By Katerina Barkhausen, Senior
This month in music has been more than great. There has been a constant string of events, each unfolding before the other is over. Frank Ocean finally dropped his highly awaited album, Blonde. Through constant hints and changing the release date intermittently on fans, Ocean conjured a huge online interest. The album focuses on several topical issues facing today’s society. Blonde has proved to be a hit with Ocean’s fans that have been awaiting this album for nearly FOUR years.
Additionally, the Video Music Awards, more commonly known as the VMAs, took place on August 28 with Beyoncé killing the show as usual. Rather than performing one song off her new video album “Lemonade,” as is the normal expectation for an artist, she proceeded to perform almost half of her album. This supernatural occurrence went on for over 14 minutes and was undoubtedly shocking and exciting for her fans.
For even more VMA news, Drake presented Rihanna with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard award and expressed his not-so-subtly hidden seven-year love for the singer. This award has been won by icons like the late David Bowie, the Beatles, Madonna, the Beastie Boys, and more recently, Beyoncé, and Kanye West.
As for rock music news, Green Day has released two new songs titled “Bang Bang” and “Revolution Radio.” All Time Low released their second live DVD “Straight to DVD II,” and the Red Hot Chili Peppers have released a video for their new song “Go Robot.”
Although this music news affects people all over the world, there are so many different events going on in our city. This month has such a wide variety of artists visiting our lovely city. Maroon 5 performed with Tove Lo and R. City at the American Airlines Arena, with Kanye West just a little over a week later on the 16th. James Bay also performed on the 21st at the Fillmore. In South Beach, the band Slayer will perform on the 28th at the Fillmore. Chance the Rapper will also be performing at the Fillmore next month so buy tickets now if you’re interested! Overall, we have many great concerts coming to Miami and so many more to come before the year-ends. Hopefully you guys are able to go and enjoy!