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Harley Quinn dismantles the patriarchy with ‘Birds of Prey: The Album’.
Arts & Entertainment

Mason Montano | March 18, 2020

Following the success of American superhero film Suicide Squad in mid-2016, DC announced a spin-off centered around the character Harley Quinn, titled Birds of Prey, which was released in mid-February…

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EXCLUSIVE: That Kid spills the tea on his upcoming debut mixtape, ‘Crush’.
Arts & Entertainment

Mason Montano | March 11, 2020

Last week, American singer-songwriter and hyper pop star That Kid officially announced his upcoming debut mixtape, Crush. The reveal was met with much excitement from the underground pop community, who…

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Jake Germain is the next best thing: A breakdown of his singles era.
Arts & Entertainment

Mason Montano | March 5, 2020

Known for his Queer heartbreak anthems and extensive use of autotune for vocal effect, American singer-songwriter and producer Jake Germain’s career began when he uploaded his debut single, “Lonely…

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Labrinth follows his dreams with ‘Imagination & the Misfit Kid’.
Arts & Entertainment

Mason Montano | January 6, 2020

Following his chart success as a writer and producer, English singer-songwriter Labrinth was signed by music mogul Simon Cowell to his record label, Syco Records, in June 2010. The first recording artist…

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Doja Cat will make your fantasies come true with ‘Hot Pink’.
Arts & Entertainment

Mason Montano | December 16, 2019

American rapper and singer Doja Cat is known for her cute and campy concepts. Initially emerging in 2013 as an independent artist, she released her debut single, “So High”, on SoundCloud before signing…

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Ariana Grande and her collaborators fight against the patriarchy with the ‘Charlie’s Angels’ soundtrack.
Arts & Entertainment

Mason Montano | November 12, 2019

When Ariana Grande announced she was executive producing the soundtrack for the new Charlie’s Angels movie, gays everywhere lost their minds — myself included. The lead single, “Don’t Call Me Angel…

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Beyoncé declares her love for Africa with ‘The Lion King: The Gift’
Arts & Entertainment

Mason Montano | October 24, 2019

When Disney announced Beyoncé would be joining the cast of the photorealistic live-action remake of The Lion King, fans wondered if she would bring more to the table than a mere voice role. It was later…

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Iggy Azalea claps back with ‘In My Defense’…or does she?
Arts & Entertainment

Mason Montano | October 22, 2019

In the years following the release of The New Classic, Iggy Azalea suffered a series of setbacks that would severely impact the course of her career.

In May 2015, creative differences with her former…

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Madonna tells America to “wake up” with ‘Madame X’.
Arts & Entertainment

Mason Montano | October 7, 2019

Four years after the release of Rebel Heart, Madonna has returned with her fourteenth studio album, Madame X.

Assuming the alter-ego of “Madame X”, the queen of pop was heavily inspired by Latin music…

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Charli XCX takes us to 2099 with ‘Charli’…but she had to build a time machine first.
Arts & Entertainment

Mason Montano | October 3, 2019

Prologue: “XCX World”

In 2014, Charli XCX was at the height of her career. She had two successful singles; “Boom Clap” and “Break the Rules” from her, then, recently released second studio album, Sucker;…

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Looking Ahead to the New School
News

Maha Ghafoor | April 19, 2019

This school year ends in less than two months. Throughout the years we have seen the new school slowly being built. Finally, this next school year we will have the opportunity to see the newly completed…

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