How Post Malone Helped Redefine Pop Stardom for a New Decade

This article is sponsored by StubHub. Back when he was still attending high school and bumming it part-time at the Chicken Express, Austin Richard Post was voted “Most Likely to Become Famous” by his classmates. Three years and countless tragic hairstyles later, those same classmates — and millions of other listeners — were telling him “Congratulations.” That’s something to think about as that same artist now plays to thousands a night across the country while on his nearly year-long “Runaway Tour.” (Buy: Tickets to Upcoming Post Malone Shows) It didn’t take Post Malone long to become a burgeoning hip-hop star once he uploaded his first single, “White Iverson”, to SoundCloud in February 2015 at the age of 19. He released an accompanying music video in July; within a month, it had amassed more than a million views, and Post signed with Republic Records in August. Star-studded collaborations — including a feature on Kanye West’s The Life of Pablo track “Fade” — and an opening slot on Justin Bieber’s Purpose Tour followed, and by the time he released his debut album, Stoney, in December 2016, Post Malone had arguably become rap’s hottest newcomer. The trap-pop-country hybrid debuted at No. 6 on […]

Taylor Swift: ‘Self-hatred sent me into a year of hiding’

Taylor Swift has discussed the self-hatred and unbearable trolling that forced her to go into hiding for a year. The singer-songwriter is the subject of the new Netflix documentary, Miss Americana, which follows her over the course of several years of her career, documenting her personal and professional successes and hardships. Throughout the movie, Taylor speaks about her efforts to shed her “nice girl” image from her early years as a country music artist, and choosing to finally state her political views publicly. “Throughout my whole career, label executives would say, ‘A nice girl doesn’t force her opinions on people,’” the 30-year-old said in footage from the film. “‘A nice girl smiles and waves and says thank you.’” She added: “I became the person everyone wanted me to be.” After a string of high-profile spats with celebrities including Katy Perry, Kim Kardashian, and Kanye West, however, the ME! hitmaker went into hiding, admitting, “No one physically saw me for a year.” While Taylor admitted she did “what I thought they wanted,” she revealed taking time out forced her to “deconstruct an entire belief system” as she figured out who she really was, realising she wanted to be independent and vocal. […]

ROSALÍA Shares Video for New Song “Juro Que”: Watch

ROSALÍA has released a music video for a new single called “Juro Que” (which translates to “I Swear That” in English). The video, directed by Tanu Muino, co-stars Spanish actor Omar Ayuso (of the Netflix series Elite), who plays ROSALÍA’s imprisoned boyfriend. Watch below. ROSALÍA is nominated for two awards at the 2020 Grammys, which take place this Sunday night, January 26. She’s up for Best New Artist and Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album. Check out Pitchfork’s “The 200 Best Albums of the 2010s,” featuring EL MAL QUERER at No. 36. [embedded content] Pitchfork RSS Feed

TV Review: Star Trek: Picard Needs More Than Patrick Stewart To Truly Engage

The Pitch: Fourteen years after 2002’s Star Trek: Nemesis (aka the furthest in Trek’s timeline we’ve been to date), the utopian dream of the Federation isn’t quite what it used to be. After the destruction of Romulus by a freak supernova created a refugee crisis no one wanted to handle, and a terror attack by ‘rogue synths’ on Mars left the planet a burning husk, Starfleet has grown cold and isolationist. It’s what led Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) to resign his commission, holing up at his family’s vineyard in La Barre, France to live out the rest of his days with the grapes, some grateful Romulan emigres, and his prized pitbull (whom he names Number One, of course). He’s grumpy, resentful, and still in mourning of his dear friend Data. Star Trek: Picard (CBS All Access) But just when he thought he was out, events pull him back onto the intergalactic stage: he’s approached by Dahj (Isa Briones), a mysterious young girl with a target on her back and superhuman fighting abilities that activate at the drop of a hat. Without the help of a corrupted and cynical Starfleet, Picard has no choice but to assemble a small crew of his […]

Post Malone and Mark Wahlberg brawl in Spenser Confidential trailer: Watch

Netflix has shared the official trailer for its new action-comedy Spenser Confidential, which boasts a star-studded cast of Mark Wahlberg, Marc Maron, Winston Duke, Alan Arkin, and… Post Malone. The video opens with a messy prison brawl between a character named Spenser (Wahlberg) and a rowdy crew headed up by Posty. As the trailer unfolds, we learn that Spenser, an ex-cop, is about to be released from jail and intends to leave Boston for good. His plans become derailed, however, when his old boxing coach and mentor (Arkin) convinces him to help train a newbie named Hawk (Duke). Things go further awry after two of Spenser’s former colleagues are killed and he tasks himself with bringing the murderers to justice. Murmurs of the Peter Berg-directed flick and its impressive cast started back in 2018. Inspired by Ace Atkins’ book, Robert B. Parker’s Wonderland, the film debuts on Netflix beginning March 6th. (Read: The 50 Most Anticipated Movies of 2020) Though Post Malone’s cameo in the trailer is brief, it still marks one of the first cinematic roles for the rapper. He isn’t dipping out of the music world, though; Posty is actually on tour right now in support of Hollywood’s […]

Metallica mourning late bassist Cliff Burton’s father

Metallica has paid tribute to Ray Burton, the father of late bassist Cliff Burton, who has died at the age of 94. Cliff, who performed on the band’s first three studio albums; Kill ‘Em All, Ride The Lightning, and Master Of Puppets, died at the age of 24 in a tour bus crash in Sweden while on the road with the band in 1986. However, Ray continued to support the group, and joined them for their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in 2009. On Sunday, Ray’s daughter Connie Burton announced that her father had passed away last Wednesday, and on Sunday, the rockers posted their own tribute online. “It is with incredible sorrow that we said farewell to Cliff’s dad Ray Burton last week,” their post reads. “For 38 years, we were lucky enough to have the energy, wisdom and light of Ray in our lives. His eternal youth with his drive, positivity and relentless smile were both incredibly powerful and stirringly honest.” Current members James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett, and Robert Trujillo went on to explain how Ray had followed them on tour around the world. “From coast to coast and overseas too, Ray’s beaming […]

Curb Your Enthusiasm’s 10 Most Cringeworthy Moments

Our Sultan of Shrivel, Our Czar of Can’t-Look-Away, Seinfeld creator Larry David returns with the 10th season of Curb Your Enthusiasm this Sunday. For nine seasons between 2000 and 2017, the man who perfected the weeknight sitcom in the ‘90s upped his own ante, taking harrowing discomfort to Herculean echelons Darren Aronofsky could only dream of. If you thought mother! was gruesome, try watching David explain a poorly landed affirmative-action joke to a dinner party full of black guests. Curb Your Enthusiasm took elements of mumblecore, Neil Hamburger, and postmodern anti-comedy, fusing them with Seinfeld’s borscht-belt humor, with David as its perfect conduit, the hapless, self-destructive schlemiel. The series would’ve been nothing without its rich nuance, though; David genuinely cares for his once, former, and possibly future wife Cheryl, and they had plenty of tender flirtations even after his worst exercises of judgment. Even his occasionally lecherous manager Jeff Greene and his own foul-mouthed, Larry-hating chainsaw of a wife Susie brought profane slapstick to a household that had identifiable relationship elements if not plausible ones. But we’re not here to celebrate those aspects. We’re here to cringe, sigh, gape, perhaps even scream, at the deeply inadvisable and futile efforts of […]

Jhené Aiko Shares New Song “P*$$Y FAIRY (OTW)”: Listen

Jhené Aiko has shared a brand new song. It’s called “P*$$Y FAIRY (OTW).” The new single marks Aiko’s first track of the year, and it arrives with an accompanying music video, featuring Aiko and a partner performing a choreographed dance for the song. Check it out below via Def Jam. In November of last year, Aiko and Big Sean teamed up for a track called “None of Your Concern.” Her last studio album was 2017’s Trip, but she’s released a handful of singles since, including “Triggered,” “Sativa” (with Rae Sremmurd), and more. [embedded content] Pitchfork RSS Feed

Morrissey is set to play two shows in the UK this March

The former Smiths frontman has announced concerts at Leeds First Direct Arena on March 6, and The SSE Arena, Wembley in London on March 14, in support of his upcoming 13th solo record, ‘I Am Not a Dog On a Chain’. The European run also sees the musician perform at the Palladium Cologne on March 9, and the Salle Pleyel in Paris on March 11. The new tour dates come after the Mancunian released new single ‘Bobby, Don’t You Think They Know’ from his upcoming follow-up to 2019’s ‘California Son’. Morrissey recruited Grammy-winning Motown star Thelma Houston for the epic duet, who said: “One of the biggest joys for me in this business is getting the opportunity to collaborate with other top artists. “I love the challenge to see if what I do can work with what they’re doing. Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn’t. “I think the blend of what Morrissey is singing and what I’m singing really works on ‘Bobby’. “And it was a lot of fun working with M in the studio too!” The ‘Mute Witness’ singer’s long-time producer, Joe Chicarelli, teased that the upcoming album, which is released via BMG on March 20, is “the […]

Amazon Studios cancels The Dark Tower series

Amazon Studios has officially passed on The Dark Tower pilot. The studio was in the process of transforming Stephen King’s book series into a TV show. Allegedly they canceled the pilot after challenges with translating the material, reports Deadline. According to sources, Amazon is shopping two original scripts and picked up the pilot on that basis. Well aware of the infamous struggle to adapt The Dark Tower, Amazon declined doing a straight-to-series production to instead opt for a pilot. In the end, Amazon executives “felt like the pilot was not on the level of other large-scope elevated genre series the streamer has in production/pre-production like Wheel of Time and The Lord of the Rings,” notes Deadline. Showrunner and executive producer Glen Mazzara hoped to retell the book series in a faithful way, separating the TV series from the 2017 film entirely — in part because the movie was a flop. Last June, Michael Rooker was seen filming on set for the TV series. Sam Strike was supposedly Roland Deschain, Jasper Pääkkönen was The Man in Black, Jerome Flynn was Steven Deschain, Joana Ribeiro was Susan Delgado, and Ana Padrão was Cordelia Delgado, though the cast was never formally announced. (Read: 50 Most […]