To Rudy Giuliani and anybody else weirdly offended by Beyonce

On Super Bowl Sunday, Beyonce Knowles shocked and offended angry white people everywhere when she dared to remind the world that she is, in fact, black. But perhaps that’s an oversimplification of the criticism she’s received in light of her new “Formation” music video and halftime performance, so I’ll take a minute to examine the charges.

| Managing Editor

Why more artists are ‘pulling a Beyonce’ and what this means for the music industry

It’s not news to most that the music industry has become vastly digitalized, revolutionizing our ability to hear and buy songs from our favorite artists and bands via a plethora of online and app-based sources. But the latest trend of surprise albums, directly fueled by the music industry’s use of the Internet, may prove to be the next step in the industry’s evolution.

| Culture Editor

Pop culture in review: Cadenza’s favorite 2013 moments

Just like any other year, 2013 was full of some truly great pop culture moments. Here are a few of Cadenza’s picks of the best. Beyonce knocks the lights out at the Super Bowl It was a refreshing change for the Super Bowl halftime show; instead of washed-up rock bands, a relevant pop star played.

The problem with pop culture

In 2012, Beyonce signed a $50 million deal with Pepsi to create a partnership that included advertising, commercials and PepsiCo’s funding of Beyonce’s creative projects. Unless you have been living in a blackout, you have probably seen the advertisements. This year’s Super Bowl halftime show, starring Beyonce, was sponsored by Pepsi.

Elizabeth Peters | Contributing Author

Cadenza’s spring workout playlist

At long last, after a seemingly endless winter, spring is finally here. Students are gallivanting around in tank tops and shorts, going to the zoo and tossing around discs in Forest Park. But as you put your North Face away until next year’s first snow and pull out your swimsuit, you’re probably worried about getting that bikini body.

In Defense of: Hating Music Festivals

Thanks a lot, Woodstock. There may have been other outdoor festivals before it, but on that dairy farm in New York in 1969 is when everything changed.

| Movie Editor

Top 5 Emergencies We Wish Had Happened on Wednesday

As you may or may not know, depending on how well your phone carrier handled the texts, there was an accidental activation of the Washington University emergency system on Wednesday. Thankfully, it turned out to not be anything serious, but what if it had? Here are some pop cultural emergencies we wish had been the […]

Top five places to see the Mrs. Carter World Tour

As a duo, we’re pretty much still “crazy in love” with Beyoncé, especially after her Super Bowl performance. Naturally, when the announcement of the Mrs. Carter Show World Tour came out, we shrieked/cried/giggled/cheered. Seeing Beyoncé isn’t just a historical occasion meant for your grandkids. It’s also an opportunity to see some sites! Get cultured!

| Senior Cadenza Editor

Top five things for the Puppy Bowl to spoof

On Sunday, a television event took place and the whole world was watching. There was also a football game on. The Puppy Bowl, which aired on Animal Planet for the ninth time, is one of the most wonderful examples of counterprogramming to exist.

| Senior Cadenza Editor

A dream Super Bowl set list

Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter. She is the wife of Jay-Z, the mother of Blue Ivy and the queen of the universe. Most importantly, she is playing the Super Bowl halftime show. With a bottomless pit full of amazing songs for high-energy performances, who knows what songs she could pick for her 13-minute set? Here are some […]