Publishing date: May, 05, 2023
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. Harry Styles shares his Wall-E-inspired music video for “Satellite”, Grimes debuts an AI software for fans to create songs with her voice, and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame reveals 2023 inductees—this is what you missed.
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Reveals Class of 2023: Missy Elliott, Willie Nelson, & More
13 honorees will be celebrated in the Rock & Rock Hall of Fame induction ceremony and concert taking place on November 3rd at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, many of which are receiving long overdue flowers, with last year’s ceremony inducting Dolly Parton opening eyes to a lot of voters who understand that rock ’n’ roll is genre-bending by nature. With country, rhythm and blues, and hip-hop culture being a part of the rock ’n’ roll matrix, many of these inductees are being recognized on the first ballot. Hip-hop icon Missy Elliott and country legend Willie Nelson are two of the seven figures being voted into the hall, along with Kate Bush, Rage Against the Machine, Sheryl Crow, George Michael, and the Spinners. Nelson and Bush are of immediate relevance, with Willie Nelson making headlines this past weekend as he celebrated his 90th birthday, and Bush—though not being in the public eye for many years—garnering much-deserved love after the resurgence of “Running Up That Hill” from exposure being in Stranger Things. Missy Elliott is the only artist of this year’s class that made it into the hall in her very first year of eligibility, similar to Eminem and Jay-Z, further solidifying the power of hip-hop culture. Whereas, Rage Against the Machine finally receives a plaque in the hall after the band’s fifth time on the ballot. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame class of 2023 asserts a shift in the music industry, with a focus on diversity and inclusion, after the critique that the hall was too slow in moving the needle.
Grimes Debuts AI Software To Create Songs With Her Voice
In the zeitgeist of TikTok and the trend of fans using AI to create songs with famous singers and rappers’ voices all over your fyp, Grimes chooses to have a refreshing take on artistry and open-sourcing. Grimes shares her thoughts about the rising use of AI in music and becomes one of the very few artists to publicly endorse the use of the controversial technology. She shared a screenshot on Twitter of an article touching on the utilization of Drake and The Weeknd’s voice, adding commentary that she would split royalties if something similar was done with her voice. “I’ll split 50% royalties on any successful AI-generated song that uses my voice. Same deal as I would with any artist i collab with,” Grimes declared, “Feel free to use my voice without penalty. I have no label and no legal bindings.” A week later, the electronic artist made it even easier for her voice to be used by fans by debuting Elf.Tech, an open-source software program dedicated to replicating her voice, powered by Triniti, a generative AI model for creating and distributing music. The program is simple: a user inputs a recording of them singing and the software produces the same recording in Grimes’ voice. Grimes is lending her vocal likeness in exchange for 50% of the master recording royalties if they choose to distribute the song online. So far, the program is in its beta phase but has already been used to create 15,000 voice transformations. It’s a unique leap for music, and one any artist would have to endorse with conviction, given that the training of generative AI using artists’ music is in a moral limbo. Instead of seeing the music ecosystem in rigid distinctions, Grimes is choosing to take a more fluid approach. While this effort is interesting and admirable, it’s likely not most artists will want to bandwagon on. In addition to debuting the software, Grimes has announced she will be releasing two new songs sometime soon, appropriately titled “Music for Machines” and “I Wanna Be Software”.
Harry Styles Shares New ‘Wall-E’ Inspired “Satellite” Music Video
Some may have moved on from Harry’s album release of last year, but we’re still at Harry’s House. Earlier this week, Harry Styles unveiled “Satellite” as the latest single from his Grammy award-winning album, teasing a music video featuring a Wall-E-inspired robot. Adorably dubbed “Stomper,” the robot pays homage to the little stomps Styles has become known for while performing “Satellite” live. The little automatic vacuum is seen cleaning Styles’ greenroom, watching a broadcast on the TV about the Curiosity rover, which has spent the last 10 years alone on Mars. Reminiscent of the Pixar blockbuster, the robot is searching for some sort of humanizing romantic connection. Stomper then ventures out from the backstage area, watching as the popstar gears up to perform at one of his 15 sold-out Los Angeles residency shows at the Forum. Because tickets to a Harry Styles concert are hard to come by for even robots, Stomper is quickly escorted out of the show by security. After the show, we watch as Stomper muddles through LA, across highways, and in the canyons, searching for a way to connect with Curiosity. He runs into Styles, lying in the grass gazing up at a satellite, but his battery dies, marking the end of his journey. It’s then revealed that Stomper was just outside the NASA headquarters, so close to forging a connection with Curiosity. The deeper message of the song itself lends itself perfectly to the video, making everyone’s tears—ours included—over a vacuum cleaner completely acceptable in our opinion. Harry Styles kicks off the final leg of his ‘Love On Tour’ across Europe this summer, and we can’t wait to see his little stomps on stage once again.
Lil Durk Previews J. Cole Collab Ahead of New Album
If you’re a Lil Durk fan, you gotta work for it. Before revealing highly anticipated deets for his second studio album The Voice 2.0, Lil Durk urges you to drop some comments below. On Tuesday, the Chicago rapper posted a video to Instagram of himself and J. Cole on the set of a new music video for their impending collaboration “All My Life,” surrounded by dozens of kids who help bring the chorus to life. In the caption, Durk has asked fans to leave comments—100,000 to be exact—in order to receive the album artwork and release date. The track first came to light when Durk was interviewed before his Dreamville Festival performance, hosted by Cole’s label. He explained the decision came in part because of his musical union with J. Cole. In addition, we know Durk was hoping to land a SZA feature, which hasn’t yet been confirmed. It’ll take those 100,000 comments to get more answers and what we want from Lil Durk and we encourage everyone to do their part.
Dua Lipa & Donatella Versace Announce La Vacanza Line to Debut at Cannes
Dua Lipa is adding fashion mogul to her repertoire of marketable skills. After co-chairing the Met Gala earlier this week, the singer has announced her most recent endeavor: a collaboration with Donatella Versace for the luxury brand’s summer line. The women’s collection, called La Vacanza, will make its formal debut in Cannes on May 23rd. If you’re looking for some inspo for your summer wardrobe, look no further, with “la vacanza” literally translating to ‘the vacation’ in Italian. “For her to give me the honor of co-designing this collection and letting all my summer inspirations go wild has been a dream,” Dua Lipa said in a joint statement with Versace on Instagram. Donatella shared that the two will “capture this feeling [of summer] and the colors of that time of the year with a truly special and intimate fashion show in Cannes.” The two have a long history of working together, with the singer even walking the runway for the designer. The collection will be available immediately following the show in Versace stores and online.