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Streich sets 800-meter school record at NCAA championships

Streich sets 800-meter school record at NCAA championships

Movies are back, film-lovers at the Belcourt are ready

Movies are back, film-lovers at the Belcourt are ready

REVIEW: Olivia Rodrigo’s SOUR is a sweet debut

REVIEW: Olivia Rodrigo’s SOUR is a sweet debut

Former Lipscomb Christian Business Leader of the Year, three Academy alums die in Percy Priest Lake plane crash

Former Lipscomb Christian Business Leader of the Year, three Academy alums die in Percy Priest Lake plane crash

Lipscomb set to hold second installment of FREE vaccine clinic

Lipscomb set to hold second installment of FREE vaccine clinic

Letter from the (new) editor: Here’s to change!

Letter from the (new) editor: Here’s to change!


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Updated on Feb. 2 For more info visit the university COVID-19 Statistics page. This page will be updated every Monday with news and new statistics of Lipscomb’s COVID-19 status.  ...
Streich sets 800-meter school record at NCAA championships

Streich sets 800-meter school record at NCAA championships

Shane Streich, Lipscomb graduate student and track & field distance runner, made history Friday as the program’s first competing player in the NCAA championships. Streich came in sixth place during the 800-meter competition, setting a school record in the process. His performance at the Eugene, Oregon, event beat his earlier school record set at the beginning of the season; with a time of 1:46.70, Streich was among the last nine nationwide men standing in the event. Streich has had a dynamic season, previously being named ASUN Scholar Athlete of the Year alongside recognition in the ASUN Men’s Outdoor Championship Most Outstanding Track Athlete awards. Photo via Lipscomb Athletics...
Former Lipscomb Christian Business Leader of the Year, three Academy alums die in Percy Priest Lake plane crash

Former Lipscomb Christian Business Leader of the Year, three Academy alums die in Percy Priest Lake plane crash

A private-plane crash in Rutherford County on Saturday claimed the lives of seven passengers, including that of Gwen Shamblin Lara, named Lipscomb’s Christian Business Leader of the Year two decades ago. Lara was known for founding the Weigh Down faith-based weight-loss program in 1986. Three Lipscomb Academy alumni were on board as well, according to Pat Price, Lipscomb archives specialist: Lara’s son-in-law Brandon Hannah (2000), Jennifer Johnston Martin (1988) and Jessica Solomon Walters (2000). The other three victims were Lara’s husband, Joe; Martin’s husband, David; and Walters’ husband, Jonathan. All seven were leaders of the Remnant Fellowship Church in Brentwood. The plane crashed into Percy Priest Lake late Saturday morning. By Monday, recovery crews had pulled remains of the seven and both engines from the waters. Gwen Shamblin Lara, ex-wife of David Shamblin, was named as Lipscomb’s Christian Business Leader of the year in 1998. Shamblin Theatre, adjacent to the Bennett Campus Center, is named for the family. “The Weigh Down Workshop is more ministry than industry,” said former Lipscomb President Stephen F. Flatt at the 1998 ceremony, according to her website. “The phenomenal success of the Weigh Down Workshop is attributable to the direct blessing of God and Gwen’s prudent stewardship of the abilities and talents He has given her.” The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating the cause of the crash. It is expected to take a couple of weeks to conclude the preliminary investigation, but the NTSB’s complete examination and conclusions usually take up to two years. Photo by Larry McCormack courtesy of Main Street...
Lipscomb set to hold second installment of FREE vaccine clinic

Lipscomb set to hold second installment of FREE vaccine clinic

Lipscomb is continuing its goal of protecting the campus community from COVID, especially with the plans for a full-capacity return in the fall. On Wednesday, May 26 the University is holding its second free vaccine clinic for students, faculty and staff. “We’re trying to do the right thing for our community in being able to protect the community as best as we can.” Said Dr. Kevin Eidson, Director of Health and Wellness to Lumination reporter Abigail Davis in April. The clinic is set to administer both the second dose of Moderna for April event attendees as well as the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Lipscomb previously had the intention of distributing the J&J vaccine at the earlier event. However, the distribution of the vaccine was put on a temporary pause by the CDC after six ‘rare’ cases of blood-clotting in recipients. The CDC has since recommended the use of the Johnson & Johnson be resumed. The free vaccine clinic is available to current Lipscomb Academy and Lipscomb University faculty and staff and university students ages 18 and over. No appointment is necessary. While no official announcement has been made regarding required vaccinations come fall, Lipscomb is pushing students to upload vaccine proof-of-dose to the online health system. Photo via Abigail...
Lipscomb relaunches summer San Francisco mission, marking first post-COVID trip

Lipscomb relaunches summer San Francisco mission, marking first post-COVID trip

After more than a year and 50 cancelled trips, Lipscomb Missions finally got to announce some good news. The program is set to resume in San Francisco this summer after recieving a green light on domestic travel. This mission trip will take place at the end of July in San Francisco with an organization called City Impact. The group focuses primarily on poverty, hunger and at-risk youth in the community. According to an email sent to students, “[City Impact] has been serving the city of San Francisco since 1984 addressing poverty, hunger, education, community outreach, and homelessness.” Some of their specific projects include a health clinic and academic programs for children. For more information about the work of this organization, their website can be found here. There is also a podcast available from Lipscomb members in conversation with City Impact’s Mission Director. They address the impactful work of the program and the partnership between Lipscomb and City Impact that began in 2013. If you’re interested in joining the team on Lipscomb’s first mission trip post-COVID, the Google Form to express your interest can be accessed on the email sent May 13. Since one mission has now been planned, the question arises if more will continue to be announced soon or if the missions department will take a slower return to their usual packed mission schedule. Lumination will continue to update you with Lipscomb Missions and the resuming of programs post-COVID. Photo via...
Panic buying leads to gas shortage following Colonial Pipeline cyberattack

Panic buying leads to gas shortage following Colonial Pipeline cyberattack

Drivers across Nashville are facing empty pumps and long lines, following the cyberattack-related shutdown of the Colonial Pipeline.  Local gas stations and federal agencies attribute the problem to panic buying rather than a shortage of gasoline. “Let me emphasize that much as there was no cause for say, hoarding toilet paper at the beginning of the pandemic, there should be no cause for hoarding gasoline,” said Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm during Tuesday’s White House press briefing. The Colonial Pipeline accounts for the transportation of about 45% of fuel the East Coast uses for driving and flying. The FBI confirmed May 10 that “Darkside ransomware” was responsible for the compromise of the Pipeline networks. The resulting gas outages hit all the way from Texas to the Mid-Atlantic states and then up to parts of the East Coast. Nashville and the rest of Tennessee are affected by the shortage. Interestingly, many gas stations in Nashville told customers they were down to just premium gasoline on Wednesday afternoon. By Thursday, at least one gas station in Brentwood, just south of Nashville, told customers that premium and mid-grade were gone, but regular had been restocked. CBS News has reported that Colonial Pipeline paid millions in ransom to the hackers whose cyberattack caused the shutdown.  Bloomberg News was reporting Thursday afternoon that the figure is $5 million, though CBS hasn’t reported that. Operations were restarted on the pipeline Wednesday, though it is expected to take up to a week to get things back to normal, according to national news reports. Gasoline costs rose considerably during the shutdown, but are expected to go back down...
Streich sets 800-meter school record at NCAA championships

Streich sets 800-meter school record at NCAA championships

Shane Streich, Lipscomb graduate student and track & field distance runner, made history Friday as the program’s first competing player in the NCAA championships. Streich came in sixth place during the 800-meter competition, setting a school record in the process. His performance at the Eugene, Oregon, event beat his earlier school record set at the beginning of the season; with a time of 1:46.70, Streich was among the last nine nationwide men standing in the event. Streich has had a dynamic season, previously being named ASUN Scholar Athlete of the Year alongside recognition in the ASUN Men’s Outdoor Championship Most Outstanding Track Athlete awards. Photo via Lipscomb Athletics...
Lady Bisons softball team caps season off with a walk-off win

Lady Bisons softball team caps season off with a walk-off win

Fans of the Lipscomb softball team were treated to a nail-biter Wednesday after three late-game runs secured a 3-2 victory for the team over Tennessee State. This was the team’s first game back since April 20 due to a recent team quarantine, which led to questions about if the team would come out slow. That was soon answered after the early innings of the game. The Lady Bisons weren’t able to create offense early and trailed 2-0 through five innings. The Lady Tigers two runs came in the third inning after junior shortstop Lauren Farias scored on an error, and sophomore outfielder Analeigh Coursey scored by way of a sac fly. The offensive drought came to an end in the sixth inning when sophomore outfielder Presley Leebrick led off the inning with a solo homer to right field. That burst of offense set up what would be an eventful final inning. Breanna Burke pitched a strong final inning, not allowing any hits and striking out two batters in the process. The bottom half of the inning started with a double to centerfield from senior infielder Jenna Endris. Following that, sophomore infielder Kelly Paulson, entered the game as a pinch-runner. Paulson advanced to third off a sac bunt from junior outfielder Jessie Brown. Paulson then scored from a single to right center by junior outfielder Abby Davis. Following the hit, Davis stole second base. This all set up a walk-off ground single batted by junior infielder Amy Vetula. The win boosted the team to a winning record, finishing the regular season at 17-16. The Lady Bisons will hit the road for the first round of the ASUN tournament facing the Liberty Flames. The first...
Lipscomb falls in weekend series against North Alabama 1-2

Lipscomb falls in weekend series against North Alabama 1-2

After a rocky start to the weekend, Bison Baseball closed out their series against North Alabama with a strong 14-5 victory. The series kicked off Friday afternoon with the Lions’ making early progress as Bison pitcher junior Max Habegger allowed four runs in his inning and two thirds of work. Meanwhile, offensively the Bisons could not get anything going, until the Lions had already extended their lead to five.  Finally, in the fifth inning junior center fielder Maddux Houghton brought home a run with an RBI-triple and scored off of a wild pitch bringing the Bisons back within striking distance.  Senior infielder David Graves added to the Bisons score with a home run in the bottom of the sixth, but a North Alabama insurance run in the seventh and four runners left stranded by the Bisons clinched the game one victory for North Alabama, 6-3. Saturday, the Bisons looked to bounce back and were able to take the early advantage with sophomore infielder Robbie Merced’s run brought home by freshman outfielder Tiger Borom.  North Alabama evened the game at 1 in the fifth inning before Houghton added to his RBI total and Merced scored another run.  The Lions would not stay at bay, however, and once again the game was tied.  Lipscomb thought they had the winning run in the bottom of the sixth when sophomore catcher Chaz Bertolani hit an RBI single, but the back and forth trend continued, and the game was tied at 3.  Sophomore closer Tyler Guilfoil, who came in during the fifth inning, was tasked with finishing the game for the Bisons, but struggled...
Bison baseball defeats No. 4-ranked Tennessee Vols

Bison baseball defeats No. 4-ranked Tennessee Vols

The Bisons baseball team traveled to Knoxville on Tuesday and defeated No. 4-ranked Tennessee 4-1. The Bisons were able to hold the Volunteers scoreless through the final eight innings to record the victory. The game marks Lipscomb’s first win against a top five opponent since 2015. This is the first time the Bisons have beaten Tennessee since 2008, as well as their first win ever at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. Tennessee has been held to two runs only two other times so far this season. The game got off to a quick start. Freshmen outfielder Tiger Borom showed off his speed by beating out an infield grounder to lead off. With two outs, junior Malik Williams blasted an RBI double to give the Bisons an early 1-0 lead. Redshirt freshmen Ike Buxton would get the start for the Bisons. Tennessee was able to record a run to tie the game at 1-1. However, Buxton was able to strike out the last batter to strand a runner on third. Lipscomb continued its offense in the top of the second with a leadoff single by Carter Smith. Sophomore Robbie Merced would reach first on a fielding error, advancing Smith to second. Freshmen Trey Ham hit a sacrifice fly to advance both runners into scoring position. After a pitching change by the Volunteers and with two outs, Borom singled up the middle to drive in both runners and give the Bisons a 3-1 lead. Borom was able to show off his speed once again by stealing second and putting himself in scoring position. Junior Maddux Houghton would single up the left side and drive...
Team quarantine cancels weekend softball series

Team quarantine cancels weekend softball series

Another COVID team quarantine forced a weekend doubleheader between the Lady Bisons and North Dakota Fighting Hawks to be canceled.  This is not the first time that the Lady Bisons have had games cancelled due to COVID-19 precautions.  There are currently no updates as to if the games will be rescheduled. Considering the season is coming to a close soon and the conference tournament starts on May 7, its tough to find room for rescheduling this late in the season. The team sits at .500 with a 16-16 record, and a 5-7 conference record. There are four games remaining on the Lady Bisons schedule.  The team has a one-game stop at Tennessee State University at 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 28, provided it’s not canceled. To close out the season, the team will is scheduled for a three-game home series against Bellarmine with a doubleheader at 4 and 6 p.m. Saturday, May 1, and a single finale at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 2.   Lumination will have more on the cancellations and team schedule once more information...
12 South Farmers’ Market returns to Sevier Park for its tenth season

12 South Farmers’ Market returns to Sevier Park for its tenth season

Fresh produce, food trucks and music have returned to Sevier Park, offering one more destination for those who have felt locked up during lockdown for the last year. The local favorite 12 South Farmers’ Market has just reopened for the summer of 2021. Established in 2011, the Farmers’ Markets 10th-anniversary season is sponsored by local independent radio station Lightning 100 and features vendors from around Middle Tennessee. Nashville favorites such as Amelia’s Flower Truck, Music City Popcorn and The Peach Truck often make appearances as well as many other local businesses and farms. Located just down the road from Lipscomb in Sevier Park, the 12 South Farmers’ Market is a convenient option for off-campus entertainment. In addition to fresh produce and handmade goods, the 12 South Farmers’ Market hosts events each week for visitors of all ages. The Farmers’ Market has live music each week from a local act for shoppers to enjoy. This season, Outdoor Voices will host a free outdoor workout class for attendees. Visitors will also have access to a variety of local food trucks offering anything from snow cones to grilled cheese sandwiches. The 12 South Farmers’ Market is open from 4-7 p.m. every Tuesday from May to October in Sevier Park. For information on vendors and events, visit the 12 South Farmers’ Market website, Instagram or Facebook page....
Lipscomb men’s soccer takes down soon to be conference opponents Central Arkansas 2-1

Lipscomb men’s soccer takes down soon to be conference opponents Central Arkansas 2-1

The Lipscomb men’s soccer team took down non-conference opponents Central Arkansas by a score of 2-1 on Tuesday afternoon. The midweek matchup pitted the Bisons against future Atlantic Sun rivals in the UCA Bears, who also played a fall season in the Sun Belt Conference this year. Despite the fact that this match didn’t count in conference play for either team, both sides wanted the win and fought hard to earn a positive result. It was the home side who would take the initial advantage, though, when Trinidad and Tobago native Tyrece Spicer tucked a shot into the near post, beating the keeper in the 7th minute. Spicer, a freshman left-winger, scored his third goal of the season to put Lipscomb ahead 1-0. In a statistically rare moment, goalkeeper Michael Sibley picked up the assist. It’s the sophomore keeper’s first–and likely only–assist this season. Lipscomb dominated possession of the ball and controlled the midfield from then on, but couldn’t find the net on their other six shot attempts of the half.  The Bears capitalized on the opportunities Lipscomb left behind when they scored an equalizer on the stroke of halftime. Substitute Masood Porsa scored against the run of play in a quick series of passes that left the Lipscomb backline undone, leveling the score at 1-1 after the first 45 minutes. The Bisons continued the narrative of controlling the game early on in the second half, but in the 59th minute, it looked as though Central Arkansas was going to nab another fortunate goal. Junior defender Louis Robinson bundled over his opponent inside the penalty box on a cross...
Breakout night from freshman Will Pruit aids Lipscomb basketball in win over Kennesaw State

Breakout night from freshman Will Pruit aids Lipscomb basketball in win over Kennesaw State

For the second time this season, Lipscomb men’s basketball has swept a conference opponent. Much like Friday night, the Bisons used a strong second-half performance to take down ASUN bottomfeeder Kennesaw State 77-63 in Allen Arena. Lipscomb is 15-10 and 9-5 in the ASUN and sitting at third place, while Kennesaw State has already clinched the No. 9 seed and will participate in a play-in game in the ASUN tourney. Four Bisons dialed in double-figure nights, with graduate transfer Romeao Ferguson leading the herd with 24. Sophomore guard KJ Johnson scored 20, freshman guard Will Pruitt had 18 (a career-high), and redshirt-junior center Ahsan Asadullah posted 12. Pruitt’s performance was most notable. A local 6-3 guard out of Mount Juliet, Pruitt was making his second consecutive start and just his third overall this season. Don’t be surprised if the Bisons keep him there, as he cashed in on the opportunity by going 6-of-7 and 5-of-6 from range while leading the team with seven rebounds. The Owls’ top two scorers this season were their top two scorers Saturday night. Leading scorer and junior guard Spencer Rodgers led the way with 21, and second-leading scorer and freshman guard Chris Youngblood followed suit with 12. Nobody else cashed in double digit points. Offensively, Lipscomb played a dismal first half. Lipscomb led 12-6 with 15:50 left in the first half before giving up a 14-2 run that lasted for over nine minutes. The Bisons did not score a field goal during that run and were down 20-14, eventually ending the first half down 31-29. But much like Friday night, Lipscomb broke away in...
Bisons rally in second half for big win over Kennesaw State 76-62

Bisons rally in second half for big win over Kennesaw State 76-62

Coming off of a weekend split against Jacksonville last weekend, the Bisons sat at 7-5 coming into their last home weekend seeking a win in the first game of the series against Kennesaw State. The Bisons won, 76-62. Kennesaw coming in with their first conference win of the season the previous weekend against Stetson was looking to keep their momentum against Lipscomb. The first half was an even duel for both teams with nearly identical stat lines through the first 20 minutes of play. In the first half, Asadullah hit solid from the field and the free-throw line. A healthy performance from Jake Wolfe and Mr. Consistent, Romeo Ferguson helped the Bisons in the first half. However, it was Kennesaw who was up at the half 35-36. Backed by solid play from #3, Youngblood, with 12 points that matched Asadullah’s first-half mark. 11 first-half turnovers are what kept the game as close as it was. After the halftime break, Lipscomb came back out re-energized and looking fired-up. With a pristine night’s finish for Asadullah (23 points) and continual effort from Johnson, Ferguson, and Wolfe — the Bisons finished the game out handily, 76-62. Lipscomb finished the game seeing 4 players score in double figures — Johnson (16), Ferguson (13), Wolfe (12), Asadullah (23). It was just the win Lipscomb needed to move the Bisons to 8-5 in Conference play.  Lipscomb and Kennesaw State will finish their series matchup on Saturday night in Allen Arena at 7 PM. You can stream the game through ESPN+ or listen along through our own, Bison Radio through our website, or iOS app. Photos courtesy...
Gallery: Snow blankets campus and moves classes fully online on Monday

Gallery: Snow blankets campus and moves classes fully online on Monday

As the winter storm moves across the country, Nashville began to feel its effects. Saturday night’s cold temperatures caused roads to freeze and made travel difficult, but when the sleet and snow began Sunday, roads began to close, and Nashvillians were encouraged to stay home. The university made the decision to move all classes online for Monday and decisions about subsequent days are pending. Students got out to enjoy the snow with sledding and snow ball fights, while maintenance crews tried to clean the sidewalks and keep campus...
Movies are back, film-lovers at the Belcourt are ready

Movies are back, film-lovers at the Belcourt are ready

To adapt to the pandemic, many industries have had to change their business models in a COVID-friendly manner. For theatres, this included offering home rentals for movies and, for some, hosting drive-ins.  Nashville’s own Belcourt movie theatre used these innovative methods to stay afloat when health guidelines prevented movie screenings as usual. Now, as these restrictions are being lifted, the Belcourt has opened their doors to the public once again.  Since their reopening, the Belcourt has seen many Nashvillians return to see movies in person. In March, the Belcourt started showing Academy Award recognized films.  It didn’t seem to matter if they had already seen the films, people were ready to come back to the movies regardless.  Stephanie Silverman, the executive director of the Belcourt, said “We started slow. Both theaters [were] at 20% capacity,”  “Once the CDC came out with the new guidance, we now increased our capacity to 50%.”  As of now, there is still a mask policy in place, but Silverman said that the staff is monitoring data to find what makes people feel the safest about returning to the theater.  “It’s pretty clear that people feel most comfortable with a mask policy in place and some amount of distancing.”  However, since some may have gotten used to streaming at home, what is going to bring them back to the actual theater?  Silverman says, “The difference between the experience in a theatre and the experience in your house is just fundamentally different, from the sound to the image to the communal piece of it,”  She adds while laughing, “Your popcorn is probably not as good as...
REVIEW: Olivia Rodrigo’s SOUR is a sweet debut

REVIEW: Olivia Rodrigo’s SOUR is a sweet debut

Since her debut single “driver’s license” was released in January, Olivia Rodrigo has taken the world by storm. Her first album, SOUR, came out in May and quickly topped the charts, earning her appearances at awards shows and Saturday Night Live mere months into her music career. If you aren’t familiar with Olivia Rodrigo, she is the latest in the long series of Disney Channel stars turned pop artists, following in the footsteps of singers such as Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez, the Jonas Brothers and Demi Lovato. Rodrigo currently stars in Disney’s High School Musical: The Musical The Series (bet you can’t say that three times fast), a series spinoff of the popular High School Musical movie franchise. Rodrigo’s album SOUR pays tribute to her musical inspirations through the 11 tracks which focus on lyrical themes of heartbreak and the coming of age of the artist and her peers. While SOUR is an impressive debut album, it does leave Rodrigo plenty of room to grow and improve in the future. What really holds SOUR back is that it isn’t sure what to be. Many of the songs are pure pop songs and ballads, but there are a couple of songs that lean into an early 2000s’ pop-punk sound. While variety can be a good thing, there isn’t really a smooth transition between the different sounds and there isn’t an even balance between the two types of songs (mostly pop with 2 rock songs). The rock-leaning songs are great, but they feel a little bit out of place here. But SOUR’s biggest issue isn’t its genre confusion, it’s how on-the-nose...
Music City’s live music scene makes a comeback

Music City’s live music scene makes a comeback

When we look at industries that were hit the hardest in 2020, live music can be found at the top of the list. The music industry, and more specifically the live music industry, was stopped in its tracks last year once COVID revealed itself as a global epidemic. All of a sudden there were no more upcoming concerts, tickets were refunded, and tours were canceled. Now, as roughly ⅓ of Americans are now fully vaccinated, steps are being taken towards normalcy. But what do those steps look like for live music? According to visitmusiccity.com, concerts are back with precautions in place. For example, there are no dance floors open and there can’t be more than 2 performers on stage at a time. This year Nashville is already set to host several big-name artists, from James Taylor to Justin Bieber. There are plenty of upcoming concerts announced in venues like the Ryman and Bridgestone, but what about the small independent concert spaces? The pandemic has put a very large financial strain on many of them. In response to this, several independent venues formed the Music Venue Alliance last fall to support the live music industry and raise awareness of the challenges it faces. The Exit In was almost permanently closed until fans pulled through with donations recently. Now, since restrictions are loosening many are jumping at the chance to hold events. As of now, The Basement East is one of the smaller venues offering full capacity shows. About a week ago Governor Lee announced, “It’s time for celebrations, weddings and conventions and concerts and parades and proms and everything in...
REVIEW: Justin Bieber explores faith in ‘boundary pushing’ new album

REVIEW: Justin Bieber explores faith in ‘boundary pushing’ new album

The formerly pre-pubescent boy known for crooning in his falsetto and making 14-year-old girls swoon, proves in his new album Justice that growing up in the spotlight is not always as glamorous as it seems. Justin Bieber shares as much in his hit “Lonely” that detailed the dark place he inhabited as a result of his young fame. However, the so-called “Beliebers” — fans who have been with him throughout his entire career — have recently seen him become a believer himself: In God and true love. Faith and marriage have become his new brand and are reflected in his newest album, titled Justice, with song lyrics that suggest remorse for his actions and thankfulness for forgiveness. Throughout his new music, he credits his wife, formerly Hailey Baldwin, and God for giving him a new perspective and second chance. His once booming music career seems to be revived amid these dramatic life changes. Though, along with success he has also met more controversy. Some have criticized his “inauthentic” references to social injustice within his album. “Rolling Stone” even referred to his use of Martin Luther King Jr., speech samples on his album as “a jarring musical misstep”. In response to these criticisms Bieber responded: “I’m not trying to make a connection between me and Martin Luther King. That’s why I never try to talk about social injustice, or I didn’t want to be the one to talk about it. “I just have so much more learning to do. But I have this man who was ready to die, and what he believed to be true. If I’m not willing...
Taylor Swift takes control over her own story with Fearless (Taylor’s Version)

Taylor Swift takes control over her own story with Fearless (Taylor’s Version)

Unless you have been off the internet for the past month, you have probably heard a lot about Fearless (Taylor’s Version), the first release of Taylor Swift’s re-recorded first six studio albums. If you are unfamiliar with the situation, in 2019, Taylor Swift’s original record label, Big Machine Records, sold her masters – original completed recordings used to make physical copies and digital files of music to be distributed – without her permission or knowledge. Essentially, this means that she has no control over what the original recordings of her songs are used for and will see only a small fraction of the profits from their sales. Due to the loss of her masters, Swift has planned to re-record each of her first six albums — 2006’s Taylor Swift, 2008’s Fearless, 2010’s Speak Now, 2012’s RED, 2014’s 1989 and 2017’s reputation. Fearless (Taylor’s Version) is the first of Swift’s re-recorded albums to be released. In addition to all 13 of the tracks included on the original record, the re-recorded album also includes six songs from the platinum version of Fearless, “Today Was A Fairytale” off the soundtrack to the 2010 film Valentine’s Day as well as six “From The Vault” songs written around the recording of Fearless that didn’t make it on to the original album. I don’t think it is a reach to assume that I’ll probably be doing quite a few of these “Taylor’s Version” album reviews in the foreseeable future, so I’m going to plan on giving out a few superlatives of sorts for each. For each, I will select a song that was a single...