The pop superstar has picked her new big acts to support and these brothers might be her favorite
Thirteen is usually an unlucky number, but not when it comes to anything involving Taylor Swift.
After a long history with the streaming service, Swift and Spotify have rectified, and Taylor has done something that most of us can totally relate to: created a playlist of her favorite songs. The list aptly named "Songs Taylor Loves" includes forty-three tracks, many of them songs from new and emerging artists as Taylor has a history of supporting new musicians long before they garner household name status. Alongside Lady Antebellum and Kendrick Lamar, you might just find your next obsession.
Among this list is a Popdust favorite, Eighty Ninety, with their single "Your Favorite Song," coming in at the oh so sweet spot of #13, which just happens to be Taylor's lucky number. Coincidence? We think not.
The brothers Abner and Harper James make up the musical duo and are getting set to release their sophomore EP, Bowery Beach Road, in the upcoming year. However, they've already made a hefty group of fans. Their debut single "Thirty Three," reached the #2 sport of Spotify's Global Viral Charts, and all together, their music has wracked up more than 18 million listens to date. Their debut "Elizabeth" sure did please, but it seems that what is to come could do even better.
This past fall, Eighty Ninety were featured on Popdust Presents, the guys spoke about their songwriting process and the plans for the upcoming EP, including how they create their layered, electric-pop sounds that bend genres to new dimensions. 1980s musical gear has inspired them in the past, but will they bring in these old school influences on their next release?
Their influences include a lot of songwriter musicians like the Beatles and Tom Petty, mostly from the record collection of their parents, but they found their own favorites like the Wallflowers, Oasis, and The Killers for Abner and more low-fi artists like Pavement and Sparklehorse for Harper. These sounds have all blended together to create their unique sound that came out of a jam session when the brothers were able to reunite after college.
For now, we'll have to embrace this track, just like Taylor has, and feel the good feels of falling in love. It articulates that perfect moment we've all had in young love where everything feels good "until it hurts" as Abner sweetly sings. From drunken kisses to sunny, blue sky days, to the inevitable crushing end when people have to part, the song is a complete emotional roller coaster that you'll want to ride over and over again. It's especially perfect as we near Valentine's Day and look for something perfect to add to our romantic playlists.
Whatever we're about to hear next, it doesn't get much better than Ms. Swift adding your music to her listening routine. Now just wait for the invites to join her squad.
You can watch the video for their special acoustic performance of "Your Favorite Song" below.
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Even to this day, "Dark Tournament" remains the defining shonen "Tournament Arc."
Oftentimes, it's impossible to separate the quality of the anime we grew up watching from the sense of nostalgia those series evoke.
Case in point: Dragon Ball Z. Historically, DBZ is likely the most influential anime series of all time, both redefining the shonen genre for every series that came after it and introducing an entire generation of Western kids to Japanese animation through the legendary Funimation dub on Cartoon Network's Toonami block. Chances are high that if you meet someone who loves anime and grew up in the late '90s or early 2000s, they'll have a deeply personal bond with DBZ.
At the same time, it's hard to argue that DBZ holds up in the modern day, especially for new viewers coming in with fresh eyes. The pacing of the original series is super slow, the fights drag out forever, and while DBZ created so many of shonen's most prevalent tropes ("This isn't even my final form!"), almost everything DBZ ever did has since been done better by other series.
About a year after being accused of selling furniture to ICE detention centers, e-commerce site Wayfair is in another controversy.
Wayfair, the e-commerce website beloved by millennials on a budget who don't want their apartments to look just like IKEA showrooms, is no stranger to controversy.
Last summer, employees of the company organized a protest after allegations surfaced that Wayfair had sold $200,000 worth of furniture to border detention facilities. Now, Wayfair is being suspected of trafficking missing children in their furniture.