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Get lost in this orbit

Are you ready for the understatement of the year (so far)? There is absolutely no one way to go about making it big in music anymore. None. Traditions have been thrown to the curb and set on fire. What matters isn't the motions an artist goes through (though there still are plenty), but maintaining a steady output of work or, at least, remaining present in a certain circle. An artist can spend nearly a decade touring and releasing singles before even dropping an album, and that's okay! It worked for Nicki Minaj and her guest verses, and it's working for Australia's own Chris "Emoh" Emerson, aka What So Not.

Not All the Beautiful Things, What So Not's debut album, follows eight years of singles, EPs, and nearly 200 shows a year. That's a long time to make a proper LP, sure, but don't call Emerson a late bloomer. He's a patient guy who would rather understand everything that goes into something as big as an album than hand control over to someone else. "I was grateful that we managed to get everything about What So Not to a point at the start of 2017 where I could afford to take some time off, because I hadn't had time off in six years," Emoh says over the phone from Sydney. "I'm sure you can understand what running around the world doing 150 to 200 shows a year does to the body."

I, admittedly, cannot, because I've never traveled to that extent but I still sympathize. Time off of anything is absolutely necessary. It's not a restart per se, but rather a reset. Emoh used that time to set his intentions, refine his goals, and dive headfirst into "the album thing." He says, "I barely did anything apart from this; all my ideas, all my creative, all my music went straight into this."

The result is a sprawling 12-song LP that acts as "a kind of a tribute to everything that we lose." The title itself is meant to subvert our ideas of what's lovely and enjoyable. Songs like "Beautiful" celebrate flaws and the beauty in pain; "If You Only Knew" builds off of the idea of destruction as a form of creation; "Same Mistakes" takes what would be, lyrically, a more morose breakup song and turns it into something sinister with an instrumental break right at the end that drags with a certain kind of madness. Not All The Beautiful Things isn't so much an electronic dance album filled with singles ripe for remixing but a fully packaged, uncompromised artistic vision.

Each of NAtBT's 12 songs is a collaboration of some sort, where Emoh either invited some of his buddies into his world or had vocalists sing for him. It all works to a satisfying extent. The real magic happens when Emoh has full control, though. All six minutes of the album's closer, "Us," are a cosmic journey through a couple's private life in a public sphere; Emoh's ebbing and flowing synths at the song's back half are transcendent. "Stuck In Orbit" builds with an earnest desire for release that doesn't play by EDM's tried-and-true formula. And though everyone will gravitate toward Emoh's collab with Toto (yep, the guys behind "Africa"), his song with SLUMBERJACK ("Warlord") packs the same emotional intensity of "Us" and "Same Mistakes," and peppers in a healthy dose of industrial grime that makes doing bad things feel oh so good. 

That clash of opposites is what turns Not All the Beautiful Things out. Refined and a total blast, What So Not's debut is well worth the wait. His belief in it pulses through each downbeat and anti-chorus. This is honest work through and through. Ain't that beautiful, indeed.

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Premiering today via NYLON

Small Talks, aka Cayley Spivey, has come a long way since starting a band, then becoming the entire band herself and forging her own fan base from the ground up. On her recent album A Conversation Between Us, she began to unpack any lingering baggage with one particular song: "Teeth." Today, she premieres the accompanying music video exclusively via NYLON.

"'Teeth' is about my personal battle with letting go of the past," Spivey tells NYLON, admitting that it's easily her favorite song off of A Conversation Between Us.

Watch the video for "Teeth" below.

Small Talks - Teeth (Official Music Video) - YouTube www.youtube.com

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Must have been pretty awkward

Taylor Swift and Sophie Turner were guests on the U.K.'s The Graham Norton Show together, which must have been awkward for Turner's husband, Joe Jonas, seeing as he also happens to be Swift's ex. I wonder if his name came up?

The interview doesn't come out until Friday night, but promotional photos show the two sharing a couch. Swift is making an appearance to perform her new single, "ME!" while Turner is promoting her new film, X- Men: Dark Phoenix. But it seems necessary for the two to be asked about Jonas.

Swift was just on the Ellen DeGeneres Show earlier this month, where she brought up the fact that she felt bad for putting Jonas "on blast" on DeGeneres' show back in 2008 by telling the audience that he broke up with her in a record-setting short phone call. But, according to Swift, she and Jonas are chill now, since it happened pretty long ago, which means she's probably already hung out with Turner and maybe even gossiped about him with her.

We can only hope that they get the chance to spill some tea on television.

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"That's! His! Auntie!"

Leslie Jones has rewatched the Game of Thrones finale with a beer in hand, Seth Meyers at her side, and a full camera crew ready to take in all her glorious reactions. Spoilers ahead, but, if you haven't watched last week's episode already, that's kind of on you at this point.

When Jon Snow started to make out with Daenerys, also known as his aunt, only to stab her through the chest moments later, it was emotional whiplash for everyone watching. And, Jones' reactions—both from her first and second viewing—sum it all perfectly.

"That's! His! Auntie! [gagging noises]," Jones says before making an aside about calling the police if her uncle ever tried to do the same. But then the knife goes in, and Jones screams. "Did you see that?!" Jones asks, "Yeah bitch, that's a knife in you." Meyers points out the funniest part of all: "Why are you so upset about someone kissing their aunt but totally fine with someone killing their aunt?" Jones replies, "Because that bitch needed to go," and, well, same.

Other highlights from the comedians' rewatch include comparing Dany's victory speech to a bad improv gig, predicting that their dogs would have less of a reaction to their deaths than Drogon did to his mother's, and more.

Watch all of Jones' reactions from this Late Night clip below.

Game of Jones: Leslie Jones and Seth Watch Game of Thrones' Series Finale youtu.be

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These lyrics are a lot

Robbie Tripp, aka Curvy Wife Guy, is back with a music video, titled "Chubby Sexy," starring his wife and a trio of models. In it, Tripp raps about his bold choice to find women with an average body size attractive.

The video begins with a series of statements laid over some pool water: "Curves are the new high fashion," "Chubby is the new sexy," "We Out Here." Tripp posits that these queens deserve an anthem, which they do. What they do not deserve is this Cursed Song. As he lists all the names he knows to call them by (thick, thicc, and BBW), one model (who I really, really hope was paid well) squirts some lotion down her cleavage, and Tripp begins dancing.

"My girl chubby sexy/ Call her bonita gordita," Tripp states in his chorus, before going on to compare "big booty meat" to the peach emoji. Another thing he mentions is that his wife can't find a belt that fits her waist, and that's why he calls her James and the Giant Peach. He then tries to dab. Here are some of the other Cursed highlights from his, uh, verses:

Got those Khaleesi curves/ Knows how to dragon slay
She like a dude that's woke/ We like a girl that's weighty
Some say a chubby girl that's risky/ But they ain't met a curvy girl that's frisky
Imma dunk that donk like I'm Andrew Wiggins.
Thick like an Amazon/ Built like Big Ben.

Tripp says one thing in the video that I couldn't agree more with: "She don't need a man." No, she does not. Please run. If you must, watch the entire video, below. Or send it to your nemesis!

Robbie Tripp - Chubby Sexy (Official Music Video) www.youtube.com

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See the promo here

It was bound to happen. The Kadashians and Jenners have committed themselves to letting the cameras roll on their lives, for better or for worse. So if you thought that the Jordyn Woods and Tristan Thompson cheating scandal was off limits, you thought wrong. The trailer for Sunday's episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians was just released, and it involves the famous family working through the fallout of what happened when Woods went to a party at Thompson's house.

The teaser includes the infamous clip of Khloé Kardashian screaming "LIAAAARRRRRR." It's still not explicitly clear who prompted that strong response. She could be responding to Thompson, who clearly isn't always honest. Or she could be reacting to Woods account of the events on Red Table Talk. But the most revealing moment comes when we see Kylie Jenner—who was Woods' best friend before all of this happened—react for the first time.

In a heart-to-heart conversation, momager Kris Jenner says, "For you and Jordyn, it's like a divorce." Kylie only offers this in response: "She fucked up." Based on Woods' version of events—which I'm inclined to believeThompson is the one who fucked up. Still, I'm hoping for some kind of reconciliation between the two longtime friends. Perhaps we'll have to wait until next season for that.

Check out the promo video below.

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