Top Music and Books of 2017

Top Music and Books of 2017

Sofia Brouse , Media editor

Taste in books and music can spark giant arguments.  Everyone is passionate about their own faves and genres.  Here are a few of mine…

Sza is an American R&B singer born in St Louis Missouri. Sza announced on April 28 2017 that she had signed her first major label recording contract with RCA Records. June 9 2017 Sza released her album “Ctrl”which has received a ton of positive attention. Her music is very empowering and intimate. Her music involves multiple collaborations with various singers including Kendrick Lamar, Travis Scott, and Isaiah Rashad.

Khalid at just 19 is known for having one of the most original voices in Pop music. Khalid was born on February 11 1989 in Fort Stewart Georgia. Khalid is signed to The Right Hand Music group and RCA Records. Khalid won “Best new music artist” at the 2017 MTV awards. His music is something that a lot of millennial can relate to involving romance and the struggles of growing up and being a teenager.

“Belcalis Almanzar” known as Cardi B grew up in South Bronx and spending time in a family members apartment in Washington. She is known for her distinct Spanish accent and New York street slang. Cardi B has really become a big part in the music industry through out 2017. Her well known song ‘Bodak Yellow’ hit the number one spot on the billboard top 100 which makes her the first female rapper to do so since 1998. Cardi B was a former stripper and now she is one of the top artists.  Cardi B inspires young people to be true to themselves and have confidence in what they are passionate about.

Into the Water, a psychological thriller was published by Paul Hawkins in 2017 which was his follow up book to the ‘The Girl on The Train’. Into the Water is a #1 New York Times Bestseller and Goodreads Choice Award winner for mystery/thriller. The story is about a single mother that is found dead at the bottom of a river. Her fifteen year old daughter is left with her aunt, who takes her back to the one place she ran from and vows to never return to.

Turtles All the Way Down was published by John Green on October 10, 2017. This was John Green’s only book out since The Fault in Our Stars. It is a realistic fiction book that many teenagers can relate too. This book is about a sixteen-year-old named Aza and her friend, Daisy. They ban together to investigate a mystery case about a fugitive named Russell Pickett; there is a huge reward at stake.  Aza is trying to be a good daughter, student, and hopefully detective all at the same time.