5 reasons why Meghan Trainor’s All About That Bass is not the female empowerment song we hoped it was

By now you will have heard Meghan Trainor’s catchy ditty All About That Bass. On the surface, the song seems to be about loving yourself, but a cursory glance over the lyrics and you’ll be having a serving of WTF with a side of no thanks.

I can shake it, shake it, like I’m supposed to do
Oh, so we’re supposed to be shaking it now? Says whom? What if I don’t want to shake it? WHY AM I SUPPOSED TO SHAKE IT? *drinks heavily*

Every inch of you is perfect from the bottom to the top
I’m not perfect. No one is. That doesn’t mean we are not awesome. In fact, it’s my imperfections that make me awesome. Jog on.

My mama she told me don’t worry about your size. She says, “Boys like a little more booty to hold at night.”
Shit! As long as a man likes my fat ass, I’m validated! Wooho- wait. I’m single. No male gaze is telling me my size is acceptable. Hmmmm, now what?

I’m bringing booty back. Go ahead and tell them skinny bitches that.
There’s nothing like putting someone else down to make yourself feel better, eh. Oh wait, it’s okay cos they’re skinny! They’re our oppressive overlords!

Because you know I’m all about that bass, ’bout that bass, no treble
What does this even mean? Your song would sound terrible if it had no treble. It would be all doof doof doof doof and then we’d figure you were some pimply teenage guy in a Subaru. Unless this is a euphemism, and then I guess I don’t get it.

All About That Bass
is one of the most popular songs in the country right now, and yes, it’s a sweet tune and catchy as hell. But… I want something more.

We’re so close. So. Close. Next time, lets get some true body acceptance across the line.

An up-and-comer to love: Ryn Weaver

Ryn Weaver is a singer from New York and LA, and is actually really hard to Google stalk. What we know: Her real name is Aryn Wüthrich, she’s 21, and she’s released some other stuff on Soundcloud under the username FemFemFem.

She’s been working with my long-term favourite Michael Angelakos of Passion Pit (as well as Charli XCX – yuss!) and produced this gem which dropped on soundcloud a week ago.

Argh! So catchy!

Like her on Facebook to see what she does next.

Five of the best one-shot music videos you’ll ever see

I love a good music video, and the below are some of the most technically interesting ones you’ll ever see!

OK Go’s The Writing’s On The Wall:

This is the latest offering from OK Go, who hit the media landscape with that amazing treadmill video for Here It Goes Again.

Walk Off The Earth’s Red Hands:

These guys make great, ingenious videos, but the thing I like about this one is the amazingly careful planning that went into breaking the song up, then editing it all back together again.

Taylor Swift’s We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.

It’s cutesy schmaltz, but I like it.

blink 182’s Always:

This is three one-shots tied together. Must have taken so much planning and some careful editing, but the end result is awesome!

Reece Mastin’s Rockstar:

I’m biased cos I was working on this show, but this was a very cool bit of choreography.

Bonus: God Lives Underwater’s From Your Mouth:

Okay so maybe not as technically brilliant as the other ones, there’s still something crazy facinating about watching Hirofumi Nakajima uneat a lot of food.

YouTube’s 2013 mashup is amazing!

Featuring Jenna Marballs as Miley in Wrecking Ball, Kid President being rad, Smosh in their undies, and Epic Meal Time hanging out with Overly Attached Girlfriend, prepare for some epic-level awesomeness from YouTube’s 2013 mashup.

Also featured: Prancercise wonders what the fox says, if you’re looking carefully, you’ll spot GloZell in a horsemask, and there’s cameos from Jimmy Fallon, Macklemore, Jamie Oliver, and the Cookie Monster.

Enough of the writing, time to get watching!

And check out all the behind-the-scenes action here:

Five of the best Lorde: Royals covers

I like a good cover almost as much as I like a good remix or mashup, and I like Lorde. A lot.

So what better than five awesome covers of Lorde’s hit song Royals?

Walk Off The Earth





If you’ve got a favourite Royals cover, post it in the comments!

Bonus: Here’s The Love Club EP!

The best BBC Radio1 Live Lounge covers

I love a good cover, and BBC1’s Live Lounge has some of the best covers around. Here are some of my faves:

Kings of Leon cover Robyn’s Dancing By Myself

Bastille cover Miley Cyrus’s We Can’t Stop

Usher cover’s Pumped Up Kicks by Foster The People

Hit me up in the comments with your favourite celeb covers!