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Meet rising K-pop star Elly Nonon

Posted By: Jade Eckels · 7/29/2014 4:24:00 PM

Korean pop or K-pop is more than a genre of music. Arnelle "Elly" Nonon, a 19-year-old native New Yorker may represent this more than any other performer. She goes by the nickname Elly, because "it's easy for Korean people to say." Elly has more than demonstrated her dedication to K-pop and to realizing her dreams. Elly competed in and won the 2013 K-pop World Festival global competition.

Elly is trying to change the face of K-pop, by being the first non-Korean to become a K-pop idol. There are non-Korean idols, but almost all of them are Asian. Elly is African-American and has spent her entire life in the United States.There have been American K-pop idols and even idols of black parentage. However, the idols that are of black descent (Insooni, Tasha, and Lee Michelle) are all half-Korean and grew up in Korea.  

 K-pop, for better or worse, has become ...

Childhood Entertainment Exposed

Posted By: Kaleb Anderson · 7/24/2014 4:12:00 PM

We all have our favorite childhood shows and movies that we used to sit in front of our TV’s early Saturday morning to watch with a bowl of cereal. Even though most of the entertainment was created to purely produce humor, they are many TV shows and movies that dig deeper through the moral of each story being told through a TV screen. These forms of entertainment allow us to question and analyze our favorite shows and movies.

“Scooby-Doo” and his meddling gang always faced a monster in every episode. The gang would find clues that told them more and more about the monster. The monster would usually try to try to stop the gang from finding more clues, and by the end of the episode the monster was exposed. Every monster had their own personal reason for becoming a monster. In the episode 104 of “Scooby-Doo, Where Are ...

Sia “1000 Forms of Fear” Track by Track Review

Posted By: Kaleb Anderson · 7/23/2014 3:50:00 PM

1. “Chandelier”
The YOLO anthem of the summer is here! Sia opens the album with a party starter. The song is about living for tonight and enjoying herself even if its by herself. She expresses her disappointment in her shameful celebration of life; which nods to listeners that she isn’t used to living on the wild side. The tempo gradually speeds up until it hits the chorus and you hear drums and the bass guitar stand out against the lyrics. This song will make listeners want to get up and dance.

2. “Big Girls Cry”
This song stresses the struggle and the fall of a proud woman. The steady piano anthem allows Sias’ lyrical talents to shine. “Tough girl in the fast lane, no time for love, no time for hate.” Although this is a great follow up song to “Chandelier”, it sounds like a song that Beyonce rejected. I ...

I want the old Kanye back!

Posted By: Kaleb Anderson · 7/21/2014 3:41:00 PM

“I’m a porcupine. I’m a blowfish. Like, I’m a – what’s the name of that fish that blows up?” Yeezus, our lord and savior, has recently blessed us all with an interview and photo shoot with GQ. Call me crazy, but I seriously think that Kanye needs to be locked up in a mental institution. Mr. West used to the artist we jammed to at summer beach parties and was our doctor after hard breakups. From “Stronger” to “Heartless,” hit after hit he destroyed the hip-hop industry with his catchy choruses and dark twists on love and success. Now its all about Kim and his luxurious Air Yeezies.

“I am a black American male from Chicago who had my wedding rehearsal in Versailles and then got married in Florence with a view of the entire city,” he told GQ interviewer, Zach Baron. Really Kanye? I believe that his obsession with ...

Music Monday: Auto-Tune

Posted By: Tyler Sutton · 7/21/2014 3:07:00 PM

What is auto-tune and why do people use it? This software was originally created in 1997 by Antares Audio Technologies, and was used to correct off-key note,s which allowed the music to be perfectly tuned for the listeners to love. Auto-Tune been highly used by music artists like the Black Eyed Peas, Jason Derulo, Ke$ha, Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj, T- Pain, Rihanna and many other artists. Auto-tune is taking over the people of pop culture.

Recently there has been a debate about artist Britney Spears and whether or not she can sing without Auto-Tune. Her song, “Alien,” leaked without Auto-Tune, was something something that I did not like. I understand why she decides to use Auto-Tune because it is something as listeners that we are used to hearing from her and other artists. I thought that without Auto-tune, her voice was unappealing. People commented on her video saying that she ...