Meet The Women Changing The Asian Music Scene For The Better

How does your music influence your style?

“I have a stylist and art director, and each time we change my concept for fashion, makeup, and hair, we actually have a lot of meetings and share ideas and listen to music — based on that, they create an image that hasn’t been thought of before. If I like their suggestions I’ll be like, ‘Oh let’s build up on that. I like that concept.’ But they don’t make me dress feminine or even masculine — kinda [non] gender-binary. Most of my clothes are actually men’s. I like to make my fit really loose and have a lot of volume, like a sculpture.”

You’ve mentioned before that you grew up listening to K-pop. Your music is very different, so how do you differentiate your music with what the world might associate with Korean music as a whole?

It wasn’t my intention to be different. I just wanted to do whatever the heck I wanted. I have a producer who sometimes rearranges my songs and he called me a rule-breaker — it was hard for him to understand and rearrange my songs because I take a different approach than other music. I think it’s because I didn’t have a proper education in music and I started off as a graphic designer. Everything first comes as a visual and then I make it into music.

So if you hear a normal song, there is a verse one, verse two, a hook, verse one, verse two, interlude, and then it ends — but I like to mix the order and sometimes make it backwards, or I don’t make an obvious hook because it’s boring. It may not be too commercial, but I just want to try new things and new forms of electronic music.”

I Just Learned That The Chords To The Song “Pete Davidson” Spell Out “BAE” And Now I Need Answers

So I’m guessing that if you clicked on this article, you’re familiar with the estranged pairing previously known as Petiana Grandson.

And you probs also know about track 14 on Ariana’s album Sweetener, “Pete Davidson.”

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Well, today as I was scrolling through Twitter, I ~happened upon~ a tweet that made my music nerd self HYPE 👏 THE 👏 F*CK 👏 UP. 👏

I was looking up Ariana Grande guitar chords (I don’t have a guitar) and discovered the chords to “Pete Davidson” are just BAE over and over and I can’t believe I just wrote the Da Vinci Code

Basically, this Twitter user saw that the song’s chord progression spelled out “BAE” over and over again. 👀👀👀

Yup, like “bae” as in “before anyone else,” “baby,” “babe,” and “poop” in Danish.

Safe to say, I was in music theory awe. Did Ari really just do THAT?!

Republic Records

Obviously, I decided it was time to put my music education to good use — I pulled up a virtual piano and CHECKED THOSE FACTS!!!!!!!

And sure enough, when I played the chords B, A, and E along with the track, it worked!!!!!!!

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(This means that different versions of the chord progression are either raised or lowered from the original key that Ariana sings it in.)

So, Ariana — did you make the “Pete Davidson” chord progresh B, A, E on PURPOSE?! And if so, what other secret musical messages must we decode?!?!?!?!

*in the Kansas/Arkansas Vine voice*

14 Reasons Why Janelle Monáe Won 2018

So, here are all the reasons why Janelle Monáe came and slayed the year that is 2018.


“Make Me Feel” became Janelle Monáe’s second single to chart on the Billboard Hot 100.


THEN, after teasing us with those melodic tunes, Janelle released Dirty Computer, the album and the ~emotion picture.~


Dirty Computer peaked at number six on the Billboard 200 list. As for the emotion picture, neither I, nor the world, was ready for that cinematic masterpiece.


She also shook the internet with her REVOLUTIONARY music video for “Pynk.” I live for a feminist queen.


Like, I’m still shaking several months later.


In an interview with Rolling Stone – of which she graced the cover – she came out as pansexual.

Rolling Stone

“Being a queer black woman in America—someone who has been in relationships with both men and women—I consider myself to be a free-ass motherfucker.”


Speaking of magazine covers, she also graced the cover of W Magazine back in February…

W Magazine

The cover photo and photo shoot were directed by none other than Jordan Peele, in a series called “Noir Town.” The photo series stars Monáe as Alfred Hitchcock and, honey, I am here fot it.


…as well as Fast Company and Allure.

Fast Company, Allure


Oh yeah, and she was also named one of Glamour’s “Women of the Year.” NBD.


Earlier this month, Time magazine named Dirty Computer one of the ten best albums of the year.

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It ranked number two!!!


Janelle Monáe is set to star in Welcome to Marwen, a much-anticipated Oscar hopeful, releasing in December 2018.


On the topic of movies, Universal Pictures signed a first look deal with Janelle Monáe’s production company, Wondaland Productions.

The article states; “Wondaland and Universal Pictures will develop multi-genre content with an emphasis on championing underrepresented voices and groundbreaking perspectives.” To which I say, BRING US THE CONTENT.


She also headlined AfroPunk Brooklyn this year, alongside Erykah Badu, The Internet, and other legends.


Let’s not forget about A Revolution of Love, a YouTube Music artist spotlight story which gave us Janelle fans an inside look into her beautiful mind.


Like, I could listen to this woman talk for HOURS. It’s a pity this piece of art is only 16 minutes.


Oh, and to top it all off, Janelle Monáe will be receiving the Trailblazer of the Year Award at the 2018 Billboard Women in Music event.



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So, shout out to YOU Janelle Monáe. You won 2018. Can’t wait to see what you have in store for us next year <3