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…

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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

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January 16th, 2017

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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.

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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…

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Ruth B.


“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.

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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.

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“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.

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Maddie & Tae: On the Rise

 

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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.

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Country Artists You’ll Love

I am not a country music fan. Generally, and like many other people, I enjoy listening to many different genres of music.

The reason I usually distance myself from country is because, in my experience, it usually consists of lackluster stories about nature, “country life,” and lots of sexism — not topics that I find much interest in, and I bet many readers can agree.

However, I was asked write a review on the album called START HERE by singers Maddie & Tae. This duo is remarkably proud of their Country roots and claim to sing songs that are authentic and honest. Although I have never heard of them until now (probably because I don’t pay much attention to country), they seem to be really well known and have a large fan base. But what surprised me was that they are only 19 and 20! That is a year or two older than me!

So, I listened to the songs in their entirety. . .

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Who is Alessia Cara?

Alessia is a teenager that writes from her life and from her heart. From the detail put in her lyrics, it is obvious that she cares a lot about her music, which isn’t something we see much from today’s artists. Alessia’s new releases are more than just the repetitive songs we hear on the radio today, they are stories. Her songs convey emotion, linked directly with what she has experienced. If you are looking for something new and fresh, I highly recommend checking out Alessia Cara, for she definitely raises the standard for Pop music.

With her original lyrics and funky music videos, Alessia Cara brings something new to the music industry. Her new single Four Pink Walls features creative lyrics that show Alessia recollecting her memories in her room. Accompanied with simple instrumentals, this song gives off a peaceful, relaxing vibe. Alessia also incorporates a very catchy chorus making this song well worth the second listen.

“Never Say Never.”

No, it’s not a Justin Bieber throwback but. . .
. . .  the words of Nathan Sykes on his reinvention.

Nathan Sykes was first known as a member of the British-Irish boy band, The Wanted. With hit songs: “Glad You Came” and “Chasing the Sun,” the band was known KIIS+FM+2012+Jingle+Ball+Night+2+Show+Hf3lKow0Ejrlworldwide for their Eurodance-tinged sound.

When the band went into hiatus in 2014, a question formed: “What happened?” While it’s unclear how the band broke up, Nathan Sykes has made a comeback as a solo artist. With singles like, “Kiss Me Quick” and “More Than You’ll Ever Know,” his return has shown a new side to his sound. Yet, we begin to wonder – who is Nathan Sykes?

Nathan Sykes is a dashing 22-year-old who has been in the music industry longer than you’d think. Joining The Wanted in 2009, at the age of 16, he was the youngest member in the band! However, in an interview with Rolling Stone he admits to feeling he’s never got a chance to figure out what he really wanted to do. Until now.

As a child, Sykes was surrounded by his mother’s love for big band and swing music (especially from the Rat Pack era,) and his father’s passion for Motown and R&B. With these genres of music engraved in his soul, it isn’t a surprise to hear that he’s “bringing in elements like soul and jazz and R&B” into his pop album and that he’s found his voice.

The young singer has completely reinvented himself into “a more soulful, lounge-y, big band-tinged pop croon” that is definitely shown in his latest single, “Kiss Me Quick.”

“Kiss Me Quick” is Sykes debut single that was released this past July, and I have been privileged to give it a listen. While “Glad You Came” is that catchy tune that still gets stuck in my head long since radio stations stopped playing it, “Kiss Me Quick” is something else entirely.

It is a fresh song with surprising twists that I deeply enjoy. With an excellent tempo and dynamics, the song cannot be categorized as just pop. As it is the perfect blended combination of jazz, R&B and pop. And please, let’s not forget to mention the beautiful trumpet playing in the background!!

Kiss Me Quick” is a spicy song that can be seen as an explosion of color and taste, and it gives a pretty good insight into Sykes upcoming album. Especially as he feels confident in his new direction, “I really hope that people enjoy this complete reintroduction [of me], but I say, ‘Never say never.’”
Nathan Sykes album is coming out early next year, and it is definitely on my radar as it should be on yours.