Song of the Day #3,993: ‘Speechless’ – Naomi Scott

I expected to really dislike Aladdin, director Guy Ritchie’s remake of the 1992 Disney animated classic. Advance word was toxic, glimpses of Will Smith’s genie had been met with the wrong kind of laughter across the web, and the Rotten Tomatoes score settled in at a discouraging 56%.

On the other hand, the film opened to a surprising $113 million over Memorial Day weekend and enjoys a 94% Audience score in contrast to its rotten tomato. So the movie is reaching fans, critics be damned. Which doesn’t always bode well for quality, but can make for interesting viewing.

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Song of the Day #941: ‘Speechless’ – Lady GaGa

I’m about two years late, but I’ve finally hopped on the Lady GaGa bandwagon.

I recently bought her two albums (in one bargain-priced package) with a gift card I received for my birthday. My logic was as follows: I like five of her songs — ‘Poker Face,’ ‘Just Dance,’ ‘Paparazzi,’ ‘Bad Romance’ and ‘Telephone’ — enough to buy them on iTunes. That’s a $6 investment right there. If even four of the 17 remaining songs on her albums are worth owning, it’s more cost-efficient to buy the 2-disc set than to pick and choose.

And I had a gift card, so it wasn’t like real money.

Yes, I realize it’s a bit deranged that I have this much of an inner struggle over whether to buy a CD. But I take these things seriously, in case you haven’t picked up on that by now.

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