Life is pretty stressful right now, and if you're like much of the rest of the world, you've turned to the Internet for solace.
Some of us find escape in video calls and games, others in Netflix and music, others in endless scrolling. But if you're looking for a new, relaxing, visually stimulating way to ease your frayed nerves, perhaps consider watching videos of slime, soap-cutting, or any other form of "oddly satisfying" content.
The world of "oddly satisfying" content is large and undefinable. There are thousands of different types of content optimized to satisfy and relax you—from ASMR to binaural beats to zit-popping, the list goes on and on. The Reddit thread "oddly satisfying" is a hotbed of these types of posts, as are YouTube, Instagram, and TikTok.
For the purposes of this article, we'll stay away from auditory ASMR, instead focusing purely on visual content. This is your invitation into the safe, magical, fanciful world of colorful paint, billowing slime, and deliciously skilled workers doing their jobs well.
A new letter from the Artist Rights Alliance demands that politicians receive permission for the political use of music.
Update 8/4/2020: Canadian-American singer-songwriter Neil Young has filed a copyright infringement suit against Donald Trump's presidential campaign for the use of his songs "Rockin' in the Free World" and "Devil's Sidewalk" without a license. The Trump campaign reportedly played the songs at the June 20th rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where it's suspected that the late entrepreneur and Republican political figure Herman Cain contracted COVID-19.
The suit states that Young "cannot allow his music to be used as a 'theme song' for a divisive, un-American campaign of ignorance and hate." The lawsuit will serve as a test case for license exclusions in the case of political events.
Imagine pouring your hard work, your talent, and your heartfelt emotions into a work of art for all of humanity to enjoy, only to have it co-opted by a symbol of hatred and division.
For a stunning number of musicians who vehemently oppose Donald Trump's presidency, that is exactly what has happened in recent years. Despite repeated statements that they don't want their music played at his political rallies, Donald Trump's re-election campaign has continued to use music from artists like Adele, Rihanna, The Rolling Stones, Neil Young, Pharrell Williams, Axl Rose, and honestly too many others to mention.
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Azealia Banks is not a reliable source of information.
The "212" rapper has engaged in countless social media feuds with everyone from Rihanna to Sia to Disney Channel star Skai Jackson (who was 14 at the time…). She has claimed to perform animal sacrifices as part of witchcraft rituals, once labelled Lizzo a "millennial mammy," and has been kicked off Twitter more than once for spouting homophobic slurs. She defended Donald Trump's "Muslim ban" and told him she is "proud as f***" of him as a fellow Gemini for winning the 2016 election, and later called him "a f***ing idiot" and "disqualified" him from his Gemini status.
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We've seen it all before.
Sia is finally back with new music.
The pop singer-songwriter famous for her long blonde bangs has just released "Together," a new single from her forthcoming album and film, both of which are titled "Music." The new rainbow-colored music video features Kate Hudson, Leslie Odom Jr. and Sia's longtime muse, Maddie Ziegler.
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He's gonna swing.
My most vivid memory involving "Chandelier," Sia's 2014 power ballad to end all power ballads, occurred during my first semester of college.
I was in a friend's dorm room, standing on their couch as I belted the hit so loudly that the RA had to come by to tell us to pipe down. I probably sounded fairly similar to this cursed video I found on Twitter last night, in which Toad, everyone's favorite mushroom from the Mario universe, gives an incredibly passionate karaoke rendition of "Chandelier." Take a listen for yourself.
Those raised among the Nintendo 64 generation are likely familiar with Toad's voice: it's high-pitched and gravelly, which lends itself to very cute exclamations while zooming around Rainbow Road, but his pipes can't quite compare Sia's. The result is a ridiculous amount of hardly-intelligible screeching that had me laughing so hard I had to pause the video just to catch my breath.
The owner of Toad's hysterical singing voice is Melancholiaah, a Houston-based musician who is probably doing extreme vocal cord damage by creating these absurd covers. "toad sings chandelier," originally posted in October 2018, has racked up over 200,000 views and counting, thanks to its recent resurface on Twitter. And there's more where that came from; if you've ever wondered what Toad would sound like singing "Bohemian Rhapsody," "Let it Go" from Frozen, or "Shallow" from A Star is Born, you're in luck.
But "Chandelier" is truly Toad's magnum opus. With its bombastic chorus, the song is primed for plenty of comedic opportunities, as it's inherently hilarious when sung by anyone less adept than Sia herself. Though, when my laughing fit finally subsided, my brain flooded with questions: how did this unlikely pairing of a cartoon mushroom and a 2014 hit come around? Was Melancholiaah already known for their Toad impressions? Are they seeing an ENT regularly to make sure their throat is still healthy? Can the general public make song requests?
Bewilderment aside, I support Toad's pop star dreams. Keep swinging.