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On this day in music history: October 18, 1977 - “Goin’ Places”, the eleventh album by The Jacksons is released. Produced by Kenneth Gamble, Leon Huff, Gene McFadden, John Whitehead, Victor Carstarphen, Dexter Wansel and The Jacksons, it is recorded at Sigma Sound Studios in Philadelphia, PA from December 1976 - August 1977. The groups second album on Epic Records like the first is produced by Gamble & Huff and several other Philadelphia International staff writers and producers. It lacks a major hit single, becoming one of the groups poorest selling albums, barely selling 300,000 copies in the US (next to “2300 Jackson Street” in 1989). Though it is the first release in which The Jacksons begin writing their own material (contributing two songs). This opportunity for greater expression comes to full fruition on their next album, when The Jacksons are finally allowed the creative freedom they have long desired. Along with the original vinyl LP, it is also issued as a limited edition picture disc that becomes a collector’s item. It spins off three singles including “Find Me A Girl” (#38 R&B) and the title track (#8 R&B, #52 Pop). The tracks “Different Kind Of Lady”, “Jump for Joy” and “Music’s Takin’ Over” become break outs hit in discos, continuing the succession of underground club classics their albums have generated since the part of their tenure at Motown. “Goin’ Places” peaks at number eleven on the Billboard R&B album chart, and number sixty three on the Top 200.

Me: In Ever After, the music in the background every time Peter sings is very calm and melancholy, while the music in the background every time Jason sings is very loud and tempestuous. This shows their mindsets at the time, because Peter has finally accepted his sexuality and found peace within himself while Jason is still fighting it with everything he’s got and doesn’t know what to do. It’s subtle things like this that make Bare: A Pop Opera such an incredible and underrated show


Mailman: ma'am I just need you to sign for your package

and also hell yeah i’m gonna be extra when niall releases his album bc he’s literally been casted to the side for YEARS, barely getting solo time on albums and basically being labeled as a “back up” singer like…..fuck yeah i’m gonna be extra when his time comes BC HE FUCKING DESERVES IT.

  • Peter: Where were you last night? I waited up.
  • Jason: I crashed at Ivy's.
  • Peter *looks at the camera like he's on the office*: Oh, Really?

Ok. This is extremely long winded and requires a LOT of set up so bare with me.

The Humanz album is a multi-level concert in a five-story warehouse type building. Each interlude in the album is meant to be the listener entering onto a new floor of the building. The concert is meant to end on the roof as a final performance. The listener is meant to be an attendee at the concert. The concert is taking place on the night of the United States presidential election. As the listener enters, they are asked to please turn off their phone and not to turn it on as they proceed through the different stages of the concert.

Ready to get started?

The concert begins on the ground floor in a dark room as “I Switched My Robot Off” plays loudly through the room. As it ends, a spotlight shines onto the stage as Vince Staples starts the introduction to “Ascension.” The stage erupts in a light show as the first chorus begins and the concert begins. The first stage ends as “Momentz” comes to a close and 2-D, the Humanz, and De La Soul go backstage to a crew only elevator.

The listeners move onto the second floor where they are greeted by a hologram of Steve Martin’s “Non-Conformist’s Oath” skit from the interlude. The listener as well as the crowd shout out the parts theyre told to repeat. “Submission” then begins followed by “Charger” before entering the elevator to the next floor.

Still following? Good. Because we’re still building up to the true heart of this head canon.

As the listener enters the elevator, they hear Murdoc say “Elevator Going Up” before the doors open to 2-D already starting “Andromeda.” As “Busted and Blue” finishes, the listener goes onto the fourth floor.

“Talk Radio” begins with the next session of songs. This is when things get interesting. In the green room where all the guest stars and celebrities are watching the election closely.

The listener moves onto the 5th floor that ends with “The Elephant” as confetti shoots out over the crowd. As this is happening, all the guest singers for the deluxe version’s bonus disk arrive in the green room to celebrate Hillary Clinton’s election.

This is where the meat of the head canon comes to fruition.

The listener, as a singular person rather than the whole audience moves away from the crowd of the 5th floor towards the elevators heading to the roof for the final performance. They enter an elevator where they meet Benjamin Clementine and he sings a warning of sorts in the form of “Hallelujah Money” almost exactly like the music video.

As this happens, the guest singers move on to the first floor to help prepare for the VIP after-party and all the Gorillaz members move to the roof for the final performance with Jehnny Beth in tow. However, the guest singers of the deluxe bonus disc decide to stay behind and continue to watch the election. Almost like magic as Benjamin finishes singer to the listener, Trump begins collecting more and more votes until its beyond the point of no return.

In an almost ironic turnabout, the Gorillaz and Jehnny Beth begin “We Got the Power” as the listener walks into the crowd on the roof of the building. As the song goes on, the deluxe guest singers begin to accept the fact Trump has almost certainly won and collectively decide that they just cant let all the concert attendees go home to such a shocking disappointment and immediately begin writing the songs for the bonus disc.

The concert ends and the crowd begins leaving to go home. The listener gets caught in the crowd and cant quite get to the elevators to leave.

Suddenly, the bonus interlude “New World” begins to play for those still stuck on the roof. The listener is now a deluxe listener. The Gorillaz go to the green room, learn of the Trump’s win, and begin to help write “Out of Body,” “Ticker Tape,” and “Circle of Friendz.”

The deluxe guest singers tell the audience of what has happened and spreads the message of how the only way to win this is through love for each other and the songs begin. As “Circle of Friendz” begins, the sirens and sounds of bottles breaking are the sounds of the riots and social unrest in protest to president-elect Trump as the sun begins to rise.

The album ends as the listener leaves the building into the New World with the message of “we are still humans” repeating through their mind as the listener discovers what all has happened through the long night of what started as celebration but has ended in dread and fear.

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Im SICK of SM group stans acting like whiny children, constantly blaming EXO for their problems, I cant believe this shit got retweeted 1k times

Are yall fucking dumb and ignoring shit on purpose. RV and NCT both got MULTIPLE comebacks this year, while EXO got ONE during almost AUGUST when HALF the year passed.

What did SM do for EXO besides doing the bare minimum and releasing an album? EXO’s FIRST comeback for the year was sandwiched between two other acts - did you see us fucking complaining? They were present for THREE music show wins out of their ELEVEN. They had ONE variety promotion on Knowing Bros and THATS IT. The 10 minute vlive variety show we have to PAY for. NCT had NCT life variety with multiple season + other free content as well as RV who made multiple variety appearances, unlike EXO. But NO we should shut up and accept the fact that the last time we had anything like Weekly Idol was FOUR YEARS AGO, bc of some measly TEASERS which are the BARE MINIMUM for ANY group coming back? 

For the repackage, EXO-Ls are literally pleading with SM to have it during October, but NOO we’re taking the limelight away from other groups? For f(x), they aren’t getting a comeback bc of THAAD, Victoria can’t join in just like w Yixing and if theres a difference in coming back as 3 than 8. It’s sad, but SM has already tried pushing Lunber and if there isn’t profit made, SM won’t continue to throw away money. Super Junior are literally getting a comeback soon now that some members recently returned from the army its CONFIRMED. For SHINEE, I have no idea if theyll have a comeback soon after Onews scandal but if Taemin’s comeback was pushed back have yall ever thought that MAYBE there was a reason for it? Why would SM care if a solo and a group promote together, its not the first time they’ve pit their own groups against each other. As for SNSD, we all know the shitty promo was due to contract negotiations and SM being a bitch.

In conclusion: NONE of this has to due with EXO and yall need to stop being whiny ass hoes and recognize that SM is a damn company and they will do whatever they think will bring them the most money. Period. It’s not abt playing favorites, this isn’t kindergarten with Mommy giving the other kid more cookies. I swear some of yall just jump on the bandwagon and dont even stop to think.

The only reason yall are whining in the first place is bc whenever EXO comes back they break records and make a huge splash in the industry so ppl like to delude themselves into thinking that its bc SM is promoting them well and maybe doing mediaplay. AS IF. SM hasnt done shit for EXO besides the bare minimum which is their fucking JOB. The only reason EXO is successful is bc of EXO-Ls, because WE promote them when SM doesnt, bc WE break the records SM doesnt even bother to mediaplay abt. Next time you want to complain and spew bullshit, maybe put that effort into your faves instead.

Golden Stars @ Coridel (for being a generally shitty company and barely releasing Jessica’s 10th Anniversary album and not promoting it or any of their other artists): 

Sone @ SM (for somehow messing up SNSD’s 10th Anniversary comeback from start to finish, which is barely a week):

There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back {S.M}

non-requested// blurb based off of Shawn’s new single, “there’s nothing holdin’ me back”

author’s note// im shooketh shawn’s new song has given me my will to live back someone 2pifhiwuqehfkjwefhckjuwe it is just so ding dang good!!!! 

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She was just a little bit.. Rambunctious may be the correct word. She was everything Shawn had wanted in life and more. He had meet hundreds upon hundreds of girls, but there were none that even held a candle to her. She was beautiful, but not the kind of beautiful that all of the other girls were. She was the kind of beautiful that was that she was so herself that it was impossible not to stop and stare. As she was dancing at that random club he had stopped in while on tour, he felt his heart fall hard and fast. It seemed absolutely ridiculous, love at first sight, but her long black hair flying, her dark arms waving above her head, she didn’t care at all who saw her. 

So of course he had to talk to her. Of course he had to know this beautiful girl’s name. This was just the start of her completely controlling him. The first known instance of Shawn throwing away his inhibitions for this girl. He pushed himself into the crowd, making his way towards her as fast as he possibly could. 

“You like this song?” He asked, awkwardly bopping. He wasn’t much of a ‘dance like there’s nobody there’ type of person. But she obviously was, because she saw him, she may have even recognized who he was, and she continued to flail around loosely to the beat of the song, answering his question with a simple;

“I’ve never heard it before.” He was so drawn to her. He wanted to go wherever she went, he wanted to always be with her. 

Oh, and he made sure that happened.

After she got tired enough to go get a drink, he followed her. 

“Following me?” She had smirked, turning around for just a moment, continuing to walk towards the bar. 

“I’m sorry I ju-” She turned around completely, completely stopping to face him, a grin plastered on her face. 

“Just come sit with me, okay?” And that was it. He was hooked. He was addicted. From that moment on, he took her everywhere. Tour, home, everywhere you could imagine and then some. It’s like every last little bit of sense that was in his brain was shaken out violently. He didn’t care, as long as he was with her. The news had horrible headlines, showing Shawn getting blackout drunk with her, and being rude to fans, and much worse. Of course, he didn’t care. He loved it more than anything when she totally threw caution to the wind and did whatever the hell she wanted. There was nothing holding her back, and he loved it so much. He loved her so much. She made him happy, she made him feel more alive than he ever had before. She made preforming much better, before every single show he had she would always tell him “just imagine everyone naked!” It was one of the most cliche things you could tell someone to get rid of nerves, but it worked. It may have not even been the verbal encouragement that helped, it was probably just the fact that she was there, watching him. It was wonderful, they were so happy. Shawn had done things he had never imagined and she taught him to stop caring about what everyone else thought. She helped him learn to be more alive. It would have been better if he taught her how to dial it down, maybe realize the opinions of others matter just a little, and there are people always watching especially when you are in the public eye. 

Of course, they took things too far eventually. Shawn’s career was going downhill. He could barely sell his albums to where they needed to break even. It wasn’t the music, all of his music and songs were inspired by her, they were crazy and loving and passionate. But they saw all he was doing. They saw his “crazy girlfriend”. They saw that he cut all meet and greets because she asked him to. He didn’t even bat an eye doing whatever she wanted. Deep down, he knew that it wasn’t good. He knew that they would get out of control, their love would spiral out of control to an almost catastrophic point. They had lost their minds, completely. They took it way too far. 

But he didn’t care. He had her. He loved her more than he loved anyone in this world. She meant the world and more to him. He was under the impression that if he had her his life would be completely okay. He thought that she was the only thing that mattered. 

Maybe he was right, maybe he wasn’t. The only thing he really knew was that he loved her. 

author’s note// hey hey hey i love shawn mendes more than i love myself okay have a good night!!! also sorry this was short!! i really kinda like it tho!!!

High School Band AU: Ch. 7

Hope you all like this! ^^


You turn the light switcher and the ceiling fan in one quick move, giving a quick look around the record store. It looks cleaner than it used to be before summer, but you still have some work to do with the records on the second floor. Hopefully, Jaehee and Jumin won’t feel like climbing up the stairs.

“Make yourself comfortable, guys. Or… at least try to.”

“It looks almost like a library.” Jaehee looks around everywhere. “How many records do you think there are?”

“More than 3000.” Jumin states, flipping though some random albums mindlessly.

“3.647, actually.” Both of them look at you curiously. “According to my uncle, don’t look at me like I counted them all.” You lost count, actually.

“It’s impressive. Do you have profit?” Jumin asks, glancing quickly to the cashier register.

“Come on, people don’t buy even CDs these days, let alone vinyl records. We do have some faithful customers, however. My uncle’s former band mates, some elderly citizens who like bolero and hipsters who are looking for inspiration for t-shirts, I guess.”

“Well, some albums’ covers look like true masterpieces, so it’s understandable.” Not really the point, but yeah, he’s right.

“Anyway, feel free to have a look around. Let me know if you like something, maybe there is a symbolic prize and you’ll pay less for it.”

“Oh yes, V told me about how he bought a Patti Smith’s album almost for free.” Ugh… why did V lie about this to him as well?

“How is he? I mean… how is college?” and Rika? Are they dating? Did he find out she’s a weird girl who throws flirty threats to her cousin’s friend?

“He texted me yesterday, we’re not talking much because he’s been busy. I didn’t know you’ve knew him to know he is in college, MC.”

“Well, we had a casual talk right here a few days ago. He talked about college and told me about the audition, the rest you know by yourself.” He also said you’re talented.

“Well, he’s not one to brag, but he can get very cocky sometimes.” He says flipping through some records again. “Do you have Meatloaf?”

“Do you like Meat Loaf?” you and Jaehee ask at the same time, he rolls his eyes and goes back to flipping through the records. Well, he does, and he’s not proud of it.

“I guess you could say it’s a sort of guilty pleasure.” He mutters.

“I think guilty pleasures are so lame.” Both of them look at you. “I mean, why would you be embarrassed about something that makes you happy? Except it’s something outrageous or… incriminating, I don’t know. Why would you be embarrassed about liking Meat Loaf?”

“Because it’s a band with the name of a food, because it’s not even a great rock band, because… their songs aren’t bad…”

“Yeah? And so what? You like it, it makes you happy. Everybody likes terrible things. Me, for example, I love… the Kardashians.”

“Will it be offensive if I say I’m not that surprised?” he asks. Was that… a joke? Coming from Jumin Han?

“It wouldn’t, because I’m not feeling guilty of my pleasure, or… something like this, I guess. What about you, Jaehee? There’s something you’re embarrassed of liking it?”

“Zen.” Jumin says, still looking at the records, not noticing- or not minding- the surprised eyes from both girls.

“Zen?” you ask, trying to ignore he basically called Zen a “something”. “Jaehee, you…?”

“I don’t. Jumin is getting quite imaginative these days.” Wow, she’s being as formal as him, a sign that she’s nervous? A sign that she’s lying?

“Are you denying you liked him when we were freshmen?”

“Every girl liked Zen in the first year. I was no exception, but… now we are fiends and things changed a lot in two years, Jumin.”

“If you say so.” He shrugs, showing he’s not interested in going on with this conversation, but you are.

“Have you and Zen… ever…?”

“Oh, oh no… it was just a crush, but it faded away as soon as we became friends. He… wanted dancing lessons from me.” She blushes and looks away, which is… amusing somehow.

“You dance?”

“I did ballet and modern dance when I was younger. And Zen… wanted to learn how to dance to join the musical theater club.”

“Oh… why haven’t you joined? We could have been buddies watching the club getting shut down.”

“I…” she starts messing some old show tunes records “Oh! A Chorus Line, have you ever heard this one, MC?”

“I did. We sang ‘One’ in the club once. Ugh… so cheesy, I would have shut down any club who submits their students to such a monstrosity like that… but the real musical is great.”

“Oh, I love ‘At the Ballet’!” and then she hums the melody, oh… judging from what you’re hearing, she is… “Oh, sorry, I’m a little tonedeaf.”

“I see…” you hear, actually.

“Anyway… if you don’t mind me asking, what was your fight with Saeran about?”

“You fought with Saeran?” wow, Jumin isn’t really up to date with things going on around him, except when it comes to Zen, and… Rika? No, don’t think bout Rika right now.

“He was just being rude, as usual, but this time I wasn’t having it. Not that I had the other times, fuck him.”

“He was talking about a girl wanting to kiss you…?” Jaehee asks.

“Oh, yeah… that. Hum… you know what? Maybe he isn’t that wrong, I… I’m just crazy.” You don’t really want to talk about Rika in front of Jumin, though you’re pretty sure if there is a person who can give you some answers, it would be him.

“You just said you weren’t having it. What made you change your mind?” he asks. Shit!

“I… I don’t know. And… who cares if there is a girl wanting to kiss me, right? There’s nothing wrong with that. You two know that better than I do, probably.” They both look at you intently.

“What do…”

“… you mean?”

“Well, because you’re both gay,and…”

“Gay?” they look at each other, confused, and then at you. “Who’s gay, MC?” Jaehee asks, blushing.

“You… two? Aren’t you?”

“No!” Jaehee protests clumsly, getting all flustered. Oh… were you doing the stereotype thing again? Just like you did with Zen’s friend? Ugh… stupid!

“I heard that too many times to even bother to answer.” Jumin rolls his eyes. “Oh, and I’m taking these, MC. How much?” you say a price, wondering if you should have established a symbolic price by yourself after obviously upsetting him. “Keep the change. I’ll get going, do you need a ride, Jaehee?”

“No, I’m fine.” He nods and waves a goodbye to you, heading out of the store. Shit… when you thought you two were starting to get along.

“I really screwed up, didn’t I?”

“With Jumin? Nah, I don’t think so. He just… likes to make dramatic exits.” You both chuckle. Though you’re not fully convinced, you’re a little relieved after her attempt of making you feel better, like a great leader would do. “MC, can I ask you something?”

“Yeah, sure.”

“Do you… why did you think I was gay?”

“No particular reason beside me thinking of stereotypes. You just… have this really badass haircut, and… walks with this bunch of guys, and… you know? I should stop talking, I feel like I’m sounding more and more stupid.” She chuckles. “I’m sorry for jumping into conclusions, Jaehee, I…”

“It’s fine. Oh… and just so you know, I… don’t think there’s something wrong with kissing girls, either.” She smiles and you smile back. “So… does that phonograph work?”

“It does, my uncle takes a better care of it than he does with his own health, actually.”

“So, uhm… can we hear this?” she shyly takes the Chorus Line out of the pile, and you smile, taking it from her hand.

But you barely listened to the album, you were busy talking. You used to have a lot of girlfriends when you were in middle school, even though you felt oddly dislocated in girl talking. But with her, it was pretty natural. Your mother used to tell you that when two girl laugh together, they become friends for real. And your cheeks were hurting from how much you laughed.

“So Zen asked me if he had to wear a leotard to learn ballet.”

“Oh my God, tell me you told him that was mandatory!”

“Well, I didn’t… but I regret up until these days not to.” You both laugh. “I… really liked him back then, I didn’t want him to make a fool of himself.”

“What happened? Why haven’t you… confessed to him or something?”

“I honestly realized we would work better as friends. There’s always this point with Zen, you’ll see.” What does she mean? Is she… is she thinking you and Zen…?

“Oh, I guess we are at this point already.” Are you? You haven’t talked much with him ever since… that day you sang with Yoosung… “So… how did a tonedeaf great ballet dancer with a badass haircut like you become the manager of these guys?

“Well, Jumin and I were partners in a lot of group tasks, he was going to take over V’s place at the bass and needed someone to fill his place as the manager, so… I was the better option, according to him.” Oh… Jumin was the manager, no wonder he still acts like a leader, somehow. Did he boss Rika around telling her not to shake her hips like he does to you? “And, I have much more fun than I care to admit, you know? They are… well, you are, like a bunch of brothers, teasing, fighting and in the end, having fun. And I’m the momager.”

“Did you just…?”

“You’re not the only one to like the Kardashians, MC. But shhh, I’m not so proud of my guilty pleasures like you.” You both laugh. “Ahh, is that Sing ? This music is perfect for me!” Oh yeah, the Chorus Line soundtrack, you were so focused o your talk you almost forgot about the song. “See, I really couldn’t sing, I could never do was…”

“Sing.” You follow the record playing, and she smiles at you.

“I have trouble with the…”

“Note”.

“It goes all around my… “

“Throat”

“It’s a terrifying…”

“Thing!”

And you two keep playing this unusual duet, even waltzing in the part they sing “Still, I’m terrific at a… dance!

And as you dance in the limited space, smiling and having fun, you realize how bad you misjudge her in the first time you’ve met each other. The guys showed who they were to you in the minute you’ve met, Zen was flirty, Saeyoung was crazy, Yoosung was sweet, Jumin was cold and Saeran was… a dick. She’s the only one who didn’t show you much, maybe for you to realize she’s even sweeter, nicer and more caring than what you could possibly expect from your first impression?

She’s an amazing person you’re glad o become friends with. To the point you don’t even want her to go when she looks at her watch and says it’s late.

“I had lots of fun today, MC! I knew convincing Jumin to come with me to meet where you work was a good idea!”

“Oh, I thought it was the other way around, he convinced you…”

“Nah, between the two of us, Jumin thinks he is still the boss, but… he’s not.” You two chuckle. “Though, I have to agree with him and say you can take it easy a little on the hips thing.” Well, it’s not like you really mind if you’re being asked politely like this, just because of her, you will consider. “See you tomorrow, MC!”

This was great! You miss haing fun with other girls, if only your classmates weren’t so pathetic gushing over Zen and…

Zen… Jaehee said she doesn’t like Zen anymore, why do you care so much? It’s not like… it’s not like you’re just like your classmates, are you? No, no you’re not! They probably don’t think there’s nothing wrong with kissing girls.


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You honestly don’t know how proud I am for GOT7 and how much I will fight people who say they don’t deserve the things they worked so hard for. Their first album they only sold 166 albums on their first day sales… ONE HUNDRED SIXTY FUCKING SIX albums. They barely started selling albums by the thousands for first day sales when they released MAD and that was at the end of 2015. Now its 2017 and for the last album of their Flight Log trilogy, they surpassed 40K for first day sales. They come from the top three company but people still didn’t recognize their talent, gave so much shit to Youngjae, just problems for them and with each album they keep getting more and more recognition for their hard work. You see how they care for their fans and don’t take anything for granted. If they mess up they apologize for doing wrong. They just work so hard and I’m finally happy that they’re getting the love and recognition that they deserve. It just makes me happy seeing all this and being apart of their fandom.