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Singles Round Up: Nov. 11

Story posted November 11, 2022 in Arts & Entertainment by CommRadio Arts & Entertainment Department.

The Arts and Entertainment Department takes a look at some of the recently released singles from the past week.

“My Mind and Me” - Selena Gomez

Over two years since her last release, Selena Gomez is back with “My Mind and Me.”

Her brand-new single is featured on her also brand-new documentary that covers the past six years of her life, touching on things like mental and physical health and her personal life.

The song itself starts off with just piano and Gomez’s voice, but builds with added acoustic guitar. While in some parts her voice is soft, it increases with power in others.

This track feels raw and straight from her soul. It's about struggling with mental health and opening up so other people who might be struggling with the same things might not feel so alone.

It's unclear if she will be releasing an album anytime soon. But if she is, it will be highly anticipated after the release of this song. - Chloe Rey

"Big P**sy" - BROCKHAMPTON

After disbanding earlier this year, the self-proclaimed boyband are back months later with their newest single, "Big P**sy."

Not only that, but they are releasing their “last” album, “The Family,” later this month with 17 new tracks. After several scrapped albums, internal issues with the band, and a farewell tour, this came to be a good surprise for fans.

This track isn’t necessarily a return to form considering it is just frontman Kevin Abstract rapping. No vocals from any key members are to be found, and it might make one wonder about the structure of the new record. Will “The Family” be more of a compilation album, or will posse cuts be featured?

Abstract shows off his massive vocal range rapping in both melodic and gritty tonalities. His rhyming especially on the second verse shows major growth in his ability.

The beat switch also compliments this, notably produced by band member bearface. The song is also accompanied by a high-quality music video filled with lots of action and imagery. - Caelan Chevrier

“SPIT IN MY FACE!” - ThxSoMch

With only a handful of singles under his belt, up and coming Toronto artist ThxSoMch released his highly anticipated track, “SPIT IN MY FACE!” on Tuesday.

An upbeat song with a catchy bassline, “SPIT IN MY FACE!” has seven times more listens on Spotify than all of his other singles combined. While its quick growth can partially be attributed to its emerging presence on TikTok, the song is unique enough to stand on its own.

Contrary to the aggressive title, ThxSoMch’s voice is more indie and mellow than one would expect. The verses have the vibe and angst that screamo rap has, but without the screaming.

The chorus has a similar fake-out. With the repetition of “spit in my face,” echoing the title, it’d be safe to assume this single is about pure rage, except it’s about love. The phrase is used to emphasize the lengths of his love – even if they spit in his face, his love won’t change.

If ThxSoMch uses the traction of this release properly, the distinctive sound from “SPIT IN MY FACE!” could prevent him from slipping into the background as just another TikTok artist. - Megan Kelby

Chloe Rey is a first-year majoring in telecommunications. To contact her, email ckr5449@psu.edu.

Caelan Chevrier is a third-year majoring in marketing. To contact him, email cjc6789@psu.edu.  

Megan Kelby is a third-year majoring in journalism. To contact her, email mkk5701@psu.edu.

About the Contributors

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Caelan Chevrier

Third Year / Marketing & Journalism

Caelan Chevrier is a third-year student in the Smeal College of Business at Penn State University studying marketing and broadcast journalism with the goal of graduating with a bachelor’s degree in four years. His career goal is to spread informative, meaningful, and entertaining content across various platforms and to be a positive impact on the community. He has also spent time working at WWE in the communications department and writing for The Westport Local Press in his hometown of Westport, CT. If you’d like to contact him, email him at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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Megan Kelby

Second-Year / Journalism

Megan Kelby is a third-year from Newark, Delaware majoring in journalism and minoring in English and history at Penn State. She is a member of the arts & entertainment department for CommRadio. To contact her, email her at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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Chloe Rey is a first-year majoring in telecommunications. This is her first semester in CommRadio in the Arts and Entertainment department. Other than CommRadio, she is a member of Penn State’s Student Programming Association. To contact her, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).