It seems every week we have another British sensation. Something about the climate or double-decker buses or who knows what produces incredible musical talent. This Tuesday marks the arrival of eighteen-year-old artist Jake Bugg, with the release of his eponymous debut album (which has already reached number 1 on the UK charts). A type of folksy rock reminiscent of Bob Dylan but with a youthful energy all his own, Bugg’s music is highly refreshing and original. His latest single, “Two Fingers,” provides wonderful insights into shedding the bad experiences of the past, or in Bugg’s words, holding “two fingers up to yesterday” (the British hand signal for “fuck off”).
Stateside, the notoriously heart-broken Taylor Swift has resorted to color metaphors to describe her feelings in new single “Red.” As with most Taylor Swift tunes, the chorus puts the point across: “losing him was blue like I’ve never known…but loving him was red.” It’s the same old heartbreak, but another perfectly catchy track. Kanye West and others can say what they want, but this song makes clear that Taylor Swift is a top-class artist, romantic, and overall charmer.
In a different corner of the music universe, there has been a curious resurgence of the boy band, materializing this week in the form of “Hottest Girl in the World” by JLS. Following several years without a successful boy band, JLS have emerged as one of several new heart-melting pop groups (including One Direction and The Wanted, among others). Their latest single is a Justin Timberlake-inspired ode to a hot woman. The boys ask: “how does it feel to be the hottest girl in the world right now?” I don’t know the answer to this question, but I’ll ask my girlfriend and get back to you.
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