The emo-pop movement has been a pillar of pop-culture marketing for young people for almost ten years, and it continues to draw fans.  The goth-like image of eyeliner, disheveled hair and tight jeans has become very recognizable, and the music is almost exclusively marketed toward teenagers who long to be edgy in displaying their uniqueness. One emo-pop band with a sizable following is Paramore, which consists of vocalist/keyboardist Hayley Williams, bassist Jeremy Davies and guitarist Taylor York.  

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How many female rappers have people spoken of in recent years? Two, I’m guessing– Nicki Minaj and Cardi B. But there’s a fairly new female rapper on the scene, and she’s unlike anything you’ve seen or heard before. Young M.A., a Brooklyn, New York native, occupies a liminal space in the rap community, straddling the threshold for female and queer hip-hop musicians.  

Award season might be over, but the rush winning artists and nominees felt probably isn’t. This seems to be the case for the duo Dan + Shay, they were nominated for the awards Best Country Song and Best Country Duo/Group Performance at the. The group’s success marks both the sixth year anniversary of the band’s formation and its biggest year to date with nominations, chart-topping singles, and a sold-out tour.

At the start of 2019, young rapper She’yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, who goes by the name 21 Savage, was at the top of his game. His newly released album “I am > I was” debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 charts, he had two Grammy nominations for the song “Rockstar,” and he was a musical guest on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon.  

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For many of us, music offers an escape that makes hard times more bearable. But with artists like Matt Maeson, music is all about confrontation. Creating work that explores his darkest moments, the Virginia singer-songwriter works through his love-hate relationship with familiar themes: drug abuse, violence, and religion, and the ways each of these things connect.

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Too often fans and the media have this habit of proclaiming that an artist has fallen off. This may be true but no one takes into account what that individual may be doing behind the scenes. We get so caught up in visibility and the idea that if we don’t see something it didn’t happen. I’ve witnessed this especially when it pertains to the music industry.

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There is always a curiosity as to what makes a particular artist resonate with people. Is it their story, relatability, or something different altogether? I have always known that everything wasn’t meant for me and I try to respect other people’s opinion. For so long hip-hop has been a refuge for the misfits, misunderstood, and minorities from all walks of life.

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