Kanye West’s name change is official

Kanye West’s name change is official
He’s legally changed his name to Ye.

By Jordan Darville

October 18, 2021

Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

 

Kanye Omari West has changed his legal name to his longtime moniker of Ye, according to a TMZ report. West first filed the paperwork with a Los Angeles judge in August, and today his request was approved.

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And, as Stereogum points out, Kanye had a fairly full weekend. He was the musical guest at the wedding of Alexandre Arnault and Geralde Guyot in Venice, where he performed “Flashing Lights” and “Runaway” through a cumbersome-looking Venetian mask. It kinda reminds me of Eyes Wide Shut, and I’m hoping that whole look doesn’t become a trend for the rich and famous.

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Prior to the wedding, Kanye was spotted at an airport in Venice wearing a white mannequin-looking mask. Big weekend for Kanye and masks, overall! Hopefully, this isn’t leading to one of his underbaked political statements. See it all below.

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Kanye performing "Runaway" last night at Alexandre Arnault and Geralde Guyot’s wedding in Venice. (10.16.21) pic.twitter.com/4WwxHsBEX1

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Kanye performing "Flashing Lights" last night at Alexandre Arnault and Geralde Guyot’s wedding in Venice. (10.16.21) pic.twitter.com/AriRIBgnwA

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The Let Go’s “Vegas” is your new favorite breakup song

The Let Go’s “Vegas” is your new favorite breakup song
Listen to the latest single from the Liverpool-via-Washington duo.

By David Renshaw

October 19, 2021

There’s a pretty amusing joke among people in Liverpool that the city’s airport is named after John Lennon because it’s the first place he went when he got rich. While funny (and fairly accurate of Lennon’s moves to both London and New York) it wouldn’t be fair to say that Merseyside’s most beloved musicians leave the city at the first opportunity. In fact, from Gerry & The Pacemakers right through to perma-stoned cosmic scallies The Coral, it’s actually rare to find a group who didn’t stay local. Even rarer still, perhaps, are artists who travel to Liverpool to make their name. Enter; The Let Go.

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The Let Go are Cole and Scout, two 19-year-old Washington natives who moved to the city to attend performing arts institution LIPA. They moved to the city in 2020 and today they share new song “Vegas,” a lo-fi and funky heartbreaker about splitting from someone who has model good looks that, even though they play games, is special nonetheless. Lit up by a sax solo, “Vegas” asks the simplest thing you want from a painful split: “just remember my name.”

Speaking about the track, Cole told The FADER: “‘Vegas’ is about being left in the dust by a boy who chose fame over me. Even though the relationship died, I still see his face on every public poster I walk by. Break-ups are hard, but everyone still talking about them afterwards makes it harder.”

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Like all of The Let Go’s music, “Vegas” is self-produced and comes with a self-directed video. The new visuals show Cole and Scout making their way around their new city, from bus stops and off-licenses to graffiti-clad walls. Check it out above.

Listen to Maxo Kream’s Weight of the World

Listen to Maxo Kream’s Weight of the World
The Houston rapper’s latest project is here.

By David Renshaw

October 18, 2021

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Houston rapper Maxo Kream has released new album Weight of the World. The album was released today, a Monday, rather than the industry-standard Friday to commemorate the anniversary of the death of his cousin Woodrow Kream as well as the birthday of his niece. Listen to Weight of the World below.

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Weight of the World features appearances from Tyler, the Creator (on the previously shared “Big Persona”), Freddie Gibbs, A$AP Rocky, Don Toliver, and more. The project includes the 2021 single “Greener Knots” and “Local Joker.” The album follows 2019’s Brandon Banks.

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BTS’s Suga shares remix of Coldplay collaboration “My Universe”

BTS’s Suga shares remix of Coldplay collaboration “My Universe”
Coldplay’s new album Music Of The Spheres is out now.

By Jordan Darville

October 18, 2021

BTS and Coldplay. Photos: James Marcus Haney x Heo Jae Young x Kim So Jung.

 

Earlier this month, Coldplay and BTS shared a collaborative single called “My Universe,” a Max Martin-produced single from Coldplay’s just-released album Music Of The Spheres. The meeting of the British group and the K-pop conquerers was a turn of events that few could have predicted when Chris Martin first strolled onto that beach for the “Yellow” video, but nevertheless, it’s currently No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

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Today, we’ve got another version of the single, a remix by BTS’s Suga, which will probably ensure that the song stays at the top of the pop chart for at least another week. The remix is a bit more straightforward progressive house than the original, but the chemistry between all the vocalists remains. “I’m thrilled to be able to work together with Coldplay, who I’ve admired since I was a kid, and honored to be a part of this remix,” Suga said in a press statement.

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Hear every song mentioned in Kelis’s episode of The FADER Uncovered

Hear every song mentioned in Kelis’s episode of The FADER Uncovered
All 76 songs, from Missy Elliott to David Bowie.

By David Renshaw

October 18, 2021

The 11th episode of The FADER Uncovered, the series in which host Mark Ronson talks with the world’s most impactful musicians, is up now and available for download wherever you listen to podcasts. This week Ronson is joined by Kelis. Together they revisit Kelis’s 2001 FADER cover, written between the release of her iconic albums Kaleidoscope and Wanderland. They look back on that period of Kelis’s career, taking in everything from making studio magic with The Neptunes to the downsides of touring Europe with U2. They also reminisce about the time Kelis, a Cordon Bleu-trained chef, catered a party at Mark’s, and look forward to new music, including her latest single, “Midnight Snacks.”

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Between them, Ronson and Kelis bring up lots of music across the episode, referencing Kelis’s early work with artists like ODB and Busta Rhymes right through to her love of Aaliyah and Bob Marley. To make that all easier to navigate, we’ve dropped all the artists they namecheck into a massive 76-song playlist, which you can check out below.

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Follow and subscribe to The FADER Uncovered here, check out the previous episode with J Balvin here, and come back for new episodes every Monday.

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Japanese Breakfast is the next guest on The FADER Uncovered with Mark Ronson

Japanese Breakfast is the next guest on The FADER Uncovered with Mark Ronson
Read The FADER’s 2018 cover story ahead of Michelle Zauner’s conversation with Ronson on next week’s podcast.

By David Renshaw

October 18, 2021

The FADER Uncovered, the podcast series in which host Mark Ronson talks with the world’s most impactful musicians, is back for a second season. For the third episode of the new season Mark is joined by Japanese Breakfast, a.k.a. Michelle Zauner. Together they revisit Zauner’s 2018 FADER cover, written shortly after the release of the second Japanese Breakfast album Soft Sounds From Another Planet.

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Since then the band has released new album Jubilee while Zauner published her memoir, New York Times best-seller Crying In H Mart, written about losing her mother and establishing her own identity. Zauner guides new fan Ronson through her career to date, from her early forays into music through to the viral New Yorker essay that led to her book, and onto her most recent project; scoring indie video game Sable. They also spend time discussing their shared love of Japanese city pop and coming to terms with your artistic voice.

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Before the interview goes live, check out Japanese Breakfast’s FADER cover story from 2018. Follow The FADER by clicking on the cover photo, taken by Ana Cuba, below.

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Toronto’s Kalisway breaks free on “Hit ’Em With The Funk”

Toronto’s Kalisway breaks free on “Hit ’Em With The Funk”
The singer says she’s on a mission to create “her own unstoppable groove.”

By Sajae Elder

October 18, 2021

For Toronto-based singer Kalisway, her funk-leaning sound was borne of a diverse musical diet, filled with everything from Parliament Funkadelic and Bob Marley to Erykah Badu and Pharrell in her early years. “Music was always around me. I would sing so much as a kid, my mom always told me I was constantly humming a tune,” she recently told FADER as she shared her latest single “Hit Em With the Funk,” her second since dropping her EP Cream back in 2020. “It’s why I always felt different with the way I heard music in my mind. Because I heard fusions of it.”

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The FADER recently caught up with the singer over email about how the song came together and how her bright sound stacks up in a city determined to be melancholic. Listen to “Hit ’Em With The Funk” above.

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Kalisway. Mark Pangilinan.

 

You recorded the vocals for your new single in one take! What was going through your mind when you did? Does all of your music come that organically?

My ideas are all organic. It’s all in the moment. It’s all in the way I feel, and how I vision the music and colors coming together. When I record voice memos, if I were a painter, I would be able to paint the picture of what each track feels like to me. Because musically, I’m a painter. So, when I recorded “Hit ‘Em With The Funk” in that one take, it was full of adrenaline, a rush of red, white, black, orange, colors that scream confidence to me. That was all I remember because I don’t try to “think” during those moments. Because for me, by staying presently not present, I’m allowing my mind and ideas to be unrestricted or doubted.

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Coming from Toronto, there’s obviously what’s sold to us as the city’s sound, but your music doesn’t necessarily fit that mold. Is that something that crossed your mind at all?

A lot. I’ve said many times that my music doesn’t fit the “expected” sound of my city. Some even told me, “You might just need to move out to the states”. But I’m here to change that. Toronto isn’t one sound; it never has been to me. And my music is a prime example of it. I don’t care about molds or what’s already been done. My sound is about to open a new lane for real.

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Kalisway. Mark Pangilinan.

 

You dropped an EP last April, sort of at the start of the pandemic, and a single earlier this year. Had any of that time in between changed your relationship with creating?

My mind changed for sure. Through the start of the pandemic, I actually lost my voice for a bit, so that caused a pause for me in terms of recording. So, I had to find another way to release the ideas that I had within my mind. At first, it was weird, because usually, every time I have an idea, I run to voice memos. But instead, I ran to FL (Fruity Loops) and wrote the melodies of my vocal on top of the track to remember the flow. And that was a game-changer for me. Because now my mind focused more on the instrumental songwriting and structure of the track, instead of my voice alone.

I feel like more R&B artists are starting to play around with funk, and even a bit of psychedelia in their music, including yourself. What were some of your inspirations and do you feel like this is your final sound?

I’ve always been funk. Growing up with P Funk, G funk, Bootsy on repeat made me want to create my own unstoppable groove. I have always tried to reach a point where I knew it sounded right to me. It’s never been an experiment, but more of a personal goal I was trying to reach. A goal of making the funk that I grew up on, twist and fuse into the new way that I hear it. A new way that I feel it in my mind. And for once, I feel that each time I create a new craft. And I know I’m doing something right, because it’s developed my sound, continuing to strengthen it, and it’s spreading worldwide.

Degrassi writer claims Drake lawyered up after his character got a wheelchair

Degrassi writer claims Drake lawyered up after his character got a wheelchair
Lawyers representing the then-child actor said he would quit unless his character Jimmy Brooks was healed.

By Jordan Darville

October 15, 2021

Drake in 2007. Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images for Nickelodeon.

 

It’s entirely possible that a majority of Drake‘s fans were introduced to him as a rapper rather than as Aubrey Graham, child actor behind the character of Jimmy Brooks on Degrassi: The Next Generation. In the teen drama’s fourth season, Jimmy is paralyzed after a school shooting and becomes a wheelchair user, one of the show’s most iconic character arcs thanks in no small part to Drake’s subsequent superstardom.

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However, in a new oral history of Degrassi published by The A.V. Club, show writer James Hurst claims that Drake hired a Toronto law firm to protest the change in his character, and even threatened to quit.

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There was a letter from a law firm in Toronto, and it was from Aubrey. It was an odd letter that said, “Aubrey Graham will not return to Degrassi season six as Jimmy Brooks unless his injury is healed, and he’s out of the wheelchair.” I said, “Get him down here.” He came in and was like, “What letter? I don’t know about that.” And I said, “All right, I understand. But how do you feel about the wheelchair?” He’s like, “All my friends in the rap game say I’m soft because I’m in a wheelchair.” And I said, “Well, tell your friends in the rap game that you got shot. How much harder can you get? You got shot, and you’re in a wheelchair.” He was like, “Yeah, yeah.” He was so nice and apologetic about everything. He instantly backed down. I was very passionate about it, and I said, “Aubrey, there’s some kid somewhere in a wheelchair, who’s completely ignored, who’s never on television, never gets represented.” I need you to represent this person. You’re the coolest kid on the show, and you can say there’s nothing wrong with being in a wheelchair.”

Lauren Collins, the actress who played Jimmy’s girlfriend Paige, speculated that Drake was struggling with perceived racial undertones of the storyline. “I don’t want to speak for anyone,” she said, “but I think [Aubrey] probably struggled with the idea that he was one of two Black characters on the show, and that he was the one who was winding up shot and in a wheelchair, which obviously is part of a much larger conversation.”

In the end, Drake played Jimmy despite the physical challenges that came with the revamped role. “I definitely have a few memories of him toppling the chair over and falling off of makeshift ramps that they’d constructed for him,” Collins said.

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Adele returns with new song “Easy On Me”

Adele returns with new song “Easy On Me”
The first single from upcoming album 30 comes with a vide directed by Xavier Dolan.

By David Renshaw

October 15, 2021

Adele has shared the first single from her upcoming fourth studio album. “Easy On Me” was co-written by Adele alongside Greg Kurstin, with whom she also wrote 2015 single “Hello.” Press play on the Xavier Dolan-directed video above to check out the song.

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“Easy On Me” will feature on Adele’s new album 30, which is out November 19. Speaking about the album in a recent statement shared on social media, she compared the album to “my ride or die throughout the most turbulent period of my life. When I was writing it, it was my friend who came over with a bottle of wine and takeaway to cheer me up. My wise friend who always gives the best advice. Not to forget the one who’s wild and says, “It’s your Saturn return babes fuck it, you only live once.”

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In a recent Vogue interview Adele confirmed she worked on 30 with Inflo, Max Martin, Shellback, Ludwig Göransson, and Tobias Jesso Jr among others.

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Stromae returns with new song “Santé”

Stromae returns with new song “Santé”
It’s the Belgian pop artist’s first new solo single since 2018.

By Jordan Darville

October 15, 2021

Belgian pop artist Stromae is back with a new song and music video called “Santé.” The new release marks the end of a hiatus: prior to today, Stromae hadn’t shared a new song since 2018’s “Défiler,” a nine-minute track composed for the Belgian fashion label Mosaert’s first runway show. And before that track, it had been five years since he’d released his album racine carrée.

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Still, he’s back, and on “Santé” he’s offering a timely celebration of the working class. “Let’s have a toast for the conquerors of the worst work hours,” he sings over a joyful instrumental, “for the new parents lulled to sleep by cries. For the insomniacs by trade.” If you’re also tired of watching videos of flight attendants and cashiers getting harassed by customers driven vicious by entitlement, “Santé” offers an unpatronizing tribute to the workers who have kept society afloat over the past 18 months. Hear it above in the music video directed by Jaroslav Moravc and Luc Van Haver.

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Watch Billie Eilish perform “Happier Than Ever” on Kimmel

Watch Billie Eilish perform “Happier Than Ever” on Kimmel
She was joined by Finneas on top of the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood.

By Jordan Darville

October 14, 2021

The title track from Billie Eilish‘s recent sophomore album Happier Than Ever is enjoying a surge of popularity on TikTok and the Billboard Hot 100, where it currently rests at No. 29. The song is a gradual embrace of a toxic relationship’s failure bisected between two kinds of rock: windswept and cathartic, stadium-sized riffing. Such a sound demands a big stage, and for her performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Eilish and her brother Finneas set up on top of The Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood, California with one drummer and a lot of strobe lights.

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Prior to the performance, Eilish sat down with Kimmel for an interview and some sketches. They discussed her Grammy-winning song “No Time To Die” from the recent James Bond film, her recent documentaries Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry and Happier Than Ever: A Love Letter to Los Angeles and her bucket list, which involved cutting a fan’s hair and getting kicked out of Target. Watch those below.

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SZA announces run of November shows

SZA announces run of November shows
The singer will perform six shows across the United States next month.

By Sajae Elder

October 14, 2021

SZA. Phillip Faraone/Getty Images for REVOLT.

 

SZA has announced six shows across the U.S. next month, kicking off in Houston, TX at Warehouse Live on November 3. The singer will then head to Austin, Dallas, Denver, and Salt Lake City before making her way to the Day N Vegas Festival in Las Vegas in mid-November.

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Most recently, SZA shared three new tracks via SoundCloud back in August before dropping an official single, “The Anonymous Ones,” in September. She also appeared alongside Kali Uchis on an updated version of “Fue Mejor.”

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See the dates below.

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11/03 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
11/06 – Austin, TX – Emo’s Austin
11/07 – Dallas, TX – South Side Music Hall
11/09 – Denver, CO – Filmore Auditorium
11/11 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Union
11/14 – Las Vegas, NV – Day N Vegas Festival

Uhhh Iss not a tour but I WILL be singing songs in multiple cities at night time lmao ..COME https://t.co/TE4nVnnAZO pic.twitter.com/0f4LGKotIB

— SZA (@sza) October 14, 2021

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Morgan Hislop and OhEm promise big things on “About 2 Be”

Morgan Hislop and OhEm promise big things on “About 2 Be”
Check out the first release from new London label Remedy!

By David Renshaw

October 13, 2021

“About 2 Be,” the debut single from London-based producer Morgan Hislop, is a breezy and intoxicating ode to good times. Written with vocalist OhEm (who has previously worked with K-pop group LOONA), the dancefloor-ready tune combines playful and inventive production from the underground with a flirty pop vocal promising “the best night of your life.”

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The production pushes for attention throughout as Hislop throws more and more into the mix. It’s an approach that works as the minimalist percussion combines with a fluorescent beat to create something that feels formally creative while still retaining the mainstream center needed to carry OhEm’s pillow-soft vocals.

“‘About 2 Be’ was developed over a long time as I tried new ideas, combining more traditional pop structures with this growing swell of elements,” Hislop tells The FADER via email. “For me this was very much the start of a new chapter in letting my guard down with concerning myself over which genre box I was trying to fit into. I was breaking away from the formulas of club music that I had found my producing habits had become locked into. As ‘About 2 Be’ has grown; the song has become this great result of a friendship with OhEm through the collaboration – I will always find ideas are more honest and organic in that space. Ultimately I wanted to produce music that would stick with people, kaleidoscopic and open to going into unexpected places but also grounded at its core.”

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“About 2 Be” is out now via London-based label, Remedy!

Real Lies’ “Since I” video offers up a haunted after party

Real Lies’ “Since I” video offers up a haunted after party
The U.K. duo return with new music ahead of a 2022 album.

By David Renshaw

October 13, 2021

Real Lies know the pain of having to curtail a big night out because the bell for last orders has rung and everywhere in the surrounding area has closed for the evening. “Since I,” the duo’s latest single, taps into the ever-decreasing circle that is inner-city nightlife with acute observations about late nights that bleed into early mornings gathered around the aux cable as a friend’s place becomes the de facto club and what that says about the “shut down town” they call home. It may be London that they’re talking about but it’s a feeling that resonates globally.

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The “Since I” video runs with the theme of hedonists with no place to go as a young couple explore ourdoor spaces in search of a place to come up. Real Lies, Kevin Lee Kharas and Patrick King, stalk the visual, too, appearing in fleeting moments as the euphoric yet mournful pop song explodes. This latest track paves the way for the duo’s second album, due in 2022.

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Speaking about the track, vocalist Kharas writes: “‘Since I’ is an airborne late-night odyssey guided by something just out of reach. It’s about burying yourself beneath words and warm bodies in an endless search for the right ones. It’s by and for Tom Watson, whose voice haunts this song which he wrote with us before leaving Real Lies for pastures new. The unbearably sensual video is by Grant Armour, who we thank and applaud. RIP all the lost bar rooms and basements.”

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In addition to “Since I,” Real Lies have also announced a UK and EU tour, including their biggest London headline show to date. Check out the full schedule below.

16.10.21 Swn Festival, Clwb Ifor Bach Cardiff
22.10.21 Jam Jar Bristol
23.10.21 Green Door Store Brighton
29.10.21 Ideal Bar Copenhagen
03.11.21 Headrow House Leeds
04.11.21 Hare & Hound Birmingham
05.11.21 Hug & Pint Glasgow
06.11.21 Shipping Forecast Liverpool
07.11.21 Cluny 2 Newcastle
10.11.21 The Garage London
13.11.21 Pop-Up Du Label Paris
04.12.21 Workman’s Club Dublin
21.01.22 White Hotel Manchester

Thumbnail image courtesy of Will Grundy.

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Watch Phoebe Bridgers perform “Moon Song” in a space suit on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Watch Phoebe Bridgers perform “Moon Song” in a space suit on Jimmy Kimmel Live!
One giant leap…

By David Renshaw

October 13, 2021

Phoebe Bridgers was the musical guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Bridgers appeared in an astronaut suit to perform the appropriately titled “Moon Song.” Check her performance out above.

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“Moon Song” appears on Bridgers’ 2020 album Punisher. Since releasing the album Bridgers has been busy launching a record label, touring North America, collaborating with MUNA, and, most recently, sharing a cover of comedian Bo Burnham’s “Funny Feeling.”

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Current Events: 10 songs about buying shit you (probably) don’t need

Current Events: 10 songs about buying shit you (probably) don’t need
A new playlist from The FADER, creating the right musical mood for the headline of the week.

By Sajae Elder

October 13, 2021

Every week, The FADER brings you a playlist of songs pulled from the headlines (in no particular order).

From frantically stocking up on Lysol wipes and toilet paper in the pandemic’s early days to the online buys that made us feel better about living in the hellscape that was 2020 and much of 2021, buying stuff in excess has been even more central to our lives than it already was.

If the number of empty shelves and out-of-stock alerts were any indications, a shipping backlog on consumer products has already thrown the whole “recovering global economy” thing into disarray, with millions of products just sitting at ports around the world, but with far fewer people to unload and transport it all.

In honor of our need to buy every quasi-useful item that comes across our feeds, here are 10 songs about supply, demand, and buying shit we (probably) don’t need.

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“That Funny Feeling” — Phoebe Bridgers

A mainstay on her fall tour, Bridgers’s version of Bo Burnham’s Inside track is still every bit the scathing commentary on how inundated we are by the things that bring us instant, and often quickly fleeting, gratification.

“Milionària” — Rosalia

People swear by the power of financial manifestation, and this track sees the Spanish star call out wearing Audemars and shutting down the Louvre for herself like the world is already her oyster.

“Broke Boi” — Playboi Carti

Over a twinkling beat with the faint sounds of a cash counting machine, Carti hits back at the kind of frivolous spending that might look like financial stability but is actually anything but.

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“Dead Fox” — Courtney Barnett

Making the choice between standard and organic produce, even if a friend tells you they “they stick nicotine in the apples,” is moot if both kinds are sold out with no restock in sight, anyway.

“Ruin” — Cat Power

Cat Power explores just how much of our first-world concerns about what we can and can’t have stack up on a global scale.

“Way Back Then” — jung jaeil

If you’ve watched Netflix’s Squid Game by now, the Korean thriller about contestants playing children’s games with a life or death twist for a chance at millions, you may or may not be a bit traumatized by this song — a steady, endless march that feels like its own, self-contained commentary on capitalism, consumerism, supply and demand, and the cyclical, monotonous nature of all of them. We’re sorry.

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“National Anthem” — Lana Del Rey

As much as anyone enjoys the spoils of excess, Del Rey is just as critical of its capabilities in turning us into shells of ourselves, trodding aimlessly through a consumerist dreamland.

“Lost Angeles” — Skiifall

To anyone with a net worth higher than $5, the only side effect of audacious spending is attracting those committed to taking advantage of you. As debatable as that might be, the Montreal rapper is pretty sure “that she with me just for the pennies.”

“4K” — Duckwrth feat. Phabo

Photo evidence has long been overspending’s proud counterpart, and usually how the rest of us find the new “must-have” item to begin with. If you don’t post it, did you actually buy it?

“Gold Fronts” — Foushee feat. Lil Wayne

This isn’t to say that gold fronts are a particularly frivolous thing to buy, but with higher shipping costs and longer production times thanks to supply chain disruptions, getting new ones might take a while.

Stream the playlist below.

Adele announces release date for new album 30

Adele announces release date for new album 30
Her fourth album is out on November 19.

By Jordan Darville

October 13, 2021

Adele. Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images.

 

Adele will release her fourth studio album 30 on November 19. The English singer-songwriter announced the release date (and possible cover art) in social media posts published on Wednesday.

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The announcement came with a lengthy note written by Adele on the album, which was created in the wake of her divorce from ex-husband Simon Kornecki. “I was certainly nowhere near where I’d hoped to be when I first started [30]nearly 3 years ago,” Adele wrote, describing 30 as “my ride or die throughout the most turbulent period of my life.”

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Read the full note below. On Friday, Adele will share 30‘s first single “Easy On Me.”

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Producer and artist Biako enlists Jean Deaux for the sultry”Damn Girl”

Producer and artist Biako enlists Jean Deaux for the sultry”Damn Girl”
The Los Angeles-based producer has shared his slinky debut release as an artist.

By Sajae Elder

October 13, 2021

Known for his work with LION BABE, Kadhja Bonet, Baby Rose, and rising singer Fousheé (having helmed her viral hit “Deep End”) producer Biako is taking his own turn at artistry, sharing his debut single “Damn Girl,” premiering above.

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This slinky, neo-soul-inspired jam is a pulsing groove that finds Biako in awe of the women in his life, his own echoing vocals going back and forth with Chicago-based artist Jean Deaux‘s smoky delivery.

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“My aim for ‘Damn Girl’ was to uplift the image of womxn of all walks of life,” Biako explained about the track in an email a press release, “from their usual patriarchal objectification into something that transcends the physical and gets to a more spiritual type of illumination, an intrinsic and almost frightening display of power that a womxn possesses. She could devour you if she wanted to, but you just get to lay there and bear witness to it all. You get to honor and respect her power, rather than attempt to colonize it.”

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Hear “Damn Girl” above.

serpentwithfeet shares “Down Nuh River,” details DEACON’S GROVE EP

serpentwithfeet shares “Down Nuh River,” details DEACON’S GROVE EP
The companion piece to his 2020 album DEACON is out on November 5.

By Jordan Darville

October 13, 2021

In March, Baltimore experimental soul artist and FADER cover star serpentwithfeet shared his sophomore album DEACON, a joyously uncanny amalgamation of timeless Black musical traditions filtered through a queer perspective. serpentwithfeet will revisit the project later this year with DEACON’S GROVE, an EP containing two reinterpretations of DEACON songs, a remix of “Fellowship” featuring Ambre and Alex Isley, and the new songs “Down Nuh River” and “Shoot Ya Shot.” Today, “Down Nuh River” is out along with a music video.

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“When working on ‘Down Nuh River’ I was thinking of all the songs that me, my friends and cousins made up as kids,” serpentwithfeet said of the song. “We had so much fun creating and reinventing songs on the playground and the porch. I wanted to channel that energy in this track.” That spirit is also present in Keith Nedd’s music video, a full-on dance routine taking place in and around a high school football field. Like all of serpentwithfeet’s music, “Down Nuh River” and its video are so full of life, they seem to draw breath on their own every time you press play.

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Kenny Beats hosts artist education series for music platform Splice

Kenny Beats hosts artist education series for music platform Splice
The producer will serve as the music creation platform’s first Artist In Residence.

By The FADER

October 13, 2021

Music creation platform Splice has announced its first Artist in Residence program with Kenny Beats, which will see the producer host a six-part series for their on-demand education vertical, Skills. Best known for his work alongside Rico Nasty, Freddie Gibbs, Vince Staples, and more, Kenny covers everything from vocal production to networking to personal branding across the six technique-driven video lessons, set to drop weekly.

“Splice changed the game,” said Kenny Beats. “Music creation is more fun than ever, and pretty much anyone can make a song if they want to. As a long time Splice user, I’m pleased to be the
first Artist in Residence and share an inside look at how I work.”

The series will appear alongside over 100 other classes from music educators including Erin Barra and Thavius Beck, as they guide users through skills such as creating drum kits, disguising samples, and customizing loops on multiple digital audio workstations. The innovative platform, which serves as a digital meeting ground for aspiring musicians and producers, features a number of creative tools and solutions, including sounds, connected instruments, and a diverse library of over 2 million pre-cleared samples. This year alone, Splice Sounds launched sounds and samples from artists and producers like Murda Beatz, Taiko, Tayla Parx, Clean Bandit, Oliver, and Fraser T Smith.

“Kenny is hugely influential on our community, his content has always been the most requested by our users,” says Splice founder and CEO Steve Martocci. “Splice is about helping people discover their own untapped potential. Kenny’s energy and love of music making is infectious, and will inspire the next class of creators.”

A collaborative merch drop and Discord activation between Splice and Kenny beats are set to drop later this year.

Watch the trailer above and register for the series here.

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Snail Mail share new song/video “Ben Franklin”

Snail Mail share new song/video “Ben Franklin”
Valentine is out on November 5.

By Jordan Darville

October 13, 2021

As much as I would have enjoyed seeing Lindsey Jordan in a bald cap and suit flying a kite with a key on it, that’s not what we get from the new Snail Music video for the just-released single “Ben Franklin.” Instead, the indie-rock songwriter and her band lounge around a fancy old house, playing with a Nintendo 64, a huge python, and an adorable puppy that is wearing a shirt. That’s cool too, I guess.

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Next to all of this is Jordan’s dancing-alone-in-my-bedroom-style choreography and, of course, a great song that grooves through its malaise. “I wanted to sonically and lyrically get out of my comfort zone with ‘Ben Franklin,'” Jordan wrote in a press statement. “It felt only right that the visual accompaniment should include dancing in front of a camera and holding a 10 foot snake close to my face.”

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Snail Mail’s new album Valentine is out November 5 via Matador. Find dates on her upcoming world tour and the album’s title track here.

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Dijon announces debut album Absolutely, shares live performance of new song

Dijon announces debut album Absolutely, shares live performance of new song
November 5 will see the release of the indie songwriter’s debut album.

By Jordan Darville

October 13, 2021

Dijon has been one of the more compelling artists to rise as genre-ambiguous musicians flooded the soul genre in the wake of Frank Ocean’s rise. After two collections on Warner, Sci Fi 1 and the EP How Do You Feel About Getting Married?, Dijon will finally share his debut album Absolutely, out on November 5. Last week we got the lead single “Many Times,” a Songs You Need-playlisted track, but today’s drop is a bit more unorthodox: it’s a live performance of the as-yet-untitled first track on Absolutely, shot with a full band in a living room. The new song is a ballad about appreciating the big, little, and not-so-flattering moments of a person with strong Prince vibes with a bed of ghostly ambiance and thundering drums. The band’s chemistry is something beautiful, and I’m glad I experienced the song for the first time this way. Watch above.

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Mo Troper is a power pop genius on Dilettante

Mo Troper is a power pop genius on Dilettante
Stream the Portland-based singer-songwriter’s new album in full before its release on Friday.

By Alex Robert Ross

October 13, 2021

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Mo Troper has spent the past five years trying to perfect the imperfectible. He’s written power pop song after power pop song, picking up a fraying thread carried through time by Flamin’ Groovies, Big Star, and Fountains of Wayne, bands that, Troper knows very well, released music that was effectively flawless. Earlier this year he released a track-by-track remake of The Beatles’ Revolver, a power pop urtext. On its face this — all of this — seems like an exhausting and futile task. But Troper has a sharp sense of humor, an apparently insatiable amount of creative energy, and, above all, a remarkable knack for melody. Somehow, as he’s grown into his sound, he’s crafted something original from these familiar tropes.

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That might suggest that Troper is screwing around by calling his new album Dilettante, but he isn’t bashful about the name. “As its title suggests, Dilettante is a toilet bowl overflow of pastiche in the style of Welcome Interstate Managers or Todd Rundgren’s Something/Anything?” he wrote in a statement to The FADER. Still, I reckon there’s more to it than imitation. Dilettante runs for 28 songs but never loses its puff, tirelessly hurtling from one hook to the next, somehow keeping pace with the euphoric-sounding opener “The Expendables Rise Again.”

There are sugar-pop quips — “I’m not the best you’ve ever had / But at least it’s not all bad,” “She makes me feel six feet tall / My whimper’s become a caterwaul” — but there’s a hint of bitterness at the back of his mouth too (“If I could roll my eyes I would / Right out of my head,” he sings on the laconic “My Master’s Voice”). He almost never focuses on one at the expense of the other — he can be self-deprecating and angry and whimsical all at once, as he is on the perfectly-titled “All My Friends Are Venmo.” He may be the only artist working right now who can jolt from a scuzzy instrumental called “Cum On My Khakis” to an almost worryingly cherubic acoustic song called “Sugar and Cream.”

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That’s partly down to the process — or lack of process — he employed for Dilettante. “I played everything on it and recorded it in about a week,” Trooper says. “I think an artist creates their best and most honest work when there is a proverbial gun pointed at their head.

And maybe it’s partly down to giving less of a shit. In his Bandcamp bio for the album, he said, “I just want to release as much stuff as I can before I’m dead.” He’s just as carefree writing to The FADER: “People told me not to release 28 songs, they were wrong. I have no interest in touring anymore because I’m in constant physical pain already and I don’t understand why I should spend money to go play Sleepy Toes Tavern in Wichita or whatever. I would like to take this album to a different type of stage: Broadway.”

Listen to Dilettante in full below before its release this Friday, October 15. Pre-order the album via Bandcamp too. CDs are available via Propaganda Kid.

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Black Country, New Road announce new album Ants From Up There

Black Country, New Road announce new album Ants From Up There
Listen to the U.K. band’s new track “Chaos Space Marine” now.

By David Renshaw

October 12, 2021

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Black Country, New Road have announced details of their second album. Ants From Up There is due on February 4 2022 via Ninja Tune. You can hear new track “Chaos Space Marine” below.

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Ants From Up There is the British band’s follow-up to debut album For The First Time, released earlier this year. That album, largely a collection of the band’s early material, was nominated for the Mercury Prize and featured the singles “Athens, France” and “Sunglasses.” The group spoke to The FADER about the album in an interview you can read here.

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According to a press statement the new album was recorded at Chale Abbey Studios on the Isle Of Wight. “We were just so hyped the whole time,” Tyler Hyde of the band is quoted as saying. “It was such a pleasure to make. I’ve kind of accepted that this might be the best thing that I’m ever part of for the rest of my life. And that’s fine.”

Ants From Up There tracklist:

“Intro”
“Chaos Space Marine”
“Concorde”
“Bread Song”
“Good Will Hunting”
“Haldern”
“Mark’s Theme”
“The Place Where He Inserted the Blade”
“Snow Globes”
“Basketball Shoes”

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Molly Nilsson reveals new album Extreme, shares “Absolute Power”

Molly Nilsson reveals new album Extreme, shares “Absolute Power”
The underground songwriter’s latest drops on January 15, 2022.

By Jordan Darville

October 12, 2021

When Molly Nilsson spoke with The FADER last year, the Swedish-born singer-songwriter saw 2021 as a year full of possibility. “I do think that this is a good time to sort of change habits,” she said. “It’s a good time to quit smoking, to quit bad behavior towards yourself and others.” Whether or not the past 10 months have actually looked like that for you, there’s always the possibility of tomorrow. And, since every big change needs a motivational anthem, Nilsson has delivered one in her new single “Absolute Power.”

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The first single from her upcoming project, Extreme (the follow-up to 2018’s splendid LP 2020), “Absolute Power” is all crunchy power chords and thundering drum machines against Nilsson’s wry, ghostly vocals that describe unrelenting effort in the face of bleak odds. “It’s me, vs. the black hole at the center of the galaxy,” she sings, “Who we are vs. Who we’d like to be/Get ready for the Fight of the Century.” It’s an instant workout playlist addition, and in that vein, Nilsson dresses up like a Street Fighter character for the music video, shadowboxing on a roof.

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Extreme is out January 15 via Dark Skies Association and Night School Records.

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Cate Le Bon shares “Running Away,” details new album

Cate Le Bon shares “Running Away,” details new album
Pompeii is out February 4 via Mexican Summer.

By Jordan Darville

October 12, 2021

Cate Le Bon. Photo by H Hawkin.

 

Cate Le Bon served up a strong album in 2019 called Reward, a project that nodded to the progressive pop songwriting of the ’70s. Today, the Welsh musician has announced her fifth solo studio album Pompeii with its first single, a gentle interstellar disco track named “Running Away.” Casey Raymond directs Le Bon in the song’s music video, a laser-filled performance featuring Le Bon as a cathode ray nun, a stoic saxophone player, and a lot of lasers.

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Le Bon described the conception and recording of Pompeii in a detailed press statement:

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Pompeii was written and recorded in a quagmire of unease. Solo. In a time warp. In a house I had a life in 15 years ago. I grappled with existence, resignation and faith. I felt culpable for the mess but it smacked hard of the collective guilt imposed by religion and original sin.

The subtitle is: You will be forever connected to everything. Which, depending on the time of day, is as comforting as it is terrifying. The sense of finality has always been here. It seems strangely hopeful. Someone is playing with the focus lens. The world is on fire but the bins must go out on a Tuesday night. Political dissonance meets beauty regimes. I put a groove behind it for something to hold on to. The grief is in the saxophones.

Watch the video for “Running Away” below, followed by Le Bon’s upcoming tour dates.

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Cate Le Bon tour dates

02/06 – Woodstock, NY – Colony
02/08 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
02/09 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
02/11 – Toronto, ON – Great Hall
02/14 – Chicago, IL –Thalia Hall
02/16 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
02/17 – Seattle, WA – Crocodile
02/19 – San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall
02/20 – San Luis Obispo, CA – The Rock / SLO Brew Music Hall
02/24 – Los Angeles, CA – Teragram Ballroom
02/26 – Pioneertown, CA – Pappy’s
03/12 – Southampton, UK – Engine Rooms
03/15 – London, UK – Hackney Empire
03/16 – Manchester, UK – Albert Hall
03/17 – Glasgow, UK – Queen Margaret Union
03/18 – Belfast, IE – Empire Music Hall
03/19 – Dublin, IE – The National Concert Hall
03/21 – Liverpool, UK – Arts Club
03/22 – Leeds, UK – Irish Centre
03/23 – Birmingham, UK – The Mill
03/28 – Lille, FR – L’Aeronef
03/29 – Paris, FR – La Maroquinerie
03/31 – Lyon, FR – Epicerie Moderne
04/01 – Zurich, CH – Bogen F
04/02 – Schorndorf, DE – Manufaktur
04/03 – Leipzig, DE – UT Connewitz
04/05 – Berlin, DE – Frannz Club
04/06 – Hamburg, DE – Nochtspeicher
04/07 – Hus 7 / Slaktkyrkan – Stockholm, SE
04/08 – Oslo, NO – Parkteatre
04/09 – Copenhagen, DK – Small Vega
04/11 – Brussels, BE – AB Box
04/12 – Amsterdam, NL – Paradiso

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Giveon shares cover of PinkPantheress’s “Just For Me”

Giveon shares cover of PinkPantheress’s “Just For Me”
An acoustic version was performed for BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge.

By Jordan Darville

October 12, 2021

PinkPantheress, the teenaged pop songwriter based out of London, is responsible for one of the best songs of the year in “Just For Me.” It’s a revival of U.K. garage that transcends mere nostalgia thanks to a heap of emotion — it has enough stomach butterflies to fill a monarch colony. That heart isn’t lost on Giveon, the L.A. soul singer with a growing fanbase off the strength of two EPs released last year and his feature on Justin Bieber’s No. 1 hit “Peaches.” Today, the BBC have shared Givēon’s cover of “Just For Me,” recorded for the Live Lounge.

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Giveon’s version sports a full band, and whoever was in charge of the mood lighting did a really fantastic job. It underscores the cover’s shift from anxious club track to a downtempo ballad that drifts along at the pace of a rose petal falling to the bedroom floor. Like the original, it’s totally addictive, but all Giveon’s changes make it feel like you’re hearing it for the first time. This cover is strong enough that it could lead to “Just For Me” conquering TikTok once again, and I hope it gets put on streaming services really soon. Check it out above, via Stereogum.

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Adult Swim announces free virtual festival with Lil Baby, 21 Savage, Flying Lotus, and more

Adult Swim announces free virtual festival with Lil Baby, 21 Savage, Flying Lotus, and more
The event streams live on YouTube on November 12-13.

By Jordan Darville

October 12, 2021

Lil Baby. Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for 105.1.

 

For the second year in a row, late-night programming block Adult Swim will bring a free, two-day event to YouTube. The Adult Swim Festival will stream live on November 12-13, and will feature never-before-seen live performances from dozens of artists. The line-up includes Lil Baby, 21 Savage, Karol G, Flying Lotus, Alessia Cara, Angel Olsen, Moor Mother, The Armed, Sheer Mag, Kelly Lee Owens, Jlin, and many more. Outside of musical performances, the Festival will air panels on several Adult Swim shows including Rick and Morty, Squidbillies, and Aqua Teen Hunger Force, plus live screenings of episodes from across the Adult Swim catalog.

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Sam Ray (Ricky Eat Acid, American Pleasure Club) hospitalized following asthma attack

Sam Ray (Ricky Eat Acid, American Pleasure Club) hospitalized following asthma attack
Kitty, Ray’s wife, posted that her husband was “in intensive care on a ventilator” following a medical episode on Sunday.

By Jordan Darville

October 11, 2021

Sam Ray. Photo via Run For Cover Records.

 

Sam Ray, the Baltimore-born musician who performs as Ricky Eat Acid and American Pleasure Club (f.k.a. Teen Suicide) is in intensive care following an asthma attack. The news was tweeted out of Ray’s official Twitter account by Kitty, Ray’s wife and bandmate in the pop duo The Pom Poms.

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In her first post on Sunday, Kitty wrote that Ray “had an asthma attack early [Sunday] morning and is in intensive care on a ventilator.” A few hours later, she wrote that Ray’s condition had improved. “the doctor says all signs point to a healthy normal brain but his lungs & body need to rest for a while.” By Monday afternoon, Ray had displayed “a miraculous improvement overnight” and was conscious, talking, and breathing without the aid of a ventilator. “hes awake, talking, moving, remembers everything about his life up until his Big Night,” Kitty wrote.

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hey this is kitty. sam had an asthma attack early this morning and is in intensive care on a ventilator. he's not conscious but doing okay right now. pls keep him & our family in your heart rn, we can use every positive vibe in the world. x

— alexander wept (@fugazi420) October 10, 2021

still kit. sam is still in intensive care on a ventilator, but he's pushing through & getting better. the doctor says all signs point to a healthy normal brain but his lungs & body need to rest for a while.
thank u so much & pls keep pulling for my sam. i cant be without him

— alexander wept (@fugazi420) October 11, 2021

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kit again!
sam had a miraculous improvement overnight & is breathing on his own now, no more ventilator. hes awake, talking, moving, remembers everything about his life up until his Big Night
idk when he'll be home but. he's back
thank u so much for every thought & word <3

— alexander wept (@fugazi420) October 11, 2021

Ray debuted his indie rock band Teen Suicide in 2009 and released three acclaimed albums before changing the project’s name to American Pleasure Club in 2017. Ricky Eat Acid, his experimental electronic music alias, emerged in 2010 and has released seven studio projects, including its 2014 breakout Three Love Songs and last year’s When They Align Just So, Memories of Another Life Bleed into My Own.

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This post was updated on Monday, October 11 at 2:46 pm to include an update on Ray’s condition.

Report: TikTok’s Lil Nas X NFT has been shelved

Report: TikTok’s Lil Nas X NFT has been shelved
Scheduled to be released last Wednesday, the digital artwork will no longer be released, according to a Rolling Stone report.

By Jordan Darville

October 11, 2021

Lil Nas X. Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images.

 

An NFT collaboration between TikTok and Lil Nas X will no longer be released, Rolling Stone reports. The digital artwork was set to be revealed last Wednesday, but sources close to TikTok tell Rolling Stone that the program’s rollout has been “a challenge,” “a mess,” and “a complete joke.”

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It is unclear what form the Lil Nas X NFT was going to take — a “Non-Fungible Token” serves as a kind of certificate of authenticity stored in the blockchain for a digital item, be it an album like the recent Kings of Leon project When You See Yourself or a tweet such as Twitter founder Jack Dorsey’s first-ever posting. The FADER has reached out to TikTok for more information.

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Other artists who signed on with TikTok’s NFT initiative were Grimes, who raked in over $6 million from the sales of her own NFTs, and Bella Poarch, the TikTok influencer who recently launched a pop career. TikTok reportedly enlisted Poarch for the scheme by promising as much as $4 million in equivalent marketing and the promise to use one of her songs in a year-end campaign (a representative for TikTok disputed this in a statement to Rolling Stone, saying “This isn’t accurate.”) Still, a source told Rolling Stone that Poarch may exit the program over concerns with its “execution.”

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In happier Lil Nas X news, he recently released an extended version of his Jack Harlow-featuring hit “Industry Baby,” and it’s going viral — where else? — on TikTok.