If you’re anything like us, we see an interesting headline during our daily scroll—pause to read it—but then keep scrolling without reading the actual story. So at the end of each week, we’re rounding up all the buzziest, news-worthy headlines you might have missed. Think of it like the “saved” feature on Instagram but for news instead of aesthetically pleasing photos. Bad Bunny’s Un Verano Sin Ti continues to break records, Vince Staples is getting his own Netflix show, and Skepta debuts his first painting—this is what you missed.
Bad Bunny’s ‘Un Verano Sin Ti’ Becomes Fastest Album To Hit 7 Billion Streams in Spotify History
Is it just me or do you see news of Un Verano Sin Ti breaking new records weekly? It’s no mystery that Bad Bunny’s album has been the biggest album of 2022, with Bad Bunny himself being Artist of the Year, no less. Bad Bunny is intentional, with every feature, song production, and appearance post-release celebrating his Latin culture. The album was recorded in his native land of Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic and includes sounds of reggaetón, reggae, bomba, and more. Bad Bunny and his 23-track album have been breaking record after record since release, including all-time record for biggest first-month streams for an album in Spotify history, which then sat at 2 billion streams. Just this week, Un Verano Sin Ti became the fastest album to hit a whopping 7 billion streams in Spotify history to keep the ball rolling. Felicidades! Looking forward to seeing what record he will break next week and the week after.
Vince Staples Is Getting His Own Show On Netflix
Vince Staples is starring as Vince Staples, in a new semi-autobiographical, scripted comedy series on Netflix. The show is set in Long Beach, CA, where he grew up, and is loosely based on his real life. In addition to being himself, he is set to executive produce with Kenya Barris via Khalabo Ink Society. Vince Staples is not a stranger to screen, having appeared briefly in films such as Dope and playing himself—his favorite role, it’s seeming—on an episode of Insecure. He shares that he is “excited to partner with Netflix and Kenya Barris on The Vince Staples Show. This has been something I have been developing for some time and I am happy it’s coming to fruition.” As are fans everywhere, including Netflix’s head of comedy Tracey Pakosta who said, “it’s our mission to work with the best artists in the world. Vince has already established himself as one of the most talented young musicians today and we’re really excited about how his sensibility—and sense of humor—will translate into a unique comedy series.” As a lifelong comedy nerd, I have high hopes and expectations for The Vince Staples Show and I’m pretty confident that it won’t disappoint.
Skepta Guest Curates Auction and Debuts His First Painting
Add painter to the list of things that Skepta is known for. This musician-producer turned artist-curator keeps adding to his repertoire of skills making him the multi-hyphenate talent he is. The award-winning rapper has guest curated a section of the upcoming Sotheby’s “Contemporary Curated” sale, which has seen figures from Oprah to Virgil Abloh step into this same role. The auction features works from both emerging and established artists, including Skepta himself. He describes this piece of work as “Mama Goes to Market” which he created during the Covid-19 lockdown in 2020 as a “brought-together memory of Nigeria”. You might think that having one talent you’re famously recognized for is enough of a feat for anyone, but Skepta claims it was a very natural transition. He shared with CNN over email, “when you make music—because it comes with music videos, styling, set design, and everything else—you naturally get subsumed into the world of art as well, getting your teeth stuck into different movements [and] styles as a way to inspire your own creativity”. The girls that get it, get it.
Janet Jackson Surprises Teyana Taylor at London Concert
I’m not one for surprises, but if it were Janet Jackson showing up backstage at a concert of mine in London, I’d be willing to change my mind. And this is exactly what she did for Teyana Taylor, who shared an Instagram post reflecting on the unmatched love and energy she felt in London on her farewell tour and then pivoted to Janet who gave her a beautiful shock. “Def one of the greatest surprises of my life,” she wrote alongside a carousel of photos with Janet, “thank you for ur loving words always… no matter how close our bond continues to grow, I will always still be one of ya biggest fans! Thank you for always being so genuine & being an inspiration to us all! You are the reason I give 134667643% when I hit that stage. You are the blueprint. I love you Queen.” True fans will also recall when Janet publicly shared love for Teyana Taylor back in December of 2020 when word of retirement was getting out. Janet said at the time that she would always be there for Teyana and that she has an “undeniable gift from God.” In addition to places where Janet has been popping up, she made an appearance at New York Fashion Week Wednesday night at the debut of Christian Siriano’s latest collection at the Elizabeth Collective.
Kali Uchis Drops “NO HAY LEY” Music Video
The queen Kali Uchis dropped the house-inspired “NO HAY LEY” last week, her first solo single since the release of her 2020 album Sin Miedo (del Amor y Otrso Demonios) and it has personally been on repeat since then. According to Kali Uchis, she wrote the song about “putting love above all else”, which makes sense considering Google-translate told me that “en el amor no hay ley” means “there are no laws to love.” Love who you love, essentially, no one can tell you sh*t about you and yours. And since this absolute icon knows how to deliver, we were also just blessed with the pairing music video, directed by TORSO and stars Kali, with mostly head-on footage, charging toward the camera. Kali Uchis told Vogue that the song made her think of fashion, so fashion she gave. She also shared that in regard to the video’s Y2K–in-motion frenzies energy, she “wanted to do something I hadn’t really done before.” It features countless remarkable looks—seriously, I tried to keep up but couldn’t—including a beautiful hot pink sculptural gown by Alphonse Maitrepierre, slashed jeans by Ludovic de Saint Sernin, Dior sunglasses, and—arguably most importantly—her birthday suit. “NO HAY LEY” is full of action-packed realness—it’s giving Charlie’s Angels—light make-outs, a few pectoral flexes, and an adorable Teletoon-esque outro sequence to close it all out.