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Trash Or Treasure? The Week Past’s Most Iconic Looks In Music

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Here at the interns we give our ears and proper workout so we thought we would give our eyes a chance to prove their worth. Trash or treasure gives us a chance to look over the week past’s most eyeball worthy looks and decide if we’re going to copy them or appreciate them from afar.

Lana Del Rey

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Lana Del Rey In ‘High By The Beach’

I wonder what she’s trying to say in this – the dreamy/ crazy film clip shows the singer calmly floating around her house a floor length sun dress draped in a delicate lace blue robe (very Lana). Perfect outfit for firing a bazooka at the paparazzi.

Lauren Mayberry

T-shirt inspiration for the gym ?? #EmbraceTheGrace

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The angelic synthpop artist meets pop icon Grace Jones force to be reckoned with. Heading off to the gym Lauren Mayberry of CHVRCHES shares her exercise attire. Definitely the right person to channel if you’re after a decent workout, don’t you think?

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These are the new kids on the Brooklyn block. Sounding like something from 70’s California, their lazy summer vibes are simply delightful. Who knows if they’re interested in fashion or if anyone else will be interested in their fashion, however, the material world digs anything that’s cool without trying and this is exactly what these guys have going on.

Ariana Grande

Touching down: Ariana Grande, 22, landed in Tokyo on Thursday as she wore an animal suit and double buns on her head in the shape of ears

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Lord I thought this trend was finished. Ariana Grande obviously decided she wanted to go for the ‘quirky’ look when arriving in Japan wearing a pink onesie and double hair buns. Whilst she could be a number of different animals here, the worst part of the outfit is the shoes and bag she’s matched with it. “Grande also donned a pair of classic black heels and carried a leather purse as a touch of casual elegance” – wrong Daily Mail! If you’re going to be weird Ariana, just commit to the look.

Lianne La Havas


Flashback Friday to the outfit Lianne La Havas wore celebrating her new album. Whilst she obviously doesn’t know the rules of a #fbf (i.e. It can’t be from the week before, duh) her exotic yet modern androgynous look lets her off the hook. The singer, who is on Obama’s summer playlist (true story), is all about soul, even with her fashion.

Foals

Foals photographed at Trackside Studios by Andrew Cotterill for #Q350. On sale now.

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“The world is as savage and dark and brutal as ever. I feel pessimistic about being part of the human race. It’s not something I would endorse any more!” For more uplifting perspectives read this months Q magazine which features Foals! Here they are looking cool but not hipster (don’t call them that, they don’t like it) in a shot from the article posted on the magazine’s instagram.

Beyoncé

Just like Royalty, sometimes all that is expected from them is to turn up smile and leave. Whilst most celebrities would give part of their soul to be on any Vogue cover (let alone a September issue) Queen Bey doesn’t even have to open her mouth. Instead a series of photos shot by Mario Testino are accompanied only by a short piece on her global domination. Her inaccessibility allows her to still maintain a sense of mystery and just adds even more to her star power.

Simon O’Connor
Nylon’s news Band Crush! Simon Doom (fronted by Simon O’Connor) he looks just as he describes: “gruff, ’90s New York teenage punk”.

Katy Perry

Fashion issue: The pop star wore a Saint Laurent gown for her cover shoot by photographer Jean-Paul GoudeKaty has been popping up more and more in the fashion arena recently. Sleek and dramatic, wearing a Saint Laurent dress (amaze) on the cover of the September issue of U.S Harpers Bazaar. She was hand picked by Global Fashion Director Carine Roitfeld for the Icons Issue shoot where she characterised Elizabeth Taylor.

Tyler The Creator

@flognawmotors x VANS. AUGUST 29TH AT SELECT SHOPS. GOLFWANG.TUMBLR.COM FOR FULL SET!

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Tyler The Creator is best known as a music creator but also has some serious credentials as a fashion creator. He’s already got an impressive collection under his Wolf Gang label but now he’s also unleashed a collaboration with skate footwear giant Vans. It’s exactly the kind of shoe you’d expect from Tyler too. He may not be welcome here in Aus, but his footwear sure is.

Solange

Great show @SaintRecords #Solange #fyffest

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Everytime Solange takes to the stage she proves her status as style queen and her appearance at LA’s FYF Fest was no different. Mixing ’70s chic with modern cool, she boogied her way through a set of tunes that acted as the audible equivalent to her outfit.

BONUS: Vanity Fair’s Best Dressed List

Screen Shot 2015-08-24 at 3.47.01 pmVanity Fair have compiled their annual International Best Dressed List inclusive of all Vanity Fair-esque people. Global Ambassadors, Architects, Financiers, Actors, Royals etc. Rihanna (the Sultry Swagger), Taylor Swift (the Prep Power) and FKA Twigs (shown in her Met Gala penis gown) all got a mention. Congrats gals!

TrashTreasure11August

Trash Or Treasure? The Week’s Most Iconic Looks In Music

TrashTreasure11August

Here at the interns we give our ears and proper workout so we thought we would give our eyes a chance to prove their worth. Trash or treasure gives us a chance to look over the week past’s most eyeball worthy looks and decide if we’re going to copy them or appreciate them from afar.

Beyoncé
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Beyoncé has bought out a line of temporary tattoos and has announced this with a smouldering black and white photo series featured in CR Fashion Book. Because if you want to make your product launch cool, who else to associate yourself with but Carine Roitfeld. The new festival accessory. Still… Chanel did it first.

Frank Ocean
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You’re not my favourite person right now Frank. He was looking very unimpressed in New York last week, probably because he’s sick of being heckled. I get it, it’s annoying but god dammit Frank, hurry up, just HURRY UP! Ooo is that an Acne bag I see.

Miley Cyrus
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Well isn’t this a nice change from those Borat mankini things Miley frequently seems to wear. She should definitely channel this Edie/Twiggy look more often. Whilst the dress screams disco chic, her hair and make-up are the flawless feature of this cover. One of her best looks to date.

Vic Mensa & ASAP Rocky
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Lollapalooza attendees were prettyyyyy excited to see these two together on stage. Chilling backstage at the festival posing with some major attitude, this duo has legit street cred in the fashion world (Vic Mensa has his own shoe deal with Puma and well A$AP is the number one pretty boy).

Rihanna

I ? @zuluinternational

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Dear Lord. She looks like she could easily fit into the Capulet party scene in Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet, which has pretty much been my costume goals ever since I saw that movie 17 years ago . So in my eyes, she’s winning. The native was attending the Barbados Crop Over Festival which held annually to celebrate the end of the sugarcane harvest. She wearing a custom made Kadooment Day ZuluIntl Mockingjay costume.

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Red Dragon

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“I like to wake up with none of my clothes or phones by me and just not know what happened and try to spend the next day figuring it out.” But by the look of his colour coordinated outfit, I still think he has his shit together.

Rachel Clark


Music is a huge part of the brand Burberry. If you didn’t know this, just have a look at one of their advertisements and fashion shows frequently featuring new musicians. More so they have dedicated a component of their website to showcasing them. In 2010, Christopher Bailey (Creative Director) established Burberry Acoustic to use the brand as a platform to expose local music talent.

17 year old indie folk singer songwriter Rachel Clark from Cambridge, who plays the guitar, cello and piano was selected for the latest shoot. Judging by her online following she is still very unknown. For now.

Sam Smith

After the kicks there's little old mixed-up me

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Stealth. The new face of Balenciaga has definitely upped his fashion game since he emerged onto the scene.

Willow Smith
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An icon photo series shot by icons themselves. Carine Roitfeld and Jean Paul Goude have collaborated for Septembers issue of Harpers Bazaar and Willow Smith was chosen to represent one of Carine’s favourite figures, Hindu goddess Kali of power/empowerment.

Lenny Kravitz
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Woah… Drop it like it’s hot Lenny. The trending story last week: Lenny’s wardrobe malfunction. This guy really does stay true to his style, accessories are his thing…. His necklace. I was talking about his necklace.

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12 Looks In Music This Week

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Here at the interns we give our ears and proper workout so we thought we would give our eyes a chance to prove their worth. Here are the best threads worn this week by people in the fashion biz from high street to catwalk, all the way down under for some local threads.

Taylor Swift & Calvin Harris

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Date night! Wine and pizzas (gluten free though, ptfff) at Soho eatery L’asso in New York.
Looking every bit the demure pop princess she is, Tay Tay teams a crop top/skirt outfit (which retails for less than AUD$100!) with her tad bit more expensive Prada tote. Calvin looks a bit more casual but still cool in his black leather bomber and high tops.

Harry Styles & Mick Jagger

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Harry Styles channeling vintage Mick Jagger whilst standing NEXT to Mick Jagger. Apparently the two are friends. Cute. It’s hard to buy the ’70s rocker vibe from the kid from One Direction wearing the women’s YSL shirt though.

Ciara

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Babe! Coinciding with her recent album release (Jackie), Ciara has been named the new face of Italian fashion house Roberto Cavalli. However, unlike the underwhelming album, the campaign already seems to be a hit as she effortlessly models the beautiful collection, ever so seductively.

Lady Gaga

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Huh? Lady Gaga looks half Geisha, half drag at Vancouver Jazz Festival, performing alongside Tony Bennet. The braless look isn’t really working for her. The remaining outfits in the show got better. But only slightly.

Ke$ha

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Looks like Tinkerbell on acid.

Ke$ha hosted and performed at Hard Rock’s Rehab Pool Party in Las Vegas. The dancers that joined her on stage were dressed as a rabbit, tiger and chicken (according to the LA Times) so she probably just wanted to fit in.

Drake

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Looking the same as ever. Doesn’t matter though, whilst he doesn’t bang on about fashion as some of the other rappers out there, Drake knows what’s up and has got his own cool style.

Cher

The first face of our Fall '15 ad campaign ✨ @Cher ✨

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The trend of choosing older models in major fashion campaigns continues. Flawless and fierce. Cher is the first face of Marc Jacobs’ Fall ’15 advertisements.

Bey & Jay

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Bonnie and Clyde killing it yet again. Holidaying in Italy, Bey repping Australian label Zimmermann with Jay, looking equally as stylish in his cream coloured linen suit.

John Legend

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He’s so beautiful… Just like that chair, just like that suit and just like this setting. I guess like his wife as well, who he did the photoshoot with for DuJour magazine.

Florence Welch & Stevie Nicks 

Was a dream to harmonise 'happy birthday' with this magical woman, All my love to @stevienicksofficial xx

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Two of fashion’s ethereal and bohemian, musical muses.

Azealia Banks

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Editorial on stage. Only few artists could rock a Christian Cowan glitter denim ensemble. Azealia pulls it off.

Yukimi

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Yukimi Nagano of Little Dragon at one of their gigs in Calgary. Much like her music, her unique outfit choices are colourful and eclectic.

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10 Of The Best Looks In Music This Week

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All the best looks from this week to guide you on what to wear next week. However, if you’re taking a quick trip to the grocery store maybe ditch the FKA twigs or Bjork outfits. RiRi’s no-shoe ensemble will do just fine.

Elliphant rockin’ the best pair of Nike’s we saw all week

SpringTime ina StockholMTown!

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The Love Me Badder singer continues to make it so easy to love her.

Solange strolling Marie Antoinette’s house
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The ever-stylish singer took to Versailles in France in this perfect combo, complete with a flowing trail on her top.

Rita Ora meeting Mariah Carey in a Chanel belt


If you’re going to meet Mariah Carey you better be prepared to bring the bling and that’s exactly what Rita Ora did. She looked near perfect in all black with a hint of gold.

Janelle Monáe becoming the Queen of the yoga studio
Janelle Monáe made a name for herself by rocking tuxedos but these days she’s moving away from that. Performing her latest track Yoga on Jimmy Fallon, Monáe donned a crown and channelled half-sport, half-chic.

Björk performing a surprise DJ set in a gold mesh mask

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When you’ve defined avant-garde fashion for more than two decades it must be hard to keep churning out interesting stuff but Björk never fails. This week she took to Tri Angle Records fifth anniversary in Manhattan and DJ’ed for an hour looking perfect.

Rihanna going from Dior to denim

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Last week Rihanna was glamming it up in the Dior ads and this week she’s strolling the streets barefoot. Bitch better have her shoes, RiRi is coming for you.

Nicki Minaj and Beyoncé winning everything in the Feelin Myself video
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It was a big week for clips but none featured better fashun than Nicki and Bey‘s video. With Nicki wearing Chloe and Moschino and Bey wearing Oscar de la Renta, the pair took Coachella like never before. Carry on…

Kanye going up in flames in a bullet-proof vest

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Wearing all black, took the Billboard awards channelling early 50 Cent (not that he would condone the comparison). Is there a man who does all black better than Yeezus himself?

Taylor Swift fully-aware that she’s owning the Billboard Awards

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You debut a video that goes on to be the most watched Vevo in 24 hours and you turn up wearing a Balmain jumpsuit that makes everyone die. I die, you die, we’re all literally dying.

FKA twigs debuting Congregata in dominatrix leather

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By all accounts FKA twigs‘ all-encompassing Congregata show for the Red Bull Music Academy in New York was flawless as was this black leather-clad outfit.

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A New Drake Track Featuring Beyoncé Has Leaked

drakeandbey A new Drake track has leaked featuring Queen B herself, Beyoncé, and a relatively unknown singer Sal Houdini. It’s unknown where the track is from or whether it will feature on Drake’s forthcoming LP Views From The 6, but it’s damn good. This isn’t the first time Bey and Drizzy have found themselves together in song. Drake featured on Beyonce’s track Mine from her 2013 self-titled LP.

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Your Free Month Of Tidal Is Up, What Are You Going To Do?

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One month ago Jay Z, joined by the likes of Beyoncé, Rihanna, Madonna and Daft Punk, launched Tidal, a streaming service that bragged high-quality audio, exclusive content and a raft of high-profile owners who could afford its $20 a month subscription. It all sounded great at the start. Jay Z gushed about the large royalties going to artists, the high-quality sound and content exclusive to Tidal but its fortunes turned pretty quickly.

With the world’s biggest musicians all owning a streaming service, it begged the question – what could possibly go wrong? Well a lot apparently. Tidal has received a lot of press over the last month but not a lot of it has been good. Musicians not involved in the project have come out in droves to criticise the price and exclusivity of it while the app itself has dropped out of the top 700 on iTunes.

There are a number of benefits to Tidal. Jay Z tweeted that Tidal pays a 75% royalty rate to artists which, if true, is fantastic. It also does have great sound when played in hi-fi mode. And it does, unlike Spotify, have Taylor Swift, apart from her most recent record, 1989.

If you signed up for Tidal right from the get-go you would have received a free month subscription. That month is now up and you’re going to have to fork out your $20 soon. Are you going to stick around? We’ve compiled a few thoughts to help you.

Here’s What Artists Are Saying

Grimes
Grimes is one of the few artists that has been complimentary about Tidal. A few days ago she posted an instagram of a screenshot of Jay Z’s tweet along with a comment that read:

“Mad respect for tidal!! I literally know musicians who live in cars and storage spaces etc. And I know some pretty popular musicians who still struggle to make ends meet. Unless artists have a popular live show there aren’t a lot of income streams available. People have characterized tidal negatively but I promise it’s 100% artist friendly, and fan friendly since yall have the option to pay the same rate as other streaming respect to everyone involved for doing the right thing for struggling artists – this kind of thing is so important, especially for indie music! PS I AM SIGNED TO 4AD!! The misconception that I am not an independent artist anymore is incorrect, i can speak as an independent artist here. Roc nation manages me, I’m not signed to them nor do I have any investment in tidal, nor did anyone ask me to say this. Ps to everyone who buys music respect! Glad to hear many of u buy music rather than stream which is the best way to support smaller artists! ^_^ and also, for those who can’t afford streaming or buying music, I do not judge anyone for that! This is a suggestion, not a demand, in sorry it has created so much anger amongst yall”

The comment has since been deleted.

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Marcus Mumford
The frontman of Mumford & Sons says he never would’ve been part of the project because he doesn’t want to be “tribal.” In an interview with The Daily Beast he said, “I think smaller bands should get paid more for it. Bigger bands have other ways of making money, so I don’t think you can complain. When they say it’s artist-owned, it’s owned by those rich, wealthy artists… I don’t want to align myself with Spotify, Beats, Tidal, or whatever. We want people to listen to our music in their most comfortable way, and if they’re not up for paying for it, I don’t really care.”

It seems he’s mirroring many people’s feelings about Tidal which is they “don’t really care.”

Lily Allen
Lily Allen has probably been one of the most vocal about Tidal. In a series of tweets she said, “unless TIDAL start sending everyone good quality headphones, the resolution thing is kinda redundant.” You’ve got to hand it to her, it’s a good point.

She also wrote, “i think i may have spoken too soon, and that there is a lot to celebrate where TIDAL is concerned.”

Ben Gibbard
Death Cab for Cutie frontman, Ben Gibbard has criticised the streaming service for only appealing to mainstream artists. In an interview with The Daily Beast Gibbard said, “If I had been Jay Z, I would have brought out 10 artists that were underground or independent and said, ‘These are the people who are struggling to make a living in today’s music industry. Whereas this competitor streaming site pays this person 15 cents for X amount of streams, that same amount of streams on my site, on Tidal, will pay that artist this much.’ I think they totally blew it by bringing out a bunch of millionaires and billionaires and propping them up onstage and then having them all complain about not being paid.”

Madonna
Madge is obviously going to praise the streaming service as she is one of the 16 artist-owners. She took to Instagram to defend the service against the backlash writing, “Tidal is not about consumption and greed! Its about protecting an art-form that is beloved to all of us MUSIC”. She continued, “If you refer to Tidal as Illuminati, you are paying us the highest of compliments. As I’ve stated before it is another name for “The Enlightened Ones” a group of scientists, philosophers and artists that emerged after the dark ages. They changed and shaped the world for the better! Do the research and find out for yourself!”

Kanye West
Reports surfaced last week that Kanye West had deleted the Tidal blue as his Twitter picture and deleted tweets about the streaming service. True as it may be the same week a piece also appeared in Paper Magazine where the rapper defended Tidal fervently. Like Madonna, he touched on the illuminati comments saying, “I heard a comment — a joke — about the Tidal press conference being an Illuminati moment. If there was actually an Illuminati, it would be more like the energy companies. Not celebrities that gave their life to music and who are pinpointed as decoys for people who really run the world.”

On 22nd April West tweeted this:

Sounds like he’s sticking with Tidal. We may also take this opportunity to note that the reports about him ditching Tidal are ridiculous. Many of the 16 artists involved in Tidal changed their profile picture to blue when Tidal was launched and gradually went back to their original after a few weeks. For some reason Kanye also deleted his tweets about Tidal which is what sparked a media barrage.  He hasn’t spoken out as to why he did that.

Steve Albini
Legendary music producer and engineer Steve Albini commented about the sound quality aspect of Tidal. He told Vulture, “If you want your music to play at the push of a button, convenience is going to trump sound quality 100 percent of the time.”

Jay Z
As the owner of Tidal Jay Z has said a lot. Most of that is here on his Twitter. He took to Twitter over the weekend to defend Tidal with a series of #TidalFacts tweets. Time fact-checked the tweets and found that most of them are true.


Also, for those of you who were wondering, Jay Z did actually send his cousin to Nigeria as noted. Complex did a little investigative digging here.

Here’s What You Might Get If You Stick Around

Nicki Minaj Material
We’re not exactly sure what, but Nicki Minaj is preparing to drop something exclusively on Tidal. She tweeted this:

And then tweeted this:

A Beyoncé and Jay Z Album
This one might not happen, but we’re hoping that it does. DJ Skee (yeah, us either) has said that the couple are nearing completion of a collaboration album and will be a Tidal exclusive when it’s released.

#R8
There are no reports regarding this one but Rihanna has already dropped American Oxygen exclusively to Tidal so it would make sense if she also dropped the whole album on Tidal. The risk of doing this would be that less people would hear it immediately and it would make its way onto torrent sites immediately but that’s the risk you take if you’re going to fully dedicate yourself to Tidal.

Plenty More From Tidal’s Owners
So far we’ve already gotten exclusives from Jay Z, Beyonce, Rihanna, Jack White, Daft Punk, Madonna and more. Surely Tidal have a strategy that goes further than just its first month so it would make sense to think that this content is going to keep coming for the next few months at least. One thing to consider though is if you’re going to release something exclusively to Tidal, you’re really not looking for it to chart very high. Rihanna released her single American Oxygen to iTunes the week after it went up exclusively on Tidal. Beyond a video or off-cut from an album you won’t see many of these tracks remain Tidal exclusives for long if the artist is looking at nabbing a hit.

What Are We Going To Do?
All things considered we’re impressed by Tidal. The hi-fi sound is excellent on good quality headphone (which is not helpful to many, mind you) and the exclusive content is definitely appealing. The issue is that that exclusive content does ostracise many that can’t afford Tidal’s excessive subscription fees. The interface of Tidal is arguably nicer than Spotify, making it incredibly easy to use.

Our biggest issue is that Tidal needs time to grow. It needs time to expand its library and iron out some of its problems. The streaming service needs time to stand on its own two feet. Perhaps the worst thing Jay Z did was launch it on stage with a bunch of music stars. What seemed like a great publicity stunt has backfired and taken the attention away from the actually service itself and translated to a bunch on critiques about rich people getting richer.

We couldn’t care less if this adds to Jay Z’s empire or not. If the artists do receive their 75% royalty rate then that’s great. If it forces artists to make a decision about what streaming service to make their content exclusive too then that’s problematic. Users will have to either subscribe to multiple services or resort to torrenting the content that isn’t exclusive to their chosen service.

For the time being we will be sticking with Spotify as it’s a more reliable and established service. If Jay Z or Jack White give us a courtesy call in a few months time and ask us to reconsider then we may think again. They need to do a number of things before that though. They need to remove their high-profile owners from the marketing strategy and they need to concentrate on expanding the music library and increasing some of the creative content on the site. Tidal has a chance to integrate articles, interviews and more written content with its music and video library and that could be what will really set it apart.

It’s too early to write Tidal off but it’s also too early to fork out the money in favour of Spotify or another established streaming service.

Here’s the situation explained in pictorial form: 

Tidal

 

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Breaking Down The Hashtag: What Is #TIDALforALL?

tidalforallThe basics – What is Tidal?

Tidal is a new music streaming service that will offer high fidelity sound quality, HD music videos and expertly Curated Editorial. In a nutshell, Tidal will be a hybrid of Spotify, Vimeo and perhaps even our high fashion online zines of choice (I mean…surely, if Kanye is involved). Apart from promising the highest quality in sound and video, Tidal are also making sure that their service is available when you’re offline…excellent if you like to blast tunes whilst on road trips to Byron and your service provider is anybody but Telstra.

tidal-share.9d1c0023How is this any different from Spotify or Vimeo?

The major difference is that you’re getting both music and video in the same place, something Spotify does not offer and Vimeo (or Youtube) generally don’t have excellent sound quality either. That’s the technical difference. The big campaign behind Tidal however is not about its features but about the fact that it is owned directly by a group of musicians rather than corporations.

artists_tidalWait…who owns it?

Musicians…namely- Jay Z, Alicia Keys, Win Butler & Régine Chassagne (of Arcade Fire), Beyonce, Calvin Harris, Chris Martin (of Coldplay), Daft Punk, Jack White, Jason Aldean, J. Cole, Kanye West, Deadmau5, Madonna, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna and Usher.

During the press conference yesterday in which Tidal was officially re-launched, all of the above artists stood united together on the same stage in a very Hunger-games-esque moment of rebellion (Calvin & Chris were there via video screens but hey, they tried). As a very excited Alicia Keys gave a speech about the new service in which she didn’t actually say a whole lot except that what they were doing was “so powerful”. So of course, many are still a bit confused as to why Tidal is such a big deal.

NAVY, turn the tide…#MakeMusicHistory #TurnitBlue #TIDALforALL

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Do you know why?

Tidal is going to be the first streaming service in which artists are calling the shots and setting the standards, so yeah…it’s a big f**cking deal. Currently a streaming service like Spotify pays artists an appalling amount in royalties. To put it into perspective…if you’re an emerging Sydney artist and you manage to get your song streaming in the playlist, “Triple J’s Hitlist” and by some miracle Spotify users play your song a total of 50 000 times…you’re going to make about $260 (and that’s before your label/agency/management take their cut). That. Is. Horrendous…considering so much money (and heart) go into the writing and recording of new material. Maybe most of you don’t give a shit about how much of your $9.99 a month subscription is going towards the musicians but you should, because sooner or later that music might just stop… Can’t keep releasing new tunes if you got no cash flow, son!

Tidal is the first streaming company that is fighting to take back what rightfully belongs to the artist and that alone should be worth the $19.99 a month.

jay_z_tweet$11.99 a month? That’s daylight robbery!

No, the two $10 burgers you’ll eat at Grill’d this month are daylight robbery. This is a small price to pay to put some of the cash and power back in the hands of the people who are constantly giving to the rest of us with their songs.

If AUD$11.99 (or AUD$23.99 for premium) is too big a stretch for you, Tidal is offering a $9.99 a month package in which the song quality is only at standard definition (which unless you’re a tech/audio geek or a muso, you probably won’t notice the difference anyway). The difference in price to the musicians however is that Tidal are offering their artist double the standard royalty rate if you buy into their premium music package so if you can bear to part with $20 a month (which if you’re honest you probably can) I would suggest going with this package as you are aiding the growth of a company that will hopefully do great things in the long term.

jayzilluminatiGreat things? Like what?

Tidal is essentially Jay Z’s baby and maybe that’s got you making weird illuminati signs at your screen and calling this whole thing bullshit but put your stupid conspiracy theories away for two minutes to consider a future where musicians are calling the shots on what happens to their own music. The promise Jay & the team at Tidal have made is that the service will be constantly evolving…my personal hope is that involves taking on artists who may not see a dollar for their craft otherwise. The owner’s board is currently filled with some of the richest and most influential artists alive today but perhaps there will be a future for Tidal where a small indie band from Ulladulla can move out of their parents’ basement because companies like Tidal have payed them for their hard work and their gift to the rest of us.

As Alicia Keys so cleverly pointed out in her keynote speech, Friedrich Nietzsche once said, “Without music, life would be a mistake”.

So maybe it’s time to give back some, huh?

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Nicki Minaj Drops Two New Tracks Featuring Beyonce and Jessie Ware

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Nicki Minaj has just dropped two very different songs featuring two very different girls. The first, Feelin Myself, features up-and-coming songstress, Beyonce, while the second, The Crying Game, features interns favourite Jessie WareFeelin Myself is about as sassy and fierce as Minaj songs come with even Beyonce bringing a little sass to the table. The pair switch back and forth between Yonce’s sensual verses and Minaj’s characteristically cute yet stinging rapping. The highlight comes when Beyonce simply coos “carry on”, after throbbing hook. The Crying Game is far more introspective with Minaj taking a lesson in Ware’s well perfected subtlety. It’s so good to hear Minaj pack up the circus and deliver a straight-up rap record where she’s repping the skill she so obviously possesses. Ware adds an element of sophistication which Minaj easily matches. At this stage it looks like The Pinkprint will be her best album by far.

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First Impressions: Beyoncé, Kučka, Honne + More

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First Impressions is an interns roundtable review of songs on their first (or second) listen. Each week we review six new songs from the past week, each giving them a score out of five and awarding our pick of the week. This week we’re picking apart the new Major Lazer track with Ariana Grande, George Maple’s newie, Mark Ronson’s new Bruno Mars-featuring single + more. 

Kučka- Divinity

Hannah M: Despite its quick tempo drumbeats, Divinity is calming. The mystical, layered backing track and Kučka’s breathy voice combine to create a divine quality that’s nice and easy to listen to. Without sounding like a douchebag (hopefully) I actually feel this would make a lovely, if unconventional song to do yoga to. 3.5

Sam: This song has kind of blown up on the internet this week and there’s a reason for it. I actually think this is one of the most interesting tracks to come out of the country this year. She mixes an AlunaGeorge-flavoured RnB with Grimes’ empty-room, dim-lit pop. While her voice has an otherworldly aspect to it, it still really connects. 4

Bianca: The layers of Japanese-inspired percussion and ratchety, syncopated drums create a pleasingly dark and mysterious atmosphere. She doesn’t sound like she’s from this country nor does she even sound like she’s even from this world. 3.75

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/midnightfeature/kucka-divinity[/soundcloud]

Oceaan- Candour

Hannah M: I love Oliver Cean’s straight-talking yet soft-spoken voice in Candour; the Northern English accent is somehow endearing. Trailing percussion and synth beats build to the bursting chorus, though everything stays controlled and refined, restrained even. A really cool, smooth jam. 4

Sam: Usually these atmospheric, minimal productions make the voice sound really devoid from the song but here it sits right up the front and carries the melody effortlessly. The instrumental then creeps up behind it moulding its ebbs and flows. 3.5

Bianca: My interest was only piqued at around the halfway mark and by then it was all a bit too late. Don’t get me wrong, this track has some really lovely production, in particular the multi-layered, maudlin percussive elements, but it failed to keep me awake. 3.5

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/ocea-n/candour[/soundcloud]

Beyoncé- 7/11

Hannah M – Beyonce’s performance skills are unmatched and her video clips are always highly anticipated, but this particular iPhone style mash-up really brings 7/11 to life. It’s basically Beyoncé dancing crazy in a way that only Beyonce could. Just as her movements, the rhythm is staccato and punchy, though again I think it’s the accompanying clip that has garnered this song such viral attention rather than the music itself. 3

Sam: Beyoncé literally couldn’t give two f**ks at the moment and this track is proof of that. After her hugely successful solo album, she follows it up with this hook-less song that goes hard for 3 mins 30. It’s the most bonkers track I’ve ever heard by her by rapping instead of singing shows that she knows she can sing the phonebook but she doesn’t always have to use it. She’s such an intriguing, surprising person to watch right now. 4 

Bianca: This track just straight-up smacks you in the face. Immediately, just like Beyoncé herself, it launches into glitchy movements with a rickety, trap-like backbeat syncopating along. Throughout the entirety of the track I’m never completely sure where she’s heading but I’m okay with that. With no definitive beginning, middle or end, it’s like three and a half minute-long, 7/11 Slurpee brain-freeze. 3

Kero Kero Bonito- Build Up

Hannah M: The only good use I can think of for Build Up is as a soundtrack for a kids cartoon show. Sarah’s high-pitched childlike voice and the Mario Cart-style sound effects are so annoying to listen to. Sorry Kero Kero Bonito – Kawaii just doesn’t do it for me musically. 2

Sam: These guys are so confused. They are a group of English people making J-pop that also sounds like PC Music. May sound like a horrible, horrible combination but if you’re prepared for it, it’s a wonderland of delicious sounds. It may be hard to swallow but it’s probably best to give it a try – this is the kind of sound that could be all over radio in a few years. Probably not, but you never know. 3.5

Bianca: Build Up sounds like an annoying jingle you’d hear on the TV that can’t help but earworm its way into your subconscious. And no matter how hard you try to fight it, you accidentally find yourself singing along to it one day, miraculously knowing every single lyric. And that’s the true magic of this ridiculous song. 3.75 Bianca’s Pick 

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/kerokerobonito/build-it-up[/soundcloud]

Pusha T- Lunch Money

Hannah M: There are some arrogant sentiments behind Lunch Money, like spilling thousands worth of champagne; ‘too bad’ I took your lunch money. I find this entertaining and unsurprising considering Kanye produced the track, though the composition itself didn’t capture me. The under-water effects made a quirky addition to otherwise typical percussive beats, though overall Lunch Money fell flat for me. 2.5

Sam: This has Yeezus stamped all over it. From those industrial synths to the altogether minimal production, it’s easy to imagine Kanye himself rapping over it. Mixing that with a few classic hip-hop beats gives it a point of difference from Yeezus but I’m stuck in two frames of mind. I like it but I feel like it’s just too close to Kanye to give it any identity. 3

Bianca: Is that it? I was expecting something really good to happen but I’ve just been left empty-handed, just like those who were denied of their lunch money. This track is like a Kanye West song without the Kanye, and what’s the point in that? 2.5

Honne- The Night

Hannah M: Rather than the sappy romance typically associated with such croony vocals, Honne’s lyrics are a little more risqué (e.g. ‘If you spend the night I’ll make it worth your while’). This makes the track way more likeable for cynics like me, and works with their cozy synths and modern RnB sound. 4

Sam: It’s definitely pleasant in a Chet Faker kind of way but I don’t know if there’s much to distinguish it from every other after-dark RnB tune out there. The vocals are on-point and the whole mood of the instrumental is perfect but I can’t help myself thinking I would’ve loved something else – a little vocal manipulation at points to spice things up, maybe. Perhaps I’m just being picky, it is a good tune. 3

Bianca: This one’s a little too slinky for my liking. I can definitely appreciate the down-tempo, brooding affair, but will be doing so from afar. 3

[soundcloud width=”750″ height=”200″]https://soundcloud.com/hellohonne/the-night[/soundcloud]

 

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