By Stefanie Sadocha
Goody two shoes? Not anymore. Taylor Swift isn’t the bubbly pop sweetheart she used to be. With more than 400,000 pre-orders and over one million copies sold within the first four days of Swift’s album release, Reputation is the most drastic and unexpected change Swift has made to date.
Taylor Swift has been on the top of the music charts since she dropped her first song, “Tim McGraw,” in 2006. Originally known for making slow country songs, Swift, a ten-time Grammy winner, is now a pop sensation famous all around the world.
By Matilde Bechet
Do you have a particular soundtrack, perhaps a go-to comfort album, that you listen to when completing homework or unwinding from a stressful day? If you don’t, you should consider listening to The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 and 2 original motion picture soundtracks.
I can predict your reaction: “The soundtrack of a vampire and werewolf movie? Uh, I don’t think so.” Regardless of whether or not you have indulged in the massive franchise of the Twilight Saga films, these soundtracks should not be prejudged based on biased opinions of the plotlines, so please keep an open mind. It is my hope to acquire a few more members in the Twilight soundtrack fan club. So, sit tight because I am about to take you on a ride to a land full of captivating songs.
By Brianna Barefoot
On October 4, 2017, Bruno Mars performed at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. I had never seen a concert so exciting until I went to the 24 Karat Magic World Tour. The music, the lights, the props, the band, the singing, the dancing, and the crowd were spectacular. The entire backdrop of the stage design was controlled by a computer, which changed for each song and included flashing lights and lasers pointing out to the crowd. I was not disappointed. I had a perfect view of the whole stage and the two big screens on both sides of it.
By Kayleigh Wieboldt
Broadway has been in the spotlight for hundreds of years and has no sign of stopping.
Musicals, in particular, may not always garner front page attention; however, over the past few years, break-out producers and thespians have stolen the hearts of millions of fans. Lin-Manuel Miranda has become a household name across the world. With his Tony Award-winning shows In the Heights and Hamilton: An American Musical, Miranda has shown that he does not shy away from the spotlight. In 2018, he will be earning a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame alongside other legends.
By Jillian Haguisan
For the past few decades, most of our music has consisted of decent singers accompanied by decent background music that, especially in today’s top songs, is mostly responsible for the song’s catchiness. It’s time for a change, and electronic music is the solution. What is electronic music? In a general description, it’s a genre of music that doesn’t necessarily require vocals to create tunes, but rather uses all kinds of sounds, synthesizers, beats, and instruments to compose a melody. The most popular style of this form of music is Electro Dance Music (EDM), which is widely played at mclubs or concerts (particularly DJ concerts).
By Steven Keehner
As one of my last articles, I decided to once again write about my first love: music. But rather than review bands that could take over the music scene, I’m going full “me” mode and discussing my PERSONAL Top Five Bands of All Time!
By Steven Keehner
In an age where the pop music scene is dominated by rap and electronic dance music, it is very difficult for fans of rock to find new, fresh-sounding music. It isn’t unusual to hear fans of the genre complaining that music “isn’t as good as it used to be” or that “rock is dead.” This is where I have an issue. Just because rock isn’t being played on pop stations, that doesn’t mean that the genre itself is on the decline; in fact, I’d be one of the first to argue that it’s actually going through its own little renaissance.
The look and sound of rock as many of us have known it is changing. For example, I believe that we are past the era of bigger-than-life rock star personalities such as Keith Richards, Morrissey, and the Gallagher Brothers; we are instead getting musicians who are much more relatable and down to earth. This can be seen with many of the musicians I’m about to name. Much like bands such as The Smiths and Red Hot Chili Peppers, it isn’t unusual anymore to see bands experimenting by mixing genres to create new and fascinating sounds that I’ve never heard before. And to think that I’ve probably spent the majority of my life listening to music, that’s impressive. So without further ado, here are five bands you should listen to right now.
By Kyra Thompson
Ed Sheeran released his new album Divide on March 3, 2017. The album is currently Top 10 according to iTunes, and his single “Shape of You,” which was released on January 6, was an immediate hit. The song has been on the top 40 since January 21, and his most recent single, “Castle on the Hill,” continues to climb the charts.
By Ariel Margolin
When comparing two of modern art’s most recognized names, Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol, many often don’t know where to begin. I won’t be the “rotten egg,” so let me start.
By Matilde Bechet
The 89th Annual Academy Awards, which aired on February 26th, was an amusing and captivating award show. The ceremony, which honors the year’s achievements in film, was filled with the presence of some of the world’s most reverent actors, actresses, producers, screenwriters, lyricists, and more.