Former piano partners Jihyun Lily Moon (left), a third-year classical piano student, and Allison Tsai (right), a UCLA alumna, performed a concert at the Steinway Piano Gallery in Beverly Hills Saturday night as a tribute to their friendship. (Courtesy of Sarah Lu Chang)
Former piano partners Jihyun Lily Moon (left), a third-year classical piano student, and Allison Tsai (right), a UCLA alumna, performed a concert at the Steinway Piano Gallery in Beverly Hills Saturday night as a tribute to their friendship. (Courtesy of Sarah Lu Chang)

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(Courtesy of Columbia Records)

Nicki Minaj's music video for her song "Anaconda," was nominated for the MTV Video Music Award for Best Female Video, while Taylor Swift's music video for "Bad Blood" garnered a nomination for Video of the Year and Best Collaboration. (Courtesy of Young Money, Big Machine)
Nicki Minaj's music video for her song "Anaconda," was nominated for the MTV Video Music Award for Best Female Video, while Taylor Swift's music video for "Bad Blood" garnered a nomination for Video of the Year and Best Collaboration. (Courtesy of Young Money, Big Machine)

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Album Review: ‘Currents’

It’s official: Kevin Parker is a mastermind. Now that he’s three blissful studio albums in, the greater indie population that closely follows his kind of psychedelic wanderings can now cement his musical genius status. Read more...

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UCLA alumna Yasmeen Al-Mazeedi has opened for the 2013 American Music Awards, recorded with Oscar-winning film score composer Hans Zimmer and played alongside Jason Derulo. Al-Mazeedi now plans to create her own philanthropy-based contemporary music ensemble. (Keila Mayberry/Daily Bruin)
UCLA alumna Yasmeen Al-Mazeedi has opened for the 2013 American Music Awards, recorded with Oscar-winning film score composer Hans Zimmer and played alongside Jason Derulo. Al-Mazeedi now plans to create her own philanthropy-based contemporary music ensemble. (Keila Mayberry/Daily Bruin)

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Album Review: ‘Summertime ’06′

Three weeks ago, Long Beach rapper Vince Staples announced his debut full-length album, “Summertime ‘06,” via an Instagram post. The caption began with the phrase “Love will tear us apart” and ended with “Love tore us all apart,” framing a narrative of petty crimes the rapper and his comrades were involved in as middle schoolers during summer 2006. Read more...

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Former Bruin Bash performer and rapper Tyga dropped his album "The Gold Album: 18th Dynasty" on June 23 without promotion. The release only sold 2,200 copies its first week. (Daily Bruin file photo)

Emerging trend of surprise albums puts focus on artists

The music industry died once and may be dying again, with the power shifting from music industry executives to the hands of artists. The emerging trend of artists dropping surprise albums without promotion is switching the attention from the music industry to the artists themselves. Read more...

Former Bruin Bash performer and rapper Tyga dropped his album "The Gold Album: 18th Dynasty" on June 23 without promotion. The release only sold 2,200 copies its first week. (Daily Bruin file photo)


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