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Bruno Mars, the singer of the hit "Billionaire", Caught With Cocaine In A Las Vegas Casino

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Bruno Mars (Peter Hernandez); the singer-songwriter was found with a bag of cocaine in the bathroom of the Las Vegas Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and was booked into county jail on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance. Sept 2010 (Las Vegas PD)

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album recommendations

i’ve started listening to entire albums since about april/may, and i can’t find anymore albums that interest me i liked most of these albums and they’re not in order by how much i liked them, just by how recently i listened to them, oldest-newest the albums that i’ve listened to multiple times are the albums i like the most
a fever you can't sweat out by panic at the disco
from under the cork tree by fall out boy
three cheers for sweet revenge by my chemical romance
isolation by kali uchis (x2)
mini world by indila
favourite worst nightmare by the arctic monkeys (x2)
sounds good feels good by 5 seconds of summer
5 seconds of summer by 5 seconds of summer
calm by 5 seconds of summer
lover by taylor swift (x4)
reputation by taylor swift (x4)
harry styles by harry styles
fine line by harry styles
walls by louis tomlinson
voicenotes by charlie puth (x2)
divinely uninspired to a hellish extent by lewis capaldi
sucker by charli xcx
norman f***ing rockwell by lana del rey
sweetener by ariana grande (x2)
youngblood by 5 seconds of summer (x2)
heartbreak weather by niall horan (x2)
made in the a.m. by one direction
shawn mendes by shawn mendes
inner monologue part 1 by julia michaels
inner monologue part 2 by julia michaels
lm5 by little mix (x3)
manic by halsey
expectations by bebe rexha
flicker by niall horan
born to die by lana del rey
get weird by little mix
glory days by little mix (x2)
midnight memories by one direction
four by one direction
nervous system by julia michaels
melodrama by lorde (x2)
salute by little mix
dna by little mix
dangerous woman by ariana grande
golden hour by kacey musgraves (x2)
25 by adele
artpop by lady gaga (x2)
red by taylor swift
illuminate by shawn mendes
bloom by troye sivan (x2)
how i’m feeling now by charli xcx
charli by charli xcx
pop 2 by charli xcx
mind of mine by zayn
delirium by ellie goulding
cannibal by kesha
animal by kesha
chromatica by lady gaga (x2)
know-it-all by alessia cara
folklore by taylor swift (x4)
back to black by amy winehouse
kid krow by conan gray
1989 by taylor swift (x2)
k-12 by melanie martinez
notes on a conditional form by the 1975
all your fault: pt 1 by bebe rexha
all your fault: pt 2 by bebe rexha
pure heroine by lorde (x2)
damn by kendrick lamar
narrated for you by alec benjamin
honeymoon by beach bunny
for emma, forever ago by bon iver
rumours by fleetwood mac
future nostalgia by dua lipa
thank u, next by ariana grande
cuz i love you by lizzo
rare by selena gomez
confident by demi lovato
expectations by hayley kiyoko
gaslighter by the chicks
electra heart by marina
4 by beyonce
blonde by frank ocean
eternal atake by lil uzi vert
hollywood’s bleeding by post malone
camila by camila cabello
blood harmony by finneas
suga by megan thee stallion
÷ by ed sheeran
ceremonials by florence + the machine
high as hope by florence + the machine
the family jewels by marina
clarity by kim petras
~how i’m feeling~ by lauv
speak your mind by anne-marie
hot pink by doja cat
immunity by clairo
i like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it by the 1975
the masquerade by mxmtoon
ultraviolence by lana del rey
melophobia by cage the elephant
wiped out! by the neighbourhood
am by the arctic monkeys (x3)
tranquility base hotel & casino by the arctic monkeys (x2)
badlands by halsey
hard to imagine the neighbourhood ever changing by the neighbourhood
suck it and see by the arctic monkeys (x2)
humbug by the arctic monkeys (x2)
whatever people say i am, that’s what i’m not by the arctic monkeys (x2)
channel orange by frank ocean
icarus falls by zayn dirty computer by janelle monaé
tell me it’s real by seafret
romance by camila cabello
born this way by lady gaga
visions by grimes
joanne by lady gaga (x3)
circus by britney spears
ctrl by sza
igor by tyler, the creator
swimming by mac miller
arrival by abba
strange desire by the bleachers
cheap queens by king princess
legends never die by juice wrld
one of the boys by katy perry
teenage dream by katy perry
prism by katy perry
doo-waps & hooligans by bruno mars
24k magic by bruno mars
unorthodox jukebox by bruno mars
witness by katy perry
smile by katy perry
speak now by taylor swift
heard it in. past life by maggie rogers
the fame monster by lady gaga
gone now by the bleachers
amala by doja cat
lungs by florence + the machine
how big, how blue, how beautiful by florence + the machine
american teen by khalid
racine careé by stromae
free time by ruel
crybaby by melanie martinez
my mind makes noises by pale waves
riot! by paramore (x2)
paramore by paramore
stokeley by ski mask the slump god
goodbye yellow brick road by elton john
the 1975 by the 1975
magdalene by fka twigs
lust for life by lana del rey
salad days by mac demarco
2 by mac demarco
be the cowboy by mitski
the origin of love by mika
brand new eyes by paramore
wasteland, baby! by hozier
hozier by hozier
zeros by declan mckenna
let go by avril lavigne
currents by tame impala
after laughter by paramore
little dark age by mgmt
taylor swift by taylor swift
fearless by taylor swift
bad contestant by matt maltese
cheek to cheek by lady gaga and tony bennett
heaven & hell by ava max
the works by queen
born in the u.s.a. by bruce springsteen
purple rain by prince
let’s dance by david bowie
night vision by imagine dragons
edit: tried spacing everything out, easier to read ig
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Wrestling Observer Rewind ★ Mar. 4, 2002

Going through old issues of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter and posting highlights in my own words. For anyone interested, I highly recommend signing up for the actual site at f4wonline and checking out the full archives.
1-7-2002 1-14-2002 1-21-2002 1-28-2002
2-4-2002 2-11-2002 2-18-2002 2-25-2002
NOTE: I mentioned it in the first post of 2002 but a lot of y'all are aware that a few months ago, SaintRidley picked up the Observer Rewind reins after I stopped and started doing his own recaps from the 1980s. Well, he's been doing great work with it and he just finished posting the year of 1987. I went ahead and added it the Previously" section up there. ↑↑↑ Just wanted to make sure to bring it to everyone's attention.
  • It's been awhile since we've had major PPVs going head-to-head with each other, but it happened this week when WWA aired it's 2nd ever PPV live from Las Vegas, going head-to-head with PRIDE. Dave recaps the history of head-to-head PPV battles, specifically the WWF vs. Crockett war in the late-80s. How Vince McMahon created Survivor Series specifically to run it in direct competition with Crockett's first ever PPV, Starrcade 87. The resulting loss of needed revenue was a huge reason why Crockett eventually had to sell the company to Ted Turner and, in retrospect, set into motion everything that led to WCW's eventual death last year. He goes on to recap how Royal Rumble was created and aired on free TV to go head-to-head with Crockett's next PPV attempt, Bunkhouse Stampede. Then Crockett responded by creating the first Clash of the Champions and airing it against Wrestlemania IV. Not sure PRIDE vs. WWA is up there in the same league as that PPV battle. Which, to be fair, Dave admits it's not the same thing.
  • Anyway, the PRIDE show was among the greatest events of all time, one of the very few times in the history of the Observer that a show got a unanimous 100% thumbs up vote on the reader poll. It aired in Japan live and in the U.S. on a bit of a delay, with the matches edited in a different order. In Japan, the card was headlined by Vanderlei Silva vs. former UWFI wrestler Kiyoshi Tamura, which was an excellent fight that Silva won. In the U.S., the show was built around Ken Shamrock vs. Don Frye in the main event (in Japan, it aired 3rd from last) and the 2 men had an absolute war that should shut up critics who say both are too old. Shamrock lost a split-decision in a fight that Dave thinks should have legitimately been a draw. (This fight is considered to this day one of the all-time wars in MMA history. An utter slobberknocker. Neither fighter was the same again afterward and Frye has said that the damage Shamrock did to his legs in this fight led to him later getting addicted to painkillers). After the fight, Shamrock went over to ringside and hugged his girlfriend Alicia Webb, who you may remember as Ryan Shamrock. The girl that played his sister in WWF.
WATCH: Don Frye vs. Ken Shamrock - PRIDE 19: Bad Blood (2002)
  • And then there was WWA. A low-budget, amateur-ish event, marred by bad production and no-shows. Not that the crowd would even know, because most of the lineup was never even announced ahead of time anyway. The scheduled main event of Jeff Jarrett vs. Randy Savage didn't happen because Savage held promoter Andrew McManus up for more money at the last minute. Savage originally had agreed to work the show in exchange for a 30% ownership stake in the company, which was agreed upon. But three days before the show, Savage upped the ante, saying he wanted the 30%, plus an extra $50,000 in cash. At that point, they started haggling back and forth to try to strike some kind of deal. Ownership got pulled off the table and then Savage asked for a flat $250,000 fee to work the show. WWA turned that down and came back with a flat $150,000 offer instead. Savage turned that down and at that point, everything broke down. For what it's worth, a lot of the lower card wrestlers on the show worked for $300. Last second attempts to bring in Sting to save the show didn't work either. Road Dogg was also supposed to appear on the show but couldn't because of legal issues. Word is he got arrested 2 days before the show in Florida on a probation violation. As a result, the PPV was headlined by Jeff Jarrett defending the WWA championship against Brian Christopher.
  • The whole show was simply an embarrassment. The production was completely minor league and the crowd was totally dead for all these long matches with guys nobody cares about. The in-ring work was fine, but the booking often made no sense, with overbooked three-ways and 6-way undercard matches that ended up being more clusterfuck than match. It was also one of those Russo-type things where the commentary team made endless inside-references that only the hardcore internet fans would get. But then again, this show only drew hardcore internet fans anyway, so why not? They also constantly made reference to WWF, which came across as desperate and sad. In particular, Larry Zbyszko was given the chance to cut a meandering promo, challenging Vince McMahon to a fight over some unspecified grievance from 20 years ago and criticized them for having Chris Jericho as their world champion. Dave thinks Zbyszko was actually angling for a job from WWF by trying to start his own angle and says this promo was basically his job application. And he thinks it was pretty pathetic. Backstage, the disorganization was apparent and most even within the company saw what a mess it was and have already given up on the promotion as a lost cause. Dave said this PPV made it clear that nobody will be challenging WWF anytime soon.
  • Other notes from the WWA Revolution PPV: yes, in case you're wondering, that Japanese man sitting behind the commentary table all night who very briefly (literally blink and miss it) got involved in the Scott SteineDisco Inferno tussle was indeed NJPW star Hiroyoshi Tenzan and yes, they flew him all the way from Japan (and had him bring his ring gear just in case), only to have him do almost nothing and never be acknowledged on camera. Eric Bischoff was backstage, as a guest of Ernest Miller. Bischoff laughed off any questions about going to WWF but said the ol' "never say never" shtick. The crowd was about 2,800, most of them freebies and they were desperately giving away tickets in the casino before the show. During the first match, the building looked practically empty so they quietly began moving everyone closer to ringside to pack the area around the ring to make it look presentable for TV. Opening 6-way match featuring all the hottest indie stars was a sloppy mess, with too people flying everywhere trying to get their shit in and the cameras missing most of it. Bret Hart came out and cut a long, rambling promo before announcing Brian Christopher was replacing Randy Savage in the main event, to zero crowd response. By the 5th match, people in the crowd could be seen leaving, never to return. Jerry Lynn showed up, interrupting an Eddie Guerrero interview, at which point Dave mentions, oh yeah by the way, the WWF released Jerry Lynn 2 days before the PPV. Considering WWF has been talking about reviving the cruiserweight division after Wrestlemania, Dave doesn't know why they'd get rid of a guy who could be one of the best in the division. Anyway, yeah, this show sucked. Here ya go, enjoy.
WATCH: WWA: The Revolution PPV - 2002
  • WWF's latest investor conference call took place and wasn't particularly newsworthy, but there's some stuff to note. The new agreement with DirecTV is until August of 2003 and is under the exact same terms they were operating under last year, which means WWF gained nothing while losing an estimated $4.4 million in revenue over the last few PPVs. Following the brand split, WWF plans to run 16 PPVs per year, and increasing the price by an extra $5. Linda McMahon said Wrestlemania 18 has sold 58,000 tickets as of the time of the call, for a record gate of $3.96 million, breaking the record set by last year's WM. Dave goes through all the numbers and for the most part, in comparison to previous quarters, almost everything is down. Which is no surprise to anyone who has been paying attention because WWF is clearly on the downswing. Linda also said they're currently interviewing new writers and are hoping to double their writing staff, which Dave thinks is a terrible idea (and time has damn sure proven him correct). Finally, Linda was also asked how the purchase of the WCW library has benefited the company, which Dave thinks is an interesting question since revenues have declined since then and the Invasion angle flopped so hard that it killed any brand value the name "WCW" may have had. Linda talked about the value of the tape library but Dave points out that it's been a year and WWF has done practically nothing with that library (of course, in the end, they found ways to monetize that WCW library and it more than paid for itself).
  • In his first match as an official member of the AJPW roster, Keiji Muto lost the Triple Crown championship to Toshiaki Kawada in a match nearly a year in the making, before a sold out crowd at Budokan Hall. He hasn't seen it yet, but the match was reported to Dave as a near-classic (he ends up giving it 4.5 stars). The other 2 NJPW stars who jumped ship, Kendo Kashin and Satoshi Kojima, also worked their first official AJPW matches. Kaz Hayashi, formerly a member of Jung Dragons in WCW and who worked in WWF's developmental until asking for his release a few weeks ago, also debuted on the show and will be part of Muto's faction.
WATCH: Keiji Muto vs. Toshiaki Kawada - AJPW 2-24-2002
  • Obituary time for Swede Hanson, who worked primarily in the Carolinas and had a brief run in the WWF as a cult favorite babyface in the early 80s. Sadly, he passed away in a mental hospital because he had advanced Alzheimer's disease which made it impossible for his family to handle him and they had him put away. Jeez, that's rough. He also had a litany of other health problems. Dave gives an in-depth history of his career in the 60s and 70s as a heel in the Carolinas before talking about the WWF run. Vince Sr. brought him in as a monster heel to challenge Bob Backlund, and Dave thinks someone else must have backed out at the last moment or something. By this time (in 1979), Hanson was well past his prime and hadn't been a major star anywhere in years but he was a big dude and so they brought him in to face Backlund and they actually sold out Madison Square Garden with Backlund vs. Hanson in the main event (though Dave says Bruno Sammartino working the undercard sure didn't hurt). The match sucked and almost immediately after, he became a jobber in the WWF, but Vince Jr, on commentary, just loved to call him "Rawboned Swede Hanson" and the "Rawboned" nickname caught on. Vince said it with such gusto that Hanson briefly became a cult favorite jobber from it and the crowd turned him babyface at damn near 50 years old. It led to a brief career resurgence and him having a small role in the Backlund/Billy Graham feud for the title before he finally faded into oblivion.
  • Mark Henry won the "world's strongest man" competition at the Arnold Classic bodybuilding and fitness event. Henry has been out of WWF for the past 2 months training for this competition and the training paid off, with Henry capturing first place and making a legitimate viable claim to his "strongest man in the world" moniker. During the event, Henry became the first man in 50 years to cleanly press the 366 pound Apollon wheel weight above his head. In another event, he carried an 800 pound block of bolted together railroad ties up a 40-foot ramp faster than the other competitors. For his victory, Henry won a $75,000 Humvee and some other cash prizes. Over the same weekend, he also won another $1,000 in a contest where he was able to lift an inch dumbbell (which weighs 172 pounds) to his shoulder with one arm. There's a bunch of other weightlifting stuff here, but you might be surprised to find out....I dunno shit about any of this. I got winded lifting pizza to my mouth earlier. Mark Henry strong.
WATCH: Mark Henry at the Arnold Classic 2002
  • Another obit for former wrestler, promoter, and father of 80s valet Baby Doll, Nick Roberts who died of pancreatic cancer. Once again, a bunch of details and stories about someone I've never heard of in wrestling history that Dave somehow knows everything about. I know I've said it before, but these obituary pieces are some of the greatest reasons for subscribing to the Observer.
  • Masahiro Chono says he wants to take NJPW in a more serious, realistic direction. No sports entertainment gaga nonsense, they want it to be like a real sports product. So much so that, in his own match with Manabu Nakanishi at the last big NJPW show, Chono wouldn't even bounce off the ropes, saying that it's not credible and no one would do that in a real fight. Ah yes, Inoki's gonna love this.
  • FMW wrestler Kodo Fuyuki has said he plans to try to keep the promotion running after it was announced it was folding last week. FMW still has 8 shows scheduled for this month and Fuyuki said he plans to try to run them himself and keep the company going (no such luck buddy).
  • Japan Today, an American newspaper that covers Japanese news daily, had a story on Antonio Inoki battling diabetes. It says he was first diagnosed in 1982, which Dave says is right around the time Inoki's in-ring work dropped off considerably when he lost his stamina. The story said for the last 20 years, Inoki has eaten a ridiculously healthy diet and is in better health now at 59 than he was then at 39.
  • Dave said he got tons of positive feedback on the debut of RF Video's Ring of Honor promotion in Philadelphia. The show was sold out in advance, was well organized, and had several really good matches. They limited a lot of the mistakes that most indie companies fall victim to, such as too many matches, too many run-ins, too much mic work, too many guys trying to do too much stuff, etc. Steve Corino and CZW announcer Eric Gargiulo did commentary. Eddie Guerrero faced Super Crazy in an excellent match and the main event was a three-way featuring Low-Ki, Christopher Daniels, and American Dragon that Dave has heard rave reviews for. And thus, ROH was born.
WATCH: Highlights from ROH's debut show in 2002
  • Vic Grimes took the most insane bump of all time at an XPW event before 1,500 fans in Los Angeles. Grimes was facing New Jack in a scaffold match said to be at least twice as high up as the fall Mick Foley took off the Hell in a Cell. The ring below had tables stacked 4-high to break his fall, but Grimes ended up missing most of the tables when New Jack overshot him. Perhaps on purpose. Grimes missed all but the corner tables at the edge of the ring before coming down on the corner turnbuckles. After the bump, they tried to rush fans out of the arena since it was almost 1am and gave many the impression Grimes life was in danger. But he was surprisingly okay and was walking around backstage after, although he was definitely banged up. Grimes was really nervous about the bump earlier in the day, as you might expect and Dave says he's pretty damn lucky he didn't miss the ring because he almost certainly would have died if he took that bump straight to the floor. Elsewhere on the show, there was a match where porn star Lizzy Borden (wife of XPW promoter Rob Black) faced another porn star, Veronica Caine, in a match that was supposed to end only when someone was stripped totally naked. But right before it happened, the lights went out and the women were rushed out of the ring and when fans realized they'd been ripped off, they were so pissed the arena feared a riot. (Anyway, here's the bump and yeah....Grimes very easily could have died from this. No mention from Dave on the fact that New Jack also tazed him before this)
WATCH: Air Grimes goes long
  • Shane Douglas is expected to take over as XPW booker when his WCW contract with Time Warner expires next month.
  • Former WCW journeyman wrestler Chip Minton's primary career was bobsledding. He only wrestled in WCW occasionally while doing that, primarily as a jobber on the C-shows. Minton was part of the US bobsledding team in both the 1994 and 1998 Winter Olympics and was planning to compete this year, but failed to make the team. Soon after that, he failed a steroid test and has been suspended from the sport for 2 years.
  • Remember a couple weeks ago, it was mentioned that Roddy Piper was in a car accident but he was playing down how serious it was? Turns out....very serious. Piper suffered 4 broken ribs, one of which punctured his liver and nearly killed him. He also suffered severe back injuries and shattered his ankle. Piper was taken to the hospital and was near death but obviously, he managed to pull through and has still been making all his appearances for XWF in recent days. (Yeah I think in Piper's autobiography, he dedicates the book to the guy who saved his life by rushing him to the hospital and even says he was clinically dead for a few moments. Then again, Piper was like a lot of those old time guys and was prone to exaggeration, so who knows).
  • Eric Bischoff is teaming up with Mark Burnett, the producer of the hit show Survivor, to produce a MMA reality show called Skien. From Dave's understanding, it will basically be a reality show with K-1 kickboxers leading up to a PPV event. (Here's an article about it from Variety at the time, but this ends up going nowhere).
WATCH: Variety article on Eric Bischoff's new reality show
  • Notes from Raw: only one thing really notable, they filmed a segment at referee Tim White's bar The Friendly Tap. The bar really is owned by White and WWF pretty much always films angles there when they're in town (Providence, RI). This time, the skit featured the APA going into the bar to drink and the bar was filled by a bunch of gay men and drag queens (played by a bunch of wrestlers from indie promotion Chaotic Wrestling) while the APA guys acted all grossed out by it all. Then Billy and Chuck attacked them. Dave thinks this played on all the typical homophobic stereotypes and he seems pretty irritated by it. Anyway, among the wrestlers from Chaotic were Todd Sinclair (better known now as ROH's senior official), Rich Palladino (ring announcer for Beyond now) and John Walters (indie wrestler and former ROH Pure champion).
  • Next week's Smackdown hasn't aired yet but it was taped and Dave has details. Notably, this is the episode where Austin chases down the NWO and tries to shoot them with a net gun. Dave says this was a mess, with the gun going off but no net being fired from it and they'll have to fix the whole thing in post-production. It went horribly when they filmed it and it aired for the live crowd and it killed the crowd and basically forced them to improvise on the spot (on one of the Something To Wrestle podcasts, Bruce Prichard tells this story and how frustrated they were with this net gun being a piece of shit). This episode also featured Stephanie yelling at Chris Jericho for getting her the wrong hand lotion and Booker T and Edge feuding over a Japanese shampoo commercial. (Rock/Hogan was great, but man, the build for everything else at Wrestlemania 18 suuuuuucked.)
  • Prototype won the OVW title from Leviathan at the latest OVW tapings. After the match, they did an angle to set up David Flair as the #1 contender for the title. Prototype's only singles loss in OVW came last week, when Flair beat him, so there ya go (this video covers ALL of that. The FlaiCena match, the Leviathan match, the post-match angle, etc).
WATCH: Prototype vs. Leviathan for OVW title - 2002
  • Wall Street Journal did an article talking about the decline in Smackdown's ratings, saying they were down 28% from last year and down 42% from the year before that. The article blamed it on Smackdown changing networks. Here's the thing though....it hasn't. Raw changed networks in 2000. Smackdown has been on UPN since its debut. Also, UPN has grown overall in ratings while Smackdown has declined. So....no. It's just because the show sucks now.
  • Charlie Haas, fresh off returning to the ring and winning the HWA title after the death of his brother, tore his ACL this week. He just had surgery and will be out 4-6 months. Rough few months for that dude.
  • A Washington newspaper did a story on James Dudley, who you may know as....WWF Hall of Famer James Dudley and little else. On-screen, he's never really done much. But Dave says Dudley started working for Vince Sr. back in the 1940s, when Sr. was a boxing promoter, and was essentially his Vince Sr.'s driver and assistant. Dudley did a lot of odd jobs for the company during those early years, working ticket booths and stuff like that, but to most people, he was just kinda known as Vince Sr.'s limo driver. So when he was indicted into the WWF Hall of Fame a few years ago, it was a pretty controversial decision among a lot of people, given that someone like Bruno Sammartino isn't in, by the company's limo driver is. Anyway, before his death, Vince Sr. made Vince Jr. promise to take care of Dudley and keep him on the payroll. So for the last 18 years or so, even though he doesn't work for the company, Vince McMahon has continued to pay him a salary. He also bought him a new car as a gift some years back.
  • Billy and Chuck's recent tag team title win makes Billy Gunn the most decorated tag team wrestler in WWF history, as he's now held the tag titles 9 times (3 as part of the Smoking Gunns, 5 as part of New Age Outlaws, and now once with he and Chuck). The previous record was Mick Foley, with 8. (to the best of my research, if we're only talking WWF/WWE tag title reigns, that record is now held by Edge).
  • USA Network CEO Barry Diller took part in a lecture at Syracuse University and talked about losing the WWF to TNN. When asked why it happened, he responded, "Because I'm a dope." He said he didn't fight hard enough to keep the WWF and admitted the loss hurt, but also said it may have been the best thing for them in the long-run because pro wrestling doesn't really fit the direction they're planning to take the network. He said wrestling fans came for wrestling and left immediately after it was over and there was never any cross-over fans who stuck around to watch the next show or anything like that. He said they could never figure out what to connect wrestling to within the rest of their properties.
  • WWF held a try out camp in Cincinnati and reportedly, nobody was particularly impressive, including AJ Styles. The knock on Styles was that he's average looking and too small. Wrestler Sonny Siaki was said to be the most impressive, but he also rubbed people the wrong way with his attitude so probably not gonna make the cut this time. Matt Morgan, who was on the Tough Enough casting special last season got a tryout and since he has no formal training, he was pretty awful but he's big so Dave seems to think he'll get a chance anyway. The other one they were impressed by was a woman named Erin Bray, who was one of the final 25 picked for the original Tough Enough. But then some other contestants spotted her out on a date with one of the show's judges and they threw a fit, which resulted in Bray not making the final 13. Another wrestler, Travis Tomko, is a guy who has worked some indies and is a former bodyguard for Limp Bizkit ("Tomko, gimme a beat." "No.")
  • Rock was a presenter at the NAACP Awards and Dave thinks he looked pretty great for a guy who was almost murdered in an ambulance by the NWO a few days earlier. Cheeky Dave is just the best.
  • Speaking of, Dave throws in a random paragraph to backhandedly shit on Kevin Nash. For years, people in the business joked that Lex Luger made the most money with the least ability or drawing power of anyone ever in wrestling. Dave says it's gotta be Nash. For example, Nash is not wrestling and is only going to be in Hall's corner for the match at Wrestlemania (his knees really are giving him problems), but he has been promised that he's going to get the same type of payoff as if he was the guy in the match working with Austin in the semi-main event. Not to mention all the huge contracts he signed in WCW, or how he got a huge-by-WWF-standards deal here, plus got Vince to cave to almost all his other demands regarding schedule and bringing back Scott Hall, among other things. (I mean, while Dave is being kind of a dick here, I don't think he's really wrong either. When it comes to top draws in the history of the business, Nash isn't anywhere near even the top 10 or 20. And he's never exactly been a great wrestler. But since the 90s, Nash always managed to make sure he gets PAID like he's in that upper echelon. Nash is one of those very few wrestlers who isn't entranced by the fame or the fake accolades. He treats wrestling for what it is: a business. It's the way they pay their mortgages and buy groceries, just like you and me at our jobs. I love it. I laugh my ass off every time I hear "Brock Lesnar signed a huge new contract to only work 6 matches a year." Good for him. I hope he gets even more money for less dates next year. You should always know your worth and never let your employer take you for anything less. Nash has always been one of the guys to do that and he's probably going to die comfortably in a nice house while these other guys from his era are still clinging to fame at 60 years old doing $300 indie shows on crippled knees. Anyway, that's my soapbox). Dave seems to feel the same way and admits, love him or hate him, you gotta give Nash credit for being one of the smartest guys in the biz.
  • Fear Factor featuring the Hardyz, Lita, Test, Molly Holly, and Jacquelyn aired this week. First they had to climb up a rope ladder hanging from a helicopter over the river and they all made it up except Jeff Hardy who slipped near the top and fell (knowing Jeff, he probably purposely let go so he could take the big fall for fun). Lita also got eliminated for being the slowest one up the ladder. Next they had to chug a gross drink that included bile, rooster testicals, spleen, and some animal brains all blended together. Molly Holly almost vomited after one sip and was out. Jackie and Matt succeeded. Test refused to even try. So then it came down to Matt vs. Jackie and they had to walk across the tops of high poles and move flags around. Matt Hardy ended up winning the whole thing and won $50,000 for charity.
WATCH: WWF stars on Fear Factor, Pt. 1
WATCH: WWF stars on Fear Factor, Pt. 2
WATCH: WWF stars on Fear Factor, Pt. 3
  • Sunday Night Heat is being converted into one of the B-shows like Metal and Jakked. Awhile back, they started airing Heat from the WWF New York restaurant but the production costs of that were high. So in a cost-cutting move, they're just gonna tape dark matches and throw them on Heat the same way they do those other shows, featuring all the nobodies that can't ever get TV time on the main shows.
  • As mentioned last week, Scott Hall has been taking a drug called Antabuse, which makes him violently sick when he drinks or even smells alcohol. It caused him to get sick after Raw last week when Austin poured beer all over him in a bit after the cameras were off. Hall has said he is clean and has been clean for awhile, except for the incident a couple weeks ago where he fell off the wagon. Others are skeptical and question if Hall only takes his medication on TV days and needless to say, there's some doubt here.
  • Everywhere he goes, Brian Christopher has been telling people he's coming back to WWF after Wrestlemania, but contrary to what he's saying, Dave says there are zero plans for that (indeed, it does not happen).
FRIDAY: More on WWA's PPV disaster, the landscape for any new promotion attempting to start up, WWF huge show in Japan, WWF loses appeal over "WWF" initials, Bret Hart given offer for Wrestlemania 18, and tons more...
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Kickstarter Roundup: Sep 1, 2019 | 15+ Ending Soon (including: Burgle Bros. 2: The Casino Capers) & 25+ New This Week (including: Successors (4th edition))

What this is:

This is a weekly, curated listing of Kickstarter board game projects that are either:
All board game projects meeting those criteria will automatically be included, no need to ask. (The occasional non-board game project may also sneak in!)
Expect new lists each Sunday sometime between midnight and noon PST.

Ending Soon

Project Info Players Backers Min / Avg Pledge Ends Comments
Calspino Math, Mice, and Dice! An exhilarating card game that incorporates basic math concepts into the fun of playing cards. // Has raised $1,277 of $1,000 so far. (~127%) ☑ 2 - 6 48 $25 / $27 Sep 02 kicktraq
Honesty Stone Honesty Stone is a strategic bluffing game played by 2 to 5 players. // Has raised ¥170,509 of ¥100,000 so far. (~170%) ☑ 2 - 5 51 $15 / ¥3343 Sep 02 kicktraq bgg
MOKURU CARD GAME A new type of board game that puts your mind, hands even friendship to the test. // Has raised HK$812,975 of HK$50,000 so far. (~1625%) ☑ ? - ? 2052 $35 / HK$396 Sep 03 kicktraq
1,000 YEAR BEARD A fuzzy-fun card game for 1-2 players. Be the first Dwarf to grow the longest, most majestic beard of a thousand years ...and win! // Has raised $2,120 of $1,000 so far. (~212%) ☑ 1 - 2 86 $16 / $25 Sep 03 kicktraq bgg #take3
Build, Piggy, Build! A fun, family card game. // Has raised $16,893 of $14,500 so far. (~116%) ☑ 2 - 5 46 $16 / $367 Sep 04 kicktraq
Spirit-Up!™ card game Spirit-Up!™ is a charmingly goofy, endlessly re-playable card game for self-transformation through FUN. Ages 12 and up, 1-12 players. // Has raised $3,467 of $3,400 so far. (~101%) ☑ 1 - 12 59 $28 / $59 Sep 04 kicktraq
Wolves of Mercia Our answer to the classic social deduction game. Everyone has a secret, and death is not the end. // Has raised $6,060 of $1,000 so far. (~606%) ☑ 5 - 16 318 $15 / $19 Sep 04 kicktraq bgg
Burgle Bros. 2: The Casino Capers The crew is back for even crazier co-op heists! New challenges trying to take down a string of casinos in broad daylight! // Has raised $321,075 of $25,000 so far. (~1284%) ☑ 1 - 4 6125 $49 / $52 Sep 05 kicktraq
Zombies! Need more Brains You are a rotting Zombie and with your fellow mutants, you roam the apocalyptic future in search of nice pink brains. // Has raised $3,027 AUD of $100 AUD so far. (~3027%) ☑ 1 - 4 46 $10 / $66 AUD Sep 05 kicktraq
Haiclue Combine word tiles to make clues. A game for 2-12 players. // Has raised $3,758 of $1,000 so far. (~375%) ☑ 2 - 12 142 $20 / $26 Sep 05 kicktraq bgg
WarRift: Deckbuilding Game WarRift is a competitive deck-building game with a focus on player interaction. Summon your guild. Slay monsters. Take the THRONE! // Has raised $5,131 of $7,000 so far. (~73%) 1 - 5 101 $44 / $51 Sep 05 kicktraq
Techlandia Silicon Valley meets Lovecraft in the Game of Smartphones and Supernatural Horror! // Has raised $10,324 of $10,000 so far. (~103%) ☑ 1 - 4 196 $39 / $53 Sep 05 kicktraq bgg
Division: Throne Room A compact, strategic, card and dice game for 1 or 2 players. Have you got what it takes to seize the throne? // Has raised £5,422 of £2,250 so far. (~240%) ☑ 1 - 2 254 $13 / £21 Sep 05 kicktraq bgg
Taxi Derby Race to pick up and deliver passengers without pushing your luck too much in this 60-minute board game for 2-5 players. // Has raised $32,522 of $15,000 so far. (~216%) ☑ 2 - 5 611 $34 / $53 Sep 06 kicktraq bgg
Space War: In Space!! A new adventure by Grown Men Games // Has raised $6,874 of $3,250 so far. (~211%) ☑ 2 - 5 68 $15 / $101 Sep 07 kicktraq
Shovel Knight: Dungeon Duels Shovel Knight: Dungeon Duels is a 1 to 4 player competitive side scrolling dungeon crawl based off of the Shovel Knight video game! // Has raised $117,775 of $70,000 so far. (~168%) ☑ 1 - 4 1742 $40 / $68 Sep 07 kicktraq bgg #take2

New This Week

Project Info Players Backers Min / Avg Pledge Ends Comments
A Drinking Game with Trivia, Funny & Flirty Challenges Downward Karma is designed for 2 or more players. The game comes with 108 trivia cards, 54 funny challenge cards, and 54 flirty cards. // Has raised $312 of $3,500 so far. (~8%) 2 - ? 9 $35 / $35 Sep 28
ART of WAR: Normandy 44 Wargame on the WW2, explainable in 3 minutes, with 15mm miniatures and 3D battlefield. // Has raised €1,179 of €150,000 so far. (~0%) 2 - ? 8 $143 / €147 Oct 06
Awkward Weasel A game where your social life is on the line. // Has raised $74 of $15,000 so far. (~0%) 2 - 8 4 $19 / $19 Sep 30
Big Fish/Little Fish - a (PnP) solo board game A solo board game where your fish tries to survive by eating its way up the food chain before it gets eaten. // Has raised $39 of $40 so far. (~97%) 1 - 1 19 $1 / $2 Sep 16
Bossin' Space A cooperative game of spaceship command and unidentified terror for 1-4 players. // Has raised $4,179 of $25,000 so far. (~16%) 1 - 4 88 $42 / $47 Sep 24 bgg
Bullseye Bombers Bring a little creativity to your Thirsty Thursdays. Connect and challenge your friends anywhere, anytime! // Has raised $3,166 of $20,000 so far. (~15%) 2 - ? 50 $30 / $63 Sep 30
CATCH THE KING A strategy Viking game produce and design in France - Talf Game : Tablut - Gwezboell - Hnefatalf // Has raised €2,626 of €4,000 so far. (~65%) ? - ? 40 $48 / €66 Sep 24
Epic Card Game Jungle New Starter Deck and packs for Epic! All the amazing constructed, sealed and draft play of a TCG without the high cost or random cards! // Has raised $102,786 of $50,000 so far. (~205%) ☑ 2 - 4 1885 $20 / $55 Sep 19 bgg #expansion
Ferman: Sultan's Decree A fast-paced worker placement board game. Gather resources, complete quests and gain Sultan's favor. // Has raised €3,124 of €9,000 so far. (~34%) 3 - 6 112 $23 / €28 Sep 28 bgg
Fidget Factory A fast-paced, co-operative party game from the inventors of Fidget Cube. // Has raised $48,166 of $15,000 so far. (~321%) ☑ 2 - 5 845 $29 / $57 Oct 11 bgg
Flapjack Flipout Have a flipping good time with this memory and dexterity family tabletop game // Has raised $2,062 of $4,625 so far. (~44%) 2 - 6 62 $25 / $33 Sep 29 bgg #take2
HIRE! A classic board game with a modern twist. Based on the stock market, but a lot more fun! // Has raised $5,540 of $12,000 so far. (~46%) 2 - ? 29 $50 / $191 Sep 27
Killjoy: The Anti-Party Game Killjoy is a party game for 2-8 players about escaping..a party. With bad excuses. Also with fun actions to help you escape. It's fun. // Has raised $1,541 of $13,000 so far. (~11%) 2 - 8 29 $25 / $53 Oct 16
MatchBreaker: The Retro Matchmaking Card Game Score yourself a hottie and destroy your friends dream date in this brutal matchmaking, and match BREAKING card game. // Has raised $21,134 AUD of $4,000 AUD so far. (~528%) ☑ 2 - 4 397 $21 / $53 AUD Sep 26 bgg #take2
Paranoia Paranoia: The ultimate dark party game where you will most likely lose all your friends. // Has raised $162 CAD of $12,000 CAD so far. (~1%) 4 - ? 6 $16 / $27 CAD Sep 27
Pizzeria Boss the card game Tabletop card game // Has raised $217 of $100 so far. (~217%) ☑ 2 - 5 13 $15 / $17 Sep 26 bgg
Princesses Love Unicorns A Fairy Tale Card Game about Princesses taming Unicorns // Has raised $1,434 of $10,000 so far. (~14%) 2 - 6 33 $20 / $43 Sep 28
Rare Roses Rare Roses is a beautiful game of floral domination where you fill orders using roses purchased from the market or other players. // Has raised $6,991 AUD of $20,000 AUD so far. (~34%) 1 - 6 139 $31 / $50 AUD Sep 17 bgg
Reigns: The Council A regal asymmetric party game for 3-6 players with bluffs and betrayals, designed by Bruno Faidutti and Hervé Marly. // Has raised £37,595 of £65,000 so far. (~57%) 3 - 6 992 $35 / £38 Oct 01 bgg
Saigon 75 Relive the fratricidal struggle between North and South Vietnam from the summer of 1973 to spring 1975. 1/2 players - 60 minutes - 14+. // Has raised €16,637 of €10,000 so far. (~166%) ☑ 1 - 2 231 $56 / €72 Sep 10 bgg
Sell Outs A social party game about buying and selling crap to solve your weird problems // Has raised $2,451 of $6,500 so far. (~37%) 3 - 10 57 $30 / $43 Sep 29 bgg #newedition
Shiloh 1862 Volume II in the Civil War Brigade Battle Series. Refight the Battle of Shiloh with this classic hex and counter game. Playable in 3 hr // Has raised $9,815 of $5,000 so far. (~196%) ☑ 1 - 2 134 $59 / $73 Sep 16 bgg
Sleepy Hollow Re-Release A bit of strategy, a bit of luck and lots of fun! Sleepy Hollow is a fast-paced game suitable for the whole family. // Has raised $446 of $250 so far. (~178%) ☑ 2 - 4 29 $10 / $15 Sep 16 bgg #reprint
Successors (4th edition) Award-winning, ancient backstabbing game for 2-5 Diadochi. World's Top 20 Multiplayer Wargame. Breaks friendships for over 20 years. // Has raised £208,490 of £40,000 so far. (~521%) ☑ 2 - 5 2808 $80 / £74 Sep 13 bgg #newedition
That's a Wrap A furious race to the Oskies featuring over 50,000 film combinations // Has raised $8,881 of $8,000 so far. (~111%) ☑ 2 - 5 183 $29 / $49 Sep 24 bgg #take2
The Trouble With Aliens Will you choose the path to glory, the path of self-preservation, or be assimilated by the hive? // Has raised $646 of $62,500 so far. (~1%) 2 - 6 22 $25 / $29 Sep 27 #reprint
WARLINE: Tactical Fantasy Battles History and fantasy collide in this detailed sandbox game of maneuver warfare. // Has raised $5,860 of $41,490 so far. (~14%) 2 - 4 109 $54 / $54 Sep 26 bgg #take2
Windward A strategic board game. Become the most notorious sky captain by harnessing the wind, hunting leviathans, and plundering opponents. // Has raised $90,315 of $20,000 so far. (~451%) ☑ 1 - 4 1721 $54 / $52 Sep 22 bgg

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What's Happening in CT: 1/16 - 1/19

Thursday, January 16th, 2020:

Friday, January 17th, 2020:

Saturday, January 18th, 2020:

Sunday, January 19th, 2020:

Find more things to do this weekend here!

Check out some new movies like these:

Friday, January 10th
The Informer
Like a Boss
Friday, January 17th
Bad Boys for Life
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The List: 2019

The Lineup is out, bold denotes acts that ended up on the lineup
This is a list of acts that are potentially playing OSLs 2019. I intend to update this list via edit from now until the lineup drop. If you want to add someone to this list just comment below and I will modify the list and credit your handle next to the edit. If you want to find someone in particular quickly I suggest you use ctrl F.
Playing eight tracked festivals
Playing six tracked festivals
Playing five tracked festivals
Playing four tracked festivals
Playing three tracked festivals
Playing two tracked festivals
Playing one tracked festival
Added by users, not currently playing any heavy crossover festivals so far
The following have appeared at OSLs once before but have not released new material since their first stint and are therefore less likely to appear in 2019 (To date only Beck and Vance Joy have returned WITHOUT new material, making the following acts much less likely)
The following is a list of bands that have played OSLs more than once and the gaps between return performances, considering only five acts have ever played OSLs three times, all acts in this section should be considered less likely than acts that have played OSLs once or never. Note that no act has ever returned quicker than a three year gap, Givers, Fantastic Negrito, and Big Boi were all makeup performances for prior year cancellations.
Three year gap
Four year gap
Five year gap
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Seven year gap
Eight year gap
Ten year gap
The following are past lineup drop dates, all lineup drops from 2012 to 2018 have occurred on a Tuesday:
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my uncomfortably long list of heartbreak songs for those who need it

i've noticed a lot of y'all ask for songs with heartbreak as its main theme, so from a depressed 18-year-old who listens to a lot of music made in the 2000s - 2010s, here's my ultimate list for every different type of heartbreak imaginable. if you need songs for a certain type of heartbreak that doesn't fall under any of the lists below, let me know and i'll try to find songs for you. also, the genres are completely mixed; if you want anything in a specific genre (with the exception of metal and country), let me know as well. lastly, some of the songs will overlap because they're applicable for multiple types.
if you really enjoy this, I can make a list for different types of sadness and even positive moods. let me know if these fit or work with you!

narcissistic heartbreak (completely sad, grieving, mainly describing the sadness and not necessarily lashing out at the other person, somewhat of a 'what did i do wrong' vibe):

December - Neck Deep
Dancing On My Own - Calum Scott
sometimes - Chelsea Cutler
this is what heartbreak feels like - Clinton Kane
Wish I Never Fell in Love - Cold Illumination
lost//found - EDEN
crash - EDEN
and - EDEN
start//end - EDEN
Way to Break My Heart - Ed Sheeran, Skrillex
i'm sad - eli.
Let U Go - Faime
You Were a Home That I Wanted to Grow up In - Flatsound
Distance - Flatsound
ghost stories - ghosthands
p.s. - gnash
daydreams - gnash, Julius
you were good to me - Jeremy Zucker, Chelsea Cutler
Love Song for No One - John Mayer
Useless - Kayden
Colder - Kayden
as long as it takes you - keshi
Coaster - Khalid
street lights - killedmyself
don't worry about me - killedmyself
Malibu Nights - LANY
The Night We Met - Lord Huron
If You Want Love - NF
Friendly Dark - Ollie MN
Let Her Go - Passenger
Broken - Patrick Watson
I Could Never Be Loved - Powfu
Jealous - Labrinth
A Song About Being Sad - Rex Orange Country

traditional heartbreak (focused on the other person, desperate, sort of the 'you left me and i'm torn apart, i could/want to give you everything' vibe)

Lie to Me - 5 Seconds of Summer, Julia Michaels
Amnesia - 5 Seconds of Summer
Ghost of You - 5 Seconds of Summer
Half a Heart - One Direction
I Don't Wanna Love Somebody Else - A Great Big World
Let Me Down Slowly - Alec Benjamin
It's You - Ali Gatie
you're my world - atlas
Insulin - Atlas In Motion
Drifted - Atlas In Motion
Burgundy - Atlas In Motion
December - Atlas In Motion
Keyframe - Atlas In Motion
Things That I Miss - awfultune, Sandosius
Half Past You - ayokay, Future Jr.
A Sad Song About A Girl I No Longer Know - Bedside Kites
i love you - Billie Eilish
I Needed You - blackbear
My Heart Is Lost - blackbear
hell is where i dreamt of u and woke up alone - blackbear
Idfc - blackbear
Ain't Trippin - blackbear
Skinny Love - blackbear
sunder - brakence
softie - brakence
boywontcry - brakence
Dancing On My Own - Calum Scott
You Are The Reason - Calum Scott
sometimes - Chelsea Cutler
please - Chelsea Cutler, Jeremy Zucker
this is what being cheated on feels like - Clinton Kane
this is what a toxic relationship feels like - Clinton Kane
I Can't Make You Love Me - Dave Thomas Junior
Analog Boy - DBMK
Hot Mess - DBMK
You've Haunted Me All My Life - Death Cab for Cutie
I Dreamt We Spoke Again - Death Cab for Cutie
Marvins Room - Drake
sex - EDEN
drugs - EDEN
and - EDEN
rock + roll - EDEN
End Credits - EDEN
wonder - EDEN
Gravity - EDEN
drowning. - Eden Project
Way To Break My Heart - Ed Sheeran
Happier - Ed Sheeran
the one for me - eli.
23 - eli.
that girl - eli.
attached - eli.
could have been - familypet
so long, goodbye - familypet, LiL Lotus
I Don't Miss You At All - FINNEAS
Break My Heart Again - FINNEAS
Don't Call Me At All - Flatsound
You're a Mess in Public - Flatsound
You Were a Home That I Wanted to Grow Up In - Flatsound
You Are the Coffin - Flatsound
You Wrote "Don't Forget" On Your Arm - Flatsound
You Said Okay - Flatsound
Hands - Flatsound
I'm What You Need - Gabe Bondoc
lonely again - gnash
Leave A Message - gnash
stay still - ghosthands
i hate u, i love u - gnash, Olivia O'Brien
u just can't be replaced - gnash, rosabeales
t-shirt - gnash
feelings fade - gnash, RKCB
happy never after - gnash
fuck me up - gnash
I Don't Have to Tell You I'm Okay Anymore - Graveyard
Good Things Fall Apart - ILLENIUM, Jon Bellion
silhouettes of you - isaac gracieyou were good to me - Jeremy Zucker, Chelsea Cutler
A Soulmate Who Wasnt Meant to Be - Jess Benko
i loved you first - joan
All Time Low - Jon Bellion
I Still Need You - Kayden
Better - Kayden
What About Me? - Kayden
Letting Go - Kayden
You Don't Care At All - Kayden
anymore - Kayden
I'm Gone - Kayden
How Are You - Kayden
over u - keshi
2 soon - keshi
as long as it takes you - keshi
All I Want - Kodaline
I Don't Wanna Love You Anymore - LANY
Thru These Tears - LANY
okay - LANY Julia Michaels
Reforget - LANY
Someone You Loved - Lewis Capaldi
Fade - Lewis Capaldi
Bruises - Lewis Capaldi
The Night We Met - Lord Huron
Cinco De Mayo Shit Show - Marietta
You're My Girl (Lost Recording #6) - Mark Diamond
Happier - Marshmello, Bastille
If You Leave - Meredith Brackbil
Say Goodbye - Monty Datta, Snow
feelings are fatal - mxmtoon
please don't - mxmtoon
i miss you - mxmtoon
It's Cool, We Can Still Be Friends - Nehalem (Bright Eyes cover)
Please Never Fall In Love Again - Ollie MN
Half a Heart - One Direction
In My Head - Peter Manos
Better Now - Post Malone
is it too late? - rei brown
Picture Frames - rei brown
checklist / the one about watching friends - remy
Untitled - Rex Orange County
No Right To Love You - Acoustic - Rhys Lewis
tell me that you miss me - shattered
Wasn't I Enough - Sky
You Don't Want Me Anymore - Snow, Teqkoi
Emptiness Is a Closet Full of Your Old Clothes - Wishing
At the End pt. 1 - Wylder
At the End, Pt. 2 - Wylder

longing heartbreak (wanting someone back, kind of a 'i need you' vibe)

Let Me Down Slowly - Alex Benjamin
It's You - Ali Gatie
Insulin - Atlas in Motion
I Know - Atlas in Motion
Phase - Atlas in Motion
Idfc - blackbear
please - Chelsea Cutler, Jeremy Zucker
You Mean The Whole World To Me - dandelion hands
I Can't Make You Love Me - Dave Thomas Junior
Halflife - DBMK
I Will Follow You Into the Dark - Death Cab for Cutie
Transatlanticism - Death Cab for Cutie
drugs - EDEN
End Credits - EDEN
wrong people - eli.
that girl - eli.
Break My Heart Again - FINNEAS
I'm What You Need - Gabe Bondoc
p.s. - gnash
be - gnash
forgive - gnash
i think you're really cool - guardin
Old Eden - Honeywater
Different Story - INTRN
comethru - Jeremy Zucker
Sorry - Jess Benko
i loved you first - joan
I Still Need You - Kayden
Useless - Kayden
On the Way - Kayden
Looking at You - Kayden
Starting Over - Kayden
What About Me? - Kayden
Letting Go - Kayden
You Don't Care At All - Kayden
How Are You - Kayden
the reaper - keshi
right here - keshi
2 soon - keshi
over u - keshi
I've Changed for You - Kina, Madson Project
Get You the Moon - Kina, Snow
addict (W/ One Hope) - knowuh
If You See Her - LANY
okay - LANY, Julia Michaels
Reforget - Lauv
Infection - LEW
The Night We Met - Lord Huron
Happier - Marshmello, Bastille
Spectrum - Acoustic - Matthew Koma
Underwater - Matt Van
Honest Mistake - Max Embers
It's Cool, We Can Still Be Friends - Nehalem (Bright Eyes cover)
Please Never Fall In Love Again - Ollie MN
Half a Heart - One Direction
Missin You Crazy - Acoustic - Russ
Hurt - Sasha Sloan
tell me that you miss me - shattered
Wasn't I Enough - Sky
Stumblin' Home - Smallpools
sorry - tea
i miss you - tea
Be My Mistake - The 1975
Elise - The Greeting Committee
It Wasn't Easy to Be Happy For You - The Lumineers
Sadderdaze - The Neighborhood
Heartbeat - The Scarlet Project, Atlas In Motion
RUNNING OUT OF TIME - Tyler, The Creator
Waiting for You - Verzache, Swell
i'd die for you - yesterday

happy songs that remind you of the wrong things (upbeat or positive-in-meaning songs that create a feeling of sadness or heartbreak)

Here Without You - 3 Doors Down
It's You - Ali Gatie
you're my world - atlas
The Moon Song - beabadoobee, Oscar Lang
Feeling Lonely - boy pablo
Places We Won't Walk - Bruno Major
Nothing - Bruno Major
Best Part - Daniel Caesar, H.E.R
Speechless - Dan + Shay
19 You + Me - Dan + Shay
Full Of It - DBMK
Halflife - DBMK
One of One - Duendita
sex - EDEN
wonder - EDEN
Falling - Elaine
over you - eli.
Hero - Family of the Year
I Hope You're Okay - Flatsound
i could change ur life - gnash
i think you're really cool - guardin
Work Song - Hozier
Empty Space - James Arthur
i loved you first - joan
Love Song for No One - John Mayer
CAN'T GET OVER YOU - Joji, Clams Casino
Colder - Kayden
Sunkissed - khai dreams
Get You The Moon - Kina, Snow
Thru These Tears - LANY
okay - LANY, Julia Michaels
Here With Me - Marshmello, CHVRCHES
Little Things - One Direction
Make You Mine - PUBLIC
Our Love Remains - rei brown
Stumblin' Home - Smallpools
For the First Time - The Script
EARFQUAKE - Tyler, The Creator
RUNNING OUT OF TIME - Tyler, The Creator
Lucky People - Waterparks
Heart Like Yours - Willamette Stone
At the End pt. 1 - Wylder
At the End, pt. 2 - Wylder

unrequited heartbreak (you aren't loved back, your crush doesn't feel the same way vibe)

Why Won't You Love Me - 5 Seconds of Summer
I Don't Wanna Love Somebody Else - A Great Big World
Keyframe - Atlas in Motion
A Sad Song About a Girl I No Longer Know - Bedside Kites
i love you - Billie Eilish
hot girl bummer - blackbear
Dancing On My Own - Calum Scott
You Are the Reason - Calum Scott
sometimes - Chelsea Cutler
Please Notice - Christian Leave
this is what heartbreak feels like - Clinton Kane
I Can't Make You Love Me - Dave Thomas Junior
I Will Follow You Into the Dark - Death Cab for Cutie
Marvins Room - Drake
drugs - EDEN
Wake Up - EDEN
End Credits - EDEN
and - EDEN
Way To Break My Heart - Ed Sheeran, Skrillex
wrong people - eli.
over you - eli.
love me not - eli.
Love - Finding Hope
3:00 AM - Finding Hope
You Were a Home That I Wanted to Grow up In - Flatsound
It's Sunday, April 19th and I Miss You - Flatsound
You Said Okay - Flatsound
Hands - Flatsound
Don't Call Me At All - Flatsound
Be Happy - FRND
I'm What You Need - Gabe Bondoc
i hate u, i love u - gnash, Olivia O'Brien
daydreams - gnash, Julius
i think you're really cool - guardin
Good Things Fall Apart - ILLENIUM, Jon Bellion
Can I Be Him - James Arthur
Paradox - Jaymes Young
better off - Jeremy Zucker, Chelsea Cutler
A Soulmate Who Wasnt Meant to Be - Jess Benko
right here - keshi
just friends - keshi
as long as it takes you - keshi
Someone You Loved - Lewis Capaldi
Honest Mistake - Max Embers
Next to You - Of Rust & Bone
Let Her Go - Passenger
No Right To Love You - Acoustic - Rhys Lewis
I'm Not Enough and I'm Sorry - Teqkoi, Snow

toxic heartbreak (for toxic relationships, being dragged down by your relationship, being unable to keep going on without hurting yourself or your partner)

Easier - 5 Seconds of Summer
Say Something - A Great Big World, Christina Aguilera
Faded - Alan Walker
Little Do You Know - Alex & Sierra
Toxic - Atlas In Motion
I Know - Atlas In Motion
ITS ALL GONNA BURN - blackbear
Skinny Love - Bon Iver
Lua - Bright Eyes
sunder - brakence
sometimes - Chelsea Cutler
please - Chelsea Cutler, Jeremy Zucker
this is what a toxic relationship feels like - Clinton Kane
Hot Mess - DBMK
Always On - DBMK
Twin Machines - DBMK
Analog Boy - DBMK
Be Alright - Dean Lewis
Half A Man - Dean Lewis
You've Haunted Me All My Life - Death Cab for Cutie
icarus - EDEN
Wake Up - EDEN
909 - EDEN
attached - eli.
go, just go - eli.
Erased - Essenger, Kazukii
Break My Heart Again - FINNEAS
You're a Mess in Public - Flatsound
Hands - Flatsound
t-shirt - gnash
lonely again - gnash
fuck me up - gnash
Falling Like The Stars - James Arthur
better off - Jeremy Zucker, Chelsea Cutler
hello old friend - Jeremy Zucker, Chelsea Cutler
Slow Dancing in a Burning Room - John Mayer
Crop Circles - Jon Bellion
street lights - killedmyself
The Story Never Ends - Lauv
Breathe - Lauv
Ruthless - MarMar Oso
Fix Myself - Mason Murphy
I Lost Myself - Munn
In Bloom (Acoustic) - Neck Deep
Broken - Patrick Watson
Stay - Post Malone
High And Dry - Radiohead
here we go again - tea
these are all my recommendations for each type of heartbreak. like i said, a lot of the songs overlap but based on your mindset or type of heartbreak, it can fit into different messages. feel free to recommend more songs, i'll gladly take a listen.
let me know if there's a certain type of mood of heartbreak that isn't really covered here. i'll try to find songs that fall under the category you desire.
if you want me to make more of these, let me know as well! i'd be happy to. happy (well, sad-ish) listening!
and also, since heartbreak seems to be a trend here, if anyone is going through a rough time, i'm always here to talk. love isn't easy and can be a real rollercoaster of emotions., i get it; i'll be here if anyone here needs to talk or vent.
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Blackstar-David Bowie
The Glowing Man-Swans
Bottomless Pit-Death Grips
Atrocity Exhibition-Danny Brown
We Got it from Here... Thank You 4 Your service-A Tribe Called Quest
Plays the Music of Twin Peaks-Xiu Xiu

Ultimate Care II-Matmos
Emotional Mugger-Ty Segall
Terminal Redux-Vektor
Paradise-Pop. 1280
Jumalten Akia-Moonsorrow
The Life of Pablo-Kanye West
Before A Million Universes-Big Ups
Weezer (White Album)-Weezer
Ritual Spirit-Massive Attack
Feelin Kinda Free-The Drones
The Impossible Kid-Aesop Rock
Strangers-Marissa Nadler
Pleaides' Dust-Gorguts
Vroom Vroom-Charli XCX
A Sailor's Guide to Earth-Sturgili Simpson
Imperial-Denzel Curry
Nonagon Infinity-King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard
Spirit Phone-Lemon Demon
Teens of Denial-Car Seat Headrest
You Will Never Be One of Us-Nails
A Moon Shaped Pool-Radiohead
Black Terry Cat-Xenia Rubinos
A Weird Exits-Thee Oh Sees
Still Brazy-YG
Skeleton Tree-Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
My Woman-Angel Olsen
Stage Four-Touche Amore
Fires Within Fires-Neurosis
Body War-Show Me The Body
Scum with Boundaries-The I.L.Y.'s
Remember Us to Life-Regina Spektor
Splendor & Misery-clipping.
Blonde-Frank Ocean
Ruminations-Conor Oberst
End Position-Street Sects
Honor Killed the Samurai-KA
Bonito Generation-Kero Kero Bonito
E•MO•TION: Side B-Carly Rae Jepsen
Southern Family-Various Artists
WORRY.-Jeff Rosenstock
A Seat at the Table-Solange
Beyond the Fleeting Gales-Crying
The Long Dark Blue-Swain
Floss-Injury Reserve
Run the Jewels 3-Run the Jewels
Not the Actual Events-Nine Inch Nails
untitled ummastered.-Kendrick Lamar

Varahtelija-Oranssi Pazuzu
Malibu-Anderson .Paak
City Sun Eater in the River Of Light-Woods
IV-Black Mountain
The Hope Six Demolition Project-PJ Harvey
Post Pop Depression-Iggy Pop
One Day You Will Ache Like I Ache-The Body, Full Of Hell
Human Performance-Parquet Courts
Made in the Manor-Kano
Hella Personal Film Festival-Open Mike Eagle & Paul White
Holy Ghost-Modern Baseball
Lil Boat-Lil Yachty
The Terrible Tale Of Scurvy Jones-Mr. Yote
Tempo-Olga Bell
Sleep Cycle-Deakin
The Magic-Deerhoof
Coloring Book-Chance the Rapper
Handshakes With Snakes-Apathy
32 Levels-Clam Casino
Wildflower-The Avalanches
iiiDrops-Joey Purp
Dissociation-The Dillinger Escape Plan
Jeffery-Young Thug
Prima Donna-Vince Staples
Telling It Like It Is-Marching Church
Jessica Rabbit-Sleigh Bells
Dungeon Bastards-Ghoul
Yes Lawd!-NxWorries
24K Magic-Bruno Mars
"Awaken, My Love"-Childish Gambino
Do What Thou Wilt.-Ab-Soul

Jesu/Sun Kil Moon-Jesu, Sun Kil Moon
Leave Me Alone-Hinds
HYMNS-Bloc Party
Adore Life-Savages
The Ghosts of Highway 20-Lucinda Williams
Is the Is Are-DIIV
3001: A Larced Odyssey-Flatbush Zombies
The Unruly Mess I've Made-Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
I AKA I-Ash Koosha
BBF Hosted by DJ Escrow-Babyfather
Metal Resistance-Babymetal
The Dream Is Over-PUP
SremmLife 2-Rae Sremmurd
Freetown Sound-Blood Orange
How to Be a Human Being-Glass Animals
Everybody Looking-Gucci Mane
Major Key-DJ Khaled
All Your Happy Life-The Wytches
Rain Temple-2814
Hardwired... To Self-Destruct-Metallica
The Sun's Tirade-Isaiah Rashad
Joanne-Lady Gaga
Sirens-Nicolas Jaar
A Fistful of Peril-CZARFACE
4 Your Eyez Only-J. Cole

Life of Pause-Wild Nothing
Painting With-Animal Collective
I'm Up-Young Thug
Love Streams-Tim Hecker
Too High to Riot-Bas
The Bride-Bat For Lashes
Slime Season 3-Young Thug
The Getaway-Red Hot Chilli Peppers
The Colour in Anything-James Blake
The Human Condition-Jon Bellion
Innocence Reaches-of Montreal
There's Alot Going On-Vic Mensa
Hypercaffium Spazzinate-Descendents
Blank Face-Schoolboy Q
Bobby Tarantino-Logic
The Bible 2-AJJ
Summer Songs 2-Lil Yachty
The Altar-Banks
22, A Million-Bon Iver
The Healing Component-Mick Jenkins
American Football-American Football
1992-The Game
Starboy-The Weeknd
Black America Again-Common
Cozy Tapes Vol.1 Friends-A$AP Mob
Stilness in Wonderland-Little Simz

The Peach Panther-Riff Raff
I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beatiful Yet So Unaware of It-The 1975
Majid Jordan-Majid Jordan
The Wilderness-Explosions in the Sky
Mind of Mine-Zayn
Genesis-Domo Genesis
Lil Uzi Vert vs. The World-Lil Uzi Vert
AMNESTY (I)-Crystal Castles
The Serenity of Suffering-Korn
The Divine Feminine-Mac Miller
Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin'-Kid Cudi

Not To Disappear-Daughter
Warlord-Yung Lean
Future Present Past-The Strokes
Lil B.I.G. Pac-Kodak Black
Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight-Travis Scott
The Perfect Luv Tape-Lil Uzi Vert
Revolution Radio-Green Day

Star Wars Head Space-Various Artists
Always Strive and Prosper-A$AP Ferg
Silhouette of a Sunkken City-Spark Master Tape



New English-Desiigner
Savage Mode-21 Savage & Metro Boomin
Showtime-Trisha Paytas
Angelic 2 The Core-Corey Feldman
The Violent Sleep of Reason-Meshuggah
Lady Wood-Tove Lo
Stoney-Post Malone

Other lists
2010: https://www.reddit.com/fantanoforevecomments/d2a9uq/all_ratings_of_2010/
2011: https://www.reddit.com/fantanoforevecomments/d3paad/all_ratings_of_2011/
2012: https://www.reddit.com/fantanoforevecomments/d4p95g/all_ratings_of_2012/
2013: https://www.reddit.com/fantanoforevecomments/d5kels/all_ratings_of_2013/
2014: https://www.reddit.com/fantanoforevecomments/d95b5w/all_ratings_of_2014/
2015: https://www.reddit.com/fantanoforevecomments/dem7xc/all_ratings_of_2015/
2017: https://www.reddit.com/fantanoforevecomments/dfi9kz/all_ratings_of_2017/
2019: https://www.reddit.com/fantanoforevecomments/d1arzj/all_ratings_of_2019_so_fa
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A post mortem of Britney Jean, 5 years later


“I can't believe this is my eighth studio album and I know I keep telling you that it is my most personal record yet, but its true and I'm really proud of that”
This quote from The Legendary Miss Britney Spears would most likely haunt her for the rest of the career, especially because it came in the eve of the release of her infamous 2013 album Britney Jean, whose title anticipated a rare introspective look into a star with over a decade on the spotlight (most of the times for the wrong reasons)… also, it came right after her previous album, 2011’s Femme Fatale, became her first full-length effort without any songwriting input from the Princess of Pop, although a Japanese bonus track features a co-writing credit from her.
Of course Britney Jean deserves most of the criticism it receives and yet, it also deserves way more than just being outright ignored even by most of Britney’s diehard fans: Britney Jean is more than just Work Bitch and 13 b-sides, is more than Brit’s most dated-on-arrival release… Britney Jean is a case study of what was pop in its time, what changed and why it stopped being as popular as it once was….



Early 00s pop music was being left aside by the general public during the heydays of gangsta rap, Timbaland/Pharrell-infused R&B and rock/nu-metal… at least until around the period between 2007 and 2009, the start of the Golden Era for popheads: The anthemic choruses, the prominent synths, the light and care-free nature of the lyrics, everything was there to pump you up and make you dance… however everything would change in 2013, when streaming was finally introduced to the Billboard formula. After the satirical K-pop track Gangnam Style by Psy took the world by storm, it was noticed how in the United States the song was blocked from the top spot by the inconsequential One More Night by Maroon 5, even if Style had the lead in sales for most of the 12 weeks it stayed at the Top 10 (as you might have guessed, radio had something to do with that), pushing Billboard to update their methodology and add streaming to the mix.
The first song that benefited from the change in the tracking methodology would prophetize what would come next for the charts in general: Harlem Shake, a nearly-instrumental meme song debuted at the top spot and stayed there for 6 weeks total. Another novelty song, Ylvis’ The Fox (What Does The Fox Say?) would visit the Top 10 later in the year based on virality alone.
Although rap, indie music and more traditional pop music found their way during this year, the presence of outliers like Lorde’s Royals, genre-defying tracks like Avicii’s Wake Me Up! (a country/folk tinted EDM anthem) and Florida Georgia Lane’s Cruise (considered the grandfather of the bro-country genre, made popular on pop radio thanks to a tackled-on rap feature by Nelly), and the aforementioned viral hits not only showed that general audiences were craving something new, but their success would pave the way for a big change in pop music.


"Sometimes you don't need to use words to go through what you need to go through, sometimes it's an emotion you need to feel when you dance, that you need to touch. And the only thing that can touch it is when you move a certain way."
Britney Spears on the For The Record documentary, one of the rare glimpses she gave us on her life before Britney Jean
Britney, of course, was partially a pioneer and a tail-rider of the maximalistic electro sound of the era, as proven by the influence and cult following of what most people consider her magnum opus, or at least her more direct and honest album, 2007’s Blackout, which is ironic considering that Britney only has two writing credits in the whole project and how even The Unstoppable Danja called it ‘impersonal’.
After Blackout, Britney would continue to ride the same sonic palette with her follow-up, 2008’s Circus and then move onto Femme Fatale, which, in spite of its “forward-thinking” nature (as described by the label-appointed producer and current persona non grata Dr. Luke) and slick production, it was heavily criticized for its anonymity and lack of input of the singer in the record, which led to Britney to defend herself stating, rightfully, that she had nothing to prove.



The mastermind behind Britney Jean was none other than hitmaker will.i.am, whose involvement on the record came as a surprise to no one given how they have collaborated twice at that point and get along really well (you can read more about it in this post I made a couple of months ago), however, the Black Eyed Peas frontman doesn’t deserves all of the credit for the record as Britney herself decided that she would be more involved and had a pivotal role into the making of this record.
Although the early stages of the album pointed towards a more hip-hop release, will.i.am’s involvement and her chemistry with Britney put her forward into the recording and making of the album.
Realizing that she wanted a more straightforward release that wasn’t as bouncy and genre-hopping as her predecessors, Britney searched with will.i.am a series of collaborators that could help her bring her ideas to life, as she didn’t wanted to sing impersonal songs that her team just happened to receive; this, unfortunately, ruled out the involvement of the Saint Patron of pop production Max Martin, although it relegated Dr. Luke to a sole bonus track so that’s a win in my book. Britney Jean is her only release in which she’s credited as a co-writer in each track, including bonus tracks… her closest before that was In The Zone in which 9 of the 14 (including bonus) tracks sported a Britney co-write.


I have been through a lot in the past few years and it has really inspired me to dig deeper and write songs that I think everyone can relate to […] I want to show you the different sides of Britney Spears.
I am a performer.
I am a Mom.
I am funny.
I am your friend!
I am Britney Jean.
Britney Jean Spears
Britney has never been the kind of performer that would pour her soul into her lyrics, and even have occasionally distanced her private life from her lyrics (she famously rejected the Timberlake-bashing Sweet Dreams My LA Ex, later given to ex-S Club 7 member Rachel Stevens as her debut single), although in the few glimpses we have gotten from her real persona (the stunning Everytime and the dubious My Baby for example) have always leaved her fans with the idea of her getting more involved with the subject matter of the tracks… I mean, the exploration of fame in tracks like Circus and Piece of Me are great, but what about explorations of who is Britney?
Britney Jean is her first album released in her 30s, and after finally deciding to get this involved in the songwriting department 15 years into her singing career was no fluke: chalk it up to coincidence, to the fact that it was long due given her background (Britney had lived A LOT of unwanted stuff during her career, married twice, had two kids, survived the most public mental breakdown unimaginable and more while being one of the most successful female performers currently working… also, that year she had ended her engagement with her manager Jason Trawick) or to misogyny (if you wanna go there) but female singers seems to go personal and/or mature in their 30s, with some popular examples including Madonna’s Like A Prayer (described by her as being "about my mother, my father, and bonds with my family"), Mariah Carey’s post-divorce genre-bender Butterfly (if her birth year is believed to be 1969), Beyoncé’s whole post-Matthew Knowles era (4 was released three months before she turned 30), Nicki Minaj’s back-to-my-roots release The Pinkprint and Katy Perry’s purposeful woke pop release Witness (Katy, I love you but 💀) among others.
Another thing to consider is that doing “personal” songs have always being interpreted as tracks with stripped-away or piano-driven arrangement, something that Britney, who had sung about being on the club or having sex (or even both on the same track) so many times it kinda become her trademark, is not something she’s might get allowed to do, especially when the current-at-the-time pop scene and Britney’s then-current sound were a far cry from the kind of sound these “confessional” tell-all songs normally have.


(this was a real hashtag that was worldwide trending topic on Twitter in September 2013)
With the anticipation of what a Britney-fied personal record would sound like, anticipation was in an all-time high among fans… so it was natural that her most introspective record would be anchored with an EDM song called Work Bitch. In Britney’s defense, will.i.am pointed out almost immediately how the braggadocio track didn’t represented the album but it was rather about Britney Spears herself.
Promoted with what was heavily rumored to be a 6.5-million-dollars budgeted video which was supposedly heavily sanitized from its originally sexed-up original version (more on that later), the video itself represented most of the promotion the whole album received, as the album’s second and final single (Perfume) was left to rot in negligence after the album’s release.
Outside of a couple of TV appearances (not performances, just interviews), including one to promote her then-upcoming “2-year” Las Vegas residency Britney Spears: Piece of Me, and an E! documentary about the making-of the album and said residency, no actual promotion took place for Britney Jean, which led to the inevitable.



Britney Jean was unleashed to the world on December 3rd of 2013, one day after the Princess’ birthday, and was a big commercial disappointment, debuting at number 4 on Billboard with sales of 107,000 copies (a little bit more than a third of the sales of Femme Fatale), even lower than those of her debut album …Baby One More Time; 3 years after its release, BJ had sold less in the United States than FF in its opening week, although it was eventually certified Gold by the RIAA… this February. Internationally, the release didn’t fare any better and debuted at record-low positions for her releases in most international markets, including missing the Top 30 in the UK.
As most of you already know, reviews we’re nasty all around, the worst of Britney’s career. Because of the somewhat mean content of some of those reviews, I would instead resume what are the biggest perks critics had with the release:


After one of the songs leaked ahead of the album’s release, there were accusations that backing vocalist Myah Marie (who had appeared on Brit’s previous two albums) was the lead singer not only on said leaked track but also in a large portion of the album (this is what she sounds like), accusations that Marie herself denied as well as Britney’s reps.
Her representatives claimed that Marie wasn’t involved in neither Perfume nor Passenger, the tracks that were the source of most of the controversy, and ultimately she wasn’t credited in none of those songs, although she’s credited as a (not background) vocalist in several of the other tracks of the album (mostly the Preston-produced songs as Work Bitch, Tik Tik Boom, Til It's Gone, Chillin' With You and Now That I Found You), including Alien (in which she’s not credited), who had a vocal steam leak in 2014 which showcases how uncanny is Myah’s impression of Britney is. A credited background singer is Sia in her co-composed single Perfume, which was the source of a weird misstep when Britney was caught lip-syncing to a version of the song with Sia’s vocals forefront in the mix.
A lot has been said about how Britney’s signature singing ‘baby’ voice is not her real one, how do they compare and how much damage has done to Brit’s current vocal chops, and even though she can still sing wherever she wants to, it’s quite obvious that she’s not that comfortable with it and, as such, she prefers to enhance her voice with the use of technology and some studio trickery… also, she might have gotten used to it considering how effortless and vivid were her earlier performances… here’s I’m A Slave 4 U at the 2001 VMAs just because how iconic it is.


"People can take everything away from you, but they can never take away your truth.
The question is: Can you handle mine?"
Britney Spears in a song that’s not from this album and not originally from her
Described by critics as “a concept album about the loneliness of pop life”, Britney Jean actually open with quite a promise with Alien, a mid-tempo, melancholic, airy, ethereal dance pop opener that works as a more teenage-sounding version of Ray of Light, which is not surprising considering the involvement of said album’s mastermind (the aforementioned William Orbit) and that sonically picks-up where FF closer Criminal left off, but lyrically is quite different, as it portrays Britney having an intimate and personal realization that she, after years of tumultuous and erratic events, has lost grip of who she was and how she felt like an extraterrestrial in her own world; however she realizes that she’s not longer alone as she looks at the glow in the stars as a light to guide her home away from her insecurities of the past, and to feel safe and finally finding comfort in her true skin, as the chorus repeats the catchphrase ‘not alone’ “until it is pitchshifted up like a departing space ship
Originally intended to include Gaga in the song (and also supposed to be released as a single, which unfortunately didn’t happened), Alien was considered the conceptual and musical highlight of the project by critics, and is easily the most personal, vulnerable and my personal highlight of the project… which made everything that came afterward a hard pill to swallow. Before that, I can’t help to mention THE GLITCH (2:14 in the song), which was apparently, as everything wrong with music of the period, will.i.am’s fault.

Work Bitch (alternatively known in censored form as Work Work, or in the explicit version as Bitch Bitch) is a hard hitting EDM smasher and heavy mood-whiplash, which was definitely not co-written by Sebastian Ingrosso, in which Britney gently asks us (over a basic club beat which grows more overloaded as the song moves forward) is we want a hot body, an European luxury car (either a Bugatti, a Maserati or a Lambo skirrt skirrt skirrt) or to sip martinis while partying in a big mansion in France, only to disappoint us by calling us bitches and telling us to better work as if we were supermodels and she was RuPaul.
WB is, if you wanna practice some mental gymnastics, more ‘personal’ than its given credit for, as Britney details how much benefits she gets from hustling all these years, and inviting us to dance with that smashing wall-of-sound-laden beat that drowns most of the track. Way more forward-thinking and exciting that everything that comes after it, WB has become somewhat of a new classic for the Princess of Pop, and is pretty much deserved of said designation.
Perfume, co-written by Sia, is another album highlight (actually Britney’s favorite from the album) and one of the finest ballads of Brit’s late-catalogue. Written about her ex-fiancé Jason Trawick, the song deals with Britney’s insecurity about a current relationship, with Britney singing with some of her strongest vocals in years about how she believes that her partner is cheating on her and how she puts on her perfume in order to mark her territory. Released with a tie-in with her perfume Fantasy, the song kinda flopped worldwide and halted all of the promotion of the album, however it still remains (alongside the rawer Dreaming Mix, included as a bonus track) as one of the most interesting songs in 2010s Britney catalogue.
The music video, directed by known troll and middling talented videomaker Joseph Khan, has an unreleased director’s cut in which the straightforward concept of a cheating partner is changed to that of Britney playing the Angelina Jolie role in a gone-wrong version of Mr. and Mrs. Smith sans the boyfriend who is also an assassin.
It Should Be Easy finds Britney’s voice drown in both the auto-tune setting used by Kanye for the Runaway coda and the vocals of guest-star will.i.am in the chorus, all while produceco-writer David Guetta rehashes Swedish House Mafia (which originally broke up the same year in which BJ was released). The song, about Britney imagining a bright-normal-future with a man who had stolen her heart, stating that love “shouldn't be complicated”. Although I like this song, and her team obviously likes it to as it commissioned remixes to be serviced to clubs, it signals when things start to go somewhat downhill.
Tik Tik Boom, the T.I.-assisted fifth track, was always dubbed as a potential third single (remixes were commissioned but nothing official ever came up), and it’s not hard to see why: as one of her rare collaborations with a rapper, the static-y, dance-floor ready production presents Britney teasing a male partner with a night of… well… tik tik boom… that means sex, doing so while serving some circa-2001 sexy vocals as T.I. raps about treating her like an animal up to the point that PETA (which hates Britney) should be called in response. It’s fast, it’s straightforward and yet, it’s kinda forgettable and also very disappointing coming from or Princess Urbanney.
Guetta comes back with Body Ache, another outdated EDM bop in which Brit (accompanied by vocoder and several dozens of vocal distortion treatments) sings about the kind of ‘I wanna dance so hard it gonna turn you on’ anthem which Miss Spears can do on her sleep, with a backtrack that sounds straight out of the EDM will.i.am was doing with the Peas during the Beginning/E.N.D. era. Also it ends in a somewhat anticlimactic way.
Personal Britney makes a return with this track that wouldn’t be too out of place in FF: The Guetta co-written Til It’s Gone, in which Brit realizes that, after losing the love of her life (Trawick), her life would never be the same, or how “you never know what you got 'til it's gone”. Coming some two years to late sonically, in terms of lyrics the track it’s another story, as some interesting imagery pops here and there and it’s nice to leave the dance floor behind, especially when talking about a woman who (at least in the previous albums) rarely shut up about them.
Katy Perry arrives on the record but not as a feature, but as a writer, in the Diplo-produced, Sia-co-written and Prism outtake Passenger, in which some interesting EDM beats moves out of the way after the opening (they come back, don’t worry) to reveal a refreshing and very welcome electropop rock song with some great Britney vocals about letting someone to guide her after she’s willing to let herself be his ‘passenger’. Great lyrics, daring production, good vocal performance… it’s not hard to see why critics loved this track so much, and it’s a shame it gets buried among so much underwhelming stuff.

Chillin’ with You, the album’s most infamous moment, finds Britney dueting with her sister, ex-Nickelodeon star and attempted country singer Zoey Meredith Brooks, about hanging out together and drinking wine (Brit likes red, Chase Matthews' ex likes white wine) while, as the southern white suburban moms they are, they feel they have nothing else to worry about. Although the lyrics are… well… cute, and the subject matter is decidedly novel by Britney’s standards, the mixture of country and EDM doesn’t mash as well as the producers might had expected… also, the fact that their vocals were so obviously recorded in different sessions (as showed by the kind of chemistry you only see in cheesy 70s movies starring John Travolta and Lily Tomlin) makes the whole ordeal so surreal.
The album closer in the standard edition is Don’t Cry, a FUCK YOU MR. TRAWICK song in which Britney reassures his man that it’s not worthy to cry as their relationship was always directed to end no matter what they do, and how she’s gonna go to not see him all tear eyed. The bouncy but subdued dubstep back track by pop goblin and producer will.i.am enhances what is arguably Britney’s best vocals in the whole album and some really nice lyrics which still doesn’t work as an album closer.
Sia comes back in the first bonus track of the deluxe edition, Brightest Morning Star, and she brings with her current pop Pariah (that would be Dr. Luke, but he’s only in this track) to the mix, on a track about God (or maybe about her kids, according to Dr. Puke), or at least one that implies to be one; in Sia’s words: ‘Britney was extremely sweet. She came in with the title ‘Brightest Morning Star’ and told me that’s how Jesus found his way. She wanted to write a kind of gospel song that wasn’t ramming it down your throat’. Despite the good intentions, BGS is no Jesus Walks and it gets short in the musical department, with a surprisingly weak instrumental which doesn’t do any good service to the song.
Britney continues her religious quest with Hold on Tight, a mid-tempo ballad that in which Miss Spears details how God comes into her dreams (or it might be an Incubus?) showing her the path to righteousness, even when the road is not as friendly with her, and… to be honest, this is my least favorite song on the album, it’s just so forgettable even if it’s quite refreshing in the context of BJ.
To end the evening, Britney continues her unintentional audition to become a gospel singer with Now That I Found You, a shameless EDM track (with early-10s euphoric drop and everything) about how incomplete she was until she found Him (to be honest, this could also be another love song, but after two bonus tracks about God it’s easy to see where she was pointing towards with the vague lyrics) and how everything is better now. Unlike the forgettable predecessors, NTIFY is fun (dated? Sure… but also fun), it’s bright, it’s colorful, it’s happy, and one of my favorite songs on the record… even if co-writer Guetta basically ripped off his own hit Without You from 3 years before.


Britney Jean is not an autobiography, it’s not a tell-all gossip-venting machine, it’s a clean, overproduced product of misdirection and lack of focus… and yet it’s actually fascinating in several ways: it’s arguably the greatest resume you would find of how pop music sounded in between 2008 and 2013, it’s a great bridge between the impersonal heavily-polished Femme Fatale and the serviceable and engaging Glory, which saw Britney leading the way on how everything would sound from the start.
It’s quite ironic how the album’s naming (taking a cue from Janet Jackson’s Damita Jo, her actual middle name) plays against it, as self-titled releases (unless they are debut albums) are associated with being in control of your output or reinventions (pop examples includes Paramore as their first release as a trio, Beyoncé to fit the minimalistic sounds and Janet Jackson’s janet. to showcase independence from the Jackson family) and unless you’re Led Zeppelin, Peter Gabriel or Weezer, the idea of having a second eponymous release usually means that audiences should expect to experience the performer in a never-seen before way. 2001’s Britney was the album that give a meaning to the phrase “I’m not that innocent” spurred in her previous effort, with lyrics talking about womanhood and sexuality being complemented with R&B vibes and rock/hip-hop elements. Britney Jean, when compared to Femme Fatale, is way behind the difference between Britney and Oops!... I Did It Again, which in retrospective is even worse as the relative freshness and reinvention of Glory leaves the ‘openness’ and ‘variety’ of BJ in shambles.
One of the album’s biggest mistakes is in its sequencing: the first three tracks are the obvious highlights, the next three are basically DOA EDM songs, the next four are the most “adventurous” musically speaking and the bonus tracks are all about God. Taking out some of the ‘pure club’ anthems could theoretically create an album more deserving of its ‘personal’ label, going full Spinal Tap and amp up the production values to do something crazier might have given us something that was at least digestible in a single listening.
The album, as it is, is not perfect, but it’s far from the dumpster fire more people called it, including some of the most interesting Britney songwriting in years (or even her career) and some tracks that are already started to show signs of cult classic. The only positive thing most people seems to agree with is how short it is: with the alternative mix of Perfume included, BJ is ‘only’ 50 minutes long (the standard edition is just 36 minutes long), which is something most performers (even today) seems to struggle with.
Also, she didn’t came to play games with the art cover and aesthetics this era, the album cover and the booklet is her most gorgeous to date, with the former having her most flattering front picture of any of her albums and the neon typography creating a very pleasing contrast with her elegant black-and-white imagery (in the deluxe edition) or the elegantly, milky pastel coloring of the standard edition.



Britney and her team gave up quite easily on Britney Jean and, honestly, they shouldn’t be blamed: the offer to have a Vegas Residency with a salary of $15 million dollars per year seems like the kind of offer a pop star and mother of two with enough money already for several timelines would accept, with the album itself being more of an afterthought.
Britney was originally slated to remain on the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino for two years but ultimately extended her run for another two years, before finally touring overseas (without an album attached to the performances) during 2017 and 2018.
Because of the lack of promotion, Britney Jean underperformed when compared to Miss Spears’ previous releases, with estimated worldwide sales (as of April 2018) being close to 1.3 million copies, less than a third of Femme Fatale’s sales.
Truth be told, BJ flopped hard… HOWEVER, not everything would have turned out that terrible (not even in a million years it would have sold as much a FF but at least the downfall could have been smaller) with some actual promotion and interest from Brit herself.


BJ is, in my opinion, a compilation of the era, the resume of “in the previous episode of” that you get on serialized TV shows, a farewell to the bombastic era of synth-heavy EDM club anthems with gratuitous drops and interchangeable lyrics. During the genre’s opus, some performers tried to bend this sound (and their equivalents) to their benefit, either mixing it with their style or playing with the boundaries of the sound: it could be a Taylor Swift doing a We Are Never Getting Back Together to get a broad crossover hit, a Lady Gaga mixing multiple genres to create a sonically complex pastiche called Born This Way, or even straight-up jumping almost seamlessly from rap/R&B to club bangers like Nicki Minaj did in Roman Reloaded. Britney in Britney Jean did almost the opposite of that.
Britney Jean is, in some ways, a time capsule of the era in its rawest and purest form (some might differ and replace those buzzwords with generic and bland), with the average user being able to trace mostly any track to a style, influence, sub-genre or even performer. Listening to BJ is like watching a 70s movie in VHS in an old, square TV, basically an unintentional period piece that reflects the volatile, bombastic and extravagant style of those golden years of 2008-2013, which, within the mindset of Britney Jean sounds kinda tired and bland, surprising no one when that branch of pop went back into obscurity and irrelevance almost as fast as grunge music did when Kurt Cobain died.
Britney Jean came up in a time of transition of popular music, with streaming showing the kind of power it had on the charts and more subdued, minimalistic music taking the world by storm. Popular music, as you might already noticed, evolved into a slower, more melodic, calculated, numb, almost anticlimatic entity which was more fitting with our current social and political climate. To paraphrase Todd in the Shadows: 2013 had a hit literally called Happy and 2018 had both a hit called SAD! and another called Happier with a video about a dog that dies.
In terms of Britneyology (both the study of Britney Spears and the religion dedicated to her persona), BJ is also a glimpse into Britney the full-fledged artist. Britney has never been the kind of performer that gets heavily involved into her music, with Britney’s role being generally limited to the choice of songs, sequencing, development of sounds and themes with her assigned team of writers and producers, and performing of course; sometimes Britney gets involved into the heavier portions of her music (the classic Everytime is a great example of it) but most of the time she remains quite anonymous, with her voice and choice being overwritten by the men on charge, something that became quite apparent during and after the Dark Ages (2004-2008) with the cancelling of the legendary Original Doll, her lack of songwriting credits in both Blackout and Circus, and her much-criticized anonymity in Femme Fatale.
BJ was Britney deciding who does want to work with, what does she wants to sing and even how to equilibrate her musical and visual persona. Britney has always being in control of how is she portrayed on official media, most famously rejecting an animated concept for the video of …Baby One More Time in favor of a Lolita-inspired take on catholic school girls, and then the slow process from jailbait to grownup woman. During the post-production of the Work Bitch video, she clashed with director Ben Mor over the kind of content the video should show, as she was a mother in her 30s now instead of an unreachable male gaze fantasy.
With BJ, the Legendary Miss Britney Spears showed us how much she has changed since that controversial 2003/2004 period (the last time she was that involved with an album) in which she received the Kiss of Death from Madonna, suffered her infamous accident and, of course, married twice in a calendar year. This new Britney was a much-different person, and her voice deserved to be heard, and even if the results weren’t the greatest, it was a step into the right director for Britney to get what she always wanted: being a full-fledged artist capable of taking her own decisions and learning from her mistakes.


Coincidentally in 2014 most of the ambassadors of the dominant pop sound of the early 10s were either taking a musical break, flopping or changing lanes, so that year paved the way for the transition of what do we define as popular music, with the winners of the evolution race being trap (Fetty Wap’s Trap Queen), meme music from awful people (Bobby Shmurda’s Hot Nathans) or untalented losers (T-Wayne’s Nasty Freestyle, Silentó’s Watch Me), trop pop (OMI’s Cheerleader, Justin Bieber’s entire Purpose era) or whatever outlier track dared to pass through those filters.
What happened afterwards is a horror story most of popheads tells in fire camps a la Are You Afraid of the Dark?


Glory , the follow-up Britney Jean, received very positives reviews and was considered a strong return-to-form for Britney, and even if it wasn’t as successful as her label might have wanted, the truth is that, at the end of the day, whatever Britney decides to do next (and considering the direction she seems to be taking) it can be as underwhelming as Britney Jean.

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