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OMG MEL the album is so good I wanna cry Lee taemin did THAT

This album isn’t just good…it’s not even just great or amazing or groundbreaking….I feel very strongly when I say that this album is quite literally one of the best albums that will come out of this century [period] Not the best kpop album, or the best solo album or even the best Taemin album. With this album….’good’ doesn’t cut it. None of the adjectives in any language would be able to accurately describe this album down to its last beat. 

Listening to MOVE, I experienced feelings that I never knew possible while listening to an album. It was like having not just an out of body experience, but an out of this universe experience. I quite literally ascended to heaven, descended to hell, and then rose back on Earth multiple times while listening. I’m taking a break now, but I’m sure if i went back to listen to the album, i’d have the exact same feeling with the exact same intensity. 

Taemin didn’t just do that. He did it, and then he made sure that no one else would ever be able to do the same. This is something so uniquely Taemin, so complex with so many levels and twists and turns that it cannot be repeated. 

Taemin created something. He gave us a gift. And the world of music will never be the same.

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'When you’re black you have to fight': Tinashe, Kehlani and other female R&B artists struggle for attention
Only three black women have topped the charts in the past 10 years. Here's why.
By Gerrick D. Kennedy

Three years ago, all the signs pointed one way: Tinashe was on her way to pop stardom.

In 2012, when she was just 19, she produced two critically acclaimed mixtapes that landed her a deal at RCA. A year later her debut single, “2 On,” made it to No. 24 on Billboard’s Hot 100. Her 2014 debut album, “Aquarius,” was met with critical acclaim and she was nominated for a BET Award.

Since then, the singer-songwriter has toured with Nicki Minaj and Katy Perry, collaborated with Britney Spears, earned praise from idol Janet Jackson and issued two buzzy projects, including last year’s digital-only work “Nightride.”

Yet Tinashe’s career has hit an impasse.

Nearly two years after it was announced to much hype, RCA has yet to release her long-gestating sophomore album, “Joyride.” As a string of genre-hopping singles and collaborations with artists like Spears, Chris Brown and Young Thug failed to produce a major hit, “Joyride” and her young career have stalled.

Attempting a restart, she has learned many things: that pop hits speak louder than reviews, only crossover stars make real money and being a black female performer comes with inherent challenges.

“Critical acclaim hasn’t been enough in my experience,” said the 24-year-old, who was born Tinashe Kachingwe. “The label appreciates it, but the music business, in my perspective, is still so much based on revenue and how much they are making in sales. That’s where it gets really [crappy].”

“You just want to make art for the sake of art,” she continued, “and not have people [care] about a number, first-week sales or things like that.”

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Seeing comments/confessions like “I know Little Mix are grown women and they can be sexy if they want, but I think they need to tone it down because they do have younger fans” or “Glory Days is great but where are the inspirational songs? Like it’s all about sex now, they should really think about their younger fans”. And all I keep thinking is. What about their older fans? What about the fans that have literally grew up with LM? Why can’t they get the music that appeals to them as well? Why do the girls have to cater only to the younger demographic and completely ignore their older demographic?.

Glory Days might not be the most inspirational album they’ve done. But it still has killer songs that help make you feel empowered, like Power and Shout Out To My Ex. It still has stunning ballads, like Nobody Like You and F.U. It still sounds like Little Mix only they’ve experimented with what’s current on the charts now, which is the EDM sound. What I’ve always loved about LM is their ability to create something new, that us fans, wouldn’t expect but still keep the essence of LM.

I get the girls have a lot of younger fans, but there aren’t the only fans they have. And it gets really frustrating to see LM getting hated on (by their own fandom) for growing up and becoming confident, strong, young women. I really hope LM keep the mature vibe for LM5, perhaps even a mix of Salute/Glory Days because it’s absolutely ridiculous that majority of their fans are trying to stop them from growing up. When some of you grow up and become young women/men, I’m pretty sure you’ll be thankful to Little Mix for creating an album like Glory Days. But just because you can’t relate to any of those songs now, doesn’t mean in the future you won’t be able too.

People really need to stop treating Little Mix like they are still teenagers and start respecting/supporting who they are now as women. You may not wear the clothes they do or feel comfortable with showing that much skin but Perrie, Jade, Leigh-Anne and Jesy do. And if I had a small portion of their confidence and if I had even one of their amazing figures, you know what, I’d probably be flaunting it too.

Little Mix are women. And they should be able to make music for all their fans, not just bubblegum pop for the younger demographic. I grew up listening to LM, and each album has helped me in their own way through different stages of my life, even if it’s just a handful of songs from their albums. Glory Days is no different and LM5 will be no different.