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“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 ...

Playlist of the Week: Oct 27 – Nov 2

Shivalika Keni, Copy Editor

October 27, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

www.genius.com “Deserve” - Kris Wu feat. Travis Scott Former EXO member Kris Wu collaborates with Travis Scott for the first time on his trap-inspired hip-hop track “Deserve.” Wu spots a girl in the club who has caught his interest and declares that she’s so good, she deserves a song...

Playlist of the Week Oct 13 – 19

Shivalika Keni, Copy Editor

October 13, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

www.genius.com “Help Me Out” - Maroon 5 & Julia Michaels Maroon 5 is back with another single off their 10-track LP, “Red Pill Blues.” This time, they rope in “Issues” singer Julia Michaels. “Red Pill Blues” is expected to release Nov. 3 and will also feature SZA, Kendrick Lamar ...

Charlie Puth apologizes for being unfaithful

Amy Yu, Contributing Reporter

October 13, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

In the second single off of his upcoming sophomore album, “VoiceNotes,” Charlie Puth details his conversation with a scorned lover after he admits he cheated on her.  Released on Oct. 5, “How Long” picks up where “Attention,” his wildly successful single released earlier this year, leaves off...

Echosmith evolves from last release

Alex Clarke, Staff Reporter

October 13, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

The combination of emo and electro 80s dance doesn’t seem like it would work, but American band Echosmith has made it their niche. Their hit “Cool Kids,” which reached number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 from their debut 2013 album “Talking Dreams,” perfectly combined the two. “Inside...

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