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Payton Barry - Pop Culture Editor

Hi, my name is Payton Barry. I am a senior at OHS, and this is my first year being a part of the staff at 42Fifty. I am involved in some of our school's extracurricular activities, which include Commotion and Theater. I adore music, pop culture, and I am beyond excited to be an Arts & Entertainment editor!

A ‘thank you’ to my sister

Trigger Warning: This column describes a suicide attempt. Hanging next to my sister’s headboard, there was a sash that had “Prom Queen” written in an italicized and bold font. Being a freshman with little to no friends, it was difficult to make sense of how people managed to be popular and/or well-liked. Passing periods were full of tears inside bathroom stalls....

‘Endless Summer Vacation’ flies listeners to one-of-a-kind destination

Image of Miley Cyrus performing on stage. She belts into the mic with one hand, while the other grips onto a distant mic stand, holding it at an incline.

Pop sensation Miley Cyrus has reached new heights in her career, following the release of her latest album “Endless Summer Vacation”. Since its release, the record has been swarmed with praise by both fans and critics alike. Both trending worldwide and topping the charts, “Endless Summer Vacation” has rightfully grabbed the attention of audiences around the world. The project manages to be diverse and cohesive, while still remaining true to Cyrus’s character.

Superstars that should perform at the Super Bowl

The silhouette of Ariana Grande in front of a football field stadium.

Global superstar Rihanna recently headlined Super Bowl LVII’s halftime show, an achievement that only a select group of musicians have been able to reach. From Michael Jackson to Lady Gaga, artists who take the slot are recognized for their notable impact on music. The halftime show sets expectations high for headliners, as they have to try to make a memorable performance honoring their career. After watching this year’s performance, listeners around the world are already discussing who they think should headline next year’s show. Taking matters into my own hands, I have decided to list a few artists who I feel should get the slot.

Miley Cyrus gets her long-awaited “Flowers” with recent single

Picture of Miley Cyrus singing into a mic on stage.

Famous pop singer Miley Cyrus recently released “Flowers” as the lead single for her upcoming album “Endless Summer Vacation”. Since its release, the track has been breaking records nonstop. It has also sparked conversations about both music and past relationships of the superstar.

SZA’s latest album ‘SOS’ is alarmingly great

Album cover of SZA's album "SOS"

R&B singer SZA released her highly anticipated sophomore album “SOS” in December of 2022. Since its release, both fans and critics have been raving about the project. From songwriting to sampling, her record has been trending around the world.