academic writing on songs
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The nine songs below, all released since 2013, have been viewed more than a billion times on YouTube since they were posted (number of views listed below are as of August 9). Please click on ONE of these songs and watch the video link and read the lyrics and artist bio. Then write the history of that song using one song from each of the first five weeks of the course (i chose I chose Adele "Hello" and the five other songs are "I want to hold your hand" by the Beatles 1964, "ain't that a shame" by fats domino 1955, "heartbreak" by Led Zeppelin, "wonderwall" Oasis 1995 and "like a virgin" Madona 1984 ) . For instance, you could tell the history of "Blurred Lines" by Robin Thicke and Pharrell by writing about "Tutti Frutti" (1956), "Say It Loud" (1965), "Everyday People" (1969), "Let's Go Crazy" (1984) and "My Adidas" (1986). Whichever songs you choose, you should say enough about each song to justify its inclusion on your list, make connections among all five songs as you move from one to the next, while also making connections to the present-day song that you pick to write about. Your response should be at least eight short paragraphs, with an introduction describing the present-day song and listing the other five songs you've chosen; a paragraph for each of the six songs in chronological order, and a conclusion. Your answer should be at least three pages, double-spaced.
Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth, "See You Again" ([url removed, login to view] billion views)
Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars, "Uptown Funk" ([url removed, login to view] billion views)
Adele, "Hello" ([url removed, login to view] billion views)
Taylor Swift, "Shake It Off" ([url removed, login to view] billion views)
Major Lazer and DJ Snake ft. MØ, "Lean On" ([url removed, login to view] billion views)
Katy Perry ft. Juicy J., "Dark Horse" ([url removed, login to view] billion views)
Meghan Trainor, "All About That Base" ([url removed, login to view] billion views)
Maroon 5, "Sugar" ([url removed, login to view] billion views)
Ed Sheeren, "Thinking Out Loud" ([url removed, login to view] billion views)
Citation of sources
You can do this assignment without citing sources (other than song lyrics, which you should definitely discuss: see below on that). If you choose to cite the assigned readings or the biography links, or any other source, please use the following guidelines:
All sources that you use for this paper, including song lyrics, need to be documented, with quotation marks around direct quotes and footnotes after paraphrased references to material that you’ve used to help you develop your ideas. It’s okay to use sources in addition to the ones I provided on your project pages, but it’s imperative that you cite those in footnotes. Please refer to this link for citation guidelines, which will cover most of your sources: [url removed, login to view]
Biographies from [url removed, login to view] should include the author, name of artist in quotes, and the abbreviation web address allmusic.com. For instance:
Stephen Thomas Erlewhine, “Oasis,” allmusic.com.
You should footnote lyrics from songs using this format: artist, “song title” (record label, year). For instance: Oasis, “Wonderwall” (Creation, 1995).
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