By: Caitlin Moynihan, Columnist
Welcome back, Tigers, and happy 2015! My name is Caitlin and I will be giving you the scoop on the biggest news to hit pop culture. I am a sophomore mass communication major and if I’m not flipping through my favorite magazines, I’m most likely watching Netflix while eating peanut butter out of the jar.
I intern at Girls’ Life Magazine where I work mostly in the entertainment channel and because of that, I’m pretty sure I follow more celebs on social media than I do real people I actually know. College life is a busy one and it can be hard to stay up-to-date on your favorite artist or celeb, and thankfully for you, that’s where I come in. From big star-studded catfights (Katy Perry and Taylor Swift, anyone?) to discussing questionable interview answers (yes, I’m talking to you, Meghan Trainor) I’ll be giving you the 4-1-1 on what’s hot in Hollywood.
This week was full of small surprises like who won at the Screen Actors Guild Awards or how Jennifer Lawrence joked about “The Hunger Games” series being a “large f-ing failure” in a speech, but I think that Paul McCartney’s continued role in Kanye West’s, and now Rihanna’s, career is worth talking about. This partnership has the ability to completely change the music game and launch Kanye in a completely new direction. When their first song together, “Only One” was released there was a universal head scratching. I don’t think anyone, particularly our parents, ever thought we’d see Kanye and McCartney side-by-side. (We also never thought that we’d see a time when someone would actually name their child after a compass like North West, so I guess we shouldn’t be too surprised about anything anymore).
“Only One” was met by amazing reviews and similarly had us all reaching for the tissues due to the lyrics referencing Kanye’s late mother. I’ll be the first one to admit that I melt a little bit every time I see a picture of Kanye with baby Nori, so hearing him sing about his love for his mother definitely has me feeling some sort of way. Kanye and McCartney have done a complete 360 with their new single “FourFiveSeconds” that brings in Rihanna on vocals. This beat-heavy track has people saying this will be the anthem of 2015. Now having two songs together, there is a lot of speculation on whether or not McCartney co-produced the entirety of Kanye’s upcoming album. At first, I was wary about this collaboration, but now I am all aboard and ready to hear what else they have lined up for us. Kim Kardashian and North gave us more pictures of a smiling Kanye than ever before, and now McCartney is finishing the job by giving us a whole new side of him. Who knows, maybe 2015 will be the #YearofKanye.