April 19th, 2019
We have made it, my dudes… Festival season has officially punched the clock, denting our
wallets by virtue of excessively high pass prices, but even higher fashion expectations. From
ocean to ocean, fans of every background have swarmed deserts, cities, and valley’s- defining
eras, and paving the way for music exploration, as well as the evolution of self-expression
Though we have long surpassed Woodstock- 1969, shreds of Jimi Hendrix solos continue to breathe through the wardrobes of many young festival goers today. Decades of festivals have prepared us all too well for 2019, the era of every other era.
Continue reading and decide which style resonates most with your style! OR, do you have any other styles in mind? Head on over to our Instagram story @psumovinon today and let us know what you will be rocking at Movin’ On 2019!
The Medieval Biker
Preceding the very favorable “flower power” years, leather was the music maker for many of our favorite’s including the “King of Pop” himself, Elvis Presley. In one word, these greased lightening inspired music lovers roam the fields wearing, black. From head to toe, just black. Black lace, black pants, black boots, black sunglasses, black EVERYTHING. However, lately, many T-Birds have been dabbling with face jewelry, layered necklaces, and elaborate head pieces, introducing a sub-meaning to the typical “biker” hence, medieval. In truth, these are totally the cool kids.
The Free Spirit
Ahhhh… This is the main food group for most festival goers, and let’s face it we are all involuntarily envious of them, or some will try to be them. They flaunt around in their transparent kimonos’ capturing the most picturesque moments, by luck. And if it wasn’t a kimono, it was fringe over a knitted crop top with a very intricate pattern that somehow perfectly matches one of the wide variety of of flare, boot cut, and high wasted bottoms they chose to wear that day. Just make sure to shower, practice shining that smile of yours, and listen to the Beatles beforehand, seems like that is the trick. With minimal makeup, it is that natural glow and those wavy locks that ties the entire look together. Oh wait! How can we forget those two words… man romper?
The Just Another Day
We hateeee them!! Thought you were jealous of the Free Spirit? These 80’s inspired gals and dudes next door are what we call, the carefree cute. This crowd simply slabs on those same old black ripped jeans partnered with a solid cropped top, oversized t-shirt, or even their own personal Kimmy Gibler to have the time of their lives. At the very most, some of these participants pull up completely shirtless. Odds are they prob look the best out of everyone else there. Less is more, folks.
Tell me what you want, what you really really want!! No seriously, these Ariana Grande ~Wannabees match the high pony to a spice girl of their choice, and simply add glitter to integrate a particular charm. In most cases, a spray tan is practically the undershirt for this outfit. Here, makeup seems like the pass for highly desired membership into the glitter gang as it will define the concept album they are trying to echo. However, it takes many overlooked details to achieve true glitter gang privileges. Earrings that match all other body piercings, symmetrical body/ face art, a balanced color scheme, and much more must fall into place for the successful execution of this hot trend! Just like a catchy Ariana Grande chorus, these show stoppers will catch your attention out there, be careful.
Billie Eillish and Justin Bieber’s hug at Coachella. Yeah, probably the best way I can describe this look. If something gave birth to the millennial, it was this hug.
1. Billie: Matchy matchy designer or other acclaimed urban brands like Adidas or Supreme define these cool kids. It would not be shocking to find out that they are actually YouTube sensations who probably rode their scooters, hover boards, or honestly Porches to the festival.
2. Justin: Miss-match designer. Honestly the coolest people you can probably EVER be and if you’re lucky, meet. Haven’t met one, so I am speaking vicariously through the popular feed on my Instagram. These eccentric souls carry their bold art where ever they go with these outfits. In theory, their matchy matchy days were once very strong and very much in the past, appreciating the beauty behind contradicting pieces and further their capacity to create, innovate, and communicate.
PS: Millennial’s #1 and #2 get along very well. They appreciate each other and respect their creative intuition.
Music Awards Recap
March 21st, 2019
2018 Billboard Music Awards - Sunday, May 20th - MGM Grand Garden Arena
The 2018 billboard music awards marked Kelly Clarkson’s first experience hosting an award show. She kicked off the event with a sensational medley of the years greatest hits – reminding us that Kelly Clarkson can sing just about any song, well, maybe even better than the original! The night continued with an exciting appearance by Taylor Swift as she accepted her awards for top selling album and top selling female artist. She paid tribute to her stadium tour which had only female artists as her supporting acts. Further, she professed her admiration and support for the future of all females in the music space.
The cornerstone of the night was undoubtly the performances -- Ariana Grande wowed the crowd with her “No Tears Left To Cry” track off of her “Sweetener” album! Ed Sheeran serenaded a live Ireland crowd with his upbeat song “Galway Girl.” Demi Lovato and Chirstina Aguilera breathed life into their outspoken efforts to empower young women through their powerhouse vocals and profound lyrics of “Fall in Line”.
Janet Jackson stole the show, and how could we forget it?! Janet’s medley took us on a trip down memory lane, arriving at an incredible landmark as she was crowned the 7 th recipient of Billboard’s Icon Award.
Top Artist: Ed Sheeran
Top New Artist: Khalid
Billboard Chart Achievement award: Camila Cabello
Top Male Artist: Ed Sheeran
Top female artist: Taylor Swift
Top Duo/Group: Imagine Dragons
Top Billboard 200 artist: Drake
Top Hot 100 Artist: Ed Sheeran
Top Streaming Songs artist: Kendrick Lamar
Top Song Sales Artist: Ed Sheeran
Top Radio Songs Artist: Ed Sheeran
Top Social Artist: BTS
Top Touring Artist: U2
Top Rap Album: Kendrick Lamar - Damn.
Top Country Album: Chris Stapleton- From a Room
Top Rock Album: Imagine Dragons- Evolve
2018 MTV Video Music Awards - Monday, August 20th - Radio City Music Hall
The evening commenced when the self declared, “empress” herself, Cardi B cradled the iconic Moon Man Award as if it were her newborn daughter, Kulture. Winning the best New Artist Award was a true testament to the ascent of her career coinciding with her passage into motherhood…. “eeeoowww!”
Camila Cabello was hot off the press, winning two of the nights most prestigious awards, video of the year and artist of the year, while also performing her candid single, “Consequences”.
After all was said and done, it came down to two words, Jennifer...Lopez! Our favorite gal, Jenny took us down the old block for 10 minutes, delivering an unforgettable mash-up performance that made us all ~dance again. Her moves eventually culminated in an incredible milestone as Shawn Mendes presented Jlo with the Video Vanguard Award - making her first Latina/o artist to ever receive the honor.
Video of the Year: Camila Cabello - “Havana” [ft. Young Thug]
Artist of the Year: Camila Cabello
Song of the Year: Post Malone - “Rockstar” [ft. 21 Savage]
Best New Artist: Cardi B
Best Collaboration: Jennifer Lopez- “Dinero” [ft. DJ Khaled & Cardi B]
Best Pop Video: Ariana Grande - “No Tears Left to Cry”
Best Hip Hop Video: Nicki Minaj - “Chun-li”
Best Dance Video: Avicii - “Lonely Together” [ft. Rita Ora]
Best Latin Video: J Balvin - “Mi Gente” [ft. Willy William]
Best Rock Video: Imagine Dragons - “Whatever It Takes”
Video With a Message: Childish Gambino - “This Is America”
Best Cinematography: The Carters - “Apes**t”
Best Direction: Childish Gambino - “This Is America”
Best Art Direction: The Carters - “Apes**t”
Best Visual Effects: Kendrick Lamar & Sza - “All the Stars”
Best Coreography: Childish Gambino - “This Is America”
Best Editing: N.E.R.D. - “Lemon” [ft. Rihanna]
Push Artist of the Year: Hayley Kiyoko
Song of Summer: Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin - “I Like It”
2018 American Music Awards - Tuesday, October 9th 2018 - Microsoft Theater
Tracee Ellis Ross, wined and dined the congregation of music’s biggest voices through a choreographed dance routine...and hosting the 2018 American Music Awards! The Black~ish character facilitated an incredible evening dedicated to music with her lighthearted humor.
The evening harnessed sounds from both veteran and budding hitmakers to celebrate the transcending path of the genres we know and love today. For one, Ciara and Missy Elliot combined forces to deliver a blast from the past! But leave it up to Halsey, Khalid, and Benny Blanco to ~Level Up with a homey performance of “Eastside”, depicted from Blanco’s actual bedroom. Halsey introduced her version of “stage presence” by taking it to twitter, tweeting from center stage!
Shawn Mendes and Zedd may have gotten “Lost In Japan”, but they found their way to the AMA to perform their upbeat remix! And well, our winner for best performance, hands down, goes to Panic at the Disco! for their cover of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” no words, watch for yourself!
Last but certainly not least, Taylor Swift’s striking performance of “I Did Something Bad” marked her award show performance revival, having last sang at the Grammys 2 years prior! Moreover, Taylor swept her nominated categories, officially making her the AMA’s most winning female artist of all time.
Artist of the Year: Taylor Swift
New Artist of the Year: Camila Cabello
Collaboration of the Year: Camila Cabello [ft. Young Thug]
Tour of the Year: Taylor Swift
Favorite Music Video: Camila Cabello [ft. Young Thug]
Favorite Social Artist: BTS
Favorite Male Artist Pop/rock: Post Malone
Favorite Ffemale Artist Pop/rock: Taylor Swift
Favorite Duo or Group: Migos
Favorite Album Pop/rock: Taylor Swift - “Reputation”
Favorite Song Pop/rock: Camila Cabello - “Havana” [ft. Young Thug]
Favorite Male Artist Country: Kane Brown
Favorite Female Artist Country: Carrie Underwood
Favorite Duo or Group Country: Florida Georgia Line
Favorite Album Country: Kane Brown - “Kane Brown”
Favorite Song Country: Kane Brown - “Heaven”
Favorite Artist Rap/hip-hop: Cardi B
Favorite Album Rap/hip-hop: Post Malone- “Beerbongs & Bentleys”
Favorite Male Artist Soul: Khalid
Favorite Female Artsit Soul: Rihanna
Favorite Album Sould/ R&b: XXXtentacion - “17”
Favorite Song Soul/r&b: Bruno Mars and Cardi B - “Finesse”
Favorite Artist Alternative: Panic! At the Disco
Favorite Artist Adult Contemporary: Shawn Mendes
Favorite Artist Latin: Daddy Yankee
Favorite Artist Contemporary Inspirational: Lauren Daigle
Favorite Artist Edm: Marshmello
Favorite Soundtrack: “Black Panther: The Album, Music from and Inspired by”
The 61st Annual Grammy Awards - Sunday, February 10th 2019 - Staples Center
Head honcho of the evening, Alicia Keys harmonized the wrangled friction between the academy and a few resisting artists leading up to the ceremony. Disagreemnet, and “stifled creativity” left some anticipated performances astray.
Despite that hiccup, the night was movin and groovin from start to finish! On the topic of harmony, Miley Cyrus and a very sleeveless Shawn Mendes came together to belt out Mendes’, “In My Blood”. Not sure that there is a genre called contemporary childhood, but there is now! And y’all are jo-lyinn if you thought Miley was going to stop there. Later in the evening she joined godmother, Dolly Parton to sing the notorious “Jolene” in a ten minute performance, which included Katy Perry, Kacey Musgraves, Little Big Town, and Maren Morris.
Holy performances. Camila Cabello with friends, and even real family members brought “Havana” to the Grammy’s, imprinting a high enegry and an even higher expectation for the night. Lady Gaga took some intense hair flips and her glimmering wardrobe to the stage for an unforgettable version of “Shallow”, a paramount single from her lead acting role in 2018 film “A Star Is Born”. But best of all, an elite group of cutting-edge newcomers such as H.E.R and Dua Lipa amplified their voices through look alikes and and transparent guitars.
In epic news, Alicia Keys brought out a double piano performance, playing a medley of records she “wished were her own”. And if you were not formerly aquainted with the voice behind the country “Golden Hour” album, Kacey Musgraves, odds are, you are now. Kacey Musgraves swept her nominations, leaving the ceremony with four awards including album of the year. Meanwhile, the seemingly unique sound of Post Malone and the Red Hot Chili Peppers duet escorted us out and over to a new channel!
Record of the Year: Childish Gambino - “This Is America”
Album of the Year: Kacey Musgraves - “Golden Hour”
Song of the Year: Childish Gambino - “This Is America”
Best New Artist: Dua Lipa
Best Pop Solo Performance: Lady Gaga - “Joanne (Where Do You Think You’re Goin’)”
Best Pop Duo/ Group Performance: Lady Gaga and Bradly Cooper - “Shallow”
Best Pop Vocal Album: Ariana Grande - “Sweetner”
Best Alternative Music Album: Beck - “Colors”
Best R&B Performance: H.E.R - “Best Part"
Best Urban Contemporary Album: The Carters- “Everything Is Love”
Best R&B Album: H.E.R - “H.E.R”
Best R&B Song: Ella Mai- “Boo’d Up”
Best Rap Performance: Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future, James Blake - “Kings Dead”
Best Rap Song: Drake - “Gods Plan”
Best Rap Album: Cardi B - “Invasion of Privacy”
Best Country Solo Performance: Kacey Musgraves - “Butterflies”
Best Country Album: Kacey Musgraves - “Golden Hour”
Best Country Duo/Group Performance: Dan + Shay - “Tequila”
Best Country Song: Kacey Musgraves - “Space Cowboy”
Best Dance Recording: Silk City and Dua Lipa - “Electricity
Best Rap/sung Performance: Childish Gambino - “This Is America”
iHeartRadio Music Awards - Thursday, March 14th 2019 - Microsoft Theater
Coming off of an incredible Grammy’s hosting and performing, Alicia Keys accepted the iHeart Innovator Award with love and a massive hand from her fellow top-charters. After taking us along her journey into becoming the Alicia Keys that we all admire, she voiced that “in the end, you are remembered because you’re different, because you’re special,” encouraging the room to “break the mold.”
Despite a small wardrobe malfunction, Halsey, alongside YungBlud delivered an electric performance of their new single, “11 Minutes”- to our surprise, the song was not 11 minutes, but they should make an extended version that is in fact, 11 minutes. Despite any potential confusion - the two brought a unique sound with threads of old alt. rock groups like Evanescence. Also, peep down below for Halsey’s acceptance speech as she was crowned with the L’oreal Paris Fangirls Award.
A new era of award season came full circle for Taylor Swift. After her outspoken plug for her trek on her All-Female Tour at the Billboard Music Awards, she took the Award For Best Tour! For fans - the crux was when Taylor left the world with a tough nut to crack revealing, “when there is new music, you will be the first to know.” We will keep our ears wide open, Taylor!
Ariana Grande took artist of the year. With the high volume of quality content, we receive from Ari, this was unmistakable. Her enchanting ability to tell a story through persistent vocal runs is unlike any other. The savory performance of her new single, “Needy” brought a new meaning to the high pony, and for one, we…think we are fans!
Tour of the Year: Taylor Swift
Artist of the Decade: Garth Brooks
iHeartRadio Innovator Award: Alicia Keys
L’oreal Paris Fangirls Award: Halsey
Most Thumbed-up Artist of the Year: Imagine Dragons
Song of the Year: Zedd, Maren Morris, Grey - “The Middle”
Female Artist of the Year: Ariana Grande
Male Artist of the Year: Drake
Best Duo/Group of the Year: 5 Seconds of Summer
Best Collaboration: Bruno Mars and Cardi B- “Finesse”
Best New Pop Artist: Marshmello
Making Holiday Playlists and Checking Them Twice
December 16th, 2018: Happy Holidays!
Here we are again. December. The holiday music mousetrap- where inevitable yet wonderful sounds infiltrate just about everywhere far and wide. A sound that is in and of itself, a genre, manifested through decades of legends from every walk of life- a true representation of the holiday spirit.
There is no question that most of our prized holiday hits transpired in the mid 1900’s and continue to breathe through our radio stations today ~~ the only repeat-gift we don’t have to pretend we enjoy. For various reasons such as simplicity, reminiscence, and community, we as a human culture have preserved the anility of the anthems we worship. In support of these humble roots, a profound keynote of Holiday cheer was the opportunity to provide hope during any hardship that confronted our world. A popular example being Band Aid’s 1984 “Do They Know It’s Christmas”- a lighthearted Christmas ballad with a deep sentiment as it raised money for the famine in Ethiopia.
At the expense of adoration, classic holiday songs withstand every deviation in the music space. Let’s face it, these oldies are goodies- curated with warmth, optimism, and togetherness. Timeless messages of compassion and alliance.
BUT, here we are. December. “The carols that we sing”, the same yet… DIFFERENT? As multigenerational music streamers, we continue ritualizing Mariah Carey’s “All I want for Christmas” and Dean Martin’s “Let It Snow”. Nevertheless, as the streaming world continues ascending, so does the space and freedom for contemporary artists.
For some 100 years, this has been the most competitive grounds to create on, especially with the subjectivity of radio services. Be that as it may, recent trailblazers like Pentatonix, Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, John Legend, etc. have turned a corner, and we love it! The all-embracing platforms of Spotify, Apple Music, etc. allow listeners to place-shift their consumption.
More and more, artists are blending soulful covers with an original craft, and has even gone as far as artist features- something not typically seen in traditional songs. From Bieber’s the upbeat version of “The Christmas Song” collab with Usher to The Pentatonix dynamic complication of “Mary did you know” the spectrum is changing, and the charm is ringing. It is a truly a transformative time for music from all ends, and it seems that the holidays are on board with it. Afterall, it will make for a longer sleigh ride together with you ☺
But wait, before you go! We want to hear from you! Which Holiday music helps you celebrate the season? Head on over to our Instagram story and tell us which throwback holiday singer (dead or alive) you would pair with one of todays Top 40 artists. We can not wait to hear what awesome collaborations you can come up with!