by NICK BUCHANAN
Like Beyoncé or Rihanna, Zayn needs not a last name for distinction. Like a cool kid on AIM or Yahoo! Messenger back in the day, he needs not your judgement for using alternating caps on his song titles. And like any young entertainer with a drive for more, he needs not four other band members dragging him down, as he's out to prove with his own solo debut, Mind of Mine.
The blueprints for a departed boy band member's solo album and a maturing child star's breakout album are nearly identical: spit the bubblegum -- bubblegum pop, that is -- out of your mouth, let those hormones write the hypersexual lyrics for you, and show them all that you're not a little kid anymore! Following a good portion of this recipe for success, Zayn went for edgy without the spectacles. Let's put it this way: if Bangerz was Miley Cyrus' way of telling the world that she's all grown up, Mind of Mine is Zayn's way of showing it.
by JESSICA HOLLAN
It started as many things do: with a phone call.
On an early Saturday afternoon, a group of chattering university students gather in a cramped music room. The director holds a phone to his ear, desperately trying to find the whereabouts of some of his cast. However, this director is unique.
Unlike most, Ian Holbrook is not only the director, but also the lead romantic interest, composer, producer, and playwright of Prodigal Hearts, a fantastical adventure that combines the best of Alice in Wonderland and The Wizard of Oz with a modern, original portrayal that gives this story a life of its own.
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