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Drake Releases New Album

On April 29, Drake released his highly anticipated album, “Views.” Fans took to social media in a frenzy showing their approval for Drake’s newest tracks. The album features number one singles such as “Hotline Bling” and “Pop Style”, both of which amassed a great deal of popularity. For this album Drake commissioned many high profile artists to make appearances on “Views”, including Rihanna and Future. He delved into personal issues such as family in the tracks “Keep the Family Close” and “Weston Road Flows”. The tracks “Fire and Desire” and “Feel No Ways” showcase the emotional side of Drake that so many fans are drawn towards. All in all “Views” has a solid tracklist that is nostalgic of Drake’s early music while still proving to be an example of his growth as an artist.

You should listen to: 9 and Feel No Ways

3.5/5

Spring of Superheroes

Superheroes will spring into theaters this season! Major movies from Marvel and DC will be released such as Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War, Fox’s X-Men Apocalypse and Warner Brother’s Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice as well as several T.V. shows. Later this year, Marvel’s Doctor Strange and Warner Brother’s Suicide Squad will also be released.

The first superhero movie to debut this year was Deadpool which got exceptional  reviews and set a new bar for superhero movies. The second hero to appear was Daredevil, whose series is out on Netflix. In the second season of Daredevil, characters such as Punisher and Elektra were introduced and is even more exciting than the first season. Agent Carter finished its second season and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D is resuming its second half of season 3. The first  major superhero movie to come out this Spring was Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice. This is the first time that Batman and Superman have faced off in a live action movie. Joining the two heroes on the big screen was Wonder Woman.

The second superhero movie to be released this year will be Captain America: Civil War. This movie will have Iron Man and Captain America face off over whether or not superheroes and other powered beings should register with the Government and take orders from them. Captain America is on the anti-registration side and Iron Man wants heroes to register to prevent more damage to the world. Siding with Captain America are Falcon, Hawkeye, Scarlet Witch, Ant-Man and the Winter Soldier. Siding with Iron Man are The Vision, Black Widow, War Machine, and two new superheroes are being introduced Black Panther and after a huge deal with Sony Spider-Man is joining the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe), both are on team Iron Man. The recent reveal of Spider-Man has fans hopeful that the third time’s the charm and new Spider-Man actor Tom Holland nails the part. The film has actual villains as well; Crossbones and Baron Zemo. So who’s team are you on? Team Cap or Team Iron Man?

The final movie coming out this Spring is X-Men: Apocalypse. This movie takes place ten years after X-Men Days of Future Past, after altering the past to save mutants in the future it allowed the mutant Apocalypse to appear. The movie will introduce younger versions of well known characters such as Storm, Jean, Cyclops, Nightcrawler and Angel. The movie also introduces the mutants Psylocke and Jubilee. The mutant Apocalypse was born in ancient Egypt and is the first and most powerful mutant born and is practically immortal, he believes in a twisted form of Darwinism where only the strongest human and mutants live. Just like in the Bible he has four horsemen, in the movie they are Magneto, Storm, Psylocke, and Angel. It is not known if Wolverine will appear. Other characters appearing are Professor X, Mystique, Beast and Havok and Quicksilver.

Movies being released later this year will be DC’s Suicide Squad where a group of criminals fight for good to reduce their sentences. Marvel’s Doctor Strange will be released in November and will feature Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Stephen Strange a Neurosurgeon who gets into a car crash and loses the ability to use his hands He goes on a journey to the far east where he learns to become the Sorcerer Supreme. This film will introduce the magical side of the Marvel Universe.The next Marvel Netflix series Luke Cage will come out in September and will continue to tell the story of the man with unbreakable skin as well as introduce the newly casted, Finn Jones, as Danny Rand; The Iron Fist. The hit ABC T.V. show Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D was renewed for its fourth season and will start in the fall.

High School Musical 4 in the works

Disney has officially announced that a script for a fourth High School Musical movie has been put into the works. The film is likely to debut on Disney Channel within the next year and a half. Some teenage fans are excited for the childhood nostalgia the film will bring about, but many are hesitant that the reboot won’t  hit the mark.

The first “High School Musical” movie made it’s premiere back in 2006. Many well regarded actors such as Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, and Ashley Tisdale have the HSM franchise to thank for their career kickstart. The first two films in the series were exclusively made for TV while the third movie was aired on the big screen in theaters across the country.

The fourth film will feature an entirely new cast, fueling the hesitation of HSM fans. Across the internet people are rallying for Zac Efron cameos and remastered versions of classic HSM songs. There is very little information regarding other details of the movie as this announcement is brand new. Fans will just have to wait hopefully to see what Disney has in store.

The 1975 Album Review

Album: I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it

Artist: The 1975

Genre: Alternative

Why listen: After almost two years, The 1975 have put out an album that is significantly shorter than the deluxe version of their last self-titled album. Though the title is longer, the album is full of quality music that is potentially pleasing to everyone’s ears. The album has its share of ballads, like The Ballad of Me and My Brain, and upbeat songs, like Love Me and This Must Be My Dream. Some songs, like The Sound, are faster and louder than their older songs, such as Woman or Menswear. Others still consist of the meaningful and heartfelt lyrics, like Nana. There’s even an acoustic song that made it on the album called She Lays Down. The 1975’s sound is influenced by drums and guitar, except for a few of the slower songs. Although some of the slow songs may have a guitar solo or a consistent beat in the background.

Songs to listen to: If I Believe You, Loving Someone, and Somebody Else.

Rating: 5/5

Free Kesha

If you have been on social media at all these past few weeks it would be inevitable to avoid the hashtags of #FreeKesha.

The artist Kesha Rose Sebert, known by stage name Kesha has been going through a legal battle since October 2014 with her record company Sony. Specifically, her producer Dr. Luke, Lukasz Sebastian. Kesha has been pressing sexual assault on Luke for nearly two years now.

Kesha recently released a statement that said her career was manipulated by Luke and was also sexually abused by him. She claims Luke would repeatedly brag about how he likes to get girls drunk to have sex with them. He pressured her into doing illegal substances and then after gave her “sober pills” which were actually a form of gamma-hydroxybutyrate, a date rape drug.

On one occasion, Kesha said she recalled waking up naked and sore in Luke’s bed after taking some of his “sober pills”. She said she had been raped and wanted to go to the Emergency room but Luke threatened to ruin her career and family if she went public with the abuse.

Last year, Kesha went into a rehabilitation center in Illinois for an eating disorder. Which she associated with Luke’s abusive influence and his cruel treatment to her. Allegedly doctors told her being around Luke would be “life threatening” and threatening to her mental health.

However, due to her long term contract with Sony there is no loop hole to get out of the situation and away from Dr. Luke anytime soon. She will resume working with Sony until her lawsuit has come to a conclusion.

Her latest trial was scheduled to be on January 25, 2016 but was postponed due to bad weather and resumed on February 19, 2016. The judge came to the conclusion that Kesha would not be released from her record label contract with Sony. Her contract with Sony ruled that she must release 3 more albums with Luke, however the judge granted her the right to work with other producers besides Luke.

It is still unsure if Kesha will release any more albums or music soon, considering her last production was her single Timber in 2013

Fans everywhere are outraged by the verdict. There have been countless tweets since the hearing talking about how morally wrong it is to force someone to work with somone who abused them both mentally and sexually. To show their support they have started the hashtag Free Kesha. Celebrities and fans everywhere have been showing their support.

New Musical Hits the Stage

Millions of people in the United States see musical productions every year, either off or on Broadway. Starting at the end of March, there will be a new show for people to enjoy. Based off of the 2007 movie “Waitress,” the musical is already looking like a hit.

The musical first premiered in Cambridge, Massachusetts in August of 2015. The Broadway show will feature a different cast, with the lead being Jessie Mueller, who is best known for her role in Carousel as Carrie Pipperidge.

One reason for the musical’s premature popularity is pop singer Sara Bareilles’ involvement. Bareilles wrote the music and lyrics for the musical, and released an album of herself singing the production’s songs this past November. The album did very well, and even landed a spot at number 10 on the U.S. Billboard 200 Chart.

The musical’s story revolves around Jenna, a waitress in a southern town who is trapped in a loveless marriage. Not far into the story, she finds out she is pregnant and she falls in love with her doctor. The rest of the plot revolves around both of her love affairs and how she handles accepting the reality of having a child.

The album’s first single, “She Used to be Mine,” received praise from multiple sources, including Entertainment Weekly, who called the song “delicate, nostalgic, and wonderfully theatrical.”

The musical is packed full of other potential Broadway hits, including songs like the upbeat and comical “When He Sees Me” and the clever “I Didn’t Plan It.”

It is a great idea to pick up Sara Bareilles’ album of songs from Waitress if you don’t want to wait until March or April to experience a great new musical like this one.

Travel to Paradise

As spring break is approaching and people are planning vacations for spring and summer, it might be hard to decide where to travel. Some places are more fun and interesting, like theme parks, while other places are more relaxing, like a small beach. When deciding where to go, here are a few places that might catch your eyes..

Flathead Lake

Flathead Lake – between Polson and Kalispell, Montana
Flathead Lake in Montana is 200 square miles of crystal clear water along with 185 miles of beach along it. The lake is used for swimming, boating, waterskiing, fishing, and relaxing on top of the clear water. While at Flathead Lake, you will always be able to see the wildlife around you.

Oahu, Hawaii
Although the flight(s) may be long, once you get there you will realize it was worth the wait. The weather in the summer is very warm, but you have the option of playing in the ocean all day, which will definitely keep you cool. A popular attraction in Hawaii is the Pearl Harbor Memorial, where you can take a boat out to the actual memorial in the water. Other options for activities include taking surfing lessons, shopping, playing/watching beach volleyball, or snorkeling at the beautiful Hanuman Bay.
In Oahu, the weather was very hot, but it rained for a short amount of time each day, which cooled the air a little bit. Walking to dinner at night was very nice, the weather wasn’t as hot as it had been earlier. A restaurant I went to a few times was Jimmy Buffet’s, which was a few blocks from my hotel. The decorations there are really nice and the food was very good. My favorite thing to do was either sit by the beach or go sightseeing, especially seeing Hanuman Bay.

siesta-key-florida-beaches

Siesta Key, Florida
A place just as relaxing to go with a shorter flight than Hawaii is Siesta Key in Florida, one of the top ranked beaches in the United States. There are many other things to do besides sit by the beach all day. You can go to a spa for the day, go out to eat for any meal, go hiking or biking, or go shopping. If you aren’t afraid of heights and want to try something new, you can even go parasailing. On Sunday evenings at Siesta Key Public Beach, as the sun is setting, you can join others on the beach and listen to the Siesta Key Drum Circle. It starts a little bit before the sun starts to set and goes on for hours after the sun is no longer in sight.
While in Siesta Key, I really enjoyed laying on the beach every day and sometimes getting in the ocean. The water was cool but it felt good after sitting out in the heat. I also played a few games of beach volleyball and that was very fun.

New York, New York
New York is a big city, which means big crowds of people. Times Square and the Empire State Building are mostly always crowded. There are other things to do around NYC besides hang around the crowded areas, like take a walk in Central Park, go see a play, or take carriage rides around the city. Pizza is New York’s specialty, it’s so good that you’ll want to eat it for every meal. If you don’t like pizza, though, there are many restaurants to sit down at, big and small. After you eat, you should visit Carlo’s Bakery. It isn’t the actual bakery from The Cake Boss show, but they still serve delicious cupcakes and cookies. The best time to be out is at night, at the Empire State Building, and especially in Times Square. The lights make it seem like it’s still daytime outside, plus there are many different stores to visit, like the M&M or Hershey’s store.
While there, it was very crowded and a lot of people were rushing around, bumping into other people. I was everywhere because traffic was so crazy it was probably faster to walk. Some areas smelled bad, but others were nice and calm, like Central Park. I also saw a lot of dogs while there, so that is definitely a plus. All the food I had was delicious and I think I worked it all off while I was walking. The only bad things were the smells and the crowds, especially at the top of the Empire State Building because everyone was so close together.

The year of new music

2016 is the year artists such as Ed Sheeran and One Direction have decided to take a hiatus. Over the course of the next 18-24 months, without the hype of new One Direction music, other artists will have a chance to steal the spotlight. Some students are taking the absence of One Direction rather hard.

“I hate it. Really hate it. It makes me upset,” sophomore, Carsen Weaver said.

“I feel fine with it,” sophomore Drew Kibble showed no emotion while talking about the topic.

On the contrary, juniors Alley Spargo and Macie Bowling feel the same way as Weaver.

“It makes me sad, truly,” Bowling said.

“Why? I don’t know why it was necessary,” Spargo stated.

The juniors agreed they would both still listen to One Direction while awaiting their return. Weaver, on the other hand, said she’d be listening to Justin Bieber, Adele, and 5 Seconds of Summer.
Of course, other artists will become more popular throughout the year. Some that are well known, and others that will make their debut. A few artists which artists? had climbed the charts in 2015 and their fans are expecting more from them this year. When asked who they’re looking out for this year, here is how some FHS students responded.

“Justin Bieber because he’s changing his music style,” freshman Izzy Zalat said.

“Justin Bieber because he finally got his stuff together and he has a good voice,” Weaver said. “He’s working on his next album even though he just released one.” she went on, referencing Purpose, which was released November 13, 2015. “He changed his sound a bit to fit people’s standards more and became likeable,” Weaver concluded.

“Halsey,” Freshmen Maddie Kreinbrink and Breann Bolen concurred. “I like her music. She’s making a lot of new music,” Kreinbrink said. Halsey released her first album, Badlands, in August of last year. She was also featured on Bieber’s album in the song “The Feeling”.

“G-Eazy.” sophomore Gabby Gonzalez said.

“He writes good songs and he’s a good rapper,” Gonzalez said. She also informed that she’s pretty sure he’s working on new music.

So if you’re a One Direction fan, or just a fan of music in general, and need some new song suggestions, these are some artists that students of Findlay High School recommend this year. This list includes artists who have changed their styles to please others or who have been climbing the charts just recently, causing their fame to grow. 2016 will be an eventful year in the music industry.

Stepping up into the spotlight

“Nothing succeeds like ‘Succeed!’”! This March Findlay High School students will be performing ‘How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying’. With the new musical comes a new face; Mr. Manley will be joining the musical as the new music director. Mr. Manley said that he had wanted to work on the high school’s musicals for twenty years and when he got the chance to step up to the position, he was ecstatic.

Mr. Manley has worked on musicals in the past at North Baltimore and at the Findlay Light Opera. He is not worried about the new addition to his busy schedule and says that Findlay First Edition rehearses in the evening so there would be no issues since the musical rehearsal is always in the afternoon.

Mr. Manley is most excited to be working with the orchestra.

“I think it’s good for the kids to know that even though I’m the choir director that I can do other things. It’s good for them to see me in that role and know that you’re not just singer but that you can do other things as well,” Manley said.

The new music director is very excited to be working on this musical due to it giving him another role in the music department that he can continue to help students. Make sure to come and see Mr. Manley and the rest of the cast in March!