“I was getting kinda used to being someone you loved.” The sentence is simple; the sentiment is deep. Lewis Capaldi howls these words at the peak of his breakthrough hit, his coarse, hearty vocals lending gravitas to the maudlin piano figure at the song’s spine. “Someone You Loved” is a ballad about the pain of … More »
Ariana Grande captures the zeitgeist of contemporary millennial dating in her latest single, “boyfriend.” Case in point, the lyrical content of the song’s choruses: “You ain’t my boyfriend/I ain’t your girlfriend/But you don’t want me to see nobody else/And I don’t want you to see nobody,” Grande sings. It’s a laid-back, casually confessional cut that plays to Grande’s strengths: vocal-centric, romantically contemplative statement productions.
Two-man outfit, Social House, score a feature on the track. Their silky vocal contributions amplify the single’s catchy appeal, while complementing the songstress’ own smoothly delivered verses. The inevitably radio-destined effort is the successor to Grande’s prior single, “MONOPOLY,” which featured Victoria Monét.
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Ariana Grande has been frank about her desire to release music as frequently as rappers do, kicking out singles and projects whenever they’re ready rather than adhering to traditional pop album cycles. And that’s just what she’s done over the past year. Grande followed up her fantastic Sweetener album with thank … More »
A new kind of pop star: In a musical landscape full of false messiahs billing themselves as game-changers, it’s easy to scoff at the notion, but truly transformative figures come along more often than you’d think. How many musical inflection points have been sparked by a magnetic persona who synthesizes a bunch of trends and … More »