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The Culture Pop is the lifestyle podcast where Daija and Bridgette discuss current pop culture events.

‘The Culture Pop: A Northern Star Podcast,’ Episode 4

By Northern Star Staff | November 19, 2022

“The Culture Pop,” hosted by Lifestyle Editor Daija Hammonds and Chief Copy Editor Bridgette Fox, returns for a fourth episode. Listen on Spotify here: On this episode, Daija and Bridgette talk Selena Gomez’s “best friends," Nick Cannon’s...

This image released by Republic Records shows Midnights by Taylor Swift. (Republic Records via AP)

Album review: Taylor Swift gets vulnerable and reflective in ‘Midnights’

By Sarah Rose, Senior Lifestyle Writer | October 27, 2022

In August, Taylor Swift won the VMA “Video of the Year” award for her short film “All Too Well.” During her acceptance speech, Swift shocked fans by announcing that her new album “Midnights” would release on Oct. 21. Album rollout  In an...

Taylor Swift at the 2019 American Music Awards.

Album review: ‘Red (Taylor’s Version)’

By Daija Hammonds, Managing Editor | December 28, 2021

“Red” by Taylor Swift was originally released in 2012, but Swift has re-released the album as a way of gaining legal control of her catalog with the same themes of growing up and young love.  “Red” was a success when first released with hit...

Todrick Hall, left, hands Taylor Swift the Video of the Year award for You Need to Calm Down Aug. 26 at the MTV Video Music Awards.

“Lover” proves to be a triumph for Taylor Swift

By Parker Otto | September 3, 2019

After the album “Reputation” marked a departure from Taylor Swift’s typical lyrics about romance, Swift returns to form with her latest album, “Lover.” Despite this, “Lover” is an enjoyable album in the synth-pop genre, with tracks that...

Stevie Nicks to make history if inducted into Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

By Sarah Fischer | October 23, 2018

via GIPHY Stand back! By 2019, 70-year-old American singer-songwriter Stevie Nicks could make history by being the first female solo artist to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame twice. According to the Ultimate Classic Rock website, she...

Celebrities overstep into politics

By Chris Grask | October 21, 2018

Celebrities endorsing political candidates is like oil and water, and yet, in 2018 it is a rampant problem. It is the right of American citizens to support a political candidate, but supporting a candidate because a celebrity said so is ridiculous. Politics...

Memories...Do Not Open is The Chainsmokers’ first full length album and features music groups such as Coldplay and Florida Georgia Line.

‘Memories’ lacks memorable songs

By Tatianna Salisbury | April 13, 2017

The Chainsmokers’ first full-length debut album, “Memories...Do Not Open,” teased listeners with the singles, “Paris” and “Something Just Like This,” but its notes fell flat upon the Friday release.The duo, made up of Alex Pall and Andrew...

Jailon Berry describes being a woman as having a superpower and credits NIU for much of her inspiration in life.

Alumnae display pride

By Darius Parker | March 6, 2017

March has just begun and, with it, Women’s History Month. From Oprah Winfrey to Taylor Swift, the month of March is the time to highlight the strength and achievements of women everywhere. Here are three NIU alumnae who are trailblazing their own history.Ari...

Grammy Predictions

Grammy Predictions

By Alexis Malapitan | February 15, 2016

The 58th Annual Grammy Awards, hosted by LL Cool J, will premiere 7 p.m. tonight on CBS and will include some major fan favorites like Taylor Swift and The Weeknd.The Grammys are an exciting time for music lovers everywhere as fans gather around to see...

How To Get Over Valentine’s Day

How To Get Over Valentine’s Day

By Jay Ibarra | February 15, 2016

It’s the day after Valentine’s Day and you’re strolling past Altgeld Hall, still without a bae. Melted chocolate squares line the pockets of students across campus and you’re in class with a card from your grandma.Here’s your guide to get over...

Ellie Goulding’s album offers predictable sound

By Michael Malaychuk | November 9, 2015

Ellie Goulding shows off talent and diversity in her new album, but seems to do so in an underwhelming way.She’s always set herself apart from the pack. Instead of opting for generic, radio friendly songs, she’s stayed true to her identity as a musician....

In Focus: What are you doing to prepare for your final exams next week?

By Perspective Staff | December 2, 2014

Blake GlossonFor the most part, my preparation for finals week is pretty typical.In terms of studying, I set aside time each morning to review my notes from lectures. I have also found it helpful in semesters past to create study guides from scratch to...