Taylor Swift: The Reason I Love Indie Music

Taylor Swift: The Reason I Love Indie Music

How Taylor's latest scandals reignite my love for independent labels

I started listening to Taylor Swift when she first rose to fame with her "Tim McGraw" and "Teardrops on My Guitar" singles. I didn't love her, nor did I hate her, but she became a staple of my childhood. In fact, many of her earlier songs hold some kind of sentiment in my life, whether they can be related to a schoolgirl crush or to a time in my life when I was experiencing change. Taylor Swift's music has always held this golden key to success because she can relate to the awkward stages of girlhood; consequently, she became branded with this "girl-next-door" image from the time she stepped into the industry. However, there have been moments in Taylor's career all very indicative of when she was strictly in it for capital profit, a result of the music industry's modern-day autocracy.

Before we get into the effects of the music business, let's review the timeline of Taylor Swift's paradigm shift into an untouchable, music tycoon. For starters, she sued her fans that were making art in adoration of her music and selling it on Etsy. This came as a shock to Taylor's fanbase who believed she'd do anything for her supporters. Sadly, this was a decision engineered by her deep delve into the capital aspects of music. Furthermore, we mustn't forget about the ongoing feuds between Katy Perry and Taylor Swift, where their friendship was destroyed all because Taylor's dancers decided to tour with Katy instead. While every artist is human and experiences drama, this a particular instance of Taylor allowing the business to intervene with her personal relationships.

But now, we must address the juicy part: Kim Kardashian exposing Taylor Swift. It has been all over the news and social media for the past week, so it won't be entirely necessary to expand; let's just say that if Taylor's previous blunders weren't enough to make her fans go berserk with distrust, this should've sent them over the edge. In order to keep her "wholesome", "good-girl" image, Taylor referenced Kanye West's song "Famous" at the VMA's, putting it down as if she was a victim of something malevolent. Just recently, Kim released the videos that proved Taylor's approval of Kanye's song, despite what Taylor's speech suggested at the VMA's. It wasn't even Kim who ultimately ruined this sweet singer's reputation, but the actions of Taylor that caused a great casualty to her career. If Taylor Swift will ever be able to recover from this incident, hopefully she will change her perspective on the label she is involved with.

Contrary to that statement, I am not necessarily blaming anything on Taylor Swift herself. Although she allowed her wealth-oriented motives to change her style and her message, it was all at the expense of the contract she is under. The public has seen the big arts and entertainment field tear people down and destroy them, which is exactly what happened in this case. The industry has taken control of Taylor's actions, mistakes were made, and now she is paying the consequences.

This leads my focus to a more critical issue: major record companies are lacking in principle. As a true fan of independently labeled music and movies, I must express my disappointment in the non-independent companies that can easily build aspiring artists up just as easily as they can tear them down. Although making a deal with such labels are great start-ups for people who wish to make a career in music, major record companies are merely corporations looking to lock talented people into binding contracts and use them as means of profit and investment. Taylor Swift and Kesha are perfect instances of industry victims, both who found themselves crowded in by technicalities and heavily-promoted brands. Independent labels, on the other hand, give artists certain freedoms to express themselves without having to worry about company growth and profit. A sense of wholesomeness is associated with independent companies; it is often said that artists signed with an indie record label receive more in the end and are generally more appreciated for their work. In a way, indie record labels are the community colleges of the music industry: they are smaller and more personal.

I will always be an avid supporter of indie music and local musicians who practice the art on their own terms. When musical tyrants get involved, it can only do more harm than good to an artist's image and overall value. These large record corporations are injuring the wellness of musicians who simply wish to create meaningful music. Taylor Swift was once a down-to-earth, modest teen who focused on relating to girls of all ages. Now, she is turning away from her fans and spreading blatant lies in order to preserve her image. And what happened to her can happen to anyone else signed under such businesses just as quickly. Taylor Swift's recent actions have given me all the better reason to ditch the gimmicky pop stars and stay true to music that maintains morals. I had a good run with her as a child, but now, my heart belongs to the ethical side of music.

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Lil Yachty's 'Lil Boat 2' May Not Be Enough To Keep Him Afloat

Here's what you need to know about "Lil Boat 2."

On March 9, Lil Yachty dropped his newest album, “Lil Boat 2.” The album consists of 17 songs, most of which were probably better off not being on the album and seriously failed to impress me, despite its early success on iTunes.

In all of the reviews I have ever written, I normally organize it song-by-song, giving feedback to each track. This time, however, I think I can save all of us time on this article by just being completely honest about Lil Yachty’s “Lil Boat 2.”

Most of the songs from 1-10 on the tracklist are NOT worth listening to.

Other than those three, every other song from the top ten songs on the tracklist were absolute garbage.

The beats to the songs weren’t that bad but, overall, it just sounded like Lil Yachty and his features were WAY too high to be in the studio.

Yachty’s flows, bars and rhyme schemes were ALL weak throughout the entire album, and if it weren’t for the final six songs on “Lil Boat 2,” this review would be nothing but bashing Lil Yachty.

From the 12th track on the album, "MICKEY" (ft. Offset, Lil Baby) the album runs through much more smoothly, regardless of how basic those last couple of songs are.

I imagine Lil Yachty’s fanbase consists mostly of teenagers who eat Tide for Internet views and anybody who knows nothing about what a real rapper is.

Seriously. I cannot stress how elementary this album is. If you’re looking for new rap music to listen to, check out Tory Lanez’s album, “MEMORIES DON’T DIE,” or Logic’s “Bobby Tarantino II.”

Both of those albums are so much better than “Lil Boat 2” that they make Yachty look like an amateur — which he is.

Final Score: 5.8/10
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Did Draco Malfoy Ever Get The Clout He Deserved?

Yes, he was literally the worst for a majority of the series. But does this one moment make up for it all?

The new trailer for the “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” series just dropped and I have a LOT of feelings. Mainly:

With the release of this new trailer, the only natural thing to do is to binge watch the "Harry Potter" series. Now, if you don’t know about "Harry Potter" series, I’m going to assume that you were born literally minutes ago. For those of you who do know what I’m talking about, let’s chat.

Throughout the series, we see some pretty rotten witches, wizards and muggles. The worst being Bellatrix LeStrange, in my opinion.

*Side note: Voldemort killed meticulously and with his own “reasoning” that supported his actions. Bellatrix killed for sport. No reason was necessary to support her choices. Regardless of who I thought was worse, it doesn’t change the fact that they were both 100% assholes.*

Throughout the movie, and even more so throughout the book, we are able to see slight character arcs for a majority of these lesser-evil villains, such as Petunia Dursley, Narcissa Malloy, Snape, and Draco Malfoy.

After Snape, Draco had one of the biggest character arcs in the series. He saved Harry and, ultimately, through his actions, gave Harry one last chance to defeat Voldemort. How? Well, Pottermore explains it best, but to put it simply, he refused to give Harry, Ron, and Hermione up to Bellatrix and the Snatchers.

This moment is so pivotal and apparent in the books, yet on screen, while it’s still a huge moment, it still gets downplayed. The weight of the moment isn’t truly felt and could be taken as more of a mistake on Malfoy’s part. That moment, if not understood correctly, could change many viewers' opinions about Draco's transformation from elitist, bigot, selfish snob to a (slightly) unknowingly ignorant, scared, defeated teen.

Damnit, J.K. Rowling, you’ve done it again. Even after all these years, somehow I still always seem to find something new.

Now let’s talk about how the new movie will allow the Ministry to apparate onto Hogwarts?!

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