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Ten Emerging Indie Artists to Listen to Now!

Those people might not be familiar with indie or alternative music and its brilliant artists, and they might not be fans of rock music. Here is a list of ten amazing and emerging indie artists…

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Ten Emerging Indie Artists to Listen to Now!

Music is field in which there is ample variety.  A lot of people do not listen to radio but a whole lot of people do. Those people might not be familiar with indie or alternative music and its brilliant artists, and they might not be fans of rock music. Here is a list of ten amazing and emerging indie artists.

BANKS– Jillian Banks, better known simply as BANKS, is by far one of indie music’s most exhilarating artists. She gained much recognition for her 2014 hit song, “Beggin’ for Thread”, which is an electronic/ alternative R&B song that features trip hop, soft rock, indie, and alternative influences, like a lot of her other songs.

She is not usually on mainstream radio or on the Billboard charts or nominated for awards. She did make the Billboard 200 as mentioned earlier, and she did make the hot rock songs with “Beggin’ for Thread” and other songs, like her recent single from her new album, “The Altar”, which releases September 30th, “Gemini Feed.” With this song, she shows her multifaceted nature of music as well. With her characteristically wistful voice, once again, and a bass-heavy, very electronic-inspired background beat, she reflects on a relationship, saying her lover thought he could get her to the altar. It has made number 25 on the Billboard Hot Rock Songs.

Glass Animals– With lead singer, Dave Bayley, this interestingly awesome band comes from Oxford, England. Their mix of indie rock, psychedelic rock, trip hop, electronica, and trip hop is astounding. With a soothing voice and unique beats, their characteristic sound is easily recognizable. The album “Zaba” was inspired by Bayley’s Texas chidhood. With its most popular song, “Gooey”, which was a hit on alternative radio, Glass Animals showcased a rhythmic sound that was complemented by a sensuous voice. This sounded promising, followed up by their other alternative radio hit, “Black Mambo.”

Their new album is continuing that sound of theirs, and they have already released a few songs from it, including “Life Itself” and “Youth”, both songs that have distinctive sounds. Their latest album, “How to be a Human Being”, releases on August 26, 2016.

X Ambassadors– This band is an alternative indie rock band from Ithaca, NY. They had much success on Billboard Charts with their hit song “Renegades”, which reached 17 on Billboard Charts and their album with this song, “VHS”, reached seven. They also gained a considerable amount of radio play on alternative and mainstream music radio stations; where they on both platforms, alongside country singer/ alternative rock artist, Elle King. They also released another song, soon after, “Unsteady.” This song, a very emotive song about the speakers’ parents’ split, also became a regular on alternative radio and reached 39 on the Billboard Charts.

CHVRCHES– This electronic trio with electrifying synthpop band with indie/ electronic and rock influences is lead by Lauren Mayberry, who is known for having a clean, clear voice.  They hail from Glasgow, Scotland. Their song “The Mother We Share” won for Best British Pop Song at Popjustice and they came in fifth for BBC’s Sound of 2013. Their debut album, “The Bones of What You Believe” peaked at five on the Billboard Rock Albums. “The Mother We Share” was a song entailing a sibling rivalry with a synthpop/ electronic consistency in the song. They also released an electro-pop song, “Recover”, and “Gun.”

Their latest album, “Every Open Eye”, was named one of the 50 best albums of 2015 by Stereogum and NME. It received an “A” from the entertainment website, “The A.V. Club”, and 4/5 stars from Billboard. The album featured songs like “Leave a Trace”, “Empty Threat”,  and “Bury it”, which features Hayley Williams of alternative rock band Paramore.  Not many people, aside from alternative/ indie listeners know CHVRCHES and it does appear on alternative radio, but it is not promoted through mainstream radio.

Halsey– Ashley Frangipane, who goes by the name Halsey, is an indie pop singer. Alongside other indie/ alternative pop singers live Tove Lo, who is a mainstream artist now, and emerging artists like Aurora, Kiiara, and Grace Mitchell, Halsey has her own sound. With a distinguishing electro-pop sound that is compared to CHVRCHES’ sound, Halsey’s first song to be featured on the alternative radio was “Ghost”, a slower electro-pop song describing a relationship where Halsey uses the metaphor of a ghost to describe her emotionally detached lover. Her most popular song is probably “New Americana”, an alternative pop song that deals with the adoption, deviance to what people consider “normal”, and acculturation in this age. The song deals with ideals of marriage equality and alcohol marijuana usage.

Her next single was an electro-pop song called “Colors”, whose video stars “Teen Wolf” actor Tyler Posey, and a sensuous, slower electro-pop song called “Castle”, which was featured in the film, The Hunstman: Winter’s War.

The Strumbellas– Their song, “Spirits” is a hit on the alternative radio. They are a Canadian indie rock/ alternative folk rock band by the name of “The Strumbellas.” Their song starts slow and builds up to an energetic and reflective song with “I’ve been lookin’ at the stars tonight.” It progresses to the chorus, which is very captivating. It goes “I got spirits in my head and they won’t go, guns in my head and they won’t go, and the gun still rattles, the gun still rattles oh oh.”

More exposure to “Spirits” would be wonderful in so many ways. Let the world look forward to keeping newfound music discoveries alive in all shapes and sizes!

Bishop Briggs– Alternative rock and indie artist Bishop Briggs has had a extraordinary hit with her song, “River”, which reached 14 on the Billboard Rock Charts, five on the Rock Airplay, and seven on the US Alternative Chart. “River” is a stirring, upbeat alternative song with subtle electronic influences. Characteristic of Bishop Briggs, the music waves to featuring dubstep-like and electronic beats. She performed the song on The Tonight Show, which is hosted by Jimmy Fallon, and it was instantly also a commercial hit. The song “Wild Horses” was recorded under her former name, BISHOP, which she changed because it coincided with a metal band. “Wild Horses” is another alternative song that features a dubstep-like beat at the end of the chorus.

Bishop Briggs will open for Coldplay, which is huge, in the fall of this year, 2016. Climbing up, she has released “The Way I Do”, which accentuates her powerful voice. On the website, for the Fader magazine, it is actually reported that she will open for Coldplay on nine of their tour dates in the fall and, according to Steven J. Horowitz, who wrote the article, “The Way I Do” has a “bubbling bass” and is the “extension of ‘River.’”

 

Misterwives– Misterwives is probably a name you do not know. Led by lead singer Mandy Lee, this indie pop band is undoubtedly the epitome of fun in music. Their debut single, a really energizing, genuinely happy, and upbeat song, “Reflections” served as Misterwives’ debut single. It gained a small amount of radio play on the alternative radio but charted on the Billboard Rock Chart at 13 and on the Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks Chart at 31. It also reached number 14 on the US Alternative Charts at Billboard.com. In the words of Garrett Kamps of Billboard, the song is a mix of “Weezer and the Bee Gee’s.” Weezer is an indie rock/ punk rock band led by Rivers Cuomo and is still going strong, while The Bee Gee’s are not making music anymore but were a pop, soul, disco, and funk music ensemble. The another really joyous and bouncy song by the band is “Our Own House”, which was released in 2015. The band has become attributable to a happy alternative, indie pop and dance sound.

The band has opened for the band, Twenty One Pilots, and has covered Vance Joy’s song, “Riptide.”

JR JR– is an indie duo that hails from Detroit, Michigan. The indie rock duo is known mainly for their recent song, “Gone.” “Gone” hit alternative radio in the middle of 2015. It gained considerable radio play and was charted at 38 on Billboard’s US Hot Rock Songs, charted at number 17 on the Billboard Rock Airplay chart, and charted at 11 on the US Alternative Songs on Billboard. The song itself is accompanied by a bizarre music video that shows people being detached from limbs and running around, frolicking.  On JR JR’s own website, the duo promoted the song, expressing that they were also very proud of their efforts on the song.

Aurora– Aurora Aksnes, or simply, AURORA, is a Norwegian alternative pop singer. Her most recent album is called “All My Demons Greeting Me as a Friend.” The album was given an A- by Entertainment Weekly and 80 of 100 from Metacritic. It has reached number 150 on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart as well. It contains the alternative radio hit “Conqueror.” This 1996-born, young and promising breakthrough indie act managed to put forth an alluring and amusing song with “Conqueror.” The song says, in the chorus, “I’ve been looking for the conqueror, but you don’t seem to come my way.” In February interview with iHeartRadio’s Nicole Mastrogiannis, Aksnes said, “‘Conqueror’ is about a world that is falling apart around you, and you’re looking for a conqueror to save you.” Her newest single is called, “I Went Too Far.” It is reported on the song’s Genius.com page that AURORA has said in a BBC interview that the song encompasses those moments when we go too far for love.

At her tender age of 20, AURORA is managing to wow people, and has a career ahead of her that promises great things and great music!

Hi, I am Umar Siddiqui. I am currently a student at the University of California, Riverside majoring in Media and Cultural Studies. My areas of interest in studies are mainly communications, journalism, media, and cultural/ social issues. My hobbies are anything Disney, music, creative writing, fashion, friends, social activism, etc. I am a very sociable person who is outgoing and opinionated; making my opinions known is important to me. I recently completed a fashion journalism short course online at the University of the Arts London's London College of Fashion. I am anticipating to graduate with my Bachelor's of Arts degree spring of 2017.

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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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Beyoncé is the New Nala! The Lion King Fans Are Not so Impressed!

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Beyoncé is the New Nala! The Lion King Fans Are Not so Impressed!

Are you as much of a fan of both Beyonce and The Lion King as I am? I mean, Beyonce could sing the phone book and I would still think she sounds angelic! And as an African, I am bound to love The Lion King!

If you are at least a fan of either, Beyonce or The Lion King, I’m sure you already know that Beyonce stars as Nala in the latest Lion King movie. Now its trailer is already out, and it is set to hit the cinemas soon! There are also beautiful photos of the “Lion King” cast all over the internet. Have I already told you just how beautiful the photos are? If you would like to see them, check them out here!

Now the problem is that some Twitter users are not so happy with “Queen Bey” as Nala! Honestly, I personally wouldn’t find fault in anything that Beyonce does, but clearly, not everyone shares the same sentiments as myself! One critic claimed that Beyonce is being “too Beyonce”, I don’t even know what that means.

Related: Beyoncé’s Natural Hair is Hair Goals!

The critic tweeted, “It’s like something is off here, maybe the lions look too real for voice-overs. And I know Nala is Beyonce but it sounds very Beyonce. It’s so distracting…”! Another also posted, “Okay I’m going to be brave and say this but I don’t think I like Beyonce as Nala. I wish she had just done the soundtrack but her voice doesn’t suit Nala. Hope I’m wrong…”!

Another Twitter user suggested that Queen Bey should have tried to change her voice to suit the character, saying her voice is “too distinct for this. It doesn’t even sound like she attempted to change the sound of her voice for the character”.

 

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Disney Channel Star Cameron Boyce Dies at 20 After a Seizure, family says

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Disney Channel Star Cameron Boyce Dies at 20 After a Seizure

Actor Cameron Boyce, who starred in the Disney Channel’s television shows and series, has died at age 20.

A spokesperson for his family told CNN that Boyce died in his sleep after a seizure resulting from an ongoing medical condition.

“It is with a profoundly heavy heart that we report that this morning we lost Cameron,” the spokesperson said. “He passed away in his sleep due to a seizure which was a result of an ongoing medical condition for which he was being treated.”

“The world is now undoubtedly without one of its brightest lights, but his spirit will live on through the kindness and compassion of all who knew and loved him. We are utterly heartbroken and ask for privacy during this immensely difficult time as we grieve the loss of our precious son and brother,” the family said in a statement.

Boyce starred in “Jessie,” a television show about a small town girl, played by Debby Ryan, working as a nanny for a wealthy family after moving to New York City. Boyce was one of the children she cared for.

“From a young age, Cameron Boyce dreamed of sharing his extraordinary artistic talents with the world,” a Disney Channel spokesperson said.

“He was an incredibly talented performer, a remarkably caring and thoughtful person and, above all else, he was a loving and dedicated son, brother, grandson and friend. We offer our deepest condolences to his family, castmates and colleagues and join his many millions of fans in grieving his untimely passing. He will be dearly missed.”

A veteran actor at 19

Boyce was born and raised in Los Angeles, and was dubbed an old soul by those who knew him, according to Disney Channels’ biography of him.
“His love of performing began in a dance studio, which then transitioned him into commercials, and not long after television and film,” the channel says.

 

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Boyce also starred in “Mirrors,” “Eagle Eye” alongside Shia LaBeouf and “Grown Ups” with Adam Sandler. In “Descendants,” he played Cruella De Vil’s teenage son, Carlos.

By the time he was 19, Boyce was “already a veteran to show business,” Disney says.

He was a passionate advocate

Boyce was set to appear in the comedy series “Mrs. Fletcher,” which is set to hit HBO this fall.

He was also cast in the leading role of Cal in the indie feature, “Runt,” according to his biography.

Boyce was involved in many philanthropic causes, according to the channel. It said he was mostly involved with the Thirst Project, a nonprofit that provides communities with safe drinking water.

 

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Boyce’s Instagram account has received close to 3 million “likes” for a head shot he posted Friday, his final communication to the world via social media.

Celebrities and fans respond

Fans and celebrities alike have expressed disbelief following his death.

Actor Adam Sandler, who played Boyce’s father in the “Grown Ups” movie franchise, offered a heart-felt eulogy on Twitter.

“Too young. Too sweet. Too funny. Just the nicest, most talented, and most decent kid around. Loved that kid,” wrote Sandler. “Cared so much about his family. Cared so much about the world. Thank you, Cameron, for all you gave to us. So much more was on the way. All our hearts are broken.” Sandler concluded his message by sending his “deepest condolences” to Boyce’s “amazing family.”

Actor Mason Cook called the news “hard to digest.”

“He was a great guy,” Cook said on Twitter. “Genuinely nice and definitely gone too soon.”
Choreographer Kenny Ortega, who directed the movie “Descendants,” wrote a touching tribute on Instagram.

“Cameron brought love, laughter and compassion with him everyday I was in his presence,” Ortega wrote. “His talent, immeasurable. His kindness and generosity, overflowing. It has been an indescribable honor and pleasure to know and work with him. I will see you again in all things loving and beautiful my friend. I will search the stars for your light. Rest In Peace Cam.”

Beauty vlogger James Charles said Boyce was one of the kindest people he’d ever met. “He was so young, incredibly talented,” Charles said.

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