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Kris Wu, Chinese Canadian Pop Star, Detained in China on Suspicion of Rape

Chinese Canadian pop star and actor Kris Wu has been detained in Beijing on suspicion of rape, The New York Times and The Guardian report. The development comes weeks after a teenage university student accused Wu of pressuring her to drink alcohol, which she said led her to lose conscious and wake up in his bed the next day, as BBC News notes. The student also accused Wu of treating multiple young women in a similar manner.
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Daft Punk’s Thomas Bangalter to Score New Ballet Mythologies

Thomas Bangalter’s first post-Daft Punk project is a new ballet titled Mythologies. A co-production between Opéra National de Bordeaux and the ballet company Ballet Preljocaj, the 90-minute production is about the “founding myths that shape the collective imagination,” reads a translation of the official French description. Choreographer and Ballet Preljocaj...
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Peppa’s Adventures: The Album

Peppa’s Adventures: The Album, the second LP by UK singer-songwriter and television star Peppa Pig, arrives at a critical moment for the young artist. Only 4 years old, and one of very few pigs working in the music industry today, Peppa’s rise has been as rapid as it was unlikely. Her 2019 debut, My First Album, was an unexpected smash upon release. The record racked up 136 million streams, reached No. 1 on the UK Independent Albums Breakers chart, and won accolades from fellow pop renegades Charli XCX and Lil Nas X. As Peppa readied her sophomore effort, critics wondered: Was My First Album a fluke? Or is Peppa equipped to play in the UK’s crowded pop big leagues, alongside more established stars like Dua Lipa and Ed Sheeran?
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Bob Dylan Wins Lawsuit Filed by Desire Co-Writer’s Estate

Bob Dylan has won a judgement in the lawsuit filed by the estate for Jacques Levy in January that had claimed ownership over 35 percent of the songs Levy and Dylan wrote together. In documents viewed by Pitchfork, Judge Barry Ostrager of the Supreme Court of New York ruled that the agreement signed between Dylan and Levy in 1975 made it clear that Levy did not have ownership of the material, and that “Levy’s compensation rights are defined and expressly limited by the terms of the Agreement.” Dylan’s attorney Orin Snyder said in a statement that they were “pleased” with the decision.
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Kanye West Announces Second Donda Album Release Event

Kanye West has announced the release event for his forthcoming album Donda. It’s scheduled for Thursday, August 5 at 9 p.m. Eastern at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. Tickets go on sale Monday, August 2 at 10am EST. Demna Gvasalia—the creative director of Balenciaga and the co-founder of Vetements—is credited as the Donda event’s creative director, as TMZ notes.
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The 8 Best Music Videos of July 2021

Each month, we run down the most memorable clips and celebrate artists who are breaking ground with their visuals. Syd makes her case to star in a future sunlit rom-com in the clip for “Fast Car,” her breezy new single. She and her girlfriend cruise through the mountains in a Bronco SUV, taking breaks to make out and film the scenery (and each other) with an old camcorder. After a nighttime guitar solo, the Bronco ascends to the heavens, seemingly airlifted by Syd’s squalling riffs.
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Watch Billie Eilish’s New “Happier Than Ever” Video

Two years ago, Billie Eilish shared her great “Bad Guy” music video on the same day that she released her debut When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? Now, on the day that the world gets to hear Happier Than Ever, she’s shared the music video for the title track. The visual, which Eilish directed, begins with her holding a phone in a sunlit room, and then, as the song itself transitions, the room floods and Eilish escapes outdoors. Watch below.
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Listen to Tony Shhnow’s “DRACOINTHEPARTY”: The Ones

On “DRACOINTHEPARTY,” Tony Shhnow proves that no beat is too daunting for him to undertake. The paranoia-inducing production by Grand Rapids, Michigan superproducer Carlo Anthony (aka WHOTHEHELLISCARLO) feels like it’s spiraling out of control with every measure, and Tony works in perfect harmony with this dizzying chaos. He drops his usual cadence and raps with increased urgency, leaving no breathing room between his bars and the beat. It’s a high octane joy-ride, and Tony is in the driver’s seat.
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Kurt Cobain’s Childhood Home Added to Washington’s Heritage Register for Historically Significant Sites

Washington’s Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation has approved Kurt Cobain’s childhood home in Aberdeen for inclusion on the state’s Heritage Register, an official listing of historically significant sites and properties found throughout Washington. The house, in which the Nirvana frontman lived from 1968 to 1984, was constructed in 1923, according to the public registry.
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The Dos and Don’ts of 2000s Rap Nostalgia

Pitchfork writer Alphonse Pierre’s rap column covers songs, mixtapes, albums, Instagram freestyles, memes, weird tweets, fashion trends—and anything else that catches his attention. Six dos and don’ts of 2000s rap nostalgia. Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck are sucking face in the tabloids again. MTV Cribs, Gossip Girl, and iCarly reboots...
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Liv.e Shares 6 New Songs: Listen

Liv.e has shared six new songs, releasing the tracks as part of a deluxe version of her debut album Couldn't Wait To Tell You. Listen to Liv.e’s new songs below. “I’m so glad I get to reveal with you the true ending of this project along with some live versions showcasing the ever evolving energies of the songs,” the singer said in a statement.
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7 New Albums You Should Listen to Now: Billie Eilish, Prince, Torres, and More

With so much good music being released all the time, it can be hard to determine what to listen to first. Every week, Pitchfork offers a run-down of significant new releases available on streaming services. This week’s batch includes new albums and projects from Billie Eilish, Prince, Torres, King Woman, Horsey, John Glacier, and Cookiee Kawaii. Subscribe to Pitchfork’s New Music Friday newsletter to get our recommendations in your inbox every week. (All releases featured here are independently selected by our editors. When you buy something through our affiliate links, however, Pitchfork earns an affiliate commission.)
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Tink Releases New Album Heat of the Moment: Listen

The Chicago singer and rapper Tink is back with a new album. Heat of the Moment includes guest spots from Jeremih (“Rebel”) and Davido (“Might Let You”). Yung Bleu and Kodak Black also appear on the record. Listen to the album below. Tink’s last full-length was her 2019 project Voicemails,...
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Aluna and Punctual Share New Song “Summer of Love”: Listen

Aluna and UK production duo Punctual have shared the new single “Summer of Love.” Listen below. Aluna, who co-produced the song with the duo, said in a press release:. In the summer of 2020 we wanted to feel like we were gonna change everything…. We also felt crushed at the same time and the first thing we needed was love from the person closest to us or just from ourselves to keep going…. The summer of love. 2021 has this feeling of a darkness lifting and I just wanted to capture that.
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Billie Eilish Releases New Album Happier Than Ever: Listen

At long last, Billie Eilish has released her sophomore album Happier Than Ever (via Darkroom/Interscope). Eilish wrote the album with her brother and primary collaborator Finneas, who produced the record in Los Angeles. Ahead of the new album’s release, Eilish shared the songs “My Future,” “Therefore I Am,” “Your Power,” “Lost Cause,” and “NDA.” Listen to Billie Eilish’s new album Happier Than Ever below. (Pitchfork earns a commission from purchases made through affiliate links on our site.)
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Perhaps there was no timestamped tipping point, but in the past few years, we leaned into the gossamer of 1970s and ’80s Europop imports, or off-continent paeans to its bombast and shine. The Mamma Mia! sequel reinvigorated the thirst for ABBA; the Bee Gees got their own HBO documentary. And while Anatolian psych-rockers Altin Gün made their name playing sprawling Turkish rock, their new album Âlem inches towards disco decadence, a melange of influences that makes a heady argument for joy.