Say Yes To Full Albums And No To Radio Hits

Say Yes To Full Albums And No To Radio Hits

Those songs in the middle or at the very end of an album that you listen to right before you fall asleep. The ones that kinda make you feel like you're floating for like two and a half minutes.

As some of you may know, I am a huge music fanatic. I love to sing along to my favorite songs even though, I sadly cannot sing (sorry for killing your ears). But while I am a huge music fanatic, radio hits are nothing to me. Sure, there are some good radio hits out there, but most of it sounds the same because it is all designed for the radio.

Artists tend to pull that one song off their album that is not the greatest one but has the potential to be a great radio hit. This is why I do not listen to the radio often because I know that the artists have something better to offer. You just have to dig deeper and listen to their album.

In 2016 I saw Shawn Mendes for the first time, and it was a dream come true. But the one thing I really took away from his concert was the speech he made right before he sang "Three Empty Words."

“I found myself narrowing it down to not the songs you hear on the radio every day, but those songs in the middle or at the very end of an album that you listen to right before you fall asleep. The ones that kinda make you feel like you're floating for like two and a half minutes. I wanted to create something that not only I would get lost in but every single person that listened to this song would also hopefully get lost in. I am most proud of this one not because it’s the biggest hit but because of how true and real and how relatable the story is. All the factors leading into it being that simple song right in the middle of the album that I listen to right before I fall asleep, really really proud of this one hope you guys love it. This is called Three Empty Words.” -Shawn Mendes

Truly, this speech not only inspired me, but I really related to it. I clearly remember standing above in the balcony, practically in tears because I felt like I could relate a thousand-percent. I had my best friend with me, and I knew she could not relate as much because she does not listen to full albums.

I am that girl that listens to an album from track one all the way to the last track. I get enjoyment out of it, and I learned the artist better than if I was just listening to the one radio hit.

Just like Shawn Mendes said, "those songs in the middle of the album or at the very end of an album that you listen to right before you fall asleep," there is always that one song I completely fall in love with. It is the song that is just so perfect you cannot get enough of.

I listen to it right before bed, when I get in the car right away or multiple times while I'm in the car or just playing it over and over again to cheer you up. That is why I listen to albums, to find that one song that is truthful and written with passion.

I remember falling asleep listening to the One Direction album "Up All Night" back in 2012. I would fast forward the first couple tracks because they were radio hits. I want to listen to what is in the middle and the end. I want it all. The songs at the very end were my favorite ones.

I want to listen to the song they were most afraid to write and put on the album because those songs are worth it. The songs they struggle to open up at first but then get it all down on paper. The song that made the album worth it to them.

Because going back to Shawn Mendes' song "Three Empty Words," it is definitely the one song on his "illuminate" album that I did fall in love with. I thank Shawn every day for his speech because I could not think of better words to say it in.

So say yes to albums and no to radio hits. Learn the artists and expand your playlist to something that inspires you and makes you feel alive.

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Prince Louis is the third son of the Grand Duke Henri and Duchess Maria Theresa of Luxembourg. He has recently become a bachelor again after his separation with his wife of 10 years, Princess Tessy.

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2. Prince Sebastien of Luxembourg (26)

Prince Sebastien is the youngest child of the Grand Duke Henri and Duchess Maria Theresa of Luxembourg, so if you marry him, you'll probably never actually be queen because he's pretty far removed from the throne. However, he's relatively young and single, so best of luck.

Fun Fact: For some bizarre reason, this prince actually went to college in Ohio. He played rugby and graduated from Franciscan University of Steubenville in 2015. Now, he is back in his home country and is an officer in the Luxembourg Army.

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Fun Fact: Like Prince Sebastien, Prince Phillipos also went to college in the United States. He earned his B.A. in foreign relations from Georgetown University in 2008. Fortunately, for us American girls, he is actually still living in the US and he works in New York City as an analyst at Ortelius Capital.

4. Prince Albert of Thurn and Taxis (34)

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5. Prince Mateen of Brunei (26)

Prince Mateen is basically like all the guys you already know, except he's royalty. He's the prince of Brunei, which is a small country on the island of Borneo, south of Vietnam. He is one of the five sons of Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, and he also has seven sisters. Maybe that's a little different than the guys you know, but one thing he takes very seriously, just like most frat guys, is his Instagram.

Fun Fact: Mateen enjoys playing polo, flying in his private plane, cuddling cute wild animals, and keeping up his Insta game with 890k followers. You can follow him @tmski.

6. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum of Dubai (35)

Sheikh Hamdan also has a killer Instagram with 6.3 million followers. Anyways, Sheikh Hamdan is the billionaire crown prince of Dubai and the second son of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who is the prime minister of the United Arab Emirates and essentially the king of Dubai (Emir). He's actually next in line for the throne because his older brother died in 2015.

Fun Fact: Hamdan's hobbies include skydiving, zip lining, and diving, just to name a few, so if you're an adrenaline junkie, Sheikh Hamdan is the prince for you.

7. Prince Hussein of Jordan (23)

Prince Hussain is the son of the extremely beautiful, Queen Rania and Abdullah II of Jordan and next in line for the Jordanian throne. At 23, he's already a second lieutenant in the Jordanian Armed Forces and he was the youngest person ever to chair a UN Security Council Meeting

Fun Fact: Like Prince Phillippos, Prince Hussain also graduated from Georgetown University in Washington D.C.. Also, like Prince Mateen and Prince Hamdan, he's Insta famous with 1.3 million followers and you can follow him @alhusseinjo.

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Like Prince Phillipos, Prince Constantine-Alexios also has two countries. Lucky for us though, he is also living in the US right now attending Georgetown University in Washington D.C. (like pretty much every other prince, amirite?) He is the oldest son of Crown Princess Marie-Chantal and Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece.

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9. Prince Joachim of Belgium (26)

Prince Joachim of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este is the third child of Lorenz, Archduke of Austria-Este and Princess Astrid of Belgium. Although he bears the title, "Prince of Belgium," he is also Archduke of Austria-Este, Prince Royal of Hungary and Bohemia, and Prince of Modena. Unfortunately, he'll probably never actually be king in any of these countries as he is ninth in line to the Belgian throne.

Fun Fact: Prince Joachim has degrees in economics, management, and finance, but he decided to join the Nautical School in Brugge after completing college and is currently an officer in the Belgian Navy.

Hope is not lost for all you girls dreaming of finding a Prince Charming that's literally a prince. After reviewing the data, my best advice is to transfer to Georgetown where princes are basically around every corner.

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