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Ava Max Releases Debut Album – “Heaven & Hell”

Global pop sensation Ava Max, who has already accumulated more than 4 billion career streams has today released her highly-anticipated debut album Heaven & Hell. The record features eight new tracks alongside her previously released hit singles “Sweet But Psycho,” “Who’s Laughing Now” “So Am I,” “Salt” and “Kings & Queens,” the latter of which spent five weeks at #1 on European airplay and is currently #21 on Top 40 radio.

Click HERE to buy/stream the album.

“Heaven & Hell represents light and dark, good and evil, and the devil and angel on your shoulder,” said Ava. “I’m discussing the dualities of the challenges we face each day. Some songs have darkness; other songs are more positive. Heaven & Hell is the middle ground.”

Ava has also today revealed the video for her track “Naked,” which was directed by Hannah Lux Davis (Ariana Grande, Halsey, Doja Cat).

“It’s about the real emotions we go through,” said Ava. “If you don’t know my mind, soul, and heart, you’ll never know me by seeing me naked. We are more than our physical bodies. That’s what I wanted to show.”

Click HERE to watch the video.

A truly international artist, Ava sealed her pop superstar status with the blockbuster success of the RIAA 3x-platinum certified hit, “Sweet but Psycho.” Currently boasting over 2 billion global streams and counting, “Sweet But Psycho” was named among the New York Times “54 Best Songs of 2019,” spent three weeks in the top 10 of Billboard’s “Hot 100,” peaked at #3 at US Pop Radio and earned Ava her first-ever Teen Choice Awards nomination for “Choice Pop Song.” The song was joined by an official video that has more than 600 million views on YouTube. Produced by GRAMMY  Award-winning super-producer Cirkut (Maroon 5, Miley Cyrus, The Weeknd) and co-written with Madison Love (Camila Cabello), “Sweet But Psycho” hit #1 on both Spotify’s “United States Viral 50” and Billboard’s “Dance Club Songs” while becoming one of “The Top Most-Shazamed Songs of 2019.” The song’s stateside success followed the track’s remarkable popularity abroad, including four consecutive weeks atop the UK Singles Chart and #1 rankings on charts in nearly 20 countries.

Dubbed an “Artist You Need to Know” by Rolling Stone, Ava has been feted with a wide range of media attention including high profile features in Vanity Fair, Billboard, FORBES, PAPER, and more. The pop star first took over TV with performances of “Sweet but Psycho” on CBS’ The Late Late Show with James Corden, NBC’s TODAY, and the Ellen DeGeneres Show, as well as a summer performance of her RIAA-certified gold single “So Am I,” on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live. Ava became one of 2019’s most honored performers, including Best New Artist nominations at both the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards and the 2019 MTV Europe Music Awards. The latter was highlighted by both Ava’s first-ever win for Best Push Artist; and show-stopping live performances of both “Torn” and “Sweet But Psycho,” streaming now HERE.

ALBUM TRACKLISTING:

Side A Heaven:

1. H.E.A.V.E.N

2. Kings & Queens

3. Naked

4. Tattoo

5. OMG Whatߣs Happening

6. Call Me Tonight

7. Born to the Night

Purgatory:

8. Torn

Side B Hell:

9. Take You To Hell

10. Who’s Laughing Now

11. Belladonna

12. Rumors

13. So Am I

14. Salt

15. Sweet But Psycho

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Coi Leray Shares “Slide” Music Video

Today, budding star Coi Leray shares the flirty music video for her latest single “Slide” [feat. Gunna]. It is available on her brand new Now Or Never EP—out now.

WATCH IT HERE

Stream it HERE via Republic Records.

The steamy visual sees her shine like never before. Intercutting impressive choreography, charismatic rapping, and entrancing singing, the clip showcases every facet of this rising superstar as she also flexes one high fashion look after another. Meanwhile, multiplatinum Atlanta titan Gunna pulls up for a characteristically smooth cameo. His chemistry with Coi practically sizzles on screen.

Now Or Never continues to put up numbers and attract critical acclaim. REVOLT praised, “The New Jersey native is one-of-a-kind. Spreading contagious positive energy at all times, the 23-year-old continues to break down barriers with her music speaking for itself.” In addition to an interview with Cosmopolitan who raved, “the girl has got pipes, y’all!,” KAZI crowned her, “A trailblazing pop star.”

The six-track project showcases newfound vocal maturity and musical evolution, emphasizing her depth and range. Coi Leray set the stage for the EP with the single “Do Better.” Not only did it rack up a ton of streams, but she also received recent plugs from Pitchfork, Def Pen, and UPROXX. Meanwhile, HYPEBAE wrote, “In her latest song, Leray demonstrates her angelic vocals while spitting commanding bars,” and HotNewHipHop observed, “[she’s] proving that she can certainly hold her own in the industry.”

The lead-off “Better Days” [feat. Fetty Wap] has tallied over 5 million total streams, while the animation visualizer surpassed 1.3 million YouTube views. Additionally, Now Or Never boasts the slick banger “Slide” [feat. Gunna] and joins up with powerhouse girl gang on “I Like It” [feat. Kiana Ledé & Sevyn Streeter].

Coi Leray continues to attract widespread critical acclaim. Essence crowned her “a Gen-Z superstar,” and BET proclaimed, “With a few standout tracks under her belt, Leray hasn’t slowed down yet” as they crowned her BET Amplified “Artist Of The Month.” In addition to plugs from Respect Mag, HipHopDX, and more, HotNewHipHop highlighted the “important message” of “Better Days.” Also, Carlie Hanson touted it on her Billboard “Pride Playlist.” Coi appeared on Hot 97 and BET’s 106&Park Mic Check and graced the cover of Pandora’s “BET Amplified Artist” playlist.

TRACKLISTING

  1. Slide feat. Gunna (prod: Taz Taylor & MjNichols)
  2. I Like It feat. Kiana Ledé & Sevyn Streeter (prod: Rance of 1500 Or Nothin’ & 15Hunnit Boy)
  3. Do Better (prod: Losaddos)
  4. Fuq Boa (prod: TheRealTraxx)
  5. Better Days feat. Fetty Wap (prod: Nash B & Wymtime)
  6. Messy (prod: Rance of 1500 Or Nothin’ & D Swift & IamTash)

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ABOUT REPUBLIC RECORDS
A division of Universal Music Group, the world’s leading music company, Republic Records is home to an all-star roster of multi-platinum, award-winning legends and superstar artists such as Ariana Grande, Drake, Florence + the Machine, Greta Van Fleet, Hailee Steinfeld, Jack Johnson, James Blake, James Bay, Jessie J, John Mellencamp, Jonas Brothers, Julia Michaels, Kid Cudi, Liam Payne, Lil Wayne, Lorde, Metro Boomin, NAV, Nicki Minaj, Of Monsters and Men, Pearl Jam, Post Malone, Seth MacFarlane, Taylor Swift, The Weeknd, Zendaya and more. Founded by brothers and chief executives Monte and Avery Lipman, it is also comprised of innovative business ventures, including American Recordings, Boominati Worldwide, Brushfire, Casablanca Records, Cash Money, Lava Records, Monkeywrench, XO, Young Money, among others. Republic also maintains long-standing strategic alliances with Universal Music Latin Entertainment (J Balvin and Karol G) and Hollywood Records. In addition, Republic has expanded to release high-profile soundtracks for Universal Pictures (Fifty Shades of Grey), Sony Pictures (Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse) and NBC TV (The Voice), as well as other notable film and television franchises. Extending further into the worlds of film, television, and content, Republic launched Federal Films in order to produce movies and series powered by the label’s catalog and artists. Its first production was the Jonas Brothers documentary Chasing Happiness for Amazon Prime Video.

The Brummies Release “After Midnight” Music Video

The Brummies offer a little spice and flavor to the work week with the 80s themed, black-lit music video for “After Midnight.” The Nashville-based, Alabama-bred trio rock out in the basement alongside choreographed aerobic dancers and some creatures of the night inspired by the 1989 family fantasy flick, “Little Monsters.” The band even enlisted some family members and close friends to jump in on the adventure.

“Dazzling summer jam…an irresistible listen, effortlessly riding a wave between shiny pop and rock ‘n’ roll.” – Variance

“Polished, rhythmic rock” – AL.com (Alabama)

“A fluffy hug of indie rock touched with soulful harmonies, funk rockish guitar licks, and blessed by a synth wave softness. The production feels like the all-inclusive hybrid funk rock jams of the 70’s with a twist of big pop that makes it timeless.” – American Pancake

“Certainly a welcome slice of escapism.” – American Songwriter

“Lush” – Rolling Stone

“Shimmering” – Billboard

LISTEN / SHARE “AFTER MIDNIGHT” HERE

WATCH THE NEW VIDEO HERE

The Brummies are composed of John Davidson, Jacob Bryant, and Trevor Davis. Known for their fresh blend of urgent rock & roll, dreamy indie-folk, and piercing songwriting, the band has a timeless sound crafted by three players in possession of an almost telekinetic musical shorthand.

“This is our dark disco song,” said Jacob. 

“It started with me playing this rhythm on keys one night,” continued Trevor. “At first, it was this long rocking jam that went into this dark halftime outro.”

“[The harmonies were] particularly fun. I was looking for something that deviated from the main melody in the chorus.” said John. “This song started on a synth, which is the first thing you hear in the song. That was always compelling and it eventually evolved into what is now “After Midnight.”

Variance Magazine, who originally premiered the track, said “It might seem like summer is quickly disappearing (or maybe it feels like it never arrived), but “After Midnight” may just have you thinking twice about that, delivering the perfect escape from these weird times.

Only two years ago, The Brummies made their debut in 2018 with the full-length album Eternal Reach, which received high praise from critics and featured GRAMMY award-winning, singer-songwriter Kacey Musgraves on the song “Drive Away.” The band returned this year with “Hillside,” which featured in the trailer for Dads, a film-festival favorite directed by Bryce Dallas Howard. Their last single “Sunshine” captured the essence of the late Bill Withers, and now “After Midnight” takes listeners to the darkside.

Listeners can stay connected by following the band on Instagram and Facebook @thebrummies, and @the_brummies on Twitter. For more info thebrummies.com.

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Emmy Awards Coverage Begins this Sunday

E!’S “LIVE FROM THE RED CARPET: THE 2020 EMMY AWARDS” COVERAGE KICKS OFF THIS SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 20TH AT 4:30PM ET/1:30PM PT

Giuliana Rancic and Vivica A. Fox To Headline The Network’s Extensive Multi-Platform Coverage

Emmy-nominated Actress Laverne Cox To Join Stylist Brad Goreski and “Nightly Pop” Co-host Nina Parker on E! “Countdown to the Red Carpet: The 2020 Emmy Awards”  

“E! Stream the Red Carpet: Emmys” Digital Show Returns on Twitter Focusing on Fan Interaction Begins at 6:00pm ET3:00pm PT

As the stars virtually come together for television’s biggest night, Giuliana Rancic and Vivica A. Fox will headline E!’s “Live From The Red Carpet: The 2020 Emmy Awards” to bring fans fun and authentic interviews and the most spontaneous moments with primetime TV’s biggest stars and nominees alongside “E!” Style Correspondent Brad Goreski, pop culture expert, Naz Perez and E! News’ “The Rundown” host, Erin Lim. E! will provide viewers with the most extensive multi-platform coverage on-air, on digital and across mobile and social live from the Universal Lot in Universal City, California on Sunday, September 20th as coverage begins at 4:30pm ET/1:30pm PT with “E! Countdown to the Red Carpet: The 2020 Emmy Awards.”

Comprehensive coverage begins with “E! Countdown to the Red Carpet: The 2020 Emmy Awards” featuring “Nightly Pop” co-host Nina Parker, celebrity stylist Brad Goreski, E! News’ “The Rundown” host, Erin Lim, and Emmy-nominated actress Laverne Cox as they countdown 10 of the most anticipated Emmy nominees and their biggest moments. As part of the network’s second screen live coverage, our “Live From E! Stream” digital show returns on @enews Twitter, eonline.com, and the “E! News” app at 7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT featuring “Daily Pop” Co-hosts Justin Sylvester and Carissa Culiner. Emmy nominees will answer fan-submitted questions, putting E! viewers right in the middle of all the Emmys excitement.

As soon as the ceremony wraps, “Nightly Pop” co-hosts Morgan Stewart, Nina Parker and Hunter March break down the major moments of the night including the surprise wins and snubs, and the most buzzworthy speeches and performances during the “E! After Party: The 2020 Emmy Awards.”  Then on Monday, September 21st, “Daily Pop,” and “Nightly Pop” will recap the most memorable moments of the night, talk to the big winners and give fans a look inside the Emmys beginning at 9:30pm ET / 12:30pm PT. 

As part of E!’s day-of coverage, the network will celebrate a round-up of fan submissions from E!’s #GlambotChallenge TikTok stunt both on E! Entertainment handles and during the Countdown show. 

Digital & Social

“E! News” fan-favorite Instagram Stories will feature a day-long takeover featuring various E! talent and celebrities, along with a special edition of Emmys coverage on Monday, September 21st, delivering E!’s fresh, comedic and quick-pace take on the biggest moments of the night. The fun continues Monday, September 21st as “E! News” livestreams “Post Pop,” featuring Lilliana Vazquez and Scott Tweedie. They’ll recap the biggest Emmys moments, including what viewers didn’t see on TV on the @enewsTwitter, eonline.com and the “E! News” app starting at 10:00am ET/7:00am PT. “E! News’” popular Snapchat series, “The Rundown,” hosted by Erin Lim, will also include special Emmys coverage on Monday, September 21st. Fans can follow every moment as the event unfolds and get exclusive behind-the-scenes content on “E! News” digital at eonline.com, and @enewsacross social platforms (Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook). Style fans can also follow along @stylecollective on Instagram for a fashion-first approach to the night.

Sponsors

All the action, effortless style, fashion forward glam and celebrity encounters fans crave is brought to E!’s “Live From The Red Carpet: The 2020 Emmy Awards” by an unmatched partnership lineup with Ketel One VodkaLay’sLG ElectronicsNatural DiamondCouncil, and TRESemmé onboard. 

E!’s “Live From The Red Carpet” is produced by Den of Thieves. Executive Producers are Jesse Ignjatovic, Evan Prager and Barb Bialkowski and Amanda McPhillips.

Complete Schedule:

Friday, September 18th 

11:00pm ET/PT

“Emmys: E!’s Inside Guide” spotlighting the biggest names giving a special look inside this year’s Emmys and nominees. 

Saturday, September 19th 

11:00am ET/PT

“Daily Pop: Live Emmy Special” featuring co-hosts Carissa Culiner, Justin Sylvester, and Morgan Stewart.

Sunday, September 20th 

4:30pm ET/1:30pm PT

“Countdown to the Red Carpet: The 2020 Emmy Awards” featuring “Nightly Pop” co-host Nina Parker, “E!” Style Correspondent Brad Goreski, E! News’ “The Rundown” host, Erin Lim, and Emmy-nominated actress, Laverne Cox.

6:00pm ET3:00pm PT

“Live From The Red Carpet: The 2020 Emmy Awards” hosted by Giuliana Rancic and Vivica A. Fox, along with “E!” Style Correspondent Brad Goreski, pop culture expert, Naz Perez and E! News’ “The Rundown” host, Erin Lim.

7:00pm ET4:00pm PT

“E! Stream the Red Carpet: Emmys” digital show on Twitter at @enews from the Emmys red carpet, hosted by “Daily Pop” co-hosts Justin Sylvester and Carissa Culiner.

11:00pm ET8:00pm PT (Immediately following the Emmys)

“E! After Party: The 2020 Emmy Awards” featuring “Nightly Pop” Co-hosts Morgan Stewart, Nina Parker and Hunter March along with “The Rundown” host Erin Lim.

Monday, September 21st 

12:30pm ET/PT

A special Emmys episode of “Daily Pop” featuring co-hosts Carissa Culiner, Justin Sylvester, and Morgan Stewart.

11:30pm ET/ PT

A special Emmys-themed episode of “Nightly Pop” featuring co-hosts Morgan Stewart, Nina Parker and Hunter March. 

About E! Entertainment

E! is the only global, multi-platform brand for all things pop culture. The network is currently available to 91 million cable and satellite subscribers in the U.S and 161 countries globally. E! programming includes popular series “Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” “Total Bellas,” “Botched,” “E! True Hollywood Story,” and topical series “The Soup.” “E! News” is the leading multi-platform publisher delivering breaking entertainment news and pop culture coverage 24/7 across EOnline.com and all digital and social media. The brand’s programming slate includes “Daily Pop,” “Nightly Pop” and digital shows: “E! News’ The Rundown” and “BingE! Club” on Snapchat, and “Close Up by E! News” on Quibi. E!’s “Live from the Red Carpet” signature events keep fans connected to their favorite stars on pop culture’s biggest nights and the “E! People’s Choice Awards” celebrates the best in pop culture and is the only award show for the people, by the people. E! is a network of the NBCUniversal Entertainment & Lifestyle Group, a division of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news and information to a global audience. For more corporate information, visit www.nbcuniversal.com.  

About Den of Thieves

Den of Thieves (DoT) is a television live event, scripted and non-scripted production company founded in 2007 by Jesse Ignjatovic and Evan Prager. Since its inception, DoT has become one of the most highly regarded and sought-after production companies in the industry. DoT is the production company responsible for producing the MTV Video Music Awards for the past 13 consecutive years, while also holding Executive Producer credits for Netflix’s “Taylor Swift: Reputation Stadium Tour” concert special, E! Network’s People’s Choice Awards and “Live from the Red Carpet” awards seasons specials, Quibi’s “The Rachel Hollis Show,” MTV’s virtual “Promathon” event, YouTube Originals #MoveWithMe global dance event, the MTV Movie Awards, the iHeartRadio Music Awards for Turner Broadcasting, ABC’s “The Gong Show” and Ken Jeong’s Netflix comedy special “You Complete Me, Ho,” to name a few. Aside from spearheading some of the world’s leading premier event shows and specials, DoT is the name behind the production of comedy specials and documentaries for Netflix, Comedy Central, and Apple among others. Beyond that, DoT also produced the multi-network broadcast of Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief in September 2017, in addition to the digital stream of the historic March for Our Lives rally in March 2018.

Seint Monet Releases “What Does It Mean” Today × EP Looms

Independent, rising soul-pop artist Seint Monet unveils her new track, “What Does It Mean,” today. The romantic track is about a boy she had never met before, but had grown quite strong feelings for. In conjunction, Seint Monet announced that her debut EP, Bloom, will be released next Friday, September 25th.

The glossy sound of Nashville’s Seint Monet is a new strain of American soul-pop. Check out the debut single by Seint Monet, whose own career in pop music is blossoming every bit like the love affair she details in her songwriting.

Click HERE to listen to “What Does It Mean.”

Seint Monet said about the song, “Looking back, it makes me laugh to think about how I put this guy on a pedestal. He started dating someone else and, at the time, it hurt like a bitch. But it was worth it, because it gave me this fucking beautiful song.”

The Bloom EP will include Seint Monet’s ethereal debut single and title track, Bloom, written by Camden Mueller (Prince Fox), Mia Shelton, Miette Hope, produced by Johnluke Lewis (LANY), and mastered by Chris Gehringer (Selena Gomez, Dua Lipa, Lizzo). Upon it’s release, the song received praise from American songwriter A1234 and Atwood Magazine, among others. The single’s music video is also currently being playlisted on MTV’s MTVU and Spankin New channels.

In addition, Seint Monet’s latest release, 32 Degrees, will also be featured on the EP. The track, written alongside Johnluke Lewis (LANY), Julius Rodriguez (Brasstracks, A$ap Rocky), Mike Malchicoff (Mark Ronson, Julia Michaels, Troye Sivan) and Miette Hope, continues to see the artist’s rapid rise. Click HERE to watch the nostalgia filled video.

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ANDY MINEO RELEASES “SHIBUYA ROLL CALL” FEAT. WORDSPLAYED

Syracuse-raised, Atlanta-based artist Andy Mineo released his latest single and video, “Shibuya Roll Call” feat. Wordsplayed, to announce a new EP, Happy Thoughts, inspired by a trip to Japan with his Miner League crew. The video acts as a visual diary capturing Mineo and his team’s experiences on their travels throughout the country, prior to the COVID shutdown – watch it here. “Shibuya Roll Call” is the first installment of weekly content promised by Andy via Instagram, leading up to the release of Happy Thoughts on November 11 via Reach Records.

LISTEN TO “SHIBUYA ROLL CALL” VIA ALL DIGITAL PLATFORMS

Discussing the single and video, Mineo states, “My buddy John [Wordsplayed] and I visited the Shibuya ward in Tokyo, Japan and were inspired by the scenery. Finding a fresh take on the world is hard to do if you stay in the same spot, so we wanted to pay homage to the experience we had and put the city on my fans’ radar. Sharing things that inspire me is central to my brand, so I hope this song encourages people to find out more of what Japan has to offer.”

Mineo grew up in the Syracuse area. A troubled kid, music became his constructive outlet. His mix of hip-hop and pop serves as an energetic, positive influence, with a focus on cultural influences and overarching visions to create unforgettable media experiences. Mineo’s 2014 single “You Can’t Stop Me” was certified Gold by the RIAA, and he has headed out on multiple 30+ date tours across the U.S., sharing the stage with artists such as Tory Lanez, Logic, Fetty Wap and Jon Bellion.

Stay tuned for more details on Happy Thoughts to be announced in the coming weeks

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Jacob Banks – Stranger

Jacob Banks, a Nigerian-born singer based out of the U.K., released a brand new song Wednesday titled “Stranger.”

The song comes with a new music video depicting the emotions of growing apart from a loved one and putting the pieces back together once it’s over. Banks sings, “Stranger, once upon a time we were the chorus.” You can see the video by clicking right here.

Sillkey co-produced the song with Banks, and the two use R&B and progressive electronic synths to build to an eruption of strings and keys.

Banks also directed and starred in the music video himself. He places himself and the female co-lead close enough to touch, but something non-physical continues to prevent them from reaching each other.

Banks is fresh off a feature on Grace Carter‘s “Blame.” He also recently covered the Alicia Keys hit “Like You’ll Never See Me Again.”

He has only ascended since his 2018 album “Village,” which cracked VIBE’s list of the 30 best albums of 2018. It It featured critically acclaimed songs like “Slow Up” and “Nostalgia.”

Already having performed at Coachella, SXSW and Lollapalooza, Banks will look to continue his massive success.

To learn more about Banks, you can click right here. You can also follow him on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Netflix – Cuties

By Cassandra Yany

One of Netflix’s newest films, Cuties, has garnered much attention and backlash since its Sep. 9 release on the streaming platform. The coming-of-age film depicts a young girl as she tries to navigate her life as a pre-teen growing up in a Muslim family living in Paris.

Many critics have spoken out against the film, which currently holds the no. 7 spot in Netflix’s ‘Top 10,’ for its depiction of 11-year-old girls dancing and behaving in an indecent manner. According to the New York Times, the movie was first deemed controversial in the U.S. in August when Netflix released the promotional artwork. The original marketing for the film displayed an image of four young girls in skimpy dance costumes posing provocatively.

This, along with the trailer, prompted opposers to start petitions online and call for the removal of the film from Netflix’s catalog. Netflix apologized and changed the artwork for the film to a more innocent photo of the same four characters walking down the street with shopping bags, donning bras and underwear over their clothes.

Last week’s release of the film has sparked conversation once again amongst parents, politicians and others, causing #CancelNetflix to trend on Twitter. Lina Nealon, the Director of Corporate and Strategic Initiatives at the National Center on Sexual Exploitation has spoken out against the film saying “While we commend Director Maïmouna Doucouré for exposing the very real threats to young girls having unfettered access to social media and the internet, we cannot condone the hypersexualization and exploitation of the young actresses themselves in order to make her point.” She called for Netflix to cut the “sexually-exploitive” scenes from the film, or remove the film from the platform altogether.

On Friday, Hawaii Rep. Tulse Gabbard tweeted, “@Netflix child porn ‘Cuties’ will certainly whet the appetite of pedophiles & help fuel the child sex trafficking trade. 1 in 4 victims of trafficking are children… Netflix you are now complicit.”

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz penned a letter to Attorney General William P. Barr Friday calling for the Department of Justice to start an investigation into the production and distribution of the film to “determine whether Netflix, any of its executives, or anyone involved in the making of ‘Cuties’ violated any federal laws against the production and distribution of child pornography.”

Cruz wrote that “the film routinely fetishizes and sexualizes these pre-adolescent girls as they perform dances simulating sexual conduct in revealing clothing, including at least one scene with partial nudity” falsely claiming that there’s a scene exposing a “minor’s bare breast.” The Associated Press reported that one of Cruz’s representatives, Lauren Aronson, said that the senator has not seen the film.

According to the Washington Times, some critics are even calling on the Obama’s— who have a production deal with Netflix— to take action against the film. Deadline stated that “The reality appears to have been lost in the storm, and the truth is very few of the people reacting so strongly will have actually seen the film.”

Netflix told USA TODAY “‘Cuties’ is a social commentary against the sexualization of young children. It’s an award winning film and a powerful story about the pressure young girls face on social media and from society more generally growing up— and we’d encourage anyone who cares about these important issues to watch the movie.”

Director Maïmouna Doucouré defends the film, saying that it works to shed light on these issues so they can be fixed. Cuties first premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival on Jan. 23, where it won the Directing Jury Award for the dramatic film category. According to the New York Times, the movie did not stir up much conversation in France after its theatrical release (as Mignnonnes in French) in August.

Deadline reports that Doucouré did not see the promotional material prior to when it was circulated on the internet. She said that she received death threats as the outrage grew over these images. She told the news site that the film is not apologetic about the hypersexualization of children, but instead is her “…personal story as well as the story of many children who have to navigate between a liberal western culture and a conservative culture at home.”

Cuties was Doucouré’s feature directorial debut. Similar to the film’s main character, Amy, Doucouré is of Senegalese descent and grew up in a Muslim culture in Paris. In an interview at Sundance, she said she first had the idea for the movie after attending a neighborhood gathering in Paris where she saw a group of 11-year-old girls doing a stage performance of a “sensual” dance. She was shocked to see girls that age dance like that in short clothing. “We can’t continue to close our eyes about that,” she told the interviewer.

Doucouré researched for a year and a half, meeting with hundreds of pre-teens who told her their stories. She learned about their ideas of femininity, and how their self image is affected by the emphasis of social media in today’s society. According to IndieWire, the young actresses’ parents were on board with the project to spread awareness of the issue, and there was a psychologist working with the girls throughout filming who is still helping them throughout the release process.

The film is centered around Amy, an 11-year-old girl who has recently moved to a housing development in a poor suburb of Paris with her Senegalese, observant Muslim family. She looks out for her brothers, takes care of responsibilities around the house, and is in the process of being taught how to ‘be a woman’ by  her aunt.

One day after prayer, Amy walks by the laundry room and sees a girl her age dancing to music playing from her phone. In a subsequent scene, Amy is seen trying to straighten her hair with a clothing iron, burning part of it off as a result. 

Amy learns that her father, who is still in Senegal, has taken a second wife and will be coming to Paris soon to have the wedding. Her mother, Mariam, tries to hide her reaction to the news, but Amy sees her grow upset and take her frustrations out on herself. This is where Amy’s behavior begins to shift; she starts to reject her culture and identity, and instead tries to conform to fit in with the other girls at school. 

At school, Amy is teased for her clothes and lack of fashion sense, so she begins to wear her younger brother’s t-shirt to match the crop tops that her classmates wear. After seeing a group of girls her age dancing after school, Amy steals her cousin’s iPhone to learn how to dance, herself. She comes across their social media accounts and begins taking selfies, imitating what she sees on their profiles. 

Amy finds herself a spot in the girls’ friend group and dance troupe, and as a result, begins to neglect her responsibilities at home. Amy starts to show more self expression, wearing her hair natural rather than pulling it back. She also begins to explore the internet more, finding videos of almost-naked women dancing rather suggestively and moving their bodies in ways that an 11-year-old probably shouldn’t be watching. 

Taking what she found online, Amy practices dancing with her friends and teaches them how to twerk. This is where the movie begins to make viewers slightly uneasy. It was jarring to see these young, innocent girls tainted by this inappropriate content and doing dance moves that they didn’t understand the implications of. It appears that this was the intention of director Doucouré, as she stated in an interview with Netflix that the film is “…a mirror of today’s society; a mirror sometimes difficult to look into and accept but still so true.”

Some of the scenes, frankly, are very disturbing to watch. These include the girls dancing provocatively for two older male workers at a laser tag facility so that they wouldn’t get in trouble for sneaking in, as well as Amy beginning to undress for her cousin once he found she had stolen his iPhone in an attempt to smooth over the situation. Perhaps the most disturbing scene is when Amy takes a picture of her genitals to post on her social media profile so that people at school would think she’s mature. While there was no nudity shown in this scene, the implied action was horrifying to watch. 

At the end of the film, Amy performs with her dance troupe at a local competition. Dressed in revealing outfits, they dance immodestly in front of a crowd of people who quickly seem unsettled. (This is the scene from which the original promotional photos were taken.) Toward the end of the song, Amy freezes as she begins to think about her mom, then runs off the stage crying. She goes home where she asks her mom not to attend her father’s wedding. Her mom continues to get ready for the event, but tells Amy that she doesn’t have to go.

Instead of going to the wedding, Amy steps outside and begins jumping rope. This scene depicts a mixture of her two identities: she is wearing jeans and a crop top with her hair down, but is surrounded by people of her culture dressed in traditional garments. After suppressing her family’s background for a majority of the movie, Amy is finally able to find the balance where her multiple cultures intersect in order to be her honest self. 

After watching Cuties, it is evident that it is not meant to promote this behavior among young girls, but instead provide commentary on what is happening today and warn the adults who see the movie. The harsh reality is that more pre-adolescents are exposed to this type of content than we think. Any child who has access to a smart device and social platforms have the potential to see a video not meant for them. Take TikTok for example: racy dances to Cardi B and Meg Thee Stallion’s “WAP,” as well as a recent trend where women make “thirst traps” to Beyoncé’s “Rocket” are some of the most popular videos on the app right now. Young TikTok users can easily see creators on their For You Page enjoying themselves while engaging in these trends, causing the young viewer to want to do the same.

When speaking to Deadline, Doucouré said, “What happens is young girls see images of women being objectified, and the more the woman becomes an object, the more followers and like she has— they see that as a role model and try to imitate these women, but they’re not old enough to know what they’re doing.” In a separate interview, she posed the question, “Isn’t the objectification of a woman’s body that we often see in our Western culture not another kind of oppression?”

Overall, Cuties shows the dangers of uncensored media for young children and displays how impressionable they can be. It also shows the journey of Amy’s self-discovery and learning how to blend her multiple cultures in order to shape her identity. Unfortunately, the risqué nature of the film overshadows the storyline and the message is lost for a number of audience members.

In various articles, Doucouré is quoted discussing the meaning of the film in the broad context of femininity and what it means for young girls to enter womanhood in this digital age. During her aforementioned interview with Netflix, she stated “The real question of Cuties is can we, as women, truly choose who we want to be, beyond the role models that are imposed upon us by society?”

Masego – Passport

Masego released a brand new song Wednesday from his upcoming experimental EP inspired by trapphouse jazz.

The new song is titled “Passport,” and it comes with a brand new music video that you can see by clicking right here.

Masego will use that trapphouse jazz inspiration to explore every step of a relationship, showing his evolution, both as a person and as an artist, while unable to perform for crowds.

His brand new EP will follow up his 2018 album “Lady Lady,” which propelled him into the spotlight. Listeners have streamed “Tadow,” the leading single from “Lady Lady,” over half a billion times, making it certified gold by the RIAA. It was also used in over 2 million TikTok videos.

Masego also gained traction after performing his song “Queen Tings” on the BET Awards Broadcast, which you can see by clicking right here.

To learn more about Masego, you can click right here. You can also follow him on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Nothing But Thieves Releases New Single – “Impossible”

Southend five-piece Nothing But Thieves have announced the release of new single Impossible, which is available now. The song follows recent singles Is Everybody Going Crazy? and Real Love Song and is taken from their forthcoming third album Moral Panic. They have also announced a huge UK, Ireland and European tour for Autumn 2021, including a headline show at London’s The O2.

THEIR NEW ALBUM, MORAL PANIC, WILL BE RELEASED ON OCTOBER 23RD.

LISTEN: IMPOSSIBLE

Nothing But Thieves are no strangers to powerful anthems, and with Impossible, they’ve written another vast soundscape. Produced by Mike Crossey (The 1975, Arctic Monkeys and Wolf Alice), Impossible is an exuberant track opening with raw emotion before launching into a huge chorus full of elated melody and affecting lyrics of hope and passion. The band says,

“In a way ‘Impossible’ is the complete antithesis of everything else on the album, which has a lot of anxiety and confusion about what’s happening on this planet. This became the opposite, zooming into one person’s head, just being lifted up and transported by a feeling of possibility and hope. It was a moment of relief that both we and the album needed.”

Recent single Real Love Song was included as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record in the World before being added to the B List on Radio 1 and has already achieved 3.5 million streams worldwide. Richly anthemic and wildly grandiose, it builds triumphantly with a hymn-like euphoric melody alongside singer Conor’s poignant almost operatic vocals. Amidst mesmerising animations and a gritty performance from the band themselves, the Basak Erol directed video showcases the dreamlike story of three characters seeking love in the wrong places.

Remaining on the Radio 1 Playlist for 8 weeks, as one of the longest running tracks on their playlist, Is Everybody Going Crazy? was the band’s biggest Airplay hit to date, achieving almost 12 million streams worldwide and welcomed the exciting return of Nothing But Thieves. A gritty dark rock song, lyrically it discusses a fractured, barely recognisable civilisation and desire for escapism, which proved curiously relevant to the world right now.

Real Love Song, Is Everybody Going Crazy? and recent release Unperson is the band’s first new music since their 2018 EPWhat Did You Think When You Made Me This Way, their 2017 acclaimed album Broken Machine, which charted at #2 in the UK album chart, and their debut self-titled album Nothing But Thieves. Their third album Moral Panic will be released on 23rdOctober, with the pre-orders now live here and Unperson available as an instant grat.

The past few years have been quite a ride for Nothing But Thieves. Amassing over 700,000 album sales and 750 million streams so far, they have built up a loyal and wide following for their impactful alt rock sound, cementing themselves as one of the best current rock bands in the world. Selling 150,000 tickets on their last album campaign, which included a sold-out show at London’s Alexandra Palace and selling out their entire worldwide Broken Machine headline tour, their success has been global.

The band have performed on TV shows such as The Late Late Show With James Corden and Jimmy Kimmel Live!, after their debut became the bestselling debut from a UK rock band in the US in 2015 and played packed out international shows from Poland to Amsterdam, where they headlined an arena to 6,000 fans. After intimately debuting new songs at Tufnell Park Dome earlier recently for a BRITs/War Child gig, they were set to tour internationally earlier this year, including a show to 6,500 people at Moscow Adrenaline Stadium.

They have now announced a brand new UK, Ireland and European tour for Autumn 2021, including their biggest ever headline London show at O2 Arena. Tickets go on sale on Friday 18th September at 9am, with pre-sale tickets available from Wednesday 16thSeptember at 9am for all pre-orders of ‘Moral Panic’. Full dates are as follows:

September 2021

Thurs 30th         Dublin                Olympia

October 2021

Sat 2nd                Belfast               Ulster Hall

Wed 6th              Plymouth          Pavillions

Thurs 7th            Cardiff                Motorpoint Arena

Fri 8th                  London              O2 Arena

Sun 10th             Birmingham     O2 Academy

Mon 11th           Glasgow            Barrowland

Thurs 14th         Manchester     O2 Victoria Warehouse

Sat 16th              Nottingham     Motorpoint Arena

Mon 18th           Barcelona         Razzamataz 2

Wed 20th           Paris                   Casino de Paris

Sun 24th             Wiesbaden       Schlachtohof

Tues 26th           Leizig                 Täubchenthal

Thurs 28th Berlin Columbiahalle

November 2021

Tues 2nd             Munich              Tonhalle

Wed 3rd             Milan                 Fabrique

Fri 5th                  Zurich                 Halle 622

Sat 6th                 Luxembourg    Atelier

Mon 8th              Copenhagen    Amager Bio

Tues 9th              Stockholm        Fryhuset

Thurs 11th         Köln                    Palladium

Fri 12th               Amsterdam      Ziggo Dome

Nothing But Thieves are Conor Mason (vocals, guitars), Joe Langridge-Brown (guitars), Dominic Craik (guitars, keyboard), Philip Blake (bass guitar) and James Price (drums).

To Watch/Listen to “Impossible”:

https://nbthiev.es/impossible

To Pre-Order Moral Panic:

http://nbthiev.es/moralpanic

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