2015 VMAs through the eyes of a UC Berkeley student

As we pushed our first reading assignment of the semester aside — unfinished — and propped in front of the TV, we were oblivious to the coming whirlwind of Hollywood drama. This year’s MTV Video Music Awards were one jaw-dropping moment after another. Where do we start? Miley? Kanye? Nicki? Let start with
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Weeknd-republic records

The Weeknd aims for pop stardom with latest album

In 2012, Abel Tesfaye, more popularly known as The Weeknd, revolutionized sex with his first album, Trilogy. There were 3,932,181 births reported in 2013. Coincidence? We don’t think so. Since then, The Weeknd has continued to discuss drugs and sex in two other albums — Kiss Land and his newest
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An artist by any other name

State of the art

Being an artist used to be something that was painfully earned. You were a painter only if you devoted your life to swirling oil and turpentine on canvas for a living. You were a musician only if you spent your nights stringing together paychecks from performing at small cafes every
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Miley and JBiebz swap spots

My life was recently thrown into serious turmoil. Everything I thought I knew about myself switched like Lindsay Lohan and Jamie Lee Curtis in “Freaky Friday.” Just as Justin Bieber slid out of my favor — yes, world, I was briefly a Belieber at one point in my life —
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A desperate letter from the bankrupt Aaron Carter

Cultural Cadence

Hey guys, it’s Aaron. You know, your boy Aaron Carter. The blond-haired wunderkind you probably screamed after at one point or another. I’m writing to you from my brother Nick’s basement. I’ve been living here for a little while now. It’s cold. It’s dark. It’s lonely. I’ve eaten nothing but
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Considering the counterfactual

In the lyrics of his 2012 song “Boyfriend,” Justin Bieber sadly neglects perhaps the most ignored aspect of the English language: the subjunctive mood. “If I was your boyfriend, I’d never let you go.” Sorry, Justin. If you were my boyfriend, you’d never let me go. (Maybe I’d let you
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Professors use Twitter to enhance class discussion

Move over, Justin Bieber. Twitter is not just a tool for following celebrities or sharing pictures anymore. The social media site that delivers short, 140-characters-or-fewer messages to the world is being used by UC Berkeley professors to initiate discussion in large lectures and continue dialogue outside the classroom about what
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Free Music Fridays — Charlie Simpson

Charlie Simpson seems like the type of guy who would put a bird on it. He’s very trendy-but-not-too-trendy in that way. There are three main things you need to know about Charlie Simpson. 1. He has a large gap in his teeth and some very impressive eyebrows. Check them out:
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