underated album

The signs as the songs from Melodrama by Lorde
  • Aries: Homemade Dynamite
  • Taurus: The Louvre
  • Gemini: Sober
  • Cancer: Supercut
  • Leo: Sober II (Melodrama)
  • Virgo: Liability (Reprise)
  • Libra: Loveless
  • Scorpio: Liability
  • Sagittarius: Perfect Places
  • Capricorn: Green Light
  • Aquarius: Writer in the Dark
  • Pisces: Hard Feelings
For all of those who are wondering what is going on regarding The 1975 "changing their name":

Matty tweeted the following two statements:

1. “The 1975 are currently working on the final instalment of their trilogy of albums: Music For Cars”

2. “Drive Like I Do will release their debut album during spring time in the coming few years”

What this means (according to the news):

The 1975 is going to release one more album under their current name, completing a trilogy of albums (Music For Cars, consisting of: The 1975, ILIWYSFYASBYSUOI and a third album).
After that third album is released, they will continue under the name Drive Like I Do and release a new album (it’s described as their “debut album” because it will be the first new album they release under that name).

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//Fall Out Boy Album Aesthetics//

| Take This To Your Grave| Fall Out Boy’s Evening Out With Your Girlfriend| From Under The Cork Tree| Infinity On High| Folie À Deux| Save Rock And Roll | American Beauty / American Psycho| 

anonymous asked:

Thank you for talking about your concerns re: Sony/Columbia and Rob Stringer. I thought I was the only one who felt sick to my stomach at the thought of the man who has been friends with Simon for years, and was head of the US label that helped to closet H & L, being the one to sign H. I don't know why people are excited, because the power dynamics are really messed up now, and there's no guarantee that the stunts are going to stop for L anytime soon. Trying to have hope, but it's hard. :(

It’s very hard, and you’re perfectly welcome, anon.

I thought I had posted about Rob Stringer in the fall, but all I can find is some articles I uploaded, so I’ll revisit now. Stringer has spent his career at Sony, he’s been running labels there since the early 90s, and his brother was a main exec and CEO of Sony Corp (not music) for quite some time. Stringer has headed Columbia since 2008, and he’s done extensive business with Simon Cowell in that capacity. Indeed, Simon was the first quote in the Billboard article announcing Stringer’s appointment as head of Sony this October. Their working relationship has been extensive, as far as I can tell. He has credited his work with Simon on XFactor acts as his gateway to success for getting Glee to work, which was hugely responsible for his success turning Columbia around. [Adele as well, and he’s partly responsible for a lot of a resurgent trend of U.K. artists’ US success.] He has called Simon the “best A&R guy he knows” in multiple interviews.

One Direction signed to Columbia in 2012 as they were breaking the American market; the closet clamped down during this time.

Sony purchased controlling shares in Syco in July of 2015 – paying £85 million total for it, and absorbing the £70 million debt it had accrued. While making £45 million from it personallyis somewhat pathetic for Simon, that’s a far better fate than being jettisoned from Sony and declaring the company bankrupt within five years. The buyout was, it would appear, the best possible outcome for Simon given the failures of his television series, losing One Direction, and being unable to produce a suitably earning substitute.

Rob Stringer was announced the new head of Sony mid-October 2016.

I say all this to suggest that thinking of a ‘fresh start’ for Rob Stringer or Harry is not logically sound. Rob Stringer has been involved in their business since 2012 – but even say for argument’s sake that perhaps he didn’t determine their marketing. But Rob Stringer has been calling the shots at Sony since this fall (and potentially had input before that official announcement). And we know Sony now holds the Syco strings and has since July 2015, a date we are all very aware of – so Rob Stringer stepping into the office in the last six months has certainly had power to ameliorate the situation, and he has not done so.

Harry has been constructed as the big fish, the Justin Timberlake, almost since the beginning. It seems Sony’s going to be damned if they don’t get what they’ve always angled for, by hook or by crook. Given what we have seen, they’ve been successful at backing Harry into a corner, as well as Louis, with profound effects for Liam and Niall as well.

Columbia and Sony are sure to promote Harry’s music thoroughly, because it could make them a great deal of money. But that is the equation. It is very much in their best interests not to help Niall, Louis, and Liam or One Direction, as that would distract dollars and time from Harry’s solo work, which will make them a fortune. It is quite evident by now that Sony has had the power to step in but have not, because such an extreme power imbalance in negotiating is much more expedient for their bottom line. They’ve been monstrous and it’s gotten them Harry’s contract, which is what they wanted.

Hope is not any easy thing in such a situation. I think patience will continue to be the watchword. 

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Jeff Bhasker: Best known for his award-winning work with alternative group fun. on their smash breakthrough Some Nights – which netted him the Grammy for Song of the Year for “We Are Young” – Bhasker is credited as the executive producer on Styles’ album.

The frequent Kanye West collaborator, who has more Academy hardware on his shelf thanks to his Best Rap Song wins for Ye’s “All of the Lights” and the Jay Z/Rihanna/West tune “Run This Town,” has also written and produced tracks and albums for Alicia Keys, Goapele, Robin Thicke, Beyoncé, Lana Del Rey, Taylor Swift Ed Sheeran and Mark Ronson. He took home yet more Grammy gold in 2016 as one of the producers on the Record of the Year winning Ronson smash “Uptown Funk.”

Bhasker also released Born on the Fourth of July, a bold, experimental solo concept album under the name Billy Kraven, in 2013.

Alex Salibian: Salibian is part of Bhasker’s production crew. He provided guitar, piano and backing vocals for Young the Giant’s 2016 album Home of the Strange, and (along with Bhasker) co-produced the record. He has also lent a production/engineering and musical hand on songs by Cam, Mikky Ekko and Elle King and is credited as a co-writer and co-producer on Styles’ “Sign of the Times.”

Tyler Johnson: Another frequent Bhasker associate, Johnson was also part of the team behind the 2012 Bhasker-produced Pink hit “Just Give Me a Reason” (he engineered it), as well as providing sampling advice on fun.’s Some Nights, and producing and engineering songs for All American Rejects, OneRepublic, Ed Sheeran and Mikky Ekko. He also lent songwriting expertise to songs by Miley Cyrus, SonReal and John Legend on the singer’s 2016 Darkness and Light album.Johnson has also dabbled in the country world, helping write Cam’s breakthrough single “Burning House” and its follow-up, “Mayday” (in addition to playing guitar, keyboards and programming the drums), as well as co-writing and co-producing Keith Urban’s “Gone Tomorrow (Here Today),” from the star’s Ripcord album.

Kid Harpoon: The English singer/songwriter born Thomas Hull released the critically acclaimed folk-punk single “The River, the Ocean, The Pearl” in 2006, followed by a pair of EPs and his full-length debut, Young Turks, in 2009. He’s since co-written songs for Florence + the Machine (“Shake it out,” “Never Let Me Go” and “Leave My Body” from Ceremonials), collaborated with Florence and Calvin Harris on Harris’ “Sweet Nothing” single, and co-wrote and co-produced a handful of songs for Jessie Ware’s 2012 debut, Devotion.

Hull also has production and writing credits on tracks by Mayer Hawthorne, Haim (“Days are Gone”), Shakira (“Can’t Remember to Forget You”), Christina Perri (“Burning Gold”), Shawn Mendes (“Roses”) and Skrillex (“Fire Away”). - Billboard