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Artists We Hope Drop Albums in 2018

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There’s a few things that I have to look forward to in the new year. The very same could be said for some of our favorite artists, who pour their joys and melancholies into albums that make up the soundtrack to our daily lives. For some, this requires no hesitation, and for others it requires ...

Best Soundtracks of 2017

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Warning, subjective post ahead! My determination for what makes a good movie soundtrack simply lies in its ability to return us back to special moments in the film, moments that were carefully thought out with music added to enhance its effect on us, the viewers. For some, even if the movie wasn’t too outstanding, the ...

Moxiie Opens About About Her Song “Complicated” and Her New EP

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It was a fall afternoon; not too cold, not too warm, with sunny skies. Like most people would agree, it’s a good time to use the great weather as some healthy motivation. For upcoming artist Moxiie, it was a good time to go for a walk. While Moxiie enjoys staying active, another major form of motivation for her is, unsurprisingly, music. Alongside rap and reggae artists, she said, “I’ve been listening to a lot of Lauryn Hill lately…I’m sad I didn’t get to one of her shows!” I replied that it wasn’t a goal that was out of reach. She agreed.

Trending Music Mashups of the Year

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Music Mashups: a form of song that takes two or more relatively known songs, blending them without imperfections. This type of performance is great for easy listening but is also a platform for unheard sounds and newer artists. The most famous of my generation would be “Numb/Encore” with Linkin Park and Jay Z, so famous that for some, you can’t go without hearing the original works and the other song in between. Now that 2017 is coming to a close, here are some of the best trending music mashups of the year.

‘War & Leisure’ Album Review: The State of Miguel

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War & Leisure marks Miguel’s fourth album, two years after his critically acclaimed Wildheart. Upon news of an upcoming release, I expected nothing but consistency and something that will always be great to listen to. For some Miguel fans, Wildheart was too ‘classic’ but a departure from the Miguel they knew. For others, it showed his capabilities in reaching the artists influencing Miguel’s artistry. War & Leisure is an interesting title, but with changes regarding its initial single line-up, and hoping to speak more on the state of us and beyond, Miguel marks this piece a balance between the two spaces.

QUIÑ Takes Us Out Of This World With ‘DREAMGIRL’

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2017 has been a special year for many artists for a variety of reasons, but for QUIÑ, 2017 has been all about her sophomore EP, DREAMGIRL. With five new tracks including collaborations with artists Syd (The Internet), 6LACK, and more, QUIÑ continues to do what she does best: create music that everyone can mellow out to. Relatability is a learned or innate skill, and an important one for an artist to have in order to connect with their fans, and QUIÑ understands that most of all.

‘Double Dutchess’ Album Review: Fergie Never Left

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With first hints back in 2016, Fergie decided to continue her comeback into solo work and announced she’d be working on another album. Amidst the rumors (not true!) that she was leaving the Black Eyed Peas, Fergie released work for soundtracks, the mothers of the world, and everyone in the California/Bay Area. However, as pop music is concerned, it’s a lie to say no one wasn’t eager for music just as appealing as her solo debut back in 2006. Released on September 22, 2017, Double Dutchess is a work executive-produced by Fergie, eleven years since The Dutchess’ critical acclaim, after her news of separation from actor Josh Duhamel and new imprint Dutchess Music with BMG. With plans of more visuals for each song, here are some memorable tracks on the album.

Artists to Know: Twin Peaks Edition

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“What on earth do you know about Twin Peaks?” My mother nearly broke her neck amidst my announcement of my latest binge-watch. Twin Peaks is a show lauded (and sometimes prodded) for its surrealism, humor and drama-worthy subjects. An overarching tale of a small Washington town, grieving over the death of known teen Laura Palmer, creators Mark Frost and David Lynch teamed up with Showtime and gave fans Twin Peaks: The Return. The show sets on Laura’s promise to protagonist Agent Dale Cooper, in a dream in the famed curtained Red Room, “I’ll see you again in 25 years,” in a town now plagued by something darker and permeating through all within the town.

Positive Vibes with Singer/Songwriter Sabryna

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There are a few moments in our lives where we take a step out of our comfort zone, smooth the wrinkles off a decent outfit, and pray our nervousness reads minimum, all for the sake of saying a simple hello to someone new. For artist Sabryna, she’s taking the full plunge and going straight ahead with her intentions, but in a different way: lending her voice through music. Her single “Try It” is the latest release by the New Zealand artist, who is ready to lay everything out on the table for her fans and listeners.

Jorge Blanco Talks New Album and European Tour

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Life isn’t always the easiest thing to figure out, including who we turn out to be and when we grow up. For the lucky few, there’s an innate security in knowing what works, what’s possible, and what’s within reach. It could be picking the best college to go to, the right company to work for, and for those like artist, actor, and entertainer Jorge Blanco, it could be just waking up and going to that particular audition.

Remembering Chester Bennington of Linkin Park

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Truth be told, this is something most wouldn’t feel amped to write about. Or maybe just not today. The music world once again grew heavy with the unfortunate loss of another talented artist, living now in our memories. On July 20, 2017, singer Chester Bennington of Linkin Park was found dead in his home, due to suicide. For long-time fans, and maybe the angst-ridden casual listeners, Bennington was the voice we found comfort in.

Memorable Benefit Concerts in Music

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In the music scene, holding a benefit concert to raise proceeds for a particular organization for charity, especially out of a large scale catastrophe, is not uncommon. On May 22, 2017, at the Manchester Arena, twenty-two people were killed, and over one hundred injured during a planned bombing at an Ariana Grande concert.  Grande and more than a dozen artists participated with the British Red Cross and Manchester City Council to hold One Love Manchester.

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