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Some of 2016’s Most Avant-Garde Albums

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Some of 2016's Most Avant-Garde Albums

This has been a colossal year for anticipated new album releases from avant-garde music talents.  This year has everyone covered, from comeback artists from the ‘1990s to recent favorites , to final studio albums releases.

 

David Bowie

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On January 8,David Bowie released his final studio album Blackstar, his farewell to his massive fandom of followers all over .Blackstar hit at NO.1 on the Billboard 200 chart, giving the music legend his first NO. 1 album in all his career.Bowie died of cancer at age 69,ten days after the release of his Blackstar album ,sending an enormous wave of devastation to fans all over the world .His death was such a devastation that according to Mirror news online ,fan Andrea Natella from Rome ,Italy created a petition calling for David Bowie to be brought back from the dead.The petition managed to gain 1,500 signatures from fans from Italy,France,London and more.Blackstar might not be Bowie’s best album, as is a rather chilling ,with an induced eeriness, as it’s saxophone, electronic  ,and new found rock takes a dive at a certain abstractness and disbarment of the Bowie everyone new.

 

 

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Beyonce’

On April the 24th,Beyonce’ released Lemonade‘, which was acclaimed at album NO.1 for the sixth time in Beyonce’s discography career,according to Billboard Magazine.Lemonade’ has had  a lot of  controversial dilemmas acclaimed ,such as rumored Jay-Z’s affair with “Becky with good hair” from Lemonade’s track “Sorry”.Other controversial matters involve Lemonades’ anti-cop idealism which has supposedly lead to riots of violence.Aside all controversies, Lemonade’  is a greatly based content  album ,which has  people talking.Although ,Lemonade’ is as much of a personal album , which includes very potent content from lyrical takes on slavery,police brutality,to riots on Malcolm X and more.It also includes various collaborations with alternative artists revealing her experimental side, from collaborations with Jack White,Kendric Lamar,The Weekend and more,and songs samples from Yeah Yeah Yeahs track “Maps”, and even Led Zeppelin.A great album that is surely the touchstone of this year’s political takes ,and a personal best healer for how to deal with a broken heart.

 

 

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PJ Harvey

Another controversially acclaimed album is PJ Harvey’s The Hope Of Sixth Demolition Project,  an album that has been directly aimed at the U.S. Government.The Hope of Sixth , is the equivalent of  2011 compilation, Let England Shake based on its political attributes.Although, Let England Shake is a protest album against general war, by which it describes with poetically, grim, visual lyrics ,of the vast loss of lives in the history of the United Kingdom ,The Hope Of Sixth aims directly more at personal matters towards the GOP.The Hope of Sixth can be compared to song verse “what if I take my problems to the united nations” ,from track “Words That Maketh Murder” ,from Let England Shake.The Hope of Sixth Project is only a sector of what Harvey hopes to accomplish with the whole of  her “project”.On album opener “The Community of Hope”, Harvey takes on Washington by describing in a despondent manner D.C.  neighborhood Ward 7 ,a developing city.The track has already caught the attention of D.C. officials ,by which they claim is a total wrong grasp of Ward 7 .According to DCIST ,Harvey has already raised awareness and motive for change from councilman Grant Thompson ,who has said “one of the promises I’m making is that we’re going to bring more restaurants to Ward 7. We’re the last frontier in terms of development. We have one grocery store in the entire ward. I attribute that to poor leadership”.

 

 

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Radiohead

Radiohead ninth album , A Moon Shaped Pool was released on May 8 of this year.The long awaited album since 2007,studio album In Rainbows ,does not seem to be have received as much attention .With  the likes of Rihanna and Beyonce’ dropping albums this year ,Radiohead’s release seems a bit under the radar.However singles “Burn The Wich” has the public with high speculation relating to its political significance.On an interview with Billboard ,video collaborator Virpi Kettu,she explained the political significance behind animated video for “Burn The Witch”. Kettu  explained that the video was intended to raise awareness about current refugee crisis and the negativity that surrounds Muslims.She also went and talked about the mysterious postcard stunt ,which Radiohead fans received with the note “I know where you are”.A stunt performed, to represent the high speculation of fear, in which the government officials in Europe and the US have  upon residing Muslims ,refugees.Meanwhile single “Daydreaming” is a take on life’s mundane ,almost suffocating day in and day out ,living circumstances.In the video Thom Yorke walks around in an aimless manner ,trying to escape a maze composed of turns leading to  life’s banality.Then until finally breaking free into a comparative visual of what could come from written scene in Thoreau’s Walden.A scene composed of tall pine trees and steep mountains dipped in white snow ,as the sun rises in the east.Radiohead’s A Moon Shaped Pool is now headlining tour .Radiohead has landed five NO.1 albums dating back to 1997 OK Computer and are now in consideration for number one spot if they can beat competitors.

My name is Atziry Garcia and I’m from Dallas, Texas. I’m a journalism major in the making, who enjoys blogging and taking photos on my free time. I enjoy writing about all topics including fashion, film, books, feminism and music among many. My other hobbies include doing yoga, going on long walks and developing film. I’m a proud hipster who enjoys anything vintage and under the radar of the mainstream.

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Emmy Nominations 2019: See The Full List

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The 2019 Emmys have arrived. The 71st annual Primetime Emmy Awards will air live on Fox this Sunday, September 22, at 8 pm Eastern / 5 pm Pacific, and honor some of the biggest television achievements of the past year.

As usual, the major awards will be split into separate categories for comedy and drama. On the drama side, the 2019 nominations are both dominated by Game of Thrones — which is expected to set a new record for most Emmy wins by a single season — and unusually wide open. Many shows that would otherwise be contenders — including The Crown, Stranger Things, and The Handmaid’s Tale — did not air during the eligibility window (June 1, 2018 through May 31, 2019), either because they wanted to avoid competing against Game of Thrones or because they simply couldn’t produce a new season in time.

The thought held by many was that Game of Thrones would turn in an unbeatable swan song and the race would open up again in 2020. In hindsight, that final season was widely criticized and not nearly as unrivaled in its Emmy worthiness as many expected it to be. Nevertheless, Game of Thrones is still the frontrunner in multiple drama categories.

Game of Thrones is also the only show to be nominated in all seven drama categories. In addition to nods for Outstanding Drama Series, Directing for a Drama Series, and Writing for a Drama Series, stars Kit Harington and Emilia Clarke are nominated for Lead Actor in a Drama and Lead Actress in a Drama, respectively.

And the show has pretty much overwhelmed the final two drama categories, with Gwendoline Christie, Lena Headey, Sophie Turner, and Maisie Williams all nominated for Supporting Actress in a Drama, and Alfie Allen, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, and Peter Dinklage all nominated for Supporting Actor in a Drama. In total, between the Primetime Emmys and the Creative Arts Emmys, Game of Thrones’ final season earned 32 nominations, the most received in a single year by any show in the history of the awards.

Having already won 10 awards at the Creative Arts Emmys — which were held last weekend and mainly honor the technical elements of TV production like cinematography, editing, and visual effects — Game of Thrones needs just two more to tie its own record for most Emmys won by a single season of any show. It needs only three to break that record.

The few contenders looking to upset Game of Thrones include This Is Us, Better Call Saul (returning to the race after being nominated in 2017 and sitting out last year), Killing Eve, Pose, Succession, Ozark, and Bodyguard.

Perhaps the biggest player on the comedy side is the final season of HBO’s Veep. After star Julia Louis-Dreyfus’s cancer diagnosis and treatment, Veep, the reigning comedy champ, sat out the Emmys in 2018. And in its absence, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel took home the major awards.

With Veep back in contention this year — and for its final season, no less — the series easily snagged a nomination for Outstanding Comedy Series. Its fellow contenders in the category include last year’s winner, Mrs. Maisel; returning nominee Barry; and newcomers to the race Russian Doll, The Good Place, Fleabag, and Schitt’s Creek.

Louis-Dreyfus is also nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy, an honor she has as already won six times for her role as Selina Meyer (on top of a Lead Actress in a Comedy win for The New Adventures of Old Christine and a Supporting Actress in a Comedy win for Seinfeld). She’ll go head to head with Russian Doll’s Natasha Lyonne, Mrs. Maisel’s Rachel Brosnahan (who won last year), and Schitt’s Creek’s Catherine O’Hara, among others.

Here’s the list of 2019 Emmy nominees in all the major categories:

Outstanding Comedy Series

Barry

Fleabag

The Good Place

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Russian Doll

Schitt’s Creek

Veep

Outstanding Drama Series

Better Call Saul

Bodyguard

Game of Thrones

Killing Eve

Ozark

Pose

Succession

This Is Us

Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

Mahershala Ali, True Detective

Benicio Del Toro, Escape at Dannemora

Hugh Grant, A Very English Scandal

Jared Harris, Chernobyl

Jharrel Jerome, When They See Us

Sam Rockwell, Fosse/Verdon

Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

Amy Adams, Sharp Objects

Patricia Arquette, Escape at Dannemora

Aunjanue Ellis, When They See us

Joey King, The Act

Niecy Nash, When They See Us

Michelle Williams, Fosse/Verdon

Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

Ben Whishaw, A Very English Scandal

Stellan Skarsgard, Chernobyl

Paul Dano, Escape at Dannemora

John Leguizamo, When They See Us

Michael K. Williams, When They See Us

Asante Blackk, When They See Us

Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

Emily Watson, Chernobyl

Margaret Qualley, Fosse/Verdon

Patricia Clarkson, Sharp Objects

Patricia Arquette, The Act

Marsha Stephanie Blake, When They See Us

Vera Farmiga, When They See Us

Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

Anthony Anderson, Black-ish

Don Cheadle, Black Monday

Ted Danson, The Good Place

Michael Douglas, The Kominsky Method

Bill Hader, Barry

Eugene Levy, Schitt’s Creek

Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Christina Applegate, Dead To Me

Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep

Natasha Lyonne, Russian Doll

Catherine O’Hara, Schitt’s Creek

Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Fleabag

Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Stephen Root, Barry

Henry Winkler, Barry

Anthony Carrigan, Barry

Alan Arkin, The Kominsky Method

Tony Shalhoub, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Tony Hale, Veep

Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Sarah Goldberg, Barry

Sian Clifford, Fleabag

Olivia Colman, Fleabag

Betty Gilpin, GLOW

Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live

Alex Borstein, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Marin Hinkle, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Anna Chlumsky, Veep

Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Jason Bateman, Ozark

Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us

Kit Harington, Game of Thrones

Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul

Billy Porter, Pose

Milo Ventimiglia, This Is Us

Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones

Jodie Comer, Killing Eve

Viola Davis, How to Get Away with Murder

Laura Linney, Ozark

Mandy Moore, This Is Us

Sandra Oh, Killing Eve

Robin Wright, House of Cards

Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Jonathan Banks, Better Call Saul

Giancarlo Esposito, Better Call Saul

Alfie Allen, Game of Thrones

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Game of Thrones

Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones

Michael Kelly, House of Cards

Chris Sullivan, This Is Us

Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Gwendoline Christie, Game of Thrones

Lena Headey, Game of Thrones

Sophie Turner, Game of Thrones

Maisie Williams, Game of Thrones

Fiona Shaw, Killing Eve

Julia Garner, Ozark

Outstanding Reality Competition Series

Amazing Race

American Ninja Warrior

Nailed It

RuPaul’s Drag Race

Top Chef

The Voice

Outstanding Variety Talk Series

The Daily Show

Full Frontal

Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver

The Late Late Show With James Corden

The Late Show With Stephen Colbert

Outstanding Variety Sketch Series

At Home With Amy Sedaris

Documentary Now!

Drunk History

I Love You, America With Sarah Silverman

Saturday Night Live

Who Is America?

Outstanding Television Movie

Bandersnatch

Brexit

Deadwood

King Lear

My Dinner with Hervé

Outstanding Limited Series

Chernobyl

Escape at Dannemora

Fosse/Verdon

Sharp Objects

When They See Us

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Blade Runner Star Rutger Hauer Has Died Aged 75

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Hollywood star Rutger Hauer has died aged 75.

The actor was best known for playing Roy Batty in the 1982 movie Blade Runner and also Sin City, Batman Begins and TV show True Blood.

His agent Steve Kenis confirmed Hauer died on Friday following a short illness. His funeral was held on Wednesday.

Rutger Hauer has died aged 75. Credit: PA

Tributes have begun pouring in for the star, with Oscar-winning director Guillermo del Toro tweeting to say: “RIP the great Rutger Hauer: an intense, deep, genuine and magnetic actor that brought truth, power and beauty to his films.”

KISS musician Gene Simmons wrote: “Sad to hear Rutger Hauer has passed away. He was always a gentleman, kind and compassionate. Sending our condolences and prayers to his family, friends and fans.”

Hauer was born in Breukelen in the Netherlands and did stints in both the merchant navy and army before he became an actor.

He got his big break in 1969, when he became the lead in TV series Floris.

Away from acting, Hauer launched The Rutger Hauer Starfish Foundation, which aimed to raise awareness of HIV and AIDS, especially within children and pregnant women.

Issuing a statement following his death, the foundation said: “The Rutger Hauer Starfish Association announces with infinite sadness that after a very short illness, on Friday, July 19, 2019, Rutger passed away peacefully at his Dutch home.

“He leaves his beloved wife Ineke, after they have been together for fifty years.

“We at Starfish will always cherish the many unforgettable memories we have of Rutger and his dedication to the Rutger Hauer Starfish Association.

“One of Rutger’s last wishes was that Starfish should continue its charity activity and its fight against the AIDS disease, and with Ineke’s precious help, involvement and direction we will follow Rutger’s wish and will do our best to carry on Rutger’s inestimable legacy.”

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Freeform defends Halle Bailey’s casting as Ariel in “The Little Mermaid”!

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Freeform defends Halle Bailey's casting as Ariel in "The Little Mermaid"!

Just in case you haven’t heard, Halle Bailey is the new Ariel, in an upcoming “The Little Mermaid” movie! She has been receiving messages from fans and other celebrities, congratulating her for landing the role!

Amongst those who congratulated her is Halle Berry, in a tweet she posted, “In case you needed a reminder… Halles get it DONE. Congratulations @chloexhalle on this amazing opportunity, we can’t wait to see what you!” She also added that she was “thrilled” for the 19 year old. However, not everyone was happy about Disney’s decision to cast a black woman for this role.

Some critics went as far as petitioning Disney to recast for this role, and titled their petition #NotMyAriel!  They suggested that Halle should be replaced by a white woman with red hair,  who would resemble the Ariel that they know from the 1989 animated version of The Little Mermaid. Now Freeform, Disney’s cable network, has decided to issue an open letter in response to this.

The letter read, “Yes. The original author of The Little Mermaid was Danish. Ariel…is a mermaid. She lives in an underwater kingdom in international waters and can legit swim wherever she wants (even though that often upsets King Triton, absolute zaddy). But for the sake of argument, let’s say that Ariel, too, is Danish”.

Related: Original Little Mermaid’s Ariel defends Halle Bailey’s casting

Freeform also added that, “Danish mermaids can be black because Danish *people* can be black. Ariel can sneak up to the surface at any time with her pals Scuttle and the *ahem* Jamaican crab Sebastian (sorry, Flounder!) and keep that bronze base tight. Black Danish people, and this mer-folk, can also *genetically* (!!!) have red hair”! Freeform then went on to remind the critics that Ariel and the story, is only fictional!

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