'Starboy' Hits the Stars

'Starboy' Hits the Stars

The Weeknd and Daft Punk now grace the top of the Billboard Hot 100.
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It's that time again! A new chart-topper has been announced! If you don't follow Billboard, one peculiarity is that the new Top 100 is for the week after it's announced. In this case, the new No. 1 is also the first No. 1 of 2017. The artists who get this honor? The Weeknd and Daft Punk.

I have been proven wrong. I thought before that since 'Starboy' had made a dip in its chart standing, that it wouldn't reach the top spot. Apparently, its longevity exceeded that of Rae Sremmurd and a particularly viral trend. There must be something that keeps the song going.

Admittedly, it's very attractive musically. The most prominent feature, apart from The Weeknd's characteristically light and agile voice, is an ear-grabbing drum machine that latches onto the brain and instantly comes back once the song plays again. The song actually sounds less like The Weeknd's recent work and more like Daft Punk's past work on their album Discovery. The trance-inducing music, the vocoder vocals on the chorus, a lot of the song seems more of Daft Punk's territory.

However, you can't help but get the feeling that the partnership is less than mutual. Although The Weeknd is able to seamlessly weave some of Daft Punk's trademarks into his own compelling track, you get the sense that The Weeknd won't be as seamless on a Daft Punk track. He doesn't have the roots in dance music like some of the singers on Discovery did. And in the case of their most recent album, if we're honest with ourselves, the first impression of that album was its instant modern classic. In which case, The Weeknd's relatively anxious vocals would clash as opposed to, say, the effortless suavity of Pharrell Williams.

Also, in another case of being wrong (see second paragraph), this song isn't the first chart-topper by either artist. The Weeknd got that honor with another modern classic, and I was right about him, but Daft Punk actually was heavily featured on one of Kanye West's chart-topping hits. 'Starboy' isn't in the league of those songs, but it's of some comfort to know that they received that recognition with better songs from before than being resigned to accept that they achieved it with a decidedly lesser song, like with The Chainsmokers and Halsey (though that song has grown on me).

So, a new year is born, and with it comes new music. Soon, we'll have the Grammys, and a showdown between the two of the most dominant performers of our time. Until then, the radio waits for no one, so turn up the volume and belt your frigid hearts out!

Cover Image Credit: George Pimentel/Getty Images/Billboard.com

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If You've Ever Been Called Overly-Emotional Or Too Sensitive, This Is For You

Despite what they have told you, it's a gift.
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Emotional: a word used often nowadays to insult someone for their sensitivity towards a multitude of things.

If you cry happy tears, you're emotional. If you express (even if it's in a healthy way) that something is bothering you, you're sensitive. If your hormones are in a funk and you just happen to be sad one day, you're emotional AND sensitive.

Let me tell you something that goes against everything people have probably ever told you. Being emotional and being sensitive are very, very good things. It's a gift. Your ability to empathize, sympathize, and sensitize yourself to your own situation and to others' situations is a true gift that many people don't possess, therefore many people do not understand.

Never let someone's negativity toward this gift of yours get you down. We are all guilty of bashing something that is unfamiliar to us: something that is different. But take pride in knowing God granted this special gift to you because He believes you will use it to make a difference someday, somehow.

This gift of yours was meant to be utilized. It would not be a part of you if you were not meant to use it. Because of this gift, you will change someone's life someday. You might be the only person that takes a little extra time to listen to someone's struggle when the rest of the world turns their backs.

In a world where a six-figure income is a significant determinant in the career someone pursues, you might be one of the few who decides to donate your time for no income at all. You might be the first friend someone thinks to call when they get good news, simply because they know you will be happy for them. You might be an incredible mother who takes too much time to nurture and raise beautiful children who will one day change the world.

To feel everything with every single part of your being is a truly wonderful thing. You love harder. You smile bigger. You feel more. What a beautiful thing! Could you imagine being the opposite of these things? Insensitive and emotionless?? Both are unhealthy, both aren't nearly as satisfying, and neither will get you anywhere worth going in life.

Imagine how much richer your life is because you love other's so hard. It might mean more heartache, but the reward is always worth the risk. Imagine how much richer your life is because you are overly appreciative of the beauty a simple sunset brings. Imagine how much richer your life is because you can be moved to tears by the lessons of someone else's story.

Embrace every part of who you are and be just that 100%. There will be people who criticize you for the size of your heart. Feel sorry for them. There are people who are dishonest. There are people who are manipulative. There are people who are downright malicious. And the one thing people say to put you down is "you feel too much." Hmm...

Sounds like more of a compliment to me. Just sayin'.

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An ode to the little girl raised to be insecure.

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Little girls grow to be big girls

People always ask big girls why they're so insecure

Big girls aren't quite sure

Day after day the big girl can't keep up

She's exhausted

Her soul feels worn

The big girl learns to grow hard

In a way, she's a bit stronger

People call her a bitch

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