Five new songs everyone should hear

Here are five new songs released in the last week that every music fan should listen to. 1. “Moon River,” Frank Ocean Released on Valentine’s Day, Frank Ocean’s new track recreates the song made famous by “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” Unlike in Audrey Hepburn’s classic version from the film, Ocean combines soft electrophone sounds with a simple guitar beat to put emphasis on the song’s dreamy lyrics and his strong vocals. “Moon River” is so true to Ocean that its sounds and backup vocals could be ripped straight from his album “Blonde.” 4.5/5 stars 2. “Love Lies,” Khalid and Normani Ahead of the release of the highly anticipated film “Love Simon,” Best New Artist nominee Khalid and Fifth Harmony star Normani have paired together to craft “Love Lies.” The song documents a complicated romance in which both people are unsure of how they feel about the other. While the song beautifully captures Khalid and Normani’s vocals, it seems odd to have this song on the “Love Simon” soundtrack, since the film tells the story of a young man’s struggles to come out as gay. When I watched the trailer for the film, I expected the soundtrack to be full of songs similar to Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ hit “Same Love.” Regardless, the song is a wonderfully crafted R&B hit that the pair should be proud to have produced. 3.5/5 stars...

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Kendrick Lamar and Top Dawg Entertainment break new ground on ‘Black Panther’ album

Welcome to the new standard for movie soundtracks. A week before “Black Panther” takes movie theaters by storm, Kendrick Lamar and record label Top Dawg Entertainment have released the much anticipated “Black Panther The Album Music From And Inspired By.” This isn’t your average movie soundtrack — it’s a full-fledged album and should be treated as such. To craft the “Black Panther” album, Lamar brought together some of the best in hip-hop and R&B, such as SZA, Vince Staple and Travis Scott, plus newcomers such as SOB X RBE and Yugen Blakrok. While it was great to see some industry heavyweights come together for this album, I was also impressed by the new artists, particularly Yugen Blakrok whose verse in “Opps” blew me away. Having this many artists on one album does detract from its overall flow, but Lamar assists in connecting each song by penning a verse on almost every one — even though he’s only credited in five. This move helps to lyrically string together each song on the album, even though, they sound nothing alike. While a Marvel novice like myself could listen to this album simply for the great music, it’s undeniably brilliant how Lamar and Top Dawg incorporated the film into the record. Unlike most movie soundtracks, the themes of this film are weaved in rather subtly. For example, the introductory song, “Black Panther,” can...

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Justin Timberlake sings about changing identity in ‘Man of the Woods’

Five years after the release of “The 20/20 Experience,” Justin Timberlake returned to music Friday with his new album “Man of the Woods.” In the album, Timberlake calls upon his Southern upbringing and uses themes such as fatherhood and marriage as inspirations. Gone are the ascetics of a dapper Timberlake dressed in suit and tie, and in their place is a new Justin, wearing flannel shirts and ripped jeans. While his music’s themes have changed, the sound has not. Much of the album is still full of the electrifying dance music typical of a standard Timberlake album. This one...

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Five TV shows and movies to watch in February

If you need something to watch in between cheering on Team USA at the Winter Olympics next month, look no further than these five TV shows and movies. 1. The “Ocean’s” films (Netflix, Feb. 2) Get ready for this summer’s release of “Ocean’s 8” with “Ocean’s 11,” “Ocean’s 12” and “Ocean’s 13,” which arrive on Netflix Feb. 2. Before Sandra Bullock, Sarah Paulson and Rihanna attempt to rob the Met Gala, relive George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Matt Damon’s 2001 Las Vegas casino heist. Viewers interested in seeing “Ocean’s 8” this summer might want to binge the first three...

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TMS predicts the 2018 Grammy nominations

With music’s biggest night just around the corner, the Recording Academy is set to announce the nominations for next year’s Grammy Awards today. The country’s second-most-watched awards show will celebrate its 60th anniversary Jan. 28, honoring the industry’s top talents. While the list of this year’s nominees has not yet been released, I expect the Grammys to honor artists such as Kendrick Lamar, Ed Sheeran and SZA. The top four categories for which every artist aspires to be nominated are Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Record of the Year and Best New Artist. The Best New Artist category...

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