Top 10 Albums of 2018
By Claritza Rangel
10.“Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino”; Arctic Monkeys
A highly anticipated album for 2018. Arctic Monkeys finally released their most recent discography featuring a different tone from their past albums. The edgy rock band made their comeback with smooth rock ballads. Earning 2 Grammy nominations for Best Alternative Rock Album and Best Rock Performance.
9. “Bloom”, Troye Sivan
Troye Sivan had a huge debut into the music industry with “Bloom”. Sivan’s album is a combination of gothic pop and romanticism. Troye former youtuber gained fame by posting videos of him singing and vlogging now he is collabing with some of the best there is in the industry. Featuring Ariana Grande in the single “Dance to This” he has certainly encompassed new age music.
8.“Black Panther” Soundtrack; Various Artists
Earning a nomination for album and score soundtrack of the year for the Grammy’s, Kendrick Lamar produced an absolutely incredible album filled with black artist for the movie “Black Panther”. The album has a sentiment of pride. Most of the songs relate to the struggles African Americans have had and the trials they have to achieve for success.
7.“Isolation”, Kali Uchis
Although Uchis has been around for some time making collaborations with trendy artist such as Tyler the Creator, Steve Lacey, Miguel, Gorillaz, and Daniel Caesar. She has proven to be an independent artist with great success. Her sophomore album includes different genres such as punk, alternative and R&B. Uchis is definitely on the path to being one of the most remarkable artist of our generation.
6.“A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships”; The 1975
The 1975 have truly outdone themselves with their third album. Matty Healy transmit his heartbreak and the heartache he feels with his lover and the pain they are both causing each other. Anyone and everyone who has gone through one should listen to this album and reminisce their first love and they ones that got away.
5“Sweetener”; Ariana Grande
Through break ups and make ups, Ariana Grande, has stayed one of the best artist of our generation. 2018 was a year of tragedy and success for Grande. “Sweetener” let us see Ariana in a new perspective as she recalled her anxiety and depression issues following the death 22 fans in Manchester. This woman is so strong, no wonder she was awarded woman of the year by Billboard.
4. “Beerbongs and Bentleys”; Post Malone
Post Malone second album is a crossover of pop and rap. Malone sings about women that break his heart and the success he has achieved that has make him them want him back. “Beerbongs and Bentleys” is the type of album to listen to if you are in the mood to feel a little reckless.
3.“Kids See Ghost”; Kid Cudi & Kanye West
Kid Cudi and Kanye West are icons and pioneers of the modern rap genre. “Kids See Ghost” transmit the love and the hatred these two artists have received during their careers. Focusing on their own monsters inside their heads these two offer the public a view into their personal problems. Making a relatable album with experiences for teens and adults to relate in the real world they are surrounded by.
2.. “Suncity”; Khalid
El Paso native, Khalid has become one of the most popular artist in the past two years. After releasing his freshman album “American Teen” and touring 2 tours, Khalid finally released his sophomore album. Titled “Suncity” as a symbol of the love for his hometown Khalid released what is one of the best albums of 2018. With just only 7 songs dedicated to El Paso he has everyone hooked waiting for more music.
1.“Astroworld”; Travis Scott
Travis Scott has presented us with the best album of 2018. With collaboration in tracks with artist like Drake, Swae Lee, Frank Ocean, Tame Impala, James Blake, Juice Wrld, Sheck Wes, The Weeknd, Pharrell Williams, and many more artist the 17-track album became the most successful rap album in the U.S. Scott offers us a ride to a new type of rap mixed with Jimi Hendrix vibes. As a self-produced artist Travis Scott truly lets us see that there is a great career ahead of him.
By Austin Brookhouser
For the years the R&B singer has been on and off investigations for sexual assaults. So many women have come out and told their stories about what has been happening to them. Kelly’s first offense with the law started way back in 1994 when he married the singer Aaliyah. She was only 15 at the time Kelly was 27 years old. The marriage was thrown out by a judge. In 1996 he was sued by Tiffany Hawkins for emotional distress in the court documents she said that Kelly had began to sleep with her when she was only 15 and Kelly was 24 at the time she sued him $250,000 the case was settled in 1998. In 2001 he was sued yet again by his intern. Saying they had relationship when she was 17. The women was an intern at epic records when he was signed there. In 2002 he caught a handful of lawsuits for child porn. From the years of 2002 to 2004 he was charged with 12 cases of child porn but the charges were dropped because the police didn’t have enough evidence according to his lawyer.
Then years later Kelly was in the headlines again R Kelly was accused of having a sex “cult” trapping six women inside. It is believed that he seduced the young women when they approached him for their music career then after he took control of their lives he took away their cell phones so they didn’t have a way of communication to the outside world. R Kelly still in the headlines after the cult headline faded away. Recently the documentary “surviving R. Kelly”. Showing many women that finally came out against Kelly. The #muteRKelly lead into the dropping from his record label RCA. People targeted Spotify and Apple Music to take Kelly’s off. He was also sued by his former wife saying Kelly infected with a STD on purpose till this day he still denies the claim. Its crazy how much time it took to have this in the spotlight.
Anyssa and Katelyn’s Valentine Movie List
Katelyn’s Top Three:
This is a movie about a boy that wakes up in a different body everyday. He falls in love with a girl and try’s to reconnect with her every morning until he realizes that it’s time to let her go.
Meet Joe Black
This is a story about the spirt of death wanting to experience human experiences. He falls in love with a girl and finally understands what it is to love someone so much that you have to let them go.
A Walk to Remember
A walk to remember is about a girl with cancer who falls in love with a guy and tries to fulfil all of her life’s wishes before it’s time to go.
Anyssa’s Top Three:
Dirty Dancing is about a girl on vacation with her family that falls in love with the dance instructor from the resort they are staying at. These instructor has some baggage but their intense love grows as she continues on to be his dance partner for some of the numbers he puts on for the guest.
The Fault in our Stars
The Fault in our Stars is about a girl with cancer who has only a short time to live. She meets a boy that is willing to make the most out of her last days so that she goes on to have amazing memories of her last day. They go to Amsterdam where they fall in love.
The Kissing Booth
This movie is about a girl who has been bestfriends with this guy since birth. They have set rules that siblings are strictly updateable and off limits.
This rule is put to the test when the girl starts to crush on the older brother. These two begin secretly dating so that the original friendship isn’t ruined, but things go south when her secret is out.
The Kissing Booth - 4/5
Everyday – 5/5
The Notebook – 5/5
Titanic – 3/5
The Proposle – 3/5
A Walk to Remember – 5/5
10 Things I Hate About You – 4/5
How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days – 4/5
Meet Joe Black – 5/5
The Princess Bride – 4/5
Pretty Woman – 5/5
In Your Eyes – 3/5
Before We Go – 3/5
The Last Song – 5/5
To All the Buys I’ve Loved Before – 3/5
La La Land – 4/5
The Fault in our Stars – 5/5
Hitch – 5/5
Romeo and Juliet (The Old Version) – 4/5
Dirty Dancing – 5/5
50 First Dates – 3/5
Gone with the Wind – 4/5
Notting Hill – 4/5
Lady and the Tramp – 4/5
The Best of Me – 5/5
The Longest Ride – 3/5
Love Actually – 3/5
Love Rosy – 5/5
Me Before You – 4/5
Breakfast at Tiffany’s – 4/5
Boogie Everything’s for Sale Review
By Austin Brookhouser
Late last month Boogie dropped his album “Everything’s for sale”. This is a fairly emotional album with songs about his struggles growing up and living in Compton he puts all the pain he has been through on wax. He expresses the problem with his baby’s mother. I really like this album I felt like this is the best album to kick off this new year
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Into the Spider-Verse Review (Spoilers) - By Austin Brookhouser
Last month one of the best superhero movies I have ever seen it has some of the best visuals I have ever seen in any movie. This movie shows the origin of the other Spider-Man Miles Morales instead of the same old origin story of the original Spider-Man Peter Parker. The Movie starts in Brooklynn following Miles Morales a kid in middle school. A middle school student he goes to a private school. He starts off at a rough time with the school. He goes to the one person he can even vent to his Uncle. They go into some old abandoned subway where they begin to spray paint a mural they spend some time painting it just as a spider comes through the ceiling and begins to crawl towards Miles and his Uncle they begin to start packing up and leaving because his Uncle had been called into work as they left the spider crawled up Miles Arm and bit him starting his story. Not to much later he finds out about his powers confused he goes back to the subway were he find the spider that bit him. The subway caved in due to a fight between Peter Parker of the that universe and the Green Goblin in the fight Spider-Man is injured when the Kingpin and the Villain Tombstone find Spider-Man’s injured body and unmask him right before killing Spider-Man and leaving Miles watching. Miles had promised Spider-Man that he would become a hero. He had a rough time dealing with the process. He meets another bunch of Spider-People and he started his life as the new Spider-Man and he ended fighting the Kingpins goons at that universe’s Aunt Mays house destroying it. So they go into to finish the fight and go back to their own universes leaving miles webbed to a chair. His powers which have been their but failing finally kicked in and he broke out to visit Aunt May who gave him a Costume that he sprayed painted it black. He helped the other Spider- People go back to their universe’s then finishing the kingpin
Top 15 Albums of the Year
By: Austin and Isaiah
1. Stay Dangerous By YG
2. Not All Hero’s Wear Capes By Metro Boomin
3. KOD By J. Cole
4. The Carter V By Lil Wayne
5. Astroworld By Travis Scott
6. Ta1300 By Denzel Curry
7. I am> I was By 21 Savage
8. Rolling Papers 2 BY Wiz Khalifa
9. Black Panther By Kendrick Lamar
10. Ganging By SOB x RBE
11. Champions By Meek Mill
12. Drip harder By Lil Baby, Gunna
13. Testing By ASAP Rocky
14. Dying to Live By Kodak Black
15. Dummy boy By 6ixN9ne
Music to Inspire
By: Shannah Rudiger
Troye Sivan Mellet is an artist that has many talents. Born in Johannesburg, South Africa on June 5, 1995 he and his family moved to Perth, Australia when he was two. Troye Sivan started his career into stardom in 2006 by starring on various Australian musical productions. He also began acting in 2007 and starring in productions such as X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Troye really rose to stardom through his YouTube channel TroyeSivan18, where he gained a large following. On his channel he would post comedy videos and musical covers and even his coming out video. His covers landed him a record deal with EMI Australia and Capital records.
On August 15, 2014 Troye released a five-song EP titled “TRYXE,” it had his first single “Happy Little Pill”. The album made it to number 5 on the Billboard 200 charts and was number 1 in over 55 countries. After releasing TRYXE, Troye released another EP titled “Wild” on September 4, 2015. This EP was supported a trilogy of music videos based from three songs on the EP: “Wild,” “Fools,” “Talk Me Down.” The EP served as an introduction to his first major album titled “Blue Neighborhood” which was released on December 4, 2015. The album received lots of praise with the album gaining the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Music Artist. With Blue Neighborhood and Wild, in 2016 he had his tour the Blue Neighborhood tour and Suburbia Tour. On May 26, 2017 Troye collaborated with Martin Garrix and released the song There for You,
Troye took time off of making music until January 10, 2018, he released the single “My, My, My!” and a music video to support it. The single confirmed that his second album would be coming soon and that it was inspired by his boyfriend, Jacob Bixenman. Sivan described his next album as different from Blue Neighborhood, he described it as “an infectious celebration of
sexual desire.” Troye felt more like himself when making his second album. With news of his next album he confirmed the album would feature a collaboration with Ariana Grande titled “Dance to This.” On August 31, 2018 Troye’s second album “Bloom” was released. Troye Sivan received a Golden Globe nomination for the song “Revelation” which written for the film “Boy Erased.”
Troye Sivan’s music is very inspirational to myself and to many others. His music can conjure up so many emotions and tells such amazing stories in not just the music but with his music videos also. Troye is such an inspiration to many including those in the LGBTQ+ community and you can see that in his music, YouTube videos, and his acting. So give his music a listen I’m sure there will be something for everyone to love.