Singles Round Up: Oct. 18

Story posted October 20, 2021 in Arts & Entertainment by Jack Freiser, Cade Miller.

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

“Easy On Me” - Adele

Adele, the mega pop star, is finally back after a five year period without releasing music. “Easy On Me,” the lead single off her upcoming new album titled “30” is a return to form for the queen of ballads.

Adele has released yet another beautiful ballad, however, this is nowhere near her best ballad she has made. “Easy On Me” follows the standard structure of a ballad: Verses about longing and sadness, a powerful chorus to represent hope and a larger than life third verse building up to one final chorus. Because it is so structured, it can come off as a bit mundane.

Everything about this song is pretty standard for an Adele track. Adele, as always, has beautiful vocals that bring life to the track. She has an absolutely incredible range when singing, and she proves to the audience that after these five years, she still has one of the best voices of all time.

Although this is not a bad song at all, this isn’t the best song Adele has released and is a bit underwhelming as the lead single for her highly anticipated new album. Hopefully, Adele went easy on us and her album is a bit more original than this very standard lead single. - Jack Freiser

“Sorry for Me" - Ricky Montgomery

Known for his popular songs on TikTok, “Mr. Loverman” and “Line Without a Hook,” Ricky Montgomery dropped “Sorry for Me” this week.

Montgomery did keep his song in the general direction of sadness and heartbreak; however, this song really takes a turn.

“Sorry for Me” is about the day his ex-stepfather was arrested in 2012. “He was always
abusive, physically and otherwise, but we didn’t realize the extent of it until my sister told her therapist what had happened to her as a kid,” Montgomery posted on an Instagram post.

The song is a slow ballad with Montgomery as his backups. The lyrics are very sad, reflecting as he apologizes for thinking his abuse was worse than his sister’s without even knowing.

The song needs a trigger warning for some, but overall, a great song about a topic typically not spoken about. - Cade Miller


Jack Freiser is a second-year majoring in telecommunications. To contact him, email

Cade Miller is a second-year majoring in broadcast journalism. To contact him, email

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Cade Miller

Junior / Broadcast Journalism

Cade Miller is a junior from Inwood, WV majoring in broadcast journalism with a minor in theatre at Penn State. He is a writer for the CommRadio Arts & Entertainment department and writes newly released albums, singles, movies and TV shows reviews. On air, he hosts “Cade’s Country Corner” showcasing some of the best country music available. Cade is also involved with Lion Ambassadors, THON and the UPUA. To contact Cade, email him at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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Jack Freiser

Third-Year / Telecommunications

Jack Freiser is a third-year student in the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications at Penn State University studying telecommunications. He is very passionate about both music and film. He aspires to impact the music business as a successful A+R by signing artists who will be culturally relevant and will leave an impact on the world, and through keeping a strong relationship with the artist and their team. Email him at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).