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Britney Spears Finally Releases 2016 Song

On Thursday, May 28th, pop icon Britney Spears announced that she would be releasing her track “Mood Ring” to all streaming services. The song is from her 2016 album, Glory, and was previously only available in Japan. This news comes a few weeks after another Glory tease Spears made on Instagram, releasing a new cover for the album when it climbed the iTunes charts.

“You’ve been asking for it,” she wrote on Instagram story, before revealing that the song will be released “tonight.”

The new photo shows the star in a gold body suit, laying in the desert with chains surrounding her. “You asked for a new Glory cover and since it went to number one we had to make it happen !!!! Couldn’t have done it without you all,” she wrote.

Check out the Instagram post below.


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Billie Eilish Releases Short Film ‘Not my Responsibility’

On Tuesday, May 26th, worldwide superstar Billie Eilish released a short film to her YouTube channel titled ‘Not my Responsibility’. The spoken word visual displays Eilish removing layers of clothing, lamenting about society’s pressure on her to expose her body.

Eilish has always dressed pretty conservatively, but not just as a fashion choice. Mass media has always sexuallized women in Hollywood, and the young star is not interested in participating.  In an interview from 2019, she pop star gave some explanation behind her signature look. “That’s why I wear baggy clothes,” she said “Nobody can have an opinion because they haven’t seen what’s underneath. Nobody can be like, ‘she’s slim-thick,’ ‘she’s not slim-thick,’ ‘she’s got a flat a**,’ ‘she’s got a fat a**.’ No one can say any of that because they don’t know.”

Check out the lyrics to Eilish’s powerful spoken word lament, and check out the visual below.

do you know me?
really know me?
you have opinions
about my opinions
about my music
about my clothes
about my body
some people hate what I wear
some people praise it
some people use it to shame others
some people use it to shame me
but I feel you watching
always
and nothing I do goes unseen
so while I feel your stares
your disapproval
or your sigh of relief
if I lived by them
I’d never be able to move
would you like me to be smaller?
weaker?
softer?
taller?
would you like me to be quiet?
do my shoulders provoke you?
does my chest?
am I my stomach?
my hips?
the body I was born with
is it not what you wanted?
if I wear what is comfortable
I am not a woman
if I shed the layers
I’m a slut
though you’ve never seen my body
you still judge it
and judge me for it
why?
we make assumptions about people
based on their size
we decide who they are
we decide what they’re worth
if I wear more
if I wear less
who decides what that makes me?
what that means?
is my value based only on your perception?
or is your opinion of me
not my responsibility


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Doja Cat’s ‘Say So’ Dominates the Pop Charts

“Say So” is a song by American singer and rapper Doja Cat, released as the fifth single from her second studio album Hot Pink (2019). It was sent to American radio on January 28, 2020. The song was written by Doja Cat, Lydia Asrat, Yeti Beats, and Lukasz Gottwald. The song primarily produced by Dr. Luke, under the pseudonym Tyson Trax. The track gained popularity after a dance created by TikTok user Haley Sharpe went viral on the platform.

The song reached the top of the US Billboard Hot 100 following the release of two remixes featuring rapper Nicki Minaj, earning the first number-one song for both artists. The song is the first collaboration between two female rappers to top the Hot 100. The song’s commercial performance has been described as a comeback for producer Dr. Luke, following the 2014 Kesha v. Dr. Luke case.

“Say So” was originally released as the fifth track on Doja Cat’s second studio album Hot Pink.During late 2019 and early 2020, the song gained popularity on the social media app TikTok due to several dance challenge videos that featured the song.[5] Following this, the song was sent to United States contemporary hit radio as an official single from the album.

Check out the lyrics and the official music video for ‘Say So’ below.

Day to night to morning, keep with me in the moment
I’d let you had I known it, why don’t you say so?
Didn’t even notice, no punches left to roll with
You got to keep me focused, you want it, say so
Day to night to morning, keep with me in the moment
I’d let you had I known it, why don’t you say so?
Didn’t even notice, no punches left to roll with
You got to keep me focused, you want it, say so
It’s been a long time since you fell in love
You ain’t coming out your shell, you really ain’t been yourself
Tell me what must I do (do tell, my love)
‘Cause luckily I’m good at reading
I wouldn’t bug him, but he won’t stop cheesin’
And we can dance all day around it
If you front then I’ll be bouncing
If you want it scream and shout it, babe
Before I leave you dry
Day to night to morning, keep with me in the moment
I’d let you had I known it, why don’t you say so?
Didn’t even notice, no punches left to roll with
You got to keep me focused, you want it, say so
Day to night to morning, keep with me in the moment
I’d let you had I known it, why don’t you say so?
Didn’t even notice, no punches left to roll with
You got to keep me focused, you want it, say so (yeah)
Let me check my chest, my breath right quick (ha)
He ain’t never seen it in a dress like this (ah)
He ain’t never even been impressed like this
Prolly why I got him quiet on the set like zip
Like it, love it, need it bad
Take it, own it, steal it, fast
Boy, stop playing, grab my ass
Why you actin’ like you shy?
Shut it, save it, keep it, pushin’
Why you beating ’round the bush?
And knowing you want all this woman
Never knock it ’til you try (yeah, yeah)
All of them bitches hating I have you with me
All of my niggas saying you mad committed
Realer than anybody you had, and pretty
All of that body-ody, the ass and titties
Day to night to morning, keep with me in the moment
I’d let you had I known it, why don’t you say so?
Didn’t even notice, no punches left to roll with
You got to keep me focused, you want it, say so
Day to night to morning, keep with me in the moment
I’d let you had I known it, why don’t you say so?
Didn’t even notice, no punches left to roll with
You got to keep me focused, you want it, say so

Photo Credit: Larina Marina

Katy Perry Makes History

Katy Perry and XR Studios, a Los Angeles-based production company dedicated to producing XR content in live entertainment, engaged Production Resource Group, LLC, known for its technological innovations in the entertainment industry, to support the virtual 3D interactive environment for Katy Perry’s “Daisies” performance during Sunday’s American Idol finale on ABC. The performance made history as the most comprehensive use to-date of Extended Reality for television. XR Studios in partnership with Silent Partners Studios of Los Angeles and Montreal, created an environment with comic-book style graphic elements that changed throughout the performance, including a house, chair and, of course, daisies that enveloped Katy and to which she interacted and reacted.

XR is an umbrella term for all immersive technologies that enable the layering of 3D on top of the real world. The technologies available today – augmented reality, virtual reality, and mixed reality – extend what we experience by either blending the virtual and real worlds or by creating a fully immersive experience. PRG has been developing its XR capabilities and the ability to meld the worlds of virtual and real using LED screens since early 2018 and first used the technology during the 2019 Super Bowl Halftime Show broadcast.

With this workflow, graphics presented in a performance are completely run in real time, and scenes instantly react to the movements of tracked cameras, people, and objects. Using this approach, digital graphics can be rendered and displayed on physical LED screens, which are seen on the broadcast feed only and/or composited together. The result is 3D content that appears both in front of and behind the performer. Using real time visuals allows talent to visually interact with their environment (the digital one combined with real props) adding a new layer of engagement that lends realism to the performance.

“PRG’s investment in pioneering technology is the only way we were able to pull off this groundbreaking production for XR Studios. We continuously explore ways to apply Extended Reality to a wide range of projects,” said Jeroen Hallaert, Production Services for PRG. “The film and TV business has always been advanced by new technology that changes the way we produce and consume content.”

PRG Studios in Los Angeles, one of the largest XR stages ever built, provided a safe environment that supported the production within COVID-19 guidelines. The XR stage provided an alternative for high-level, real time in-camera shoots where green screen and VFX workflows would normally be used.

“The XR Stage completely fills in the gap where today’s cinematographers are struggling to have full control over both the lighting and the filmed scenes in a real-time recording environment,” said Hallaert.

“PRG was a great resource with top-notch equipment to shoot this groundbreaking Katy Perry performance in a safe and secure environment during these unprecedented times,” said Baz Halpin, Director for Katy Perry. “Filming at PRG was a great experience thanks to their deep expertise and advanced technology.”

The performance was directed by Baz Halpin of Silent House Productions and JT Rooney of Silent Partners Studios. The performance was produced by XR Studios of Los Angeles.


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Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande’s Collab is Finally Here

Today is the day. Two of the most iconic pop icons, Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande, have released their collaboration ‘Rain on Me’.

‘Rain on Me’ comes just one week after the duo announced the release date for the high-profile collab.

Gaga also noted that fans will see Grande do things she’s never done before in the song’s music video, which form a friendship between the superstars. “When she came into the studio, I was still crying and she was not. And she was like, ‘You’re going to be OK. Call me; here’s my number,'” Gaga says. “And she was so persistent. She would try over and over again to be friends with me. And I was too ashamed to hang out with her because I didn’t want to project all of this negativity onto something that was healing and so beautiful. And eventually she called me on my s–t. She was, ‘You’re hiding.’ And I was … and then this friendship blossomed.”

“I said to her, ‘OK, now everything that you care about while you sing, I want you to forget it and just sing,'” Gaga recently told Zane Lowe of the collaboration on Apple Music. “‘And by the way, while you’re doing that, I’m going to dance in front of you. And she was like, ‘Oh my God. Oh my God, I can’t, I can’t. I don’t know. Oh my God. OK, OK.’ And then I did it and she sang, and she started to do things with her voice that was different. And it was the joy of two artists going, ‘I see you.'”

‘Rain on Me’ will be featured on Chromatica, out May 29. Listen to the Gaga/Grande record below.


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