You may or may not have heard of this #100HappyDays campaign that’s going around. I first heard of it after noticing that a friend of mine from work had posted two days in a row on Instagram. I wasn’t used to seeing her post all that often, so immediately took note of her increased posting and this mysterious “#100happydays” hashtag that she had tacked onto both pictures. I asked her about it, and she sent me to the website, where I learned about this really simple concept of posting a photo every day for 100 consecutive days of something that makes you happy. Include the hashtag #100happydays, and if you make it through all 100 days, you’ve succeeded at something that over 70% of people fail to complete because of a quoted lack of time. I figured it wouldn’t hurt to try it out, and hopefully my friends and followers on Twitter wouldn’t get too annoyed of this daily post.
Fast-forward 43 days: here I am. I’ve managed to post a picture every single day for the past 43 days of one small thing that’s made me happy. I’ve suffered a minor panic attack, and have learned ten important things about myself. Hit the jump to read about it.
The “Best of Series” is a playlist generated every month providing you with quality, sounding music across all genres that were released during that month (or previous months). Whether you’re too busy to visit daily, or just need some music, this is our way of helping you stay current.
February is so short. I say it every year. The music, however, is not!
Jordan’s Top 5:
Skizzy’s new project comes out next week and I couldn’t be happier. To celebrate, Skizzy dominates this month’s top 5 with All Say & Numb
I’m not exactly sure how he does it, but he keeps making songs that are better than the last. This is a ballad of art about love. Because all we need in life is more love songs.
Created for the HBO show, Girls, (who actually watches that show), Miguel creates the smoothest joint I’ve heard in a long time. Currently my favorite song for *insert weekend activity here*.
GoldLink goes in over smooth production to drop some bars to vibe out too. This is in the same category of the song above. *insert weekend activity here*
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Skizzy Mars just dropped the third single from his project Pace, coming out March 4th. This one features some futuristic production by Michael Keenan, simple flow patterns by Skizzy and a catchy hook in which Skizzy lets the world know that he might not be huge yet, but he’s too ill not to make it big. Might seem a little pompous, but I’d say Skizzy has put in the work to back it up. Come March 4th, we’ll see if the rest of the songs on Pace are ill enough to back that shit up.
Ruben Haze is a band from Australia that just released their debut single “City of Dreams.” We’re psyched to be premiering its accompanying lyric video. Both the song and video are really, really beautiful, but I’m not going to talk about that. Instead, I’m going to talk about you. I don’t know you, but I know you must miss someone a lot. When they were with you, they were like your arm, and so losing them was like losing your arm. For a while you experienced the phantom limb effect, so it was like they weren’t really gone–maybe you talked occasionally or maintained casual contact through a series of drunk texts and awkward in-person encounters. But now even the phantom limb has faded, and they are really gone. You are left armless and alone. Now, this is where Haze steps in. For five minutes, “City of Dreams” gives you your arm back.
Oceaán sure knows how to seduce us, not only with his deeply intoxicating vocals but also with the slick combination of beats. He recently came to us with his debut tune “To Lose” and now he’s just got us hooked. Somehow UK singers are taking over the world these days with their powerful pipes and it’s one beautiful thing. Check out the next fabulous artist to watch below.
One of the biggest surprises of last year was when Beyoncé released a 5th album as a complete surprise to all fans and press. It caused a huge splash and further respect for Queen Bey. Today, it appears other artists are following suit, the latest of whom being Kid Cudi, who today released his album Satellite Flight: The Journey to Mother Moon, which was originally due out on April 29th.
The approach completely goes against all things traditional, whereby the marketing leading up to the album release often outdoes the album itself. We typically see three singles released before an entire album, and all leading up to the release, fans are anxiously awaiting the day they can get their hands on the entire album, either legally or illegally. But as we’ve seen it, the shine tends to wear off pretty quickly, and in modern-day music consumption, many will move on to the next bright and shiny new release after a run through of that album. Many times, people wont even get to the end of the album if the songs at the beginning of the stack aren’t strong enough.
The fast-paced, ADHD modern method of consumption leaves artists with few options but to release single after single, put out free music, or, as we’re seeing here, completely rethink the system.
So here we have it: an entire Kid Cudi album, two months early, released with minimal marketing efforts, available via iTunes.
What do you think; is this a method that other artists should use to put out their music? Or is it one only fit for Queen Bey herself?
“Too Bad I Have To Destroy You Now” – Kid Cudi:
Download KiD CuDi Too Bad I Have To Destroy You Now