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The Swedish Guy Behind Our Favorite Pop Songs

If you have never heard of Max Martin, you may be surprised as to who he is. In a sense, Max Martin is the powerhouse of pure pop. Wait what? He’s a singer? No, not necessarily. Max Martin is the man behind many of our favorite popular songs. Realizing this the other day made me have that “my whole life is a lie” moment. When listening to popular songs in middle or high school, I was totally thinking that the singer was behind the inspiration and lyrics for the song. Songs like “Shake it off,” and “Teenage Dream” by Taylor Swift, “Roar” by Katy Perry, “Can’t Stop The Feeling” by Justin Timberlake, and “Since You Been Gone” by Kelly Clarkson were all iconic songs many teenage or 20 something females would jam to, including myself. While listening to the song, I felt a relatability to the singer for composing such lyrics that often related to my emotions. I think that is often what makes us fall in love with the singer, right? However, little did I know that someone else, a 46 year old Swedish dude, was behind the inspiration and lyrics of these songs and the singers were simply performing the ideas. Like What?? Realizing this makes us realize that the world is not often what it seems. We often become so infatuated with a certain genre of music or a musician, not knowing that the music is unauthentic and fabricated by someone we don’t relate to at all, and possibly trying to influence a young generation for the benefit of a societal or market demand. In a similar sense, the person behind the franchise lingerie store “Victoria’s Secret,” was created by an old man in Ohio. But that’s a whole other topic for a different day. After knowing that some of our most popular influences are actually not what they seem to be – that is, not transparent or representative of it’s source – we should realize that many other popular influences are also not what they seem. We should proceed with caution and research before so easily conforming to or buying what is “popular.” Ask yourself questions like, Who is behind this product, idea, trend, etc? What are their individual and/or company’s values? Who or what am I supporting when I give in to receiving it or part-taking in the ideologies of the trend? We always always always need to ask ourselves these questions before easily part-taking in trends or hopping on a bandwagon just because it seems cool and everyone else is doing it.

For reference, here are some more popular songs that were actually created/written and produced by Max Martin:

Since You Been Gone – Kelly Clarkson
Teenage Dream – Katy Perry
Can’t Stop The Feeling – Justin Timberlake
I Don’t Care – Ed Sheeran & Justin Timberlake

The Official Top 40 biggest Max Martin songs

POSTITLEARTISTPEAKYEAR
1CAN’T STOP THE FEELINGJUSTIN TIMBERLAKE22016
2LOVE ME LIKE YOU DOELLIE GOULDING12015
3ROARKATY PERRY12013
4BABY ONE MORE TIMEBRITNEY SPEARS11999
5SHAKE IT OFFTAYLOR SWIFT22014
6CAN’T FEEL MY FACEWEEKND32015
7BANG BANGJESSIE J/GRANDE/MINAJ12014
82002ANNE-MARIE32018
9NO TEARS LEFT TO CRYARIANA GRANDE22018
10I DON’T CAREED SHEERAN & JUSTIN BIEBER12019
11SIDE TO SIDEARIANA GRANDE FT NICKI MINAJ42016
12I KNEW YOU WERE TROUBLETAYLOR SWIFT22012
13DYNAMITETAIO CRUZ12010
14INTO YOUARIANA GRANDE142016
15DARK HORSEKATY PERRY FT JUICY J42013
16BLANK SPACETAYLOR SWIFT42014
17DOMINOJESSIE J12011
18CALIFORNIA GURLSKATY PERRY FT SNOOP DOGG12010
19I WANT IT THAT WAYBACKSTREET BOYS11999
20SEND MY LOVE (TO YOUR NEW LOVER)ADELE52015
21PROBLEMARIANA GRANDE FT IGGY AZALEA12014
22I KISSED A GIRLKATY PERRY12008
23HOT N COLDKATY PERRY42008
24SO WHATPINK12008
25WE ARE NEVER EVER GETTING BACK TOGETHERTAYLOR SWIFT42012
26EVERYBODY (BACKSTREET’S BACK)BACKSTREET BOYS31997
27TEENAGE DREAMKATY PERRY22010
28DANGEROUS WOMANARIANA GRANDE172016
29BREAK FREEARIANA GRANDE FT ZEDD162014
30CHAINED TO THE RHYTHMKATY PERRY FT SKIP MARLEY52017
31RAISE YOUR GLASSPINK132010
32SINCE U BEEN GONEKELLY CLARKSON52005
33BEAUTIFUL PEOPLEED SHEERAN FT KHALID12019
34IT’S MY LIFEBON JOVI32000
35OOPS I DID IT AGAINBRITNEY SPEARS12000
36GOD IS A WOMANARIANA GRANDE42018
37ON MY MINDELLIE GOULDING52015
38AS LONG AS YOU LOVE MEBACKSTREET BOYS31997
39ONE MORE NIGHTMAROON 582012
40TAKE ME BACK TO LONDONED SHEERAN FT STORMZY12019
©2019 Official Charts Company. All rights reserved.

And last, but most definitely not least, here is a stand-up comedy bit about how Max Martin and Cosmo influenced our favourite pop songs. You know, because laughing about a “my whole life is a lie” moment is way better than freaking out about it! 🙂

These Breathtakingly Beautiful Nature Photos will Excite your Inner Wanderlust

Sometimes in the midst of our every-day lives we can forget about our vast and beautiful earth we live on and how many stunning and serene places that inhabit our world. The earth is our playground and it is waiting for us to explore it’s terrains. Here are just a few picturesque and gorgeous destinations that will have you wanting to book a ticket to these places as soon as possible.

1. A Serene Sight

Crystal Clear Waters in Lake Tahoe, California – USA is where this picture was taken. This picture makes you want to dip your toes in this beautiful lake and take in all it’s beauty. From the fresh mountain air, to the green forest background and the calming water in the foreground, Lake Tahoe is a sight for sore eyes. This travel destination is wonderful for paddle boarding (just like in the pic), swimming, floating, or simply breathing in the outdoor freshness and relaxing in mother nature’s beautiful waters.

2. A Beautiful Waterfall In the Midst of Dry Land

The waterfall we are referring to is Havasupai Falls, in Supai Arizona – USA. The juxtaposition of hot, humid and dryness mixed with a fresh cold waterfall is what makes this destination so appealing and fascinating. This waterfall is also surrounded with some greenery and unlike other waterfalls, has clear blue water at it’s base. If traveling to Arizona, this destination is great for experiencing and photographing.

3. A Heavenly Getaway

This scenic photo was taken in Honolulu, Hawaii – USA. What is not to say about the amazing island of Honolulu Hawaii. This part of hawaii is home to a plethora of travelers from all over the world. However that does not impact it’s beauty. It remains one of the most beautiful islands of the USA. From it’s breathtaking views from hiking trails (as in the photo), to it’s relaxing beaches and high end resort hotels, you are bound to get lost in a dream at honolulu hawaii.

4. The Calming Waters of Alberta

What is not to love about Canada? This particular photo was taken at Moraine Lake in Alberta, Canada. It’s light blue color and reflection makes you want to stare at it’s beauty all day. Moraine lake is well known to tourists and travelers. It’s vastness and it’s surrounding beauty of tall mountains and healthy forest make for a refreshing and beautiful sight.

5. A Place That Makes You Feel Small

The scenic photo you are looking at is located in Zion National Park in Utah, USA. The vastness and greatness of this destination makes you realize how tiny you and your problems are. It almost makes you feel like you teleported to a new planet. These huge steep red cliffs might make you think you’re on mars. But do not worry, you’re still on earth. Zion National Park is a must-see, especially if you live near the pacific northwest states!

6. Stunning Water-flowing River

If you think this photo is just a non fictional miriad of a painting, you are wrong. This is a very real photo and it is located at Sunwapta Falls, Canada. This beautiful destination shows us the free flowing powerful nature of water surrounded by mountain beauty. From a distance, the waterfall seems small but standing above it, you will realize how great and big it actually is. This waterfall is a must-see, especially if you’re already in Canada!

7. The Glorious Redwoods

Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, California – USA is where this photo is taken. The redwood forest looks like a destination from a faraway mythical land. It’s tall standing trees make you feel like an ant walking in someone else’s world. This destination will remind you that we live in a big big world and we are so tiny in comparison to all the beautiful places the earth has, waiting for us to explore like little children.

8. An Enchanting Summer Get-Away

It is no wonder this destination is ranked the third happiest country in the world. The place we’re talking about is Switzerland. This magical destination has all you can ask for – Breathtakingly tall mountains with waterfalls, serene lakes, villages with plenty of land surrounded by mountains and nature, and just the most serene atmosphere. Visiting Switzerland will transport you to a different state of mind where you might never want to leave.

Have you been to any of these beautiful destinations? Do you know of other ones that should have been on this list? Let is know in the comments below!

Men’s Fashion – Classic Wardrobe Staples that are Poppin’ RN

Whether you’re male or female checking out this article, one thing you may already know is that articles about men’s clothing is not as commonly seen as articles about women’s fashion. I’m here to bridge the gap and update the men about what is poppin’ right now in the fashion world for males, or for gift inspiration for the primarily female viewers and subscribers of The Daily Divine we get. Whichever you are, these men’s fashion staples are sure to keep the men updated on fashion if you have been out of the loop, or they are sure to make the females want to shop for a man!

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12 Outfits That Go With Sneakers

Let’s face it, you can’t always sacrifice pain for beauty  – which is often required from the latest trendy shoes. Sometimes you may want to just wear your comfortable old (or new) sneakers, which is totally fine! These sneakers outfits will keep you looking fashionable without the inconvenience of uncomfortable shoes!

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The Best Sunscreens and After-Sun Lotions To Use This Summer

If you’re anything like me, you go out to do an outdoor activity during early summer time and completely forget about the damage the sun can do to your skin. First, the obvious – you burn and it hurts and you cuss yourself out over forgetting to put the magic lotion on and because you did the same exact thing last year and thought you would have remembered. I think we have all been there. Well now that summer is slowly progressing into it’s hottest months of the year, let’s remember to put on that magical sunscreen that can do wonders to protect our skin and prevent unwanted lobster skin. Perhaps you still have last year’s sunscreen laying around or stuffed in the back of your bathroom cabinets, or you have no idea where it is and decide to just get a new one for this year. Or maybe you need the perfect after-sun lotion to combat the burning after yet-again not learning your lesson from last year. Well let us give you a list of some of the best sunscreens and after-sun lotions to choose from this summer.

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Top Ways to Earn Money Online in 2022

Let’s face it, when it comes to money, we can all use some extra cash – whether for extra spending on entertainment, to help pay off bills, or to save up for something important. I want to make clear that these methods of earning money are not dependable for a living wage, but together, they can help significantly if looking for a way to earn an easy side passive income. If you’re looking for ways to earn money online in 2022, look no further than the authentic list I have compiled, researched, and even tried myself.

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10 Healthy Snack Combinations to Boost Your Energy

Many days it can seem like life bogs us down and depletes our energy — whether it’s from work, school, relationships or other stresses. There can be many ways to cope, and although it may seem strange, one of the best ways is to incorporate healthy snack combinations into your day. It has even been proven by scientists that a person’s gut, which is made up of the foods we eat, dramatically affects both mood and energy for the day. So, what are you waiting for? If you’re looking for ways to boost your energy in your day-to-day life, check out these healthy snack combinations that will give you a boost without the crash that results from coffee!

1. Fruit

Seems pretty simple, right? This one is pretty vague but it’s important to remember that there are many nutrient-dense fruits that are perfect healthy snack combinations. Sometimes though fruit can seem bland if it is eaten plain. One of the best ways to make fruit more appetizing as a snack is by cutting or slicing it in a way that makes it look appealing so that it looks and taste good.  Some examples include cutting up strawberries, bananas, mangoes, kiwis, or watermelon and combining them for a more flavorful taste pallet. As you keep on reading, you’ll notice that fruit is a common aspect in many other healthy snack combinations. 

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2. Peaches, Cheese & Crackers

This combination might seem odd at first, but you’ll be drooling after you take your first bite. This snack may be customizable like most, but this healthy snack combination, in particular, is made up of canned peaches combined with a bowl of cottage cheese that is spread on Ritz crackers. This is such a healthy snack because all three components are in different categories of the food pyramid so they each have different nutritional value, yet they also complement each other so well!

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3. Wholewheat Bread with Peanut Butter & Bananas

This is a common snack that is often forgotten about. Once again, we have three totally different components making one of the best healthy snack combinations. First, if you choose to use wholewheat bread, it contains a good amount of fiber and vitamins that contribute towards an increase in energy. Next, you might already know that bananas are super nutritious because of their high amounts of potassium and vitamin B6. Last in this trio is peanut butter which contains a good amount of protein. If you have a sweet tooth, you could replace the peanut butter with hazelnut spread and your sweet cravings will be satisfied! Either way, this snack is sure to fill you up and energize you when you need that mid-day boost!

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4. Smoothies & Smoothie Bowls

Smoothie bowls are so popular nowadays and one of our favorite healthy snack combinations. Smoothies, in general, are very nutritious, but smoothie bowls are like smoothies on steroids. Some have a preference over the other but both are very nutritious. However, there are specific fruits and add-ins you can use for that energy boost. A couple energy-boosting fruits that you can combine and choose to blend into your smoothie include blueberries, pomegranate, acai, banana, and strawberry. Additionally, there are fresh add-in that can either be blended into the smoothie or added on top of your smoothie bowl. These include almonds, chia seeds, flax seeds, matcha green tea, whole grain oats, kale, and peanut butter. These fruits and add-ins are sure to make your smoothie or smoothie bowl a super-food snack that will revitalize your grogginess! 

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5. Peanut Butter Balls

If you happen to have a jar of peanut butter just sitting in your pantry, this is a great way to effectively use it. Peanut butter balls are a great healthy snack because of their fulfillment of protein. The main ingredients typically include a jar of peanut butter, crushed graham crackers, and sugar to taste. There are some recipes that include adding different things like marshmallows or granola, which makes it all the more nutritious. You can even dip them in melted chocolate, making it a healthy dessert in disguise. Whichever recipe you choose, this is one of our healthy snack combinations that you won’t regret putting effort into. When they are ready, they are conveniently small and can be eaten any time of day for a boost!

6. Fruit Crumble or Pastry with Tea

This is one of our healthy snack combinations that is perfect for when the weather is colder outside. The fruit crumble is the main snack, but adding tea makes the perfect duo. You might be thinking, how can a dessert be healthy? Well in a fruit crumble, the fruit is the main base. So although it may seem like this snack is just a dessert break, you are getting a good amount of nutritional value from the fruit. There are many different kinds of fruit crumbles, but a quick google search will give you the fruit crumble recipe you desire.  Furthermore, tea is an amazing substitute for many other hot drinks like coffee or hot chocolate. Tea typically contains little to no calories. Not to mention, many also add lemon and honey which make it all the more tasty and nourishing, making this another one of our favorite healthy snack combinations.

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7. Beer Battered Asparagus

This healthy snack may sound a bit strange, but it is oh so good! The name speaks for itself, but this snack is made up of asparagus battered in flour and fried in beer. This is such a great savory healthy snack combination. Asparagus is the main component that provides energy— it has many vitamins such as vitamin A, C, E and K. The addition of crispy beer batter makes this snack all the more appetizing!

8. Deviled Eggs

This healthy snack would probably be considered more savory but that doesn’t make it any less nutritious. Eggs, in general, are nutritious because of how much protein they contain. Not to mention all the other vitamins and micronutrients. This snack combination, in particular, includes hard-boiled eggs sliced in half with a touch of mayonnaise on top. Another name for these is often called deviled eggs. Although those may be more complicated to make, they are a great substitution and even more tasty!

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9. Yogurt & Granola

This may be one of our simplest healthy snack combinations, but it is still full of flavor! Both of these components have very different but uniquely valuable nutritional benefit. First, often taken for granted, yogurt is an amazing snack by itself because of its rich exuberance of calcium, minerals, and probiotics. These micronutrients aid in a healthy gut, digestion, bone health, and day-to-day body functions. Furthermore, granola also has its benefits of improving heart health, boosting cognitive function and so many more! This duo is sure to leave your body feeling good and your brain alert!

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10. Chips & Guacamole

Just thinking about this snack makes me want to drool. When mentioning “chips,” many people automatically put it in the category of junk food, but that is not true at all. This is one of many healthy snack combinations that have healthy benefits. In general, this snack is made up of tortilla chips and avocado spread (guacamole). First, the chips themselves, if eaten in moderation, are not only tasty but also healthy. Corn chips, in general, contain thiamin, vitamin B1, vitamin B6, and many other micronutrients. They also contain sodium which regulates the water in our bodies. Furthermore, guacamole contains even more nutritional value. They are made up of avocados which contain high amounts of protein, monosaturated fats, and fiber. They are a great superfood to aid in lowering cholesterol. This quick snack is incredibly healthy! 

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New Show “Upload” Lacks Truth

Let’s face it, most of us have an interest when it comes to a series or a movie predicting the afterlife. Humans are curious creatures in regard to the unknowns of life after death, and this is no secret to pop culture. Pop culture takes this idea by the horns and runs, using it to influence our modern world and plant counterfeit ideas. Using a spiritual truth lens, let’s take a deep dive into a new popular show airing called “Upload.”

Upload is an original show broadcast on Amazon Prime, created by the same producers as a popular hit TV show, “The Office.” Thus, obviously the show is good in a technical sense – the breathtaking views, great locations and actors, and an interesting scheme to capture the viewer’s attention. There’s no doubt about it – it is visually appealing and well put-together. However, just like anything, just because something looks nice, doesn’t mean it’s values or message is truthful. The show Upload is full of a plethora of anti-Christian ideas.

The show is set in a futuristic age where technology has advanced to let people “upload” their consciousness to an accessible VR (virtual reality) dimension after they die. The main character, Nathan, dies in a complex accident and his girlfriend uploads him into this virtual reality afterlife dimension named Lakeview. However, a viewer will notice how he slowly starts falling out of love with her and instead falls in love with his “angel,” who is really a regular day-job worker working as his assigned customer support aid, having access to his consciousness and avatar features. The plot is obviously good, but let’s explore the flaws in portraying truth. I’d like to emphasize that this is in regards to the first season of the show. There may be several interpretations, especially as the show progresses into the second season, but this is just one interpretation.

1. The whole premise of the show emphasizes technology, despite it’s glitches, as the savior – not Jesus.

2. The uploading of consciousness implies that humans are nothing more than that – mere consciousness. There is no acknowledgment of a human’s soul.

3. There is no mention of God and even no appearance of a god-like figure, ruler, or King in the perceived uploaded afterlife.

4. In order to live in luxury, a person has to essentially store up treasures on earth (money), in order to have wealth or the best upgrades in the digitized after life – which portrays the complete opposite of what scripture tells us

5. The idea of humans uploading other humans’ consciousnesses to a digital afterlife creates the doubt that there is no afterlife

In conclusion, we can see that Upload may just be the ideal afterlife for the modern anti-religious person. What’s more concerning though is what kinds of seeds pop culture is trying to plant in the minds of kids and teens who make up a large portion of viewership of the latest shows. This show essentially sends the message that heaven is not real, and our only hope is in technology to save us. Of course it is just a show, however creating these kinds of shows sets up a precedent and influence on young generations to give up on an imagination or faith in something far more greater and powerful than humanity itself.

A belief in God offers more than faith in a higher power; it allows us to believe that the confines of human achievement are only a fraction of what exists in the universe.

Libby Emmons