When we encounter a "pop star and her writer secretly plagiarized some low-profile band they've somehow heard of!" story that's legitimate, we'll be sure to let you know. This is not one of those stories. This is Loomis and the Lust, some low-profile band Jessie J had probably not heard of until they filed a lawsuit, accusing her of ripping them off with "Domino." The song is below. It should go without saying how tenuous their claim is.
See? Nothing like "Domino." (Though it's a lot like several older rock songs, as Billboard's commenters have noted.) The case's even more ridiculous when you consider that this lawsuit is about "Domino." "Domino" was producer Dr. Luke's attempt to thoroughly entrench Jessie J, a Brit, in the U.S. market she'd cracked with the pop-reggae B.o.B collaboration "Price Tag." Lukasz did that the way he often does: make a song that sounds like every song Dr. Luke's ever written, with lyrics that sound like everything ever written about summer, fun, love or dominoes. Here's one ridiculously extensive rundown. You will note the lack of Loomis or Lust (though some of the songs have plain lowercase lust.)
Fortunately for Loomis and the Lust, though, now they're getting so much publicity they'd never have gotten before, as tends to happen with this sort of story. And fortunately for Jessie J, everyone's now been reminded of "Domino." Well played, everybody. Keep on influencing the music discussion.
Breaking down the bias of comfort films.
With the constant onslaught of complicated news that 2020 has brought, sometimes you just want to be able to shut off your brain, relax, and feel happy.
Enter comfort films. These are the feel-good movies that feel like a warm hug when you finish them, the ones that allow you to escape for a short while. We often turn to these types of films in times of trouble or extreme stress, and when we're not sure what films of this nature we should watch, we turn to the Internet for options.
25 years ago, pop stars and rappers were were expected to stay in their respective lanes. But Mariah Carey proved that hip-hop and pop were a match made in heaven—changing popular music as we know it.
Hip-Hop is pop—not in sound, but rather in terms of influence and authority.
Certainly pure pop—pasteurized and whipped into its ultimate peak in the early 2010s—is still breathing, though despite its name, the genre's reign as the chieftain of popular music has ended.
Drake and Bad Bunny are as much of pop stars in 2020 as Carly Rae Jepsen and Kesha were in 2012. Spotify reports that, at this very moment, Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion's "WAP" is the most-streamed song in the United States. Immediately following that is trap-pop cut "Mood," a TikTok-famous summer bop by 24kGoldn and Iann Dior, two of many rising zoomer rappers who have embraced Hip-Hop's guidance in most melodic forms, like trap-pop, emo rap, alternative hip-hop, and pop-rap. And if that's not enough to give Hip-Hop a throne, Nielsen Music has confirmed that eight of the top 10 artists of 2020 so far are, of course, rappers.