Despite their obvious differences, Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream,” Maroon 5’s “Payphone,” Britney Spears’s “Circus,” and Ke$ha’s “Tik Tok” all have one person in common: Benny Blanco. The Virginia native has created a name for himself within the music industry as a producer and writer. Blanco’s affinity for the music industry began early, with him loving music as a child and wanting to become a rapper. This dream shifted, as Blanco explains in an NPR interview. “I realized no one wanted to hear a chubby Jewish kid rap, so I was like, ‘Oh I guess I’ll make all my own music, and I’ll write songs for other people.” 

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Two very important questions for our followers this week are: Did you get a chance to see the Xaiali Magnetic interview about a week ago on our Instagram feed? And did you get a chance to check out his album yet? If the answer to either one of those questions is, “NO,” then we need you to get on board with the rest of us, and get familiar with the sounds of Xaiali Magnetic

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Music has always been a vital part of Jillette Johnson’s life, from singing in front of her family to releasing numerous albums over a decades-long musical career. From country to pop, Johnson has covered multiple genres of music, her talent and passion ring clear on every song and album. She has powerful vocals that have only gotten stronger throughout her career, and as a singer-songwriter, so has the lyrics she has written.

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Twenty-year-old indie-pop musician Arlo Parks has never been one to hide behind her voice; while her music speaks for itself, she doesn’t let it do all the talking for her. Anaïs Oluwatoyin Estelle Marinho, better known as Arlo Parks, an up-and-coming London singer-songwriter is bold in every way. She’s open about herself, active on social media, and an overall force to be reckoned with. 

West London might be home for Parks, but her first language was French, due to her Paris-born mother. Parks is half Nigerian, a quarter French, and a quarter Chadian, and as she described herself to Billboard, “I'm a Black kid who can't dance for shit, listens to emo music and currently has a crush on some girl in my Spanish class.”

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