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‘This is Acting,’ a Top-40 tour de force for Sia

“I’ll tell you what you want to hear,” Sia promises on “Unstoppable.” The Australian-born songstress (full name: Sia Furler) has written for Beyonce (“Pretty Hurts”), Rihanna (“Diamonds”), and Britney Spears (“Perfume”), to name just a few. She’s a pop queenmaker, and for good reason. Her original rendition of “Let Me Love You” (later popularized by…

In ‘Art Angels,’ Grimes explores the possibilities of pop

Grimes has always been somewhat of a shape-shifter. Since she first set fire to the music scene with 2012’s “Visions,” she’s announced her singular identity with genre-defying instrumentals, intricate visual artwork and a full spectrum of vibrant, technicolor hairstyles. (Somewhat fittingly, the cover artwork for her latest album is a cartoonish self-portrait with a long, spindly…

Say ‘Hello’ to the new Adele

This past Friday, British singer-songwriter Adele set the music industry ablaze with the release of her new single, “Hello.” Always private, the singer has emerged from a years-long period of artistic quiet, having focused largely on family life since the birth of her son Angelo in 2012. This gave fans all the more reason to…

The double life of alum Isabella Tang

A Stanford degree opens doors to a world of opportunities. Our alums reach the heights of research, industry, politics, sports and entertainment, and the potential of current students seems limitless. But even the wealth of opportunity awaiting graduates ends with a choice. Get a steady job, or pursue a start-up? Go to medical school, or…