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. SZA is called to the big screen for her film debut, BTS might not have to serve in the military after all, and Drake celebrates breaking The Beatles’ 55-year-old Billboard record —this is what you missed.
SZA To Make Film Debut In Dark Comedy
“Another day, another SZA doing things that aren’t follow-up to Ctrl,” a quote from a loving yet anxious fan waiting for the artist to release her sophomore album. It’s true. From dropping a deluxe edition of her 2017 Ctrl album to joining forces with swamp princess, Doechii on “Persuasive” and now starring as the love interest in Eddie Huang’s film, Tuna Melt the singer is giving us an ultimate SZA summer. Just not the way some of us were expecting. Responding to fans asking about the new album, SZA said that her album is “ready to go” and “it’s 100% Punch and RCA on this one.” Thank you, SZA. Now we know whose parade to rain on. Anyway, circling back to Tuna Melt, the singer is making her debut performance in the film as the love interest of a hitman, played by Eddie Huang, the restaurateur-turned-director, meeting right after he finishes a job. Joining them is Euphoria‘s Chloe Cherry, whose role is undisclosed. Eddie had brought on musicians in his previous projects, namely Pop Smoke in his directorial debut Boogie and Danny Brown to do the theme song for his autobiographical TV show Fresh Off the Boat. Hence, it’s no surprise that a singer like SZA is featured in this one. More is to be reported for this project; meanwhile, excuse me while I go harass RCA, who’s seemingly holding SZA’s album hostage.
Olivia Rodrigo To Honour Alanis Morissette At Toronto Gala
The modern-day girl power summed up in two words is Olivia Rodrigo as she links up with female icons one after another, like collecting pokemon cards. The newest addition to her deck is her friendship with Canada’s very own Alanis Morissette, a trailblazer in the pop-funk-femme community. She brought Alanis out on her concert in Los Angeles back in May to perform her 1995’s hit, “You Oughta Know” together. And last October, the pair had a conversation in Rolling Stone in which Olivia asked for big sister advice from Alanis, to which everyone’s favourite little sister said it was, “an experience I’ll never forget.” The duo have much in common as they share the experience of being child actors and releasing their debut album as teenagers, and adding to their commonality, will be their visit to Toronto’s Massey Hall next month. The CSHF (Canadian Songwriters’ Hall of Fame) announced Morissette’s induction back in May, describing her as “a tour of force who blazed her own trail amongst the male-dominated alternative rock landscape of the ‘90s.” Olivia is to help with the induction along with Alessia Cara and JP Saxe, who will perform at the gala as a part of the tribute to the Canadian rockstar. If these are not ultimate friendship goals, I don’t know what is.
BTS Might Not Have To Serve In The Military If They Keep Serving The Stage
A world without BTS is a world not worth living, as ARMY fans would argue and newly sharing this sentiment is the mayor of Busan, as it seems. In South Korea, where the seven-piece phenomenon originated, all men must serve a 21-month military service by their 28th birthday. Some members of the group have already passed that age threshold but were accommodated with more time, while others will soon cross that line. Seeing the magnificent waves that BTS is making on the global music and cultural stage, though, the mayor of Busan is now considering alternative duties that could remove the prospect for the group entirely. The substitution in question is public duties as PR ambassadors in the lead-up to Busan’s bid to host the 2030 World Expo, to which the group should be no stranger, given the exhaustive list of events and shows partaken and hosted. If the city is successful in the bid, we can expect a showcase under the theme “Transforming Our World, Navigating Towards A Better Future,” a perfect fit for the revolutionizing group. Announced last month, BTS is going on hiatus to regain perspective on their identity as a group and focus on making solo music. The diversion to military service would mean more time and energy to focus on creating lyrical and sonic masterpieces for the most successful and celebrated group on the planet. Although I’d love to see my favourite k-pop band dressed in military fantasy realness, I’d prefer to be served by the presence of BTS on stage and performing.
Drake Celebrates Breaking The Beatles’ 55-Year-Old Billboard Record
All the career milestones Drake has celebrated this year have clearly not been enough for him and he needed to add another to this ever growing list. After his recent collaboration with DJ Khaled “Staying Alive”, which debuted No. 5 on this week’s Billboard Hot 100, Drake has now surpassed The Beatles’. Drizzy has now had 30 top five singles on the charts compared to The Beatles’ long-held record of 29 that has stood for a whopping 55 years. Not only that, this means he also now has 100 top 20 entries on the Hot 100, more than any other artist in the chart’s 64-year history. For all the crypto-heads out there, you may be pleased to hear how Drake celebrated his W. “Ok I broke my records for the month now me and @stake need you to do your thing Bitcoin,” posting with a laughing emoji. The caption was paired with a video of Drake winning $5.13M in a virtual roulette game, followed by a Bitcoin tracker showing $24K in earnings. And if that wasn’t enough, he followed it up with a picture of himself at a fancy dinner, a plate decorated with the words, “Just another celebration.” It’s important to note that it was posted alongside a shrugging emoji, because winning is clearly a part of Drake’s day-to-day life. Wish I could relate!
POP Montreal Drops It’s Complete 2022 Music Festival Lineup
POP Montreal International Music Festival is back for its 21st edition, happening from Sept. 28 through Oct. 2, along with art, film, and conference programming. The complete lineup has been dropped, with roughly 100 extra names added to the first wave of details that we received back in May. This festival has got something for everyone. Want to hear some post-rock sounds from Chicago? No worries, Tortoise will be there! Punk rock your thing? L.A. punks The Linda Lindas are there for you. Funk? U.K. funk pioneer Cymande has got you covered. The epic lineup also Includes Montreal singer-songwriters Allison Russel and Martha Wainwright, the iconic Canadian Drag Race winner Priyanka, electro-pop act Tess Roby, Latinx pop princess Isabella Lovestory, Indigenous futurists Ombiigizi, and the list just goes on and on. See you there!