Goodbyes are always the hardest, especially when it comes from our favorite artists.
On Monday, Nov. 15, The Kid Laroi dropped his music video for his song “Still Chose You” with fans. After the premiere, the artist announced he’s closing the chapter of the F… Love era.
He shared in an Instagram post “To my beloved fans, I hope you all enjoy the ‘Still Chose You’ video! I know that record is a fan favorite, so I felt that it was only right for that to be the video that finally closes the ‘F… Love’ era.” He continued “It’s been a wild year, to say the least. Seeing the impact of the project and hearing about how it’s helped and changed so many peoples lives is f…. Beautiful – but also incredibly surreal. It’s the reason why I do this s—. My life has also changed so much this past year because of it and I owe it all to every single one of you. There is no way I will ever be able to repay you.”
He concluded the statement with, “Last week I went on a small vacation for the first time in a while. During that time I started thinking, and I made the decision that I need to take some time away from everything and focus on the next project, my debut album. I’m going to miss you all beyond words can describe, but I do believe that this is what I need to do to give you all the best music possible. I’ll be back soon, I promise. I love you, Laroi.”
The Kid Laroi did remove all previous content on his social media but kept the note to fans. Many have sounded off in the comments with support of his decision and encouraging him to get the well-deserved rest after a packed year.
For now, we can continue to stream all his current music to hold us over. I can’t wait for new music and to see what The Kid Laroi comes up with next.
Britney Spears is free of her conservatorship, which controlled her life, career, and finances for almost 14 years.
A judge in Los Angeles terminated the court-ordered arrangement on Friday, Nov. 12, 2021, at the request of Britney and her legal team.
The ruling comes after Spears delivered a powerful statement about the conservatorship in court last June. She called it “abusive” and shared she felt “bullied” and “alone.”
The hearing on Friday marked the first one since Britney’s father, Jaime Spears, was suspended from serving as co-conservator. Her father has denied allegations of mishandling the conservatorship repeatedly.
The pop star celebrates the ruling on Instagram by sharing a video of her fans celebrating outside the courthouse waving pink “Free Britney” flags and confetti poppers with the caption “Good God I love my fans so much it’s crazy !!! I think I’m gonna cry the rest of the day !!!! Best day ever … praise the Lord … can I get an Amen ???? #FreedBritney”
Attorney for Britney, Matthew Rosengart, also celebrated by sharing “Britney, as of today, is a free woman, and she’s an independent woman,” Rosengart told the cheering crowd after the decision. He continued with “And the rest, with her support system, will be up to Britney.”
We are so happy for Britney and her freedom. Long overdue!
Elijah Rosario is a singer-songwriter from Durham, North Carolina who, in his 10-year long career has taken influences from many different artists and genres, and being the great storyteller that he is, he paints a great picture of where he’s been and where he intends to go through his music. Two EP’s in, you can really hear the growth in his voice, his sound, his identity, and he really knows how to put on a show.
On his album “Genuine Truths,” which releases on all music platforms on Sept. 29, we hear a mix of R&B, pop, Afro-pop, and hip-hop, being graced with features from hip-hop and R&B artist Voyce, Afro-pop artist Livie, and hip-hop artist Kfreshh. His interchangeability from genre to genre, mixed with a knack for writing some incredibly catchy hooks makes this an album I 100% recommend to anyone reading.
This 10-track album is a quick listen, with each song running around two and a half to three and a half minutes long, but each song is jam-packed with beautiful melodies met with great storytelling.
Rosario’s voice is one of his greatest assets, luring you in with his melodies, and leaving you wanting more and more when each track finishes. His hooks remind me of Don Tolliver, PartyNextDoor, and even DVSN when we begin to hear the more sensual tracks. His music can be easily implemented into any R&B playlist you have, and I have a feeling listener’s ears will perk up every time his music comes on from now on.
The songs that I loved the most on the album so far are “Need Me,” “Movie Star” which features Voyce, and “Best of Me” featuring Livie.
“Need Me” was the first song on the album that really grabbed me, featuring the great writing ability that Rosario portrays so well throughout his music. And again, his hooks boost the replayability of his songs tenfold; creating earworms that will have you singing his songs for days.
“Movie Star” featuring Voyce is a quick 2:33 track that highlights some great production, another great hook, and promotes a great time of hanging out with your friends and living large and unapologetic. This album is full of good vibes and songs to play either while driving around, as party anthems, or even a great addition to some of your more R-rated playlists.
Lastly, “Best of Me” featuring Livie features the most prevalent Afro-pop influences and is arguably one of the best tracks on the album. The sensuality of the lyrics mixed with the groovy production and the beautiful vocals from Livie makes for an incredible track. The two artists flow so well together and I’ve mentioned this multiple times already, but Rosario’s hook comes through as the outright highlight of the song, and one of the best on the entire album.
I highly recommend listening to “Genuine Truths” when it releases on Wednesday, Sept. 29, and listening to all of Elijah Rosario’s music whenever you get the chance. His biggest singles to date are “Need Me” and “Survive” and I can tell that several songs on the album will find their way onto many listener’s favorite playlists.
With the release of two new very open and authentic singles, “Raw Thoughts” and “These Drugs,” Baby Queen is making a name for herself.
Are you ready to discover your next favorite artist? Well look no further, because it is going to be Baby Queen. Baby Queen is a stage name for Bella Latham, 23 year old South African-born, London based multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter. She grew up in South Africa, started making music at the age of 10, but did not become serious about it till she was 16. At the age of 18, she decided to pack up her things and move to London to make a name for herself, and that is when she adopted the moniker Baby Queen. She immersed herself into the life of influencers and parties in London, and that is what inspires all of Baby Queen’s music, along with issues like internet addiction and mental health. She released her debut EP, Medicine, in November of 2020, that was filled with upbeat melodies and dazzling pop-hooks, with lyrics about her struggles with depression, body dysmorphia, and so much more. She describes her music as, “intelligent pop”, which I think fits perfectly for her sound.
Even though it has only been a few months since the release of her debut EP, Baby Queen is back with two new very honest singles.
Baby Queen started off the year strong, with her first release on January 13th, “Raw Thoughts”. Bella said that this is the only song that she wanted to start 2021 with, and I am so happy that she did. “Raw Thoughts” was inspired by the most horrendous, soul-destroying breakup that Bella went through in 2017. She felt like her world had ended, and was even more crushed when he started dating a beautiful model shortly after. Bella and her friends decided to have a night out in London, which turned out to be the wildest night of their lives. She woke up the next morning, feeling a mix of freedom and despair, and the pain of holding onto something that made her feel safe for so long, and wrote this song. The writing of “Raw Thoughts” made the weight on her shoulders disappear and she felt like she could breathe again. The lyrics are open and honest, while the sound is the polar opposite of that. The song goes through ups and downs sonically, with her intelligent pop influences still being heard throughout. The chorus is my favorite part of the song because of the progression mixed with the lyrics. The beat kicks in right at the angriest part of the song, bringing the emotions to new heights.
The music video for “Raw Thoughts” is almost that of a coming of age movie that you watched as a kid, wishing one day that would be you. It has clips of Baby Queen and her friends having fun, both on a low quality camera so it feels like you are the one filming, mixed in with moments on a higher quality camera that feel more music video-esque. The whole video just feels like you are one of Bella’s friends along for the day having the time of your life. It really reminds me of my own friends and the stupid adventures we used to go on in the middle of the night because we were bored.
If I had to give a rating for the song and video, it would be a 10/10. I love songs that make you want to get up and dance, but lyrically are a lot darker. “Raw Thoughts” is the perfect name for this song, because that is exactly what the lyrics, raw thoughts. If you don’t get up and dance during the chorus of this song, then you need to re-evaluate your music taste and maybe get your ears checked.
I got to be on a Zoom call with Bella over a month ago, and we all got to hear “These Drugs” a few days before it was released. From the second I heard this song, I was blown away, and I absolutely fell in love with her music. She later on performed the song acoustically, which of course was even more beautiful. “These Drugs” takes a heavy topic like depression and drug abuse marrying it to a catchy song that will get stuck in your head. The verses are very calming and slower than the rest of the song, with the guitar and synths mixed in the back. The simplicity and slowness of the song allows the lyrics to be the center focus. While the chorus is very simple, it is so powerful, especially with the lyric, “Every time I take these drugs to pick me up. All I ever do is cry.” The bridge is my favorite part of the song, as she lets down her guard and completely opens up with her emotions.
This song was written when she was in a really bad place and believed she wasn’t a good person or she didn’t deserve good things. Bella said, “I think for so long, there were so many parts of myself that I was refusing to acknowledge or pay attention to, and when you ignore your own pain or refuse to face up to your mistakes, you can get yourself into a self-destructive cycle, which is ultimately what ended up happening. I think escapism is necessary, and we all find our escape in different places, but some are just healthier than others.” She felt uncomfortable with being so open and honest with her lyrics in this song, and knew she was taking a risk with releasing it, but she wanted to share this story with everyone. With this song, she wants people to know that if you can accept all parts of yourself, even the darkest ones, then you can learn to like or love yourself and you won’t feel that need to run away anymore.
In addition to the single, she released an accompanying music video, which the idea came from the first line of the song : “I don’t wanna do drugs anymore. If you saw me through the eyes of a bathroom stall, your skin would crawl.” This is one of her favorite lyrics that she has ever written and was inspired by her obsession of only ever seeing somebody through the eyes of different bathroom stalls. She felt like she had the most euphoric moments of her life in those bathroom stalls, and wanted to recreate that. The video has four different bathroom stalls with four different energies and narratives. I don’t want to spoil too much, but one bathroom set has neon pink lighting, Barbie dolls hanging from the ceiling, and glitter and balloons covering the bathroom. You will have to watch the video to find out the rest of the beautiful sets.
I love this song so much, and even played it on my radio show, Everything But Country, in celebration of International Women’s Month. “These Drugs” is so raw, so honest, and a song I feel like I can relate to, and so can many other 20-somethings. It is about this battle you have with yourself in your head, and trying to escape that feeling by partying and taking drugs. Even though you have those euphoric moments in the bathroom stall, you still wake up the next morning with those same dark thoughts. That escape can only last so long. If I had to rate this song and video, they would both get 10/10.
Written By: McCaeley O’Rourke
Feature Photo Source: In2une Music
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