Ed Sheeran Creates the Perfect Duet

Ed Sheeran is a musical genius. I don’t know how else to phrase it. “Perfect” is one of the remarkable singles off Ed Sheeran’s latest album “Divide.” If you love that song as much as I do, you’re probably wondering how it could possibly get any better.

Let me tell you. “Perfect” as a duet with Beyoncé… (YES, Beyoncé) is exactly how it could get better.

Ed Sheeran left social media behind for about a year to focus on himself, only to return with more remarkable music compiled in “Divide.” “Perfect” is the epitome of what every girl hopes to hear from their significant other, or at least something close to it. There is such sincere, deep emotion in each line; this is a common theme within Ed Sheeran’s music. He is truly devoted to his music and the results always prove to be phenomenal.

The duet is sculpted to perfectly illustrate the underlying emotions from each singer. Their voices complement each other incredibly well. The harmonies are breath-taking. I didn’t realize I needed to hear Beyoncé and Ed Sheeran singing together until this release.

Little did we know, he’s been waiting to release the duet for nearly two months. What else could Ed be holding out on for us? He dished all the details about working with Beyoncé in an interview with Keltie Knight.

His hard work continues to pay off and working with Beyoncé is just another treat for all of us Ed Sheeran lovers.  According to the Official Charts, if the duet remains at Number 1, this will be Ed’s fourth song at the top of the charts.

What will Ed surprise us with next? Whatever it may be, I’m sure we won’t be disappointed.

I hope you enjoy this perfect duet as much as I do.

All puns were intended throughout the making of this blog post.

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Why “Four” by One Direction Deserved a Grammy

Well, well, well. It has come to my attention that a lot of people don’t know about the evolution of One Direction. Their most popular hit, “What Makes You Beautiful,” was a straight bop and an all around good mood song. Because of that, a lot of people decided to write them off as just another teen sensation that would end soon. Oh, how wrong they were. Now, I won’t write about the history of One Direction or their fandom or the records they broke or why they weren’t just another teen sensation. But, I will talk about why their fourth album, “Four,” deserved at least one Grammy, if not three.

Let’s start with the quality of the album. HIT AFTER HIT! “Where Do Broken Hearts Go,” “Ready to Run,” “Girl Almighty,” “Stockholm Syndrome,” “Fool’s Gold” –  I mean come on. And these were just a few of the hits from that album. The groups vocal performance was top notch too. Zayn was phenomenal as always, while Harry, Louis, Niall and Liam really came into their own on “Four.” Their vocal ranges were expanding and were really shown in this album (and were also really shown in their last album after Zayn’s departure).

Now, I don’t know the qualifications for a Grammy Nomination, but I do know that this album was the first of their albums to actually have a shot. I personally believe that One Direction was never nominated because they were still seen as the “bubblegum pop” teen sensation that they were back in 2012. But in two years time (2014), when “Four” was released, one could see and hear the growth the group went through. They wrote the majority of the songs on that album and they were impressive. It wasn’t what I was expecting, honestly.

Vocally and content wise, “Four” was the album that made a statement: One Direction demanded to be taken seriously. Even though many people still didn’t, their fans felt it. As they were growing up, so were we. Here’s to 1D! If the hiatus ever ends, may the industry take you guys as serious as a heart attack (oww!).

Discovering New EDM Sub-Genres and Artists

Exploring new Electronic Dance Music is something that I like to do during my free time. I become thrilled when I discover any new, refreshing sound that catches my attention.

Because I enjoy finding new sounds within the EDM genre, I have a whole bunch of music streaming apps such as SoundCloud, Spotify, Shazam, MixCloud and Apple Music. Usually, my whole day revolves around these apps – literally. From when I wake up all the way to when I go to sleep, I play a constant flow of refreshing tunes for my ear drums to enjoy and to add a hint of spice to my day.

When I was first introduced to this genre, which happened to be in the year 2013, I stuck to two sub-genres: trance and electro-house. I was very loyal to these two sub-genres, which feature artists such as Armin van Buuren, Hardwell, Above & Beyond and W&W. I refused to listen to anything else other than sounds that were of the these categories.

This all changed right around the time when I started going to EDM festivals, because I would literally stay at these events from start to finish (the main artists that I wanted to see weren’t going to play until the very end of the shows). Although I always wound up exhausted from being on my feet, jumping and dancing for 8-12 hours, I found it to be worth it.

Experiencing the different sounds brought by all the diverse artists that fall under the EDM umbrella completely changes your perspective on their work. All of a sudden, I was exposed to new names, such as Will Sparks (melbourne bounce), Yellow Claw (trap), Eric Prydz (techno house), Oliver Heldens (deep house), Illenium (bass house) and Don Diablo (future house).

I started becoming more open and embraced their unique work. I suddenly had the desire to become more familiar with these new genres, and with artists similar to the ones that played the festivals. A more recent example of this sense of discovery happened at Escape: Psycho Circus 2017, where I became exposed to Rezz. I did not know who she was or what genre she fell under, but she blew me away with her performance. Her sound is so unique that it literally falls into it’s own sub-category.

Overall, when going to the events your choice, go at the beginning and support the openers and their work. They got booked for a reason. And who knows, maybe you too will find excitement in discovering something new.

The Drums at North Park

After listening to The Drums for a few years now, and upon hearing their newest album, “Abysmal Thoughts,” my friends and I were excited to finally get a chance to see Jonny Pierce perform live. On Wednesday, Nov. 1, we watched The Drums play a show at North Park Observatory for 20 dollars general admission. The mosh pit was fun, the music was great, as expected, and Jonny shared some wisdom with the crowd that I felt was really important.

The entire concert was very high energy and everyone around was happy and extremely excited for Jonny’s performance with The Drums. The mosh pit slowly got more and more wild as the show went on. The band played some of their more popular hits, such as“Let’s Go Surfing,” “Money,” “What You Were,” “Days” and from their latest album, “Blood Under My Belt.”

During the set, Jonny stopped to talk about his struggles with depression, anxiety and self-identity, saying that for the longest time he lived to please others, but never stopped to think about what he was doing for himself. He continued, saying that the difference between this newest record, “Abysmal Thoughts,” and his other earlier projects was that this time around he learned to love himself and make himself happy, as opposed to putting everyone else first. Jonny summed his speech up by saying that it is important to respect yourself and weed out the people that do not love you for who you are.

Overall, the concert was amazing and after I was able to snag a meet and greet wristband to meet Jonny. He was very nice and he expressed his appreciation towards me and his other fans and he signed the vinyl I purchased at the merch table. I appreciated the fact that Jonny not only played an awesome show, but also made an effort to spread a positive message. I would most definitely recommend seeing The Drums when they come to your area.