Target model Carrie Lane wants to be your Brooklyn Baby
Carrie Lane has no interest in making you that bubblegum that makes you go yum.
Or so she told the giggling emperors at Zooey Deschanel's outlet, Hello Giggles: "I never wanted to make cheesy mainstream pop," she proclaimed, avowing her heroes to be of the Lana Del Rey and Amy Winehouse-variety. Leaning on both names, her latest non-cheesy slice of music is neat little kicker that features her contralto pipes on full blast. More interestingly, it features lyrics like "Not so much a Brooklyn Baby" and "Sweet summer sadness," both of which wink at the Del Rey song titles. It is called "Nobody." Her backing band steer mostly around reggae-by-way-of-Eric Clapton riffs and a mildly tropical backbeat that feels trendy. Her handlers threw a Jam in the Van-performance of it our way to exclusively give it to ya.
Go on, pop a watch:
A rising starlet wanting to imprint her face onto the contemporary indie marketplace of people who can mimic Carly Rae Jepsen's command of a smile and festival schedule, Lane has two singles out already: "Drowning" and "If I Can't Be With You."
Still readying our earbuds for an EP-length onslaught, her publicity team sent the New Jersey-born singer of song toward an organization called Jam in the Van where one jams, one assumes in a van. The allegedly van-based organization has previously worked with Grammy-mainstay Gary Clark Jr., cute-harido Robert DeLong and the Mike Love who isn't in the Beach Boys. Last Friday, JITV released two of Lane's performances, a crackingly live version of "Drowning" and another new one called "Think About It." Their Twitter bio tells us that their shit is also solar powered. How about that!
Otherwise, Lane got some attention as a model for Target's #RealGirls marketing campaign, aimed at selling their jeans collection at plus-sized demos. As a size 8, she told Hello Giggles, that she received some flak for ostensibly representing a larger-than-average pants-buying consumer; in the US, the average woman is a size 16. "That's what the industry places," she said at the time.
But like Lana, Lane has been trying to make a go of the music thing for some time now, touring with YouTube-rapper Taylor Caniff back in 2014 and releasing singles like "Found You" that are no longer to be found on the interwebs. Will 2017 be her big break? You decide!
Andrew Karpan is all that is left of integrity these days. He milks Joni Mitchel covers Tuesdays in Alphabet City and has a whole Patti Smith-thing going on on Times Square. Follow him on Twitter.
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The newly passed "BTS Law" allows K-pop stars to defer mandatory military service.
This week South Korea's National Assembly passed a law that is sure to have BTS ARMY cheering them on.
Generally speaking, all South Korean men are required to spend at least 18 months enlisted in the military, with the final cut-off for entry at age 28. But the new legislation — informally referred to as "The BTS Law" — will allow K-pop stars who meet certain requirements to defer until the age of 30.
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"I want to share with you that I am trans, my pronouns are he/they and my name is Elliot."
Academy Award-nominated actor Elliot Page has come out as transgender.
Page, known for his roles in films like Juno, Whip It, and Inception, announced his coming out in a social media post today. "Hi friends, I want to share with you that I am trans, my pronouns are he/they and my name is Elliot," he wrote. "I feel lucky to be writing this. To be here. To have arrived at this place in my life."
Every year, Spotify listeners win out over devotees to other streaming platforms when they unveil their Spotify Wrapped playlists — a data driven analysis of what the year sounded like.
And while this year's personal Spotify Wrapped summaries are still loading, Spotify just released their data for their most streamed global music and podcasts of the year.
Announced the week following the Grammy nominations, Spotify Wrapped feels like vindication for artists who were snubbed by the awards committee, like The Weeknd and Halsey.
The summary also analyzed trends of when and how people were listening to content, noting increased popularity in nostalgia-themed playlists and work-from-home-themed playlists. Spotify users were understandably playing music from home more, which even caused an uptick in streaming music from gaming consoles. Listeners also tuned obsessively into wellness podcasts like never before.
After months of on and off again speculation, Rihanna and A$AP Rocky seem to be dating.
Obviously, this is good news if it's true. Can you imagine? For the coordinating outfits alone, I need it.
There have been a ton of icky white rappers over the years, but these take the cake.
On this day in 1990, Vanilla Ice's "Under Pressure" reboot "Ice, Ice Baby" debuted at No. 1 in the UK, kickstarting a Billboard run that would soon carry over to the states and invigorate a fleeting love for Vanilla Ice and his whole...vibe.
Of course, we all know how it ends. Vanilla Ice's credibility and career unraveled as quickly as it began. "Ice Ice Baby" took on a satirical identity larger than its creator, all while Robert Van Wrinkle refused to pay royalties (or even give a shout-out) to Freddie Mercury and David Bowie despite liberally sampling the track's true creators. Ice instead tried to cultivate a hollow rap identity, one where he was a hardened former-gang member from Miami and not a middle-class teen from a Texas suburb. The chorus of the song then came under fire by a black fraternity, who accused Vanilla Ice of ripping off their fraternal chant ("ice ice baby/ too cold, too cold.")