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‘thank u, next’ is spectacularly honest, celebration of self-love

Ariana Grande ended 2018 as the most relevant pop star and for good reason. Grande released her fifth studio album, thank u, next, just over five months after the well-received Sweetener. She experienced astounding commercial success, all while crafting her unique brand and reviving pop through heavy EDM, R&B, and hip-hop influence. Following an aggressive year of personal relationships in the spotlight, Grande hinted she’d been healing in the studio. She released three singles — one, of course, the infamous title track “thank u, next” and its iconic accompanying video — in anticipation of the album. 


Despite The Sunset Tapes being a dud, there is little doubt in my mind that Jaden Smith will be around for a while.
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‘The Sunset Tapes’ is not a cool story, lacks creativity

This Saturday, entrepreneur, actor, designer and musician Jaden Smith released his second studio album The Sunset Tapes: A Cool Tape Story. A year ago, Smith released SYRE, which was received fairly well and gave Jaden a spot among young-yet-established rappers like Tyler, The Creator and A$AP Rocky. Aside from these two albums, he was also featured on songs by artists such as Logic and Young Thug.


Legend’s jazzy and energetic Christmas tunes feature a mix of standard and original compositions.
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John Legend brings yuletide cheer early with ‘A Legendary Christmas’

Christmas music is an exhaustingly crowded niche of popular music. Countless artists have attempted to have a place in the Christmas canon, yet it always feels like you hear the same 10 songs over and over for two months straight. With timeless holiday classics such as Elvis Presley, Bing Crosby and Mariah Carey, hearing that John Legend was releasing his own Christmas album made me worry — would he be able to hold a candle in the already-packed genre?


Greta Van Fleet performed at the Sylvee earlier this month. The band will be returning to Madison on June 4, 2019 at the Breese Stevens Field.
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New Greta Van Fleet album tries too hard to imitate something much older, much better

I will begin this review with a disclaimer: I’d never listened to Greta Van Fleet before I heard this album. I was going into it with an open mind — music-savvy friends had shown me snippets of singles the band had released over the past couple years, and I wasn’t interested in knowing them any better. I came upon Anthem of the Peaceful Army hoping to have my mind changed.


While BROCKHAMPTON stays true to their roots, iridescence sees the group venturing into new creative territory.
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BROCKHAMPTON illuminates on ‘iridescence’

Self-proclaimed boy band BROCKHAMPTON dropped their much-anticipated album 'iridescence' this past Friday. Forming only three years ago, the group had already released four albums, including All-American Trash and the Saturation trilogy. With the constant influx of content, their experimental sound and unique aesthetic, the group has been experiencing tremendous growth in popularity, whether it’s having a Viceland series to hanging out with iconic producers like Rick Rubin and Pharrell Williams.


Ariana Grande's next album Sweetener is set to release sometime this summer.
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Summer 2018 Music Preview

On the heels of countless outdoor concerts and festivals, summer is a great time for artists to release new music. While many artists may announce and release albums within a matter of days, and other artists may tease new music without a certain release date for months, there are a number of albums we can expect before summer’s end.


J. Cole's newest record discusses topics such as the weight of addiction and finding love through social media.
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J. Cole’s 'KOD' contains quick-witted commentary on grounded themes

Mere days after announcing its inception, J. Cole dropped the unexpected album, KOD (an initialism for Kids on Drugs, King Overdosed and Kill Our Demons). After his hotly anticipated — though largely disappointing — 4 Your Eyez Only record dropped last year, many have been critical of both the rapper’s fanbase and his legitimacy as “one of the greats.”


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