Review | Jonas Brothers’ ‘First Time’

It’s was a dark, dark time if you were a Jonas Brother’s fan or a Jo Hoe in 2013. On October 29, 2013, they broke up as a band. Our sugar hunk Nick Jonas decided that it was time for the brothers to go their separate ways as a band.

“To call it creative differences is almost too simple,” Nick said in an interview with CBS Sunday Morning, “And I think a lot of people lost the appetite for what we were putting into the world. So, you know, we were putting up shows that weren’t selling. We were making music that I don’t think we were all super proud of, and it wasn’t connected.”

One of the songs they released is a bop named “First Time,” which is considered not a good song for them. This is, of course, by the Jo Hoes. A lot of them hate the song. They wouldn’t call it the worst song that would go to “Don’t Charge Me for the Crime.”

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Make it feel like the first time

“First Time” was released on June 25, 2013. It was the second single off of what was supposed to be their fifth album, “V.” Unfortunately, the album wasn’t released official due to the band breaking up four months later. Eventually, “V” was released apart of their latest cash grab: Jonas Vinyl Club. They ship you monthly vinyl records of their singles and albums every month. Rip off club if you ask me.

Nick produced the song and written by all three brothers. It has this chill vibes to it. It’s not overly produced and just still simple with lyrics and vocals. It was something different than their usual songs. Ironically, It sounds like their actual fifth album, “Happiness Begins.” It’s a chill pop song.

There’s also a subtle sexual undertone to the song. That’s right; the Jonas Brothers gave us a sex bop that we all slept on. Let’s be real: The oh’s in the chorus is them having sex. “Make it feel like the first time” is about doing for the first time. Nick Jonas planted his sex bops seeds for his solo career in this song. I’m here for it.

Kevin Jonas is the underrated hero of this song. Sure, he has a small solo in the song, but he’s also carrying the chorus and frankly, the song with underlying vocals and harmonies. When all three harmonize, it just sounds so good. Kevin did something right, and we should applaud him for that.

Music video

The music video doesn’t make sense with the song. It’s a montage of the brothers hanging out and partying in Las Vegas. Yep, you read it right. They are drinking and having fun in Vegas. It was risqué for them at the time. We just learned they didn’t have purity rings, and now they are partying and drinking in Vegas. What’s next? They become sex symbols, and everyone wants to bake cookies on their abs? Oh, wait, that happens for 2/3 of the band.

The video was shot while the boys were during their time rehearsing for Miss USA 2013. I honestly believe that the Jonases needed to make a video and couldn’t decide what to do, so they did this to meet their deadline. The video is excellent for behind the scenes content, but I would have preferred not to have a video at all. You can say the video is having fun and that feeling like it’s the first time when you hang out with someone. That’s stretching.

Final thoughts

If they released it today it would slap

“First Time” is frankly a song that didn’t get its moment to shine in the sun. I wouldn’t call it the best Jonas Brother’s song, but it’s one that shouldn’t get the hate it does. Sure, maybe Nick was testing out what might have been his solo style, but not a horrible song. Sidebar: Nick solo music is rather good. It slaps and is a worthy single. I’d even go farther and say it’s a better single than “Pom Poms.”

“First Time” was a more mature sound than what we had gotten previously. If you haven’t heard “First Time,” I definitely recommend checking it out. You don’t even need to sign up for their damn club. And if you were one of the Jo Hoes who despises “First Time,” I recommend re-listening to it. You might be shocked to find your hatred for this bop is gone.

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Single Review | ‘Mood Ring (By Demand)’

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It’s been four years since the one and only Britney Spears graced us with a single. The last single we got was “Slumber Party,” a collaboration with Tinashe from Britney’s ninth album “Glory.” It is only fitting that her first single in 2020 would be the Japanese bonus track from “Glory.” Yep, you read that right. A track that was recorded five years ago is now released as a single.

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I’ve turned some hearts into stone
And I can’t hide it no more

“Mood Ring” was released as a gift to Britney’s fan after the campaign #JusticeForGlory successfully got Britney’s ninth to the number one spot on the iTunes pop album charts. Britney also gave the standard edition of “Glory” a new album cover, which was frankly much need. The release of the song as a shock to all as Britney posted about to her Instagram less than 12 hours prior to its midnight release.

New cover for “Glory”

The song was produced by DJ Mustard. “Mood Ring” was also now dubbed “Mood Ring (By Demand).” The song is a sultry and sex dance-pop number with a touch of EDM. Melanie Fontana and Jon Asher wrote the song with Britney in mind. Melanie and Jon channeled the energy that Britney’s 2001 classic and iconic song “I’m A Slave 4 U.”

“We consistently asked ourselves, “What would ‘I’m a Slave 4 U’ Britney do in 2016?” Melanie said to Billboard.com, “That’s where our heads were at. And that shines through on the track.”  During an Instagram Live, Melanie showed off the demo that originally pitched to The Chainsmokers. The Chainsmokers sinned and turned it down due to it being “too girly.”

The vocals on the song are some of the best vocals that we have gotten from Britney in years. They were reminiscent of her early work. “Baby One more More time” and “Oops!… I Did It Again” was more vocal-heavy in comparison to what she released after.

“Producing her vocals, I went for the natural, nostalgic sound of Britney with a modern edge to it,” Jon said, “I was referencing “Oops!… I Did It Again” with the phone-like filter I put on her adlibs, some of her runs and the bridge.” “Mood Ring” is actually Britney’s favorite song off of “Glory.

“This is incredible! ‘Mood Ring’ is one of my favorite songs on Glory, it’s so vibey and sexy,” Britney told Billboard.com exclusively.

Thoughts on the song

I was hoping for a new song that we haven’t heard before and kicked off a new album, but I’ve come to expect things like this as a Britney stan. I’ve had this song part of my Britney catalog for years and it’s always one of those songs where I’ll listen to it but it’s not one I will seek out. I’m not big on this track. I do think it’s a perfect track vocally. I’m not a fan of the production. It feels like it should drop that beat and pick up but it doesn’t. It’s just a slow burn and it works for the feel. The lyrics are extremely catchy. Especially the chorus.

I do hope that Britney and her team actually give Mood Ring the full single treatment as “Glory” is one of the most underrated album in her discography. People slept on the singles and while “Glory” made it number three on the Billboard Hot 200, it’s often overlooked. “Mood Ring (By Demand)” made it to the number one spot on the iTunes chart on release date.

Verdict

“Mood Ring (By Demand)” is a decent song. I love the vocals and the catchy lyrics from it. The production on it isn’t bad. I get it’s a slow burn sex bop but I just wish it would have a little more bark to its bite. The song does perfectly sum up the overall feel of “Glory” and I’m glad that it’s getting the light of day. I just hope that RCA Records, Britney’s label, actually gives the full single treatment to it and it’s just not something to keep Britney’s fans happy. I do recommend the song just for how catchy it is.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande save 2020 with ‘Rain on Me’

During these troubling times filled with economic uncertainty and unbridled social woes, there are two things America needs right now: Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande. On Friday, May 21, Lady Gaga and Ariana released their collaboration from Lady Gaga’s upcoming sixth album “Chromatica” to light into the world.

I’d rather be dry, but at least I’m alive

“Rain on Me” is a dance-pop song that was written by Lady Gaga and Ariana along with a lot of other people. There’s a lot of writers on this song, like a lot of pop songs. The song came about after Gaga and Ariana had a conversation. This is also probably due to “Rain on Me” sampling the Gwen McCrae song “All This Love That I’m Giving.”

The single cover

“I sat with her and we talked about our lives. It’s two women having a conversation about how to keep going and how to be grateful for what you do.” Gaga told Paper magazine. She also hinted that she collaborated with Ariana by telling the magazine that she “collaborate with a fellow female pop star, who has similarly experienced immense trauma while in the public eye.” Everyone saw past that hint because the internet happened. It wasn’t confirmed until May 15th when Ariana and Gaga posted about “Rain on Me” on their social media.

“Rain on Me” could be considered to be the sister song to Ariana’s 2018 single “No Tears Left to Cry.” The song is about letting go of pain and just embracing it. Gaga said during her May 21 interview with Zane Lowe that the lyric “I’d rather be dry, but at least I’m alive, rain on me” was a metaphor for the tears and alcohol that she was using to numb her pain. Yep, this song is super deep, like all good pop songs.

Thoughts on the song

Honestly, I’m not huge on the song. “Rain on me” starting to warm up on me, but I still not a big fan. It reminds me of a song that you would hear at the end of the anime as the credits roll. I kind of wish they would let the beat drop more and let the little anime creature loose. That would make the song stand out more.

I can still admit that the song is a banger. “Rain on Me” is going to be the song of the summer. I also see this song becoming an LGBTQ+ anthem, especially with Ariana and Gaga’s popularity and support of LGBTQ+. Besides the 90s anime feel to the song, it also reminded me of something that we would have heard on Gaga’s first two albums, “Fame Monster” and “Born This Way.” Especially with the spoken words on in the bridge. It’s the Gaga that we’ve been waiting to have back

The vocals on the song are what you would expect from Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande. It feels like Ariana is holding back. There are parts, especially after the bridge, where you know that Ari would normally belt it but, the belting isn’t there. There a start of it, but it just never takes off. You could say the same for Gaga as well. It’s like they are trying to let each other shine and not overshadow.

The Music Video

The video for “Rain On Me” takes place in Gaga’s “Chromatica” universe, which got set up in the video for her first single “Stupid Love.” Taking place in the future, factions have dance battles to reign supreme and bring love into the world. There’s no tie into the video for “Stupid Love,” at least that I could tell.

Gaga and Ariana are dancing in the rain and looking iconic with their gangs. Gaga has a knife in her leg for reasons. She also cosplays as Ariana in the end. Spoiler: She nails it. The video is simple and just visually appealing. It works for the video, especially during this time of quarantine. I just wish I understood what is going on.

Verdict

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

While I’m not a massive fan of the song, I cannot deny that Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande’s “Rain on Me” is a bop. The lyrics are deep and meaningful with an excellent dance beat that will let you keep on dancing until the world stops ending. I do wish that the beat was bigger for the song as well as the vocals didn’t sound like both singers were holding back. The video is also very well done and is visually stunning. I do recommend checking out the video and the song. It’s worth the listen, especially for your summer playlist.

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Lindsay Lohan released new single ‘Back to Me’

Do you remember our Social Justice Warrior Lindsay Lohan? Besides still wanting to be the Ariel that we are yearning for, our queen has released a new single. That’s right, LiLo is back into the world of music. Sure, “Lindsay Lohan’s Beach Club” is an underrated reality show that left us too soon, but she came back into music to save 2020. Let’s chat about her new single “Back to Me.”

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“Back to Me” is Lindsay’s first new single since her underrated 2008 pop “Bossy.” It’s a pop song that utilizes the same genre that she was in, which is pretty much club music. Yes, it’s ironic but we stan and iconic, ironic queen. The song itself is a breezy and simple song with a rather good beat. It’s not an in your face dance song but it lets you jam out to it if you feel like it.

Lyrically, the song is about being able to go back to how you were. Reclaiming oneself after a bad event has happened.

“The song is about rediscovering and accepting oneself, shutting out the noise and moving forward and letting the past go,” Lindsay said in a tweet promoting the first single off of her third album. It’s an anthem about moving on and growth. We stan.

Honestly, the song is a bop. It’s a catchy and fun song to just listen to and enjoy. I just wish it had more of a kick to it. Like a little bit more of a beat. I kind of feels like it’s stuck in first gear and never makes it to the second or third gear. It needs something to become a banger, which it really should be. The song has the potential to do that. While I hate remixes, I’d listen to the radio versions of those remixes

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