Soundcheck: The 24 Best Music Releases Of The Week


Paramore, MØ, Charly Bliss + more

Every weekend, we’re bringing you #SOUNDCHECK—your new destination for the best of the best new music that hit the web over the course of the week. Because you should always be prepared when someone passes you that aux cord. This week’s round features 24 of our favorite emerging and established artists including Paramore, MØ, Charly Bliss, and so many more. Turn up, tune in, and tune out.

"Hard Times"— Paramore

We didn't realize how much we missed Paramore until they released their first single in four years and now we can't stop listening to them. Can we go back in time and stay in 2007 forever?

"Nights With You"— MØ

Send this one to all your BFFs with some heart emojis.

Guppy— Charly Bliss

This New York-based indie rock band finally dropped their debut album and we'll be blasting it all weekend long. NYU must be so proud!

"Flexin"— Rejjie Snow

This is exactly what we imagine goes down when Rejjie Snow is gassing himself up.

"Untitled"— Rex Orange County

It's been a while since a music video almost brought us to tears, and this did just that.

"Thunderbird"— B.B.

The artist formerly known as Babeo Baggins has shared the first taste of their forthcoming project. This country tune is about "taking your freedom without fear and without apology." 

"To the Light"— A.CHAL 

This visual provides a much-needed cinematic escape that will have you thinking about your purpose in this universe. We invite the self-awareness.

"Kites"— Anik Khan

This single is the official title track off the Queens rapper's highly anticipated debut. Kites is slated to drop on April 28.

Kiddo EP— Jessie Reyez

We can't get enough of the talent that is pouring out of Toronto. This debut project is truly something special.

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"Views of You"— Sofi de la Torre feat. Taylor Bennett

This collab was kept low-key organically, as de la Torre describes it as "no label, no bullshit," creating a chill, sensual space within the track.  

"Go Ahead"— Perfume Genius

Short and sweet lyrical hooks keep this low-key track moving forward. Mike Hadreas' raspy vocals are nothing but poised over the drums and odd electronics. 

"Hubris"— Sevdaliza

Sevdaliza's airy vocals leave the simple drum loop feeling ominous on this single, creating some serious hype for her upcoming album. 

"Stay Together"— Noah Cyrus

Warm and cheery anthem of the summer for sure. 

"Let's Ride"— AIDA

Feel the groove, baby. This French-Canadian artist is bringing back '80s funk and we are so here for it.

"Lost in Your Light"— Dua Lipa feat. Miguel

We're ready for this debut album to drop already! June 2 needs to come sooner.

"Plot Twist"— Sigrid

Yes way to Norway. 

"The First Time"— Nicotine's Famous Honey

There are heaps of intimate and groovy vibes coming from this track. Nicotine's Famous Honey vocals slay as always. 

"What You Give to Me"— BIRTHDAY

Music video told from the perspective of an adorable black cat's dream, plus fuzzy low-fi melodies? Oh, hell yeah. 

"What I Want"— Cende feat. Greta Kline

Cende's talent for creating sunny, indie-rock breakup songs shines on this track, but in no way distracts from Greta Kline's soft response to Cende's effortless calls. 

"Glitter & Gloss"— Skott

Skott goes acoustic and life is suddenly better.

"Physical"— The Aces

The Aces' world is bright, pastel, and a little punk. This is your summer love soundtrack. Get us to Palm Springs now.

"There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back"— Shawn Mendes

Shawn Mendes takes it to the dance floor with this bona fide bop. Country dance-pop is good for the soul.

"moments"— biyo

Smooth and a little coy, "moments" is yet another reason you've gotta wake up to biyo's magic. This is that good-good.

Empty Room Remixes EP— Big Wild

There's a remix here for every mood!

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.


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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.

Photo via @mileycyrus on Twitter

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.