Song of the Week: Your Song – Rita Ora

While Rita Ora is now gracing your TV alongside former Backstreet Boys and Spice Girls she’s also about to be gracing your ears with this Ed Sheeran penned track that will have you up, and dancing in your kitchen from morning to night. This track serves as her first release in two years as her second album was lost in the lawsuit between Ora and former label Roc Nation which was settled last summer.

Photo from: https://www.nylon.com/articles/rita-ora-your-song-music-video?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=nylon 

Song of the Week – New Rules | Dua Lipa

 

DL1, English songwriter Dua Lipa’s debut album dropped on June 2 and is on repeat for many pop-lovers the world over. Refinery29 supports her classification as ‘new age pop’ with collaborations on the album from Miguel and Chris Martin the album itself boasts an impressive amount of clout for a burgeoning star.

While many tracks on the album have quickly been added to playlists by both me and my friends this one ‘New Rules’ is the clear fan favorite of our group and my song of the week! Check out all of Dua Lipa’s debut, it’s available across streaming platforms!

Image from: http://www.billboard.com/photos/7709109/dua-lipa-photos-pics 

What the Selena Gomez Vogue Article Says about Male Interviewers

An issue we have seen before rises to the top of our newsfeed’s once again: male authors writing uncomfortably intimate pieces about female celebrities. To be fair, the piece in question currently – Selena Gomez on Instagram Fatigue, Good Mental Health and Stepping Back from the Limelight in April’s Vogue, is mostly reasonable. However, the authors “protectiveness” over the star’s “doll-like” looks and “tiny waist.” While this is incredibly tame by all standards, as the Guardian points out in Why Do So Many Male Journalists Think Female Stars are Flirting with Them?  “But I think my favourite was US Esquire on Scarlett Johansson: ‘I didn’t look at her ass,’ the male journalist informs us. ‘I don’t know that she wanted me to. Probably not. Surely not. In any case, I didn’t.’ Of course she wanted you to, you fool! It is every woman’s fantasy to be ogled by a tragic male journalist while she tries to do her job.”

The author of the Guardian article goes on to offer examples of female reporters with equally sexualized stars to interview who do not end their articles basically fantasizing about sleeping with the interviewee. Why is this the norm? Why is this a “Perennial issue?” Why is it that when you reach a certain (any) level of fame you no longer become a person and instead become a tiny, fragile, doll for strange men to feel urges of protectiveness over? Selena Gomez dated Bieber through a media firestorm, battles Lupus, has been in and out of rehab dealing with depression and anxiety, she lives in a world where everyone thinks they know her – where they can leave a million comments about her weight, her stability, her weakness – and she thrives. That is not weakness. That is not fragility. Let’s start writing about these artists as they represent themselves – not as your masculinity and sexualized fantasy represents them.

Music as a Religion? Maren Morris Might Think So.

In Maren Morris’ ‘My Church’ she uses traditionally religious rhetoric to communicate the depth of her feelings about music and songwriting. In an interview with Genius, Morris described it as ‘a road song’ saying, “I wrote it in a place of inspiration. I get a lot of my songwriting done while driving around Nashville—sometimes it comes to me that way. I tried to write about that feeling, that connection.”

The chorus of the country chart topper sings,

Can I get a hallelujah
Can I get an amen

Feels like the Holy Ghost running through ya
When I play the highway FM
I find my soul revival
Singing every single verse
Yeah I guess that’s my church

Check out the song, and see about the reference to music as religion for yourself.

Refugee Choir Brings People Together

“Imagine as you read this story, the sound of a choir in the distance learning “What a Wonderful World.” Music is truly a universal language.  No matter our differences in religion, politics, or ethnicity, it brings people together”

A choir of refugee’s from across the planet come together to sing in Tacoma, Washington. Though they don’t speak the same language they come together for the universally binding – music. Follow the link below for the full story:

http://www.king5.com/news/local/tacoma/tacoma-refugee-choir-forges-new-friendships/408719535

A Case Study on Censorship – Not Ready to Make Nice (Song of the Week)

Does censorship still exist? You’d say no, right? But let’s look at the Dixie Chicks, and  then I’ll ask you again.

On March 10, 2003, the Dixie Chicks were on the opening date of their ‘Top of the World’ tour in London, England, just days before the initial invasion of Iraq when lead singer Natalie Maines told the crowd, “Just so you know, we’re ashamedthe president of the United States is from Texas” about President Bush. The trio finished their tour but were essentially banished from mainstream country music in the United States and virtually censored for three full years as they faced public and media scrutiny following the incident, including threats of physical harm and death wishes

In 2006 they release ‘Taking the Long Road’ which included ‘Not Ready to Make Nice’with lyrics such as “how in the world could the words that I said send somebody so over the edge that they’d right me a letter saying I better shut up and sing or my life will be over?”

The Dixie Chicks were effectively censored in 2003, a censorship which stood in the United States until 2016 when they announced a State Fair circuit, but will likely never release or perform in the States in the same capacity as before their comments on Bush.

So I ask again, does censorship still exist? And what are you willing to do if it does?