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K-Pop band EXO says ‘Don’t Mess Up My Tempo’

Antilica Xiong, Graphic Designer

November 7, 2018


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On Nov. 2, EXO released its new album “Don’t Mess Up My Tempo – The 5TH Album.” The album consists of 11 new songs with a groove style, but also has some slower jazz, r&b and throwback summer styles. If you aren’t familiar with EXO they are one of the popular K-POP boy groups in South Kore...

Hippo Campus’ 2nd album a cohesive piece of art

Hippo Campus’ 2nd album a cohesive piece of art

Mel Acosta, Opinion Editor

October 24, 2018


Filed under Arts & Culture

The ability to be completely vulnerable in music is something that is abundantly praised. The Minnesota native indie rock band, Hippo Campus, aren’t newcomers to this concept. Their newly released sophomore album “Bambi” touches on matters such as mental health, toxic masculinity, you...

Adele ‘25’ sells millions

Adele ‘25’ sells millions

Alyssa Washington, Staff Writer

December 10, 2015


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Adele has done it once again. Her new album, “25,” was released on Nov. 20. According to Nielsen Music, 3.48 million copies were bought within the first week. Now, the album has sold over 4.2 million and Adele is No. 1 on Billboards Top 200 chart. After reviewing the album, I can say “25”...

Justin Bieber releases 6th studio album

Justin Bieber releases 6th studio album

Megan Behnke, Staff Writer

December 10, 2015


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Six years after his debut album, three years after his last studio album, and just coming off a two year hiatus, Justin Bieber his back and better than ever. His newest album, “Purpose,” is an incredible step from his “Believe” album back in 2012. “What Do You Mean?” the lead single,...

Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’ is a pop tour de force

Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’ is a pop tour de force

Deanna Pierce, Copy Editor

November 13, 2014


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I have to admit, when I first heard “Shake it Off” my first reaction was an involuntary pang of disappointment. I have been an enthusiastic fan of Taylor Swift since the “Teardrops on My Guitar” days for one simple reason: Taylor puts more heart into her music than any of her contemporaries....

Shakey Graves shares his study sounds at High Noon

Betsy Osterberger, News Editor

April 23, 2014


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As rain pounded on the streets of Madison and snow loomed in the forecast, 400 folk-rock fans headed to the High Noon Saloon, in hopes that Austin, Texas-grown artist, Alejandro Rose-Garcia – a.k.a. Shakey Graves – would bring a little sunshine from his home state on his inaugural trip to Wisconsin. American...

Music review: “Talk Dirty” by Jason Derulo

Music review: “Talk Dirty” by Jason Derulo

Karen Cass, Opinions Editor

April 23, 2014


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Jason Derulo’s latest album, “Talk Dirty,” was released on April 15, 2014. It is a reissue of Derulo’s third album, “Tattoos,” an EP released in September 2013. “Talk Dirty” includes the five tracks on the EP plus six new songs. Derulo shouldn’t have bothered. The best songs on...

R&B music still alive and well

Fanta Sylla, Copy Editor

April 23, 2014


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The song “OMG” by Usher might as well announced the end of R&B. It was as if the genre couldn’t exist by itself, and needed, for existing and have place in the pop charts, to mix with dance and electro music. Though artists like Miguel, Frank Ocean or Janelle Monáe are few examples of mainstream...

Music review: Shakira’s self-title album has much to like

Music review: Shakira’s self-title album has much to like

Erin Johnsrud, Staff Writer

April 10, 2014


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I’ve never been a huge Shakira fan. Forget the “huge” part, I’ve never been a Shakira fan. She’s immensely popular worldwide, and I couldn’t quite figure out why – yes, she’s nice to look at, but her voice – to me, at least, left something to be desired. In this review I attempted to...

Music review: Love Letters from Metronomy

Music review: Love Letters from Metronomy

Fanta Sylla, Staff Writer

March 26, 2014


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Metronomy’s last album “The English Riviera” propelled Joseph Mount and his band to the forefront of U.K.’s pop music in 2011. It contained pop gems like “The Look,” “Corinne” and “The Bay.” Though each Metronomy album is unique, this new release will feel especially different for...

Music review: Rise of an Empire

Erin Johnsrud, Staff Writer

March 26, 2014


Filed under Arts & Culture

Young Money, a sub-label under Cash Money Records, was formed in 2007, headed by Lil Wayne. YMCMB (Young Money Cash Money Billionaires) has been arguably the biggest label in hip-hop since 2008. “We Are Young Money” was released in 2009 as the first album under the Young Money label. It had moderate...

Music review: ‘Little Red’ is Katy B’s second album

Music review: ‘Little Red’ is Katy B’s second album

Fanta Sylla, Copy Editor

February 19, 2014


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“Little Red” is Kathleen Anne Brien, aka Katy B’s, second album, following the critically-acclaimed “On a Mission.” For those who are not familiar, Katy B is a 24-year-old British artist who emerged in the UK pop consciousness in 2010, with the tune “Katy On A Mission.” After teasing us...

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