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Jack Antonoff

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When the nominations for the 2022 Grammys were announced late last month, Taylor Swift, Jack Antonoff, and St. Vincent’s Annie Clark were listed among the songwriters credited on Olivia Rodrigo’s Album Of The Year nomination for Sour. Their inclusion came as part of the Recording Academy’s new rule change that all songwriters, producers, recording engineers, mixers, mastering engineers, and all featured artists (even if on just one track) on an album are eligible for the AOTY nomination.

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The Cars’ 1984 ballad “Drive” isn’t the band’s best-remembered song, but in its day, it was their biggest hit. The Cars recorded the track with producer Mutt Lange, who’d already conquered the world with AC/DC and Def Leppard. Timothy Hutton directed the song’s video, which starred the supermodel Paulina Porizkova, who would later marry Cars leader Ric Ocasek. The song peaked at #3 on the Hot 100, one spot higher than the Cars’ second-biggest hit “Shake It Up.” It’s a pretty good song that represents a great band at its commercial peak.

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The songwriter-producer-frontman also discusses his latest Bleachers LP and why he’s not into “patriarchal bass” in an interview for Rolling Stone‘s new Grammy Preview For more, check out: RollingStone.com (Source)

Francesco Carrozzini

You could be forgiven for assuming Yebba is British. The singer born Abbey Smith — her stage name is Abbey backwards — is working in a hip-hop-adjacent retro soul realm that, in the 21st century, has been dominated by English singers like Amy Winehouse, Duffy, and Adele. One listen to “Boomerang,” the most decidedly Winehouse-esque throwback on Yebba’s debut album Dawn, is enough to clue you in to Back To Black producer Mark Ronson’s involvement. But no, Yebba is not from the UK. She’s from Arkansas. And the music industry is doing its damndest to ensure she’s known all over the world.

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Senate Bill 8, also known as the Texas Heartbeat Bill, went into effect in the state of Texas this week. The most extreme abortion ban in the country, the law prohibits abortions after a heartbeat becomes detectable at six weeks and allows private individuals to sue abortion providers for a minimum of $10,000. Many artists have spoken out against the draconian legislation, and some are trying to do something about it.

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Sebastian Mlynarski & Kevin J Thomson

Chvrches’ last album wasn’t bad so much as it was awkward.

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Lorde’s third album, Solar Power, comes out at the end of this week. We’ve heard two songs from it — the title track and “Stoned At The Nail Salon” — and today we’re getting a third, “Mood Ring.” It’s another Lorde/Jack Antonoff co-write/production and it has vocals from Solar Power‘s coterie of background singers: Phoebe Bridgers, Clairo, and Kiwis Marlon Williams and James Milne.

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Ophelia Mikkelson Jones

Next week, Lorde will release her new album Solar Power. She recorded the album with Jack Antonoff, who also produced her last album, 2017’s Melodrama. As a whole lot of people have noticed, Antonoff has been doing a whole lot of work with female pop stars lately, collaborating heavily with Taylor Swift, Lana Del Rey, and Clairo, among others. But in a new interview with The New York Times‘ Joe Coscarelli, Lorde dismisses the “retro,” “sexist” idea that she’s part of “Jack’s stable.”

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“We’re not messing around. Every show will be as safe as possible without any weirdo bullshit,” Jack Antonoff says For more, check out: RollingStone.com (Source)

Jack Antonoff loves to bring people to the roof of Electric Lady Studios in New York City and make them perform. A few weeks ago, he got Lorde up there to sing her two Solar Power singles. And he recruited St. Vincent to head on up there to help him out with performing a song off his new Bleachers album Take The Sadness Out Of Saturday Night. She popped up for “What’d I Do With All This Faith?” to sing background vocals, though she does background vocals for a different Bleachers track on the actual album. Antonoff also performed “Big Life” sans St. V. Check out videos of both below.

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