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Matt Hall Wants That Taylor Swift Career

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We’re crushing on this pop newcomer

It would be a grave understatement to say Taylor Swift isn't the biggest pop star of her generation. Whether you personally like her or not, you can't deny that her trajectory is incredible and drive inspirational. For pop musicians both new and established, she's someone to emulate—at least according to Los Angeles-by-way-of-Nashville artist Matt Hall.

He should know. Hall is on the edge of something glorious with his new project. Though he's keeping a lot of the details about it quiet (for now), he's ready to unleash it to the world. "Reason to Miss You" is our first taste. It's got all the makings of a viral hit: flirty verses, a bouncy bassline that slinks beneath Hall's dulcet voice, and a smooth chorus. Trust you'll be hearing this and more of Hall throughout the year. As you'll come to learn in our latest Band Crush interview, below, this boy is just getting warmed up. 

What are you most proud of so far in terms of your career?
Being able to accomplish everything fully independent up to this point, and learning to trust my gut and intuition fully. Specifically, I’ve seen this really pay off when I made it onto some of the biggest platforms, like Spotify’s “New Music Friday” playlist. I am really proud of my growth as an artist with this new music. It feels incredibly authentic.

What famous person dead or living do most wish you could have as a roommate?
To be honest, I’ve tried having roommates, and it doesn’t work for me.

What is your favorite driving music?
I make my own playlists on Spotify every few months that I listen to religiously. The short answer would just be “pop,” but scrolling through my current playlist right now, I’ve got everything from Drake to John Mayer.

Whose career would you most like to emulate?
Taylor Swift. Not only do I think her and Max Martin have made some of the best pop albums of all time, but I respect how she has been in complete control of her business, top to bottom. Also, the seamlessness of how she reinvents herself into a different sound on each record is something I strive to do.

What’s your favorite place to write music?
I don’t know if I have as much of a favorite place as I have favorite people. My entire project was with done with people I genuinely love being around: my best friends. Some happened in L.A., some happened in Nashville, but my favorite writing experiences are always with people I am just completely myself with.

Describe your aesthetic in three words.
I kind of have an “anti-aesthetic." I find it really hard to share my life in a perfect theme, so I just don't. I will say that I have tried to match every song coming out to a certain color that I feel matches the mood/personality of the song—so I’m all about that!

If you had to wear one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be, and why?
Right now, my answer would be a cool pair of joggers, my Timberlands, and a good tee just because I feel cool in it. It looks super-trendy, but it also says “I’m relaxing, I’m fine, and everything is more than okay."

Do you have any pre-show superstitions?
They're not so much superstitions as they are routines. I always go eat in-between soundcheck and showtime, then do vocal warm-ups and jump around getting pumped behind the curtain until I walk out on stage. I also love to listen to really loud music right before.

If you had to live in a past time, what do you think would be the most fun era and why?
I would love to go back to the early 2000s again. Pop music was so unbelievably good during that time! I still go back and listen to The Black Eyed Peas and that stuff all the time. It always brings back the best memories.

What activities do most enjoy doing alone?
I’m in love with hanging out with my dogs. I guess that’s not really alone when you consider them people… but I love being at home with them. I also love going to the beach alone if I’m in L.A.… and my morning Starbucks run.

When are you most relaxed?
The only time I feel fully relaxed is right after I get offstage from a great show or when I get a new song back in my email that I’m in love with. All feels right in the world for a minute.

What was the last great thing you read?
Wholeness by Toure Roberts.

What kind of person were you in high school?
I was all over the map. I was all about having a lot of friends and doing that whole thing for the first year or two. In middle school, I had like zero friends, so it was nice to feel that for a second. I never played sports in high school and got really absorbed into the music thing by 15 or so. I wound up traveling back and forth to Nashville almost every weekend. Somehow, I convinced my parents to let me start music full-time and finish [high school] really early online. So I guess not that normal at all.

Can you tell me a quality about yourself that you are genuinely proud of?
I feel like I am really honest. I don’t like holding anything I’m thinking in, and I have to process everything externally. I feel like a lot of my friends come to me for advice because of this.

Do you have any phobias?
I don’t think I have any specific phobias. I definitely get scared about things on a daily basis, but I do them anyway.

What’s a side of you that people are unlikely to know about?
I’m obsessed with comedy. I’m always trying to find what’s funny about any situation I’m in. I’m the happiest Matt when I’m hysterically laughing.

What are some new hobbies you would like to take on?
I don’t think my brain has any more room in it with how manically obsessed I am with my career and music!

What’s your next project?
I have a lot of songs ready to come out to the world right now. When I was writing for it, I definitely was in the mindset of it being a cohesive body of work that feels like one perspective and sound, like an album. It may end up coming out single by single, but I feel like it all threads together, and that really excites me. I’m just so excited to get these little pieces of me out into peoples' lives.

Where do you hope to be professionally in five years?
I hope to be playing arenas night after night, just standing up there telling the people there that they’re going to be okay. That you are literally capable of anything no matter what you tell yourself or someone else is telling you. My goal is just to be totally real and be making music that is reflective and totally accepting of exactly who I am in that period of my life. I dream of having that platform and it giving permission for others to do the same.

If there was one phrase that best sums up your approach to life, what might it be?
Whether you think you can or can’t, you’re right.

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"In my head I thought, This is how it ends"

Kit Harington almost lost a lot more than the Iron Throne while filming the final season of Game of Thrones. According to an interview with NowThis News, the actor almost lost one of his balls while riding a mechanical dragon.

Harington revealed that the incident took place when he was filming the scene where his character, Jon Snow, takes a ride on Rhaegal for the first time in the Season 8 premiere. Since dragons aren't real (sorry), Harington was filming the scene, where Jon almost falls off the dragon and then swings around to pick himself back up, on a mechanical contraption.

"My right ball got trapped, and I didn't have time to say, 'Stop,'" Harington said in an interview. "And I was being swung around. In my head I thought, This is how it ends. On this buck, swinging me around by my testicles, literally." We see shots of the fake dragon he's riding in front of a green screen, and it does look pretty terrifying.

Luckily, his testicles remained intact through the near-disastrous event, and he's survived with quite the story to tell to unsuspecting journalists.

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"I had to create a harder shell about being a woman"

In a panel discussion during Gwyneth Paltrow's In Goop Health summit, actress Jessica Alba revealed that she "stopped eating" to avoid unwanted attention from men when she was first starting her career in Hollywood.

According to People, Alba said that she "had a curvy figure as a young girl" and, as such, was made to feel as though her body was the reason that men may be inappropriate toward her. "I was meant to feel ashamed if I tempted men," Alba said during the panel discussion. "Then I stopped eating a lot when I became an actress. I made myself look more like a boy so I wouldn't get as much attention. I went through a big tomboy phase."

She continued, "In Hollywood, you're really preyed upon. They see a young girl, and they just want to touch you inappropriately or talk to you inappropriately or think that they're allowed to be aggressive with you in a way."

Alba also noted that she was raised in a conservative household. "My mom would say, 'You have a body, and it's very womanly, and people don't understand that you're 12,'" she said. "I wasn't allowed to have my nalgas out, which is butt cheeks [in Spanish], but I was born with a giant booty, and they come out of everything. So, I didn't get to wear normal things that all my friends wore."

She said that these reactions to her body really affected her attitude. "I created this pretty insane 'don't fuck with me' [attitude]," she said. "I had to create a harder shell about being a woman."

According to her, her relationship to her body only changed when her first child, Honor, was born in 2008. "[After she was born,] I was like, Oh this is what these boobies are meant to do! Feed a kid!" she said. "And that was the dopest shit I'd ever done. So, I came into my body as a woman finally and I stopped being ashamed of myself."

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Because of course

Teva, the most obvious lesbian footwear brand since Birkenstock, really knows its customer base. In time for Pride, the brand has teamed up with Tegan and Sara for a gay shoe to end all gay shoes. In other words, your Pride footwear is on lock.

The shoe isn't just your average Teva sandal. Tegan and Sara's design, the Teva Flatform Universal Pride sandal, is a 2.5-inch platform shoe with a rainbow sole. Tegan and Sara noted in a press release that they have been Teva wearers for pretty much their whole lives. "We got our first pair of Teva sandals when we were 16," they said. "This rainbow Flatform collab is like full circle LGBTQ+ Pride validation."

What's better, with each sandal sale, Teva will donate $15 to the Tegan and Sara Foundation, up to $30,000. The funds donated will go toward scholarships which will give young members of the LGBTQ+ community the chance to go to summer camps which will "help develop self-confidence and leadership abilities in a safe and nurturing environment." Tegan and Sara added, "Teva's generous support for our foundation will allow us to help even more LGBTQ+ youth."

Available today at Teva's and Nordstrom's websites, the sandal retails for $80.

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"Focusing on innovative materials will allow the company to explore new boundaries of creative design"

Prada Group has announced that Prada, as well as all of its brands, will now be fur-free. According to a press release from the Humane Society, Prada, Miu Miu, Church's, and Car Shoe will ban the use of fur beginning with the Spring/Summer 2020 collection (aka the Fashion Week coming up next). The list of fashion designers banning fur only continues to grow, with 3.1 Phillip Lim, Coach, Armani, Versace, Gucci, and more having stopped using the material in seasons past.

"The Prada Group is committed to innovation and social responsibility, and our fur-free policy—reached following a positive dialogue with the Fur Free Alliance, in particular with LAV and the Humane Society of the United States—is an extension of that engagement," Miuccia Prada told the Human Society. "Focusing on innovative materials will allow the company to explore new boundaries of creative design while meeting the demand for ethical products."

Following London Fashion Week designers forgoing the use of fur in September and the first-ever Vegan Fashion Week taking place in February, it's easy to imagine an entirely fur-free fashion future. It's especially easy, I presume, for the brands to consider a fur-free future, given that entire cities and states are taking a stance. New York is following in the footsteps of Los Angeles banning fur, with a bill proposed this March that would ban sales across New York State.

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"Club leisure" is the new athleisure

Alexander Wang is recognizing clubbing as the workout that it truly is with his latest Adidas collaboration. In this fifth installment, he "changes gears," per a press release from the brand, taking the iconic sports brand to the dance floor.

For the new campaign, the collection comes to life in iconic choreographer Tanisha Scott's dance studio and stars dancers Noemi Janumala, Dakota Moore, Avi McClish, and Olivia Burgess. The dancers show just how far these clothes can go when you want to bust a move or stretch, but TBH, I'll leave these poses to the pros and just use my clothes for flexing on the 'gram.

The collection—which features six apparel items, three shoes, and six accessories—features, per a press release, "Wang's knack for pre-styling." Standouts from the mostly black-and-white items include a silver sneaker that was *made* for moonwalking, an airy windbreaker that has just the right dash of bright blue with the scattered Adidas trefoil design, and a towel hoodie that you won't feel bad sweating in.

Ahead of the May 25 collection drop online and in stores, peep the gorgeous campaign images below.

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Adidas Originals by AW, Sweatshirt in Black, $250, available starting May 25 at Adidas; Adidas Originals by AW, Towel, $80, available starting May 25 at Adidas; Adidas Originals by AW, Joggers, $250, available starting May 25 at Adidas; Adidas Originals by AW, Turnout BBall Shoes, $250, available starting May 25 at Adidas.

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Adidas Originals by AW, Towel Hoodie, $350, available starting May 25 at Adidas; Adidas Originals by AW, Sock Leggings, $60, available starting May 25 at Adidas; Adidas Originals by AW, Adilette Slides, $90, available starting May 25 at Adidas.

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Adidas Originals by AW, Futureshell Shoes in Platinum Metallic, $250, available starting May 25 at Adidas.

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Adidas Originals by AW, Sweatshirt in Core White, $280, available starting May 25 at Adidas; Adidas Originals by AW, Shorts in Core White, $120, available starting May 25 at Adidas.

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Adidas Originals by AW, Sweatshirt in Black, $250, available starting May 25 at Adidas; Adidas Originals by AW, Bum Bag, $50, available staring May 25 at Adidas; Adidas Originals by AW, Towel, $80, available starting May 25 at Adidas; Adidas Originals by AW, Turnout BBall Shoes, $250, available starting May 25 at Adidas; Adidas Originals by AW, Duffle Bag, $70, available starting May 25 at Adidas.

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