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YouTube Announces New “Creator Music” Platform

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In the wake of Tiktok’s rapid expansion and growing dominance in the short-form video market, YouTube has felt the pressure to adapt to keep up with the shifting demands of its audience...

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Deep Dive: How Conan Gray Writes His Songs

October 5, 2022

Conan Gray is an American YouTuber turned singer-songwriter, most well-known for his songs about heartbreak and unrequited love. Throughout his career, Conan has written songs like “Crush Culture”...

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Phoebe Bridgers: A Deep Dive into Songwriting

October 17, 2022

Phoebe Bridgers is an American songwriter, singer, and producer who has, in recent years, gained mainstream recognition with the release of her sophomore album “Punisher” in 2020...

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How Steve Lacy Makes the Most with Less

October 18, 2022

Steve Lacy is a singer, songwriter, record producer, and living proof that you don’t need the most advanced or high-tech studio equipment to create music that listeners will love...

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Has the Pandemic Changed the World of Live Music?

August 31, 2022

For the last two years, there has been something missing in the lives of music lovers around the world—live music. The advent of a global pandemic meant the absence of concerts, festivals........

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Like the Early Days of Hip-Hop: The Future of Blockchain in the Music Industry

August 19, 2022

One of the biggest questions many spaces face today is how blockchain technology may overhaul industry norms, and the music industry is no exception. In particular...

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Snapchat Announces a $100,000 Monthly Grant for Artists

August 19, 2022

Snapchat has recently announced Snapchat Sounds Creator Fund, a monthly grant program of up to $100,000 awarded to independent artists distributing music on the platform...

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TikTok Plans to Introduce a New Music Streaming App

August 15, 2022

Over the past few years, TikTok’s popularity has significantly increased resulting in 1 billion global daily users by early 2022. The app has also become extremely influential in the current music....

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Are Charlie Puth’s Music Classes Worth $300?

August 4, 2022

Charlie Puth has paired with Studio to create a 30-day online course that outlines the entire songwriting and production process for $279 USD. This hands-on learning experience has been marketed....

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Success Through Self-Exploration: Lexie Liu's Rise to Stardom

August 2, 2022

Whether you know Lexie Liu from her performance as Seraphine in K/DA’s “MORE” or her fourth-place finish on The Rap of China 2018, there’s no denying that the Chinese hip hop star is a global ...

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BTS: The First K-Pop Band to be Invited to the White House

June 17, 2022

BTS is the most famous K-Pop band in the world now, and recently, they were invited to the white house to speak about anti-Asian hate crimes and inclusivity. Being the first K-Pop band to be...

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SEVENTEEN is Going "HOT" This Summer

June 6, 2022

SEVENTEEN (세븐틴) is a 13 member Korean boy band under Pledis Entertainment. They are split into 3 teams, the Hip Hop unit (S.coups, Wonwoo, Mingyu, Vernon), the Vocal unit (Jeonghan, Joshua, Woozi...

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Stray Kids Make 2022 Comeback With Mini Album – ODDINARY

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Photo: @Stray_Kids on Twitter

Dare I say its, EXTRAODDINARY?

Stray Kids have returned with the release of their new mini-album, ODDINARY – a collection of seven songs that proclaim the message of embracing all of the things that make us unique, despite how odd we may think they are.

Co-produced and co-written by Stray Kids’ 3RACHA (Bang Chan, Changbin, and Han), the album definitely feels more mature than their previous hits and you can hear how their level of technique has enhanced over the years. Changbin explains, “If we focused on Stray Kids' explosive energy in our music so far, this time we have this controlled beauty and relaxation on top of that energy.” While a lot of their music in the past has centred around high energy beats and electric vocals, the group take on a different approach working on their vocal control and finding the beauty in simplicity, making this album truly groundbreaking.

Photo: JYP Entertainment, Stray Kids <ODDINARY> UNVEIL : TRACK 1 "거미줄"

“VENOM” is a definite standout from the album. It’s simple, catchy, and the build-up toward the anti-drop of Felix’s hook is fire. What truly makes this song special however is Hyunjin and Han’s rapping, which we can tell has only gotten better over the years.

“MANIAC” is a strong title track, and we can see why it was chosen as such. It has a simple yet catchy hook that’s perfect for huge crowds – just in time for their upcoming world tour.

“Charmer” makes us feel like we’re in those movies where the main character walks into a club and everyone’s hot and having a good time. It radiates confidence and is perfect for when you want to feel like the hottest in the room. Stray Kids solidifies their place in the industry and they’re only going up from here.

Another standout from the album is “FREEZE”. Changbin starts the track off strong with his verse that talks about living life by your own rules without caring about what others may think. The breakdown of the song has a hyperpop feel to it that’s been on the rise for the past few years, especially on the social media platform, TikTok.

The final three songs differ from the previous as they each have their own unique sound. “Lonely St.” is an alternative pop and hip-hop ballad about going through life on your own path and not following the crowd.

“Waiting For Us” and “Muddy Water” are the songs that truly let each of the boys shine and show off the talents they’ve been working on for years. “Waiting For Us” features Bang Chan, Lee Know, Seungmin, and I.N., each of them showcasing just how much they’ve worked on and developed their voices over the years. “Muddy Water” is reminiscent of 90s to early 2000s hip-hop, while also using a retro piano sample that carries along through the song.

ODDINARY features pretty different sounding songs than we’re used to from Stray Kids, but I think that the entire point of this album. They’ve truly shown just how adaptable their sound is and it’s refreshing to see a group moving away from the norm.