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Rapper Gunnas DS4Ever went viral for one songs phrase Popping P, but not all tracks live up to the sensational hype.

Gunna’s “DS4Ever” starts the year off well

Zachary Ammar, Reporter January 21, 2022

Sergio Giavanni Kitchens, universally known as “Gunna,” dropped his album “DS4Ever” on Jan. 7 and was ranked as the number one album in the country on the Billboard 200. Overall, the album is...

International pop songs to play on repeat

International pop songs to play on repeat

Vanessa Popescu, Designer January 10, 2022

レモン - Lemon - Kenshi Yonezu As one of the biggest hit singers in Japan during the 21st century, Kenshi Yonezu’s song “Lemon” has been streamed over 723 million times on Youtube. Although...

In typical Weeknd fashion, Abel Tesfaye dresses up and embodies a certain character in order to promote his album. For his previous album After Hours, he dressed up in a red suit and a heavily bandaged face. Now, he swaps the gore prosthetics for an aged version of himself, complete with wrinkles and grey facial hair.

Tune in to Dawn FM

Noah Barnes, A&E Editor January 8, 2022

Rating: 9/10 The Weeknd delivers listeners with an immersive experience in his latest album, curated to imitate being trapped in a dark tunnel alone with the radio channel 103.5 Dawn FM. The opening...

The Gramophone Award is given to the artist with the most votes in each category.

Vote for your favorite Grammy nominees

Dania Reza and Natalie Vu December 16, 2021

Nominations for the 64th annual Grammy Awards have been released to the public, and many students and teachers are excited to see the results. The awards will be presented on Monday, January 31, 2022 on...

Students compare their Spotify Wrapped statistics. Users can view their top artists, songs, genres and minutes listened to, as well as a percentile that describes where they place among their top artists listeners.

Spotify Wrapped returns

Scott Shields, Christiana Ketema and Sydney Gleason December 8, 2021

It’s that time of year again; as the temperature keeps dropping and the holiday season enters full swing, Instagram stories are flooded with shares of top artists, songs and minutes listened. It’s...

The Color Guard practices in the parking lot. The team was rehearsing the opener of the show.

Mclean Winter Guard kicks off

Valerie Paredes, Reporter November 23, 2021

As their fall season comes to a close, the McLean Color Guard is restarting their first real winter season since the beginning of the pandemic. Their season will continue until April, and anyone is eligible...

TheatreMcLeans rendition of Little Women took center-stage until November 21. The show featured a host of beautiful costumes and entertaining musical numbers.

Little Women: a comeback to remember

Hanna Boughanem and Akash Balenalli November 21, 2021

The March sisters finally took center stage at McLean High School, where audiences enjoyed TheatreMcLean’s long-awaited rendition of Little Women which lasted until Nov. 21. Though there were some...

Kirsten Knight as Meg, Kiera Murphy as Beth, Franny Hemsley as Amy, Kirsten Tierney as Marmee and Kylee Majkowski as Jo run through Lewinsville Park during their Little Women publicity photoshoot on Oct. 14.

TheatreMcLean’s “Little Women” marks big comeback

Saehee Perez, Makda Bekele and Farah Eljazzar November 16, 2021

The auditorium has been transformed into a scene from the Massachusetts Civil War era. As the overhead lights dim, TheatreMcLean travels back in time to the 1800s with a musical adaptation of the classic...

Sheeran released a new album, Equals, through Asylum Records
Sheerans new album sports a vibrant red background and butterflies.

Ed Sheeran drops new solo album Equals

Zachary Ammar, Reporter November 3, 2021

Ed Sheeran has now dropped his fourth solo album called Equals on October 29th, 2021. One song could be a ballad that has a significant meaning, and yet another song could be a high tempo, ecstatic thriller...

Members of the Art Honor Society work together to hang up students and staff submissions before the Halloween art show.

Halloween show launches in art gallery

Melissa Allegretti, Reporter October 30, 2021

Members of the Art Honor Society decided to dedicate their space for a new Halloween-themed art show, which launched today. “Halloween,” as the show is called, will bring to light students’, teachers’...

A group of students show their camaraderie through matching minion masks. Not only are these masks fashionable, but these seniors are reminding their peers that wearing a mask can be fun too.

“I think wearing matching masks enhances our school spirit, and we’re big fans of Despicable Me, senior Macey Johnson said.

Masks spice up outfits

Emily Friedman, Opinions Editor October 25, 2021

With the raging COVID-19 Delta variant overtaking the world, a mask mandate has been implemented in Virginia schools. Most students and teachers wear basic blue or black surgical masks to fulfill the...

The cover of Drakes new album. The surreal, emoji-based artwork was created by British visual artist Damien Hirst.

Certified Lover Boy is a certified hit

Philip Rotondo, Online A&E Editor September 22, 2021

Rating: 6/10 On Sept 3rd, Toronto-based rapper Drake released his highly-anticipated sixth studio album, Certified Lover Boy. With moody and atmospheric production and ripe with witty and confident...

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