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Billie Eilish Slams Misogynistic Body Criticism at Miami Show

The "bad guy" singer made a powerful statement in an artsy video.

Since first emerging with her single "Ocean Eyes" at a mere 14 years old, Billie Eilish's aesthetic has become almost inextricable from her music.

The anti-pop star's clothing choices are discussed almost as often as her songs, but there's a powerful motive behind her baggy look. In a 2019 Calvin Klein ad, Eilish illustrated why she chooses to dress the way she does: "Nobody can have an opinion [on my body] because they haven't seen what's underneath. Nobody can be like, 'she's slim-thick,' 'she's not slim-thick,' 'she's got a flat ass,' 'she's got a fat ass.' No one can say any of that because they don't know." She's mentioned that she uses fashion as a "defense mechanism" and "security blanket," using it to convey a message about her personality while maintaining a sense of mystery.

But Eilish, who turned 18 a few months ago, made a surprisingly revealing statement at the first show of her Where Do We Go? World Tour in Miami. During an interlude, a video was displayed of Eilish removing her hoodie as she made a powerful statement on sexism she experiences as a public figure.

"You have opinions about my opinions, about my music, about my clothes, about my body," Eilish says in a recording played throughout the arena. "Some people hate what I wear, some people praise it, some people use it to shame others, some people use it to shame me. But I feel you watching, always...And nothing I do goes unseen, so while I feel your stares, your disapproval or your sigh of relief, if I lived by them, I'd never be able to move."

Removing her tank top in the video, Eilish's voice continued: "Would you like me to be smaller? Weaker? Softer? Taller? Would you like me to be quiet? Do my shoulders provoke you? Does my chest? Am I my stomach? My hips? The body I was born with—is it not what you wanted? If I wear what is comfortable, I am not a woman. If I shed the layers, I'm a sl-t. Though you've never seen my body, you strill judge it and judge me for it. Why?"

As the video ends, Eilish—who's then seen from the waist up in only a bra—slips into a pool of black liquid. Especially considering her fanbase is predominantly young women and girls, it's an important message to get across; women can exist separately from their bodies. The choice to hide it (or not) is entirely up to them, and it shouldn't affect how they're perceived.

Watch the clip below.

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Nick Hissom Wants You To Twerk - But With Your Heart

The British pop prince of Miami breaks down modern pop music

Hissom has been making big waves since our last interview one year ago. With a new single featuring Zoey Dollaz and an album on the way, we had a lot to catch up on.

Nick is not what you expect. He's a pop R&B artist from London that has inexplicably climbed the ranks in Miami's music scene, and is now working with the likes of Rick Ross (the Bruce Springsteen of Miami). He dresses like a rockstar and moves with the swagger of a fashion model (which technically he was), but still manages to come across as incredibly humble. Nick might seem larger than life and too cool for school in videos like "He Ain't Better ft. Zoey Dollaz," but he will do anything to show appreciation to his fans.

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We recently got together on the eve of the single's release in the boardroom at Popdust headquarters. We talked for over an hour about everything from our love of string instruments, to fashion, and hurricanes. Maybe the full audio will get leaked one day, but until then, here are some of the highlights.

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Popdust Presents | Taylor Grey wins big at the Independent Music Awards

Winning Best New Pop Star...and Best New Pop Album!

Taylor Grey is on her way to big things. She is already a big winner. She just received two Independent Music Awards! Her Miami track won for "Best Pop Song" and her debut album, Space Case, won "Best Pop Album". While she was in the city, she got a chance to stop by Popdust Presents to give us some insight to who she really is. As would be expected, her Facebook Live interview with Brent Butler was filled with a lot of laughs and some interesting revelations.

Rising Kobalt/AWAL artist Taylor Grey has been named as two-time Nominee in the 16th annual Independent Music Awards (The IMAs)

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First off, Taylor is such a charming and delightful individual, with such a laid back poise. The Popdust team had a blast while she was here, perhaps her recognition is reflective of her outlook on making music. She has been writing music since she was 12 years old. Taylor shows no signs of slowing, accelerating her climb to the top. Her success at the IMA's may be a foreshadowing of her imminent celebrity status.

WATCH the 2018 IMA's Best Pop Song "Miami" Live:

Taylor had literally just stepped off the plane from LA and took a car directly to Popdust Headquarters. She made it in plenty of time to relax and practice her songs before the broadcast. The song "Intentionally" highlights the maturity in her songwriting, with the ability to communicate about the motivation behind someone's actions. Brent, who had dressed like Han Solo, had her laughing the entire interview. Everyone left the interview with a smile on their face and wishing Taylor luck at the IMA's. Popdust congratulates this up and coming talent.

WATCH "Intentionally" Live:

Popdust Presents: Taylor Grey

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Dan Victor is editor of Popdust and producer of Popdust Presents. He is also a music producer, bassist for Low Profile (live hip hop) & The Coldpress (indie rap) and front-man for Ductape Halo (indie rock). Follow on Youtube.


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The 20th edition of Ultra Music Festival (UMF) has just wrapped up and has already announced its return to Bayfront Park on March 29, 30, and 31, 2019. This year, the annual event considered to be the mecca of dance music festivals in North America pulled in acts ranging from the likes of Oliver Heldens to Tiesto & even managed to close the show with the spectacular rebirth of the Swedish House Mafia. Drawing crowds by the hundreds of thousands from around the world, Ultra Music Festival continues to drive strong economic growth for South Florida.

The three-day electronic dance music festival, showcasing the world's biggest DJs and electronic dance music acts, has something for everyone ranging from main stream to up-and-coming artists. Many people travel to Miami and South Beach for the first time to attend this festival. Some turn it into an annual pilgrimage to recharge and network. Last year, the event pulled in more than 165,000 partygoers to attend the festival over the weekend which is a 266% increase from its total attendance of 45,000 in 2005.

According to Miami Community newspaper, last year UMF brought in $148 million dollars into the Miami Dade County area and this number is expected to topple over $200 million in 2018. Undoubtedly, the city of Miami hopes not like to lose this economic impact generated by UMF. With continual growth, good music, and positive vibes we can't wait until next year to head back to Bayfront Park and attend what we consider musical paradise. All in all, if you are looking to plan a trip next year, start planning and booking for your trip now!

Check out some highlights from Ultra Music Festival 2018 below:

Tiesto & Marshmellow set the crowd ablaze

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INTERVIEW | Jonny McGovern of Hey Qween TV!

I got a chance to talk to one of the leaders in queer entertainment today.

There's nothing I love more than quality queer content.

Even with the influx of queer representation in Film/TV, there is still very few outlets that are garnered towards a queer audience. And while this is changing slowly, with RuPaul's Drag Race becoming more and more mainstream with each passing second - it's always good to remind everyone that quality queer content is out there and it's just fierce and amazing anything you can get on VH1.

Jonny McGovern is a talented queer comedian - he's worked tirelessly to bring Hey Qween!, both the show and the network - Hey Qween TV - to the spotlight. Now, they've garnered millions of views and had some amazing guests, including: Rupaul, the qween of queens; Trixie Mattel and Katya Zamolodchikova; and All Stars 2 winner, Alaska Thunderfuck! Not to mention, Hew Qween TV, was the birthplace of internet drag sensation, Dragula - a spooky drag competition questing for the next drag supermonster!

I got a chance to sit down and talk Jonny about his astounding success.

First off, hello! How does it feel to have one of the most popular queer-based media companies around?

Haaaay Qween! Well... the Hey Qween team and I have had a lot of fun and worked super hard for the last 5 years to grow the company and the show and feels great to see the reach and impact we are having worldwide. I'm currently in Australia and I'm getting stopped in the street by Hey Qween fans everyday. Which is truly a gay delight.

What inspired you to start Hey Qween! ?

It was two fold. One, I was interested in telling stories of other LGBT artists especially drag queens and wanted a place where they could share their journeys in an in depth way. Secondly I wanted to make the most kick ass, fun, gayest talk show of all time.

As a queer man, I watch all the time Hey Qween! all the time. Do you think it's important to have shows that are specifically geared towards a queer audience?

Hey Qween can be enjoyed by anyone with an open mind and in fact can be mind opening for someone who has never experienced gay culture. BUT first and foremost we are a queer show celebrating the artistry and creativity of queer people. I think it's important to use this platform to speak to queer youth. Through the stories of our guests and through the pride and positivity in which we conduct our selves we hope to send the message that no matter how difficult the circumstances you can prevail and be a fabulous qween-whatever that means to you.

You've had some amazing guests on the show! Trixie and Katya are my personal faves - what are yours? What guest did you enjoy the most?

Trixie and Katya are great friends to the show. RuPaul was our 1st guest and that was a thrill as I have been a fan from her Starbooty days. We had my childhood comedy hero, Jackee Harry from 227 & Sister Sister who came and spilled major T and was just hilarious. Dita Von Teese came on last season and was so charming, candid and gorgeous and we hit it off so well that now I'm hosting her tours around the world. This season we just taped a two part episode with Detox and Vicky Vox which was one of the juiciest episodes we've ever done. They came to slay!

What has it been like, growing Hey Qween! the talk show to Hey Qween TV, the network?

Initially we started by spinning off aspects of the main show that people enjoyed. Look at Huh was originally a game in the main show which became so popular we spun it off. Fans love when we talked hot topics so we did a panel show called Hot T which allows me to showcase some of my fave LGBT comedians. The Gogo boys got our take on a fitness show called He's Fit, Lady Red got her own court show called Judge Lady Red. Hey Qween is the mothership and it started because the head of our studio believed in me and it's fun to create these other related projects that allow me to showcase talent and people I believe in.

On to Hey Qween TV's other amazing shows, it also helped birth one of the most new and exciting reality shows on the internet, Dragula, what was it like helping that show get off the ground?

Supporting queer talent is part of the Hey Qween mission. We happy to be able to share our platform in launching Dragula and proud of how successful the effort was. They found the right home with World of Wonder and we hope to bring that opportunity to other creators.

Finally, what does the future hold for Hey Qween TV? Is there anything new in the works?

We are going full steam ahead with the new season of Hey Qween which is now airing- not only on YouTube but on broadcast tv internationally. We are working with OUTTV in Canada to create original programming for them, we've started a podcasting network and we're working on a series of stand up comedy specials..... just to name a few things. In other words we're having a blast and everybody should come join in.

Shann Smith is a freelance writer, screenwriter, playwright, gamer, and film/TV lover. When he's not working on his columns for Popdust, he's doing his best to create and consume as much media as he can!


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This Space Case has beauty and brains

MUSIC | What happens when a 20 year old Stanford student, Justin Bieber's producer, and pop collide? + a never before seen slideshow from Billboard Music Awards

It's been a busy spring for Taylor Grey. The college sophomore moved into her own apartment and learned to balance a rigorous collegiate course load and work. Yup, just like any other twenty year old. But wait, did we mention that her job is traveling the world, attending her first Billboard Music Awards, completing an album and releasing visual art to accompany her singles? Ok, maybe she isn't your average young adult, but who wants to be average?

Taylor Grey stepping into the car and the Billboard Music AwardsTaylor Grey for Popdust

June 19, 2017 was the official release of Grey's debut album, Space Case. The 12 track pop album is an unintentional ode to yesteryear, when pop was synonymous with good vocals, relatable story lines, and the desire to just have a good time, and break out an eight count in low waist jeans and and a crop top with four of your best friend while hot guys in tank tops and break away swishy pants watch, even when you are hurting. When you think Space Case, think of strong messages and vocals over syrupy, sweet melodic beats. Christina Aguilera, Mariah Carey sans rap remixes, Ariana Grande, and P!nk are natural comparisons when trying to describe her sound. It's no wonder then, that Josh Abraham, who worked with the latter as well as Justin Bieber, Kelly Clarkson and others, is the executive producer of the project. With over 20 years in the industry, it's safe to say he knows a winning package when he sees it.

At the time of her album's release, Grey was (and still is) on the "Basically Happy" Tour starring Jacob Whitesides, for the second time. Taylor Grey is armed with a powerful voice, strong messages, and a team that truly believes in her. Listen to "Wild Bird" the ninth single off of the album,and you get a glimpse into Grey, her tenacity for life, and her desire to succeed. How can you not root for the girl?

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