Etsy Shop Feature: Lily Daniel Designs

Over on Instagram I came across Etsy shop Lily Daniel Designs  was looking for bloggers/YouTubers to review some stickers. I emailed the shop and I was chosen to do so. These stickers were sent to me and I am grateful to be doing this review. Although these stickers were free, my opinion is not swayed and 100% honest.  Below are closeups of the stickers and a detailed video review. Enjoy! Click HERE to get directly to shop.

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Video Review: Nicki Minaj x Beyonce, ‘Feeling Myself’

Just when I thought the video for ‘7/11’ was AMAZING, Nicki Minaj drops her video to her smash ‘Feeling Myself’ alongside Beyoncé this past Monday (5/18). The videos was released exclusively on Tidal, but of course the full length has surfaced elsewhere for non Tidal subscribers, like myself, to view.

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Double Header Video Review: Duff x Spears

Hilary Duff and Britney Spears premiered their respective videos this week and I’ve decided to give my take in a special double header video review. I’ve been seeing clips of Duff’s video for weeks while pictures from Spears’ video with Iggy Azalea had surfaced before the video had even dropped. Well, both videos have been released so let’s get into the review.

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Fire Meet Gasoline

siaAfter a week of hibernating and not checking up on new music, I was excited to see a new video from Sia. Well, what I thought was a new video from Sia. Sia has had an amazing run with Dance Moms Star, Maddie Ziegler, as the two have teamed up for videos: ‘Chandelier,’ ‘Elastic Heart,’ and ‘Big Girls Cry.’ It’s also been quite a space in between the videos being released and since it hadn’t been a month since the release of the ‘Big Girls Cry’ video, a video release for ‘Fire Meets Gasoline’ is interesting.

Now when first watching the video, I like many others, was expecting to see Maddie Ziegler. Well that’s not the case. Continuing on with my “review” from first glance I didn’t even realize that it was Heidi Klum and as I am not a Game of Thrones avid watcher I did not know that was Pedro Pascal either. What looked to be an affair as it kept switching back and forth between Heidi and Oscar being all lovey dove to a woman in the dark disheveling a room. It switched back and forth and back and forth. After watching the video I was left with three questions:

  1. Why did they burn the house down?
  2. What’s with the bloody rock?
  3. What’s the point of the signature Sia wig at the end?

I’ve watched the video numerous times sine then and yeah, I’m at a lost. Before learning that this was NOT, I repeat NOT a Sia video, I was thinking this is completely different than other Sia elements. Sia’s videos are usually grungy and viewers do have to read between the lines to fully get the concept. That’s why I was disappointed with this video because it was just a lot of rolling around and Heidi posing in her lingerie and not enough SUBSTANCE. That’s when I decided to further look into the video.

The video is featured on Sia’s VEVO, but I did not read that the title states “by Heidi Klum.” Sia also tweeted:

Fire Meet Gasoline is not an official music video, not is it my new single. Its a lingerie commercial to which I licensed a song.

As for comments from Heidi:

I love great collaborations and to be given the opportunity to appear n the video while wearing my Heidi Klum Intimates collection, is definitely up there.

Well, there you have it. For all those fans disappointed to not see Maddie or just not content with the concept of the video compared to others, this is not a Sia production. Regardless I still love the song and the video wasn’t too shabby. Check out my album review of 1000 Forms of Fear and take a look at the “lingerie ad” below:

Note: Be sure to click the links in bold to view previous posts.

Video Review: Sia, ‘Elastic Heart’

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Sia has released another visual from her album, 1000 Forms of Fear (click HERE to read album review), to the track ‘Elastic Heart.’ Before watching I was interested to see if the video would take the same interpretive dance route that ‘Chandelier’ took and I was right. As Sia is not in the video herself, she uses her videos to bring the songs to life. The track on the album did feature The Weeknd, but for the video it’s Sia singing alone.

The video began with a cage which reminded me of a wrestling match. Inside there were the two stars of the video, Shia LaBeouf and the same star of ‘Chandelier’ (click HERE for that review), Maddie Ziegler. The two are in nude attire which would cause for skepticism from certain viewers as Shia is 28 and Maddie is 12. Looking past that and sticking to the video there is a lot of thought behind it.

The cage itself becomes symbolic in the end of the video. It is seen as a bubble that a father and daughter are caught in when the relationship between the two is diabolical. It’s unhealthy and the little girl frights and fights as he tries to get closer and soothe her. As he gets closer she gets animalistic and tries to bite him. When reading more about Sia she discussed that she believed her father had Multiple Personality Disorder. That animalistic behavior was a result of that and her father continuously tried to calm her as she continued to fight him.

Mid video the tables turn and he tries to escape only she lays and calms. He thinks its safe enough to approach her yet she snaps yet again. She calms once more and eventually escapes the cage. Her father looks around to find himself alone and then she slips back in to try and save him. He had tried to get out once before, as mentioned, but he stayed for her. As she comes in and sits on his back that’s symbolic of her being the constant weight on his shoulders, but once she realized that she tries to get him out. She has found a way to get herself out, now she wants to help in.

Once she climbs down she takes his hand to walk out the cage, but and tries to pull him out, but he’s stuck. Looking past Shia might not being able to get through the bars it’s symbolic in her winning the battle and him being stuck within. The end of the video and the silence of her screams as she tries to pull him out and watching him limply stare into space was heart wrenching. He realized it was too late and her face knew it was too, but as she still wanted to try he knew his fate.

The video makes it seem as she’s the one that’s crazy, but it’s really her defense mechanism to him. She has to act a certain way to deal with all that he comes with.

Lyrically and musically the song is amazing. The lyrics explain why she cannot be broken down and how her heart is pretty much indestructible. Sia has a powerful voice, but as she murmurs in certain spots and keeps her voice low it puts emphasis on not only the words, but the overall emotion as well.

This video goes beyond the displays of a father/daughter relationship. It’s a symbol of any dysfunctional relationship where two people feel trapped and as one tries to help and the other continuously fights. The great thing about a video such as this is that it gives the viewer a chance to not only enter the world of the artist, but enter another world of their own. One viewer may take away something that another viewer may not. It’s all about perspective and videos that give that are pure art and is a job well done by the artist. Another visual slam dunk for Sia. As visual albums seem to be some type of a trend, this album could really be turned into a motion picture. Visually it would be absolutely amazing.

Despite what critics have said such as the video displaying pedophilia, the video is absolutely beautiful to me as I see the symbolism. Sia has countered those claims by explaining that Shia and Maddie are the only two she felt could execute her vision. Sia has already performed this song on Late Night With Seth Meyers back in June of last year and she will be performing the song again on January 17th on Saturday Night Live with Maddie taking the lead.

Check out the video below and feel free to leave your thoughts.

This Year in Music: 2014 Favorites

It’s been quite a year in music and for the first time since I’ve started blogging it’s been a slow one. Of course there have been albums released and artists making their way back to the forefront, but it’s been a lackluster year for me which could probably be seen in my reviews. I love to review albums, singles, and videos from artists that I have grown to love over the years. I will not be covering every music accomplishment of the year, just my personal favorites. Also no celeb drama will be included. You can click HERE if interested in what I think about the flood of celeb breakups. Anyway, let’s get into it. As always be sure to click the links as it will lead you to the reviews that I have done. In total I have reviewed 16 albums, 33 singles, and 51 videos; grand total 100. Not to shabby.

Favorite Albums of the Year

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I take my time with album reviews and try to connect and find some meaning to the way the artists have compiled the tracks and the overall sound of the project. Some shined, some disappointed, and some made me fall in love again.

Two albums that I loved this year were Magic!’s, Don’t Kill the Magic and Sia’s, 1000 Forms of FearAs for a soundtrack I LOVED the Think Like a Man Too Soundtrack with 14 original tracks from Mary J. Blige. (I still have yet to see the movie).

While she didn’t release an album this year, JoJo’s Valentine’s Day EP, #LoveJo, can be added to my favs. Her cover of Anita Baker’s, ‘Caught Up In The Rapture’, is one for the books.

sia-chandelier-video-2Video of the Year

Yes I was on a Sia craze this year and her video gets video of the year for my picks goes to her heartfelt ‘Chandelier’ video, As I stated in my review I envisioned an interpretive dance video for the track and I was so happy for that to be the outcome. I absolutely love it and if she didn’t release anything else that entire year that song and video would really suffice. My other two picks are Janelle Monáe’s sorority inspired video, Electric Lady and Queen Bey’s, ‘7.11.’ (Again, click the links!)

1. Sia, ‘Chandelier’

2. Janelle Monáe, ‘Electric Lady’

3. Beyoncè, ‘7/11’

Honorable Mentions – Katy Perry, ‘This Is How We Do’ / Coldplay, ‘Sky Full of Stars’

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As I loved both Don’t Kill the Magic and 1000 Forms of Fear, there was nothing played except from the lead singles, Rude’ and ‘Chandelier’, from each compilation respectively. I could see the Issue with Magic! as they released a reggae track yet not much reggae was found on their album. As for Sia, she’s an incognito artist, but her album was absolutely beautiful. Sia is nominated for _ Grammy’s for ‘Chandelier’. Unfortunately ‘Rude’ just might be the greatest thing that happened for Magic! I can’t wait to see them perform in 2015 alongside Maroon 5 on tour.

Songs I Don’t Want to Hear in 2015

The radio has a way of making your ears bleed when they play the same songs on five different stations at the same time in rotation. Two songs that I do NOT want to hear in 2015 are Iggy Azalea’s, ‘Black Widow’, and Ariana Grande’s, ‘Break Free.’ It’s been a great year for those two young ladies, but the radio played out those songs to no end. I thought ‘Fancy’ was bad, but I would rather hear Taylor Swift’, ‘Shake It Off’ followed by ‘Blank Space’ then ‘All About That Bass’ over and over then to hear ‘Black Widow’ and ‘Break Free’.

Artists I Can’t Wait To Hear From in 2015

Well this one is a no brainer, RIHANNA! There were rumors of her releasing her with studio album as a surprise this year, but I pretty much guarantee that she will be releasing one next year. Hopefully we won;t have to endure an entire year without Rihanna music and that it will hit right around Spring, Summer the latest. I absolutely LOVED Unapologetic (Click HERE for that review) and it was one of my favorites last year.

Speaking of Rihanna, how could I forget the return of Adele. It’s been nearly 4 years since the release of her multi-platinum album, 21, and I can’t wait to hear more. There’s been rumors of the album being titled ’25’ which makes sense as both her 1st and 2nd album had numeric significance. I just can’t wait to hear more of her amazing voice.

Lastly,  I’m excited to hear more from is Meghan Trainor. When I first saw her ‘All About That Bass’ video on Facebook I thought it would be just another fad, BUT Meghan has soared to the top of Billboard’s Hot 100 and can now add Grammy-award nominee to her list of accomplishments and her debut,, hasn’t even been reeled yet. I loved her EP, Titleand I can’t wait to hear her album.

Albums I Need to Listen to at the Top of 2015

There’s two albums in particular that I didn’t get around to listening to upon their releases and that’s Taylor Swift’s, 1989and J. Cole’s, 2014 Forrest Hills Drive. I’m not sure when I will be doing a review of those too, but expect in sometime in January. Definitely need to give those two a listen. Also congrats to both on their album sales.

Welp, that’s it. It was a long post, but I think I covered my favs. Stay tuned for my follow-up post of some of my favorite songs of 2014. Click HERE if you’re interested in seeing what my non-music favs were of this year and CHEERS to 2015. More reviews to come starting tomorrow.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Video Review: Beyoncé, ‘7/11’


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 has captured me, and all of social media, with the release of her video ‘7/11’ last night (11/21). I had heard a snippet of the song earlier in the week and I was like eh, it’s alright. This is why videos need to never go away because THIS video MADE the song for me.

Beyoncé is no stranger to acting silly and this song is even more turnt with her showing that side of herself. This low budget video is really EVERYTHING! She starts with dancing not he balcony in undies & a sweatshirt. Throughout the whole video she really is dancing here and there in her underwear. I mean who doesn’tt do that?

Sidebar- If you’re saying you don’t go around your house dancing in your underwear, you’re probably lying,

Back to the video. It’s hard to explain because words do not do justice to all the energy in this video. She’s doing what everyone does on the regular when their favorite song comes on. Or, if you made up some random song with your friends and you jam out to it whenever you can. That’s the vibe I get from this video. This is not to be a deep song and it shows that Beyonce can have fun too and not all her songs have to be serious.

I don’t see her as degrading herself, ruining her career, or setting a bad example as a mother. Just because she is a mom does not mean she has to turn off her fun button. She’s not endangering her child so twerking around is not the end of the world. Yes in one scene there is Blue Ivy on the bed, but with the reversal of the editing she had jumped off the bed and not jumped on the bed with Blue on it. Speaking of that scene. Props to the hotel room not being tidy for the video. Yes, celebrities are HUMAN. They throw their clothes everywhere too.

Screen-Shot-2014-11-22-at-00.30.18I love when her friends join in and get just as crunk as she is. This song is on HEAVY rotation and will be on the re-release of her self-titled albums which drops monday, 11/24. READ HERE for full details on that. Expect to hear this on urban radio soon. I’m still trying to figure out if that was Jay running by at the end of the video.

Cheers to what ever else Queen Bey has in store for 2015. Keep spinning while your hands up & don’t you drop that alcohol.

Check out the video below: