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Ludacris – Ludaversal

Ludacris: Ludaversal

Ludacris release’s his ninth studio album Ludaversal courtesy of Disturbing tha Peace/Def Jam Recordings on March 31.

The “Good Lovin” rapper makes a return after five years with Ludaversal giving his fans his quintessential powerful punchlines combined with hard-hitting beats; but he also gives his fans a new approach.

From the minute of pushing play, Ludacris fires off words like a rapid lyric machine gun; spitting word after word; hitting syllable after syllable; matched with deep southern bass and rapid high-hats. His delivery on the album still has the hunger of a new artist, while retaining his prominence of a hip-hop statesman. His sound has slightly progressed to the current music trends that are dominant in hip-hop, but he still maintains his signature southern “supa dupa” flow.

His lyrical style on this effort is a unique combination of creative, clever, and comedic songs, which he is known for on past albums. He universally uses all of his rap styles and crafts a solid album that showcases his versatility as an artist. He gives his fans every version of ‘Ludacris’ that has been heard on each album since his first commercial release: Back for the First Time (2000).

He takes a non-commercial approach on the album by mixing song structures of freestyles, verses, and catchy hooks together that make the album live up to its title. In his song “Ocean Skies” ft. Monica, he raps about his personal relationship with his father, who he lost in 2007. In his song “Problems” ft. Cee-lo, he opens up about his personal problems about being a superstar. It’s refreshing to see that he’s still growing lyrically by offering his fans an inside look into his family relationships and personal life.

Ludacris has been removed from the music industry for the past five years, focusing all of his attention on making blockbuster movies, and promoting his business ventures. At the end of 2014, he silently dropped an EP titled: Burning Bridges with no record label promotion or radio play.

The album goes on to feature Big K.R.I.T, Monica, Cee-lo, Miguel, Rick Ross and more; the album features production by David Banner, Da Internz, DJ Toomp, and Mike Will Made It.

It’s almost like he took his whole discography and wrapped it into one album: Ludaversal.

  • Jeff ‘JAMZ’ Burnett

Rating: 6/10

Recommended Tracks: “Ludaversal Intro”, “Burning Bridges” ft. Jason Aldean, and “Problems” ft. Cee-lo.

Kenny Chesney – The Big Revival

The Big Revival

Jeff Burnett

Kenny Chesney brings a “Big Revival” to country music with the release of his sixteenth studio album: “The Big Revival”, courtesy of Blue Chair/Columbia Nashville Records on Sept. 23.

The “American Kids” singer is a country superstar to say the least. Chesney has been a staple in country music with a career spanning over two decades. He has released seven No. 1 albums on the Billboard 200 and 23 singles reaching No .1 across multiple country charts. Regardless of his success, there is nothing standard about him or his albums. He takes each album down a different road, turning in different directions that offer something new and refreshing at each destination.

“The Big Revival” gives deliverance to country music by offering a collection of songs that combine each area of country music. The album has its roots set in country folk and classic country, but grows into a multifaceted endeavor. He delivers a solid release that is filled with sing-along party songs that his fans love to hear, while seamlessly incorporating some ballads that balance out the album’s pace. The new release is a free flowing project that offers more variety to fans, which not only showcases his versatility as a country singer, but also depth as an artist.

Chesney’s last two studio albums were considered commercial disappointments by fans and critics alike. “Welcome to the Fishbowl” (2012) and “Life on a Rock” (2013) did not connect well with fans. The direction of the albums focused on his party-like persona and beach-bum country tunes that did not feature any variation to his music. He has revitalized his image on “The Big Revival”, by pulling back on his signature “bro-country” songs, and segueing into a contemporary country sound that both fans and new listeners will enjoy.

The album features the hit single “American Kids”, which hit No. 1 on the Billboard U.S. Country Airplay and No. 2 on the Hot Country Songs. The album debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 and No. 1 on the Top Country Albums. It marks the tenth consecutive album that Chesney has debuted in the top three positions and No. 1 of the Billboard 200 and Top Country Albums charts, respectively. The album went on to sell over 100,000 copies in its first week.

– Jeff Burnett

Rating: 8/10

Recommended Songs: “The Big Revival,” “Beer Can Chicken” and “American Kids”

Taylor Swift – 1989


by Katie Bourg

Each Taylor Swift album tells a story that’s different from the next. Her eponymous debut album tells the story of a young girl wide eyed and curious about what the world has to offer.. Fearless was about living in this whimsical fairytale unafraid of what life had to throw. Speak Now tells the story of a hopeless romantic, holding out for a charming leading man to whisk her away. Red tells the story of an intense love that was lost but not forgotten. Now we come to 1989 and not only is this a new officially pop Taylor Swift, but it also tells a new story, a story of a young woman finally coming into her own and being comfortable with who she is.

1989, the year Taylor Swift was born, has many musical elements that give off a late 80’s pop vibe. For example, “Out of the Woods” sounds like a track off of a John Hughes movie and “This Love”, one of Swift’s strongest tracks, takes influence of some of the very early power ballads of the late 80’s. She’s not only inspired by the 80’s, but she’s taken influence from her new home, New York City. In the opener, “Welcome to New York”, she declares that “it’s a new soundtrack”, indicating that she has shed the country pop cutie image she has built for herself and now she’s a new woman, living a very comfortable and happy life in the Big Apple.

One question that Taylor dares to ask throughout this album is, can we change? At points, you can’t figure out if she may or may not be still the bitter young woman that the media has painted her out to be like with “Bad Blood” a scathing track about a frienemy, presumably Katy Perry. Then you wonder if she’s not still hoping for love with “Stay”, a track about a love lost. But then you hear her singing about how haters will hate in the catchy “Shake It Off” in which she swears that she’s over all the naysayers and the critics. Perhaps we can change but sometimes there are things that will stay the same.

1989 is a statement to those who think that all Taylor writes about is love songs about exes. Instead, this is about being in love with yourself before being in love with anyone else. 1989 is about coming alive and finding happiness in a world where you don’t necessarily have to be in love.

Grade: 9/10

Best Tracks: “This Love”, “That’s How You Get the Girl”, “Welcome to New York”, “Out of the Woods”

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Area concerts happening in your neck of the woods!

Eric Church: The Outsiders World Tour


Eric Church: The Outsiders World Tour

The Peoria Civic Center Arena at 7:00 P.M.

201 SW Jefferson St., Peoria, IL 61602

November 21, 2014.

Ticket prices are $25, 39.50, and $59.50




The Avett Brothers- February 13, 2014


U.S. Cellular Coliseum

101 South Madison Street

Bloomington, IL


Doors Open: 6:30pm

Show Starts: 8:00pm

For Tickets, click HERE

Yellowcard: Ocean Avenue Acoustic




Castle Theatre

209 E. Washington Street

Bloomington, IL

Doors Open: 7:00pn

Show Starts: 8:00pm

For Tickets, click HERE

We The Kings



We The Kings

w/ This Century & Crash The Party

The Castle Theater

Bloomington, IL

Doors: 7:00 p.m.

Show: 7:30 p.m.

For Tickets, Click HERE

‘Chicago’ – Live In Concert


Chicago – Live In Concert

January 29th, 2014 @ 7:30 PM

U.S. Cellular Coliseum

101 South Madison Street

Bloomington, IL

Doors Open: 6:30pm

Show Starts: 7:30pm

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NTSB Issues Preliminary Report on Bloomington Plane Crash

NORMAL-The National Transportation Safety Board has issued their first preliminary information regarding the plane crash that happened outside of Bloomington’s Central Illinois Regional Airport last week which killed seven people.

The report says that around six in the morning on April 7th, 2015, a Cessna model 414A twin-engine airplane was substantially damaged when it collided with terrain following a loss of control during an instrument approach to the airport.

According to the report, at 1:47 a.m.  the approach controller told the pilot to cancel his IFR flight plan on the approach control radio frequency, that radar services were terminated and authorized a change to the common traffic advisory frequency. At two in the morning the pilot transmitted his final transmission, no later contact was reported.

The first report had no answer yet to why the plane crashed, and the full report can take anywhere from a year to 18 months.

Stay tuned to 103.3 WZND Fuzed Radio for updates on this story.

Arizona Officer Runs Over Suspect-Video Relased

ARIZONA-An Arizona officer ran over a suspect with his car in an incident that occurred in February. The dash-cam video was just released.  Showing the Marana Police officer running over 36-year old Mario Valencia.

Valencia was involved in multiple incident the day he was struck. Including stealing a rifle and ammunition from a Walmart, setting fire to a church, and robbing a 7-11.

Valencia was in serious condition after being ran over, two days later was released into police custody. He is facing 15 charges and his next court date in scheduled for May 18th. No charges have been filed against the officer.


Local Plane Crash Update

BLOOMINGTON –  Tuesday morning at approximately 3 a.m., an officer with Bloomington Police Department located a crashed aircraft, that was en-route to the Central Illinois Regional Airport.

The McLean County Coroner’s Office was notified at 3:21 am of the downed aircraft approximately 2.5 miles east of the Bloomington airport. All seven passengers of the Cessna 414A twin engine plane died in the crash.”Each individual was belted into their respective seat. All were pronounced deceased at the scene at 4:15 a.m.”, said McLean County Coroner Kathleen Davis.

Thomas Hileman, Aaron Leetch, Andrew Butler, Torrey Ward, Woodrow “Jason” Jones, Terry Stralow, and Scott Bittner were all killed when the small plane crashed early this morning. Stralow was the co-owner of Pub II in Normal, while Leetch was the deputy director of athletics for external affairs at ISU and Ward was the associate head coach for the men’s basketball program. Jones worked for Wells Fargo, while Butler was a regional representative for Sprint and Bittner owned Bittner’s Meat Locker in Eureka .

“The aircraft reportedly took off from Indianapolis, Indiana at approximately 11 p.m.,” Davis said. “It was due to land shortly after midnight at CIRA. Because the CIRA tower was not manned at the time, the Peoria Approach Facility was monitoring the flight, and noticed the aircraft disappeared from radar as it approached CIRA.”

“The preliminary cause of death for each person is multiple blunt injuries due to the airplane crash,” said Davis. “Forensic toxicology tests are pending.”

Davis also explained the process officials used to identify the victims.

“Mr. Hileman, Mr. Leach, Mr. Jones and Mr. Stralow were identified by dental record comparisons,” Davis said. “Those were made this afternoon, thus why the names were not released.”

Davis said a full investigation is underway to learn more about the cause of the crash. Stay tuned to 103.3 FM or for updates on the following story.

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Thunder finish inagural season with 3-1 victory over Green Bay.

NORMAL – In their final game of the 2014-15 regular season, the Bloomington Thunder defeated the Green Bay Gamblers 3-1 last Saturday night at the US Cellular Coliseum.

The game was an emotional one for many, as at least four players would be playing their last game in a Thunder uniform. Shane Bednard (Bowling Green), Max Gottlieb (Brown), Matt Mendelson (Penn State), and Ryan Galt (Nebraska-Omaha) will all move onto college hockey next season. With the exception of Mendelson, who sat out with an injury, all other graduating players made their last game in the United States Hockey League count, especially Bednard.

After heading into the 2nd period tied at 1-1 due to goals by Green Bay’s Ryan Smith and Bloomington’s Van Barr, Bednard set-up both Mitchell Mattson and Vladislav Dzhioshvili with one-timer goals to help give the Thunder a 3-1 lead.  Bloomington goalie Logan Halladay went on to help the Thunder achieve victory by making 26 saves to earn his 13th win of the season.

By finishing the game with two assists, Bednard finished the season as Bloomington’s leading scorer with a total of 39 points (16 goals, 23 assists). As he prepares to move onto the next step in his hockey career, Bednard says that the one thing he will miss more than anything else is the relationships he built.

“I’m going to take away the friendships and the development of them,” said Bednard after the game. “From the coaching staff and the players pushing me every day  in practice, they’re second to none. There is a lot to take away from this”.

While missing the playoffs, the Thunder still concluded what many consider a successful inaugural season in the USHL. Finishing with a record of 29-24-7, the Thunder finished in fifth place in the Eastern Conference as well as the best record out of every team that failed to make the playoffs. And with encouraging results like that, you can expect the Thunder to be pushing themselves hard this offseason as they get ready to compete next season for the franchise’s first postseason appearance.

UPB hosts successful Blackhawks vs. Blues Watch Party

NORMAL- Last Thursday night, the Illinois State University Program Board (UPB) hosted a watch party for students to catch the Chicago Blackhawks take on the St. Louis Blues. And to the board members surprise, it was a huge success.

The event, which took place at the Circus room in the Bone Student Center, welcomed around 200 students, according to UPB member Michael Minton, despite the board only aiming for 150 attendees. While guests were treated to a variety of free food, ranging from pizza to tacos, UPB members also raffled off different pieces of Blackhawks and Blues merchandise to students throughout the duration of the game.

Despite many fans leaving the party disappointed (and some victorious) after the Blues defeated the Blackhawks 2-1, the overall positive reception of the event has prompted board members to already start thinking about the possibility of hosting another watch party.

“In the future, maybe next year, if there is something happening, we’ll definitely consider hosting the event again,” said UPB member Annelise  Mool.

The University Program Board will continue to be busy hosting events this Spring, starting with a Double Feature Friday showing of both Space Jam and The Mighty Ducks in the Braden Auditorium on April 10th at 7 pm. After that, on Saturday April 18th, they will host an event on the quad  in honor of Sibling Weekend titled, “Sibling Weekend: To Infinity & The Quad,” where they will give students the opportunity to take part in a variety of activities throughout the day before concluding the festival with a showing of the film, Toy Story, at  dusk.

Edge dominate Firebirds, earn 50-4 victory.

NORMAL – Despite a sloppy start early on, the Bloomington Edge dominated defensively en route to a 50-4 victory over the Georgia Firebirds last Saturday night at the US Cellular Coliseum.

With this win, the Edge start the regular season 2-0, but the game didn’t start out as nice as some had hoped. After Lyndon Rowells won the X-dash to help earn the Edge two points and first possession to start the game, Bloomington drove within striking distance until Wide Receiver Marcus Lewis dropped a pass in the end zone, causing Bloomington to turnover the ball and therefore help Georgia earn a point. Both teams’ defenses would trade stops until a Bloomington safety gave the Edge a 5-2 lead halfway through the first quarter. Then, the Edge got it going offensively.

Starting with an 8 yard touchdown run by Rowells, Bloomington went on a 22-1 run to end the first half. The Edge got touchdowns by Lewis on a 5 yard catch and Devon Jones, who caught a 14 yard pass. As for the defense, interceptions by Dashawn Goodwin and ISU alum Darrelynn Dunn helped the Edge take a 27-3 lead into the half.

In the second half, Dunn added to his big night by recovering an early Georgia fumble as well as making a crucial tackle to force another Firebird turnover. Rowells got his 2nd touchdown of the game on a 4 yard run, while fellow running back Michael Hayden rushed for a one yard touchdown and  wide receiver Joe Green caught a 29 yard touchdown pass. Edge quarterback Haven Mosley finished the night with three touchdowns and two interceptions.

With all of Georgia’s points coming on defensive stops, which occurred scarcely throughout the game, Edge head coach John Johnson knows his team’s confidence is higher than ever.

” We talked about the fact that we’re 2-0, and that’s where we wanted to be,” said Johnson after the game. “We’re going to St. Louis, and that’s one of our new biggest rivalries, so now its time to step up.  And they [the Edge] know it.”

Bloomington will now travel for its first road game of the season as they face the St. Louis Attack next Saturday at Family Arena in St. Charles. Kickoff is at 7:35 pm.

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ISU student assaulted near Vrooman Center on Tuesday

NORMAL-An ISU student was allegedly  assaulted near the Vrooman Center on Mulberry Street, Tuesday March 24. The victim was approached by four unknown male suspects who repeatedly struck him in the face, stole his cell phone and fled the scene.  The victim has minor injuries and refused medical treatment.

This incident remains under investigation by the Illinois State University Police Department. Anyone with information can contact the ISU police department at (309) 438-8631.

Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1000 for information that would lead to the arrest of these offenders. Contact McLean County Crime Stoppers at (309) 828-1111.


Two ISU Softball Players took MVC POW Awards

NORMAL- Annie Heineman was named player of the week, and Sara Finck was named newcomer of the week. Heinemen hit .550 throughout seven games, finishing the week 11-20. The sophomore has been a constant leadoff hitter for ISU all season.

Fink had four starts during the week, finishing with a 3-1 record. Fink threw 27 2/3 innings, gave up 26 hits, and finished with a 2.28 earned run average.

This is the Redbirds third player of the week award this season. ISU will play next at Indiana State this weekend for a three-game series.

Governor Rauner Discusses Economy in Livingston County

NORMAL- Gov. Rauner was in Livingston County yesterday to discuss the economy.

The governor addressed pension reform and the need to grow the Illinois economy. Rich Burbridge, CEO of the Pontiac area  Chamber of Commerce was happy with Rauner’s suggestions, but wish he also addressed workers compensation.

State Senator Jackson Barickman of Bloomington is excited to see the governor showing interest in the political process.

State Rep. Tom Bennett of Watseka is optimistic the governor will make good things happen for Illinois.

Teacher Gives Non-Alcoholic Beer to Students *Idiot of the Week Nomination*


The teacher was trying to teach his students that people used to drink alcohol instead of water because their water was tainted.  Makes sense to tell your students about this, but you don’t need them to know how alcohol taste.  It is irresponsible as a teacher and adult.