This mix highlights parts of Flynn’s novel Gone Girl, from the “twincest-y” relationship of Nick and Go to Amy’s vindictive and manipulative psychosis that eventually destroys her marriage.
Songs like Florence and the Machine’s “Kiss with a Fist,” “Desperate Measures” by Marianas Trench and “I Was a Fool” by Tegan and Sara explore the disintegrating and destructive relationship between Amy and Nick. While “Black Widow,” by Iggy Azalea, “Bad Reputation” by Joan Jett and “Decoy” by Paramore all detail Amy’s rich and enduring need to continue the life and lies she’s built herself on.
Later tracks like “Psychotic Girl” by The Black Keys and “Okay I Believe You But My Tommy Gun Don’t” by Brand New describe what’s left of Nick and Amy’s relationship after she’s forced to return to him and their forced relationship following her secret impregnation.
Overall, the music explores the intricacies of the story, leading the characters in the same circles they pursue in the text while highlighting the aspects that make Nick, Amy and Go so memorable.
In her most recent stunt, “Queen B” Beyoncé Knowles released her latest visual album, BEYONCÈ without any prior advertising or promotional work.
The music mogul posted a message on Instagram on Friday, December 13, at midnight saying “Surprise,” leading followers to the iTunes album page.
In the first 24 hours, the self-titled album sold half a million copies.
The internet was quick to point out the potential for feuds between Queen B, Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga and Katy Perry, all who released highly-anticipated albums in the last six months.
But, listeners should be more focused on absorbing the messages of these powerful female voices, rather than pinning them against each other.
These four females, though their musical stylings may differ, share a common theme of positive gender empowerment and self image in the lyrics of their newest songs.
People should praise and promote these messages instead of pointing out each artist’s pitfalls, especially with the level of justification for rape, assault and objectification that is so glaringly apparent in most popular music today.
“Pretty hurts, shine the light on whatever’s worse. Perfection is a disease of a nation,”
exposing rampant superficiality and its negative effects on body image.
Later, she says,
“Ain’t got no doctor or pill that can take the pain away. The pain’s inside and nobody frees you from your body. It’s the soul, it’s the soul that needs surgery,” ending the song with “Are you happy with yourself?”
“We teach girls to shrink themselves, to make themselves smaller. We say to girls: ‘You can have ambition, but not too much. You should aim to be successful, but not too successful otherwise, you will threaten the man.’”
And later says,
“Now, marriage can be a source of joy and love and mutual support. But why do we teach girls to aspire to marriage and we don’t teach boys the same?”
Both songs teach women, young and old, to respect and empower themselves with their intelligence, compassion and kindness.
In Katy Perry’s song, “Roar,” from her album Prism, she says,
“I guess that I forgot I had a choice. I let you push me past the breaking point. I stood for nothing, so I fell for everything.”
“I went from zero, to my own hero. You held me down, but I got up─ already brushing off the dust. You hear my voice, you hear that sound like thunder, gonna shake your ground.”
In another song, “It Takes Two,” Perry advocates for equal responsibility in relationships, saying,
“I point my finger but it does me no good. I look in the mirror and it tells me truth, yeah. Why all these lessons always learned the hard way. Is it too late to change? It takes two, two sides to every story.”
Perry aims to empower anyone, not just women, with her words. What she says encourages positive communication between partners, and positive self-image and self-respect.
Lady Gaga’s newest album ARTPOP embraced her femininity and sexuality in her song “G.U.Y,” saying,
“I’m gonna wear the tie, want the power to leave you. I’m aimin’ for full control of this love (of this love). “
“I don’t need to be on top to know I’m wanted, Cuz I’m strong enough to know the truth…I’m blessed when I’m in love, and I’m in love with you.”
GaGa encourages healthy sexual expression and mutual trust and love in relationships.
Instead of admonishing females for wanting to dominate men, she advocates for equality, saying that either party should be able to dominate as long as there is open communication and trust between partners.
In Miley Cyrus’ new album, Bangerz she show’s listeners her vulnerable side, admitting in her song “Someone Else” that
“I’m hurting myself. I’ve turned into someone else.”