Paramore releases new single “Hard Times”

It’s been four years since Paramore released their previous self-titled album, but they have finally brought something new to the table, a single called, “Hard Times”. Billboard has described it as an addictive, Talking Heads-inspired jam.

The song has already had well over a million plays on Spotify since it released on April 19, along with a music video that has over 5 million views on YouTube. The music video pairs well with the song, and displays a kitsch, early 80’s vibe.

Lead singer, Hayley Williams shared with The New York Times, that “Hard Times” is about her experience with depression in 2016 due to personal issues, changes within the band, as well as confronting adulthood.

She told The New York Times, “You can run on the fumes of being a teenager for as long as you want, but eventually life hits you real hard.”

Williams even joked about it with a fan over twitter. She tweeted a photo of herself wearing a backpack on the set of the music video. The fan responded to the photo asking what was in the backpack, and Williams responded with this tweet:

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On May 12, the band will introduce their new album “After Laughter,” and their new synth-rhythmic sound.

Check out the music video for “Hard Times”

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Trump victory means new healthcare reform

Trump victory means new healthcare reform

Trump plans to enact a total healthcare reform as opposed to expanding Obamacare

By Jessica Leydet 

This election set the record for new lows in campaigning and media exploitation. Though it became a notorious joke spreading throughout social media, America must now face the reality of accepting Trump as their new president and his plans for the new future of American healthcare.

Sen. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump campaigned opposing plans for the future of America’s healthcare.

Megan Lizotte, data and membership director at the Michigan Democratic Party (MDP) shared that if Clinton won, she planned to defend and expand the Affordable Care Act, which covers 20 million people, including immigrants, and expand Medicaid.

Lizotte also explained that Clinton wanted to bring down out-of-pocket costs like copays and deductibles and bring down the cost of prescription drugs, and supported reproductive health including preventive care, affordable contraception, and safe and legal abortion.

 “Hillary planned to stand up to Republican-led attacks on this landmark law—and to build on its success to bring the promise of affordable health care to more people and make a ‘public option’ possible. She also supported letting people over 55 years old buy into Medicare,” Lizotte says.

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Sign at Johnson’s home photo by: Jeff Johnson

Jeff Johnson, delegate for Michigan Republican Party, shares that Trump plans to wipe out Obamacare completely, and his plans for reform can only begin with Congress. Johnson explains that we can expect this reform to be offered for consideration by Congress on the first official day of the Trump Administration.

“Trump wants to start the process of restoring faith in government and economic liberty to the people. He is going to unplug Obamacare and replace it with patient-centered, market friendly reforms whereas Clinton applauded Obamacare as a stepping stone en route to full-throated socialized medicine,” Johnson says.

According to Trump’s campaign website, DonaldJTrump.com, under policies and healthcare, he has already put together a plan for his healthcare reform, including seven major points.

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Info source: donaldjtrump.com

Meadow Brook Hall: a popular venue for Film and Music industries

Meadow Brook Hall: a popular venue for Film and Music Industries

Meadow Brook plays a timeless role in pop culture

 By Jessica Leydet

Meadowbrook Hall is one of Michigan’s tourist hot spots because of its beautiful gardens and Tudor-revival architecture. According to Meadowbrookhall.org, Meadowbrook attracts more than 70,000 visitors per year. It is available for anyone to rent for weddings or special occasions. In the past it was even rented for use in both the film and music industries.

The mansion was a venue for multiple popular films, “Youth in Revolt” and “Transformers 3,” as well as a pilot for the TV show “Prince of Motor City.”

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Meadowbrook Hall being used for the series “Prince of Motor City” Photo by: Dave Groves/NewsAtOU

Madelyn Rzadkowolski, Director of Curatorial Services at Meadow Brook Hall shared, “The interior and exterior of the mansion attract a lot of attention because of the unique style of the home,” she said, “it was used in both the films ‘Highland Park’ and ‘Youth in Revolt’ as the outside of a boarding school.”

Rzadkowolski said the mansion also plays a predominant role in the music industry. “The Dodge family also had strong ties to the music industry, Frances Johnson-Dodge owned a magazine called ‘The Cat’s Meow’ and it focused on swing music,” she shared, “She had connections to the Tommy Dorsey Band and Frank Sinatra would visit the mansion and give private performances before his career blew up.”

The legacy of popular music being produced at Meadow Brook carries on today. Miley Cyrus shot the music video for her song, “ Who Owns My Heart,” inside Meadowbrook Hall in 2010.

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Miley Cyrus on set of her music video for “Who Owns My Heart,” at Meadowbrook Hall entrance Source: anythingdiz.livejournal.com

James Wolfe, tour guide at Meadowbrook Hall has been working in the mansion since his college days at Oakland University in the 1960’s and he recalls Cyrus shooting the video, but he admits it wasn’t such a pleasure. “She trashed Matilda’s bedroom and stood in her bathtub and on her furniture,” he said, “I was offended by this and I’m sure the majority of the staff was, because this place holds so much monetary and historical value, it was truly disrespectful.”

Though Cyrus didn’t seem to have any regard for the value of Meadow Brook, many people respect this historical landmark, and its beauty continues to attract visitors. However, now that Michigan repealed its film credits, Meadow Brook can no longer be used as a venue to film movies. Meadowbrook Hall now dedicates its time to sharing the story of the Dodge-Wilson family legacy by providing tours to people who are interested.

To find out more about scheduling a tour or the events that take place at Meadow Brook, visit meadowbrookhall.org.