#ClassicPopPicks

#ClassicPopPicks

Last week I shared my ultimate gig wish list for 2016 and this week for Music Monday, we are going to take a trip down memory lane. Even though pop isn’t my favourite genre, pop music was one of the reasons why I developed my love for music. I love songs from 2007-2011 because I began to have a passion for music at this time. I like the fact that there’s a lot of British artists in this playlist as well as American artists and my favourite artists in this playlist include Lady Gaga, Duffy, The Saturdays, Sam Sparro, Fergie and Christina Aguilera. This playlist is definitely contains the classics and most artists in this playlist were at their prime during this time. Happy Halloween and Enjoy this playlist!

Omone 😀

My Ultimate Gig Wish List 2016

My Ultimate Gig Wish List 2016

Going to gigs are one of the most invigorating and exciting experiences in the world, so many good artists are doing gigs right now and here are a list of artists and bands that I would love to see live!

1) Drake

Drake is undeniably one of my favourite rappers in the world due to his versatility when he’s singing or rapping. He’s announced his new tour called Boy Meets World and he begins performing in the UK in January 2017.  His latest album, Views (2016), includes great tunes for example Hotline Bling, Controlla and One DanceViews received 245 million streams which took over the previous record of Beyonce’s Lemonade (2016). His first show in the UK is in Glasgow and you can find tickets and tour dates here.

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2) Ariana Grande

Ariana released one of my favourite songs this year, Side To Side, featuring Nicki Minaj. I love the Caribbean influence of this song and I would love to hear Ariana and Nicki perform this live. I have been quite impressed with her latest singles, not only are they catchy but they display her beautiful vocals. The Dangerous Woman Tour is going to be her biggest European tour which starts in May 2017 in Stockholm, you can access tour dates and tickets here.

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3) Craig David

7 Days by Craig David is one the most famous songs from the early 2000s and I have loved his comeback including his single Ain’t Giving Up, with British DJ Sigala, which is a great tune. Craig released his latest album, Following My Intuition (2016), last month. His album reached no.1 on the UK albums chart and this is his first no.1 album since he released Born to Do it in 2000. One of my closest friends went to his gig in the O2 and she said that it was amazing. It would be great to see this urban soul singer live, you can access tickets and tour dates here.

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4) Coldplay

Coldplay are one of my favourite rock bands ever, I could list a number of songs I love by them which is why I would love to go to one of their gigs. Coldplay are known to have one of the best live shows with an amazing atmosphere of music and dancing. I’ve wanted to go to a Coldplay gig for quite a while but right now their doing their international tour in countries like Australia, New Zealand and Germany. If you’d like some more information on Coldplay’s tour dates click here.

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5) UB40

The reason I put UB40 on this list is because they are an amazing British Reggae band that I’ve loved for a long time. Unfortunately, there aren’t many British Reggae singers/bands that have been brought to people’s attention and UB40 are one of the most successful reggae bands worldwide, selling over 70 million records. Some of my favourite songs by them include Red Red Wine, Can’t Help Falling In Love and I Got You Babe. They are having gigs in Reading, Blackburn and other cities, for more information click here.

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6) Sigala

Sigala is one of my favourite house DJs and some of my favourite songs include Easy Love and Give Me Your Love, featuring John Newman. The atmosphere of being in a house/dance music gig would be electrifying which is one of the reasons why I want to see Sigala live. Sigala has gigs beginning in February and you can find more details here.

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7) Maxwell and Mary J. Blige

I personally believe that Maxwell has the most beautiful and soulful voice on earth. The first time I heard Maxwell’s version of This Woman’s Work, originally by Kate Bush, on MTV unplugged, I really wanted to be one of the audience members hearing his delicate voice. Mary J. Blige is one of my old favourites and some of my favourite songs by her include Real Love, Family Affair and Don’t Mind. Maxwell and Mary J. Blige are going on a UK tour which begins at the O2. For more details on tour dates and tickets click here

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8) Tom Odell

I would love to be up close in a small crowd, watching Tom Odell play the piano whilst singing one of my favourite songs by him, Another Love. I can imagine his gigs being more intimate than putting emphasis on stage lights and amazing graphics. If you’d like to see him live click here to buy your ticket.

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I would like to give a shoutout to GetToTheFront.com, please check out this website to access tour dates and get tickets to see your favourite artists and celebrities live!

Omone 😀

Music Monday: 24/10/16

Music Monday: 24/10/16

This weeks songs are:

1) Foxes – Let Go For Tonight

Let Go For Tonight is a pop song by the English singer, Foxes. This is the fifth track on her album, Glorious (2014) but it also featured on her debut EP, Warrior (2012) as a demo. I really like this song because it’s all about seizing the moment, relaxing and focusing on the love you and your partner share. It can sometimes be hard to let go of everything and enjoy the moment due to our stressful and busy lives. This song peaked at no. 7 on the UKs Singles chart however, it reached no. 1 on the Japan Hot Overseas chart in 2014. please listen to this song below:

Foxes – Let Go For Tonight

3) KDA – Just Say ft. Tinashe

KDA is a house music producer and this song features American singer-songwriter, Tinashe. I love the powerful beat in this song and the distortion of Tinashe’s voice which, creates a unique and upbeat track. The lyrics of this song are quite self-explanatory as she says “Just say that you love me, cause I want you to”. This is the first song that I’ve listened to by KDA and I really like it so check out this track below:

KDA – Just Say ft. Tinashe

3) Oh Land -White Nights

Danish recording artist, Oh Land, released this song back in 2011 and it appeared on her self-titled album, Oh Land (2011). This was her first top 20 single on the Danish Singles Chart and it also appeared on an episodes of Teen Wolf called ‘The Tell’ in 2011. This song is about summer nights that don’t go dark even though the sun goes down. I really like the softness of her voice in this song so please check out this cool song below:

Oh Land – White Nights

Enjoy the song choices for this week and please tell me what you think about these songs!

Omone 😀

It’s Finally Half Term

It’s Finally Half Term

If you haven’t already guessed from the title, next week is half term meaning no school for a week. Also, I don’t have that much homework to do except for some revision and I have to make a 3D model of the action of insulin in the body. I’m quite happy because I’m up to date with everything on my UCAS, all I have to do is put on my personal statement, pay and send. I think we’ve reached half term quite quickly, and if you think about it, there isn’t that much time until Christmas break. 

I was going to visit my mum and brother in Manchester but I’ve decided not too because I’ve got filming to do for media studies and their other things I need to do. I’ll visit them during Christmas break but even then I’ll have a lot of revision to do for January. I am so excited to start filming my documentary on how the representation of ethnic minorities in the media are affecting young people. I’ve asked a few on my friends and they’ve all agreed to be interviewed and also I’m hopefully going to get some footage from my church on Sunday. Media studies is kind of the only subject that I’m doing at the moment that I am throughly enjoying. I love psyhcology but I feel like I’m under a lot of pressure and I enjoy biology but the amount of work we get from our teacher is ridiculous. Another thing is that I am the star student of the week in Psychology because I got great results on my essay. I’m quite proud of that because this is the first time I’ve really stood out in Psychology and my class is full of really smart people. 

I hope you guys have been having a great week and please comment below what you’ve been up to this week/any plans for the weekend!

Omone 😀

Music Monday: Solange

Music Monday: Solange

Solange  released her third studio album, A Seat at the Table (2016) last month and it features songs like ‘Don’t Touch My Hair’ and ‘Cranes In The Sky’. Honestly, I haven’t really listened to any songs by Solange in the past and I’d only recognise her as being Beyonce’s older sister. ‘Don’t Touch My Hair’ is a mix between funk music and electronic and it definitely grew on me the more times I listened to it. This songs accurately reflects how important Black people express themselves through their hair and how we should celebrate how unique it and ignore any negative comments/ideas about our hair. The first line says ‘Don’t touch my hair, When it’s the feelings I wear’, its weird beacuse I can relate to people in the past literally coming up to me, uninvited and touching my hair like it’s some sort of magical artefact. LOL. I like how she notices that our hair is a way of self-expression whether we use weaver or go natural. I particularly like the pre-hook where she says They don’t understand, What it means to me, Where we chose to go, Where we’ve been to know’ because it truthfully talks about how sometimes Black people’s hair is said to be undesirable compared to European hair and how other people might not understand why we like to take care of hair so much. Check out this great song below:

SOLANGE – Don’t Touch My Hair

‘Cranes In The Sky’ is the lead single of her album and it was actually written in 2008. The song talks about the pains of being an African-American woman and how Solange tried to deal with these problems through drinking, sex etc. The first verse says ‘I tried to drink it away, I tried to put one in the air, I tried to dance it away, I tried to change it with my hair‘, Solange is literally trying to push those negative thoughts and feelings away from her and she feels as if the rejection she has faced, over the years, are hanging over head like cranes in sky.  I really like the music video for this song, it reflects how beautiful and delicate her voice and this song is. There are some great scenery in the music video and the harmonies when she says Away is so beautiful. Fun fact: the music video for this song was shot in nine different cities. Please listen to this song below:

SOLANGE – Cranes In The Sky

I hope you like this weeks special on Solange and please tell me whether you’d like to see more artist specials from me!

Omone 😀

Keeping Your Head Up…

Keeping Your Head Up…

This weeks post is named after the song Keeping Your Head Up by Birdy, it’s such a beautiful song, if you haven’t please do! The highlight of this week was having an insert day on Tuesday, meaning that I didn’t have to go to school. I was quite glad as well beacuse Tuesday is my only full day of lessons and on the other days I have at least one free period.

Time is moving on so fast, it’s half term in two weeks and people have already been sending off their UCAS applications for university and getting offers. I know people who have already gotten offers from Warwick and Bristol university. One of my friends has gotten an unconditional from Birmingham university to study biochemistry. I need to finish my application and send it off soon beacuse I’ve been told that they decide to offer you a place as soon as your application is in, they don’t wait until the deadline to start going through applications, so it’s in my best interest to send my application off early.

These few weeks back in sixth form has really made reality hit me, the fact that we are going to be going to university next year and starting a sort of new chapter in our lives is still crazy to me. A lot of people have been upset about their predicted grades and they’ve realised how this could all change which universities give them offers. I’ve been having a lot of assessments and tests these few weeks and the results have come with varying success which really put me down sometimes, but I am not going to let it get me down. It feels like we’re under a lot of pressure to do well and know everything automatically and this has definitely taken some of the passion that I had for certain subjects, away…

Please tell me what you’ve been up to lately and have a great weekend!

Omone 😀

Music Monday: 10/10/16

Music Monday: 10/10/16

This weeks songs are:

1) Cheat Codes & Dante Klein – Let Me Hold You (Turn Me On)

This is one song cover that I absolutely love! Cheat Codes and Dutch DJ, Dante Klein created this EDM cover of Kevin Lyttle’s banger, ‘Turn Me On’, which was released in 2003. If you haven’t heard the original song then obviously you must have been living under a rock! I really like the original dancehall version of this song by Kevin Lyttle but I also enjoy this version which features some new lyrics. Both songs talk about how they’re going to take the girl they have their eyes on home, so please check out this great song below:

Cheat Codes & Dante Klein – Let Me Hold You (Turn Me On)

2) Usher – There Goes My Baby

There Goes My Baby is an down-tempo R&B track from Usher’s sixth studio album, Raymond v. Raymond (2010). It peaked at no.25 on the Billboard Hot 10o and Usher brilliantly explains this song by saying in 2010: “The feeling of it is if you have a true connection with somebody, no matter what happens in life, it will always come back, No matter how long it takes to make it through whatever issues pull you apart, something pulls you back together. The rest is between the lines.” I love hearing Usher’s falsetto, it’s what makes this song so beautiful so, please check out this song below:

Usher – There Goes My Baby

3) Labrinth – Let The Sun Shine

English Musician, Labrinth, released this song back in 2010 and it’s the sixth track on his debut album, Electronic Earth (2012). This song brings back old memories of when I first started downloading songs onto my Sony Ericsson phone when I was 12. He talked about the inspiration for this song and said: “It was influenced by the sun coming up. I was working in my little studio in my bedroom. My brother was sleeping in the bunk bed behind me and kept waking up saying, ‘Keep it down, you’re making too much noise.’ At that time, I felt I was learning so much musically and it felt like the most perfect moment writing that track with the first rays of sun shining into the room. People listen to it and they say it sounds like a ‘eureka!’ moment and it was.” Check out this nice song below:

Labrinth – Let The Sun Shine

Enjoy this weeks songs and please tell me what songs I should feature on next weeks Music Monday!

Omone 😀

Our Harry Potter Marathon 

Our Harry Potter Marathon 

This week has actually been really good, mostly because I’ve been rewatching all the Harry Potter films with my younger cousins. This was their first time watching Harry Potter and it was great knowing that they love it as much as I do! We are watching the fifth movie: Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix right now  so I hope they don’t cry too much when Sirius dies😢 I love Harry Potter so much and it was a great experience when I went to the Harry Potter studios and got a tour for FREE because I was doing work experience there. This year, I’m doing voluntary work at a local primary school.

I am nearly finished with my personal statement and UCAS application which is due for mid November so, I still have some time to finish that off. I’ve completed a lot of my courswork for media studies and I’ve confirmed what I’m going to be doing for my practical production which is an opening sequence of a documentary about how the representation of ethnic minorities in the media has affected young people. I’m going to get my friends to be in it and ask my Aunty if she would allow me to interview her about the worries she has on how the media are representing black people and how this might affect her young daughters growing up. I am quite excited to start filming, I have 10 weeks to plan and shoot the production and then 9 weeks to edit it. I promise, when I’ve finished making the documentary opening, I’ll share it with you guys😁

I’ve been listening to a lot of Kanye West and Solange this week and I’m in love with Solange’s new songs ‘Don’t touch my hair’ and ‘Cranes in the sky’ which I might feature on Music Monday this week. I hope you guys have been having a good and productive week. Please comment what you’ve been up to and I’ll see you guys on Monday!

Omone 😀

Music Monday: 03/10/16

Music Monday: 03/10/16

This weeks songs are:

1) Maverick Sabre – Let Me Go

Maverick Sabre is an English-Irish singer/songwriter/rapper, who released Let Me Go back in 2011. This song is a hip-hop/r&b track from his second debut studio album, Lonely Are The Brave (2011), which was titled after a movie he watched when he was 12. Let Me Go peaked at no. 16 on the UKs Singles chart in 2011 and I remember, when I was 13 years old, hearing this song for the first time on TV and falling in love with it. Maverick opened up and said that this song was about his alcohol problems, specifically Jack Daniels. I particularly like Maverick’s unique and soulful voice so please check out this song below:

Maverick Sabre – Let Me Go

2) Wretch 32 – Don’t Go ft. Josh Kumra

Don’t Go is also a Hip-Hip/r&b track, released by English rapper, Wretch 32 featuring Josh Kumra. This is the fourteenth track on his debut studio albums, Black and White (2011), which is a mixture of British Hip-hop, r&b and grime. This song reached no. 1 on the UKs singles chart in 2011. Wretch 32 said that this song, originally known to be a love song, is about his love for music which was surprising to many people. Check out this great song below:

Wretch 32 – Don’t Go ft. Josh Kumra

3) Garbage – #1 Crush

I first heard #1 Crush while watching a video about Spike and Drusilla from Buffy The Vampire Slayer. This song was written and recorded between March 1994- May 1995 and it also appeared on the soundtrack for Romeo + Juliet (1996). #1 Crush is actually the B-side to their debut release Vow and this song is about having an obsession over a love interest. Shirley, the lead singer of this group, said this about the song in 1997 – “All real love is a form of obsession. If you love someone more than anything else, that degree of exclusivity requires an abnormal amount of passion and care. And that can be positive. It’s just that keeping it short of unhealthy, short of violence, really requires a bit of moderation. You can’t let something like that take over all of your thought processes.”

Garbage – #1 Crush

The Missing Cord!

The Missing Cord!

A lot has been going on this week, I had an end of topic assessment in biology, a mid unit assessment in psychology and a first draft of my critical investigation for media studies. The critical investigation is a 2000 word essay about a problem or issue in the media however, it could also be about narrative structure in the media or genre. The title of my critical investigation is ‘To what extent are the representation of ethnic minorities constructed for western audiences‘ and I’ve been enjoying carrying out research and talking about different movies that are and are not constructed for western audiences. For my investigation, I had to watch American Sniper  after school on Thursday so that I could analyse the film because my teacher said that you can’t really write about a media text that you haven’t watched. I handed in my first draft yesterday, proof read and colour coded, and I’m quite happy with the finished result. At first I thought doing ethnic minorities was too broad for my essay and I should have just focused on one but I managed to do as many as I planned to do. A lot of people in my class are doing the representation of black people in the media, so I hope in some ways that my essay stands out.

However, one of the most tragic things happened on Tuesday! Nope, no one died however, I lost my iPhone charging cord!! I left it accidentally in the media room when I was charging my phone and I only noticed that I didn’t have it when I was back at home. Why does this have to happen to me? I went to school the next day and checked the media room and all the other rooms I was in on Tuesday, but I still couldn’t find it😫 I even asked the reception, but they didn’t have it. I think overall, that it was probably stolen by someone who wanted an extra iPhone charger😡 but I guess it is kind of my my fault for leaving it there! I ordered a new cord and it came yesterday, hoorayyy! I know this might sound a bit cliché but honestly, spending some time without using my phone kinda made me realise how luck I am to have a phone and I even went to bed earlier because I wasn’t on it😂

Today, I ‘m getting my hair done at the hairdressers, I hope you guys have a great weekend and I’ll be back on Monday!

Omone 😀

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