Artist On the Rise: Carlie Hanson

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This past weekend I had the honor of seeing up-and-coming pop star, Carlie Hanson, perform live at Chop Shop.

Hanson definitely won over some new fans Friday night in Chicago, myself included, with her energized performance and clean vocals.

Currently opening for Jeremy Zucker on her first tour, the Wisconsin native has come a long way from working at a McDonalds drive thru.

The 18-year-old played a 30 minute set including her hit singles, Only One, and, Us, — and even gave us a glimpse at new music.

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The Unlikely Golden Trio

The internet freaked out a bit when Paul McCartney and Kanye West collaborated for Kanye’s new song “Only One,” released in December. Well, good people of the internet, I invite you all to lose your mind once again.


Rihanna just released her new song, titled “FourFiveSeconds,” featuring legendary Sir Paul McCartney and Kanye West himself – but the music style isn’t what you’d expect right away.

The song keeps it simple with background vocals and acoustic guitar throughout (along with an organ tune during the bridge). Rihanna is the main singer, belting out the notes with her signature voice, and Kanye doing more singing than rapping.

The video is also very simplistic, featuring the trio in front of a plain white background, while they perform in black-and-white lighting. As Paul McCartney strums on the guitar in the background, the camera cuts back and forth between singers during their verses. They wear lots of denim, a decision they made because it’s “a classic, American-type look.”

Not only does this music video show the immense talent of all the artists involved, it also shows that music is not all about glamour and flashiness, but when stripped of all these things, it’s the talent and the performance that matters. The talent of the trio combined in this singing-by-the-campfire-style song makes for a really catchy hit that will leave you wanting more.

“FourFiveSeconds” will be included in Rihannas upcoming, untitled LP as well as Kanye’s, and the trio will also be performing it on the Grammys this upcoming Sunday.

Check out the music video for “FourFiveSeconds” below and let me know your thoughts on it by sharing and commenting below!