Soundcheck: The 21 Best Music Releases Of The Week

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Terror Jr., SOFI TUKKER, Jacques Greene + 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 21 of our favorite emerging and established artists including Terror Jr, SOFI TUKKER, Jacques Greene, and so many more. Turn up, tune in, and tune out.

Bop City— Terror Jr 

The enigmatic, grape-loving trio that skyrocketed out of the internet released their debut EP this week. The eight-track project is, as the title suggests, a true bop. Terror Jr is playful, sexy, and extraordinary. Lisa Terror, the trio's vocalist, gets distorted to a point beyond recognition but it amplifies the group's mystery and allure. Haters will say it sounds familiar, but those people couldn't recognize greatness if it stung them. If the future is Terror Jr, then it's looking bright.

"Awoo" (feat. Betta Lemme) SOFI TUKKER

Fall has just begun, but this video for "Awoo" is making us wish for spring. The artist is joined by her friend, ex-model Betta Lemme, as they traipse around a nature-filled mansion, bathing in feathers and hatching chicks in sinks. The song itself has a driving, compelling beat, and the girls' voices sound so sweet layered over each other. The refrain of "Awoo" is thrillingeverything sounds slightly mysterious, like something you would hear in a dream.

Cross Your Heart— Liz Y2K

Self-proclaimed "Space Brat" and pop princess Liz Y2K has released a full mixtapeand a lookbook to go along with it. For the lookbook, she collaborated with Nicopanda (and its owner, Nicola Formichetti, creative director of Diesel) to create conceptual outfits to go with the music itself. The mixtape comprises a slew of collaborations too, with everyone from Vic Mensa to Daktyl. It's 16 songs of completely unapologetic, upbeat '90s-style pop music, and we're loving it. 

"Plead the Fifth" Liana Bank$

Liana Bank$ is back with another track proving she is nothing if not a boss-ass bitch. On "Plead the Fifth" she talks about her place in a no-holds-barred, no-rules night... without ever actually telling us what it is. Despite the mystery, we wish we were there.

"Hey, I Won't Break Your Heart" Corinne Bailey Rae

Corinne Bailey Rae has unveiled the visual for "Hey, I Won't Break Your Heart," the second track from her latest album, The Heart Speaks in Whispers. The video, directed by James Frost, sees Rae in various circus costumes as she gazes directly into the camera. Get ready to have your breath taken away. 

 "Church/Liquor Store" Saba feat. Noname

You might recognize Saba from Chance the Rapper's "Angels," and now he's back with a track that couldn't get any smoother. The rapper and producer takes listeners on a tour of Chicago while rapping about the people who live there. Saba's Bucket List Project drops October 27. 

"Pink Beetle" Rejjie Snow

Hear why BBC Radio 1's Annie Mac chose "Pink Beetle" as the "Hottest Record in the World." Following the release of "D.R.U.G.S.," the Irish rapper is ready to set himself apart from the rest. Listen to the track above!

"New Phone (Who Dis)" Cakes da Killa 

Your favorite meme officially has a song to go along with it. Cakes da Killa takes it further with shady lyrics including "New phone, who dis/ Cutthroat, ruthless/ Don't appreciate my love, and I'll leave you looking stupid." The song will be featured on his debut album Hedonism, which drops on October 21.  

"Afterglow" Jacques Greene

With his North American tour starting in just a couple of days, Greene has released a relaxing track that's perfect for starting your day. The song will be available on a special 12-inch vinyl on October 28. 

"Durt" Ray Blk

This is just a taste of what to expect from Ray Blk's EP, Durt, out October 28. The quickly-rising U.K. singer's soulful voice is front and center for this single that you don't want to miss.

"The Middle" Wet

After the release of their album, Don't You, Wet has returned with not one, but two new songs. "The Middle" is a simmering track that deals with contrasting emotions in a relationship. If you want more of this, tickets for their U.S. tour can be purchased here

"Turn Away" Wet

The trio's second song takes on a lover who leaves when you need them most. Kelly Zutrau's vocals and the synth-heavy production will be stuck in your head for days! 

"No Service in the Hills" Ambré feat. Kehlani

 "No Service in the Hills" is the New Orleans native's first release since her mixtape, 2090's. Over a chill trap beat, Ambré and Kehlani reflect on their respective come-ups and their never-ending grind. 

"Stay" Alpines

The U.K.-based band delivers new-age Mary J. Blige vibes with their newest single off sophomore album Another River, due out October 28. Soulful electropop never sounded so good.

"The Water Beneath You" The Naked And Famous

In case you weren't aware, The Naked And Famous' new album Simple Forms is one of their best projects to date and this newly released song is why. Atmospheric, emotional, and a gut punch of a synth line tear us to pieces.

"Alaska" Maggie Rogers

If we could dance through an idyllic woodland with Maggie Rogers for the rest of our life, we would.

"DNA" Lia Marie Johnson

The vulnerability of Lia Marie Johnson's "DNA" comes to life in this somber and charged music video. It's a moving reflection of addiction and its effects on the people around it, and Johnson treats the topic with a poignant delicacy.

"Ruin Your Night" Sorcha Richardson

Sorcha Richardson never ceases to impress with her guitar-led, refreshingly honest sonic narratives. Here, she takes us into the throes of young love and all its upbeat energy and anxiety.

Sounds EP Mathew V

What is it with Canada and its never-ending supply of raw vocal talent? The Weeknd, Justin Bieber, Lights, Carly Rae Jepsen, and now newcomer Mathew V? We must have been good in a past life. Mathew V's new EP, Sounds, showcases his richly soulful voice over productions that mix pop with alt-rock and dashes of gospel. Watch his space, because this is one voice you won't easily forget and will most definitely hear more of. 

"Trying Not to Love You" Caroline Smith

Caroline Smith's latest single has everything that is right in the world: hand claps, smooth layers of synths, and a saxophone? Check! Pair all that with Smith's swagger and you've got yourself a vibe that enriches any space this song plays.

"Riot" - Jon Waltz

In his latest, Waltz is singing about coming of age and all of the trials and tribulations that come along with it. He describes it as sounding like, "the song I needed to hear when I was younger," but, in our opinion, there's no better time than now to listen to this truthful anthem.  


Joanne Lady Gaga

Um. Duh. This album is a triumph.

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.