Ed Sheeran released his new album ÷, and I can’t tell you how difficult it was for me to actually get. I prefer physical CDs – there’s just something about holding the actual CD in my hands, and looking through the booklet and case that I prefer. If it’s digital, you don’t have that same experience.
Anywho, when I finally got the album, I started listening to some of the songs and I was struck by the similarities of “Shape of You” with Sia’s “Cheap Thrills.” Now, they’re not identical – I’m not going to sit here an claim Sheeran stole from Sia (because he didn’t) – but they employ a similar bouncy effect. But it got me thinking: someone should create a mashup…and someone did:
Personally, I would’ve done the mashup up a little differently – I think they put a weird effect on the chorus. I will say that I liked they kept Sean Paul in the intro. But then I found this mashup that added in Sia’s “The Greatest” to the “Cheap Thrills” and “Shape of You” mash up. Again, I would’ve done it slightly differently, but I think it’s a fun listen.
Lorde is finally back! This past Thursday, Lorde released her new single, “Green Light” from her upcoming second studio album, Melodrama. And I got to say, it was worth the wait. In the four years since Pure Heroine, Lorde has certainly matured – her lyrics are as sharp as ever and even her voice seems wiser. When I first heard “Green Light,” it almost felt like a Robyn song, which makes sense since Lorde has said that Robyn has been one of her influences in creating the new album.
I recently wrote about how many artists require fans to do rather extensive research to find when new albums will be released, when in fact it should be the artist reaching them. I did unfollow Lorde on social media as part of my experiment – I wanted to see if I would hear about Lorde’s album outside of social media.
My plan somewhat failed because one of the people I follow retweeted her tweet announcing “Green Light.” I guess this really just shows the power of social media and how interconnected we are: I thought I could avoid any news from Lorde by simply unfollowing her, forgetting her millions of followers still have the ability to retweet (in actuality, I didn’t forget this was a function, I just assumed people wouldn’t retweet…but as they say, never assume).
Once I heard the news, I threw my experiment away and re followed Lorde on all platforms – I mean, based on this song alone, I can’t wait to hear the rest of the record.
I’ve heard that Melodrama is coming out June 15th, but it wasn’t officially from Lorde, but I think Lorde said it’s coming this summer!
I. CAN’T. FREAKIN. WAIT.
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