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The 10 Best Breakup Songs To Get You Through Your Summertime Sadness

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“Now you’re just another one of my problems”

Earlier this week, the supposed track list for Lana Del Rey's forthcoming Lust for Life album was leaked, and on it is a song called "Summer Bummer." While we can't possibly know what this song is about (or even if it's real?), we'd like to imagine that it's a breakup song, a follow-up to Del Rey's "Summertime Sadness," which is more of a love song, complicated as that love might be.

The reason, though, that we want "Summer Bummer" to be a breakup song, is because there's little that we love more than a good breakup song. Whether or not we're going through heartache of our own, there's nothing we like more than singing along with lyrics centered around love and loss and relief and redemption. It's cathartic, and don't we all need a little soul-cleansing right about now? Besides, breakup songs don't always need to be paeans to pain, they can also be songs of liberation and release. A breakup song can be a thing of power; yes, that power is tinged with pathos, but within the breakup anthem, lies the potential for a new and glorious future.

Here are 10 songs that will help you get through any dark, lonely nights you might have ahead of you this summer. Listen to these songs and know you're not alone; the darkness will fade, and you'll be able to step into the light. You might still feel lonely, but after hearing all these other people sing about love and loss, at least you'll know you're not really alone.

"High by the Beach" by Lana Del Rey: I mean, of course, Lana totally wrote the perfect breakup song, and from the point of view of the one who's leaving. If you're leaving a suffocating relationship, the kind where you were put up on a crazy high pedestal, then there's never been anything more relatable than Lana singing, "The truth is I never bought into your bullshit/ When you would pay tribute to me." That kind of situation is untenable. Things have to change—or end. And if they've ended for you, then you totally get it when Lana declares, "Now you're just another one of my problems/ Because you got out of hand/ We won't survive/ Sinking into the sand." It's like, bye.

"Break It Up" by Patti Smith: Hmm, so apparently this song was written about Jim Morrison of The Doors? I find that... very funny, to be honest, because there's no love more tragic than a young person's love for Jim Morrison or anyone who in any way resembles Jim Morrison. And with this song, Smith captures that element of tragedy beautifully, wailing about feeling her heart melting, and ripping her skin open so that she can finally rip through. That's what we all have to do during a breakup—rip out of our own skin so that we can break through. (Or should I say... break on through, to the other side? No, I shouldn't. Ugh, The Doors ruin everything.) 

"It's Only Make Believe" by Conway Twitty: Oh, well, yeah, this song is just perfect for people who felt like they invested everything they had in a relationship—all their time, energy, and love—only to realize that none of it was real. They were the only ones who felt anything resembling true love. It was all a lie. Damn.

"Not Used" by Lola Kirke: I think what I most love about this Lola Kirke song is that it respects the fact that breakups aren't just about feelings of hate. A lot of the time, a breakup is more bittersweet than purely bitter. The love is still there; it's just not enough anymore to keep a couple together. This song respects that and pays tribute to the fact that love lost was still love, and it's hard to get used to that love's absence.

"Pain in My Heart" by Otis Redding: So, really, Otis Redding's voice should just get you through every important time of your life, because it's the voice of God or, you know, whatever is better than God, well, that's Otis. But this song, in particular, in which he so perfectly captures the depths of the pain we feel when we're alone, when our love has left. Just try not to sing along with him as he's pleading for his love to come back, come back, come back. We've been there.

"Please" by Mary Gauthier: This lovely, lilting song is so evocative of the way breakups make us want to get on our knees and just beg to go back to a time before we'd messed everything up. Gauthier references the way in which she set up the situation in which she now finds herself—"I set a trap but I fell in/ And I don't think I'm finished falling yet"—and it so perfectly encapsulates our own post-breakup feelings, where we're like, "Oh, right, we fucked this up," but it doesn't matter that we know the reason for our heartbreak, because we're still totally heartbroken. Love is hard. 

"Everything Reminds Me of Her" by Elliott Smith: This song was actually introduced to me long ago by a friend who I haven't seen in a long time; he thought it was the perfect breakup song, exactly capturing the relentlessness of a breakup, that awful way where literally everything reminds you of the love you lost. You can't escape it. You're stuck in it. You might as well wallow for a while in order to eventually break free.

"Every Single Night" by Fiona Apple: "I just wanna feel everything" is something that probably a lot of us have said or thought or felt while we were breaking up with someone; it's a protest of the self, a declaration that we can't be limited or constrained within any constructed boundaries—including those of a partnership. This is the song to listen to when you're post-breakup, and you can't sleep at night, and you realize that you're driving yourself crazy. Maybe it's all worth it, so that you can feel everything. Maybe it's not, because you're alone. Love is confusing! It hurts. Fiona Apple knows this well.

"I Get Along without You Very Well (Except Sometimes)" by Nina Simone: And sometimes you just need a song as slow as rain running down your window to cry along to; this is that song. Let Nina Simone remind you of all that you've lost. Sure, you'll feel better someday, but you don't have to feel better yet. If you don't spontaneously burst into tears when Simone holds that long last note, then I don't even know what to tell you. You're a tougher person than I.

"Pale Blue Eyes" by the Velvet Underground: "Skip a life completely/ Stuff it in a cup"—how do you hear that and not start weeping? You don't! You should cry... what's sadder after all then realizing that an entire future that you once thought possible is now gone forever? This song is so beautiful and will potentially make you feel sad because maybe your love wasn't as strong as Lou Reed's was for, like, drugs (what we're pretty sure this song was about), but that's okay. Someday you'll find another love. And you won't have to stuff anything in a cup.

We also see Margot Robbie take on Sharon Tate

The new trailer for Quentin Tarantino's upcoming movie Once Upon a Time in Hollywood gives a look at the Manson Family. In the previous clip, we saw Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio at their funniest. Now, we get to see Margot Robbie take on actress Sharon Tate, Lena Dunham become a cult member, and how the fictional and real-life story lines will intersect in the film.

Per a press release, the film—that follows a fictional story set around the time of the real-life Manson murders—"visits 1969 Los Angeles, where everything is changing, as TV star Rick Dalton (DiCaprio) and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Pitt) make their way around an industry they hardly recognize anymore."

In this clip, after being introduced to Dalton and Booth, viewers get to see how the latter ends up mingling with the Manson Family. As Booth picks up a girl (Margaret Qualley) on the side of the road, he unknowingly welcomes a Manson family member into his life and begins to visit their ranch. The fiction and real-life stories intersect when we find out that Dalton lives next store to Tate, who was murdered by the members of Charles Manson's cult in 1969.

Watch the new trailer for Once Upon A Time In Hollywood ahead of its July 26 theatrical release, below.

ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD - Official Trailer (HD) www.youtube.com

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This photo proves that they are the chillest onscreen family

Sophie Turner just posted a photo of herself, Maisie Williams, and Isaac Hempstead Wright—aka the Stark siblings—to her Instagram, showing just what the three used to get up to when the Game of Thrones cameras weren't rolling.

The photo shows Wright looking quite pleased with himself while sitting on a makeshift throne, wearing no pants. As he should be, seeing as (spoiler) his character, Bran, won the Iron Throne this weekend. Williams, meanwhile, is looking way too cool to be involved in the shenanigans, wearing a pair of black sunglasses and staring absently off-camera. As for Turner, she's looking away from her onscreen brother, too, nervously smoking a Juul.

"The pack survived," Turner captioned the photo.

This photo just goes to prove that the Stark siblings are the chillest onscreen family. (It also proves, yet again, that Turner's social media is an absolute delight.)

We're actually a little sad that this footage didn't make it into the final season, considering how many modern-day objects have been spotted in the show's last few episodes.

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Meet Ashley

Miley Cyrus shared the trailer for her forthcoming Black Mirror episode, and it's basically Hannah Montana set in a dystopian future. Cyrus is a pink wig-wearing pop star named Ashley who is rolling out an in-home virtual assistant, named Ashley Too, that looks like her and shares her voice. But, as is the case with every Black Mirror episode, this technology is not as cute and fun as it's advertised to be.

In the trailer, we get the idea that Ashley is all about wanting fans to "believe" in themselves—but underneath that pink wig, maybe she doesn't feel that same self-love. After Ashley Too introduces herself to fan and new owner Rachel, promising to be her friend, we get a look at Ashley's darker side. She's depressed and tired of the pop star life. A record label executive says to several people in the room, "She doesn't understand how fragile all this is." As they consider upping her dose of medication, Ashley's life is on a downward slope. "It's getting so hard to keep doing this," she voices over glimpses of a police car chase, performances, and breakdowns backstage.

But back to the technology: Does Ashley's breakdown also mean the breakdown of Ashley Too? Looks like it. We see Rachel's virtual assistant screaming, "Get that cable out of my ass! Holy shit! Pull it out," breathing a sigh of relief as soon as they pull it out. A title card then reveals the episode name, "Rachel, Jack, and Ashley Too."

Watch the full trailer and get a full view of Cyrus' cyborg-esque pop star look, below. Black Mirror returns to Netflix on June 5.


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Several actresses allegedly had "issues" with him

Lena Waithe's Showtime series, The Chi, just lost one of its main characters. Jason Mitchell, who was also set to appear in the Netflix film Desperados, has been dropped from both projects following multiple allegations of misconduct. He has also been dropped by his agent and manager.

Hollywood Reporter heard from a source "with knowledge" of The Chi, who says that Tiffany Boone, the actress who plays Mitchell's girlfriend on the show, is just one of several actresses who had "issues" with him. She eventually told producers at Fox21 that she could no longer work with him after filing several sexual harassment complaints. Apparently, her fiancé, Dear White People co-star Marque Richardson, would join her on set when she would shoot with Mitchell.

While news of Mitchell's alleged misconduct is just now beginning to surface, it looks like the ball started rolling on the fallout weeks ago. He was dropped from Desperados and replaced by Lamorne Morris before filming began. A source from the production team said that the producers received "specific information" that they reviewed and acted on quickly. Similarly, a source familiar with Mitchell's former agent, UTA, said the decision to drop him a few weeks ago was very quick following the allegations.

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Prior to the college admissions scandal, she said she doesn't "care about school"

Apparently, Olivia Jade wants to go back to school despite all those YouTube videos that suggested otherwise. Back in March, it was revealed that her mom, Fuller House actress Lori Loughlin, and dad, Mossimo Giannulli, had scammed Jade's way into the University of Southern California. Now, Loughlin faces jail time, and Jade lost out on plenty of lucrative ad partnerships.

According to Us Weekly, "Olivia Jade wants to go back to USC," per a source. "She didn't get officially kicked out and she is begging the school to let her back in." Another source though ousted Jade's real motivation to the publication. "She knows they won't let her in, so she's hoping this info gets out," they shared. "She wants to come out looking like she's changed, learned life lessons and is growing as a person, so she for sure wants people to think she is interested in her education."

Jade previously shared in a YouTube video she's in college for the "experience of like game days, partying" rather than the education. She also said, "I don't know how much of school I'm going to attend... I don't really care about school, as you guys all know." Though these statements were made prior to the scandal coming to light, her brand partnerships didn't come into question until her parents were indicted.

Right now, despite previous reports that Jade and her sister would both be dropping out of USC, Jade's enrollment has been placed on hold—meaning she cannot register for classes, or even withdraw from the school—until her parents' court case comes to a close. Then, the school will make its own decision as to how Jade will be affected. I think, either way, she should have to pay off a few of her classmates' loans for all the BS she pulled.

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