Sounds Like: The pacing and chorus of "Edge of Glory," followed by the "whoa-oh-oh, whoa-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh" breakdown of "Killing Me Softly."
Pros: "The Queen" preaches another emphatic "believe in yourself" message that can easily be accepted as a dance floor anthem for all those who don't need a crown to see themselves as true royalty. At over five minutes (perhaps one too many?), the song goes through distinct movements—church bell intro, dance disco chorus, guitar breakdown—which make for an interesting listen but...
Cons:... it still feels disjointed, and when it doesn't, it just sounds like an early version of "Edge of Glory." The triumphant "I can be" apex of the chorus is pretty darn close to "I'm on the edge," save for one syllable. There's a nice guitar solo, but the riff—coming at the song's final minute—just doesn't have the same juice as Clarence Clemons' sax.
Yearbook Lyric: "Tonight I'm gonna show them what I'm made of, oh / The killer queen inside me's comin' to say hello."
Gaga Hashtags: Queen, stutter hooks, loserdom.
Lack of star power and corporate backing is causing the show to lose steam.
With the entire world stuck at home sheltering in place, musicians have had to resort to entertaining fans (and themselves) virtually.While some entertained the weary masses in the form of TikTok videos and Instagram challenges, others went as far as performing concerts and DJ sets from the comfort of their homes. But it would be the platform created by super producers Swizz Beatz and Timbaland that would become the frontrunner in quarantine entertainment.
On March 24, Verzuz was born as a showdown between accomplished artists, songwriters, and producers playing their most popular songs against each other in the spirit of friendly competition. Instagram Live would act as the battleground for the clash of musical titans. Swizz and Timbaland would not only serve as the masterminds of the series but its inaugural battle participants.
Here's what to listen to this weekend.
If you're anything like us, you're probably overwhelmed by the sheer number of albums being released on a weekly basis.
Popdust's weekly column, Indie Roundup, finds the five best albums coming out each week so that you don't have to. Every Friday, we'll tell you what's worth listening to that might not already be on your radar.