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Soundcheck: The 11 Best Music Releases Of The Week

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Arctic Monkeys, Clean Bandit, and more

Every weekend, we bring you #SOUNDCHECK—your 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 11 of our favorite emerging and established artists including Clean Bandit, Arctic Monkeys, and so many more. Turn up, tune in, and tune out.

What is Love - Clean Bandit
Uh, just look at that lineup of features, and you'll know why this is here.

2:22 - Dani Darling www.youtube.com

"2:22" - Dani Darling
Silky smooth vocals? Check. A cute new visual take on online dating? Check.

"My Mistake" - Gabrielle Aplin
This hit me right in my feelings.

Colder - Nina Nesbitt
You'll have this on repeat all weekend.

"Anyways" - Arctic Monkeys
So on-brand, in the best way.

Wealth Has Come - Sola
So much soul in every song.

"Pissed" - Saweetie
The only reason this song should piss you off is if it isn't already on your playlist.

Emo Christmas (EP) - Wavves
If those normal Christmas tunes don't quite do it for ya, look no further than this blend of holiday cheer and indie vibes.

Some Rap Songs - Earl Sweatshirt
Earl Sweatshirt returns with, literally, Some Rap Songs that are a quality combination of mellow and upbeat.

"Sleep Away" - Lexie Liu
This bop is an amazing blend of rap and pop with lyrics in both Chinese and English.

"Satellite" - Charlotte OC
This heartfelt song will have you shouting along to the lyrics during your next car ride.

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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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FROM THE WORLD WIDE WEB

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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.

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