Tuesday, February 25, 2014

From Yeezus to Sheezus

Lily Allen will release a new album later this year, and now it has a name. One that we never would have imagined.

Lily has apparently named the new album Sheezus, like Kanye West's 2013 album Yeezus but with the first letter changed.

"It's a confident title choice - and a little nod to Kanye West," she told The Graham Norton Show.

What a surprise!

Anyway, here's one of our favourite Lily Allen hits ever:

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Let It Go by Idina Menzel / Demi Lovato - after going through Google Translate

Disney's Frozen is a major box office success, and Let It Go from its soundtrack, available in both the Idina Menzel and Demi Lovato versions, has become a major hit.

But how does it sound when you put it through Google translate, cycling through a few very different languages and back to English again? Let's have a look.

Here are the originals, again:

And this is how it looks like after the translation:

Wow! Just wow!

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Ellen Page Comes Out as Gay

So Ellen Page has come out as gay.

News of this is spreading like wildfire out there. But here's our take on it: so what?

Thousands of people come out as gay every day. It isn't as if Ellen Page doing so would make any difference. The world will still go on as usual. We won't magically get marriage equality everywhere, gay people everywhere won't feel safer, and we as a society won't become more tolerant because of it. Life just goes on.

There's no reason to make a big deal out of it. Really.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Demi Lovato Wants Music and Film to Stop Glamorising Drugs

As news of Philip Seymour Hoffman's death spread quickly, many celebrities also paid their tributes. One of them was Demi Lovato.

But unlike many others, she was brave enough to face and talk about the disease that has taken too many lives already. "I wish more people would lose the stigma and treat addiction as the deadly and serious DISEASE that it is. Drugs are not something to glamorize in pop music or film to portray as harmless recreational fun," she wrote on Twitter.

Here at Sunny Apple, we think we really need a major society-wide conversation on this topic. Another year, and another tragedy, and yet society and culture should just sit there and do nothing? We don't think so.

Monday, February 3, 2014

TaraElla's Top 5 Britney Spears Hits of All Time

We (the new Sunny Apple team) are interviewing TaraElla for a series of mini countdowns of her best (or most memorable) five hits for a range of artists. We're starting with one of the most memorable artists of the past two decades - Britney Spears. So what are TaraElla's five biggest Britney songs?

5. Oops I Did It Again (2000)
This was when me and my friends used to look up to Britney. She just had a feeling of confidence about her back then.

4. Lucky (2000)
Also from the Oops I Did It Again album, this was quite special. By the way, is there anyone called Lucky ever?

3. Toxic (2004)
Britney's 2004 comeback hit was huge around the world, and I agree that it deserved its success.

2. Sometimes (1999)
Of the hits from Baby One More Time, I think this one sounded the best. It's a shame that it wasn't a number one in the charts out there.

1. I'm Not A Girl, Not Yet A Woman (2002)
As far as Britney hits go, this is by far my favourite. It sounds so... hopeful! That's the word to describe it, I think. Twelve years later, its spirit of hope still resonates with me.