BØRNS releases sophomore album ‘Blue Madonna’

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Garrett Clark Borns — aka BØRNS — catapulted himself into the stratosphere seemingly from nowhere, with the release of debut album Dopamine. On his sophomore effort, Blue Madonna, Borns dives further into the deep glitz-rock dreamscape that defined his singular sound from the start.

Save for a feature from Lana Del Rey, the album, released on Interscope Records, sees Borns occupy center stage. Opening track “God Save Our Young Blood” is a pointed entrance into the journey known as youthful salvation. “Climbed up the tree of life,” sings Borns, undoubtedly there are times when the facade of youth becomes a bit overdrawn. “Kicked out of paradise” he continues, the effort is welcome regardless its simplistic lyrical approach. The album’s kick off track sees two of glam-pop’s most forthright purveyors synthesize their artistic prowess successfully. The project plays through in its entirety fairly quickly, too, with “Man,” the album’s longest, clocking in at a modest 3:57, that provides fans with an easy entry.

Aside from a few notable pitfalls, the project’s central focus around the thematic concept of disillusioned youth simultaneously nods to a variety of influences ranging from Bowie to Tame Impala‘s Kevin Parker to Beyoncé herself. BØRN’s latest project is an eager step forward and, for all its imperfections: a welcome one.

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Radiohead’s publisher denies the band is suing Lana Del Rey

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Despite recent reports that Radiohead might pursue legal action against Lana Del Rey on the grounds of copyright infringement for her track “Get Free,” which allegedly borrowed numerous sonic elements from the bands seminal hit “Creep,” the band has denied that the accusations have been brought to court.

Del Rey recently announced via Twitter that they had. “Although I know my song wasn’t inspired by ‘Creep,’ Radiohead feel it was and want 100% of the publishing,” she said.

Although, now, a spokesperson for Radiohead’s publisher Warner/Chappell has denied the existence of a lawsuit with the release of a statement:

“As Radiohead’s music publisher, it’s true that we’ve been in discussions since August of last year with Lana Del Rey’s representatives. It’s clear that the verses of ‘Get Free’ use musical elements found in the verses of ‘Creep’ and we’ve requested that this be acknowledged in favour of all writers of ‘Creep.’

To set the record straight, no lawsuit has been issued and Radiohead have not said they “will only accept 100%” of the publishing of ‘Get Free.’”

H/T: Pitchfork

 

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A Radiohead v. Lana Del Rey copyright infringement lawsuit could be imminent

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Radiohead might pursue legal action against Lana Del Rey on the grounds of copyright infringement. The singer-songwriter’s track “Get Free” allegedly borrowing several sonic elements from the English rock band’s 1993 single, “Creep.” “Get Free” is the 16th and final track on Del Rey’s fifth studio album, Lust for Life, released in July of 2017.

Both camps are reported to be “trying to thrash it out behind the scenes to prevent [the issue from] going to court,” according to The Sun, the news source additionally noting “It’s understood that Radiohead’s team are hoping for the band to either receive compensation or to be credited on the list of songwriters to receive royalties.” Only time will tell whether the issue can and will be resolved both amicably and outside of the courts.

 

 

H/T: NME

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Lana Del Rey – Summer Bummer (Snakehips Remix)

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This summer would have been an unbelievable bummer had Snakehips not picked up Lana Del Rey and longtime collaborator A$AP Rocky‘s smooth summer hit. Luckily, the Uk duo has given the track their quintessential slithery smooth reworking just in the knick of time.

Letting Lana’s voice guide listeners through the track until A$AP comes around with his verse, Snakehips waits to strike with a bubbly bass pickup until near halfway through. Showcasing their knack for originality without straying too far from the track’s original integrity, Snakehips proves sometimes it’s best to wait and strike your prey until is least expecting.

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