Singles Roundup: Week of March 22

Story posted March 22, 2021 in Arts & Entertainment by CommRadio Arts & Entertainment Staff.

Addison Rae – “Obsessed”

Addison Rae, most widely known for her fame on TikTok, has expanded her horizons into the music world.

Rae released her debut single “Obsessed,” a flirty and fun pop song that showcases who she is and the vibe she has going for her. Released on March 19, this brand new single is sure to hit the charts and make an appearance on your local radio station. A music video to go along with it is also in the mix.

The song starts off with Addison singing in a soft, mellow tone with background music following. “Obsessed” is dedicated to self-love and accepting yourself in a world that can be overly cruel and judgemental.

The message makes the song even better, as especially in the world today, it’s so easy to fall down the rabbit hole of self-comparison and second guessing, yet this song emphasizes that everyone has these moments, so working through them and loving yourself for who you are is essential to inner happiness and contentment.

A song Rae’s audience is sure to be smitten with after listening, “Obsessed” represents exciting things in the works for this already popular social media icon turned singing star.  —Olivia Manfredo

Salem Ilese – “(L)only Child”

“(L)only Child” is the latest single from up-and-comer Salem Ilese. This pop song is super groovy and has a great electronic riff that adds a bit of uniqueness to an otherwise dull song.

“(L)only Child” is by no means bad. Ilese sounds great, especially on the second chorus in which she shows off her range. But her vocals on the verses are nothing remarkable. She has an incredible voice, but this song doesn’t do the best job of portraying that.

The lyrics of the song are intriguing, though repetitive. The song is short, yet it still feels too long since the lyrics are repeated a ton. The beat is also nothing special. It’s a very generic pop beat that is significantly helped by the EDM-inspired riff that livens up the melody.

The concept of “(L)only Child” is interesting, and the accompanying video is fantastic, but other than a great electronic riff, “(L)only Child” falls flat of being memorable.  —Jack Freiser

George Ragan – “Heaven Can Wait”

“Heaven Can Wait” is the first solo single released by George Ragan, who goes by Johnny 3 Tears when performing with rap-rock band Hollywood Undead and now dons the moniker The Dead Son as a solo artist.

The song is packed with emotion and is an utter tearjerker for the right listener. Pulled from the pages of The Dead Son’s own life story, “Heaven Can Wait” is a song that pulls off having a really good beat while also carrying a massive emotional impact.

A prime difference between “Heaven Can Wait” and Hollywood Undead songs is that the singer doesn’t rap at all in the single nor for the upcoming album it will appear on. The song features the acoustic guitar and The Dead Son’s vocal adaptability. Additionally, his voice is one of the best parts of the entire song, further showcasing his ability as a vocalist.

There is also a music video out for the single, which brings the level of emotion up significantly as the viewer sees The Dead Son walking through an empty home, reminiscing and clearing the objects from the house. Truly, it is impactful to watch.

“Heaven Can Wait” will be included on the upcoming album “The Abyss.”  —Colton Pleslusky

PJ Harding and Noah Cyrus – “You Belong to Somebody Else”

Many music buffs will recognize the name Noah Cyrus, the younger sister of Miley Cyrus. She has continued to make music since 2017 with the release of “Make Me (Cry).” Fans of Cyrus may also be familiar with her friend and co-song creator PJ Harding. Harding is an Australian radio host from the show “Jase and PJ” on KIIS 1011.

This duo has been working together since 2018 when Harding played guitar for Cyrus’ song “Good Cry.” In February, the two released the single “Dear August.” Their new single “You Belong to Somebody Else” has come out just a month later.

This song screams folk, bluegrass and country — perhaps drawing some inspiration from Cyrus’ father Billy Ray. “You Belong to Somebody Else” doesn’t stand out from Cyrus’ other work, though, and since Harding is still new to the game, he’s making indie music his genre as well.

Nonetheless, “You Belong to Somebody Else” is a great song for listeners to put on headphones, turn up the volume and enter their emotions. Will this be a single part of a new album by Cyrus and Harding? All the industry and fans can do now is wait.  —Cade Miller

 

Olivia Manfredo is a freshman majoring in broadcast journalism. To contact her, email onm5039@psu.edu.

Jack Freiser is a freshman majoring in telecommunications. To contact him, email jef5614@psu.edu

Colton Pleslusky is a junior majoring in telecommunications. To contact him, email csp5289@psu.edu.

Cade Miller is a freshman majoring in broadcast journalism. To contact him, email at cam7095@psu.edu.

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Fourth-Year / Telecommunications

Colton S. Pleslusky is a fourth-year from Aliquippa, Pennsylvania majoring in telecommunications at Penn State. He is a director and writer for the CommRadio Arts & Entertainment Department as well as the host on Nittany Stories and a co-host on Nittany Record Club alongside Emily McGlynn. He does behind the scenes tasks, including directing, producing, programming and more for the Centre County Report. To contact him, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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Cade Miller

Second-Year / Broadcast Journalism

Cade Miller is a second-year 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. Cade is also a host for the talk show “Documentary Deepfocus” where he and Emily McGlynn review new and trending documentaries. Cade is also involved with 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

Freshman / Telecommunications

Jack Freiser is a caring and creative people-person who loves 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).

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Olivia Manfredo

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Olivia Manfredo is currently a second year student at Penn State’s Donald P. Bellisario College of
Communications with a major in Broadcast Journalism and minor in Sports Studies.

Olivia is gaining exceptional knowledge in the field of communications, sports media and the broadcasting fields in and out of the classroom. She had been part of the Broadcast Experience course from Fall 2018- Spring 2020, where it was her job to report the daily news and announcements as well as provide sports scores and updates at Passaic Valley Regional High School. Olivia also served as a journalist for her high school news paper, “The Valley Echo” which she thoroughly enjoyed.

Presently, Olivia is involved in multiple clubs at Penn State. She is a producer for CommRadio, All Women In Sports Media and a THON OPPerations Committee member as well as the Family Relations Liaison.

She was also selected to be a part of the John Curley Center for Sports Journalism certificate and is currently working with Penn State Athletics Marketing and Promotions as a Game Day intern.