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. BEAM releases his album ‘Alien,’ Coachella is auctioning lifetime passes as NFTs, and Drake inspires a new meme—this is what you missed this week.
BEAM Releases ‘Alien’ Album Feat. Justin Bieber, Jorja Smith, and More
Our February cover star, BEAM, released his new album ‘Alien’ and the features are stacked. After teasing it on his Instagram, the highly-anticipated track “Sundown” feat. Justin Bieber is on the album. Other features include Jorja Smith, Valee, Zacari, Vory, Landstrip Chip, and BEAM’s dancehall and reggae singing father, Papa San. As expected the album transcends genres mixing R&B, hip-hop, and dancehall. In our cover story, BEAM opens up about the moment he decided to become an artist after years of producing, his genre-bending sound, and his 5 Grammy nominations.
Coachella to Auction 10 Lifetime Passes as NFTs
Coachella has officially entered the NFT game, announcing their new collection of NFTs one of which includes 10-lifetime passes to the festival. They even created their own marketplace for the NFTs, and unveiled three collections: Coachella Keys Collection, Sights and Sounds Collection, and Desert Reflections Collection. The lifetime passes are part of the Coachella Keys Collection, granting owners VIP on-site experiences for the upcoming 2022 festival including front row views at the Coachella Stage, on-stage access at the Sahara Tent, and a celebrity chef dinner at the Rose Garden. Every April, the NFT owners will get automatically get their Coachella passes and future exclusive experiences ambiguously described in the press release as “there’s no telling what these Keys will unlock.” The other two collections are more traditional NFT formats of photographs and digital renditions of photography from the festival. Keeping in mind the environmental impact of NFTs, Coachella NFTs will be minted on Solana, the blockchain platform with the lowest energy consumption in the industry.
Drake Inspires New Meme After Being Filmed Staring at His Phone
Attending the Toronto Raptors vs Miami Heat game this week, Drake was caught on live broadcast intently staring at his phone and scrolling during the game. Totally normal behavior that wouldn’t be newsworthy unless you’re Drake because Twitter quickly turned it into a viral meme. Twitter u/shannonL_Miller wrote “He just got the baby registry email” alluding to the news of Rihanna’s pregnancy. While u/juicemjk tweeted “when she hit you with the ‘this you?’ message filled with screenshots.” Can’t even go to a basketball game without becoming a meme, it’s a tough life.
RosalÍa Leads Biker Gang in Her “Saoko” Music Video
RosalÍa is back with another single off her upcoming album Motomami which is being released on March 18th. The single “Saoko” has a music video as well featuring RosalÍa and an all-female biker gang (fitting for the title). The song features a sample of Daddee Yankee and Wisin’s 2004 song “Saoco,” RosalÍa says the sample and song title is an homage to classic reggaeton which has been a great source of inspiration for her upcoming album. The lyrics are all about transformation, celebrating change, and the fact that you are always yourself even while undergoing constant transformation.
David Guetta Will Perform as an Avatar in Upcoming Roblox Set
David Guetta, who’s performed worldwide, is going somewhere he’s never been before—the metaverse. Tonight (Feb 4th) he will make his metaverse debut performing as an avatar in the online gaming platform Roblox. The show is set to have an intergalactic theme for a duration of 45 mins and will feature an interview with him. The experience is interactive for fans and Roblox users including dance battles, puzzles to unlock in-game abilities, and virtual merchandise that can be bought or won as a prize. While it’s a first for Guetta, Roblox partnered with the EDC music festival last year and similarly streamed the festival virtually on the gaming platform.