Music Monday: Zedd (feat. Selena Gomez) – “I Want You To Know”

Over the course of the past few months, European music producer Zedd and Selena Gomez have been teasing the media on many fronts: their rumored budding relationship, and their upcoming music ventures. Selena Gomez has been posting incredibly cryptic photos and captions on her Instagram account, hinting not only at a potential blossoming relationship, but also at a possible new song, tagging each photo with the hashtag #IWantYouToKnow, or some variation of it. Since marking her departure from Hollywood Records with her greatest hits album, For You, and signing on with Interscope Records, Gomez’s musical comeback has been greatly anticipated.

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Music Monday: Katy Perry’s Super Bowl Halftime Performance

Other than the actual game, one of the things that people look forward to the most about the Super Bowl is the halftime show. Just before this past Thanksgiving, it was announced that Katy Perry would take on the task of performing during Super Bowl halftime. I, myself, am completely indifferent towards the singer, but I’m sure all of her fans (Katy Cats, I think they’re called) were thrilled at the announcement. I wasn’t planning on watching the Super Bowl this year, but curiosity got in the way, and so I tuned in just before halftime to see what Katy Perry came up with.

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Music Monday: Walter’s Indie/Folk-Pop Playlist

Hello everyone, and welcome back from the holidays! You’ve made it through day one of post-Holiday shenanigans, and so what better way to unwind than with some banjo-infused acoustic goodness? (My brain is fried from my first day back at school, forgive the cheesy vernacular).

This week, I decided to do something a little different and give a list of songs that delve into the genre that I like listening to on a day-to-day basis. All of the songs on this playlist have somewhat of an Indie vibe, but are also influenced by Folk. Instruments you’ll find in common with these songs are the acoustic guitar, banjo, and some unusual percussion – including hand claps and foot stomps. Some of the songs lean more towards typical pop music you hear on the radio and some deviate into Country-Rock territory (and one even has a bit of an urban influence), but the one thing each of these songs have in common are their individual uses of real instruments, which is something I always look for when I come across new music.

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Music Monday: Nick Jonas – “Nick Jonas”

In case you haven’t heard, Nick Jonas is sexy grown up now, and he definitely shows his growing maturity in his self-titled solo album that he released last month. After the (second) split of the Jonas Brothers, Nick ventured back into the music industry to release his own music as a solo artist (again). Back in 2010, Nick formed his own band, “The Administration,” during the first Jonas Brothers hiatus. With this new solo project, Nick released “Who I Am,” which took on a blue-eyed soul and blues-rock sound. His initial solo career was short lived though, and thus ventured off onto other projects.

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Music Monday: Pentatonix – “That’s Christmas To Me”

Pentatonix is an a cappella group consisting of five members (that’s the “penta” part of their name, for those of you who aren’t fluent in Greek prefixes. You’re welcome) from Texas. The group formed in 2011 and came into the spotlight after they won the NBC singing competition, The Sing-Off. Their winnings included $200,000 in cash, as well as a recording contract with Sony Music. Later, though, they were dropped from their record label, but gained stardom through their YouTube channel. The group has since attained over 7 million subscribers on their channel, and cumulatively hundreds of thousands of views on their videos. They are now signed with RCA Records, and have since been releasing their compilations through their new record label, including their most recent Christmas compilation, “That’s Christmas To Me.”

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Music Monday: Troye Sivan – “TRXYE”

That’s “T-R-X-Y-E,” everyone. Not “Troye” or “Trixie.” You refer to the album title as if you were spelling something out.

Troye Sivan (that’s “TROY si-VAHN,” while we’re on pronunciations here) is an internet personality and is just about to hit 3 million subscribers on YouTube. Three. Million. I don’t think I can gather a large enough group of people who, collectively, have all met 3 million people.

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