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What Makes Songs Sound the Same

  Since the first few times I listened to “Country Girl (Shake It for Me)” during basketball warm-ups in the eighth grade, I have been hooked on not only Luke Bryan, but country music....

In Defense of Taylor Swift

PICTURED ABOVE:  The cover art of Swift’s sixth album, “Reputation.” // Photo provided by iTunes Like many other teenage girls, I was an avid Taylor Swift fan during the singer’s days of acoustic guitars...

Hip Hop Tops the Charts

PICTURED ABOVE: Each circle represents a song that made the Billboard Top 100 list. The size of the circle is proportional to the number of weeks a song was on the Billboard Top 100,...

Is Music Really Getting Worse?

Music is getting worse. Much, much worse. This week 50 years ago, The Beatles occupied the first five spots of the Billboard Hot 100 with, in order, “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “Twist and Shout,” “She Loves...

Song of the Times

  After One Direction took a hiatus in January 2016, member Harry Styles released his first single “Sign of the Times” on April 7. Features Editor Maria Harrison shares her opinion on the new...

Starboy, It’s Time to Become Starman

The Weeknd, born Abel Tesafaye, released his third album titled “Starboy,” on Nov. 25. With this new album, he walks a fine line between youthful infatuation and darker, harsher lust. “Starboy” paved the way...

Lady Gaga, Meet Joanne

Gone are the meat dresses, birdcage face masks and blood-spurting performances, icons of her explosive success in 2008. Meet Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, known professionally as Lady Gaga. Her fifth and newest album, “Joanne,”...

Flashcards, Quizlets, Notes and Music Playlists?

School is back in session, and Upper School students are conscientiously studying for their rst tests and quizzes. Along with their ash- cards, Quizlets and notes, one other study tool might prove just as...

Wild World, Wild Ride

If there’s one song that encapsulates Bastille’s new album, it’s track eight: “Send Them Off!” It epitomizes what Bastille achieved with “Wild World”—because it’s not what you’ll be expecting. Nearly every song on “Wild...

“Cleopatra” Strikes the Wrong Chord

Some may hear the name “Cleopatra” and immediately think of the late Pharaoh of Egypt, but I see it as a sophomore album to the “Ho Hey” artists that left me wanting more. It...