CultureCow: Khalid’s album is so bland you are better off getting it across the pond

first_imgHave you ever heard of BLACKPINK or Anitta?  I bet your foreign friends on Facebook have and after looking them up on Wikipedia after you read this article, you’ll wonder how you ever missed them.  Both are dominating international forces in the music industry and both dropped some truly entertaining albums this week.We’ll start with BLACKPINK, one of the standout acts of the weirdly lovable genre of music , video, dance, production we call K-Pop.  They’ve headlined at Coachella, gone on multiple world tours, and their video for Kill This Love (also the title of the new album) became not only the most watched K-Pop video of all time but the fastest video on YouTube to ever reach 100 million views taking only 2 days and 14 hours.These not-so-secret superstars are the flavor of the month in the K-Pop scene and their new album is a mix of EDM, Korean and English singing, and a whole bunch of nonsense.  Where it lacks in a coherent theme throughout the album, it more than makes up for in up-tempo beats and fun lyrics.  Anitta, on the other hand, is from our hemisphere albeit the southern part.  She’s a Brazilian superstar who’s been dominating Latin charts for ages.She also dabbles in English lyrics, which makes her album feel more familiar to the untrained ear, but her seductive Portuguese bars are unmatched.  Her new album, Kisses, is lively and subdued when it needs to be, but at no time is it predictable.  That’s no clearer than on the third song, Onda diferente, when Snoop Dog comes on to the scene.  Foreign albums are entirely underrated in the US and if you’re unfamiliar with K-Pop or Portuguesa music (of which I’m woefully unfamiliar) these albums are a fabulous place to start.In great news this week, science happened!  I do love when I get to write about a good science happening in these articles, but this is perhaps the coolest yet.  This week, all the scientists got all their telescopes together and pointed them at the same place to take a photo (a blurry one, but still) of a black hole for the first time in history.The actual process was much more complicated than that, but this is still a monumental moment in history and takes us that much closer to learning about this incredibly complex and mysterious phenomenon in space.  The diameter of the actual “hole” (it might not be a hole, because we can’t actually see what’s inside because light can’t escape the massive density of it all) is about 25 times larger than our solar system even if we included Pluto, which I do not, obviously.  There will no doubt be hundreds of studies based off this one blurry picture so for the moment, let’s just sit back and remember that science is cool.Clear your calendars because this is no doubt the biggest Sunday of the year, if not ever.  It’s bigger than the Cherry Blossom Festival, Superbowl Sunday, and Easter combined.  It’s Masters Sunday and the premiere of the final season of Game of Thrones all in one day.  Keep an eye out for a special edition of CultureCow following the premier and keep in mind that Winter is Here.Meme of the weekI unfortunately can’t look at every meme that dominates the internet every week, so if you see a meme and think it should be the meme of the week please send it to: [email protected] you disagree with my analysis, have a grievance or any other complaint please visit hereFollow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter. 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Remember a couple of years ago when the world made sense?  Back when we first heard of this funky teenager out of Texas named Khalid who came out of nowhere and dominated the airwaves with singles like Location and Young, Dumb, & Broke?Well much like everything else that was nice just a couple of years ago, that’s ruined too.  Khalid dropped his much anticipated new album Free Spirit this week and boy is it boring.  Full disclosure, I could only listen to this unsalted, wholegrain Triscuit of an album one time all the way through.  It’s not because it’s poorly produced or the singing is bad, because it’s a very well done album in general.It’s because this album has no bite or soul to its name.  Khalid is determined to make himself the next pop star of his generation and he figured the fastest way to the top is to make songs that don’t even deserve getting censored and are so generic they could get played over a GAP commercial (Is GAP still around?… Maybe that reference is a little dated) and no one would notice. Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure there will be no less than three singles on this album to go gold and I’ve already read that Free Spirit is on its way to the No. 1 spot on Billboard, but it won’t get there because of my listens nor should it get there because of yours.If you’ve already heard this extra-vanilla, hold the flavor, frozen yogurt of a collection of songs then you know what I’m talking about and if you haven’t heard it yet, congratulations!  Try to keep it that way for as long as you can because you’ll no doubt be bombarded with the singles for the next year.last_img read more