Also, Call Me Loop and Charlotte Lawrence Pick Up the Pieces on the Dance Floor.
Shake it out with these soon-to-be smashes.
Ready to Pop gazes into the piercing reflection of the ever-spinning disco ball. Light bounces around our bodies and into the darkness lurking just outside the sparkling dance floor. We've left the sorrow at the door, at least for a couple hours, and the music washes over our hearts, sewing up the wounds and proving to be just the soothing agent we needed. Below, check out our latest obsessions, rated on a (slay) scale of "Super Chill" to "Shook" to "Wig Snatched."
XYLØ - "Tears & Tantrums"
XYLØ is a relentless tour de force. She's a badass boss just "dancing in the strobe lights," as she admits between layers of star-strewn synths and dreamy splatters of percussion. "My tears keep on falling down," she also sings, framing her pain as the fuel to her inner fire, slowly but surely crackling to a ferocious display.
Slay Scale: Wig Snatched
Riley Clemmons - "Hold On"
It might not seem like it in the heat of the moment, but all those wasted tears will lead to a full-on personal revolution. Just ask pop's newest torchbearer Riley Clemmons. "By the grace of God, I'm a survivor," she sings, extending her own personal tragedy as a testament that she's risen far more victoriously than she could have predicted. Through glassy bubbles of ready-made rave beats and classically '80s synths, she is equal parts Selena Gomez and Betty Who and another otherworldly extravagance altogether. Clemmons awakens the senses in a way only she can. She's fearless and not going down without a fight.
Slay Scale: Wig Snatched
Charlotte Lawrence - "Stole Your Car"
Charlotte Lawrence isn't here to play games. After her heart is shattered to bits, she not only dances out her rage, but she pairs her outrageous emotions and lack of impulse control with sweltering tropical beats and a slinky flow as smooth as the island breeze. "I can't resist the taste of your lips," she sings before confessing that, in fact, the thought of it all makes her sick to her stomach. But by the time the beats drop from the heavens, the listener, a voyeur of sorts, is awash in blue dreams, baby. Nothing like grand theft auto to get some of your anger out.
Slay Scale: Super Chill
Call Me Loop - "Cut & Run"
Call Me Loop
After a short-lived romance turned to ash, and the sleazy guy had the nerve to come crawling back, Call Me Loop had had about enough. So, she poured her frustrations out onto a clanging and mountainous pop rallying cry, which pops and fizzes with summer-soaked synths that are fevered and unwavering. "Cut & Run" is a succulent slice of pop music, seasoned to taste, and should do the trick to get over that...well, trick.
Slay Scale: Shook
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Is Black Out Tuesday really "an urgent step of action to provoke accountability and change"?
On Friday, May 29th, as protests ripped across the nation, a message began to circulate through social media, asking that the music industry disconnect from the Internet for a day.
The post called this "an urgent step of action to provoke accountability and change."
This is part of an initiative created by Atlantic Records' Jamila Thomas and Platoon's Brianna Agyemang, who launched it alongside several calls to action. "Tuesday, June 2nd is meant to intentionally disrupt the work week," they wrote. "The music industry is a multi-billion dollar industry. An industry that has profited predominantly from Black art. Our mission is to hold the industry at large, including major corporations + their partners who benefit from the efforts, struggles and successes of Black people accountable. … This is not just a 24-hour initiative. We are and will be in this fight for the long haul. A plan of action will be announced."
Some Hollywood elite took to the streets to protest in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Major cities across America have been host to a number of protests following the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who was murdered by former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin.
Hundreds of protesters were arrested over the weekend, as disturbing videos of police officers brutalizing civilians began to surface. Nevertheless, thousands and thousands of demonstrators stuck it out in support of the Black Lives Matter movement—and even in protective gear, a few familiar faces were among the crowds.
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