Review: ‘This Is Acting’ by Sia

Sia released her 7th studio album, and it is good. Very good. Once I realized that the album was available on iTunes, I didn’t even think – it was already downloading.

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Is Color-Code Japan’s Answer to Lady Gaga?

J-Pop has a new girl group on the scene, and they call themselves “Color-Code.” Their debut single “I Like Dat” debuted just last September, and as you can hear in the video above, the song is very catchy.

I think they have the potential to become big. Catchy music is one thing, but today you need more than that to become a j-pop sensation. Complete with crazy outfits, the music video definitely has some edge to it.

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How Taylor Swift Dominated 2014

Source: ABC/Lou Rocco

I’m very late to the party, but I finally got my hands on a copy of Taylor Swift’s fifth studio album, 1989. I don’t think I can be considered a “Swiftie” yet, but since I’m a fan of all things pop, it’s no surprise that I like T. Swizzle’s music. I’ll admit, I blasted “22” on my 22nd birthday last year.

Highlights of 1989 for me are definitely “Blank Space,” “Shake It Off,” and “Welcome to New York.” My commute to NYC every Thursday now has an official theme song!

It seems like Taylor was the most successful celebrity of 2014. The numbers definitely support that. With 1989, she became the first artist to have three albums sell one million or more copies in a week. The album sold 1.287 million copies in one week. That makes it the most successful record debut since 2002.

So if 2014 was the year of Swift, what exactly happened?

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Primadonna

Have you heard of Marina and the Diamonds? Maybe not. Well, to start Marina is a famous Welsh singer who sings music that varies from keyboard ballads to newer-sounding New Wave songs. So are the “Diamonds” her band or something? No. It’s just her. It’s a common misconception. As Marina has said herself, “I’m Marina. You are the diamonds.”

So how did I stumble upon Marina? I give credit to one of my favorite YouTube vloggers, Joey Graceffa. He recently did a video where he talked about his “favorite things” for the month, and this song was his pick for the past month.

I took a listen. The first time, I’ll be honest, I wasn’t crazy about it, but something made me hit repeat. Soon I realized that it was the only song I had listened to for the past 10 minutes or so.

Then I bought it on iTunes and added it to my playlists.

Take a listen for yourself! It sounds classy yet new. Definitely catchy.

What do you think of Marina and the Diamonds? Leave me a comment!

Zero Gravity

I actually discovered this song somewhat unintentionally. I think I was watching the ‘Starships’ music video when I saw this in the related videos bar, or something like that.

So I clicked and watched the video, and what a pleasant surprise, another decent pop song! A less mainstream one nonetheless.

The singer, Kerli, isn’t exactly from around here. Well, she now resides in Los Angeles, but she’s originally from Estonia (which is in Europe). According to the all-mighty Wikipedia, she was discovered and signed-on by L.A. Reid. I really like her voice and her style. A lot of people keep comparing her to Gaga, but I don’t see the exact resemblance at all. I think her style more-so reflects Alice in Wonderland, at least in this music video.

This song is danceable, but the beat doesn’t not overshadow her vocals one bit. She can sing, quite well.

So what do you think of Kerli? Leave me a comment!