Tunes Tuesday (3/6/2018)

Back from a one-week hiatus, Tunes Tuesday is upon us again with an all-new playlist to get you through your week and to find something new for yourself. Let’s get started…

1. Anything But Ordinary – Avril Lavigne

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEznlnk8Zaw

I’ve been thinking about Avril Lavigne a lot lately and have been listening to her first two albums, Let Go and Under My Skin. I know people talk a lot about their formative years and how we go through a teen angsty phase, but while I didn’t necessarily go through one in terms of wearing all black and rebelling against my parents, I did listen to Avril Lavigne on repeat for about 3 years and still do today (even though her music is something completely different now). This song is from Let Go, Avril’s debut album released in 2002 when she was only 17 years old.

2. All The Stars – Kendrick Lamar & SZA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yvOh7vVqlaE

Fresh from the Black Panther soundtrack, some of the biggest names in music give us possibly one of the best songs of the year. According to The Atlantic, “In the [“All The Stars”] video, which has more than 43 million views on YouTube, Lamar goes on a visually stunning voyage to Africa that’s loaded with symbolism and references to the continent’s many cultures.” Black Panther has shattered box office records and been an inspiration to people all over the world so it’s no shock to find out these two have paired with a song that greatly encapsulates that experience.

3. White Mustang – Lana Del Rey

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ZLTclSST5c

Lana Del Rey’s Lust for Life came out in 2017 and we all let out a sigh of relief. Every album has been golden for her fans and the streak we know can’t last forever but it hasn’t ended yet. Del Rey has come a long way in her music and her sultry voice has guided us through a character in front of a mid 20th-century backdrop of the west coast. Her music is not over the top but bleeds artistry and originality.

4. Cut To The Feeling – Carly Rae Jepson

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Bk0gcedqDU

Before you all go off on me, you need to realize that when Jepson came out with “Call Me Maybe,” she didn’t come out with a song, she came out with a ringtone that got overplayed. Now, she has put out songs that have been the definition of the pop genre and have been total bops from day 1. “Cut To The Feeling” is a great song that every man, woman, and child should listen to before they die. And that’s all I have to say about that.

5. Dope Bitch – Kamaiyah

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jBr2Kk0eaKs

Sometimes rap can find its way into my repertoire. Sometimes I skip it and other times I’m really into it and I am really into Kamaiyah.  Her rap is unlike anything I’ve ever heard and I am definitely drawn more to female rappers because it seems like they have more to say. Check out Kamaiyah’s mixtape, Before I Wake, and you won’t be disappointed.

6. Fly or Die – Rock Mafia

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fkBwxTBuyec

We as music lovers are always looking for something new and different. While this song may not be new, it definitely has the different box checked. Rock Mafia is a production/songwriting duo that has worked with some of the biggest names in music like Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, Flo Rida, and Green Day. This track came out back in 2011 and actually features just the duo, which shows us what they can really do. “Fly or Die” was released back in 2011.

7. Power – Little Mix

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n6MzBDFtepA

Some part of me is always obsessed with girl groups. But none of them compare to Little Mix for me. If you are ever looking for a song that exudes girl power, then this is the song for you. Little Mix has released hit after hit album and I’m here to wake everyone up and to show that they actually have the makings of an iconic group.

8. dopemang – Kiiara feat. Ashley All Day

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m8isewAncM0

Another song that randomly made its way onto one of my playlists. The lyrics are minimal but hold enough weight to carry this song with its subtle electronic sounds. Kiiara, age 22, has already put out some… well… dope tracks that have gotten her a name for herself. In 2015 she released “Gold” which gained some momentum by being featured in an Apple Watch commercial and peaked at 13 on the Billboard Hot 100. While “dopemang” didn’t rise as high on the charts, I think it might be her best song and now I pass it on to you fine people.

9. Marry Me – Thomas Rhett

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-riTZ_fn_9s

Alright, so if you’re like me, you don’t like country music but even so, if you don’t like Thomas Rhett, you’re out of your mind. He’s definitely one of the biggest names in country music right now, which in the grand scheme may not be much since they come and go like the seasons but people seem very drawn to him and his music so I figured why not have him on the playlist.

10. Murder – Lady Bee feat. Tropkillaz & Oktavian

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8gBEEXC0ydQ

Anyone who knows me knows my love for the pre-game and that there is a playlist for everything. So I’m always looking for something new to listen to while subtly drinking three FourLokos in a dorm room that isn’t mine. After finding her music and doing some research, I found that Lady Bee appears to be just a good gem of a person as well as a great musician. Her Facebook bio reads, “Renowned for her energy behind the decks, her phenomenal presence on stage and her ability to whip crowd of any size into a frenzy, Lady Bee is also a beacon for positive artist collaboration, working with producers big and small across a huge range of genres. The only thing that matters to her is Da Music.”

Once again, I leave you until next week. Be sure to check out the other Tunes Tuesday posts to find more music and send some suggestions to twitter @BlueRidgeReport with #TunesTuesday.

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