Avril Lavigne in 2017

By Kimmy Spoons

Lets travel back through time, back to the the 1990’s when we pre-teens were going through puberty.  I remember that time of my life  when I thought it was cool to have my bangs completely blocking my vision and my musical tastes ranged form “scene” to “pop-punk” and I used music to express how “emotional” I felt.  I distinctly remember Avril Lavigne.   I can STILL belt out her songs without ever missing a beat. I think the last time anything by her was really big was back in 2007 with her single “Girlfriend” hitting the Billboard Hot 100 as a No. 1 single.

Although many may still associate Lavigne with the pop-punk from the early 00’s, its been 10 years since her biggest hit but do I have some good news for Avril Lavigne fans..

She’s coming out with new music!

Now that she has signed with a new record label,  Avril Lavigne plans to release a new album before the end of this year.  The release of some new music doesn’t mean that she’ll be returning to the scene with  her old look of pink hair and heavy black eyeliner.

Lavigne has made some changes in her song writing through the years.   She says in a Billboard article that she is “going back to her roots a bit” when she started in churches, and county fairs.  But she says that she did challenge herself as a songwriter and wanted to write about topics she hadn’t hit on before. While Lavigne says that she’s experienced a lot over the years, instead of the typical love songs, she has written a lot of songs that are generally just about life.

While Avril Lavigne’s music is a lot different than it was in the past,  I know that I cannot pass up listening to something made by this woman who rocked the early 00’s punk scene. Even though no music is available from the still-untitled record yet, we can at least prepare ourselves for this upcoming release.

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Lorde Gives the ‘Green Light’ on Her New Single

By Angel Stewart

Since the release of her first album, Pure Heroine, in 2013, we haven’t heard much new music from Lorde. After the success of the album, she followed up with tours, festival appearances, and features on The Hunger Games soundtrack and released a song with Disclosure, and then disappeared off the radar.

During her hiatus from the spotlight, Lorde grew as both a woman and a musician. At only 16, Lorde’s first album was about growing up and getting through her teenage years. Now 20 years old, Lorde has made it clear that she’s all grown up. Her new track ‘Green Light’ steers away from her youthful lyrics to something a bit more mature and vulnerable: heartbreak. The pain she felt is evident in the beginning of the song, but progressively moves to remembering the past, and by the end of the song you can hear a sense of freedom in her voice. The slow, melodic piano notes at the forefront of the track build into a faced paced dance beat that coincides with the progression of the story. Through this song, it’s evident that Lorde is all grown up, and her music has grown with her. When she first started giving hints about her sophomore album, titled ‘Melodrama’, she promised it would be much different from the first and she definitely held herself to it.

Personally, I’m looking forward to Lorde’s transition to adulthood portrayed through ‘Melodrama’, and if the rest is anything like ‘Green Light’, we can expect something great.

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Justin’s Jammin’

by Sydney Bullock

This past weekend the iHeartRadio Music Awards took place. Some of the biggest names in music were there to perform, pick up awards, and give heartfelt speeches.

Amongst the winners, singer Justin Timberlake who picked up a big award for his song “Can’t Stop The Feeling”. The tune won Song of the Year and Timberlake was on hand to pick up his prize. While on stage, Timberlake gave a profound speech about inclusion, even calling himself a “sissy singer boy from Tennessee”. His words called for the importance of differences among us and embracing the characteristics that make each of us unique.

It’s been quite a year for Timberlake, who just two short weeks ago opened the Academy Awards with an on-your-feet performance. While he didn’t take home an Oscar this year, the first time nominee was just excited and honored to be at the show. “Can’t Stop the Feeling” was also nominated for a Golden Globe earlier in the year.   

Timberlake wrote “Can’t Stop The Feeling” for the DreamWorks movie “Trolls” and the song even topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart at number one. While he hasn’t formally announced any new music projects yet, Timberlake has mentioned that he is continuously working on music.

In the meantime, I’ll be watching his Netflix special, “Justin Timberlake + The Tennessee Kids”. The documentary is a backstage look at his most recent world tour, full of live performances and funny backstage antics. All in all, it’s been a pretty good start to 2017 for Timberlake and I have a feeling it’s only going to get better.

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