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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!

Slay or Nay, Episode 1: Joji’s ‘Smithereens’

In this episode of Slay or Nay, Payton, Austin, and Zander discuss the new Joji album, “Smithereens”. Tables are slammed, words are yelled, and opinions are expressed, one way or another. Tune into the first episode of Slay or Nay to discover if Joji’s new album is Slay, or Nay.

The eras of Taylor Swift, ranked

A picture of Taylor Swift in a white low cut v-neck dress with gems adorning it. Her left hand is positioned on her hip and her right hand holds a sparkly white microphone to her mouth as she sings.

Global sensation Taylor Swift is set to perform shows throughout the United States next year for The Eras Tour. Since tickets have gone on sale, fans and critics have been debating which albums have been the most impactful. Taking matters into my own hands, I have decided to discuss my personal ranking of the eras.

‘Loving is Easy’ for Rex Orange County, but letting fans down was easier

Rex Orange County singing into a microphone at a performance.

Earlier this month, popular indie artist Alexander O’Connor, better known as his stage name, Rex Orange County was charged with six counts of sexual assault. The shocking news about the singer has left fans with unanswered questions and indescribable feelings. Audiences around the world have been scrambling to find more information about the situation, as well as other artists to support instead.

Reflecting on the sudden rise of Steve Lacy

Digital drawing of Steve Lacy.

Alternative R&B artist Steve Lacy has been breaking records and boundaries over the past few months with his music. Ever since the release of his hit song “Bad Habit” on June 29, his talents have been at the forefront of the music industry. The recent trajectory of his career has audiences intrigued about his influence on popular music.