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Jhene, Megan, Uzi, and More

New Music from the Week of March 6th

By Ronak Dsouza

It’s finally March which means it is one month closer to summer and festival season. In anticipation, many artists are releasing new content to perform live. Here are some of the best and biggest picks from this past week.

Kicking off the list is the surprise release of Eternal Atake, Lil Uzi Vert’s long awaited album. The tape is full of Uzi’s signature autotune and techno-heavy production. The album consists of 18 songs with only one feature: “Urgency” featuring Syd, The Internet band member. The standout track is “P2,” acting as a sequel Uzi’s smash hit “XO Tour Llif3.”

Next is Chilombo by Jhené Aiko, the other highly-anticipated album of the week. Aiko has been building up the release of Chilombo since 2019 with the release of “Triggered (Freestyle).” The album does not disappoint with Aiko’s soulful vocals perfectly syncing with Chilombo’s minimalistic acoustic production. The standout track is “B.S.” featuring H.E.R. with the two R&B singers giving one of the best R&B duets of the year.

Finally, arrives Megan Thee Stallion’s latest mixtape, Suga. The tape had been the topic of discussion for many due to Megan’s label, 1501, attempting to block Megan from releasing any new music. This was in result to Megan trying to renegotiate her contract. Thankfully after Megan sued her label, a judge ruled in favor of Megan, allowing her to release Suga. The mixtape once again shows her rapping ability is unmatched. The standout track is “Captain Hook,” featuring numerous flows and her signature bragadocious lyrics. 

Be sure to also check out Katy Perry’s new single “Never Worn White,” the remix to Brockhampton hit “SUGAR” featuring Dua Lipa, and Demi Lovato’s latest single “I Love Me.”

DECA Does It, Again!

Legend’s Performance at DECA state competition

By Ronak Dsouza

Business is booming for Legend’s DECA program. Over the past weekend, many fellow Titans competed in the annual DECA state competition. The event, held at the Broadmoor, happened over the span of three days.

The first day, Sunday, was the first round for all of the written events. The next day the individuals who performed the best were then selected to compete in the final round. Also on Sunday was the first round for the roleplay events with the finals round occuring on Tuesday. Awards were given to the top performers at the competition after the roleplay finals. These winners then subsequently qualified for the international conference in Nashville, Tennessee.

This year’s competition was record-breaking for Legend as there were more international qualifiers than in previous years.

“We had 15 people qualify to go to Nashville,” said senior Ashley Lawson.

Additionally, the time not competing was just as memorable for the DECA students.

“We were able to stay in the Broadmoor this year,” said senior Rachel Derose. “It was super exciting and we all had a lot of fun.”

In the end, the main highlight was the great memories and companionship created at the competition.

“It was really good to see Legend bring around 70 people to state,” said senior Rachel Derose. “As a DECA officer team, it felt good to see that the hard work of many members paid off.”

Here’s hoping Legend’s success will continue at the international conference in Nashville.

Bieber, Tame Impala, Billie

Best New Music of February 14th

By Ronak Dsouza

Whether you are boo’d up or single this Valentine’s Day, here is some new music to make Valentine’s more enjoyable.

The most anticipated album of the week comes from pop megastar Justin Bieber with his album Changes. The album is full of features from the likes of Travis Scott, Post Malone, and Kehlani. It also contains the already popular singles, “Yummy” and “Intentions” featuring Quavo. The standout track is, surprisingly, a remix–“Yummy [Remix]” featuring Summer Walker. While the original song, “Yummy,” got backlash for being bland, Summer Walker gives it a rebranding with her soulful vocals.

The Australian indie band Tame Impala also returns to the music scene with The Slow Rush. This is their first album in five years after the release of their critically acclaimed Currents. OnThe Slow Rush, the band continues their signature funky and trippy sound, making the listener feel as if they are floating through space. The standout track is “Breathe Deeper,” a six-minute-long track, constantly shifting to create new melodies.

Finally, Billie Eilish continues her dominance over pop music with her new song, “No Time To Die.” “No Time To Die” is actually the theme song for the upcoming eponymous James Bond movie, No Time To Die. With her whispery vocals, she is able to create the suspenseful tone of a Bond movie. It will definitely be interesting to see if the movie lives up to the song.

Brent Faiyaz, Raveena, Green Day & More!

Best Music Releases of February 7th

By Ronak Dsouza

Many great new releases from new artists came out this week, adding to a great new year of music! Here are just some of the releases that you must listen to.

Three years after his last album, R&B singer Brent Faiyaz is finally back with his latest album F*** The World. He continues with the same format of his first album, Sonder Son, maintaining no features. However with F*** The World, it is apparent that he is more experimental. Faiyaz incorporates more samples and crisper vocals signifying his constant growth and maturity. The standout track is “Clouded,” which has Faiyaz singing alongside a gospel-like sample, making the listener feel amongst the clouds.

Another outstanding R&B project from a new artist arrived with Raveena’s latest EP, Moonstone. While the project only consists of four songs, each song is a great addition to the singer’s catalogue, leaving the listener eager for more. Raveena adopts a new sound on Moonstone: a mix of her signature acoustic sound and transcending, spacelike production to truly manifest what Moonstone is. The standout track is “Starflower,” a light song with entrancing guitar melodies, reminding you of a teenage coming-of-age movie.

Finally, the iconic punk band Green Day returns to the music scene with their latest album Father Of All…. They bring the same energy and style that they brought fifteen years during their prime promising no trap beats or new producers. The standout track is the title track, “Father Of All…,” starting the album out on a very high note.

XXXTentacion, Gucci Mane, Benny Blanco and more

Music Releases from the Week of December 3rd

By Ronak Dsouza

 

Even though the Grammy nominations came out this week, signaling a wrap-up to this year, there are still many music releases to quench your constant thirst for new music.

The biggest album that was released this week was Skins by the late XXXtentacion. Even though his untimely death occurred earlier this year, he still has a lot of unreleased music, which was released on his album, Skins. The lone feature on the album is the hip-hop star, Kanye West. The standout track is “BAD!” which does not have any rapping, but is pretty catchy.

Another big rap release this week came in the form of Evil Genius, Gucci Mane’s brother. Evil Genius has nineteen tracks and numerous features from Atlanta favorites like Migos and Lil Yachty to relatively new rappers like Youngboy Never Broke Again and Lil Skies. The standout track is “Wake Up In The Sky,” which features Kodak Black and Bruno Mars. While song has been popular for a while now, it still stands a great song to lift your mood or spirits.

Switching genres to electronica, make sure to check out Benny Blanco’s new album, FRIENDS KEEP SECRETS. As with many electronica albums, the list of features is long even with the album only containing seven songs. While the album contains the hit “Eastside” with Khalid and Halsey, the song you must listen to on the album is “Roses,” which features Juice WRLD and Brendon Urie. While this may seem to be a weird pairing, this also turns out to be a pretty entertaining collaboration.

Also be sure to check out Brett Young’s Ticket to L.A., the Mary Poppins Returns soundtrack, “Good Years” by Zayn, and “Testimony” by Kodak Black.

Grande, Boomin, H.E.R. and More

Music Releases From The First Week Of November

By Ronak Dsouza

The amount of new projects and songs that were released the week of November 3 was insane and has been every music lover’s dream. From pop, to hip-hop, to R&B, every genre has received some great new music.

On Saturday, pop superstar, Ariana Grande dropped a surprise single titled “thank u, next,” right before the airing of Saturday Night Live. The song quickly gained a lot of attention and received a lot of streams.

It’s rumored she made this song to diss her ex-fiance, Pete Davidson, who is part of the Saturday Night Live crew. This theory is definitely confirmed by “thank u, next,” in which she talks about her past relationships, how she has moved on from each of them, and how she is now focused on herself. This song is perfect for those moving on from a breakup and for those learning to love themselves.

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For hip-hop heads, the long-awaited return of producer Metro Boomin arrived with the release of his album, Not All Heroes Wear Capes. The album is filled with guest artists such as Travis Scott, 21 Savage, Young Thug, and Drake. The album greatly delivers in the production aspect, displaying Metro Boomin’s expertise with beatmaking with the different beat changes and transitions from song to song. The standout track on the album is “Space Cadet,” which features hip-hop newcomer Gunna. The track is melodic and hypnotic due to the beat and Gunna’s flow. This album for those wanting to turn up in their car with their friends, because of the amazing beat production.

For a more slowed down music listening experience, H.E.R. released her follow-up EP to I Used To Know Her-The Prelude EP titled I Used To Know Her – Part 2. The sequel contains more songs than the first EP with eight new songs. Part 2 also differs from The Prelude, having zero features. The standout track is the opening song, titled “Carried Away,” with H.E.R.’s dreamy vocals used on a enticing guitar loop. This project is great to keep in the background while getting some homework done, because H.E.R.’s voice will not distract you from finishing your homework.

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Here are some other notable releases that you should give a listen: “Dip,” by Tyga, with Nicki Minaj being enlisted for the remix, “Machine” and “Bad Liar” by Imagine Dragons, the Calvin Harris and Benny Blanco collaboration, “I Found You,” and Takeoff’s solo debut album, The Last Rocket.

 

Tired Of Being Tired

Why we need a later start time
By Ronak Dsouza

Aren’t you tired of feeling exhausted in the morning everyday, because you were up all night doing homework? Well how you would you feel if you we had a later start to school?

As a high school student, I know that we are often extremely busy with extracurricular activities, which we enjoy, but take time away from completing homework, which results in not having enough sleep or time in the morning to even eat breakfast. This is why we need to implement a later start for school, so students are no longer stressed out or slumped when they come to school.

“Teens from thirteen to eighteen years old need nine and a half hours of sleep, but the average teenager gets seven hours of sleep,” A spokesperson for the Nationwide Children’s Hospital said.

This is only one of the many reasons of why we should have a later start time. Another factor for sleep deprivation in teens is the heavy high school homework load which causes numerous kids to stay up late, further preventing them from getting the nine and a half hours that they need, settling for mere six or seven hours.

The most tragic part is those who are active members of our Legend community are the ones who are hit the hardest by sleep deprivation. These are students who willingly want to partake in before school and after school activities, in spite of all of the homework, and are, essentially, being punished by the school for participating in out-of-school activities, because of the early school start times. Students shouldn’t have to choose between partaking in a hobby and not being exhausted everyday. A later time would relieve active students from the stressful act of balancing their hectic schedule.

What we should push for is having something similar to a block day, everyday. While it seems like a foreign concept, this was actually what the schedule was like at Legend only five years ago! Block days not only allow more time to sleep but also more time for homework to be completed, getting rid of stress and other emotional or behavioral problems.

With a block day schedule, you are no longer going to be constantly tired when you come to school and with more time in the morning, you will start to enjoy coming to school more.