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Lil Nas X’s “Satan Shoes” (as seen above) that were released following his latest song, Montero, are receiving backlash due to Satanic, religious and sexual themes, despite the song hitting number one on Billboard.

Lil Nas X faces divided music industry after expressing openly gay identity

Elle Vail '23, Staff Writer May 4, 2021

Since his new song release, “Montero,” Lil Nas X has recieved an overwhelming and unjust amount of backlash due to him being one of few gay rappers. “Montero” just hit number one in the world on...

Multiple Staples students have been selected to perform in the CMEA All-State Festival on April 23 to 25.

Student musicians to play in All-State Festival in late April

Julia Kasabian ’21, Staff Writer April 6, 2021

10 Staples students have been chosen to perform in the Connecticut Music Educators Association (CMEA) All-State Festival on April 23 to 25.  In the All-State orchestra, the students performing are...

“OK Human

‘OK Human’ is a refreshing throwback to Weezer’s older music

Prasaus Yeager ’22, Paper Opinions Editor March 30, 2021

Almost everyone has that one nostalgic memory of a particular song. For me, that was playing Band Hero on my Nintendo DS, singing “Troublemaker” so offkey that my voice cracks could probably wake the...

Due to the safety precautions surrounding COVID 19, the 63rd Grammys was available for live streaming on grammy.com, for all at home viewers to enjoy.

Students decide whether the Grammys are critically acclaimed, or in need of critical reform

Theresa Vandis ’22, Business Manager March 24, 2021

The 63rd Grammy awards, like the rest of the world, went through many changes this year. A semi-virtual event run by a new executive producer in the past forty years, and a new host: Trever Noah. The Grammy...

Big time rapper Drake unexpectedly dropped “Scary Hours 2” after only sharing his upcoming project “Certified Lover Boy.” The album dropped Friday, March 5, at midnight across all music streaming services.

Drake releases unexpected album, surprising fans

Emma Smith ’22, Paper Arts Editor March 24, 2021

Infamous rapper Aubrey Graham, known by the name Drake, teased fans with an Instagram post for his new unknown album with the caption “FRIDAY MIDNIGHT.” Once the clock struck 12:00 a.m. on Friday morning,...

The in-person experience of a concert includes the excitement of hearing live voices and being surrounded by people with a similar interest in music. Online concerts, while useful, don’t have the same experience as you have to sit in front of a screen to enjoy. Many students have been able to participate and make time for the online concerts with their easy accessibility.

Online concerts struggle to replace in-person experience

Hannah Kail '22, Staff Writer March 2, 2021

After purchasing a record player this year, I’ve realized how much I miss listening and seeing live music. COVID has affected many activities that high school students cherish during their teenage years....

Billie Eilish performs at the music festival Pukkelpop in 2019.

Billie Eilish Strikes a Cord With Teenage Feelings

Lucy Zuckerman '22, Assistant Business Manager March 2, 2021

“Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry”, released Feb. 26 on Apple TV+, reveals the young artist's highs and lows as she navigates the music industry. The two hour and 20 minute documentary...

Starring Maddie Ziegler and Kate Hudson, musical drama “Music” was released on Feb. 10.

Sia demonstrates ableism in new movie ‘Music’

Isabella Rivel '24, Staff Writer February 26, 2021

Singer/songwriter Sia created “Music,” a movie that has been under fire recently, and for good reason. This movie and Sia’s behavior reek of disrespect and could be offensive to autistic viewers. “The...

Zayn Malik released his third solo album “Nobody Is Listening” on Jan. 15, after the release of tone-setting singles, “Better” and “Vibez.”

ZAYN’s new album ‘Nobody Is Listening’ redefines classic R&B

Maddy Tansley ’23, Staff Writer January 22, 2021

Zayn Malik, former member of English-Irish boyband “One Direction,” constructed plans to release his third solo album, “Nobody Is Listening” on Jan. 15, a week after dropping the single “Vibez.”...

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