Jonathan Christian, Northwest Vista College
The Philadelphia rapper’s eccentric debut album, ‘Whack World,’ is a fresh and amusing trip into the mind of its subversive creator.
Ayanna Totten, East Stroudsburg University
After a four-year hiatus, Minaj hopes to reclaim her title as Queen of rap.
Kate Maxwell, NC State University
The actress and singer recently revealed that she had broken her six years of sobriety.
Maya Ramani, University of Virginia
Here’s what the stars of the movie are up to now.
Rachel Hall, Augustana College
And thank god it’s not with ‘Friday.’
Sarah Penix, Ohio University
The album offers a retrospective take on the artist’s career and life, but often relies on tired pop tropes.
Gabbi Calabrese, Arkansas Tech University
You only get one chance to prove that you deserve the aux cord.
Remington Jensen, University of Idaho
The electronic savant recently released his sophomore album, ‘Compro,’ and is pushing the genre into uncharted, boundary-less territory.
Alexis Rogers, Temple University
The film, which stars a female lead, also recently signed Pinar Toprak to compose the score.
Rebecca Crosby, Trinity College
Fittingly, the couple’s work of art belongs in a museum.
Bradley Howlett, Grand Valley State University
The big question is: Will we be getting their ‘Humanz’ sound, or a return to their more classic style?
Tricia Crimmins, Bates College
Smith weaves metaphor and political discourse into a beautifully produced coming-of-age album.
Tori Ihnen, Fort Hays State University
They’re back and badder than ever.
Yes, I re-downloaded Tidal for this. And it was worth it.
Natalie Sonier, Wake Forest University
Chill, spacey and hypnotic, EDM should be your move for the summer.
And what about it?
Alex Futo, Otterbein University
Has Jussie made a name for himself separate from the hit musical TV drama?
Ashlyn Leigh Willis, University of North Alabama
Drake vs. Pusha T, Chief Keef vs. 6ix9ine and Lil Uzi Vert vs. Rich the Kid. What a time to be alive.
Yoni Yardeni, Pierce College
No, not Miami … Switzerland!
The artist formerly known as Christine and the Queens has rebranded.
According to the Billboard chart lists from 2007 and 2017, music hasn’t changed all that much.
Christine Fang, University of California San Diego
It’s simp o’clock somewhere…
Karena Landler, Georgetown University
The awards felt charged with a spirit of activism, a theme reinforced by the night’s biggest winners.
Michelle Dreyer, Southern New Hampshire University
Paramore’s lead singer finds her new voice and her old laugh.
Eminem’s sound effects in ‘Kill You’ sparked conversations about whether gunshot-like sound effects are appropriate in the wake of mass shootings.
It’s going to be hard to beat the summer heat with this fire album at the top of the charts.
Kylie Harrington, University of Southern California
The singer-songwriter’s 2018 album, ‘God’s Favorite Customer,’ is quieter, sadder and more honest than ever before.
Dana Shugrue, John Carroll University
‘Where Are Ü Now’ in your faith, Justin?
Anastasia Cottone, St. Bonaventure University
The unremarkable four-track project has only served to sour his fan base.
A wrap-up of the Drake/Pusha-T beef, with no detail spared.
Jumping into June means the year is already halfway over. Here are the best 2018 albums, with plenty more to come.
Caitlyn Conville, Bergen Community College
Embrace the chill.
After two years’ hiatus, and on the heels of a slew of controversial remarks, West is back.
‘Testing’ is a new look for A$AP, and it definitely feels a little awkward.
R. Kelly and XXXTentacion, both of whom were targeted by the policy, actually saw their streams rise during the probation.
In her second studio album, the Australian star captivates audiences with her nuanced introspection.
If you’ve recovered from Coachella and are ready to bust out your IV Hydration Drip again, make sure not to miss these five acts!
Lil Wayne’s 2008 album is a modern-day classic ‘cause Wayne win, and they lose.
Lin-Manuel Miranda reinvents Hamilton content through creative collaborations, most recently releasing a version of ‘Helpless’ performed by punk rock band The Regrettes.
Michaela Sickles, Suffolk University
You get all of the same acts, but without any of the selfies, $10 water bottles and drama.
The Harlem artist’s latest album certainly pushes sonic boundaries, but feels at times like all style and no substance.
Artists Pusha-T and Drake are a part of one of the most famous feuds in the music industry. How long will they let it go on?
Jamie Lovley, University of Maine
With its increasing popularity, sad rap spreads awareness about mental illness and drug abuse in an industry fixated on partying.
‘Wide Awake!’ gives listeners an eclectic, energetic vibe to represent the nation’s unrest.
Brittany Sims, Temple University
She might be able to shake off the haters, but the stigma seems to stick.
Summer is the best time to listen to new music and find that perfect song that will follow you from the beach, BBQs and all of your fun in the sun.
Briana Perez, University of Texas at San Antonio
Tejano music was heavily influenced by other cultures and its sound has been the musical backbone of Texas and its culture since the early 20th century.
Has the rapper’s recent behavior robbed him of his artistic achievements?
Katie Lommen, Saint Louis University
After a mediocre debut album, Puth’s ‘Voicenotes’ offers a great comeback for the artist.
Michele Mendez, Temple University
Fans point to the song’s parallels to the Greek myth of Narcissus, in which a self-obsessed protagonist commits suicide.
Emily Craig, University of North Alabama
Shawn Mendes already has fans dancing around the room and connecting emotionally with his self-titled album.
Tabitha Prisinzano, Columbia College of Missouri
Despite being surrounded by controversy, Myrkur continues to surprise audiences with her undeniably beautiful sound.
Jade Hookham, UC San Diego
BTS’s unique use of social media has fostered the growth of a multi-language fan base like nothing that has been seen before.
Rakshya Devkota, Saint Louis University
In her new album ‘Dirty Computer,’ Janelle Monáe reminds us once again why she’s one of the best political artists out there.
Singing songs from all six albums and multiple costumes changes, Swift delivers a performance you are not bound to forget.
Jovana Vajagic, DePaul University
The animosity and beef fabricated by society and placed on female rappers in contrast to males is a sign that misogyny still exits in the arts world.
Gillian Farnan, SUNY Cortland
This might be the year we finally retire Diana Ross’s “I’m Coming Out.”
Alex Johnson, New York University
Police brutality, gun violence, media complicity and institutionalized racism all receive damning portrayals in Donald Glover’s new video.
Similar to Lady Gaga, Freddy Mercury and David Bowie, Styles uses his platform to support the LGBTQ+ community.
Ryan McCartan has successfully transitioned from acting to singing with the pending release of his debut EP.
Grace John, Rutgers University
Who is the 9-year-old rapper who moves bricks, lives in the Hills and has your mama’s rent money?
After taking a hiatus to explore other creative pursuits, Melinoe is back with a new single, ‘Cyclones,’ and fresh new sound.
Onaje McDowelle, University of Texas at Austin
In the age of streaming, it isn’t unusual for projects from your favorite artists to disappear. Here’s why.
Vanessa Le, Chabot College
In the stunning video for ‘All We Do,’ Oh Wonder asked filmmakers across the country, ‘What does it mean to be human?’
Turns out YouTube is more than crazy cat videos and weird challenges.
‘Despacito,’ aka the prime of 2017 pop culture, has inspired a revolution of bilingual collaborations.
Sam Kasierski, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
According to J. Cole, the fans are all to blame. And the rappers.
Haley Newlin, Southern New Hampshire University
And to think we were excited about his return to Twitter.
Emilie Romero, University of Nevada
If you couldn’t attend the second weekend, here’s what you missed.
Adriana Luna, Northwest Vista College
If you can afford them at all, obviously.
Taylor Miller, SUNY Cortland
With her new album ‘Invasion of Privacy,’ Cardi B is breaking records and rising to the top of the rap scene — and she’s just getting started.
You can’t even fall asleep anymore without hearing the iconic, drawn-out ‘daddy’ running through your head.
Jake Deven, The University of Texas at El Paso
Pop music is cool and all, but nothing inspires good music like two public, heartbreaking relationships.
Ana Greening, Texas State University
Here are some music selections that motivate and inspire.
Cardi B’s newest album, ‘Invasion of Privacy,’ was well worth the anticipation, hype and wait — all put together. She’s killing the game.
Will the old Iggy Azalea please come back to the stage?
Audrey Bowers, Ball State University
Expect your ears to be blown away.
After years of financial struggles, Kali Uchis has finally found success in the music industry.
Diego Galicia, Valencia College
Some albums just have to be listened to from start to finish.
Shashank Rao, University of Michigan
Looking to hunker down and focus on studying for finals? These five soundtracks will get you through the grind.
Thanks to LGBTQ+ musicians like Hayley Kiyoko, is the world moving towards a Golden Age of queer women in mainstream pop music?
Puth’s promotional singles hint at a more mature, yet promising sophomore debut.
Andria Modica, Drexel University
Almost unrecognizable, Aguilera goes makeup-free on the cover of Paper Magazine to talk about female empowerment and self-love.
On ‘It’s Gonna Be May’ day, April 30, the former band will reunite for this tremendous honor.
‘Burn the Stage’ shows the good, the bad and the ugly of the K-pop industry.
Kaitlyn Peterson, UCLA
On the heels of his first album release, Ng speculates what the future holds for his haunting, atmospheric sound.
You: It’s a match made in heaven. Me, an intellectual: Actually, it’s a match made in ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.’
Sarah Marchan, University of Texas at San Antonio
Let’s map out how exactly the genre of emo rap came to be.
One year after the release of ‘American Dream,’ Khalid’s influence has changed his adopted hometown.
The Good Vibrations Music & Arts festival is an all day event that will bring together hearing and non-hearing festival goers in an unprecedented event.
Sarah Hoenig, Texas A&M University
From 2006 to today, Taylor Swift had a huge music evolution changing her style with every album.
Pop star Taylor Swift’s music video for her new song has received criticism amid accusations that she stole video concepts from a Kenzo perfume ad.
Music festivals are all fun and games until you realize you forgot your sunscreen.
Samantha Jorgens, Central Michigan University
Travel and daily interactions with people inspire this Boston University student’s music.
Fans of Harry Styles have suspected his bisexuality for years, and ‘Medicine’ might be his coming out song.
These soul sisters are giving classic rock and blues a modern appeal.
‘Bobby Tarantino II’ is the sixth mixtape by Logic and it currently has his fans reeling as ‘mixtape Logic’ makes a much-welcomed comeback.
TDE’s ‘Championship Tour,’ their first full-label tour, is starting in Vancouver this May. Here are three reason why you should go see TDE’s artists.
When the final guitar is strummed, the drums crash and the curtains close, Vans Warped Tour will come to an end — forever.
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