Is Billie Eilish a devil worshipper? Hell, no

The video for the pop stars new single has outraged many Christians. But its no sin to sing about the climate crisis And the Bible said: God did not spare the angels when they sinned (Can I be a good Christian and like Billie Eilishs new music? On Twitter, a woman responded to Eilishs share of the video, saying: Prayers sent. Nobody asked for your prayers, Tina she claims it cost her a video for Judas, released close to Holy Week and Easter 2011, though Gaga said it was not a purposeful attack on religion: The only controversial thing about this video is that Im wearing Christian Lacroix and Chanel in the same frame, she joked to E!. In July, …

R Kelly charged with prostitution and solicitation involving girl under 18

Kelly gets two felony charges for 2001 incident, in which R&B singer allegedly offered girl $200 to take off her clothes and dance Minnesota authorities charged the singer R Kelly on Monday with two counts of prostitution and solicitation involving a girl under 18 in 2001. The Hennepin county attorney, Mike Freeman, said Kelly, whose full name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, is accused of soliciting the girl after meeting her at a concert in Minneapolis. Kelly was not performing at the time, but was doing promotional work. Freeman said the girl was trying to get an autograph from Kelly, and that the R&B performer gave her his signature and a phone number. When the girl called the number, she was …

The Lion King review deepfake copycat ain’t so grrreat

Disneys reboot of its much-loved 1994 animation is a plausibly real retelling of the story of prince Simba and his struggle against wicked uncle Scar After 25 years, during which it gained classic status as the last Disney picture in the old style that Walt himself would have endorsed and enjoyed a long afterlife in theatres all over the world with Julie Taymors staging and costumes, the 1994 animation The Lion King has been remade as a quasi-live-action digital movie. This is an anthro-leonine deepfake of impressive proportions, but the new Lion King gains in shock and awe while losing in character and wit. These are walking, talking animals that are realer than real and whose facial/speech patterns are eerily …

Stop Meme-ing Taylor Swift

At this point, thinking sober thoughts about a new Taylor Swift song is painfully predictable. It's a here we go again exercise that think-piece writers and social media pundits have come to dread and celebrate in equal measure. Yet, no matter how formulaic the Swift responses are, the internet must be fed. Luckily for all involved, her latest single, "You Need to Calm Down," is irresistible hot-take fodder: It's been hailed as revolutionary, slammed as queerbait, praised as inclusive, and condemned as intolerant. The lyrics and music video nod to Swift's many celebrity feuds, but also include a GLAAD endorsement and a petition to ratify the Equality Act. There is homophobia, and also a food fight. It's a Tayfecta of …

Here’s everything you need to know about SoundCloud Go+

SoundCloud was a pioneer in , and in 2019, it’s the host to millions of music artists, podcasts, and an entire subgenre of rap. Listeners can get access to millions of songs with SoundCloud’s free, ad-supported service. But for those who just can’t stand ads, SoundCloud Go+ (or SoundCloud Go Plus) offers a premium, ad-free subscription. But what is SoundCloud Go+, and how much does it cost? Here’s what you need to know. What is SoundCloud Go+? SoundCloud Go+ gives users ad-free listening and allows them to save unlimited tracks for offline listening. Go+ also gives users access to the full catalog with no previews, plus high-quality audio. “With the ability to stream any track from 20 million-plus mainstream and …

2019’s Top Contenders for the Song of Summer

We have entered that restless season of pop maximalism, the post–Memorial Day sprint to chart ubiquity—what will reign as 2019's Song of Summer? Today, even as the music industry moves beyond its decaying center—the result of ferocious, enterprising work from artists like Tierra Whack, Solange, and Bad Bunny—summer remains a period of deep singularity. It is a time that provokes predictability: The songs are titanic in their ambition even if they are only with us for a fleeting few weeks of sunshine and abandon. It is perhaps the last remaining season that welcomes all genres equally, but just as demandingly skews to order. Just as we do, it seeks consensus. It covets audience unity. The contenders are many but there …