pop music

Good job, SPB: Finally a WILD I’m excited to go to

When I heard that Carly Rae Jepsen would be headlining WILD my first response was, “Good job, SPB.” When I heard that Vic Mensa and Wrabel would be opening for Jepsen, my response was, “Great job, SPB.”

| Senior Cadenza Editor

Album Review: ‘1989’ by Taylor Swift

I thought she’d done it, I really did. I thought, after 10 months devoid of blockbuster albums and full of disappointment, Taylor Swift would finally give us a world-conquering record we could all get behind. See, I’d briefly reached pop nirvana after my 50th run through “Shake It Off,” and I wanted more—12 songs more, to be exact. Heck, I’d take two as effortlessly life-affirming as my retroactive songs of the summer.

| Music Editor

Hot and cold on Katy Perry

No, I am not a 15-year-old girl, and yes, I went to the Katy Perry concert on Sunday at the Scottrade Center.

| Contributing Writer

Former ‘K-pop Star’ contestant moves onto freshman year

Like most students coming to campus for their first college semester, freshman Kathy Young felt fairly anonymous—but unlike her peers, she already carried a bit of fame. During her junior year in high school, Young became a renowned singer in South Korea following her performances in the inaugural season of the show “K-pop Star.

Tyler Friedman | Staff Writer

Album review: ‘Britney Jean’ by Britney Spears

In July, Britney Spears promised fans that her newest album would be her “most personal album ever.” Upon the release of the album’s title, “Britney Jean,” fans were convinced it would be her most personal as the title is the name her family and closest friends call her.

Caroline Gutbezahl | Contributing Writer

Cadenza critique: ARTPOP by Lady Gaga

On the title track of “ARTPOP,” Lady Gaga croons, “My ARTPOP could mean anything.

| Senior Cadenza Editor

‘Fastlife’ | Joe Jonas

Besides looking like a cross between the orange monster that is The Situation and a younger and creepier Enrique Iglesias, Joe Jonas falls short of differentiating himself as both an artist and as a single Jonas. His first solo album, “Fastlife,” is uninspired and unoriginal.

| Cadenza Reporter

Prog-Rap and a beautiful, dark, twisted simplicity

Just before winter break, I made a quick stop at Vintage Vinyl to obtain what was hailed by many as the album of 2010: Kanye West’s “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.” Since his debut, “The College Dropout,” I’ve found West to be one of the most interesting (and oddly relatable) figures in hip-hop, and the perfect-score reviews that the album received certainly didn’t curb my interest.

| Forum Editor

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