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Taylor Swift’s Haters Will Find Any Reason To Hate, Hate, Hate, Hate, Hate

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Yesterday, we wrote about Taylor Swift's decision to get political, and how her endorsement of Democratic candidates in Tennessee and plea with her fans to register to vote led to a subsequent voter registration spike. That's a good thing, right? Not for Taylor Swift haters, who never give the singer-songwriter a break.

What could they find to complain about with this latest T. Swift news cycle? According to them, Swift had little, if anything, to do with the spike at all. They claim that the reason registration spiked isn't because of Swift, but rather because many states—including Tennessee, where Swift lives—had voter registration deadlines within 24 hours of Swift's post, meaning that lots of new voters would have registered then anyway. But, Quartz points out that the numbers that followed Swift's post were considerably higher than the numbers of voters who registered in the two days leading up to the voter registration deadline in 2016, a presidential election year. In fact, 105,000 Tennesseans registered to vote via Vote.org within 36 hours of Swift's post, which is 22,000 more than the number of individuals who registered to vote in the two days leading up to the registration deadline for the 2016 presidential election. 

Look, it's not surprising that the same people who derided Swift for not being political are now going to criticize the way in which she got political; Swift said it best in "Shake It Off," singing: "Haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate."

But incessantly complaining about Swift is boring and lazy. Instead of posting an unnecessary rant against her, maybe you could rant about the people who need to be voted out, or voted against, in the upcoming midterm elections. Or maybe you could reach out to family members and friends who haven't gotten with the progressive program yet. Maybe you still need to register to vote. Whatever you do, make it count for something.

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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.

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