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Kanye West’s Donda: The Long and Winding Road

Image: Kevin Mazur / Getty In October 2019, super-celebrity and contemporarily born-again Christian Kanye West dropped his ninth solo album, the strictly gospel Jesus Is King. Coming off a fully public spiritual awakening, West had enlisted the help of his Sunday Service Choir to produce his interpretation of the gospel.  While fans weren’t entirely surprised […]


TikTok and the Music Industry: How an App Affects the Charts

About two months ago, an internet trend called the “Silhouette Challenge” stormed every platform. People ran to make videos with red backdrop lights to a mash up of Paul Anka’s “Put Your Head on My Shoulders,” which smoothly transitioned into Doja Cat’s “Freak” and “Streets”. This unlikely pairing of songs, one being a classic pop song from the 1950s and the other from a rapper’s album in 2019, blew up because of TikTok.

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A Conversation with SM6: The Family Band that Became a TikTok Sensation

The six Jones siblings—George (21), Isabel (20), Adam (18), Emily (16), Eliana (14), and Jack (13)—grew up in the suburbs of Geneva, Illinois, just an hour away from the Windy City. It was here that they began pursuing music, going to piano lessons, taking performing arts classes at their local community college, playing in their school talent shows, and ultimately starting a family band. Originally called Summer Monkeys, the band has since changed their name to SM6.