Hot off the heels of Katy Perry's first Prism single "Roar" leaking, a tease of Lady Gaga's first ARTPOP single "Applause" has also leaked! (How convenient.)
Give 'er a listen:
It may just be a taste, but we're already applauding. Though "artpop" is somewhat of an elusive term, this is what we imagine it sounds like: driving electronica with that nasal and hypnotic Gaga twang. We can't wait to listen to the song in full on August 19th (or sooner, let's be real).
Perry and Gaga's head-to-head battle will culminate this fall , when albums Prism and ARTPOP drop on October 22th and November 11th respectively. Lots to be thankful for this year...that's all we're saying.
In the opening pages of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Earth is destroyed. Now if that doesn't scream 2020 so far, what does?
In Douglas Adams's 1979 novel, which premiered as a radio series on BBC Radio4 in 1978 (42 years ago—but more about the significance of that number later), Earth is suddenly blown up in order to make room for an intergalactic superhighway. Now, in a year that has—after only 3 months, people—given us a contentious, confusing democratic primary, the death of Kobe Bryant, new and worsening facts about our climate and habitat at large, appalling leadership, and of course the rapid spread of and global shutdowns by the coronavirus (COVID-19), it seems impossible to turn to any source for comfort.
Enter The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: a novel that starts with the global annihilation that we might be heading for and then follows the characters as they cope with new realities, with isolation and loss, an endless information source that brings with it endless anxiety, and an egomaniacal, arrogant, selfish, attention-craving president of the galaxy.
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It's time to study.
Now that you've flooded Instagram with photos of black squares, it's time to hunker down for some real activism.
If you're a white person, you're sitting on top of about four centuries of institutionalized racism. In the wake of George Floyd's murder by police and countless Black Lives Matter protests across the nation, it's time to show up—with your body, with your voice, and with your brain.