By Jade Hookham, UC San Diego
By coming out to the public as a gay artist, Holland head-butts the restrictive social conventions of Korea regarding homosexuality to send a message of hope and acceptance.
By Taylor Miller, SUNY Cortland
Every Friday and Saturday for the entire month, movie lovers can head to the Studio Grill in Chatham to watch some of the many films in the festival.
By Isabelle Mencia, University of Florida
The 2000s were blessed with iconic pop punk bands that bring you not only nostalgia, but excitement in every playback.
By Jonathan Christian, Northwest Vista College
Released three days before his death, J Dilla’s album ‘Donuts’ is a timeless ode to life.
By Haley Newlin, Southern New Hampshire University
From her edgy music to her fierce look, Pink continues to charm the world with her message of woman empowerment and barrier breaking.
By Xavier Austin Reyna, University of Texas at San Antonio
These highly anticipated new albums will undoubtedly stay with you for the rest of 2018.
By Adriana Luna, Northwest Vista College
The new year has just begun, but these artists are already taking no prisoners with their lyrical mastery.
By Plamedie Ifasso, Texas Woman’s University
Move over Mariah Carey, these artists have already hit all the right notes to sing in the new year!
By Emily Craig, University of North Alabama
Four weeks since its debut, ‘Camila’ is more than proving that the young singer’s decision to go solo was an act of genius.
By Katie Lommen, Saint Louis University
The 60th Annual Grammy Awards fell flat this year in addressing the issues of gender inequality and sexual violence that are plaguing the nation.
Atlanta-based hip-hop trio ‘Migos has wasted no time making their impact in 2018 with the release of ‘Culture II.’
By Sam Kasierski, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
With the rap artist’s career booming in recent years, Drake is becoming more of an icon than ever. And I am not a fan.
By Dominique Bander, Loyola University
Just like black ensembles at the Golden Globes, celebrities donned white roses at the 2018 Grammys to show that the music industry was confronting its demons.
By Alex Johnson, New York University
Though Kendrick Lamar, Donald Glover and Bruno Mars took home a slew of high honors, critics claim that the Grammys snubbed female artists.
By Christian Zeitler, Carnegie Mellon
Having an abundance of music at your fingertips has never been easier, but is Spotify evil when it comes to paying the artists?
By Bethany Knickerbocker, Emerson College
Cameron Gilmour, sophomore physics and music tech at University of Vermont, improvises with music to communicate in a way better than words.
By Eliana DuBosar, Florida State University
Belmont University student Bethany Ann Warner is taking her musical ambition and relying on her faith and determination to make it big time.
By Jack Brandon, University of Michigan
‘Pop 2’ is Charli’s most challenging release to date, pushing the genre’s boundaries and disputing commonly held truths about real pop.
There are only two rules: Don’t eat spaghetti beforehand and leave your sweater at home.
By Maya Halabi, UTSA
These albums in 2018 are bringing some new music to shake up your playlists, and hopefully they’ll be even better than the previous year.
From Charli to Carly and Dua to Lorde, here are 2017’s best pop hits.
The Recording Academy has announced the nominations for the 2018 Grammys, and if they snub Kendrick a third time, that’s on them.
Don’t miss out on these Grammy nominated tracks from the past year.
By Lauren Lambert, Southeastern Louisiana University
G-Eazy and Halsey are 2017’s Bonnie and Clyde.
By Patrick Murtha, Eastern Connecticut State University
The holidays are right around the corner, the New Year is almost upon us and it’s time for the annual end-of-the-year top ten lists.
Through her latest ensemble of pop and electronic beats mixed with naturistic instrumentals, Björk shows reinvention does not have to be derivative.
By Brandi Loving, St. Mary's University
There have been a few white rappers to come before him, but Post Malone has created a persona for himself as being versatile across a large demographic.
By Devin Hendricks, Woodbury University
Lil Peep was struggling with drugs for quite some time, and perhaps people will aim to change the narrative of drug abuse in the music industry.
Maria Tangarova, founder of UTalent, is providing an outlet for talented musicians on campus.
Morrissey is still making music? Damn right he is!
By Elizabeth Ivanecky, McMaster University
This Bethune-Cookman University student wrote a play, created lyrics and composed beats in honor of his college’s founder, Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune.
By Andrew Crossan, University of South Carolina
Here are some musical groups who had found their success after hitting it off on-campus.
Blu rejoins his old producing partner Exile to release his new album “In The Beginning: Before The Heavens.”
By Carli Scalf, Ball State University
On “Reputation,” Swift’s signature songwriting is more guarded and generic, but promises greater things to come through transformation.
By Alyssa Cook, Ball State University
Selena Gomez was just named Billboard’s 2017 Woman of the Year, but who is actually surprised?
By Cheryl Sutton, Purdue University
With plenty of jams to spare, music is the only positive thing that 2017 has going for it.
By Kathleen Danielson, Carleton College
These artists are redefining queer music.
Bartol has some big city dreams and all the dedication needed to make them happen.
There’s black music worth listening to that happened waaay before Childish Gambino.
By Kelly Lambkin, SUNY Cortland
Brown University student Sebastián Otero Oliveras, an ethnomusicology major, is igniting social change one track at a time.
Preparation is the key to survival when a tragic moment occurs at a music event.
You know, to prevent breaking your thumb scrolling through your library in search of a specific song and whatnot.
The Dutchess has returned at last and, with some bumps in the road, has created work that’s worth a listen.
By Allie DiGennaro, Emerson College
The show that used music as a dialogue.
After a forty-year dormancy, vinyl has reemerged as an interest for many millennials, and it’s never too late to hop on the bandwagon yourself.
The politics and lessons of XXXTentacion’s abusive behavior—which is by no means exclusive to him—and rash of domestic abuse among young hip-hop artists.
By Alison McCarthy, University of New Haven
If you’re looking for some new tunes to pair with your late-night study sessions this semester, then check out these twenty songs.
By Sierra Emilaire, Southern Adventist University
After the death of frontman Ben Barlow’s dad derailed the British group’s tour, their newest work explores mortality from an intensely personal point of view.
By Christina Vazquez, University of Central Florida
Sorry, the old Taylor can’t come to the phone right now. Why? Oh, because she’s taking over the music industry.
By Christine Ascher, USC
Anna Agosta writes, sings and performs her own music hoping to make it big in her city of Chicago.
By Megan Schnese, University of Alaska, Anchorage
From small-town Madagascar girl to successful singer, Viannason has high hopes for her energetic dancehall sound.
After five long years trapped by contract to an abusive music producer, Kesha returns with an album full of humility, love and integrity.
Jumping back into intense study sessions can be difficult, but these chill tunes will make it a little more enjoyable.
By Kathryn Parker, Fordham University
After being chosen as the first-ever recipient of a scholarship from Miranda Lambert, Vaus has begun racking up accolades as both a songwriter and performer.
By Lauren Clohessy, Northern Illinois University
Even if you think that they’re overplayed, these songs deserve major props.
Given how critical music is to media, the real question is what took so long?
In her new album, ‘Lust for Life,’ Del Rey takes another step toward becoming the person she wants to sound like.
These are the albums that are (or should be) defining the decade.
From Jay Z to Imagine Dragons, who has your vote for the best summer record?
Whether you’re crushing, heartbroken or head-over-heels, 2017 has provided a variety of songs for all kinds of love. Here are six of the best.
As the halfway point of 2017 passes, it is time to look back at the best releases in hip-hop to this point of the year.
By Devon Hodge, Western Washington University
If you thought rock and roll was risqué, imagine what it sounds like with a touch of Pagan flair.
With under 200,000 monthly listens on Spotify, these artists may not be popular, but they’re definitely talented.
As Hayley Williams promised, fans will ‘cry hard, dance harder’ to ‘After Laughter.’
By Gwynn Lyons, Stanford University
Sometimes, to escape the predictive listening algorithms of Spotify and Pandora, you have to listen to terrible music on purpose.
By Yoni Yardeni, Pierce College
The producer, performing artist and YouTube sensation has a surprise planned for fans when he reaches 37 million views.
By Isabella Waldron, Scripps College
Streaming services have brought democracy to music, but at the expense of student-run radio.
After three months, the year looks to belong to some of the same names that dominated 2016.
By Mattie Winowitch, Waynesburg University
A slew of powerhouse indie bands have record releases slated for the next few months.
By Madeleine Ngo, University of Florida
From classics like Bright Eyes, to newer releases like Whitney, these are the best albums to listen to while working.
If you think you hate the genre, then you don’t really know what it is.
By Michelle Criqui, James Madison University
For the Parrotheadz of James Madison University, channeling the iconic musician’s laid-back vibe is the key to happiness.
By Phillip Bugajski, Loyola University Chicago
Everyone listened to terrible music in middle school, but there’s a reason to revisit that My Chemical Romance album in college.
By Karen Juarez, University of Illinois at Chicago
I mean, have you heard it?
By Shannon Mondesir, Brooklyn College
A new trend is revolutionizing the music industry as songs and dances keep old music alive.
By Sophie Hurlock, Xavier University
Though most of the lyrics were written in the late 70s, they all sound like they’re about Donald Trump.
By Crissonna Tennison, UCLA
Like looking into a mirror, pop music reflects the bad, good and potential of whoever is playing it over the radio.
From getting blitzed to singing carols, one of these dozen playlists is guaranteed to be perfect for your holiday festivities.
By Joanne Paquin, Emerson College
Unlike white noise, many atmospheres are recreations of specific, often fictional environments. Ever want to study in the Gryffindor Common Room?
By Kevin Cordon, University of California at Irvine
The ‘White Iverson’ star is proving that he has no intention of being a one-hit wonder.
The once dark and mysterious singer is now enjoying the spotlight as one of pop music’s biggest stars.
By Molly Flynn, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
It makes sense that as Swift matures, so would her attitude toward of love. But is her cynicism really the mark of that evolution?
Is it possible that ‘Ye’s recent rants and breakdowns stem from something much deeper than we had assumed?
No matter what, we’re just going to lap it up anyway because it’s John freakin’ Mayer.
With their old school vibe and a touch of 2016-fueled drama, A Tribe Called Quest just dropped arguably the most important album of the year.
By Thea Robinson, University of Texas at Austin
Despite being partially rained out, the allure of renaissance games and a muddy performance by Young Thug were enough to bring thousands to the first-year fest.
By Bri Griffith, Carlow University
Though Gaga is still a meat dress-wearing show woman at heart, her new album has a soberer, more ambitious sound.
By Katie Sanchez, University of Texas at San Antonio
If you’re going to make it out with a degree, you’re going to need the right music.
By Olivia Buzzacco, Bowling Green State University
Though before most students’ time, Joel’s music sums up college like no other.
By Daniel Nguyen, Wharton County Junior College
After being tapped for greatness by Prince, La Havas’ rich, soulful voice has caught the world’s ear.
By Yasser Ali Nasser, Oxford College
For a genre cloaked in leather and screaming, the music is surprisingly sophisticated.
By Samantha Gross, Concordia University Irvine
It may have been overshadowed by “Hamilton” at the Tonys, but “Waitress” should definitely be on your radar.
By Michelle Nektalov, SUNY Purchase
Cheap, underground and scattered throughout the country, one of these festivals is right for you.
By Emily Suvannasankha, University of Central Florida
Nothing can really prepare you for the colors, noise and insanity, but we’ll try anyway.
From Lil Yachty to Denzel Curry, here’s a breakdown of the year’s hottest up-and-coming rappers.
By Olivia McCoy, University of Georgia
Though their first album drops at the end of June, the band’s single “Throwing Knives” is already garnering national acclaim.
By Sofia Rivera, Simmons College
If you don’t think Béyonce is an artist after listening to her newest album, you’re wrong.
By Daniel Enjamio, Santa Fe College
Reducing Marley to a marijuana icon belittles the impact of a musician some have called the ‘most important artist of the 20th century.’
By Mallory Arnold, Ohio University
For celebrities in the digital age, every tweet, post and picture is a self-promotional platform. Combine that massive influence with megalomania, and you get Kanye West.
By Elizabeth Rourk, University of New Haven
Choosing Lady Gaga not only reflected Bowie’s importance to the music industry, it reflected Ziggy Stardust’s importance to David Bowie.
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