Singles Roundup: Week of Dec. 7

Story posted December 7, 2020 in Arts & Entertainment by CommRadio Arts & Entertainment Staff.

Dixie D'Amelio – "One Whole Day" feat. Wiz Khalifa

Why can’t Dixie D'Amelio be happy?

D’Amelio, who became famous for being Charli’s sister, then proceeded to star on one of the worst-rated TV series of all time, is now taking another crack at the music industry.

The song was announced a few days ago over Dixie’s TikTok page, where she deleted the teaser for the song after she received thousands of comments criticizing the song's poor writing. Despite the internet's reaction, the song arrived Friday in a blaze of mediocrity.  

Similar to her last single, “Be Happy,” D’Amelio, autotune assisted, sings about heartbreak and sadness. The chorus of the song is borderline laughable: “For one day, one day/I was really, really, really, really sad/For one day, one whole day/I missed you really, really, really, really bad.”

It’s clear to see that most of the song's budget went to get the 23-second Wiz feature. He does not add anything too special to the track, but he makes it a little more tolerable.

The instrumentation does nothing interesting either, with the guitar and bass seeming like it came from a VST rather than live in studio.

“One Whole Day” is so generic that it’s inoffensive. D’Amelio’s preteen fanbase will probably enjoy the tune, but it’ll probably leave everyone else wishing that she goes back to hitting the “renegade” on TikTok.  —Caelan Chevrier

100gecs - "sympathy 4 the grinch"

Experimental pop duo Laura Les and Dylan Brady, from one of the year's breakout groups 100gecs, are back to spread holiday cheer with their Christmas song, "sympathy 4 the grinch."

Sick of being good and receiving no presents, 100gecs decides that it is time to take their revenge on Santa Claus. Similar to the Grinch, they break into Santa’s workshop and make off with his entire sack of goodies: “He's watching TV, he doesn't see me/Go and get the bag out of his sleigh/Elves in the kitchen heard the ignition/Think it’s time we make our getaway.” Santa proceeds to chase them but is ultimately unsuccessful.

The instrumental is a Christmas ska hyper-pop punk song, which may seem beyond confusing, but it truly is incredible. The guitar licks are great, and the track as a whole continues to show the quality of production that Brady can create.

100gecs have managed to create some of the most unique music in recent times, and their newest track is one of their best yet. Hopefully, there is more to come soon.  —Caelan Chevrier

Aly & AJ – “Slow Dancing”

Aly & AJ, the sister pop duo, are back again with a mellow single, appropriately titled “Slow Dancing.”

The sisters have been making music together since 2005, with three full-length albums under their belts before 2008 and growing popularity with Radio Disney.

The pair deviated from the pop genre under the band name 78violet but made a comeback in 2017 as Aly & AJ. They have since released two EPs and now the first single from their upcoming album.

“Slow Dancing” is a slower song with relaxed vocals and a dreamy vibe. The sisters use their light and airy harmonies to emphasize the bliss and simplicity of dancing with a significant other.

The stripped-back instrumentals allow for the emotions to shine through, as the duo addresses being in love while physically apart during the pandemic. With the calming melody and heartfelt lyrics, this single exudes romance.

“Slow Dancing” proves that Aly & AJ are ready to jump back into the spotlight with their new, sophisticated sound   —Courtney Benedetto

Lil Baby – “On Me”

Reigning as one of the prime faces of 2020 hip-hop, Lil Baby is back this week with “On Me.”

With tracks like “We Paid” and “The Bigger Picture” each getting over 100 million streams on Spotify, there’s no question that Lil Baby has been on top this year. He continues to drop singles that are consistently great, and he finds a way to bring freshness to the sometimes tired genre of hip-hop.

With the newest track, “On Me,” Baby flows over a particularly unique instrumental. Every so often, the bassline goes high-pitched with an odd rhythm and hard-hitting kick drums that follow immediately afterwards. This catches the listener’s attention extremely well and makes the new track engaging and fun to listen to.

Baby’s signature voice and flow shines over this beat. With a catchy hook and bar-filled verses, the song stays captivating for the full 2:16 runtime.

Since Lil Baby’s rise to mainstream fame in 2018, it hasn’t been an easy task to find a disappointing track of his. “On Me” is yet another example of this, and the culture looks forward to what Baby has in store for 2021.  —Jimmy Gonzales

 

Caelan Chevrier is a freshman majoring in journalism. To contact him, email cjc6789@psu.edu.

Courtney Benedetto is a freshman majoring in print/digital journalism. To contact her, email cmb7747@psu.edu.

Jimmy Gonzales is a sophomore majoring in advertising. To contact him, email jimmyg3584@gmail.com.

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Courtney Benedetto

Freshman / Print/Digital Journalism

Courtney Benedetto is from Dover, Delaware. She is a freshman pursuing a print/digital journalism major and a creative writing minor. Courtney is a member of the arts & entertainment department of CommRadio as well as a lifestyle candidate for the Daily Collegian. To contact her, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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Caelan Chevrier

Freshman / Journalism

Caelan Chevrier is a first-year student in the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications at Penn State University studying broadcast journalism with the goal of graduating with a bachelor’s degree in four years. His plan is to get involved in numerous media-related clubs during his stay. His career goal is to spread informative, meaningful and entertaining content across various platforms and to be a positive impact on the community. If you’d like to contact him, email him at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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Jimmy Gonzales

Sophomore / Advertising

Jimmy Gonzales is a sophomore from Hanover, Pennsylvania majoring in advertising. He is a writer for the CommRadio arts & entertainment and an account representative for the sales department. If you’d like to contact him, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).