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'Beauty Marks', Ciara's war wounds.

What formula should an artist follow to prosper and, above all, remain popular in the world of music? We know that this is not an exact science, but rather the opposite. Broadly speaking, times change, musical genres are renewed and evolve and those who have dedicated their life to singing can’t do anything else but adapt to new trends, and still be true to themselves. An example? Ciara Princess Harris. This singer, born in Texas, has nothing less than 15 years in the music industry. It may not seem much, but it is something that is increasingly difficult for artists today. She surprised the world with the tremendously hypnotic ''Goodies'', becoming the princess of the R&B of the early 2000s, a golden age for this genre and hip-hop. She was postulated as the successor of Janet Jackson or the female version of Usher. She touched the sky with great songs and collaborations before beginning to deflate little by little over the years: ''1, 2 Step'', ''Oh'', “Like A Boy” or the sexual ''Love Sex Magic'', to fall into what seemed like oblivion with her album Basic Instinct (we all know that “dancing 2010s” were not good for the R & B). Everything pointed to a dark gray almost black point for our Cici, but a sexy R & B song took her back to the top of the music scene: ''Body Party''. A song which belongs to Ciara, an album with which the artist was reborn (hence the name, there is no more) and presented a homogeneous work where she intended to return to her beginnings (as it is prove by the aggressive ''I'm Out''). Thanks to this project, she achieved a moderate success, and the artist was built with a status of timeless R&B diva, without disappearing, but without shining. The mezzo-soprano enjoys a warm omnipresence, is one of the pillars of female R&B/hip-hop, opening the way for artists like Tinashe. This singer, mega-dancer and with great beauty worthy of a goddess, prevails in our memory in a less intense way. Cici has gone through remarkable ups and downs in her career and personal life, which have made her learn a lot, making her the person she is today. She is almost a veteran at 33, a warrior that the world has seen evolve and fight from her youth to become a woman. All this is reflected in her new album Beauty Marks, published on May 10, where Ciara is also presented as an independent artist, under her own label Beauty Marks Entertainment. So many questions came to my mind after the release of this album. How is this new Ciara without barriers when creating her own music? In order to answer this question, we must analyse her scars.

Written by @FerSP
May 24, 2019

LA ÚNICA.

Imagine an extensive and rich garden. With thousands of plant species, of different sizes and shapes, providing great wealth to the land. Big and leafy perennial and deciduous trees offer shade and stand as the kings of the landscape. Fruit trees and palms provide a warm and tasty touch, while a floor of plants with striking and innumerable flowers gives color and life to our eyes. Let's search among these. There are millions, each one is different from the previous one, each one has something that makes it different from the rest. They are beautiful but fragile, one-day flowers that will soon die; others are less striking, but fleshier, some are found in large quantities ... But we are looking for one in particular. Finally, we found it. Next to a small oasis, there it is: a delicate flower, slightly eccentric and original. Exuberant and of extreme beauty, with large petals of pastel pink color, with satiny glitters that evolve gradually to a passionate red. It has attractive stamens, rich in pollen, to produce honey, and long stems with thorns that end in large and tender dark green leaves. A mixture between a hibiscus and a rose, something tropical and romantic, something so beautiful that it hurts. Indeed, this garden is nothing more than the rich musical world that we enjoy today, with its thousands of different artists playing the role of plants, flowers and trees. The unique flower we have focused on could not be other than Kali Uchis. Named by herself as 'La Única' (The Only One), this Colombian singer knows very well that she possesses a singular vision and style, which she has exploited with great skill and risk, which was perfectly captured in her album Isolation, published on the 6th of April 2018.

Written by @FerSP
May 24, 2019

And the big girl wins

The canons of beauty. Something that has been the obsession of millions of people for centuries. These change over time, but the desire of society to fit in them remains the same. Luckily, this began to change a few years ago, when the world decided to pay attention to the rarities that the human physique could offer, and this has evolved until today when, in the world of music, fashion, etc., original faces and physiques are valued more, with people who make their weakness a weapon. Those who have suffered more discrimination because of their bodies may be big people. Maybe Melissa Viviane Jefferson (31-year-old American), aka Lizzo, has been one of the millions of people who has been bothered by this situation. But she said: enough of that! She had had enough of stereotypes and her world presents a clear revolution to this unfair treatment of big people. On the cover of her third album Cuz I Love You, she is naked, a long wig covers her back and buttocks. She has been rather unknown until relatively recently (the first I saw her was by chance when she was a guest judge on Rupaul's Drag Race, where her perfect “Good as hell” was a lip-sync song) but she has come with a clear message: she loves herself the way she is. And there's more! She wants you to feel that way too. Lizzo has always been empowered and proud of her sinuous curves with a captivating self-confidence. Without any kind of complex, she shows her body and sings about being a '' big bitch '', something she does not consider at all offensive. For her, that is only the way her body is, nothing else, while transmitting a great message of acceptance towards society. She introduced herself to the world with Lizzobangers, followed by Big Grrrl Small World (as you can see, the titles make it quite clear on what she is proud of), where she already showed that she was a great warrior in the battle of loving herself. With Cuz I Love You, the singer has won the great war and is nominated as one of the artists of our generation. As if she were a big and shining star.

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May 17, 2019

ANTI, The Album Nobody Wanted But Rihanna Needed.

Let's go back in time. It was January 27, 2016, just the day of my birthday. Every Rihanna fan was eager for the arrival of her new album: ANTI. After three singles spread over three years (the country beat “FourFiveSeconds”, “American Oxygen” and “Bitch Better Have My Money” with an amazing video), plus the rare experience of Anti DiaRy, we all knew it was only a matter of time before the long-awaited LP could be on our hands. And, suddenly, all the unbelievable happened: Rihanna was releasing, without any warning, the album's first single: “Work”. I received that song as the best gift I could have had that day. Although the first time I listened to it, the song seemed strange, little worked and without any potential to be a single, little by little the sticky rhythm of this dancehall and reggae theme got stuck in my brain. I remember listening to it in my room, full volume, thirty times in a row and my roommates begging me to stop. But I just couldn't. I had doubted Rihanna for a moment, how strange it was that she hadn't released a totally commercial song as the first single from an album that, due to its late arrival (she used to release a record per year), had created immense expectations. But I was wrong; Riri risked it all with a silly, repetitive and tropical theme, which invited to dance from the first second. Wait ... Rihanna? being risky with her music? Well, this was just the tip of the iceberg. The following week, also by surprise, the whole album came to us ..., and the world put their hands to their head, including myself. Not even one of the songs sounded like anything that Rihanna had released before; “Work” seemed to be the most commercial item on the album (it was soon able to sell more than 8 million copies worldwide, giving her #14 #1 on Billboard and becoming of the biggest successes of his career). Thousands of criticisms were received on ANTI, while I saw myself in a halo of confusion while listening to all the songs for the first time. In front of us, there was this strange and experimental album, where the disco diva in Rihanna told us goodbye. Had been the title of the album a clue all along? Few stopped to analyze and find the need for this album in the career of the singer, something that we discovered at its own time.

Written by @FerSP
May 15, 2019

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