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Music You Should Know - It's All About Bad Breakups
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Welcome back, Selena Gomez!  She's surrounded by brand new talent this week!


Kygo and Selena Gomez – It Ain’t Me

It's about time we got another potent break up anthem to transition us into summer. Now that exams are nearing an end and vacation is around the corner, some young couples are certainly rethinking their relationship.  And, if it's on the rocks, like in "It Aint' Me," maybe it's time for them to walk away.  Basically, that is what this song is advocating. 

Which, makes me think this song has a little extra meaning than it leads on.  At least, where Selena Gomez is involved.

I mean, her voice is so emotional and the tone she takes with this song makes me think she is thinking of our favorite tatted-up Canadian.  Selena has tons of history and heartbreak with Justin Bieber, which was fueled by his substance abuse and partying problems (something that is touched upon in the lyrics,) so maybe this song is an outlet to let those remaining strands of emotion fly away now that she has something really great going on with The Weeknd.

As for Kygo, he's a 25-year-old DJ from Norway.  He's collaborated with some major artists before scoring his latest partnership with Selena Gomez.  Like, his song "I See Fire" with Ed Sheeran was HUGE in Europe.    This guy has been all about music since he was born, even mastering the piano by the age of 6. 

So, it's no wonder why Kygo is quickly becoming the new buzzword in the EDM community.  This guy knows the inner-workings of a song and what makes it tick, so he can apply the same formula and improve it in his songs.  It's gonna be awesome to see what Kygo is capable of in the future!



Ocean Park Standoff – Good News

These guys are so much fun!  Okay, so this is one of the most eclectic mix of people in the music industry.  First up, Ethan Thompson. a classically trained vocalist.  Then, here's Pete Nappi, a producer who drums on the side.  Finally, there's Samantha Ronson, an English DJ living in America - who just so happens to be the sister of Mark Ronson (Uptown Funk.)

So, we're dealing with a super talented trio.

They all met in 2014 for a songwriting session and they magically clicked.  Next thing you know, Ocean Park Standoff was born!   Samantha Ronson says that the group is perfectly balanced, too, "When I get too poetic, or he gets too on-the-nose, we're able to figure out how to make it work."

Samantha says their first song, Good News, is all about "trying to have fireworks for the little things that make you feel good" because things are so out-of-control in the real world.   Because of this, if you check out their website, they share as much good news as possible just to make your day a little brighter.

But Good News has a deeper meaning.  Ronson goes on to explain that the song was inspired by a photo of Ethan Thompson kissing an ex-girlfriend on the beach, but the photo isn't as romantic as it appears.

"'It looks so romantic, but really they were fighting and Ethan kissed her to shut her up. It made me think about how easy it is to romanticize certain situations when the reality was completely different, and how we don't have pictures that really show the bad times."



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