Zenizen Takes Us Down Under With Her Jazzy Alt-Pop EP

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Stream the singer’s debut

You can take the girl out of the rock band, but you can't take the rock band out of the girl. Former Napoleon member Opal Hoyt is starting fresh with a brand-new project called Zenizen. Through this solo endeavor, she pays homage to her rock roots, in addition to delving into the territories of jazz and alt-pop. Today, we're premiering an advance stream of Zenizen's forthcoming Australia EP.

"All of these songs were written and recorded in Melbourne last January and are my interpretation of the relaxed but quality music scene approach there. I decided to write the record after spending a ton of time at Rubber Tracks and seeing all of these bands come in and track like nine songs in a day," said Hoty. "I knew I would never work that fast, but I started writing with the intention of just going in with what I had and committing."

The EP is heavy on rhythm in its vocals and instrumentals. On all three songs, the heavy bass guitar's repetition forces the song forward without ever taking center stage itself–that's the job of Hoyt's voice, and her voice alone. Drums and guitar are there, but minimally so—no drum solos here—only seeming to exist to fill holes that the lyrics leave. Use of synthesizers and computer effects on the recordings is present as well, but these things do not detract from the natural beauty that the instruments and Hoyt bring to the table.

Now that Hoyt is back in New York, she is working on a full-length album. Zenizen is hosting an EP release party on October 12 at Aviv in Brooklyn, New York, with Madison McFerrin and Bae Bro. Stream the project in full, below.

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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.