#ThrowbackThursday / #ThrowbackThreesday: Avril Lavigne – ‘Complicated’, ‘Sk8er Boi’ & ‘I’m With You’


   

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Avril Lavigne – ‘Complicated’

Avril Lavigne first burst onto the scene with her infectious, mellow pop rock single, ‘Complicated’ back in May 2002 (15 years ago!!!) and it skyrocketed to the Top 3 spots all around the globe!

The music video was fun and saw Lavigne crashing a mall and getting up to mischief but also performing scenes in a skate park – such an iconic look for the singer.

The song was also nominated for two Grammy Awards and featured on her debut album, Let Go.


Avril Lavigne – ‘Sk8er Boi’

Then, later in 2002, Avril Lavigne released her follow-up single, and one of my favourite songs of hers, ‘Sk8er Boi’. This song was also a huge commercial success for her around the globe and also scored her a Grammy nomination in 2003.

A much more upbeat track to her debut, and far more punky, the video is equally as mischievous, if not more so; the singer sets up a guerilla performance which people flock to, causing chaos and anarchy in the streets. The police try to track her down as she smashes her guitar through a windscreen, before a police copter hovers over her. It’s such an epic video for an awesome, catchy yet punchy song. That green t-shirt and red tie combo had fan girls emulating her across the globe.


Avril Lavigne – ‘I’m With You’

Lastly, ‘I’m With You’ was the third single from her debut album and another favourite of mine. It was the first ballad Avril Lavigne released as a single and scored her yet another Grammy nomination in 2004. It’s a song that’s brimming with passion and even has hints of country to it; an epic song.

The music video sees Lavigne spend a lot of time alone, wandering the streets in search of someone. It is interspersed with party footage but all shot in slow-motion, making it look all the more spectacular.

This song just went on to cement the diversity Avril Lavigne has in her songwriting – she is just awesome. End of.


Matt – Muzik Speaks

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#FeelGoodFriday: Marianas Trench – ‘Who Do You Love’


   

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Canadian pop-rock band, Marianas Trench are beginning to make big waves over here, in the UK.

With a massive fanbase in their home-country (Canada), frontman Josh Ramsay having received a Grammy nomination in 2013 for co-writing and producing Carly Rae Jepsen‘s ‘Call Me Maybe’ and following a small sold out tour last summer, the band have announced a full UK tour (starting in May 2017) and new UK single, ‘Who Do You Love’. The song is impeccably produced and the vocal harmonies at the beginning of the track are just immense. It’s a truly transcendent track that was just beginning to be a #FeelGoodFriday song, the moment I heard it.

I’m hoping to try and catch the band at the Brighton date of their upcoming tour – hopefully see some of you guys there 🙂

For the new UK single ‘Who Do You Love’, the band decided against making a traditional music video, instead choosing to use the funds to make a difference and inspire others to go out and do some good. Some of the situations included sharing funds with individuals to more elaborate, pay-it-forward-style scenarios that benefit groups of people. The scenarios themselves were pre-arranged but the reactions weren’t, leading to honest, authentic and heart-warming reactions from everyone involved. Make sure you watch the video below.

What are your thoughts of this superb track? Have you already heard of the band? Would you like to hear more from them? Please leave your thoughts in a comment or hit us up via our social media accounts.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Matt – Muzik Speaks
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‘Who Do You Love’ can be downloaded off iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/who-do-you-love/id1040618675?i=1040618686


#FeelGoodFriday: Foxes – ‘Amazing’


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Foxes is a London-based singer who shot to fame when her vocals were featured on Zedd‘s 2013 song, ‘Clarity’, which went on to win a Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording.

Since then, Foxes has released her debut album and is now immanently about to drop her second album, All I Need.

‘Amazing’ is one of the songs taken from her follow-up album and it’s a real belter! It’s a great combination of pop and electronic music and it may not be your obvious pop, chart-topper but it’s definitely making my Friday much better!

I’m also looking forward to meeting her at the album launch in HMV in Brighton on 7th February 2016 – anyone else going?! Please share this on your social medias!

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‘Amazing’ can be downloaded off iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/amazing-single/id1057165812


#MellowMonday: Miley Cyrus – ‘Adore You’

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Whatever you may think of the tongue-lolloping, terrible-twerking Miss Cyrus, this track is stunning! The song itself was written by Stacy Barthe (who also co-wrote; Katy Perry’s ‘Hummingbird Heartbeat’ and Rihanna’s ‘Cheers (Drink To That)’) and Oren Yoel.

Although Miley Cyrus did not write this track, she should be commended for her beautiful vocal delivery on it. The song is a mixture of light R&B with Pop and shows her more mature side to this “new” Miley. The video on the other hand…not so much – yet more writhing in a bathtub and on a bed mixed with night-vision “sex-tape-like” antics, but still…she’s “mature” now and that’s what all mature ladies do…right?!  😉

However, all jokes aside, delve into this track headfirst and mellow out to is beauty.

What do you think of Miley’s “new” look and her actions? A fan? Not a fan? What do you think of this particular song though? Share your thoughts and your own Mellow Monday tracks 🙂

Matt – Muzik Speaks