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Beloved country music star Zach Bryan performs for an audience in Pittsburgh’s PPG Arena. Bryan, unlike the majority of country music artists, still provides listeners with heartfelt, folk songs. Used with permission/Ava Bell.

Country music is taking a turn for the worst

Ava Bell, Copy Editor May 13, 2024

Country music, a genre that has been a core aspect of America since the 1920s, is heading in the completely wrong direction. Once-loved ballads and dance tunes have turned into pop and futuristic beats....

A view from Drake and J. Cole’s concert at Rocket Mortgage Field House in Cleveland. The 360 stage used for the concert featured different designs and many props were used for the performance. Used with permission/Kai Kurokawa.

Drake and J.Cole take to Cleveland

Ava Bell, Copy Editor April 9, 2024

On Monday, November 3rd, Drake announced he would be going on tour once again, once his It’s All a Blur Tour finished. This tour would be performed alongside J. Cole, who Drake has a handful of songs...

Multiple Drama Club students help design the stage for Hamlet during a Friday Work Call. These work calls take place nearly every Friday, and this is when students create the set, props and costumes.

Drama Club: What the crew does behind the scenes

Luke Ream, Reporter March 21, 2024

On stage, the audience gets to see the shows they love, but backstage, there is so much that goes unrecognized.  Two shows a year bring dozens of students together to bring their passions for theater...

The band members rehearse in their studio. Used with permission/Floor Band Instagram.

Floor Band: From the living room floor to the big stage

Ava Charriere and Kelsie Moore March 19, 2024

Bandmates Ella Choi, Jack Warner and Miles Muller started their band from the ground up. Literally.  “When we practice, whether it is a conscious decision or not, we always end up on the floor,”...

During a joint concert with Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School, Hudson Chamber Choir presented ‘Nyon Nyon’ by Jake Runestad. Each voice section created their own choreography to match the spunky energy of the music.

Music Notes: The Achievements and camaraderie of the HHS Choirs

Ava Tallat-Kelpsa, Editor-in-Chief March 12, 2024

Whether you’re looking to revolve your life around music or simply dabble in it, HHS has practically every option for musicians. Within the Hudson choirs, even more opportunities arise amongst their...

The album cover for Utopia by Travis Scott. Used with permission/Cactus Jack and Epic Records.

UTOPIA by Travis Scott is one of the best albums out there

Mack McKenna, Reporter January 14, 2024

Travis Scott’s album Utopia was released on July 28, 2023, and has multiple featured artists apart of the album. The first song of the album is HYAENA. This song starts off in a pretty unusual way....

The cello players of Sinfonietta practice a piece for their holiday concert. Used with permission/A to Z Photography/Alaina Zsauldko.

Music Notes: In tune with the Hudson Orchestras

Ava Tallat-Kelpsa, Editor-in-Chief January 12, 2024

If you have ever walked by the auditorium during 7/8 or 9th period, you may have heard the faint sound of the violins, violas, cellos and basses of the orchestra coming from the other side of the heavy...

Rapper Drake has been an extremely influential artist for the last decade, and his fan base mainly consists of high schoolers/teenagers. His most recent Number One hit on Billboard’s Top 100 was from his newest album, “For All the Dogs” with the song title “First Person Shooter,” (featuring J. Cole). Used with permission/musicisentrophy.

What happened to new music?

Kai Kurokawa, Reporter January 9, 2024

How much time does the average teenager spend on TikTok? On social media? Or simply on their phones? Some may spend a few hours, some may spend tens of hours. What is not a debate is that phones have become...

The album cover for The College Dropout, the album that “Through the Wire is on. This album was released on February 10, 2004. Used with permission/Def Jam Recordings and Roc-A-Fella Records.

“Through the Wire” is Kanye West’s most unforgettable forgotten song

Aidan Lawrence, Reporter January 8, 2024

Kanye West has written many famous songs in his times as an artist, but some of his better hits have been forgotten. He has produced so much music over the years that at times, some of his well-produced...

Ella Choi before her big performance at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville featured practicing with her guitar. Used with permission/Ella Choi.

Ella Choi’s claim to fame

Maddie Little, Reporter January 8, 2024

Homecoming Queen, Varsity Soccer Captain, Chamber Choir member and so much more. Ella Choi is a friend to all and is known to be one of the kindest souls many have ever met. One of Choi’s best friends,...

Preschool and Kindergarten students of McDowell Early Learning listen to Vocal Impact perform songs such as “I Saw Three Ships” and other holiday classics. Used with permission/Jacob Moore.

Vocal Impact tours elementary schools and introduces music to younger students

Ava Tallat-Kelpsa, Editor-in-Chief December 19, 2023

For the past five years, Hudson High’s Vocal Impact has toured the elementary schools during one of the final days before break. This past Friday, Vocal Impact visited the schools to perform their holiday...

Beyoncé during the world tour last summer. Used with permission/WireImage for Parkwood/Kevin Mazur.

Beyoncé’s “RENAISSANCE” is her best album yet

Tobias Banozic, Reporter December 8, 2023

Beyoncé has won 32 Grammy awards, a record-breaking achievement. Last year, in 2022, she released the album “RENAISSANCE,” in which she toured this last summer. Here’s a review of all 16 tracks,...

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