Sigrid’s Debut EP Is “Dynamite”

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‘Don’t Kill My Vibe’ is out now

Sigrid Solbakk Raabe aka Sigrid has come a long way in a very short amount of time. The 20-year-old Norwegian singer wrote her first song only four years ago, and now she's signed to Island Records. The musical gem gained international attention after she released her first single, "Don't Kill My Vibe," earlier this year, and she's officially making her musical mark with her newly released Don't Kill My Vibe EP.

"The EP is mainly a summary of how 2016 was for me, New Year’s Resolutions not included, I don’t really believe in that," Sigrid tells us. "Moving away from Ålesund to Bergen after finishing high school, meeting new people, getting hurt by some of them, and then getting over it." Sigrid's voice and lyricism are well beyond what some might expect from someone her age, but she's not letting the skeptics hold her back. 

Now the indie pop princess is doing a ton of traveling and writing sessions for the first time. She adds, "Making this EP has been so much fun! It has seriously been the time of my life, and I don’t think I’ve felt this way before."

Learn more about the stories behind each track as she breaks it all down, below. 

"Don't Kill My Vibe"
This one is inspired by a previous, and difficult, writing session. The most frustrating part wasn’t the comments or how I felt in the session, but the fact that I didn’t speak up. I just sat there like a doll. So, it was really good to get all my feelings out sometime later in my writing session with the wonderful Martin Sjølie. I got something nice out of something bad.

"Fake Friends"
I wrote this one with Martin Sjølie, too, and we just wanted to make a big minor-based power tune. The song is about having difficult relationships and letting them go.

This one is so honest, it’s almost awkward singing it. I love it though. I wrote it with Askjell Solstrand, and I remember we just talked about life with a capital L. Askjell mixed "Dynamite," as well as "Fake Friends" and "Plot Twist."

"Plot Twist"
Henry and George Flint came to Bergen from London a while ago to write with me, and "Plot Twist" is the result. The tune is about getting over someone. "Give me a show, still that’s a no from me" is a shout-out to Simon Cowell. I just love the way he says, "That’s a no from me."

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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.