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An illustration of a Black woman in a green shirt and a white woman in a yellow shirt listening to music through wired headphones. The cord of the headphones spells out “Listen to This.”

Listen To This: Niall Horan is in ‘Heaven’ according to his newest love ballad

Listen to this week’s most notable singles by Niall Horan, Yaeji and Halsey.

This week, we’re featuring singles that cover an array of emotions. Niall Horan delivers a love ballad fit for the gods, Yaeji inspires you to express self-love by breaking cycles...

Artist SOLA wears a flowery black-and-nude top and black yoga pants and holds a microphone and laughs on stage.

R&B-pop artist SOLA discusses debut EP ‘Everything In Between’

NYU senior SOLA talks about her journey as a musician and the release of her debut EP ‘Everything In Between’
Paree Chopra, Contributing Writer Dec 13, 2022

As a music business major at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, Jessica Omokheyeke, aka SOLA, has the drive and passion for all things music. “Everything...

An illustration of a Black woman in a green shirt and a white woman in a yellow shirt listening to music through wired headphones. The cord of the headphones spells out “Listen to This.”

Listen To This: 100 gecs teams up with Skrillex on ‘Torture Me’

Read about this week’s most notable singles by David Byrne, Caroline Polachek and more.
Yas Akdag, Ethan Beck, Paree Chopra, and Holden Lay Dec 8, 2022

“Torture Me” by 100 gecs featuring Skrillex Ethan Beck, Contributing Writer Over the last 10 years, Skrillex has been able to transform his status from being an Internet...

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British alt-pop star Dylan confronts heartbreak in ‘The Greatest Thing I’ll Never Learn’

The Island Records UK/Republic Records signee explains how the journey of love is never simple in her latest mixtape.
Paree Chopra, Staff Writer Nov 17, 2022

Fresh off of Ed Sheeran’s UK tour, upcoming British alt-pop artist Dylan released her latest mixtape, “The Greatest Thing I’ll Never Learn,” on Oct. 28. The eight-track...

A black-and-white portrait of artist Chxrry 22. A female with dark complexion and black straight long hair poses for picture wearing a white t-shirt that reads “Chxrry” in a cursive font.

Chxrry22 debuts in ‘The Other Side’

Chxrry22 talks about her music journey and debut EP “The Other Side” at a press conference with °1824, Universal Music Group N.V.
Paree Chopra, Staff Writer Nov 14, 2022

Chxrry22 is the first female talent signed to XO and Republic Records. She completely embodies her multifaceted personality in her music. At a conference with °1824, Universal...

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Listen To This: Rihanna returns with powerful ballad ‘Lift Me Up’

Read about this week’s most notable singles by SZA, Holly Humberstone and more.

When we heard both Rihanna and SZA were releasing new music this past week, we couldn’t wait for Friday to come around. Neither disappoint with their latest singles — an emotional...

Illustration: Lydia Tár, played by Cate Blanchett, swings a conductor’s baton. She is illustrated with a smeared texture, and she wears mostly gray.

Review: Cate Blanchett delivers an immersive performance in ‘TÁR’

“TÁR” is a psychological drama that questions the basis and implications of power. The film is playing in select theaters in New York City.
Paree Chopra, Staff Writer Oct 31, 2022

Cate Blanchett has always been a force to be reckoned with, but “TÁR” could arguably be her best performance yet. Director Todd Field’s drama encapsulates the downfall of...

An illustration of a Black woman in a green shirt and a white woman in a yellow shirt listening to music through wired headphones. The cord of the headphones spells out “Listen to This.”

Listen To This: Sabrina Song just wants ‘To Know You’

Read about this week’s most notable singles by Arctic Monkeys, LCD Soundsystem and more.
Yas Akdag, Paree Chopra, and Holden Lay Oct 6, 2022

This week, we have two alt-rock-leaning songs and two alt-pop-leaning songs. Take your pick! As an added bonus, the two pop songs are by former and current NYU students Sabrina...

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Review: Noah Cyrus’ debut album ‘The Hardest Part’ offers a healing journey for life’s heartaches

The singer-songwriter’s debut album juggles country sensibilities with modern pop aesthetics as it tunes into the worries of the modern heart.
Paree Chopra, Staff Writer Oct 5, 2022

At only 22, Noah Cyrus has crafted the deeply mature, vulnerable and raw “The Hardest Part.” Releasing a debut album is a major step towards growing as an artist, and with...

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Review: Ari Lennox navigates relationships and self-love in ‘age/sex/location’

The singer’s sophomore album combines R&B and neo-soul influences to explore the complexity of love in today’s age.
Paree Chopra, Staff Writer Sep 21, 2022

On her sophomore album “age/sex/location,” Ari Lennox returns with a beautiful blend of R&B, soul and hip-hop elements that merge with her smooth and raspy vocals. This...

Red-headed singer-songwriter YUNGBLUD dressed in a black blazer stands against a dark purple background.

Review: YUNGBLUD’s self-titled album balances introspection and action

YUNGBLUD’s newest album explores the different phases of the self through expression and rock.
Paree Chopra, Staff Writer Sep 16, 2022

In his self-titled third album, English rockstar Dominic Harrison, better known as YUNGBLUD, continues to explore themes of individuality and self-expression. The album also encourages...

An illustration of a Black woman in a green shirt and a white woman in a yellow shirt listening to music through wired headphones. The cord of the headphones spells out “Listen to This.”

Listen to This: After countless breakup songs, Lauv is finally back in love

Read about this week’s most notable singles by Maggie Rogers, Noah Cyrus and more.
Yas Akdag, Paree Chopra, and Candace Patrick Apr 14, 2022

It’s a pop week — that’s for sure — but the songs are all excellent, offering glimpses into artists’ forthcoming projects. We also feature two NYU artists this week:...

An illustration of a Black woman in a green shirt and a white woman in a yellow shirt listening to music through wired headphones. The cord of the headphones spells out “Listen to This.”

Listen to This: Harry Styles announces a new album with single ‘As It Was’

Read about this week’s most notable singles by Alexander 23, Father John Misty and more.

Harry Styles is back — and the world is ready for it, with “As It Was” hinting at what fans can expect on the new album. This week, we also review songs from pop giants Alexander...

An illustration of a Black woman in a green shirt and a white woman in a yellow shirt listening to music through wired headphones. The cord of the headphones spells out “Listen to This.”

Listen to This: Off camera, ‘Elliot’s Song’ captivates

Read about this week’s most notable singles by HAIM, Ashe and more.

Nearly two weeks after the “Euphoria” season two finale, the show still finds a way to get talked about — this time through the release of “Elliot’s Song.” We won’t...

As lovers celebrate their romantic holiday, Valentine’s Day can be the perfect time to enjoy a heartbreaking breakup album. (Staff Illustration by Aaliya Luthra)

This Valentine’s Day, listen to a breakup album

If you’re bitter about being alone on Valentine’s Day, check out the breakup albums we rounded up so you didn’t have to.

We’ve all been there — as Feb. 14 approaches, it seems impossible to escape anything red, pink or heart-shaped. If you’re single, you’ll be hard-pressed to find something...

An illustration of a Black woman in a green shirt and a white woman in a yellow shirt listening to music through wired headphones. The cord of the headphones spells out “Listen to This.”

Listen to this: Beyoncé releases new song ‘Be Alive’

Read about this week’s most notable singles by Nilüfer Yanya, Beach House and more.

Honestly, we don’t have much to add here. Beyoncé pretty much speaks for herself. This week, we also review new songs by British artist Nilüfer Yanya, indie duo Beach House...

The crowd cheered as the music spurred them on. Global Citizen was a 24-hour global broadcast from Central Park, where artists and activists advocated for poverty relief and environmental protection. (Image via Wikimedia Commons)

Music and activism combine at Global Citizen

The festival saw artists like Billie Eilish and Lizzo take the stage in the heart of New York City. 
Paree Chopra, Staff Writer Oct 5, 2021

On Sept. 25, 60,000 people gathered at The Great Lawn in Central Park to watch Global Citizen Live. The 24-hour global broadcast spanned seven continents and brought together some...

An illustration of a Black woman in a green shirt and a white woman in a yellow shirt listening to music through wired headphones. The cord of the headphones spells out “Listen to This.”

Listen to this: As Lady Gaga goes jazz, Enrique Iglesias plays it safe

Read about the most notable singles this week by Lukas Graham, Will Wood and more.

This week’s reviews sprawl across a range of genres. From Kehlani’s popcorn butter-smooth R&B to Snail Mail’s electrified indie-rock, these singles will spice up your...

Kacey Musgraves released her fifth studio album “star-crossed” on Friday, Sept. 10. In the album, Musgraves dives into the conflicting feelings of love and hate and eventually the acceptance of both. (Illustration by Aaliya Luthra)

Review: Kacey Musgraves’ ‘star-crossed’ is a Shakespearean tragedy

The country-pop artist reflects on divorce in her fifth studio album.
Paree Chopra, Staff Writer Sep 21, 2021

“star-crossed” — Musgraves’ fifth studio album — explores the end of a relationship and everything that goes with it: fears, thrills, love, grief, yearning and remembrance...

Abba’s upcoming album “Voyage” is scheduled for release on November 5th. This would be Abba’s first release after nearly forty years.
(Staff Illustration by Manasa Gudavalli)

Here we go again: ABBA returns after 39 years

The pop supergroup is releasing a new album and London concert experience.
Paree Chopra, Staff Writer Sep 14, 2021

The Swedish pop quartet ABBA has returned after nearly four decades, with new music and a quirky performance concept. The group publicized their comeback on Sept. 2, when they...

Singer-songwriter Halsey released their fourth studio album, If I Cant Have Love, I Want Power, on August 27, 2021. Halsey tackles femininity, empowerment, pregnancy, and motherhood all at once in their new concept album. (Staff Illustration by Manasa Gudavalli and Arnav Binaykia)

Review: ‘If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power’

Halsey navigates life in its rawest form through their new concept album.
Paree Chopra, Staff Writer Sep 8, 2021

“It’s the most inadequate I’ve ever felt.” Halsey shares this in a 2020 interview with the Guardian, discussing the online backlash they received following their public...

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