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

TikTokAbout 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.

The videos and song for this trend were everywhere, with even celebrities joining in on the fun. About a month after the initial videos, Doja Cat herself tagged along by including the “Silhouette Challenge” in her new music video for “Streets.”

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In the Heights Coming in June

default article imageProlific composer, lyricist, actor, and award-winner Lin-Manuel Miranda is perhaps best known for the hit Broadway musical Hamilton, which he created and starred in.

His other smash Broadway musical, In the Heights, is receiving the big-screen treatment, coming to theaters and HBO Max on June 11 for everyone to enjoy.

When Miranda first pitched In the Heights, he was questioned on exactly what he was selling.

In an interview given to Variety, he said, “They wanted the young female protagonist Nina, who drops out of Stanford, to have a more dramatic reason for leaving school than the pressures of being the first in her family to go to college.”

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

SM6 1The 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.

About seven years later in 2021, they amassed 1.6 million followers on the popular social media app TikTok from a viral video called the “Don’t Flinch Challenge.” On TikTok, you can find the band posting light-hearted videos like challenges and “squad walks” to trending songs, collaborating with other TikTokers, posting music covers, and ultimately just being themselves. The band also posts everything from vlogs to music videos every Friday on their YouTube channel.

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Blue Hawk Records: The Continuation of the Spring 2021 Compilation

Blue Hawk RecordsBlue Hawk Records’ 18th compilation album is getting closer to completion. A lot has been going on these last few weeks with setting up the album, including successful recording sessions on March 10, March 17 and March 24. There is one more studio session with two artists left to record.

Brian Smith, one of the artists on the compilation album, had a few things to say about his experience recording his song in the studio. “The atmosphere in the studio is everything,” he said. “You can’t produce quality music without being comfortable in the studio environment. Thanks to the support of the great studio professionals, musicians, and Blue Hawk staff, the studio vibes were immaculate and we even got the song right on the first try.”

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Remembering Selena Quintanilla

default article imageSelena Quintanilla, the Queen of Tejano music, tragically lost her life at the cusp of her career. On March 31st, 1995, the late singer got shot by Yolanda Salidvar, friend and president of her fan club, and 26 years later her legacy lives on. 

Quintanilla quickly won over the hearts of many with her catchy tracks including “Como la Flor,” “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom,” “Baila Esta Cumbia,” and many more. Not only was she known for her songs in Spanish, she crossed over to the English market with songs like “Dreaming of You” and “I Could Fall in Love.”

Selena was born on April 10, 1976 and began to sing at the age of 10 when she became the lead singer of the family band, Selena y los Dinos. Abraham Quintanilla, Selena’s father, became the band’s manager. The band consisted of her sister, Suzzette, on the drums, and her older brother AB on bass guitar. 

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Promising Young Woman Promises to Entertain

Promising 1British director Emerald Fennell’s Promising Young Woman, nominated for Best Picture among others, is a riveting feminist thriller that tackles the often difficult to discuss topics of rape culture and victim blaming.

Cassie Thomas (Carey Mulligan) sets out on a mission to avenge her friend’s rape and eventual death, although her methods of doing so are unconventional at best. Any time you think you know what’s coming next, you are proven wrong. Nothing about this film is predictable. You have no choice but to pay full attention for the 1 hour and 54 minutes, but it’s worth every second of your time.

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Return to Yharnam: The Transcendental Horror of Bloodborne

Return to 1In 2021, on the sixth anniversary of Bloodborne’s release, tens of thousands of players on internet forums like Reddit have congregated to create their very own co-operative online event within the game.

The six years since Bloodborne’s release on the PlayStation 4 have seen quite little decline in the player base; a remarkable feat for a game that came out so early in the console’s life.

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SELENA GOMEZ: Revelación = Revelation

Gomez 1Selenators, the wait is over.

On March 12, Selena Gomez, 28, released her anticipated Spanish-language EP, Revelación. The EP includes seven songs with two well-known Latinx artists including Rauw Alejandro and Myke Towers. Revelación was released on Friday March 12.

Gomez, a former Disney actress, has sung in Spanish before for her hit songs “Who Says” and “A Year Without Rain,” released a decade ago.

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New Horizons: One Year Later

New2 HorizonsFor a great many of us, video games have been a refuge to lean into over the past year, when isolation has become all too normal.

But one game series takes the idea of an imaginary refuge to the next level, and March 20 was the first anniversary of this series’ newest installment.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons came out almost exactly a year ago. Its release date unknowingly was aligned perfectly with the start of the COVID-19 pandemic; just as it was setting in that isolation could be our new way of life, at least for a time.

To the uninitiated: Animal Crossing is a series of life simulator games renowned for allowing the player great flexibility in what they can accomplish.

But the main draw of Animal Crossing and its newest edition, in my opinion, is the villagers.

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Second Wind: Pokémon Card Collecting in 2021

Second Wind 1The Pokémon franchise has taken over pop culture yet again, with the possibility that it can make you rich. Yes, you read that right: the show and game that you loved so much as a child now has the ability to make you money. The key to this success? The trading cards.

In the last year, Pokémon trading cards have evolved into a money-making machine. The shelves cannot stay stocked for anything longer than 10 minutes. On restock days, stores like Target, Best Buy, Walmart and GameStop have lines out the door before they are even open.

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Sam-I-Am (Not): McCurdy Won't Return for iCarly Reboot

Sam 1Fans of the iconic Nickelodeon sitcom iCarly have reason for disappointment, as co-star Jennette McCurdy revealed she will not be joining Miranda Cosgrove, Nathan Kress, and Jerry Trainor for the show’s long-awaited reboot.

On a recent episode of her podcast Empty Inside, McCurdy, now 28, shared that she quit acting and is “ashamed” of some of her roles.

During the episode in a conversation with actress Anna Faris, McCurdy said, “My family didn’t have a lot of money, and [acting] was the way out.”

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