Fifth Harmony is one of the most popular pop music groups currently ruling the charts. Recently, one of the members of this band released her first solo song. When Ally Brooke released this song, she became the latest Fifth Harmony member to attempt to build a solo career. Entitled “Look At Us Now,” this song features the vocal contributions of the Lost Kings and rapper A$AP Ferg. A fairly uptempo dance tune in the contemporary mold, this song features some very detailed production work. This could be the beginning of a major solo career for this young starlet. Only time will tell if Brooke will prove able to make a lasting mark on modern musical culture.
As part of the YouTube generation of performers, Fifth Harmony has charted a path that is both charmingly naive and marketing-oriented. Brooke certainly walks a fine line between spontaneity and carefully coiffed and planned behavior. If this artist is able to maintain this high quality of artistry, it is possible that she could lead a musical movement of sorts. I think this is a singer who deserves serious attention from the public. So far, big music sites have covered Brooke’s solo career to an extent. If she hopes to push her brand forward, Brooke will have to find a way to stand out in the crowded modern pop field.
Fortunately for Brooke, charisma and stage presence can prove decisively helpful for people trying to break into modern music. Though her new song is hardly musically brilliant, it has enough hooks to appeal to a very broad array of people. If Ally Brooke makes plenty of live appearances, it is possible she will be able to make an appreciable impression on popular music culture. After all, quite a few female artists have overcome modest expectations to achieve massive commercial success. If Brooke can achieve a more individualized sound, she may even receive critical acclaim.
When Lorde recently released a new song entitled “Sober,” this certainly caused a lot of excitement in the music community. This was the second song released from the Australian singer’s upcoming second album. Lorde’s exciting new album is called “Melodrama.” Throughout the world, people are waiting for this new album with baited breath. If the latest journalistic coverage is any guide, “Melodrama” will release to a built-in, receptive audience.
Lorde has certainly come a long way since the start of her career. I feel this is one artist who can adequately represent Australian music culture throughout the world. Wherever she travels in her touring endeavors, Lorde is sure to spread the knowledge that Australia has a first-class indie music scene. Although perhaps it is not fair to saddle Lorde with too many expectations, it is clear that this artist has what it takes to last for the long-term. Lorde may well achieve incredible things in the realm of synth-based pop music. I feel that simplicity and austere beauty have proven central in Lorde’s mass appeal. It is clear that this artist is now able to express herself without resorting to cheap cliches. Hopefully, Lorde’s talents will continue to grow for many years to come. To ensure her place in history, Lorde should develop her voice and focus her artistic vision.
If Lorde truly wants to prove that she is a top-tier artist, I think she’ll have to regularly change her style. At the very least, she will need to continue to improve her sales by at least 10 percent per year. If she doesn’t achieve this goal, she may find herself consigned to the dustbin of music history. Although Lorde doesn’t receive nearly as much news coverage as she once did, there’s no denying that she is still a major player in the music world. However, this situation might not last forever. I feel it is very important for young artists to reassess their strategies from time to time to avoid becoming sterile or lifeless.
Green Day just released a new video, which will surely please millions of rock fans around the world. This is one of those rare rock bands that seems to gain influence and popularity with each passing year. The video in question features Green Day performing the song “Revolution Radio” live. This was the title song and first single from the group’s 2016 album. Green Day has already announced upcoming tour dates in Europe. The band is expected to play some U.S. shows later in the summer. That leg of the band’s tour will start in Auburn, Washington and conclude at the Rose Bowl in L.A.
While some people argue that Green Day is lacking in originality, such complaint is kind of beside the point when considering a tradition-minded band. This has never been a band that felt the need to reinvent itself every few years. Instead, Green Day excels at seizing hold of well-established formulas and expertly exploiting them. Although Green Day never breaks new ground, their tight playing and tuneful melodies keep things interesting. In their early days, Green Day took minimalist punk-pop and pushed it to a hyperactive, bubblegum-tinged extreme. During their “Warning” era, Green Day broadened their horizons with influences from British Invasion groups like the Kinks and the Beatles.
Some people feel that Green Day’s traditionalism went too far with the song “Warning,” which is similar to “Picture Book” by the Kinks. However, I feel that Green Day was simply engaging in the age-old tradition of honoring musical forebears. These days, Green Day is playing a style that owes a lot to 80s AOR favorites like John Mellencamp and Bryan Adams. Green Day uses a slightly heavier guitar sound than you would expect to hear in an 80s hit. Nevertheless, Green Day continually demonstrates they are not shy about borrowing from the sounds of yesterday. Instead of demanding individuality from every artist, we should celebrate artists who do solid work in familiar mediums.