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Billie Eilish packs a punch, again, on ‘Hit Me Hard and Soft’: review

Billie Eilish dropped her groundbreaking, Grammy-winning debut album, “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” — there was a seismic shift in pop.At just 17, she emerged as a goth-pop princess whose spooky, synthy sound was eerily prescient of the doom to come when the pandemic shut the world.And the Billie effect was felt with everyone from Olivia Rodrigo to SZA to, yes, even Taylor Swift. While Eilish broke out of the “Bad Guy” groove of her biggest hit on her second album, 2021’s “Happier Than Ever,” there was still no stopping her power.And even when she made the most anti-blockbuster ballad for last summer’s “Barbie” smash, “What Was I Made For?” went on to win both the Song of the Year Grammy and the Best Original Song Oscar — even though the single didn’t even crack the Top 10.Now 22, Eilish is hot off of accomplishing that rare Grammy-Oscar double as she releases her third LP, “Hit Me Hard and Soft” — and she continues to go against the mainstream.In fact, she chose not to release any singles leading up to the album, wanting the collection to be consumed as a “family of songs.”Forget the fact that listening to an album from start to finish in the streaming era is a pretty radical concept.And when the LP gets off to the sleepiest of starts with the dreamy “Skinny” — where Eilish displays her new thing for strings, courtesy of the Attacca Quartet — you might think you accidentally shuffled it to the end.Just like Prince rebeled against the “Purple Rain” mania with “Around the World in a Day” and Radiohead tried to shake off the “OK Computer” masses with “Kid A,” Eilish has refused to play to the basic crowd to meet any sort of commercial expectation.And yet, it still works for her.
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Billie Eilish packs a punch, again, on ‘Hit Me Hard and Soft’: review
Billie Eilish dropped her groundbreaking, Grammy-winning debut album, “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” — there was a seismic shift in pop.At just 17, she emerged as a goth-pop princess whose spooky, synthy sound was eerily prescient of the doom to come when the pandemic shut the world.And the Billie effect was felt with everyone from Olivia Rodrigo to SZA to, yes, even Taylor Swift. While Eilish broke out of the “Bad Guy” groove of her biggest hit on her second album, 2021’s “Happier Than Ever,” there was still no stopping her power.And even when she made the most anti-blockbuster ballad for last summer’s “Barbie” smash, “What Was I Made For?” went on to win both the Song of the Year Grammy and the Best Original Song Oscar — even though the single didn’t even crack the Top 10.Now 22, Eilish is hot off of accomplishing that rare Grammy-Oscar double as she releases her third LP, “Hit Me Hard and Soft” — and she continues to go against the mainstream.In fact, she chose not to release any singles leading up to the album, wanting the collection to be consumed as a “family of songs.”Forget the fact that listening to an album from start to finish in the streaming era is a pretty radical concept.And when the LP gets off to the sleepiest of starts with the dreamy “Skinny” — where Eilish displays her new thing for strings, courtesy of the Attacca Quartet — you might think you accidentally shuffled it to the end.Just like Prince rebeled against the “Purple Rain” mania with “Around the World in a Day” and Radiohead tried to shake off the “OK Computer” masses with “Kid A,” Eilish has refused to play to the basic crowd to meet any sort of commercial expectation.And yet, it still works for her.
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Keke Palmer speaks out on “trauma” of private life, with support from SZA and Teyana Taylor
Nope and Hustlers actor filed a restraining order against her ex-partner Darius Jackson, and requested the sole custody of their son.She accused Jackson of abusing her several times during their two-year relationship, and claimed that she had security footage from an incident where he “trespassed into my home without my knowledge or consent”.She reportedly claimed in the court filings that he “threatened” her, before “lunging for my neck, striking me, throwing me over the couch and stealing my phone.”In the new Instagram post, Palmer wrote: “When reality tv makes everyone believe all celebrities are just one big marketing strategy and scheme but my life is truly unraveling at the seams and I just wear trauma like a Dolce & Gabbana coat because Sharon didn’t raise no b****.” The post is tagged with Nicki Minaj’s track ‘Seeing Green’.The November legal action also saw Palmer attempt to gain sole custody over their 8-month-old son, Leodis, following Jackson’s alleged behaviour.She claimed there have been “many instances of physical violence” including “destroying my personal property…throwing my belongings into the street, throwing my car keys to prevent me from driving away, hitting [me] in front of our son, spewing profanities about me to our son, threatening to kill himself with a gun if I left him, harassment, and other physical and emotional abuse.”Jackson has not made a public comment about the dispute.Speculation about their relationship began to circulate in July when Jackson made a comment about Palmer’s outfit at an Usher concert.
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SZA reveals ‘Lana’ cover art, celebrates one-year anniversary of ‘SOS’
SZA has revealed six variations of the cover art for ‘Lana’, the deluxe version of her latest album ‘SOS‘.The R&B singer released her chart-topping album on December 9, 2022, and announced back in September of this year that the deluxe edition would be called ‘Lana’.SZA, whose real name is Solána Rowe, teased six different versions o the cover art early today (December 11), three of which features her amongst farm animals wearing the blue American football-style jersey she wears on the original ‘SOS’ cover art and also featured throughout her recent tour.In another cover, the singer wears all white and sits on a fold up chair, while the other variations capture her inside a tent alongside a final picture of her adorned with a headdress made of foliage while wearing leafy bikini bottoms.The artist previously said that the deluxe release would be like “a whole ‘nother album” that will feature “7-10 songs”.Check out the cover variations below.A post shared by SZA (@sza)A post shared by SZA (@sza)A post shared by SZA (@sza)A post shared by SZA (@sza)A post shared by SZA (@sza)A post shared by SZA (@sza)In a separate Instagram post yesterday (December 10) proceeding the ‘Lana’ teasers, SZA reflected on the anniversary of the release of second studio album ‘SOS’.“A day late but Happy 1 year anniversary to an album that is ACTIVELY CHANGING MY LIFE .. like rn currently changing my life,” she wrote.“I haven’t processed this year AT ALL cause it’s still happening ..
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