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Barrie Is Creating A Welcome Rift In Pop Music

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Their whimsical debut album, Happy to Be Here, is out now

In an ever-evolving musical landscape, what is "pop?" According to Barrie, it's what you make it. The five-piece band is approaching the genre with just as many perspectives as it has members, who hail from Baltimore, Boston, upstate New York, London, and Berlin. Combining influences of Sade and Enya into dreamy, indie pop, Barrie is making a rift in a genre that desperately craves innovation. "We all brought in our different talents, and they all coalesced to make interesting pop songs," says lead vocalist and guitarist Barrie Lindsay.

Lindsay teamed up with Noah Prebish, Sabine Holler, Spurge Carter, and Dominic Apa to create Barrie after their international identities found common ground in New York City. Although New York is a unifying force for the group, their five separate experiences had an impact on the final product. "Most of us have come from musical backgrounds, so one of our guiding philosophies in starting a band is that we wanted something accessible, where you could peel back the layers and there would always be something new to unpack," said guitarist and keyboardist Prebish. From Apa's '70s-esque approach to his drum style to Lindsay's raw lyricism, each member plays a pivotal role in shaping Barrie's sound.

"Darjeeling," one of three singles released from the band's forthcoming album Happy to Be Here, details Lindsay's experience of first moving to the concrete jungle. "You're writing your name on everything/ Walking up the stairs of your building/ You're still learning all the light switches," she sings, in a delicate voice that entwines perfectly with Carter's synth melody. The album is somewhat of a love letter to New York, with sonic twists and turns reminiscent of adolescent adventure. "There's no more intense character than the city of New York," says drummer Apa. "It's like trying to ignore the really loud uncle at Christmas dinner."

The crew worked with producer Jake Aron (Snail Mail, Solange, Grizzly Bear) for the album, and welcomed a guiding hand in the process. "When you're making pop music, it's always going to be a dialogue between influences and certain classic pop things that you're 'supposed' to do, like keep the vocals loud," said Apa. "Trying to build an individual path through all of those things was really fun." The band's music draws heavily from traditional pop, with crisp vocals and a bold beat, but also incorporates elements of psychedelic rock and electronica.

Despite different style influences and perspectives, Barrie is moored by Lindsay's evocative songwriting. "I think what's fun about making music with Barrie is that the end goal is pop, but not necessarily the means by which you get there," said Prebish. This unconventional approach means that Barrie's music can take on many forms, all blossoming from Lindsay's lyricism. "I wrote all of the songs, and it's the first album I've ever put together," she said. "It's cohesive because it's all my writing, but also because of how well we work together." Apa agreed, adding, "It's a classic debut album, where you've had songs on your computer since you were a teenager and then you're just doing your Greatest Hits before anyone knows who you are."

Now, Barrie has surpassed high school-bedroom songwriting and entered a new realm of recognition—one where people start to know who they are. After Barrie released debut singles "Canyons" and "Tal Uno" in early 2018, they became somewhat of a magnet for celebrity attention. Miguel praised single "Clovers" on his Instagram story, and in March, Chris Martin of Coldplay praised "Tal Uno" on Twitter, making the track the first song on his Spotify favorites playlist. "That was insane, I fucking love Coldplay. Chris Martin is one of the best songwriters of our generation. Fight me!" said Lindsay, laughing.

Such an ascent to indie prominence might have seemed sudden to fans, but the band sees it as the opposite. "We put in a lot of work before our first singles, and we all had a vision that we would be successful because we wanted to put a lot of ourselves into it to make that the case," said Carter. Happy To Be Here is a showcase of that effort, giving Lindsay's well-developed lyrics their time to shine.

The group of 20-somethings is still figuring it out, and learning to navigate what it means to be a band. While New York may be a source of inspiration, it's also a source of stress. The band books small, windowless practice spaces for two hours at a time, coordinating schedules to practice once a week, if they're lucky. "It's hard to find the time because everyone has to work so hard to survive in New York, so to carve out a physical space and time, it's a lot," said Lindsay. It may be a lot, but the band handles it like pros, with grace and passion. "We're watching something unfold that could really have a big impact on the rest of our lives, so when things start to feel real, it's always a little bit scary," said Prebish. "You're trying to figure out if this life you've set up for yourself is definitely the life you want, because pretty soon you won't be able to stop the wheels from turning."

Barrie has been keeping up with their bustling schedule for the past year; the band recently returned from tour with Miya Folick and is gearing up to embark on a European album release tour at the end of April. Ahead of today's release of Happy to Be Here, Lindsay reflects on what she wants fans new and old to take away from the project. "When I think about it, I just want people to get a moment of joy out of it and a connection to what we're writing. That's the most you can hope for with music," she said. Her poignant songwriting and the band's dedication proves that Barrie is ready for the spotlight, and the world is ready to hear them.

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From selling probiotic supplements to picture frames and umbrellas

A Kardashian-level of success doesn't happen overnight, and it certainly doesn't happen without proper planning. Kim Kardashian West clearly knows this because, according to TMZ, she has already filed for trademark protection on the name of her two-week-old baby, Psalm West. From personal appearances and entertainment services to probiotic supplements and scrunchies, she is leaving no stone unturned in terms of possible business opportunities.

Apparently, all of the Kardashian parents file these kinds of trademark protections for their kids even if the businesses never come to fruition. It's done as a precautionary measure to keep others from profiting off of their name and to make sure that, should they ever want to start a business, they don't have to worry about someone else getting to it first. The sheer length of this list speaks to the huge earning potential of baby Psalm, who can't even control his own neck muscles yet, let alone go into business. Still, this brings a whole new meaning to "securing the bag."

Below, a list of all the things Kardashian West is seeking usage rights for.

Hair accessories

Barrettes

Bands

Bows

Clips

Ties

Ornaments

Pins

Scrunchies

Chopsticks

Twisters

Wrap

Hair extensions

Ornamental novelty pins

Entertainment services

Personal appearances

Skin care

Probiotic supplements

Toy figures

Doll accessories

Computer software

Clothing

Baby bottles

Furniture

Strollers

Beverageware

Swaddling

Blankets

Skin moisturizers

Lotions

Creams

Bubble bath

Fragrances

Body powders

Shower gels

Body oils

Skin serums

Nail polish

Nail polish remover

Nail care preparations

Puppets

Puzzles

Toy jewelry

Toy cameras

Toy food

Bath toys

Baby gyms

Playground balls

Electronic action toys

Baby bouncers

Baby changing tables

Baby walkers

Pillows

Mirrors

Cushions

Picture frames

Playpens

Baby carriers

Cosmetic bags

Toiletry cases

Duffle bags

Umbrellas

Clocks

Watches

Key chains

Calendars

Books

photo albums

Stationery

Stickers

Writing utensils

Collectible trading cards

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Well, actually it's crocodile, but she looks out of this world so...

Winnie Harlow walked the Cannes red carpet on Wednesday on her way to a screening of Oh Mercy!, wearing a showstopping gown.

The sheer black dress featured green embroidery on the front and back, which Ralph and Russo confirmed was in the shape of a crocodile. She belted the dress with a black crocodile skin-like belt and finished the look off with some strappy heels. She didn't leave it at just that. For beauty, Harlow packed on full lids of sparkly purple eyeshadow. She kept her hair sleek and simple.

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Though the brand says otherwise, as Game of Thrones fans, we'd like to think the embroidery is reminiscent of a dragon's skin. Not to mention, Harlow looks out-of-this-world beautiful in it.

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That denim kimono!!

Marion Cotillard shut down the Cannes red carpet on Wednesday at a screening for Matthias Et Maxime. Instead of an extravagant gown that's expected of the event, Cotillard wore a matching black crop top and shorts. Despite wearing an outfit I typically don to a hot yoga class, she looks incredible. She completed the look with an oversized denim kimono, a statement necklace, and heeled booties.

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At first, I was drawn in by the crop top and hotpants duo, but, after looking closer at the kimono, it's clear that it's the real scene-stealer. The floor-length Balmain piece was decorated with artful rips and dragon motifs. I would like to live in it.

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Let's all bow down to the Khaleesi of Cannes.

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"It doesn't make you weak to ask for help"

Singer Billie Eilish is continuing to open up about mental health, this time in a new PSA video in partnership with the Ad Council and Seize the Awkward.

In the video, Eilish insists that "it doesn't make you weak to ask for help." She doubles down on the importance of asking for help, and stresses the importance of friends and family being there when their close ones reach out and checking in on them as well. "You should be able to ask anyone for help, everyone has to help someone if they need it." According to Eilish, there have been times when someone reached out to her at the exact moment she needed it, and it helped.

It was particularly refreshing to see Eilish acknowledge that there are things she still doesn't know and has to learn about her mental health. At the very beginning of the video, the interviewer asks her to reflect on her mental health journey, and all Eilish can do is let out chortle. "I think when people hear, 'Remember to take care of your mental health,' they think that everyone else is, and that is not at all accurate," she admitted. "You know, for me I'm trying to learn still to make sure that I stay okay."

Check out the PSA below.

Billie Eilish On Mental Health & Friendship | Ad Council www.youtube.com

Photograph via @kimkardashian.

"#NotOnMyMoodBoard"

Kim Kardashian has definitely been accused of borrowing a design now and then. But when Instagram influencer and Kardashian look-alike Kamilla Osman claimed the entrepreneur copied her birthday look for a Met Gala after-party, Kardashian was not going to let it fly—and shared plenty of photo evidence to shut down the claim.

Fashion industry watchdog Diet Prada first noticed Osman's claims on Instagram and shared side-by-side images of Kardashian's Cher-inspired outfit designed by Mugler and Osman's dress. "Never get confused with who 'inspires' who. They won't give you credit but they will copy," Osman wrote on her IG story. "I designed this dress for my birthday last year. Nobody had a dress like this was an original design."

Kardashian responded by posting the true inspiration behind her look: images of Cher, in similarly sparkly, plunging-neckline dresses and wigs, and of model Yasmeen Ghauri walking a Mugler show in the '90s. In fact, the only similarity between Osman's and Kardashian's looks is the bodycon mini-dress style, which the two are not the first to wear. Among the images, Kardashian included a blank slide with the hashtag "NotOnMyMoodBoard," making it clear that this was in response to Osman's claims.

Screenshot via @KimKardashian Instagram Stories

Screenshot via @KimKardashian Instagram Stories

Though I am with Kim on this one, Kardashian does have a history of co-opting other people's work. From being sued over her Kimoji app, to claims she copied makeup palettes and perfume bottle designs, to being accused of copying Naomi Campbell's entire style, it's far from the first (and probably, far from the last) time Kardashian's name will be mentioned like this.

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