Interview by Jordan Edwards

LA based singer-songwriter CLAY released her latest EP Breathing Into Bloom on May 4. The lush six-song set includes the singles "Artery" and "WTSGD," a collaboration with Alessia Cara.

After releasing a couple of early singles, CLAY gained a following in 2018 with the viral song "Orange." The track, which later appeared on the hues EP, has racked up nearly 12 million Spotify streams.

We talked to the musician about Breathing Into Bloom, working with Alessia Cara, and her unique brand of soulful, atmospheric pop.

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Certain musicians are blessed with the ability to hear, see, feel, or taste music, a variant of the neurological condition known as synesthesia.

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Alessia Cara Lights Up Times Square

A concert experience you shouldn't miss.

Last night I hit NYC's PlayStation Theatre in the heart of Times Square to catch the incandescent Alessia Cara while she was in town for The Pains of Growing Tour.

The place was jammed—I stood among a joyful crowd dancing—we automatically joining in as Cara kicked into Growing Pains' call-and-response:

"Hey, hey, hey, yeah, yeah

No, no band-aids for the growing pains"

Phones were up—so I could see dozens of mini-onscreen Alessias set against the actual, the awesome, Alessia, boldly striding about the stage in tee-shirt and fuschia jeans.

She brought us into her homey performance space, complete with couches and living room lamps. A headboard served as her bedroom while projections flowed on the walls and beyond the window panes. Throughout the evening, Cara switched out guitars, driving confidently through a setlist that absolutely transported the audience—took us away, blew us away, brought us together, brought us back to ourselves.

Canadian-born Cara is a singer/songwriter and online self-starter who posted her first videos at the age of 13. Cara journeyed through YouTube as a teenager, picking up steam until, at 16, one of her videos caught the attention of a record label exec. Now, as the first Canadian to win a Grammy Award for Best New Artist, at 23 she's come a long way from singing in the family bathtub.

Musically, her work draws on contemporary R&B and soul, with a bit of trip-hop syncopation thrown in for good measure. Cara wears her heart on her sleeve, vocally and lyrically. Her voice rises and swells and broods; her songs are filled with positive messages of acceptance and affirmation.

"But there's a hope that's waiting for you in the dark

You should know you're beautiful just the way you are

And you don't have to change a thing

The world could change its heart

No scars to your beautiful

We're stars and we're beautiful."

This concert was a deep excavation of what it is to live through wild times—when leaving your teens and planting your feet in the adult world. Who wants to do that with the current state of the world? Who isn't intimidated, fearful, and insecure sometimes?

"Then leave us alone 'cause we don't need your policies

We have no apologies for being

Find me where the wild things are"

The Pains of Growing Tour is a wild thing in of itself, but you can catch its next concert date.


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Headliners include Cardi B, Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello, Khalid, Alessia Cara, The Chainsmokers, Calvin Harris, and more.

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MTV VMA’s 2017 Recap – Top 10 Videos from Last Year’s Winners

Before the '18 Show Airs on Aug. 20th, Remember Who Came Out on Top

It has been nearly a year since artists took home their VMAs "Moon Person" statues from MTV's 2017 celebratory program.

Before you plop down with the popcorn to watch this year's awards show, let's give another shout out to some of the best videos from last year. Time flies in the music biz, when the hit of the year becomes yesterday's news in the blink of an eye. But these tunes are still terrific, even if we've already moved on to new songs from the artists du jour. Behold the beats of 2017's VMAs…

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August 20 is the big day. Admittedly, it's my birthday, but for the rest of the world, or at least for music lovers who are interested, the 20th marks the MTV Video Music Awards which will be held at Radio City Music Hall in NYC. The show is always full of entertaining acts, stunning costumes and red carpet ensembles, and a gathering of the best in the biz, many of whom are in attendance not only to watch their peers perform but to possibly snatch up an award to make the summer of '18 even more special.

And speaking of special, for new mom Cardi B, this year just keeps getting better. She's in a happy relationship with hubby Offset, who she secretly wed last fall, and just gave birth to her first child on July 10th. For most people, that would be enough to call the past year a success, but Cardi B is on top of the world and her personal life is only part of what makes her shine. She is leading the nominations with a total of 10, beating out Jay-Z and Beyoncé.

Surely Cardi B will take home something, perhaps not all 10 awards but the odds are in her favor to not go home empty handed. As for the rest of the noms? Check out who is in the running in their respective categories below. And you can chime in. As per ET, "Fans can vote in eight of the most popular categories via up until Friday, Aug. 10. Voting for the "Best New Artist" category will stay open until the live broadcast."


Ariana Grande – "No Tears Left to Cry"
Bruno Mars ft. Cardi B – "Finesse (Remix)"
Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug – "Havana"
The Carters – "APES**T"
Childish Gambino – "This Is America"
Drake – "God's Plan"


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Bruno Mars ft. Cardi B – "Finesse (Remix)"
Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug – "Havana"
Drake – "God's Plan"
Dua Lipa – "New Rules"
Ed Sheeran – "Perfect"
Post Malone ft. 21 Savage – "rockstar"

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Chloe x Halle
Hayley Kiyoko
Lil Pump
Lil Uzi Vert


Bebe Rexha ft. Florida Georgia Line – "Meant to Be"
Bruno Mars ft. Cardi B – "Finesse (Remix)"
The Carters – "APES**T"
Jennifer Lopez ft. DJ Khaled & Cardi B – "Dinero"
Logic ft. Alessia Cara & Khalid – "1-800-273-8255"
N.E.R.D & Rihanna – "Lemon"


JULY 2018 – Chloe x Halle
JUNE 2018 – Sigrid
MAY 2018 – Lil Xan
APRIL 2018 – Hayley Kiyoko
MARCH 2018 – Jessie Reyez
FEBRUARY 2018 – Tee Grizzley
JANUARY 2018 – Bishop Briggs
DECEMBER 2017 – Grace VanderWaal
NOVEMBER 2017 – Why Don't We
AUGUST 2017 – Kacy Hill
JULY 2017 – Khalid
JUNE 2017 – Kyle
MAY 2017 – Noah Cyrus


Ariana Grande – "No Tears Left to Cry"
Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug – "Havana"
Demi Lovato – "Sorry Not Sorry"
Ed Sheeran – "Perfect"
P!nk – "What About Us"
Shawn Mendes – "In My Blood"


Cardi B ft. 21 Savage – "Bartier Cardi"
The Carters – "APES**T"
Drake – "God's Plan"
J. Cole – "ATM"
Migos ft. Drake – "Walk It Talk It"
Nicki Minaj – "Chun-Li"


Daddy Yankee – "Dura"
J Balvin, Willy William – "Mi Gente"
Jennifer Lopez ft. DJ Khaled & Cardi B – "Dinero"
Luis Fonsi, Demi Lovato – "Échame La Culpa"
Maluma – "Felices los 4"
Shakira ft. Maluma – "Chantaje"


Avicii ft. Rita Ora – "Lonely Together"
Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa – "One Kiss"
The Chainsmokers – "Everybody Hates Me"
David Guetta & Sia – "Flames"
Marshmello ft. Khalid – "Silence"
Zedd & Liam Payne – "Get Low (Street Video)"


Fall Out Boy – "Champion"
Foo Fighters – "The Sky Is A Neighborhood"
Imagine Dragons – "Whatever It Takes"
Linkin Park – "One More Light"
Panic! At The Disco – "Say Amen (Saturday Night)"
Thirty Seconds to Mars – "Walk On Water"


Childish Gambino – "This Is America"
Dej Loaf and Leon Bridges – "Liberated"
Drake – 'God's Plan"
Janelle Monáe – "PYNK"
Jessie Reyez – "Gatekeeper"
Logic ft. Alessia Cara & Khalid – "1-800-273-8255"

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