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Avril Lavigne’s “Head Above Water” Album Review

Avril Lavigne’s “Head Above Water” Album Review

Anna Boylan, Contributing Writer

February 27, 2019


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You may know Avril Lavigne for her iconic 2008 bop, “Girlfriend.” This Canadian singer made headlines again with the release of her sixth studio album, “Head Above Water,” on Feb. 15, 2019, a whopping six years after her self-titled fifth album, “Avril Lavigne.” Lavigne took a break from the spotlight for ...

Kygo’s “Think About You” Single Review

Kygo’s “Think About You” Single Review

Caroline Wang, Contributing Writer

February 27, 2019


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Superstar DJ and producer Kyrre Gørvell-Dahll – better known as Kygo – dropped his first single of 2019 on Valentine’s Day, just in time to inspire lovers and single people alike. On the track, titled “Think About You,” Kygo joins forces with American singer and songwriter Valerie Broussar...

FOB’s Manically New “M A N I A”

Erin Bola, Social Media Manager

January 31, 2018


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Fall Out Boy’s road to releasing their seventh studio album “M A N I A” was a rocky one. The album’s lead single, “Young And Menace,” was released last April to a vast majority of unfavorable reviews. Longtime fans criticized the song for being a stark departure from the band’s pop-punk root...

Jay-Z’s Past and America’s Future

Jay-Z’s Past and America’s Future

Angelica Acevedo, Managing Editor

January 24, 2018


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Striking visuals accompanied Jay-Z’s customary uncensored lyrics — this time, it was for “Family Feud.” He released the video three weeks ago and, of course, it was all anyone could talk about. Ava DuVernay directed the elaborate video, which featured a star-studded cast that included Mich...

Top 10: Best Hit Songs of 2017

Richard D'Orazi, Staff Writer

January 24, 2018


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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

Richard D'Orazi, Contributing Writer

November 27, 2017


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Week of November 25, 2017 #1 Rockstar by Post Malone ft. 21 Savage This is basically 2017’s version of Black Beatles: hip hop stars comparing themselves to rock stars, but unlike Black Beatles, this feels more on topic with Post Malone’s chorus; it references rock star activities like doing dr...

New in Music: Reputation

New in Music: Reputation

Richard D'Orazi, Contributing Writer

November 15, 2017


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Over her last five albums, Taylor Swift has shown she is a force to be reckoned with. Her last three albums 2010’s “Speak Now,” 2012’s “Red” and 2014’s “1989” have each sold over a million copies in the first week of their release in an era where album sales have become irreleva...

New in Music: Aly & AJ

New in Music: Aly & AJ

Alexis Gaskin, Staff Writer

November 15, 2017


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Aly and AJ are back! After 10 long years, the singing sister duo has released new music. These former Disney Stars have released a second song since their shocking September release of “Take Me.” Their most recent track, “I Know,” keeps the head-bopping sound that their old music always had ...

New in Music: Told You So

New in Music: Told You So

Andreina Rodriguez, Staff Writer

November 15, 2017


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Finally, after three months of fans jamming to Miguel’s single, “Sky Walker,” featuring Travis Scott, he’s released his second single, “Told You So” from his forthcoming studio album “War and Leisure,” which drops Dec. 1, 2017. This will be his first album since his last release, “Wild...

Chairlift’s farewell tour hits Brooklyn

Chairlift’s farewell tour hits Brooklyn

Jon Manarang, Staff Writer

April 26, 2017


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With their final show at new venue Brooklyn Steel on April 22, indie pop duo Chairlift announced an intimate homecoming show at Baby’s All Right. While their Brooklyn Steel show features Kristin Kontrol (fka Dee Dee of the band Dum Dum Girls), the Baby’s show saw a bevy of the bands’ different...

Music Review: “Sign of the Times” by Harry Styles

Music Review: “Sign of the Times” by Harry Styles

Isabella Bruni, Co-News Editor

April 12, 2017


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It’s the moment fans have been waiting patiently for, and it happened at a time they weren’t so much expecting; Harry Styles dropped his debut single as a solo artist.   Harry Styles’ “Sign Of The Times” left loyal One Direction fans in a state of shock, excitement and surprise ...

New in Music: “Number 1 Angel” by Charli XCX

Jon Daniel Manarang, Staff Writer

March 22, 2017


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Pop songstress Charli XCX has a penchant for saccharine sweet tracks, as evidenced by 2014’s “Sucker.” On her mixtape, “Number 1 Angel” the singer delves into the sound from the “Vroom Vroom EP.” Charli XCX takes control of the reigns, working with A.G. Cook of PC Music. Collaborators are ...

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