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50 Shades of Grey… More like 50 Shades of YES! Unlike many people, I thoroughly enjoyed the movie when it came out in theaters last month. I mean, being an employee at a Spencer’s Gifts, I clearly read the book. So, honestly, I didn’t have much of a say in the matter when it came to deciding if I saw the movie. After all, the movie has been described as “pornographic” and even “harmful to the...

11 classic song covers you know better than the originals

It might sound abstract, subjective or even a little made up, but rather than the formal elements of pop music recording, it is important to talk about a flavor, a feel, or simply a sound. The right sound for a specific song one of those “I don’t know what it is, but I know it when I hear it” phenomena.


Feminist anthems to live by

Feminism is rocking our world – quite literally. From Emma Watson’s United Nations speech to social media sites to international fights for gender equality to pop culture, it’s an issue that is constantly discussed.


I know I'm not your favorite record: Falling in and out of love with Fall Out Boy

If you had to pick one band that defined the mid 2000’s, you might pick Blink-182, a band known for their fast paced rhythms and feel good lyrics. However, if you were also into lyrics that seemed to let on more than the song’s otherwise peppy music suggested, the band to go for was Fall Out Boy.


Justin Bieber's Music Mondays Revitalize Death of the Album Discussion

In mid-October, Justin Bieber surprised his legions of fans with a low-key Twitter announcement that he would be a releasing a new song every Monday for 10 weeks. The series of "Music Monday" singles, which Bieber is referring to as his "#journals," serve to promote the singer's second feature film, but are not attached to an album.


Beyonce: is Good Music the New Marketing?

It was a rough year for album sales and pop divas have been hit the hardest: Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, and Britney Spears all disappointed with their first weeks on sale. Kelly Clarkson's Christmas album was outsold by the cast of Duck Dynasty, and Miley Cyrus' albums sales don't reflect the size of hit singles "We Can't Stop" and "Wrecking Ball."


2013's Best Mixtapes

Mixtapes can be a golden resource for any hip-hop artist. They can be a springboard for new ideas and mediums by which big artists can try out new styles with no record label interference. A mixtape is essentially a “free album,” meaning the same length and style as a typical album but available to the public at no cost.


Lorde: A New Type of Indie Heroine

"It feels so scary getting old" is not the lament of a typical 16-year-old, and yet it's the unexpectedly affecting refrain of Lorde's "Ribs," a standout track on her impressive debut album Pure Heroine.


Music Should Be Enough

“Music should be enough!” tweeted Sebastian Ingrosso, a former member of the popular group Swedish House Mafia. This tweet was in response to the recent heart-breaking news in the electronic dance music scene.


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