The Top 10 Places in the World to Throw a Major Rager Music Festival

Feeling wanderlust? It is the summer and if there is anything that we would rather be doing, it would be traveling, exploring new worlds, and experiencing novel discoveries. It could even be greater than that. Here is a list of the top 10 places in the world to throw a major rager that would create the ultimate unique adventure.

The best part about traveling is that you meet new people, and how you do that is up to you, but here in this list, you are going to find how you can meet and bond with people through the passions that are our interests—food, music, dancing, and architecture. In these places, the only thing you need is a dance floor, a good beat, bright lights, dark nights, and a great group of friends.

So, let us take a look at where our music festival-driven millennial generation would desire to have a party at:

1. ROMAN AMPHITHEATER – FORT PUNTA CHRISTO, CROATIA

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This is the amphitheater, Punta Christo (built in the 19th century), which is one of Pula, Croatia’s numerous forts that was used to hold thousands of spectators who watched gladiators slaughter one another to the death for entertainment. Now this death show has become the hub for many huge techno and house concerts.

 

2. LANGJÖKULL GLACIER – OUTSIDE REYKJAVÍK, ICELAND

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This is one of the most stunning locations for a music festival to be held. The festival here is called Secret Solstice, that is held against a glacier in Reykjavik, Iceland during the summer solstice, which is a 72 hour period of continuous sunlight. It includes events such as the ‘Icerave’ within a glacial cave system that displays artwork and a secret lagoon party in the oldest geothermal pool in Iceland.

 

3. MANOIR DE KEROUAL – GUILERS, FRANCE

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Ooo la la! Here in this French countryside  it is not always quaint and calm. For those that adore techno, but prefer it a little more indie, this is the spot for you. Here is the festival Astropolis, one of France’s oldest and wildest music festivals held in a 16th century manor!

 

4. RED ROCKS AMPHITHEATRE – MORRISON, COLORADO

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This is definitely, one of the biggest festivals around. Be prepared to be one with nature when you trek to this insane music sanctuary in the middle of massive rock structures in Red Rock, Colorado. It has the perfect location for acoustics with its two 300-foot monoliths. It has three major festivals like HARD Red Rocks, with Dog Blood and The Glitch Mob, the Global Dance Festival with Tiësto, Kaskade and Above & Beyond, and the Mad Decent Block Party with What So Not, Major Lazer and more.

 

5. GREAT WALL OF CHINA – CHINA

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Did you ever think that one of the 7 Wonders of the World would be the perfect spot for a festival? Well, the YinYang Festival does. It is known to foster one of the craziest raves in the world. With a seemingly endless dance floor, you can not go wrong partying and enjoying music here with people from all over the world.

 

6. MAYFIELD DEPOT – MANCHESTER, UK

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This has to be one the most absurd and fantastic places to have an epic rager. Held in an abandoned, run-down warehouse, The Warehouse Project is a festival to let loose and go crazy at England’s Mayfield Depot that is soon to be torn down.

 

7. SAHARA DESERT – ERFOUD, MOROCCO

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Transahara festival recently celebrated its eighth and final festival in one of the hottest (punny) places ever, the Sahara Desert. It was set in a secret location 30 minutes from the Village of Erfoud, Morocco. However, just because this festival finished up does not mean that there are not many more in Morocco. It has some wild festivals such as Gnawa where the location is among sand dunes of Merzouga, also known as the Erg Chebbi. It is claimed to be some of the highest dunes in Morocco—some being almost 600 feet high. There is exotic wildlife. There is a beautiful Arab spring. There are pink flamingos and camels!

 

8. ARCOSANTI – ARIZONA DESERT, USA

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Arcosanti is a festival known to be called an ecological “urban laboratory.” Why? Because it is found in the Arizona desert spread across 25 acres, inspired by architect Paolo Soleri’s theory of compact city design, Arcology (combining architecture and ecology).

There are greenhouses, gardens, agricultural fields and fascinating architecture. Arcosanti hosts other events like FORM Arcosanti. If you’re tree hugger, a green lover, or overall an environmentalist who appreciates music, this is the rave for you.

 

9. PETROVARADIN FORTRESS – NOVI SAD, SERBIA

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Over the river and threw the woods… just kidding, but on a hill and next to the Danube river, the Petrovaradin Fortress is a beautiful site in Serbia for an historical venue. Now, this battle protecting barrier is a domain for one super intense festival known as Exit Festival. This festival has been named the “Best Major European Festival” by the EU Festival Awards in 2014. The acoustics are said to be killer and the sites around such as the meadows and fields and underground tunnel systems make for the most unique experience. In a lush valley, the DJ’s have their Dance Arena, and in the past, there have been artists such as Hardwell and Martin Garrix there.

 

And finally, last but not least…

10. FERROPOLIS – GRÄFENHAINICHEN, GERMANY

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Ferropolis, aka “The City of Iron,” is a museum located on a former mining site-turned-industrial monument in Gräfenhainichen, Germany.

Melt Festival is Germany’s biggest rave. The past mining ewuipment surround the vicinity giving the event a dark, edgy, and grungy vibe. Other festivals are held there such as Splash! and “Ferropolis in Flammen”  or “Ferropolis in Flames.”

How insanely awesome is that?!

 

So, make sure the next time you want to go to a music festival, to check out some of these. Would any of these go on your bucket list?

Selena Gomez Just Dropped “Good For You” Featuring A$AP Rocky and the Result is Fire

Selena Gomez released a new song called “Good For You,” featuring American rapper A$AP Rocky. It was finally leaked at Midnight on June 22nd.

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At first when hearing about the collaboration, many people felt skeptical of its production because of the two different genres the two execute. However, the actress and singer was able to perform a solid dark and sexy tune with Rocky that made it a very good listen for the summer. She looks fabulous in the single cover picture and somehow the simplicity of the rhythm and tune fits her melodic, breathy vocals. It is sultry yet classy; it is eerie yet enticing.

Many admit to be very impressed with the piece and with Gomez’s recent year of numerous collaborations such as with her music producing prodigy boyfriend, Zedd, in the song “I Want You To Know,” and her recent appearance in Taylor Swift’s music video for “Bad Blood.”

 

The lyrics she sings are typical of an R&B and hip-hop song and is interesting coming from Gomez, but somehow, it works!

Here is an excerpt:

I’m in my 14 carats, I’m 14 carat
Doing it up like Midas, mmm
Now you say I got a touch, so good, so good
Make you never wanna leave, so don’t, so don’t

It is nothing like we have ever heard  from her before. Gomez, the 22-year old, and A$AP Rocky, the 26-year old decided to work together earlier in the year and an Instagram photo of Selena on the floor with the description “A$AP Rocky” dropped the hint that there would be a collaboration coming out soon.

 

As mentioned, the record is chill, erotic, and epic. A triple threat. I believe Gomez is headed in the right direction with her dynamic choice in music this year for her publicity and her talent experience in the music realm. It has definitely been deemed another leap to escape from the Disney Channel persona she started out with into a sexier and more sophisticated adulthood identity. With Rocky in the mix and the lyrics:

Hold on, take a minute, love

Cause I ain’t trying to mess your image up

The single is supposed to be seen on her upcoming album to follow her 2013 album Stars Dance. Nonetheless, an official release date has not yet been announced.

So, what do you think of the song? Make sure to share this article with your friends and let us know what you thought of it!

Boys Don’t Cry…in Heaven: Frank Ocean and Kid Cudi

After much silence, Frank Ocean and Kid Cudi finally let their inquisitive fans know the names of their newest albums and their approximate release dates!

It has been quite the buzz among people as it has been 3 years since Ocean’s big release Channel Orange and a year since Cudi’s last album Satellite Flight: The Journey to Mother Moon (and the new one will not be the man on the moon III). People have held high expectations for these two new albums and the fact that they both are coming out this summer is why I decided to write this article. I wanted to make a little comparison between Ocean and Cudi based on their background stories, what I have heard from students I have interviewed on campus, and from my radio show crew, The College Blueprint, at WTBU Radio.

“As a writer, as a creator, I’m giving you my experiences.” ~Frank Ocean

This is what Ocean said one night when interviewed on Jimmy Fallon.

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Ocean and skyline. Photosource from interview with The New York Times reporter, Jeff Himmelman.

Christopher Breaux (Ocean’s original name before he officially changed it in 2010) or nicknamed, Lonny, had a childhood that was mostly engaging himself in solitude. He said he used to climb rooftops, listen to music, and read.

Ocean told a New York Times reporter, Jeff Himmelman, that “art’s everything we hope life would be, a lot of times…That’s what I get from it. And that’s what I’ve tried to do. In the storytelling and the sonics and everything. That’s what I’ve tried to do, because I just think that’s the purpose of art. Push, you know?”

Ocean is clearly a 25 year-old man of depth, one who does not take the simple way of thinking. He expresses that profoundness of his personality through the lyrics of his songs and the stories he conveys. He explains the truth of his father leaving his family when he was little in his song “There Will Be Tears.” The synthesized white noise and layers of his voice and beat contradict and unite his heartbreaking tale. His mother explained that his father’s absence left a huge hole in his life. He was trying to find who he was– mind and soul. In his tune “Bad Religion,” Ocean openly refers to his love for another man—a strong and proud moment for him and his fans.

Ocean is a man of many talents, and in addition to releasing his new album called Boys Don’t Cryon July 15th this summer, he will also be releasing a “publication” which he deems is a piece with many layers and where he explains the term he uses #Issue1. He announced these releases via a photo he posted on his official site with a picture of him sitting with a magazine and its cover page labeled all over in the text Boys Don’t Cry and #ISSUE1 #Album3 #JULY2015 #BOYSDONTCRY. Ocean stated, “I got two versions. I got twoooo versions.” What does this mean Ocean?

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Ocean’s album and publication announcement on new project. Photo source from Hiphopdx.com.

A collaborator of his, Nabil Elderkin, complimented his newest works, and in an recent discussion, declared that “everyone should be excited about this new album — that sh** is fire. He’s making a great record. It blows the sophomore-album myth out of the water.”

The new album is expected to feature such producers as Hit-Boy (known for working with Kanye West, Eminem, and Jay-Z) and with Rodney Jerkins (best known for collaborations with Michael Jackson and Destiny’s Child).

In November, Ocean released a new song said to be on the new album called “Memrise” (also found in the video below).

 

You can hear the melodic, raw, harmonic, moody, and atmospheric vibes Ocean consistently incorporates into his work that brands it his own. The R&B singer accentuates the detailing of his music by using the simplest of techniques and sparks the listeners’ attention with his voice and story.

His previous album, Channel Orange, won Best Urban Contemporary Album and was nominated for Album of the Year at the 2013 Grammys. Himmelman proclaimed the album as one of the most meticulously constructed records of the year.

Ocean was also known to be associated with a rap assembly known as Odd Future, an American hip hop group from Los Angeles, California, including members such as Tyler, the Creator and Earl Sweatshirt. This group has gradually been breaking up over time, but their collaborations in this group are, no doubt, a part of the start for these artists and their careers.

In similar fashion, another beloved R&B artist announced the release of his newest album via Twitter on Saturday, April 4th. Just like Ocean, Kid Cudi surprised us all and kept quiet about the album creation and date for so long until he finally announced that it would come out sometime this year of 2015. (And here we thought the two were going to pull another mysterious, out-of-nowhere album drop like Drake.)

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And just like Ocean, Cudi rides on his emotions and is extremely vulnerable to them and expressive of them in his music showing his broken down soul to all of his listeners, but I guess that is what makes them so famous and loved—the relatable connection of sorrow, anguish, and a bit of dysfunction. For this instance, there is such a thing as the “dude in distress.”

A little more on Cudi—his real name is Scott Ramon Seguro Mescudi, born in Cleveland, Ohio where he was a lower-middle class kid. His mother was an elementary school teacher and his father was a house painter and a WWII veteran who died at the age of 67 of cancer in 1995.

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Ocean, no dad. Cudi, no dad.

Cue Cudi and his emotion. Cudi’s mother also spoke about how his father “was always a strong force in their lives, and when he got sick, they went through that sickness with him… it was a devastating time for all of them–Scott especially, because he was the baby. There’s a sadness [in him] because of the void.”

Similarly, Cudi used his misery to drive his creativity and began to have an interest in singing. With the support of his mother, he joined the school choir and read lots of Calvin and Hobbes (YES-loved those comics) to spark his drawing interest. He developed a more serious interest in rap, which she still supported him for (go mom), but even then he continued to carry the melancholy as well as have bad grades, like C’s and D’s. He went to Toledo University but dropped out after one year of studying film. Cudi remarked, “there was something in the room, and everybody was consuming the inspiration,” and so he couldn’t stand it any longer and left hoping to build up the courage to deliver his own words and thoughts through the power of song.

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Through sonic storytelling the two create their music and life maps. Through the intonations, the two artists let their audience into their worlds.

Many people that I have talked to compare the two artists with one another. I always hear around BU or on the radio show I DJ at on how the two have similar contextual backgrounds, mindsets, and definitions of life. They are chill but extremely sensitive beings with a lot to say and a lot to hold back, but their creative capacities are greater than so many that the depressing topics of choice are less irritating and whiny than they are inspiring and moving.

However, I have also heard that both can tend to play on the “safe” side in the way they play the music industry game. People say that it seems the two remain static when there could be more room for experimentation with vocal and musical fluctuation and expression.

I don’t know how I feel about that criticism. I do see how people think that rhythmically, most of their songs keep at the same pace or embody the same aura, and I totally agree that most of their music plays around with the same tools, tempos, and subject matter, but I think that is what makes them so appealing to the crowd. They specifically target that collection of people. Without the voice and tunes and consistency that they bring, I think many of us would be lost with the ever-changing and dynamic world of hip-hop that is mainstream and big like Kendrick Lamar or Jay-Z or Kanye West. Sometimes you just need that break of voice and need to go from a song on an album like To Pimp a Butterfly to a song like “Forest Gump” or “Maniac.” These can sometimes be the go-to songs for listeners out there, but again, it is all personal preference and individual choice and what is so great about music is that it is free—that you have the choice to choose. There are so many options out there to pick from. Ocean had mixtapes though to his credit: TheLonny Breaux Collection and Nostalgia, Ultra. Both were pretty novel.

We have to learn to “embrace the martian,” as Cudi would say or know that “we all try” and can not appease everyone, as Ocean would say.

Nonetheless, no matter who critiques or adores these two, we are all extremely anxious for their new albums and can not wait to see what the two have up their sleeves for us this time.

 

Spotify is Now “Running:” New App Initiative

In the above image, Twitter account @Mashable remarks on their experience with Spotify’s, one of the largest music streaming platforms of our generation, newest app invention. You athletic runners out there, this is for you!

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Picture of @Mashable tweet about their experience with Spotify’s new app. Photo source from Twitter: @Mashable.

Spotify announced the release of its newest app, Spotify Running. Now, let me begin by saying this, I was incredibly amazed by the idea and think that it is going to augment Spotify’s listener and user numbers a ton. It is so innovative. The idea behind the app is that when you start running the app will begin to track your pace and choose songs that match that beat and rhythm of your step while also calculating the genre of songs based on what you have listened to. How cool is that?!

Candice Katz, a Spotify blogger posted that, “Music is the perfect running companion but sometimes you need even more motivation to push on… That’s why Spotify Running is all about helping you go the extra mile.” (Spotify Running video advertisement below.)

Time Magazine even praised the app as something fun and exciting!

Another cool aspect is that the app was constructed with the help of some well-known DJs, like Tiësto, and composers who also included some novel original pieces of their own to fit what runners might prefer to run to.

You’ve got a whole host of genres available to you from hip-hop, to indie kick, to electronic, to pop, to country and more. Just imagine it is like hitting a Piñata and you don’t know what is inside, but that’s the thrill of the surprise! You could get Mumford and Sons, or Kygo, or The Killers, or Zedd, or Beyoncé, or Kendrick Lamar, or Queen, or… Who knows what?! The list goes on!

Spotify announced this sweet new app at a press conference last week and they tweeted about it to their followers on May 21st.

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Image of @Spotify announce its newest app and a #NewSpotify to its followers. Photo source from Twitter: @Spotify.

There has been much talk about the engaging tool Spotify has developed. Specifically, staff writer for Macworld, Caitlin McGarry, was pleased by the database’s fabrication. She wrote,

“The new running feature and podcasts alone would convince me to pony up for a premium subscription if I didn’t have one already.”

Now, she mentioned podcasts. What, you ask? Well, in addition to the Running app, Spotify has also added features to the app design that allows you to watch podcasts and, at the moment, a limited number of, shows and videos. All of this is meant to keep up with the music industry that is growing ever-so rapidly. Although, McGarry may be a strong believer in the renovations, there are still some skeptics out there.

For instance, Spencer Kornhaber, a writer for The Atlantic, criticized the app, noting, “Spotify didn’t revolutionize my run.” He explains that a lot of the time, the app would freeze at one particular mph pace and would not change the song according to his beat or would choose a song he truly didn’t love, but it chose it just because at one point it played through his streaming history. However, he also wrote that “music, study after study has shown, can improve a person’s exercise routine by motivating, distracting, and pushing the body’s tempo…Spotify was smart to bring Tiësto in, as dance is often called “body music” for a reason.”

Nonetheless, I think that it is a great step towards a brighter more successful and creative future for Spotify, and I can’t wait to get the app and start using it for my morning workouts or late night walks this summer.

So, get up and get out and let Spotify soundtrack your life!

The Weeknd Releases a New Music Video “The Hills”

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The Weeknd in the city at night found on his Google+ page.

The Weeknd, aka Abel Tesfaye, recently  gave a preview to his proposed new album that will be debuted sometime this coming year. The title and exact date for the album release is still unknown, but it is to be the follow up album to Kiss Land as well as a continuation to the style of his song “House of Balloons”. The Canadian post-apocalyptic-esque R&B singer, songwriter, and record producer became a sensation when his singles “Often” and “Earned It” hit the “Billboard Hot 100” list!

Now, The Weeknd releases a new music video for his song “The Hills” that includes the lyrics:

Hills have eyes, the hills have eyes
Who are you to judge, who are you to judge?
Hide your lies, girl, hide your lies
Who are you to trust, who are you?

(Lyrics at http://genius.com/The-weeknd-the-hills-lyrics)

The song is quite haunting, but definitely defines what The Weeknd does best. He seduces his audience with his falsettos and lazy intonations that make his music smooth and enticing to listen to.

From the beginning, The Weeknd has always had an eerie atmosphere to his music and it is almost as if you’re Alice in Wonderland stepping into an even darker version of Wonderland, or to Abel’s perspective, “Kiss Land.” Also, just look at his hair? Tell me you do not think he is Other-Earthly or some sort of Other-Being with that spider thing on his head?! (The post-modern version of The Mad Hatter?)

This time, in “The Hills,” the music video commences with The Weeknd, mid-afternoon or early evening, wounded and bleeding from the head. He emerges from the car and then two other women step out of the flipped over car that they were just in. One of the women begins pushing him and shouting at him, but he continues to stagger along through the quaint and typical suburban neighborhood around them. The music and his voice are then accompanied by a freaky sounding scream sprinkled throughout the song. The lights gradually get darker and darker until his face is no longer visible and the car explodes into flames in the background behind him being the only source of light in the frame. The musician eventually enters into a mysterious house and goes upstairs to where he finds two women sprawled across the bed and some random old lady. The end. Uhh… That’s so-Weeknd-like …

The erotic song was produced by Million $ Mano and Illangelo. Abel, the artist himself, presented the song live at Coachella last month.

Here’s the link to the song– Check it out and let us know what you think! What do you think the new album will be like?

On the “Verge” of Summer!

“This is our time
These are our hours
Out on the verge
Out on the verge of the rest of our lives.”

These are the lyrics that get you smiling and ready to take on something incredible– any adventure that comes your way. Every person has that one song that resonates with them and fits their mood perfectly. It is that feel good song that becomes the one tune you blast on repeat for the entire summer. For me, that song may be Owl City’s newest single, “Verge.” No, I did not choose this song because of its name, though it is convenient and is a killer title– if I do say so myself!

Owl City, or Adam Young,  is an American pop-electronica artist (singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist– wow!) from Minnesota. From experimenting in his parents’ basement to becoming a social media sensation to now a Billboards-Hit-Single-recognized-musician, Young has been successful in creating music that puts you in an optimistic mood. He is best known for his singles “Fireflies,” “Vanilla Sky,” and “Good Time (featuring Carly Rae Jepson).”

“Verge” features Aloe Blacc, the artist who does almost everything. He is an American rapper, songwriter, singer, actor, record producer, businessman, musician, philanthropist, pianist, bassist, guitarist and keyboardist.  He is best known for the his hit singles “The Man,” “Wake Me Up,” and “I Need  a Dollar.”

The song, “Verge,” begins with Blaac and then transitions into a marching steady beat with Young’s voice, and then uses typical EDM techniques such as a ping pong effect, a riser, and finally an impact, the song goes into its chorus where the beat and melody continue on with its hopeful and revolutionary tone. The chorus then becomes a layer of vocals (sounding like a crowd singing together) as if encouraging all of us to join in and sing along.

The new release of this collaborative song stems from Owl City’s upcoming album, Mobile Orchestra. It is expected to still embody his typical synthesized and sweet intonations he has done in the past, except he has decided to also include an element of bluegrass bop, tropical house mix, and EDM drops this time. With the light hearted vibe that he delivers in every one his songs, Owl City is sure to release the album that will be a summer favorite. It should be an album to look forward to. He announced the release date to be this summer, July 10th, 2015.

Here is the music video for it!:

 

You can just picture yourself being empowered by this song, running down an endless road or beach, with the sun beaming down on you. It’s just that type of song to get your blood pumping, heart racing, and face smiling.

Again, it couldn’t be more perfect that the name of this song is called “Verge.” I think Verge Campus should consider this to be their new theme song for the summer since we are all about getting out there and expressing and sharing your interests and passions with enthusiasm and spirit!

Don’t forget to share this article with your friends and see what they think of the song– it could just be your summer getaway anthem! Also, if you’re a super fan of Owl City, you should consider pre-ordering his new album!

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Baby, Now We Got Bad Blood

Coming off of her new album, 1989, Taylor Swift introduced her audience to (or more like chucked) her single “Bad Blood” with an epic, novel, futuristic, and star-studded music video directed by Joseph Kahn, who is known for directing other famous projects for artists like Britney Spears, Maroon 5, Mariah Carey and more.

This music video made a huge impression on everyone, especially me, at the Sunday night Billboards Music Awards for 2015!

The song features everyone’s favorite rising rapper, Kendrick Lamar (also T-Swift’s BFF), who recently released his album To Pimp a Butterfly. Along with Swift’s powerful vocals, harsh tones, and extreme glares, Lamar gives the song the perfect beat and edge that the song needs to be the ultimate killer entrance song. *Cue the music!*

 

In an interview with The Fader, Lamar recognizes Swift’s talent saying, “Shout out to Taylor Swift… I enjoy great music outside of my own music all the time, so I definitely can see where she’s coming from when she says that she listens to the record, and it’s a great thing for her to acknowledge that and put that good energy out into the world like that.” That’s high praise!

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Kendrick Lamar poster as Welvin Da Great.

One of my favorite lines from her song is “Band-aids don’t fix bullet holes.” Ha!

The cast featured in this Mission-Impossible-esque production includes:

Taylor Swift as Catastrophe (I knew you were trouble?)
Selena Gomez as Arsyn
Karlie Kloss as Knockout
Kendrick Lamar as Welvin Da Great (a master)
Martha Hunt as HomeSlice
Jessica Alba as Domino  (Confused?)
Serayah as Dilemma
Lena Dunham as Lucky Fiori (holding her super swag cigar)
Hailee Steinfeld as The Trinity (times 3?)
Ellie Goulding as Destructa X
GiGi Hadid as Slay-Z (Jay-Z’s real name)
Hayley Williams as The Crimson Curse (so punk)
Zendaya as Cut-Throat (BAD-ASS)
Lily Aldridge as Frostbyte
Ellen Pompeo as Luna
Mariska Hargitay as Justice
Cara Delevingne as Mother Chucker (aka Bae)
Cindy Crawford as Headmistress

So, ya girls– prepare to feel super empowered when checking out this song. You’ll feel like you can walk with your girl gang and take over the world. (Hey, maybe you boys will too!) Between the sweet martial arts tricks and the post-apocalyptic flare,  anyone would feel the intensity and want to get up and run out to do some parkour. I mean, there is glass shattering, car crashing, dark makeup and clothes, eerie laboratories, advanced technology, changes in weather in glass cases, sick weaponry (like a purse turning into nunchucks–yas Cara!), a teddy bear being shanked in the head and pinned to a wall, and a walk away from a fire explosion in the background… What?!

Many people have compared the action-packed theme and execution of the video as similar to such films as Sucker PunchSin City, and Kick-Ass. People have interpreted the video as Swift storytelling about her former friendship turned into feud with Katy Perry since both had dated John Mayer in the past.

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Taylor Swift cover image for music video of ‘Bad Blood’
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Katy Perry (left) and Taylor Swift (right)

Others proclaim this as the ultra-feminist movement song– some complain about it and some support it. All in all, it is a fun song to jam out to while taking a drive or when getting pumped up for a work-out or a sport game, and everyone should give it a listen without thinking too much into the details. At least this time it is not a boy-crazy song! Who knows, it may become your summer jam! Just smash a wall like Dilemma does (Serayah) and strut through flames with confidence! Let us know what you think!

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When everyone’s strutting through fire. No big deal. #justgirlythings

Song and Lyrics: Instagram’s Newest @Music Initiative

Everyone’s favorite photo gathering social network is constantly innovating itself, which is why it is so strong among the demographic of our generation.

However, they have decided to take on a new project besides adding new filters that add more seconds to a person’s post time (oh no!). Instagram is launching a new account called @music. What is it? Instagram has been known to be a critical domain for artists to connect and interact with their fans in a more artistic and creative way. What the dedicated music account, @music, will provide are a unique way to see what new up-and-coming musicians are out there and a behind-the-scenes look into shows and acts performed by your favorites. This is a new music account, ONLY about music.

Instagram has taken this initiative, and I think that this is a great way for the platform to reach out to the youth of our millennial generation who rely so heavily on our passions for music while also fostering an open-mindedness to journey out to other realms of the field!

@music is going to give people around the world a taste of harmonies and melodies growing globally and exposing people to new types of songs that they would not usually be able to find. Through Instagram’s intriguing platform, artists are able to reach out to many people.

Instagram’s founder and CEO, Kevin Systrom, launched the account recently and said that it would be “dedicated to exploring music around the globe, from those who create it to the community around it” and will be, “a place where people across the musical spectrum come to share stories, reveal their creativity, and connect directly with fans.”

Instagram has mentioned in a past interview that roughly 25 percent of its top-followed accounts belong to popular musicians! They’re first few posts have included such themes as:

“Monthly Hashtag Project on @music,” which is “a series featuring challenges with designated themes and hashtags.  This month’s challenge is #MHPlive. The goal is to make creative images of a live musical performance. Our project takes inspiration from Sacha Lecca (@sachalecca), Deputy Photo Editor at ‘Rolling Stone.’” They then interviewed Lecca about his beginnings in the world of photography and touring with musicians around the world.

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A Romanian rock music concert photographed by Sacha Lecca.

In addition, they went from Lecca taking photographs at a Romanian rock concert to interviewing, No Brain (@officialnobrain), a Korean musician who helped jump-start the punk movement in South Korea in the late 90s and continues to fight for the genre though it is very difficult to support.

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No Brain in the studio.

This is a whole new perspective in the way we connect to what we are passionate about– tunes, rhythms, beats– music!

So, what do you think? For all you music-lovers, check it out and follow it!

Sources for further reference:

http://www.highsnobiety.com/2015/04/30/instagram-music/

https://instagram.com/music/

http://www.ew.com/article/2015/04/29/instagram-launches-music-channel-post-questlove