Vander | Venus (EP) | Special Music Feature

After working hard behind the scenes on his EP, Vander is back!!! Last year, you might remember me telling you all about Vander, as he released a free download of his single: “Back to the Sun” last year. After I gave his Back to the Sun record its first listen, I knew straightaway that it would instantly grow on me, and it did, and I had a very good feeling that more of his music was to come. This Special Music Feature article has been commissioned by the man himself, Vander, and it gives me the absolute pleasure to talk about his EP in full detail.

Back to the Sun has seen a final re-hash of the same record, and still captures the sound of the demo version that Vander released via Bandcamp last year, with some new lyrics, and I won’t lie to you, the sound of it is really futuristic and bold, as it retains the same sound, but brings more magic with it as well, and I absolutely love it.

Shine has a vibrant summer sound to it, as it captures the shining light of Summer, but in a style where you can feel the natural vibes of summer, but also with a glimmer of hope and joy that brings its own chant with it too.

Take You Home has a kind of homesick, yet interesting feel to it, as Vander has aimed for a feeling that anyone can relate to. When I say homesick, I mean that Vander has created this feeling where it feels like that person is missing that special someone in their life, and that they want to meet up again and rekindle that special connection that they’ve been missing. This song is more of a make-up song, because it’s a song anyone can relate to, as it tugs at the heart-strings, and has a good emotion that you can understand, feel and relate to in many different ways.

Below is the official artwork for Vander’s Venus (EP):

Venus (EP) - Official Artwork
© Vander (William Vandermade) 2015 – Official EP Artwork

Below is the official music video for “Back to the Sun“, taken from Vander’s debut EP, Venus. Enjoy!!!

What do I think of Vander’s Venus EP and the official music video? I absolutely love the EP & video, as they connect together completely, and Vander has created his own sound with full originality, and not only that, but his music appeals really well to any fan who is a fan of the likes of U2, Simple Minds, Duran Duran, Bastille & Imagine Dragons.

My final thoughts? I absolutely love the EP, as it carries a different sound, but the kind of sound that I’m more familiar with now than I was before. I highly recommend you give Vander’s EP a listen, it’s actually that good that you won’t want to stop listening to it. Please click on the official Venus (EP) artwork above the official music video to be directed to Vander’s Bandcamp page, where the EP is available for purchase now worldwide.

My Overall Rating on the Venus (EP): 10/10

My Overall Rating on Vander’s “Back to the Sun” Official Music Video: 10/10

Alex Smithson

© Vander 2015

© The Vander Logo, the Venus EP Logo, the EP artwork, including the Featured Image have all been used courtesy of the artist. Full permission has been granted by Vander. No Copyright Infringement Intended.

ADELE | Hello | Special Music Feature | 25 out on the 20th November!!!!!!!!!

After sending Facebook & Twitter into a frenzy with her 30-second advert of Hello, Adele has, after four years, come back with a bang.

After the advert aired, Adele announced shortly after that this record would be available by the week’s end, and just like clockwork, the record was released, along with a comeback video for the new record, and during the course of the week, Adele announced her comeback album, 25, which hits all retail and digital stores on the 20th November.

In just 48 hours alone, Adele’s official music video for Hello was viewed more than 50,000,000+ times, which is one of the quickest music videos to achieve that many views in just less than a week.

Below is the official comeback music video, Hello, by Adele. Enjoy!!!!!!!!!

What do I think of the record Adele has released? I absolutely love it, and it’s a fantastic comeback for her, because this record gives me goosebumps every time I listen to it. This is a faultless record that took an awfully long time, and I won’t lie to you, but I absolutely know for sure this will be Adele’s year, as she releases her third album next month, and I can also tell you that I believe highly that this album will be on the charts for a very, very long time.

© Official Single Cover - ADELE & XL Recordings 2015
© Official Single Cover – ADELE & XL Recordings 2015
© Official Album Cover - ADELE & XL Recordings 2015
© Official Album Cover – ADELE & XL Recordings 2015

If Adele keeps this up with this record, she could have over 100,000,000+ views before Friday, because if her comeback music video has had almost 60,000,000 views in just a little over 48 hours, then this week will most certainly skyrocket the popularity of this video to over 100,000,000+ views and if not, more than 130,000,000+ views.

Before recording had even begun on this album, which is due out on the 20th November, Amazon took 100,000 requests for this album from many of the fans of Adele’s fanbase, which just proves that although she may have been off the music scene for the best part of three to four years, she is still very well thought of and everyone is still eager to hear any new music she intends to release in the future.

Before I conclude, I will leave you with two questions:

  1. Were you over the moon to hear that Adele was making a comeback to the music industry?
  2. Did the song give you goosebumps?

My final thought is that this is such a fantastic comeback for Adele, and that I wish her all of the best for her for the future, she is going to be around for a very, very long time, and there is absolutely no shadow of a doubt that she will be receiving so many awards for many, many years to come.

Alex Smithson

© ADELE 2015

© XL Recordings 2015

© The Adele Logo, the Hello track name, the 25 Logo, the 25 Album Artwork, the Official Single Cover and the wide-scale full single image have all been used courtesy of the record labels and the artist. No Copyright Infringement Intended.

Monthly Roundup: June 2015

As I round June off on a high note, I will now take a look back on this month as it unfolded, and I will go through a quick roundup of the articles I have published on Mother Nature over the course of this month.

1.6.2015 – I welcomed you all back to Mother Nature for what would be a relaxing and peaceful month that would lie ahead. I also did a very short look back as I mentioned in this article that it would be one year ago this month that I had left school for good, given that I had also mentioned that I took a near-enough 5-month hiatus from February 2014 to June 2014, as I had my final exams to worry about.

6.6.2015 – Mother Nature marked a very important milestone on this day, as this day saw Mother Nature officially mark it’s 2nd birthday on WordPress. In the space of two years, I have gone on to publish two books online, one of which I have a physical copy of, and with my third book being close to being ready for its final release, I have felt absolutely proud to have come this far in the space of 2 years.

29.6.2015 – After a month-long wait and a lot of research, I was finally able to publish Case Study #6, which focused on the Former President, John Fitzgerald Kennedy. This Case Study is the first case study to have more than 10,000+ words containing dozens of research about a Former President.

30.6.2015 – Following just weeks after Apple held their Worldwide Developers Conference, iOS 8.4 was officially released to the masses. Along with this update brought the newly-announced music service, Apple Music. After 2 very long years, the United Kingdom, for the first time ever, gets access to iTunes Radio, including the new Radio Station, Beats 1 Radio (a.k.a. B1), and with this update came an entirely redesigned Music app, which was given not just a massive overhaul in design, but it also brought back with it the ability to play music videos in the Music application, but in Landscape Mode, which was a commonly used feature that was often seen quite frequently in iOS 6.

Also on this day, I published a Special Music Feature article on the Queen of Pop, Madonna’s high-octane music video: “Bitch I’m Madonna (feat. Nicki Minaj)”. This music video had featured a numerous amount of cameo appearances. These cameo appearances featured the likes of Katy Perry, Rita Ora, Chris Rock, Diplo, Kanye West, Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj, Alexander Wang, Rocco Ritchie & David. This video, as mentioned by some, if not a lot of people, would wipe Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” music video to the floor. This video was directed by Jonas Åkerlund, who had previously directed Madonna’s previous video, Ghosttown, taken from Madonna’s 13th Studio Album, Rebel Heart.

Thanks so much to all of you, that’s including my friends, my family, my two main role models and also all of you for such a fantastic, relaxing and peaceful month, and I’ll see you all in July. Also, before I conclude this monthly roundup on a high note, I am delighted to let you know I will be publishing more articles over the course of July and August, now that I have got a huge amount of time on my hands until September. Again, thanks so much to all of you for a fantastic, relaxing and peaceful month, and I’ll see you all in July!!!

Alex Smithson

[Note: Please make sure to keep a close eye out for my third book: “My Journey Through a Lens”, as it will be out very soon, and I will also be announcing the release date for this third book on Mother Nature :-).]

Bitch I’m Madonna (feat. Nicki Minaj) | Madonna | Special Music Feature

With her music video inching much closer to 30,000,000 views in just the space of two weeks, Madonna released her latest: “Bitch I’m Madonna (feat. Nicki Minaj)” music video to the masses. With her previous video only just recently clocking up to over 10,000,000+ views, with the first video from the Rebel Heart album clocking up to over 15,000,000+ views, Bitch I’m Madonna looks more than ready to set the bar for the next video that Madonna may release off of her 13th studio album, Rebel Heart.

Featuring cameo appearances from musicians, such as Rita Ora, Beyoncé, Miley Cyrus, Nicki Minaj, Kanye West & Katy Perry, with further actors and designers, such as Chris Rock and Alexander Wang, along with Madonna’s son, Rocco Ritchie and also David, that’s including the DJ, Diplo, Madonna’s latest video is set to wipe Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” video to the floor.

Bitch I’m Madonna (feat. Nicki Minaj) follows on from Madonna’s previous video, Ghosttown, which I had most recently talked about shortly after it was released. In “Bitch I’m Madonna”, there is a vibrant, yet interesting feel that brings the video together, as the video surrounds a party-based theme which is interesting, but also at the same time, elegant and modern to the present day.

The video from my view has a vibrant, yet bold approach that is appealing. Despite the fact the video is explicit, it has a lot of good value to it, because Madonna is making sure that no-one forgets who she is.

It’s amazing how a video like this has managed to clock up that many views in just the space of two weeks, and I can say I actually like it, it’s not too raunchy, it’s not too in your face, but it’s a high-octane pop record that gets Madonna’s point across, not just in her own way, but also in a way where you can understand her.

Madonna has made sure to be as repulsive as possible to her haters who have criticised her because of her age by releasing this video to the masses, to tell her haters that she doesn’t care what anyone thinks, she just wants to be accepted for who she is, no matter what age she is.

In this day and age, some musicians, if not a lot of musicians, are criticised, not so much on how they create their music, but also on the way they create their music. Madonna has been in the music business for over 30 years and she hasn’t taken her fans’ support for granted, yet those who criticise her take her for granted and act like they don’t give a damn about her.

One of the most inspiring thing’s Madonna has said, was when she made this quote:

This will be a revolution of inquiring further, of not worrying about winning other people’s approval, of not wishing you were someone else but perfectly content to be who you are. Someone unique, and rare, and fearless. I want to start a revolution of love.” – Madonna

Bitch I’m Madonna is a high-octane record that will get your taste buds flowing, and it is also a good record that has some sentimental value, given just how hard-working Madonna has been since she released Rebel Heart on Monday 9th March 2015.

In it’s full HD glory, here is the Official Music Video by Madonna: “Bitch I’m Madonna (feat. Nicki Minaj), which was directed by the director who did Madonna’s previous video, Ghosttown, Jonas Åkerlund.

If you enjoyed reading this Special Music Feature article, please make sure to give this article a like, and if you enjoyed the article and the music video, please feel free to leave your comments below this article.

Alex Smithson

© Madonna, Boy Toy Inc. & Live Nation 2015

© Any of the logos used, such as the Bitch I’m Madonna logo, the Rebel Heart logo, and the Madonna logo, including the image used behind the text are all courtesy of the record label, the ticket provider, the director and the artist itself. No Copyright Infringement Intended.

Fact: Jonas Åkerlund is best known for some of Madonna’s notable music videos, such as: “Ray of Light, Music, American Life, Jump & Celebration”. He has also worked with Madonna on putting together the tour footage for notable tours, such as: “I’m Going to Tell You a Secret”, “The Confessions Tour – Live from London (2006)” and “The Confessions Tour (2007)”.

Don’t Wait / Joey Graceffa / Special Music Feature

It is an absolute honour to talk about Joey Graceffa’s new record, Don’t Wait.

Since Joey Graceffa released this record earlier this week, I was instantly hooked on it after I gave his record its first listen yesterday, and my god, it is absolutely fantastic.

Joey Graceffa uploaded the “Don’t Wait” Official Music Video to YouTube last night, and I was blown away, it’s that good, as it document’s some of his life struggles, with a friend of his being by his side to this day.

You may be wondering why I’ve used a wide range of colours on the image’s text. This is because I have made sure to celebrate Joey Graceffa for who he is, and for what he does. It has been revealed by Joey Graceffa himself that he has officially come out as gay, in the debut release of his first ever book: “In Real Life: My Journey to a Pixelated World“, which comes out and hits store shelves on Tuesday. I am absolutely proud of Joey Graceffa, because it takes a lot of guts for someone like him to come out and reveal their sexuality to the world, and I am absolutely proud of him for the fact he has chosen to reveal his sexuality in his own, and official style.

I support the LGBT Community entirely because for those who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender, I believe in equality, LGBT equality and gender equality entirely, no matter what sexuality the person is. I respect all of those who have come out and expressed their sexualities to the world, because everyone in this world deserves to be treated equally, no matter what sexuality they are, and everyone should be respected for who they are and also be treated with the full respect that they deserve.

After watching the music video, I was blown away, it’s fantastic, it has a lot of personal, yet interesting values to it, and Joey has managed to create this video in a way where everyone can watch it, and also find out more about not just his personal life, but some of the bad and good parts of his life as well. This music video has a kind of video-game effect behind it, because some of the clothing that Joey Graceffa wore in this music video has a similar, yet realistic approach to the video-game character, Link, from Nintendo’s Gaming Series: “The Legend of Zelda“.

After being hooked on this song, I took to the iTunes Store to purchase Joey Graceffa’s “Don’t Wait” Single. The single’s artwork can be found in its full, High-Definition glory below.

Don't Wait - Single
© Don’t Wait – Single – Official Artwork – Joey Graceffa 2015

In its full glory, here is the Music Video of Joey Graceffa’s latest record: “Don’t Wait”, which is now available to watch below in Full HD.

I recommend that you go and buy Joey Graceffa’s single: “Don’t Wait” on iTunes, Google Play and any other music services that are selling this record now. It has a lot of sentimental value to it, and it is the type of record that you’ll want to keep on listening to. This record by Joey Graceffa has a personal, sentimental and bold value to it, and it is something that will most definitely tug at your heart-strings. You’ll love it instantly on its first listen. Go on, you know you want to buy it.

Alex Smithson

© Joey Graceffa 2015

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