The Shamrock Shake Sensation!
By: Mia Triantafillou
The fast food industries love to take advantage of each holiday to fully capture the ignorant consumer. With Saint Patrick’s Day Right around the corner, the fan favorite of the season is definitely the much anticipated Shamrock Shake. McDonald’s has people busting down their doors trying to get their hands on the minty green milkshake to complete their Saint Patty’s day cravings. With this in mind, McDonald’s released a few new spin-offs of the famous drink…
LA LA LAND: ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK TO LIONSGATE’S AWARD-WINNING FILM SURGES TO #1 IN PURE ALBUM SALES, #2 OVERALL ON BILLBOARD TOP 200 ALBUM CHART IN THE WAKE OF HISTORIC WEEK
January 16th, 2017
— (Santa Monica, CA) —
Interscope Records’ La La Land: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack — which features songs from the original musical film, La La Land, from Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment label and starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling — has leapt to #1 in pure album sales and #2 overall on the Billboard Top 200 album chart. In addition, the album comes in at No. #2 this week overall with over 42,000 album equivalent units.
Listen to the soundtrack HERE.
Finding Your Christmas Spirit
By: Mia Triantafillou
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but what makes it so wonderful? If aliens were to come to planet Earth anytime during the month of December, they would probably be taken aback be the vicious consumerism, continuous overeating, and repetitive music selections that have all become inevitable pitfalls of the Christmas season. So how can we avoid turning such a special holiday into a time of finding good sales, stuffing your face, and driving yourself crazy with holly jolly tunes? Here’s some tips to keep your Christmas Spirit high during the Bah Humbugs of the holiday season…
“There was a time when I was alone, nowhere to go and no place to call home / My only friend was the man in the moon and even sometimes he would go away, too.”
~ Ruth B. — Lost Boy ~
Imagine posting a video on YouTube one afternoon and within a few weeks receiving nearly nine-million views! Well this was the case for 20-year-old Canadian singer / song writer Ruth B. Ever since she was just a little girl, Ruth B. adored music and anything music-related. She played the piano, sang songs, and loved to read and write stories. As years went by, Ruth B. allowed her musical talent to grow and develop by following her heart and stepping out of her comfort zone. She was always open to change and willing to take risks and try new things. Thanks to her ambition and open mind, Ruth B. discovered the app Vine, and immediately began to post short, six second clips of her singing well-known songs. Day after day, she got more and more followers. Within no time, she had thousands of followers and fans supporting her. Never in a million years would she have thought that simple six second videos could take her so far. Still and all, Ruth B. continues to build upon her success to this day, by pursuing her love for music, staying in touch with her fans, and creating songs of her own. Among many of Ruth B.’s very own songs is Lost Boy, which has recently made its way into the TOP 5 on iTunes. However, Ruth B., an ambitious, dedicated, and colorful young adult, has merely begun her musical journey, so make sure to check her out and fall in love with her yourself.
Alessia Cara Know-It-All Tour Pt. II
by Samantha Arroyo
At only 18, pop singer Alessia Cara became a hit when her debut single ‘Here’ was released. Now at 20 years old, Alessia Cara is already on her second leg of the Know-It-All Tour with fellow pop singer Nathan Sykes and singer/songwriter Ruth B. On October 7th, 2016, my friend and I were dropped off at the Chicago Theatre only moments before the concert officially kicked off that night. Feeling hungry, the two of us purchased some popcorn, found our seats, and waited for the concert to begin.
The lights in the theatre began to dim, the audience quickly found their seats and quieted down, the stage lights began to change color, and then appeared the first performer of the night, Nathan Sykes. He performed songs such as ‘Kiss Me Quick,’ ‘Give It Up,’ and ‘Over and Over Again.’ Sykes even performed his latest release, ‘Famous’ while beautifully playing the piano at the same time. Nathan Sykes was only a crowd warmer though. After a short intermission, Ruth B. came onto the stage and the audience only grew louder. She sang multiple new songs and songs from her EP, The Intro, including ‘Lost Boy’ and ‘Superficial Love’ (and I am not embarrassed to say that I sang along with and danced to). When Ruth B. left the stage the audience began to stand up, they walked around, went to the bathroom, got food, and etc. It was only a matter of time before Alessia Cara walked onto the stage.
“For my girls, the fighters, the warriors.”
Cassadee Pope. An empowering young woman.
Who is Cassadee Pope?
Cassadee Pope is an influential young woman who rose to fame on “The Voice. ” At the young age of twenty-three, she won the hearts of America as she stole the national spotlight during the singing competition’s third season. During her time competing she showed her unique vocals and powerful performances which rewarded her to score PLATINUM-certification of a debut single, “Wasting All These Tears,” which had over 1 million downloads. Pope’s had immense success with her singing career and she continues to astonish people with her country and rock flare.
By Pamela Granda
Sheppard is a new up and coming band from Brisbane, Australia that has taken over music charts all over the world. Their newest single, Geronimo, is an upbeat song that talks of taking a leap to find new experiences. the single has reached #1 on Australia’s Aria Charts and the band has had continued success with their other single, Let Me Down Easy. Sheppard is an indie pop group whose vibrant yet acoustic sound highlights lyrics consisting of making the best out of the worst situations and enjoying new, blossoming relationships. In Australia, their album Bombs Away came out on July 11th, 2014. In the United States, their album was exposed in early 2015. Their stand out songs are The Best is Yet to Come and Smile. Overall, Shepard made a mark with this album and I expect several songs to become instant hits. If you’re looking for some new music to enjoy this summer, check out Sheppard and see if you, too, enjoy what they have to offer.
On The Road To Fame
By Cassie Lacey
If the name Dylan Gardner sounds familiar, it’s probably because of his cover of “Abbey Road” by The Beatles. This 17-year-old boy is on his way to fame with his originality, and one can quickly notice that his music and style is inspired by The Beatles. A multi-talented young boy is exactly with we need; with all of the beats, raves, and obsession with dub step, one might agree that this generation of music is growing away from its roots; that isn’t a bad thing, of course. Music has been changing throughout all of human history, and we are counting on kids like Dylan Gardner to help expand our vision of it. Dylan’s music could be compared to happiness if it could sing– catchy, but not annoying. I have large amounts of respect for Mr. Gardner. He is extremely talented, and I can tell that he will be very successful very soon.
Sonic the Hedgehog in 2015
by Adrian Rzewuski
“‘Sonic is slow and you play as his friends’ might be one of the most unappealing sentences I’ve ever written, but it neatly sums up my experience with Rise of Lyric. Its exploration is so-so, its brawling is tedious, its characters are annoying, and the only stages where it feels like a Sonic game are the ones most likely to suffer technical problems. Rise of Lyric isn’t fundamentally broken or unplayable; it’s just thoroughly disappointing and unpolished, and while it does have some fun to offer, it’s fun that’s been done better in countless similar games.”
– IGN’s review on “Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric”
Ever since the last major Sonic game for the WiiU and 3DS (which was Sonic Boom), critics ponder about the future for SEGA’s top mascot in 2015. Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal for 3DS and Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric for WiiU made fans and gaming critics alike agree that SEGA has done a horrible job with introducing Sonic to the next-generation; in addition, Sonic fans say that Sonic Boom is extremely similar to Sonic the Hedgehog (2006), the game that introduced Sonic to the modern era of gaming technology.
Maddie & Tae: On the Rise
Start Here appeared on August 28, 2015. The album debuted at seven on the Billboard Top 200 — and number two on the country charts — just as Fly climbed into the country Top Ten. According to Billboard, Start Here is #7 on the top country albums chart.
In Maddie and Tae’s “Start Here”, they sing of traveling and pursuing ones dreams, sort of a “small town, big dreams” type of mentality. In “Girl In a Country Song”, they sing about the typical stereotypes for being a country girl, the way they’re supposed to act, speak, and dress. It’s very fun to listen to, an upbeat song that’s somehow relatable to everyone. In contrast, “No Place Like You” talks about wanting to be with that special someone, and it has a very pleasing ballad-like tune. Even the slow songs, like “Fly” and “The Downside of Growing Up” have a home-y feeling that makes you happy and want to tear up at the same time. This album fits every type of mood, whether you want to think about romance, independence, traveling, or fun and parties. It’s a different kind of country, one that is more modernized and relatable. Overall great album.