Jack Clohisy is an Assistant Arts & Pop Culture Editor at the Tufts Daily. He is a junior studying computer science and cognitive and brain science with a minor in English. Jack can be reached at [email protected]

‘Life Support’ resuscitated by its singles, wounded by the rest

"Life Support," released on Feb. 26, was Madison Beer's album introduction into the pop soundscape. Unfortunately, Beer’s newness to a full-length project is evident; her songs reflect all that is prominent in trending songs today: mediocre songwriting, catchy-but-generic instrumentals and a lack of artistic direction.

With the pen as her sword, Taylor Swift continues to sharpen ‘Evermore’

Swift dives deeper into herself and pulls from her ever-expansive imagination to bring forth her most creative project yet.

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The Weekly Rewind: 30 years later, audiences still ‘Obsessed’ with Mariah Carey

Aided by her recent collaboration with pop superstar Ariana Grande and a viral dance challenge to her song “Obsessed” (2009) in 2019, Carey could accomplish the extraordinary: a second comeback.

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The Weekly Rewind: The case for ‘folklore’ as Album of the Year

The nominees for the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards were announced Tuesday, Nov. 24, and of all the nominations, one body of work outdoes the competition: "Folklore" (2020) by Taylor Swift.

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The Weekly Rewind: Should we separate musicians from their music?

Gabby Barrett and Charlie Puth’s duet “I Hope” (2020) reached No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week, a feat for Barrett, an “American Idol” alumna. However, during a politically divisive time, it is important to bring to light Barrett’s public support for President Donald Trump. As a musician with a massive influence, Barrett’s political stances are disappointing.

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The Weekly Rewind: Bundles be gone!

Billboard announced in July that it would no longer allow “bundles,” or the grouping together of merchandise and concert tickets with an album to increase sales. This decision, which went into effect on Oct. 9., was controversial, since artists often use bundles to ensure chart-dominating performances even with lackluster tracks and albums.

The Weekly Rewind: Music or sport?

Is going No. 1 on the U.S. charts something artists should strive for when making music? The short answer is no. This damages the intent and quality of music and the relationship between an artist and their fans.

The Weekly Rewind: The problem with No. 1 debuts in the streaming era

The increased rate of No. 1 debuts can be attributed to the decline of the physical sales era that came with the prevalence of streaming services. As a result, debuting at No. 1 no longer holds the same merit as it did back in the 1990s when the first few top debuts occurred.

The Weekly Rewind: The dangers of childhood stardom

Child stars emerge with enormous pressure to fit societal expectations. In reality, anyone who has experienced the tumult of adolescence knows that it is unreasonable to write off someone for mistakes they made as a teenager. Growth and experience should be celebrated, as child stars have to eventually break from the societal standards imposed on them to embrace their true identities.

The Weekly Rewind: Let’s Marvin Gaye and get it on (top)!

If 2020 has taught the music industry anything, it is that historically excluded groups should have an equal opportunity to a lasting legacy. The Beatles should be respected and idolized in their own right, but with a larger, more diverse playlist of artists to listen to today, more icons can emerge into the mainstream.