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Farewell Summer 2K12: A Musical Recap

       It’s official. Summer vacation is over and it is finally time to get back to business and hit the books. Whether you spent the last couple of months working double shifts at your summer job, passing those summer courses with flying colors, or creating crazy memories during those long summer nights, one thing that will always stay with us is the incredible music that was released during this time.

       Lately, many of you might have tuned into Channel Orange, listening deeply as Frank Ocean softly sang the remnants of his soul over sweet ballads and courageous records such as ‘Sierra Leone’, ‘Forrest Gump’, and the ever-so-popular ‘Pyramids.’ For those of you more into the rap game, Nas’ tenth studio album Life Is Good might have been the highlight of your summer, which included a collaboration with producer Swizz Beatz and singer Miguel on the vacation anthem, ‘Summer On Smash.’ Other releases that aided in the rap game’s takeover include Childish Gambino’s Royalty mixtape, Dom Kennedy’s The Yellow Album, and MMG Presents: Self Made 2, a compilation tape by one of music’s top record labels, MMG.

            The genres of Indie Rock, Alternative, and Pop continued to control the radios across the nation as everyone’s favorite bands and singers took to the airwaves. As one of the anthems of our teenage and young adult lives, Fun’s ‘We Are Young’ seemed to be unavoidable, even before the summer. Surprisingly, the single is already a year old, but was officially released on their album Some Nights in February of this year. Another single that is just now getting its recognition is Gotye’s ‘Somebody That I Used To Know.’ Originally released in July of 2011, the collaboration with New Zealand singer Kimbra didn’t seem to get popular until it was sung on an episode of the hit TV show Glee. Despite the massive replay these songs have gotten the past several weeks, they have not taken away the spotlight from other artists that have dropped music this summer. Overexposed by Maroon 5, Fortune by singer Chris Brown, Believe by Justin Bieber, and One Direction’s Up All Night continue to climb charts as their summer singles take over the media.

            No matter what genre of music you’re a fan of, music lovers across the United States can all agree on what the hottest song of the summer is. Doubling as one of the greatest pick-up lines of all time, Carly Rae Jepsen’s ‘Call Me Maybe’ has not only been on Billboard’s Hot 100 for 21 weeks straight, but has also taken the number one spot MULTIPLE times. No matter how much we try to deny it or avoid it, we all probably have a summertime memory that we think of when that song comes on, along with many of the other songs listed earlier. The beauty of summertime music is that no matter how much time passes, or how much we wish to relive those memorable summer moments, we all have a song that makes us think of a specific memory of the season. Whether it’s pop, alternative, rock, hip-hop, rap, or any other great genre of music, we’ll always have the music to look back on and enjoy the times. Luckily, since the summer isn’t technically over until September 21st, there’s still plenty of music yet to be released and even more memories yet to be made to each song.

Author:  Ms. Zilla

Originally published August 12, 2012

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