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My Top 10 Female Rappers

My Top 10 Female Rappers

1. Nicki Minaj Since the start of her career in 2007 with her first debut ‘Playtime Is Over’, Nicki Minaj has been one of the most famous female rappers in the game. She has a massive fan base, all supporting her rap attitude and wide ranging songs over the years. 2. City Girls This duo only […]

 Holly Allton

Review: Little Mix – LM5 The Tour

Review: Little Mix – LM5 The Tour

The show kicked off with the first of the two support acts; New Rules, a 3-piece band of baby-faced lads and their guitars. All in all, they were enjoyable to watch as even sang a few of their original songs which were quite catchy. I got 5 Seconds of Summer / The Vamps vibes from […]

 Ewan Gleadow

Review: Jesus is King

Review: Jesus is King

Kanye West is a prolific figure in the music industry and his latest album, Jesus is King has been sought after by critics and fans of his work for some time. After a few years of teasing and taunting, Jesus is King has thudded out to an underwhelming sigh, and rightly so. West’s latest album is full of preachy, […]

 Ewan Gleadow

Review: Yesterday

Review: Yesterday

A love letter to the The Beatles’ musical legacy would inevitably make its way into the world of popular film, if anything to showcase a valuable selection of their finest work. What would surprise me though, is if that same film featured a world in which nobody has ever heard of The Beatles, and that’s […]

 Richard Bellis

Ziggy vs Hunky Dory: the age-old question for Bowie fans

Ziggy vs Hunky Dory: the age-old question for Bowie fans

I am a Bowie fan and, like all Bowie fans before and after, I aim to end the age old question of which album is better: 1971’s Hunky Dory or 1972’s The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. Or at least I’ll throw my opinion in the ring. The two back-to-back releases are widely […]

 Lucie Simon

Emeli Sandé announced as University’s Chancellor

Emeli Sandé announced as University’s Chancellor

Emeli Sandé MBE, the multi-platinum selling singer and songwriter, is to become the University of Sunderland’s new Chancellor, following in the footsteps of Steve Cram CBE who steps down after 11 years in the role.   Emeli will be installed as Chancellor in a ceremony to be held during the University’s summer Academic Awards on […]

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Single review: Taylor Swift – This Song is Not For ME!

Single review: Taylor Swift – This Song is Not For ME!

By Hannah Smith After watching ‘ME!’, Taylor Swift’s latest release, I was left feeling unsatisfied and disgusted that the pretty pink version of her had returned, having declared her dead in 2017’s ‘Look What You Made Me Do’. The music video opens with a pastel pink python and the first thing that comes to mind […]

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Top Ten Tunes for Indie Initiates (Beats & Background)

Top Ten Tunes for Indie Initiates (Beats & Background)

By Sophie Mackel There are hundreds, even thousands of indie songs out there and I know it can be hard to find exactly what you are looking for, so here is a rundown of the top songs to listen to today which will help you discover your inner indie. Chamber of Reflection by Mac DeMarco […]

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Local Bands: Symbient

Local Bands: Symbient

By Olivia McDonald Simultaneously tuneful and exciting, Symbient are a young alternative band based in Sunderland. Consisting of Daniel Collings (lead singer), Cameron Pugh (lead guitar), Conor Hanson (drums and backing vocals) and Khynan Hanson (bass guitar), the band have been together for over 5 years and are getting better and stronger with each performance. The […]

 Ewan Gleadow

Review: His ‘n’ Hers 25th Anniversary

Review: His ‘n’ Hers 25th Anniversary

It’s no secret to my friends, family and colleagues that my personal favourite band is Pulp and my favourite style of music is in fact the era of Britpop – or Cool Britannia, as it was so horrendously dubbed. Now, twenty-five years on, His ‘n’ Hers is just as celebrated and lauded as it was upon […]

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