Soundcheck: The 13 Best Music Releases Of The Week

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Tyler, The Creator, Nicki Minaj, and so much more

Every weekend, we bring you #SOUNDCHECK—your destination for the best of the best new music that's just hit the web, because you should always be prepared when someone passes you that AUX cord. This week’s roundup features 13 of our favorite emerging and established artists, including Tyler, The Creator, Nicki Minaj, and so many more. Turn up, tune in, and tune out.

“SEE YOU AGAIN” - Tyler, The Creator
Kali Uchis and A$AP Rocky make cameos in this military-themed video in which Tyler, The Creator is a member of the Air Force.

Queen - Nicki Minaj
If this isn't on heavy rotation right now, we don't know what's wrong with you.

"Two Slow Dancers" - Mitski
We dare you to not cry while listening to this song.

“Stop Trying to Be God” - Travis Scott
Despite the title and lyrics of the single, this music video features Scott as… God. Kylie Jenner also makes an appearance, naturally.

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"Mango" - Moore feat. Tune-Yards
Lakeith Stanfield moonlights as a musician? The Sorry to Bother You star came through with a stunning visual to accompany this single about race politics.


”Not So Bad In LA” - Allie X
Allie X embodies iconic Hollywood glamor but makes it dystopian in the visual for this thorough read of L.A. culture.

"How Much" - Tiny Ruins
The David Lynch-approved singer is back with a moody video to an equally moody track asking, simply, how much her crush is willing to give her emotionally.


"I'm Good" - Wafia
Wafia doesn't need a man, and especially not her ex. She's good without them.


"before you get a boyfriend" - Phony Ppl
The video for this single has the band humorously deconstructing the heteronormativity of their own lyrics.

"Shame" - Joseph Angel
The songwriter behind Rihanna's "Love On The Brain" actually has a killer voice. Joseph Angel's debut single is a vocally powerful track about the complicated feelings that come with having multiple one night stands.

At Weddings - Tomberlin
Sara Beth Tomberlin, whose last name is her stage monicker, was born and raised in church—her dad was a pastor. This album brings religion into the lyrics and the tone, but the songs are mainly about relationships, and are just heavenly.

"I Can Treat You Better" - Part Time feat. Ariel Pink
Weird '80s soft-rock has never sounded this good. 


"You Got Me Like" - SHAED feat. snny
This sticky sweet single perfectly captures the feelings of a bubbly summer romance.

Interpersonal - Taylor Janzen
Janzen uses songwriting as an outlet for talking about her mental health and other personal struggles, which results in intensely personal lyrics. We feel like we know her after hearing this EP.

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Which one, though?

Kim Kardashian is suing fast fashion retailer Missguided, claiming that the brand uses her image to spark interest in and sell its clothing. This lawsuit comes a few days after a theory, that she may be selling her own vintage clothing designs to fast fashion brands so that they can rip them off, made its rounds on the internet.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Kardashian's attorney Michael Kump writes that "Missguided systematically uses the names and images of Kardashian and other celebrities to advertise and spark interest in its website and clothing." Other celebrities that the brand has tagged on its Instagram include Cardi B and Dua Lipa, along with the other members of the Kardashian-Jenner family.

Kump uses the example of the Yeezy dress that Kim posted to Instagram, which was ripped off by the brand within a couple of hours. "Recently, for example, after Kardashian posted a photo on Instagram of a dress that was made for her... Missguided quickly responded with its own Instagram post... boasting that it would be ripping off the design within 'a few days,'" Kump continues. "Missguided purposefully inserted Kardashian's Instagram username (@KimKardashian) into its post to capitalize on her celebrity status and social media following in promoting the sale of its upcoming product."

Kump also draws attention to the fact that the brand uses Kardashian's name so much that it may lead others to believe that she works with the brand, which, he wants to make clear, she does not: "Missguided's U.S. website has included entire pages that are devoted solely to the sale of clothing inspired by Kardashian, and on which Kardashian's name and likeness are prominently used without her permission to promote the products."

Some are noting that it's suspicious that Kardashian is not suing Fashion Nova, as well, since the brand most recently ripped off a vintage Mugler gown that Kardashian wore. Though it may be harder for Kardashian to make any claims since timestamps have revealed that the dress was made before Kardashian premiered the dress.



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He previously claimed to be a victim of a hate crime

According to reports, actor Jussie Smollett has been arrested by the Chicago Police Department. As CNN outlines, he's facing a felony charge of disorderly conduct for allegedly filing a false report. If found guilty, he could face up to three years in prison.

The Empire star previously claimed that he was the victim of a racist and homophobic hate crime on January 29. He alleged that two masked men attacked him, tied a noose around his neck, poured bleach on him, and yelled, "This is MAGA country!" Brothers Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo were eventually arrested and brought in for questioning, during which news broke that one appeared on Empire and the other worked as Smollett's personal trainer. Now, according to both men and reports, it's being said that Smollett paid them to "orchestrate" the attack.

Smollett's attorneys, Todd Pugh and Victor Henderson, have issued a statement regarding their client's defense. "Like any other citizen, Mr. Smollett enjoys the presumption of innocence, particularly when there has been an investigation like this one where information, both true and false, has been repeatedly leaked," they told Deadline. "Given these circumstances, we intend to conduct a thorough investigation and to mount an aggressive defense."

If this is all true, this unfortunate turn of events should in no way take away from the fact that there is an abundant number of racially and sexually motivated attacks happening all of the time. They also still remain vastly underreported, so it's essential to listen to alleged victims, always.