Mariah carey partner

Mariah Carey has been in an on-screen matchup with Max Beesley in Glitter (2001). Mariah Carey is a member of the following lists: Epic Records artists, Mariah Carey and Actors from New York. Contribute. Help us build our profile of Mariah Carey! Login to add information, pictures and relationships, join in discussions and get credit for your ... — Mariah Carey has pulled from her rich vault to compile a new album called 'The Rarities.' Made up of songs recorded from 1990 — the year she dropped her multi-hit self-titled debut album ... Now, 49 years old Mariah Carey is dating her new boyfriend Bryan Tanaka. Undoubtedly, he assumes himself luckiest guy to have a girlfriend like Mariah. The age difference of 13 years between this couple will surprise you. But still, they look cute together. Furthermore, before this relationship, Mariah Carey married twice and mother of two kids. Mariah Carey discussed her upcoming memoir, 'The Meaning of Mariah Carey,' with Oprah Winfrey. ... LIM College, MOTIF Partner for Fashion Industry Online Education Posted on: WWD Mariah Carey has just released a new memoir and it seems no topic is off limits for the singer. The Always Be My Baby hitmaker, 50, opens up about cheating on her husband, going to rehab, domestic ... Mariah Carey married actor and comedian Nick Cannon on April 30, 2008 and gave birth to fraternal twins in 2011. The couple later divorced in 2014. Most recently, Mariah Carey was in a relationship with Australian billionaire James Packer. Bryan Tanaka and Mariah Carey briefly split in April 2017.Carey’s friendly relationship with ex-husband Nick Cannon may have been the catalyst for problems. Entertainment Tonight, citing a ... Mariah Carey opened up about her supposed preference for younger men to Cosmopolitan by revealing she's actually only had five sexual partners in her life.; Carey has been in a long-term relationship with her former backup dancer Bryan Tanaka, who's 36, on and off for about two years. Before dating Tanaka, Carey was engaged to billionaire James Packer and has been married twice. James Packer opened up in a recent interview saying his relationship with Mariah Carey 'was a mistake for her and a mistake for me' By Nicole Sands Mariah Carey shared she hasn't had many sexual partners, saying, 'I’ve only been with five people in my life, so I’m kind of a prude, honestly, compared to most others in the field.'

over-analyzing Nas lines outside the scope of rapgenius: Jay ft Nas - Success

2020.09.11 13:48 jensyao over-analyzing Nas lines outside the scope of rapgenius: Jay ft Nas - Success

When Nas overthinks his lyrics, we overanalyze...that's just part of the game we play as listeners when deciphering Nas' lyrics: https://www.reddit.com/nas/comments/iio9um/nas_overthinking_the_songs_hes_writing_what_do/
I'll paint a brief picture with this one...again, when the verses were recorded for 2007, none of this had happened, so this is why this is outside the scope and a preview of things to come
https://genius.com/5202
On Jay's American Gangster album, Nas said:
  • But I don't give a fuck, walk inside the lion's den...Up your catalog, dog, mine's worth too much/Like Mike Jacks ATV pub, Mottola can't touch
The original annotation says:
Nas is bragging about how much his catalog of songs is worth, comparing it to Michael Jackson’s ATV Music Publishing (owner of The Beatles‘ songs and others). The 'Mottola can’t touch’ refers to an incident in 2001 when Sony Music Entertainment, headed by Tommy Mottola, unsuccessfully tried to take all of Jackson’s music rights
Sony is also the parent company of Columbia Records, Nas' old label. He could be saying that, like MJ, Tommy Mottola can’t touch his publishing either. Whether or not this boast is true remains to be seen…
Owning your publishing and owning your masters are two different things, with publishing being more lucrative. Master rights typically belong to either the artist(s), record label, recording studio, or any other party who financed the recording. Publishing rights belong to the owner of the actual music composition.
Michael Jackson had so much money that he bought many cataloges in his lifetime: the Beatles, Sly and the Family Stone, Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff, Ray Charles, Elvis Presley, and Aretha Franklin.
Eminem is known to get into his Slim Shady persona as a single to launch is upcoming album with "my name is" for "slim shady LP", "The Real Slim Shady" for "marshal mather's LP", "Without Me" for "The Eminem Show", "Just Lose It" for "Encore", onward etc, because causing controversy gets free publicity for the album. Eminem for "just lose it" made fun of Michael Jackson's alleged pedophilia but in the music video, Eminem was explicitly warned not to portray that but instead made fun of Michael Jackson's hair catching on fire for the pepsi commercial and his nose. Michael Jackson got pissed and bought the publishing to eminem's back catalog so whenever Eminem decides to make music, Micheal Jackson gets paid...this is how you settle beef on the business side, you don't make a diss record for them to respond back, you buy their publishing so they work for you...this demotivation and Proof dying just made Eminem take a leave of absence from rap in 2006. People from the black community still look up to Michael Jackson and when he made those moves, people paid attention.
When eminem was set to come back in 2009 with his lead singles 3AM/We Made You to start off his album, Michael Jackson mysteriously died later that same year....How is it that singers who own their master's like MJ, whitney houston, and Prince die so mysteriously? and then some record publishing company quietly takes a stake in their publishing years later? MJ was the first to die unexpectedly because MJ owned the masters to other people as well, and then came Whitney in 2012, and then Prince in 2016....
OK, let's take a tangent to talk about the record industry and record executives...they are egotistical, maniacal, and power hungry cut throat entities....when sound recording was invented in 1860 and slavery was abolished in 1865, blacks had to find work any way possible and some of them migrated up north to detroit to join the auto industry. Other stayed in their cities...Record labels saw black talent and paid them next to nothing where before there was color TV, you could only hear the voices, so black acts had to sound white for white bands to lipsync and cover their music for the music to have universal appeal because of their complexion. Because the record industry started and capitalized on literally ex-slave labor, the deals were horrendous from the beginning, because the labels and the record executives owns the lion share of the profits and the artist get paid enough to keep making music but remain relatively poor...they get paid in "fame points" like reddit/genius authors get paid in "internet points".
You don't hear about record executives unless they make significant news...you think suge knight was cut throat? At least suge knight was vocal about his actions. the record executives like Tommy Mottola was once married to Mariah Carey but when Mariah divorced him, Mottola did everything in his power to sabotage Mariah's career and if it wasn't for Mariah's talents and her appeal to the r&b community, her career might have folded with Mottola's influence driven by revenge and obsession. As the original annotation says, Mottola unsuccessfully tried to take Jackson's publishing rights back to Sony, which is also a parent to Columbia, Nas' label at the time. Mottola basically took a then industry plant Jennifer Lopez and pit her against Mariah Carey by trying to appeal to the r&b market to the point of using the same samples to sabotage Mariah Carey's singles. JLo has many times where she was caught lipsyncing to other singer's vocals, most notably Ashanti's, for I'm Real remix, and most of her collaborations with murder inc...on some songs, it obviously doesn't even sound like JLo was singing, such as Get Right...and this was all for Mottola to get back at Mariah for their divorce because every time Mariah is trying to release an album or staging her comeback, JLo somehow comes out lipsyncing to another ghost singer's hit record around the same time.
In addition, Jimmy Iovine, the head of interscope, was infamously associated for calling the Feds to raid Murder Inc's offices with their association with drug trafficker Supreme so that Ja Rule could not respond to 50 Cent's diss on "Back down" due to the Fed's monitoring their actions until a full year was passed with "Clap Back" because Ja Rule was a huge artist at the time and Jimmy Iovine needed extra insurance that the new artist 50 Cent was to win his beef with Ja Rule. Jimmy was quoted that he was a business man who will snitch if it is to his advantage in front of 50 Cent in 50 Cent's new book, Hustle Harder, Hustle Smarter. What make Iovine relevant in this situation is that the Shady imprint was held under Interscope, and Iovine was probably pulling some puppet strings to get Eminem's catalog out the grasp and influence of MJ's possession and his top money maker Eminem who crosses over into mainstream audience into White America need to be incentivized to work for the record labels to earn more money.
Basically, record labels and record executives are the puppet master of things that move behind the scenes of why some artists get a lot of funding and others' career fold unexpectedly. Their seek for control for publishing rights and 360 deals is how also people who own their masters die unexpectedly and the label then quietly recoup the master's years later...like how Sony finally acquires MJ's publishing through his estate years later in 2018 with no fanfare or announcement because back when MJ was alive in 2001, Mottola tried but failed, which is what Nas was referring to.
OK, now back to Nas and Jay. In 1996, Jay sampled Nas on Dead Presidents and he wanted Nas to redo the vocals because the clean acapella removed the f-word for "I'm out for dead fucking presidents to represent me" for Jay to sample, but Nas was big at the time and didn't want to cosign a rapper without a record out. Only in the Q-tip remix and later in the 10th anniversary remixes does Nas drop the f-word on that dead presidents line. Nas does not use the f-word on the original Illmatic version of 'The World Is Yours'...this also is deep because Nas said that Dead Presidents' line in 1994 for "the world is yours q-tip remix", and in 1995 comes out a movie called Dead Presidents....and Jay was strategic with dropping Dead Presidents I and II as a single to match the movie's title but the single is not associated with the movie....hey where have we seen this move again? Jay did the same thing for American Gangster in 2008 as he did for Dead Presidents in 1996....He named his album/single after a movie for free promotion as an unofficial soundtrack/single where he was inspired by and piggy backed on that name for the album to carry more weight because the movie industry did more of the advertising for the same title and people would confuse Jay's CD for the official soundtrack. Back in 1996, Jay did this for his single instead of a whole album.
When Jay threw a jab at Nas at summer jam, Nas dropped H to the omo freestyle on rakim's paid in full beat and got Rakim's blessing, and nas said "I count off when you sampled my voice"...Jay responded to those lyrics and completed his Nas verse on Takeover by saying "You made it a hot line, I made it a hot song...I know who I paid, God–Serchlite Publishing". Jay owned his master's at Rocafella and Nas didn't but now Nas does with Mass Appeal records with his recent projects and somehow, Jay is in a 360 deal with Live nation but still owns his master's...when Takeover dropped, people were praising Jay for his bars where you had to think about what he was saying when he paid Serchlite Publishing to sample Nas because owning your master's and publishing was not big in Hip Hop at the time and Jay used his business savvy to claim superiority over Nas. And Nas came back on his verse for "Success" by saying that nobody can touch his publishing because he catalog is too expensive, almost as a jab back at Jay for sampling his voice that easily, and you had to think about that bar for the sake of who owns whose publishing, and mind you, Nas did his response jab when featured on a Jay-Z track, so whenever they perform it together, Jay gets to hear it live every time
With that stage set, let the publishing ownership games begin...2Pac infamously dissed Jay on "Fuck Friendz" released posthumously among other songs like the original version of 'Hit Em Up' and 'Watch Yo Mouth' and Jay had to pay 2Pac's estate when Kanye made the same beat for '03 Bonnie and Clyde' off 'Me and My Girlfriend'....when 2Pac's mother unexpectedly died in 2016, this was another mysterious death because she held the publishing rights to 2Pac with Amaru Records and she was primed to release another 2Pac album but it kept on delaying because of the poor reception to "Pac's Life's" singles/collaborations and some fans did not like Eminem's interpretation of 2Pac music either on "Loyal to the Game", where eminem wasn't an apt producer because he had to speed up 2Pac's vocals to fit the tempo of the instrumental and butchered 2Pac's voice to shout out G-unit and Jadakiss, when they weren't even on 2Pac's radar when he was alive. With 8 years of not releasing another 2Pac album or a documentary/soundtrack to commemorate 2Pac to generate money, there was also money mismanagement, where they were going to build a 2Pac Amaru institute in Georgia but the funding to that construction collapsed. Afeni Shakur had a suspicious death as well, where finally 2Pac's estate was up for auction without anybody blocking it to the point that 2Pac's car that he got shot in in Las Vegas was also put up for auction.
So Roc Nation and Jay Z ended up buying 2Pac's publishing for $385 million, realize that 2Pac's catalog is huge with his work ethic and he has a ton of unreleased songs, where they had the intention to drop another 2Pac album yet still to release. “We’ve purchased one of Hip-Hops greatest icons music which would make us one of the largest record labels in the world. We have a plan set in motion to release a new Tupac album in 2016 titled, ‘And Now I Rise’ which will feature Snoop Dogg (Snoop Lion), Drake, Nas, The Dream, DMX, Beyonce and of course Jay-Z. The album will be produced by Dr. Dre and Timbaland.” Again, people pay attention, it's no coincidence that this all happened. Jay brought MJ to summer jam and dissed Nas in 2001. Mottola unsuccessfully tried to buy MJ's catalog in 2001 for Sony but Sony eventually did in 2018...If you go by the way MJ handled Eminem, he didn't make songs to diss Eminem for making fun of him, MJ bought his catalog and that is how you really win beefs. So Jay bought 2Pac's catalog as a business move but also as a score to settle for being dissed by 2Pac. And what did Jay do with 2Pac's catalog? Nothing but sit on it and sometimes clear samples for other artists but that's it...no new 2Pac verses or songs/albums any time soon, and it's been 4 years since the announcement? It's not like a Jay Electronica situation where we had to motivate the artist to create the songs...2Pac's vocals have already been laid and it's up to the producer to recreate the instrumentals and match them with the correct collaborations. It was more of a business move and an ego trip for Jay to win that silent war he's been having with 2Pac's estate and to finally get rid of that chip off his shoulders more than anything.
I hope you understand how big of a chip Jay-Z still thinks he got on his shoulders...he has an unreleased diss record for 2Pac that he performed once live at the Apollo where the track never resurfaced out of respect of 2Pac's death. He bought 2Pac's catalog so whatever Jay sampled from 2Pac goes back into Jay's pockets because Death Row was still not cool with Jay-Z at the time when Jay did 03 Bonnie and Clyde and Jay had to give away a lot of royalties to Death row for that song for him to remake it, and then Death row released Fuck Friendz, which dissed Jay-Z on track number 2 posthumously in 2001.
and Nas literally went into "the Lion's Den" when he signed to Def Jam when Jay was the label's president in 2006 and also he when he went on Jay's home turf when being featured on Jay's album for the first time in 2007 and dropped knowledge and bars out-rapping Jay on his own song. Why do you think Jay and Nas only perform Dead Presidents and The world is yous together? They barely perform Black Republicans and they almost never perform Success, where Jay also bit off Eminem on that same song...."I used to give a fuck, now I give a fuck less/What do I think of success? It sucks, too much stress/I guess I blew up quick/'Cause friends I grew up with"...that is an eminem line from "I'm Back"....."I used to give a – fuck, now I could give a fuck less/What do I think of suc-cess/It sucks, too much press I’m stressed/Too much cess, depressed, too upset/It’s just too much mess, I guess I must just blew up quick"....And Nas dissed Jay-Z on Ether for saying that "Eminem murdered you on your own shit" and now when you're finally collaborating with Nas, you start off your first verse biting Eminem to keep up with Nas? "my own flows are foolish" as Jay said on "what more can i say" when he was originally accused of biting Big as a response to mostly Nas' diss on Ether "how much of biggie's rhymes are gonna come out your fat lips?" and now Eminem?...yeah, about that, right?
So, present year. Nas drops King's Disease, where the symptoms most describes Jay, where Jay is in the position of a king but still have insecurities, like you can take jay out the hood but can't take the hood out of jay. If you read beyond the lyrics, the message was not for most listeners because most listeners have yet to rise to that position of King, which is why some critics aren't vibing with it..you're missing the point. The album's message is mostly directed at Jay, where if you go to my reddit timeline link of Jay's and Nas' beef, the timeline still have remnants of subtle jabs til this day, from insecurities and jealousies, to sabotaging release days, to limiting the time Nas has to write his verse before Jay had to turn it in so that Jay doesn't get murdered on his own track by Nas if Nas was given enough time to craft a better verse, to jabs in the title, etc.
Look, Nas had to write his verse for Success at 4AM in the morning in Canada after a show because Jay had to turn it in. Nas was clearly at a disadvantage to complete his verse and yet he still murdered his verse. That was a subtle limited time sabotage Jay did to Nas and Jay did it again for Nas' feature on BBC.
The point is, Nas on King's disease was asking why does do people want to kill Nas when he said "Can I floss without you wanting me outlined in chalk?" on the title track. As mentioned with the recent music related mysterious deaths, they all point to people owning the rights to their master's...MJ, Whitney, Prince, 2Pac's mother...and who else owns their master's? Most prominently Jay and Nas, among others. These artists alive are all at risk for mysterious deaths when they stop or slow down their music production because the music industry is always looking for martyrs to capitalize on their deaths once music production slows down or ceases for one last money grab. Nas never drops every year...he's used to dropping every other year. Nas knows what's up with the shady music industry with shadow puppet masters, record labels, and executives. Nas just can't outright say the dangers of what he is facing so he is forced to put it coded in music as a dog whistle for specific people to receive the message...he's upping his music production after he was freed of having the court system misinterpret his rap lyrics when he was fighting for child custody against Kelis. There are specific dangers of owning your own publishing because the industry will make moves behind the scenes to recoup your catalog. Jay is friendly competition and Nas sees a bigger threat in the industry with labels and record executives so he is addressing it to all 1-percent or 0.1-percent fortune owners who all have the king's disease, which basically flies over the heads of most audiences, as most Nas records do when they are initially released and they grow on you years later after you have matured to his stage to think about life's consequences at that level.
So yeah, given that Jay saw MJ's strategy of buying up people's catalog to win beefs outright, Jay is eyeing on Nas' catalog to purchase if he were to have an untimely death and then it would be declared that Jay won the ultimate war against Nas as he did against 2Pac. So this story revolves around Nas, 2Pac, Jay, MJ, and Eminem because they are the biggest money makers for the record industry and record labels and executives are always coming up with new strategies to do heinous things for the sake of more profit.
Nas basically made a prophetic statement in 2007 because he wants to have his music catalog so large with great money management and people so that nobody ends up buying the rights to Nas' catalog...so when Nas said that verse in 2007, he didn't own his own record label until 2012 and he took strides in investments and upping his catalog, which is why it is worth repeating again, because it was foreshadowing for things to come and some of Nas' goals have been realized since then:
  • But I don't give a fuck, walk inside the lion's den...Up your catalog, dog, mine's worth too much/Like Mike Jacks ATV pub, Mottola can't touch
When they performed 'success' at the Apollo, you can tell which lines Jay were feeling based on what Nas bars Jay rapped along to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tp_K7Kg4AUM and as you clearly see, Jay did not recite the last bar at all, which is the one we just overanalyzed
submitted by jensyao to nas [link] [comments]


2020.06.22 17:31 smilingklowee 1.5 Years and counting.

WOW!
About 1.5 years ago I was going to meetings and now my whole life is totally different. Now, when I say I was in it, I was IN IT. Born and Raised! Doing parts every assembly/convention, commenting every meeting, going to every meeting and going out in service. Did I love it? No. Did I do it to please my family? Yes. My whole life is so different now! I got kicked out of the house almost a year ago and that was WILD (lots of crying and emotions going crazy).
I live with my partner and its been crazy amazing. I got to experience my first Halloween, Christmas, Thanksgiving, BIRTHDAY!! I have watched movies/TV shows I never thought I would see (Harry Potter, Breaking Bad, y'know, all the terrible ones that apparently make you a bad person).
My experience as a JW was not fun. So much drama! It was like I was in high school everyday but everyone's an adult and I am still a teenager. (Now, I am 19 going on 20 so I was 18 when I left and got kicked out) Since my dad wasn't a J-Dubs I was considered halvesies and none of the kids wanted to be around me because I was considered BAD ASSOCIATION. I mean, they should look at me now, now I am TERRIBLE ASSOCIATION! Anyways, that really sucked because I was terribly lonely! I couldn't hangout with kids at school and I couldn't hangout with JW kids? Who are probably doing worse things? Like, wow! I don't think my parents should've been surprised when I told them I was seeing someone in the world. They should've known I couldn't take it being alone all the time feeling like a total loser.
When I met <3 it was amazing. They had gone to university and learned so many cool amazing things! They knew a whole new world that I never thought I could ever experience! They had been around the world and wanted to take me with them! I was of course, ecstatic. They're kindness was something I had never experienced with someone in the JW community. All the Dubs cared about was who your father was and if they were an elder and if that wasn't it then that's too bad! I would have all of these acquaintances and before you knew it, they were just strangers because word got around that my dad didn't believe in it. (I mean good for him).
Since then, I have learned to value myself rather then depend on others to see value in me. If you don't see it, then you need glasses or something LOL. I know that I am a fun person who loves clothes and shoes and can have a good time without going overboard. Like, these J-Dubs need a stylist or something. You can have style and still be modest PEOPLE. Being a girl in that community is so incredibly toxic. You are basically someones ticket to the bed. SO WEIRD. I never was fond of any of the dudes there. They all wore the famous BLACK SUIT, RED TIE MOMENT. Not cute.
Anyways, I felt like I have been lurking this Reddit page for about a year now. Never felt like I could talk about my experience because THEY MUST BE WATCHING. Now I have shaken that fear off. Do I really care? No! Will I ever talk to these people if they want to confront me? No! I will put my sunglasses back on and do the whole Mariah Carey "I don't know her" moment.
I remember when my mum introduced me to this page. I was so excited, couldn't wait to deep dive into all the stories that were probably just like mine. Little did I know she was basically POMI. Such a confusing moment in time. She was so confused on why I wanted to look at every story and read for hours on end. It made me feel like my feelings were valid about the Borg. How the pedophile in our congregation being reinstated was so wrong and all the elders should be held accountable. How uncomfortable I was when they told my mum that he is a brother, just like us. THAT IS DISGUSTING AND FOR SOME REASON NOBODY AGREED!
That was probably the turning point for me. When the pedophile was introduced to a family of young kids. My faith was gone. How nobody, turned a head or batted an eye. I bawled my eyes out because I knew I was not safe! Neither were my siblings.
Wow this is getting longer than I thought! Anyways, I have always wanted to post something on this page and I thought I would just share a snippet of my JW experience. I am moving in a week and that is a whole other life experience that I am so excited to share with my partner! I wish I could have my family experience it with me but they have shown me that blood is not thicker than water. Ive been feeling pretty sad about the whole thing but I know many people have experienced the same thing and you really need to look forward and keep doing your own thing! Soon enough they will need you, hopefully ._. .
If you wanna share stories feel free to message me! I would love to share more and hear yours too!

xoxo
submitted by smilingklowee to exjw [link] [comments]


2020.06.08 03:06 rowoseni On the road again

Hello, I (33 M) was listening to Eminem & Mariah Carey and thought do you ever think of the biggest regrets? My partner (31 F) was talking about how it was hard to juggle between work and school. Sometimes she thinks she shouldn’t have took on a such a load. I agreed. It’s hard doing both. I, an INTJ, feels like she should’ve planned something BEFORE she, an ISFJ, decided that. I love her so much but now she’s trying to figure it out. I hate when she stresses like that. I wish I could tell her that it’s okay or I’m not going any where, but I can’t. Too many wishes or rushed promises. It’s not entirely her fault but my shady shadow side can’t help but blame her. She thinks talking out is going to fix everything. I understand it’s hard but I feel ( I mean this without trying to be critical) like she wasn’t seeing the big picture. There wasn’t a perfect way of doing it. I wish she would’ve consulted me sooner. It’s my fault our relationship is in shambles. But there were a lot of testing in the subject as well. Maybe she didn’t want to take the risk, maybe she changed her mind. I don’t know what to do! Where are the boundaries? Sometimes they way I think Is black and white but I know she never wanted to consult me, and she wouldn’t to this day if she had it HER WAY. She’s breaking three hearts. Mine, hers, and her balancing act. I don’t think she wants this life anymore and I don’t know if I do as well.
submitted by rowoseni to LDR [link] [comments]


2020.03.08 05:06 Wulfrvm11 the entire Big Time Rush wikipedia article

Big Time Rush (group)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaJump to navigation#mw-head)Jump to search#p-search)Big Time Rush📷From left to right; Logan Henderson, James Maslow, Kendall Schmidt and Carlos Pena, Jr.Background informationAlso known asBTROriginLos Angeles, California, United StatesGenres
Years active2009–2014LabelsColumbiaPast members
Big Time Rush was an American pop music boy band formed in 2009. The group consisted of Kendall Schmidt, James Maslow, Logan Henderson, and Carlos Pena Jr. The group starred in Nickelodeon's television series Big Time Rush and signed to a record deal with Nick Records simultaneously with the television series, and then the group was eventually signed to Columbia Records. The show ran from November 28, 2009 to July 25, 2013. The pilot episode featured the group's first promotional single, "Big Time Rush". They released three studio albums, which all achieved success. The band ceased performing in 2014.

Contents

Career

2009–2010: Formation and BTR

Nickelodeon) signed Big Time Rush to a record deal in 2009 simultaneously with the television series, Big Time Rush. Then, Nickelodeon partnered with Columbia/Epic Label Group to produce the show and include the original music to the show. For the series, their debut single, "Big Time Rush)", was released on November 29, 2009.[1]#citenote-1) Officially announced by Nickelodeon, the series was first broadcast in the U.S. in November 2009, until it was eventually released worldwide. It debuted during a one-hour special preview of the series and it is currently the show's opening theme. The series also saw the releases of other singles including "City is Ours" and "Any Kind of Guy". Big Time Rush also covered a Play) song titled "Famous)". The song was released on iTunes on June 29, 2010. Another song, "Halfway There", was released to iTunes on April 27, 2010, after its premiere on the series.[[2]](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Time_Rush(group)#citenote-2)[[3]](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Time_Rush(group)#citenote-3) The single soon became their first single to chart on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number 93 due to digital sales.[[4]](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Time_Rush(group)#cite_note-4)
📷📷Maslow (left) and Pena (right).
On September 21, 2010, Big Time Rush released a promotional single, "Till I Forget About You", to promote the release of their debut album.[5]#citenote-5) The album, titled BTR), was released on October 11, 2010. The album debuted at number 3 on the Billboard 200, selling 67,000 copies in its first week of release. The album also peaked at number 4 on the Internet Albums chart and number one on the Soundtracks chart. Its track "Big Night" debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at number 79, making it their highest peaking song. The album was later certified Gold for sales of over 500,000 copies in the U.S.[[6]](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Time_Rush(group)#cite_note-6) In November 2010, it was announced that a Christmas special of Big Time Rush would debut later that month, and that a Christmas EP would be released to coincide with the episode. On November 30, 2010, they released the Holiday EP Holiday Bundle, with two songs: "Beautiful Christmas" and the cover of "All I Want for Christmas is You)", originally performed by Mariah Carey.
On February 15, 2011, "Boyfriend" was released as the band's first official single to mainstream U.S. radio. "Boyfriend" peaked at number seventy-two on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming their most successful song to date. It even peaked at number 30 on the Billboard Pop Songs chart in March 2011 and also charted very well in multiple international countries. A remix of "Boyfriend" which featured New Boyz was leaked onto the internet. Big Time Rush was nominated for MTV's Breakthrough Band award honor in 2011 as well.[7]#cite_note-7) Big Time Rush has made several appearances at KCA (Kid's Choice Awards.) Their single "Boyfriend" was nominated for a Premios Oye! award in Mexico (similar to the Grammy Award in the United States) for Best International English Song of the Year. They lost to Rihanna's single "Diamonds".

2011–2012: Elevate and film

📷Big Time Rush performs at the 1st Bank Center in Broomfield, CO on February 2, 2012
The group announced they would be recording their second studio album, just after Nickelodeon renewed the series for a third season.[8]#citenote-8) On July 22, 2011, the group released a promotional single, "If I Ruled the World" featuring Iyaz, in anticipation of their second album, Elevate). Elevate was released on November 21, 2011 and debuted at number 12 on the Billboard 200, selling over 70,000 copies in its first week. Though the album had a lower peak position than their previous debut, Elevate sold far more copies its first week respectively than the previous album did.[[9]](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Time_Rush(group)#citenote-9) The first single, "Music Sounds Better with U", written by the band and Ryan Tedder from OneRepublic, was released on November 1, 2011. The song peaked at number twenty-six on the U.S. Pop Songs. The second single, "Elevate", was released on April 21, 2012. The third and last single, "Windows Down", was released on June 25, 2012 and peaked at number ninety-seven on the Billboard Hot 100.[[10]](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Time_Rush(group)#cite_note-10)
To promote the release of their second album, the group had their first headlining tour, the Better With U Tour, which took place over sixteen dates in February and March 2012. JoJo) opened for Big Time Rush for the first five dates, while One Direction opened for ten of the sixteen dates.[11]#citenote-11) In late February, Big Time Rush announced a national summer tour starting July 5 at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, OH.[[12]](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Time_Rush(group)#citenote-12)[[13]](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Time_Rush(group)#cite_note-13)
The group announced they would be starring in their full-length 2012 film, Big Time Movie. The movie features them traveling to London, England. In Big Time Movie, the four members of the group Big Time Rush head to London for their first big world tour but instead get mixed up in a mission to save the world. The film was released on March 10, 2012, in the U.S. to theaters, while a Germany release was on September 22, 2012. Due to the promotion, the group recorded cover of the Beatles songs and released an EP, Big Time Movie Soundtrack EP.[14]#citenote-14) The film received mixed to positive reviews from most contemporary film critics, many comparing them to The Monkees and praising their fun, carefree image.[[15]](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Time_Rush(group)#citenote-15) The film was a ratings success, having over thirteen million views during its premiere weekend.[[16]](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Time_Rush(group)#cite_note-16)

2013–2014: 24/Seven

📷📷Schmidt (left) and Henderson (right).
In 2013 Nickelodeon renewed the Big Time Rush series for a 13-episode fourth season, production started on January 7. The band also released a song titled "Like Nobody's Around" which according to the premiere episode "Big Time Invasion" was outlining the history of professional, successful, and all-American boy bands; the Platters, the Temptations, the Jackson 5, New Kids on the Block, Backstreet Boys, and NSYNC, in response to the British invasion of rival act, and hugely successful One Direction. On April 15, in an interview on Cambio, Big Time Rush announced that their third studio album, 24/Seven) would be released sometime in early June 2013 and that the fourth season of Big Time Rush was set to premiere on May 2, 2013. On April 18, Big Time Rush revealed that 24/Seven would be released on either June 4 or 11, 2013. On April 20, nine tracks from the album (plus "Song for You" without the Karmin vocals and "Get Up" with only Schmidt's vocals) were leaked. On June 4, EW released the full 10-song Standard version of 24/Seven online.[17]#cite_note-17) The Deluxe version of 24/Seven also leaked on YouTube along with a different version of the track "Love Me Again".
24/Seven was released on June 11, 2013, the album cover and track list were revealed on April 29, 2013. 24/Seven was less commercially successful than Elevate. It included singles such as the up-tempo title track "24/Seven" and the rock ballad "We Are". Big Time Rush were still nominated for World's Best Group, Best Album and Best Live Act for the ceremony in Monte Carlo, Monaco at the Salle des Etoiles Venue for the 22nd annual World Music Awards for their continuing global success with the band and their 24/Seven release. It was later confirmed that same night after the awards show that Big Time Rush had won the World's Best Live Act trophy, making them the very first and only Nickelodeon act and/or artist in history to win a World Music Award trophy.[18]#cite_note-auto-18)
In 2013, after the end of the run of the Big Time Rush television series, the group members continued touring until March 2014 and later put the band on an indefinite hiatus, and went on to pursue solo careers. Schmidt stated at that time that they would like to come back together again as a band if they have an opportunity.[19]#citenote-19) Kendall Schmidt later reformed the band Heffron Drive with Dustin Belt In May 2013.[[20]](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Time_Rush(group)#cite_note-20)

Artistry

Musical style and themes

Because the group is associated with the TV series and children's network Nickelodeon, they have been presented as a "child-friendly" group, but have musical differences. In a review of their first studio album, BTR), Jessica Dawson from Common Sense Media wrote: "Big Time Rush is a standout, not only because of their boyish charm and good looks, but because their music is a cool blend of synth-pop, hip-hop, and boy-band harmonies."[21]#citenote-21) The sound of the band is described as "pop-inspired dance-rock".[[22]](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Time_Rush(group)#cite_note-AllMusic-22)

Public image

📷Elevate platinum record after the album sold more than 2 million units worldwide
The group has been compared to other boy bands of the time such as One Direction and the Wanted.[23]#citenote-washington-23) Michael O'Connell from The Hollywood Reporter said "One Direction is but one group in this resilient and timeless fad. They follow the recent success of fellow Brits [the Wanted] and Nickelodeon's cross-market creation [Big Time Rush]. One [One Direction] is fluke. Two [the Wanted] is a coincidence. And three [Big Time Rush] is a trend that you want to father your unborn children.'[[24]](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Time_Rush(group)#citenote-reporter-24) Melinda Newman from The Washington Post stated "In the grand tradition of boy bands, these acts share certain traits with their similarly manufactured pop ancestors: Members of the Wanted and Big Time Rush auditioned for their parts at a casting call. The members of One Direction were put together by Simon Cowell after trying out individually for the British edition of “The X Factor.”"[[23]](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Time_Rush(group)#citenote-washington-23) However, she positively compared them to the Monkees by saying "Big Time Rush is similar to the Monkees with its own TV series as a launchpad, and the group appeals to kids, tweens, teens, and adults. They are also credited as the pop group that have once again restored creditably, relevance, and for relaunching boy bands back into the public eye once again."[[23]](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Time_Rush(group)#cite_note-washington-23)
In Parade Magazine's 2012 poll, Big Time Rush was voted the "Best Boy Band in the World", topping both One Direction and the Wanted. Over 800,000 votes were cast. The band was featured on the cover of the August 5, 2012 issue of Parade which was a national top seller. An interview and photo set highlighting the group's win that coincided with the honor was featured in the same issue.[25]#citenote-parade.com-25)[[26]](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Time_Rush(group)#citenote-26)[[27]](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Time_Rush(group)#citenote-27) The magazine's website also featured the group amongst its list of "Greatest Boy Bands of All-Time", along with NSYNC and the Backstreet Boys. Big Time Rush have been honored and recognized multiple times by major media outlets throughout their time as a group. Due to their extreme worldwide popularity and success (along with being heavily credited as one of the bands that helped bring back the boy band wave) the Washington Times Magazine ranked Big Time Rush Number 15 of their Top 20 Best Boy Bands of the decade in 2012. And number 28 on the POP! Goes The Charts website list of the Top 40 Best Boy Bands of the past 25 years in 2013.[[28]](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Time_Rush(group)#citenote-28) To Toronto Sun, Pena talked about the group's impact on both music and television: "I think the music could stand alone, but I don't know if it would be as powerful. The show has definitely been our main audience. We have four million kids watching. So when you put a song out, four million kids hear it. When you put a song on the radio, you're not going to have four million people listening. It's a blessing and a curse being on Nickelodeon – it's gotten us where we are now, though some people are standoffish to us because of that. But we have to be grateful that Nickelodeon gave us this opportunity. Abandoning the show would not be the best idea".[[29]](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Time_Rush(group)#cite_note-toronto-29)

Members

Discography

Main article: Big Time Rush discography

Tours

Awards and nominations

YearAwardCategoryRecipient(s)ResultRef.2010Australian Kids' Choice AwardsFavorite International BandBig Time RushNominated[30]#citenote-kcaaus10-30)2011Australian Kids' Choice AwardsHottest Guy HottiesThemselvesNominated[[31]](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Time_Rush(group)#citenote-31)Golden Bravo Otto AwardsSuper Pop Artist/Group of the YearBig Time RushWon[[32]](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Time_Rush(group)#citenote-bravo.de-32)UK Kids' Choice AwardsFavourite BandBig Time RushNominated[[33]](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Time_Rush(group)#citenote-nickkcapress.com-33)[[34]](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Time_Rush(group)#citenote-digitalspy.co.uk-34)Kids' Choice AwardsFavorite Music GroupBig Time RushNominated[[33]](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Time_Rush(group)#citenote-nickkcapress.com-33)[[34]](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Time_Rush(group)#citenote-digitalspy.co.uk-34)Argentina Kids' Choice AwardsFavorite Song"Boyfriend"Won[[35]](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Time_Rush(group)#citenote-kcaarg2011-35)MTV Europe Music AwardsBest New Global Push ArtistBig Time RushNominated[[36]](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Time_Rush(group)#citenote-36)Youth Rocks AwardsRockin' Group of the YearBig Time RushNominated[[37]](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Time_Rush(group)#citenote-37)[[38]](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Time_Rush(group)#citenote-38)MTV BuzzWorthy AwardsFavorite Breakthrough Band or Artist of the YearBig Time RushNominated[[39]](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Time_Rush(group)#citenote-39)2012Shorty AwardsBest Band in Social MediaBig Time RushNominated[[40]](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Time_Rush(group)#citenote-shortyawards.com-40)Best Music Artist in Social MediaBig Time RushNominated[[40]](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Time_Rush(group)#citenote-shortyawards.com-40)Best Celebrity in Social MediaThemselvesNominated[[40]](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Time_Rush(group)#citenote-shortyawards.com-40)Kids' Choice AwardsFavorite Music GroupBig Time RushWon[[41]](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Time_Rush(group)#citenote-41)Meus Prêmios NickFavorite International Music ArtistBig Time RushNominated[[42]](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Time_Rush(group)#citenote-uol.com.br-42)Argentina Kids' Choice AwardsFavorite International Artist or GroupBig Time RushWon[[43]](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Time_Rush(group)#citenote-auto2-43)Golden Bravo Otto AwardsSuper Pop Artist/Group of the YearBig Time RushWon[[32]](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Time_Rush(group)#citenote-bravo.de-32)Favorite Internet StarThemselvesNominated[[32]](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Time_Rush(group)#citenote-bravo.de-32)Mexico Kids' Choice AwardsFavorite International ArtistBig Time RushNominated[[44]](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Time_Rush(group)#citenote-iritmo.blogspot.com.ar-44)[[45]](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Time_Rush(group)#citenote-45)Los Premios TelehitBest International Pop GroupBig Time RushNominated[[46]](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Time_Rush(group)#citenote-esmas.com-46)Most Popular ArtistBig Time RushNominated[[46]](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Time_Rush(group)#citenote-esmas.com-46)2013Shorty AwardsBest Band in Social MediaBig Time RushNominated[[47]](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Time_Rush(group)#citenote-47)Kids' Choice AwardsFavorite Music GroupBig Time RushNominated[[48]](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Time_Rush(group)#citenote-family-room.ew.com-48)Fan ArmyRushersWon[[48]](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Time_Rush(group)#citenote-family-room.ew.com-48)Mexico Kids' Choice AwardsFavorite International Artist or GroupBig Time RushWon[[49]](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Time_Rush(group)#citenote-auto3-49)Fuse TV Awards)Best New ArtistBig Time RushNominated[[50]](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Time_Rush(group)#citenote-50)Premios Oye!Best International English Single of the Year"Boyfriend"Nominated[[51]](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Time_Rush(group)#citenote-51)Los Premios TelehitBoy Band of the YearBig Time RushNominated[[52]](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Time_Rush(group)#citenote-52)Teen Choice AwardsChoice Music GroupBig Time RushNominated[[53]](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Time_Rush(group)#citenote-53)Golden Bravo Otto AwardsBest Global Pop Band or GroupBig Time RushNominated[[54]](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Time_Rush(group)#citenote-starity.hu-54)[[55]](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Time_Rush(group)#citenote-hotdog.hu-55)Favorite Internet StarThemselvesNominated[[54]](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Time_Rush(group)#citenote-starity.hu-54)[[55]](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Time_Rush(group)#citenote-hotdog.hu-55)2014World Music AwardsWorld's Best Selling GroupBig Time RushNominated[[56]](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Time_Rush(group)#citenote-worldmusicawards.com-56)World's Best Selling Album24/SevenNominated[[57]](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Time_Rush(group)#citenote-57)World's Best Pop ActBig Time RushNominated[[58]](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Time_Rush(group)#citenote-58)World's Best Selling American GroupBig Time RushNominated[[56]](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Time_Rush(group)#citenote-worldmusicawards.com-56)World's Best Live ActBig Time RushWon[[18]](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Time_Rush(group)#citenote-auto-18)Colombia Kids' Choice AwardsFavorite Artist or Group InternationalBig Time RushWon[[59]](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Time_Rush(group)#cite_note-elespectador.com-59)
submitted by Wulfrvm11 to copypasta [link] [comments]


2020.01.26 17:49 abhijoysarkar Weekly Update: TTR Hat Contest, XIO Liquidity Program & Social Initiative, Fantom Opera Mainnet, $GET on Hotbit... – 13 Dec - 19 Dec'19

Weekly Update: TTR Hat Contest, XIO Liquidity Program & Social Initiative, Fantom Opera Mainnet, $GET on Hotbit... – 13 Dec - 19 Dec'19
Sup folks! For the closing the final part of today’s rapid catch up series of pending updates, here’s your week at Parachute + partners (13 Dec - 19 Dec'19):

Thanks to Trooper George for a masterclass in Uniswap. To read up on it, click here and scroll downwards. PAR4PAR lottery is now in stage nine with a 500k $PAR pool. Noice! Winners of the TTR Hat Contest were announced this week. Congratulations folks! This week we had two Parenas. A special one and the weekly one. The special Parena saw folks from Uptrennd, XIO and Parachute fight it out for the ultimate prize pool - $PAR, $XIO and $1UP tokens. Faiqa won the weekly Parena to take home 25k $PAR. Sweet! The latest Parachute Digest from Cap covers all that’s been happening in the PARverse in the last few weeks. Did you know that 64% of all ERC20 withdraws from ParJar uses the PARGas feature? Amazing!
Winners of the TTR Hat Contest
The latest ParJar stats
The theme for this week’s Two-For-Tuesday was Christmas songs for "special holiday magic" 1k $PAR gifts. A Tuesday well spent humming classics. Mariah Carey was a clear favourite. Like last year, Hang and Clinton made it to the finals of #PFFL. Andy and Alexis will be slugging it out for third place. Good Luck! For this week’s #wholesomewed Jason got everyone to take pictures of their backyard (or view from back window) and share a story from that place. Check out this epic video made by TTR Portuguese members’ photo submissions showing their love for "PAR". So awesome! LordHades continues to dominate the #FPL charts with NovelCloud and Alexis following close behind.
Nice retouch to the Two-For-Tuesday banner, Jose!
aXpire’s weekly 20k $AXPR burn went ahead like clockwork. The latest weekly update can be seen here. $WAVES was added to the 2gether platform this week. The news was covered in Cointelegraph as well. YouTuber Funontheride released his detailed review video of 2gether. $BOMBX:$XIO swap and staking into Uptrennd portal came to a close this week with 1.2M $XIO staked in it. The startup stake portals are now integrated into the XIO website. The XIO Liquidity Program (XLP) was kickstarted this week with 25M committed for stakers. This will allow XIO to build up liquidity on Uniswap and reward Citizens with $XIO bonuses. You will be able to estimate your XLP rewards from the calculator. As the XLP funds get distributed over time, the staking bonuses will decrease. In one day, the XLP saw 850k+ $XIO and 100+ $ETH staked on Uniswap by 50+ Citizens. And with this, the total $XIO locked in portals + XLP reached 2M+. Amazing! As hinted in last week’s proposed discussion topics list, an XIO Social Initiative (XSI) was launched with another 25M $XIO pledged for the program. XSI will reward Citizens for high quality engagement. Stay on the lookout for #XIOSocial. The XSI Leaderboard and rules can be seen here. XSI rewards will also consider your $XIO held in XLP apart from XID-linked wallet. Similar to the decrease in XLP bonuses, XSI rewards will also reduce as XSI funds get distributed over time. For the first #XIOSocial prompt, Citizens were invited to discuss the pros and cons of invite-only citizenship.
XLP rewards rates
The $ETHOS token was rebranded to $VGX on Coinmarketcap as well. The first mainnet built on Fantom, XAR Network received multiple governance proposals this week for stakers to vote on. All proposals can be tracked here. One of the major proposals among them were allowing $BTC as a collateral. If you haven’t had an opportunity to read up on XAR Network, click here. Or just watch this video. It has already seen ~1.8M USD worth of assets locked, minted and staked in total and a block height of 1M+ reached. Last week, we discussed staking on XAR Network, this week James (from Fantom) shared a simple guide to delegate staking on XAR. Technical Advisor to Fantom, Andre Cronje published an article explaining some basic trading terminology with regards to protecting staking rewards. When creating CSDT’s using collateral, it was observed that a “liquidation” event in CSDT was actually a rebalancing of collateral and debt. Hence, it has been decided to use the correct terminology to better reflect this activity. The launch instructions for the Opera Mainnet have been released and validators are invited to join the pre-net. Read more about it here. If you’re visiting Dubai Expo 2020, don’t forget to say Hi to Fantom who will be at the event. So much happening at Fantom, right? Well, here’s a compilation of it all just in case feel dizzy. Haha! Uptrennd is now available as a custom home search provider on decentralised search engine Presearch. Jeff was interviewed by Crypto Coin Show. Uptrennd featured in Scott Cunningham’s list of high growth blockchain social platforms. In the 24 Days of Celebrations series, this week saw community submissions on Original Content, Ugly Sweater Design and Anagram Quiz. Super fun!
Some of the entries from ugly jumpesweater contest
In this week’s educational content from SelfKey, we learnt about how to remove your personal information from public searches. Blockfyre’s Constellation research report is due for an update. Before that, they shared a sneak peek on some of the changes taken into consideration. Benjamin’s State of the Union was this week as well. Mateo shared a video walkthrough of the $DAG token swap. Arena Match Beta v0.7 was released with upgrades like anonymous access, new UX, simplified solo challenges etc. Pynk crew visited Turkey this week to speak at Ege University and Ege Teknopark. And congratulations on building meaningful engagement on Twitter. If you’re interested to protect your data here’s 7 tips from Wibson. The team travelled to the Ethereum Buenos Aires meetup to connect with the who’s who of the Ethereum ecosystem in Argentina. Nick from Harmony appeared for an AMA with Delphi Digital this week. Here’s the transcript. CTO Rongjian Lan sat down for another AMA with BitMax. Trust announced support for the mainnet $ONE tokens. The engineers from the team explain how they go about testing the network among other things in this week’s insight video. Congratulations on winning ABC Blockchain Community’s Best Partner of the Year award. As the year comes to a close, Harmony released a few project reports – Q4 planning, December milestones, 2019 round up, 2020 plans and the latest All-Hands Report. Intellishare hosted some sweet Christmas giveaways this week for 100k $INE. Jobchain’s $JOB token was listed on Atomic Wallet. The team hosted a giveaway for token holders this week. The token was also audited by Certik and received 98% security score. GET Protocol’s $GET token was listed on Hotbit this week.
That’s the Harmony Ops team “spamming” thousands of $ONE transactions on the DevNet for testing
Birdchain announced a Holiday Special Referral bonus which will net 5x the normal rewards for all referrals made till 3rd January. $BIRD was listed on Exrates this week with $BTC and $ETH trading pairs. The latest District Weekly from District0x can be seen here. As discussed last week, Hydro hosted a Banking-as-a-Service happy hour this week which saw great footfall. Remember the team had attended a MassChallenge Fintech event in Boston last week? Turns out Hydro was accepted into their 2020 cohort. Congratulations! Hydro also made it to the list of one of the most popular DeFi projects by DeFi Info after a public vote. If you missed the crew’s AMA with Apache Traders last week, you can catch up from the transcript here. Bank of Hodlers is the latest DApp to join Hydro’s DApp store as a third party partner. The VoPay partnership news was featured in a latest article on pymnts.com. For a round up of latest Silent Notary news, click here. It also includes info on the Traders Battle. Welcome to Sentivate, Luke! The new team additions are possibly in preparation for the Universal Web soft launch. OST’s Pepo app personalisation is now live – the more you use it, the more personalised it gets for you. In other Pepo updates this week, activity improvements and changes in reply @mentions. If you're on the app, check out Sébastien Couture's (host of the Epicenter podcast) entry for the "Home for the Holidays" Challenge which was launched last week. Jason was at Blockshow this week where he talked about building high engagement crypto products in an interview with Cointelegraph’s Stephen Chase. Plus, his keynote on designing crypto user experiences is a must-watch for product developers. OST’s L2 apps now have almost the same number of token holders as its L1 $OST token holders. That is pretty neat indeed! Did you know that Pepo uses Gnosis Safe as its in-app wallet? You can read more about it here. The team is looking for a Global Controller based out of their New York office. If you find the role suitable, don’t forget to apply.

And with that, we close for this week in Parachuteverse. See you again soon with another weekly update. Ciao!
submitted by abhijoysarkar to ParachuteToken [link] [comments]


2019.12.18 03:02 RemixBeat Instrumental Pack [17-December-2019]

Bear Grillz FT. rx Soul – Nightmare [Instrumental] 9A 150 Blackalicious – Sky Is Falling [Instrumental] 5A 94 Brother Ali – Original King [Instrumental] 9A 90 Brother Ali – Truth Is [Instrumental] 2A 95 Busta Rhymes – Break Ya Neck [Instrumental] 8A 83 Busta Rhymes, Mariah Carey – I Know What You Want [Instrumental] 2A 86 Busta Rhymes, Rampage – Call The Ambulance [Instrumental] 9B 95 Busta Rhymes, Rampage – Woo-Hah [Instrumental] 12A 92 Camron – What Means The World To You [Instrumental] 6A 143 Charlie Puth – Mother [Instrumental] 11A 120 Colby O Donis – Confidence [Instrumental] 6A 92 DJ Surda x Stormzy – Pop Boy [Instrumental] [Clean] 9A 110 Eto x Wally Clark – The Circle [Instrumental] 5A 156 Federation – Go Dumb [Instrumental] 8A 106 Fero47 – Daye [Instrumental] 7A 68 Fizzler – G.U.Y [Instrumental] 6A 72 Foxy Brown FT. Kelis – Candy [Instrumental] 4A 98 Imaxx – Moog Melodic [Instrumental Version] 2A 128 Jeff92 & Sumania x Drip Gold & Z-GOD – Complicated [Instrumental] [Clean] 4A 85 Koffee – Toast [Instrumental] 3A 100 Kranium – Complexion [Instrumental] 2A 96 Kranium – Confessions [Instrumental] 2A 92 Kranium – Flirtin [Instrumental] 12A 100 Kranium – In Charge [Instrumental] 4B 109 Kranium – My Way [Instrumental] 4A 98 Kranium – So Me Move [Instrumental] 4B 102 Kranium, Aj Tracey – Money In The Bank [Instrumental] 12A 95 Kranium, Alkaline – Just The Style [Instrumental] 5A 131 Kranium, Mahalia – Proud [Instrumental] 2B 94 Kranium, Ty Dolla Sign, Burna Boy – Hotel [Instrumental] 10A 120 KRS-One, Marley Marl – Hip Hop Lives [Instrumental] 9A 79 KRS-One, Marley Marl – Kill A Rapper [Instrumental] 9A 85 Masta Ace & Marco Polo FT. Evidence – E.A.T [Instrumental] 1A 91 Masta Ace, Marco Polo, Evidence – E.A.T [Instrumental] 2A 91 MC Shan – Down By Law [Instrumental] 1A 97 Mental Discipline – Over Horizon [Emzer Remix Instrumental] 4A 110 Mike Jones, Bun B, Snoop Dogg – My 64 [Instrumental] 12A 85 NGHTMRE FT. Gunna – Cash Cow [Instrumental] 6A 68 NLE Choppa – Side [Instrumental] 4A 85 Onyx – Shifftee [Instrumental] 6A 98 P Diddy, G-Dep, Black Rob – Godfather [Instrumental] 10A 106 P Diddy, Nicole Scherzinger – Come To Me [Instrumental] 10A 97 P Diddy, The Neptunes – Diddy [Instrumental] 8A 101 P. Novakane, Unique – Me & U [Instrumental] 10B 95 P. Reign, Drake, Future – Dnf [Instrumental] 5A 77 P. Watts, Rasheeda, Lola Monroe, Kaleena – Later [Instrumental] 5A 75 P.L. – Fresher Den You [Instrumental] 10B 73 P.M. Dawn, Ky-Mani – Gotta Be Movin Up [Instrumental] 4A 100 P.O.E., Big Kuntry – Bread Got Bigger [Instrumental] 4A 80 P.O.L.O, Big Bear, Young Star – I-35 [Instrumental] 12A 75 Pac Man, Juicy J, 2 Chainz, Zoe – Top Off [Remix Instrumental] 4A 70 Pack Fm – Click Clack Spray [Instrumental] 6B 90 Pacman, 2 Chainz, Gorilla Zoe, Juicy J – Top Off [Instrumental] 4A 70 Page – Europe [Instrumental] 8A 75 Pain Language – 9mm [Instrumental] 11A 93 Paloma Faith – Make Your Own Kind Of Music [F9 Extended] [Instrumental] 12A 121 Paloma Faith – Picking Up The Pieces [Instrumental] 9B 136 Papa Duck – Florida Boy [Instrumental] 9A 72 Papa Duck, Mannie Fresh – Money All Around [Instrumental] 6A 86 Papa Duck, Rick Ross – Look At My Swagg [Instrumental] 9A 72 Papa Reu – Bumble Bee [Instrumental] 7A 95 Paper Chaserz – Franky [Instrumental] 2A 70 Paper Lovee, Lil Baby – No Socks [Instrumental] 6B 83 Paperchase Clique – Blowin On Jamaica [Instrumental] 2A 81 Papoose – Fitted Hat Low [Instrumental] 2A 94 Papoose – Stylin On Ya [Instrumental] 2A 90 Papoose – Underrated [Instrumental] 12A 86 Papoose, Akon – Ghetto Soldier [Instrumental] 5A 96 Papoose, Snoop Dogg – Bang It Out [Instrumental] 11B 90 Paradiso Girls, Lil Jon – Patron Tequila [Instrumental] 1A 120 Paris – Don’t Stop The Movement [Instrumental] 4A 108 Paris – Get Fired Up [Instrumental] 6A 103 Parle, Jadakiss, Eve – Fix Me [Instrumental] 9A 95 Parris La Dame – Miss It [Instrumental] 8A 104 Partners & Crime – Move Around [Instrumental] 11B 92 Party Boyz – Daddy Stroke [Instrumental] 2A 75 Party Boyz – Flex [Instrumental] 9A 75 Party Boyz – Ha Ha Bitch [Instrumental] 4A 73 Party Boyz, Dorrough, Chalie Boy – Flex [Remix Instrumental] 9A 75 P-Lo, E-40 – Put Me On Somethin [Instrumental] 3A 96 Robin Roxette x ADJe x Alex Sargo – Chocolate [Instrumental Mix] 9A 96 Stormzy FT. Ed Sheeran & Burna Boy – Own It [Instrumental] 6A 104 Stormzy, Ed Sheeran, Burna Boy – Own It [Instrumental] 6A 78 The Alchemist, Prodigy, Nina Sky – Key To The City [Instrumental] 10A 123 The Game FT. Anderson Paak – Stainless [Instrumental] 8A 84 Three 6 Mafia, Chamillionaire – Doe Boy Fresh [Instrumental] 1A 76 Trippie Redd FT. DaBaby – Death [Instrumental] 2A 82 Trobi – Looking For Somebody [Instrumental Mix] 4B 108 Vieli FT. Blue Nova Vdal Garcia & Freysh – VIP [Instrumental] 11A 98 Xpollo – Orbital [Instrumental] 12B 122 Young Scooter FT. Lil Baby – Petty [Instrumental] 2A 150

DOWNLOAD: remixdj1.blogspot.com
submitted by RemixBeat to u/RemixBeat [link] [comments]


2019.10.31 23:19 thatbfromanarres TW: bf [33 m] has sexsomnia, now I [32 f] have trauma

[cross posted from sex]
Hi I’m sorry if I should be reading through each post and weighing in on another thread. I’m new and I’m desperate. I don’t know the rules.
I [32 f] have been dating this guy [33 m] for 7 months or so and it’s the best relationship I’ve ever been in. I’ve never felt so loved and cared for and respected, I’ve never felt so relaxed and understood with someone. I never believed in things like soulmates until him.
I have been in a few abusive relationships including physically and sexually abusive ones. I’ve been in therapy and have learned to recognize red flags and have learned what a healthy relationship is and feels like. This relationship has been a healthy one even a healing one. Of course I do live with PTSD and carry that baggage with me and will for some extent for my whole life.
Potentially relevant health issues he has: boyfriend is an alcoholic which I knew from the beginning of our relationship and is something he is very open about and aware of. He is actively involved in harm reduction activism and I believe he applies those principles to his own use. It’s only been an issue a few times with us. Like a few times we have gone on dates and he’s blacked out so the next day he doesn’t remember all of our date and it makes me sad because our dates are lovely and then it’s like I’m alone in remembering. But when he’s blacked out he’s the same charming sweet person he is sober or tipsy.
My relationship to substances is casual, I have the privilege of being able to use them without developing dependence.
Another health issue he may have is sleep apnea. We have talked about that possibility a few times.
Anyway the other night I experienced something totally insane and I don’t know how to deal with it. I was sleeping over at his house after a really tough long day (had actually just gotten fired). I have had a uti for over a week and so we had an agreement not to have penetrative sex until the antibiotics were done and I was symptom free.
The other night he hadn’t had much to drink. We were starting to go to sleep and he fell asleep first. He was loosely spooning me over the covers. I was happily listening to him and his dog softly snore. I was getting sleepy and decided I wanted to be under the covers so I went to get under the covers and all of the sudden he reached for me as though to hold me.
I said sweetheart I’m getting under the covers and he pulled me toward him. I said what? And (I sleep naked) he just started fingering me really hard. His eyes were all weird and glassy. I was shocked. I said what are you doing we just decided no penetration. He said why? And I said STOP and he didn’t. I had to push him away, then he tried to pull my body over him (and himself down) as though to go down on me and I said No! Stop! And then I pushed him away again and lay down on my back next to him. He kept trying to roll over and hold me and I said stop! I was yelling don’t fucking touch me. Then he kind of laid partially on top of me and suddenly seemed unconscious. I said no don’t fucking touch me! Then got out of bed and got dressed.
I was crying and loudly getting dressed and that’s when he woke up. He was confused and alarmed and turned on the light. After some yelling and tears it became obvious he really had no memory of what happened. I believe him. It was obvious. He wasn’t acting like himself at all, he didn’t look like himself, he’s never aggressive like that.
When he woke up and I told him what happened he was sick. He was shaking and freaking out because he had just assaulted his girlfriend in his sleep. His girlfriend who is a trauma survivor. With a uti. And he had no memory.
So like long story short I was assaulted by the person I love/trust most in the world and am traumatized by it and have no idea how to get over it. But he didn’t do it on purpose and doesn’t remember it. I still love him but I don’t trust him the same way. I can’t imagine sharing a bed with him or having sex with him. For him, he is in love with me the same way before this happened because he has no memory of it. He is terrified because he can’t promise it won’t happen again because it wasn’t in his control. He says he will do anything to try to get through this with me.
It’s clear to me that I need to do healing on my own, he needs to seek help on his own, and we need to heal our bond together. I just don’t know how to do any of this. I have a therapist but she hasn’t called me back in a few days. I can’t leave my house or stop crying. All I can do is sleep. The mood swings are wild. He’s still the same person I love but then I have a flashback and it’s so confusing. I feel scared of him then I feel safe with him.
I don’t know what to do. I need support but don’t feel like I can tell any of my friends what happened because I think none of them will believe it’s sexsomnia and will just hate him. But I know it was sexsomnia. If it wasn’t I would break up with him immediately.
I asked him to reach out to all his exes and ask if anything like this happened when they were together and he has started. I know he will have to see a doctor or something to explore the causes of this.
This is all like a nightmare. Just an hour before this happened he and I were listening to Mariah Carey and dancing together in his room. Now I am in hell. Y’all my heart is broken. I feel so broken. I have been through so much abuse and violence in my life and am finally with a gentle sweet man who treats me right. I feel so violated and fucked up y’all. We are both traumatized. I just want to go back to how things were.
TLDR; My question is, have any of you been assaulted by a partner during their sexsomnia episode? How did you deal with it? Were you able to rebuild trust? Or if you have no answers can you just tell me you understand? I feel so alone.
submitted by thatbfromanarres to relationships [link] [comments]


2019.10.01 23:27 NattyRose00 26[F4R]USA,East coast -Looking for actual friends, excitement and a Gentleman! pics included! be easy n judgement free


Just Me!
On vacation
ATV riding
Dont Laugh,Serious Face
Checkout The Table and chairs!
First let me say that I am a Long time Reddit Lurker. This is my first account and First post ever! I am a Female 26 years young with an old school soul. I wanna make this as detailed as possible but also mysterious and interesting enough people actual care to converse..
Graduating was one of my top life accomplishments and the fact I was able to have a job in place before my graduation. I'm currently a consultant for a Marketing firm. although i'm happy at my job I'm actually in the works to jump ship and float on my own. I'm starting my own Consulting Marketing brand. so if anybody is interested in joining, advice and or is in need of service, use that maybe to break the ice..
so a few things about me.. I grew up with the worst self-esteem issues due to being chubby and overweight until i graduated High school when I started to fight for a change within myself. I workout 3-4 times a week. my confidence is improved but i'm still a work in progress but aren't we all ? So I never had a high school sweetheart. I didn't have a serious boyfriend on till i was 20.
anyways, I love reality dating shows my top 3 1.) Are you the one 2.) 90 day fiancee 3.) The bachelor. other tv shows I like in no specific order are. 1) Snowfall 2) stranger things 3) Big-mouth 4) Rick&Morty 5) Mindhunter
Music wise I listen to everything just about. I dont have the soundtrack of my life put together just yet but these artist or bands would def be apart of it. 1) Red Hot Chili Peppers 2) Nas 3) John Mayer 4) Micheal Jackson 5) Mariah Carey and many more, ohh I've been listening to a lot of Janis Joplin lately.
I love Football and I really do know what happens play by play. My mothers brother my fav. Uncle in the world was High school football coach and now coaches JuCo football. I'm a Die hard DENVER BRONCOS FAN! I also love to play flag football especially since i lost weight. I enjoy Boxing,Soccer and other sports. I don't think i'm in tomboy territory.. I still love to dress up and let my hair down! I'm not much of a drinker but if I do Its def. Beer and tequila no wine for me! I'm 420 friendly but not so much maybe change my mind.. I love video games. sadly, i don't own any working systems at the moment. my ps4 is out of commission my sisters boyfriend returned it to me broken.(i feel like he swapped it on me) I would normally play sports games from Madden and 2k,Fighting games from tekken,MK, to RPG games like Kingdom of hearts and Final Fantasy. I hated Pokemon Go though lol. Im not saying Im good at any games but I did play often. I'm really easing going and fun loving. I'm a homebody that reads every night. I love to travel and explore within the USA and outside so make sure you have your passport! I dont know what else to write about myself.. I'm looking friends online and offline and i dont require anything to consider friendship. I'm single and i hope it does not last much longer. I'm open to guys who are still growing and finding what they want in life. Race is not important to me. I'm actually mixed of two races and cultures. please be taller than I am, or have confidence that if i'm taller than you in heels you can deal with it. Location is not top priority at first, i'm up for the challenge for the right person and situation. (remember I love 90 day fiancee so you could be outside of the usa just be you and exciting) Friendship is serious to me when it comes to finding the right partner so please have that in your thoughts.
i think i should add this. I'm 5'4. 26 years old. I drink socially. I don't do drugs/ 420 friendly. I was raised catholic but i'm open to everyones religion. I don't smoke cigs,I'm okay if you do. Having confidence and being sure of yourself is more attractive to me than physical. I don't like cocky though... We can joke about everything while still being respectful. I'm honest and open and i like to learn from mistakes my own and others. I'm really serious about starting and running my own business and i would love like minded people surrounding me. I'm Actually really nervous to post this!!! OMG!!! Lets get this started!!!!
submitted by NattyRose00 to ForeverAloneDating [link] [comments]


2019.07.09 18:41 jakstar4 Mariah Carey: I’m ‘kind of a prude’ based on number of sexual partners

Mariah Carey: I’m ‘kind of a prude’ based on number of sexual partners submitted by jakstar4 to LatestUSANews [link] [comments]


2019.07.09 02:08 diamond_bird Just a thought

If you and your partnespouse are going on a vacation getaway of your choice, which of your favorite singers would you take on the trip. They can be young or old, dead or alive, and the limit is 10 added guests. You and your partner are considered plus 2 so 12 in total would be attending the trip.
Mine would be:
AJ Mitchell
Gabbie Hanna
Marina and the Diamonds
Mariah Carey
Ariana Grande
Miley Cyrus
Brandon Mig
Alessia Cara
Troye Sivan
Robyn
submitted by diamond_bird to Music [link] [comments]


2019.04.28 04:54 d8uv Ultimate Song Tournament 1992-2007, or why “Under the Bridge” is the best song of the 90s and 00s.

I was curious as to what the best song of the 90s and 00s would be. To figure this out, I created a massive 256-song tournament, and ran through it with my partner antarris

Our Filled Bracket

http://www.d8uv.org/misc/song-tournament-1992-2007-filled-out.png

What the hell is that thing up there

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”

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”

antarris: I don’t even know who like a third of these people even are. “I Will Always Love You” nearly won my bracket.

1994—Winner: d8uv: “Whatta Man”, antarris: “Don’t Turn Around”

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.

1995—Winner: d8uv: “Waterfalls”, antarris: “Gangsta’s Paradise”

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)”

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”.

1997—Winner: “Wannabe”

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”

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”

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.

2000—Winner: “Smooth”

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?

2001—Winner: “Fallin’”

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”

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”

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!”

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”

antarris: That’s not even the best song named “Shake It Off.” d8uv: Kanye can be very VERY good when he tries.

2006—Winner: “Crazy”

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.

2007—Winner: “Umbrella”

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”.

Caveats

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:

http://www.d8uv.org/misc/song-tournament-1992-2007.png
submitted by d8uv to Music [link] [comments]


2019.01.29 02:07 perlementhe 🛏️💀💤 REDDIT DRAGULA S4E3 "NIGHTMARE FUEL - PART ONE" 💤💀🛏️

THE MANOR PRE SEASON
The camera creeps across the floor, hovering mere inches above the seemingly endless tiles. Darkness lurks in the periphery, completely obscuring everything in our vicinity. It is only due to the shifting baroque design of the tiles that we're aware we're in motion.
The camera begins to levitate, navigating over a newfound obstacle. We rise past the dimples and folds of a quilted fabric. Even in the reduced lighting we can tell it's a bubblegum pink silk. We can make out the ambiguously feminine form of someone buried beneath the sheets.
A stiff, exposed arm comes into view, twitching sporadically as it blindly scribbles gibberish onto a blank page.We can hear a soft albeit annoying voice, murmuring incoherently.
“...salad dressing is disgusting-” it moans, “-I'm gonna vom…”
Skinny legend Fantasia Four is sprawled beneath the Chanel-esque sheets, her sleep-talking head propped up by a coterie of luxurious pillows. A silk beauty sleep mask covers her eyes, it reads ‘ICON’ in a hand stitched cursive.
“...Harvesters are gross…”
The image begins to ripple and distort like the surface of a pond. We're descending into Fanta’s dreams.
We're somewhere completely different now. Bare walls, riddled with dents and chipped paint. Uneven floorboards, weathered, worn and torn to the point of splinters. Undressed windows offer a glimpse of the pitch black sky outside.
*Everything is in black and white, like some old Roman Polanski movie *
Fanta dances into view, frantic, disorientated, arms flailing. The gauzy white fabric of her nightgown floats around her as if she's underwater. She falls against a wall, dramatically lifting the back of her hand to her temple as if she's about to faint.
“Why would anyone do that?” She cries in frustration, inching across the wall “Who'd ruin a salad like that?”
She reaches a break in the wall - an entrance - and quickly stumbles into the darkness.
There's not much space here. The walls of the hallway are barely a shoulders width apart, and seem to lean into each other the higher they go. The condition of the walls are much worse here - entire sections of plaster have collapsed, exposing the wooden slats, metal pipes and rotting insulation beneath.
Fanta heads deeper and deeper into the hallway, a trail of white fabric gracefully trailing behind her. She's almost made it when something wraps itself around her arm, holding her in place. Fanta lets out a scream, staring down at the disembodied hand that has sprouted out from the wall and begun to accost her.
“I don't know, I just don't think this is that great for me-” the voice was so familiar, and seemed to come from the wall itself, “-I don't wanna do it.”
Fanta squints at the hand in the wall, the flesh suffocating beneath centuries of dirt and peat. The claw-like fingers are stacked with ancient rings, celtic runes painted up and down the length of its wrist. This arm belonged to The Maiden.
“I wanna go home-” The Maiden says, “-like I can't take the pressure of it.”
Fanta begins to bend back The Maiden's fingers, in an attempt to release herself from the witches grasp.
“Don't you think that with any job interview--”
The Maiden’s hand doesn't let Fanta finish her sentence, shrivelling up as it retreats into the wall.
Fanta has the briefest moment of relief before more hands reach through the wall, clutching at her exposed limbs.
“Sorry I missed the deadline-” A new voice says, vaguely sounding like Kitty, “-I've been having internet problems.”
“I'm gonna have to quit the season.” Another voice whines.
“What do you mean you're disqualifying me?” Argues a third, “Just because I didn't submit anything? This is rigged!”
More disembodied voices join the irritating chorus. As they squeeze her flesh in their collective grip, Fanta begins to identify them one by one.
Red X. Miss Steak. Kornucopia. Pumpkin. Evizrya May. Ho Cake. Casta. Whorea Explorer. Christina Mingle. Ava Adore. Rain. Elextra Terrestrial. Marianna… Evizrya again?
Every ghoul who'd ever left their season prematurely. Some for valid reasons, others not so much. Each one of them clawed at her, vying for her attention as they spewed excuses and objections.
Overpowered and unable to do much of anything, Fanta screamed. This was a lone hosts worst nightmare.
Everything dissolves into a kaleidoscope of grey ripples as we return to reality. The tone of the pink bed sheets is almost jarring compared to the colourless world we've just visited.
Fanta wakes from her bad dream, drenched in cold sweat. The sleep mask sits crooked on her face, exposing one panicked eye. Mentally, she's very much present, but her body is still paralysed in a state of slumber.
A frail whimper leaves her lips as she tries and fails to move her limbs, the shadows swirling around her as she begins to hallucinate. She tries to convince herself that it's all in her head, but the fat and problematic figure watching her from the end of the bed seems all too real.
“Pull it back…” Caprice rasps, “Pull it back…”
THE MANOR PRESENT DAY
An establishing shot of the manor signals the official start of the episode. The vast pathway stretched out into the darkness, the damp cobblestones illuminated by stone lanterns. Wilting rose bushes and topiary sculptures seemed almost menacing in the scarce moonlight.
We're inside the manor now, gazing down towards the foyer where the first of the ghouls are returning from their stint aboard the MS PortiaBella. Tired, irritated, and lugging around their suitcases and makeup kits, the mood seems rather tense.
“Honey, I'm home!” Bella calls out as she passes through the tall cathedral-style doors.
She's met with silence.
“Oh wait-” she says, “-I forgot: I'm not married.”
Not far behind her, Portia and Bianca - Reddit Dragula legends and surprise returnees - are climbing the stairs to the front porch with their suitcases.
“Nope-” Diana says, making a point to slam the doors before they can get inside the manor, “-y'all can go home.”
REDDIT DRAGULA EXCLUSIVE
Everything is being shot in black and white, if only to illustrate that what we're seeing doesn't take place in the present.
We're back aboard the MS PortiaBella, not long after the panel. The surviving ghouls are in the process of packing up their drag and clearing out their temporary dressing rooms. Tensions seem to be high.
“This isn't fair-” Diana protests, slamming her suitcase shut, “-how can I compete with that?”
She points over towards Bianca, who doesn't seem to notice that she's currently being spoken about. Bianca's making small talk with Bella, one of the few competitors who seems to be at peace with her arrival.
“Omigod guys-” Tish says, “-so I just won a challen-”
Diana shushes her with a hand gesture.
“And don't get me started on this bitch-” Diana says, glancing over at Portia, “-she's only here because she's Smacawho's favourite.”
The camera zooms over Diana's shoulder to get a better focus on Smac and Portia. Their voices are slightly distorted due to being all the way on the other side of the room.
“You're still leaking you musty bitch-” Portia huffs, poking her finger directly into the bulletwound in Smac's forehead, “-you're getting dead hooker all over my boat.”
“I'm pretty sure this is racial discrimination-” Smac replies, swatting Portia's chubby fingers away, “-just because I'm an Undead American that doesn't mean I don't have rights.”
Just as Smac says that, some decaying brain matter slides down her face and onto the carpet with a damp splat.
“Okay that's it-” Portia says, digging around in her stained ‘I ♡ Oklahoma’ fanny pack. She pulls out a tampon and inserts it into Smac's wound, “-my favourite part of your reign was when you died.”
“See!” Diana cries, “-that's favoritism!”
“Honestly like what's the point anymore?” Satina asks.
Bianca takes notice, putting her friendly chat with Bella on hold to listen.
“Should I even stick around for the competition?” Satina asks, “- when they bring these veteran bitches back?”
“You're allowed to feel how you feel-” Bianca says.
Satina rolls her eyes.
“But whether you stay or go doesn't affect me in the slightest-” Bianca says, “-I'm here to stay, so you best get used to it sweets.”
THE MANOR THE NEXT DAY
The pale afternoon sun pours through the dusty glass panes of the neo-gothic windows. The ghouls are spread throughout the manor, casually going about their usual business. Gossipping about track records, harassing the hosts for a new challenge, and stabbing makeshift voodoo dolls that look like their rivals.
The general mood seems less hostile, for now at least.
In the lounge, Aristo, Princest, Bella and Flashback Mary dominate the rococo couch. Spread out on the coffee table are some stale canapes and a warm bottle of gas station champagne.
“What do you think the next challenge is going to be?” Bella asks, cautiously prodding a shrimp puff with her nail.
“I have no idea-” Princest replies, “-I'm just happy to be safe.”
[PRINCEST] I had such high hopes coming into the season, and I landed in the bottom on my first challenge. The judges told me they can see my growth, so I guess I'm doing something right.
“I hope it's something really crazy-” Flashback says, “-something more over the top than just being ghosts on a boat.”
Bella takes a sip of champagne, realises it's gross, and discretely spits it back into the glass.
“Oh I'd love something crazy-” Aristo says, “- mental asylums, padded cells, shock treatment…”
Aristo closes his eyes - he can picture it already.
“I'm all tied up and gagged-” Aristo explains, describing his fantasy to the others- “-in this dirty little cell with an orderly who looks, sounds and smells just like Dr Phil, and he grabs my helpless little twink body and drags me down the hall…”
Princest cringes, scooting away.
“And then he takes me to this even dirtier room-” Aristo says, starting to drool, “-and it's a group therapy session where we talk about overcoming our latent childhood trauma.”
The other three ghouls are silent, not wanting to open that can of worms any further.
“Oh wow-” Flashback says, “-okay, um… what does everyone think about the new queens?”
“I don't mind them-” Bella says, “-I don't get what the fuss is about if I'm honest.”
A sudden rhythmic, trotting sound snags the ghouls attention. It sounds like a heavily pregnant cow trying to do the charleston. Their heads turn to face the foyer, trying to identify the source of the commotion.
“FANTA HAS A FOOT FETISH!” Tish and Diana sing, they're having trouble finding the note, “FANTA HAS A FOOT FETISH!”
Their arms around each others waists, they skip into the room, having formed a two-woman Vegas style chorus line.
“WE BOTH WON A CHALLENGE!” They howl, “AND FANTA HAS A FOOT FETISH!”
They kick their bare feet into the air with some theatrics.
Despite the producers and censorship bureau cautioning against it, the camera zooms into (TRIGGER WARNING) Tish's bare, unwashed foot.
It's a miracle a doctor hasn't suggested amputating it.
The camera zooms in even closer as Tish swings her ham hocks into the air. Her bulbous, fleshy big toe has a particularly infected looking nail. Crusted over with red and black discharge, a particularly eye-catching hangnail waves about in the frenzy, hanging on for dear life.
“FANTA HAS A FOO-”
The pair go silent as the nail detaches itself, leaving a trail of pores and ooze in the air as it sails across the room.
It bounces on the rim of Princests glass with a clink, before settling at the bottom.
It's not discrete.
The room stays dead silent, as everyone tries to process the disgusting event they'd just witnessed. A small eternity passes of everyone shooting judgemental glares at Tish. Diana detaches herself from her dance partner.
“What's going on in here?” Satina asked.
Satina hadn't received much screen time this week, as she'd been using her down time to research and develop a cure for ebola. She notices the toenail in the glass and quickly walks back out.
“This-” Flashback says, “-is literally a nightmare.”
“Did someone just say… nightmare?”
A loud slam can be heard as the frequently abused front door opens, smashing into the wall. A figure emerges from the porch causing the ghouls to cry out in terror.
“What's going on?” Portia demands, entering the room with a half-eaten tub of crisco, “-you loud bitches are interrupting my cleanse--”
Portia notices the newcomer and throws up in her mouth.
The camera follows the new arrival as they slink through the hallway and into the lounge, bringing with them the damp sounds of chewing and lips smacking. They’re like a walking ASMR video. We can't see their face, but over their shoulder we can see the stunned reactions of the RD4 Ghouls.
“Oh my god, that’s disgusting!” Princest cowers at the sight of the creature, hiding behind Diana and Flashback who push her away.
“What? I’m not that bad am I?” The creature asks, a half-eaten pickle hanging daintily from their tacky gold nails.
A Farrah Moan like whimper is produced by the creature, before the camera spins around to reveal their true identity - Fantasia Four.
The camera followed her gloved hand that caressed her curvaceous sides, accompanied by the uncomfortable sound of latex and friction. She wore matching gloves and a miniscule cocktail dress in neon pink latex. Her wrists were stacked with pink plastic watches - the cheap toyish kind that a kid could probably win from a bubblegum machine - channelling her inner Cardi B. The tackiest of bullet gold nails emerges from each fingertip, squeaking as she gropes at her figure.
“Ooooh-” Fanta moans, “A hoe never gets coooold.”
The myriad of gold chains jingle around her neck, offering some modest albeit tacky coverage as they hang over her bulging cleavage. Her sleek black hair, parted at the center with some prominent babycurls flows past her shoulders and to the floor, swishing about her ankles as she poses with her half-eaten pickle. White latex thigh highs cling to her legs, a line of little black bows - a crystal embellished in the center of each one - lead all the way down to her black louboutins.
The ghouls weren't shocked and disgusted by her tacky outfit, but rather the grotesque condition of her body. A severity of agitated boils bulge out awkwardly from each patch of exposed skin, begging to be popped. Her necrotic skin was peeling, although it was impossible to tell where the shedding ended and the rivulets of dried pus had began.
She'd seen some unsolicited nudes from a mod in the somewhat recent past that had been so vile that she had caught an infection just from looking at them. If she hadn't spent all of her money on expanding the manor and a never ending supply of champagne glasses, she probably would have gotten it all cured by now. But still, the scars from popping her boils were a sign of battling female oppression, and she wore them with pride.
Fanta struts around the sofa, leaving a trail of flaky dead skin in her wake, and gestures for them all to follow. She continues through the manor, retaining her modelesque poise as she rounds everybody up.
She even makes a pitstop in the kitchen so she can raid the pantry. She returns clutching a precarious stack of pringles, doritos, poptarts and oddly enough, a charcuterie platter and a can of Fanta - Fruit Twist flavour.
Having gathered the entire cast in the lounge, she cracks open the can and looks them all up and down with a blank expression, the contestants all silently waiting for her to do something beyond chewing her fresh haul of carbs.
Fanta swallows her mouthful of fructose syrup and offers a delicate - ahem - before taking her index finger and raising to her right temple, the nail pressing into it as she releases an attempt at a Mariah Carey whistle note.
Princest's glass containing the toenail begins to vibrate before shattering completely. The champagne forms a little stream as it spills across the floor, floating on the current is Tish's infected toenail. It weaves its way around the contestants before coming to a rest in a puddle at Fanta's feet.
“Ew-” Fantasia wretched as she looked down at the toenail. She makes an attempt to kick it away from her, but it clings to her louboutin. After a minute or so of trying to scrape her shoe across the floor, the toenail finally detaches itself. “- anyhoo… Hi Ghouls!”
“Hi Fanta,” they reply in an unorganized chorus.
“Are you all ready for this weeks challenge?” Fanta asks, delicately eating a kit kat the correct way.
Diana raises her hand to ask a question.
“Did Smacahoe quit co-hosting again?” She asks, “-she got got grossed out by my snapchat story where I came--”
“No, I made her sign a satanic contract to be the mean judge all season long-” Fanta explains, picking some food from her teeth, “-she and Euthanasia are getting some reconstructive work done to their faces at the mortuary. They have a groupon.”
Successfully removing the soggy lump of food from her teeth, Fanta flicks it across the room. Tish catches it, and puts it in her pocket.
“I'm here to tell you all about the next challenge-” Fanta explains, pulling a pretzel from her plague ridden tiddies, “-it's all about Nightmares.”
The ghouls begin to whisper amongst themselves excitedly, plotting the concepts for their looks.
[TISH HUGHES]: This should be pretty easy for me because my whole life is a nightmare.
Tish starts to sob in the confessional booth as she eats mayonnaise straight from the jar.
“Quiet!” Fanta demands, trying to get the excited ghouls to simmer down. She throws a half eaten cookie into the crowd - it bounces off of Aristo’s head, “- I'm not finished!”
“You'll each be creating two separate looks this week,” Fanta explains, “-think of this challenge as being like a ball.”
“For the first look, the category will be Common Nightmares. The Apathy Institute of Higher Education, Research and References has provided us with a list of some of the most common and recurring bad dreams for you to base your designs and presentations on.”
“But it's not so easy-” Fanta warns them, “-you won't be able to choose your own common nightmares, so be ready for anything.”
““For the second look, you'll be bringing to life something from your own bad dreams. Be surprising, unique, and terrifying.” Fanta says, “-and a word of advice, this is an opportunity for you to be innovative, so do not use any of the assigned common nightmare for inspiration.”
“You'll be presenting both categories as separate floorshows so remember to not only capture your theme and sell your garments, but to use your environment and movement as well,” Fanta explains, “-the environment for the floorshow will be the manor and you'll have full access to both the interior, exterior, and the grounds.”
“Tish Hughes, as last weeks winner normally you'd have the power to eliminate one of your competitors - however - due to a change in circumstances you have lost that privilege. Instead, you will get to assign the nightmares to each of your competitors.”
“And one more thing-” Fanta says, an entire slice of salami stuck to her chin, “-full offense but some of you could really benefit from going on a diet.”
SUMMARY:
This week, you will be using The Manor as the background for two floorshows.
One floorshow must take place within the manors interior, whereas the other must take place in the grounds and exterior.
The first category is Common Nightmares. This is a restrictive category, and various nightmares will be assigned to the contestants.
Tish Hughes will assign the nightmares. Her choices will be posted in the Announcements Chat.
The second category is Personal Nightmares. This category is much less restrictive.
The deadline for this challenge will be Tuesday, February 5th, 10pm CST. That's 8 days from now.
Good luck!
[END]
submitted by perlementhe to RDragula [link] [comments]


2018.12.09 21:50 bmaje Somethings always bothered me about Love Actually.

Every year my partner makes me watch this dreary and predictable Richard Curtis rom com and while it does have it's highlights- some of the complexities in the relationships are are well done and it is funny in some parts and it also has it's fair share of cringe moments- Andrew Lincoln and Keira Knightly and Colin.
How ever, there's something that's always bothered me and a few days ago I figured it out. It's Liam Neeson's character.
When we first meet him and his step son, we find out that his wife has died and he's in mourning. He flips through photographs of her including one where she's pregnant. It's not impossible she had other children- but none are talked about or even suggested, so it is probably Sam she's carrying. This happens 5 weeks before Christmas, he gives a speech at the funeral and serves as pallbearer and it's a sad moment.
Then throughout the film he's doing shit with Sam in order to get over the loss and so Sam can play drums along to that Mariah Carey song we are so sick of by this time of year.
At the end of the school play, he runs into Claudia Schiffer for the first time. One month after Christmas he's with her when he takes Sam to meet Joanna- the singer of said Mariah Carey song- at the airport and he's with Claudia Schiffer again.
Am I the only who thinks that nine weeks is a quick turn around from funeral of his wife to bringing another woman to the airport with the dead woman's son? The way they're standing with each other suggests to me she didn't just drive him to the the airport.
It may be the Chris Dawson news that's been in Australian news over the last week or so, but I think he killed her.
submitted by bmaje to movies [link] [comments]


2018.12.05 06:42 radiofan15 A post mortem of Britney Jean, 5 years later


https://preview.redd.it/z45fsq17ce221.jpg?width=953&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=49131fb1d1aeb49fee7c8b1a781c106b0172d877

“I can't believe this is my eighth studio album and I know I keep telling you that it is my most personal record yet, but its true and I'm really proud of that”
This quote from The Legendary Miss Britney Spears would most likely haunt her for the rest of the career, especially because it came in the eve of the release of her infamous 2013 album Britney Jean, whose title anticipated a rare introspective look into a star with over a decade on the spotlight (most of the times for the wrong reasons)… also, it came right after her previous album, 2011’s Femme Fatale, became her first full-length effort without any songwriting input from the Princess of Pop, although a Japanese bonus track features a co-writing credit from her.
Of course Britney Jean deserves most of the criticism it receives and yet, it also deserves way more than just being outright ignored even by most of Britney’s diehard fans: Britney Jean is more than just Work Bitch and 13 b-sides, is more than Brit’s most dated-on-arrival release… Britney Jean is a case study of what was pop in its time, what changed and why it stopped being as popular as it once was….

POP BEFORE BRITNEY JEAN

https://preview.redd.it/p5ecdbd9ce221.png?width=1500&format=png&auto=webp&s=d0662fd24b364cf6cf25b1961e9d15f98d9d39b6

Early 00s pop music was being left aside by the general public during the heydays of gangsta rap, Timbaland/Pharrell-infused R&B and rock/nu-metal… at least until around the period between 2007 and 2009, the start of the Golden Era for popheads: The anthemic choruses, the prominent synths, the light and care-free nature of the lyrics, everything was there to pump you up and make you dance… however everything would change in 2013, when streaming was finally introduced to the Billboard formula. After the satirical K-pop track Gangnam Style by Psy took the world by storm, it was noticed how in the United States the song was blocked from the top spot by the inconsequential One More Night by Maroon 5, even if Style had the lead in sales for most of the 12 weeks it stayed at the Top 10 (as you might have guessed, radio had something to do with that), pushing Billboard to update their methodology and add streaming to the mix.
The first song that benefited from the change in the tracking methodology would prophetize what would come next for the charts in general: Harlem Shake, a nearly-instrumental meme song debuted at the top spot and stayed there for 6 weeks total. Another novelty song, Ylvis’ The Fox (What Does The Fox Say?) would visit the Top 10 later in the year based on virality alone.
Although rap, indie music and more traditional pop music found their way during this year, the presence of outliers like Lorde’s Royals, genre-defying tracks like Avicii’s Wake Me Up! (a country/folk tinted EDM anthem) and Florida Georgia Lane’s Cruise (considered the grandfather of the bro-country genre, made popular on pop radio thanks to a tackled-on rap feature by Nelly), and the aforementioned viral hits not only showed that general audiences were craving something new, but their success would pave the way for a big change in pop music.

BRITNEY BEFORE BRITNEY JEAN

"Sometimes you don't need to use words to go through what you need to go through, sometimes it's an emotion you need to feel when you dance, that you need to touch. And the only thing that can touch it is when you move a certain way."
Britney Spears on the For The Record documentary, one of the rare glimpses she gave us on her life before Britney Jean
Britney, of course, was partially a pioneer and a tail-rider of the maximalistic electro sound of the era, as proven by the influence and cult following of what most people consider her magnum opus, or at least her more direct and honest album, 2007’s Blackout, which is ironic considering that Britney only has two writing credits in the whole project and how even The Unstoppable Danja called it ‘impersonal’.
After Blackout, Britney would continue to ride the same sonic palette with her follow-up, 2008’s Circus and then move onto Femme Fatale, which, in spite of its “forward-thinking” nature (as described by the label-appointed producer and current persona non grata Dr. Luke) and slick production, it was heavily criticized for its anonymity and lack of input of the singer in the record, which led to Britney to defend herself stating, rightfully, that she had nothing to prove.

THE MAKING OF A PERSONAL ALBUM

https://preview.redd.it/tzfh8fqsce221.jpg?width=600&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=2e7bf1a1a7f9469be632470e1d6bb53397ff2f62

The mastermind behind Britney Jean was none other than hitmaker will.i.am, whose involvement on the record came as a surprise to no one given how they have collaborated twice at that point and get along really well (you can read more about it in this post I made a couple of months ago), however, the Black Eyed Peas frontman doesn’t deserves all of the credit for the record as Britney herself decided that she would be more involved and had a pivotal role into the making of this record.
Although the early stages of the album pointed towards a more hip-hop release, will.i.am’s involvement and her chemistry with Britney put her forward into the recording and making of the album.
Realizing that she wanted a more straightforward release that wasn’t as bouncy and genre-hopping as her predecessors, Britney searched with will.i.am a series of collaborators that could help her bring her ideas to life, as she didn’t wanted to sing impersonal songs that her team just happened to receive; this, unfortunately, ruled out the involvement of the Saint Patron of pop production Max Martin, although it relegated Dr. Luke to a sole bonus track so that’s a win in my book. Britney Jean is her only release in which she’s credited as a co-writer in each track, including bonus tracks… her closest before that was In The Zone in which 9 of the 14 (including bonus) tracks sported a Britney co-write.

THE PERKS OF BEING A PERSONAL ALBUM

I have been through a lot in the past few years and it has really inspired me to dig deeper and write songs that I think everyone can relate to […] I want to show you the different sides of Britney Spears.
I am a performer.
I am a Mom.
I am funny.
I am your friend!
I am Britney Jean.
Britney Jean Spears
Britney has never been the kind of performer that would pour her soul into her lyrics, and even have occasionally distanced her private life from her lyrics (she famously rejected the Timberlake-bashing Sweet Dreams My LA Ex, later given to ex-S Club 7 member Rachel Stevens as her debut single), although in the few glimpses we have gotten from her real persona (the stunning Everytime and the dubious My Baby for example) have always leaved her fans with the idea of her getting more involved with the subject matter of the tracks… I mean, the exploration of fame in tracks like Circus and Piece of Me are great, but what about explorations of who is Britney?
Britney Jean is her first album released in her 30s, and after finally deciding to get this involved in the songwriting department 15 years into her singing career was no fluke: chalk it up to coincidence, to the fact that it was long due given her background (Britney had lived A LOT of unwanted stuff during her career, married twice, had two kids, survived the most public mental breakdown unimaginable and more while being one of the most successful female performers currently working… also, that year she had ended her engagement with her manager Jason Trawick) or to misogyny (if you wanna go there) but female singers seems to go personal and/or mature in their 30s, with some popular examples including Madonna’s Like A Prayer (described by her as being "about my mother, my father, and bonds with my family"), Mariah Carey’s post-divorce genre-bender Butterfly (if her birth year is believed to be 1969), Beyoncé’s whole post-Matthew Knowles era (4 was released three months before she turned 30), Nicki Minaj’s back-to-my-roots release The Pinkprint and Katy Perry’s purposeful woke pop release Witness (Katy, I love you but 💀) among others.
Another thing to consider is that doing “personal” songs have always being interpreted as tracks with stripped-away or piano-driven arrangement, something that Britney, who had sung about being on the club or having sex (or even both on the same track) so many times it kinda become her trademark, is not something she’s might get allowed to do, especially when the current-at-the-time pop scene and Britney’s then-current sound were a far cry from the kind of sound these “confessional” tell-all songs normally have.

#BritneyPleaseSavePopMusic

(this was a real hashtag that was worldwide trending topic on Twitter in September 2013)
With the anticipation of what a Britney-fied personal record would sound like, anticipation was in an all-time high among fans… so it was natural that her most introspective record would be anchored with an EDM song called Work Bitch. In Britney’s defense, will.i.am pointed out almost immediately how the braggadocio track didn’t represented the album but it was rather about Britney Spears herself.
Promoted with what was heavily rumored to be a 6.5-million-dollars budgeted video which was supposedly heavily sanitized from its originally sexed-up original version (more on that later), the video itself represented most of the promotion the whole album received, as the album’s second and final single (Perfume) was left to rot in negligence after the album’s release.
Outside of a couple of TV appearances (not performances, just interviews), including one to promote her then-upcoming “2-year” Las Vegas residency Britney Spears: Piece of Me, and an E! documentary about the making-of the album and said residency, no actual promotion took place for Britney Jean, which led to the inevitable.

BRITNEY UNLEASHES HER MOST “PERSONAL” ALBUM

https://i.redd.it/1no6q6iqce221.gif

Britney Jean was unleashed to the world on December 3rd of 2013, one day after the Princess’ birthday, and was a big commercial disappointment, debuting at number 4 on Billboard with sales of 107,000 copies (a little bit more than a third of the sales of Femme Fatale), even lower than those of her debut album …Baby One More Time; 3 years after its release, BJ had sold less in the United States than FF in its opening week, although it was eventually certified Gold by the RIAA… this February. Internationally, the release didn’t fare any better and debuted at record-low positions for her releases in most international markets, including missing the Top 30 in the UK.
As most of you already know, reviews we’re nasty all around, the worst of Britney’s career. Because of the somewhat mean content of some of those reviews, I would instead resume what are the biggest perks critics had with the release:

SING A SONG OF SIXPENCE, MISS BRITNEY SPEARS

After one of the songs leaked ahead of the album’s release, there were accusations that backing vocalist Myah Marie (who had appeared on Brit’s previous two albums) was the lead singer not only on said leaked track but also in a large portion of the album (this is what she sounds like), accusations that Marie herself denied as well as Britney’s reps.
Her representatives claimed that Marie wasn’t involved in neither Perfume nor Passenger, the tracks that were the source of most of the controversy, and ultimately she wasn’t credited in none of those songs, although she’s credited as a (not background) vocalist in several of the other tracks of the album (mostly the Preston-produced songs as Work Bitch, Tik Tik Boom, Til It's Gone, Chillin' With You and Now That I Found You), including Alien (in which she’s not credited), who had a vocal steam leak in 2014 which showcases how uncanny is Myah’s impression of Britney is. A credited background singer is Sia in her co-composed single Perfume, which was the source of a weird misstep when Britney was caught lip-syncing to a version of the song with Sia’s vocals forefront in the mix.
A lot has been said about how Britney’s signature singing ‘baby’ voice is not her real one, how do they compare and how much damage has done to Brit’s current vocal chops, and even though she can still sing wherever she wants to, it’s quite obvious that she’s not that comfortable with it and, as such, she prefers to enhance her voice with the use of technology and some studio trickery… also, she might have gotten used to it considering how effortless and vivid were her earlier performances… here’s I’m A Slave 4 U at the 2001 VMAs just because how iconic it is.

BRITNEY JEAN… BY BRITNEY JEAN SPEARS

"People can take everything away from you, but they can never take away your truth.
The question is: Can you handle mine?"
Britney Spears in a song that’s not from this album and not originally from her
Described by critics as “a concept album about the loneliness of pop life”, Britney Jean actually open with quite a promise with Alien, a mid-tempo, melancholic, airy, ethereal dance pop opener that works as a more teenage-sounding version of Ray of Light, which is not surprising considering the involvement of said album’s mastermind (the aforementioned William Orbit) and that sonically picks-up where FF closer Criminal left off, but lyrically is quite different, as it portrays Britney having an intimate and personal realization that she, after years of tumultuous and erratic events, has lost grip of who she was and how she felt like an extraterrestrial in her own world; however she realizes that she’s not longer alone as she looks at the glow in the stars as a light to guide her home away from her insecurities of the past, and to feel safe and finally finding comfort in her true skin, as the chorus repeats the catchphrase ‘not alone’ “until it is pitchshifted up like a departing space ship
Originally intended to include Gaga in the song (and also supposed to be released as a single, which unfortunately didn’t happened), Alien was considered the conceptual and musical highlight of the project by critics, and is easily the most personal, vulnerable and my personal highlight of the project… which made everything that came afterward a hard pill to swallow. Before that, I can’t help to mention THE GLITCH (2:14 in the song), which was apparently, as everything wrong with music of the period, will.i.am’s fault.
https://preview.redd.it/sqy5pdvjce221.jpg?width=1200&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=fc818c3624856731e041c2380840004b0c8edea6

Work Bitch (alternatively known in censored form as Work Work, or in the explicit version as Bitch Bitch) is a hard hitting EDM smasher and heavy mood-whiplash, which was definitely not co-written by Sebastian Ingrosso, in which Britney gently asks us (over a basic club beat which grows more overloaded as the song moves forward) is we want a hot body, an European luxury car (either a Bugatti, a Maserati or a Lambo skirrt skirrt skirrt) or to sip martinis while partying in a big mansion in France, only to disappoint us by calling us bitches and telling us to better work as if we were supermodels and she was RuPaul.
WB is, if you wanna practice some mental gymnastics, more ‘personal’ than its given credit for, as Britney details how much benefits she gets from hustling all these years, and inviting us to dance with that smashing wall-of-sound-laden beat that drowns most of the track. Way more forward-thinking and exciting that everything that comes after it, WB has become somewhat of a new classic for the Princess of Pop, and is pretty much deserved of said designation.
Perfume, co-written by Sia, is another album highlight (actually Britney’s favorite from the album) and one of the finest ballads of Brit’s late-catalogue. Written about her ex-fiancé Jason Trawick, the song deals with Britney’s insecurity about a current relationship, with Britney singing with some of her strongest vocals in years about how she believes that her partner is cheating on her and how she puts on her perfume in order to mark her territory. Released with a tie-in with her perfume Fantasy, the song kinda flopped worldwide and halted all of the promotion of the album, however it still remains (alongside the rawer Dreaming Mix, included as a bonus track) as one of the most interesting songs in 2010s Britney catalogue.
The music video, directed by known troll and middling talented videomaker Joseph Khan, has an unreleased director’s cut in which the straightforward concept of a cheating partner is changed to that of Britney playing the Angelina Jolie role in a gone-wrong version of Mr. and Mrs. Smith sans the boyfriend who is also an assassin.
It Should Be Easy finds Britney’s voice drown in both the auto-tune setting used by Kanye for the Runaway coda and the vocals of guest-star will.i.am in the chorus, all while produceco-writer David Guetta rehashes Swedish House Mafia (which originally broke up the same year in which BJ was released). The song, about Britney imagining a bright-normal-future with a man who had stolen her heart, stating that love “shouldn't be complicated”. Although I like this song, and her team obviously likes it to as it commissioned remixes to be serviced to clubs, it signals when things start to go somewhat downhill.
Tik Tik Boom, the T.I.-assisted fifth track, was always dubbed as a potential third single (remixes were commissioned but nothing official ever came up), and it’s not hard to see why: as one of her rare collaborations with a rapper, the static-y, dance-floor ready production presents Britney teasing a male partner with a night of… well… tik tik boom… that means sex, doing so while serving some circa-2001 sexy vocals as T.I. raps about treating her like an animal up to the point that PETA (which hates Britney) should be called in response. It’s fast, it’s straightforward and yet, it’s kinda forgettable and also very disappointing coming from or Princess Urbanney.
Guetta comes back with Body Ache, another outdated EDM bop in which Brit (accompanied by vocoder and several dozens of vocal distortion treatments) sings about the kind of ‘I wanna dance so hard it gonna turn you on’ anthem which Miss Spears can do on her sleep, with a backtrack that sounds straight out of the EDM will.i.am was doing with the Peas during the Beginning/E.N.D. era. Also it ends in a somewhat anticlimactic way.
Personal Britney makes a return with this track that wouldn’t be too out of place in FF: The Guetta co-written Til It’s Gone, in which Brit realizes that, after losing the love of her life (Trawick), her life would never be the same, or how “you never know what you got 'til it's gone”. Coming some two years to late sonically, in terms of lyrics the track it’s another story, as some interesting imagery pops here and there and it’s nice to leave the dance floor behind, especially when talking about a woman who (at least in the previous albums) rarely shut up about them.
Katy Perry arrives on the record but not as a feature, but as a writer, in the Diplo-produced, Sia-co-written and Prism outtake Passenger, in which some interesting EDM beats moves out of the way after the opening (they come back, don’t worry) to reveal a refreshing and very welcome electropop rock song with some great Britney vocals about letting someone to guide her after she’s willing to let herself be his ‘passenger’. Great lyrics, daring production, good vocal performance… it’s not hard to see why critics loved this track so much, and it’s a shame it gets buried among so much underwhelming stuff.
https://preview.redd.it/hkdoktqmce221.jpg?width=970&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=b349cd2e99a44dc732760b6f131be7dc3be1da38

Chillin’ with You, the album’s most infamous moment, finds Britney dueting with her sister, ex-Nickelodeon star and attempted country singer Zoey Meredith Brooks, about hanging out together and drinking wine (Brit likes red, Chase Matthews' ex likes white wine) while, as the southern white suburban moms they are, they feel they have nothing else to worry about. Although the lyrics are… well… cute, and the subject matter is decidedly novel by Britney’s standards, the mixture of country and EDM doesn’t mash as well as the producers might had expected… also, the fact that their vocals were so obviously recorded in different sessions (as showed by the kind of chemistry you only see in cheesy 70s movies starring John Travolta and Lily Tomlin) makes the whole ordeal so surreal.
The album closer in the standard edition is Don’t Cry, a FUCK YOU MR. TRAWICK song in which Britney reassures his man that it’s not worthy to cry as their relationship was always directed to end no matter what they do, and how she’s gonna go to not see him all tear eyed. The bouncy but subdued dubstep back track by pop goblin and producer will.i.am enhances what is arguably Britney’s best vocals in the whole album and some really nice lyrics which still doesn’t work as an album closer.
Sia comes back in the first bonus track of the deluxe edition, Brightest Morning Star, and she brings with her current pop Pariah (that would be Dr. Luke, but he’s only in this track) to the mix, on a track about God (or maybe about her kids, according to Dr. Puke), or at least one that implies to be one; in Sia’s words: ‘Britney was extremely sweet. She came in with the title ‘Brightest Morning Star’ and told me that’s how Jesus found his way. She wanted to write a kind of gospel song that wasn’t ramming it down your throat’. Despite the good intentions, BGS is no Jesus Walks and it gets short in the musical department, with a surprisingly weak instrumental which doesn’t do any good service to the song.
Britney continues her religious quest with Hold on Tight, a mid-tempo ballad that in which Miss Spears details how God comes into her dreams (or it might be an Incubus?) showing her the path to righteousness, even when the road is not as friendly with her, and… to be honest, this is my least favorite song on the album, it’s just so forgettable even if it’s quite refreshing in the context of BJ.
To end the evening, Britney continues her unintentional audition to become a gospel singer with Now That I Found You, a shameless EDM track (with early-10s euphoric drop and everything) about how incomplete she was until she found Him (to be honest, this could also be another love song, but after two bonus tracks about God it’s easy to see where she was pointing towards with the vague lyrics) and how everything is better now. Unlike the forgettable predecessors, NTIFY is fun (dated? Sure… but also fun), it’s bright, it’s colorful, it’s happy, and one of my favorite songs on the record… even if co-writer Guetta basically ripped off his own hit Without You from 3 years before.

u/radiofan15’s UNWANTED OPINION ABOUT BRITNEY JEAN

Britney Jean is not an autobiography, it’s not a tell-all gossip-venting machine, it’s a clean, overproduced product of misdirection and lack of focus… and yet it’s actually fascinating in several ways: it’s arguably the greatest resume you would find of how pop music sounded in between 2008 and 2013, it’s a great bridge between the impersonal heavily-polished Femme Fatale and the serviceable and engaging Glory, which saw Britney leading the way on how everything would sound from the start.
It’s quite ironic how the album’s naming (taking a cue from Janet Jackson’s Damita Jo, her actual middle name) plays against it, as self-titled releases (unless they are debut albums) are associated with being in control of your output or reinventions (pop examples includes Paramore as their first release as a trio, Beyoncé to fit the minimalistic sounds and Janet Jackson’s janet. to showcase independence from the Jackson family) and unless you’re Led Zeppelin, Peter Gabriel or Weezer, the idea of having a second eponymous release usually means that audiences should expect to experience the performer in a never-seen before way. 2001’s Britney was the album that give a meaning to the phrase “I’m not that innocent” spurred in her previous effort, with lyrics talking about womanhood and sexuality being complemented with R&B vibes and rock/hip-hop elements. Britney Jean, when compared to Femme Fatale, is way behind the difference between Britney and Oops!... I Did It Again, which in retrospective is even worse as the relative freshness and reinvention of Glory leaves the ‘openness’ and ‘variety’ of BJ in shambles.
One of the album’s biggest mistakes is in its sequencing: the first three tracks are the obvious highlights, the next three are basically DOA EDM songs, the next four are the most “adventurous” musically speaking and the bonus tracks are all about God. Taking out some of the ‘pure club’ anthems could theoretically create an album more deserving of its ‘personal’ label, going full Spinal Tap and amp up the production values to do something crazier might have given us something that was at least digestible in a single listening.
The album, as it is, is not perfect, but it’s far from the dumpster fire more people called it, including some of the most interesting Britney songwriting in years (or even her career) and some tracks that are already started to show signs of cult classic. The only positive thing most people seems to agree with is how short it is: with the alternative mix of Perfume included, BJ is ‘only’ 50 minutes long (the standard edition is just 36 minutes long), which is something most performers (even today) seems to struggle with.
Also, she didn’t came to play games with the art cover and aesthetics this era, the album cover and the booklet is her most gorgeous to date, with the former having her most flattering front picture of any of her albums and the neon typography creating a very pleasing contrast with her elegant black-and-white imagery (in the deluxe edition) or the elegantly, milky pastel coloring of the standard edition.

THERE CAN BE 100 LISTENERS IN THE ROOM AND 99 LEAVE BUT ONE... - BRITNEY JEAN THE DAY IT DEBUTED

https://preview.redd.it/hpjl86hfce221.jpg?width=1024&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=a01c8129a31203474b2bafbc17ea994d5f83e132

Britney and her team gave up quite easily on Britney Jean and, honestly, they shouldn’t be blamed: the offer to have a Vegas Residency with a salary of $15 million dollars per year seems like the kind of offer a pop star and mother of two with enough money already for several timelines would accept, with the album itself being more of an afterthought.
Britney was originally slated to remain on the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino for two years but ultimately extended her run for another two years, before finally touring overseas (without an album attached to the performances) during 2017 and 2018.
Because of the lack of promotion, Britney Jean underperformed when compared to Miss Spears’ previous releases, with estimated worldwide sales (as of April 2018) being close to 1.3 million copies, less than a third of Femme Fatale’s sales.
Truth be told, BJ flopped hard… HOWEVER, not everything would have turned out that terrible (not even in a million years it would have sold as much a FF but at least the downfall could have been smaller) with some actual promotion and interest from Brit herself.

SOME REACHING… I MEAN… THE SIGNIFICANCE OF BRITNEY JEAN

BJ is, in my opinion, a compilation of the era, the resume of “in the previous episode of” that you get on serialized TV shows, a farewell to the bombastic era of synth-heavy EDM club anthems with gratuitous drops and interchangeable lyrics. During the genre’s opus, some performers tried to bend this sound (and their equivalents) to their benefit, either mixing it with their style or playing with the boundaries of the sound: it could be a Taylor Swift doing a We Are Never Getting Back Together to get a broad crossover hit, a Lady Gaga mixing multiple genres to create a sonically complex pastiche called Born This Way, or even straight-up jumping almost seamlessly from rap/R&B to club bangers like Nicki Minaj did in Roman Reloaded. Britney in Britney Jean did almost the opposite of that.
Britney Jean is, in some ways, a time capsule of the era in its rawest and purest form (some might differ and replace those buzzwords with generic and bland), with the average user being able to trace mostly any track to a style, influence, sub-genre or even performer. Listening to BJ is like watching a 70s movie in VHS in an old, square TV, basically an unintentional period piece that reflects the volatile, bombastic and extravagant style of those golden years of 2008-2013, which, within the mindset of Britney Jean sounds kinda tired and bland, surprising no one when that branch of pop went back into obscurity and irrelevance almost as fast as grunge music did when Kurt Cobain died.
Britney Jean came up in a time of transition of popular music, with streaming showing the kind of power it had on the charts and more subdued, minimalistic music taking the world by storm. Popular music, as you might already noticed, evolved into a slower, more melodic, calculated, numb, almost anticlimatic entity which was more fitting with our current social and political climate. To paraphrase Todd in the Shadows: 2013 had a hit literally called Happy and 2018 had both a hit called SAD! and another called Happier with a video about a dog that dies.
In terms of Britneyology (both the study of Britney Spears and the religion dedicated to her persona), BJ is also a glimpse into Britney the full-fledged artist. Britney has never been the kind of performer that gets heavily involved into her music, with Britney’s role being generally limited to the choice of songs, sequencing, development of sounds and themes with her assigned team of writers and producers, and performing of course; sometimes Britney gets involved into the heavier portions of her music (the classic Everytime is a great example of it) but most of the time she remains quite anonymous, with her voice and choice being overwritten by the men on charge, something that became quite apparent during and after the Dark Ages (2004-2008) with the cancelling of the legendary Original Doll, her lack of songwriting credits in both Blackout and Circus, and her much-criticized anonymity in Femme Fatale.
BJ was Britney deciding who does want to work with, what does she wants to sing and even how to equilibrate her musical and visual persona. Britney has always being in control of how is she portrayed on official media, most famously rejecting an animated concept for the video of …Baby One More Time in favor of a Lolita-inspired take on catholic school girls, and then the slow process from jailbait to grownup woman. During the post-production of the Work Bitch video, she clashed with director Ben Mor over the kind of content the video should show, as she was a mother in her 30s now instead of an unreachable male gaze fantasy.
With BJ, the Legendary Miss Britney Spears showed us how much she has changed since that controversial 2003/2004 period (the last time she was that involved with an album) in which she received the Kiss of Death from Madonna, suffered her infamous accident and, of course, married twice in a calendar year. This new Britney was a much-different person, and her voice deserved to be heard, and even if the results weren’t the greatest, it was a step into the right director for Britney to get what she always wanted: being a full-fledged artist capable of taking her own decisions and learning from her mistakes.

POP AFTER BRITNEY JEAN

https://preview.redd.it/382f3hucce221.png?width=1500&format=png&auto=webp&s=b270179e2de3c085b7dd38ea838588f2f45d9e4b
Coincidentally in 2014 most of the ambassadors of the dominant pop sound of the early 10s were either taking a musical break, flopping or changing lanes, so that year paved the way for the transition of what do we define as popular music, with the winners of the evolution race being trap (Fetty Wap’s Trap Queen), meme music from awful people (Bobby Shmurda’s Hot Nathans) or untalented losers (T-Wayne’s Nasty Freestyle, Silentó’s Watch Me), trop pop (OMI’s Cheerleader, Justin Bieber’s entire Purpose era) or whatever outlier track dared to pass through those filters.
What happened afterwards is a horror story most of popheads tells in fire camps a la Are You Afraid of the Dark?

BRITNEY AFTER BRITNEY JEAN

Glory , the follow-up Britney Jean, received very positives reviews and was considered a strong return-to-form for Britney, and even if it wasn’t as successful as her label might have wanted, the truth is that, at the end of the day, whatever Britney decides to do next (and considering the direction she seems to be taking) it can be as underwhelming as Britney Jean.

https://preview.redd.it/t7rph8g4ce221.png?width=500&format=png&auto=webp&s=0b8d0a459f5caed0d41c087c7658cce2e79f2210
submitted by radiofan15 to popheads [link] [comments]


2018.11.24 12:07 radiofan15 Kanye West's 808s & Heartbreak, one of the most influential pop albums of the century, turns 10

https://preview.redd.it/xmus30kna9021.jpg?width=1920&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=eb6091965c75efd6a2fe0b4f67ef759f2b3e134c
Kanye West started as a producer wanting to become a rapper… after touring as the opening act of U2 in their Vertigo Tour he wanted to become a rock star… after the release of his third studio album, Graduation, Kanye didn’t know exactly what to do next: Although another education-themed follow up (known as Good Ass Job) was planned to complement the trilogy of albums that started with The College Dropout and continued with Late Registration, destiny will change those plans for the Chicago rapper.
On November 10 of 2007, Kanye’s mother, Donda West, passed away after a heart attack product of a failed plastic surgery (from which Kanye blamed himself); this was followed by the end of his on-and-off relationship with designer Alexis Phifer which started in 2002 and officially ended in early 2008; and, of course, it was the issue of fame: with Graduation seemingly kick-starting a new era of hip-hop above the ashes of gangsta rap (Graduation outsold 50 Cent’s Curtis by more than one third in their coinciding debut week), Kanye should have been, theoretically speaking, happy of having archived everything he ever wanted, however he was alone at the top, subject of constant public and media scrutiny and surrounded by the kind of unwanted attention most overnight superstars struggle to accept.
Rapping wasn’t enough for Mr. West, and as such, the hip-hop genre was way too small to describe what was going on with him and the melodies he had inside of him needed a new way to be translated to the real world… ironically this would lead to the creation of a minimalistic pop album.
Today is not that hard to visualize it but, in the perspective of the 2007-08 music era, it was considered career suicide and a brave experiment: As mentioned above, Graduation was, mostly, responsible for the decay of the gangsta rap genre and Kanye’s production techniques and combinations of genres were seen as a watershed that helped diversify the genre, in other words Kanye was the closest thing hip-hop had to a savant innovator at the time; also, the kind of pop music that was leaving its mark in the Hot 100 included bubblegum (by the era standards) music from Katy Perry and Natasha Begingfield, Disney icons like Miley Cyrus and the Jonas Brothers, mellow balladers like Jason Mraz and Leona Lewis and crossover acts like Coldplay and Finger Eleven, with the biggest representation of urban music coming from pure R&B or pop/R&B acts (Mariah Carey, Jordin Sparks, Chris Brown) or relatively unambitious rap acts (Lil Wayne, T.I. Lil Mama)… in this scenario, and considering how maximalistic Kanye’s previous output was (with its soul samples, anthemic arena-ready choruses and intricate production values), the idea of Kanye not only ditching samples and going minimalistic, but also pop was a hard pill to swallow in the hip-hop world.

https://preview.redd.it/uowcagfpa9021.jpg?width=1600&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=0f3dc63a2d58441aca50b515bae182659bff873b
808s & Heartbreak was, interestingly, recorded in a three weeks period in September and October of 2008, contrasting with the 2 years it took Graduation to materialize (and unintentionally starting Ye’s tendency of erratic album producing schedules that still continues up to this day), in California and Hawaii with a surprisingly limited palette of collaborators:
As you can see, the number of producers and writers is quite minimal when compared to Kanye’s later work, with him being the sole main producer of the entire project.
As the title indicates, the album makes use of the Roland TR-808, a drum machine introduced in the early 80s that, despite being a commercial failure in spite of its low price, went out to develop a cult classic and became one of the most influential music devices of the decade, being used in pop (Whitney Houston’s I Wanna Dance with Somebody, The SOS Band’s Just Be Good To Me), hip-hop (Beastie Boys’s Paul Revere, Afrika Bambaataa’s Planet Rock), R&B (Marvin Gaye’s Sexual Healing), and electronic (the Yellow Magic Orchestra’s entire BGM album), among others. The 808 continues to be used and/or referenced up to this day among most of the popular music genres.
Kanye use of the instrument was inspired by the 80s icons Phil Collins, Gary Numan and Boy George, who used the drum machine in combination with their songwriting to evoke a set of emotions than normal synthpop and/or electropop couldn’t achieve, a concept introduced by the producer and film composer Jon Brion, a producer in Late Registration.
Although the album still contains some hip-hop elements (more on that later), they are mostly masqueraded by the inclusion of several elements that adds to the mix of genres 808s includes: the album has been described as synthpop, experimental pop, electropop, avant-garde R&B and 80s New Wave, with Kanye himself referring to the album’s genre as a “pop art”, not to be confused with art pop, both the music genre and the artistic movement. To contrast with the bleak atmosphere of the 808, Kanye added several more ‘physical’ elements to the music, always trying to keep a “minimal but functional” sound, like taiko drums, synth-bass, somber piano melodies, choir monks and lengthy string sections.
In spite of its description as a pop album, 808s features some rapping (outside of the occasional guest rapper), although Kanye drowns it with some sing-talking and actual singing, all processed through some heavy Auto-Tune (with some input from the master T-Pain), because the idea of Kanye singing is not the most enticing one. The much-mocked tool, first popularized by Cher in her comeback single Believe, was reintroduced to Kanye while he was recording his verse in Jeezy’s Put On, having previously only used it on background vocals in tracks like Jesus Walks, and he fell in love with the technology, calling it “the funniest thing to use” and comparing the negative reception it gets from people who openly mocked the use of the pink color in clothes when he was a kid for being considered “gay”.
The auto-tune in 808s is used to contrast the mechanical, almost robotic, delivery of Kanye with the austere production and the introspective subject matter of the lyrics, creating an album that is both heavily personal yet detached from the performer, with the mostly sterile production contrasting nicely with the album’s narrative motifs that includes heartbreak, existential crisis, regret, self-examination and fame.
The opening track, Say You Will, demonstrates this better than any other song on the album: lyrics aboutan ex-girlfriend you call on Friday nights just to have sex” and she “says she’ll come over but you wait all night and she still doesn’t come knocking on your door” masked with a two-notes beat and drums in loop above a menacing and ominous background synth line that overruns the lyrics and continues for almost as long as the original track lasted. If this version is too sterile for you, there’s a warmer version with Caroline Shaw vocals on Soundcloud.
In the Kid Cudi-assisted Welcome to Heartbreak, Kanye describes how, despite all the money and fame he has accumulated through his career, or rather because of them, he finds himself trapped and removed from what he perceives as the right way to live one’s life: “My friend showed me pictures of his kids, all I could show him was pictures of my cribs” says the opening line of the depressive synthpop anthem which, as we might be aware, doesn’t apply to Mr. West anymore.
Heartless, whose single cover nicely contrasts with the deflated-heart balloon artwork created by Kaws, is the poppiest track on 808s (no surprise it was the biggest hit of the album) and yet is the closest to a vocal rap performance you get from Ye on this album. The beat, originally intended for Jay-Z, features an uncredited but very prominent sample of the 1984 song Ammonia Avenue by prog rock group The Alan Parsons Project, and lyrically continues with the subject matter of heartache and heartbreak from his doomed relationship with Ms. Phifer… also this song was done dirty on the ongoing Winners Rate.
The Grammy-nominated Amazing (unfairly, the only Grammy nomination to the 808s era) was the first song completed for the album, and features an obscure tribal beat with a menacing piano lurking in the background which fits nicely with the dark verses (“I'm a monster, I'm a killer, I know I'm wrong, yeah; I'm a problem that'll never ever be solved”) but heavily contrast with the optimistic hook (“No matter what, you'll never take that from me, my reign is as far as your eyes can see”) and Jeezy’s guest verse (“I'm amazing, born on a full moon; I was bred to get it in, no spoon”).

https://preview.redd.it/akp1vtqta9021.jpg?width=600&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=0f21a74eddef1bb9a52ef54fdd4ef5f4de59ad7c
The next song, and of the GOAT singles in Kanye’s repertoire, is the iconic Love Lockdown, the public’s introduction to this moody and introspective Kanye as it was debuted in the 2008 VMAs two months before the release of 808s. The upbeat but minimalistic pop track features features a somber, lush, and beautiful instrumental in which the 808 replicates the sound of a heartbeat while tribal drums and heavy instrumental layers complements the verse-chorus-verse structure, all while Kanye sing-talks about a failed relationship and what caused it: “I'm not loving you, the way I wanted to; see I had to go, see I had to move; no more wasting time, you can't wait for life; we're just racing time, where's the finish line?”.
Afterwards, the Mr. Hudson-assisted Paranoid hits: the new wave-influenced synthpop single came out with a noir video starring Rihanna (she was also supposed to appear in a remix of the track, which remains unreleased) with all and a different mix of the track, that still doesn’t detach from the mostly rapped lyrics about a partner who is controlling and neurotic, a not so subtle attack to Ms. Phifer: “All of the time you wanna complain about the nights alone; so now you're here with me, show some gratitude, leave the attitude way back at home”. If you let me be impartial, this is my second favorite song on the album and in my Top 5 of Kanye tracks, this is just pure pop perfection.
Robocop, the next track, has nothing to do with the violent movie from Paul Verhoeven, but rather uses the reference in the title to describe a “spoiler little LA girl” who’s cold and calculated, comparing her to the lead character in the Stephen King novel Misery (played in an Oscar winning performance by Kathy Bates), even though he finds some of those crazy attributes desirable (“Shorty kind of crazy but it turn me on; keep it up enough to keep it going on; I told her there's some things she don't need to know; she never let it go, oh”)… the track features a sample of Patrick Doyle’s Kissing In The Rain, a song from the score of the much-forgotten Alfonso Cuaron movie adaptation of Great Expectations with Gwyneth Paltrow and Ethan Hawke, and writing contributions from T-Pain and Tony Williams, making it the most loaded song on the album when it comes to credits. A music video starring Amber Rose was filmed but never released.
The next track, Street Lights, is Kanye’s most simple yet most gorgeous song, and a personal favorite of mine. A synthpop/R&B hybrid, Street Lights has Kanye contemplating about the repetitiveness and monotony of his life as it passes in front of him: “Seems like street lights, glowing, happen to be just like moments, passing, in front of me; so I hopped in the cab and I paid my fare, see I know my destination, but I'm just not there in the streets”. Perfection. (PS. there's a music video, but I could only found it without sound)
Just like the opening track, Bad News is a partially instrumental track about a girl who can’t keep her word… only that in this case is about a cheating partner: “Didn't you know, I was waiting on you, waiting on a dream that'll never come true; didn't you know, I was waiting on you, my face turned to stone when I heard the news; when you decide to break the rules, 'cause I just heard some real bad news”. This is the first time, although not the last time (outside of this album), in which Kanye would mention a cheating partner, which seems to happen more often to him than expected.
The penultimate track, See You in My Nightmares, has Lil Wayne top help him to finish the narrative started by Bad News, creating a sinister-sounding song about Ye moving out of a toxic relationship and leaving behind the person that causes him so much pain, relegating her to his nightmares (“And I might see you in my nightmare; ooh, how'd you'd get there? cause we were once a fairy tale but this is farewell”). The rappers’ spooky, angry delivery complements quite nicely with the auto-tune and the menacing and suffocating atmosphere of the song. An accompanying short film, called We Were Once A Fairytale, directed by Spike Jonze was released on iTunes in October 2009... also, here's Jonze smacking Kanye just because it's too funny to not share.

https://preview.redd.it/y3xg41kva9021.jpg?width=1865&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=4e16d44ad8c828e012f450ae8427bee13c10c761
At this point of the album, Kanye has addressed her ex-lover, himself and his celebrity life… and Ms. West remains untouched, at least until the last track of the album: Coldest Winter, an ode and farewell to Donda West, which interpolates Tears for Fears’ Memories Fade to create a cold-sounding track in which Kanye wonders wherever will he “ever love again” as the “memories made in the coldest winter” keep tormenting him and leave him waiting for the passing of time to heal him (“If spring can take the snow away, can it melt away all our mistakes”); however, the ominous drums that closes the track and the last lyrics (“I won’t ever love again”) doesn’t paint the brightest future for Mr. West.
A bonus track in all of the versions of the album is the freestyle Pinocchio’s Story, recorded live at the Singapore stop of the Glow in the Dark tour. Included in the album at the request of Beyoncé, the track features Kanye’s stream of conscience about how his life choices and his lifestyle are responsible for his constant unhappiness and his mother’s death, with Kanye comparing himself to the famous character as he just wants to be “a real boy”: “I turn on the TV, and see me, and see nothing; what does it feel like, to live real life, to be real? Not some facade on TV that no one can really feel; do you really have the stamina? For everybody that sees you that say, "Where's my camera? For everybody that sees you, to say sign an autograph… For everybody that sees you cryin, say you oughta laugh”. And the worst part is that Kanye himself realizes that he has no Gepetto to his side, and that he blames himself for that.
During its release cycle, the hip-hop community was skeptical of the album, believing it to be nothing more than an experimental throwaway detour and expecting it to flop, criticizing Kanye’s “sappy” approach to his music, although his collaborators (Jeezy and Lil Wayne) and Common expressed support for West before the album’s release, with Michael Jackson himself being a huge fan of the release. When the release date, November 24th, approached, the critical response came in and it was… positive… sort of. Most of the critical response at the time focused on the use of auto-tune and the general coldness of the project, although even the strongest detractors couldn’t deny how strong was the concept and that some of the track were top tier in the rapper’s discography.
It would take a while before the genius of 808s & Heartbreak wound up being recognized: although it ended in several year-end lists, 808s was largely overlooked by the Grammys but it garnered some nominations in smaller awards ceremonies like the NCAAP, the Teen Choice and the Soul Train Awards. In 2009, Rolling Stone ranked it number 63 on its list of the 100 Best Album of the Decade, then in 2014 they named it one of the 40 most groundbreaking albums of all time in which it was only one of two albums to be released in the 21st century.
Despite the mixed initial reception, the album was a huge hit, debuting at the top spot in the Billboard 200 with over 450k units in its first week, being certified platinum two months later. Two of the singles, Love Lockdown and Heartless, debuted at the top 3 in the Hot 100 in their release week and ended up becoming some of Kanye’s biggest hits, with the former being certified 3x Platinum and the former 6x.

https://preview.redd.it/0hc4owybb9021.jpg?width=600&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=601a553d2063bc69bad44cf67cbcb6d8111e0474
As the Glow in the Dark Tour was about to finish by the time the album was released, no real tour was made for 808s: a promotional joint tour with Lady Gaga, called The Fame Kills, was planned to promote the album but it was cancelled after the first Taylorgate happened. Kanye promoted the album with a performance in VH1 Storytellers and then moved into his next effort: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, although he would return to 808s by performing it in its entirety in 2015 at the Hollywood Bowl in LA.
808s’ influence in the current musical landscape can be easily seen within the most successful and/or acclaimed performers currently working today: Drake basically owns his career to the album, Travis Scott took a cue from the way Mr. West works, Frank Ocean and Childish Gambino definitively were inspired by Kanye’s output, Bon Iver and James Blake have expressed how influential was 808s’ sound in their music, the current wave of emo/melodic rappers (Lil Uzi Vert, Juice WRLD) can be traced back to Kanye and his soul-cleaning album… even in the wave of minimalistic pop or indie of today everything can be pointed towards the release of an album very few believed, yet everyone todays seems to appreciate.
USEFUL VIDEO LINKS:
What’s your favorite song in 808s & Heartbreak?
How do you think it changed the musical landscape?
Considering that the people who listened to the record when they were teenagers are now musicians, do you heard some of 808s in their musical output?
How would you rank 808s & Heartbreak among Kanye’s discography?
submitted by radiofan15 to popheads [link] [comments]


2018.11.15 13:48 jaredleandoer Stuck in a cycle I just can't get out of.

I'm a 27 y/o male and think it's very probable I have BPD, I would like to get a diagnosis but trying to get to that stage through the NHS is going to be a lengthy process I just don't want to commit to. I've been in and out of mental health services since around the age of 11/12, both private and NHS, my most recent time was with a private counsellor who I saw once a week for around 9 months last year, but because I see myself as quite introspective, conscious, and somewhat intelligent the counsellor I was seeing didn't really seem to be helping me in any way and as always I thought I knew best so I stopped seeing her.

I go through serious up's and downs most days, this morning while I'm typing this I feel ok, but last night I was drinking and felt like shit! I walked out of my job on Saturday afternoon due to a serious anxiety attack and haven't gone in for my last two shifts, I have spoken with my manager etc and hopefully going to go in before my shifts this weekend and have a 'talk' lol, I hate how mental health issues still aren't understood especially in a work environment. I also go to university as a mature student and I'm studying psychology, I think these last few months I've been really waring myself a little thin trying to do 30 hours a week at work and my university stuff, I think having a partner who's younger, a graduate, and earning a top salary makes me feel emasculated if I'm not doing the same or at least bringing a slice of pie to the table.

I'm in a way ranting because I don't know what it is I need in terms of 'help' I come from a family of alcoholics, my father is a heroin addict and I don't have any contact with any of my family except for my grandparents, I was abused as a child, grew up to become an abusive young man, lost a lot of friends, and have basically been on my own since I was 17 years old, but I kind of feel like I've been on my own my whole life, I'm lost, I have no real sense of self, and identity amongst other things, I know there's plenty of things that I like but I don't really feel like I have a strong sense of self, I mean some days I do but for the majority of the time I actually just hate myself and my destructive behaviour.

I constantly think that people don't like me, and even when I'm with people who might actually like me I'm always thinking they don't and that they're secretly laughing behind my back and don't really want to be friends with me, I'm pushing my partner further and further away, and even though I love her more than anything I just seem to disrespect her, I hate myself for the way I act, I'm ashamed and feel like I do know why people don't 'f*ck' with me but then on my good days I'm like why tf don't people 'f*uck' with me, it's just a constant cycle that I'm getting really sick of now and I just want to stop being up and down more than a rollercoaster, or some Mariah Carey vocals, there's so much more that is messing with me but speaking in this kind of forum isn't my favoured way of conversing or problem solving, I like face to face conversation, I also don't even really know what help it is I need, or what on earth I need to do to get better, I suppose where I'm at writing this I just want someone to talk to about my issues and how I can maybe live in some way a more normal life.

Thanks in advance for any responses xoxo


submitted by jaredleandoer to BPD [link] [comments]


2018.10.28 22:08 yaboyanu SYTYCD Where Are They Now: Season 3

Haven't posted in a while, but I haven't forgotten!!! I had been traveling the past two weeks and yesterday I just wanted to sit at home and do nothing. And now I present the contestants from the season that split Idolforums, started the FG/BQ War, brought you questionable racial comments, actual slapfights, 10 identical anti-war solos, and may just have been the season to prompt mandatory psych checks.
Top 20
Ashlee Langas- Unfortunately for Ashlee her run on the show looked mainly like Top 20 fodder brought in solely for the purpose of filling the Ashley/Ashle/Ashlee/Ashleigh quota. According to Instagram, she co-owns the The Mystic Rebel Healing Collective in LA where she teaches stoned yoga (yes, like stoned, stoned), wellness, and meditation. Before this, she was in Bette Midler's Vegas show and performed in music videos with Robin Thicke and Ricky Martin. Part of her bio notes that she started her studio after struggling with depression and coming out to her family and was searching for a deeper spiritual connection. In her personal life, she seems to have gotten married earlier this year and was recently chosen for jury duty. This will be irrelevant to most people, but she now looks like a 10 years older version of Bekah Martinez from The Bachelor.
Ricky Palomino- If you are looking for a $350 vintage laced cape, Ricky is the guy for you. This is just one of many capes he has in his fashion line, Marcelino. Anyway, he seems to have a lot going on- traveling teaching master classes, producing music and music videos, choreographing in Poland and the U.S. (Dance Moms, Raising Asia), was an assistant producer for the show, American Beauty Star, and a judge on World of Dance. It looks like he may also be in an upcoming independent dance short film, The Accompanist.
Top 18
Faina Savich- Actually have been excited to post this one since I had looked her up in an effort to find info on her brother for my previous post. She is a family law attorney now, which I thought was super cool. It looks like she earned her Juris Doctor From Fordham University in 2015 and received the Archibald R. Murray Public Service Award for being involved in pro bono/community work during her time as a student. I think she did do some professional dancing post-SYTYCD but honestly the lawyer stuff was more interesting. She seems to be married and has a young daughter.
Jimmy Arguello- Post being eliminated over Cedric, Jimmy has gone on to perform on screen (DWTS, various awards shows) and in numerous stage productions, including Rock of Ages, as an assistant choreographer and a dance captain for Jai Ho World Tour with A.R. Rahman (this guy is super famous for people who aren't familiar). He is also listed as staff at a dance studio in Redondo Beach, a company member at Mosaic Dance Project, and is the owner of ArguelloProDance. His instagram is private so no personal life updates.
Top 16
Jessi Peralta- Let's just take a second to remember the baby oil audition. Real talk though everyone on IDF used to say that Jessi was the reason they started requiring psych evaluations to go on the show, so was there more to the dehydration story and her persistent crush on Pasha??? Since then, Jessi could be seen dancing in a number of awards shows and music videos with artists such as Christina Aguilera and Blake Shelton, along with a few IMBD credits, none of which I think are recognizable enough to mention, although another bio I saw included different credits (Fame, Vampire Diaries, a speaking role in Anchorman 2). Around 2010 she was featured on World of Jenks about her leaving LA and quitting dance to become cheerleader for the Tennessee Titans and around 2013/14 she was on the crew of some kind of touring country music/dance show. It took some work to find what she is doing post 2014, but she seems to own a dance studio called, WRK PLC in Tennessee (her bio lists Top 8 contestant in SYTYCD S3 but neglects to specify it was Top 8 Girls- so in character lol). Looks like she got married in 2014 and had a daughter in 2016.
Jesus Solorio- After his run on the show, he was a choreographer for the Oxygen show Dance Your Ass Off, appeared in shows like Glee, Hannah Montana, New Girl, and Cirque du Soleil, and even created and directed his own stage show called Dreamcatcher. He seems to also do a lot of choreographing and master classes and is a dance instructor at Allan Hancock College in CA. Can't find an Instagram or Twitter unfortunately, so the sleuthing ends here.
Top 14
Shauna Noland- Before I begin, I would like to recall her and Lacey's weird ass Youtube channel from when they were roommates. It was like the pinnacle of the of weird Tumblinternet culture from 2008 that I was so into as a teenager and regret deeply as an adult. Currently she is a teacher at Xtreme Force Dance Company in CA, but before that she worked with Justin Giles and Tessandra Chavez and has been a guest choreographer and teacher around the U.S. She got married in 2016.
Cedric Gardner- Oh Cedric, at the time of his elimination, he was probably the most hated contestant of all time. I actually just really felt badly for him and at this time I would like to give him props for his solos. Anyway, since SYTYCD he danced in Step Up 3D, choreographed for the television show Empire, and is involved in youth arts initiatives through Davis Dance Team for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America in Wisconsin (see relevant music video) which was a collab with Pharrell and was ultimately performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live). This seems to be his main focus, and good on him, I think that's pretty cool.
Top 12
Anya Garnis- After SYTYCD, she appeared in several dance competition franchise shows, including as an All-Star and choreographer on SYTYCD, as a professional on Strictly Come Dancing, where she and her partner made it to the semi-finals, and as performer in Burn the Floor and the Dancing With the Stars Vegas show. Her Instagram bio also says she has danced on Broadway and West End and she is still dancing/touring with Pasha.
Hok Konishi- Following the show, Hok joined Quest Crew (ABDC Season 3 winners and Season 8 all-star champions (truly did not know the show lasted 8 seasons)) along with several other SYTYCD alums and subsequently won an Emmy 2016 for their choreography in season 8. He appeared in Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel and was the choreographer for LMFAO's music videos, Party Rock Anthem and Champagne Showers. He seems to be busy touring with Quest along with choreographing and teaching workshops. He also graduated from Santa Monica College with a degree in graphic design, plays the violin, and is a visual artist as well.
Top 10
Jaimie Goodwin- I've been at this for hours and I'm only halfway through : Jaimie has done a shit ton of things since leaving the show, including performing on SYTYCD as an All-Star and in television and film (HSM3, Glee, Rock of Ages, All the Right Moves, DWTS, Emmys, and most recently with JLO at the AMAs). Teaching credits include 24SEVEN, Stanford University, and master classes. She has also toured with Shaping Sound and choreographed for artists such as as Miley Cyrus and Kylie Minogue.
Kameron Bink- Kameron has taught classes around the world, probably most notably for two years in Iceland for The Icelandic Dance Company. In 2009, he joined Bad Boys of Dance and performed on three world tours. It seems like he got married last year to a lawyer from Iceland and they are currently living in Florida where he is listed on the faculty of a couple dance studios.
Top 8
Sara Von Gillern- Now a choreographer and performance artist in LA, she teaches locally in studios and private schools. Some of her notable choreography credits include Maddie Ziegler, Aziz Ansari, ABDC, and SYTYCD, while she has danced for a long list of musical arists (Usher, Ne-Yo, Justin Beiber, MC Hammer, LMFAO). She also lists a number of television credits (Ellen, New Girl, Superstore) and has danced for the Denver Nuggets, Clippers and her crews The Syrenz and Outer Circle Crew. It seems like she also does some aerial arts stuff too.
Dominic Dtrix Sandoval- For Quest Crew related info, see above. Aside from being a member of Quest Crew, Dominic was also a judge on ABDC, was the host of the web series Dance Showdown, and is an active YouTuber. Along with having his own channels (theDOMINICshow), Dominic has collaborated with Wong Fu Productions/Ryan Higa. He also does a lot of choreography including for The Lab Creative Arts Studio (inthelab247), World of Dance Season 2 Champions. He also had a high-profile relationship with Season 7 winner, Lauren Froderman, although they broke up years ago at this point. He's easy to find online if you need more info.
Top 6
Lauren Misha Chan Gottlieb- Am I petty for bringing up 10-year-old drama between two teenagers? Yes. Do I care? No. I very much enjoyed this at the time and I like to reminisce. After SYTYCD, she tried her luck with the south Asian crowd having been a runner up on season 6 of the Indian dance show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa, a judge on the same show, and playing the lead role in the 2013 Bollywood dance film ABCD: Any Body Can Dance. Back in America, she has assisted Tasty Oreo, NappyTabs, and Mia Michaels on SYTYCD, in addition to choreographing and performing as an All-Star. She has also performed with musical artists such as Rihanna, Mariah Carey, Britney Spears, and Shakira. Recently she acted in a short film called Scavenger. Additionally, she is verified on Instagram.
Pasha Kovalev- Similar to Anya, Pasha continues to be involved with reality dance shows in the U.S. and U.K. He has appeared as both an All-Star and contestant on SYTYCD, was on Superstars of Dance, and has been a professional on of Strictly Come Dancing since 2011, finishing as a runner-up on two seasons and a winner on season 12. He is currently competing with Pussycat Dolls singer Ashley Roberts on the 16th season and has been dating Rachel Riley since 2014. (Rachel Riley is a mathematician of Countdown and 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown fame and I had no idea they were dating!!)
4th Place
Lacey Schwimmer- Before I begin, I just want to post this. I do find it funny that all of the siblings (Faina, Lacey, Danny) roughly made it as far as their brothers in Season 2. When Lacey was not busy removing her arm from Lauren's "strong hands" (ALLEGEDLY), she performed on 6 seasons of DWTS as a professional dancer, making it to 3rd place with partner Lance Bass. She also assisted Benji as a choreographer on season 4 of SYTYCD. She also dabbled in the music business... She is currently teaches master classes and at her parents' studio and seems to be still performing and choreographing professionally.
3rd Place
Neil Haskell- After SYTYCD, Neil performed in several Broadway productions (Tuck Everlasting, Bring It On, currently Hamilton) and was an All-Star on SYTYCD. He also had an acting role in the MTV musical American Mall. I'm losing steam here, but he mostly seems to be busy with Broadway stuff now.
2nd Place
Danny Tidwell- Since being runner-up on the show, he served as the Artistic Director of Movmnt Magazine and was a soloist with the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet in Oslo. He was also a guest teacher for JUMP, a national dance competition/convention, was featured on DWTS with Tiler Peck, and performed in the Broadway show, Memphis. He may have gotten married in 2014, and while I don't see any recent pics of Danny on his feed, there was one with Travis from this summer.
Edit: I regret to provide this update, but unfortunately since this post was written Danny has passed away in a car accident. I discovered this piece of his shortly after hearing the news and am posting it here in a small act of remembrance.
Winner
Sabra Johnson- I think Sabra first spent some time with Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet in NYC, then danced internationally, notably with Staatstheater Darmstadt in GERMANY. The most recent thing I can find of her is a YouTube video from 2016 where she was a special guest at Dancenter Vietnam. It seemed like she was in Vietnam for a while teaching classes and directing a Between Us Dance Performance with John Huy Trans Urban Dance Group. Little bummed I can't find any more information about her or Danny.
Please ignore any mistakes because after spending hours on this I cannot bear to spend the 3 extra minutes to read through it again.
submitted by yaboyanu to sytycd [link] [comments]


2018.10.08 00:18 writingthrowawayalt [Hire me] Freelance Writer for SEO content, listicles, advertisements/reviews, and blogging content.

I specialize in SEO content, and I personally believe I owe this experience to past content mills. While content mills do not have the best reputation, they have granted me some further writing experience. Honestly, keyword density is something I consider important and greatly take into account, because it can greatly affect how naturally an article flows or is perceived by the different readers. The content mills I have worked for in the past were HireWriters, iWriter, and BlogMutt. By far I believe Hirewriters have given me the most experience, and this is where I received my highest rating of 4/5 stars, throughout writing different SEO related content. Other categories I hope to specialize in are short stories, different categorized lists, reviews, and other blogging content.
Samples:
Traveling in Cancun, a simple guide
One of Mexico’s most beautiful and popular cities, Cancun is surely the perfect destination for some. Whether it be regarding your honey moon, a fun vacation with friends, and many more, this destination surely is popular. While Cancun does sound like a beautiful and perfect place to cross off your travel bucket list, this may not be the best city for smaller children, as it is centered around night life, and more of a party-centered life style. Since this city is located within the Yucatan peninsula, beautiful beaches with glowing water surround in abundance around the area, making it a perfect vacation for both the relaxed and fun-seeking traveler.
What to pack:
· Swimwear, obviously. A trip to cancun would never be complete without visiting the beautiful beaches
· Light, flowy sundresses or more relaxed clothes. Of course being located in South America, the weather is going to need some adjusting to.
· Cash. Be prepared to take more cash, whether it be in the form of a credit or debit card, or even checks, there will always be unexpected items you may wish to purchase and take back from your vacation. So while you may be covered on food and travel expenses, always plan ahead.
· An extra bag/suitcase. Truth be told, an extra packing item is ideal and fit for any trip. Who knows how many items you will buy or need extra and more careful storage for? Again, this is a packing tip in the idea of always being prepared and planning ahead.
What to experience:
· The club scene and general night life of the area. The vivid and bright nightlife of Cancun complete with the different clubs is a perfect way to relieve stress and let go with friends and your partner.
· The Beaches! This is why you absolutely need to pack your swimwear. Once you land in this beautiful city, you are sure to be amazed by the shining water and beautiful setting.
· Xcaret Theme Park. This theme park is visited by many tourists who visit the area, and is highly acclaimed for it’s beautiful location and theme. Not only is there a theme park in the area, but also a beach-front resort.
Top Ten Mac Collaborations
  1. Barbie x Mac
Barbie’s fresh faced looks have been the dreams of many little girls all over the world, who will eventually grow up into their own makeup style. Her iconic pink styles can still win the heart’s of adults due to pure nostalgia and their fun essence. Complete with iconic mac lipsticks, lip gloss, single eyeshadows, highlighters, nail polish, and more, this is one of the most extensive and larger collaborations to date.
  1. Hello Kitty x Mac
Following the trend of childhood icon inspired makeup, the bubbly Hello Kitty line was surely a unique and creative Mac line. Similar to the Barbie x Mac line, many items in this line were more bubbly and pink, giving for a more fun, playful, and even nostalgic look. Containing simple products from lipstick and different lip glosses, to false lashes, it is possible to create a full and more cute look.
  1. Marilyn Monroe x Mac
One of the first iconic celebrity inspired lines, products that were released in this collection were surely able to create many of Marilyn’s makeup looks. From simple blush perfect for everyday wear, to different shades of red oozing pure sex appeal. Other products that were available in this collection were brow products, eyeliner, false lashes, and even nail polish. This collection was specially released during the holiday season of 2012, and quickly gained many fans.
  1. “Oh Sweetie!” a Mac collaboration with Caro Daur
Simply a line specializing in different lip colors, this selection of different lip colors are sure to change your look. The shades range from light and vibrant blues to light, glittery greens with everything in between, this recent collaboration truly stands out. While a rather small and more subtle collaboration, many looks are to be desired with this unique set of colors.
  1. The Simpsons x Mac
This collaboration had brought the vibrant and attention grabbing colors from this iconic and long running cartoon into life. Four lip gloss shades, a set of false lashes, an eyeshadow palette, and blush were released within the collaboration. Admittingly the colors included in this collection may not work for an everyday look, but they are perfect if you choose to be more out-going with your makeup.
  1. Patrick Starr x Mac
Beauty Blogger and famous makeup artist Patrick Starr released a stunning collection complete with beautiful and peachy mac lipsticks. Of course, the line was a hit with fans of Mac and Patrick Starr alike, bringing upon a second collaboration under the same name with newer, and more neutral lipstick and eyeshadow shades.
  1. Mac x Betty Boop
This collaboration may not be widely known, but there is a key reason for that. Only one product, a universal red lipstick was released within the collaboration. The shade still holds up though and was a gift to fans of Betty Boop’s cutesy look everywhere.
  1. Mariah Carey x Mac
Known as the second highest selling celebrity mac collaboration of all time, this collection partnered with the queen herself Mariah Carey sold out quickly, within just a day. Containing different lip products to beautiful and shimmery eyeshadows, I believe it is safe to say this Mac collection captured the star’s beautiful essence and shimmery style.
  1. Wonder Woman x Mac
It only makes perfect sense that the iconic woman of power would soon receive a mac line based on her, seeing as many other iconic cartoon and fictional female idols have already received theirs. This collection represented the comic-queen with bold color choices and an eyeliner marker on the larger side. Other items in this collection were also larger than ordinary mac products, so even though the line was limited, the larger product amount was sure to serve an adequate time of use.
  1. Selena x Mac
A famous collaboration brought to reality by a fan petition, this mac collaboration included three iconic lipsticks, a powdeblush compact, eyeshadows, lip gloss, eyeliner, and mascara. These simple products were formulated to be dupes of her on-stage and casual looks, from her bright cherry reds to a more casual nude shade, many of her iconic on-stage, simple photoshoot, and elegant award ceremony looks have the ability to be replicated perfectly.
Experience:
Although it may seem that I have ample experience in the writing field, I would like to state that I am not just starting out. I have went from different content mills for about a year, which has boosted my experience. I have been able to turn what was once a pleasant past time into hopefully a side-career. I frequent the forhire subreddit, so I am pretty much available there most of the time, although I would like to expand my opportunities to this sub.
Inquiries:
Feel free to send a friendly PM if you have any other questions, or requests. If you would like to request another sample of my writing, or one accustomed to what you may be looking for, feel free to ask! If you would feel more comfortable emailing me, then send an email to [[email protected]](mailto:[email protected]).
Pay Rates:
My pay rates have been previously disclosed in other posts, however I have changed them into bulk prices for all content based on the specific word count, and possible keyword density if the content is categorized as SEO.
For a 100-800 word article, I will only charge $8.00. If your writing assignment for me has a higher word count than that, then I will simply start charing at $0.07 per word. For SEO articles, I charge 0.10 cents per word per article, plus an extra $5 dollars for the keyword density.
Payment methods:
As of now, I only accept payment via paypal. I request payment after articles have already been submitted, but beforehand at least a down payment of 10 cents before I start writing. However, if you wish to hire me for more than one assignment at a time, or as a part-time writer for you for a lengthened period of time, I will only request payment weekly every sunday.
submitted by writingthrowawayalt to HireaWriter [link] [comments]


2018.10.07 22:22 YosemitySam Broken Billboard Article

Top 40 Duets Of All Time
One big name on a red-hot hit is great, but sometimes two superstar voices come together in an inspired pairing that is truly special. With Valentine\'s Day\'s celebration of couples in mind, our experts dove into over 50 years of Hot 100 hits to single out the biggest songs by two singers to ever hit the chart. So grab a box of chocolates, dim the lights, cozy up to that special someone and turn up the speakers as we count down the hottest duets of all time.

Top 50 \'Love\' Songs of All Time
PHOTOS: Pop Star Hookups \& Breakups
20 Best Love Songs By Real Couples 30 Biggest Break-Up Songs
This chart is comprised only of songs where two singers share equal vocal duties on the track. Ranking is based on actual performance on the weekly Billboard Hot 100 since the chart launched in August 1958. Songs are ranked based on an inverse point system, with weeks at No. 1 earning the greatest value and weeks at No. 100 earning the least.

Text by Keith Caulfield, M. Tye Comer, Mariel Concepcion, Jessica Letkemann, Jason Lipshutz, Jillian Mapes and Chart Beat Columnist Gary Trust

How This Chart Was Created: The 40 Biggest Duets of All-Time list includes songs that feature two singers sharing equal vocal duties on the track. Ranking is based on actual performance on the weekly Billboard Hot 100 since the chart launched in August 1958. Songs are ranked based on an inverse point system, with weeks at No. 1 earning the greatest value and weeks at No. 100 earning the least. Prior to the Hot 100\'s implementation in 1991 of enhanced radio and sales information from Nielsen BDS and Nielsen SoundScan, songs had shorter reigns at No. 1 and shorter chart lives. To ensure equitable representation of the biggest hits from the past 52 years, earlier time frames were each weighted to account for the difference between turnover rates from those decades and the turnover rates that have occurred since the advent of Nielsen Music data.

40. The Closer I Get To You
Roberta Flack with Donny Hathaway
1978
Just months before Donny Hathaway\'s untimely death, this tender tune for Hathaway and Roberta Flack was a No. 2 hit on the Hot 100 in 1978, but it wasn\'t the first star turn for a song by the pair. Their 1973 duet \"Where Is The Love\" won them a Grammy for Best Pop Performance by a Duo Or Group. \"The Closer I Get,\" meanwhile, has gone on to be covered by no less than Beyonce dueting with Luther Vandross in 2003.

39. I Just Can\'t Stop Loving You
Michael Jackson With Siedah Garrett
1987
Michael Jackson is that rare artist that can score on the charts alone, in a group, duetting with another male superstar (for example with Paul McCartney on \"Say Say Say\" and \"The Girl Is Mine\"), and, as was the case with this love ballad, pairing his lilting tones with a female singer. \"I Just Can\'t Stop Loving You,\" which found the King Of Pop trading emotional verses with Siedah Garrett, rose to the top of the Hot 100 in Sept. 1987.

38 . I\'m Your Angel
R. Kelly \& Celine Dion
1998
And the award for oddest pairing goes to\… R. Kelly and Celine Dion, who came together for the duet \"I\'m Your Angel,\" written by Kelly and featured in Dion\'s \"These Are Special Times\" album. Released in 1998, the single reached No. 1 on the Billboard 100 chart and remained there for six weeks.

37. Wild Night
John Mellencamp With Me\'Shell Ndegeocello
1994
The \"Wild Night\" in question seems to have been entirely platonic in this case. There\'s clearly no chemistry between Mellencamp and Ndegeocello in the video, but the two sure have a jammin\' ol\' time on the track. This version of the song, originally by Van Morrison, spent two weeks at No. 3 on the Hot 100 chart the fall of 1994.

36. The Next Time I Fall
Peter Cetera with Amy Grant
1986
Is it possible to fall in love with the same person twice? Peter Cetera and Amy Grant (oh, and songwriter Bobby Caldwell) seem to think so. On the popular song \"The Next Time I Fall,\" which appears on Cetera\'s 1986 album \"Solitude/Solitaire,\" Cetera and Grant harmonize about falling in love all over again with the same lover. Sweet!

35. I Got You Babe
Sonny \& Cher
1965
Iconic \'60-\'70s husband and wife duo Sonny \& Cher had several hits during their career, but none came to define the pair quite like \"I Got You Babe.\" The track spent three weeks atop of Hot 100 in 1965. In addition to wooing couples across the globe, the hit grew to become an easy going love ballad for the hippie generation.

34. All I Have
Jennifer Lopez \& LL Cool J
2003
Based on a sample from Debra Laws\' 1981 song \"Very Special,\" \"All I Have,\" finds J. Lo and LL Cool J talking about a couple that\'s on the verge of calling it quits. Still, while the tune is about splitsville, Jenny from the block and Mr. James manage to separate in style and grace (See Jennifer\'s Louis Vuittons and Gucci bags?).

33. No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)
Barbra Streisand / Donna Summer
1979
For those weathering a breakup, two of the biggest divas of all-time are here to declare that \"enough is enough.\" Donna Summer commiserates with Barbra Streisand over the sad state of dealing with relationships before musically saying \"Screw it! Let\'s dance!\" to a thumping disco beat. It is a truly glorious moment to listen to the singers bust out of their slumps -- and apparently all of America thought so as well, as the song stayed at No. 1 on the Hot 100 for two weeks in 1979.

32. The Girl Is Mine
Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney
1982
Many things are unlikely about the MJ-Macca pairing: that \"The Girl Is Mine\" was actually the lead single off \"Thriller,\" that Jackson would later buy the rights to Beatles songs behind McCartney\'s back, but most of all, that the two mega-stars would ever fight over a woman. But after having a ball recording McCartney\'s \"Say Say Say\" together in 1981, Jackson and his Beatle friend gave it another go with the cheesy, soft-rock duet. \"The Girl Is Mine\" peaked at No. 2 on the Hot 100, and stayed there for three weeks -- probably because we were all surprised to see the two superstars singing together.

31. I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)
Aretha Franklin \& George Michael
1987
Considering what we know now, the pairing of Aretha Franklin and George Michael on the uptempo duet \"I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)\" seems a little less strange. After all, every sassy diva needs her gay BFF. But regardless of the head-scratching over its duo of performers, \"I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)\" spent two weeks atop the Hot 100 chart in 1987 as well as 17 weeks total.

30. Friends And Lovers
Carl Anderson \& Gloria Loring
1986
While \"Friends and Lovers\" sounds undoubtedly dated, the airy duet between unlikely pairing of actors/singers Carl Anderson and Gloria Loring was all the rage in \'86. After a popular performance on the soap opera \"Days Of Our Lives\" -- on which Loring starred as lounge singer Liz Chandler -- the song spent two weeks at No. 2 on the Hot 100 chart. For those hoping to move out of the dreaded \"friends zone,\" Anderson and Loring have some encouragement that it\'s actually possible: \"We don\'t have to be one or the other.\"

29. Up Where We Belong
Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes
1982
\"Up Where We Belong\" may be synonymous with the 1982 film \"An Officer and a Gentleman,\" but the Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes duet is just as romantic even when one is not staring at a super-dreamy uniformed Richard Gere. The song not only stayed at No. 1 on the Hot 100 for three weeks in late 1982 -- it also won both the Academy Award and the Golden Globe for Best Original Song for a film in 1983. What we wouldn\'t give for smokey-voiced Joe Cocker to serenade us with nonsense tales of eagles crying, all while being whisked away from our awful factory jobs!

28. Stop Draggin\' My Heart Around
Stevie Nicks With Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers
1981
Although Stevie Nicks\' debut album, \"Bella Donna,\" featured more timeless singles like \"Edge of Seventeen\" and \"Leather and Lace,\" the Tom Petty collaboration \"Stop Draggin\' my Heart Around\" was the world\'s first glimpse of the Fleetwood Mac singer as a solo artist. Produced by Petty and Jimmy Iovine, the rock track was even parodied by \"Weird Al\" Yankovic with the song \"Stop Draggin\' My Car Around.\"

27. No Air
Jordin Sparks with Chris Brown
2008
Between the more self-affirming singles \"Tattoo\" and \"One Step at a Time,\" Jordin Sparks released this lilting duet with R\&B star Chris Brown. A Grammy nominee for Best Pop Collaboration with vocals, \"No Air\" reached No. 3 on the Hot 100 and served as a precursor to Sparks\' emotionally wounded future single, \"Battlefield.\"

26. (I\'ve Had) The Time Of My Life
Bill Medley \& Jennifer Warnes
1987
The Black Eyed Peas recently used the hook of Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes\' duet for their single \"The Time (Dirty Bit),\" but the words \"I\'ve had the time of my life\" will forever be tied to the 1987 film \"Dirty Dancing.\" The soft-rock hit closed out the Patrick Swayze-Jennifer Grey flick and won the 1987 Academy Award for Best Original Song.

25. Easy Lover
Philip Bailey \& Phil Collins
1984
Phil Bailey, the longtime member of Earth, Wind \& Fire, and former Genesis drummer Phil Collins came together for this 80s pop confection off Bailey\'s 1984 album \"Chinese Wall.\" Although the track was Bailey\'s biggest hit by far, Collins scored again the following year with \"Separate Lives,\" his duet with Marilyn Martin.

24. You\'re The One That I Want
John Travolta \& Olivia Newton-John
1978
The peppy collaboration between \"Grease\" stars Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta hit No. 1 on the Hot 100 in June 1978. \"You\'re The One That I Want,\" along with the actors\' other duet \"Summer Nights,\" helped the soundtrack to the hit 1978 film become certified eight-times platinum, according to the RIAA.

23. Baby, Come To Me
Patti Austin \& James Ingram
1982
It\'s one the greatest baby-making jams of all time, but \"Baby Come to Me\" was far from an immediate hit. When the Patti Austin \& James Ingram duet was first released in 1982, it only made it to no. 73 on the Hot 100. But later that year, the track gained new exposure through its use on ABC soap opera \"General Hospital.\" In response to the newfound buzz, the song was re-released and climbed to No. 1 on both the Hot 100 and Adult Contemporary charts in early 1983.

22. Nobody
Keith Sweat \& Athena Cage
1996
Keith Sweat, the king of new jack soul, conjured up an intense quiet storm when he teamed up with soulful chanteuse Athena Cage for this steamy R\&B jam in 1996. The pair soared to no. 3 on the Hot 100, and sizzled at the top of the R\&B chart for three hot weeks.

21. You Don\'t Have To Be A Star (To Be In My Show)
Marilyn McCoo \& Billy Davis, Jr.
1976
Marilyn McCoo and Billy David Jr. didn\'t have to struggle to find their chemistry in the studio. Not only had the pair been married for seven years when they recorded this 1976 R\&B classic, they\'d already spent a decade making beautiful music together as part of \'70s soul quintet The 5th Dimension. The pair\'s romantic and musical bond paid off -- the Grammy-winning track went to No. 1 on both the Billboard Hot 100 and Hot Soul Singles chart.

20. You Don\'t Bring Me Flowers
Barbra Streisand \& Neil Diamond
1978
Some duets exude their magic even though their singers recorded their tracks separately. That was not only the case with this song, but it was never intended to be a duet to begin with. Diamond released his version months before Streisand\'s. It wasn\'t, however, until inventive WAKY Louisville, Ky., programmer Gary Guthrie created a mixed edit that audiences heard the now-classic dual version. Columbia then released the song with both superstars. In just six chart weeks, it became the third Hot 100 No. 1 for each.

19. Don\'t Know Much
Linda Ronstadt feat. Aaron Neville
1989
Though Ronstadt racked eight Hot 100 top 10s between 1975 and 1980, she didn\'t reappear in the top tier until 1987 with the James Ingram duet \"Somewhere Out There\" (No. 2), from \"An American Tail.\" The ballad subsequently won the 1988 song of the year Grammy Award. For her next album, \"Cry Like a Rainstorm, Howl Like the Wind,\" Ronstadt included four duets with Neville. This first single not only reached No. 2 on the Hot 100, but it also topped Adult Contemporary for five weeks and won the 1990 Grammy for best pop performance by a duo or group with vocal.

18. Somethin\' Stupid
Nancy Sinatra \& Frank Sinatra
1967
The legendary Frank Sinatra claimed his final Billboard Hot 100 top 10 hit -- and second No. 1 -- thanks to an unlikely duet with his daughter Nancy Sinatra. The latter already had some hits under her belt -- including the No. 1 \"These Boots Are Made For Walkin\'\" in 1966 -- so the \"Stupid\" pairing wasn\'t simply a riding-the-coattails moment for the Chairman\'s daughter. It is the only father-daughter duet to reach the top of the Hot 100, where it spent four weeks at the top.

17. The Way I Are
Timbaland \& Keri Hilson
2007
Super producer Timbaland called in a bunch of friends for his 2007 \"Shock Value\" album, including the rising star Keri Hilson, who guests on \"The Way I Are.\" Though the track didn\'t hit No. 1, it did peak at No. 3 -- for four non-consecutive weeks -- and linger on the list for a healthy 38 weeks. \"Way\" was one of four Hot 100 hits from \"Shock Value\" -- Timbo also claimed entries with \"Give It To Me\" (No. 1 for two weeks), \"Release\" (No. 91) and \"Apologize\" (No. 2).

16. Opposites Attract
Paula Abdul with The Wild Pair
1988
Yes, duets with cartoon cats count. The song is perhaps best remembered for its video featuring the animated MC Skat Kat, voiced by the track\'s featured act, the Wild Pair. \"Opposites Attract\" became the fourth and final Hot 100 No. 1 from Abdul\'s debut album, \"Forever Your Girl,\" following \"Straight Up,\" the title cut and \"Cold Hearted.\" A year later, Mariah Carey banked her fourth leader from her eponymous debut set, but no other artists in the chart\'s history have accomplished such out-of-the-gate domination.

15. Empire State of Mind
Jay-Z + Alicia Keys
2009
It\'s an Empire State Building-tall order to create a Big Apple anthem when there\'s already Frank Sinatra\'s \"New York, New York\" (and Billy Joel\'s \"New York State of Mind\"). All the more impressive, then, that Jay-Z and Keys ruled the Hot 100 for five weeks with their modern Gotham theme. A Keys solo piano version reached No. 55 and the \"Glee\" cast opened its second season by performing its rendition, in honor of this year\'s nationals show choir finals taking place in the \"concrete jungle where dreams are made, oh.\" (It peaked at No. 21). Our (biased) favorite line from the song? Jay-Z\'s astute observation, \"now I live on Billboard\"!

14. Promiscuous
Nelly Furtado \& Timbaland
2006
Suggesting that \"Promiscuous\" was a jarring change of pace for Nelly Furtado would be an understatement. As the lead single from her Timbaland-produced \"Loose\" album in 2006, the sexy, thumpy number was a far cry from the more earnest, quirky singles of her first two albums -- including \"I\'m Like a Bird\" and \"Turn Off The Light.\" But sexy clearly worked, as the cheeky \"Promiscuous\" tune spent eight weeks lodged in the No. 1 slot. It was the first of two toppers from \"Loose\" -- she later returned with \"Say It Right.\"

13. Reunited
Peaches \& Herb
1979
The only good thing about breaking up is that it opens the door for making up -- a topic that R\&B duo Peaches \& Herb explored in their 1979 hit \"Reunited.\" The slow-burning jam became a crossover smash, topping both the Hot 100 and R\&B Singles charts. The song has also inspired several cover versions, including one by rock band Faith No More, who performed it during their 2009-10 reunion tour, and German star David Hasselhoff, who sung it at the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.

12. Separate Lives
Phil Collins and Marilyn Martin
1985
Before there was \"Black Swan,\" the \'80s gave us the elegant dance film \"White Nights,\" starring Russian ballet icon Mikhail Baryshnikov, as well as Gregory Hines, Helen Mirren and Isabella Rossellini. The movie is also remembered for its hit soundtrack, which yielded two Hot 100 No. 1s: Lionel Richie\'s Oscar-winning \"Say You, Say Me\" and this intimate ballad, written by Stephen Bishop (\"It Might Be You\"). The song became Martin\'s only topper and the fourth of Collins\' seven solo leaders.

11. On My Own
Patti LaBelle \& Michael McDonald
1986
While as the leaders of their respective groups Labelle and the Doobie Brothers, LaBelle and McDonald earned No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 singles, neither had a solo topper until this 1986 duet. Interestingly, the two singers hadn\'t met until well after the song was recorded and was scaling the chart -- as the single was put together on different coasts in different studios. As Fred Bronson notes in his \"Billboard Book of Number One Hits,\" \"As \'On My Own\' went to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, LaBelle and McDonald met for the first time -- at NBC Studios in Burbank (Calif.), where they performed the song on \'The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.\'\"

10. Don\'t Go Breaking My Heart
Elton John \& Kiki Dee
1976
John has recorded so many hit duets he even released an album entitled \"Duets,\" which peaked at No. 25 on the Billboard 200 in 1993. Following his classic pairing with Dee, Elton graced the Hot 100 with the likes of Aretha Franklin, George Michael (their \"Don\'t Let the Sun Go Down on Me\" hit No. 1 in 1992), LeAnn Rimes and RuPaul(!), whose dance remake of this song, from \"Duets,\" dented the chart (No. 92) in 1994. John\'s current album? The collaborative \"The Union,\" with Leon Russell, which stands as John\'s top-charting set (No. 3) on the Billboard 200 since 1976.

9. Islands In The Stream
Kenny Rogers with Dolly Parton
1983
Some 30 years ago, star power didn\'t shine much brighter than that of Rogers and Parton, who charted a combined 22 No. 1s on Country Songs in the \'80s. Add that this song was written by the Bee Gees and it\'s no surprise that it topped the Hot 100 for two weeks, as well as Country Songs and Adult Contemporary. In 1998, Pras Michel borrowed its melody for the chorus of \"Ghetto Supastar (That Is What You Are).\" The reinvention, featuring Ol\' Dirty Bastard and Mya, hit No. 15 on the Hot 100 and No. 8 on R\&B/Hip-Hop Songs.

8. Baby Boy
Beyonce \& Sean Paul
2003
Whether on her own (\"Irreplaceable,\" \"Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)\"); in pairings (\"Beautiful Liar,\" with Shakira, \"Telephone,\" with Lady Gaga); or, in the trio Destiny\'s Child (\"Bills, Bills, Bills,\" \"Say My Name\"), Beyonce = Hot 100 hit-making. This duet marked the second of her five No. 1s since 2003 as a solo artist, following four toppers in Destiny\'s Child in 1999-2001. Paul capped the Hot 100 once before this leader, with \"Get Busy\" (three weeks, 2003), and once after, with \"Temperature\" (one week, 2006).

7. My Boo
Usher and Alicia Keys
2004
Not to be confused with the 1996 hit of the same name by Ghost Town DJs, this ode to having a boyfriend or girlfriend \"that will always have your heart\" was tailor made for success because of the team of R\&B superstars behind it. Not only does the track find Keys\' golden tones mingling with Ushers, the was the track co-written by Keys, Usher and Jermaine Dupri with Manuel Seal and Adonis Shropshire. Little wonder, then, that it rocketed to No. 1 and stayed there for six weeks.

6. I\'m Real
Jennifer Lopez \& Ja Rule
2001
Here\'s another of the four songs that J.Lo, with assistance from Ja Rule, took to No. 1 on the Hot 100 before she joined the judges panel on TV\'s No. 1-rated show, \"American Idol.\" Complementing her new night job, Lopez (previously at No. 36 on this ranking) has recently released the single \"On the Floor,\" featuring Pitbull. The track marks her first appearance on Billboard\'s Dance Airplay chart (where it debuted last week at No. 23) since 2007.

5. Dilemma
Nelly \& Kelly Rowland
2002
If you\'re a member of any group where there is someone who is ostensibly the lead singer -- and you aren\'t them -- it isn\'t easy to break out on your own. So for Destiny\'s Child\'s Kelly Rowland, her first single away from the group was an event. An event that could either turn into a footnote or a smash. And what a smash it was. Her \"Dilemma\" duet with Nelly notched a stunning 10-week run at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, cementing Rowland as not just a backing vocalist to Beyonce, but a solo star in her own right.

4. Ebony And Ivory
Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder
1982
Recorded for Paul McCartney\'s \"Tug Of War\" album, the duet -- which spent seven weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100 -- is the longest-running solo No. 1 for either McCartney or his duet partner Stevie Wonder. \"Ebony and Ivory\" works as a sort of ultimate \"can\'t we get along?\" song, with the lyric: \"Ebony and ivory live together in perfect harmony / side by side on my piano keyboard, oh lord why don\'t we?\"

3. The Boy Is Mine
Brandy \& Monica
1998
This 1998 duet had all the makings of a smash single. First, it paired up rising then-teen female R\&B stars Brandy and Monica -- each of whom had notched four top 10 Billboard Hot 100 hits on their own, but not yet a No. 1. Second, there were rumors swirling that the two ladies weren\'t exactly on friendly terms. Third, the lyrical content of the song was all about fighting over a man -- perfect fodder for alleged rivals to sing about. The result? A No. 1 that lasted for 13 weeks at the top -- at the time, one of only seven singles in the chart\'s history to spend that long at No. 1.

2. Say Say Say
Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson
1983
Just seeing the words \"Michael Jackson\" and \"Paul McCartney\" placed next to each other would have sent chills up any music fan\'s spine back in 1983, when \"Say, Say, Say\" was released. The super duo\'s hit spent six weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100 and was the second of two duets from the pair, following \"The Girl Is Mine\" (No. 2 on Jan. 8, 1983). The stars drifted apart after 1985, when Jackson purchased the massive ATV catalog of songs (which included the majority of the Beatles\' catalog). McCartney was later cool to Jackson, but after the latter\'s passing in 2009, he issued a statement about the King of Pop: \"I feel privileged to have hung out and worked with Michael. He was a massively talented boy man with a gentle soul. His music will be remembered forever and my memories of our time together will be happy ones.\"

1. Endless Love
Diana Ross \& Lionel Richie
1981
Diana Ross \& Lionel Richie\'s \"Endless Love\" crowns our list of the top duets of all time -- and with good reason. It\'s not only the biggest No. 1 hit for either artist (it spent nine weeks at the top), but also clung to the chart for an amazing 27 weeks -- a lengthy run for a single back in 1981. Richie wrote the music and lyrics for the soundtrack tune from the Brooke Shields movie of the same name, and recruited diva Ross to accompany him on the song. \"Endless\" almost returned to the Hot 100 perch nearly 13 years later, when Luther Vandross and Mariah Carey\'s cover stalled at No. 2 on Oct. 1, 1994.

Top 50 \'Love\' Songs of All Time
PHOTOS: Pop Star Hookups \& Breakups
20 Best Love Songs By Real Couples 30 Biggest Break-Up Songs

submitted by YosemitySam to copypasta [link] [comments]


2018.09.12 06:48 radiofan15 The streaming era and the lost art of the the physical singles, unique cover arts and B-Sides

I originally posted this essay in popheads this weekend and it got a positive reaction and some recomendations to crosspost this so I decided to give it a try.
In this streaming era we live in, we always complain about the length of the albums or messy rollouts... and yet, there's an element of the promotion that gets sidetracked in the conversations: the art of single releases. And no, I don't mean like music videos or traditional promotion, which still exists, but rather the advantages of PHYSICAL single releases. Of course I don't expect than in this times of diminishing sales for an artist to release a CD/cassette/vinyl of every single promotional release in an album cycle (even the bigger performers releases those as collectible items), but those small perks that physical (and to some extent, digital single releases before the streaming era) are sorely missed.
You see, back in the days of Elvis and Chuck Berry, singles were the source of income for artists, with the switch to albums not taking place until the 70s with singles becoming advertisement for albums. This last point had an adverse effect in the late-80s and 90s as record labels sometimes didn't issued physical singles from popular songs in the hopes that the audience will buy the whole album instead: this helped, for example, MC Hammer's Please Hammer, Don't Hurt 'Em to sell over 10 million copies as the lead single, U Can't Touch This, was released mostly as either 7-or-12-inches records (vinyls, for those who might not know) and in a CD format only in Europe (this is why it only peaked at #7 in Billboard); however, this system also prevented songs like No Doubt's Don't Speak and Goo Goo Dolls' Iris to chart at all despite being radio monster (the former in particular remained 16 weeks at number one in the airplay chart, and the latter for 18) because they weren't given physical releases in the United States other than promo CDs.
Even if a balance wasn't always reached (thanks in part to the prominence of digital downloads the next decade), two things remained standard when it comes to singles: a unique art cover, and the accompanying B-side.

The art cover

Back in the gay olde days, art cover for singles was basically a photograph of the artist either from a photoshoot, a performance or similar, or even a colorful graphic for the title of the song and the artist's name; it was everything that was needed back then. However, as album artwork moved forward from the usual portrait (thanks in part to releases like Otis Reeding's Otis Blue and the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band) single’s covers slowly started to change to better complement the album's imagery.
If the album artwork revolved around a photograph of the performer, the singles were expected to follow suit (see: Mariah Carey’s entire discography, but specially the single Fantasy, in which the cover is the full version of the parent album Daydream’s cover photograph); in cases in which the cover was any kind of graphic the singles would revolve around the same theme (see: Coldplay’s entire discography, but especially the singles for X&Y that, just like the album, featured the titled written in the Baudot code), and for visually dedicated performers like Pink Floyd (see: the cover of The Division Bell singles) and 30 Seconds to Mars (see: the cover of the Love Lust Faith + Dreams singles) it wasn’t uncommon for the singles cover to follow a certain theme that might not entirely reflect the album cover.
Of course, this didn’t always happened: None of Michael Jackson’s singles reflected the artwork of the era and focused instead into represent the song itself (see: Scream and You Are Not Alone vs. HIStory) and sometimes it was common for the first, last or the occasional loose single to have a different style from the other releases of the era (see: Ariana Grande’s Problem vs. the other My Everything singles, or Lady Gaga’s Paparazzi and Just Dance vs. the rest of The Fame era, or Telephone in The Fame Monster era), but of course this was always subject to the artistic vision of the performer.
This doesn’t mean that it’s not like this anymore: some performers like Calvin Harris, The 1975 and Beyoncé still try to keep a consistent theme between eras, however they’re dime a dozen in this times. Just take a look at Nicki Minaj in the Queen era, moving from the consistency of Barbie Tingz/Chun-Li to Rich Sex and then Bed, all of them without any visual attachment to the parent album’s cover, which was apparently a stylistically choice… or a choice to say at least.
However, she at least tries, unlike people like Rihanna, who releases remixes EPs (see: Desperado, Sex with Me, Pose, Consideration) with the album cover instead of a dedicated cover like the other EPs (ex. Love on the Brain); or Taylor, who after creating a very consistent aesthetic in the 1989 era (with the exception of the Bad Blood remix, all of the singles in the era featured a Polaroid-inspired cover) seems to have been contractually forced to use the reputation album cover for every single of the era (except for the remixes, which needed colored version of the same image because why not?), which was kinda ironic because the RIAA certifications plaques included a different photo for each track, photos that could have been used very easily if she wanted to. And, in fact, there’s a limited physical release of Look What You Made Me Do with a proper cover… not exactly the greatest but at least it’s not the album cover.
And let’s not even talk about Dua Lipa: New Love, Be The One and Last Dance are photos of her with a flowery background, Hotter Than Hell sort of follows the idea (albeit with a red background), and then… Blow Your Mind (Mwah) and Room For 2 uses the photo that will eventually became the parent album cover (without the song title and with a colder tint) only to be followed by Thinking ‘Bout You reusing the same photo only with the song’s title this time AND THEN Lost In Your Light removing the song’s title once again, only to be bought back in the remixes EP; at least by this point New Rules finally found a new image (which was colored in a different way depending of the release, except for the fan-made-turned-official-release Initial Talk remix, which apparently needed its own separate cover) and IDGAF doing its thing with Dua shaving her armpits (once again recolored in the remixes EPs for your convenience, as it should be)… however, this makes me wonder why the Live Acoustic EP could get its own photo while the promo single Want To needed to rehash the cover of the upcoming The Complete Edition, which is basically a glittered version of the actual album cover and the same photo of 4 of the 8 singles released at the moment.
Of course Dua isn’t the only one, or the worst example, just the most prominent I could think of. Art covers are a dying art, especially in an era in which they are mostly seen in small screens, and when even albums can go lazy in the artwork department (ex. The Rolling Stones’ Blue & Lonesome, Britney Spears’ Glory) or not even bothering to have any real artwork (ex. Post Malone’s Beerbongs & Bentleys, Kanye West’s Yeezus) what can we really expect from the streaming era in the singles department? Photoshop failures like Mariah’s You Don't Know What to Do or Selena Gomez and Marshmello’s Wolves? Trying way too much approaches like DJ Khaled’s No Brainer and Sia’s Cheap Thrills? Lazy efforts like Bitch I’m Madonna, or Ed Sheeran in the whole Divide era? Or whatever the fuck Jessie J’s Bang Bang was?

The B-Sides

When singles were released in vinyl, the A-side was usually reserved for the popular or commercially viable track, and the B-side was, well, a different story:
With the advent of cassettes, 12” vinyl, and later CDs, the distinction of B-side became obsolete, instead the name became an umbrella term for whatever accompanied a single release in its release, which didn’t needed to be a sole track:
B-Sides were a necessity of the time, as they added an extra incentive to the casual fans to buy the single if they already owned the album, and gave non-fans a chance to explore more of the artist’s catalogue. However, as technology moved forward, the idea of B-Sides became obsolete and was slowly replaced by bonus tracks in deluxe or extended editions; in the past, B-Sides were compiled in especial dedicated albums (ex. Gorillaz’ G Sides and D Sides, The Killers’ Sawdust) and Oasis’ The Masterplan)), included as bonus tracks in reissues or being only available in box sets (ex. The Smashing Pumpkins’ The Aeroplane Flies High, Nirvana’s With the Lights Out and Prince’s The Hits/The B-Sides) as an incentive for new or diehard fans.
In today’s era is very common for single’s accompaniment to be either commissioned remixes or alternative edits for radio or videos, which would rarely get released in physical format or at all: Remixes are mostly thrown out in streaming services and digital stores without too much fanfare and normally as separated releases (ex. St. Vincent’s version of Maroon 5’s Girls Like You) and other version suffer of the same fate (ex. The “acoustic” and live renditions of Dua Lipa’s New Rules) or just get outright ignored (ex. The radio edit of Calvin Harris’s Faking It and the no-rap version of Camila Cabello’s Havana debuted in Now That’s What I Call Music! 65) as singles/EPs sections of artists get cluttered with entries featuring the exact same or similar photo for each slightly different version of a track when maxi singles or remixes EP were used with the exact same purpose.
Tracks that were once B-Sides are now issued as bonus tracks in region-or-retailer-specific editions of albums: There are a total of 24 songs released as part of Madonna's Rebel Heart but you would need to buy the deluxe edition in a European supermarket chain to get the first 20 (it's not enough to buy the normal deluxe edition, as there's still a track missing, Auto-Tune Baby) AND THEN either buy the super deluxe or the Digital EP to get the other 4 remaining tracks. You wanna get Dua Lipa's version of Cher's Bang Bang? Then go to Italy to buy a special edition of the standard version of the self-titled album... and if you want the tracks in the deluxe edition like Room for 2 and Last Dance you betetr import the Japanese version because otherwise you would miss out one track: For Julian.
Speaking of Japan, artists adds bonus tracks in that country's versions because the economy dictates that it must be that way: Admire David Bowie's God Bless the Girl from The Next Day from afar, join the conversation of why Muse's Fury remains trapped as an add-on in a foreign edition of Absolution and never stop thinking that Kanye West left Bittersweet Poetry to rot in Japan's Graduation edition. This also happens in the US with the Target bonus tracks: Adele's Can't Let Go, Lay Me Down and Why Do You Love Me from 25, Bullet for My Valentine with Breaking Out and Crawling from Gravity, Paul McCartney with Get Started and Nothing for Free from the recent Egypt Station.... the list goes on, and the idea of retailer exclusive bonus tracks is a controversial one
On the other hand, today’s equivalent of doubled A-Sided releases seems to be releasing a normal single and putting it as the first track in a made-up EP consisting of the previously released tracks from the same era, sometimes without even bothering changing the cover at all, just to get some of that juicy and sweet streaming money: The Chainsmokers pioneered this with their current release pattern of one song per month and inventing an EP out of thin air out of them (right now it’s called Sick Boy… Save Yourself and features 6 singles), however they’re not the only ones who do this: Twenty One Pilots has My Blood and A Few Others from Trench (which follows Jumpsuit/Levitate/Nico And The Niners), Muse recently released the originally titled The Dark Side/Something Human/Thought Companion/Dig Down (two of those songs are from 2017 BTW)… heck, even my faves aren’t safe from this practice. Unfortunately, artists doesn’t seems interested in the B-Sides concept anymore, outside of the occasional Record Store Day release, and honestly in this current music climate I can’t blame them. We always talk about how streaming have made charts stagnant or unpredictable/unreliable (sometimes at the same time) or albums/singles rollout meaningless, and yet, we don’t really stop thinking about how much EVERYTHING else has changed, either for the best or for the worst.
USEFUL LINKS:
MY FAVORITE COVERS AND B-SIDES (Incomplete list):
COVERS
B-SIDES
submitted by radiofan15 to Music [link] [comments]


2018.08.27 22:28 writingthrowawayalt Freelance Writer for SEO content, Blogging, and more, also offering jobs in design and editing.

So, I'm really trying to find a quick job within these fields so I can show off my skills, but I am having serious trouble. I post to forhire, and it got about 4 upvotes earlier, but no pms or comments, and now it's back down to one. I heard reddit was a good place to find jobs, but idk.

Here is what I included within the post
I specialize in SEO content, and I personally believe I owe this experience to past content mills. While content mills do not have the best reputation, they have granted me some further writing experience. Honestly, keyword density is something I consider important and greatly take into account, because it can greatly affect how naturally an article flows or is perceived by the different readers. The content mills I have worked for in the past were HireWriters, iWriter, and BlogMutt. By far I believe Hirewriters have given me the most experience, and this is where I received my highest rating of 4/5 stars, throughout writing different SEO related content. Other categories I hope to specialize in are short stories, different categorized lists, reviews, and other blogging content.
Specific Services:
Short Stories
While I do not expect to receive a high demand of short story requests, I am open and excited to write them. A simple short story that would consist of a mere 150-500 words will only cost 3.00. Any story that may require a higher word count will be priced at 5.00, no matter the differing word count.
Different Content Lists
Lists are a popular section of writing for many sites, most notably entertainment sites. Based on the different sections of entertainment, lists can range around being a simple subject such as makeup to being based on different world events. In contrast to my short stories writing tier, I also do not expect to receive many requests on lists. A simple top ten list will only charge at 4.50, while any list containing more than ten placements will be placed at 9.00. If you were to request a list that has less than ten subject placements, it would only cost you 2.50, no matter the number of placements.
SEO Content/Marketing
As previously mentioned, I do have an extensive background in working with SEO content articles. SEO articles generally contain specific keywords and placements that help others easily locate your business or product throughout different search engines. However, I will NEVER charge based on keyword density or placement, and I will always charge at a much fairer rate due to the specific word count. A simple marketing article with a specific keyword request relating to the main subject that only ranges from 150 words to 500 will cost only 5.00. Another article that may consist of a higher word count from 500-2000 will cost 9.00, and any SEO content related article above 2,000 words will cost 15.00.
Product/Entertainment Reviews
If you work for an entertainment site or review products, then I am truly fit for the job. I will take writing requests for product reviews meant to subtly advertise for a product, as well as a more honest and informative article based on listing and describing certain features, and even listing opinions from customers. A simple product review that can also double as a non-affiliated advertisement or SEO article will cost 5.00-10.00 based on different word counts and subject matter. Entertainment reviews are a slightly different category, from music to movies, your specific request is something I will take deeply into account, so I can provide only the best for you. I will require more in-depth and thorough requests for this category of articles though, and all review articles around different entertainment will only cost 5.00.
Extensive Blogging Content
Blogs are an important and key source into reading many different categories of content. From blogs regarding travel, to simple daily life blogs, I will be willing to write extensive content addressing certain subjects for you. If you run a blog that plans on using specific SEO content and keyword density to achieve more readers, then with a simple request of keywords your article will cost an extra five dollars. Blog articles will start a a basic rate of 5.50 for 200-500 words, and any other requests above that word count will be marketed at 13.00.
Experience
Although it may seem that I have ample experience in the writing field, I would like to state that I am not just starting out. I have went from different content mills for about a year, which has boosted my experience. I have been able to turn what was once a pleasant past time into hopefully a side-career.
Writing Samples (You may check these for plagiarism)
Traveling in Cancun, a simple guide
One of Mexico’s most beautiful and popular cities, Cancun is surely the perfect destination for some. Whether it be regarding your honey moon, a fun vacation with friends, and many more, this destination surely is popular. While Cancun does sound like a beautiful and perfect place to cross off your travel bucket list, this may not be the best city for smaller children, as it is centered around night life, and more of a party-centered life style. Since this city is located within the Yucatan peninsula, beautiful beaches with glowing water surround in abundance around the area, making it a perfect vacation for both the relaxed and fun-seeking traveler.
What to pack:
· Swimwear, obviously. A trip to cancun would never be complete without visiting the beautiful beaches
· Light, flowy sundresses or more relaxed clothes. Of course being located in South America, the weather is going to need some adjusting to.
· Cash. Be prepared to take more cash, whether it be in the form of a credit or debit card, or even checks, there will always be unexpected items you may wish to purchase and take back from your vacation. So while you may be covered on food and travel expenses, always plan ahead.
· An extra bag/suitcase. Truth be told, an extra packing item is ideal and fit for any trip. Who knows how many items you will buy or need extra and more careful storage for? Again, this is a packing tip in the idea of always being prepared and planning ahead.
What to experience:
· The club scene and general night life of the area. The vivid and bright nightlife of Cancun complete with the different clubs is a perfect way to relieve stress and let go with friends and your partner.
· The Beaches! This is why you absolutely need to pack your swimwear. Once you land in this beautiful city, you are sure to be amazed by the shining water and beautiful setting.
· Xcaret Theme Park. This theme park is visited by many tourists who visit the area, and is highly acclaimed for it’s beautiful location and theme. Not only is there a theme park in the area, but also a beach-front resort.
Top Ten Mac Collaborations
  1. Barbie x Mac
Barbie’s fresh faced looks have been the dreams of many little girls all over the world, who will eventually grow up into their own makeup style. Her iconic pink styles can still win the heart’s of adults due to pure nostalgia and their fun essence. Complete with iconic mac lipsticks, lip gloss, single eyeshadows, highlighters, nail polish, and more, this is one of the most extensive and larger collaborations to date.
  1. Hello Kitty x Mac
Following the trend of childhood icon inspired makeup, the bubbly Hello Kitty line was surely a unique and creative Mac line. Similar to the Barbie x Mac line, many items in this line were more bubbly and pink, giving for a more fun, playful, and even nostalgic look. Containing simple products from lipstick and different lip glosses, to false lashes, it is possible to create a full and more cute look.
  1. Marilyn Monroe x Mac
One of the first iconic celebrity inspired lines, products that were released in this collection were surely able to create many of Marilyn’s makeup looks. From simple blush perfect for everyday wear, to different shades of red oozing pure sex appeal. Other products that were available in this collection were brow products, eyeliner, false lashes, and even nail polish. This collection was specially released during the holiday season of 2012, and quickly gained many fans.
  1. “Oh Sweetie!” a Mac collaboration with Caro Daur
Simply a line specializing in different lip colors, this selection of different lip colors are sure to change your look. The shades range from light and vibrant blues to light, glittery greens with everything in between, this recent collaboration truly stands out. While a rather small and more subtle collaboration, many looks are to be desired with this unique set of colors.
  1. The Simpsons x Mac
This collaboration had brought the vibrant and attention grabbing colors from this iconic and long running cartoon into life. Four lip gloss shades, a set of false lashes, an eyeshadow palette, and blush were released within the collaboration. Admittingly the colors included in this collection may not work for an everyday look, but they are perfect if you choose to be more out-going with your makeup.
  1. Patrick Starr x Mac
Beauty Blogger and famous makeup artist Patrick Starr released a stunning collection complete with beautiful and peachy mac lipsticks. Of course, the line was a hit with fans of Mac and Patrick Starr alike, bringing upon a second collaboration under the same name with newer, and more neutral lipstick and eyeshadow shades.
  1. Mac x Betty Boop
This collaboration may not be widely known, but there is a key reason for that. Only one product, a universal red lipstick was released within the collaboration. The shade still holds up though and was a gift to fans of Betty Boop’s cutesy look everywhere.
  1. Mariah Carey x Mac
Known as the second highest selling celebrity mac collaboration of all time, this collection partnered with the queen herself Mariah Carey sold out quickly, within just a day. Containing different lip products to beautiful and shimmery eyeshadows, I believe it is safe to say this Mac collection captured the star’s beautiful essence and shimmery style.
  1. Wonder Woman x Mac
It only makes perfect sense that the iconic woman of power would soon receive a mac line based on her, seeing as many other iconic cartoon and fictional female idols have already received theirs. This collection represented the comic-queen with bold color choices and an eyeliner marker on the larger side. Other items in this collection were also larger than ordinary mac products, so even though the line was limited, the larger product amount was sure to serve an adequate time of use.
  1. Selena x Mac
A famous collaboration brought to reality by a fan petition, this mac collaboration included three iconic lipsticks, a powdeblush compact, eyeshadows, lip gloss, eyeliner, and mascara. These simple products were formulated to be dupes of her on-stage and casual looks, from her bright cherry reds to a more casual nude shade, many of her iconic on-stage, simple photoshoot, and elegant award ceremony looks have the ability to be replicated perfectly.

Logos and Graphic designs, Photoshop, and Video editing packages.
Although the title of this account is writingthrowawayalt, I have decided to make this a joint account with a friend who is into logo designs and graphics in general. He also dabbles in both video editing and photoshop.
Design Prices
Basic Logo Design Sketch =10$
Extensive Logo Design drawn digitally= $15
Photoshop Prices
Basic Requests, around only three photo edits requested for one photo: $10
Extended Requests, around 10 specific photo edits requested for one photo: $15
Video Editing:
Basic Package: Includes editing a video as long as 1-10 minutes, with given instructions. $20
Extended Package: Includes editing a video as long as 10-30 minutes, with given instructions. $50
Premium Package: Includes editing a video from any time length, to an hour and thirty minutes. Again, with given specific instructions. Since this is a premium package, he will edit another short video for you included with this package. Other possibilities included in this package can be a basic logo design sketch for your business, or a basic photoshop edit.
Payment Methods:
I will only accept payment through Paypal. For blog posts I require a 50 cent down payment deposited to my paypal before i start the project, while no down payments on other projects should be made. I will require payment within 16 hours of submission. While there is no down payment fees for the design section of this job offer, if you do request for a video to be edited that is over and hour and thirty minutes long, it will cost a basic price of 300$.
Inquiries:
Feel free to send a friendly PM if you have any other questions, or requests. If you would like to request another sample of my writing, or one accustomed to what you may be looking for, feel free to ask!

Am I marketing myself correctly, or will it just take time?

submitted by writingthrowawayalt to jobs [link] [comments]


2018.08.27 11:38 writingthrowawayalt [For Hire] Freelance Writer for SEO content, Blogging, and more, also offering jobs in design and editing.

I specialize in SEO content, and I personally believe I owe this experience to past content mills. While content mills do not have the best reputation, they have granted me some further writing experience. Honestly, keyword density is something I consider important and greatly take into account, because it can greatly affect how naturally an article flows or is perceived by the different readers. The content mills I have worked for in the past were HireWriters, iWriter, and BlogMutt. By far I believe Hirewriters have given me the most experience, and this is where I received my highest rating of 4/5 stars, throughout writing different SEO related content. Other categories I hope to specialize in are short stories, different categorized lists, reviews, and other blogging content.
Specific Services:
Short Stories
While I do not expect to receive a high demand of short story requests, I am open and excited to write them. A simple short story that would consist of a mere 150-500 words will only cost 3.00. Any story that may require a higher word count will be priced at 5.00, no matter the differing word count.
Different Content Lists
Lists are a popular section of writing for many sites, most notably entertainment sites. Based on the different sections of entertainment, lists can range around being a simple subject such as makeup to being based on different world events. In contrast to my short stories writing tier, I also do not expect to receive many requests on lists. A simple top ten list will only charge at 4.50, while any list containing more than ten placements will be placed at 9.00. If you were to request a list that has less than ten subject placements, it would only cost you 2.50, no matter the number of placements.
SEO Content/Marketing
As previously mentioned, I do have an extensive background in working with SEO content articles. SEO articles generally contain specific keywords and placements that help others easily locate your business or product throughout different search engines. However, I will NEVER charge based on keyword density or placement, and I will always charge at a much fairer rate due to the specific word count. A simple marketing article with a specific keyword request relating to the main subject that only ranges from 150 words to 500 will cost only 5.00. Another article that may consist of a higher word count from 500-2000 will cost 9.00, and any SEO content related article above 2,000 words will cost 15.00.
Product/Entertainment Reviews
If you work for an entertainment site or review products, then I am truly fit for the job. I will take writing requests for product reviews meant to subtly advertise for a product, as well as a more honest and informative article based on listing and describing certain features, and even listing opinions from customers. A simple product review that can also double as a non-affiliated advertisement or SEO article will cost 5.00-10.00 based on different word counts and subject matter. Entertainment reviews are a slightly different category, from music to movies, your specific request is something I will take deeply into account, so I can provide only the best for you. I will require more in-depth and thorough requests for this category of articles though, and all review articles around different entertainment will only cost 5.00.
Extensive Blogging Content
Blogs are an important and key source into reading many different categories of content. From blogs regarding travel, to simple daily life blogs, I will be willing to write extensive content addressing certain subjects for you. If you run a blog that plans on using specific SEO content and keyword density to achieve more readers, then with a simple request of keywords your article will cost an extra five dollars. Blog articles will start a a basic rate of 5.50 for 200-500 words, and any other requests above that word count will be marketed at 13.00.
Experience
Although it may seem that I have ample experience in the writing field, I would like to state that I am not just starting out. I have went from different content mills for about a year, which has boosted my experience. I have been able to turn what was once a pleasant past time into hopefully a side-career.
Writing Samples (You may check these for plagiarism)
Traveling in Cancun, a simple guide
One of Mexico’s most beautiful and popular cities, Cancun is surely the perfect destination for some. Whether it be regarding your honey moon, a fun vacation with friends, and many more, this destination surely is popular. While Cancun does sound like a beautiful and perfect place to cross off your travel bucket list, this may not be the best city for smaller children, as it is centered around night life, and more of a party-centered life style. Since this city is located within the Yucatan peninsula, beautiful beaches with glowing water surround in abundance around the area, making it a perfect vacation for both the relaxed and fun-seeking traveler.
What to pack:
· Swimwear, obviously. A trip to cancun would never be complete without visiting the beautiful beaches
· Light, flowy sundresses or more relaxed clothes. Of course being located in South America, the weather is going to need some adjusting to.
· Cash. Be prepared to take more cash, whether it be in the form of a credit or debit card, or even checks, there will always be unexpected items you may wish to purchase and take back from your vacation. So while you may be covered on food and travel expenses, always plan ahead.
· An extra bag/suitcase. Truth be told, an extra packing item is ideal and fit for any trip. Who knows how many items you will buy or need extra and more careful storage for? Again, this is a packing tip in the idea of always being prepared and planning ahead.
What to experience:
· The club scene and general night life of the area. The vivid and bright nightlife of Cancun complete with the different clubs is a perfect way to relieve stress and let go with friends and your partner.
· The Beaches! This is why you absolutely need to pack your swimwear. Once you land in this beautiful city, you are sure to be amazed by the shining water and beautiful setting.
· Xcaret Theme Park. This theme park is visited by many tourists who visit the area, and is highly acclaimed for it’s beautiful location and theme. Not only is there a theme park in the area, but also a beach-front resort.
Top Ten Mac Collaborations
  1. Barbie x Mac
Barbie’s fresh faced looks have been the dreams of many little girls all over the world, who will eventually grow up into their own makeup style. Her iconic pink styles can still win the heart’s of adults due to pure nostalgia and their fun essence. Complete with iconic mac lipsticks, lip gloss, single eyeshadows, highlighters, nail polish, and more, this is one of the most extensive and larger collaborations to date.
  1. Hello Kitty x Mac
Following the trend of childhood icon inspired makeup, the bubbly Hello Kitty line was surely a unique and creative Mac line. Similar to the Barbie x Mac line, many items in this line were more bubbly and pink, giving for a more fun, playful, and even nostalgic look. Containing simple products from lipstick and different lip glosses, to false lashes, it is possible to create a full and more cute look.
  1. Marilyn Monroe x Mac
One of the first iconic celebrity inspired lines, products that were released in this collection were surely able to create many of Marilyn’s makeup looks. From simple blush perfect for everyday wear, to different shades of red oozing pure sex appeal. Other products that were available in this collection were brow products, eyeliner, false lashes, and even nail polish. This collection was specially released during the holiday season of 2012, and quickly gained many fans.
  1. “Oh Sweetie!” a Mac collaboration with Caro Daur
Simply a line specializing in different lip colors, this selection of different lip colors are sure to change your look. The shades range from light and vibrant blues to light, glittery greens with everything in between, this recent collaboration truly stands out. While a rather small and more subtle collaboration, many looks are to be desired with this unique set of colors.
  1. The Simpsons x Mac
This collaboration had brought the vibrant and attention grabbing colors from this iconic and long running cartoon into life. Four lip gloss shades, a set of false lashes, an eyeshadow palette, and blush were released within the collaboration. Admittingly the colors included in this collection may not work for an everyday look, but they are perfect if you choose to be more out-going with your makeup.
  1. Patrick Starr x Mac
Beauty Blogger and famous makeup artist Patrick Starr released a stunning collection complete with beautiful and peachy mac lipsticks. Of course, the line was a hit with fans of Mac and Patrick Starr alike, bringing upon a second collaboration under the same name with newer, and more neutral lipstick and eyeshadow shades.
  1. Mac x Betty Boop
This collaboration may not be widely known, but there is a key reason for that. Only one product, a universal red lipstick was released within the collaboration. The shade still holds up though and was a gift to fans of Betty Boop’s cutesy look everywhere.
  1. Mariah Carey x Mac
Known as the second highest selling celebrity mac collaboration of all time, this collection partnered with the queen herself Mariah Carey sold out quickly, within just a day. Containing different lip products to beautiful and shimmery eyeshadows, I believe it is safe to say this Mac collection captured the star’s beautiful essence and shimmery style.
  1. Wonder Woman x Mac
It only makes perfect sense that the iconic woman of power would soon receive a mac line based on her, seeing as many other iconic cartoon and fictional female idols have already received theirs. This collection represented the comic-queen with bold color choices and an eyeliner marker on the larger side. Other items in this collection were also larger than ordinary mac products, so even though the line was limited, the larger product amount was sure to serve an adequate time of use.
  1. Selena x Mac
A famous collaboration brought to reality by a fan petition, this mac collaboration included three iconic lipsticks, a powdeblush compact, eyeshadows, lip gloss, eyeliner, and mascara. These simple products were formulated to be dupes of her on-stage and casual looks, from her bright cherry reds to a more casual nude shade, many of her iconic on-stage, simple photoshoot, and elegant award ceremony looks have the ability to be replicated perfectly.

Logos and Graphic designs, Photoshop, and Video editing packages.
Although the title of this account is writingthrowawayalt, I have decided to make this a joint account with a friend who is into logo designs and graphics in general. He also dabbles in both video editing and photoshop.
Design Prices
Basic Logo Design Sketch =10$
Extensive Logo Design drawn digitally= $15
Photoshop Prices
Basic Requests, around only three photo edits requested for one photo: $10
Extended Requests, around 10 specific photo edits requested for one photo: $15
Video Editing:
Basic Package: Includes editing a video as long as 1-10 minutes, with given instructions. $20
Extended Package: Includes editing a video as long as 10-30 minutes, with given instructions. $50
Premium Package: Includes editing a video from any time length, to an hour and thirty minutes. Again, with given specific instructions. Since this is a premium package, he will edit another short video for you included with this package. Other possibilities included in this package can be a basic logo design sketch for your business, or a basic photoshop edit.
Payment Methods:
I will only accept payment through Paypal. For blog posts I require a 50 cent down payment deposited to my paypal before i start the project, while no down payments on other projects should be made. I will require payment within 16 hours of submission. While there is no down payment fees for the design section of this job offer, if you do request for a video to be edited that is over and hour and thirty minutes long, it will cost a basic price of 300$.
Inquiries:
Feel free to send a friendly PM if you have any other questions, or requests. If you would like to request another sample of my writing, or one accustomed to what you may be looking for, feel free to ask!

submitted by writingthrowawayalt to forhire [link] [comments]


Mariah Carey: I'm 'kind of a prude' based on number of ...