What to Expect From This Year's Juice Jam

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What to Expect From This Year's Juice Jam

Juice Jam is more than just a line up of five acts. It is more than a concert. If this is your first time making the trip to Skytop for the festival, you should know what to expect when you arrive. This Sunday will include an exciting array of other activities.

Rock Climbing Wall:

You can test your strength and agility on the rock climbing wall this year! Try timing yourself and compete against your friends. Who doesn't love some friendly competition? However you choose to use it, the rock climbing wall will occupy any downtime between sets. So make sure you wear the right shoes, and we will see you at the top!

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Silent Disco:

The silent disco has been a fan favorite, and we're bringing to back this Juice Jam! Those who love dancing to the groove will love the silent disco tent. All you have to do is exchange your SUIDs for a sweet pair of headphones, and you can jam to student DJ’s and dance the day away. The line can get pretty long, so make sure you don't miss the silent fun!

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Airbrush Tattoos:

A classic. They're all the fun of regular tattoos without the possibility of regret that comes with real ones. Ask the artist for something interesting, and you might make that Instagram post just a little more exciting.

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Inflatables:

Twister is not just for kids anymore. At Juice Jam this year, you can expect to play an inflatable version of the classic game. Do not miss out on the opportunity to have some fun with friends at the inflatables this Sunday.

Art Installation:

Students from all parts of the university have submitted art for the installation this year! You can appreciate their pieces and take all the pictures you want with them. They will serve as an excellent backdrop for the required Juice Jam 2018 photo.

Make sure to take advantage of all that Juice Jam had to offer. Whether you're touching the sky at the top of the rock climbing wall or rocking out in the silent disco, you will not be bored on Sunday!

By Patrick Linehan

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Your Juice Jam Playlist is Here

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Your Juice Jam Playlist is Here

It's time to start getting in the Juice Jam MOOD! No one wants to be standing in the crowd trying to sing the lyrics to a song they don't know. We're here to get you hyped up for the big day with a playlist of all your Juice Jam artists.

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A$AP Ferg// We've all heard it, and we all know it. “Plain Jane.” It’s of his most famous hits and there's no doubt this will be a crowd pleaser on Sunday! Plus we can't forget about his classic hit; "Shabba." This is one to remember for this weekend's show. Make sure you listen to some of A$AP Ferg's songs that you may not know as well like, "Doe-Active," "Wrong," "Verified" and many more.

Playboi Carti// Here’s a few favorites we're looking out for: "Magnolia," "wokeuplikethis*," and "Shoota." But if you're looking for some new favorites to look forward to, you definitely wanna check out some of his songs like, "New Choppa," and "No Time (feat. Gunna)". If you know anything about Playboi Carti, you can expect these songs to be a bop, just like his others.  

Loud Luxury// I'm sure many of us were surprised when we heard is Loud Luxury is the duo behind the song we all jam to on the radio; "Body." But the surprises don't stop there.  Loud Luxury also sings "Fill Me In," "Love No More," "Sex Like Me," as well the "IDWK" Loud Luxury Remix with blackbear and DVBBS.

It’ll be impossible to stand still at Juice Jam when these guys come out on the stage. Make sure you give the playlist a listen to be ready for their set!

Omar Apollo// Bringing some soul to Juice Jam this year. While you might have heard some of his popular music like, “Ugotme”, “Unbothered” or “Erase”, now is the time to get to know his other songs! Give some songs you may not have heard a listen such as, “Hijo de Su Madre”, and “Heart.”

Anne-Marie// If you haven’t jammed out to Anne-Marie then it’s about time you did! She got her big break with Clean Bandit’s big hit; “Rockabye” but there’s so much more to this Essex pop star. Check out some of her other hit songs like “2002(feat. Ed Sheeran), “FRIENDS(feat. Marshmallow), and “Alarm”. These will be sure to get you off your feet and dancing through her entire performance.

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Your Juice Jam Survival Guide

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Your Juice Jam Survival Guide

You know the date. You know the lineup. Now here’s what you need to know about the Do’s and Don’ts of Juice Jam!

DO:

STAY HYDRATED: Hydrate or Diedreate. The day is starting off early, so the last thing you want is to lose steam. UU provides free water throughout the day so make sure to visit the water table as often as you can.

CHARGE YOUR PHONE: You’ll definitely want to have your phone ready to go so you can take pictures, record videos and document the whole day! Instagram will be lost without your yearly Juice Jam posts so plug in those phones or bring a portable charger! ( And make sure to tag @UniversityUnion)

FIND YOUR JUICE JAM BUDDY: Juice Jam is a big event with big crowds, and it can be easy to get lost. Go with a friend or group and use the buddy system to make sure that you all have a fun time together!

SILENT DISCO: Make sure to swing by the silent disco tent for the quietest but most enthusiastic dance party! Grab a pair of headphones and enjoy student-produced dance mixes!

GET THERE ON TIME: Set those alarms, plan your outfits the night before and whatever you do, get there on time! You don't want to miss any of this year’s artists so get there on time to secure that coveted barricade spot.

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DON’T:

FORGET YOUR ID: If you're going to remember one thing, it has to be your ID! No ID? No getting into Juice Jam! Double (then triple) check that you and all your friends have your IDs before you leave because no one wants to take that bus all the way back to main campus.

WEAR YOUR BEST SHOES: Tragically, shoes are the #1 festival casualty. Go all out and embrace your fashion style, but it’s a good idea to save those new shoes for another day. Your brand new white Adidas won't stand a chance.

BRING A BAG: If it doesn’t fit in a pocket, you don’t need it. As long as you’ve got the essentials, your phone, ticket, and sunglasses; you’re ready to go!

BE AFRAID TO DANCE: Enjoy Juice Jam to the fullest! Sing, dance and live your best life!

FORGET TO BUY YOUR TICKET: They’re selling out fast! Get yours for $20 with a SUID at the Carrier Dome Gate E Monday-Friday 10am-6pm.


By Annelise Hackett

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Meet A$AP Ferg

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Meet A$AP Ferg

Meet your Juice Jam headliner, A$AP Ferg.

If you couldn’t already tell by his name, A$AP Ferg is part of the A$AP Mob: a collective of rappers, producers, directors, and designers that all come together under their shared love of hip-hop. Before even thinking about becoming a rapper, A$AP Ferg initially went to art school in hopes of becoming a fashion designer. In 2005 he launched his own company, Devoni Clothing, and began selling to artists like Chris Brown and Swizz Beatz. A$AP Ferg credits A$AP Rocky for being the reason why he started his music career. After featuring on Rocky’s album Long. Live. ASAP., Ferg introduced himself to the world with “Work.” The single took the world by storm and soon was remixed, featuring French Montana, Trinidad James, and ScHoolboy Q. This version exploded on the charts, and was placed on Ferg’s debut album Trap Lord.

More recently, “Plain Jane” from the album Still Striving has blown up as his most popular song, with over 277 million plays on Spotify. He has almost 10 million monthly listeners on the platform. Ferg is from Harlem, a fact that’s clearly within his gritty and raw music. From “Work” to “Plain Jane,” he has continued to stay open and about the struggles of his early life. His bold honestly and sharp flow make for an incredible story, a story we can’t wait to hear this coming weekend. 

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Meet Playboi Carti

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Meet Playboi Carti

Playboi Carti is a rapper, record producer, songwriter and model from Atlanta, Georgia. So he pretty much does it all. Carti was rapping at an early age but used a different name; Sir Cartier. He changed his name to Playboi Carti in 2012 when he was signed to rapper Father’s label; Awful Records. He started gaining attention when he came out with his singles "Broke Boi" and "Fetti." Carter's music has a playful vibe, and Complex called his music style "spare and repetitive, more concerned with flow and catchy phrases." You hear his specific style in Carti's hit songs like, wokeuplikethis*, which has more than 167 million streams on Spotify.

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Carti's most popular song and the one I know we're all waiting for; Magnolia, has over 259 million streams on Spotify. It also became one of hip-hop's most popular anthems and went platinum last year. 

Playboi Carti has taken the hip-hop world by storm and will be sure to do the same on our Juice Jam stage. 

By Rachel Simon

 

 

 

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Meet Omar Apollo: The Singer-Songwriter We Know You'll Love

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Meet Omar Apollo: The Singer-Songwriter We Know You'll Love

Our next Juice Jam artist that you need to see is Omar Apollo; a singer-songwriter from Indiana. Apollo self-taught himself how to play the guitar and began posting his music on SoundCloud. With his ability to mix pop, R&B, and a little bit of soul, it's no shock that he began gaining attention quickly. Apollo recently released his debut EP titled; Stereo, continuing his streak of dabbling in several different genres. He also dabbles with varying languages in his music. Despite living in Indiana all his life, his parents originated from Mexico. Apollo incorporates both Spanish and English into his music along with the soothing sound of his acoustic guitar. 

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Omar's parents were never musically inclined, but that never stopped him from following his passion, even at a young age.
“My parents got me an electric guitar, and they were just like, ‘All right, here you go.'" Later on, he finally picked up an acoustic guitar from a pawn shop, and there was no going back. He was in love. Although he had a bit of a rocky start trying to master the music world on his own, he finally taught himself how to record and post on SoundCloud. Not too soon after at his first show in Bloomington, Indiana, audience members were already singing along to his lyrics, word for word. 

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The EP’s most popular song, “Ugotme,” has over three million plays on Spotify and It’s easy to see why. Apollo’s magical guitar playing and smooth vocals are the perfect fit for his captivating lyrics. With the song being only two minutes, we're left wanting more. While most of his songs are relatively quick, this particular one tugs on your heart strings and truly leaves its mark. 

By Rachel Simon

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Meet Loud Luxury: The Canadian Duo You Don't Want to Miss

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Meet Loud Luxury: The Canadian Duo You Don't Want to Miss

“Hell nah,” a Toronto crowd yelled in unison during Loud Luxury’s hit song “Body.” Members Joe Depace and his partner Andrew Fedyk blasted their breakthrough hit, “Body,” to thousands at the Veld Music Festival. The duo tweeted a video of the massive crowd with the caption, “No Words.”  Music that has that kind of power over an audience gets us more and more hyped to experience it ourselves at Juice Jam. 

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Together, they have made their mark in the music world, gathering 200 million streams on Spotify and over 30 million views on Youtube. “Body” first appeared on the Billboard top 50 in late December of 2017, but it was the following summer when the song blew up. It was recognized as "The Song of The Summer" at the iHeart Much Music Video awards, beating out far more established EDM artists like ZEDD and Marshmello.  Marshmello was nominated in the same category for his song, “FRIENDS,” featuring another one of our Juice Jam artists, Anne-Marie. If you haven’t heard the song yet, it's time to climb out from under that rock! 

The song begins with an upbeat piano and snapping sounds to get your hands clapping and your head bopping. The music stays constant as the vocals, brought to you by Brando, kick in, but once that chorus starts all bets are off. “Body on my” the chorus repeats, as it builds anticipation for the next beat drop. The bass hits hard halfway through the chorus but balances with the lighter metallic notes. Whether you are driving in your friends' car with the windows down or hanging out in your dorm room, this song feels like what the last day of school feels like. You can't help but want to jump up and down from excitement. We are more than eager for Loud Luxury’s performance, and we know they'll live up to the hype.

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Meet Anne-Marie: The Essex Pop Star Making Her Mark

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Meet Anne-Marie: The Essex Pop Star Making Her Mark

Anne-Marie has decided to “Speak Her Mind,” and we should all be listening.

What do four Shotokan Karate medals, platinum blonde hair and a Gold certified debut album all have in common? They all belong to British pop sensation Anne-Marie.

Anne-Marie’s journey into the pop music world was not a typical one. Growing up, she mainly performed in musical theater, making her West End debut at the age of six in Les Miserables. She began practicing karate at nine years old and won medals in various national competitions. 

Pop music did not come into her life until towards the end of college when she began singing on sample tracks. Her big break came with her feature on Clean Bandit’s “Rockabye,” which spent more than nine weeks at number one. Her highly anticipated debut album “Speak Your Mind” was released on April 27, 2018, featuring songs such as “2002,” “Alarm” and her smash collaboration with DJ Marshmello “FRIENDS.” 

Anne-Marie first met fellow British singer Ed Sheeran almost ten years ago, and the two have formed a close friendship. Sheeran co-wrote her hit single “2002,” and their acoustic duet of the song has over 27 million views on YouTube. Anne-Marie is currently on tour with Sheeran as his opening act on his 2018 North American Stadium Tour. 

Reflective in her choice of title of her debut album, speaking your mind is something that Anne-Marie has never been afraid to do. Anne-Marie has recently opened up about her struggles with anxiety and body-image. Something as simple as walking into a room can be extremely stressful; her fear of being instantly disliked is so severe that she needs someone else to enter the room before her. Body-image issues affected her youth, but she has since begun a journey to self-acceptance. Anne-Marie is extremely passionate about raising mental health awareness, and is even slated to play at the inaugural Music 4 Mental Health benefit concert at the London Roundhouse.

Anne-Marie has brought a breath of fresh air into the pop music industry with her honest, empowering and relatable lyrics paired with upbeat and catchy beats. Her message-driven songwriting combined with her passion for performing are a perfect pop star combination. And luckily you don’t have to go back to 2002 to see her live because she’s coming to Juice Jam! Make sure to grab your tickets and catch her set!

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Get to Know Your 2018 Juice Jam Artists

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Get to Know Your 2018 Juice Jam Artists

By now you've definitely heard about the epic Juice Jam we have coming for you guys, so here's everything you need to know about the performers!

 

OMAR APOLLO

Omar Apollo taught himself how to play guitar at age 12 and hasn’t stopped making music since. Apollo is a first generation Mexican-American born and raised in a small town in Indiana. He embraces his Mexican heritage through his music, which includes songs written in both English and Spanish. After dropping out of college after only two weeks, he began writing, producing, and releasing songs on SoundCloud. His first EP “Stereo” was released May 27, 2018, and showcases his style ranging from traditional acoustic guitar to more produced beat-driven songs.

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LOUD LUXURY

Loud Luxury is a Canadian DJ duo consisting of Andrew Fedyk and Joe Depace. Their song “Body,” featuring singer Brando, won Song of the Summer at the iHeartRadio Much Music Video Awards and has amassed over 200 million streams on Spotify. Fedyk and Depace moved to Los Angeles after graduating college and began posting remixes on SoundCloud and reaching out to artists for collaborations. Since then, they have worked with artists such as Brando, Anders and Ryan Shepard. Definitely give them a listen before their performance!

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ANNE-MARIE

Hailing from across the ocean in England, Anne-Marie has recently begun to break out in the pop universe. She was the featured vocalist in Clean Bandit’s hit “Rockabye” which spent nine weeks at the top of the UK Singles Chart and also spent two years touring with English band Rudimental. Anne-Marie went solo in 2015 and released her debut album “Speak My Mind” in April 2018. The album includes songs such as 2002, co-written by Ed Sheeran who she is currently on tour with, and Friends, which is a collaboration with American DJ Marshmello. Her upbeat electronic pop style is guaranteed to keep you dancing and singing throughout her entire set!

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PLAYBOI CARTI

Jordan Terrell Carter, more commonly known as Playboi Carti, is a rapper from Atlanta, Georgia. He started to break into the rap world in 2015 by posting songs on SoundCloud and quickly developed a loyal following. His breakout single “Magnolia,” released in June 2017, and currently boasts over 72 million views on YouTube. He frequently collaborates with his friends and fellow rappers Lil Uzi Vert and A$AP Rocky. After much anticipation, he finally released his debut album “Die Lit” on May 11, 2018. The album debuted at number three on the US Billboard 200 and includes the lead single “Love Hurts” as well as collaborations with artists such as Nicki Minaj, Bryson Tiller, Travis Scott and more. Playboi Carti puts a contemporary and entertaining spin to the rap genre and you have to check him out before Juice Jam!

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A$AP FERG

A$AP Ferg lives his life by the mantra "Never stop. Never settle." A$AP Ferg grew up in Harlem and attended high school with fellow rapper A$AP Rocky, who encouraged him to start his rap career. A$AP Ferg eventually joined the A$AP Mob and has collaborated with them on many projects. A$AP Ferg is known for his unique style, both musically and in terms of fashion, as well as his energetic flow and killer verses. His debut album “Trap Lord” was released in 2013, followed by “Always Strive and Prosper” in 2016, and most recently “Still Striving” in 2017. The lead single off “Still Striving,” “Plain Jane,” became a smash hit and has been certified 2x platinum in the US. A$AP Ferg’s set is not one you want to miss!

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Weekly Summer Playlist

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Weekly Summer Playlist

Need a new playlist now that the summer is winding down? Or to get you through that last week of your internship? Look no further.

“Charcoal Baby”// Blood Orange: Blood Orange has given us the perfect song to end the summer with. An emotional and powerful message paired with a beautifully smooth sound.

“Noid”// Yves Tumor: This track is the upbeat sound we didn’t know we needed. The song becomes more complex the longer you listen and it is different from anything you may have heard in a while.

“Imma Be”// Tatiana Hazel: Sung by the Chicago-born Mexican-American singer with an electric-blue mullet, this song will definitely make you feel better about the bad decisions you made this weekend.

“No Brainer”// Dj Khaled  [ft. Justin Bieber. Chance the Rapper & Quavo]:  If “I’m the One” was your summer jam last year, then this is just the reunion you’ve been looking for. Dj Khaled and the same team have released another summer bop, just as fun and catchy as we hoped.

“Light Me Up”// RL Grime (ft. Miguel & Julia Michaels): Just the beginning of this track will mesmerize you. We found your new favorite “ride in the car with the top down song,” with a beat drop that’ll make you want to keep it on repeat.

BLACK BALLOONS// Denzel Curry: This track on Curry’s album TA13OO is a laid back, funky tune emanating the perfect summer vibe.

“Hot Summer”// DJ Durel & Migos: What better way to get hyped up for the trio’s upcoming tour than a new summer classic? DJ Durel has been part of the Migos family for a while, but “Hot Summer” marks the first single where he’s credited as the lead artist.

Handgun// YG and A$AP Rocky: Despite the title, we can always count on A$AP Rocky to come through for us. YG’s new track featuring A$AP Rocky is here, alongside his new album, Stay Dangerous, so you know we’ll be listening.

1997 DIANA// BROCKHAMPTON: BROCKHAMPTON came out with a new track and we are HERE for it. This new song is just as amazing as we hoped and it’s only making us want more.

Whatthegirlmuthafuckinwannado// The Coup (ft. Janelle Monae): One of many from Boots Riley’s movie soundtrack “Sorry to Bother You,” this song features the one and only, Janelle Monae. With a mix of hip hop, indie rock and pop, what could be better than that?

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Got an Internship in NYC? Here are some things to do on your time off

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Got an Internship in NYC? Here are some things to do on your time off

1. Sit Parkside for some views

a. Central Park

You literally cannot spend summer in the city without visiting Central Park at least once. Bring a blanket and a speaker to hang out with some friends for a chill afternoon. Pro tip: walk deeper into the park to find quieter spots without tourists. Bonus points if you get a view of a pond.

b. Hudson River Park

Lining the west side of Manhattan, the Hudson River Park offers a nice break from the usual hustle and bustle. You can visit the Highline and Chelsea Piers or head all the way downtown to Battery Park. Every Wednesday at Pier 63, movies are shown drive-in theater style.

c. Brooklyn Bridge Park

You can almost always find free yoga classes in the park. And if you’ve always wanted to walk the Brooklyn Bridge, now’s the perfect time. The park offers tons of courts, piers and fields for sports, as well as gardens and bike paths.

2. Get cultured at a museum

a. Museum of Food and Drink (MOFAD) 

Who doesn’t love food? At MOFAD you can learn about the culture and history of foods through touch, smell and taste. And visiting Brooklyn is always a plus.

b. Metropolitan Museum of Art

The MET is a New York City icon for a reason. An oldie but goodie, the MET offers something for everyone. Check out the Heavenly Bodies exhibit for a chance to imagine serving looks at the MET Gala alongside Rihanna and her pope hat.

c. Museum of Sex

We’ve all seen the inflatable boobs on Insta but TRUST that it’s better in person. Not recommended for first dates or intern bonding events.

 

3. Cool down with ice cream

a. Sedutto

If you’re working in the Upper East Side, Sedutto can be a convenient spot to de-stress after a long day. It’s an uptown classic and they’re open 7 days a week.

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b. Big Gay Ice Cream Shop

Whether you’re in the East Village or the West Village, Big Gay has you covered with two locations. Although bigger and more iconic, the west side is guaranteed to come with long lines. Head to the east side for a more lowkey feel.  

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c. Ice and Vice

This experimental shop is WILD with its flavors. They’re seasonal flavors this summer are inspired by an open bar that include rosé and piña colada. If you’re not in the mood to be trampled by tourists, avoid the Times Square location and stick to the one in the Lower East Side.

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Get to Know the Block Party 2018 Artists: "Gucci Mane, SZA, and Medasin"

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Get to Know the Block Party 2018 Artists: "Gucci Mane, SZA, and Medasin"

As you probably know, UU has announced the Block Party 2018 lineup featuring rap star, Gucci Mane. Writer Tiffany Huang gives us the breakdown of who's coming to rock the dome.

Gucci Mane

  • He was born in Atlanta, Georgia as Radric Delantic Davis on February 12th, 1980.
  • His collaborative song with Rae Sremmurd, “Black Beatles”, was #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart in 2016 and was popularized alongside the Mannequin Challenge. 
  • He loves a good pair of Jordans! Check out his appearance on Complex’s “Sneaker Shopping” web series: 
  • He’s a published author. His book/autobiography, The Autobiography of Gucci Mane, became a New York Times bestseller.
  • And of course, don’t forget about his appearance as Big Arch/Archie in the 2013 film Spring Breakers. 

SZA

  • Her stage name stands for “sovereign/savior,” “zig-zag,” “Allah.”
  • Her and Zoë Kravitz are BFF goals!
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  • She’s the only female artist signed with Top Dawg Entertainment and and works with labelmate Kendrick Lamar.
  • She was nominated for five Grammys this year: Best R&B Performance, Best R&B Song, Best Rap/Sung Performance, Best New Artist, and Best Urban Contemporary Album.
  • During high school, she was considered one of the most talented gymnasts in the nation.

Medasin

  • Medasin, born Grant Nelson, began creating music at the young age of 12 after his brother inspired him.
  • He’s a fan of Rick and Morty and The Eric Andre Show.
  • He’s got quite the sense of humor: 
  • His remixes include  songs like “Feel It Still” by Portugal. The Man and “will he” by Joji. He also recently released an EP titled IRENE filled with 16 original mixes: 
  • Before a show, he likes to down a can of cold beer to get rid of the nerves.

By Tiffany Huang

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New Artists Alert: "FRENSHIP, Calum Scott, and Stefflon Don"

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New Artists Alert: "FRENSHIP, Calum Scott, and Stefflon Don"

Need some new artists to add to your music rotation? Writer Tiffany Huang has got you covered.

FRENSHIP

You probably recognize the name from their hit track, “Capsize” featuring Emily Warren. Otherwise, FRENSHIP only has one EP, Truce, and a few singles under their belt. Formed in Los Angeles, this duo specializes in experimenting with electronic sounds and playful beats. FRENSHIP consists of James Sunderland and Brett Hite, who first met each other through their jobs at their local Lululemon. Since becoming friends, they have worked with each other’s musical styles to produce the color of FRENSHIP’s music. In previous interviews, Sunderland and Hite have mentioned a clash in each other’s musical styles. Despite that initially being the case, the two are able to work together to fill each other’s missing parts. They recently released a new single titled “LOVE Somebody” earlier this year. Like “Capsize”, this new single utilizes the deep and rich vocals of the two and pairs it up with a buoyant instrumental. It’s another catchy track that definitely makes the pair artists to take note of.

Calum Scott

Hailing from England, Calum Scott has pursued his passion for music for several years. His most notable experience, however, was when he was a contestant on the ninth season of Britain’s Got Talent. His rendition of Robyn’s “Dancing on My Own” garnered him public attention and led him directly to the semi-finals. After the show, he officially released his version “Dancing on My Own”, which became a hit. Scott’s powerful yet emotional vocals can be heard in other tracks such as “Rhythm Inside”, which takes advantage of an electric beat, and “You Are the Reason”, a soulful track. Scott released his first studio album on March 9th this year, titled Only Human.

Stefflon Don

The British-Jamaican rapper and singer Stephanie Allen, best known as Stefflon Don, has made waves not only in the UK’s music industry but also in the US. Stefflon Don has collaborated with others such as Jeremih on his track “London”, lending sensual vocals to its addictive hook. In addition to Jeremih, Don also wrote a verse for Demi Lovato’s “Instruction” and exuded a confident performance in the song. Possessing a strong musical presence as a featured artist, Stefflon Don also made sure to show her assertiveness through her own songs such as the ones in her EP, Hurtin’ Me. The title track features French Montana as Don’s vocals sings about reminiscent feelings for an ex. As a rapper, Stefflon Don is intense and fierce. As a singer, she’s strong and steady. These two talents work together to make her an act to remember.

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In-Depth with Rachel: "March for Our Lives"

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In-Depth with Rachel: "March for Our Lives"

Writer Rachel Simon gives us her thoughts for this week's in-depth.

As I’m sure we all know, the March for Our Lives took place on Saturday, March 24 in Washington D.C., to support legislation against gun violence after the shooting in Parkland, Florida. Hundreds of thousands of people from all over attended the march, along with 800 other demonstrations taking place in other major cities and areas in the country. Students from Parkland spoke to a national audience regarding the trauma they faced on February 14, and the march had a total of 17 speakers to honor the individuals who were killed in the shooting. Many celebrities such as Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato, and many more gave musical performances to show their support. One of the shortest yet most powerful speeches was given by Martin Luther King Jr.’s granddaughter; 9-year-old Yolanda Renee King. She asked the captivated crowd to repeat after her three times,“Spread the word! Have you heard? All across the nation, we are going to be a great generation!” Each time saying “Now like you really, really mean it!”. Emma Gonzalez, who’s become one of the main faces of the movement, gave an incredibly powerful speech that lasted about 6 minutes and 20 seconds. The time was exactly the amount of time it took for the shooter to kill the 17 students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Gonzalez stated, “In a little over 6 minutes, 17 of our friends were taken from us,15 were injured and everyone, absolutely everyone in the Douglas community was forever altered.” She stood in absolute silence during part of her speech, and the crowd cheered for her strength and the message she was getting across. Watching the speech, you could feel the power of the silence and the amount of damage and heartache that occurred in those 6 minutes and 20 seconds. The level of support shown at not only the march but throughout our country has been truly inspiring. Just like the March on Washington in 1963, where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I have a dream” speech, this movement will be marked down in history.

 

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In-Depth with Rachel: "App-ology"

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In-Depth with Rachel: "App-ology"

Looking to get more insightful coverage on news stories from the week? Well, here you have it with "In-Depth with Rachel" where our blog writer, Rachel Simon gives you her honest takes on what's going on.

First up, Snapchat just learned not to mess with the Bad Gal Riri.

Recently, there has been quite a bit of buzz surrounding Snapchat and the offensive advertisement for the mobile game “Would You Rather”. Snapchat dared to ask viewers if they would rather “Slap Rihanna” or “Punch Chris Brown.” With the world expecting a fiery response from Rihanna, the singer did not disappoint when she called out Snapchat for disrespecting not only her, but all the other women and children who are, or have been victims of domestic violence. She posted a statement on Instagram, "Now SNAPCHAT I know you already know you ain't my fav app out there! But I'm just trying to figure out what the point was with this mess!" the singer wrote. "I'd love to call it ignorance but I know you ain't that dumb. You spent money on animating something that would intentionally bring shame to DV victims and made a joke of it." Snapchat then responded with a statement to CNN, calling the ad “disgusting” and stating that they never wanted something of this nature to happen again. This has not only become a lesson regarding what’s inappropriate regarding domestic violence, but it also goes to show how easy it is for companies to create advertisements that end up on popular social media platforms. Snapchat has specifically stated that all advertisements are “subject to our review and policy” and there should be no content that shows “excessive violence.” Snapchat messed up on this one, and hopefully, this will be a lesson well learned for the company. Snapchat has lost about $1 billion as a result of this incident, and their stock dropped nearly 4% after Rihanna called out the app. Individuals have also decided to delete the app to show their support. As if it couldn’t get any better, Rihanna released her new products with Puma and their stock bumped up almost immediately.

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Get to Know Bandersnatch Artists: "Whitney, SALES, and Charlie Burg"

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Get to Know Bandersnatch Artists: "Whitney, SALES, and Charlie Burg"

Excited for the sick lineup of next week's Bandersnatch show? We feel the same way.

Blogger Tiffany Huang is here to give you all the info on our three amazing acts. Read more below!

Whitney

An acoustic duo fronted by guitarist Max Kakacek and vocalist/drummer Julien Ehrlich, Whitney was formed in 2015, and is currently signed to label Secretly Canadian. They released their first album Light Upon the Lake in 2016, which received critical acclaim from music critics’ reviews. Their music is dubbed as indie rock but Whitney has shown that it is capable of producing various sounds. It seems that every artist from Chicago embodies the same soul. Whether the genre is rap, hip-hop, country, or in Whitney’s case indie rock, if you hail from Chi-town, you automatically have soul. In all of their tracks, and especially obvious in “No Matter Where We Go” and “The Falls”, the duo isn’t shy in utilizing the sounds that instruments can make. With lyrics inspired by Ehrlich’s relationship with his ex, the songs have a melancholy message but it's masked by the energetic intrusion of their drum beats and other diverse percussion sounds. You can be sure to see Whitney in person during Bandersnatch. Hey, even Elton John loves Whitney so definitely check out their music here: 

SALES

Hailing from Orlando, Florida, SALES is a band comprised of vocalist Lauren Morgan, guitarist Jordan Shih, and current drummer Malcolm Martin. The band is an collaborative effort in cultivating a sweet and dreamy pop unique to their quirky lyrics. Morgan and Shih met in high school Latin class and after becoming friends, they decided to form SALES a few years later. After the release of a few singles such as their first track “Renee” and “Chinese New Year”, they released their first album titled SALES LP in 2016, which is decked out with fifteen praiseworthy tracks. Their lyrics take a minimalistic approach, being not as wordy or taking the typical form of a song, but tracks like “Over” and “Mondays” are nonetheless saturated with relatable and genuine content about romance and self-discovery. With recordings set in bedroom studios, SALES has succeeded in making the most out of their resources. Morgan’s psychedelic voice is paired with intoxicating guitar riffs and beats and paints SALES as a creatively abstract and lo-fi pop band. Make sure to catch a listen to their music because you’ll be hooked: 

Charlie Burg 

If you haven’t heard of this upcoming Bandersnatch artist, then you’re probably living under a rock. Charlie Burg has been a popular name heard at Syracuse University for a while now due to his musical talent and performances around campus as well as other venues. Burg is a junior majoring in music industry and has been working on releasing the second part of his three-EP series. The multi-talented artist not only provides smooth vocals for his tracks but he can also play the acoustic and electric guitar, bass, drums and piano. Burg describes his sound as being influenced by Motown music, as well as bands like Coldplay, Weezer, etc. His first two albums Blue Wave Mosaic and One, Violet individually show his versatility as a musician. In the former, Burg channels R&B vibes in his tracks such as “Detour” whereas in One, Violet, tracks like “Duet” take on more indie and mellow sounds. He is currently being managed by two other students by the names of Andrew Idarraga and Benji Sheinman, and with about 81,000 daily Spotify listeners, Burg definitely has some big things coming in his future. Be sure to check him out here before his performance: 

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Weekly Playlist Mar.9, 2018: "Spring Break Edition"

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Weekly Playlist Mar.9, 2018: "Spring Break Edition"

Need some tunes for the long car ride? Or to add to the playlist for turning up on the beach? We've got you covered.

“Banana Clip” // Miguel: Make it rain all spring ‘18 with this track. #M16onmylap

“Side Effects” // Ty Dolla $ign: Here’s to wistfully wishing for “Beach House 4...”

“I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)” // Fall Out Boy: Whitney was smiling in her grave after Fall Out Boy completely bodied this classic.

“Bad Girls” // M.I.A: I think the title says it all. Just don’t get too bad.

“Sunshine” // KYLE, Miguel: Catchy chorus with a beautiful melody, it’s hard not to picture yourself on the beach while listening to KYLE and Miguel’s beautiful voices.

“I Wanna Be Your Lover” // Corinne Bailey Rae: With her sultry voice, Rae tributes Prince in the best way possible. A cover.

“A Dancing Shell” // Wild Nothing: Party all day long with this extremely accurate tune about fame.

“Party” // Beyoncé ft. J. Cole: One of the best songs on “4.” Let’s argue.

“Come Get It Bae” // Pharrell Williams: When this song came out, Pharrell was peaking with his cool aviators and his Smokey the Bear hat. If you play this song while on spring break, maybe you’ll peak too.

By Camryn, Rachel, Tiffany & Slater

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This Week in Pop Culture: "Women and the Weinstein Company, and History at the Oscars"

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This Week in Pop Culture: "Women and the Weinstein Company, and History at the Oscars"

Missed out on what happened last week? We've got you covered.

A GROUP OF WOMEN JUST PURCHASED THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY

This past Thursday, a group of women investors made the bold decision to purchase the Weinstein company for 500 million dollars. Since the Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment scandal, the company itself has crashed and burned financially. This empowering group is being led by Maria Contreras-Sweet, the former head of the U.S. Small Business Administration for the Obama Administration. Along with being the leader of this group, she also plans to be the head of the new board of directors. This new board will consist of mostly women, and it was stated that the new board would consist of "...a new vision that embodies the principles that we have stood by since we began this process last fall."

The company will be vastly different from the Weinstein company in more ways than one. While many believe this is a way for the company to cover up Weinstein’s wrongdoings, Contreras-Sweet has made a point to say that the goal of the company is “to build a movie studio led by a board of directors made up of a majority of independent women, save about 150 jobs, protect the small businesses who are owed money and create a victims’ compensation fund that would supplement existing insurance coverage for those who have been harmed.” One of the most critical aspects of the company is the victims’ compensation fund where victims will, in fact, be compensated for the pain they’ve endured as a result of Harvey Weinstein. Also, the new company will also create new and improved HR policies to protect employees, and give consequences to those that break these policies. We can only anticipate positive things to come from all of these new progressive changes as well as some different films that we may not be used to seeing from the Weinstein Company.

MAKING HISTORY AT THE OSCARS

The 2018 Oscars aired Sunday night and it was a night of firsts. The host of the Oscars this year, Jimmy Kimmel made a point to state all of the ways the nominated actors and actresses were making history. There were so many fantastic films this year that stood out, as well as those that touched upon specific issues that we are currently dealing with in our country.  The film The Shape of Water became the second movie in history to have a woman screenwriter win Best Picture since World War II. Until this year, no woman had ever been nominated or even considered for cinematography, and Rachel Morrison has become the first. The second mark in history was that Jordan Peele became the first Black winner for Original Screenplay. Along with this, Peele was nominated for not just directing, but producing and writing as well. He is the first Black director in the industry to be nominated for all three in the same year, and his film Get Out was nominated in all three categories. In addition, the director of Mudbound; Dee Rees was the first Black woman to be nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay.

The older nominees made their mark at the Oscars this year when 89 years-old James Ivory won the award for Best Adapted Screenplay for the movie Call Me By Your Name and became the oldest Oscar winner in history. After replacing Kevin Spacey in the film “All the Money in the World,” Christopher Plummer was nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the age of 88. This makes him the oldest actor ever nominated. Daniela Vega became the first openly transgender woman to present at the Academy Awards. Although she was not nominated, she did, in fact, make history. As you can see this year's awards were just the beginning of the changes and diversity that is becoming more and more prominent in Hollywood.

By Rachel Simon

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 New Artist Alert: "MGMT, H.E.R. and Jaymes Young"

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New Artist Alert: "MGMT, H.E.R. and Jaymes Young"

Need new music for that study playlist or something else to bump besides Drake (we know, he always has good stuff). We've got you covered with new artists.

MGMT

MGMT is hardly new to the music industry, with people still jamming out to their debut album tracks such as “Electric Feel” or “Kids.” The band, however, made a reappearance with their first album in five years titled Little Dark Age. With its recent release on February 9th, the new album stays true to MGMT’s past musical tones and colors, sounds which loyal fans appreciate. The ten-track album plays with the diversity of synthesizer elements, occasionally adding in some classic acoustic instruments, and reminds listeners of ‘80s settings. MGMT has stated that they drew inspiration from America’s current state of political and social affairs, which has become a foundation for most of their lyrics for Little Dark Age. You can listen to their new songs below:

H.E.R.

H.E.R. (Having Everything Revealed) is most likely a familiar voice, having been featured on the popular track “Best Part” by Daniel Caesar. With a light but sensual voice that permeates throughout all of her solo tracks, she has already captivated fans at the young age of twenty. The R&B singer has released four extended plays, all of which highlight H.E.R.’s musicality in the genre. Tracks such as “Focus” and “Every Kind of Way” utilize chill beats and vocals similar to the likes of SZA or Kehlani. On the other hand, her lyrics focus on the emotional stages of falling in and out of love, which become emphasized through H.E.R.’s passionate singing. She brings a modern take on slow songs, making it fresh with her unique arrangements of music.

Jaymes Young

Hailing from Seattle, Jaymes Young emerged in the music industry as a versatile artist, dabbling in genres such as alternative rock and indie pop. His debut album Feel Something consolidates that versatility into twelve tracks, giving a spotlight to his talents as a singer-songwriter. With diverse tracks like the indie-rock “Two People” and garage-rock “Don’t You Know”, Young creates the common denominator of angsty lyrics that resonates with listeners’ heartfelt experiences with emotional connections and relationships. Not only is Young able to express the difficult mood of melancholy, he isn’t afraid to experiment with sounds that can alter the delivery of that emotion.

By Tiffany Huang

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This Week in Pop Culture: "Fergie's National Anthem, Adidas and the Snapchat Update"

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This Week in Pop Culture: "Fergie's National Anthem, Adidas and the Snapchat Update"

Missed all that happened last week? We've got you covered.

FERGIE RESPONDS TO NATIONAL ANTHEM CRITICISM

The newest topic that everyone seems to be laughing at these days is Fergie’s unique rendition of the National Anthem at this past NBA All-Star Weekend in LA. What many were expecting to be a simple and classic version of our National Anthem turned out to be a sultry and sexy version that shocked the country. But what may have received even more attention were the comedic reactions from the players as well as celebrities in the audience like Chance, and Jimmy Kimmel. Fergie released a statement to TMZ addressing the whole incident. The singer admitted that her version of the song may have “missed the mark”. Fergie also stated, "I’ve always been honored and proud to perform the national anthem and last night I wanted to try something special for the NBA," she said in the statement. "I’m a risk taker artistically, but clearly this rendition didn’t strike the intended tone. I love this country and honestly tried my best."

ADIDAS CREATES NEW SNEAKER FOR EVERY STATE IN THE US

Back in July of 2017, Adidas announced the launch their new sneaker line, which specifically featured artwork representing every state in the US. Since each state is known for an individual trademark, Adidas has decided to highlight this in the form of the new Ultraboost X sneaker. This ranges from Georgia's peaches, to Wisconsin's cheese and Vermont's green mountains. But possibly the coolest part about this new design, is the fact that the geniuses behind all of this are the 12 female artists that were chosen to do it. The sneakers are not available to the general public in stores, but are being sold in an online auction where all the proceeds will go to Women Win, a charity which focuses on women's leadership.

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SNAPCHAT AND THE NEW UPDATE WE ALL LOVE TO HATE

So far in 2018, we have all been mourning the loss of our beloved Snapchat. The app was updated early this year, and with that there have been some changes we’re not so thrilled about. Luckily, our generation has not held back from sharing our outrage and demanding things go back to their old ways. With everyone’s stories, contacts and streaks all jumbled together, it’s a miracle that the app is still being used. As millennials we just can’t seem to let it go, and a petition to get rid of the update has been signed by over 1 million people. While Snapchat has been promoting that change is a good thing for a while now, the people have clearly spoken and Snapchat may finally be listening. Snap Inc. has responded to the petition, and has acknowledged how the update has "felt uncomfortable for many." Snap Inc. claims its "goal was to make it easier to connect with the people you care about most,". As an attempt to resolve this, they will be introducing a tab system on the Friends page that will potentially “streamline the interface a bit.”

By Rachel Simon

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