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    The Sounds of Our Lives (formerly General Music Discussion)

    Any update on figuring out that song? This cover is hilarious (in a good way) on several levels. First, I like that they have him in all red. It’s common among black men from the South to do the matching thing when they’re trying to look fresh. Second, I mean, if you didn’t know he was gay before...I’m just saying. Third, this is going to down in history as one of Time magazines classic covers. It even looks like it could’ve came from any point in the last thirty years. All in all, it’s my favorite Time cover right next to the one they did when Arnold Schwarzenegger ran for governor of CA and it just said, Ahhhhhnold????”
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    The Sounds of Our Lives (formerly General Music Discussion)

    I think she’s talking about the music played before the opener comes out and between acts.
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    The Sounds of Our Lives (formerly General Music Discussion)

    Eesh, nothing’s ringing a bell. I’d suggest Forever with Drake and some other people, but I think you’d have recognized Eminem (he’s in it) and I don’t think are a bunch of f-bombs in that song. Another random guess is I Don’t Fuck With You by Big Sean and E-40.
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    The Sounds of Our Lives (formerly General Music Discussion)

    Ooh boy. Can you quote any of the lyrics? Given the concert and what I would assume about the crowd, I’ll guess Rockstar by Post Malone & 21 Savage, Sicko Mode by Travis Scott and Drake, or (this is a reach) Look Alive by Drake and Blocboy JB. We’ll start with those. You can also try King’s Dead by Kendrick Lamar, Future, and some other dudes.
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    Unpopular Opinions about Music

    Yeah that was weird to me as well given Gaga has been outspoken about sexual assault. At first I thought she was trying to stay out of it — and I wouldn’t blame her — but then she took that song she did with R. Kelly down, and it just looked desperate. I don’t know. I feel like the expectation of celebrities that they Speak Out is a little unrealistic. I think when people start speaking out for certain causes, there’s an expectation that they keep it up even after the moment has passed. And the thing is, they’re usually only saying something when it’s advantageous to do so. Circa 2012-13, when we still heard about “rape culture” on college campuses, and Gaga still had a pop career, she was all over that. Smash cut to a few years later, she’s older, pop career has cooled off a bit, the hits aren’t coming as quickly, and now she’s mum on speaking out about R. Kelly. And I don’t say this to defend him, but it feels a bit too easy to go after R. Kelly. He’s not keeping the lights on at a record label, business people don’t need him to keep his engagements to have a successful show, and he isn’t paying dozens of people. So it feels like because the industry doesn’t need him that it’s open season to trundle out accusations we’ve known about for decades. Whereas, back when he was abusing young girls, he was cranking out hits for himself and others, so everybody had incentive to look the other way.
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    Unpopular Opinions about Music

    Here’s a list of UOs for a lazy Sunday morning: Drake’s last three albums have been mostly a showcase for his crack team of producers than him as an artist. If he and 40 ever split, I see him faltering, not unlike Eminem did without Dr. Dre. Beyonce and Rihanna are both not hard-presses to maintain their celebrity and cultural relevance — the former not doing interviews and releasing non-commercial albums and the latter content to keep selling Avon and teasing an album that has yet to come — because there isn’t an attractive light-skinned Black female singer being pushed in the Pop lane. Speaking of which, Lizzo will succeed as long as she stays fat. The minute she goes full Jennifer Hudson, it’s gonna get quiet for her. It’s almost over for the crybully popstars of the 2010s: Taylor Swift, The Weeknd, Nicki Minaj, and Drake, to name a few. And I’m referring to their moment, not their entire career. Gaga is On Something and messed up her career when she decided to take the costumes off and decided she wanted to be Shania Twain for awhile, preceded (or succeeded) by that weird album/tour with Tony Bennett. Even though she has an Oscar, it’s...kinda over. More of a prediction, but Shape of You messed up Ed Sheeran’s career. So it’s going to be a little quiet for him for awhile too. In totality, Iggy Azalea is a better artist than Nicki Minaj or Cardi B. Nicki has been treading water for years and is overhyped, and Cardi is more of an entertainer than artist and alternates between being embarrassing and endearing. But like Tiffany Haddish, it’s just going to become embarrassing. Despite the artifice, Iggy has more presence than both, and her music bridges the gap between ratchet and mainstream better than them. And I think the primary reason she isn’t as big is because she’s a white chick in hip-hop who managed to get a few hits under her belt. In that same vein, sorry, Macklemore deserved that Grammy over Kendrick. Even though it’s funny to say, the Beyhive didn’t kill Keri Hilson’s career. She just wasn’t compelling enough as a recording artist to sustain a long-term career. She’s a better songwriter than artist. The thin-voiced, light-skinned R&B sexpot thing has been tried over and over — Aaliyah, Ashanti, Ciara, Amerie, Cassie, Tinashe — and it never works out in the long-term. Especially when you’re talking smack about a popular artist. That said, even though nobody enlisted Keri Hilson to say Beyonce needed to sit down and have a baby, let’s not act like that wasn’t a common sentiment circa 2008. Thank U, Next (song and album) is selfish and self-centered and makes me not really like Ariana. And I already barely liked her. She’s always been Ariana Bland-e to me, pretty girl pretty voice no ability to entertain, but I get the feeling she’s a bird. Plus, Ariana needs one straight dude in her life to tell her he’s not unfit, he just got tired of you. Not your fault if he cheats instead of breaking up, but...maybe you aren’t as great as you think you are.
  7. Bills final New Rule was really out of touch. Trump Fatigue is caused by the media, not Trump. It’s one thing to say Trump tweets too much or isn’t “Presidential” enough, but let’s not act like the mainstream media hasn’t spent the last three years crying wolf over every tweet or sideways ass comment he makes. Scandal-mongering didn’t stop Bush from getting re-elected, so I kind of doubt it’ll work against Trump. I can ignore Trump’s tweets by not reading them. I can’t, however, if every week I’m being inundated with media tattletales mulling over his latest diatribe.
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    "The View": Week of 7/29/2019

    I like Abby as well. I think the issue I have is that the tenor of the show is too focused on Democrat talking points and Trump bashing (I know that sounds redundant, but still). I think it’s difficult to get a good read on people in that context. I think Meghan on a show with other conservative co-hosts would come off more moderate and refreshingly objective. But on this show she’s just, well, NutMeg. With this dynamic, Abby is too passive to balance things out and Meghan isn’t nimble enough with the facts to argue the counterpoint credibly. Add to that the mostly left-leaning audience and you have two people who don’t come off the best.
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    "The View": Week of 7/29/2019

    It’s true Meghan has been doing political punditry for awhile...prior to even being in The View. She’s not responsible for the political bent of the show, the backgrounds of her co-hosts, their often silly commentary, or the dynamic of the show. Before her, it was Elisabeth who everybody hated and also didn’t acquit herself well in political dialogue. The only difference is Elisabeth was prissy and Meghan is barf emoji. I will say, Meghan and Abby are both the daughters of lowercase-R Republicans. Two men liberals would pick if they “haaaaad” to go with a Republican. Thus, they are two men the right didn’t like, in broad strokes. Too eager to throw the base under the bus on hot button topics; too eager to pander to the media; too willing to go after members of their own party to be trustworthy. So, it makes sense that Meghan and Abby fit on a show like the View where they can be center-right on paper, but only have to embody it some of the time. Since their discussions mostly center around Trump — a guy who isn’t the gentleman their dads are/were but managed to do what their dads couldn’t — they can just offer up demurrals to keep the conversation going. Thats why Meghan got hired. Not because she’s a professional.
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    "The View": Week of 7/29/2019

    This is getting a bit O/T, but I don't think Joy "always makes it a point" to call out Republican leadership so much as she just says things the audience will applaud her for. And even if she were speaking to leadership exclusively, she still only makes these gauzy statements with a smirk at the end. I'm not sure who in the Democratic leadership Meghan is supposed to give credit to in terms of drawing a distinction.
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    "The View": Week of 7/29/2019

    Meghan's the primary one to own the label of political pundit, but really, they all are at this point. The problem is, they're all pretty bad at it, and no, I wouldn't say Meghan's worse than any of the rest of them. Also, you haven't heard Ana say those things because she wants to keep working, for one, and because she's not usually in the position to have to make the pro-life/pro-capitalist argument. And I don't think it's fair to criticize Meghan for her more pugilistic comments about Democrats as if any of her co-hosts only criticize Republicans with exacting grace. I've seen male talk show hosts interview all three of those women without fawning over them. I think the thing about Sunny is she's a hypocrite, and people's lack of energy around that interview kiiiiind of speaks volumes about some of the sociopolitical happenings over the last few years.
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    Boy Bands: NKOTB to One Direction, Discuss Here!

    LOL. Were you being cheeky just now or just honest? Either way that’s funny. And true. I kinda want them to come out with a BTS video game. Kind of like that Sega game they did with Michael Jackson back in the day.
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    Unpopular Opinions about Music

    UO: Anybody remember Duffy? She came out around the time Amy Winehouse and Adele did. She released one album that did well in part thanks to her song “Mercy” (it might’ve shown up in a makeup commercial or two) and then took a hiatus before making a second album that didn’t do too hot. Put a pin that for a second. Does anybody read Crazy Days and Nights (CDAN)? It’s an oddly addictive, at times bracing and quite frankly shocking celebrity gossip site. Some of the blind items seem not believable, but the site runner, “Enty” (short for entertainment lawyer), has been eerily right about some things. Like, for example, he wrote item about Lil Nas X being gay about a month before he came out. He also said the charges against Kevin Spacey were going to be dropped a few weeks before they were. Other general tidbits (all of this is alleged): - A lot of people in Hollywood do coke. A lot. Even people you wouldn’t expect. And often times people who seem like something may be wrong...are very often doing coke. - A lot of women in Hollywood engage in “yachting”, which is his way of saying they more or less prostitute themselves to rich men...who own yachts. Even some women you...wouldn’t expect. - Even though he doesn’t typically out anybody, there are a lot of men in Hollywood who are gay and have relationships that are just for their image. Again: even men you wouldn’t necessarily suspect. Even some Oscar winners. - A lot of women in music use ghostwriters and sleep with producers for songs. I heard about this a long time ago from Dallas Austin, who said Christina Aguilera did it when she was recording Stripped. She never addressed it, and he kind of apologized (I think). Still, it happens, especially with female rappers. - Several high profile deaths over the years were due to foul play, and often due to that person finding out information that could take down some powerful people. He’s written extensively about Jeffrey Epstein over the years, for example, who recently attempted to commit suicide. Just sayin’. Here’s the site: Click. Anyway, all this is what lead me to think about Duffy, and how my UO is she was a better artist than Amy Winehouse and Adele. He posted a blind item years ago about how they met and have been friends for a long time, but she’s afraid of fame and how her career has faltered because of her fear. It’s actually kind of sweet and sad at the same time. See here.
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    The Sounds of Our Lives (formerly General Music Discussion)

    Aww, that was a very nice thing to say from Mariah. That’s how you show class.
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