VMAs deliver some drama, epic Beyoncé performance

From Britney Spears and Madonna’s surprise make out to Kanye West crashing Taylor Swift’s Best Female Video acceptance speech to Nicki Minaj’s “Miley, what’s good?,” MTV’s Video Music Awards (VMAs) have always been delightfully unpredictable. While nothing during this year’s show topped these infamous moments in the award show’s history, the 2016 VMAs, which aired […]

The singles bar: Waiting for ‘Lemonade’ edition

As tomorrow’s release of Beyoncé’s “Lemonade” inches ever closer, let us enjoy the time we have left with the catchy hits set to dominate the airwaves this summer. After all, the past couple of weeks have yielded a number of outstanding singles. With the stage finally set, the battle for the title of “Song of the Summer” has […]

Top 10 totally unrealistic Spring Fling headliner suggestions

Last week, BØRNS revealed via an inadvertent leak on his Facebook page that he would be performing at Spring Fling on May 1. It remains unclear whether the indie pop artist of Hulu commercial fame will be headlining this year, and since the announcement, speculation about other potential headliners has run rampant. Assuming the name has […]

The biggest 2016 Grammy nomination snubs

The nominations for the 58th Annual Grammy Awards, highlighting the best and brightest talents in the music industry, were released Monday morning and, as always, caused a bit of controversy. Though the committee recognized many deserving artists, many more musicians were not recognized, and my job is to right those wrongs. Without further ado, here are your […]

Ryan Adams’ ‘1989’ covers give Swift’s music new life

“1989” (2014) was perhaps Taylor Swift’s biggest step away from her country singer-songwriter roots and toward the world of pop. She collaborated with high-profile pop producers like Max Martin and Shellback to create hits including the chart-topping “Shake it Off” and “Blank Space” and showed that album sales are not necessarily a thing of the past.  “1989” sold almost 1.3 million copies during […]

Arts & Living: A semester in review

Finals period is quickly approaching, and we’ve reached the part of the semester when students realize just how much they didn’t get done in the past three months. Even studying all year, those final projects are bound to sneak up on you, and chances are, amidst all the assignments, staying updated in the arts and […]

Taylor Swift versus Spotify: is streaming the future?

You probably heard — perhaps while trying to stream “1989,” Taylor Swift’s new album, released on Oct. 27  — that Swift herself removed all her music from Spotify earlier this month. And you were probably pretty bummed that you actually had to (God forbid!) buy the album just to avoid becoming a social pariah. But […]

Taylor Swift’s ‘Blank Space’ video officially erases the goodie girl image

“Blank Space,” Taylor Swift’s new single and accompanying music video, which debuted on Nov. 10, and has already garnered over 15 million views on YouTube, indicates a clear departure from the artist’s classic “good girl” persona.  “You look like my next mistake,” she sings. Yup, Taylor Swift is officially cool now. What does this mean for the hipsters […]

Listeners bound to enjoy Swift’s ‘1989,’ even if they won’t admit it

Despite her highly problematic public persona — ranging from virginal ingenue to femme fatale, from lighthearted (albeit disingenuous) goofball to deadly serious without a whiff of self-awareness — Taylor Swift makes good music. Even from her earliest days in the musical world, Swift has been lauded for her songwriting skills. And though her music has […]