What’d They Say? 5 Great Songs with Indecipherable Lyrics

"Work It" Music Video (Image Credit: WMG)
“Work It” Music Video (Image Credit: WMG)

This article is inspired by a YouTube comment. (Great opening, I know.) I was spending Friday night drinking grapefruit seltzer and watching YouTube videos, specifically my new summer jam and best use of the word BRRRRRRRRRRRRAAAAAAATTTTT of 2016, Panda. (NSFW)

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‘Mirror in the Sky’ Blog Tour: Tara’s Playlist

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In Aditi Khorsan’s Mirror in the Sky, Tara, who has always felt like something of an outcast at her private school full of students both richer and whiter than her, has her life flipped upside-down when Terra Nova, an “alternate” Earth is discovered. Tara’s social life changes drastically, and the existence of Terra Nova causes shifts in her relationships with friends and family.

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The Best of Early 2000’s Celebrity Break-Up Songs

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Taylor Swift might be the reigning Queen of the break-up song when it all goes sour but she ain’t the only one to pen a song about a nasty break-up. Celebs have been airing their dirty laundry for all to hear via their music for a long time! Sometimes it even ends in a war, just ask Eminem and Mariah… Continue reading “The Best of Early 2000’s Celebrity Break-Up Songs”

5 Times Max Martin Made Me Love a Song By an Artist I Don’t

Max Martin is not really a household name, but if you’re a fan of pop music, you’re probably familiar with him. The Swedish songwriter & producer has crafted a gigantic amount of hit songs for an eclectic variety of artists, from the Backstreet Boys early in his career to The Weeknd more recently.

What’s fascinating is that the guy can write such a great hook, it really doesn’t matter who’s singing it. As a result, I frequently find myself in a situation where I hear a new song by an artist I normally don’t like, but am surprised to find I really enjoy the song. Then, if I look the song up online, about 99% of the time I find out it was written and/or produced by Max Martin. I am not even exaggerating here.

Let’s take a look at 5 times Max Martin managed to win me over with songs by artists I never liked before:

Out of the Woods by Taylor Swift

This was the first Taylor Swift song I heard and thought, “Yeah, I’m really into this!” It’s the song that encouraged me to research 1989, which led me to the realization that Max Martin’s fingerprints were all over it, which led to me actually buying and loving 1989. So, not that Taylor cares, but she’d be down at least one fan had she not had the good sense to jump on the Max Martin train.

Dangerous Woman by Ariana Grande

Mr. Martin has worked with Grande before (the catchiest songs on her last album were all touched by his magic), but Dangerous Woman immediately caught my attention and stuck with me. Since it’s a bit different than Martin’s usual fare, it was a pleasant surprise to learn he co-wrote and produced the tune.

Can’t Stop the Feeling! By Justin Timberlake

I could get into NSYNC and early JT, but his latest albums have been a bit of a snoozefest for me. Maybe Justin was getting a bit bored himself, because this infectious song, co-written by Martin, is an upbeat departure.

Dark Horse by Katy Perry

Martin has actually worked with Katy Perry quite a bit, which is why her songs are so catchy and popular despite her mediocre-at-best voice. But it’s Dark Horse that finally managed to get me to admit I liked a Katy Perry song, and I’m giving Max Martin complete credit for that.

One More Night by Maroon 5

As a general rule, my opinion of Maroon 5 is marred by Adam Levine’s smarmy face and the fact that their songs, which all sound alike to me, get played incessantly on the radio. But then there was One More Night. It’s so darn catchy. And why is that? Because Maroon 5 didn’t write it – Max Martin did!
In some cases Martin’s collaborations have led me to albums and artists I grow to love, and other times I’m just salty about feeling compelled to sing along with a Maroon 5 song, but I am always awed by Max Martin’s talent and the fact that this brilliant Swedish dude has such an impact on American pop music.

What’s the Big Deal About…Marina and the Diamonds?

Marina and The Diamonds is a singer popular for hits like Primadonna and Oh No!, the latter of which was featured on the Nintendo game Just Dance 4. She describes herself and her music style as an “indie artist with pop goals.” Her style of music has attracted many, but her style as a person has attracted a lot of people, too. So here is a little peek into the life Marina leads that makes her fans adore her so much.

She loves leotards. Like, a lot.

Lollapalooza Argentina.

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She’s very outspoken about issues.

#InternationalWomensDay

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#SheInspiresMe. Kesha.

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She has her priorities straight when it comes to dealing with constant travel.

She’s very supportive and open with her fans.

All in all, Marina is a very appropriate celebrity to look up to. She promotes self-expression through her music and fashion. She’s also never afraid to speak her mind, and encourages others to do the same and be true to themselves. So go download her older albums like The Family Jewels and Electra Heart album to see what attracted fans to her! And then, if you enjoyed that, download her new album FROOT to see how she has progressed her significant style.

#FreeKesha: The Outpouring of Support

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(Image Credit: Instagram, iiswhoiis)

Last week after Kesha’s trial, it was ruled that Sony would not terminate her contract with Dr. Luke. We saw videos of the pop star breaking down in tears and our collective heart broke for her. But soon after, there was an outpouring of support not just from fans, but from celebrities, too.

After the ruling, there was a wave of tweets condemning the ruling, sending positive vibes, and supporting Kesha entirely.

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After the kind words, some celebrities took bigger action in hopes of supporting Kesha. Taylor Swift donated $250,000 “to help with any of her financial needs during this trying time.

Musician Zedd offered to produce a song with Kesha.

However, Lady Gaga has been the most dedicated and vocal in her support for Kesha. At the Oscars she dedicated her performance of her song Til It Happens to You to Kesha. She brought rape survivors on stage and stood together in unity and made a very powerful and moving statement.

Kesha responded with a couple of tweets of her own.

Overall, Kesha’s situation is horrible and devastating, but the huge amount of support from celebrities and fans is astounding. It demonstrates how coming forward about abuse will not always be met with rumors and speculation, but with hope and support. Ideally, Kesha’s bravery and her supporters will inspire and comfort others in similar situations.

When Artists Go Solo: Is It Worth It?

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(Image Credit: @zayn Instagram)

It’s been almost a year since Zayn Malik left One Direction and with his new song “Pillowtalk” topping the charts and the video catching just about everyone’s attention (Have you seen it yet? It’s mesmerizing), it’s got me wondering, is going solo worth it? Here are just a few things Zayn and countless other artists that went solo had to deal with.

Public backlash

When the news broke that Zayn left One Direction, social media exploded. Every article, Tumblr post and video shared a similar outcry – what was Zayn going to do without One Direction and what was One Direction going to do without Zayn? A ton of fans reacted by posting videos of themselves crying while others just vented to social media.

Public scrutiny

After Zayn left, news media outlets as well as fans closely watched him. What would he do next – would it be good or bad? After a petty tweet towards ex-bandmate Louis Tomlinson, public opinion was pretty low.

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And then he split with his fiancée Perrie Edwards and it seemed like every move Zayn made caused him to lose more and more support from fans.

Public support

Zayn’s new video was released January 28th and it seems like people are totally ignoring their past unhappiness with him. There has been quite a bit of controversy over the fact that Zayn’s new girlfriend Gigi Hadid is in the video, but it seems like most of the world is just excited to have new music from the ex-1D star.

 

So that’s a very brief summary of what Zayn’s been dealing with for almost a year after leaving One Direction. So that brings me back to my main question. Is going solo worth it? Is it worth the backlash and scrutiny? Should he have just stayed with One Direction until they fizzled out and just stopped producing music? Does he regret his past decisions? Whatever the case maybe, it looks like Zayn may be back on track to get the public to love him again and support his solo career.

Top 5 Songs to Get You Through a Breakup

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(Image Credit: patronestaff)

With Valentine’s Day almost a month away from us, what could be better than a list of songs to belt in your car alone on your way to get greasy fast food in hopes of curing that feeling of emptiness? …No? Just me? Okay. At least I know the people that have gone through recent breakups are in a similar boat as me.

Breakups can be messy and unpredictable. There’s the someone cheated breakup, someone got bored and drifted away breakup, and even the elusive mutual breakup. Whatever your breakup situation may be, here are five songs that might make you feel a little bit better if you sing them at the top of your lungs.

Should’ve Said No – Taylor Swift

Let’s be honest, T Swift is the queen of breakup songs. The fact that I was able to just pick one and not make this whole list just her is pretty impressive. But Should’ve Said No is classic and perfect for anyone that was unfortunately cheated on by their significant other. The entire chorus is perfect and so so relatable. Go ahead and angry cry to this one, friends.

Stay Up Late – This Wild Life

This Wild Life is one my all-time favorite bands and honestly their entire album Clouded is perfect to get anyone through a breakup. I picked Stay Up Late specifically because it’s about making a phone call to an unreciprocated love interest. While I don’t advise that you call the person that broke your heart, this song is beautiful and yelling “YOU DON’T LOVE ME, I CAN TELL” along with the lead singer is beyond therapeutic.

Wrecking Ball – Miley Cyrus

Just about everybody that knows anything about pop culture knows that Miley wrote this song after her and longtime boyfriend Liam Hemsworth split. So if you tried everything to make your relationship work but it failed despite your efforts, go ahead and throw on this song and embrace the heartache that it brings. The repeating line, “Don’t you ever say I just walked away/I will always want you,” is especially heart-wrenching.

Go to Hell – Go Radio

Another angry song that’s ideal if your S.O. left you for someone else. The song is sung from the perspective of a note that was left for the other person. The note says, “Go to hell if you’re reading this and I’m not here/Take your someone else and let me make this crystal clear that/That I don’t need your help and I’m okay by myself.” It repeats the line “go to hell” about ten times throughout the song and is the best song for after you’ve moved past the sadness phase and into the anger phase of a breakup.

Fuck You – Sleeping With Sirens

This a cover of the song originally by Cee Lo Green, but the SWS version is just a little angrier than the original. This song is perfect when you’re almost out of the anger phase and close to being over the person and the relationship the two of you shared. But not quite over it yet. Like, it’s been a few months and you feel like you should be over it because your friends are tired of hearing you talk about it but you still want to talk about it. So go ahead and put this song on repeat until it’s easier to keep them off your mind.

Breakups suck. Everyone knows that. So please do yourself a favor and deal with the emotions you’re feeling afterwards. It’s never good to keep emotions bottled up, so go ahead and start crying on shoulders, punching pillows, and singing your heart out to the tunes I picked just for you. We’ll get through this heartbreak together.

Ashleeeybash: Red Starbucks Cups. Expensive Meet & Greets! CLIP-ON MAN BUNS?!

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(Image Credit: Ashley Bulayo / The Daily Quirk)

Weird and much random topics but look, this is all over my feed and this needed to be addressed. There’s the cup controversy (when it really isn’t that big of a deal), the crazy expensive meet and greets and clip-on man buns. Yes, clip-on man buns are a real thing. Do not ask me why. What are your guys’ thoughts on these? Let me know down below on what you think about these things and/or what I should talk about next week!

5 Benefits of Learning That Instrument You’ve Always Wanted To Play

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(Image Credit: Sergey Nivens)

Everyone could use a little more music. Heck, I’d go as far as to say without music, life can get…flat. *ba-dum tshh* But, seriously.

Ask anyone: “What instrument do you wish you played?” I guarantee that they’ll have an answer for you.

Then they’ll probably follow it up with, “Bu it’s too late now – I wish I would’ve started learning it when I was younger.”

Don’t let your age stop you from learning that instrument! Sure, you probably won’t be considered a “child prodigy” at this point in your life, but you can still gain all the benefits from learning regardless of what people will call you. I’d call you a “pretty cool dude.”

Plus, who needs to be a child prodigy? Those kids are just a bunch of try-hards! (Unless you are one, in which case, I respect you.)

I started learning how to play drums in seventh grade after getting obsessed with blink-182. I wanted to be Travis Barker (which is probably true for most pop-punk loving twelve-year-olds). And I’m really happy I went after it.

Looking back on my drum-learning experience now, I think everyone who wants to learn an instrument should try to, assuming they have the time and opportunity to do so. You’ll gain so much from it.

Here are just five of the benefits of learning an instrument:

A great and rewarding way to spend your time

It’s euphoric to lose your sense of time while practicing. And when you can feel yourself getting better, there’s not a greater feeling in the world! Not to mention, you feel good about yourself after a practice session; you’re accomplishing something worthwhile.

New friends!

All of a sudden you’ll have a brand new interest to use to connect with people. Imagine how cool it’s going to sound when you say “Yeah, me and some of my musician friends did this.” Trust me, it ups your popularity by at least 10%. Plus you’ll have the ability to start a band or join a band. I did marching band for all four years of high school; some of the people I was in it with are my closest friends and I wouldn’t have met them if it wasn’t for playing drums.

Stress relief

Making music can reduce your stress! Research has shown that playing music can lower blood pressure, decrease heart rate, and lessen anxiety and depression. Along with that, playing an instrument is a great way to make your mind focus on something completely different than what’s bothering you.

Improved patience

Without a doubt, there are going to be instances in your instrument learning that are not all rainbows and butterflies. There will be difficult pieces, exercises, and techniques along the way. However, as you learn, keep a cool head and persevere through the rough patches of your musical journey; you will find yourself gaining an impressive sense of patience. If you could get through that song or exercise, then what can’t you get through?

Smartness!

Yes, being an instrumentalist also makes you smarter. When learning how to play an instrument, many different parts of your brain are stimulated in ways they wouldn’t normally be. These parts, which control your motor skills, hearing and memory grow and become more active. In fact, studies even show that your IQ could increase by seven points!

 

As it turned out, begging my mom to get me drum lessons was one of the best decision I made. Now I want to start picking up a new instrument: either the piano, or I want to start rapping – yes, the goofy white guy from the midwest wants to rap. But hey, Asher Roth did it. Why can’t I?

And this is the exact mentality I think everyone needs to have when approaching a new art or discipline: All these other people have done it, so I can too.

You got this.

Breaking down the new Pentatonix self-titled album track by track

 

Pent-001I don’t even know how to start this article without saying if you haven’t bought this album yet, drop what you’re doing and go buy it. Pentatonix released their first, almost all original album on Oct. 16 which, depending on the version you bought, boasted 13 to 20 songs. They released three different versions of their album: a standard, a deluxe version and a Target exclusive deluxe version that includes three more songs (which is one more original) than the deluxe you can buy on iTunes. Continue reading “Breaking down the new Pentatonix self-titled album track by track”

What We’ve Been Listening To: October 2015

What We've Been Listening To: October 2015
What We’ve Been Listening To: October 2015

Looking for a little something new to add to your go-to playlist? Wondering what tunes we can’t stop playing on repeat? We’ve got you covered! Check out what we’ve been listening to this month for music recommendations from your friends at The Daily Quirk. Happy Listening! Continue reading “What We’ve Been Listening To: October 2015”

A Personal Ranking of Britney Spears’ Albums

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Let me preface this write-up with the disclaimer that I am in no way a music expert, but I would like to think of myself as someone that could, in another lifetime, be best friends with Britney Spears. I mean, I have grown up with this girl. I went to Catholic school. I love Titanic and I thought the old lady dropped it into the ocean in the end too, B. Continue reading “A Personal Ranking of Britney Spears’ Albums”

A Breakdown of Taylor Swift’s Squad

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(Image Credit: Taylor Swift/Instagram)

Alright, alright, alright. If you follow me on Twitter, you can see just how much I wish I was part of Taylor Swift’s squad. Seriously. Taylor has created a group that defines #SquadGoals. But, to be honest, I can’t even keep up with who’s actually in the squad or who’s just a special guest. That is why this article needs to happen. We’re about to give you a break down on Tay Tay’s squad once and for all. Continue reading “A Breakdown of Taylor Swift’s Squad”