The Battle of Demi Lovato’s discography

Back in the day, I would place two artists in the Pop Project Arena for a little column that I like to call Pop Project Versus. The problem with this comes when an artist is still releasing music and those numbers are constantly changing because they were based in sales. I do not have the time to literally update every single article. So I had this little idea: why not take an artist put their albums ratings up against each other to see which album will reign supreme.

So how this will work: I’m taking the album ratings from Metacritic, a site that takes all the reviews and gives an average based on the scores. This is a test run of it so please kind to this idea. To give this a test run, I thought we would start with the rankings of Demi Lovato’s albums. Now the only thing going against this is that her first album “Don’t Forget” doesn’t have a Metacritic score. I decided to make my own based on the reviews. So let’s dive into Demi’s discography and rate her albums.

Last Place

“Unbroken”

Click here for our positive review of “Unbroken”

Demi’s third studio album, “Unbroken,” is her lowest placing album in the rating. Released in September 2011, “Unbroken” scored a 59 overall. Surprisingly, it got decent reviews. If you have listened to the album, you understand why this album got the score. It was her best work. In fact, it’s probably her most meh work. “Skyscraper” and “Give Your Heart a Break” were the singles for the album and where frankly the best songs off the album.

Fifth Place

“Demi”

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Demi’s last album solely on Hollywood Records, “Demi,” comes in at a fifth place. Released in May 2013, the overall reviews for this album were mixed but favorable, which is shocking because it wasn’t a bad album. “Demi” scored at 64 overall. It wasn’t her best work, but it definitely better than “Unbroken.” Everything is better than “Unbroken.” Besides the singles “Heart Attack,” “Made in the USA,” “Neon Lights,” and her sad collab with Cheryl Loyd, “Really Don’t Care,” “Nightingale” is one you need to listen to it.

Fourth Place

“Here We Go Again”

This one is frankly shocking, but Demi’s second album “Here We Go Again” isn’t in the top two. In came very close to being in there. It had favorable reviews with a 65 score when it was released in July 2009. One of my favorite albums from Miss Lovato. The singles, “Here We Go Again” and “Remember December,” are bops, and most of the songs are there are great. “For the Love of a Daughter” was suppose to be on this album but ended up being on “Unbroken.” It was such a shame. This version is the better version. 

Third Place

“Don’t Forget”

Produced by her former Disney pals, the Jonas Brothers, and their producer, “Don’t Forget” is her debut album. It was Demi’s way of introducing herself to the world when it came out in September 2008. It also set up her two-album rock sound. Sure, it sounds like the Jonas’ third album “A Little Bit Longer,” which came out one month prior, but it still rocked hard. “Get Back, “La La Land,” and “Don’t Forget” are the singles and the songs to rock out to. “The Middle” and “Worlds Collide” also bops, and you need them in your life.

Second Place

“Tell Me You Love Me”

Released in September 2017, almost ten years after “Don’t Forget,” this is the latest album from Miss Lovato. “Tell Me You Love Me” ended with a rating of 72 and received favorable reviews. The vocals on this album are straight fire. It’s probably her best album for that. I would literally sit here and list all the songs that you should check out, but just check out the entire album. Seriously this album is everything. Such a good album.

First Album

“Confident”

Click here to read the review of “Confident”

Now it’s time where we got what the critics have reviewed as Demi’s best album. “Confident” was released in October 2015. It received a 74 score and great reviews. This album is just filled with pop bangers and is just a great album to listen to if you need a boost in mood. “Cool for the Summer” and “Confident” are usually the standouts that most people think of, and can you really blame them for that? But all the songs are great and something you need in your life. While I don’t consider it personally her best work, that would be “Tell Me You Love Me,” this was definitely a precursor for that album.

HONORABLE MENTION

“Moves Me”

You know the bop. Don’t lie.

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Spotted: ‘Gossip Girl’ has returned!

Your One And Only Source Into The Scandalous Lives Of Manhattan’s Elite has returned.

Uh oh! It looks like the Upper East Side needs to be careful. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorn. Especially if that woman leaked everyone’s dirty little secrets. Gossip Girl is back on the Upper East Side, and she has to make up for the lost time.

Since July 2019, the world has been patiently waiting to see what will be of this new “Gossip Girl” will bring us. And on July 8th, it premiered to the joy of everyone who used to watch the original. While no one of the original characters will make an appearance, yet, it still left us all asking one question: Who will be the new Chuck Bass?

Let’s be honest: Everyone wanted Chuck Bass. Chuck Bass wanted Chuck Bass. It was all about that Bass. Who didn’t love Chuck Bass? Luckily for us, it seems like it answered that question in the first episode.

“Gossip Girl” is the sequel series of the 2007-2012 series that aired on the CW. It’s produced by the same team that did the original series. Still taking place in the Upper East Side of Manhattan in New York City, the new series sees the rebirth of the former website turned Instagram account and the new generation dealing with her wrath and quick witty posts that expose their secrets. It takes place in the same universe as the original series with nine years passing from present-day in the series and series finale of the original series.

Kristen Bell (“Veronica Mars“) returns as the show narrator, aka Gossip Girl. The show’s main cast is more diverse as they are more LGBTQ+, aka gayer and less white. The cast itself is more of a newer cast with some bigger names in being Thomas Doherty (“Descendants 2“), Eli Brown (“Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists”), Whitney Peak (“The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina“), and famous actress and magazine editor Tavi Gevinson. It’s still a super attractive cast and they work really well together for a newer cast.

SPOILERS MAY LIE AHEAD

Now, I’m going to try to keep this spoiler-free as possible. The first episode of the new series does an excellent job of setting the stakes of what made the lead to the return of Gossip Girl, the impact that she had on the original series, and what happened after her disappearance following the reveal that Dan Humphrey, aka Lonely Boy, was the creator of the blog. Unlike the original series, they don’t tease who is behind the account. We know who is behind the new account within the first act of the first episode. It’s a little weird, and the setup I wasn’t a huge fan of just because it was weird. Like, I get why they did it, but it was just not something that I liked.

Also, I didn’t particularly appreciate how there’s not really any mystery behind who is running the account. That was kind of what made the original series good. You didn’t know who was behind the account, which added a little mystery to the drama. A little ridiculous at times but still good. As I said, I just wasn’t a fan of that and I’m not sure how it will work past one season. Though I am curious if they and how they will continue this on.

“I’ve been so good for so long, it’s time for me to be bad.”

The two new Queens of Constance Billard School for Girls

Now the series really starts to pick up after the iconic return of Gossip Girl. She remains to be “That Bitch.” The kids attend the same schools that the OG characters attended. They aren’t as likable as the original characters, but they are still good, and I hope we get to know them more. The first season is only 12 episodes, so sometimes you don’t get a lot of character, don’t get characterization, if any.

We do get a lot of setup for the storylines of “Gossip Girl.” They are callbacks to the original series but more of a twist to them. We have a sibling rivalry that will literally set the Upper East Side on fire, a love triangle, and a bi-curious love triangle that seems like they want to share. I get Netflix teen drama series “Elite” vibes from this show, and I’m here for it. The series is rated TV-MA so it’s more raunchy and risque. This isn’t your “Gossip Girl.” There isn’t any nudity yet, but there is a lot of implied sex scenes. Like it’s to the point where you know what’s happening because it’s very obvious.

“Destiny is for losers. It’s just a stupid excuse to wait for things to happen instead of making them happen.”

Like most reboot/sequel series, you can’t help but compare the new characters to the original, and this one is no different. In fact, it seems like “Gossip Girl” wants you to compare. She won’t judge you for that. The most blatant one is Doherty’s character of Max Wolfe. I got big Chuck Bass vibes from him, and I’m here for it. I would go as far as to say he’s the Chuck Bass that we wanted in the series. A self-obsessed total manwhore that screws everyone. I hope he has a similar arc to Chuck. But there will always and forever be one Chuck Bass.

Instead of the parents being considered main characters, like in the original, it appears that the teachers will take that role in the series. Frankly, I’m not sure what to think about this. So far, I don’t like the teachers and frankly, they are needed to tell the story. They are kind of set up to where we are supposed to feel bad for the teachers and in all actuality, we don’t we just hate them. Hopefully, something happens with them. We also find out their true objectives within the first two acts of the episode. So it’s truly up in the air with what will happen with them.

Final Thoughts

Based on the first episode, the 2021 sequel series “Gossip Girl” is a great continuation of the iconic late 2000s show it’s based on. Like most first episodes, it starts off slow before finding its footing. This is exasperated because it’s trying to set up the universe for a new audience while also trying to find a happy medium between continuation and reboot. It’s a good start, and as a long-time Gossip Girl lover, I enjoyed the series once the return of the infamous blogger now turned influencer returned.

Whether you are a new watcher of “Gossip Girl” or you watched the original, I highly recommend you check out the sequel series. You don’t need any prior knowledge to understand or get the plot, like stated above, they get you caught up. I do though strongly recommend watching the original “Gossip Girl” because it’s a time machine of that era and frankly, it’s everything.

You can watch both the new “Gossip Girl” and the original “Gossip Girl” on HBO Max. New Episodes premiere every Thursday.

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Flashback: Miley Cyrus still ‘Can’t Be Tamed’

2010 was a weird era in the Disney Channel world. It was when the golden age began to slowly leave their mouse overlord for bigger and better things. Demi Lovato announced that she would be leaving “Sonny with a Chance” before rehab in 2011. Oh, She gifted us the iconic album “Here We Go Again” as well. The Jonas Brothers did “Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam” with Demi before “being in between projects” and their first hiatus in 2011. Selena Gomez was last to leave the mouse as “Wizards of Waverly Place” was just getting started with its success.

Miley Cyrus, the 2010s Disney queen, finished production on the final season of “Hannah Montana.” Miley also donned bird wings and hopped in a birdcage to proclaim that she “couldn’t be tamed.” It’s time to unlock the birdcage and revisit the start of Miley’s maturing image and become the artist we know today.

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I wanna be a part of something I don’t know

Miley from “Can’t Be Tamed” video

“Can’t Be Tamed” is Miley’s third studio album. It also was her final album released on Disney’s label Hollywood Records. Released on June 18, 2010, “Can’t Be Tamed” was produced by Rock Mafia and John Shanks. You’ve heard Rock Mafia’s music before as, like Jason Derulo, they feel the need to have the artist on their song spell out or say their name at the beginning of the song. Rock Mafia was exclusive to Disney Channel and their Hollywood Records label.

The album was a departure from Miley’s previous works, which were more pop-rock. It has more of a dance-pop vibe to it. This would be Miley’s start experimenting with her sound that would continue on with follows up albums. The album has a common theme: being free of expectations and being yourself. Not being tamed by anyone or anything. “Can’t Be Tamed” was the start of Miley’s more mature image, similar to what Britney Spears did with her third album “Britney.” Essentially, an artistry makeover into adulthood.

Singles

There are only two singles from this album. The titular track and “Who Owns My Heart.” While we know that “Can’t Be Tamed” is the stand-out from the album, “Who Owns My Heart” wasn’t the best second single that they could have used to promote the album. Now, I’m not a big fan of having the singles next to each other on the tracklist, especially when they are at the beginning of the album.

“Who Owns My Hearts” is a good song, but it doesn’t carry on the tone that the first single gives you. Personally, I would like liked “Robot” to have been the second single in hindsight. I would have probably help with the promotion. Also, it’s just a better song. Her vocals on it aren’t overly autotuned. It also carries the theme of not being controlled better.

The album

The album itself isn’t bad, but it’s not her best work when it comes to coherent sound. While it’s a dance-pop album, just a few songs just don’t fit in with the album. They aren’t necessarily bad songs, but they just feel out of place. I’m all for Miley singing ballads, and every album needs to have some of them. This album has about 4 of them, including a cover of “Every Rose has Its Thorns” by 80s rock band Poison. The cover isn’t the greatest thing in the world but breaks up the three dance-pop songs. After “Two More Lonely People,” it just turns into a mess when it comes to pacing.

If there was a better flow of the tracks, then it wouldn’t be so bad. It just felt like they gave up trying to tell a story with the album after “Two More Lonely People” and just threw the songs together. This would be the same with the production as well. There’s just way too much production on Miley and her vocals at points. Miley’s vocals don’t need to have autotune on them. You don’t need to have autotune to have dance-pop. “Permanent December” is the perfect example of this. It’s not a good song, and the autotune and the production on it just sounds like a poor attempt to recreate Kesha’s hit 2010 song “Tik Tok.” This album was really all over the place and not in a good way.

The Verdict

“Can’t Be Tamed” didn’t age well for me at all. I remember liking it when it first came out. I have fond memories of listening to it on my iPod in my room, but it just doesn’t hit the same 11 years later. The dance-pop songs are all classics and amazing to re-listen to. It’s the ballads and poor decisions for the placement of songs and productions that make me not want to re-listen the entire album again. Besides the first single, “Can’t Be Tamed,” I highly recommend checking “Two More Lonely People,” “Robot,” and “My Heart Beats for Love.” “Stay” and “My Heart Beats for Love” are the best ballads off this album. If there were only two ballads, then this album would have been way better.

While my feelings have changed for the album, this is still an iconic album and it really helped Miley find out who she is. Without this, we wouldn’t have gotten her next studio album “Bangerz” or even her latest release “Plastic Hearts.” I highly recommend checking out the album if you haven’t already, or if it’s been a while since you heard it. It’s totally worth it.

Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars

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Where in the World is Ted Cruz?

In March 2017, I took an idea from “Saturday Night Live” and turned it into a game during the day days. Today, I decided to turn it into a meme because why not. As we know, Texas senator Ted Cruz decided to leave his state amid a snow crisis. Where did he go? Cancun, Mexico. Yep, Mr. Rafael Edward Cruz decided to take his family on vacation to another country during a pandemic. A place where he would have needed to quarantine more than likely before actually being able to enjoy Mexico. 

In honor of this “great” decision that he is blaming his family for, I created some memes because why not. It’s not entirely similar to the Kellyanne Conway game, but I think it’s a little better. So enjoy “Where in the World is Ted Cruz?”

Click here to play all the versions of “Where in the World is Kellyanne Conway?”

Here he is at a party in Cancun. Looking for his children.

Here’s Ted at the Kid’s Choice Awards with Jojo Siwa. Who knew he was a Siwanator?

No power or heat didn’t even stop Ted from chowing down at Chick-Fil-A.

Spoiler ahead: Ted Cruz didn’t make it too far on his season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race.”

While Ted believes that being LGBTQ is a choice, he made a brave choice to attend Pride. Hopefully, he doesn’t catch what the gays have.

Ted seems to always put himself in awkward situations. Especially when they become memes like this.

While some might think he’s just a character that belongs in fiction like the CW show “Riverdale,” he’s just a fictional version of a politician.

Questions to avoid asking LGBTQ

While we like to think that we live in a more accepting day and age, there are many ignorant people out there. Some of those unaware people might not know that they are ignorant. So I thought I would share some no appropriate questions to ask people under the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer community. Some of these you would consider common sense, but you would also be common sense for people to know how to wear a mask, but that’s an article for a different day.

Kelly Kapoor Office Gif that kind of fits to set the mood

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Is this because you all are snowflakes?

No, this isn’t because LGBTQ is snowflakes or sensitive. It’s just that many people ask questions that are invasive or come across as you trying to devalue someone. It’s okay to have questions and to try to understand them. You have to understand you might not ask some of your questions because they are invasive, following stereotypes, or just something you shouldn’t ask anyone. Keep in mind: These are just general things to avoid. Each person will be different; some people might not care if you ask these questions. Here’s the actual questions:

WHAT PARTS DO YOU HAVE?

Again, you would think that this would be common sense, but we wouldn’t need this article. So asking a transgender person what genitals they have is like asking how big someone’s penis is or details about someone’s vagina. You don’t do this. While I’m not transgender, I know I would like someone asking that of me. Unless you are super close to that person, I would assume like you are about to bang, you really shouldn’t care about whether someone should have a vagina or a penis

HOW DO YOU KNOW?

Before you ask this, I would ask yourself, “How did you know?” So if you are straight, “How did you know that you were Heterosexual?” I’ll give you a moment to ponder that. Did you ponder it? Does it seem like a stupid question? Because it is. If you ask, “when did you realize…,” that is a little more of a better question. Just like heterosexuals, LGBTQ is born the way they are. Lady Gaga didn’t write a song called “Born This Way” to be cute. It’s true. You are born that way at birth, but you might not realize it until down the road. Everyone is going to be different with this. Granted, “When did you realize…” is still a super personal question that I wouldn’t say right off the bat.

BUT AREN’T YOU REALLY JUST GAY?

This question is mainly for the Bisexuals out there! Let’s say this together: BISEXUALS.ARE.A.LEGITMATELY.ORIENTATION. There’s also a reason it’s called LGBTQ and not LGTQ. Besides, it rolls off the tongue better like both genders are legitimately and need to be more respectful than it should. There’s so much biphobia in the world, and frankly, it’s unneeded. Just because you have been with the same gender doesn’t make it any less valid that you might find them attractive along with the opposite gender. It’s like assuming that bisexuals are going to cheat on you because they like both genders. 

Are you sure? You don’t look or sound gay

Please explain to me what looking or sounding gay is. I didn’t know that a sexual orientation looked or say a certain way. I’m afraid that’s not right in so many ways. You can’t go off stereotypes presented in the media. Stereotypes are mistaken ideas or beliefs that many people have about a thing or group based upon how they look on the outside, which may be untrue or only partly true. While homosexual males might like Celine Dion, Cher, etc. They aren’t necessarily extraordinarily flamboyant and wearing pink bows while waving a rainbow on the street. They are shirtless and wearing sex harness that shows off their abs while in their underwear. It’s called pride wear. It’s like the old saying goes, “you can’t judge a book by its cover.” So please stop judging people based on outdated stereotypes. It’s not classy. Here’s my tale about it. 

I hope these inappropriate questions get the ball rolling on thinking before you speak. Like I mentioned prior, responses can vary on the person. I just generalized everyone like how most people generalized the LGBTQ community for years. Please think, “how would I respond to this” before you ask something. That would help a lot of our world issues if we did that more.