Poppy teases new song ‘Flux’, coming later this week

Poppy is set to release a new track called ‘Flux’ later this week.

The Massachusetts singer-songwriter, who released the surprise EP ‘Eat’ last month, teased the arrival of a new project on social media earlier this week.

Taking to her official channels again today (July 28), Poppy posted a brightly coloured clip depicting a cartoon baked treat character, whose eyes spin before vomiting.

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In the caption, Poppy revealed that a song titled ‘Flux’ will be arriving this coming Friday (July 30). You can see the post below.

Made up of five new tracks, the singer’s recent EP features the songs ‘Eat’ (first debuted during Poppy’s Grammy performance in March) and ‘Say Cheese’, which she previewed in an NXT performance in April.

Poppy released her latest album, ‘I Disagree’, in January 2020. Last December, she revealed that she’d almost finished its follow-up. “It has a completely different sonic vibe,” the singer explained. “We’re doing the last touches on it now.”

In a four-star review of her latest record, NME wrote: ‘I Disagree’ is [Poppy’s] most accomplished record, full of daring theatre and snarling forward motion. While all our favourite rock bands are going pop, Poppy is unapologetically embracing her desire to go heavy.

“It might be inspired by the bands she grew up listening to, but there’s not a moment on ‘I Disagree’ that feels like a throwback. Try and keep up with her.”

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Last month, Poppy released a new single called ‘Her’, which arrived with an impressive, animated stop motion video.

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Elton John condemns DaBaby for fuelling “stigma” around HIV

Elton John has responded to comments made by DaBaby during his set at Rolling Loud Miami over the weekend.

The North Carolina rapper (real name Jonathan Kirk) drew criticism for controversial comments he made surrounding homosexuality and HIV/AIDS onstage at the festival on Sunday (July 25).

“If you didn’t show up today with HIV, AIDS, any of them deadly sexually transmitted diseases that’ll make you die in two or three weeks, put your cellphone light up.,” he could be heard saying in footage from his set.

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He added: “Ladies, if your pussy smell like water, put your cellphone light up. Fellas, if you ain’t sucking dick in the parking lot, put your cellphone light up.”

DaBaby also claimed HIV will “make you die in two or three weeks”.

John – who founded the Elton John AIDS Foundation charity in 1992 – took to Instagram earlier today (July 28) to share his thoughts on the rapper’s comments and to offer some facts and figures relating to HIV.

“We’ve been shocked to read about the HIV misinformation and homophobic statements made at a recent DaBaby show,” John wrote. “This fuels stigma and discrimination and is the opposite of what our world needs to fight the AIDS epidemic.”

The singer then shared a few key facts and statistics:

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“HIV has affected over 70 million people globally: men, women, children and the most vulnerable people in our communities.

“In America, a gay black man has a 50% lifetime chance of contracting HIV. Stigma and shame around HIV and homosexuality is a huge driver of this vulnerability. We need to break down the myths and judgements and not fuel these.

“You can live a long and healthy life with HIV. Treatment is so advanced that with one pill a day, HIV can become undetectable in your body so you can’t pass it onto other people.”

John concluded his post by pointing out that “a musician’s job is to bring people together”, therefore there is no place in our society and industry for “homophobic and HIV mistruths”.

“As musicians, we must spread compassion and love for the most marginalised people in our communities,” he added.

Dua Lipa – whose 2020 ‘Levitating’ remix features a verse from DaBaby – has said she is “surprised and horrified” by the rapper’s comments.

“I really don’t recognise this as the person I worked with,” she said in a post to her Instagram Story. “I know my fans know where my heart lies and that I stand 100 per cent with the LGTBQ community. We need to come together to fight the stigma and ignorance around HIV/AIDS.”

DaBaby has since taken to Twitter to offer an apology for his remarks. “What I said was insensitive,” he said, “Even though I have no intentions on offending anybody. So my apologies.”

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Finneas addresses Billie Eilish troll accounts for “posting relentless lies”

Billie Eilish‘s brother and co-writer Finneas has hit out at a joke Twitter account posting fake news updates about Eilish.

The @BilliesUpdatess account shares fabricated stories about the singer, ranging from accusing her of supporting queer-baiting to saying she wanted to be poor so she could relate to her fans.

“I still want to be broke and poor, it looks really fun and cute,” one of the made-up quotes posted by the account read, leading her brother to intervene.

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“Can you do something right for once and get this account suspended,” one fan wrote to Finneas, to which he responded via quote tweeting.

The producer wrote: “Fake obviously. Honestly I just wish they’d label this account satire like the onion or something.

“I have no problem with a joke as long as people know it’s a joke.”

Over the weekend, Finneas also addressed the account, writing: “Also the account BilliesUpdatess is posting relentless lies about billie so if you see that account, report and block Em.”

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Last year, Billie Eilish said she believes she “can’t win” against Instagram trolls. In an interview with Dazed, Eilish has discussed a recent experience she had with trolls on Instagram after posting photos from her holiday to Hawaii at the start of 2020.

The singer shared a video of her holiday which featured her wearing a bikini, and has spoken of the mass of negative comments that followed. “It was trending,” she remembered. “There were comments like, ‘I don’t like her anymore because as soon as she turns 18 she’s a whore’. I can’t win. I cannot win.”

Eilish is set to release new album ‘Happier Than Ever’ on Friday (June 30), co-written and produced by Finneas.

Finneas, meanwhile, appears in James Blake’s new video for the single ‘Say What You Will’.

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Stevie Nicks reflects on ‘Bella Donna’ 40 years on: “It defined how I would feel about love forever”

Stevie Nicks has shared some insights into her debut solo album ‘Bella Donna’, commemorating its 40th anniversary yesterday (July 27).

Posting an excerpt of her journal on Instagram, the singer-songwriter said she teamed up with backing vocalists Lori Perry-Nicks and Sharon Celani to create the record, aspiring to be the “girl version” of Crosby, Stills and Nash and to sound nothing like Fleetwood Mac.

According to Nicks, the title track was written “about my boyfriend’s mother who was involved with a man in Chile during the coup that happened there in 1973.”

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“The man she loved was banished to France,” Nicks wrote.

“Banished or imprisoned, that was the choice. The love story never really ended – but she never saw him again.

“I was so touched by this story of lost love that I wrote ‘Bella Donna’ – the moment the poem and then the song was finished, I knew I had the basis for my first solo record.”

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Nicks said she “never doubted for a moment” this track would be the album’s title. ‘Bella Donna’ went on to top the US charts and, in Nicks’ words, “open the doors of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame”.

“It was ours – it defined how I would feel about love forever,” she continued.

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“It broke my heart and gave me the strength to fight for it. It was a fine line to walk between love and hate and passion and the girls and I loved it. We never looked back.

“I could not have been more proud of those songs or the three months it took me, the girls and [producer] Jimmy Iovine to craft it. It did not break up Fleetwood Mac. If anything, it kept us together.”

Nicks has recorded a further seven solo studio albums since ‘Bella Donna’ in 1981, the most recent being her 2014 LP ’24 Karat Gold: Songs from the Vault’.

More recently, Nicks teamed up with Miley Cyrus for a mash-up of Nicks’ ‘Edge of Seventeen’ and Cyrus’ ‘Midnight Sky’. She is also scheduled to co-headline the forthcoming Austin City Limits festival in October.

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Watch BTS cover Puff Daddy and Faith Evans’ ‘I’ll Be Missing You’ during BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge debut

BTS have delivered their own take on Puff Daddy and Faith Evans‘ ‘I’ll Be Missing You’ during their BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge debut.

The K-Pop icons delivered an emotionally charged take on the 1997 track for the new session, but added a rockier twist with additional guitars and drums.

As well as the cover – a customary part of Live Lounge sessions, the performance also saw the group delivering live renditions of ‘Dynamite’ and ‘Permission To Dance’.

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As well as the performance, BTS fans can look forward to a special documentary on BTS titled BTS @ Radio 1 , which will be released tomorrow (July 28) on BBC One. It will also feature footage of the boyband’s performances on Live Lounge.

Last week,BTS became the first artists to replace themselves at number one on the Hot 100 since Drake in 2018. ‘Permission to Dance’ ended the seven-week chart-topping streak of the boyband’s previous single ‘Butter’, which is currently the second longest Number One Hot 100 song of 2021.

Meanwhile, band member J-Hope recently discussed the constant pressure to continuously reflect and improve on his capabilities as a performer.

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“Whenever I try to embrace an unintended success, in my mind I’m always like … It’s like half happiness, half a feeling that makes me think seriously about what I accomplished,” he said.

“There’s a sense of responsibility that comes along with such an honourable achievement. ARMYs (the group’s fanbase) have done so much to keep us at number one, and I’m incredibly thankful for that.”

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