New music from Jay Som, Missy Elliott, and more.
A lot of fantastic music came out this week.
Yes, there was a new Taylor Swift album. And it was admittedly full of catchy and impressively well-produced songs, and Taylor Swift is going to be an unavoidable presence in the music and pop culture sphere for the visible future. We get it.
But if you're getting tired of hearing about her and her perfect boyfriend, there are plenty of excellent new releases that will provide catharsis to your angry, jaded, burned-out soul.
1. Jay Som — Anak Ko
Jay Som's latest LP, Anak Ko, is a masterful collection of exquisite indie rock. These songs are slow-burners that showcase Melina Duerte's incredible abilities as a songwriter, performer, and producer. This is indie at its purest and finest, switching from sweet to gritty with a moment's notice, with each song offering a journey within itself. Jay Som's music has matured tremendously over the years, and this album feels like an opus.
2. BROCKHAMPTON — GINGER
America's favorite misfit boy band keeps outdoing themselves. GINGER is a patchwork of traditional instruments and electronic ultra-modern production; of huge, choral harmonies and spare solos; and of affection, euphoria, rage, and pain. BROCKHAMPTON continues to make music that's radically honest about internal struggles but that emanates enough swagger to fill stadiums. Though the album is strong lyrically, the band shines most where it always has: The music that backs up its seamless bars and resounding choruses is just so damn beautiful.
3. Lana Del Rey — The Greatest
Lana Del Rey just released two new songs from the upcoming Norman F**king Rockwell, and "The Greatest" may be one of her actual greatest songs. She weaves countless pop culture references with existential despair to create a track that's both a heart-wrenching excavation of the present and a window into her timeless, enchanting dreamworld.
Lana Del Rey - Fuck It I Love You & The Greatest (Official Video) www.youtube.com
4. Missy Elliott — Iconology
On her surprise EP, Iconology, Missy Elliott lets us glimpse the mind of a superstar who knows that her name is synonymous with "legend." It's been fourteen years since Elliott has released a new album, so this is an event in and of itself. "Let's #ThrowItBack to a time when music just felt good and made us want to dance," she said of its release. This music will definitely get you tapping your feet, and it may make you want to bow down.
Missy Elliott - Cool Off [Official Audio] www.youtube.com
5. 1975 — People
"People" is one of 1975's angriest, most jarring tracks, and it feels like a cathartic howl from start to finish. It's a song that does justice to the anger and rage that's pervading America and the world right now. The relentlessly trippy video is as disorienting as any given moment on Twitter.
The 1975 - People (Official Video) www.youtube.com
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The young star died in his sleep one year ago today.
Everyone who knew Cameron Boyce during his life described him as unfailingly kind.
The actor died unexpectedly on July 6th 2019 after suffering a seizure in his sleep. Since then, co-stars, friends, and fans alike have been grieving his loss.
At just nine years old, Boyce made his acting debut in a Panic! at the Disco music video. He soon became a household name among a certain age group thanks to his role in Jessie, a Disney Channel show that ran from 2011 to 2015. His movie credits include Mirrors, Eagle Eye with Shia LaBeouf and Grown Ups and Grown Ups 2 with Adam Sandler.
In the video, you'll find plenty of twerking, glittering lingerie, and neon lights—and the opposite of shame.
Lizzo has graced everyone's Friday morning with her new video for "Tempo (feat. Missy Elliot)."
In typical Lizzo fashion, our patron saint of self-confidence continues to do revolutionary work by destroying fatphobic stereotypes and proclaiming her undying love for her figure and the music that best shows it off when she dances.
"Some songs ain't for skinny hoes," she says, rocking a red cowboy hat and bedazzled lingerie. On a lesser star, it might look performative, like trying too hard to be some kind of body positive icon, but Lizzo's performances always transcend shallow constructs like body positivity or purely appearance-focused joy. Instead, Lizzo focuses her attention on what her body can do—and clearly, her body was made to move.
Missy Elliot's feature takes the song to a new level, placing Elliot's bars over dramatic synths. When they come together with other dancers and start literally defying gravity, somehow it doesn't seem faked. In a way, they've all been floating the whole time.
Lizzo - Tempo (feat. Missy Elliott) [Official Music Video] www.youtube.com
This video's release comes a day after Lizzo told Cosmopolitan that depression nearly prevented her from releasing music,. "The day I released 'Truth Hurts' was probably one of the darkest days I've had ever in my career," she said. "I remember thinking, 'If I quit music now, nobody would notice. This is my best song ever, and nobody cares. I was like, 'F— it, I'm done.'
That dark time was only the beginning of a stratospheric rise to success. "Now the song that made me want to quit is the song that everyone's falling in love with me for, which is such a testament to journeys: Your darkest day turns into your brightest triumph," she said.
Later in the interview, she said that she'd be happy to star on The Bachelorette, under one condition. "The men would have to be naked and they would have to wear little thong briefs and they would have to feed me grapes," she said. Also, "It would be mandatory to get my p---y eaten at least once on the whole season, and it would have to be filmed."
Today, between her radically honest interviews and radiant, twerk-heavy videos, Lizzo is one of pop's brightest and most tradition-bucking stars. Next up, she'll be starring in the stripper-revenge drama Hustlers, alongside Cardi B and Jennifer Lopez, in theaters 9/13.
HUSTLERS TRAILER PREMIERE! www.youtube.com
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