Day: December 19, 2018

There You Are – ZAYN

“I close my eyes, I see a crowd of a thousand tears/I pray to God I didn’t waste all my good years.” Zayn Malik’s second solo album, Icarus Falls, finds him in a contemplative mood and, yes, One Direction fans, dissecting his boy-band past. Subjects covered also include infidelity (“Rainberry”) and drug use (“Back to […]

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Gnarly (feat. Lil Pump) – Kodak Black

Ahead of Dying to Live’s release, Kodak Black shared a behind-the-scenes clip from the “Calling My Spirit” video shoot. In it, the Pompano Beach, Florida MC talks about his decision to avoid being photographed in the set’s jail cell for fear of glorifying incarceration. This plays out as something of a milestone for Kodak, someone […]

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Scared of the Dark (feat. XXXTENTACION) – Lil Wayne & Ty Dolla $ign

There was nothing necessarily wrong with the soundtrack to 2002’s Tobey Maguire-starring Spider-Man. But surveying it 16 years later, there was something awfully homogenous about its lineup: Sum 41, Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger, Theory of a Deadman, Aerosmith, Pete Yorn. So it makes sense that the animated Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse—which features multiple cross-racial, cross-gender, cross-generational, […]

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imagine – Ariana Grande

Sure, it’s tempting to speculate about the subject of this wistful, waltzing ballad—a starry-eyed lullaby about a love that just couldn’t be. But does it really matter? A closer look reveals a pretty universal theme: the shadow of loss. In a message to fans on Instagram, Ariana said that many of her songs mourn “failed […]

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