The Observer

Taylor Swift shapes her “reputation”

Amy Yu, Staff Reporter

December 1, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

After a three-year long hiatus in music— but not in celebrity gossip—Taylor Swift has returned with the Nov. 10 release of her sixth studio album, “reputation.” Despite the album not being accessible on streaming services such as Spotify, it sold a whopping 1.216 million copies within its first...

Head to toe Tove Lo

Head to toe Tove Lo

Alex Clarke, Staff Reporter

December 1, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

Tove Lo has carved out a niche in the music industry that is uniquely her own. Much like Lana Del Ray, some may be skeptical of her antics (singing about drugs and lots of sex), but both artists have never faltered from who they want to be. And now, what Tove Lo does, she does the best. If you don’t...

Playlist of the week: Dec 1 – 7

Shivalika Keni, Copy Editor

November 30, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

www.genius.com “1000” - N.E.R.D feat. Future N.E.R.D’s new album, “No_One Ever Really Dies,” drops in a little more than two weeks, and the trio released a new single, “1000,” on Nov. 29. It’s the second official single off the album, after the Rihanna collaboration, “Lemon....

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 10, 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 10, 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...

Case Western Reserve University's independent student news source
Music