March Favourites '19

Sunday, 31 March 2019

I don't know about you but March is one of my favourite months. Asides from Spring peeking through the clouds and the clocks giving us lighter evenings, payday also comes around quicker because of short February. I've had a particularly good music month so here's some gold for you all to enjoy.

SONG: Talk - Khalid.
I don't think Khalid has released anything I haven't been a fan of (Lovely with Billie Eilish being a firm favourite), but Talk has hit me in the face like a tonne of bricks because it's in my head every single day and I quite simply cannot get enough. I love the bright colours and choreography in the video, but it's the 21 year olds voice that steals the show yet again. I'm super excited for his second studio album, Free Spirit, which is scheduled for release via RCA Records on April 5th.

VIDEO: Boasty - Wiley, Stefflon Don, Sean Paul, Idris Elba.
I recently finished Luther after jumping on the bandwagon embarrassingly late, and a life without Idris Elba isn't really one i'm interested in to be honest. Thankfully, and somewhat surprisingly, he returned to my life featuring on Boasty. While he's probably most broadly known for his acting career, Idris is actually no stranger to music and has been DJ'ing for many years. As well as this he has featured alongside Jay Z and Giggs in the past, and his efforts on Boasty with Wiley, Stefflon Don and Sean Paul, are currently climbing their way up the charts.

EVENT: Panic! At The Disco @ The O2, London // 29th March 2019.
After 14 very long years of being a fan, I have finally seen Panic! At The Disco live, and just as I predicted Brendon Urie certainly did not disappoint. Although the 28 song strong setlist may have only included one number from A Fever You Can't Sweat Out which is obviously their best album, Brendon kept the crowd hooked with his effortless vocals and dancey numbers. His rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody is something everyone deserves to experience at least once in their life, and he also did a gorgeous cover of I Can't Make You Love Me. George Michael's version of this song is one of my all-time favourite songs, so it was safe to say I was a little emotional watching Brendon recite this on a flying piano (yes, a flying piano) across the O2 Arena. Massive thank you to Sophie Louise for the tickets to this show, I had such an amazing time!

ALBUM: When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? - Billie Eilish. 
I feel like i've been waiting for this album forever so trying not to confuse excitement with pure genius, but considering she's suddenly a massive worldwide phenomenon, i'm starting to think i'm not alone in rating Billie Eilish. Her debut album has stormed the charts, the press, and my ears, and without sounding like a broken record, it's so hard to believe this girl is only 17 years old. Branded as "goth pop" by many critics, Billie is edgy, questionable and a little bit creepy, but it's what draws many of us to her. Bury A Friend sees the teenager in her own horror movie, and is just a tiny fraction of what you can expect on 'When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?' Upon first listen I was immediately drawn to the first track (if you ignore the actual first track of her sweetly stating she's removed her Invisalign - an obvious playful nod to growing up and the press constantly focusing on her age) Bad Guy (below); it's cut-throat, ballsy and just an absolutely huge tune. While Billie singing "might seduce your dad type" might be my favourite, that doesn't tear away the perfection of the album as a whole. There isn't a skippable song on the 14 track album, and even though she's exploring so many sounds, the record is not messy. Finding inspiration from her night terrors and lucid dreams, Billie Eilish throws us into a dark fantasy with this release, and just as I predicted when she released her EP 'Don't Smile At Me' in 2017, this girl is about to re-shape pop music.

TV SHOW: 90210.
I know I was 500 years late with watching Luther, but don't worry I haven't done the same with 90210. I've re-watched the American teen drama about 5 times now but i'm currently hooked again and thoroughly enjoying watching Ivy (Gillian Zinser) on my screen every day. If you're a fan of Gossip Girl, The OC, One Tree Hill and anything similar, give 90210 a go - the whole boxset is currently available on All 4.

BEAUTY PRODUCT: Cloud Eau de Parfum by Ariana Grande.
I've never really been one to jump on a celebrity fragrance release as most of the time they are sickly sweet child-like scents that last on the skin for about 15 minutes, but as Ariana Grande is the queen of just about everything, I was really curious to know what her latest perfume offering was all about. To my surprise, Cloud is absolutely divine, so much so that I treated myself to a bottle. A small 30ml bottle is just £25 so this is a really affordable high-street scent compared to most. Perfume is not something I ever usually buy myself, but as i've run out and my birthday is still a while away, I picked up a bottle and have received several compliments since wearing it. I'm no fragrance connoisseur so I couldn't give you a run-down on the specific scents, but if you're passing a Superdrug give it a sniff and thank me later.

What have you been loving this month? Let me know in the comments!

© Image Source: Khalid for GQ, by Erik Madigan Heck

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