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Billie Eilish – “Happier Than Ever” Album Review

One of the biggest stars of the century is back. Stark in maturity, complexion and musicality, Billie’s “Happier Than Ever.” Her genre-defining sound has been prolific since the debut of ocean eyes, and her first debut, WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? with bad guy and when’s the party over. But this time, gone are the baggy clothes, the adolescent catharsis and the unique hair. This time, comes a new Billie. All grown up. Illustrious, sleek and sexy, Billie Eilish comes of age. And with, her first vogue cover. In what seems like a turning of age, she has become the female face of modern diplomacy, charting course for changes not just in an old-fashioned music industry for women, but the restrictions women face in every day-to-day environments.

If the album name goes by anything, safe to say, she is finally happy and comfortable with who she is, out and proud within her music, too.

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Happier Than Ever brings a more wiser, self-reflective approach to Billie’s artistry with Getting Older, which tackles responsibility, sexual harassment and reflecting the distress she has gone through within the music industry. Which to me, after seeing her grown up in such a difficult industry being in the limelight, is quite sad.

“Things I once enjoyed,

Just keep me employed now.”

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Fan pre-favourites, my future, Your Power and Lost Cause are strong contenders within an album fluxed with empowering emotion, undulating electronics and lustful lyrics that are so Billie. GOLDWING and Everybody Dies are my favourites among those already chosen, with the atmospheric space scapes making a return to her sophomore album. It’s a refreshing take on her music, shedding the skin of the angry from her debut and returning to her former modest self on her new and nurturing EP of don’t smile at me.

Worth the listen – even for the status of the artist.

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Has Ed Sheeran “sold his soul” to the industry?

Long gone are the days of intimate acoustics of Small Bump, and now, Sheeran is causing rather large bumps in the ripple of music consumers, as people are feeling like he’s lost himself in the glamours of fame and money with music composition.

With the release of electro-dance mish mash of Bad Habits sounding hardly like the orange-coloured popstar, people are starting to lose their way and have doubts with him. It’s certainly no surprise though. After amassing such a following worth 60 million monthly listeners on Spotify, and generating billions with one of the biggest worldwide tours ever held with his divide album in 2017, it is any surprise his sound has changed into global mainstream pop mania when it has made one of the most successful pop artists in the world?

With this said, thousands of artists become popular, mainstream global artists but still keep their original sounds, integrity and formalities, allowing them to stay grounded and more importantly, true to the music. With Sheeran speaking in interviews, his thoughts on his music and others around him – aswell as seemingly buying property in the entire Suffolk region, it seems he has certainly lost aspects of both integrity and staying grounded.

But, what are your thoughts on Ed Sheeran and his music?

Has he really lost himself to the music?

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KSI: Breaking Boundaries

From FIFA to Forbes, KSI has become one of the most successful start-up stories throughout the music industry.

In an unexpected tradition of starting from YouTube, he has tarnished his shaky reputation he received in ’13 and has gone on to music stardom with the likes of Craig David, Rick Ross and Yungblud.

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Breaking boundaries since his pinnacle rise – and he’s only just getting started.

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Originally as an internet personality strife with making FIFA videos from the comfort of his own bedroom. He has ultimately broken his own comfort into becoming an international icon known for breaking the boundaries of countless genres, industries and expectations of a “YouTuber”and with the Internet star drawing up two top ten songs in the space of a couple of weeks, I think it’s time we give him his due credit, don’t you think?

Merely starting out with his own DIY EPs with Keep Up in 2016, and entertaining singles like Lamborghini the year prior, KSI (formally known as Olajide “JJ” Olatunji) soon shed the laughing stock off his back, took himself far more seriously and gained instant momentum in the music industry. Not only creating the incandescent flavours of UK grime and polished rap, but also unafraid to exploit the tropes of popular music, KSI has broken ground like none other. In a short span of 5 years or so, it is a success story for the ages. Literally casting the tropes of Drake’s “started from the bottom,” his music has ultimately become more confident, competent and mature in production and artistry.

Don’t Play, Lighter, Really Love, Patience. The list is ever-growing and he becomes more and more hungry for growth and opportunity. You could certainly argue that it is easier to break through the music industry with an already avid fan base from his YouTube entertainment, and it essentially allowed him to do half a job. But that other half is equally as important. JJ still required the drive and ambition to shed those stereotypes, that reputation of him and go on to do greater.

Whatever you think of him, his ambition in music, boxing and business is next-to-none and greatly inspiring to those that have similar humble beginnings to what he had.

His fanbase may have shifted, and his videos may not be what entertain me today, but I’ll always remain a fan of his, even if it is just for his journey.