Music: Artist Spotlights


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Taylor Swift

With iconic songs such as “I Knew You Were Trouble” and “Shake it Off,” you have most likely heard of Taylor Swift’s songs from a young age. An American pop and country singer and songwriter, Swift is one of the most popular singers of her generation. Her songs are often inspired by her personal life. Swift is no stranger to record-breaking accomplishments, winning 13 Grammys. Her most recent album, Red (Taylor’s Version), broke the record (again) for the most albums sold. 


Playboi Carti

One of today’s hottest rappers, Playboi Carti is a rapper that resonates with the young adults and teens of Generation Z. From his first hit of his debut mixtape in 2017, titled “Playboi Carti,” his album debuted at top 12 of the Billboard 200. He soon reached fame as he collaborated with other rappers such as Gucci Mane, ASAP Rocky and Tyler the Creator. His music can be described as experimental and gothic. For example, his hottest hit “Magnolia” has rhythmic motifs and catchy lyrics that went viral, gaining attention for his whole debut album. 


Doja Cat

Known for her electronic R&B and hip hop tracks, Doja Cat, is an American rapper, dancer and songwriter. She sings about personal power, sexuality and friendship. Her 2019 track “Hot Pink,” as well as collaborations with SZA and Saweetie are some of her most famous songs. She additionally gained popularity quite rapidly through Tiktok and Youtube. Her single “Say So,” hit Top 10 on the Billboard 200 in January 2020 and then proceeded to hit the number one slot in May.  


Harry Styles

Starting his career on the X-Factor UK in 2010 and becoming one of the five members in One Direction, Harry Styles is a singer commonly found on the “Top Hits” list. With a sweet voice to accompany his musical discography, he is an icon of the modern pop era. As he debuted as a soloist once his band took a hiatus, all of his songs were well received by both old and new fans. Harry Styles’s inspiration for his music has been described as a mix of soft rock and pop as heard in 2020’s hottest hit of “Watermelon Sugar.” 


Ye West

Originating as a producer, Ye West is now a singer, rapper, songwriter and fashion designer. One of the world’s best-selling music artists, West is also one of the most awarded singers/artists in the world. He even broke the record for winning the most Grammys since 2000. His rap often resonates with crowds of all ages as his music focuses on his own experiences as a black artist of America. West’s music is wide and diverse but has an overarching theme of lyrical rap verses. Some of his most popular songs are “Runaway” and “Flashing Lights.” His 2004 debut, College Dropout, established his place upon the top charts, followed by his other albums like Late Registration (2005), My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (2010), Yeezus (2013) and Ye (2018).