Archives for March 19, 2017

How is Manchester United Going to Play Without Zlatan?

Justin Cheng

WGMU Blogger

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With Zlatan Ibrahimović picking up a three-game ban, Jose Mourinho and Manchester United are desperate to figure out a plan to play without him. For the next three games, they are playing the league leader Chelsea in the FA cup, the Middlesbrough and Wes Bromwich. Zlatan even scored an away goal playing against Rostov in the Europa league Thursday.

The ideal way is to pick Rashford up front and simply replace Zlatan’s place with another forward, with Rashford, Martial and Mkhitaryan, they are providing a quick attack team performance to the team. However, the problem to this plan is that not only Jose Mourinho prefers to pick out experienced player, Rashford is nothing like the tall, strong Swede. Even though Rashford is quick enough, Zlatan has the perfect ball controlling skills that the young English just cannot come near to. More importantly this is something that Manchester must figure out.

Rumor has it that Zlatan will not extend his contract with Manchester United. Zlatan is already doing a fantastic job for his age. He is still one of the top scorers around the world, but he is not getting any younger. It is now time for Manchester United to search for a padawan to take his place in the possible future.

The Greater The Risk, The Greater The Reward in LDRs

Michael Cohen

WGMU Blogger

LDRsRelationships are interesting, to say the least.  However, being in a long-distance relationship is even more interesting.  I admit that it sucks being in a different state than the person I love.  However, being involved with somebody you truly love, rather than settling for somebody who lives close to you can be suitable to make the miles only a number.

Some key things to help a LDR include: Communication, Technology is Good and Bad, Patience, Being Alone is OK, Creativity and Living in the Moment.

Communication is key, because it is all you have in LDR’s.  Tone is especially hard to convey when communicating via text, email or instant messaging.  Therefore, the best way to convey tone is by video chatting so that way you can see the other person’s reactions to the things you say.

Technology is good and bad.  Both parties may think you have fantastic Internet connection until it crashes while video chatting or on a Skype date.  Along those same lines, when your partner types those three effing dots you should conclude that you most likely did something wrong/stupid.

Patience is also key.  Most of the times in LDR’s you may feel like you are constantly waiting to talk to your partner.  Therefore, LDR’s can be like medical appointments.

Living in the moment is also key.  Of course, the big payoff in an LDR is finally getting to see your partner in person.  Week’s turns into months, which turn into years of not seeing your partner however, it will all lead to the special and perfect time of an in-person joyful embrace.  Therefore, make the most out of every second, minute, and opportunity you can with your partner whether it when you are apart or together.

For WGMU Radio, this is DJ Mikey Mike signing off.

Is 2017 the Year of the Gorillaz?

Rachel Handschuh

WGMU Blogger

Damon Albarn - der britische Musiker und Saenger sowie musikalische Kopf der Bands Blur, Gorillaz und dem Projekt The Good, the Bad & the Queen bei einem Konzert am 01.07.2014 in Hamburg, Grosse Freiheit 36 KEINE PERSOENLICHKEITSRECHTE VORHANDEN, NUR FUER REDAKTIONELLE VERWENDUNG, KEINE WERBUNG. KEINE WEITERGABE AN DRITTE

Many people in recent years have been wondering for the past few years about the Gorillaz’s musical comeback, and 2017 may be giving them an answer. In 2016, the group began to release on Twitter a series of videos and artwork which came to be known as the Book of Noodle, named the animated band member Noodle.

Since then The Gorillaz dropped their first song in six years on January 19 titled “Hallelujah Money,” as of writing this piece has the video has 5,353,209 views, which teased at a new album coming once again. The song made the Internet overflow with the guesses that it will be 2017 the band will finally have the long-awaited album. Yet, a much newer event has made the Internet freak out.

This month the band announced that in partnership with Red Bull a one day festival will be held Saturday, June 10 in Margate, England. Now has it already been completely sold old, but the rumors of the event being the greatly craved album release are rapid on the Internet. I personally believe this concert holds a significant point in the Gorillaz history and could hopefully bring us a new album. Hopefully 2017 hopefully can be the Year of the Gorillaz.

Grande?! No Way!!

Kyle Kuhn

WGMU Blogger

Ariana Grande performs onstage during her "Dangerous Woman" tour at Madison Square Garden on February 23, 2017 in New York City.

Twenty-three years old, $10 million net worth, and a fan amount equivalent to Beyoncé’s, is what we all wish for, right? Well, in 2009, this wish soon became a reality for hit pop star, Ariana Grande. Ariana, now debuting her “Dangerous Woman” tour, has gone from Broadway shows to concerts holding over 20,000 people. From Madison Square Garden to our very own Verizon Center, Grande has always left an unforgettable mark after her concerts. Not only has Grande performed at the Verizon Center previously, but will be returning this year.

On February 27 at 7 p.m., Ariana Grande will bring her “Dangerous Woman” tour to our nation’s capital to make her mark and leave her story. Not only will this newly performed tour include hit songs like “Dangerous Woman.” “Side to Side,” and “Into You” but will feature special guests and much, much more. Following her early 2016 album, “Dangerous Woman,” Ariana has themed this tour exactly like the album in hopes the crowd will “play along.” She plans to include every song on the album and perform many more hits as well. Ariana says that she likes to incorporate all her new stuff into her set list but also like to play songs that she knows the crowd will remember and like to hear. Not only will she be playing songs from her past couple of albums, but rumor has it that Grande will be debuting songs from her not yet released 2017 album. After posting a video on Twitter back in late November 2016 stating she had a new release coming soon, fans and critics are saying to expect something big this year from the hot star.

Now it may seem that this is just an ordinary tour for any other ordinary professional performer, but this tour has something a little different to it. Ariana Grande and her mother, took on the concert work themselves. After losing her manager in February 2016, Ariana knew she would be out of luck in terms of management for her tour that had already released dates. Grande then decided that she would take on the task herself and make it her own. With the help of her mother, the two could not only produce a concert series, but manage the staff, band and themselves in the process.

Ariana Grande has not only made a wish come true, but has managed to keep herself together, produce tours, and perform like it is a new concert every night. Her “Dangerous Woman” tour kicks off February 14 in Tennessee and then will soon make its way to the District where she will headline and have the famous “Little Mix” as her opener. For more information on this tour and tickets you can go to www.arianagrande.com/tour!

If you are an Ariana fan, WGMU recommends you become a “Dangerous Woman” and move “Side to Side” at a concert you will never forget!

Susio is on Track to Become a Star at AC Milan

Justin Cheng

WGMU Blogger

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AC Milan signed Spanish winger Suso Fernandez from Liverpool with a 1.3-million-euro compensation fee to Liverpool. Until the last season, Suso only has appeared for AC Milan 6 times in Seria A.

He was sent to Genoa for the second half of 2015/2016 where he performed perfectly with 6 goals and 1 assist while playing for Genoa. However, Suso has turned his career at AC Milan totally around. He came back during the summer of 2016 with a lot of uncertainties. However, with the perfect performance at the preseason friendly game against Brodeaux under the new Coach Vincenzo Montella’s management, he scored twice and secured a win in France for his team. And ever since that friendly, Suso has become a superstar for AC Milan.

With the confidence of Montella, and his experience he gained over Genoa, the young winger has become a lot more threatening for the Italian team. By the time of the Milan derby game, Suso stated that he would walk home if he scores 2 goals and helps Milan to get that three points. Even though his two goals have become a reality, it wasn’t enough to ensure that win for his team. But Suso did play a vital role for AC Milan. Suso did have a hard time when he started at AC Milan, but with the excellent performance he put on for his team this season, he has turned around this situation.

 

Album Review: As It Is: Okay

Rachel Handschuh

WGMU Blogger

as it isAs It Is is an up and coming pop punk band from the United Kingdom. Their second album, Okay, was released on January 20. This album has a good mixture of upbeat songs and continues their theme of having deep and meaningful lyrics. The first half of the album includes songs with cheerful tones and catchy lyrics, such as the song “Pretty Little Distance.”  Yet, the second half of the album gets slower, softer and has heartfelt lyrics. For example, the song “No Way Out” conveys a sense not being able to escape one’s mind yet still has a slow yet a strong and powerful meaning.

Overall, “Okay” has this strong lyrical and emotional vibe, and that largely comes from their American singer, front man and songwriter Patty Walters. Walters used this album as an outlet to talk about his past dealings with depression and anxiety, and that reflect most in the song “Hey Rachel”. In a post discussion after the release of the music video for the song, Walters revealed that his past relationship with his sister Rachel, who was suffering from mental illness, was the fuel for the lyrics he wrote for the song itself. Overall, this album is another step up from As It Is and its message, saying it’s OK sometimes to be not OK, is a heartfelt message that is relatable to anyone.

Are Music Videos Dead?

Kaitlyn Koegler

WGMU Blogger

It’s a question many music fans have asked, and certainly one that doesn’t come without its merits. After all, one of the first suggestions that pops up on Google when typing in, “do music videos” is “do music video still exist?”

While many of us know they certainly still exist, to what extent do they still have power and impact in the music world? We’re no longer in the days of cramming around the TV to watch a new music video from our favorite artists on MTV. No longer are we in the days where a new music video causes huge pop culture buzz and excitement.

We are now in the days where streaming services like Spotify and Pandora thrive and the focus on an audio experience seems to be more popular than that of a visual one. We’re busier now; our lives are arguably more fast-paced than ever before. We don’t need to worry about making time to turn on the TV or buy a CD to hear music; for all we need to do now is just log on to YouTube on our own schedule.

But has that switch to media consumption through the Internet caused music videos to fall through the cracks? It’s certainly an argument that can be made. On the other hand, however, it could simply be that music videos just don’t have the mass amount of funding that they did back in the 80s and 90s. Music video directors like Anthony Mandler find this to be music video’s biggest problem.

“Part of what is missing today are event videos,” said Mandler to Forbes magazine. “70 percent of videos today don’t have enough money invested in production or start with a clever enough idea to do something unusual … and, therefore, slip into the sea of the average.”

This is not to say that music videos today are never clever and impactful by any means. Beyoncé’s “Lemonade” is an entire compilation of music videos that easily pass as an art film with an initial release on HBO that harped back to the best years of MTV. But it’s a matter of the frequency of these types of videos and how, in modern times, we just don’t see them very often. They just don’t pack the same punch as they used to.

Could music videos go back to being as huge as they were in their best days? Perhaps. The platform is there, and the ability to reach a global audience is right under artists’ fingertips. It’s just a matter of not only funding, but bringing back the emphasis on visual performance that we once knew with greats like Michael Jackson or Prince. Audiences need to have a reason to want to see a music video. There needs be an aspect of an artist’s music that can only be expressed through the motions of a music video.

Will those motions appeal to mass music audience ever again? Only time will tell.

The Acquisition of Milan Gets Postponed Again!

Justin Cheng

WGMU Blogger

during the Serie A match between AC Milan and SS Lazio at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on March 20, 2016 in Milan, Italy.

President of Milan Silvio Berlusconi will be staying for one more month due to the factor Sino-Europe sports failed completing the transaction for the closing date yet again. March 3, 2017 was marked for Milan fans all around the world as the Chinese group complete the transaction with Berlusconi’s Fininvest.

Per Sky Italia, everything is postponed yet again even though the fact everything was fine until Friday. It seems to be that 2 of the Chinese group investors are pulling out leaving the Sino-Europe group short in funds at the last minutes. As of right now the Sino-Europe sports group is missing nearly 100 million euros to complete the transaction and now the Chinese group is seeking a different solution.

Per Sky Italia and many Italy news agencies, the SES group will be making another deposit of 100 million euros by Friday, which has set the new closing date to March 31.

There are some other alternatives that was proposed by the SES group but was rejected by Fininvest.

This has become one of the longest, probably the weirdest take over in the sports history around the world. No one, not even the two parties themselves have any idea how this takeover is headed and the fact the takeover delays more will cause more problems.

The Greatest Show on Earth!

Kyle Kuhn

WGMU Blogger

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Clowns. Lions. Magic. Thrill. Are you ready for the circus? Because we know that the Circus is ready for us. Founded in 1871 by none other than the original Ringling Bros., The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will be appearing at the Eagle Bank Arena! If you are into extraordinary performers, exotic animals and the ultimate circus experience, be prepared to buy your tickets as soon as possible. Between April 7 and April 16, you will have the opportunity to witness their final show. Prepare to take a ride to the intergalactic space-age to join the adventurous family in a futuristic show as they present “Out Of This World.” Audiences will be able to join the Circus fleet as they go on a good versus evil hunt, letting them expand their imagination and experience unexpected surprises and thrills.

Through the eyes of a magic telescope, The Ringling Bros. have outdone themselves in presenting a story that will blow your mind. Including gravity-defying acrobats, majestic animals, fearless daredevils, humorous clowns and orbital aerialists, the show will include various acts to make sure you are on the edge of your seat the whole entire time! To find out more about the Ringling Bros and their upcoming shows, you can visit www.ringling.com!

More good news?! If you can’t make the shows at the Eagle Bank Arena, they will also be holding shows at the Verizon Center in Washington D.C. March 31 to April 2!

Get Ready…Because Ladies and Gentlemen, this is…THE GREATEST SHOW ON THE EARTH!

 

From Teens to Twenties: Lorde Announces 2nd Full-Length Album

Kaitlyn Koegler

WGMU Blogger

SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- "Scarlett Johansson" Episode 1720 -- Pictured: Musical guest Lorde performs on March 11, 2017 -- (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCU Photo Bank)

After nearly four years since the release of her last album, Pure Heroine, 20-year-old New Zealand singer Lorde will be dropping a new album this year.

Releasing her newest single “Green Light” March 2, Lorde is supposedly releasing her new album this summer per Pitchfork.

“Green Light is officially out in the world,” wrote Lorde on her Instagram account, “I am so pleased to share with you that this song is the first from my sophomore record, Melodrama.”

“Green Light” comes after a smash break-out from the young star. Her single “Royals” skyrocketed her into fame, with critics praising the then 17-year-old singer for her intricate lyrics and raw talent from someone of such a young age.

With many of Lorde’s fans waiting with baited breath for her much-anticipated release, the singer has a lot of expectations to live up to this time around. Luckily for her, however, Green Light has been received well by fans and critics alike, and it looks like the unconventional, perfectly poetic singer will be showing the music world another album that will exceed their ever so high standards for this pop superstar.