Tunes Tuesday (02/20/2018)

Welcome back to the third week of Tunes Tuesday, where I give a playlist of 10 songs I’ve been listening to this week. If you find something you like on here, then I’ve done my job and hopefully, you’ll find something new for yourself.

1. Go – Louis the Child

Does this song sound vaguely familiar? If it does then, like me, you have seen that insufferable commercial where the young girl is carrying around her new iPad and doing pretty much everything on it. When the girl is asked what she’s doing on her computer she responds with, “what’s a computer?” and doesn’t even look up from her iPad. First of all, you know that girl knows what a computer is and second of all, why does she have it in the grass? Anyway, the song is catchy and the only good thing about the commercial, so I guess Apple did something right. This track is from Louis the Child’s EP, Love is Alive, released back in March of 2017.


2. 8TEEN – Khalid

Khalid has what it takes to be one of the biggest names in music and puts out music that we can actually relate to, this track included. His debut studio album, American Teen, was released back in March and has been on everyone’s Apple Music lists since. Even though he hasn’t been in the spotlight very long, Khalid doesn’t seem to be moving out anytime soon.


3. Spiral Gaze – Off Road Minivan

Sometimes it’s easy for me to get sucked into the mainstream vortex of the same songs you hear over and over again on the radio. So, I have to rely on others and their tastes to point me in a new direction and that’s exactly what fellow Blue Ridge Report writer, Zach, did for me. Lead vocalist Ryan O’Leary brings us a melodic voice accompanied by excellent instrumentals mix well together to create a unique sound. The lyrics are passionate and personally, I will be a repeat listener.


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4. Home – Machine Gun Kelly, X Ambassadors, & Bebe Rexha

If first heard this song when the trio performed it on The Voice and I have to say that the combination of all three of these artists worked really well for this track. Bebe Rexha has been coming up for a while now and X Ambassadors had a huge debut album back in 2015 with VHS and Machine Gun Kelly has been putting out some hits in the past few years as well. I feel like this song kind of came out of nowhere but I’m not complaining.


5. Cry Baby – Demi Lovato

I’ve been obsessed with Demi Lovato since her 2013 album, Demi. But her best music has been from her newest album, Tell Me You Love Me, released back in September of 2017. Lovato has definitely come into herself and her voice more and more with each album and definitely take the cake with songs like “Tell Me You Love Me” and “Cry Baby.”


6. Runaway Train – Cam

Cam hit the country music charts hard with her Untamed album in 2015 that gave us the hit  “Burning House.” But I think an uncovered gem from the album is actually the seventh song, “Runaway Train.” It’s about finding your spark after a breakup whether that be reckless or powerful in finding independence.


7.  Every Time the Sun Comes Up – Sharon Van Etten

While she isn’t the biggest name out there, Sharon Van Etten has a sound and voice that can capture emotion like no other. I first came across her as an actor as she was in several episodes of the Netflix original series, The OA. Her music has a soft but powerful sound and is what I would want to listen to if I’m home alone and drinking a glass of wine.


8. Disturbia – Rihanna

Not only is “Disturbia” our throwback track of the week but it is also in honor of Rihanna’s 31st birthday today! From her Good Girl Gone Bad album back in 2007, this album solidified Rihanna in the music industry and has one of the largest followings of any performer ever. Her empire grows more and more each year with hit after hit and the success of her Fenty beauty lines. Her success and talent is nothing short of spectacular. Happy Birthday, Rihanna!


9. Cough Syrup – Young the Giant

Young the Giant is possibly one of my favorite bands of all time, and this song is probably in my top ten. “Cough Syrup” is from their debut self-titled album in 2010. This album is definitely one that needs to be listened to multiple times as something refreshing can be found with each go-around. Their original lyrics and sound make keep them fresh on my playlists for any event/mood.


10. Diamond Heart – Lady Gaga

Y’all know I have to give a shout out my Queen. Diamond Heart is the opening track of her newest album, Joanne. Released back in 2016 just after her break-up with actor Taylor Kinney, she hit the ground running with this album and managed to change up her sound without losing her genuine appeal. I had a hard time picking which Gaga song I wanted for this week. Joanne gave us some amazing songs like “John Wayne,” “A-YO,” and “Dancin’ In Circles.” But I went with a more upbeat and happy song to end the list on a good note.

Thank you all for reading. Don’t forget you can submit music for the playlist each week by tweeting us @BlueRidgeReport with #TunesTuesday. Have a great week and I’ll see you next Tuesday!

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