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BTS closes out their U.S. tour with a record-breaking performance at New York’s Citi-Field

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BTS fans from across the country flocked to the Citi Field in New York City this past weekend to watch the wildly famous K-pop group’s final performance in the North American leg of their ‘Love Yourself’ tour.

Tickets for the show went on sale on Aug. 17 and were sold out in under 15 minutes. A groundbreaking 55,000 of BTS’ ARMY filled the famous stadium on the night of Oct. 6, making BTS the first Korean group to perform and sell out a U.S. stadium show.

Fans of the group were at the field preparing for the show all throughout this past week. According to Billboard, around 1,500 fans camped out in the Citi Field parking lot beginning as early as this previous Monday.

After the concert kicked off with the band performing their song ‘Idol’, the group spoke to the fans, expressing their gratitude for ARMY’s support and their excitement for getting to perform at Citi Field. RM, the leader of BTS, ended the brief greeting by asking fans to be mindful of each other during the concert for safety.

The band gave a revolutionary show, performing their newer songs from their ‘Love Yourself: Answer’ album as well as some of their older hits.

The ARMY expressed their enthusiasm for the band by singing along and waving their ARMY bombs, which are the official light sticks used by BTS fans at any concert or performance that BTS does.

The group spoke to the fans in English for the majority of the show, but Jimin and Suga spoke briefly in Korean at the end, sincerely thanking their fans.

The band was set to perform in London on Oct. 9, commencing the European leg of their world tour.

About the Writer
Aneesa Anderson, Photo Team & Staff Writer

Aneesa Anderson is a senior at Durant High School and a PawPrint Newspaper staffer. She is on the Photo Team for the PawPrint, and is also a Staff Writer. She loves to read and write stories, and her favorite movie is The Maze Runner. Follow Aneesa Anderson for stories on pop culture, politics, news, and current trends.

Saves The Day releases New Album titled “9,” pays tribute to the band’s career

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Saves The Day is an American rock band that originated in 1997 in the state of New Jersey. They are well-known for their hit albums Through Being Cool (1999) and Stay What You Are (2001) which received very positive reception from both critics and fans. With darker themed lyrics combined with melodic hooks that catch the listener’s attention, Saves The Day has influenced many hit rock bands that will eventually make their own mark on the music industry.

Following their pop-punk release of the self-titled album, Saves The Day (2013), the band is back with a brand new album titled “9,” out of respect for the release being the ninth studio album officially produced by Saves The Day.

Saves The Day’s frontman, Chris Conley, took a different approach when he wrote the newest album. While their 2013 release featured more lighthearted songs with pop-punk vibes that differentiate the record from their past albums, 9 tells the story the band’s journey over the years. This time around, Conley sings of “walking the crescent moon castles in English sand” and “20 years go by like pages from a calendar blowing in the wind.”

From the early beginnings of the Can’t Slow Down tours to the current state of the band, Conley covers it all. The record’s run-time clocks in at about 44 minutes and features the song “29” that runs at about 21-minutes to describe Conley’s entire personal journey.

Below you can find the full tracklisting of 9 and a link to Saves The Day’s lead single for 9, titled “Rendezvous.”

  1. Saves The Day (2:34)
  2. Suzuki (1:19)
  3. Side By Side (3:12)
  4. Kerouac & Cassady (3:43)
  5. It’s Such A Beautiful World (2:11)
  6. Rosé (3:39)
  7. 1997 (2:47)
  8. Rendezvous (3:37)
  9. 29 (21:30)

The full album is available via Equal Vision Records. For more Saves The Day, visit savestheday.com.

About the Writer
Preston Jones, Business Manager

Preston Jones is a senior at Durant High School and is the Business Manager for PawPrint newspaper. He loves to play, write and review all things video games. When he is not maintaining the newspaper’s budget or writing about video games, Preston slays the bass guitar in an alternative rock band called, “The Easy Button.” Follow Preston for stories on video games, music, and local events.

PRETTYMUCH brings their show to Tampa

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Gunnar has fans swaying as he performs his song Ocean Blue.

Gunnar has fans swaying as he performs his song Ocean Blue.

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Gunnar has fans swaying as he performs his song Ocean Blue.

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Ybor City, Fla.–PRETTYMUCH came to Tampa and performed their first ever show in Florida. The band performed at 7:30 at the Ritz in Ybor. This show was a part of their 2018 Funktion tour to perform a lot of their recently released music.

The band’s opener was a relatively new performer named Gunnar Gehl. He is a 17-year-old pop singer who performs covers and has recently begun to post his own music.

He started with his most widely known song Ocean Blue, the song catchy tune that people can sway to as they listen. He also performed one of his released songs that he wrote and produced with Edwin and Brandon from PRETTYMUCH.

He performed two more of his unreleased songs both having upbeat dance vibe. Gunnar ended his set with a medley of songs. He orchestrated the medley through a story of love and heartbreak, he used the songs Life of the Party by Shawn Mendes, Lucid Dreams by Juice Wrld and Lose Yourself by Justin Bieber.

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The boys are performing their fan favorite Healthy off of “A PRETTYMUCH EP” which was released earlier this year.

After a short intermission for people to use the restroom and to get drinks or to buy merch, PRETTYMUCH began their set. The boys performed all their released music making sure to keep the crowd moving and involved.

They also performed two unreleased songs that the fans know from pervious concerts. The two songs are called Jello and Mind of Poseidon both are songs that describe aspects of relationships, both getting the crowd to dance and bob along to. They also performed two of their new unreleased song deemed Sauce and Denim on Patrol these songs discuss the amazing qualities in the boys’ ideal girl.

The boys made little skits to transition into fan favorites like their song “Hello.” Each boy introduced themselves in the order of their fandom name with their nicknames and one thing about themselves. They also made a video skit about the power going out and correlated this to their song Open Arms.

Overall the concert was very enjoyable. The music was fun to move, jump and dance along to. Gunnar’s performance caused numerous PRETTYMUCH fans to want to further investigate Gunnar’s music and his life. This also left fans anticipating the band’s return to Tampa.

About the Contributor
Angelique Robinson, Social Media Coordinator & Staff Writer

Angelique Robinson is a junior at Durant and is Social Media Coordinator and Staff Writer for the PawPrint newspaper. She loves writing creative pieces, as well as more serious articles focused on news or politics. Follow Angelique for creative stories, pop culture pieces, politics and news articles. She is also the “voice” of the PawPrint on our Instagram account, Insta: @DHS_pawprint.

Weezer releases New Single “Can’t Knock The Hustle” for highly anticipated “The Black Album”

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Back in late May, the quirky alternative rock band, Weezer, released a massive hit cover of Toto’s “Africa” after a campaign of fans who wanted to see their favorite rock band perform their favorite song. The campaign, led by Twitter user, “@weezerafrica,” reached it’s milestone success after Weezer finally released the hit song “Africa” following a cover of Toto’“Rosanna.”

Weezer’s frontman, Rivers Cuomo, discussed in many past interviews of a future project titled The Black Album. The Black Album was planned on being a successor to 2016’s hit The White Album, while contrasting itself from White’s beachy rock themes for a darker urban theme.

Cuomo stated, “The next album is going to feel like an urban environment, night-time and gritty and hopefully a lot more modern sounds, synthesized sounds, samples maybe. I like to break away from the distorted power-chord thing but it’s hard ‘cos it works so well.”

Due to 2017’s Pacific Daydream and “Africa” creating a delay for  The Black Album, many fans were left anxious for Weezer to unveil it’s new material centering it’s mysterious twelfth studio album.

This past Thursday, however, Weezer finally gave it’s fans a taste of what is to come for the upcoming LP. The single, “Can’t Stop The Hustle,” takes listeners into the dark and funky groove of Rivers Cuomo’s mind.

If you want to support Weezer and their upcoming The Black Album, download or stream the new single here.

Using the YouTube link below, you can watch the “Can’t Stop The Hustle” music video featuring Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz.

*Note that the following content present in each link may not be suitable for younger viewers and may require parental advisory. Source material includes explicit language and reference to other adult material.

“Hasta luego adios!”

About the Writer
Preston Jones, Business Manager

Preston Jones is a senior at Durant High School and is the Business Manager for PawPrint newspaper. He loves to play, write and review all things video games. When he is not maintaining the newspaper’s budget or writing about video games, Preston slays the bass guitar in an alternative rock band called, “The Easy Button.” Follow Preston for stories on video games, music, and local events.

Boy Band Releases Catchy New Song

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Tampa Bay, Fla.–The boy band PRETTYMUCH, one of Simon Cowell’s boy bands released a new song on Friday. The title of the song is Solita, which means alone or lonely in Spanish. The song also featured rapper Rich the Kid.

The song has a nice tempo, making it easy to dance to. The song fits their style of including hip-hop and Latin pop into their music. The tempo also fits the message of dancing solving some of the hardships a person may be facing.

The drawback of the song is that one of the member’s goals is underused. Austin typically does raps and deeper parts of their songs. On this song he only sings in the intro and outro in the background of Rich the Kid. His deep voice would have been much use to the chorus, as it slows slightly and gets deeper.

I recommend the song to anyone who likes music that uplift their soul or that they can dance and sing along to. The song would bring a smile to the face and take the burden off any rough day. The band has other songs that capture a similar essence

 

About the Writer
Angelique Robinson, Social Media Coordinator & Staff Writer

Angelique Robinson is a junior at Durant and is Social Media Coordinator and Staff Writer for the PawPrint newspaper. She loves writing creative pieces, as well as more serious articles focused on news or politics. Follow Angelique for creative stories, pop culture pieces, politics and news articles. She is also the “voice” of the PawPrint on our Instagram account, Insta: @DHS_pawprint.

What is K-pop?

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The K-pop band, BTS.

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K-pop is a music genre that is abbreviated for Korean pop.

K-pop originally started in South Korea in the 1990s, but because of one K-pop group named “Seo Taiji & Boys” they made a revolutionary moment in the history of K-pop in 1992. Their experimentation with different styles and genres of music and integration of foreign musical elements helped reshape and modernized South Korea’s contemporary scene.

Even though “Seo Taiji & Boys” made a revolutionary moment in K-pop, the music still wasn’t recognized all around the world until recently. In 2016, BTS became famous in America and started to have more international fans all because of their song “Fire.” BTS first became a band in 2013, but they were not famous back then which shows how hard they worked to become famous and well-known in different countries other than Korea.

In America, you can find about four to five people in one boy or girl music group. In K-pop you can find up to eighteen members or more in one group. To become a K-pop idol, they had to audition in a company and the company graded them based on how well they dance, sing and rap. The company will choose people if they are really good at singing or dancing or rapping.

When a company chooses someone that is capable, they become a trainee and train for about six months or more. After they train and the company thinks they are ready, the company chooses the leader based on their personality, everyone in the group roles and how many people are in one group. The youngest member is always called the “Maknae.”

Being a K-pop idol is hard because their schedule is always packed and they don’t get to rest as much as we do. Sometimes they have to practice up to fifteen hours a day to make sure their performance is always perfect. K-pop idols cannot do certain things like for example choosing their clothing for when they perform, dating, and most of the time they have to be a certain weight as well.

Even though K-pop started in the 1990’s and got fully recognized in America in 2016 because of BTS, it’s hard to start off with nothing and to work your way up to become an idol to an audience that previously was unfamiliar with this kind of music.

Some upcoming events that involve K-pop music include: EXO performing as the opening performing act for the 2018 festival in Busan, South Korea, and BTS performing on the City Field in New York City in October.

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Rodnasha Williams, Photo Editor & Staff Writer

Rodnasha Williams is a sophomore at Durant High School and is Photo Editor and Staff Writer for the PawPrint newspaper. When she is not taking pictures for the paper or writing in-depth articles on news, culture or politics, Rodnasha can be found playing sports or playing music. Follow Rodnasha for detailed analysis on local and national news, culture, and opinion pieces.

Noah Cyrus Comes to Florida

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Noah Cyrus performing in Orlando, 2018.

Noah Cyrus performing in Orlando, 2018.

Celeste Mott

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Noah Cyrus performing in Orlando, 2018.

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Tampa Bay, Fla.–After releasing her debut EP, “Good Cry,” on Sept. 21, eighteen-year-old Noah Cyrus began touring with a first appearance in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

Cyrus is touring through 20 different cities across the United States, after starting in Ft. Lauderdale.

After Ft. Lauderdale, Cyrus and Noyes held a concert at the Beacham club in Orlando, Fla. There were about 100 to 150 people present, so it was a small event. Cyrus was joined by her friend, Maty Noyes, who is the opening act for the Good Cry tour.

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Noah Cyrus was joined onstage by performer Maty Noyes.

Noyes is an American singer who just released a new EP, “Love Songs by a Lolita” and two new singles, “Lava Lamps” and “Spiraling Down,” on Aug. 10, 2018.

I arrived an hour early before the event, meaning my spot from the performers was only three rows of people away. Because of the small concert size the event felt uniquely personal.

It was an exhilarating performance because I was able to connect to Cyrus’ emotional and meaningful lyrics. The performers’ were also incredibly passionate about how they were playing and the fact that they wanted to keep their audiences’ attention the entire time. The overall experience of the event was amazing, and I highly suggest checking Cyrus out on one of her upcoming tour stop destinations.

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Celeste Mott, Editor-in-Chief of Communications & Operations

Celeste Mott is a senior at Durant High School and is Editor-in-Chief of Communications and Operations for the PawPrint newspaper. Celeste loves being a leader for the group and helping others grow on staff. When not making business calls, following up on leads, managing a staff of 11 students, or working on public relations for the newspaper, Celeste can be found listening to her favorite band, “Panic! At the Disco.” Follow Celeste Mott for stories about Durant, local and national news pieces, and opinion articles.

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Sergei Prokofiev’s “Alexander Nevsky, Op. 78: 5. The Battle on Ice”

Karly Schmid-Gavini reviews Prokofiev's Op. 78:5.

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Title: Alexander Nevsky, Op. 78: 5. The Battle on Ice

Composer: Sergei Prokofiev

Duration: 12:25

This Opus by Sergei Prokofiev is full of different forms of movement and music throughout the piece. There are chorus tones throughout the song, a lot of opera chants. The brass and woodwind features together create a clashing tone that really makes for a lovely piece. The percussive elements give tempo and movement throughout this 12-minute movement.

The beginning of this piece starts off so quiet and delicate, really soothing the listener. The suspense slowly starts to edge in with the crescendo of the low brass taking over the gentle woodwind and string features. It then layers in upper brass, string, percussion and finally the opera-like chanting, that persuades your heart to start beating faster. It continues with a similar pattern until about the four-minute mark, and the repetitive trills of the strings and percussive patterns ring through until the nine-minute mark, smacking the listener with heavy brass and timpani hits. The piece ends with the similar quiet delicate sound, replicating the beginning a bit.

Overall this piece is exciting and invigorating, yet relaxing and utterly beautiful all together. I recommend this piece for anyone interested in orchestral works of art.

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Karly Schmid-Gavini, Photo Team & Staff Writer

Karly Schmid-Gavini is a senior at Durant High School and is a Photo Team Member and Staff Writer for the PawPrint newspaper. She is an avid music fan, and she loves listening to everything from classical symphonies to K-pop. She plays marimba in the Durant Cougar Pride Marching Band and is Historian for the Durant Art Club. Follow Karly for music reviews, school events, and local stories.

The Importance of Chief Keef

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Rap has come a long way over the course of its 30 year tenure of existence.

Every decade of rap music is often identifiable by a certain style or by a handful of members that exemplified this style or influenced it to some degree.

For example, many fans of rap music define the 1990s era of rap by rappers such as Tupac Shakur, the Notorious B.I.G., Dr. Dre, and Nas; groups, such as the Wu-Tang Clan, A Tribe Called Quest, and Three Six Mafia were major influencers on the sound as well.

However, with the growing prominence of the Internet in the 2010s and the improved platforms that make it easy for anyone to create rap music, it’s difficult to pinpoint certain members who have truly embodied and created a sound that defines the decade.

Nonetheless, there is one artist that I feel that has defined the 2010s and changed rap forever.

This rapper is Chief Keef.

Chief Keef, born Keith Farrelle Cozart, is a Chicago-based rapper who began making music in 2011 at the age of 16.

Keef rose to prominence in late 2012 with the release of his acclaimed album Finally Rich and was featured on rap magazine XXL’s Freshman List in April of 2013.

Following this, however, much of Keef’s music released in the past few years met negative reception from critics and audiences alike.

In this regard, however, the quality of his music doesn’t equate to a lack of influence.

Chief Keef’s rise to prominence marked a shift in hip-hop in numerous ways.

Much of the techniques surrounding Chief Keef’s music were very revolutionary at the time of its conception- very heavy-hitting, ad-lib filled sound.  Before his usage of ad-libs, few rappers were using them as a tool in rap, whereas today, every rapper uses them.

Additionally, Chief Keef began to utilize social media to increase his reputation further.

Around the time of his rise to fame, various social media outlets such as Instagram and Vine grew simultaneously; through these outlets, people quickly passed around the daily exploits and lyrics he became known for.

Chief Keef also made use of his crew of ghostwriters to craft catchy hooks and one-liners to drum up recognition.

Chief Keef’s rise to fame marked a beginning in the mainstream growth of trap music and a shift towards making rap music mainstream in the music industry today.

‘Vanilla Ice’ Performs at the 2018 Strawberry Festival

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Plant City, Fla.–At this year’s 2018 Florida Strawberry Festival, rapper Robert Van Winkle, more popularly known as Vanilla Ice, performed. Vanilla Ice was a part of the “I Love the 90’s Tour;” also featuring Salt-N-Pepa and Tone Loc.

Vanilla Ice sold 10 million albums in four months, and hit number one on the Billboard charts with his number one single “Ice Ice Baby.” Even though he doesn’t currently make music, his songs are still selling today. Vanilla Ice won two MTV Awards, a People’s Choice Award, and was nominated for a Grammy.

“I was excited to see Vanilla Ice was performing at the Strawberry Festival this year,” said Luis Ordaz.

Many people were taken aback by the announcement of Vanilla Ice’s performance.

“I wasn’t expecting to see Vanilla Ice performing at this year’s festival but Salt-N-Pepa were not as surprising because they are known to perform more frequently,” said Christina Diaz.

Vanilla Ice currently has his own show on the DIY Network called “The Vanillla Ice Project.” His show consists of doing home makeovers and upgrading homes. He has also appeared in movies such as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2, Cool as IceThe Helix Loaded, and The New Guy.

 

About the Writer
Celeste Mott, Editor-in-Chief of Communications & Operations

Celeste Mott is a senior at Durant High School and is Editor-in-Chief of Communications and Operations for the PawPrint newspaper. Celeste loves being a leader for the group and helping others grow on staff. When not making business calls, following up on leads, managing a staff of 11 students, or working on public relations for the newspaper, Celeste can be found listening to her favorite band, “Panic! At the Disco.” Follow Celeste Mott for stories about Durant, local and national news pieces, and opinion articles.

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The 2018 Grammy Awards: Or, the 60th Annual Disappointment

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In 2015 the Grammy Awards were viewed by over 47 million people, compared to this year, where only about 19 million people viewed the annual event. This drop was surprising to media and Grammy orchestrators, but unsurprising to a generation of of viewers who are tired of repetitive, exclusionary and unrepresentative content.

This years top winners were: Bruno Mars with Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Album of the Year, Best R&B Album, Best R&B ; Ed Sheeran with Best Top Solo Performance, Best Pop Vocal Album; Kendrick Lamar with Best Rap Album, Best Rap Song, Best Rap Performance and Best Rap/Sung performance; Chris Stapleton with Best Country Solo Performance, Best Country Album, and Best Country Song.

I do not think it is ridiculous to say that this list is not completely representative of what the peoples favorites from 2017 were, or that these were not the most deserving artists. At the same time, this years awards were more representative of the people than in any year before.

The Grammy awards has shown to be a popularity contest rather than one that is prestigious and only given to the greatest musicians of the year. It seems that the most research the “350 experts in various fields” (according to GRAMMY.com) did was listen to the overplayed radio hits and choose from those.

As a viewer I hope for a Grammy awards with new and surprising winners, I would like to see a “Best New Artist” who hasn’t been on the scene for five years already and isn’t well known, and expect a fair selection of winners.

Hopefully this drop in viewers will alert Grammy orchestrators to their prior short-comings and encourage them to create a satisfying 2019 awards.

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Hailey Reyes, Editor-in-Chief of Writing & Design

Hailey Reyes is a senior at Durant High School and is the Editor-in-Chief of Writing and Design for the PawPrint Newspaper. She has been active in many sports and clubs while at Durant, but she is most passionate about her involvement with the PawPrint. Throughout her time on PawPrint staff, she has most enjoyed writing political opinion articles and serious news pieces. When she isn’t writing for the PawPrint, Hailey can be found running, creative writing, playing with her cat, or reading war satire. Follow Hailey Reyes for PawPrint stories on current events, politics, opinion pieces, and news.

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