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Playlist of the Week Nov 17 – 23

Smruthi Maganti, Arts and Entertainment Editor

November 17, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

“Wanted You” - NAV feat. Lil Uzi Vert On Nov. 9, NAV suddenly dropped his new single “Wanted You,” featuring fellow hip hop artist Lil Uzi Vert. Lil Uzi opens the track, talking to NAV’s girl on the phone, clearing the way for NAV’s verse. The two sound great together as they rap ...

“Love is never a waste of time”

Alex Clarke, Staff Reporter

November 17, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

Sam Smith’s “The Thrill of It All” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart, his first album to do so. So maybe the world doesn’t need to hear anyone say how incredible Smith’s vocals are, how his lyrics are an emotional punch to the gut or how he has made leaps and bounds in production...

Playlist of the Week Nov 10 – 16

Isabel Torres-Padin, Staff Reporter

November 9, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

www.genius.com Maroon 5 ft. Julia Michaels- “Help Me Out” Off of their new album “Red Pill Blues,” this catchy and uplifting tune brings together the classic high pitch of Adam Levine with the rougher voice of newcomer Julia Michaels. This is a great follow up to their popular sing...

Maroon 5 releases most cohesive album yet

Shivalika Keni, Copy Editor

November 9, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

It’s hard to believe, but it’s been three years since Maroon 5 released their last full-length album, “V.” While the group steadily released singles and went on an extensive world tour to fill that gap, they’re finally back with their sixth studio album, “Red Pill Blues.” The album is packed...

“Unapologetically” is a country dream

Alex Clarke, Staff Reporter

November 9, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

Kelsea Ballerini’s second album “Unapologetically” elevates Ballerini to country queen royalty among the likes of Carrie Underwood or Miranda Lambert. Of course, that’s completely my opinionーthere’s no ranking for these thingsーbut just listen to “Miss Me More” and try to deny that th...

Rihanna shines on N.E.R.D. comeback track

Amy Yu, Staff Reporter

November 9, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

The long dormant side project of The Neptunes, N.E.R.D., has returned with a surprise comeback that is sure to turn into a bop.   Released Nov. 1, “Lemon” is the first new song from N.E.R.D. since their album, “Nothing,” was released in 2010.  The funk rock/hip hop trio comprised of Pharre...

Playlist of the week Nov 3 – 9

Shivalika Keni, Copy Editor

November 2, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

“Squeeze” - Aminé Aminé, who is best known for his platinum single “Caroline,” is currently touring North America and Europe for his album “Good For You.” However, that hasn’t stopped him from releasing more music. On Oct. 27, Aminé released bass-heavy “Squeeze,” where he raps a...

Ty Dolla $ign experiments with album

Alex Tomazic, Staff Reporter

November 2, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

In a musical landscape dominated by trap rap and pop hits, R&B offers new opportunities for growth and experimentation. “Beach House 3” by Ty Dolla $ign attempts to explore a fresh take on this tried-and-true genre. Along the way, it traverses elegant beats and interesting interludes, but som...

Niall Horan’s debut album reaches No. 1

Alex Clarke, Staff Reporter

November 2, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

With his debut single album, “Flicker,” Niall Horan has become the third former One Direction member to have a No. 1 album in America, a feat accomplished only by another British invader: The Beatles. Horan was one of the more subdued members of One Direction, and “Flicker” feels incredibly ...

Unfulfilled potential in “Masseduction”

Matt Hooke, Staff Reporter

October 27, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

St. Vincent’s “Masseduction” is the follow-up to her 2014 self-titled breakthrough album, which won a Grammy for Best Alternative Album. It’s a frenetic high-strung album that is the perfect soundtrack for our high-stress times. The album, unfortunately, doesn’t entirely follow through on its ...

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