Review: ‘Out Loud’ by Gabbie Hanna

Over 4.9 million subscribers on YouTube. First book due out in the coming weeks. An acting role in YouTube Red series ‘Escape The Night’. Now…a new song to kickstart a potential music career. Gabbie Hanna is definitely putting all her fingers in every kind of exciting career pie and gaining reward, after reward.

Not many of you will know, or may even have heard of Gabbie Hanna, but it’s time you should.

Having started out on Vine, creating 640 posts of 6-second content and gaining nearly 5 million followers, Gabbie was able to progress onto YouTube and continue to flourish. She took part in fellow YouTuber Joey Graceffa’s series called ‘Escape The Night’, and on September 19th she will be releasing her first book- a collection of poems- called ‘Adultolescence’ (pre-order at gabbiehannabook.com). But that is not all.

On September 6th, Gabbie Hanna added ‘singer/songwriter’ to the list of her many occupations, after releasing her first song, ‘Out Loud’.

The day it was released saw the song literally shoot to the top of iTunes charts, peaking at #3 overall. It has been streamed 782,275 times (as of 10th September) on Spotify and the lyric video on Gabbie’s YouTube channel (TheGabbieShow) has nearly 3.5 million views. ALL IN THE PAST 4 DAYS. 

It is undeniable that ‘Out Loud’ is a T-U-N-E. It sounds so different, so fresh. You can hear from Gabbie’s vocals how much emotion and hard work went into creating this song. The lyrics give you an insight into how gripping and beautifully written her poetry book will be, it is clear that her talent for writing will get her far in life. The song flows in a way which seems as though it was effortless to write. That once pen was put to paper, the words and lyrical formation came out as easy as it is to listen to.
And that CHORUS! If that doesn’t get stuck in your head there’s something wrong with you. You need to listen to it on repeat until that’s all that is in your head.
I’m not the only one who thinks ‘Out Loud’ is incredible, as it has received 212 5 star reviews on iTunes, with people saying, ‘This track is a dream to listen to’ and ‘Best song I’ve heard in a long time’, ‘I’m so proud of you Gabbie!’.

It is quite astonishing how ‘Out Loud’ has become a such a huge hit in such a short time. Gabbie recently performed the song LIVE to approximately 4,000 people at Vidcon Australia, which saw nearly the entire crowd shouting along with Gabbie during the chorus. It is beautiful to see how much her fans are supporting her throughout her many ventures.

Expect many great and wonderful things from Gabbie Hanna. She is going to be a very powerful, successful and influential women, and already has millions of people believing in her. I already want to hear more music from her.

Download ‘Out Loud’ on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/out-loud-single/id1275959030

Watch the ‘Out Loud’ lyric video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WNZTec6BbOU

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Review: ‘Champion’ by Fall Out Boy

You never really expect to fall in love with a song at first listen. Usually you’ll need to allow a couple, maybe three run through’s before it all finally comes together and your brain will work out whether to love it or hate it.
With a band like Fall Out Boy, who have been around since 2001 and blew up in the peak of the emo era of the early 2000’s, to maintain relevance and put out massive songs in today’s music industry is an incredible achievement. They still fill out arena’s and headline festivals, which could make them feel like a…champion?

Smooth little transition into the main topic, which is that Fall Out Boy have just released a new single from upcoming, highly anticipated album, ‘Mania’.

Titled, ‘Champion’, this song IS that song which you fall in love with when first listening to it. It sounds like classic FOB mixed with their newer, refined sound, and was apparently co-written with pop-music mega-star, Sia.
The love I have for this song, it is just perfect. The lyrics are the main focus of this song, especially in the chorus. For me, this song came out at a perfect time and hearing these lyrics-ones that I can lose myself in- fill me with such determination and courage to live, despite how hard that particular day might be:

‘If I can live through this,
If I can live through this,
If I can live through this,
I can do anything!’

There’s no dip in this song, by that I mean at no point does the song lose tempo or vigour to make it seem like a deflated balloon, making you feel unsatisfied after listening. POWER is something that runs through this song, transferred from Fall Out Boy themselves, into the hearts of their fans. Not many bands can do that. Not many bands can produce a song which will directly touch the emotions of listeners.

This song is really making me excited for ‘Mania’, with their previous single from the album ‘Young and Menace’ showing Fall Out Boy exploring their EDM side a bit more (something they teased in Save Rock and Roll and American Beauty/American Psycho), this album could see FOB expanding their sound even further, something they will no doubt be able to effortlessly pull off.
I’m now just waiting (not so) patiently for them to announce some UK tour dates…

Check out ‘Champion’ below:

Genre Claustrophobia

Okay so this is something that I have felt before, come across in other people and generally been thinking about it a lot lately. Genre Claustrophobia.

‘The feeling that you are stuck listening to one genre because you feel as though you have to due to family upbringing or social surroundings’. 

Yes I made that definition up in my head HOWEVER- it fits doesn’t it? It makes sense to me and probably does for you reading this. This idea came about to me last night, as I was listening to ‘Bang Bang’ by Jessie J. I’m not gonna lie, I LOVE that song, and it lead me to listen to a bit of Beyonce and then onto Lady Gaga. I now have a playlist on Spotify of my favourite songs from them. Now I used to really like Lady Gaga about 5/6 years ago, but felt like I shouldn’t listen to her because my Dad was (and still is) into heavy metal, death metal, hard rock etc and my friends were discovering bands such as My Chemical Romance, Green Day and Fall Out Boy. I still adore all three of those bands and got into them very quickly, which I am glad I did even though I initially listened to them to try and fit in to the big social group in my high school (even though that didn’t go well but made me a better person which I am today).

When I was first getting into them I threw out my Lady Gaga CD’s (regret that now -sad face-) and stopped listening to chart/pop music and fully immersed myself in rock/metal, going through that awkward little emo phase and wearing a whole stick of eyeliner round my eyes each day. After a while I started to feel suffocated by how I felt like I had to listen to certain bands and certain genres within rock and I fell out of love with music for a little bit. I didn’t want to keep listening to heavy metal, I got tired of hearing the same song topics and competitions of who could scream the loudest and scariest. I didn’t get a kick out of it anymore. So I delved back into punk (see post ‘Tori is a Headbanger’) and through that discovered pop punk and the band Patent Pending (here’s a little YouTube video of theirs- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6D6j_e3FmE). I view this as the moment when my tastes expanded again, as their sound was much happier, fun and easy to listen to. Plus they are AMAZING live and genuinely lovely people. I felt the genre claustrophobia start to lift a little…

My next breakout was when I watched the film Rock of Ages. Oh that film…I have a very deep love for it and have seen it many, many times and I am proud of it. It is what got me into classic rock bands such as Poison, Def Leppard, Journey and loads of other odd songs here and there. Classic rock is comforting to me, and it gets me motivated, excited about things and wakes me up in the morning. It sounds different enough than normal rock or hard rock so it doesn’t feel like I am still stuck listening to the same thing. I also have a Spotify playlist especially for classic rock and I am not ashamed in the least.

So now we come full circle back to last night. I was not in the mood for any of my usual listens, and just really wanted to hear something that sounded fresh. Dancey. Upbeat. So cue Beyonce and Lady Gaga. I felt completely free from being stuck in one place, I realised that I can listen to anything I want if it makes me happy. I have that option to switch between FrnkIero andthe Cellabration to Beyonce’s ‘Crazy In Love’ and it has made me feel invigorated and enthused about music again. We are in a society where there are still those who will judge you for not listening to what they think is the ‘right’ sort of music (i.e any band they listen to), but if you look at the bigger picture, IT DOESN’T MATTER WHO YOU LIKE IT SHOULD NOT DEFINE YOU. It should merely be one of the many interesting parts of you.

I hope this post makes sense to you and if you can relate to anything then that’s amazing. Don’t feel suffocated in one genre, its your life and you choose the things that make you happy.

Vicki x