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no doubt settle down

After a 4-year hiatus—which allowed the band members to focus on their own solo projects—No Doubt finally released the first single off their newest album, Push and Shove, out on September 25th.

The music video for “Settle Down,” was directed by Sophie Muller, who had worked on multiple other projects for the band in the past. The music video follows the members of the band as they are traveling to their concert, where a wild dance party eventually erupts as the band performs their song.

 



If “Settle Down” is any indication of what Push and Shove has to offer, it is safe to say that this album is still very much what fans have come to expect from the band. In “Settle Down,” much like in their previous work, ska and reggae are heavy influences—an eclectic mix of sounds No Doubt made famous in the U.S.

Although fans will have to wait until September for the full taste of No Doubt’s latest album, they will have a little bit of flavor to tide them over with “Settle Down.”

Amy Lauren

justin bieber boyfriendThe Biebs is growing up. His new music video ‘Boyfriend’ debuted at number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, and it already has over 2 million views on YouTube! It’s quite obvious Justin is starting to transition from teen heartthrob to serious artist.

The video opens with Bieber whispering the opening lines of the song to a girl and then the song begins again when Bieber drives into a parking lot. The video mainly consists of Justin singing in the parking lot and then serenading a girl who strongly resembles real-life girlfriend, Selena Gomez. The video is edgier than his others, and it makes sense. He’s getting older and so are his fans, so it makes sense that his music should be changing too. However, the music video isn’t too sexy that it’ll alienate younger Beliebers.


 

The video may even attract new fans. The director (Director X) set it up in a way that matched the mood of the song. Justin plays the part of a love-stricken teen well. It’s more R&B than his other songs which brings in a whole new group of people. It makes Bieber a more well-rounded artist and shows how versatile he can be. 

Even though the song isn’t lyrical genius, it has a catchy tune that you’ll hum for days. Justin seems to be taking the same route as another superstar with the same name: Justin Timberlake, as many critics have pointed out. Timberlake left NSYNC to begin his solo career and he also had to make the transition into more adult music. The first single Timberlake released after he left the pop group was ‘Like I Love You’ and there’s a part in that music video, towards the beginning, where Timberlake is trying to seduce a girl in the parking lot which is similar to the ‘Boyfriend’ video where Bieber does the same. 

So, it does seem like Bieber is following in Timberlake’s footsteps, which is ironic considering the fact Timberlake was fighting with Usher to try and sign Bieber to his record label.
 
The video wasn’t anything spectacular, but we can all agree ‘Boyfriend’ marks an impressive beginning for Bieber to transition into more mature music.

Tell ME: What did you think of ‘Boyfriend’?

-Ama Kwarteng

Nate Ruess and members of Fun.

“I want you to go up to someone you never met before and dance with them,” Nate screams at the crowd bursting out the seams of The Glass House in Pomona, CA. Fans eagerly carry out the the command. Fun. is making their way across the nation to support their sophomore album, “Some Nights.”

The indie pop-rock band that claims Nate Ruess (lead vocals), Jack Antonoff (guitar/vocals) and Andrew Dost (keyboard/vocals) as members reached a brand new audience when they lent their hit song—“We are Young” featuring Janelle Monáe— to the worthy songbirds from “Glee.” Even so, the loyal fans are the ones who pack the venue. When Nate croons the words of “The Gambler,” chronicling his parents’ gorgeous love story, fans sway, sing and even sob!

The chemistry between the three is undeniable as they play off of each others’ words, recount the last time they ruined a sweet 16 birthday party and intimate family stories. Fun. played an amazing cross-section of their recent album and their first, “Aim and Ignite.” Nate’s vocal range awes and inspires; performing the set— including “Some Nights,” “One Foot,” “Be Calm” and “Take Your Time (Coming Home)”— with such energy you can’t help but scream the lyrics at the top of your lungs.

Their performance of “We are Young” was thundering, rousing and at times ethereal. An awesome rollercoaster of sorts, the show truly lives up to the band’s name, period.
—Ashlyee Hickman

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Katherine McPhee auditions in 'Smash'

NBC’s new drama “Smash”, is just as punchy and fast-paced as its title suggests, taking us on the rollercoaster ride of producing a musical and picking its star.  The musical in question is “Marilyn the Musical,” a theatrical account of the iconic blonde’s life story, and the brainchild of Julia Houston (Debra Messing) and Tom Levitt (Christian Borle).  As for the star?  That remains a mystery, but the competition has been whittled down to two girls—Ivy (Megan Hilty), an experienced ensemble player waiting for her big break, and Karen (Katharine McPhee), a mid-western dreamer brimming with potential.


McPhee steals the show right from the start with her outstanding performance of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”  The beautiful ballad gives ample opportunity for McPhee to play up the doe-eyed girl-next-door charm that won over the nation during her “American Idol” days.  Like her character, she has a light resume, but she plays the role with a heavy complexity.  Karen isn’t just another small town girl with big ambitions. Although she’s earnest and fresh-faced, she’s passion-driven, nearly to the point of destruction.  She’s bouncy and humble and endearing, but when her career is at stake, she’s ready to smear on the war paint and croon her heart out.  In ME’s opinion, she’s a top-notch Marilyn! Hilty’s Ivy, on the other hand, has a babydoll voice and sensual strut that bring her close to Marilyn’s level, but there’s something about her performance that feels a little less actress and a little more impersonator.


The pilot episode details each potential lead’s audition and ventures into the whole creative process of building a musical, proving once and for all that drama folks typically are quite a bit of drama themselves.  Smash’s previews make it look like “Glee” for grown ups, but it’s actually a very realistic and compelling drama about a musical, and is not really a musical itself.  There are no random bursts of song here, just the use of music when it makes sense (during auditions, rehearsals, etc.)  There are original songs galore; Based on these numbers, ME would so go see a Marilyn musical!
—Karina Stow

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