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U.K. Singer Tom Grennan Hit It Big With His Unique Vocals

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Photographed by Charlotte Rutherford. Kimono and jeans by Topman x Charlie Casely-Hayford. Styled by Jay Hines. Grooming: Margo Holder at Untitled Artists.

Chase & Status’ Saul Milton talks to the singer-songwriter about his soccer skills and that time Elton John called him

The following feature appears in the June/July issue of NYLON. Every year we scour the music scene to round up the best rising acts for our annual music issue. This time around, Charli XCX guest-edited the feature, hand-picking a crop of new musicians to be interviewed by veterans in the game who have been there and done that. To meet more up-and-coming artists on Charli’s radar, click here.

It takes just one listen to this soul singer-songwriter’s raspy vocals to understand why he’s got all of the U.K. buzzing, and it’s only a matter of time before he makes waves in the States, too. (And to think he was this close to pursuing a career as a pro soccer player.) 

Saul Milton: When we recorded “All Goes Wrong” it was your first time in a recording studio. Who’ve you been in the studio with since?
Tom Grennan: I’ve recently been in the studio with [songwriter] Diane Warren, which blew my mind. Also [grime artist] Bugzy Malone; Charlie Handsome, who produced “Fade” for Kanye West; and Charli XCX, among others.

You’ve got a very distinct and individual style—even at [the British talk show] Soccer AM you kept on your burgundy loafers during the penalty kick competition, and missed. Who and what inspires your look? 
Firstly, missing that penalty still haunts me to this day! But I’d say the inspiration on how I dress is a mixture of classic British style and sportswear. I like to combine them both. The type of style I’m really into right now is office-core.

Who are the top three best-dressed men and women at the moment?
Alex Turner, Skepta, and A$AP Rocky; Carine Roitfeld, Little Simz, and the queen. [Laughs]

Despite the miss on Soccer AM you did have a pretty promising football career when you were younger. Can we expect to see you lacing up the boots again?
I’d love to lace up the boots again, but right now they are hanging on the peg, awaiting the day I get invited back on Soccer AM, whether it’s by myself or with Chase & Status. Believe, I’m ready to bang goals. [Laughs]

When I leave the house I’m always wearing some vintage Moschino and a gold chain. Are there any pieces that you never leave home without?
My rings, cigarettes, and a sick pair of shoes.

In April you got a phone call from the legend that is Elton John. That must have been pretty surreal. Tell me something else that’s happened that made you pinch yourself. 
Stepping out on stage with you lot is definitely up there! And selling out my first headlining tour. 

Tell me about your second EP, Release the Brakes. What is the concept behind it? When were the songs written? 
The concept behind Release the Brakes comes from me saying that I’m ready to put my foot down full-throttle, but also taking my time to do things properly and taking inspiration from people in my life to be where I want to be and not rushing the process. The songs were written over the course of the past year.

Last year we covered Kanye West’s “Fade” together on Radio 1’s live lounge. Which rapper would you most like to collaborate with and why?
Eminem. Reason one: He’s a G. Two: Lyrically and melodically, he’s a pure genius. He’s a legend. I’ve always been a massive fan and I’d love to hear how our sounds would mix. 

Finally, the question on everyone’s mind—when can we expect the Tom Grennan and Charli XCX collab?
Who knows? Maybe when we’ve both got free time on our hands, but right now she’s really busy and so am I. But never say never!

Photo by Imani Givertz

Premiering today via NYLON

Small Talks, aka Cayley Spivey, has come a long way since starting a band, then becoming the entire band herself and forging her own fan base from the ground up. On her recent album A Conversation Between Us, she began to unpack any lingering baggage with one particular song: "Teeth." Today, she premieres the accompanying music video exclusively via NYLON.

"'Teeth' is about my personal battle with letting go of the past," Spivey tells NYLON, admitting that it's easily her favorite song off of A Conversation Between Us.

Watch the video for "Teeth" below.

Small Talks - Teeth (Official Music Video) - YouTube www.youtube.com

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Must have been pretty awkward

Taylor Swift and Sophie Turner were guests on the U.K.'s The Graham Norton Show together, which must have been awkward for Turner's husband, Joe Jonas, seeing as he also happens to be Swift's ex. I wonder if his name came up?

The interview doesn't come out until Friday night, but promotional photos show the two sharing a couch. Swift is making an appearance to perform her new single, "ME!" while Turner is promoting her new film, X- Men: Dark Phoenix. But it seems necessary for the two to be asked about Jonas.

Swift was just on the Ellen DeGeneres Show earlier this month, where she brought up the fact that she felt bad for putting Jonas "on blast" on DeGeneres' show back in 2008 by telling the audience that he broke up with her in a record-setting short phone call. But, according to Swift, she and Jonas are chill now, since it happened pretty long ago, which means she's probably already hung out with Turner and maybe even gossiped about him with her.

We can only hope that they get the chance to spill some tea on television.

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"That's! His! Auntie!"

Leslie Jones has rewatched the Game of Thrones finale with a beer in hand, Seth Meyers at her side, and a full camera crew ready to take in all her glorious reactions. Spoilers ahead, but, if you haven't watched last week's episode already, that's kind of on you at this point.

When Jon Snow started to make out with Daenerys, also known as his aunt, only to stab her through the chest moments later, it was emotional whiplash for everyone watching. And, Jones' reactions—both from her first and second viewing—sum it all perfectly.

"That's! His! Auntie! [gagging noises]," Jones says before making an aside about calling the police if her uncle ever tried to do the same. But then the knife goes in, and Jones screams. "Did you see that?!" Jones asks, "Yeah bitch, that's a knife in you." Meyers points out the funniest part of all: "Why are you so upset about someone kissing their aunt but totally fine with someone killing their aunt?" Jones replies, "Because that bitch needed to go," and, well, same.

Other highlights from the comedians' rewatch include comparing Dany's victory speech to a bad improv gig, predicting that their dogs would have less of a reaction to their deaths than Drogon did to his mother's, and more.

Watch all of Jones' reactions from this Late Night clip below.

Game of Jones: Leslie Jones and Seth Watch Game of Thrones' Series Finale youtu.be

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These lyrics are a lot

Robbie Tripp, aka Curvy Wife Guy, is back with a music video, titled "Chubby Sexy," starring his wife and a trio of models. In it, Tripp raps about his bold choice to find women with an average body size attractive.

The video begins with a series of statements laid over some pool water: "Curves are the new high fashion," "Chubby is the new sexy," "We Out Here." Tripp posits that these queens deserve an anthem, which they do. What they do not deserve is this Cursed Song. As he lists all the names he knows to call them by (thick, thicc, and BBW), one model (who I really, really hope was paid well) squirts some lotion down her cleavage, and Tripp begins dancing.

"My girl chubby sexy/ Call her bonita gordita," Tripp states in his chorus, before going on to compare "big booty meat" to the peach emoji. Another thing he mentions is that his wife can't find a belt that fits her waist, and that's why he calls her James and the Giant Peach. He then tries to dab. Here are some of the other Cursed highlights from his, uh, verses:

Got those Khaleesi curves/ Knows how to dragon slay
She like a dude that's woke/ We like a girl that's weighty
Some say a chubby girl that's risky/ But they ain't met a curvy girl that's frisky
Imma dunk that donk like I'm Andrew Wiggins.
Thick like an Amazon/ Built like Big Ben.

Tripp says one thing in the video that I couldn't agree more with: "She don't need a man." No, she does not. Please run. If you must, watch the entire video, below. Or send it to your nemesis!

Robbie Tripp - Chubby Sexy (Official Music Video) www.youtube.com

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See the promo here

It was bound to happen. The Kadashians and Jenners have committed themselves to letting the cameras roll on their lives, for better or for worse. So if you thought that the Jordyn Woods and Tristan Thompson cheating scandal was off limits, you thought wrong. The trailer for Sunday's episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians was just released, and it involves the famous family working through the fallout of what happened when Woods went to a party at Thompson's house.

The teaser includes the infamous clip of Khloé Kardashian screaming "LIAAAARRRRRR." It's still not explicitly clear who prompted that strong response. She could be responding to Thompson, who clearly isn't always honest. Or she could be reacting to Woods account of the events on Red Table Talk. But the most revealing moment comes when we see Kylie Jenner—who was Woods' best friend before all of this happened—react for the first time.

In a heart-to-heart conversation, momager Kris Jenner says, "For you and Jordyn, it's like a divorce." Kylie only offers this in response: "She fucked up." Based on Woods' version of events—which I'm inclined to believeThompson is the one who fucked up. Still, I'm hoping for some kind of reconciliation between the two longtime friends. Perhaps we'll have to wait until next season for that.

Check out the promo video below.

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