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Early Sunday morning, star Denver Nuggets player Jamal Murray's Instagram story began to fill with strange posts.

Among the posts was a video of Murray engaging in oral sex with a woman who appeared to be his girlfriend, Harper Hempel. The posts were quickly deleted, but not before many Internet users screen grabbed the video and shared it online.

Murray quickly apologized on Twitter, claiming that his account was hacked.

But that didn't stop Twitter users from continuing to share the video and otherwise commenting on the scandal. A pervasive theme throughout the tweets was the idea that Murray intentionally posted the video and only claimed to have been hacked. Of course, this a ludicrous claim without any basis in reality, as it's very difficult to believe that anyone in their right mind would pretend to be hacked in order to share their own sex tape.

Soon, Hempel weighed in on the controversy.

This elicited a firestorm of vulgar, insensitive tweets directed at Hempel, from people sharing screen grabs of the deleted video and demanding money, to disparaging comments and insults directed at her. When it comes down to it, you can't call yourself a feminist, or even a decent human being, and continue to possess an intimate and sexually explicit video shared without the consent of the people who are featured.

After all, how would you feel if one of your most intimate moments was shared with the world without your permission?

Caleb Hawley is the pop star pop music has done nothing to deserve, but desperately needs. His lyrics are honest, but darkly ironic. The production of every song is attention grabbing, bringing the listener on a rollercoaster of 80's vibes and surprising emotional layers. At no point does he lean on pop cliches to earn his listener's attention, instead wildly combining genres to create something wholly his own.

The New York-based, Minneapolis-born producer, performer and songwriter, independently released Love, Drugs, & Decisions in 2017 followed by Sex Tape in 2018, earning fans all over the world. Now, a brand new album is on the way in the early spring of 2019 that promises to offer fans a more self-assured, creatively liberated artist. In his previous work, Hawley wrote about prescription drug culture, relating it to his battle with Tourettes, depression, substance abuse and relationship struggles. According to Hawley, the new album, while touching on similar subjects, will bring a new level of emotional honesty.

Hawley stopped by the Popdust offices to talk to Popdust's own Brooke Johnson about his upcoming album, his love of holographic cats, and his distinctive musical vibe.

Popdust Presents | Caleb

After the interview, Caleb blew the Popdust offices away with his soulful voice and rhythmic performance of his song "A Minute of Your Love," a lament about the inability to love someone as wholly as you'd like. Then, he sang "Just Want to be Loved," an introspective ballad that showed off his unique voice.

Caleb Hawley "A Minute of Your Love"

Caleb Hawley "Just Want to be Loved"

Then, Brooke yelled at Caleb for a full 7 minutes, forcing him to reevaluate his judgment of the jellyfish's wit, scream nasally, and slap her in the face. The horrors of the magic box know no bounds.

The Magic Box Interview with Caleb

Brooke Ivey Johnson is a Brooklyn based writer, playwright, and human woman. To read more of her work visit her blog or follow her twitter @BrookeIJohnson.

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