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Hits of Halloween

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Halloween music has always been considered much different than any other holiday classics. Eerie and bone-chilling music has been prevalent since the classical era, some people count Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata” as one of the first pieces of music to be triumphant in giving a crowd a sense of shock and awe. In the spirit of All Hallow’s Eve, here are five songs to prepare for the spooky season.

 

  1. A Forest – The Cure (1980)

 

The 1980s saw a revolution for many types of music. The punk scene of the late 1970s was dying out and becoming synthesized. The 80s gave us new wave, hair metal, “yacht rock” and for the spirit of Halloween: goth rock. The Cure are for the most part, considered the quintessential post-punk goth rock band. Formed in Crawley, West Sussex, U.K. originally as a three-piece, The Cure churned out alternative classics such as “Boys Don’t Cry” (1979) and their jangly ballad “Friday I’m In Love” (1992). “A Forest” is a haunting, darkwave-esque single released in 1980. Starting with an ethereal intro by lead singer Robert Smith’s famous drawn-out chorus pedal infused guitar sound, it sets the stage for an existential and ghostly atmosphere within the song.

 

  1. Promised Land – Skeletal Family (1986)

Released in 1986, “Promised Land” is the perfect “speeding down a dimly-lit road in a hearse” song. Guitarist Stan Greenwood’s ear-piercing riff bursts through the beginning of the song with fervor. Vocalist Anne-Marie Hurst delivers a spectacular performance that is ideal for “Promise Land’s” fast-paced and catchy ambience.

 

  1. Strychnine – The Sonics (1965)

The Sonics’ “Strychnine” is the ideal pre-punk garage song for anyone who enjoys loud, unadulterated rock n’ roll. Vocalist Gerry Roslie’s iconic scream after verse completes “Strychnine’s” menacing feel. From the beginning to the end of the song, saxophonist Rob Lind and guitarist Larry Parypa create a raw-power and ghoulish buzzsaw sound.“Strychnine” is perfect for any throwback Halloween playlist.

 

  1. TV Set – The Cramps (1980)

Vocalist Lux Interior delivers a powerful and impeccably psychotic performance on “TV Set”. Renowned for his deranged vocal style that is reminiscent of an unhinged Buddy Holly, Interior screams and howls his way through this ominous track. Complete with guitarist Poison Ivy’s skin-crawling rockabilly reverb sound and drummer Nick Knox’s doomful intro, “TV Set” is sinister enough for even the most hardcore of horror rock fans.

 

  1. Lowside Of The Road – Tom Waits (1999)

“Lowside Of The Road” would not necessarily be considered a song for Halloween, but it is spine-chilling enough to make it onto this list. Tom Waits’ muffled gravelly voice is redolent of early blues recordings of the 1930s.  The song comes together with various drawn-out strings and polyrhythmic percussion that is reminiscent of old pots and pans.“Lowside Of The Road” is an eerie and uncanny piece of music that captures the spirit of southern gothic and all-things unnatural.

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Overseas reality shows making waves

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Reality television in America is past its glory days. However, reality T.V. junkies have found a new world outside America: international reality shows. They are the new T.V. obsession.

 

“Love Island” (United Kingdom)

Similar to: “The Bachelor”, “Bachelor in Paradise”

Love Island” is a British reality show where young, attractive singles live in a luxurious villa and attempt to find love. Each week, the singles must couple up. If they are still single by the end of week, they face being removed from the show. While this might not be the most intellectually stimulating show on television, it is perfect for a late-night binge watch.

 

“The Genius” (Korea)

Similar to: “The Chase”, “Big Brother”

Fans of intense gameplay and strategizing will instantly fall in love with “The Genius”. The show invites 13 Korean contestants, who are geniuses in various fields, to a house where they must compete in intense brain games. The editing is suspenseful, and true intentions of the contestants are always kept hidden. The show is spoken in Korean, so subtitles are required; however, “The Genius” is essential viewing for all intelligent reality junkies, as well as watchers who want to increase their brain power.

 

“Survivor South Africa”

Similar to: “Survivor”

“Survivor South Africa” follows the same format as its American counterpart. Fans who have binge watched all the older seasons of “Survivor” will love the South African version. Instead of focusing on outlandish twists and casting stunts, the South African version focuses on character development, and each contestant is revealed in depth. New viewers should start on Season 6, as it is the show’s most internationally acclaimed season.

 

“Singer” (China)

Similar to: “The Voice”, “American Idol”, “X-Factor”

Formerly known as “I Am A Singer”, this Chinese show is just like the average singing competition: except all the contestants are famous singers. The show has high stakes, as winning can turn a celebrity into a national icon. However, singers that lose take a hit to their career after the show is done. Most of the songs sang are in English, so American viewers will easily recognize the covers. Although most of the competitors are Chinese, international competitors are also invited, such as “Bang Bang” singer Jessie J.

 

“Geordie Shore” (United Kingdom)

Similar to: “Jersey Shore”, “Floribama Shore”

Although there is no fist-bumping or “gym, tan, laundry” on Geordie Shore, viewers will instantly adore the new traditions created by these British party animals. Cast members like Scotty T and Charlotte Crosby are constantly up to no good, but they always make viewers double over in laughter. Fights and drama are constant, but at the end of the day, the cast comes together to have fun in the British party capital. The Geordie crew are never shy of controversy, and they could even make The Situation blush.

 

“Asia’s Next Top Model”

Similar to: “America’s Next Top Model”, “The Face”, “Project Runway”

“Asia’s Next Top Model” invites young, aspiring models from across Asia to compete in one of the most prestigious modelling competitions in the world. Based off of the American version, “America’s Next Top Model”, the winning contestants receive a life-changing modeling contract. The show balances high fashion with high intensity cat fights. It gives viewers an insight into Asian culture and fashion. Viewers will root for the talented yet rambunxious models such as Clara Tan. The show has began to release full length episodes on its YouTube channel, so American viewers can watch with ease.

 

“Big Brother Canada”

Similar to: “Big Brother”

America’s northern neighbor has one of the best versions of “Big Brother”. The show puts an emphasis on diverse casting and strays away from stereotypes. Contestants such as poker player, Kevin Martin, and plus-size model, Brittnee Blair, give the audience favorites to root for. Plus, the show airs in the spring, which makes it the perfect appetizer for “Big Brother” US in the summer. The show is also interactive, so viewers can vote online to impact the game.

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Ray Goren: guitarist finds success

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Most musicians wait until adulthood to begin their career. However, seventeen-year-old Ray Goren has entered the music world with a sound of his own. Goren plays the guitar, keyboard and sings vocals.

        Goren began playing the guitar when he was only eight years old. He performed across the United States, and he shared stages with some of the biggest names in rock, such as The Doors. His career took a turn when he met musician and songwriter Leon Russel. Goren began to write his own songs with the help of Russel and in late 2017, Goren released his debut album Me, which contains eleven songs. Perhaps the most notable thing about Goren is how diverse his new sound is. He has broken away from his typical style of classic rock to pursue a sound that is just as much rock as it is R&B or pop.

        Some people say, ‘Oh, he’s getting away from…’ whatever it is that they box me into. But I feel that the only way you keep this music alive is by doing it in a modern way,” said Goren in an interview with Guitar World.

        His instrumentals sound as if a New York dance club and a Western saloon crossed over, and his vocals range from white-boy raps to passionate power ballads. No matter the song, Goren’s music is guaranteed to make the listener feel his emotion, whether it is sorrowful and reflective, or upbeat and inspirational. Goren is a renaissance man in a lot of ways; he is not only a guitar prodigy, but he is now a singer who has molded his own sound. Goren is about to revolutionize the music industry, before he is even old enough to vote.

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From unrealistic to sensational

How movie magic has evolved over time

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    Tina and Queenie Goldstein’s casual wear “dissolving” into their speakeasy dresses

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Movies have been around since the early to mid 1900s, starting out as just five to eight minute reels of motion pictures. Now, they have become cinematic masterpieces that typically span for around two hours. Other than time, what are some of the major differences that separate movies from back in the day to movies from today?

Star Wars vs. Star Wars

When the Star Wars franchise first started in 1977, there were not as many options as to how the team of people working on the movie could make it look like a legitimate galactic adventure. For such things as the Force or Jedi mind-control, the special effects department had to get creative. As opposed to nowadays where they can use Computer Generated Imagery (CGI) and other methods which allow an object to look like it is gravitating towards you on its own, in 1977 special effects crews had to use other means. Mark Hamill, who plays Luke Skywalker, was quoted during an interview on the Graham Norton Show that during the first couple movies they would have “fishing wire” attached to whatever it is one was trying to control and they would “pull it out of my hand and then just reverse the film”, so it looked like it were being pulled towards him when playing the movie.

Jurassic Park vs. Jurassic World

Jurassic Park was a major blockbuster hit when it first came out in 1993, as was Jurassic World when it came out in 2015. Even though the movies are both based off of the same thing and are similar in many aspects, the way they created the movements of the dinosaurs has certainly changed. In 1993, the special effects department would still use some form of CGI, but they would have people dressed as dinosaurs in place of the actual dinosaurs that are supposed to be present, according to www.hollywoodreporter.com. The visual effects team also made animatronic creatures for the actors to work with.

“They [the dinosaurs] were a good size — human size. We had tryouts and we cast people from ILM (Industrial Light and Magic) as each dinosaur. We gave them a tail and did motion capture,” stated Tim Alexander, Visual Effects Supervisor.

In Jurassic World, they had body doubles for the raptors, but all the rest of the dinosaurs were completely CGI. The actors had to imagine the rest of the creatures while they were filming.

“Special effects have grown significantly in our lifetime. The image has become much clearer and the sound has been enhanced as well. It makes it much easier to enjoy movies,” stated junior Jakob Ocasio.

Harry Potter vs. Fantastic Beasts

The Harry Potter franchise and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them are relatively new movies, all coming from the 2000s. However, the progression of special effects throughout the movies are evident. The changes are very subtle, but one might notice the progression of color. In the first Harry Potter movie, the setting is less colorful than in the later Harry Potter movies and in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. This is because new technology became available to enhance the color and brightness in movies.

As well as color, modern features are put into newer movies such as the way magic in these particular movies is conducted. The little nuances involved in magic are tweaked and enhanced to make it look more realistic. For example, the Thunderbird that appears in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was CGI as well as completely remastered for the film. The special effects department enhanced the gold color of the bird to make it appear more magical, appearing more mystical to capture the wonders of the magical world. Some other creatures were also added via CGI and given specific attributes, such as the Niffler (a small mole-like creature who loves everything shiny) and the Swooping Evil (a winged bat-like creature that rolls up into a tight ball).

Special effects will continue to progress as time goes on and, one day, society may have movies that will become more immersive instead of the laid back style they are now. However, movies have already progressed to include more advanced special effects and are meant to keep people enjoying them for years to come.

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Lauv – I Like Me Better – review

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If it seems like this track has already been cycled through the radio dozens of times before, it is because it has. Singer-songwriter Lauv, Ari Staprans Leff, attempts to reach deep into his heart to tell a simple tale of love in a city on his newest track, I Like Me Better. The only problem is, there is absolutely no substance to the track. The lyrics are hollow and emit no feelings of love or satisfaction on his part. He lets us know that he likes himself better when with this girl but the only way he tries to convince the listener of this perfect relationship is by repeating the same lines over and over again, not entering into the slightest detail of their time together. The beat he sings over also sounds very “copy-and-paste” from every other singer attempting a radio hit. Nothing sounds originally composed, simply lifted off a preset list of sounds and mixed together to sound smooth. At the end of the track, nothing is gained, no emotions are left behind this track. He needs to work on his songwriting to convince the listener that the stories he is telling are true and actually mean something of value. If not, he is trying to top the charts like a Lifetime movie is trying to win Best Picture. This roughly three minute track is essentially a hollow, run of the mill attempt to find a few radio plays or a few spins in the local mall’s H&M.

“If you have heard one, you have heard them all” plays to the detriment of Lauv as his track lacks originality and character. While the production is slightly above par, any quality song by Leff needs some character and less generic lyrics. He could benefit from some more eccentric production rather than the simple piano, reverb and acoustic guitar strum common to ever formulaic track of the top charts. Like every other young singer-songwriter trying to make it big, Lauv needs to grow into his sound and make it his own if he hopes to achieve wide-spread success. There is nowhere to go but up for this young artist and once he finds his character in his songs, he will grow.

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Dua Lipa’s Inspirational Melody

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English-Albanian singer, songwriter and model Dua Lipa (22) born in London, recently released one of her biggest hit songs “New Rules”, when her album Dua Lipa dropped in June of 2017 by Warner Bros Records. Using heartbreak as her inspiration, “New Rules” is about keeping distance and moving on from an ex-boyfriend. Lipa bares her soul to teach her fans and audience how to deal with a heartbreak, but also to uplift each other with the self-care they need.

“They’re not necessarily rules I’ve been able to stick by,” Lipa admits, “but they’re rules that I feel like it’s important to be able to tell yourself, to tell your friends… There’s a reason people break up, and it’s probably the same reason why you shouldn’t get back together.”

Fans of Lipa consider “New Rules” an infectious summer pop song that is perfect to vibe to. The song gained a 40% popularity increase in August and had more than 130 million views on YouTube. Fans love the song because of its powerful message, because they feel as if they are “getting to know more about her”, meaning they are learning her morals and what she does during a heartbreak, almost like she is talking to a friend.

“The lyrics mean a lot because I dealt with a heartbreak and it showed me that with strength and the correct guidance, you can get over the pain, even if it’s hard”, said junior Rachel Mateuszczyk.

“New Rules” has helped Lipa gain popularity and grab people’s attention. The music video shows Lipa and her friends having a sleepover and doing casual girl activities. For example, doing each other’s hair and applying lipstick. More importantly, the music video shows the girls intervening when one of the girls consider reuniting with an ex. New Zealand singer-songwriter, Lorde, stated that is was the “dopest video she’d seen in ages.” The message Lipa is trying to get across, it is to simply “be yourself” and “love yourself”.

Dua Lipa’s “Rules” lyrics:                                                       

One, don’t pick up the phone

You know he’s only calling ’cause he’s dr*** and alone

Two, don’t let him in

You have to kick him out again

Three, don’t be his friend

….

You ain’t getting over him

Christmas “Rules” Dua Lipa Tweeted:

  1. Throw away your calendar
  2. Break up with him so it’s one less gift
  3. Marry the grinch

 

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New Amazon Prime series – Lore

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Lore, a brand-new series from Amazon Video, displays horrifying, documentary-like footage of the historical origins of popular urban legends. The idea stemmed from the Lore podcast. It is an educational anthology series that takes the mystery of The Twilight Zone, the scare-factor of American Horror Story and the mystical themes of Supernatural and puts a new twist on them.

The original podcast, Lore, produced by Aaron Mahnke, is a popular story-telling platform discussing viewers’ darkest nightmares. The idea for the show was picked up by executive producers, Gale Anne Hurd, Brett-Patrick Jenkins, Aaron Mahnke, Howard T. Owens and Ben Silverman who aim to depict the origin stories of urban legends as detailed and dark as possible.

The show reveals how iconic urban legends, such as werewolves, vampires, body snatchers etc. are connected with the truth. It educates on the historical context of the situations while providing a fright at the same time. The cast and crew include Mahnke, the narrator, Teen Wolf star, Holland Roden, Adam Goldberg, Colm Feore, Campbell Scott, Bethany Anne Lind and several others.

If you’re itching to watch something that’s both shocking and educational, then you won’t want to miss all the spooky goodness Lore has to offer,”said entertainment review website, IGN.

The episodes currently available are “They Made a Tonic” which is about the start of medicine and disease studies in 1800s New England. “Echoes”, which shows the origins of lobotomies and how mental patients were mistreated. “Black Stockings” takes place in 19th century Ireland and shows a husband who is convinced his wife, Beverly, is possessed by a ‘changeling’ and his extreme acts to get her back. “Passing Notes” occurs in a haunted house in 19th century America during the ‘Spiritualist Movement’. Evil spirits wreak havoc on the living. “The Beast Within” tells the origins of werewolves in 1589 Germany. Werewolves were a true fear of the people living in those times, and lastly “Unboxed” where a lonely little boy receives a ‘cursed’ doll as a gift. Each is unique and includes different characters in each one. A second series is scheduled to air in 2018.

Jakob Ocasio, junior, said “Lore totally exceeded my expectations. I can’t wait for next season”.

Lore is was released Oct.13, 2017 and is currently available to Amazon Prime members or those with a free trial.

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P!NK 2018 world tour

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Award-winning singer/songwriter, P!NK has announced a 2018 world tour for her upcoming album, Beautiful Trauma (out Oct.13, 2017).

P!NK announced the 4-month long U.S and Canada tour (March-June) on Oct.5, 2017 alongside her newest single Whatever You Want, via Twitter. This tour and song are for her seventh album which is expected to be very different from her previous pieces. The song went straight to the iTunes top 30 chart and shows a completely new side of the singer.

“There was no other goal than to not have an album full of slow, sad songs because that’s all I’ve had for a while.” P!NK tells Entertainment Weekly.

The tour officially kicks off March 1 in Phoenix, AZ. and ends June 2 in Los Angeles, CA.  The Florida show will be April 25 at the BB&T Center in Ft.Lauderdale. The opening act will be the band Bleachers, an indie-pop band with lead singer, Jack Antonoff, who has worked closely with P!NK on the album.

Jakob Ocasio, junior said “I’m so excited for this P!NK comeback. It’s been way too long since the world has seen what true talent is. I’ve been saving up for months since I just knew she was going to be dropping tour dates. I can’t wait to see her in April.”

Pre-sale tickets will be available on Ticketmaster via #VerifiedFan registration on Oct.10-12, 2017 and general public sale will begin Oct.17,2017. Both sales will begin at 10A.M eastern-standard time (EDT).

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Olivia Holt – Generous single

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Pop star Olivia Holt (20) has just released her new single, Generous on iTunes, Apple Music and Spotify. It is the extremely anticipated follow up to her previous single History ,which has 120 million Spotify streams.

Holt released her extended play (EP), OLIVIA, in 2016. The EP debuted as #19 on Billboard’s New Artist Chart and #34 on Billboard’s Pop Chart. Her VEVO channel has more than 44 million views. Her newest video for Generous, in which Holt is in a maid costume sneaking into different hotel rooms, trying on expensive jewelry, clothing and using other luxuries, has amassed 2.2 million views.

Holt had gone on tour earlier this year and is planning on playing several shows in the future. Fans will be happy to hear the brand-new music she puts out.

It’s a whole experimental process right now, really figuring out where I want to go lyrically, and where I want to take my sound,” Olivia told Rogue magazine in 2017.

Katrina Perkins, sophomore, said, “I have been a big fan of Olivia since her Disney days. She is so underrated! I hope more people can become as obsessed with her as I am.”

Keep an eye out for Olivia Holt and watch her play the lead role in the MARVEL series Cloak and Dagger.

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“Sriracha” song review

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Sixteen-year-old pop musical artist Marteen Estevez, who was born and raised in California’s San Francisco Bay Area, recently released a new song, “Sriracha”.When “Sriracha” was released in 2017 he gained a significant amount of popularity.

Estevez began to pursue music at the age of 12. He started out singing well-known songs such as “Wild Thoughts” by DJ Khaled, Rihanna and Bryson Tiller, “Gorgeous” by Mansionz, and “Exchange” by Bryson Tiller, and posting them on his Instagram (@marteen). This helped him gained more than 1 million views. As time passed, opportunities started to open for Estevez. For example, taking over 7at7 Radio Station and opening up for famous artists such as Kehlani, Bryson Tiller, Lil Uzi and Fifth Harmony.

His new song “Sriracha” has a soulful and spicy style to it.

“The title of the song came about as a joke”, says Estevez, “I was eating some fried rice with Sriracha on it in the studio and told my producer we should make a song with the title.” Listening to the song, one would think Estevez is talking about a perfect body on a girl. He actually meant it more as attitude and confidence in a girl.

In the beginning, the music starts out soft and easy. Throughout the song, the tempo starts to increase and the beat gets harder. It has a melody and vibe that make it ideal to listen to whether working or chilling on the beach.

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Family-friendly flicks

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Halloween, a time of treats, tricks, and scares. Why not relax on Oct. 31 with a few friends and enjoy a marathon of  classic Halloween television shows and movies from childhood? There is a wide variety to choose from.

Remembers the classic Disney series, Halloween Town (2001-2006)? These four films focus on Marnie Piper, (Kimberly J. Brown) a teenage girl who discovers a family secret: they are witches. Her grandmother, Aggie (Debby Reynolds) resident of Halloween Town,  teaches Marnie how to use her magic. Throughout the series, Marnie and her family encounter various problems and villains.

Another film for the big night could be Casper (1995). Everyone’s favorite, Casper the friendly ghost, haunts a manor along with his obnoxious uncles, the Ghostly Trio. When humans move into the mansion, Casper tries to befriend them, but the Trio tries to scare them out of the house. A simple, heart-warming movie to get in the spirit of Halloween

Of course there is the iconic It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966). A flick that will have the whole family happy to watch. Follow the Peanuts crew on their Halloween adventures and surprise from the Great Pumpkin.

Some other movies that can never go wrong on Halloween night include,  Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds (1963), Disney’s The Haunted Mansion (2003), Hocus Pocus (1993, The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), Corpse Bride (2005), the 25+ episodes of The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror (1990-2017) and for the bravest, The Ring (2002).

Jenna Perkins, junior, says “I remember the first time I watched The Ring. I was scared for weeks! I always thought I was going to get that “7 days” phone call. To this day, I won’t watch it alone.”

Getting a genuine scare, or just plain reminiscing about favorite holiday memories, these films are perfect. Happy Halloween!

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Taylor Swift’s musical messages

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On Aug. 19th 2017, Taylor Swift cleared all her social media platforms, causing fans to go wild. Swift was officially coming back to the music game.

Since her last album, 1989, (2014), she has not debuted any new songs. However, this nearly three year hiatus ended when she posted a cryptic video of what appeared to be a snake on her cleared social media profiles.

Aug. 25, 2017, Swift released the first single from her upcoming album, Reputation, titled: “Look What You Made Me Do”. This song is speculated to connect to her infamous feud with Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. Since Kardashian recorded a video of West on the phone with Swift, asking if she was okay with him calling her a vulgar word and, essentially, slandering her. Swift claimed, this conversation was edited together to make it look like she approved the lyrics.

Other clues that this ballad could be about West is the lyric: “I don’t like your tilted stage” – which is thought to be about his concert in which he performed on a moving platform.

The lyric “I’m sorry, the old Taylor can’t come to the phone right now. Why? Oh, cause she’s dead!”, is once again thought to be about her call with Kardashian and West. The song is currently #1 on the Billboard andiTunes charts and on top of this, it is also the most streamed song of the week on Spotify and Apple Music.

The music video for “Look What You Made Me Do” debuted at the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards and gained millions of views within the first 24 hours of release. With this video comes more theories that this song is her “response” to celebrity feuds and all the things the media has said about her throughout her career.

The video starts with her, as a zombie, burying her “old self” from the 1989 album “era”. In the background, there is a tombstone reading the name “Nils Sjoberg”, which was the alias she used to write the song, “This Is What You Came For” in secret for her ex-boyfriend Calvin Harris. This is an indication that she is done with that part of her life.

As the video goes on, she is in a bathtub full of pearls and jewelry and there is a single dollar bill next to her. This dollar represents the single dollar she won in her sexual assault case against former radio DJ David Mueller says her lawyer J. Douglas Baldridge.

The video then continues with her sitting on a throne with the quote “Et Tu Brute” etched on it. This translates to “a friend stabbing the other in the back” in Latin. in which connects to her past friendship with Katy Perry and several other people that supposedly “used” her for fame. She is also surrounded by snakes which is something that media outlets have called her, since they are known to be mean, nasty and deceptive.

Next, she crashes a sports car into a pole, in an outfit that is reminiscent of Perry. She holds up one of her Grammy awards, (something Perry has yet to win). This is looked at as a “sneak diss” by her and Perry’s fans.

Katrina Perkins, sophomore, says “I have loved Taylor since she began and it’s so great to see her pounce on the media and those who have wronged her like she did. I cannot wait to see what this music is going to sound like compared to her older stuff.”

She then is heading up an army of plastic-looking, identical models, which is referring to how people think her “squad” is only for those who are perfect and the same.

Perhaps the most impressive part of her video is when she is standing atop a “mountain” of her past selves. These include her look as a ballet dancer from the “Shake It Off” video, an outfit from her Red tour, the iconic nerdy look from her You Belong With Me music video, an outfit from her first tour and several more. The “new her” kicks them off her, indicating she is finished pretending to be someone else.

In the last scene of the video, a Taylor, that has never been seen before, is in the background spray-painting the word “reputation”on a plane in red paint. There is a line-up of many Taylors that appeared in the video.  Here she quotes many headlines and jokes made about her throughout the years. These include “I’d very much like to be excluded from this narrative” (referencing a quote she’d said about her Kardashian-West feud), “Stop making that surprised face. It’s so annoying,” (regarding how for years, media joked about her being insincere about winning at award shows), “Oh there she goes playing the victim again” and “Getting receipts! I’m gonna edit this later,” (once again referencing her phone call with Kardashian and West.)

Junior Ferry Jacob said “To be honest, I have never really been a huge fan of hers. But her new song is super good, and the video is really empowering. I think I’m going to give this new era a try.”

Swift’s album, Reputation, is expected to be filled with even more hidden messages and meaning. It is set to debut Nov. 10, 2017.

 

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