New Album Releases Take Off

Students Keep Up with this Season’s New Music

Megumi Kamikawa

Staff Writer

    New music releases since September 2013 have caught the attention of many students attending American High School, offering a large variety of unique music styles and genres.

     Particularly during this year, many new and former artists have joined the music industry. This year’s music has consisted of a wide range of genres, starting from Avicii’s folktronica record to The Devil Wears Prada’s metalcore.

    “I like that there’s a huge variety of songs that would be nice to listen to,” freshman Anisha Akella said. “I always like listening to new songs. Older songs just get boring after a while, so it’s great that there’s so many new options.”

    Quite a number of artists have released their debut albums in the US, including New Zealander Lorde and Disney Channel’s actress Zendaya. Although just starting out, many of those new to the music industry have gained more and more popularity.

Fall Out Boy performs their “Save Rock & Roll” album live for their headlining comeback tour. Fans went wild at the America’s Cup Pavilion show on September 21, 2013. PC: Megumi Kamikawa
Fall Out Boy performs their “Save Rock & Roll” album live for their headlining comeback tour. Fans went wild at the America’s Cup Pavilion show on September 21, 2013. PC: Megumi Kamikawa

  “For me, I usually listen to new music that comes from artists I already know,” senior Darien Young said. “But I still want to listen to a lot of the new albums; I like listening to a bunch of different artists.”

    Many previously-known artists (ie: Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake, Fall Out Boy, etc.) are also creating their comeback albums and taking to the stage again.

    “Artists seem to put a lot more meaning into their music when they come back with a brand new image,” junior Munish Sethi said. “I like it when they take their time to put that much effort into creating a work of art.”

    Most students would agree that the special aspects of an artist’s creativity brings out their true talents to show who they really are. Music releases from this season are especially keen on creating signature characteristics for listeners to identify artists by.

    “I think an artist’s style really does determine how the world perceives them,” sophomore Andrea Kwong said. “Take Lady Gaga, for example – her style is always these crazy costumes, but that gets her noticed. It’s her own personal trademark, as well as her style of music.”

    Artists publicizing their new music have an impacting presence on the surrounding community of music-listeners; the variation of songs and artists give freedom for anyone to listen to their personal preferences.

    “Everyone has the chance to buy the new albums now,” junior Alvina Roshets said. “We love being able to hear new songs to fall in love with! I think it’s great that we all have the chance to listen to new things and experience new emotions, and from the same people as before, too!”

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