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“reputation” by Taylor Swift

“I’m sorry, the old Taylor can’t come to the phone right now. Why? Oh, ’cause she’s dead.” Taylor Swift has returned to the music scene with a bang. She is discovering new sounds and new writing style. She has buried the hatchets, she’s got reputation, she’s got enemies and she knows what people talk about her. And yet again, she’s shake all of ’em off. Cited as her dark era, reputation has shadiness and Swift’s new dark sound as in “I Did Something Bad” and “This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things” and also has sweetness and vivid imagery as in “New Year’s Day”. Being a Swiftie, you can expect nothing less but to appreciate my queen. (don’t @ me).

“…Ready for It?”

Taylor is rapping here!! This is not a drill. I’m so into this new Taylor. It has luscious production and lyrics. The song is about finding your partner in crime. ‘Me I was a robber first time that he saw me/Stealing hearts and running off and never saying sorry’ –Taylor sings. When the bass drops and I heard, “Baby, let the games begin / Let the games begin,” I felt a Rocky-level rush of adrenaline. Taylor continuing her tradition of perfect album openers here!

 “End Game ft. Ed Sheeran and Future”

This song is what Future sings on the verse “So Dope”! I feel like this song is “Shake It Off” on crack. Lyrics are beautiful. She’s got reputation. She’s got enemies and she knows what people talk about her. “I swear I don’t love the drama, it loves me” Taylor fires back. Ed Sheeran and Future’s part is the highlight of the song. End ‘em all girl!

“I Did Something Bad”

This song is a major bop. It explores Swift’s new trap and dark sound in the reputation era. Similar to Taylor’s 2014 “Blank Space”, it plays on the media and publics perception of her, with her singing as the character they portray her as. The keys are so perfectly played. And beats are catchy as hell. ‘It just felt so good, good!’

 “Don’t Blame Me”

This song is Hozier-meets-Taylor. It is midtempo synthpop track, Taylor employs a metaphor of drug use to depict to the truly addictive love of a partner. By saying his touch is the “trip of [her] life,” she’s suggesting something exquisite and unique from him that cannot be replicated. The use of choirs is good. This song is different and great but I’m not sold on this one. ((But probably cut to me in a week jamming out to this nonstop. Who knows.)


This gentle bop is one of my favorite songs on album. Being one of the emotionally perfect songs on the album, it perfectly captures both the flirtation and anxiety of the early stages of a relationship, when you’re unsure how you should be feeling, what you should be saying. It gives me Queen Carly Rae Jepsen vibes. Coincidentally, “Delicate” follows Taylor’s pattern of the 5th song of her albums being “emotional vulnerable” ballads.

“Look What You Made Me Do”

It was the lead single from album and it wasn’t taken well by critics. Taylor was bashed for choice of lead single. But I think it  is the exact song Taylor needed to release in that moment as the first single. This was necessary. It created buzz. It got people talking. It debuted at no. 1. Made and broke several records including music video breaking record for most views ever in 24 hours with 43.2 million views. The lyrics may not weak but the melody is catchiest one on the album. It is a rendition of “I’m Too Sexy” by Right Said Fred!

“So It Goes…”

It get a little boring here. Outro is great but the rest of it is just “meh”. Lyrics and production is clever. The title could be symbolic to Swift’s reputation album as a whole, since she has said in the previous track the Old Taylor is dead. This album is her transition into the “new” Taylor – so it goes. Also, “scratches down your back now”? Damn, Tay.


This was the first release from ‘reputation’ that I was totally obsessed with. Lyrics describes a fully intoxicating infatuation in the form of unrequited love. The man in Taylor’s attention is so impossibly attractive, she feels compelled to be with him. It’s sweet. It’s shady. It’s perfect. Also, the *ding* is just everything. And the baby’s voice in the start is James Reynolds – Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively’s daughter.


“Getaway Car”

Wait, for a moment I thought that I had accidentally clicked on one of Lorde’s track. This is so Lorde-ish but it is just pure and perfect. This song, these lyrics, Taylor’s voice – she’s a genius. It’s about trying to hide your love for its own good, but the secrets end up tearing you apart. The feels! Also, the key change and Outro!!

“King of My Heart”

The lyrics are beautiful. The brigde is one of the best on whole album. Melody is not one of my favorite tho. “Is this the end of all the endings/My broken bones are mending” is my fave lyric. I can feel a lot of Instagram captions coming from this track.

“Dancing With Our Hands Tied”

I love the way Taylor sings in a different style here which is not present much in her previous records. The song has house music vibes and heavy beat drops. I literally had goosebumps when she hit high notes in the end – first time ever in her music. Also “I’m a mess but a mess that you wanted” is just perfect.


It was described by critics as Swift’s “sexiest song to date” and bringing out her sensual side at last. Aside from it, it is a lowkey love song. Melodically, it is not my favorite.

“This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things”

This is my favorite one so far. On this lighthearted, anthemic, and almost comical track Taylor Swift throws some major shade at all the haters – totally referencing the Kanye West furore here. The shade is so strong and song is so catchy. It’s a perfect anthem. And the ~cackle~ is best damn part. I can’t describe the cackle in words –go listen it yourself. Also, the fact that mom Andrea Swift is in on the drama, amazing.

“Call It What You Want”

This is carefree Taylor here. You can genuinely feel that she is happy and satisfied. The lyrics are about being brought back to life by someone new after heartbreak. I stan happy, in-love Taylor!

“New Year’s Day”

This the ballad that I wanted. This is purely soft and sweet, it gets me everytime. Taylor and an instrument. Raw vocals. Vivid imagery. Story telling. It’s just amazing. “Hold on to the memories, they will hold on to you” –lyrically and sonically perfect. A perfect, gorgeous and simple ending.







Hadiqa Kiani’s Wajd – Her New Chapter

“Wajd is a fruit of my spiritual voyage. Like they say, there is the calm before the storm; it took me a long time to find myself and be honest enough to my music and produce something like Wajd.”


Hadiqa Kiani is one of the most versatile and finest music acts of Pakistan. After years of giving us catchiest pop music, Hadiqa returns with a new spiritual act and shows more ‘personal’ side of her in her latest project ‘Wajd’ . Wajd is culture rich. It features songs in six different languages Urdu, Sindhi, Saraiki, Pashto, Balochi and Punjabi and surely she has exceled and slayed in every single piece.  Hadiqa has always been defiant with her music style, crossing the musical boundaries and coming up with something diverse, unique and realistic. This is Hadiqa’s ambitious and personally  honest work. Wajd that Hadiqa describes as “an expression of her soul and the result of her perception that is deeply rooted in and empowered by Sufi tradition” has a perfect and well use of classical instrument.

Wajd-Volume-1-Chapter-2-Bhit-Ja-Bhitai-F-10-1Wajd will have eight songs, out of which five have been released. The released ones have already hit the charts and topped on Patari, earning millions of views on social media. Wajd has already caused a huge sensation on Social Media and Kiani is being applauded for gracefully pulling off the ‘folk music’ and giving it a 21st century touch.

Each of the song is called as a ‘Chapter’ by Kiani. The video is conceptualized and directed by Abdullah Haris. She produced the record with her brother Irfan Kiani.

‘Kamle Da Dhola’ is the first chapter off Wajd. The video was shot in one take live format. Kiani sings in Saraiki. The songs has been sung by Reshma and Mussart Nazir. Hadiqa’s rendition is soulful and nonmaterial. Kiani’s vocals are ameliorable. The song runs for more than 8 minutes. Melody is pure and sweet. Opening words are written by Baba Bulleh Shah. Kiani’s high notes are rare and bewitching. Featured instruments are Dholak, Flute, Harmonium and Turkish lavta.

Next chapter is the Sindhi one, ’Bhit Ja Bhitai´, which pays tribute to Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai. It is again soulful and calming. Again Kiani’s vocals are dominating here. The endearment classical music is pure perfection. The use of flute here is soothing.

Third chapter is ‘Aaj Rung Hai’ in both Urdu and Biraj Bhasha. Biraj Bhasha is a western Hindi language. It gained literary acceptance after Mughal King Akbar declared it as one of the languages of royal court. It was originally written by renowned poet Hazrat Amir Khusro. The music video is like icing on the cake. It features Hania Amir and Hasnain Lehri. It is mesmerizing. Every single detail in the embolished video is literal perfection. Music video was a sponsored video for Bonanza’s Eid collection.206067_1_110357_mag

The fourth chapter ‘Kamli’ written by Bulleh Shah. It is also profound and vehment. Vocals will give you goosebumps.

Fifth chapter is ‘Chaap Tilak’. Hadiqa’s rendition is beyond epic. The music video is set in Iconic Haveli Barood Khana in Lahore. The music video is culture rich, featuring a traditional wedding featuring Hasnain Lehri as groom and Anoushey Mughal as bride. It is refreshing and impeccable. It has all the elements that make it perfect; Melodious Vocals, Manigolds, Mehndi, Food, Wedding Fun and Perfection.

I just can’t get enough of every song. I’m already yearning for the next chapter and surely Hadiqa will slay in upcoming ones too.

She said speaking about Wajd:

“WAJD is not only an audio album but a musical journey that aims to explore lost traditions, the freedom of ownership of the Eastern folk tradition, the individuality of each artist and instrument-free from the superficial and over-processing of digital recording and the stripping away of grandiose arrangements to reveal a simple layer of musical truth.”

“Melodrama” by Lorde

This is grown up Lorde. Four years after the release of her ground-breaking album Pure Heroine as a teenager, Lorde’s return with Melodrama is beyond epic. Melodrama has a theme of solitude, about her relationships, struggle with fame, mood changes and about her being an adult and a grown up woman now.

Melodrama was released on June 16. It debuted at number one in United Sates, New Zealand, Australia and Canada. The album got a high MetaScore of 93/100 making it one of the greatest albums of all times.

Green light – The opening song gives you all vibes of the new adult Lorde. Lorde starts singing with piano and then drum kicks and upbeat piano loops accompy Lorde vocals. Forbes decribed the tune as ‘power pop’. Lorde described the song as complex and funny. I’m obsessed with this song. It’ll surely make you dance on your own.

Sober- It is the most catchiest and coolest song on the album. The chorus will give you goosebumps. It is pretty intoxicating, having electro R&B. “Sober” is about “being a little bit involved with someone and it’s magic when you are out — you’re just king and queen of the weekend, you own the party.” “We’re King and Queen of the weekend /Ain’t a pill that could touch our rush” Lorde sings on the chorus.

Homemade Dynamite- This song is what you can call ‘modern pop’. “Homemade Dynamite” describes the moment when you meet someone at a party and an explosive night follows. This songs is ‘explosive’ and ultimate 2017 banger. It will remind you of ‘Royals’ and the music is complementary with it too. I just can’t stop listening to it.

The Louvre- Lorde decribed it as the song about the magic of the crush. It is about her relationship with her ex. The title of this song, “The Louvre,” references the iconic art museum in Paris, France; Lorde likens this happy period of their relationship to art, worthy of hanging in a museum, but now old. Lorde’s voice makes you feel like she’s sharing a secret. The guitar on the song is refreshing. The melody is similar to her song “Still Sane” from Pure Heroine.

Liability- This is a perfect ballad! It is a soft, down tempo, piano driven song. Lorde herself described the song as “a strange part of [herself] for a lot of people to look at.” They say, “You’re a little much for me, you’re a liability/You’re a little much for me” Lorde sings. Song-writing is just perfect and Lorde is being brutally honest here. This will literally make you cry.

Hard Feelings/Loveless- This is a fusion of two songs. ‘Hard Feelings’ is about Lorde’s breakup with her ex and ‘Loveless’ symbolizes her getting over her ex. “We’re L.O.V.E.L.E.S.S generation.” Lorde sings. The music is so catchy and cool especially in “Loveless” part. This is a pure banger. I will call it LIT.

Sober II (Melodrama)- This song is beautiful in its own. It has a little drum, deep brass and violin plays in the background. “They’ll talk about us, and discover/How we kissed and killed each other/We told you this was melodrama.” Lorde sings.

Writer in the Dark- This is the most lovable song on the album. Lorde sings about still loving her ex but managing to move on. You know Lorde’s songwriting is her greatest asset. This lyric are so deep and instense. “Bet you rue the day you kissed a writer in the dark/Now she’s gonna play and sing and lock you in her heart” Lorde sings. This is what you call perfection.

Supercut- You can c all it a ‘Green Lights’ sample. The music is similar to Green Lights. It has drum beats and piano similar to ‘Green Light’. The song is about Lorde dreaming of a positive relationship but then realizing the she’s her real relationship isn’t like that. One thing I love on the whole album are the slow-low fading vocals, almost on every song. They are slaying.

Liability(Reprise)- This is followup to Liability. The electronic tunes are similar to the opening of ‘Royals’. This is more comforting and incredible. Echoing sounds and background vocals at the end are just worth it.

Perfect Places- It is a good ending for an album. While listening to the song, it’ll remind you of “Team”. The music is pretty much similar to it especially the drum kicks. The lyics are bittersweet about teenage parties. Pre-chorus is awesome.

Melodrama is a roller-coaster ride of emotions. This is the album that you can say, will remain refresh as it is now even after 10 years!! You can call it colorful and radiant. Lorde has written it so coherently and perfectly that you will love every single word. She is being personal and honest as in ‘Liabililty’, “Hard Feelings/Loveless”, “Perfect Places”. All the songs are great, you can hardly choose the best. Lorde is surely what David Bowie said ‘the future of pop’. And this album is ‘Power Pop’.

Ranking All Of Ariana Grande’s Music Videos

Ariana Grande is one of the beautiful, talented and stunning singers of our generation. With Powerful voice and kind heart, she has won hearts of a million. She is one of those young stars in Hollywood who are dominating and achieving a lot with their talent. With three hit albums under her name, Ariana has given some catchy and cool songs that are pure bangers. Beside lyrics and vocals, one other thing that makes a song hit is the music video. And yes, Ariana has one of the most colorful and creative videos that describe her career from a bubbly red-head Disney star to a grown-up Dangerous Woman now!

From 90’s throwback “Baby I” to the magical ball room scenario in “Beauty and the Beast”, check out her best videos.

16- “Let Me Love You” ft. Lil Wayne


This is not her best video. Ariana lounging around on bed and couch asking her man to love. Lil Wayne smoking. Video scenario is average. But we still need to appreciate the curly hairstyle that Grande carries. She looks flawless.

15- “Dangerous Woman”

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The video depicts Grande’s transformation from a Nickelodeon star to a Dangerous Woman. This might be one of her best singles but the video was just OK. Again Ari posing around the room, playing with with curtains, singing on bed in a black lingerie. Lol but I prefer the cappella version better.

14- “The Way” ft. Mac Miller


This is one of her cutest videos. Ariana hanging around with Mac Miller whom she is currently dating and no doubt, they make the perfect celeb couple. The video features Grande, Mac and some dancers dancing around in a room filled with balloons, and Ariana poses for pictures taken by Mac.

13- “Everyday” ft. Future


Video features Ariana singing on bus, in the streets and laudromat while couples make out. Future sings verses in a office surrounded by employees. The video received appreciation for its showcase of LGBT community.

12- “Love Me Harder” ft. The Weeknd

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Ariana grande sensually singing on bed and fancy-as-heck sofa and wearing cat ears. While The Weeknd walking and singing. Lightning, rain, storm clouds: nature’s elements perfectly reflect the turbulence of a passionate relationship in the music video for “Love Me Harder”.

11- “Beauty and the Beast” ft. John Legend


John playing guitar, Ariana in a rose red gown with straight hairs in an captivating scene in Beast’s castle. The performance happens right in the middle of ballroom dance scene of Belle and The Beast. Just perfect and magical.

10- “Baby I”


It is a 90’s inspired throwback type video. Ariana dancing with people in streets and on bus. Eventual change of costumes and the dance moves make it worth to watch. One of my faves!

9- “Focus”


It is a “Problem” -esque banger. Ariana in platinum and purple hairs performing several choreographed scenes with dancers. Cameras focus, starry, glitter, fancy costumes and major purple vibes!

8- “One Last Time”


The video bring a Victorious reunion. The Earth is about to end as the tail of a comet is about to pass. Everyone is panic, but Grande calm and runs to get to see the comet closer. Grande then manages to reach the roof top with her boyfriend, they both embrace and the comet crashes which leads the Earth to end. Ariana rocks in futuristic costume.

7- “Popular Song” ft. Mika

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It features a gothic theme, being set in a ‘spooky, dark, “Addams Family”-esque high school’. The video is of vengeful nature, standing against bullies.

6- “Side To Side” ft. Nicki Minaj


Ariana riding a bike and doing some choreography! Then she and Nicki make appearance in a sauna with male models.

5- “Right There” ft. Big Sean

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It is a modern Romeo-Juliet-esque video or call a short film. Romeo is played by Patrick Schwarzenegger. Elizabeth Gillies also makes an appearance. The two navigate the party trying to find each other and finally meet and get together at the end of the video.

4- “Break Free” ft. Zedd

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Ari has some great love for space. Grande rocking out in futuristic outfits. This video has all the elements that makes it great: glam, fun and perfection!

3- “Into You”

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This is one of the best videos of decade. The video starts with Ariana in a desert riding on a bike with her man played by Don Benjamin. The video continues with both being together, hanging out in a motel titled “Honeymoon Inn”.

2-“Problem” ft. Iggy Azalea

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This is the song the I keep re-watching again and again. It now has 1 Billion views on YouTube making it one of the greatest videos of all time. The video has a retro 60’s inspired theme. Some light choreography and camera poses!!

1-“Santa Tell Me” 

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Ok! I know Problem is iconic and great. But this video always put a smile on my face. Ariana’s ponytail makes appearance. Scenario revolves around Ariana having fun around the house with her friends in silly animal ears and singing about Christmas love. This is a total holiday treat. Better call it a sweet winter slumber party! One of the greatest videos of all time. Fight me on this!!