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AB Presents: bülow

German pop singer Megan Bülow, known professionally as bülow, came to perform at Carnegie Mellon on Friday, Sept. 6. The 18-year-old emerging artist kicked off the new school year with a memorable performance on the CFA Lawn in front of Hunt Library.

Hip-hop duo AWFBEAT, comprised of sophomores Grant Glazier and Uni Hunte, opened the concert. They performed their two recent releases, "Better Than Me" and "Side Eyes." The energy between the duo was fantastic, and the audience felt it. "Side Eyes" had the audience dancing and singing along. In an hour, the pair more than adequately hyped up the audience for bülow.

bülow kicked off the concert with her song "Wake Up" from her latest release, Crystalline. The performance also included her hot tracks "Sweet Little Lies," "Not a Love Song," and "You & Jennifer" (the third which she prefaced with an apology to any Jennifers in the audience), as well as a brief cover of Juice Wrld's "Lucid Dreams." Her performance and presence felt just as effortless as her chill synth beats. Although bülow has been compared to current pop sensation Billie Eilish, this performance showed that bülow's take on synthetic beats and harmonized vocals differentiates the two artists.

I had been a fan of bülow prior to the performance. Her song with The Chainsmokers, "Do You Mean," and a recommendation from RM of BTS, "You & Jennifer," put bülow on my radar. She is now amassing over three million listeners on Spotify, and her career seems to be expanding. Now that she has completed high school and can fully invest her efforts in her career, bülow is bound to go far with her music.