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Music provides a safe haven during COVID

After receiving a lot of positive attention from millions of viewers, the first Disney Family Singalong that broadcasted on Apr. 26 was given the opportunity for its sequel of live Disney-related performances for Mother's Day. With this follow-up, famous artists from all around the world used the power of music to participate in building a sense of community through these trying times.

By Hannah Zozobrado, Senior Writer

May 21, 2020

Students have witnessed a shift in their vision of the world. Cancellation of the rest of the remaining school year, cancellation of highly anticipated events and cancellation of large group gatherings with friends are just a few of the changes that make up the cancellation of a typical student life. This...

SPICE Club pumps up WCHS students with music

Every Friday a student official of the key club attaches their phone to the PA system and plays music. This makes every Friday calming and exciting for the students.

By Melissa Redlich, Staff Writer

March 12, 2020

Sophomore Elizabeth Qiu looks up at the clock to see that there are five minutes left of the third period. She rushes to the teacher, showing him a slip of paper and dashes out the door. Qiu makes her way to the front office, slips into a room and plugs her phone into a machine. Seconds later, music...

“~how i’m feeling~” album paints different versions of Lauv

By Hannah Zozobrado, Arts Editor

March 12, 2020

The Hopeless Romantic (blue), The Existentialist (purple), The Playboy (orange), The Eccentric (red), The Jokester (green), The Optimist (yellow): these are the different versions of Lauv that portray themselves throughout the album "~how i'm feeling~". The album cover has Lauv sitting in white attir...

Roddy Ricch’s new album gives excuses “for being antisocial”

Roddy Ricch's new hit album cover

By David Malament, Promotions Manager

February 4, 2020

On Friday, Dec. 6, 2019, Grammy Award nominee Roddy Ricch released his first album since being named a member of the 2019 XXL Freshman class in the summer of 2019.  His album Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial contains 16 songs, three of which are on the Billboard Hot 100.  The first song on t...

Old Taylor comes back with new album release

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By Sacha Feldberg, Arts Editor

October 21, 2019

Two years ago, Taylor Swiftーarguably the most influential musician of our generationーannounced the death of the “old Taylor” in her album “reputation.” Now, the old Taylor is back with “Lover,” a collection of eighteen songs with personal stories about self love, moony romance and po...

Country music is more explicit than people may think

Randy Houser is a country singer and many of his  previous songs have contained references to drug use.

By Maya Bhattiprolu, Assistant Online Editor

May 9, 2019

Parents traveling with little kids will often switch the station when a rap song comes on to a “safer” genre, like country, to avoid exposing them to controversial topics. However, changing the station to country music does just the opposite. While country music may seem to be clean, many songs in the genr...

Large and in-charge: new rap artists break out on the scene

XXL magazine Freshman List highlights the top ten newest rappers awarding them the title “XXL Freshman.”

By Jackson Resnick, Features Editor

May 9, 2018

Each year, a new group of rappers emerges into the mainstream, turning heads and gaining recognition through social media. The annual XXL magazine Freshman List highlights the 10 hottest new rappers, earning each rapper the prestigious title: “XXL Freshman.” XXL is a magazine specializing hip-hop...

Summer concerts bring heat to D.C. area

This May and June, the Mid-Atlantic Region will be home to a host of concerts and festivals, including shows with SZA and Khalid and the Firefly Music Festival.

By Drew Ingall, Senior Writer

May 9, 2018

It’s that time of year. The weather is getting warmer, outdoor concert venues are opening and big music artists are coming to town. That’s right, it’s concert season. The stretch from early May until the middle of June is jam-packed with visits from big music artists from all over; in the DMV,...

Music you aren’t listening to: Brockhampton

This month’s new musical artist hip-hop collective Brockhampton.

By Jackson Resnick, Social Media Editor

April 12, 2018

Tearing down all stereotypes in the music scene, Brockhampton (BH) is probably the most exciting act in music right now. The self-proclaimed “boyband” met online when frontman Kevin Abstract posted a message on Kanye West fan forum, KanyeToThe, asking if anyone wanted to form a band. This was the...

Migos add to “culture” with second chart-topping album

Migos has released two albums within one year, both of which reached number one on the Billboard top 200 albums in each of their first week available.

By Gaurav Gandhi, Lead Graphic Designer

March 7, 2018

For the second time in under one year, Georgia-based hip-hop trio, Migos, released a chart-topping studio album, this time being Culture II. The sequel to 2017 Grammy-nominated Culture, Culture II features double the songs and is loaded with some of the best artists today alongside Quavo, Takeoff and...

Student Art Spotlight: Teddi Yoo

Junior Teddi Yoo has been chosen to be a member of the National Association for Music Education. She has also been given a scholarship for her piano playing.

By Drew Ingall, Arts Editor

March 7, 2018

There are many talented artists and musicians at CHS. However, not many can say that they excel at not one, but two instruments. Junior Teddi Yoo has been picked to be a member of the National Association for Music Education this year for her accomplishments in violin. She has also been granted a...

DRAM’s “Big Baby”: sophomore effort excels

Dram’s number one hit, “Brocoli,” is off of his new album, “Big Baby.”The album consists of 22 songs and is Dram’s second.

By Drew Ingall, Arts Editor

January 9, 2018

Mixing rock, blues, soul, R&B and electronic dance music (EDM) with hip-hop and rap to create great music may seem impossible, but to hip-hop artist DRAM, it can be achieved, and he proves this on his newest album. Two years after the release of his debut album “Gahdamn!” DRAM has come out...

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