April 12th, 2021:
Texans and other tourists now have one more reason to visit: New Mexico legalized recreational marijuana. New legislation should enable a fully functional cannabis business in April 2022, which is a progressive step in state politics. New Mexico will join the ranks of other states like Colorado, Arizona, and California. Since these states saw economic growth in local industries after legalization, the same is forecast for New Mexico. Hopefully such a change will also enable a reassessment of the spiritual nature of New Mexico. Perhaps the Land of Enchantment can get a little more enchanting.
– Ben Timm
May 21, 2021
Olivia Rodrigo released her debut album Sour after her hit single “Driver’s License” which was released in January 2021. The album is full of breakup songs and feelings of melancholy, hurt and despair. Sour later debuted at number 1 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart, where it stayed for a total of five weeks, making it the longest-running number one album by an artist in 2021. With all the very relatable tracks, Sour became the album of the summer. According to The New York Times, it had 295,000 sales in the US by the end of May, making it the second highest streaming total that year. Her music was so impressive to teenagers that she later received the American Artists Award for New Artist of the Year. The 18-year-old pop star is becoming more popular and her fandom is growing all the time. Sour is an album to be memorized, and for those who haven’t heard it, it’s definitely a must-have.
– Stephany Zambrano
November 5, 2021
2021 will be the year the pandemic will return to live music. It was the first time in two years for artists from Harry Styles to BTS to see their fans in real life. With all the celebration, however, came grief for others. TRavis Scott’s annual Astroworld Festival resulted in tragedy in November. The crowd of 50,000 people stormed after Scott appeared and crushed each other with force. Ten victims between the ages of 9 and 27 unfortunately died while others were injured. The singer faced major backlashes as he continued to perform even after paramedics showed up and the crowd begged him to stop. Good or tragic, the return of live music has aroused a lot of emotions and is a big event this year.
– Stephany Zambrano