Over a month ago, Iggy Azalea released her new single “Team” from her upcoming album Digital Distortion. At first, I wasn’t chuffed. I do enjoy some of Iggy’s songs (they tend to have good beats to bike/work out to), but I wouldn’t call myself an Azalean (a giant fan of Iggy Azalea). When I heard the preview of “Team” on iTunes, it didn’t initially grab me. But judging a song based on the forty second preview (or however long they are these days) is like judging a book by its cover, so I listened to the below YouTube clip.
After I heard the song in it’s entirety, I immediately bought it. The thing I like about this song is that you can just blare it on repeat and dance (or bike) and lose yourself (also, my biking playlist was getting kind of stale, so I needed new tracks). It has a great beat and some interesting synth work.
This song also got me to think about a debate that started when Iggy Azalea was nominated last year for her Grammys: is she a true rap/hip-hop artist or is she more in the pop genre? There were many debates whether “Fancy” was more of a pop song than a rap song (I was confused why “Fancy (featuring Charli XCX)” was nominated for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance – I had thought it would fall under the Best Rap/Sung Collaboration). Personally, I think she’s distinctly rapping in that song – Charli XCX is obviously singing a pop melody, but the verses are not sung. They’re clearly rapped.
But if I compare “Team” to “Fancy,” “Team” sounds more like a pop song. I mean, she is rapping in the verses, but it’s more of a fierce sung rap (if that makes sense). They’re not like the traditional fast chant of a rap.
I bring this up not to discredit Iggy Azalea as an artist, but to point out that genre labels don’t really matter, especially in this current climate of music. Genres are crossing over, styles and elements of each genres are fusing together and we’re getting new sounds. I personally am all for this breaking down of musical rules and artists creating what’s true and honest to them. I grew up taking music lessons since I was five, and it always bothered me that there were so many rules, that music had to be played a certain way.
If it sounds good, who cares if it’s done the right way?
I may have mentioned a couple times this past summer, like every summer, that I’ve been biking a lot. There’s a great bike path right down the street from me, so it’s great to blare the music and peddle my problems away. Usually I create a playlist each year, and then add or remove songs throughout the year.
I created a Spotify Playlist of some of the music I listen to while biking/working out in case you’re looking for some new beats or a song to change up your playlist.
NOTE: There’s no particular order because I just hit “shuffle” before I start biking.
Here’s other songs that I usually listen to, but couldn’t find on Spotify:
It’s been a while since I posted a playlist, and I’m not entirely sure anyone has actually listened to any of them besides myself, but I thought it be fun to post what kind of stuff I’ve been listening to lately. When I started tweeting out #PhillipsSongOfTheDay with a song title (it’s been a while, forgive me), I started keeping keeping a list of those songs (which you can peruse here). It’s been interesting to see how my taste in music/listening patterns have changed over time; it seemed to reflect what I was going through in life. Recently, I’ve been getting into alternative and some indie rock music (which is something I never thought I’d get into). I mean, the playlist below doesn’t really portray that because there are still some big pop numbers in there, but I think it does show my slow transition into the alternative taste.
It’s that time of year again. In one month, the Grammys will announce the nominees for the 57th Grammys. I really get into watching the Grammys and predicting who will get nominated and who will win (and I am actually pretty good at it). While sometimes it feels like the Grammys are rigged and sometimes I wonder how some songs even get nominated, I think they occasionally do a good job at honoring great music . For me, the Grammys are a great way to be introduced to new music and/or different genres. I’m in the process of creating my list of potential nominees, so I will update/edit this as I think of nominees, but look out for the real list December 5th!
I base my nomination predications on looking at past actions of the Academy and looking at past nominees; I’m not predicting nominations because I personally think they’re awesome (some of them I actually don’t), but because they’re just likely to get chosen.
Below are some categories with potential nominees as I think of them (there is no order, and I’m not capping the nominees at 5 like the Grammys will…I’m good, but not that good). Again, it’s not who I think will or should be nominated, it’s more a list of who could be and has a good shot at being nominated, and it’s not a complete list because I haven’t finished thinking about it, so it will grow/be edited until the actual nominations are released .
So, if you’re like me, you’re single while everyone you know is in a loving relationship. Which is absolutely lovely (#sarcasm). I decided to play off this awkward situation and create a new playlist where we would celebrate our independence (we can do whatever we want!), we can reminisce with songs of why being in a relationship isn’t all bliss like my friends would like to make me believe, and listen to songs that would just take us away from feeling so lonely (which we aren’t feeling…ahem). Happy listening!
P.S. I don’t know if you noticed this, but I chose only songs that were released as singles…get it?
I’ve had this ridiculous headache all week, but today it’s really bad. Which basically puts me in a sluggish mood, basically not wanting to do anything. So, I decided to just hang out (i.e. do nothing), relax, and find some new music; I’m kind of sick of the music I’ve been listening to recently. It’s been a kind of musical drought. So I flip through Spotify and decided to test out Iggy Azalea’s album The New Classic. I clicked on her song “Bounce,” and found my booty shaking. Well, I was at least tapping my foot…and there was some head banging going on… Given the fact I really don’t want to do anything right now and this song gave me the desire to dance, “Bounce” by Iggy Azalea must be #PhillipsSongOfTheDay.
Listen to “Bounce” by Iggy Azalea:
Happy Fourth of July to my American readers! I hope y’all have fun and are safe. Any of you who are, like me, being hit by Hurricane Arthur, stay dry! So far it’s not so bad…just wet and humid….always fun weather.