Song Review: Tweety by Raveena

Up-and-coming artist Raveena released “Tweety” back in February, a lighthearted and floaty love song that draws inspiration from the early 2000’s R&B era. With a recent wave of talented female acts in the R&B scene, Raveena is able to navigate her lane and has carved out her own distinctive sound.

The track is reminiscent of the days of Destiny’s Child, Usher, JoJo, and Alicia Keys. This niche sound is embodied in the song’s beat and guitar strums, paired with Raveena’s dreamy and bubbly cadence. An innocent and fun song about the early stages of falling in love, Raveena channels her inner child to provide a familiar yet refreshing sound. She gushes as if she’s nervous around her school crush, “Blushing like I’m Tweety Bird / If you want me, you can say the word / You feel like my favorite song / I’m too shy to sing along.”

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The chorus proclaims, “If you wanna ride, we can ride, we can ride all night / Hold it down, hold it down if you really need time / I won’t lie, I won’t lie / I want you for me.” In an interview with Paper Magazine, Raveena expresses that the dreaminess of the song builds upon her past sound. “I think a lot of people come to my music for that kind of escapism and dream-like feeling,” she shares. Compared to her previous tracks, “Tweety” taps into a lighter and more upbeat side of the rising artist.

As her first release of 2021, Raveena truly outdoes herself with this record. Coming off her 2020 Moonstone EP, we can only expect her to grow with each project. Forming her sound from the cross sectors of R&B, soul, and pop, Raveena is continuing to experiment with different genres to create a sound that will draw in both existing fans and new listeners. I’m excited to see what else she brings to the table this year.

You can check out the official music video for “Tweety” here.

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Written By: Nathalie Lum | Entertainment News Correspondent

Disney Sets Opening Date for Avengers Campus in California

With the upcoming reopening of the beloved theme park, Disney announces the arrival of their new Marvel-themed land coming to California Adventure on June 4.

After being closed for over a year, Disneyland is welcoming guests with new safety measures, new capacity rules, and most notably–a new land. Originally planned to open in the summer of 2020, plans for the Avengers Campus were delayed due to the coronavirus. Now that the parks are reopening, Disney announced the long-awaited extension just in time for the summer.

Until further notice, California residents are currently the only ones who are permitted to enter the park and will be the first people to experience Disney’s latest attraction.

The area will feature two main rides–Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout and Web Slingers: A Spider-Man Adventure. The former is an exhilarating drop tower dark ride (converted from the Tower of Terror ride in 2017), with the latter being a newly built Spider-Man interactive screen ride. 

Park goers can also look forward to immersive activities and entertainment from their favorite Marvel movies. We can expect to see the Sanctum, a walk through site that will incorporate ancient ruins, orbs, and mystic elements from Doctor Strange.

The Campus’ most notable building will be the Avengers Headquarters, donning the classic logo and a Stark Industries’ jet on the rooftop. Both of these attractions will likely feature entertainment and performances by park cast members.

Additionally, the featured restaurant, Pym Test Kitchen, will be based on the popular Ant Man series where guests can dine on futuristic snacks and food.

For more information on the Avengers Campus, you can visit Disneyland’s website here.

Written by: Nathalie Lum, Entertainment News Correspondent

Disney+ Crashes During WandaVision Season Finale

As fans tried to tune into the finale of Disney’s WandaVision, technical difficulties prevented some users from watching the premiere at midnight.

On Thursday night, Disney+ subscribers were eager to watch the final episode of WandaVision. The 9-episode Marvel spinoff following Wanda Maximoff (aka the Scarlet Witch) and Vision has been an absolute hit, with the show trending weekly on social media during each Friday episode release. Many viewers rush to stream the show as soon as the clock hits midnight.

However, some of them weren’t able to watch the finale right when it dropped. Instead of seeing the opening title, fans were met with error messages displayed on their screens. Some people expressed their frustration on Twitter, as some users waited hours to view the highly anticipated finale.

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It seemed that most of the crashes affected those on the U.S. West Coast, according to reports from IGN. Downdetector, a site that tracks technical issues at streaming services and websites, noted a spike in reports from around the time the episode was made available.

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While fans have raised concerns about Disney+ instability within past weeks, many would have hoped to watch the finale hassle-free. That aside, WandaVision has already become a fan favorite within the Marvel cinematic universe. You can watch the official trailer here.

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Written by: Nathalie Lum, Entertainment News Correspondent


ViacomCBS Announces New Streaming Service Paramount Plus

As the rebranded version of CBS All Access, Paramount Plus will launch March 4 and is set to feature a massive catalog of movies, television, news, and sports.

At their latest event, ViacomCBS unveiled an expansive slate of both old and new content coming to their reinvented streaming platform. This will include everything from its subsidiary networks and studios, including Paramount, MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, BET, CBS, and the Smithsonian Channel.

Viewers will have access to a vast portion of ViacomCBS properties, consisting of 30,000 episodes, 2,500 movie titles and over 1,000 live sporting events, plus 24/7 news coverage. There will be two pricing tiers: a $9.99 per month premium plan available on March 4 and then a $4.99 per month ad-supported option that launches in June. Over the next four years, ViacomCBS is reportedly spending $5 billion on streaming in hopes of drawing in 65 to 75 million subscribers worldwide.

A Cornucopia of Content: What to Expect

In addition to their existing library of fan-favorites–from Spongebob Squarepants to Hunger Games–Paramount Plus will carry a number of feature films, reboots, and original series based on popular franchises. President and CEO of ViacomCBS, Bob Bakish, stated that Paramount Plus will primarily focus its efforts on children’s programming, scripted dramas, and reality TV. This will carry debuts of over 50 original series over the next two years. Notable mentions include revivals of Criminal Minds and MTV’s The Real World, new shows based on the Avatar: The Last Airbender universe, and movie projects from Workaholics and Beavis and Butt-head. Select Paramount films are also set to premiere exclusively on the platform shortly after their theatrical releases, including A Quiet Place II, Mission Impossible 7, and a Paw Patrol movie.

In addition to the plethora of movies and TV series offered, Paramount Plus will stream live sports with exclusive rights to NCAA, NFL, PGA Tour, and UEFA Champions League games.

You can read more about what’s coming to Paramount Plus on their Twitter thread as well as the ViacomCBS website. With the streaming wars heating up, how do you think Paramount Plus will stack up against the likes of Disney, Netflix, HBO, NBCUniversal, and other major players?

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Written by: Nathalie Lum, Entertainment News Correspondent