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Bands connect with fans during the pandemic

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

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 concerts are being held on platforms such as Instagram, Twitch, Minecraft and Club ...

Artists connect with fans through virtual concerts

Musician John Legend preforming live at a concert.

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 are able to connect with fans in a way that follows social distancing guidelines.  For...

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

“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.

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 of the biggest releases of the year so far. The new project was created alongside producers Metro Boomin, Da...

Cancelled gigs financially affect CHS and local bands

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

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, within those that are hit the hardest are musicians who rely on the ability to perform gigs to m...

1 in 300: Williams tunes into passion

Williams plays cello for the New Jersey State Youth Orchestra.

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 played the cello, so she really wanted me to play it too,” Williams said. However, she quickly devel...

Eminem impresses, but perplexes, in new album

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?

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, asking: who wants a new Eminem album in 2020? While “Music to be Murdered By” is easil...

Older generations wrongfully criticize rising pop culture

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.”

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 homogenous and corporate than ever before. But this sentiment lacks any serious evidence behind it ...

Older musicians regain popularity through new music, collaborations

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

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 is one of the few musicians who has maintained popularity throughout his entire career. Along with...

Message of suicide in music sparks controvery

A survey of 47 students from Aug. 18 to Sep. 4.

Rebecca Heath

September 13, 2019

On Oct. 26, 1984, 19-year-old John McCollum was found dead in his home from a self-inflicted gunshot wound while listening to Ozzy Osbourne’s album, “Blizzard of Oz.” With lyrics such as “Suicide is the only way out” and “Get the gun and try it,” his family alleged that one of the album...

Time to face the music: does music distract or aid students in their work?

With the convenience of music streaming in the modern era, many people constantly listen to music while working in order to boost their energy or get themselves in the right mindset to achieve their goals.

Ella Lukowiak

June 20, 2019

Whether it’s curled up at home, reading a book while soothing music echoes through the speakers, or in a classroom, trying to squeeze out another page of a paper while drowning in the rhythm of rock and roll, people are constantly surrounded and impacted by music with the average person streaming mu...

Music therapy helps patients to cope with their mental illnesses

Senior Sydney Karlin of Matawan performs a medley on the piano at the annual CHS Coffeehouse in November.

Rebecca Heath

January 25, 2019

When it comes to mental illness, most think of medication and talk therapy as typical forms of treatment. But, a new and vastly different approach has recently gained notoriety, supplementing what is known as standard regimen. This practice is known as music therapy. Music therapy is the use of music in a thera...

Kendrick Lamar steals the show and stirs controversy with music Pulitzer Prize win

Kendrick Lamar received the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for music, which stirred much controversy among musicians.

Kaitlyn Hammond

September 14, 2018

The prestigious Pulitzer Prize is often associated with extraordinary works of journalism and literature, awarded to the most influential pieces of the year. When the Pulitzer Prize Board announced the music category winner to be Kendrick Lamar earlier this year, controversy stirred among classical compose...

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