Billie Eilish: How Good is She Really?

By Michelle Lynn Tackett

Billie Eilish is the hottest musical act going today. She is selling great on the album charts, and some of her songs hit the top of the charts. She is very popular and a lot of times, popular artists are not very good. I wanted to look at Billie through an objective lens. How good is she? Is she an artist, or is she a smokescreen created by creative producers? Let’s find out.

Singing ability
Billie has a sad and soulful voice. It gets the job done for the type of songs she sings. There is a problem with her voice, she doesn’t have a diverse one. She doesn’t have the vocal range of Ariana Grande or Lady Gaga. To be blunt, her voice isn’t her strong suit, but her voice does a good job of helping deliver her songs.

Score: 2 Stars, a decent voice that lacks range and power, but it fits the type of songs she does.

Writing
Here is Billie’s strong suit. Her words pierce through the heart and stick in your mind. Billie goes places that most young artists won’t. She does a great job balancing sentiment and realism. Billie’s songs don’t get bogged down by hammering the message on you. It naturally flows, which makes it seem organic. Singing may not be her strong suit, but writing is.

Score: 4 stars, a genius writer who knows how to craft a great song.

Production
Hit and Miss. Some of her songs are perfectly produced, some are a complete mess. On some songs, the production comes off as forced, trying too hard to impress the listener. Other songs seem to come from the heart. She is young, so I think she will get better in this area, but she has a long way to go before she perfects her sound. For such an independent singer, she doesn’t speak her mind enough when it comes to producing her music. Here’s hoping she can find that independent voice that fits her wonderful lyrics.

Score: 3 Stars, she has a good ear for music, too bad she is inconsistent about her tone. Hopefully, she will find a voice as she matures.
Billie is very talented, but she needs to grow in some areas like her voice and produce.

My overall score for Billie is 3 stars out of 4. A good artist, who has the potential to be one of the best artists of this generation. Here’s hoping she gets better. I do want to like her more.

Link: https://www.amazon.com/WHEN-ALL-FALL-ASLEEP-WHERE/dp/B07N7PBZGF/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=billie+eilish+album&qid=1566511333&s=gateway&sr=8-1

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Astrail Chain First Review: It’s A Hit!

Famitsu Magazine awarded Astral Chain a 37/40 in their magazine. This is exactly what Fire Emblem got. This is a great start to a lot more 9s and 10s I think will becoming it’s way. Any game where you can play with a kitty cat on your head is gotta be a GOTY contender! Good going Platinum Games!

Link: https://mynintendonews.com/2019/08/21/japan-famitsu-awards-astral-chain-37-40/

Photo Courtesy of: https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.polygon.com/platform/amp/e3/2019/6/11/18661291/astral-chain-release-date-nintendo-switch-trailer-platinumgames-e3-2019

Fuze 4 For Nintendo Switch

There is a new tool making software kit called Fuze 4 and it is hitting the Switch on August 30th. Why isn’t no one hardly talking about this? This is very big. Its a very expansive create your own 3-D game. I’ll put the link below. This is a very good tool kit. It is on 30 bucks, you should get it.

Link: http://northern-gamer.com/fuze4-allows-you-to-create-and-share-your-own-nintendo-switch-games-and-apps

Photo Courtesy of: https://www.fuze.co.uk/nintendo-switch.html

Nintendo Games Make Me Happy: Why I Love Nintendo

There are lots of things I love about entertainment, but Nintendo games are the tops. Nothing gets me excited like a Nintendo game. From Mario, Zelda, Pokemon, to Fire Emblem, Yoshi and Kirby. Nintendo games have given me thousands of hours of entertainment. They’ve helped me deal with bullying and going homeless. I am gonna tell everyone why I love Nintendo games so much, and why video games bring joy to the world, not suffering.

BTW, this article is not to put down Sony or Microsoft. They make games that make people happy as well. My blog is about why Nintendo games make me happy.

The Characters
I love the character, Mario, Link, Yoshi, Kirby, Eevee, Pikachu, Samus, Shulk, Rex, Donkey Kong, Dixie Kong, etc. I could keep going. I love the colors, most Nintendo games are colorful. Bright colors help with my depression and anxiety. I feel at ease when I play. 2 of my favorite games are Pokemon Let’s Go and Yoshi’s Crafted World. I want to live in these worlds and have fun. Mario is like a regular person (except for the growing big from mushrooms and other magical powers), Link is often an orphan who grows up to have special powers. Samus lost her parents at a young age and was raised by the Chozo people. I think this helps add to the appeal of Nintendo characters. They’re relatable. They aren’t big muscle-bound brutes who crush things with their hands, (they do that with the help of special items ok)? Nintendo characters are us, the player and we connect with them. Although Link doesn’t speak, we get to be Link. We are him! We get to be a real hero who saves the day. What can be more fun than that?

The Worlds
The Mushroom Kingdom and Hyrule are two of the best worlds in any entertainment form. Hyrule even has mythology full of cultures and different technologies. Other Nintendo franchises follow this, like Fire Emblem, Metroid, Kirby, and Yoshi. Star Fox has great mythology as well. The Lylat System, with all of the cool creatures and Talking animals who fly ships! You can’t get that anywhere else.

Tradition
Nintendo has been around since the 80s, so it is easy to form an attachment to their games. Zelda, Mario, and Metroid have been around since the middle of the 80s. Star Fox, F-Zero, and Yoshi have been around since the 90s. I am glad Nintendo is making more new IPs, but I would be sad to not see new games from Mario, Zelda or Metroid. I am glad Nintendo respects their tradition.

They Lift My Spirits
When I was homeless, I went through some dark times and had dark thoughts. My 3DS kept me company and would keep me from thinking bad thoughts I would have so much fun playing Pokemon Y, Zelda Link Between Worlds or Fire Emblem Awakening. People may not understand, but Nintendo games have given me so much comfort and made me feel safe when I was dealing with a lot of adversity. It broke my heart when I had to sell my 3DS and Wii U just to get some food. I know I had to do it, but I was really in a sad place. I had nothing to pick my spirits. I promised myself I would not do that again, and I haven’t. Nothing makes me happier than going to a store and buying a Nintendo game.

Final Thoughts
Nintendo games are so much fun, I still play older Nintendo games. I have played Super Metroid, Super Mario World, Link to the Past, Metroid Prime, OoT, and Mario Galaxy so much, I have them memorized. Go try a Nintendo game, you may find your next favorite game.

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Astral Chain Sales and Critic Predictions

Nintendo is on a roll with Mario Maker 2, MUA 3 and FETH being big hits. In 19 days, add another hit to that list. Astral Chain comes out August 30th and it could be a huge new IP for Nintendo. Here are my predictions for it’s sales and critical reception. Let’s go!

Critic predictions

Platinum Games usually get great reviews. Especially Nier Automata and Bayonetta 2. I can easily see Astrail Chain in the 88-92 territory with critics raving about the combat, the art style, the depth, characters and the scope. Some may criticize the game for the story, and some may not like the hub which looks to be complex. This will be a big critic darling.

Sales

Sadly, Platinum games don’t sell that great. Although, Nier Automata sold 3.8 million. Astral Chain could turn out to be their biggest hit. I could see Astral Chain hitting 4-5 million lifetime sales. I could see this selling 700-900k it’s first week and 2.4 million by the end of the year. America and Japan will be the 2 biggest markets, with Europe being 3rd. This could be a huge new IP for Nintendo and that’s great. Plus, it will give Platinum another big hit after Nier, sood news all around.

Platinum Games deserves all this success and I hope Astral Chain does do what I predict. Don’t sleep on this game Nintendo fans, giving Nintendo new IPs will help then grow and make more games like this. On August 30th, go out and get this game!

Link: https://www.platinumgames.com/games/astral-chain

https://www.google.com/amp/s/wccftech.com/astral-chain-gameplay-intricate-combo/amp/

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.gamespot.com/amp-articles/astral-chain-hands-on-preview-two-characters-make-/1100-6468702/

Photo courtesy of: https://www.google.com/amp/s/mynintendonews.com/2019/07/15/five-minutes-of-astral-chain-direct-feed-gameplay/amp/

Weekly Charts

Alita Battle Angel was no1 again on home video. Fire Emblem 3 Houses was still the global video game sales champ NF was no1 on Billboard and Where the Crawldad Sings is no1 on the NYT best sellers. Enioy the rest of the charts.

Links: https://www.mediaplaynews.com/research/top-20-sellers-for-week-ended-8-3-19/

https://www.billboard.com/charts/billboard-200

https://www.nytimes.com/books/best-sellers

http://www.vgchartz.com/article/439902/switzerland-weekly-week-31-2019/

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Raise Your Kids and Stop Blaming Video Games

Opinion Piece by Michelle Lynn Tackett

Here we go again. More horrific mass shootings and the political shuffling is in high gear. I am used to this by now, but I gotta say something after hearing this over and over again. Some republicans are blaming video games for the mass shootings. I get so sick of hearing about this. It is getting really old.

Ever since I was a kid, I have heard this. I played Mortal Kombat, Doom, Turok, among many other games and I don’t go around shooting up places. Maybe it had to do with my parents raising me right. They taught me right from wrong and taught me to value other people, even if I didn’t agree with them or like them. It isn’t video games, it is our lack of empathy and parents who don’t raise their kids.

If you can’t raise kids properly, don’t have them. Stop blaming music, movies, books or video games for your failings as a parent and as a human being. Politicians know they can get a rise out of people who get fearful over a mass shooting, so they want to use video games to put the blame on anyone, but themselves. Look in the mirror and stop using a scapegoat to cover up your failings as a parent.

Link: https://www.cnn.com/2019/08/05/health/video-games-violence-explainer/index.html

Photo Courtesy of: https://www.esportstalk.com/news/do-video-games-cause-violence-politicians-blame

Weekly Charts

Here are the charts for home video, video games, music and books.

Alita Battle Angel was no1 with Hellboy being no2. Ed Sheeran was no1 on the Billboard 200 albums. Fire Emblem 3 Houses debuted no1 on most VGChartz this week. One Good Deed is the no1 book on the NYT best sellers list.

Links: https://www.mediaplaynews.com/research/top-20-sellers-for-week-ended-7-27-19/

https://www.billboard.com/charts/billboard-200

http://www.vgchartz.com/

https://www.nytimes.com/books/best-sellers

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Billie Eilish Will Be This Generation’s Big Talent

By Michelle Lynn Tackett
I have been hearing about Billie Eilish for the last 6 months and I decided to take a real listen to a lot of her music and some of it I thought was ok, some I did not like, but I can tell she is gonna be the next decade’s big artist. She is different, she stands out and she has her own sound. These are all the ingredients for her to be the big artist of the decade.

She is selling tons of albums too, good for her. She may not be my favorite artist, but I am really rooting for her. If she can help bring the singer/songwriter back, then more power to her. I do like a few of her songs, so maybe I need time to get used to her sound. Who knows, but even if I don’t become a huge fan, I really am rooting for her. Go get em Billie!

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Why Haven’t Ashley Monroe and Kacey Musgraves Had A No1 Hit on the Country Charts?

I admit it, I am not really in with new popular music, with a few exceptions. Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande, Kacey Musgraves and especially Ashley Monroe. 2 of these exceptional artist have never had a no1 on the singles charts. Kacey and Ashley Monroe. How on Earth can that be? Both of them are pure artist with great song writing skills who can tell a great story.

Their sweet voices can melt hearts, and their ability to pick great songs is obvious. It does make me wonder what the country music industry seems to have against these amazing songwriters. I will say this, this shows what a sorry state country music is in when two of the most talented singer, songwriters of this generation haven’t gotten a no1 hit but the BACKSTREET BOYS HAVE! Think about that for a second.

If you haven’t heard these angels, here are some of their wonderful songs.

Links: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85fVsUylk5I&list=PL5irUHWx_wrMV8EUyMRlSM897kVGFK5cu&index=77

This is such a beautiful song and autobiographical. Ashley lost her father to suicide when she was 13, she says she cries sometimes when she sings this song. That is Vince Gill on the guitar in the back.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q2R3WF9u1kA&list=PL5irUHWx_wrMV8EUyMRlSM897kVGFK5cu&index=76

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3l-ovZQY4M&list=PL5irUHWx_wrMV8EUyMRlSM897kVGFK5cu&index=74

Photo Courtesy of: https://www.spin.com/2013/03/ashley-monroe-like-a-rose-kacey-musgraves-same-trailer-different-park/