The 20 Best Things That Happened In 2014

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Last year, I summed up the most massive annoyances of the year. I decided to be a bit more chipper this year and look at the gifts we were given in 2014 instead. From French men dancing in heels to novelty, white-girl-approved Oreos, the treasures were overflowing. Personally, it was a great year for me as well. I began running, which lasted two months but proved to be the longest documented account of exercise in my life. I had my first full-time job since 17-year-old me was providing you outstanding customer service at every high school in America’s official fashion haus, Hollister. What else…Oh! I almost forgot the time I fell asleep in my running shower from 2am to roughly 4:30am. Such a great year. Here are some more milestones:

1. When Chris Schauble’s life flashed before his eyes.

When you think you’re watching SNL, but are actually watching a real, live news broadcast.

2. This Vine about the Christmas from Hell.
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Barbie never stood a chance. It was her time to go.

3. Last Week Tonight With John Oliver.

Unlike Piers Morgan, finally a British political commentator that isn’t a narcissistic asshole. Sure Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert are great, but there is something about John Oliver that reigns supreme–and not just his likeness to that of Frozen‘s beloved Olaf.

4. Beyoncé’s “7/11” music video

Christmas came early for the folks at GoPro (basically the creators of the world’s best personal video camera) when Beyoncé decided to make her own video. Does Jay have the purse strings or what? Last year Bey spent $0 in advertisement for the release of her self-titled album, and it goes on to pass the now largely unattainable million-unit sales point. This year, she films a video for roughly $400, the cost of a GoPro Hero4. And guess what? It was still better than everyone else’s multi-million dollar videos. Cheap is the new luxe.

5. When POTUS’s tweets end all other tweets.

The first and, presumably, last president to both A) Know how to access the Internet and B) Figure out “the Twitter.”

6. When Taylor Swift thought she won a Grammy.
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Uh, oh. The Grammy Committee might end up the subject of the next bitter T-Swift song.
“You can take me down with just one, single pronounced “R,”
But you don’t know, what you don’t know…”

7. Instagram enables comment editing.
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Game changer. Now there is no need for the humiliating follow-up comment to your comment that reads “*you’re”. Or if you mistakenly tag your picture in Las Vegas, NM instead of Las Vegas, NV, you are saved.

8. The best summertime ad ever created. You go Target!

If any of you have a backyard like this, and have yet to invite me, we are no longer friends.

9. Florida strikes again.

Holy mother of God. The state that seems to breed stupid like no other keeps finding ways to outdo last month’s crazy. Every time you say, “No” to bath salts, you save an unsuspecting McDonald’s franchise.

10. How To Get Away With Murder

Move over Olivia Pope, there is a new HBIC in town, and her name is Annalise Keating, played by the formiddable Viola Davis. But let’s be honest, I’m only here for Connor Walsh 😉 In all seriousness, this quickly became my go-to show for the year. Someone give Shonda Rhimes a TV MVP.

11. Yanis Marshall, and all his shades of fierce.

Who would’ve thought I’d be wishing for more French men dancing in heels this year? I mean…DAYUMMM. This little pocket rocket packs some serious punch. I’m both in love and terrified. If I didn’t think I would look absolutely ridiculous, I’d say #DanceGoals, but, like, no.

12. Her

Spike Jonze made me want to fall in love with my operating system this year when the innovative “Her” was released. Apart from the wi-fi sex with Scarlett Johanson’s voice, this film was a breath of fresh air. Funny, loving, artsy, beautifully acted and quippy–it did yield one of the best quotes ever: “[Love] it’s kind of like a form of socially acceptable insanity.”

13. The woman who couldn’t handle life after a hailstorm.

Grab your box of tissues. It’s like The Notebook–almost. “Do I just sweep it off? Do I need to put it in a separate receptacle?” I die. It’s so adorable though that she’s so worried about the environment in this darkest hour.

14. Sam Hunt

Country has never been as sexy until Sam Hunt entered the ring, regarding both his music and, obviously, his dreamy self. He looks like he could snap me in two with the flick of his wrist. Anyway, I love that he is pioneering the future of country music by incorporating R&B flavors. It’s exciting. He is, without a doubt, my favorite newcomer of the 2014 music scene.

15. Ariana Grande’s priceless face after dodging a Victoria’s Secret angel wing.
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You might be beautiful, but get yo’ damn wing out my face when I’m singing.

16. Pumpkin Spice Oreos
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White girls rejoice all across the land! The gods have gifted us another fall novelty. After last year’s gingerbread Oreos failed miserably, Nabisco redeemed themselves this year.

17. Kanye West’s style
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I was super excited when I received this copy of GQ in the mail–Yes, I still order print magazines. There is one thing about Ye you can’t deny: this man has style. And I love everything about his style. Okay, so he’s low key my fashion inspiration of late. I have always been a fan of tonal combinations and loose-fitting tops over slim-legged pants, but Kanye just slays it to perfection. Even though he’s been sort-of-but-not-really ex-communicated within the fashion world, he’s doing quite a fine job on his own accord.

18. This stunning nighttime hyperlapse of Los Angeles.

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If you know me, you know my favorite thing in life is a panoramic view of a city by nightfall. This is perfection. And the music selection is genius. Bravo.

19. Katy Perry’s Prismatic World Tour

I never thought I’d ever go to a concert alone, until no one would go with me to see Katy Perry. Let me tell you this: best decision ever. I had a blast and I gave zero fucks. The most entertaining concert I have ever been to.

20. Bey and Jay’s On the Run Tour

Because, obviously.

My Favorite Songs of 2014

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When you live in a big city and spend an absurd amount of time on public transit, your iPod is your best friend–My iPod is actually my longest-lasting relationship. And as you may know, my musical tastes could use some Adderall, but these are the 50 songs that kept me most sane this year.

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I’m so glad Sam Smith took up where Adele left off in 2014. This song just sucks you in the minute it starts with that booming drum. And who doesn’t know all the words to this one? Radio didn’t really give us a choice. It was like, “You will listen to this song 20 times a day and you will like it.” We did.

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I don’t really have a long list of ex-lovers to really relate, but according to a Buzzfeed quiz, I’m capable of smashing a guy’s car with a golf club. I see it. Is anyone else really happy T-Swift finally switched over to pop? It’s also refreshing that the whole truck bed and fireflies era is over. I like psycho Swift. Good work.

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Happiness. This was my official morning song for a month straight this past spring. I’d wake up on the weekend, turn on this song and just take in the morning light. That’s all it took for me to be happy. Imagine being Jessica Beal and actually having that same morning, except JT is actually next to you.

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Heeeey-ey-ey! One Direction wasn’t the only boy band stirring up 9-year-old girls’ tears this year. 5SOS and their ode to American Apparel underwear (which sadly passed without any A.A. sponsorship–their loss) had me jamming like a fool. I also learned to be super careful with my Snapchat from these guys. Thanks for the song and the help, guys!

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Oh, John Legend. This song gives me so many feels. I JUST WANT TO BE CHRISSY TEIGEN. If any of you saw his performance at the Billboard Music Awards, you’d maybe understand the aura I feel: a beautiful man, a polished, black piano and dimly-lit retro light bulbs. It is magical.

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So, from sweet and loving to hard and dirty. An ode to R. Kelly’s hit debut album, this song features two of our most suave R&B fellas joining forces to take our pants off for us. I ain’t mad. If you want a good slow jam with a killer hook, this is it.

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Last year I didn’t bat an eye at this song from Prism. Then when it became an official single this year, it stuck, and then I couldn’t get enough. I was humming it. It was my ringtone. I craved tacos like crazy. Katy Perry is capable of creating audible cocaine and I don’t know how she does it. An ode to besties and all of the shenanigans you got into (orand still do, hopefully), this song has a catchy swag you can’t shake.

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It wasn’t even intentional for TWO 5SOS songs to end up in my top ten, but, damn, it happened. I don’t know what it is about this song, but it’s perfect. Part throwback to the days of Good Charlotte, Bowling For Soup and All-Time Low, part chill production, “Never Be” was a perfect gem off of their debut album.

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There was no better hook in music in 2014 than the first ten seconds of this summer jam: Dun, Dun-Dun. Buh-duh Dun Dun-Dun. Buh-duh Dun Dun-Dun, Buh-duh Dun–“First thing’s first, I’m the realest.” BOOM. Iggy Iggz was all up in our face outta nowhere. And then the hilarious Jimmy Kimmel skit happened. To me, this was the most iconic song of 2014 and one of those tracks that you will always remember for the rest of your life–love it or hate it.

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First of all, the album art is perfection. Look at those fine ass headlights and taillights. That alone accounts for 10% of a great single. This song is so euphoric to me and makes me feel alive. It came at a time when I was away with some close friends on a weekend trip to Palm Springs and would play every time we were in the car. From there it just developed this whole piece of nostalgia itself which carried me through the rest of the year. EVERYBODY FIST PUMP.

Bryce Christian Presents: Neon Sands (vol. 1)

It is almost summer! In honor of the summer solstice this weekend, I am sharing my summer playlist with all of you! I have made playlists for years and thought I should finally share and see if anyone else likes them as well. The concept behind the playlist is EDM meets summer day songs. As a whole, it progresses from day to night. Sadly, three of the tracks do not exist on SoundCloud (1, 7 and 10), but below I included links to all of them! Check it out and let me know what you think!–Good? Bad? I should never make a playlist again?

01. Here Comes the Sun / Smith & Thell (YouTube)

02. Wild Wild Love Ft. GRL (Jump Smokers Remix) / Pitbull (SoundCloud)

03. Problem Ft. Iggy Azalea (Revol-uution Remix) / Ariana Grande (SoundCloud)

04. Standing On the Sun (Country Club Martini Crew Remix) / Beyonce (SoundCloud)

05. Birthday (Cash Cash Remix) / Katy Perry (SoundCloud) (iTunes)

06. Team (Elephante Remix) / Lorde (SoundCloud)

07. Wolves Ft. Youngblood Hawke / Digitalism (Tumblr) (YouTube)

08. Wasted Ft. Matthew Koma / Tiesto (SoundCloud) (iTunes)

09. Sleeping With a Friend (HyperBits Radio Edit) / Neon Trees (SoundCloud)

10. Treasure (Cash Cash Remix) / Bruno Mars (iTunes) (YouTube)

11. Love Never Felt So Good (Fedde Le Grand Remix) / Michael Jackson (SoundCloud) (iTunes)

12. Feel Good (Pierce Fulton Remix) / GOLDHOUSE (SoundCloud)

13. Satellites / Cash Cash (SoundCloud) (iTunes)

14. Rather Be Ft. Jess Glynne (Cash Cash x Valley Remix) / Clean Bandit (SoundCloud) (iTunes)

15. All Night (Cash Cash Radio Edit) / Icona Pop (SoundCloud) (iTunes)

16. Summer / Calvin Harris (SoundCloud) (iTunes)

17. Pretty Hurts (Country Club Martini Crew Remix) / Beyonce (SoundCloud)

18. Live Right Now (Lotus Cocktail Mashup) / Rihanna vs Krewella (SoundCloud)

19. Under Control Ft. Hurts / Calvin Harris & Alesso (SoundCloud) (iTunes)

20. Sparks Ft. Matthew Koma (Vicetone Remix) / Fedde Le Grand & Nicky Romero (SoundCloud) (iTunes)

21. Bright Lights / Syn Cole (SoundCloud)

22. Young Hearts (Marcus Santoro & JAKKO Bootleg) / Strange Talk (SoundCloud)–Free Download

23. Ahead of Us / Tom Swoon, Lush & Simon (SoundCloud)–Free Download

24. All of Me (Tiesto Remix) / John Legend (SoundCloud) (iTunes)

Top Ten: Summer Songs

Technically, summer isn’t here yet, but when school’s out, it’s 80 degrees and we’re in June, it’s summer. I said so. While laying poolside the past two days and listening to my summer essentials playlist, I got to thinking: “What are my top ten favorite summer songs?” We all know I’m a freakazoid when it comes to lists and I will agonize and spend countless neurotic hours perfecting these lists until I can sleep tight, so I decided to subject myself to such intolerable cruelty to bring to you my top songs of summer:

10. Let’s Run Away / Haley Reinhart

The former “American Idol” contestant hit such a sweet, tropical jackpot with this song from her debut album, Listen Up. If you don’t find yourself smiling at least once during this song, you’re not human. It’s magical.

9. I Like It / Enrique Iglesias Ft. Pitbull

Auto-tune at it’s finest. This song just makes me so happy as soon as the synthy intro drops. And with the assistance of Mr. I-Can-Name-Nearly-Every-Country-In-The-World Pitbull, it’s like a Miami dance party on the beach.

8. Gin & Juice / Snoop Dogg

I don’t even think I need to explain this one. Classics are classics.

7. California Gurls / Katy Perry Ft. Snoop Dogg

Even though this song has only been out for four years, it is already Billboard’s No.1 summer song of all time. It’s fun, it’s flirty, and a diabetic coma ready to happen. And it’s all about sunny California! What more could you want? A whipped-cream dispensing bra? Yeah, it has that too!

6. If It’s Lovin’ That You Want / Rihanna

Awww, how sweet and innocent were Rihanna’s Barbadian princess days? It’s a taste of the tropical and will forever be one of my favorite Riri tracks.

5. Summer of ’69 / Bryan Adams

Just a summer classic. It has this innate nostalgic appeal that makes you so happy without really knowing why. Maybe it’s because it came from a time when a summer jam could be made without referencing sex, naked men/women and alcohol…

4. Summer Love / Justin Timberlake

Just another great track off of the great Future Sex/Love Sounds album. It’s the perfect daytime cruising song with the windows down and swag all the way up. Does anyone actually dislike this song, though?

3. Standing On the Sun / Beyonce

After being used for an H&M ad campaign last summer, the song never made the final setlist for Beyonce, which I still don’t understand. Regardless, the song is cracked out on major summer endorphins and is so relaxing to the ears. You literally feel like you’re standing on the sun–which doesn’t actually sound relaxing, but whatever.

2. Rock the Boat / Aaliyah

Arguably the smoothest artist of all time, Aaliyah dropped major summer dopeness with this island jam. It’s so bittersweet listening to it though, considering the tragedy that unfolded after filming the video, but it’s still one of those songs that puts me in sunny, breezy bliss.

1. Honey / Mariah Carey

Mariah Carey is the queen of summer music: Heartbreaker, Touch My Body, #Beautiful, etc. This woman knows how to make a smooth jam for those chill summer vibes. And how amazing does she look in this video? It’s kind of the first time we saw Mariah bust a move too. This was also the song where she turned black and never looked back.

Music Trend: The Summer That Disco Returned

summer_tumblrAs spring is in full bloom and the good vibrations of summer begin to kick in, it’s time to break out those sunny summer playlists. Mariah Carey’s “Honey,” Aaliyah’s “Rock the Boat,” Katy Perry’s “California Gurls,” and Jason Mraz’s “I’m Yours” are some of my staples for chillin’ poolside with my shades on and a cherry limeade by my side. But this year, we all have some updating to do because it is all about disco. Yes, you heard me right. It’s time to “Saturday Night Fever” our brains out for the next few months as 70’s funk comes surging back in 2014 via a wave of new music that is unleashing the disco ball on pop music. Sure, Bruno Mars, Daft Punk and Justin Timberlake have been paving the way for a year now with their R&B-funk vibes, but it is only escalating–perhaps to an even truer, more authentic disco sound–Barry Gibbs and Diana Ross would be oh, so proud. Now get out there and shake your groove thing to these new jams, but leave the bell bottom jeans at home, please, for our sake.

Katy Perry / “Birthday”

The colorful Cali gurl has just unleashed a possible summer smash with this flirty, sexy and insanely saccharine single. (And my birthday is in two weeks, so it’s like a personal message directly from her to me.)

Blake Lewis / “Disco In Space”

The former “American Idol” runner-up has been keeping busy with the upcoming release of his third album, Portraits of a Chameleon. “Disco” is just one of the many shades Blake is showing off of the set here and it’s groovy, man.

Michael Jackson & Justin Timberlake / “Love Never Felt So Good”

The King of Pop has posthumously returned to his earlier days with this smooth, disco track, reminiscent of “Don’t Stop Til’ You Get Enough.” And with the help of modern throwback-er JT, this makes for one fine collabo.

The Saturdays / “Disco Love”

The U.K. girl group have put on their rollerblades and they are skating to Donna Summer all-year long.

Jesse McCartney / “Back Together”

Yes, he is still around! And good for us because this song is pure magic. The song was released on a four-track EP late last year, but will be included on a new album this spring, according to Billboard.

Karmin / “I Want It All”

They just need one more night. And if that night is anything like the lavish 70’s-themed party at the end of the video, I’m so down.

Pharrell Ft. Justin Timberlake / “Brand New”

If “Happy” already has you dripping with infectious swag, this collabo with JT (He is everywhere) will not let you down.

Bruno Mars / “Treasure”

Yes, I know this was out last summer, but it’s just that good. If this doesn’t scream “SUMMER” to you, you must be from northern Siberia, or just flat-out weird.

Foster the People / “Best Friend”

Indie rock does disco. Trumpets and requisite use of falsetto.

 

Top 10: My favorite albums

 I have found the process of ranking albums particularly difficult because, you know, my life is so hard and this is the apex of my concerns at the moment. There are two ways of looking at an album: it produced a lot of songs I like vs it’s a coherent, focused piece of work. I eventually put emphasis more on albums which were more focused around a certain sound rather than a clusterfuck of catchy tunes. So without further ado, here are my top ten albums (not that you care, but I like lists so I’m going to post it anyway):

10. Teenage Dream / Katy Perry / 2010

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This little bundle of sugary pop confectionary damn near gave me diabetes in the fall of 2010. A “dream” is an apt title for this album because it’s so all over the place that no other title would rationalize the A.D.D. on display: peacocks, melting popsicles, aliens, break-ups, fireworks, sad faces, happy faces, etc. But for a diverse album, it sure did give us some solid hits.

Pick three: “Teenage Dream” / “Hummingbird Heartbeat” / “Part of Me”

9. Closer / Josh Groban / 2003

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Can classical music be mainstream? Yes. Josh Groban made us all a little classier and worldly with this 5x-platinum sophomore release. Italian, French, Spanish, English–You name it, it’s sung. “Closer” is just such a beautiful album and Groban’s voice is like super dope and can make the hairs on your neck do the Harlem Shake. It’s a great publicity tool for Rosetta Stone too.

Pick three: “All’improvviso Amore” / “Si Volvieras A Mi” / “Remember When It Rained”

8. Confessions / Usher / 2004

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One word: YEAH! Not only was THE song of the first decade of the millennium on this album, but it was also the birth of Ur-sher, baby. Soulful R&B and Usher’s falsetto just play so well together. From dancing on table tops to dropping panties in a blink of an eye: that is the magic of “Confessions,” along with some relationship faux-pas. If only everyone could sound so sexy and amazing for being a lowly, cheating douchebag.

Pick three: “Yeah” / “Can U Handle It” / “Burn”

7. Own the Night / Lady Antebellum / 2011

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I can just smell the cornfields already. Lady Antebellum does such an amazing job at making country music that has cross-market appeal. This album in particular is so soothing and easy-going. It makes me want to bust out a flannel shirt and sit on a porch swing from dusk to dawn in the middle of October. My descriptions are very specific. So weird to think I saw them open for Carrie Underwood once and was like “Another song? Can they just get off–like, now?” How times have changed.

Pick three: “We Owned the Night” / “Dancin’ Away With My Heart” / “Wanted You More”

6. 4 / Beyonce / 2011

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This is perhaps the funniest selection on this list. I vividly remember throwing an epic tantrum after sampling this originally. I. Was. Piiiiissed. “This album is horrible. Who does she think she is now? This ain’t 1960. Who killed Sasha Fierce? Where she at?” And then time passed and mended all of my Beyonce wounds. I can now appreciate the restraint and artistic direction she went with this, it just took some time. I like to go hard to Bey and this was not affording me the chance. “4” is just so unique and a breath of fresh air amid the dance-music revolution that was happening all around it.

Pick three: “Run the World (Girls)” / “End of Time” / “Love on Top”

5. Aaliyah / Aaliyah / 2001

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Too many thoughts to write down. I think it’s a known fact–my feelings toward Aaliyah. One of the best ever. The production on this album in conjunction with her smooth chops just slays everything. She pushed the boundaries of soul into the future on this album and it makes for such a cool vibe. Mad swag alert.

Pick three: “Rock the Boat” / “I Care 4 U” / “We Need A Resolution”

4. Hybrid Theory / Linkin Park / 2000

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Whodathunk that hip-hop and rock would sound good together for the duration of an entire LP? Linkin Park burst onto the scene in 2000 with this epic debut, pushing the boundaries of musical labels. The sound was different from anything I had heard before and I remember my dad (rock lover) playing this all summer long until the point that I even put my Spice Girls on hold to listen to it instead. It also reminds me of the time when 11-year-old me would listen to “In the End” with a heavy heart because I thought I had AIDS and was going to die. Medical hypochondria set in very early for me, clearly.

Pick three: “In the End” / “Papercut” / “With You”

3. Heal / Loreen / 2013

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I have always stood by my claim that no one does pop music better than the Swedes. This album confirms that. But it’s more than just pop; there are shades of R&B and dance interwoven throughout. I have a “thing” for chill, night songs that have dance/trance elements incorporated and this album gave me a big, fat American-restaurant serving of that. It’s just so freaking cool. I also just happen to be obsessed with Loreen, which you can read all about in my #Addicted post dedicated to her. It’s dark, brooding and magical–like Harry Potter, sexed up with a strobe light.

Pick three: “Euphoria” / “Do We Even Matter” / “Crying Out Your Name”

2. Goodbye Lullaby / Avril Lavigne / 2011

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I adore this album. Like “We Own the Night,” it’s just an effortless album to listen to. The tracks are all coherent and incredibly cute. And like “4,”this was not one of Avril’s best-selling albums by a long shot. All of the angst and screaming was stripped away and there she was, introspective and sad–I enjoyed it. It’s like Adele, I like you being miserable, because you make good music for my ears. Just a tad selfish?

Pick three: “I Love You” / “Stop Standing There” / “What the Hell”

1. Daydream / Mariah Carey / 1995

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Nothing can ever or will ever top this album. I don’t know what it is about it–it’s just an untouchable. I mean, there is the fact that this album produced three MONSTER hits–“Always Be My Baby” being my favorite song of all-time. Mariah’s voice on this album though is just in a class of its own. I also feel like this album was the perfect blending of her pop beginnings and eventual R&B persuasion, which helped push it seven-times platinum in the US (her second best, after her eponymous debut album). I have always longed for her to abandon her routine, Jermaine Dupri R&B productions and revert back to this spirited and lively period in her music, but apparently she likes the declining trend in her record sales. This album is best for sitting out on a summer’s night atop the cool grass gazing up at the stars. Try it. I can’t anymore in L.A. because a) there is no more grass and b) air pollution has killed stargazing abilities.

Pick three: “Always Be My Baby” / “Fantasy” / “One Sweet Day”

Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse” music video has arrived

Hide ya Cheetos, hide yo husband! Pharoah Katy Perry is on the loose in her new “Dark Horse” music video.

Set in Egypt “a crazy long time ago,” Perry’s Celopatra figure can be seen “nope-ing” (a la Tinder) potential suitors, not before stealing their goods. Gimme those fiery hot Cheetos! Seriously. It happened. She also showed off some of those sassy bounce-with-it dance moves that have you going, “OK, Katy Perry. OK.”

Apart from the color palette explosion and gaudy outfits–and grillz–there are some pretty moments but are sadly short-lived. Check out the video and then answer the poll at the bottom:

The Dark Horse that is…”Dark Horse”

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Perry performs “Dark Horse” at the Grammys

This week on the Billboard Hot 100, Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse” bumps up from two to one, marking the singer’s ninth number one. Perry has been no stranger to the summit of the music charts; eight of her last 11 singles have gone on to become number ones. Her string of five consecutive number ones, all from 2010’s Teenage Dream, tied Michael Jackson’s Bad album for the most number ones from a single album.

What makes “Dark Horse” exceptional is the fact that it was never intended to have been a single–just yet, according to this Billboard article. After the release of “Roar,” Capitol Records released “Unconditionally” as the official second single from Perry’s latest album Prism. The song had all of the record label’s promotional efforts behind it and Perry performed it (with a wee bit of controversy) at the American Music Awards in December.

After becoming a fan-voted “preview track” during the MTV VMAs, “Dark Horse” cracked the top 10 digital songs chart for a brief period and faded. But, it didn’t go away. While “Unconditionally,” was pushed on top 40 radio stations, fans were still calling in and requesting “Dark Horse.”

Brooke Taylor from WJFX Fort Wayne, Ind. told Billboard, “While we understand that it’s not the label priority, the fans of our brand are the ones we have to take into consideration when it comes to our title selection.”

It seems the dark and urban side of Katy Perry was winning fans over just as much as her cotton candy-wrapped pop. “Dark Horse” continued to slowly trot all over “Unconditionally” on the radio waves and you could almost feel the pressure weighing on Capitol.

Lo and behold, on Dec. 18, the label officially released “Dark Horse” as the third single from Prism. The trappy track topped the digital charts shortly after and has held the spot for three weeks–and is still going. The song also had a boost from her Medieval-witchy performance at last weekend’s Grammy Awards.

With just one more chart topper, this Cali girl will find herself tied at sixth place on the most number-one singles of all-time list with Janet Jackson and Stevie Wonder. Mariah Carey currently holds 18, the most for a female artist, while The Beatles are one spot above her with 20.

My prediction: I still stand firm on the fact that “Birthday” will be released sometime in May and be Perry’s tenth number one. It’s going to be the summer jam. But between then and now? I think it may be tough. Prism was not made to be the hit factory that Teenage Dream was, but I think “Walking on Air,” “This Is How We Do,” and to a lesser extent, “Legendary Lovers,” are the only singles I could maybe see climbing to number one. If that’s the case, roll “Walking On Air” out in March, “Birthday” in May, “This Is How We Do” in August and “Legendary Lovers” in October.

Closet Confessional: Grammy’s Red Carpet

“Music’s Biggest Night,” rocked the Staples Center in Los Angeles last night. The CBS telecast drew in the show’s second-largest audience in over two decades with 28.5 million views. Beyoncé’s sultry “Crazy in Love” performance, Taylor Swift’s thug transformation and a mass Queen Latifah-officiated gay wedding all helped give the show a boost. But before the stars came out to play, they graced the red carpet in a wild assortment of fashions. Here are some of the highlights and crash-and-burners:

Taylor Swift, Gucci

Although I gave her a lot of slack last night (it’s just so much fun) she absolutely nailed it. This glittery silver dress was age and event appropriate. It was the serene calm before the head-thrashing and gangster-leaning storm that unfolded indoors.

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Beyoncé, Michael Costello

Bey skipped the red carpet to prepare for opening act, and probably for a good reason: She didn’t want to outshine everyone else–because she’s thoughtful that way. This white lace dress looks gorgeous on her and her new edgy blonde cut fits it well. I even love the little extra fabric on her forearm. On anyone else, I’d be saying, “Why are you wearing a doily?”

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Katy Perry, Valentino

You never know what you’re going to get with this rowdy one: cheese hat? blue hair? pink hair? octogenarian drab? Last night she elected for a whimsical, musically-inspired white gown. The haunting-glam look was swiftly abandoned indoors as she morphed into a witch hunter swinging around on broomstick stripper poles.

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Ciara, Pucci

Just weeks after Olivia Wilde proved that pregnancy can still be hot on the red carpet, Ciara came out to play in a beautiful, gold sequin stunner, which complements her skin tone so well. Pregnancy glow is real people. I need some of that these days.

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Chrissy Teigen, Johanna Johnson

Although it should be a crime to outshine your partner that is nominated for a Grammy (in this case, John Legend), but when you look this good, we forgive. It should be no secret that this Sports Illustrated swimsuit model knows how to dazzle.

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DJ Mark Ronson and wife Josephine de la Baume, Unknown

“We’re so excited to be here.” The only thing more excited are her nipples.

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Shawn Crahan of Slipknot, Spirit Halloween Superstore

I hate you. I hate you. I hate you. Unfortunately, my mommy was not available to shield my eyes from It deciding to crash the red carpet. Thankfully I don’t have a red carpet hosting gig (yet) because I would have run away screaming.

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Cyndi Lauper, Alexander McQueen

A just birthed animal? Last night’s ragu? An unraveling ball of yarn? What exactly was the objective with your hair? But I do like the cape and slim-fit pants combo.

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Zendaya Emanual, Ungaro

You are so beautiful, why? It’s so unflattering and homemade looking. “Quick! We have to go. Just grab the shower curtain and let’s go!”

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Pharrell Williams, Only God knows

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That’s about it for me. I will be back with another closet confessional following the Academy Awards March 2.

Eyes up here: Katy Perry’s big-chested dreams

Have you ever prayed? What did you pray for? Good health? Winning the lottery? World peace?

How about big boobs? No? Well, we’re not all Katy Perry.

“I lay on my back one night and looked down at my feet, and I prayed to God. I said, ‘God, will you please let me have boobs so big that I can’t see my feet when I’m lying down?’ ”

The “Dark Horse” singer opened up to GQ for her February cover story about her busty dreams, which not only came true, but are on full-display in next month’s issue. It’s so hot it may melt your popsicle.

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Apart from steaming up page six, the Cali gurl also opened up about devilish cereal, losing her virginity at 16, her obsession with Japan, and everything else that makes her the quirky doe-eyed gal we all wish we could have a sleepover with. One of my favorite quotes touches upon both aliens and President Obama–the usual:

“I look up into the stars and I imagine: How self-important are we to think that we are the only life-form? I mean, if my relationship with Obama gets any better, I’m going to ask him that question. It just hasn’t been appropriate yet.”

I’ll close with a final thought/request: I need for Katy to remake the “E.T.” music video where Obama raps Kanye West’s verses. Thank you.