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Hailee Steinfeld's 'Haiz' Is the Empowering EP I've Been Waiting For

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On November 13, my Twitter feed was flooded with tweets from Directioners and Beliebers, as One Direction and Justin Bieber dropped their highly anticipated albums. While both artists are brilliant, I was more excited for Hailee Steinfeld's debut EP, Haiz.

Hailee first appeared on the Hollywood radar after her Oscar-nominated performance in True Grit. After seeing her in Pitch Perfect 2, I knew that she was more than just an actress. Hailee had potential to be a triple threat - an actress, singer and dancer. Sure enough, my wish came true when Hailee released her first EP.

Haiz is the perfect combination of pop, synth and dance with unapologetically sassy lyrics. The EP starts off with "Love Myself," the ultimate empowering jam. Fans first heard this song when it hit the radio a few months ago. It's one of those catchy songs that will get stuck in your head after only hearing it a few times. And to be honest, I don't mind at all. "Love Myself" spreads positivity, encouraging people to love themselves - for lack of a better explanation. At its core, the pop anthem is a song about self-acceptance. How can we expect others to love us if we don't love ourselves?
2015 American Music Awards - ArrivalsThe second song off the EP is called "You're Such A," and yes, it's just as cheeky as you'd expect from such a title. From lyrics like "You had your chance and you blew it" and "You can take your lies to your next girlfriend / Cause I don't want to hear it anymore," you can tell that Hailee is a no-nonsense kind of girl. And maybe we should take a page out of her book. No girl should put up with a guy who's such a *insert word of your choosing here.* The song is full of attitude and sass (similar to Charli XCX's style), and I love it.

With "Rock Bottom," Hailee belts out lyrics that describe a roller coaster-esque, love/hate relationship that I'm sure many people can relate to. The last song from the EP, titled "Hell Nos and Headphones" treats fans to even more of Hailee's edgy lyrics. The song describes a situation I'm too familiar with: Basically, Hailee is at a party, completely bored, and all she wants to do is go home, be alone and chill out with her headphones. This is obvious when she says, "Don't want another drink, I just want to be alone. No, I don't care 'bout what you think, I'm going home. Yeah, I'll stick with hell nos and headphones." Does anybody else feel as though Hailee completely understands their daily struggles, or is that just me?

After listening to the short (but sweet) EP, I definitely felt empowered - and I hope that other people will feel the same the way. This is just the start of Hailee's musical career, and I can't wait to see what the future holds for her.

If you haven't already, check out Hailee's EP - available on iTunes and Spotify!

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