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TikTok provides access to millions of videos and songs.

Tiktok has hold on the music industry

Katherine Manatos March 12, 2021

The music industry, as well as music consumption, has changed drastically due to TikTok’s influence on listeners and producers. Through 15-60 second videos, TikTok appeals to the short attention span...

A survey of 54 students from Feb. 3 to
Feb. 10.

Is original art an abstract idea?

Adina Saks March 12, 2021

Students at CHS, many being artistically and musically gifted, would agree that art can be a means to portray oneself honestly. As freshman Anna Lindberg of Keansburg says, “I think the true purpose...

Artists are met with creative decisions on their work due to monetary issues.

Artists must choose to create for their audience or for themselves

Nicola DeGregorio and Isabella Ji January 19, 2021

The compulsive draw of publicity and making money disturbs the world of artistry, making artists question their motive to create: for themselves or for their audience. Though it is possible for an artist...

Skolnick’s grandmother dances to Czech Polka songs at a recent wedding.

Music can benefit patients living with dementia and Alzheimer’s

Sam Skolnick January 19, 2021

My grandmother, Cleanor Skolnick, was diagnosed with dementia seven years ago, and she slowly has begun to forget memories, places and even me. Yet, there is one thing that she always seems to remember,...

Many musicians are holding virtual concerts due to COVID-19.

Bands connect with fans during the pandemic

Katherine Manatos June 12, 2020

Stay-at-home orders all over the world have shut down concerts and museums for the foreseeable future. Musicians and artists have begun adapting to the challenge and have turned to the internet for help.  Virtual...

Musician John Legend preforming live at a concert.

Artists connect with fans through virtual concerts

Madeline Holobinko May 8, 2020

From John Legend to Keith Urban, artists have adapted to self-quarantine and found a new form of sharing live music: virtual performances. By using various social media platforms and websites, these celebrities...

“After Hours” debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and is already breaking records. The album received 1.02 million pre-adds on Apple Music prior to its release, setting a new record for pre-saves on the platform.

The Weeknd’s “After Hours” album explores dark topics and messages

Will McHale and Luke Latorre May 8, 2020

Fourteen tracks, production from some of the best in the industry, and no features for the first time on one of Abel Tesfaye’s projects. Also known as The Weeknd, his new album “After Hours” is one...

Sophomore Giulia DeFabritus of Freehold performs with her
all-girl band The Bellas at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park.

Cancelled gigs financially affect CHS and local bands

Ella Lukowiak May 8, 2020

While for some, being forced to stay home during the coronavirus outbreak may seem like a dream come true, others are restricted from being able to go out and make a living. According to the LA Times,...

Williams plays cello for the New Jersey State Youth Orchestra.

1 in 300: Williams tunes into passion

Will McHale March 9, 2020

Junior Madeline Williams of Wall began playing the cello when she was just nine years old. Although it may be an unusual choice for a fourth grade pastime, she was inspired by her mother. “My mom...

On Jan. 17, one of the best selling artists of the century surprised listeners with a new, 20-song album. The release of “Music to be Murdered By,” the 11th studio album by Eminem, left many conflicted, asking: who wants a new Eminem album in 2020?

Eminem impresses, but perplexes, in new album

Luke Latorre and Will McHale March 9, 2020

On Jan. 17, one of the best selling artists of the century surprised listeners with a new, 20-song album. The release of “Music to be Murdered By,” the 11th studio album by Eminem, left many conflicted,...

Streaming allows for experimental artists to bypass traditional mediums to gain popularity, not having to compromise their vision to get played on the radio. Only in 2019 could Tyler the Creator’s genre-bending, innovative album “IGOR” reach #1 on the Billboard charts over international superstar DJ Khaled’s radio-friendly, formulaic album “Father of Asahd.”

Older generations wrongfully criticize rising pop culture

Vaughn Battista March 9, 2020

The term “born in the wrong generation” has come to encapsulate a pervasive mentality about modern art. There is a consistent notion that pop culture is simply worse than it once was, becoming more...

Elton John performs at the Oslo Spektrum in 2014. His recently
released movie, “Rocketman,” helped to boost his popularity.

Older musicians regain popularity through new music, collaborations

Carla Vreeland January 17, 2020

“Getting an audience is hard. Sustaining an audience is hard. It demands a consistency of thought, of purpose, and of action over a long period of time,” Bruce Springsteen once said. Springsteen...

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