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.”

Photo Credit: In2une Music

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.

Cover Photo: In2une Music

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

Sony Pictures Address Spider-Man 3 Casting Rumors with a Brief, Yet Cryptic Statement

As various reports indicate that Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire will join Tom Holland for the third Spider-Man film, Sony finally comments on the rumors surrounding this highly anticipated release.

The Hollywood Reporter has recently stated that both Jamie Foxx and Benedict Cumberbatch were reprising their respective roles as Electro and Doctor Strange for the upcoming Marvel movie. News of this sent fans into a frenzy, pointing towards the possibility of tie-ins with previous Spider-Man installments.

Shortly after, other sources claimed that Garfield and Maguire were in talks with Sony and Marvel to also make reappearances. This would unite three live-action renditions of the character, connecting parallel universes similar to Sony’s 2018 animated film Into the Spider-Verse. Maguire, who first starred as Spidey in the mid-2000 Sam Raimi films, would join forces with Garfield, who took over the reboot in 2014’s The Amazing Spider-Man. Pairing these two with the current web-slinging hero Holland is surely something to attract nostalgic viewers and new fans alike.

A potential storyline revolving around a multiverse of Peter Parkers would definitely serve as an interesting plot, but fans might not want to get their hopes up too soon. A representative from Sony released a statement to Entertainment Tonight Canada saying, “These rumoured castings are not confirmed.”

As straightforward as that might sound, the statement doesn’t entirely deny the casting buzz. It could mean that the roles are still being figured out, which would technically make the statement true–the rumored castings are not confirmed…yet. Many have speculated that both studios are simply trying to keep information confidential until closer to the film’s release, slated for December 2021. Considering that news of Jamie Foxx’s return was reportedly leaked, it would make sense for Sony and Marvel to restrict what they say in order to avoid any more spoilers. While these rumors are yet to be 100% verified, it would be exciting for all of these worlds to collide in one cinematic universe.

Written by: Nathalie Lum, @nathalielumm on Instagram

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5 R&B Artists That You Need to Be Listening to Before the Year Ends

The past year has seen some great releases in the R&B world. Since spending the past 7 months in quarantine, I’ve gotten the chance to listen to and soak in the newer, promising acts within the industry. Let’s dive into some artists that you need to add to your playlist before the end of 2020.

Mariah the Scientist

Since releasing her label debut album Master with RCA Records in late 2019, the Atlanta singer-songwriter is a budding artist to keep an eye out for. Mariah the Scientist, who derives her name from once being a biology major, dropped out of college in 2018 to pursue music full-time. Despite being a newcomer, Mariah is one of the more interesting artists that I’ve listened to. She has had some interesting collaborations, including songs with Lil Baby and Trippie Redd, but her voice somehow makes it mesh. I’m excited to see how her career grows in the coming years.

Song recommendation: Beetlejuice

Lucky Daye

With his first studio album Painted earning him four nominations at the 2020 Grammy Awards, Lucky Daye has quickly made a name for himself in the industry. Since then, he has collaborated with platinum-selling artist Kehlani and has been featured on the fourth season soundtrack of HBO’s hit show Insecure. His smooth-as-butter voice is either coupled with bouncy production or slow ballads, showcasing how versatile his sound can be. In a DJBooth interview, he cites his musical influences from greats such as Prince, Lauryn Hill, Stevie Wonder, and Rick James. Lucky has shown that he knows how to navigate his sound, giving him great potential to develop as an artist.

Song recommendation: Late Night

Victoria Monét

Monét stepped into her debut project Jaguar already with a decorated list of songwriting credits for the likes of Nas, Ariana Grande, and Kendrick Lamar to name a few. Her light voice over groovy bass lines put her in a category of her own. You can hear the influences of disco and funk in her Khalid collaboration “Experience,” in which she sings “I’m all out of love, you gave it away / I’m hoping that experience can get you to change.” Her lyrics are playful yet demanding, which is what makes her music so fun to listen to. Victoria Monét’s confident and sensual songwriting will leave you wanting more.

Song recommendation: Big Boss (Interlude)

Kiana Ledé 

Hailing from Arizona, Kiana Ledé is not from your typical R&B-influenced region. Nevertheless, the 23-year old singer thrives in creating raw, emotional music that has successfully found its way onto the charts. What I admire about her is that she isn’t afraid to wear her heart on her sleeve, and it’s reflected beautifully through her songs. In an interview with Elle, she speaks on her ability to share these emotions through her music, saying, “I’m able to be open about them because I’m talking from a healed place, a very removed place; I’ve already processed all those emotions.” Ledé takes ownership of her feelings and is very self-aware, which is what compelled me to dive further into the rest of her discography. Her album KIKI is a project that I highly recommend listening to from start to finish.

Song recommendation: Forfeit

Leven Kali

Leven Kali is definitely the most underrated artist on this list (in my opinion), but that doesn’t stop him from creating absolute bangers. I was first introduced to him through his song “Do U Wrong” featuring Syd, the lead singer of The Internet. He has released music reminiscent of the early 2000’s R&B sound–which can be heard in tracks like “MADE 4 U,” also featuring Syd. If Leven stays this consistent with releasing quality music, he’s bound to gain the recognition he deserves.

Song recommendation: Joy



Written By: Nathalie Lum

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