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Essence Festival Adds Huge Stars To An Already Stacked Lineup
4 Mar 2015
Essence Festival Adds Huge Stars To An Already Stacked Lineup

Music make you lose control.

This year's Essence Festival lineup -- the 21st annual-- is already full-on bonkers, and they've managed to make it even better somehow. Already confirmed were...

This year's Essence Festival lineup -- the 21st annual-- is already full-on bonkers, and they've managed to make it even better somehow. Already confirmed were...

Kendrick Lamar, Kevin Hart, Mary J Blige, India.Arie, Trombone Shorty, Floetry, Common, Erykah Badu, Kool Moe Dee, Doug E. Fresh, Mystikal, Slick Rick, and many more.

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You Snooze, You Lose: Soko On Making Dreams A Reality
3 Mar 2015
You Snooze, You Lose: Soko On Making Dreams A Reality

The singer-songwriter on ditching her sad-girl persona to rock out.

When singer-songwriter Soko realized she'd rather stay in bed and dream the day away, she knew she had to make a change. Instead of taking it slow, however, she made over her entire life. She cut her hair, dyed it blonde, ditched her folk roots, and enlisted producer Ross Robinson to help her write some party-ready goth-pop. If she was going to gravitate toward morbid topics, at least she was having fun singing about them. The French alt-pop star recently stopped by BuzzFeed’s New York offices to talk about having a rich fantasy life, being inspired by Robin Williams, and making her new album My Dreams Dictate My Reality.

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What's the strangest dream you've ever had?

Soko: The record is called My Dreams Dictate My Reality because I was very depressed, my reality was an absolute nightmare, and my dreams were very beautiful and all I wanted to do was sleep forever, take sleeping pills, and never wake up. From this horrible thing and my dark mood came another realization: I can just snap out of it. It's up to me to make my reality as good as my dreams. I started feeling better and making my everyday life as good as I wished it would be. I take every single day as if it were my last and make it the best I can.

Once I dreamt that I was in a submarine that was flying in the air and it was driving so fast. Everything looked like it was straight out of Castle in the Sky. It was beautiful — I was back in the era of dinosaurs, there were ruins, and lots of wild, unkept land. Completely mind-blowing. In the dream, I was like, I need to take a photo so I remember this when I wake up. So, in my dream, I'm looking for my iPhone and then a submarine landed in the studio. At the time, I was recording with this producer, Ross Robinson, in Venice on the beach, and the walls in the studio — which I had never acknowledged because he has so much stuff — are blue. The dream submarine suddenly became the studio where I was making my record. The console was everywhere. The blue wall became the ocean and I could see whales and dolphins and fishes. When I woke up I was like, oh my god!

I was having crazy dreams while I was recording the album.

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What The World Was Like The Last Time Carly Rae Jepsen Had A Hit
3 Mar 2015
What The World Was Like The Last Time Carly Rae Jepsen Had A Hit

Everything has changed. Everything is different.

The last time Carly Rae Jepsen had a hit...

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Anderson Cooper wasn't gay yet.

Anderson Cooper wasn't gay yet.

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Madonna hadn't started wearing grills.

Madonna hadn't started wearing grills.

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Lady Gaga was never voluntarily puked on.

Lady Gaga was never voluntarily puked on.

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Die Antwoord's Yolandi Visser Called Drake A Homophobic Slur
3 Mar 2015
Die Antwoord's Yolandi Visser Called Drake A Homophobic Slur

Disgusting, homophobic shots fired.

Die Antwoord are currently on tour with Drake for Australia's Future Music Festival. Following the festival's first stop in Sydney, Die Antwoord singer Yolandi Visser posted this with the caption "Fuk. Drake was kak*.":

*(Kak = shit)

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Excuse you. Are you kidding???

Excuse you. Are you kidding???

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It's 2015.

It's 2015.

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NOPE.

NOPE.

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Nick Jonas Reveals The Jonas Brothers Were Almost A Punk Band
3 Mar 2015
Nick Jonas Reveals The Jonas Brothers Were Almost A Punk Band

The singer charmed Oxford University during his frank discussion about “resilience”. Here are the highlights.

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And the singer showed just how laidback he can be by answering every question that was put to him and even jumping in a minibus back to London with BuzzFeed afterwards. Nick discussed everything from the scrutiny into his sex life as a 13-year-old, his faith, his ambitions, secret songwriting games with Demi Lovato, and the fact that the Jonas Brothers were ~almost~ a punk band.

Here are the highlights.

I think that the night of the Grammy performance with Stevie Wonder was really number one. I've now (also) performed for all of the US presidents since I've been alive. ... Those ones were great.

There was this weird old story for a while that my brothers and I – someone took the time to write a whole two-page article – that we had a mannequin that we travel with that we would dress up in clothes that we would wear the next day. And we got very specific and we had to match them to our underwear. That would be so self-obsessed!

And there were other things like that I was getting engaged or that I'm ... dead. News to me!

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22 Of The Most Kanye Things Kanye West Said At Oxford University
3 Mar 2015
22 Of The Most Kanye Things Kanye West Said At Oxford University

Here are all the best quotes from his lecture at the Oxford Guild. h/t The Tab.

When I get my stream of consciousness going that's when I give the best, illest quotes.

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I approach creativity like a sport, where if I have a drawing I react just like a jock: LOOK AT THE FUCKING DRAWING RIGHT THERE YEAH!

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Kanye West Made Some Questionable Remarks About Nicki Minaj Out-Rapping Him
3 Mar 2015
Kanye West Made Some Questionable Remarks About Nicki Minaj Out-Rapping Him

“To come back and deliver my magnum opus of a work, and to be outshined…to be beat by a girl, basically.”

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