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“Sundress” by A$AP Rocky

“Sundress” by A$AP Rocky

Jillian Ortiz, Assistant Copy Editor

December 5, 2018


Filed under Culture

Nearly six months after the release of his latest studio album, “TESTING,” A$AP Rocky returns with a much anticipated single. The two-and-a-half-minute long track, which was released on Nov. 20, already has seven million plays on Spotify and its music video currently has an impressive eight ...

Curated Collection: The Back to School Playlist

Curated Collection: The Back to School Playlist

Renee King, Contributing Writer

September 20, 2018


Filed under Culture

The school year has already commenced, and for new students especially, the culture shock is probably still setting in. Homesickness, loneliness and the adjustment to tiring class schedules are all a part of the move-in experience, at least for the first few weeks. But don’t worry, college is su...

Interview with Leslie Odom, Jr: Hamilton star speaks about new book, “Failing Up”

Interview with Leslie Odom, Jr: Hamilton star speaks about new book, “Failing Up”

Andreina Rodriguez, Staff Writer

April 4, 2018


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After releasing two solo jazz albums, performing as Aaron Burr in the Broadway Musical, “Hamilton,” and winning a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical, there’s no stopping for Leslie Odom, Jr. as he’s just released his first ever written book, “Failing Up.” His book provides personal insight not only ...

“This is Me” at the Oscars

“This is Me” at the Oscars

Carolina Rodriguez, Staff Writer

March 14, 2018


Filed under Culture

The Greatest Showman” brought with it what some are beginning to consider to be “The Greatest Song.” On Oscar Sunday, Keala Settle, Hawaii native and star of FOX’s “The Greatest Showman,” filled the Dolby Theatre and the nation with emotion through her awe-inspiring performance of “Th...

Billboard Top 10 Review: Week of March 10, 2018

Richard D'Orazi, Staff Writer

March 14, 2018


Filed under Culture

1)God’s Plan by Drake After underperforming in 2017, Drake returns to the top spot and I’m not feeling this song. God’s Plan sounds nothing like a number one song with the boring production and Drake’s boring monotone delivery making it more lifeless. I instantly forget the song is number one aft...

Top 10: Best Hit Songs of 2017

Richard D'Orazi, Staff Writer

January 24, 2018


Filed under Culture

10) “I Get the Bag” by Gucci Mane ft. Migos While I was not a fan of these two artists in 2017, I can even admit that this is the best both Gucci Mane and Migos have sounded. The content and production isn’t anything new from them but the flows and energy we get from them make this song a grea...

Billboard Hot 100 Top 10 Review – Week of January 6, 2018

Richard D'Orazi, Staff Writer

January 9, 2018


Filed under Culture

“Perfect” by Ed Sheeran and Beyoncé- since the last time I talked about this song we now have Beyoncé here for the duet version, and personally I prefer the original solo version. While Beyoncé’s performance is fine and is definitely a step up from Mi Gente, everything about this screams...

Bushwick’s DJ Lady Shadow spinning tracks

Bushwick’s DJ Lady Shadow spinning tracks

Reza Moreno, Features Editor

March 29, 2017


Filed under Features

Maia Edmond is senior at St. John’s who’s passionate about creating and performing music.  Originally, from Los Angeles, CA, Edmond, 21, is pursuing a major in communications with a minor in fine arts. When she isn’t a full time student or working on her own radio show, “The Palace” for WSJU...

Top 20 Songs of 2016

Top 20 Songs of 2016

Isabella Bruni and Angelica Acevedo

January 26, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Culture, Music

Isabella’s List 1. Closer- The Chainsmokers feat. Halsey Hands down The Chainsmokers produced the song of the year. The retro dance song featuring Halsey took over the second half of 2016 and was played on pretty much every pop radio station, as well as one of the most played songs on Spotif...

The Weeknd releases new album “Starboy”

Michael Anthony, Staff Writer

November 30, 2016


Filed under Culture, Music

In 2015, R&B singer The Weeknd released his Grammy winning "Beauty Behind The Madness" album. Born Abel Tesafaya, BBTM was met with a ton of positive reactions from both fans and critics, marking the turning point in his brief music career. Earning three billboard number one singles and a triple...

Music review: Avenged Sevenfold’s “The Stage”

Michael Ambrosino, General Manager & Entertainment Editor

October 19, 2016


Filed under Culture, Music

“Who is the crowd that peers through the cage... as we perform here upon the stage?” What a message, and what perfect timing, too! Is this the coming of a brand new album? This would be the band’s first since their relentless 2013 album, “Hail to the King,” whose “Acid Rain” still se...

Thirdstory: NYC’s emerging artists

Morgan Mullings, Contributing Writer

October 5, 2016


Filed under Culture, Music

Just a few months after opening for Tori Kelly on her U.S. tour, this YouTube sensation ended their own tour in their hometown. Ben Lusher, Richard Saunders and Elliott Skinner of Thirdstory just finished their first headlining tour with a show in Brooklyn’s Music Hall of Williamsburg Sept. 27 and...

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