I'm finally on time posting this month!
SONG: Team - Iggy Azalea
Although this wasn't released in April, I still can't stop listening to it! Iggy gets a lot of hate which I really don't like, and this song proves why she should be appreciated more. It's unlike any of her other songs, and it's also incredibly catchy! I think that even if you're not a fan of Iggy you should give this song a listen, because it really is one of my favourites at the minute!
ALBUM and VIDEO: My own throwback playlist!
I haven't really been listening to any new albums this month, however I've made my own playlist of songs from around 2007-2010 that I can't stop listening to! It includes Watcha Say by Jason Derulo, Down by Jay Sean and Shut Up and Drive by Rihanna. These songs are what remind me of happier times when I was younger, and I can't help but smile when I listen to them. I also think that some of these songs are a lot catchier than what is in the charts at the minute. Therefore, I would suggest not only listening to these songs, but watching the videos to them as well for the ultimate throwback!
On Saturday I went to see Tinie's one off gig at Brixton. With the announcement of this show made around the same time as his mixtape Junk Food was released, I was expecting a night full Junk Food songs. However, this wasn't the case.
Tinie opened with his song with Chase & Status, Hitz, a song that I've loved ever since it was released and was pleasantly surprised to hear it live again. His second song on his set was quite a surprise to myself and the rest of the crowd, as it was Pass Out, a song that he typically closes with. After this energetic throwback Tinie addressed the fact that he wouldn't be closing with Pass Out, and warned us that we would be in for a mad night - and he definitely wasn't wrong!
Instead of the show being based around Junk Food, it was more of a throwback night! Only two songs out of the whole set were actually from Junk Food (Been the Man and Autogas), and the rest of the set was full of old hits, such as Frisky, Wonderman and Written in the Stars.
Rather than your typical concert, this night seemed to be Tinie's chance to tell his story about his life and how he became as successful as he is today. The opening video before he came on stage showed him as a young boy, all the way up to receiving his Brit awards. Tinie also spoke a lot while on stage about his background and how hard he had to work to get to where he is today. I found one of his speeches really inspiring, as he told everyone to be themselves and follow what they believe in. I usually find these statements quite cliché, but seeing Tinie stood out in front of a sold out show and saying never give up, really touched me. It showed how if Tinie had given up he wouldn't be as successful as he is today, and I don't know about others, but it definitely inspired me to never give up.
I also thought it was great that Tinie performed his first ever song from 10 years ago - Wifey. I liked the fact that Tinie clearly hasn't forgotten when he has come from, as I feel many other artists today become successful and forget about what actually made them famous.
The whole night was so much fun, and it made me feel really proud of Tinie and all of the success he's had.
I know this is stupidly late, but better late than never? So here is my March favourites:
SONG: Dangerous Woman - Ariana Grande
I. Can't. Get. Enough. Of. This. Song.
This song is hands down in a league of its own! I first heard a clip of the official audio from the Victoria's Secret swimwear advert, and I was hooked! The powerful lyrics and voice makes me never want to stop listening! Similarly, watching the videos of Ariana performing the song live is incredible!
I feel as though this song will go down with some of the legendary songs, for example Poker Face by Lady Gaga. In years to come I think that people will still be singing along to this and playing the air guitar along with it!
I can't wait for May 20 to hear what other surprises Ariana has for us on the whole album!
Check out the first of two visuals for the song here:
ALBUM: Beauty Behind the Madness - The Weeknd
I've been listening to so many random songs by The Weeknd, that I finally decided to buy his latest album (even though it came out months ago). The songs on this album all sound slightly different to each other, which means the album doesn't get dull and you can listen to the whole thing without needing a break! I really like this album and I would urge anyone who is unsure about buying the album to get it, you won't regret it!
MUSIC VIDEO: Dangerous Woman - Ariana Grande
I have to stick with my favourite song from March and pair it with the video! This video shows Ariana having confidence in herself and feeling confident to wear whatever she wants! Although there isn't much of a story line to this video, it still works. The fact that it is just Ariana, her vocals and her beauty, it really highlights how powerful the song is.
But as if this wasn't enough, Ariana has confirmed that there will be two visuals to this song, the second with more of a story line. By the sounds of it the two videos are completely different, and I'm so excited to see what the second one is like!
Last week I went to see Years & Years live at Wembley Arena. This was my first time going to a Years & Years tour, and after reading so many great reviews I was really excited. I'd only seen Years & Years live once before at Capital FM's Jingle Bell Ball, but that was quite a short set, so I was looking forward to seeing their full tour set.
The first two supports acts were quite boring, and the half an hour that they were each on stage, felt like it went on for years and years (ha!). However, I really enjoyed the third support act, MO. I didn't know any of the songs she sang, however the set did make me a bit more interested in listening to her music. But the song that many people know, she closed with - Lean On by Major Lazer. This performance got the crowd much more lively and excited for Years & Years to come on stage!
I've been to my fair share in concerts, but the opening to this show was one of the best I've seen. While Emre and Mikey were already on the main stage, the end 0f the runway lit up for Olly. They opened with Foundation, but for the first half of the song you could hear Olly and see him on the screen, but he wasn't on stage yet. This made the atmosphere incredible, and when he did pop up from the end of the runway, that wasn't just it. As the song continued to stage started to lift up, placing Olly above everyone else. Lasers were also all around the lifted stage, making it look like a cage around him. Just by the first song I could tell that the rest of the show would be unforgettable, and I wasn't wrong! They sang most of the songs from their album, and even did a mashup of covers (including Drake's Hotline Bling). When I first heard the start of Hotline Bling I wasn't that impressed because so many artists at the minute seem to be covering it, but with Olly's unique voice, the whole song was completely transformed into something else!
Watching Olly Alexander just made me smile. The way he sings, smiles, dances and even walks! Everything about him is endearing, which meant that I couldn't take my eyes off him. You could also see how grateful the boys were when they looked out into the crowd. Olly made a point of mentioning how thankful they were to be playing Wembley, as he told the crowd about how they had performed only two years before to a tiny crowd in Hackney! However, he quickly seemed a bit choked up and overwhelmed, so he got on with the next song. Just that brief acknowledgement about how hard they've worked and where they've come from made me feel really proud and inspired.
The whole night managed to make me love Years & Years even more, however I do have slight regret about going to this tour because now I won't let myself miss any of their shows in London! It was one of the best nights that I've had in ages, and I believe that the Years & Years should get all the success that they deserve!
After going to The Vamps's previous two tours, I was eager to go to the Wake Up World Tour. I was lucky enough to get tickets to the Saturday night show, and had tickets for the Wow Pit.
The Wow Pit was much less cramped than I thought it would be, meaning it had a much more relaxed atmosphere than if you were bunched up at the barrier.
As the boys came on the excitement in the arena was a really lovely feeling, and what I noticed the most about watching them perform, was how you can clearly see how much they appreciate what they've got. During songs and when they spoke to the crowd, the smiles on their face as they looked out to everyone was really sweet. You could see that they don't take what they have for granted, and how much love they have for their fans.
They performed both new and old songs, and they really got the crowd involved. What I like about going to their shows is that they shine a light on each member of the band, rather than just focusing on the lead singer. The part that stood out the most to me was Tristan's drum solo. It was just Tristan, his drums and the stage that began to rise up above everyone, with all eyes on him and his talent.
Overall it was a really fun night, and I highly advise getting tickets to one of their shows.