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South Korea has long held one of the highest suicide rates in the world (10th, according to the World Health Organization), a fact that's painfully resonated this year with the suicides of two popular K-Pop stars: first 25-year-old Sulli and now 28-year-old Goo Hara.

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What Makes a Troll: Why Stars Like Jesy Nelson Suffer From Social Media Abuse

Trolls made Jesy Nelson want to kill herself. Now, she's confronted her demons—and she's coming for the Internet's.

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Jesy Nelson should have been on top of the world.

Instead, she was in her room, reading and rereading cruel comments from trolls on the Internet.

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Six New Songs You Should Hear This Week: Musical Mixology

This week's best tracks include new songs from Lizzo, Aisha Badru, Johnyswim, and more.

This week's best new releases combine disparate genres and unexpected sounds to create listening experiences that are alternatively climactic, relaxing, and transportive.

Whether you're seeking a soundtrack for your trip to the beach, a venture out on the town, your next car chase, or a night lounging around in your lingerie, there's something here for you.

1. Saxsyndrum: Up To You

The Canadian trio Saxsyndrum just released their sophomore album, Second Nature, and it's an expansive fusion of dream-pop and luxurious saxophone. Having cut their teeth in the Montreal underground scene, they're ascending to the mainstream with their unique blend of danceable beats, ethereal synthesis, and raw instrumental talent, which all come together to form something both accessible and complex. The album's first track, "Up To You," is a carefully crafted bath of catchy beats, flawless production, and folky vocal lines. All in all, it's a treat for the ears, a swirl of saxophone and rhythmic bass that balances out to create a track that's calming and energizing at the same time.

2. IYVES: Gold

Iyves returned this Friday with a new single, "Gold," a seductive, cinematic track that feels appropriate for a striptease, a James Bond-esque car-chase, or a montage of both. The singer's flawless vocals take center stage, flanked by elegant production and an extravagant chorus backed by a wall of thunderous, gritty basslines. Ultimately, it's a dramatic tribute to opulence and excess, packaged into a gleaming track that seems made for the climax of the next blockbuster.

3. Crimson Apple: Somebody

Hawaii-born, LA-based up-and-comers Crimson Apple just dropped a new single and video, "Somebody." It's a crystalline alt-pop earworm that takes notes from singers like Broods and MARINA, combining alternative edginess with the refined, polished pop sensibilities of LA's top producers. It's a tribute to all-encompassing love that combines the anthemic ecstasy of a hit song with the darkness of edgier influences, which come together to form something as inviting as a path of tall grasses leading towards the ocean.


4. Aisha Badru: Enough

Aisha Badru has steadily been crafting some of the best dream folk out there, and her acoustic rendition of "Enough" continues this tradition. Like most of her songs, it manages to be a complex bundle of emotions that doesn't shy away from the truth, but maintains a sense of hope and faith in something greater than the self. "We're made to rise above," she sings. "Don't be afraid to love." In another artist's hands these lyrics could sound trite, but Badru's mix of lamentation and quiet optimism manages to be believable and uplifting without veering into the territory of disingenuity. "Maybe loneliness brings us closer to ourselves," she muses. Starting from quiet introspectiveness, the song builds up to a luminous chorus; and combined with her soft, lush vocals, it's an easy-listening piece of sonic magic.

Aisha Badru - Enough (Acoustic)

5. Johnnyswim: Souvenir

On "Souvenir," the husband-and-wife duo mix genres into a balanced confection of alternative rock, pop, and folk, forming a buoyant medley of voices and sounds that's beachy and melancholic at the same time. This song, off their LP Moonlight, has the makings of a sleeper hit; quietly optimistic, light and unassuming but with enough drive to dance along to, it's a collage of instruments and textures that fits together like a puzzle. It helps that Amanda Sudano's voice sounds uncannily similar to Kimbra's, and combined with its bouncy synth motif, the duet evokes memories of "Somebody That I Used to Know," but with more ambient, atmospheric leanings.

Moonlight - Souvenir (Official Stream)

6. Lizzo: Lingerie

No list of the best new songs out this week would be complete without the gift of Lizzo's new album, Cuz I Love You. Mostly a collection of uncontainably joyful, electric hip hop, the final track, "Lingerie," has more of a laid-back, classic R&B feel, with Lizzo's incredible vocals soaring above a punchy guitar line. Beginning quietly, it quickly becomes a hybrid of soul, alternative, and pop; and when it all comes together, the whole thing kind of feels like lying down to paint your nails cherry red after you've cleaned your whole place, completed your self-care routine, and lit incense. The bittersweet chorus, with its growling guitars and dreamy violins, evokes the vague romance of a 50's standard, but the verses showcase Lizzo's mastery of hyper-modern rhythms. She's a master at conjuring sensation and evoking emotions through her tunes, and this one is no exception.

Lizzo - Lingerie (Official Audio)

Eden Arielle Gordon is a writer and musician from New York City. Follow me on Twitter @edenarielmusic.

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PREMIERE | FAKY releases "Someday We'll Know"

The J-Pop band is taking The UK by storm.

FAKY is making history.

The Tokyo based girl group FAKY (pronounced Fei-ki) is making history one day at a time. The quartet is the first Asian act to be signed by a British record label and the first Asian act to record their songs all in English. In fact, FAKY has recorded with some impressive producers such as DJ Fresh and Commands who works with Charli XCX. One step at a time, FAKY is deconstructing the Harajuku stereotype and breaking the mold by being uniquely themselves.

As Americans, we're not a tune to the major culture differences in Asia. J-Pop rose in popularity over the last twenty years, but the whole sound and look of it still feel foreign to Western ears. The message of the music is universal though and that just goes to show with FAKY breaking the glass ceiling. We have a long way to go in the Western world in terms of embracing diversity, but FAKY's rise in popularity is proof that we are ready for it.

All four of the women behind FAKY are not only incredible vocalists but incredible performers. Their style of performance reminds me of the height of girl groups in the late nineties, early 2000s but updated. It's like if you take the Pussycat dolls and combine them with Ariana Grande. FAKY is equal parts sexy, strong, expressive, and fun. Their songs, especially one of my favorites "Suga Sweet" are indulgent and cathartic. One of my favorite performances of theirs is their music video for "Candy."

Watch "Candy" here.

Not only is their collective performance super solid, it's really fun to see each of the girls style shine through their performance. I feel that in ten years, we might be saying, "Oh, I'm an Anna and you're a Lil' Fang," much like we profile ourselves according to what Spice Girl we are. According to Tokyo Girl's update, Anna is the leader of the group. Lil' Fang, is known for her strong, dynamic performances first making her mark in Tokyo night clubs. Akina is a Cali native of Japanese and American background and is the newest member of FAKY. The final member, Mikako is described as "typically cute Japanese girl who is an atypically powerful performer," according to Tokyo Girls Update.

Listen to "Someday We'll Know" here.

Their newest track "Someday We'll Know" is an energetic power ballad. Bilingual, the track features verses in Japanese and some of the hook in English. The feeling behind the track is universal. This is a pump up jam if I've ever heard one, the hook professing, "Stay wild, stay free, someday we'll know." The girls' performance in the music video is both reflective and freeing. The song is definitely a step in the direction of maturity for the group. My favorite part of the track is the bridge that really showcases the groups power vocals. The visual matches the song perfectly with the girls dancing on a gorgeous rooftop. I'm not sure what's more uplifting than that.

Having swept Japan as a nation wide phenomenon, FAKY has just started their journey in the UK and is bound to do the same thing. Their music makes you want to get up and dance and every member has that undeniable "it factor."

To see what's next for FAKY follow them on Facebook | Instagram | Twitter.

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