JANELLE MONÁE TO PUBLISH COLLECTION OF SHORT STORIES

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Janelle Monáe

Singer, songwriter, and actor Janelle Monáe is publishing a series of short stories called The Memory Librarian: And Other Stories from Dirty Computer. The book will be published in April 2022 in collaboration with other authors.

According to Publishers Weekly, Monáe has sold her book, The Memory Librarian: And Other Stories from Dirty Computer, to David Pomerico at Harper Voyager.

The book sees the singer joined by “an array of collaborating storytellers” to expand the world of her third album “Dirty Computer” The album featured a lot of futuristic and science fiction imagery. Along with it, Monáe released a 48-minute “emotion picture” that depicted this dystopian cyberpunk world, following a woman named Jane 57821, who works to escape from the systems that govern society.

In a statement to The BooksellerMonáe said “Picking up from that moment of escape, this story collection explores how different threads of liberation–queerness, race, gender plurality, and love–become tangled with future possibilities of memory and time in such a totalitarian landscape…and what the costs might be when trying to unravel and weave them into freedoms.”

She continues by saying “as a reader and writer of science fiction since childhood, it is a dream to have the opportunity to expand ‘Dirty Computer’ into a literary project. Writers, specifically Black, queer and genderqueer, are at the forefront of pushing the creative boundaries of sci-fi and speculative storytelling.”

The book is set to be released on April 19th, 2022.

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Kelsy Karter – “My Future” Billie Eilish Cover

Kelsy Karter’s 2020 debut album Missing Person includes a cover to Billie Eilish’s My Future. “‘My Future’ is a song about empowerment done in a way I’ve never heard,” Karter told Paper Mag, gushing about how Eilish has recently been owning her “body” and “sexuality.”

Check out the video premiere below and read Paper Mag’s interview to read more!

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Selena Gomez Slays the AMA Stage

Its no secret that some of our most beloved celebrities have cracked under the pressure of fame. And who can blame them? Relationships, addictions, mental and physical health: they’re all hard enough without a constant spotlight. Sometimes the consequences of fame become to hard to bear, even for the strongest of our favorites stars. Other times, that pressure will break their outer shell  and give birth to a stronger, wiser human being. In essence, all the bad is turned into something good- something powerful and resilient. Selena Gomez became the embodiment of this epic transformation at the recent 2016 American Music Awards.

“And I had to stop, because I had everything, and I was absolutely broken,” she said. “I kept it all together enough so I would never let you down, but I kept it too much together to where I let myself down.”

Most people assume they know what Selena is referring to. It would be hard not to. For months, Selena’s off and on relationship with Justin Bieber was everywhere. Literally. Every website, every magazine…everyone had something to say about the romantic struggle between the two. Like any long, serious relationship, it was a long and hard road to moving on. But, that was only one of the overwhelming obstacles Selena faced in the last couple of years.

Amidst all of the media-frenzy over her love life, in 2015, Selena confirmed that she had been diagnosed with Lupus. Being diagnosed with a potentially life0threatening disease did nothing to calm the constant media hysteria around her. People questioned the authenticity of her claims. Some even suggested it was a plight to gain attention and sympathy. As it would turn out, that couldn’t have been further from the truth. Though, the genuineness of her claims did little in shielding her from the negativity.

It was during all the chaos surrounding Selena’s life that  the negativity, the doubts and the insecurities managed to slip through the cracks of her well-built armor. Then came the anxiety and depression that would force her to take actions.

The attention her relationship invited didn’t help her condition at all. Even with the amazing support of deathly loyal fans and equally-loyal friends and family, the odds weighed against Selena.The relationship drama was more than enough to overcome for any sane person. The Lupus was debilitating. Throwing in anxiety and depression to the mix? It was a recipe for failure. But Selena refused to go down without a fight.The months of physical and emotional pain were enough to render her helpless to cruelty of the media and judgement of the world,  but still she was able to see her next necessary move. Rehab.

After canceling 34 shows left in her tour in August, Selena reportedly checked into a rehab in Tennessee. Selena went dark over social media and began to focus on her mental health. After years of a selfless battle fought for the benefit of her friends, family and fans, she made choices that would benefit her own happiness. The result are nothing short of mind-blowing.

On the night of the American Music Awards, Selena came back into the spotlight with a fire that had nothing to do with her eye-catching red dress. The confidence oozed from her: it was reflected in her presence, her attitude and, most definitely, in her speech.

Selena may not have performed this year, but she still stole the show and slayed the stage like no other. She is the same Selena that fans have all come to love and look up to, but shes stronger now. Shes filled the the gaps in her armor. It won her the respect and admiration of many. Though, Selena doesn’t need it.  Not anymore.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Songs You Didn’t Know Were About Sex

Everybody has their own interpretation of their favorite songs. As fans, we pick up on the most relatable or immediately satisfying aspects of songs. Usually our interpretations are not what the musician or writer originally intended. Imagine all the songs that had us swaying and singing along. The lyrics themselves and the subtext of them is irrelevant to most. Does that stop us from jumping headfirst into blissful ignorance? Of course not. So, here are the songs that most of us were blissfully unaware were about sex. Surprise!

1. “Love Myself” by Hailee Steinfield.

On the surface, it’s a song about loving yourself and being comfortable in your own skin. Think ‘loving yourself’ a little deeper and a little more physically. “When I get chills at night/ I feel it deep inside without you, yeah/ Know how to satisfy/ Keeping that tempo right without you, yeah.” It doesn’t take a genius to figure this one out.

2. “You Outta Know,” by Alanis Morisette.

She’s the ground you girl we all know and love. She’s not afraid to speak her mind, that’s for sure. Not even want to comes to sex, apparently. You all to know, that this song is it what you thought it was. Does she go down on you want to feed her? Your conscience probably skipped over that little bit while you were screaming the chorus in front of the mirror or on a whim blowing car ride but now you know.

3. “Crash Into Me,” by Dave Matthews Band.

That song you thought was poetically spelling words of love and adoration? It’s actually the secret peeping-tom anthem. “Oh I watch you through the window/and I stare at you/ you wear nothing but you wear it so well.”

4. “This Love,” by Maroon 5.

“I tried to best to feed her appetite, keep her coming every night.” I lost count of the amount of times I sang the song in front of my parents. Truth be told I’d have been OK remaining in the dark about this one. Once upon a time, this was the desperation of a man showing his love and effort to keep his girl around. Now, well now it’s a matter of fear of abandonment for lack of sexual satisfaction.

5. “White Houses,” by Vanessa Carlton.

 

“My first time, hard to explain – rush of blood, oh, and a little bit of pain – on a cloudy day.” It all makes sense now, right? When you aren’t just singing the misunderstood words with no direction, when they’re smacking you in the face with their sudden obviousness. Makes you really think about the words that you sang with such conviction… Such ignorance. I guess it’s true, ignorance really is bliss.

6. “Little Red Corvette,” by Prince

“I guess I must be dumb/ because you had a pocket full of horses/ Trojan and some of them use/ but it was Saturday night/ I guess that makes it all right.” I guess I must be dumb for not putting two-and-two together. Let’s just blame this one on the childhood innocence. One thing is for sure, Prince was just like the rest of us – looking for love but settling for Saturday night booty call and possibly with a lady of the night.

7. “If You Seek Amy,” by Brittany Spears.

This one requires little explanation. In the simplest terms possible – I had no idea the song wasn’t about a girl named “Amy”. Kudos, Britney, for your less–than-subtle, but successfully clever, ways.

8. “Here’s to the Night,” by Eve 6

The words you focused on: “Here’s to the night we felt alive…tomorrow’s gonna come too soon.” It’s a sentimental song that resonates with audiences of all ages. Reminiscent adults reliving their past, check. Angsty teenagers soaking up the sadness of the confusing lyrics. Double check. We all had it pegged as a reminder to live in the now. Except, it’s not a headbanging high school graduation tune, it’s about a one night stand, ‘hit-it and quit-it’. Call it what you will. Once you see it – it cannot be unseen.

9. “MMMBop” by Hanson.


You probably thought that because these boys were so young that they were immune to the perversions of a male dominated industry. You thought wrong. Hanson, you can’t fool us with you pubescent pale hair and innocent smiles. Maybe it’s better to leave this stone unturned.

10. “Dancing with Myself,” by Billy Idol

I saved the best for last, of course. This real meaning of this song redirected the memory of my childhood dreams- tainting what was once a fun, guilty pleasure and twisting it into something only my adult mind could comprehend. We danced to the literal interpretation of these lyrics. We would dance without a care, without anyone. Dancing, don’t always mean dancing, though. Who knew? Not me?

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Artist Spotlight: Porter Robinson

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To all my glamorous people and music lovers! Although I don’t have an exact favorite music genre to listen to, I love going out and exploring on new music. Every once in a while it’s nice to get away from all of the mainstream music.  So quite recently, a friend from work recommended me this artist to listen to. I have been hooked since then. For all you EDM fans, this ones for you, here’s my pick for music artist of the week.

Porter Robinson is an American DJ, record producer, and musician from Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He specializes in electro house, dubstep, and synthpop music. A majority of his influences come from Japanese culture, Japanese anime, and gaming which he integrates into his music. Since 2010, he has been gaining popularity all over the country and was recognized overseas as a one of the music industry’s leading electronic DJs and producers. He collaborated with multiple DJs and music artists on the nation’s top hits. One you may know is Zedd’s “Clarity.”

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[Robinson (left) with Madeon (right)]

In 2014, Robinson made his debut album “Worlds” through Astralwerks and Virgin EMI. Since that time, he was on hiatus with the purpose of producing new music. He collaborated with Madeon to produce “Shelter” and the single was released on August 11, 2016.

On October 18, Robinson collaborated with A-1 Pictures and Crunchyroll to release a new Japanese anime music video “Shelter.” The story tells of a 17-year-old girl named Rin, who lives alone in the confinements of an empty virtual space. She takes control of that virtual reality and with her vivid imagination, creates a world of her own. During the process, she discovers an important aspect of her past and its key help her move forward in the future.

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What attracts people to his music is his ability to not only incorporate different elements in tune with the music he creates, but his ability to have his music tell a story and to give it depth and meaning in his tracks. His music is highly praised for its worldly difference from other DJs and for its Japanese-inspired synchronicity.

If you would you like to listen more of Robinson’s music, “Worlds” is available on most digital download sites, such as iTunes and Spotify. If you want to check out more on Robinson, visit his website here or his YouTube channel.

Listen to Robinson’s music and let me know in the comments below on your favorite tracks! Or tweet it at @GlamorousPaper!

 

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