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The Girls Are Winning: A Willow Smith x Avril Lavigne Collab Is Here

Willow Smith new album, "lately I feel EVERYTHING," is here with the ultimate Pop Punk cosign: Avril Lavigne

Willow Smith, whipping her hair, but in a pop-punk way

via W Mag

Update July 16 2021:

Willow Smith just released her pop-punk album, lately I feel EVERYTHING and it's a 2000s teen dream.

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Our 8 Favorite Covers from Musicians in Quarantine

Are you bored in your house? So are these artists.

Stars, they're just like us—stuck in their homes and probably pretty bored.

Here in the states, we're going on a month and a half of practicing social distancing. We could very well go the rest of 2020 without being able to safely attend large gatherings like concerts, which is a huge bummer for both musicians and their fans. Thankfully, plenty of singers have turned to the magic of the Internet to help us get our live music fix, and there's nothing that spices things up quite like a good cover of somebody else's song.

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Hayley Williams Enlists boygenius for New Song “Roses/Lotus/Violet/Iris”

Phoebe Bridgers, Lucy Dacus, and Julien Baker join the Paramore vocalist.

Hayley Williams' full-length debut, Petals for Armor, isn't out until May, but the Paramore vocalist has already shared quite a bit of the highly-anticipated project.

She shared five songs earlier this year, and has blessed our social distancing playlists with another tune today. "Roses/Lotus/Violet/Iris" features backup vocals from boygenius, the fabulous indie-folk trio composed of Phoebe Bridgers, Lucy Dacus, and Julien Baker. Written by Williams and Paramore bandmate Taylor York, "Roses/Lotus/Violet/Iris" further deviates from their pop-punk origins. A jazzy drum beat and rhythmic bassline drive the track, as sweeping strings add a cinematic touch.

"Roses/Lotus/Violet/Iris" turns the idea of beauty standards on its head. "I have seen your body / And I have seen your beauty / They are separate things / Pretty pretty things," Williams sings in its opening lines, likening herself to her own blooming garden. The chorus offers a useful metaphor—"Roses show no concern for colors of a Violet"—to assure us that one woman's beauty doesn't detract from that of another, and both can have their place to blossom. "Roses/Lotus/Violet/Iris" is a subtle declaration of confidence, of appreciating one's own beauty as it coexists with others.

Listen below.

Hayley Williams - Roses/Lotus/Violet/Iris [Official Audio] www.youtube.com

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Hayley Williams Is Dropping Solo Music Soon

The Paramore front woman has been teasing new music.

Have you checked in on your Paramore-loving friends lately?

The Para-hive has been in a bit of a tizzy lately, as the band's frontwoman, Hayley Williams, teases something new on the horizon. But this project won't be a follow up to the band's fantastic 2017 album, After Laughter; rather, it'll be a solo endeavor, as Williams teased late last year. "I'm putting out some music next year," she wrote. "With the help of some of my closest friends, I made something I'm going to call my own. It's a really special project and you'll get a taste of it in January."


According to another tweet Williams shared yesterday, the project seems to be called Petals for Armor. She posted a very short video of nighttime forest footage that included no music, but you can hear the singer's heavy breathing. The final shot reads the date "1.22.2020."



Williams has also been keeping up an Instagram account for the project since October, where she's been posting various microscopic shots of flower petals. Posters promoting the project, featuring photos of Williams herself, have also been spotted.


Considering After Laughter was such a departure from Paramore's pop-punk roots, it's to be expected that Petals for Armor will mark a new sound for Williams. Considering her track record for great albums, we're stoked to hear what's next.

Taylor Swift is hitting back at a group of hackers who have threatened to release nude photos of her.

“Any hackers saying they have 'nudes'? Psssh you'd love that wouldn't you! Have fun photoshopping cause you got NOTHING,” the 25-year-old tweeted Tuesday, in response to threats made by a group calling itself, Lizzard Squad.

It all kicked off earlier in the morning after tweets were sent out from Swift’s account, asking her 51 million plus followers to follow two users—@lizzard and @veriuser.

Veriuser then tweeted out a screenshot of Tay Tay’s account credentials, captioned, “I fucking love myself.'

And, self professed “original digital gangster”  @lizzard tweeted out his threat, “will post taylor swift’s nudes when this btc wallet hits 3btc” [the equivalent of around $800]

Fellow musician and Swift-pal, Hayley Williams, was first to raise the alarm—firing off a warning to Tay Tay, who quickly took to Tumblr to alert her fans.

Well, now I'm awake. My Twitter got hacked but don’t worry, Twitter is deleting the hacker tweets and locking my account until they can figure out how this happened and get me new passwords. Never a dull moment.

#HACKERS GONNA HACK HACK HACK HACK HACK

As soon as Swift had regained control of her Twitter account, she gave a shout out to Williams.

I’d like to acknowledge the MVP of the day, @yelyahwilliams, for being the first to text me about the hack this morning. #FriendshipGoals

Meanwhile, the Twitter accounts of both lizzard and veriuser have been suspended.

Kelly Clarkson opened her heart (and her pocket book) for a blockbuster, star-studded Christmas benefit concert in Nashville last night (Dec. 20). Not only did her charity show, called the Miracle on Broadway, raise over $400,000 for local charities, but she enlisted many of her pop and country friends to perform for the crowd. Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Ronnie Dunn, Reba McEntire, Nashville star Charles Esten, Kacey Musgraves, Hot 100 hit-maker Meghan Trainor and Paramore's Hayley Williams were on hand to spread some holiday cheer and perform countless holiday standards.

Clarkson also partnered with Second Harvest to collect food donations.

Clarkson is expected to drop her new "pure pop" single Jan. 5, presumably the lead sampling for her new album. It'll be the first music since her Greatest Hits — Chapter One was released in 2012 and which spawned hits in "Catch My Breath" and "People Like Us." It served as the follow-up to her last all-original full-length LP, 2011's Stronger.

If you're looking for concert tickets this holiday season, make sure to check out the best deals at ScoreBig.com.

Check out a slew of holiday performances now:

"Silent Night" (Clarkson, McEntire, Yearwood)

"Baby It's Cold Outside" (Clarkson, Dunn)

"Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" (Clarkson, Esten)

"Winter Dreams"

"O Holy Night"

"Hard Candy Christmas" (Dolly Parton cover)

"Underneath the Tree"

"Every Christmas"

"Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"

"White Christmas"

"Please Come Home for Christmas"

"Wrapped in Red" (acoustic)

"All I Want For Christmas Is You"

 

"Feliz Navidad" (Musgraves)

"Mistletoe" (Trainor)

"Little Drummer Boy" (Brooks)

"Blue Christmas" (Williams)

[PHOTO CREDIT: RCA Records]

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