Adele

I think I might be one of a select group of eccentric humans who was alternating listening to new albums from Adele, Jadakiss, and Justin Bieber on a very steady, and sonically bizarre, rotation this week.

Even if Adele doesn’t sing your preferred music, I hope you won’t deny that she is a damn angel; she’s hilarious, beautiful, and so insanely talented. The album consists of eleven stunning tracks containing lyrical wisdom well beyond her 27 years and, though this experiment has yet to be conducted, I’m positive her voice could make the toughest Guantanamo Bay inmates cry real tears. Last Saturday, SNL showed us what her track ‘Hello’ can do to calm nerves at an offensive and racist family thanksgiving dinner so I’d imagine that’s basically like hard time.

No stranger to a lil’ jail time, Jadakiss “ahhhHHAAAAA” is back with another banger. Heavy with tracks about drugs, guns, and all sorts of nefarious activities that I fully understand due to an upbringing in the murder capital of Canada…JOKES! My upbringing in the ‘burbs was lovely and far from rough but binge watching The Wire many many years back taught me some real things about the cold, hard streets. In the words of ‘ye talking about his own music, “These beats are DOPE!” and I’m all about dem fire beats.

Lastly, my transition into a full-blown Belieber is very new and I’m still adjusting to this strange world. I could do without his current Zack Morris hair and I did NOT need to see his banana sans a hammock in Bora Bora a few weeks back (THANKS, TWITTER) but this is the world we live in, I guess? Despite these minor transgressions, I actually find him likable now and this album is just so catchy that I keep coming back to it. Is it too late now to say sooooorry…for hating you all these yeaaaars? I think that’s how the lyrics go. Loving Justin Bieber is the new hating Justin Bieber in 2015/2016 so get on my level and almost every teenage girl’s very audible level.

Buy or stream these three aforementioned albums, then listen to these ten songs I enjoy that you may not have heard this week.

XO

-Jenna

P.s. That Hotline Bling cover seemed to be a big hit last week so I included the first Donna Missal track I ever heard on this week’s playlist. Enjoy!

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I have a pretty serious confession to make; When Adele released her new song and video for Hello, I waited a week before I listened. A WHOLE SEVEN DAYS, YOU GUYS.

Hold up?! So the girl who always tries to listen to everything before the cool kids probably listened to Hello after your mom, dad, and nerdy little brother? Absolutely, your family is cooler than me. Laugh it up. Adele’s 21 was such an important album and I was concerned that the first single wouldn’t live up to the hype. I sat and watched nearly evvvvvveryone I respect on social media re-post the video before I decided it was worthy of a listen. Surprise surprise, Adele nailed it yet again and the video is stunning. I missed a week of binge listening so it has been on repeat ever since and I’ve been searching for every cover available. I heard Stephen’s incredible upbeat version last week but decided that I shouldn’t post his tracks on back to back playlists so today is the day his cover makes its appearance.

This Adele love has me delving back into other albums with strong female vocals and wondering why some ladies aren’t famous yet. Seinabo Sey’s album continues to get me singing at the top of my lungs and doing rapid Drake hands when she gets real so why don’t more people know who she is? A video for my favorite track off the album called Poetic came out recently and it gives me those Adele feels. I have a feeling Adele will bring Seinabo on her world tour for 25 and she’ll blow up and you’ll all be saying, “Remember when I heard that new Adele song long before Jenna but she made up for it by predicting the fame of some relatively obscure artist whose name I can’t pronounce?” Just Wait And Scene and enjoy this week’s playlist.

xo

-Jenna

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