Saturday, May 30

Q&A: Sophia James discusses experiences, musical journey on ‘American Idol’

From performing on the “American Idol” stage to singing in her bedroom, Sophia James challenges the definition of a “household name.” Since she won over the show’s judges and viewers in her initial audition, the second-year global jazz studies student has blazed through the competition and was voted into the top-10 contestants this season. Read more...

Photo: Second-year global jazz studies student Sophia James has made it to the top 10 of “American Idol.”(Anika Chakrabarti/Daily Bruin)

Album review: Hayley Williams’ solo debut ‘Petals for Armor’ is a masterful act of introspection

Hayley Williams released two-thirds of “Petals for Armor” in the months leading up to the date of its debut. Much to the dismay of a handful of her male listeners who would’ve preferred a traditional record rollout, the Paramore singer forged her own staggered solo debut release plan. Read more...

Photo: (Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corporation)

Second Take: TikTok is savagely redefining rap music’s cultural significance

This post was updated May 6 at 11:10 a.m. Drake’s “Toosie Slide” has millions of children posting their version of the famous dance on TikTok – all at the expense of the integrity and authenticity of rap music. Read more...

Photo: Rap music usually serves as an outlet for individual expression and to express society’s injustices. With a recent trend toward creating simple music to reach fame on the app TikTok, music from artists who pander to those audiences comes across as shallow and undeveloped. (Daily Bruin file photo)

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