Whether you prefer using a CD player, your laptop or your iPod, music will always be beloved by every generation. Here’s a peek at what some teens are listening to right now, and what parents and youth should be paying attention to. Scroll to the bottom for music videos from some of these artists.
“Red,” by Taylor Swift.
On Oct. 22, Taylor Swift’s most recent album, “Red,” was released in stores and on iTunes.
This is Swift’s fourth studio album, featuring 16 songs, and six extra songs with the deluxe album. The album reached No. 1 on iTunes within 12 hours of release, and its songs “Red,” “22” and “I Knew You Were Trouble” hold three of the top 10 songs on iTunes. The song “We Are Never Getting Back Together” holds the No. 4 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 and last week was nominated for the Song of the Year Grammy.
The album is superb. Swift, 22, is known to be a role model for young women and is known for her ability to connect with young girls; however, these songs hold more truth and reality than her past songs.
Swift is also notorious for venturing from her country origin to pop, which she does in the new album. But she also has many country songs on the album. The album canappeal to many people, from fans of Carrie Underwood and Colbie Caillat to fans of Pink and U2. The songs are original and clever. This album is her best one yet.
— Olivia Moorer, La Salle High School
“The Heist,” and other albums by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
People should pay attention to Macklemore and Ryan Lewis because, among other reasons, they are from Seattle. Local bands are worth following.
Ben Haggerty, or better known as his stage name of “Macklemore,” collaborated with producer Ryan Lewis in 2005, and the two have been on the bumpy road to fame ever since.
They just released their new album, titled “The Heist,” which held the No. 1 spot on the iTunes charts this fall. They also kicked off their world tour this fall in Seattle at the WaMu Theatre, with an opening sold-out show of 7,500 fans.
If you have never heard of these guys and enjoy local, heartfelt, good music, you should give them a listen. You won’t be disappointed.
— Kendyl Comiskey, West Valley High School
“Born to Die,” by Lana Del Rey
Lana Del Rey, a sultry-voiced singer-songwriter, announced in July she would be unveiling the deluxe edition of her debut album, “Born to Die.”
The deluxe album includes the original 12 tracks, three bonus tracks, and also nine additional songs. Del Rey’s new release hit shelves on Nov. 13.
Lana Del Rey’s music has been noted for its cinematic sound and its references to various aspects of pop culture, particularly that of 1950s and ‘60s Americana. “Born to Die,” her debut, sold millions worldwide.
From what singles have already been released, including “National Anthem,” “Body Electric,” and “Ride,” these songs portray all of Lana’s hallmarks: innocence lost, sadly sultry come-ons, drippy strings, and completely amplifying them all into a single chord.
This much-hyped CD had listeners craving more, The album racked up thousands of preorders before its release. Now that it’s available, I say go to the nearest store and purchase your copy before they’re all gone this holiday shopping season.
— Tristan Vijarro, Toppenish High School
G-Dragon’s “One of a Kind”
This song/video is very strange, so it isn’t for everyone. If you don’t like it, then that’s OK, but it’s worth a try. It’s a Korean “rap” by one of South Korea’s most popular artist’s, G-Dragon, who is also the leader in the group Big Bang.
It’s worth checking out “Sherlock,” the fourth album from SHINee, the music group from Seoul, South Korea. The best part of the album is the title song, “Sherlock (Clue + Note).”
Find it on YouTube by clicking here.
“Harry Potter Medley” by Maikel van den Boomen
A medley written by Maikel van den Booman. He is a very talented marimba player who has also done a “Pirates of the Caribbean” medley and a Michael Jackson medley, also composed by himself.
You can check him out at his YouTube channel, Maikel2Play. Check out his Harry Potter Medley online.
— Lindsay Schwehr, Eisenhower High School
Kendrick Lamar’s new album, “Good Kid m.A.A.d city”
People should pay attention to this album mostly because it is a different kind of rhythm music you could listen to. Lamar is from the West Coast and brings new flavor to the R&B genre nowadays.
You could find this item at a local store, iTunes and on Kendrick Lamar’s website, kendricklamar.org.
— Jesse Berumen, Kittitas Secondary School
“Made to Love You,” by Toby Mac
This is a catchy love song that lifts your spirits. Try this song out; I bet you’ll learn the song in the blink of an eye!
“Solo para ti” by Camila
“Solo para ti” is a romantic Spanish love song that my boyfriend sings to me every now and then. Listen to it and you’ll be mesmerized by the beautiful vocals of the Spanish language.
— Audrey Navarro, Toppenish High School
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