For the latest Pick of the Month I decided to merge both February and March together. I did this because while February saw the release of some really good singles, there were no albums released that really interested me that much. However I knew that some really good albums were set to be released in March, so I thought that it would be a good idea to do a big post instead!
February SONG: Ciao Adios - Anne-Marie
I played this song non-stop throughout February for a number of reasons, the first being because of how catchy it is! I say that about a lot of songs, but I honestly believe that if a song isn't catchy or has anything to make it memorable to the listener, it won't be great. The second reason for loving this song was the fact that it seems quite unique in the charts at the minute. Anne-Marie's voice on it's own is beautifully unique, and combined with the style of the song and the lyrics, it really stands out. You always get songs about breakups or songs directed at ex-boyfriends/girlfriends, but the sass that Anne-Marie has in this song really makes her stand out for all of the right reasons. The lyrics are as though she is telling the listener a story, rather than just a bunch of random lyrics put together, and I think that is something that really makes this song so memorable.
March SONG: Stay - Zedd & Alessia Cara
When I first heard this song I didn't like nor did I dislike it, it was just a bit 'nothing' to me. But I believe that this is one of those songs where the more you listen to it, the more it grows on you, and that is definitely what happened with me! For some reason this song just makes me feel good, which is why I've spent most of March listening to it! This collaboration has worked really, and both artists have managed to create a really really great song!
Read the previous posts about Ed and Zara here:
It's 2017! I've been doing Pick of the Month for almost a year now, and I am so excited to read what my top music pics have been over the past year! As I start 2017 I am really looking forward to what this year has ahead in terms of music, and with so many great new releases already, I know that I won't be disappointed.
SONG: Text from Your Ex (feat. Tinashe) - Tinie Tempah
I am going to start this by being completely honest...I am a big Tinie Tempah fan, so arguably my views could be quite biased....However, whether I was a fan or not, I know that I would still love this song. Last week Tinie dropped two new songs, Text from Your Ex and Chasing Flies. Chasing Flies sounds a bit different to the music that Tinie usually releases, but he still managed to make it work! The only reason I prefer Text from Your Ex is because it's a lot catchier - a song that you can't help sing along to in the car! Both Tinie and Tinashe's voices also work really well together, making their vocals complement each other perfectly. I really hope that this is the first of many collaborations for Tinie and Tinashe!
ALBUM: The Fame Monster - Lady Gaga
This month I haven't really been listening to any new albums, instead I've been giving myself a blast from the past and listening to older albums, including my favourite album all time: The Fame Monster. This album has a special place in my heart as it makes me think of the times when this album would be all I listened to, subsequently making me realise how much of an inspiration Gaga is to me. The variety of songs on this album is incredible, from some of the most well known pop songs in the world (Poker Face, Just Dance and Bad Romance) to some of the slower and incredibly powerful songs, such as Speechless and Brown Eyes. This album to me is a piece of art, as every song tells a different story and has a different sound, demonstrating how much of a talented genius Gaga really is.
Not only this, I have also been listening to this album much more because on Sunday (February 5th), Gaga is taking to the biggest stage in the world, the Super Bowl. This is the stage where Gaga really belongs after years of success and hard work, and I am beyond excited to see her performing some of her old hits once again!
Listen to the Pick of the Month Spotify playlist here:
It’s the last Pick of the Month for 2016! I found this month’s picks to be quite hard because I’ve been listening to a mixture of different things, and picking a favourite was tough. However I’ve made up my mind and selected my best song and album for December!
SONG: Human – Rag’n’Bone Man
I’m going to be honest, when I first heard this song I really wasn’t keen. I loved the lyrics and the setup of the song, but I just felt like something was missing from it. However, after Emily Middlemas covered this song on The X Factor, I started to notice the song on the radio more often rather than just ignoring it, and it began to grow on me. Now I can say that this is actually one of my favourite songs at the moment! I love the fact that Rag’n’Bone Man’s voice starts quite soft and becomes increasingly more powerful, and then ends the song with a softer tone again. For me this song stands out in the charts not only because of his beautiful unique voice, but there seems to be a lot of passion within this song, something that I find lacks in a lot of other songs in the charts.
It was also announced recently that Rag’n’Bone Man is the 2017 Brits Critics Choice winner, showing that he has a very successful career ahead of him! Very well deserved!
ALBUM: Starboy – The Weeknd
I feel like The Weeknd features in the majority of my Pick of the Months, but I cant help but feature him when the main album I’ve been listening to throughout December is Starboy! Last month’s favourite song on my Pick of the Month post was Ordinary Life from the album, but I feel like each song is so incredible that the whole album needs a mention. From Party Monster to True Colours, each song is in a league of its own, and definitely The Weeknd’s best album yet!
I will post all the songs mentioned on this post onto my Spotify playlist:
SONG: Ordinary Life – The Weeknd
The Weeknd released his latest album Starboy this week, and once again he didn’t disappoint. I really love The Weeknd’s unique style, however one song that really stuck out to me on this album is Ordinary Life. While it does arguably sound like The Weeknd’s usual style, to me there is something just a bit different about it. While the song sounds quite upbeat, the sound definitely has a darker elements to it. In my opinion this song is a strong contender to be his next single from the album.
ALBUM: Glory Days - Little Mix
When Little Mix's third album, Get Weird, came out I did a post discussing my disappointment with the album, and how I had much higher expectation for their fourth album. So recently when Little Mix released their fourth album, Glory Days, I listened eagerly to see if their sound had matured, and this time I wasn't disappointed! The lead single Shoutout To My Ex set the tone for this album to have a much maturer sound, with more 'grown up' lyrics. After listening to the entire album for the first time, I was already hooked and started to listen to it non-stop on repeat. There is such a variety of songs on this album, from powerful anthems such as Power, to slower and more heartfelt songs, such as Nothing Else Matters. This album really has a song for anyone, and it's a huge improvement from the childish album that was Get Weird!
After what feels like 5 billion years since I last posted, I have finally sorted out my laptop so I can post again, woohoo! The fact that July feels like forever ago, I thought that doing a 'Pick of the Month' for July seemed a bit pointless. So...I have decided to make this post all about my top song and album over the past 3+ months.
I would therefore urge anyone reading this to give Joanne a listen, whether you are a fan or not.
*the next post up will be a full review of Joanne*
I thought that I would also make a list of all the songs that I think deserve a special mention as being some of the best songs to have been released in the past three months (which I will also upload to my Spotify playlist):
SONG: Kiss it Better - Rihanna
When Rihanna's latest album, ANTI, first came out the only song that I really liked was Kiss it Better. However after going to the ANTI World Tour, seeing the songs performed live made me listen to the album again and I'm glad I did! While I like all the songs on the album, Kiss it Better has been on repeat non-stop. The live version is incredible, making me love the studio version even more. It doesn't really sound like Rihanna's typical sound, as it is much slower and darker, and not something that you can dance to like her other songs. However, this song highlights her beautiful vocals, so I would suggest anyone reading this to give it a listen.
ALBUM: Lukas Graham - Lukas Graham
This self-titled album is one of my favourite albums at the minute. After seeing Lukas Graham performing at Capital FM's Summertime Ball, I developed a whole new love for them. Not only did they perform their much loved song 7 Years, they also performed their new single Mama Said and I fell in love with it straight away, making me go home and download their album, and it didn't disappoint. Filled with harmless feel-good songs showing off his incredible vocals, I would highly recommend listening to this album!
Exams are now over, which means I can get back to posting again! Apologies for how long this has taken, but posts will be uploaded a lot more regularly now.
SONG: Lush Life - Zara Larsson
All through my exams I couldn't get enough of this song. It has such a big summer vibe and something about it just makes me feel happy. It's nice to find a song that can make you feel relaxed and put a smile on your face when you're facing stress in your life, and I definitely found it with this song. What makes it even better is that Zara released a remix of the song on iTunes featuring Tinie Tempah! Usually when an artist re-releases a song with a new feature it takes me a while to adapt to it, but Zara and Tinie work so well together (as shown through their other collab on Tinie's song, Girls Like), so both the original and the remix were amazing! I would definitely recommend putting this song on your holiday playlist!
ALBUM: Dangerous Woman - Ariana Grande
As you may be able to tell from my previous posts, I was counting down the days until this album came out! With the release of the songs Dangerous Woman, Be Alright, Let Me Love You and Into You prior to the album's release date, I was buzzing to hear the whole album! A week before the album was released, Ariana was releasing a song a day on Apple Music, however I decided not to listen, and wait until the 20th when I could listen to the album all at once - and I certainly wasn't disappointed. This album is quite different to Ariana's usual sound, as both her voice and lyrics have really matured. The album isn't just full of songs from one genre though, with more RnB songs, such as Let Me Love You, to pop songs, like Bad Decisions. The album also has a number of different features, all bringing their own talents to the album. I really love the soulful Leave Me Lonely featuring Macy Gray (a childhood hero of mine), because Ariana and Macy's voices complement each other so well with such powerful lyrics. This slower song is contrasted with Side to Side featuring Nicki Minaj and Everyday featuring Future. Both of these songs are so full of energy and are bound to get people singing along loudly! Overall I would highly advise people to listen to this album. Whether you're a fan or not, you're bound to be impressed by Ariana's vocal abilities on this album.
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!
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!
Each month I will post about what my favourite song, album and video of the month has been. Although this didn't start in January (annoyingly), this will be an interesting set of posts to look back on at the end of the year!
SONG: 7 Years - Lukas Graham
This has been one of my favourite songs of the year so far. I think that the lyrics are beautiful and incredibly meaningful. I also really like the fact that the song is still fairly upbeat, as it makes it much easier to sing along to!
ALBUM: The BRITs 2016
I don't usually buy compilation albums like this (maybe the occasional NOW! Thats What I Call Music!), but this album has the perfect mix of songs. With three discs, the songs cover all genres of music. From The Weeknd to Mumford & Sons, this album has it all. This album has also encouraged me to listen to genres of music I wouldn't typically listen to, while having some of my favourite songs at the minute on there as well!
MUSIC VIDEO: PILLOWTALK - Zayn
I'm not a big fan of One Direction, however when I heard that Zayn was releasing his debut solo single I thought that I should give it a chance. The first time I heard the song was when I watched the video, and it was better than I thought it would be. I was expecting a cringey video, but instead it was quite artistic and minimal. I sometimes find that less is more, and thats definitely the case for PILLOWTALK. I highly advise anyone who is quite apprehensive about Zayn to watch this, as you may find yourself pleasantly surprised like I was.
I think February has been a good month for music, and with even more songs and albums being released, bring on March!