Headphones: Elections Trump the Music World

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To get the Elephant in of the room out of the way, yes, Donald Trump won the presidency on Tuesday.  This is not something that has been lost on the music community.  Overwhelmingly, musicians and celebrities alike were pulling for the Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.  Many even held rally concerts Secretary Clinton, such as Jay-Z, Beyonce, Katy Perry, Adele, Bon Jovi and even Lady Gaga.  Chance the Rapper led a march in Chicago to polling locations, in yet another attempt by the rapper to get people out to vote.  As part of his Magnificent Coloring World Tour, he had set up booths outside each venue where people could register to vote. Alas, their efforts were in vain, and many watched in horror as Donald Trump blew away projections and took many states that early poll projections showed would go to Clinton.  Many took to Twitter to express their frustrations, here’s a look at what some of them had to say:

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The important thing to remember this week is that no matter what, Donald Trump will be inaugurated into office in January.  While you may enjoy the right to protest and voice your opinion, the fact remains the same.  It’s important to come together as a country and help progress together.  Spreading more hate isn’t a solution. 

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Album of the Week: Kenny Chesney – Cosmic Hallelujah: This album has been a long time coming for country music’s beach boy hit-maker Kenny Chesney.  Chesney was originally set to release the album back in July, with the different title of Some Town Somewhere, but the artist decided to switch gears.  After he was able to secure a feature from pop superstar P!nk, he announced to fans that the album would be pushed off until October and with a brand new album title, Cosmic Hallelujah.  Chesney felt with the new energy that the album deserved a different title and some new tweaks, and it seems to have worked out for him. 

Early on in his career, Kenny Chesney’s music was all about feel good hits.  Whether it was partying on the beach or being excited that a girl likes his tractor, Chesney was never mute about just having a good time.  In his 8th album, Chesney’s music has begun to mature.  While he still talks about having a good time, he’s more reminiscent, reminding his fans to embrace the moment and enjoy the good times.  This is echoed on the lead single “Setting the World on Fire”, which features P!nk.  The song talks about living in the moment, and tells the story of a couple enjoying a beach vacation.  The other standout single here is the song “Noise”, which I think applies very well with what’s going on in our country this week.  The song calls for us to block out the noise, groans from society.  Kenny Chesney wants us to live in the moment, and appreciate what we have right now. 

Music Videos

Pop: Adele – Send My Love: Adele shows once again that she can dominate the music scene on her own terms.  No dancing, no flashes of skin, no swinging wrecking balls.  Adele instead opts to rely on her amazing vocals and innovative camera variations to produce a great video.

EDM: Flume – Helix: This solely instrumental track allows Flume to take over in his trance genre of EDM.  The video plays along with the theme of the album, generated images of flowers that lend to the light but turbulent aesthetic he produces from the tables.

Alternative: One Republic– Wherever I Go: One Republic always find a way to produce one of the leading songs of the year with each new album.  Could this be another one?

Hip/Hop: Mackelmore & Ryan Lewis – Dance Off: Mackelmore recruits the talents of actor Idris Elba, who both acts and sings in this video.

This Week’s Playlist:

This week’s playlist are all songs that sum up my thoughts of this weeks election

1.     Lite Weight – Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals

2.     Way Down We Go – Kaleo

3.     Lost – Frank Ocean

4.     Numb & Getting Colder - Flume

5.     The Buzz – Hermitude

This song doesn’t really have a connection to my feelings on the election, it’s just a great song by one of the up and coming EDM acts touring the world right now.