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Shawn James, an American singer-songwriter born in the South Side of Chicago, is not an artist many know or have heard of. Though recently, he collaborated with popular video game studio Naughty Dog, leading to his song "Through the Valley" to be covered in "The Last of Us: Part II" by lead actress Ashley Johnson. This obviously began to garner fans to his folk, blues, and rock melodies and lyrics.
Who would have thought that a middle-aged British pop group and a much younger Korean pop group would team up and produce a song together? Not me, I was surprised to say the least when the collaboration between Coldplay and BTS was announced. The two groups together seem like an odd, unexpected combination, especially because of the language gap. However, their passion for music transcended language and they were able to produce a song with both English and Korean lyrics.
This one trick pony broke barriers for what listeners thought was just a “one hit wonder.” Country artist turned global pop/rap star—publicly known as Lil Nas X—has finally opened the floodgates and released his long-awaited and highly anticipated debut album, MONTERO. Nas achieved this status of success back in 2019 when “Old Town Road” became the anthem of the summer. This hit featuring Billy Ray Cyrus immediately threw Nas on the music map after it went viral on TikTok, then went 14x platinum, and became the highest certified song in Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) History.
Riley and Landen break down the new musical based on the life of Princess Diana and the conflicting opinions surrounding it.
Riley and Landen break down the new musical based on the life of Princess Diana and the conflicting opinions surrounding it.Checkpoint is Byte's video news series, reporting on recent events in the world of entertainment, tech, and pop culture. Whether its video games, film, television, or music, we've got you covered!Anchors: Riley Nower, Landen NortonExecutive Producer: Aaron DwyerVideo Editing: Riley NowerAudio Editing: Shwetha SundarrajanGraphics: Taylor SheridanMusic: Jack McGinnis
Landen and Riley break down the premiere of wildly popular anime Demon Slayer's second season and mini-arc.Checkpoint is Byte's video news series, reporting on recent events in the world of entertainment, tech, and pop culture. Whether its video games, film, television, or music, we've got you covered!Anchors: Landen Norton, Riley NowerExecutive Producer: Aaron DwyerVideo Editing: Landen NortonAudio Editing: Shwetha SundarrajanGraphics: Taylor SheridanMusic: Jack McGinnis
Follow Sam as he breaks down the events and interviews participants at this year's Gen Con convention in Indianapolis, Indiana.Anchor: Sam Shipe
Courage the Cowardly Dog. While some kids had Goosebumps or Are You Afraid of the Dark?, I had a little pink dog teach me the definition of horror, and boy did he do a good job. Courage was this perfect blend of comedy and horror that I do not think I have ever seen properly recreated, and I think most of it has to do with the simplicity of the plot. Courage, a nervous dog, is trying to protect his owners, Muriel and Eustace Bagge, from all kinds of “freaky stuff” that happens in their hometown of Nowhere. Some episodes still haunt my dreams, like “Windmill Vandals” or “The Curse Of King Ramses.” If you have never sat down and watched the original series, I would highly recommend it. I wish I could say the same for Straight Outta Nowhere: Scooby-doo! meets Courage the Cowardly Dog.
It is National Hispanic Heritage Month and that means the Spanish music on my playlists will be played nonstop to celebrate. In high school, I asked a friend, who was enrolled in a Spanish course, for music recommendations that she had discovered in her class. After sifting through the songs that she suggested, I added some to a playlist. Slowly, I weeded them out and selected the ones that I thought should make it onto my primary playlist. That’s when I recognized there was one repetitive name—Alvaro Soler. After realizing how much I enjoyed his songs, I did a deep dive to listen to more of his discography and became enamored with his music. His song “Sofia” made it onto my most listened to music on Spotify multiple years in a row. Recently I looked back at his Spotify profile to see if he had released any new music and was not disappointed. On July 9, 2021, Soler released another album titled Magia, that rekindled the magic I felt from falling in love with his previous music years ago.
Donda and Certified Lover Boy amassed a great deal of attention when they dropped—for these are two of the most prominent artists of our generation. Both albums came out within four days of each other, with Kanye West releasing Donda first. West and Drake have famously been in a feud for years, so it’s only fair to ask the question: Which album is better?
Disclaimer: The review was conducted on an Xbox Series X