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Musical Disasters Top 10 NOT love songs How the music industry became a laughing stock By Chandni Patel

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12-year-old Alison Gold’s “Chinese Food” has stunningly reached Billboard’s Hot 100 list. Music has long been considered a source of comfort to people. However, in recent history, music like “Friday” by Rebecca Black has made a mockery of the art. The perversion of music is abhorrent but stopping it from spreading is impossible when people do not want to stop listening to it. While “bad” music is subjective, some songs are better left unheard. Rebecca Black’s “Friday” would make the world a better place if it did not exist. Instead, chatter about the song drove views up into the millions and made it the most viewed YouTube video of 2011. The infamous “Gummy Bear Song” has lasted several generations and is still unfortunately well-known by kids who do not get sick of singing it. How much happier we all would have been as kids if that song had not annoyed teachers and parents everywhere! These songs are not only inherently bad because of their absurd lyrics or electronic sounds but also because of their detrimental effects on their performers. Admittedly, the “Gummy Bear Song” has not ruined anyone’s life. But songs like “Friday” or “The Fast Food Song” obliterated any chance that Rebecca Black or the Fast Food Rockers had at a real music career. What could they have possibly been thinking? For the Fast Food Rockers, the thought was that they would make more money if the music became popular; whether the attention was positive or negative had no relevance. For Rebecca Black and, more recently, Alison Gold (singer of “Chinese Food”), it’s about doing as the producer says to break into the music industry. Producers like Patrice Wilson, who wrote both of their musical vulgarities, are the reason why gullible hopefuls like Black and Gold will never live down the shame from participating in these mishaps. The public, however, is the biggest culprit. Every time a new musical disaster appears, we are drawn to it like a train wreck. People share, tweet and write news stories about bad songs, increasing the number of views and unduly encouraging their continuance. Some of these songs are even played in school hallways or at the end of rallies. Morbid curiosity is destroying the sanctity of music and what’s worse is that any attempt to prevent it is an exercise in futility.

Infamous songs that have nothing to do with the famous concept of love By Sonakshi Maheshwari “Mad World”- Gary Jules Mad World is about a man whose life has been stripped of its meaning, leaving him on the brink of insanity. “Apple Juice Break”- Olu Olu sings about working hard throughout his day and taking an apple juice break every once in a while to keep him relaxed, represents the idea that the smallest of wants can provide a person with the greatest of pleasures.

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“Boston Strong”- The Sunrise View Boston Strong, is a two-word phenomenon, that has been running the country since the devastating marathon bombings. Sunrise View sings about the devastation and the hope that Boston now has, describing a sense of community. “Great Day”- Paul McCarthy Paul McCarthy made a song for those who woke up thinking that they will be having a relaxed and beautiful day. This song can easily bring a smile upon the audience’s face.

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“Keep your Head Up”- Andy Grammar Keep your head up is a motivational song for the people who have more bills to pay than cash but manage to make it through anyway. “The Morning”- The Weeknd The Morning is a song about the numbness a person feels the morning after a party and how it changes the views they once had.

“Around the World”- Red Hot Chili Peppers Red Hot Chili Peppers describe various cities and countries around the world and provide details of a man’s exciting life.

“Plastic Dreams”- G-Eazy G-Eazy’s song, Plastic Dreams, is about how he was a kid with dreams and how he became a rising rapper. Throughout the song he describes how, though his dreams are partially materialistic, he has achieved them with his passion.

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Fall Playlist Hip-hop songs for all music lovers By Jason Amico Drake- “From Time” (feat. Jhene Aiko) This track from Drake’s most recent album Nothing Was the Same has released less hype than other songs on the album, but is a phenomenal collaboration regardless. Combining a calm piano-based beat, Aiko’s soothing melodies, and the Toronto emcee’s comfortable flow creates a memorable track.

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Shayyan Ahmad – “Love Interlude” This fresh-faced California artist’s track from his first mixtape release, The Waiting Room, is a refreshing combination of “old-school,” East Coast-inspired flow and lyrics and new-school subject matter. The sampled beat is from legendary rap producer J-Dilla; this classic beat enhances the song and complements the flow and lyrics.

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Robert Glasper Experiment – “Call” (feat. Jill Scott) The Grammy-winning jazz pianist collaborated with worldrenowned singer Scott on this project from Glasper’s newest album, Black Radio 2. This smooth piano beat coupled with the beautiful voice and lyrics of Scott are sure to please your eardrums. Mac Miller – “S.D.S”. Miller has gained lots of attention in recent years, and for good reason. This track, which was produced by hip-hop icon Flying Lotus, exemplifies the Pittsburgh rapper’s abilities as a lyricist and artist alike. S.D.S. is from his most recent album Watching Movies With the Sound Off and has an accompanying video that is sure to entertain the viewer.

iamsu! – “Float” (feat. TY$) iamsu! has been gaining substantial hubbub for his most recent works and substantial radio play. This song from Suzy’s most recent mixtape, Kilt 2, is a great combination of the HBK Gang frontman’s chill lyrics and the astounding voice of the newest Taylor Gang signee- TY$ (Pronounced Tee-Why- Dolla Sign). Logic – “The Come Up” This song, from the Maryland-native’s most recent mixtape Young Sinatra: Welcome to Forever, is a great reason why Logic made it on the prestigious XXL Freshman cover for 2013; he’s one of the best and deserves all the accolades he’s received since the release of his first viral mixtape nearly three years ago.

Book Review: The House of Hades An obvious attempt to appeal to modern audiences

Book Review: And the Mountains Echoed Famous author releases book after a six year break

By Matthew Chan The House of Hades, the widely anticipated sequel to Rick Riordan’s The Mark of Athena, was released on October 8, 2013. Riordan’s previous books, The House of Hades incorporates many new gods and characters from Greek and Roman mythology in the plot and has action-filled fight scenes where the demigods draw on all the power that they have. Several past characters do make reappearances in this book so that the relationships and understanding among the demigods only gets more complicated and suspenseful as the battle for the doors of death unfolds. While the action is very intense and the various scenes are truly gripping, many details that Riordan includes in this book do not seem to fit in with the previous stories and seem to have been made purely to appeal to newer audiences. Much of the book involves

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standing around, and even the fight scenes are more onesided as the battles involve the demigods completely obliterating the monsters while the hardships seem more annoying than difficult. Also, the important scenes are less emphasized compared to the minor scenes. In addition, the sad scenes do not leave the reader with as much a sense of real sadness as previous books did because these scenes are short and Riordan seems to only glance over them. Even so, Rick Riordan’s new book, The House of Hades, is another gripping novel that can’t be put down until the last page, and even though The House of Hades does not end in a cliffhanger like so many of his other books do, it still leaves readers with anticipation for his fifth and probably final installment of The Heroes of Olympus. Photo: hypable.com

The world renowned author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, Khaled Hosseini, released his next great novel on May 21st, 2013. And the Mountains Echoed is a riveting tale about the siblings Abdullah and Pari who are separated at a young age. Like all of Hosseini’s books, And the Mountains Echoed takes place in Afghanistan but includes stories of people from all around the world, who are interconnected in some way. From Paris to the Greek Islands of Tinos, Hosseini shows influence each person has in this world, through the consequences of each chaaracters actions. Hosseini’s complexity of storytelling and his ability to emotional move his readers through his words makes And the Mountains Echoed a

worthwhile novel to read. The variety of emotions Hosseini elicits from the reader is very refreshing. However, Hosseini perhaps added too many storylines which take away from the underlying emotional appeal of his base story. The book shows the reader a realistic portrayal of the hardships people face in poor countries. Hosseini ends the story in a full circle, tying up all loose ends of the novel. The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns are easier to follow and for this reason have a greater effect on the reader than And the Mountains Echoed. Nevertheless, keep And the Mountains Echoed on your books to read list. Photo: barnesandnobles.com

Volume 22, Issue 2  
Volume 22, Issue 2  
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