Chris Brown sued over alleged rape and drugging on Miami yacht

Chris Brown sued over alleged rape and drugging on Miami yacht
An unidentified Jane Doe claims she was assaulted by the singer on property owned by P Diddy.

By David Renshaw

January 28, 2022

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Chris Brown is being sued for an alleged incident of drugging and raping a woman, TMZ reports. The alleged attack reportedly took place on December 30, 200 on a yacht docked at Diddy’s home in Miami, Florida. Thewoman at the center of the lawsuit, a choreographer, dancer, and musician identified only as Jane Doe, is seeking $20 million in damages.

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According to the version of evets laid out in the suit, Brown allegedly invited Doe to Diddy’s home on Miami’s Star Island. Once they were on the yacht the woman alleges Brown offered her a drink and that after her second glass she felt “a sudden, unexplained change in consciousness.”

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She then alleges that she became “physically unstable,” dropping in and out of sleep. Brown is then alleged to have taken her to the bedroom of the yacht and undressed her. It is then that the lawsuit claims Brown raped the woman. TMZ’s report states that Doe says she told Brown to stop but that he only did so once he has ejaculated inside of her. It is claimed Brown later texted the woman the following day to demand she take the Plan B contraceptive drug.

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The FADER has reached out to representatives for Chris Brown for comment.

Quavo drops video for new track “Shooters Inside My Crib”

Quavo drops video for new track “Shooters Inside My Crib”
The Migos rapper is back on solo duty.

By David Renshaw

January 28, 2022

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Migos rapper Quavo has released new solo single “Shooters Inside My Crib.” The track comes with a video in which Quavo raps in a restaurant kitchen, plays the piano, and shows off his extensive collection of jewelery and platinum plaques. Check it out below.

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Last year Quavo returned alongside Offset and Takeoff as Migos released Culture III. His last solo album was 2018’s Quavo Huncho. Since then he has appeared on tracks with everyone from Pop Smoke and Bobby Shmurda to Justin Bieber.

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Last year it was reported that Quavo had been cast in upcoming movie Wash Me in the River alongside Robert De Niro, John Malkovich, and John Huston. A casting announcement at the time stated Quavo will play a character named Coyote, “a ruthless and heartless drug lord.”

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Benny The Butcher and J. Cole join forces on “Johnny P’s Caddy”

Benny The Butcher and J. Cole join forces on “Johnny P’s Caddy”
The new track will appear on Benny’s upcoming album Tana Talk 4.

By David Renshaw

January 28, 2022

Benny The Butcher has secured a rare guest appearance from J. Cole on his new song “Johnny P’s Caddy.” The track comes with a video in which the pair look back through time while holed up in a house bathed in natural light. Check it out above

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“Johnny P’s Caddy” will appear on Griselda rapper Benny The Butcher’s upcoming album Tana Talk 4, produced by Alchemist and Daringer. The third instalment of the Tana Talk series was released in 2018. Since then Benny has released 2020 album Burden of Proof plus last year’s Pyrex Picasso. Griselda’s breakout WWCD arrived in 2019.

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J. Cole, meanwhile, released The Off-Season in 2021 and later followed it up by rapping over over Drake’s “Pipe Down” on a loose track titled “Heaven’s EP.”

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Drakeo The Ruler family seeking $20M in Live Nation lawsuit

Drakeo The Ruler family seeking $20M in Live Nation lawsuit
An attorney working for the family of the late rapper said poor security at an LA festival meant he was “essentially lynched.”

By David Renshaw

January 28, 2022

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The family of late rapper Drakeo The Ruler have announced plans to sue Live Nation over his death. The L.A. rapper was stabbed and killed backstage at the Once Upon A Time In LA festival in December. A lawsuit seen by Billboard accuses organizers Live Nation, plus two more companies involved in the event, of failing to provide adequate security on the day. The family is believed to be seeking upwards of $20 million in damages.

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Family attorney James Bryant claimed in a press conference on Thursday that said Drakeo, who was just 28 at the time of his death, had been “essentially lynched” due to the poor festival security. “His life was taken way too soon. This should never have never happened if those promotors had actually had the proper security protocols. This was a preventable death.”

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A criminal investigation into Drakeo’s death is ongoing.

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Drakeo released his first mixtape, I Am Mr. Mosely, in 2015. He later began his own Stinc Team label and released multiple projects, including Cold Devil and 2020’s Thank You for Using GTL, recorded in prison while he served three years awaiting trial on gang conspiracy and shooting charges. He was released in November 2020. His debut album, The Truth Hurts, came out in February 2021, and his final project, So Cold I Do Em 2.

Drakeo The Ruler’s legacy in 10 tracks

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Listen to 75 new Vegyn tracks

Listen to 75 new Vegyn tracks
“My therapist says I overshare. Maybe this is me continuing my bad habit.”

By David Renshaw

January 28, 2022

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Artist, producer, and Frank Ocean collaborator Vegyn has shared a monster new project titled Don’t Follow Me Because I’m Lost Too!! Comprising of 75 tracks, the mixtape has a 2.5 hour runtime and features music recorded between 2015 and 2021. Stream the whole thing below.

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“My therapist says I overshare. Maybe this is me continuing my bad habit,” the producer (real name Joe Thornally) said. “I find the experience of releasing things like this cathartic,” he added. “Sometimes tracks get stuck in this state of, ‘Is it finished? It’s just nice to accept things as they are and let them go”

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Thornally has form for this kind of thing, having shared the 71-song Text While Driving If You Want to Meet God in 2019. The more standard-sized Like a Good Old Friend EP dropped in 2021.

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Chicago rappers Saba and G Herbo unite on “Survivor’s Guilt”

Chicago rappers Saba and G Herbo unite on “Survivor’s Guilt”
The new song will appear on Saba’s upcoming Few Good Things.

By David Renshaw

January 28, 2022

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Saba and G. Herbo trade honest and open verses about their tough upbringings on new song “Survivor’s Guilt.” The Daoud and daedaePIVOT co-produced song is the latest to be lifted from Saba’s upcoming Few Good Things, due February 4.

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In the run-up to the arrival of Few Good Things Saba has shared “Fearmonger,” “Stop That,” and the Krayzie Bone collaboration “Come My Way.”

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He also recently announced a headline tour. The spring 2022 Back Home Tour takes in dates across both North America and Europe/U.K. and kicks off in Dublin on March 1. The shows taking place in Europe and the United Kingdom will feature opening performances from ENNY, the singer and rapper behind the 2020 song “Peng Black Girls,” and Dutch-Sudanese singer-songwriter Gaidaa. Over in North America, the shows’ specials guests will be Lute, a rapper signed to J. Cole’s Dreamville, and Amindi.

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How PinkPantheress’s samples are bridging the generational gap

How PinkPantheress’s samples are bridging the generational gap

Much has been made of the samples on the U.K. star’s debut mixtape To hell with it. But what do those she has sampled have to say?

By David Renshaw

January 28, 2022

PinkPantheress. Photo by Brent McKeever

 

In a recent documentary made for Spotify, PinkPantheress was asked when was the moment that she realized she was “quite big.” Her answer was telling, in as much as it had nothing to do with social media or streaming numbers. “A big moment for me was when one of my favorite childhood artists, Just Jack, reached out and was like, ‘I love your stuff’” she tells the friend that asked the question. “I was like, ‘What?’ I used one of your beats, I’m so glad you like it.”

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Speaking to The FADER over the phone in late 2021, Just Jack (a.k.a Jack Allsopp) explains that he was as flattered to be sampled by PinkPantheress as she was with his approval. “I think it’s cool,” he says of his 2007 song “Starz In Their Eyes” being used on “Attracted To You.” “If a massive chunk of the chorus had been sampled I might feel differently but as it’s the instrumental section I’m happy. A lot of people might not recognize the sample so it just makes me smile. It was a nice surprise.”

Speaking to various artists whose music PinkPantheress has sampled on her astronomical rise it’s fair to say that feeling is mutual. However, some critics have suggested that the British artist’s approach to sampling is something of a blunt tool. File the debate in the category of “bored people tweeting” rather than major backlash but still, in Stereogum’s review of her 2021 debut mixtape To hell with it, there was just cause to include mention of her music being “derided for defiling the classics” and “reigniting debates about obvious samples that date back to the height of No Way Out and Big Willie Style.”

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The idea that PinkPantheress only samples the classics makes Franz Buchholtz laugh. Buchholtz records music as Signaldrift and was part of the Milwaukee electronic scene that birthed acts including Casino Versus Japan in the early 2000s. He was very surprised to learn that a major label in the U.K. had requested he clear a sample; at the moment Buchholtz works in a local book store and makes a movie podcast in his spare time. The sparse and atmospheric synth line that runs through To hell with it track “Noticed I cried” is pulled from Signaldrift’s 2005 song “And Yet…” from a long out-of-print album.

“That record kind of ended up in a landfill,” Buchholtz explains. “The person who ran the label put all his eggs in one basket and they went under and took the album with them. It was a limited release that didn’t get a whole lot of attention.” Buchholtz’s excitement at the clearance request was tempered only by a brief worry that he himself may have sampled something on the original. “I have been inactive from music for a decade so I was pretty surprised to hear from her team. I had to go back and check. And was very relieved when I realized I hadn’t.”

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Clearing a sample of Sweet Female Attitude’s 2000 U.K. garage classic “Flowers” was a more streamlined process. The song, released before PinkPantheress was born, has taken on something of a second life in recent years with British rappers Krept & Konan first sampling it in 2018 later, followed by both AJ Tracey and ArrDee. On her mixtape opener “Pain,” PinkPantheress lends the club favorite a gloomy air. Taking the romantic imagery of the original and instead lamenting a break-up (“such a shame that we weren’t the same at all”) PinkPantheress established herself as both a prolific sampler and a melancholy soul.

Speaking from her home in Manchester, England, Leanne Brown of Sweet Female Attitude admits she had not heard of PinkPantheress until her teenage daughter showed her a TikTok that used “Pain” as a sound. “I knew immediately it was “Flowers” but it sounded like a karaoke version to my ear,” she says. “It’s a sample that reminds that generation of being a kid and it lends itself to the music they make. I didn’t realize there were so many possibilities with one tune.”

Of the three artists I spoke to, Brown is the only one who suggests launching a music career on the back of social media might not be entirely positive. Much is made of TikTok’s ability to propel unsuspecting songs and artists to the top of the charts, but she recalls a time when “organic growth” meant songs like “Flowers” gained traction through pirate radio, mixtapes, and club appearances and argues that relying on the algorithm is not the same. Or, as she puts it, “I’d rather be in the studio than making videos of my dinner but you have to have that to make a hit now.”

Speaking about his song “Starz…” Just Jack makes a similar point, if inadvertently. He explains that the song, an upbeat and catchy tune built around a jangly guitar riff, is a critique of celebrity and the star-making machine and how people get “pulled into it with certain ideas and aspirations and of what is going to happen to them only to get ejected on the other side in a worse position.” It was written about the music industry but Just Jack says it is “more relevant than ever” in today’s permanently online state, drawing a comparison between those he wrote the song about and reality TV stars who are launched into fame from nowhere and often just as quickly forgotten. It’s not hard to see parallels between that experience and that of a musician who might have a song go viral and then begin to feel the pressure to follow it up. Her statement upon winning the BBC’s Sound of 2022 poll earlier this year (“I just hope that I fulfill the people’s expectations of me”) didn’t exactly sound like an artist unaware of the weight being placed on their shoulders.

Taking things slow is the message all three of the artists who spoke to The FADER had for PinkPantheress. Someone looking to speed things up a bit, however, is Buchholtz who has seen his backdoor appearance on To hell with it coincide with a renewal of interest in his music. “A weird thing that’s dovetailed into this is that the guy who released the album the first time round got hold of me and wants to get something new off the ground,” he explains. “Until recently it’s not been on my mind but music is knocking at my door again.”

Charli XCX’s Alone Together documentary is an immersive peek into creative life during COVID-19

Charli XCX’s Alone Together documentary is an immersive peek into creative life during COVID-19
What begins as a making of the album film exposes the previously unseen fears and insecurities behind Charli’s brash pop exterior.

By David Renshaw

January 28, 2022

The idea of revisiting the first COVID quarantine of 2020 might be anathema to most people, but the new Charli XCX documentary Alone Together offers the inside track on the creation of how i’m feeling now, a deeply personal pop album and a key creative document of the pandemic. Alone Together tracks the six week period when Charli holed up in her LA home and made a whole new album from scratch, with little company besides her boyfriend and a pile of freshly purchased recording equipment. What the documentary reveals in its incisive sub-70 minutes is both a nuts-and-bolts look at the making of how i’m feeling now, as well as a portrait of an artist for whom creativity and her self-worth are almost inextricable from one another.

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In interviews, Charli XCX often talks about her earliest days as a performer when she’d play live at raves in suburban parts of her native England. Nothing out of the ordinary there, except she was only 14 and her dad was waiting in the car to take her home as soon as the set was over. The idea of working when perhaps you shouldn’t be, or at least don’t need to, carries through a decade and a half later as Charli announces to documentary makers Pablo Jones-Soler and Bradley Bell that while the world is in lockdown she’s going to make a new record (most of the vérité footage is shot by Charli herself). As an artist, Charli XCX has, at times, felt caught between worlds. She’s either an independent-minded solo creative with songwriting credits on some of the last decade’s biggest singles, or a pop star whose admirable unwillingness to conform has meant she’s never quite crossed over in the way a major label pop star probably should. It’s perhaps this middle ground she occupies that allowed her to convince her label to release an album effectively created in real-time, though the documentary seems less interested in the how of the situation and more the why, forgoing a closer look at the sound of the album and focusing instead on Charli’s mental state during lockdown.

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Documenting creativity is becoming something of a trend in music documentaries right now, from Peter Jackson’s staggeringly immersive Beatles film Get Back to Taylor Swift’s more studied but no less revealing Folklore: the long pond studio sessions. Alone Together is in tune with this moment. The documentary is at its most exhilarating when it becomes clear that making this album wasn’t just wishful thinking (as so many lockdown projects proved) but an achievable goal. There are clips of Charli going straight from the recording booth to debuting “anthems” on IG Live as love hearts and comments from her fans flood the screen. We also see her shooting videos using nothing more than an Amazon-bought green screen that’s more Zoom background than Marvel blockbuster. The idea that Charli XCX is a creative force reigned in by traditional major label structures, – often put forward by the artist herself – is only strengthened by the impressive results.

To its credit, Alone Together is not content to be a mere press release for its subject’s brilliance. The film has its share of uncomfortable moments, including a discussion about Charli’s relationship with boyfriend Huck Kwong, about whom much of how i’m feeling now is written. Quarantine pushed the couple together in new and testing ways, chiefly making them spend more time together than ever before. At one point they explain that the longest they had previously spent together uninterrupted was 11 days, despite being together for 7 years. Kwong is supportive but seems uncomfortable on camera and the scene of him being asked to star in a video is hard to watch. “If the last 28 years have told me anything it’s that I won’t enjoy it,” he says at one point. Charli, with a weary tone, replies “If you don’t wanna do it just tell me and I’ll think of a new idea.” You get the sense she has to say that a lot in her life.

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After setting up the DIY process of making the album, the documentary then goes deeper and dives into what drives Charli and her decision to keep creating through such a trying period. Sitting at a table painting rocks, a hobby she’s picked up in recent months, she explains that her therapist has encouraged her to start journaling as a way of processing her thoughts about feeling unwanted. It’s a thought pattern she’s been told may have been passed down from her father who was adopted as a child. “I’ve got serious issues with the way I handle my work, and the way I rely on work to make me feel like I’m a good person” she says. “I don’t think I’m pretty enough, I don’t think I’m smart or interesting or funny enough of a person to function without my work. My work is what makes me different and interesting. Without it I just feel like I’m nothing.” It’s this unfiltered moment that makes Alone Together stand out and puts its subject’s entire career into a clearer focus. This kind of honesty gives invaluable insight into the deep-seated fears that drive creativity. In a documentary all about the creative process, that is priceless.

The documentary doesn’t quite work as well elsewhere. The inclusion of Charli’s fanbase, the “angels,” illustrates the extremely online nature of how i’m feeling now and, between livestreamed dance parties, artwork ideas, and playback sessions, they’re clearly a big part of making the album. Despite this almost utopian vision of fan and artist relationship, there isn’t much sense as to what it is these fans get from the music and why they stan Charli. Coming largely from LGBTQ and other marginalized communities, it feels more like they have found kinship with one another as a chosen family than with Charli’s work specifically. The overall flow of the film isn’t derailed by these scenes, but nor do they feel entirely necessary, either

Charli’s decision to document this fraught period of her life is unusually brave. . Who can truly say they would want their time spent between March and May 2020 recorded for posterity, even without the pressures of making an album? Alone Together captures this time of uncertainty, adapting to new ways of both living and working efficiently while offering a window into Charli XCX’s psyche and creative spark. It leaves its most telling moment for the end, however. Two days after the release of the album Charli is padding around her kitchen in a hoodie and talking to her manager. “I just feel a bit like….” she says, pausing for effect. “A bit bored. What am I going to do now?” Everyone laughs but you just know that the next project is coming. How can it not?

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Alone Together is streaming on Hulu and on-demand now.

Prentiss greets the world with debut EP ’hey prentiss’

Prentiss greets the world with debut EP ’hey prentiss’
The 14-year-old hyperpop phenom has dropped his first multi-track project.

By Raphael Helfand

January 28, 2022

Photo by Shaun Llewellyn.

 

Prentiss has officially arrived. The 14-year-old singer from Jackson, Mississippi waved hello to the hyperpop metaverse for the first time in 2020 with “October” and continued to pop in throughout 2021. His most memorable visit came when he premiered “i will wait” on The FADER earlier this month. Along the way, he rubbed virtual shoulders with established idols — Justin Bieber, Skrillex, and Mark Hoppus (from prentiss’ favorite band, blink-182) — and physical shoulders with some of the genre’s most promising young talent, joining glaive and ericdoa for a sold-out show last fall.

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Today, he’s officially moved into the hyperpop mansion via his debut EP, hey prentiss. The six-song project only runs 12 minutes, but it’s packed with enough candy-coated production and teenage yearning to leave a lasting impression on the ears, teeth, and soul alike.

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Experience hey prentiss along with a visualizer for each track below.

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Raveena announces new album, releases “Secret” featuring Vince Staples

Raveena announces new album, releases “Secret” featuring Vince Staples
Her sophomore LP Asha’s Awakening arrives February 11

By Brandon Callender

January 28, 2022

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Raveena has detailed her forthcoming sophomore LP. Asha’s Awakening will arrive on February 11 via Warner Records. The New York R&B singer has also shared the album’s second single, “Secret,” featuring Vince Staples, along with a self-directed music video. Read a statement from Raveena about “Secret” and check out the video below.

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“To me, ‘Secret’ is a song about love that traverses through different dimensions. People on Earth are starting to have sensual dreams ignited in them by a space princess – someone they feel like their body knows, but whom they also do not know and cannot reach in this dimension. What if your lover was enticing you from space and you couldn’t reach them in this realm? What if a spirit from an outer dimension ignited your sacral chakra? This is what ‘Secret’ explores.”

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Asha’s Awakening is a concept album that tells the story of a space princess from ancient Punjab who learns about love, loss, and healing in a journey that spans centuries. The album will feature contributions from Rostam, Staples, and Indian singer/songwriter Asha Puthli. The previously released single “Rush” will also be included on the album.

In 2021, Raveena released the lovestruck single “Tweety.” The Indian-American artist’s last project was 2020’s Moonstone EP. Raveena’s last full-length release her 2019 debut album Lucid.

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Asha’s Awakening

1. Rush
2. Secret (feat. Vince Staples)
3. Magic
4. Kismet
5. Kathy Left 4 Kathmandu
6. Mystery
7. Circuit Board
8. The Internet Is Like Eating Plastic
9. Arrival to the Garden of Cosmic Speculation
10. Asha’s Kiss (feat. Asha Puthli)
11. Time Flies
12. Love Overgrown
13. Endless Summer
14. New Drugs (feat. TWEAKS)
15. Let Your Breath Become a Flower (Guided Meditation)

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Watch Alice Glass’s gory, NSFW video for “LOVE IS VIOLENCE”

Watch Alice Glass’s gory, NSFW video for “LOVE IS VIOLENCE”
Her solo album Prey//IV is out February 16.

By Jordan Darville

January 28, 2022

Alice Glass. Photo by Kyle Christensen and Astra Zero

 

Since Alice Glass left Crystal Castles in 2017, her fans have been waiting for her debut solo project Prey//IV. With the ascendence of digicore and Glass’s influence felt harder than ever before, the musical landscape is primed for the album’s release. Unfortunately, they’ll have to wait a bit longer: Prey//IV was due out today, but Glass has pushed the project to February 16. It’s not all bad news, though, since Glass has shared a music video for her new single “LOVE IS VIOLENCE.”

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If you’re not a fan of incessantly violent horror films, the “LOVE IS VIOLENCE” visuals will probably have you covering your eyes more than once. It starts off as a bedroom rendezvous with Glass playing on an old-school CRT TV and quickly turns into a stomach-turning (literally) cannibalistic gore-fest. It’s not the easiest thing in the world to watch, but the bruising industrial-pop tune is more of what Glass fans have been missing.

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Read Glass’s statement on the song and its video below:

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“Almost everyone can relate to the sometimes unbearable ups and downs that occur in relationships. But for those of us who have dealt with manipulative or toxic partners, there is a whole other layer of pain. Any person who uses their partner’s “love” to control, use, and hurt them is using one of the most cruel and disgusting manipulative tactics in human experience. Disguising power struggles and calling it ‘Love’ it’s a form of violence against a partner. I want to help people to see those red flags and encourage them to remove themselves from those types of toxic situations.”

Bad Suns finds meaning in a fictionalized Los Angeles-meets-Tokyo paradise on Apocalypse Whenever!

Bad Suns finds meaning in a fictionalized Los Angeles-meets-Tokyo paradise on Apocalypse Whenever!

An interview with Bad Suns frontman Christo Bowman about how a creative renaissance sparked by Haruki Murakami led to the band’s return to form.

By Larisha Paul

January 28, 2022

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In the dreamy haze of a fictionalized Los Angeles-meets-Tokyo paradise, the ocean spits a disoriented man onto the sandy shores of a beach. The narrative of whatever sequence of events and decisions led the main character of Apocalypse Whenever!, the fourth studio album from alternative pop band Bad Suns, to this close-call, near-death experience is indistinct, but his revelations come in the moment when his fate remains uncertain.

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“Once I brought it down to one moment versus several moments, I saw the imagery of your life flashing before your eyes,” frontman Christo Bowman tells The FADER over Zoom. “The way that the music sounded, I pictured somebody washing ashore in this sci-fi, Philip K. Dick sort of environment.” The progression of memories that unfold from there – a fusion of Bowman’s own personal histories colored by that of the people within his inner circle and those indirectly impacting him through them – molds the retrospective whirlwind of Apocalypse Whenever! as the character on the beach cycles through visions of what was and what could have been.

On “Heaven is a Place in my Head,” one of the album’s earlier singles, Bowman sets the scene: “Memory tapes stuck on repeat / Pictures of you, pictures of me / I picture the world we never got to see.” He describes the record’s conceptual creation as “finding the spark, picking it up as a flashlight and investigating, trying to figure out what’s down the road of every song.” Throughout the 13-track sonic expanse built around synths with occasional attention-demanding interceptions, be it by strings or saxophones, he presents an existential questioning of the way fear, regret and self-reflection function when informed by the notions of love and loss.

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Leading up the album’s creation, Bowman found inspiration in the dream-like writing of Japanese author Haruki Murakami, particularly this idea of residing in a space that is half-reality and half-fiction. “I wanted to make music that puts the listener in a world like that,” he explains. “That made me feel the way that I felt when I was reading one of those stories, where there’s this question of what’s real?” He wondered about the boundaries of dreams and reality, what separates them and where they converge. In 2019, he followed his curiosity all the way to Japan for some “investigative work in the guise of a vacation.”

“It’s like you enter a dream world when you’re [in Tokyo], you feel like you’re in the future,” Bowman says. “And then you take a train, you’re in Kyoto and you feel like you’re in the past. It’s just all of these different wildly visceral experiences.” When he returned, his heightened inspiration quickly led the singer down a rabbit hole of Japanese city pop, the surreal genre that emerged during the country’s technological blossoming in the seventies and eighties. The music packed in influences from disco and jazz to rock and R&B, but it was this particular element of West Coast pop that sparked clarity for Bowman.

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It took him back to the soundscape of Language & Perspective, the debut album from Bad Suns released in the Tumblr-driven indie-pop boom of 2014. The record defined the band’s sound as warm and electric, buzzing with a youthfulness that reflected the perceived coolness of the scene at the time. It followed them to their sophomore effort Disappear Here two years later before they pivoted to the indie-noir of Mystic Truth in 2019 on the hunt for something different. The latter album cycle saw the absence of Eric Palmquist, who produced the band’s first two records. Apocalypse Now! sees his return.

“The most important thing I realized was not being afraid of being put in a box. I got to this point where the band started to sound a little bit familiar to me,” Bowman says. “I started getting in my head about that and I wanted to walk away from it. And then I had this feeling. I was like, well, no one does us better than us.” He realized there was a way to compromise, to do more of the same with enough deviations from the norm that it would still feel new and exciting. He adds: “It felt like we were making the third, proper Bad Suns album in my head the whole time.” Once the full band, complete with Gavin Bennett, Miles Morris and Ray Libby were back in the studio with Palmquist helping to steer the ship, Bowman’s creative renaissance took form.

Prior to Apocalypse Whenever!, Bad Suns hadn’t leaned so fully into one specific conceptual theme – but even this was more of an existential search for meaning and understanding through this character than a sequential narrative. More revisions were implemented on this album than any other in their discography, but for good reason. “Being a songwriter, or being a creative person, I feel like I’m Dale Cooper from Twin Peaks. You’re just trying to follow the clues and find out what leads you where,” Bowman says. “You don’t know what the hell you’re doing the whole time but you end up getting the results that you need if you follow that intuition.”

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The album builds itself around subtle thematic nods and clues. And though it’s best consumed in order, skipping around won’t unravel the record’s narrative. The collection of memories that play from the perspective of the man on the beach jumps through periods of time, anyway. On “When The World Was Mine,” an eighties soundtrack draws him back to a teenage summertime bliss before life unfurled into a tangled web of emotional complexities. He didn’t know how good he had it then, using “Wishing Fountains” to beg for a time machine in hopes of undoing regretful moments when miscommunication and over-drinking led to overthinking and, later, overreacting. “I’m trying so hard to make it look easy,” Bowman sings. “Falling apart with a smile on my face.”

Reveling in his memories in the sandy expanse near the ocean, the lone character finds a newfound hunger for living. Whether through the crushing grief of “Nightclub (Waiting For You)” or the hopeful adventures of “Peachy,” having his life flash before his eyes made clear that if his arrival on that beach is a second chance, he doesn’t have any more time to waste on regret and worry. Instead, he turns the healing power of falling in love, feeling saved and rescued by it as if the emotion pulled him from the ocean and drew the water from his lungs itself.

A California native, Bowman’s own relationship with the beach is more restorative than transformative. It lends itself to the expansive summer references throughout the band’s discography, functioning more as a state of mind than a season. “I see myself start to drift off and get a little bit lost and a little bit crazy if I stay away from [sunshine, nature, or water],” he says. “Those are like beacons of hope and light in times of darkness for me.” It was in the explosive return of that warm feeling on Apocalypse Whenever! that Bowman unlocked an ambitious drive of his own.

“It’s the truest form of self-expression on this record. All the stuff that you’re hearing is all the types of music that I’m incredibly influenced by – from synth pop, eighties new wave and Japanese city pop and dream pop and emo and pop punk. It’s just the most fucking me album I could think to make right now,” Bowman resolves. “I’ve never wanted to be in Bad Suns more than I do right now.”

Kilo Kish enlists Vince Staples for new single “NEW TRICKS: ART, AESTHETICS, AND MONEY”

Kilo Kish enlists Vince Staples for new single “NEW TRICKS: ART, AESTHETICS, AND MONEY”
The singer, visual artist, and designer has shared a new single from her upcoming sophomore album American Gurl.

By Brandon Callender

January 28, 2022

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Singer, visual artist, and designer Kilo Kish has returned with a new song titled “NEW TRICKS: ART, AESTHETICS, AND MONEY,” that features longtime collaborator Vince Staples. On “NEW TRICKS,” she raps in an icy staccato over ground-shaking industrial drums and piercing sirens. Staples plays hypeman, punctuating her bars with cocky adlibs and turning up an imaginary crowd. Check it out below.

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“NEW TRICKS: ART, AESTHETICS, AND MONEY” will appear on Kish’s sophomore album, American Gurl, due March 25. American Gurl will feature collaborations with Miguel and Jean Dawson.

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In 2021, Kilo Kish released two singles: July’s “AMERICAN GURL” and August’s “BLOODY FUTURE.” Those two tracks were her first new releases shared since 2019’s Redux EP, which featured “Spark” and “Bite Me.” Kish’s last full-length release was 2016’s Reflections in Real Time.

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Today has been a busy feature day for Vince Staples, who also appeared on Raveena‘s new single, “Secret.”

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Pusha T’s manager denies rumors of rapper leaving G.O.O.D. Music

Pusha T’s manager denies rumors of rapper leaving G.O.O.D. Music
Speculation on Push leaving Ye’s label stemmed from a cryptic Thursday Instagram post.

By Raphael Helfand

January 28, 2022

Photo by Victor Boyko/Getty Images For Kenzo.

 

A Thursday Instagram post from Pusha T showed the final page of a contract between the rapper and Def Jam Recordings, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc., accompanied by a crytpic caption: “Some people call you their brother, other people show you you’re BROTHERS,” Push wrote. “Thanx ‘Yezos…’ @kanyewest.”

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The post led to speculation that Push had been amicably released from Ye‘s label, G.O.O.D. Music, where he’s served as president since 2015. He started his own label, Heir Wave Music Group, in February 2020, but stayed on as G.O.O.D.’s rapper-in-chief.

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But in a report published by Complex this afternoon, Push’s manager — and G.O.O.D.’s COO — Steve Victor denied the rumors and said the post had been misconstrued.

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According to Victor, the photo of the contract was merely a confirmation that Push’s forthcoming album will fulfill his obligation to Def Jam and Universal Music Group, and the thank-you note to Ye is for giving Push full ownership of his masters.

“[He’s still with] G.O.O.D. Music, he’s just not signed to Def Jam anymore,” Victor said. Def Jam and UMG are parent companies of G.O.O.D.

The FADER has reached out to representatives of Pusha T, G.O.O.D. Music, and Def Jam/UMG for further comment on the situation.

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Pusha T was recently featured on “Dancing With The Devil,” the lead single from Babyface Ray‘s new album, FACE, out today. And a snippet of a new Push song, presumably a feature on Nigo‘s forthcoming record, I know NIGO, was played at the Japanese producer/designer’s show at Paris Fashion Week Sunday.

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New Pusha T from Nigo’s Kenzo FW22 runway show 👀 pic.twitter.com/sFGwbTYiMg

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Tokayev called Nazarbayev’s miscalculations a lesson for the future presidents of Kazakhstan

President of Kazakhstan Tokayev: Nazarbayev's miscalculations will serve as lessons for future presidents The first president of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, like other world leaders, made miscalculations, said the current head of state, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev. However, all leaders have shortcomings, and denigrating one's past is not good

Portrait of Nursultan Nazarbayev in front of the mayor's office after clashes in the central square

Possible miscalculations by Nursultan Nazarbayev should be considered as lessons for the country's future leaders, Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said, Tengri News reports. At the same time, according to him, one should not forget about the “historical merits” of the first president of the country.

“Let us also pay tribute to the historical merits of the first president [of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev], highlight his undoubted successes and merits, and leave possible miscalculations as a warning to the future leaders of our country”, — said Tokayev.

According to him, the shortcomings are inherent in the leaders of any country. “Flaws have been inherent in both American presidents and Chinese leaders. And even the Singaporean leader Lee Kuan Yew, about whom everyone is now speaking so laudatoryly, — Tokayev noted, explaining that only those who do not work are not mistaken.

At the same time, according to him, the people who denigrate their past have no future, he added.

In early January, protests began in Kazakhstan over a sharp increase in gas prices, which quickly turned into street riots and pogroms. The epicenter of street riots was the former capital of Kazakhstan, the city of Alma-Ata. By January 5, the situation got out of control of the local law enforcement agencies responsible for maintaining order in the city: the rioters destroyed the building of the city administration and the presidential residence in this city, and participated in skirmishes with the police and the military.

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In order to ensure the security of infrastructure facilities, Tokayev turned to the CSTO with a request to send peacekeepers to the country, after which he ordered an anti-terrorist operation in the city against militant groups from Central Asia and Afghanistan, who, according to Tokayev, took advantage of the situation with protests to try to make a coup d'état in the country. Tokayev estimated the damage from the unrest in the country at $2–3 billion.

After the normalization of the situation in the city, Tokayev announced structural reforms, including the reform of law enforcement agencies.

The President of Kazakhstan also said that the country's governance system with the participation of influential financial and oligarchic groups was established during the reign of Nursultan Nazarbayev. This, according to him, led to an increase in property stratification in the country and was the reason for the start of protests.

Nazarbayev, after leaving the presidency in 2019, bore the honorary title of Elbasy— “father of the people”, and also served as head of the Security Council of the Republic, leader of the ruling Nur Otan party, chairman of the Constitutional Council and head of the Assembly of the People of Kazakhstan (ANK)— it is a consultative and advisory body that brings together representatives of all nations and nationalities living in the country. During the protests, Tokayev dismissed him from the post of head of the Security Council of the republic and took it himself, later the parliament deprived Nazarbayev of the lifelong chairmanship of the Security Council and canceled his chairmanship of the ANC.

During the protests, Nazarbayev himself remained silent and turned to the people only January 18th. He called himself a pensioner, said that, contrary to rumors, he did not leave the country anywhere and stressed that there was no split in the ruling elite and Tokayev had full power.

On January 28, Tokayev replaced Nazarbayev as chairman of the ruling party “Nur Otan”. The first president retained the right to be a member of the Constitutional Council of the Republic.

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Peskov responded to Nuland’s words about vodka and gas with the phrase “let them joke better”

Peskov about Nuland's words about vodka and Nord Stream 2: let them joke, not escalate the situation The day before, the Deputy Secretary of State joked about pumping vodka and olive oil through Nord Stream 2. “Let them joke rather than escalate tensions in Europe,” Peskov replied

Lavrov named the cities where Zelensky can come for negotiations

Lavrov: Zelensky can discuss relations with Russia in Moscow, St. Petersburg or Sochi If Zelensky wants to discuss bilateral relations with the Russian authorities, Moscow, St. Petersburg and Sochi are ready to accept him, Lavrov said. The situation in Donbas should be discussed in the contact group, he stressed

Sergey Lavrov

The Russian authorities are ready to discuss bilateral relations with Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in an interview with radio stations. The broadcast was conducted by the RBC channel.

“If Zelenskiy wants to discuss the normalization of bilateral relations that are suffering from the damage done by his regime’s unilateral actions, <…> we are ready. Please, let him come to Moscow, to Sochi, to St. Petersburg, where they [with Russian President Vladimir Putin] will agree, — he said.

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If the Ukrainian leader wants to discuss the situation in Donbass, for this it is necessary to convene a Contact Group, since it is there, according to the decision of the Normandy format, that issues of settlement between Kiev should be considered , DPR and LPR, the minister emphasized.

According to Lavrov, when the Ukrainian authorities say that they will not talk to representatives of the self-proclaimed republics, “this is bad, but it's bad for the intra-Ukrainian crisis.”

Zelensky raised the issue of a meeting with Putin in April 2021 when he suggested that it be held “anywhere in the Ukrainian Donbas where there is a war.” Putin responded by saying that Moscow was ready “at any time” accept Zelensky, but to discuss bilateral relations. He added that Kiev should first of all discuss the problems of Donbass with the authorities of the DPR and LPR, and only then— with Russia as a third party. Later, Zelensky said he was ready to meet “anywhere”, and specified that any format of negotiations would suit him.

In January, amid reports of an impending Russian invasion of Ukraine, which Moscow rejected, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan invited Putin and Zelensky to his country to “settle differences”. The press secretary of the Russian president replied that there was “nothing” at the meeting, but only a “pump”; Ukraine with weapons and failure to comply with the Minsk agreements.

On January 26, eight-hour talks of advisers to the leaders of the Normandy Four were held in Paris. (Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France). Dmitry Kozak, deputy head of the presidential administration of Russia, described them as “difficult” and called the last conversation “an inventory of different readings of the Minsk agreements.”

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Lukashenka promised to return Ukraine to the “bosom of the Slavs”

President of Belarus Lukashenko: “We will return our Ukraine to the bosom of our Slavs” Fraternal Slavic peoples live in Belarus, Russia and Ukraine, Alexander Lukashenko announced. And no “parochial political ambitions” can change this fact

Alexander Lukashenko

It is necessary to preserve the brotherhood of the Slavic peoples of Ukraine, Russia and Belarus, which is much more important than far-fetched grievances and small-town political ambitions, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko said during an address to the people.

< p>“It is important for the West to drown the Russian-Ukrainian brotherhood, our Slavic brotherhood, in blood. But we are native Slavic peoples, people from the same baptismal font. Our roots are from the depths of centuries, and this must be preserved, no matter what the cost, — urged Lukashenka.— No matter how anyone wants, we will return our Ukraine to the bosom of our Slavs. We will definitely do it.

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Ukraine, according to the President of Belarus, has become the subject of behind-the-scenes bargaining, and its citizens are purposefully prepared for aggression and form their hostile attitude “to the fraternal peoples , including Belarusians».

This is not the first speech where Lukashenka appeals to the common Slavic roots of the peoples of Ukraine, Russia and Belarus and proposes to build a dialogue on this basis— for example, about the future of Donbass. “Forget all the formulas. Sit in Ukraine and call those who want peace, including Belarusians. We, the three Slavic peoples, must resolve this conflict, because this is our home. And there you can’t turn away: either decide, or say that you don’t want to solve this conflict, & mdash; he said in September 2019 at a meeting with Ukrainian journalists. With the proposal that “three Slavic peoples” should resolve the conflict in Donbass, he spoke earlier, in 2018.

The fact that Russia, Belarus and Ukraine are connected by fraternal relations was also mentioned by President Vladimir Putin. In the summer of 2021, he wrote an article “On the historical unity of Russians and Ukrainians”, which was published in Russian and Ukrainian on the Kremlin website.

The author analyzed the history of the two peoples and their current relationship, which developed due to a series of mistakes of the two countries, as well as under the influence of “the purposeful work of those forces that have always sought to undermine our unity.”

“And Russians, and Ukrainians, and Belarusians— heirs of Ancient Russia, which was the largest state in Europe. Slavic and other tribes in a vast area— from Ladoga, [Veliky] Novgorod, Pskov to Kiev and Chernigov— were united by one language (now we call it Old Russian), economic ties, the power of the princes of the Rurik dynasty. And after the baptism of Rus— and one Orthodox faith,»— Putin's article says. He also emphasized that Russia has never been and never will be “anti-Ukraine”.

In May 2021, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky submitted a draft law on the indigenous peoples of Ukraine to the Verkhovna Rada . The wording that was used to define indigenous peoples implies that national minorities living on the territory of the republic that have their own national states cannot be considered as such.

Russians, Hungarians (they live in Beregovsky district of the Transcarpathian region), Romanians, Poles and others. At the same time, the document separately defines the indigenous peoples of Ukraine formed on the Crimean peninsula: these are the Crimean Tatars, Karaites and Krymchaks. The law was adopted by the Rada on July 1 and signed by Zelensky.

Putin called this law an example of the unfriendly attitude of the current Kiev administration towards Russia.

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The US ambassador said he was waiting for Moscow’s response to security proposals

US Ambassador Sullivan: Washington awaits Moscow's response to security proposals Washington is awaiting Moscow's response to written responses to security guarantees, US Ambassador to Russia John Sullivan said. After that, a new contact between Minister Lavrov and Secretary of State Blinken is possible

John Sullivan

The US response to Russian proposals on security guarantees paves the way for diplomacy and de-escalation, Washington is waiting for Moscow's reaction to the document, US Ambassador to Russia John Sullivan said during an online briefing. “We will wait to see what the reaction and response of Russia will be. And after that, a discussion can take place— telephone conversation or meeting— I don't know, it's not agreed yet. Previously, Secretary of State Blinken used both formats to communicate with Minister Lavrov,— Sullivan said. Lavrov and Blinken spoke about the possibility of such contact after their personal meeting in Geneva on January 21.

He recalled that the American document contains proposals for measures for mutual transparency including weapons in Ukraine, military exercises and maneuvers in Europe, and potential arms control measures, including in Europe. The ambassador stressed that the US responses also take into account a number of Russia's concerns.

Commenting on the fact that the Russian authorities deny the possibility of an attack on Ukraine, Sullivan replied that “the facts” on the ground ” testify to the contrary. “If Russia carries out aggression against Ukraine and violates its sovereignty, then huge economic consequences await it,” — he said. According to Sullivan, the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project will also be affected in the event of an attack on Ukraine. As long as it exists, but gas is not supplied through it, Russia does not receive profit, it can be used as a lever of pressure on Moscow. At the same time, economic sanctions— this is just one aspect of the West's reaction to Russia's possible actions towards Ukraine. “Economic Sanctions” just one aspect of the answers given by President Biden and Secretary of State Blinken, — said Sullivan.

Sullivan delivered written US responses to Russian proposals for security guarantees on the evening of January 26 to Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko. Commenting on their content, Lavrov stated that the document does not contain a positive reaction on the main issue for Russia— the demand for NATO's non-expansion to the east. However, the letter allows you to count on the beginning of a “serious conversation”; on secondary points. The Kremlin, in turn, urged not to rush to conclusions on the US security responses. The spokesman noted that “the president has all the papers” and it will take time to analyze them.

At the same time, the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry called the US written response “a model of diplomatic decency.” compared to the document that Moscow received from NATO. “The answer from NATO is so ideological, it breathes so much with the exclusivity of the North Atlantic Alliance, its special mission, its special purpose, that I was just a little ashamed of those who wrote these texts,” — said the minister in an interview with Russian radio stations on Friday.

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Tokayev called the “trigger” of the January riots in Kazakhstan

Tokayev called systemic corruption the “trigger” of the January riots Systemic corruption became the cause of demonstrations and pogroms in Kazakhstan, said President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev

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Systemic corruption in the republic served as a “trigger” unrest in January of this year, President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said. His words were conveyed by the press service of the head of state on Twitter.

The leader of Kazakhstan noted that one of the main tasks of the ruling party “Nur Otan” there must be a fight against corruption. The authorities should put forward useful initiatives on this issue and fill the anti-corruption strategy with new content.

“It is important to form in society an absolute rejection of corrupt behavior by citizens. And this is impossible without the mobilization of civil society,»,— Tokayev argues.

And the unrest that has arisen in Kazakhstan has demonstrated serious omissions in the socio-economic adaptation of young people. Tokayev placed responsibility for this both on local executive bodies and on the entire system of state administration. The President pointed to the need to work with disadvantaged youth in cities.

Tokayev recalled that in early January, Kazakhstan faced a carefully planned attack, which was aimed at the collapse of the statehood and integrity of the country. Thanks to the unity and consciousness of the population, it was possible to prevent the undermining of the constitutional order, he concluded.

Protests began in Kazakhstan at the beginning of the year due to a sharp rise in the price of automobile gas. They escalated into riots in which more than 200 people died. To restore order, Kazakhstan had to send troops from the countries— CSTO members.

Tokayev on January 5 announced the removal of ex-president Nursultan Nazarbayev from the post of head of the Security Council of Kazakhstan. On January 11, he noted that during Nazarbayev's nearly 30-year presidency, “a group of very profitable companies and a layer of wealthy people has appeared in the country, even by international standards.” Now it's time for them to “pay their dues” people, Tokayev suggested. For such deductions, a special fund should be created.

After the riots were suppressed, Nazarbayev's sons-in-law left their posts in state-owned companies: the chairman of the board of KazTransOil JSC; Dimash Dosanov, Chairman of the Board of QazaqGaz National Company JSC Kairat Sharipbaev and the head of the Atameken National Chamber of Entrepreneurs Timur Kulibayev.

Later, Tokayev admitted that in Kazakhstan the share of purchases in a non-competitive way is too high, and instructed to look into the purchases made by the Samruk-Kazyna National Welfare Fund, which was created by Nazarbayev's decree.

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Spiegel learned about the expulsion of a Russian diplomat from Germany for espionage

Spiegel: Germany declares Russian diplomat suspected of espionage persona non grata German law enforcement authorities believe that he was the curator of a scientist who provided Moscow with data on European aerospace developments, in particular, on the Ariane launch vehicle

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In 2021, the German authorities declared a Russian diplomat suspected of espionage persona non grata, Spiegel reports, citing sources.

According to Spiegel, we are talking about a consular officer in Munich. His expulsion is connected with the case of a scientist, Russian citizen Ilnur N., accused of espionage (German law enforcement agencies do not give his full name). The fact that the scientist was charged, it became known the day before, January 27, from the message of the Federal Prosecutor's Office of Germany. He was arrested in June 2021. He worked as a researcher in the department of technical specialty at one of the universities in Bavaria. In 2019, according to investigators, he agreed to cooperate with the Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR). (a family of launch vehicles, the latest of which, Ariane-7, is under development). For this he was paid €2.5 thousand

According to Spiegel, German investigators believe that the diplomat expelled from the country was a member of Russian intelligence. The prosecutor's report on the case of Ilnur N. stated that he was in regular contact with a certain “high-ranking official”; SVR in the country. Spiegel writes that his diplomatic status did not allow the German intelligence services to arrest the curator of the scientist, so he was declared persona non grata.

The detention of the RBC scientist was confirmed at the Russian embassy in Berlin. “We confirm that the German Prosecutor General’s Office has indeed filed formal charges against the Russian citizen in this case. He is currently in a pre-trial detention center in Augsburg (Federal State of Bavaria). Russian consular officials visited a Russian citizen, are in contact with his relatives, as well as a lawyer with a view to providing possible consular assistance within the framework of the powers provided for by law, — said an embassy spokesman.

Last October, a court in Berlin found 56-year-old German Jens F. guilty of spying for Russia and sentenced him to two years in prison and a fine € 15 thousand (more than 1 million rubles). According to investigators, he handed over plans for the premises of the German parliament (Bundestag) to Russian intelligence. And in August, a British citizen was arrested in Germany, who was also accused of working for Russian intelligence services.

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German intelligence chief says Russia is ready to attack Ukraine

German intelligence chief: Russia has not made a final decision to invade Ukraine Russia is ready to invade Ukraine, but has not yet made a final decision on this step, German intelligence chief Bruno Kahl said ://s0.rbk.ru/v6_top_pics/media/img/8/56/756433781630568.jpg” alt=”German intelligence chief announced Russia's readiness to attack Ukraine” />

Bruno Kahl

Russia is ready attack Ukraine, but has not yet decided whether to do so. This was stated by the head of the German Federal Intelligence Service (BND) Bruno Kahl in an interview with Reuters.

“I believe that the decision on the attack has not yet been made. A crisis can unfold in a thousand ways,»,— he said, listing scenarios, including moves to destabilize the government in Kiev.

Kahl refused to answer the question of what sanctions should be applied against Russia in the event of an “invasion”, but supported the German approach to keep Moscow in the dark about possible restrictive measures.

The West has repeatedly argued that Russia is preparing an “invasion” to Ukraine. In mid-January, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Russia was laying the groundwork for an invasion of Ukraine. According to her, this may happen in January-February, and the pretext for aggressive actions will be staged.

Moscow has repeatedly denied plans to invade Ukraine. “We consider unacceptable even the thought of a war between our peoples,” — said Alexei Zaitsev, deputy director of the information and press department of the department.

Against the backdrop of Western statements about a possible “invasion” Russian troops in Ukraine and threats of new sanctions On December 17, 2021, the Russian Foreign Ministry sent proposals on security guarantees to the United States and NATO. They included clauses on non-expansion of the alliance to the east and a ban on the inclusion of countries that were part of the USSR into the bloc.

On January 10, 12 and 13, a series of consultations between Russia and the United States, NATO and the OSCE took place in Geneva and Brussels on mutual security guarantees, but the negotiations did not lead to significant results. On January 26, the US and NATO handed over to the Russian side a response to security proposals. They declared that they would not abandon the principle of “open doors”; to join the bloc.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, commenting on the US response to Moscow's proposals, said that he did not see a positive reaction in Washington's answer to Russia's main question.

German Foreign Minister Annalena Burbock, in turn, assured that NATO is not currently discussing Ukraine's entry into the alliance and its further expansion to the east.

According to her, at the moment it is more important to establish a dialogue on the situation in eastern Ukraine and the implementation of the Minsk agreements, rather than talk about the imminent accession of the country to NATO.

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The Duma estimated the term for the adoption of a law banning surrogate motherhood

Head of the Duma Committee Ostanin: the law on the ban on surrogate motherhood will be considered in the autumn =”The Duma estimated the time frame for the adoption of a law banning surrogate motherhood” />

The Duma may adopt a law on a complete ban on surrogate motherhood in Russia in the autumn session, said the head of the Duma Committee on Family, Women and Children, member Communist Party of the Russian Federation Nina Ostanina, RIA Novosti reports.

“We may not get through the spring session [with this law]. In the autumn "— Ostanina said, answering the question when the Duma can adopt a law on a complete ban on surrogate motherhood.

According to her, women who cannot have children will still have the opportunity to carry out the in vitro fertilization (IVF) procedure at the budget expense or adopt a child.

At the same time, Ostanina's first deputy on the committee, a member of the United Russia party; Tatyana Butskaya told the agency that the committee does not yet have a relevant bill. “There is no bill in our committee to completely ban surrogacy,” — Butskaya said. The deputy noted that surrogate motherhood— salvation for women who cannot have children, but, according to her, this should not be associated with “exploitation for money.”

Last January, the Duma drafted a bill banning surrogacy services for foreigners. According to the Vice Speaker of the State Duma from the “United Russia” Peter Tolstoy, who took part in its development, the need for such a law arose after many foreign parents did not come to Russia due to the COVID-19 pandemic, who were supposed to pick up children from Russian surrogate mothers. The bill also provided for a ban on surrogate motherhood for single women and men.

This bill has drawn criticism. Oksana Pushkina, who was then a State Duma deputy, told RBC that this idea is contrary to the basic norms of the Constitution, including Art. 19, which guarantees the equality of all citizens before the law and the courts. If a person is not married, this is not a basis for limiting his rights, she noted. The bill was also criticized by lawyers and doctors.

The initiative was rejected in the first reading; Ostanina, the head of the Duma committee, asked to do this at the end of December.

“Unfortunately, the law itself” just the first step towards a ban on surrogacy. <…> We believe that the sale of children in general should be banned, including that Russian citizens are not entitled to order and buy children. And secondly, the law is so technically carelessly implemented that both the legal department of the State Duma, the main legal department under the president, and the Supreme Court issued negative conclusions. But to the credit of the authors who prepared this law, they are ready to introduce it again in a new edition. The committee asks to reject the bill, — she said during the vote in the State Duma.

In the fall, the Ministry of Labor developed amendments to the legislation that would allow families where a man is the only parent of a child born by a surrogate mother to receive maternity capital. They should earn money in 2022.

The State Duma Committee on Labour, Social Policy and Veterans Affairs reported that they were ready to support the bill. “No matter how you feel about surrogate motherhood, we have it in our country, just like single fathers who raise children in the same way as single mothers. Therefore, I personally think it is right that these citizens will be able to use the funds of maternity capital,»,— told Izvestia head of the committee, deputy chairman of the LDPR faction Yaroslav Nilov.

reported that they consider it necessary to support the initiative in the United Russia factions; and the Communist Party of the Russian Federation said they would give an assessment after the document was submitted to the lower house of parliament.

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Putin called Macron topics that the West ignored

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The United States and NATO, in Russia's written responses to its proposals in the field of security guarantees, did not take into account Moscow's fundamental concerns: the inadmissibility of the expansion of the North Atlantic Alliance to the east, the refusal to deploy strike weapons systems near Russian borders and the bloc's return to the positions of 1997 . Russian President Vladimir Putin stated this to his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron during a telephone conversation, the Kremlin press service reports.

In addition, according to Putin, Western countries have ignored the key issue of how the US and its allies will follow the principle of indivisibility of security, which is enshrined in the OSCE and Russia-NATO documents. It provides that no one should strengthen their security at the expense of the security of other countries.

Putin added that Russia is still studying the responses of the United States and NATO, and will decide on further actions later.

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The presidents discussed the situation in Ukraine. According to the Kremlin, Putin pointed out to Macron the importance of Kiev's implementation of the Minsk agreements and the establishment of a dialogue with the self-proclaimed DNR and LNR.

Russia submitted its demands for security assurances to the US and NATO last December. Among the main points— the alliance's refusal to expand to the east, include the former republics of the USSR in its composition, conduct military activities on the territory of Ukraine and non-deployment of the bloc's military forces on the territory of countries that were not members of the alliance in 1997. On January 10, 12 and 13, three rounds of talks between the US and Russia, the Russia Council— NATO and Russia and the OSCE. They ended without concrete results, and Moscow requested written answers to its proposals.

Russia received a US response from Ambassador John Sullivan on January 26. According to the head of the State Department, Anthony Blinken, in it Washington rejected Moscow's main demand, indicating that NATO would adhere to the open door principle. At the same time, he pointed to “positive things” that could be worked on: the arms control regime, including the issue of placing missiles in Europe, as well as ways to increase transparency and stability.

On the same day, the response from NATO was handed over to the Russian ambassador in Brussels. Alliance Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg named three areas in which progress is possible: NATO's relations with Russia, discussion of Russian concerns on the principles of the EU, and holding exercises.

According to Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, NATO's response is “so ideologized, so breathes with the exclusivity of the North Atlantic Alliance” that the document received from the United States can be called “a model of diplomatic decency”. At the same time, he pointed out that in the response of the American side there is no positive reaction to the main question of non-expansion of NATO.

The Kremlin noted that “it is not worth rushing to any conclusions”, Putin has all the documents, and he will need time to analyze them.

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Orban told what he wants to achieve from negotiations with Putin

Hungarian Prime Minister Orban announced plans to discuss with Putin an increase in gas supplies The meeting between the Hungarian Prime Minister and the Russian President will take place on 1 February. Viktor Orban intends during the negotiations to achieve an increase in gas supplies from the levels specified in the Russian-Hungarian gas contract

Viktor Orban

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban will use his visit to Moscow to increase natural gas volumes , which the country buys from Russia. His words are reported by Bloomberg and Reuters.

“I would like to achieve in the negotiations that in the current difficult environment with high energy prices, the amount of gas available to us in the long term will be increased,” — he said.

Orban will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin on February 1 in Moscow.

In September 2021, the Hungarian energy company MVM signed a long-term gas transportation agreement with Gazprom. According to contracts concluded for 15 years, up to 4.5 billion cubic meters will be supplied to Hungary. m of Russian gas annually bypassing Ukraine— through the Turkish Stream and gas pipelines in Southeast Europe.

The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry expressed disappointment with the decision of Budapest. The department called this step “taken to please the Kremlin” in order to damage the national interests of Ukraine and Ukrainian-Hungarian relations.

Then Viktor Orban said that the point of view of Ukraine was not taken into account on this issue. “We need gas. This is reality <…> On the gas front, I need to meet the interests of the Hungarian people, not the Ukrainian people,— said the head of the Hungarian government.

Two long-term contracts for the supply of Russian natural gas to Hungary were signed in 1996. Since the start of deliveries to Hungary by the end of 2019, about 261 billion cubic meters were exported. m of natural gas. In 2020, Hungary received 8.6 billion cubic meters. m of gas, for 2019— 11.26 bcm m.

In autumn 2021, gas prices in Europe rose significantly. If at the beginning of last year the cost of futures for TTF fuel was slightly above $200 per 1,000 cubic meters. m, then on August 30 the prices exceeded $600, on September 15— over $900. At the end of the year, exchange prices for gas in Europe beat records and approached $2.2 thousand per 1 thousand cubic meters. m.

Later, the cost decreased, but still remains above the levels of previous years. As of January 28, according to the ICE exchange, the cost of gas futures in Europe is above $1,088 per 1,000 cubic meters. m.

Against the backdrop of the gas crisis, many European politicians began to accuse Russia of price manipulation. The head of the International Energy Agency, Fatih Birol, said that Moscow held back gas supplies to Europe during a period of “heightened geopolitical tensions.”

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak responded by pointing out that Russia was not to blame for the energy crisis. In his opinion, the crisis was caused by a long winter, which forced the extraction of significant volumes of gas from underground gas storage facilities in Europe.

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Tokayev spoke about the “trigger” of the riots in Kazakhstan

The President of Kazakhstan, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, said that systemic corruption became the “trigger” of the protest actions in the country, which turned into unrest .

Tokayev announced that he had announced a merciless fight against corruption, and the Nur Otan party in power should be at the forefront of this fight, putting forward appropriate initiatives.

According to Tokayev, who cites the press service of the head of state on Twitter, it is important in society to form an absolute rejection of corrupt behavior by citizens.

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“Not far from Washington”: Satanovsky named the best country for Russian bases

Political scientist Yevgeny Satanovsky argued that the deployment of military bases in Cuba or Venezuela would be contrary to the national interests of these countries, since they seek to break out of isolation and improve relations with the United States.

According to the political scientist referred to by politros.com, Canada could be the best country for hosting Russian military bases. “Washington is not far away,” he said, adding that “during the Anglo-American War of 1812-1815, the British from Canada “captured Washington and burned it” in response to the devastation of their settlements.

Earlier the media has already discussed the version that Cuba and Venezuela can become valuable allies for Russia in the event of a confrontation with the United States of America. Subsequently, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov reported that Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed with the heads of these two countries, as well as Nicaragua, to develop cooperation in all areas, including military-technical.

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Der Spiegel: Russians and Ukrainians do not want to fight each other

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Readers of the German magazine Der Spiegel reacted violently to the material on the situation in the Donbass. The journalists of the publication, who are in the region, interviewed local residents and found out that none of them wants war.

Commentators supported the residents of Donbass. They remembered that at the time of the division of Germany, the Germans just did not want to fight each other, despite the efforts of politicians who tried to push them head-on.

“The common people never want war. Why is she to him? War is a perversion!” — wrote a user with the nickname Berti-bj. He added that Ukrainians and Russians are fraternal peoples.

“Everything is much simpler: people are afraid to die, and it doesn’t matter who is to blame,” agreed SirDusseltrutz.

Many readers agreed that NATO is to blame for the tension, which, contrary to the agreements, continues to expand to the east.

“If the United States were in the place of Russia and such a military bloc was approaching them, war would have broken out long ago!” Warumichxxx noted.

“I don't want brothers to fight each other, I want peace for everyone.” We thought so for years in the GDR. Maybe not apparatchiks, but we!” — reminded Michael-IX.

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The Belarusian presenter called Dudya a “lousy nit” and threatened Sobchak

Azarenok promised “Belarusization” to Russia

Belarusian journalist Grigory Azarenok harshly criticized Russian blogger Yury Dudya, who made a film about the life of Belarusian migrants. The TV presenter called him a “nitty nit” and “the main liberal scarecrow of Russian YouTube”, and also predicted an early “Belarusization” of Russia.

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Azarenok said on the STV channel that Dud's film “How to live if they are deprived of their homeland” is paid.

“You betrayed your homeland, sold it for a penny, you wanted to put it on under the obscene and vile West,” the journalist said, referring to Belarusian migrants, who mainly live in neighboring Lithuania and Poland.

Also, the program showed a fragment of Dudya’s film, in which he asks whether Russia is threatened with “Belarusization”.

“Consider this my political forecast – maybe. The western Belarusian wind is already blowing in your direction. Get ready, mongrels,” the journalist said, adding that the “Belarusization of Russia” is an insurmountable reality.

According to the presenter, after the “Belarusization” of Russia takes place, his opponents will record “repentant videos”, and the “sobchachka” (journalist Ksenia Sobchak – “MK”) “right in the wedding coffin will go to” where Dud filmed “false Kolyma films.”

On January 26, Dud published an almost three-hour film on his YouTube channel about how Belarusian migrants who were forced to leave the country live.

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The White House discussed the possibility of pumping vodka through Nord Stream 2

Nuland seemed like a good idea

In Washington, during a briefing at the White House, US Deputy Secretary of State Victoria Nuland discussed possible sanctions against Russia, in particular against the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline . At the same time, there were jokes about vodka.

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One of the journalists asked Nuland to comment on the threat Washington to impose sanctions against Nord Stream 2. The correspondent asked how the United States can harm the gas pipeline if its construction is completed.

The journalist noted that, in fact, Russia can already pump anything through the pipeline: not only gas, but also olive oil or vodka.

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“Vodka would be good,” Nuland joked in response.

At the same time, a representative of the State Department said that Nord Stream 2 had not yet been certified by the authorities of the European Union and Germany.

Earlier, Washington said that the United States would impose sanctions on Nord Stream 2 in the event of Russia's “invasion” of Ukraine. German Foreign Minister Annalena Berbock made the same threats.

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