Merry Christmas, Paul! <3
Time to catch up now
Thanks! Damn, you're so creative - that game reminds me of the awesome Pokémon/Yu-Gi-Oh/Digimon (and others?) fusion comic you described a while back. So the job in Tansike was always to be a dancer, eh? Do you and your brother ever play games together now (not necessarily this specific one, but any board or video games in general)? Ha, I'm sure you could call yourself whatever you'd like in that app and still get offers 24/7/365.
It's pretty hilarious that your partner got that name for life simply because of a little miscommunication/misunderstanding.
Thank you - Ha, well, that comic also got created by me and my brother, actually. We did a few things like that. The game however was inspired by the MMORPG 'Ragnarok Online'. Maybe you're even familiar with that one as I think it would be something that you could've played as well back then, it's very Anime inspired. Dancer and Bard
No, not anymore, but it all stopped once I moved out over eight years ago (woah, time flies by so quickly!). We used to play Pokémon together in the first 1-2 years after I moved out though, but that was it.
Speaking of siblings... do you have one? I think you may have a sister, right? Or am I completely wrong on that?
Yeah, but in the end it still fits as it's the Filipino culture. I'm sure they could've changed it if they wanted to.
phoenix98 wrote:Ah, that makes perfect sense! I'd always used PCs until I recently started using a Mac at home (a hand-me-down from my bf), but I definitely still need Word/Excel/etc. on it to get anything done. I'm so familiar/comfortable with those programs after all these years, and I know they have everything that I need to get stuff done.
He only convinced you to have a Mac at home recently? I thought he would have done this a while ago since you said he's working for/with (?)
Apple! How's the experience so far? The thing is, even if you're still working with Excel/Word etc., it's just not the same on the Mac as it is on Windows. At least it isn't in my case
Interesting! So Germany, Switzerland, and Austria have actually been some of Nelly's most consistent markets over the years. I thought that TSI
had flopped basically everywhere, but those countries seem to be the exceptions! That seems pretty random (especially for her Spanish material to do so well there), but I'm glad there's at least some places on the planet that never stopped appreciating her! (Admittedly, I never checked out Mi Plan or TSI in full...)
They were, Germany and Switzerland were also a little supportive with "The Ride" as it charted for one week in these two countries
**Nod** Great example! Usually, even at her "worst," Ari's material is still at least mildly enjoyable for me...but "Hands On Me" is just unlistenable
The ballads on that album kind of blur together too (with the title track being especially forgettable).
Oh, so "Hands On Me" may be your least favorite song of Ariana's discography? An interesting choice! I agree about the ballads/title track though.
It's hard to say for sure, since my impressions are often influenced by my own cynicism
and I hardly ever listen to the radio anymore. I still can't forget/get over "Gangnam Style" missing out on No. 1 because radio wouldn't/couldn't embrace an entirely non-English song (and YouTube didn't factor into the Hot 100 back then). I definitely wish the US was as willing to "import" acts from other countries as we are "exporting" our acts to smash in other markets around the globe.
"Gangnam Style" and the lack of radio support is a good example there. It seems like BTS are having a similar situation with their songs? They're always huge on iTunes, sometimes even successful on Spotify, but radio doesn't seem to touch them, not even the Nicki remix of "Idol". That's a thing I still don't fully understand: Why is airplay so important in the US/for the Hot 100? I mean, the charts should show which songs are the most popular ones for the people, and radio definitely doesn't show that as just a very few people can basically decide what gets played.
YASSSS glad you're stanning
phoenix98 wrote:Yep, and it's probably still my favorite album of hers overall (though it's a close call with Delirium). She's gotten a fair amount of recognition in the UK over the years (though it seems like that's fading based on the performance of "Close To Me" so far), but I'd say she's DEFINITELY underrated in the US (and probably elsewhere too).
Ah, that's good to know, so I need to revisit it again as I haven't heard it in ages and it's the only album by Ellie i've never got fully into it. I have to admit I only got into her with the second era but always found her interesting before that too. But "Hanging On" really cast a spell over me back then and so did the whole "Halcyon" once it came out. The thing is, I never thought she would top that one and "Delirium" made a poor impression on me at first, but after all these years the latter still sounds incredible while some of "Halcyon" didn't age well at all.
I've got a soft spot for BP <3 but most fans seem to think it never should've been a single.
Ooh...interesting pick! I almost always skipped over that one when E•MO•TION
first dropped, and although it's grown on me a little over time, it's still toward the bottom of that album for me.
Oh, you do? I forgot about that then. Well, to be honest, even her weakest singles are still quite good. "Boy Problems" is definitely better than "Your Type" though.
Ah, I wasn't sure anymore if "LA Hallucination" was one of the songs you liked or not so I didn't write a thing about that, but somehow i feared it wouldn't be one of your faves - it's probably in my personal Top3 of Carly's discography
phoenix98 wrote:Yeah, Mariah had the somewhat-unfortunate luck of dropping her album right before two other highly-anticipated releases (from Rita and The 1975). Caution's also more subtle/more of a grower, whereas Phoenix is packed with more instant/in-your-face-catchy pop.
Very excited to see who will make the bigger impact in a long run. I knew the albums by Rita and The 1975 were anticipated for you, but I had no idea they would be that strong to push Mariah away after just a week.
phoenix98 wrote:Mixed feelings. The lyric video is AWESOME, but the song itself does get really repetitive. It's not quite as "out-there"/hard-to-swallow as something like "Scream" from Art Angels, but I don't see myself getting SUPER hooked on it. That "what will it take, to make you capitulate?" certainly sticks in your head right away, though!
Hmm... so fingers crossed these mixed feelings will turn into a better one, as "We Appreciate Power" has turned out as a big grower for me and I still can't get enough of it. The part you've mentioned really sticks in your head immediately, it's so simple yet so effective - love it!
phoenix98 wrote:Paulboard Top 30
Chart Date: 12/21/18
01 (05) 02 | "Tell Me It's Over" - Avril Lavigne | 1 (1)
02 (NE) 01 | "Imagine" - Ariana Grande | 2 (1)
05 (RE) 09 | "Graves" - CHVRCHES | 1 (3) | [P]
11 (RE) 09 | "Leave A Trace" - CHVRCHES | 2 (1) | [P]
12 (RE) 06 | "Head Above Water" - Avril Lavigne | 6 | [G]
14 (RE) 07 | "Clearest Blue" - CHVRCHES | 6 | [P]
15 (06) 04 | "Runway" - Mariah Carey | 4 | [G]
16 (16) 05 | "Back To Life" - Hailee Steinfeld | 3 | [G]
19 (RE) 07 | "Get Out" - CHVRCHES | 1 (1) | [P]
20 (RE) 08 | "Never Say Die" - CHVRCHES | 1 (1) | [P]
21 (07) 04 | "Falling To Pieces" - Rita Ora | 1 (1) | [G]
22 (11) 03 | "We Appreciate Power" - Grimes ft. HANA | 11
24 (RE) 03 | "Screwed" - Janelle Monáe ft. Zoë Kravitz | 6 | [G]
25 (27) 08 | "Let You Love Me" - Rita Ora | 2 (1) | [G]
Glad to see Grimes still charting with "We Appreciating Power" and even having reached a new peak last week. So it seems like it grew a little bit on you?
"Back To Life" is doing so well here
Hailee seems to have a very strong discography on your charts by now! The song still didn't really click with me, but I saw her live performance on Fallon (I think) and it looked and sounded good. Maybe I should revisit it again...
Good number one. So far it's not doing as much as "Head Above Water" for me, and that one already wasn't a big hit for me, but I have to say the whole era looks very promising so far and I'm so excited for her new album.
Great debut for "Imagine". The whistles
Have you seen her performance on Jimmy Fallon? It's incredible!
What I missed on the latest weeks:
28 (16) 02 | "Nothing Breaks Like A Heart" - Mark Ronson ft. Miley Cyrus | 16
I know the song didn't do much for you so I'm glad it still made a short visit on your charts. I still cross my fingers this may grow on you as I still think it's very strong and its video is simply brilliant