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Luke Bryan Concert Review

Ashley Hutchinson

     Saturday, September 14, was a busy day at Blossom Music Center. Country singer Luke Bryan made an Ohio appearance while on his Sunset Repeat tour. 

     The concert was said to start at 7 pm, but Bryan did not make an appearance until around 9:30. Instead, the audience watched the opening acts perform. The two opening acts included Jon Langston and Cole Swindell, both of whom are also country singers. 

     Blossom Music Center was designed to hold about 23,000 people, and every single ticket to this concert was completely sold out. 

     Jon Langston was a decent opening act, but most of the audience was not familiar with his music. Cole Swindell, however, was a big hit among the crowd because his songs seemed to be more well-known. 

     “I enjoyed one of them, Cole Swindell, but not the other one because I did not know his music that well,” junior Hayley Kohler said after attending the concert.

     Overall, the concert was an amazing experience. “I enjoyed it because I knew all of the songs that he performed,” Kohler said.

     Bryan’s set list was around 23 songs long and included crowd favorites such as “Knockin’ Boots”, “That’s my Kind of Night” and “Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset”. 

     My personal favorite was “Knockin’ Boots” because it is his most recent song and it was the most popular among the audience. It was such a cool experience when every single person knew the song and had a blast dancing to it.

     The concert production was done very well and no improvements were needed there. All of the acts ran smoothly and each of the performers did a wonderful job. 

    The only negative, for me personally, is that he did not perform a few of the songs I really like. However, this was balanced out because I discovered new songs that I had never heard before and I came to love them just as much.

     I would definitely attend one of his concerts again. It was so much fun and was a very memorable experience for me. His next concerts will also include new songs, which will be a good change. 

     Luke Bryan’s Sunset Repeat tour was a concert that I will never forget. 

     

 

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Post Malone Album Review

Brianna Doctor 

     Nearly a year after releasing his second album, Post Malone has finally released his newest 17 track album, Hollywood’s Bleeding, for his fans who have long awaited new music from the talented artist. 

     Since July, Malone has been teasing his fans with new music. He released his top hit “Goodbyes” featuring Young Thug, and a week before releasing his album, Malone dropped one more song “Circles” to give his fans a little taste of what was to come on Hollywood’s Bleeding.

     Malone has been entertaining people with his music since 2016 when he released his first album, Stoney. Two years later he released his second hip-hop based album, beerbongs and bentleys

     For years, Malone has been known for being a hip-hop artist, but his newest album is more pop-focused this time around. Hollywood’s Bleeding contains many sentimental songs that fans listening can relate to.   

     With songs like “A Thousand Bad Times’ and “Allergic”, Malone gives his audience some energetic beats while singing about his relationship issues.

     Malone is no stranger to heartbreak, and through a beautiful pop collaboration with SZA called “Staring at the Sun”, he describes a troubled past relationship in which his lover is blinded by her thoughts that Malone can change, but this will never happen. 

     Through another more down to earth collaboration about heartbreak, Malone describes the feeling of betrayal from a past lover in the song “Die For Me” featuring Future and Halsey. 

     Although Malone’s new album is more pop, he still includes his hip-hop roots through a couple of songs that feature collaborations with rap artists, DaBaby, Lil Baby, and Meek Mill. 

     In his song “On the Road”, Malone, Lil Baby, and Meek Mill explain all the ups and downs they go through by themselves while creating their music. Next, Malone sings about his “Enemies.” He explains how his friends who had let him down turned into his enemies with rapper DaBaby. 

     In his previous album, Malone let his fans know that he was not afraid to flex his success. In Hollywood’s Bleeding, he still sings about his fame, but this time, in his new pop style..

     Malone sings about all of the things he has, and how he has worked so hard to receive those things in the song “Saint-Tropez.” In addition, Malone sings about how he does whatever wants so he can be whatever he wants in “I’m Gonna Be.”

     Malone’s best collaboration may come as a surprise to listeners. In his song “Take What You Want”, Malone creates a perfect balance of heavy metal and hip-hop with artists, Ozzy Osbourne and Travis Scott, as they sing about a toxic lover.

     Only 2 days after releasing his newest album, Malone has taken over song charts on both Apple Music and Spotify. 

     Malone also announced his new Hollywood’s Bleeding merchandise: t-shirts in multiple colors with multiple designs, sweatshirts, and CD’s. His merchandise is available at www.shop.postmalone.com

     In support of his newest album, Malone kicks of his Runaway Tour Sept. 14, and the tour will run through Nov 20. He will be accompanied by Swae Lee and Tyla Yaweh.

     For most Post Malone fans, his newest album is on repeat, but for those who have not listened to his amazing new music, it is now available to stream on all music outlets. 

     Hollywood’s Bleeding is an album with music different from the typical hip-hop rhythms Malone is known for, yet he has successfully made an album full of songs that contain deeper meanings for fans to relate to while creating catchy tunes to keep listeners coming back for more.

     

     

     

Khalid- The Newest Sensation Of Pop Music

Maria Leonino

    Over the years, music styles have changed and evolved. While the music may not be like it used to be, singer Khalid Robinson, or better known as just “Khalid” has grown into one of the top pop artists.

    Khalid made his music debut on March 3, 2017. He released his 15 track album, which skyrocketed quickly and boosted his career. His hit song “Location” was performed live shortly after the release, and “Angels” was featured on the hit television show, “Grey’s Anatomy”.

    Ever since then, Khalid has released many collaborations with other artists, an E.P album, and his most recent album, “Free Spirit” released on April 5, 2019.

    “I learned about Khalid from his song “Location”. I saw it online and found his music. I have been a fan before his first album came out,” junior Payton Hackim said.

    Along with the release of his new album, Khalid is going on tour and the tickets became available the day the album came out. Hackim and I bought tickets for his Columbus show in the summer.

    I cannot wait to see Khalid live. He is one of my favorite artists and he has one of the most amazing voices I have ever heard.

    The 17 track album of “Free Spirit” contains a variety of different music. There is upbeat songs such as “Talk” and “Right Back”, and there are deeper, sadder songs such as “Heaven” and “Intro”.

    “His music makes me feel so many emotions. Happy, sad, mixed emotions, just about everything. He has a way with connecting songs to others lives on such a deeper level and I love that,” Hackim said.

    The upbeat songs give me hope for the future, the sad songs make me reflect on my past, and his more chill songs calm me. Any mood I feel can turn around once I listen to his songs.

    Khalid has a way with his lyrics and music, it is unlike any other artist I have ever heard. He is inspiring to many at such a young age, and he is just getting started.

    My favorite song for sure is “Right Back”. The song is about a relationship falling off track and needing to spend more time with that special someone.

    Although I love the message the song portrays, the upbeat music and the way it makes me feel is what I love the most. This was one of the first songs I listened to when the album came out and it remained my favorite throughout the whole album.

    Some comparisons between us first and most recent album is how Khalid has evolved and changed. He has such a more positive outlook on life and his songs prove he is happier and in a better place than before.

    “8Teen” is a track from his first album, which was his age when he released the album. Now, Khalid has the track “Twenty One”. When he was 18 he talked about not accomplishing much and being behind, but now that he is 21 he knows what he wants and has done more than he ever dreamed of.

    All in all, Khalid’s album “Free Spirit” is one of the best, and my most favorite album. I hope in the future he releases more albums and shows the world how great he is.

    “Overall, I like the vibe of his new album and the meaning each song has. Every song has a different message, and in some albums songs can be repetitive but I do not feel that way with this album,” Hackim said.

Captain Marvel

Hannah Bartels

     As if there wasn’t already enough superhero movies, there’s another. But this time it’s okay because the superhero is a woman, which isn’t very common for superhero movies.

According to Variety.com, “Captain Marvel” is the second, “major Hollywood film to feature a female superhero at its center.” “Wonder Woman” was the first to do so but “Captain Marvel” is a, “savier and more high-flying fantasy.”

    Brie Larson serves the role as Captain Marvel in the movie but knows herself as Vers, unknowingly working with the “bad guys” as a Kree warrior. Brie has no knowledge of her identity or roots since the accident where she gained her powers by blowing up a ship containing a powerful energy core; however, she does not succeed in destroying the core and it causes many issues later on in the movie.

    Brie has the ability to fly, make supersonic blasts and change costumes which help her fly into space. When Brie goes on a mission with her team of Kree warriors, she is accidentally captured by the Skrulls who she believes are the bad guys, but in reality she and the Kree people are the real bad guys.

    When Brie escapes she the Skrulls she crash lands on Earth, a distant memory from before the crash. While searching for the Skrulls who followed her to Earth, she teams up with the U.S. government. She forms new alliances with the people on Earth as her memories slowly return to her.

    Brie must watch her back, for the Skrulls can take the shape and appearance of any person they see. Yet, all the Skrulls really want from Brie is the information on the location of the energy core which can save the Skrull people who are hiding out on a ship in Space from the Kree people.

    After encountering a Skrull who turns out to be honest and pure, Brie questions her upbringing and her own identity more than before. She soon learns who her real friends are and is determined to stop the Kree people.

    “Captain Marvel” is an empowering tale of self discovery and finding self worth. With these two topics being such an issue in today’s world for many people, this matter portrays how difficult it can be for some to                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    achieve a good mental health. Many people struggle with finding their purpose and role in the world and that is portrayed in Captain Marvel” by Brie Larson.

    Despite all of the cool special effects and battle scenes, the story can be somewhat cheesy at points. “Captain Marvel” was also an exciting movie for many women who were eager for another woman superhero. Many know that “Wonder Woman” was one of the first woman superhero movies which was a huge deal for feminists and paved the way for more superhero movies involving women as the main role. But with “Captain Marvel” as the second movie to do so, the future of more women superheroes looks bright.

    With plenty of action and battle scenes, “Captain Marvel” is a story which is exciting and thrilling to watch. Head to the theaters and see why so many are buzzing about the new female superhero.