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Lana Del Rey Defends Her Comments on Fellow Female Singers, 'Racist' Backlash - Billboard
After facing heavy criticism on thoughts she expressed via Instagram earlier on Thursday (May 21), Lana Del Rey is defending herself. In her original post, the singer called out fellow female stars Doja Cat, Ariana Grande, Camila Cabello, Cardi B, Kehlani, Nicki Minaj and Beyoncé, who "have had number ones with songs about being sexy, wearing no clothes, f---ing, cheating, etc." She then asked if she can continue singing about her own dark past "without being crucified or saying that Im glamorizing abuse? "To be clear because I knowwwwww you love to twist things," she wrote in the comments section of her post. "I f---ing love these singers and know them. that is why I mention them." "I would also like to have some of the same freedom of expression without judgement of hysteria," she clarified. Del Rey continued to defend herself via Instagram story, writing, Bro. This is sad to make it about a WOC issue when Im talking about my favorite singers. I couldve literally said anyone but I picked my favorite f---ing people. She added: And this is the problem with society today, not everything is about whatever you want it to be. Its exactly the point of my postthere are certain women that culture doesnt want to have a voice it may not have to do with race I dont know what it has to do with. I dont care anymore but dont ever ever ever ever bro- call me racist because that is bulls---. The "Blue Jeans" singer continued to slam critics who thought she was calling out minority artists specifically. "By the way the singers I mentioned are my favorite singers so if you want to try and make a bone to pick out of that like you always do be my guest, it doesnt change the fact that I havent had the same opportunity to express what I wanted to express without being completely decimated and if you want to say that that has something to do with race thats your opinion but thats not what I was saying." She concluded by writing, "When I said people who look like meI meant the people who dont look strong or necessarily smart, or like theyre in control etc. its about advocating for a more delicate personality, not for white womanthanks for the Karen comments tho. V helpful." Lana Del Rey's upcoming album, the followup to 2019's Norman F---ing Rockwell, will be out Sept. 5.
Demi Lovato, Big Sean & Bonus Options: Who Should Justin Bieber Collaborate With Next? Vote! - Billboard
Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande will finally drop their long-awaited collaboration "Stuck With U" tomorrow (May 8), but Bieber's A-list features don't end there. He briefly linked up with Grande for the remix of his 2015 hit "What Do You Mean?" just like he did with Miley Cyrus for "Overboard" during one of his 2011 shows, which was featured in his first concert documentary Justin Bieber: Never Say Never. Maybe it's time the two child stars cross paths more officially. Bieber and Grande's manager Scooter Braun helped facilitate their alliance, but he's also got Demi Lovato on his roster. When she interviewed her labelmate on The Ellen DeGeneres Show back in March, Lovato told Bieber that his history of drug use and mental health issues resonated with hers. "We both had similar stories being in the industry really young and then we both had our struggles," she said. "For me and my experience like when I struggled last year, I know I looked at you as an inspiration because you've been through this and you've come out of the other side. And I really just admire the man that you are today." Long gone are the days when the Biebs gave fans hits with Ludacris ("Baby" in 2009, "All Around The World" in 2012), Big Sean ("As Long As You Love Me" in 2012, "Memphis" in 2013, "No Pressure" in 2015), Jaden Smith ("Never Say Never" in 2011, "Fairytale" in 2012) and his earliest mentor Usher ("First Dance" in 2009, "Somebody To Love Remix" in 2010, "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)" in 2011). Or maybe he could bring them back. Speaking of Big Sean, Bieber could link up with his superstar GF Jhené Aiko, or maybe the Canada native can team up with his fellow Ontarian Alessia Cara for a honey-voiced duet. Earlier this year, Zayn shut down internet rumors that he cooked up something special with the "Intentions" singer. "Yo! thank you so much for letting me know about this. I do not have any new collaborations coming so please just keep checking here for any news," the former One Direction member wrote on Twitter in February. But the fans already voiced what they wanted and still expect the two to deliver. But the Changes artist purposefully shook things up when he snuck a cryptic line in his happy birthday tweet to BTS' Jungkook: "They ain't ready now watch this tweet go crazy." The ARMY definitely went crazy by quickly speculating the two global sensations might be working together. So who should hit the studio with Bieber next? Vote below!
The Strokes' 'The New Abnormal' Is Here: Stream It Now - Billboard
It's finally here. The Strokes unveiled their sixth album, The New Abnormal, on Friday (April 10), six years after their last full-length release, 2013's The Comedown Machine. The nine-track album features previously released singles "At the Door," "Bad Decisions" and "Brooklyn Bridge to Chorus." The project was produced by Rick Rubin and recorded at his Shangri-La Studios in Malibu, California, and features cover art of painting by late neo-expressionist artist Jean-Michel Basquiat called "Bird on Money." Listen to The New Abnormal in full below.