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BY CONTRIBUTOR TRE FLOREZ
1. imagine - Ariana Grande
Ariana Grande is back at it again with a new single, one that has her thinking about a normal life. Imagine, that. Still abuzz from the record breaking success of thank u, next, which music video now holds the record for most views in a 24 hour period, Grande is keeping herself busy and imagining a world where her and her lover can have an anti-celebrity life. Aside from being wishful, the song is a beautiful and soft love letter, that exposes an emotional side of her, quite similar to her early era expressions.
The track is very simple, a focused beat with piano and strategically spaced stringed instruments throughout. Grande even shows off her vocal range, with four whistle notes (think Mariah Carey) at the end of the song. Imagine is very well done and will fittingly be a very effective second single for her upcoming album in the works.
The lyrics first tell of an alternate reality, in which Grande is thinking of with her lover:
“Step up the two of us, nobody knows us
The second verse is more of a admiration of the lover, standing to be the inspiration behind the song:
“Knew you were perfect after the first kiss
Such a sensitive topic for somebody who has recently faced so many challenges in the media, as of late.
Ariana is growing so much as an artist and at such a rapid pace, listeners are sure to be in for some great pop, especially after her most recent album, "sweetener", was snubbed for Grammmy noms She never seems to stay on one project for too long, these days. This may just be exactly what get her fans so hyped; each new single usually becomes the next big charting hit.
2. Tell Me It’s Over - Avril Lavigne
The comeback radio needed, but didn’t necessarily ask for, is now underway. 2000’s Canadian punk-pop queen Avril Lavigne released a second single, Tell Me It’s Over, from her upcoming album in 2019, "Head Above Water". The song has an older feel; starting with just guitar and vocals, then Lavigne's vocals hit in a jazzy way. When the chorus kicks in, you get some fast hi-hat and some horns in the background, to enhance how loud Avril’s voice can become. The track really shows off her vocal range and a side of her voice that many, quite honestly, are not used to hearing from her.
While still sticking to her emo angsty roots, Tell Me It’s Over is about how Avril’s relationship needs to be defined, and she needs closure on it being over. In the first verse she sings:
“I ain't playing no games
And in the chorus, she bares it all:
“But every time that you touch me
So sad, but it's very important to be clear on where you stand.
The music video is out, and while underwhelming, shows Avril now, as a more mature version of the skater chick we once all knew her as. This new era of Lavigne is shaping out to be a period of reflecting on a not so successful relationship. The first single, of which is Christian oriented is titled, Head Above Water, noting on how much she has been struggling, and asking God to not let her drown. If the rest of the album is like this, it will undoubtedly be an emotional album.
Tyler J. Drinnen, is the Founder and Editor in Chief of iTEM MAGAZINE,
a poet and freelance fashion writer, photographer and abstract visual content producer.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Media Studies from Sonoma State University, where he wrote a weekly Opinion Column For
The Star, dabbled with his own radio podcast format, titled Saturday Nite Scandal, and helped to create one of the first of 25 Professional Student Lead PR Firms in the USA.
From there on, he continued his work by interning with Sonoma Discoveries Magazine and then shortly after wrote and interned for Fashion School Daily, where he solidified his love for feature writing and working with emerging talents from around the world.
In December of 2016, he received an Honorary Master of Arts in Fashion Journalism from the Academy of Art University. And what an achievement that was, to be the first in his program to have graduated a full semester early. Bringing him to four degrees in a short five and a half years, nothing will stop him from bringing art to the eyes of many.
He has worked in the fashion industry for nearly a decade, from commercial retail management to corporate level ghost writing. Now - he the poet - T.J.D. takes his life public with the independent launch of the urban California lifestyle based fashion-art movement, iTEM MAGAZINE: A Platform For Rising Artists.