep, directionless lyrics- she lists down ways people undermine themselves without actually engaging with the subject matter. Instead, she speaks from a cynical distance - “That's just the way of the world.” I'm fine with mediocre societal critique if it still comes from a genuine place (e.g. Alessia Cara), but in this song, not only does she lack insight, she doesn't touch upon about how a broken world actually makes her feel - just a cynical smirk that takes pride in “seeing through things.” The fact that this smug commentary is coming from a privileged teen makes this x100 more annoying. Girl, the reason why you're not like those people you're describing is because you're rich, white and attractive.

 

 

6. Paris - The Chainsmokers

Teejay: This generation’s obsession with everything EDM led to hyping up songs that don’t even deserve to be on the charts. A particularly bad song can get away with a catchy beat, but this one doesn’t even fall into that category. It has an anti-climactic chorus that leaves you hanging and lyrics that could be written by teenagers on spring break.

 

 

5. Meant to Be - Bebe Rhexa ft. Florida Georgia Line

I’ll be honest – I plucked this one right out of Singapore’s Top Hits on Spotify just for sticking out like a sore thumb and boy did I strike gold. For a song about letting go and following the natural order of things, this cliché-driven, cross-genre collaboration comes across as painfully forced – an  unabashedly commercial enterprise much like that sweet product placement spot that does not go unnoticed. Yeah alright be simultaneous but not like, hitchhiking simultaneous…

 

 

4. Shape of You - Ed Sheeran

Donwei: There are some songs that you don't care much for and there are others that you detest with a burning passion. For me, Shape Of You definitely belongs to the latter group. This single triggers me on so many levels and it doesn't help how overplayed it is. While it would be unfair to say that Ed Sheeran should go back to making generic love songs (which he is great at!), there surely are other ways to diversify his music portfolio.

 
 

3. Swish Swish - Katy Perry

Letazia: This single was really disappointing, kinda expected more from Katy. I don't really know what to say about this single but I think the fact that Katy Kats were underwhelmed by this song says a lot.

Solihin: Can confirm, even a Nicki Minaj verse and her throwaway encouragement to “Get it together, Katy” could not salvage this weak-ass attempt at a Taylor Swift diss track. Receipts? Yes, I’d like one so I could get a refund for every time I heard a lethargic basketball metaphor.

 
 

2. Thunder – Imagine Dragons

Just when you thought that the Grammy popularity circle jerk this year actually didn’t turn out to be that terrible, The Recording Academy just had to acknowledge the gigantic deuce in the room by nominating it for Best Group Performance. How is popular stadium rock band Imagine Dragons still considered innovative or even alternative in any shape or form when they have the gall to let loose such a mind-numbingly dumb track. Bad song. Bad! Not good!!

 
 

1. Gucci Gang - Lil Pump

Linda: I can forgive off-beat rapping if the rapper has charisma or sharp punchlines – sadly Lil Pump doesn't have any of those either. I guess Soundcloud rappers are inherently divisive with their monotone, dead-eyed rapping, but I think such a style can be effective in evoking a kind of sickening bleakness (see: XO TOUR Llif3). Gucci Gang stops short of such a feeling due to its boring flow and half-assed delivery over a typical, skeletal beat. It's also pretty weird hearing a 17-year-old (yes, that's his actual age) rap "My bitch love do cocaine, ooh". Dude needs to go back to school.

 

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In case everyone has forgotten, Taylor Swift started out as a country-pop singer famous for her seemingly fake Southern American accent mostly noticeable on her debut album.

But did you know that the former country pop star released a Christmas EP entitled The Taylor Swift Holiday Collection?

The 6-track EP was released in 2007 during the advent of her popularity and includes 2 original songs.

If you’re in for a nostalgic treat, listen to our top 3 picks from the EP here:

 

Last Christmas

 

Santa Baby

 

Christmas Must Be Something More (Original Song)

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Saturday, 02 December 2017 07:19

12 Gifts Every Fandom Needs This Christmas

The season of giving is upon us once again.

If you are thinking of what gifts to get a fandom-obsessed person, you have come to the right place. Put aside the usual CDs, biographies and posters, we have got some interesting finds for you.

Regardless of whom they idolise, we’re sure you will find something suitable here!

 

1.     Pins - For the ones that like it subtle.

Beyonce Lemonade Pin | One Direction Pin Set | Drake Pin

 

2.     Iron Ons – For the ones that like to jazz up their outfits.

Justin Bieber Patch | Sia Patch | Ed Sheeran’s Shape Of You Patch

 

3.     Stickers – For the ones that want to spice up their life.

Spice Girls | Fifth Harmony | The 1975

 

4.     Phone cases – For the ones that cannot keep their hands off their idols.

Shawn Mendes | Maroon 5 | Ariana Grande

 

5.     Notebooks – For the busy ones.

Selena Gomez | Troye Sivan | Rihanna

 

6.     Totebags – For the ones that love shopping.

Sound of Music | Justin Bieber’s Purpose Tour | Taylor Swift’s Squad

 

7.     Mugs – For that morning tea or coffee.

Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars’ Uptown Funk | Mariah Carey | Justin Timberlake

 

8.     Figurines – For the ones who love collectibles.

Shakira | Amy Winehouse | The Beatles

 

9.     T-shirts – For the ones that aren’t afraid to tell the world.

Harry Styles | Shawn Mendes | Halsey

 

10.Keychains – For the ones who never wish to lose their keys.

David Bowie | Troye Sivan | Kanye West & Kim Kardashian

 

11.Socks – For the ones that are always on their toes.

The Rolling Stones | Steve Aoki | Big Bang

 

12.Earrings – For the ones that like to keep music by their ears.

5SOS’ Safety Pin | Drake | Justin Bieber

 

Happy Holidays!


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Calling it the truth.

Ever since Taylor Swift released Call It What You Want earlier this month, we had quite some time to play the song over and over again while analysing the lyrics from beginning till end.

However, instead of figuring out who inspired the song, we found something possibly even cooler. We realised that the song felt very relatable as it was full of statements relating the truths that we often encounter in life.

 

1. "My castle crumbled overnight"

We couldn't help but think of Swift's single, New Romantics, that contains the lyrics "Cause baby I could build a castle. Out of all the bricks they threw at me." This reminded us that even though you had previously managed to arise triumphant from your struggles, sometimes, whatever you have built for yourself gets destroyed in seconds.

 

2. "Jokers dressed like kings"

Basically, this lyric presents us with the reality that a lot of people in this world try to portray themselves as something that they are not. They act as though they are the greatest thing in this world but in fact, they are just jokers pretending to be something better than they actually are.

 

3. "All the liars are calling me one"

In life, there will be many people who will call you out or pick on you. However, you don't have to listen to them because they are honestly just jealous of your success and are essentially projecting their insecurities on you.

 


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As part of the build-up towards the inevitable event that was Taylor Swift releasing her sixth studio album, Rolling Stones’ Robert Sheffield ranked all 115 of her songs, (correctly) crowning All Too Well as the crème de la crème. Vulture followed suit with an updated list, taking into account the recent reputation and #124 Will Shock No One!  

But seriously though, is anyone surprised that the LP that sold 1.05 million copies within four days is unfortunately the songstress’ most commercial i.e. generic output to date. Sure, the record is Swift at her most sonically cohesive in recent years but it also sees her striking the same contemporarily homogenous chords that tend to blunt her Midas Touch of crafting emotionally resonant pop songs. Rather than pander to the sounds of the moment (808 snares, everywhere!) shouldn't she be comfortable at this point in her career to rise above the din and craft a record that is truly signature Swift?

reputation is unnecessarily awkward in its predestined ascent to the top of the charts. Despite the fake news it perpetuates, the clickbait-y Consequence of Sound does bring up a valid point – are we supposed to immediately be cool with Swift rapping? It might be a nit-pick but should anyone ask me about my favourite TSwift hip-hop moment, the answer will forever be her iconic (and ironic) collaboration with T-Pain. Discomfort at some level should be a natural reaction to the verses she drawls unrecognisably and begs the question, "Why?" No offense, Ed Sheeran. 

If 1989 was the quasi-nostalgic, metropolitan embrace of her independence, reputation is a muddled and dated acknowledgement of her celebrity and/or infamy. By dedicating a majority of the record to her maligned public persona, Swift unwittingly distances herself at times and the dubious fashion she chooses to clothe her tracks doesn’t help either. Instead of the bulletproof comeback that could have been, reputation’s over-the-top gaudiness at the cost of relatability and immersion betrays an insecurity that’s quite misplaced. In the very era of oversharing it would be a pity that the mixed bag presented is merely a reaction and nothing much else.

Thankfully, we’ve sifted through the debris and neatly arranged all 15 tracks from worst to best for your perusal.

 

15. This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things

Clearly Swift has a thing or two to say to her perceived opponents and on any other day, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. It does become inescapably tiresome when a full-fledged 3-minute song or more accurately, a tedious bulk of reputation is devoted to silly barbs which more often than not, fall flat. Would it not be a more fulfilling endeavour to prove her mettle by writing good songs first and foremost? Asking as a fan. Worst of all, "I can't even keep a straight face" doesn't even make a good meme and her insistence on juvenile cattiness represents everything wrong with this record.

14. End Game (ft. Ed Sheeran & Future)

How exactly did we as a society get here? Were we enablers of some sort when we innocently embraced her celebratory Backseat Freestyle and lauded the subsequent Kendrick Lamar feature in spite of its grossly underwhelming music video? If so, sorry. The lines Swift spit aren't terrible but next to nothing could ever redeem the very existence of this transactionary conception.            

13. Look What You Made Me Do

Believe it or not, I’m all for salty, extra, petty Swift, snake symbolism and all. I enjoy that glint of malice when she scowls, “Maybe I got mine, but you'll all get yours,” whatever she’s going off about and the Mean Girls deep cut is, in all honesty, genius. Still doesn’t qualify as anything more than a guilty pleasure, though.       

12. So It Goes...

Genius user taylorrolyat would have us believe that the refrain is used as a Vonnegut-inspired narrative tool of transition marking Swift’s metamorphosis from Old to New. That hypothesis is a stretch which could never accommodate the arid, uninspired soundscapes and flimsy rethreads of her dating dynamics. 

11. Dancing With Our Hands Tied

Imagine you were Joe Alwyn. While there has never been a Taylor Swift album more centred around a single, secretive relationship, the longevity of those songs (this throwaway one included) is, to put it generously, up in the air. Quality over quantity I say.     

10. …Ready For It?

reputation’s opening anthem functions as a spoiler warning and it’s ultimately a grower but just to give you an idea of how much I was not ready for it, I texted anyone who would listen this: “Taylor's a rapper now :(”

9. I Did Something Bad

It is highly unlikely that 2017 will be remembered as the year in which Swift finally came out openly relishing the purported singer-songwriter crime of penning diatribes against exes but you know what? She shouldn’t and doesn’t give a shit so that’s refreshing and hopefully, cathartic. 

8. Gorgeous

This isn’t a song that takes itself too seriously and neither should you. Only someone so smitten could let such an objectively weak chorus slide but the sentiment expressed is… not wrong.  

7. Don’t Blame Me

“Yeah but can she really sing though,” is by far the laziest excuse I’ve heard from casuals who somehow always happen to be vocal connoisseurs. Track 4’s blaring synths are drowned out by Swift’s fiery delivery of a bridge so lit it burns bright to high heaven.

6. Call It What You Want

Admit it, the whole “My baby's fly like a jet stream / High above the whole scene” is pretty darn catchy right up to the point where Swift frets about – you guessed it, her reputation.

5. Delicate

As one of those songs that could be described as (and contains the actual word) “chill”, reputation’s rare moment of frailty and self-doubt is interspersed with hip Tinder lexicon alluding to the anxieties of meeting someone new the only way Taylor Swift could.

4. King of My Heart

The auto tune works well here – Swift seems to be consumed quite thoroughly by the coronation of her new king who enchants her “heart, body, and soul” so much so that there is a shift in the very core of her being. Flitting around a series of dizzying beats, it’s thrilling to imagine a live drum circle HAIM-style hammering it out.

3. Getaway Car

Swift shines the most when she sounds like she could be on the edge of screaming her lyrics from the rooftops or in this case, while riding off into the sunset, possibly in a convertible. With Jack Antonoff’s imprint practically imbued in its DNA, that sweet 1989 aesthetic is ramped up to 13 for good measure.  

2. New Year’s Day

There she is. Vintage Swift – warmest when stripped down and your favourite story teller who kills it with lines like “Please don’t ever become a stranger whose laugh I could recognise anywhere." Isn’t it nice to actually feel things? Just ask Jimmy Fallon.

1. Dress

Sex, sex, sex in the form of a ballad no less. This is peak New Taylor. Alcohol reference? Check. Flow without interference from unnatural cadences? Check. An accessible narrative with enough juicy details and the utility of silence as the embodiment of tense restraint? Very good. 

 

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After the faux-villainess theatrics of Look What You Made Me Do and roguish mania of …Ready For It?, Taylor Swift returns to her signature lovestruck girl-next-door character with Gorgeous.

Her dedication to her persona is palpable, as the pop number paints a picture of drunk infatuation with effervescent video game synths and a ditzy bubblegum chorus. However, the execution of it all feels anodyne, sounding like a leftover cut from her last album 1989.

The lyricism is clearly the worst culprit- her rhymes are clumsy (I can't say anything to your face/ 'Cause look at your face) and her descriptions are middle schooler diary entry material (You should think about the consequence/ Of your magnetic field being a little too strong). It is a letdown considering how Taylor Swift has always displayed an eye for the devil in the details, marrying specificity with universality. The Max Martin production is nothing to write home about either, the little tweaks and flourishes lend some flair, but not enough to lift the song out of generic filler territory.

“You missed the joke!” Her defenders might scoff. “The childishness is all intentional!” But mediocrity does not magically vanish upon a calculated wink at the audience. Taylor’s desperation to convey her self-awareness results in heavy-handed songwriting choices that ignore her personal strengths, her attempts to imbue ironic comedy into her romanticism come across more vapid than charming. She managed to accomplish the latter with Blank Space but there's only so many times you can put out this kind of song without the trick getting stale - Taylor has been playing the self-referential card for way too many songs at this point.

So far, our ranking of her previews from Reputation would be: ...Ready For It? > Gorgeous > Look What You Made Me Do. While Gorgeous is far less interesting than ...Ready For It?, its melodicity elevates it above Look What You Made Me Do.

But frankly speaking... none of those 3 songs make a very convincing case for the hype factor behind Reputation

 

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Oh boy, it has been awhile…

The last time Taylor Swift performed at a concert was well over eight months ago in Houston at the pre-Superbowl concert. In August, she shocked the world with a surprise comeback track Look What You Made Me Do and ...Ready For It. We surely were not ready for that!

Next month, Taylor will release her comeback album Reputation. Even though she has not revealed any headline tour for the upcoming album, she has announced her participation in a couple of the Christmas shows happening in the USA later this year. 

Before she returns to the stage, let us look back at 5 things we missed about her performing live.

 

1.     Countless Outfit Changes – She just looks stunning in every outfit she puts in, HOW!

 

2.     Insane Stage Set Ups – From flying above the audience to probably the biggest elevated platform ever

 

3.     Amazing Crowds – The crowds just seem to get larger and larger every tour

 

4.     Surprise Guests – During her 1989 tour, Taylor invited special guests to join her on stage each night

 

5.     Of Course, Her Vocals!! – Need we say more?

 

 

We are very excited for what’s to come! Are you?


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Why? Cause she's dead.

Taylor Swift strategically premiered the music video for Look What You Made Me Do at this year's VMAs soon after the single's release on Friday.

After what seemed like an endless stream of negative reactions from the Internet about the "worst Taylor song" and the "annoyingly catchy tune", this music video could possibly be the saviour of the pop star's reputation.

The visual representation features various new dark-edged Taylors as well as a mountain of recreated old Taylors donned in different iconic outfits who pathetically struggle to reach the top.

As the queen of symbolism, there's just too much to digest in this one video. So we have dissected the video into 10 times that Taylor Swift embraced what everyone and the media has said about her.

 

1. "Taylor is a snake."

 

2. "Taylor is money hungry so she takes her songs off all streaming platforms."

 

3. "Taylor's squad has become a cult of supermodels and famous people."

 

4. "Taylor has a long list of ex-lovers."

 

5. "Taylor's relationship with Tom Hiddleston is a pathetic PR stunt because of that 'I Heart TS' tank he wore."

 

6. "Taylor acts surprised whenever she wins an award."

 

7. "Taylor is so fake."

 

8. "Taylor is always playing the victim card."

 

9. "I made that b**** famous."

 

10. "Taylor always unnecessarily brings up the VMA incident with Kanye West."

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I used to adore Taylor Swift. I really did.

I had posters of her plastered all over my bedroom wall when I was 15. I saved up my allowance to get a copy of Fearless that I later repeatedly played on my CD player whenever I’d get home from school. Heck, I even taught myself how to play the guitar because of her!

But god, 2017 Taylor Swift is almost like a reincarnation of our past 2007 selves… and I’m not just talking about Reputation’s album art.

Swift recently released a single called Look What You Made Me Do. The song is, undeniably, a bop. But behind those seemingly quirky beats are lyrics inspired by nothing but loathing, KARMA, and unending references to lists.

Here’s a line from the new single:

I've got a list of names and yours is in red, underlined.

Here’s another line from Blank Space:

Got a long list of ex-lovers. They'll tell you I'm insane.

How many lists does she have? Is she really keeping track of all these people?

If Swift’s trying to be the Arya Stark of pop music, let’s just say most people aren’t really on her side.

We can’t blame them though, because if she’s not whining about an ex-boyfriend, you sure can expect her to shade some people who allegedly did her wrong.

One thing I do miss is her ability to spark nostalgia in songs like The Best Day or even channel unapologetic optimism in Shake It Off.

But perhaps pain overpowered Swift and led her to execute vengeful thoughts through lyrics like:

Ooh, look what you made me do
Look what you made me do
Look what you just made me do
Look what you just made me
Ooh, look what you made me do
Look what you made me do
Look what you just made me do
Look what you just made me do

Yes, that’s her new single's entire chorus, if you’re ever wondering.

Don’t know what I’m talking about? Listen to the single here:

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Love it or hate it, one question remains: What did we really make her do?

 

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Taylor Swift might have been on the down low for the past couple of months, but the pop singer sure does know how to tease a major comeback.

Swift recently deleted all her posts from social media and came back with cryptic videos followed by an announcement of new music - a newly released single and an upcoming album entitled Reputation.

As expected, fans are more than willing to see the move as groundbreaking, even making sense of the symbolisms in her comeback posts.

However, her sudden disappearance from social media as a publicity tactic does not necessarily fall under the category of “breaking the internet,” as she’s not really the first artist who’s done it.

Though, discussing her lack of originality does not seem to interest the public these days. What are they talking about, you may ask? Well, let’s just say people on social media are constantly mocking her poorly designed album art for Reputation.

Here are a few posts about the album art that made us chuckle:

Perhaps the terrible design is a metaphor for her "damaged" reputation? Who knows?

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