Tag: OpEd

Are record labels obsolete? (Op-Ed)

Are record labels obsolete? (Op-Ed)

What do Taylor Swift, Prince, The Beatles, Iggy Azaela, Jay-Z, and Chance the Rapper all have in common? They are big names in the great struggle of artists wanting to own their music. But the real question is: should artists even sign to a record label at all? To understand this issue, we’ll have to […]

James Patterson Makes Good On $1M Promise To Indies

James Patterson Makes Good On $1M Promise To Indies

Less than 10 months after the day James Patterson swore a million-dollar promise, he has kept his word. The best-selling novelist announced he has donated about $437,000 to 81 independent bookstores — a gift that completes his plan to donate $1 million of his own money to support independent booksellers.

How to Be an Ethical Music Fan in the Age of Streaming

How to Be an Ethical Music Fan in the Age of Streaming

Being an ethical music fan in this age of streaming can feel bewildering. We have almost all of the music ever recorded (though not necessarily the best-sounding versions of it) at our fingertips at any given time. But we have no idea how much clicking “play” will benefit the artists who created it.

How Mental Health Conditions are Portrayed in Films

How Mental Health Conditions are Portrayed in Films

Over two thousand films come out every year, worldwide, and at least about half of these touch on the topic of mental sanity or downright deal with mental health problems. The effects of inaccurate storytelling are vast; it results in misinformed audiences, and it can stigmatize people with mental health issues and their families.

How “Wednesday” Pays Tribute to Goth Culture

Netflix’s newest hit series “Wednesday”, directed by Tim Burton, has officially revived the world’s love for the Addams Family. Jenna Ortega’s role as the delightfully dreadful Wednesday Addams has earned much praise from fans and critics alike, who champion Ortega’s expert ability to bring Wednesday’s apathetic, dark-humored persona to a new generation of viewers–and as someone who’s just begun the show, I’d have to agree with that assessment. But what endears me most about “Wednesday” are the ways in which the show, mainly through its titular character, pays homage to the oft-misrepresented subculture of goth.

3 Fresh Artists to Listen to if You Love the Sound of the 80s

3 Fresh Artists to Listen to if You Love the Sound of the 80s

When asked to think of the 1980s, what exactly comes to mind? Your mind will probably conjure up images of big hair, bright colors, and loud music. Consumerism boomed during this time and it is reflected in every aspect of pop culture at the time from fashion, to food, to music. One way in which this sort of consumerism and artificiality infiltrated music was with the introduction of synthesizers into mainstream music. Synths left their mark on the music world and have helped the music produced during this time to stick out distinctly, but synths didn’t go the way of the dodo as soon as the 90’s struck. No, they’ve become modern musician’s best friends. While many artists over the last several decades have adapted their uses and styles evolving further away from the sounds that define the 80s, there are still many artists drawing inspiration from that time in the creation of their music. Here are some recent albums by current artists that sound like they could be straight out of an 80s movie soundtrack.

The Late Grant Wahl: An American Soccer Journalist for the People

The Late Grant Wahl: An American Soccer Journalist for the People

Grant Wahl, the world-renowned American soccer journalist, died unexpectedly this year at the World Cup in Qatar during the quarterfinals. The journalist collapsed at the press tribune in Qatar and later died in the hospital of an aortic aneurysm.
After rumors swirled that his death was related to covid-19 or potential foul play, his wife took to her blog to put the rumors to bed. She also went on to pay tribute to her late husband, “While the world knew Grant as a great journalist, we knew him as a man who approached the world with openness and love,” his wife wrote. “Grant was an incredibly empathetic, dedicated, and loving husband, brother, uncle, and son who was our greatest teammate and fan. We will forever cherish the gift of his life; to share his company was our greatest love and source of joy.”

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