8@8: Your Morning Scoop

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Today is...

National Chocolate Covered Raisin Day!

News of the Day:

+Halsey just did something pretty magical. She announced the release date of her second album, hopeless fountain kingdom, via tarot cards. You can see roman numerals at the top of the cards she shared via Twitter, so we're going to go ahead and guess that the new album will drop on June 2.

+Issa Rae has landed her first role on the big screen. She will be starring opposite of Bill Hader in the new comedy Empress of Serenity. This will be Jesse Andrews', the writer behind Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, directorial debut.

+The Decemberists have announced a new two-day festival. Travelers’ Rest will take place on August 12 tand 13 at Big Sky Brewing Company Amphitheatre in Missoula, Montana. The band will play both days, and the festival will include performances by Belle and Sebastian, the Head and the Heart, Sylvan Esso, Shakey Graves, Charles Bradley and his Extraordinaires, Real Estate, and Julien Baker. Indie queens, this is for you.

+If you've been looking for something good to read, don't worry because Emma Roberts has your back. The actress launched her book club, Belletrist, earlier this week and she just revealed that the first official reading will be Joan Didion’s South and West: From a Notebook

+It's close to prom season and Lord & Taylor wants to help you find a dress. The retailer has officially launched The Dress Address, which is the largest dress floor in America, at their Fifth Avenue location. Complete with a renovated cafe and beautiful dressing rooms, Lord & Taylor are trying to create an in-person experience that millennials will love.

Deal of the Day:

H&M will soon be carrying a unique set of three organic unisex perfume oils that can be worn individually, or mixed together to create your own scent. The oils are a part of the 2017 Conscious Exclusive collection which also includes pieces made from more sustainable materials for women, men, and kids. The collection will be available in select stores and online beginning April 20.

Advice of the Day:

"I have come to realize making yourself happy is most important. Never be ashamed of how you feel. You have the right to feel any emotion you want, and do what makes you happy. That’s my life motto." —Demi Lovato

GIF of the Day:

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It marks her third duet with Nas

Here are some words that I never expected to read or hear again: There is a new song with Amy Winehouse. But here we are in 2019, and Salaam Remi has granted me a wish. On Valentine's Day, the Grammy-nominated producer and frequent Winehouse collaborator (also responsible for hits like Miguel's "Come Through & Chill") released "Find My Love" which features rapper Nas and that powerful and haunting voice that I have come to love and cherish so dearly.

Representatives for Remi said that the Winehouse vocals were from an old jam session the two had. Remi was a producer on both of Winehouse's albums, Frank and Back to Black. "Find My Love" marks the third time Winehouse and Nas have done duets under the direction of Remi. They were previously heard together on "Like Smoke," a single from her 2011 posthumous album Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures, and "Cherry Wine" from Nas' 2012 album Life Is Good. Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning on July 23, 2011, before they could complete production on her third album. My heart is still broken about it as she is by far my favorite artist.

"Find My Love" is set to appear on Remi's Do It for the Culture 2, a collection of songs curated by him. Check it out, below.



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"In the midst of chaos there's opportunity"

Following the travesty that was Fyre Festival, Ja Rule wants to take another stab at creating a music festival. Good luck getting that off the ground.

On Thursday, the rapper spoke to TMZ, where he revealed that he was planning to relaunch Icon, an app used to book entertainers, which is similar to Billy McFarland's Fyre app. He told the outlet that he wanted to create a festival similar to Fyre to support it.

"[Fyre Festival] is heartbreaking to me. It was something that I really, really wanted to be special and amazing, and it just didn't turn out that way, but in the midst of chaos there's opportunity, so I'm working on a lot of new things," he says. He then gets into the fact that he wants to form a music festival. "[Fyre] is the most iconic festival that never was... I have plans to create the iconic music festival, but you didn't hear it from me."

Ja Rule actually doesn't seem to think he is at all responsible for what came from Fyre Fest, claiming in a Twitter post that he was "hustled, scammed, bamboozled, hood winked, led astray." Even if that's his feeling, he should realize that anyone involved with Fyre shouldn't ever try their hand at music festivals again.