1.) Lose You to Love Me – Selena Gomez
Gomez revisits the events of her past relationship and sings about her rough journey overcoming heartbreak, and betrayal. The crisp video that accompanies the song displayed Selena’s anger, hurt and confusion during that point of her life. Shot by the latest version of the iPhone, the iPhone 11 Pro. This marks Gomez’s first number 1 track on the Billboard charts.
2.) Someone You Loved – Lewis Capaldi
Another song based off of fallen love. The character Capaldi portrays is someone who opened up and allowed themselves to be vulnerable, but yet, the partner suddenly “then…pulled the rug.”. At this point, the torn individual feels like he no longer has anyone to turn to for comfort, assurance, or a sense of security. Now, one has to become accustomed to navigating life on their own outside of a relationship. “Someone You Loved” officially marks Lewis Capaldi’s first song to reach the Billboard Top 100 Chart. Capaldi partnered up with the charity organization “Live life, Give Life” with intending to increase awareness for individuals in need of organ donations.
3.) Circles – Post Malone
Two individuals are tied up in a relationship that goes up and down. Every time they “run away” from one another, they somehow end up going back to one another. For one reason or the other, the individuals are drawn to each other, but apparently, not for all the right reasons. Malone allows his partner make the make the moves “…so I don’t take the blame.”. At the end of the day, Malone’s character knows inside his heart that the relationship has to come to an end once and for all before the relationship turns toxic. The “Better Now” artist premiered “Circles” in New York City during his Bud Light Drive Bar Tour.
4.) Senorita – Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello
Ever since they have started dating one another, singer-songwriters Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello have been the talk of the town over the past few of months. “Senorita” outlines the blossoming of a romantic relationship. In the sweet yet steamy music video, the “I Know What You Did Last Summer” singers found themselves grossly intrigued by one another from the very moment they laid eyes on each other. As the saying goes, “From there, it was history.”. Both the song and the video that compliments it convey how they cannot resist one another, for no matter how hard either one of them try to deny it, they always find themselves craving and thinking about each other when they are apart. “Senorita” marks the first collaboration that Mendes and Cabello did as a couple. They preformed the song for the first time at the 2019 Video Music Awards.
5.) Truth Hurts – Lizzo
Not so long ago, “Truth Hurts” spent some time in the spotlight as number 1 on the Billboard 100. This song is about a woman realizing that the man she was with was “holding me back” when she was the one doing all the heavy-lifting in the relationship to ensure his well-being. Given the situation, the woman Lizzo portrays decides that she does not necessarily need to get married to be happy. In fact, Lizzo offers the man up to other girls who have been chasing after him. Nothing or anyone is worth being a “side chick”. It happens that Lizzo’s “Truth Hurts” came out in 2017. The song did not get much attention until the track featured on Lizzo’s third studio album “Cuz I Love You”. “Truth Hurts” alone has lasted on the Billboard Top 100 Chart for 26 weeks.
6.) Good as Hell – Lizzo
An empowering song that encourages women not to spend time fretting over a relationship gone bad where “…he don’t love you anymore…”. Lizzo implies that women should not beg to stay in any relationship because at the end of the day, if the individual claims that they do not want you [anymore], it is their loss – life goes on. The music video shows that one of the best lasting remedies to a let-down is feeling good about yourself by looking good, treating yourself, embracing your self-worth and being surrounded by supportive friends. This is another song of Lizzo’s that had originally came out few years ago (2016), but did not gain popularity until after her performance at the 2019 Video Music Awards.
7.) Follow God – Kayne West
The “Stronger” artist is implementing some changes in his life to better himself. Over the past several years, a lot of people have known Kayne for “going off the rails” in terms of his personality and attitude. This time around, he is trying to cool down by embracing the Lord, and all of the opportunities and successes he has gained in life. “Follow God” also serves as a tribute to West’s father, for they have not always seen eye to eye, which severed their relationship. Based off of the lyrics, it appears as if Kayne did not greatly appreciate his father, nor listen to his words of wisdom. Well, that situation is totally different today.
At the end of the newly premiered music video, Kanye writes a message where he states “My dad came to visit me at one of our ranches in Cody, Wyoming. He talked about his love for fishing, and how he would like to come here in the summers. It took me 42 years to realize that my dad was my best friend. He asked me, “How many acres is this?” I told him 4000. He replied with these three words: “A black man?” “.
This message goes to show that no matter ones race or ethnicity, anything is achievable with determination, hard worth ethic, and talent. This song is the meat and potatoes of Kayne West’s new upcoming album, Jesus is King. “Follow God” becomes Kayne’s 18th track to be amongst the top 10 hits on the Hot 100.
8.) No Guidance – Chris Brown ft. Drake
Brown fans, Drake fans and “No Guidance” listeners alike would have likely did a double take from the very moment they came across the song. “Why surprised?” some may wonder… . Well, it all goes back to the bloody, physical altercation that transpired between Chris Brown, Drake, and their entourage at a night club in the year 2012. It is alleged that this viral, out-of-control brawl was over singer/songwriter, and now fashion designer, Rihanna.
Rihanna dated Chris Brown 2008-2009. After a serious 2009 domestic violence case between the “Look at Me Now” and “Man Down” singers, the two ended their relationship. By the time 2011 came, Rihanna began dating the Canadian singer/rapper, Drake. At the night club in 2012, it was stated that Chris Brown made the cordial gesture of sending a fine wine over to Drake’s table… only for Drake to reject the gesture, and pass over a note to Brown’s table that grossly flaunted the fact that he was sleeping with Rihanna at the time (despite the fact Brown had already had a new girlfriend). From there, a massive fight between the two broke out that also consisted of the throwing of glass bottles. A lot of people got horrifically injured due to being caught up in the crossfire of the brawl. A few individuals in the fight had to get stitches on the face and head.
The fact that Brown and the Canadian made a song together strongly indicates an olive branch was extended, and that therefore, both have settled their deep-seated issues. While the song itself praises ‘that special women’s’ qualities, the video “depicts a dance battle between Brown and Drake in which they resolve their beef – mirroring the ending of their real-life feud.”. – Billboard
9.) Panini – Lil Nas X
“Panini” has reached as high as number 5 on the Hot 100 chart. The “Old Town Road” signer also released a remix of this song with DaBaby a month afterward. The animated series on Cartoon Network, “Chowder” inspired the title of Lil Nas X’s song, for “Panini” is the name of a young female character who is crazy for the main character, Chowder. Throughout the less than 2-minute song, Lil Nas X conveys how someone who proclaims to love him suddenly starts to act cold and distant when he stumbles upon success. Disney channel star “Skai Jackson” stars in the official video.
10.) Bad Guy – Billie Eilish
17 year-old star Billie Eilish Pirate Baird O’Connell (formally known as Billie Eilish in the music world) has already taken the music industry by storm. She is a singer and songwriter with a very unique style that is captivating to watchers and listeners. “Bad Guy” is one of Eilish’s works that puts those qualities on full display. Eilish’s “Bad Guy” has been amongst the Hot 100 for a whopping 34 weeks! Not only that, but “Billie is the first person born in the new millennium to get a No.1 on the Hot 100.” according to Billboard. The video that accompanies the song has well over 624 million views. A few months after the release, Eilish got to release a remixed version of the song whom features her childhood idol, Justin Bieber. The young woman has already earned a MTV music award for the best new artist this year (2019).
YFN Lucci Wanted for Felony Murder in ATL
American rapper, singer, and songwriter Rayshawn Lamar Bennett, professionally known as YFN Lucci is presently wanted by the Atlanta police department for allegedly shooting a man to death.
Lucci has been slapped with multiple charges including possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, participation in criminal street gang activity, aggravated assault, and felony murder.
The 29year old rapper is suspected of being involved in a shooting incident in southwest Atlanta last month, which left one man dead from a gunshot wound to the head and another man injured.
Atlanta PD is offering up to $5,000 for info leading to his arrest and conviction as the rapper is still on the run.
The Lyrical Era Re-sprouts
Among the several evolutions taking place in the Nigerian entertainment industry, the music sector has passed through many eras.
The 80s and 90s were filled with lyrically inclined songs, no matter the genre. Artists were known for their heavy lyrics, which appealed to people at that time.
Y2k birthed a new era of “very” commercial music; an era, musicians took little effort in writing as much as a themed verse.
A musician only needed to be intoxicated and equipped with the latest sound effects and a groovy beat to the awe of music lovers.
Some artists from the 90s adjusted to this trend thereby creating and expanding their fan base.
Then a pandemic happened; rebuilding tolerance amongst impatient music lovers who now had ample time to accommodate verbose lyrics due to idleness caused by the “stay at home” order in 2020.
New artists like Fireboy DML, Joeboy, and Omah Lay immediately set the pace with their lyrically verbose tunes, for old artists who wanted to remain relevant.
Presently a song without meaningful lyrics won’t be a hit.
Video: Wizkid Features Burna Boy for the First Time
Since 2011, Ayo Balogun aka Wizkid hasn’t fallen short of hits with great collaborations.
His latest collaboration was with the African Giant crooner, Burna boy in a song called Ginger featured in his latest album Made in Lagos.
The spanking new video released yesterday the 8th of January, 2021, depicted a lavish lifestyle, packed with an onslaught of video vixens, with the star attraction of a local game of “Ayo” played with diamonds for stones.
Both Wizkid and Burna Boy have been in comparison along with Davido by fans as they had one action in common lately; the release of a new album.
The last quarter of 2020 saw the release of Made In Lagos music album by Wizkid, Twice as Tall album by Burna Boy, and A Better Time album by Davido putting the trio at the forefront in the competition to be the best in the Nigerian music industry.
Cardi B Experiences Nigeria’s Epileptic Power Supply, Rendering Bad Remarks
Cardi B touched down Nigeria excited on Friday as she is set to perform at the Eko Hotels and Suites on December 7, 2019, for the first time.
The American female rapper flew in excited, twerking to her remix of DMW boss, Davido’s song “Fall” in a video she posted while on the plane.
In the Video Cardi B was excited coming to Nigeria. She went on to caption the video with a quote announcing her trip to Africa, saying:
“1:03 am drop my KK in NY on my way to Afrriiiiicaaaaaaaaaa baybeeeee!!!!!!”
Her excitement went sour as she checked into her hotel room, covering her nose with a scarf. Furthermore, posting a video online comparing Nigeria to the Dominican Republic, with the epileptic power supply and lousy infrastructure in common.
The video was made while she was taking a short tour around Lagos state, showing the not-so-impressive infrastructure while she stated: “we are in the mother f*cking Nigeria, No light, this sh*t looks like the Dominican Republic.”
Nigerians reacting to the video post on Instagram agreed with her observation with some stating how they pay per month amidst the inconsistent power supply.
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