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. Tyler, the Creator trolls A$AP Rocky with a mosh pit meme, Paramore releases their new single “This Is Why” and announces new album release date, and SZA graces the cover of TIME100 Next List—this is what you missed.
Tyler, The Creator Trolls A$AP Rocky’s Viral Mosh Pit Meme
Tyler, the Creator is long known for more than his Grammy awards or discography. Anyone who is familiar with Tyler knows what I’m talking about—his humour prevails. His latest victim? A$AP Rocky, trolling the absolute shit out of him over photos that surfaced of A$AP jumping into the mosh pit at his Rolling Loud NY set. Not only did he make his Instagram profile picture this tragic photo of A$AP fighting for his life, he took to Twitter to share “birthday cakes” that he and his friends would be enjoying this year, including one with the mosh pit meme printed all over it. At first, the content’s virality didn’t leave A$AP rolling with laughter. “That s— not funny,” he shared in the comment section of a post, “sum lil bih was squeezing life out my nutz b.” But, of course, he eventually came around and posted the photo himself with the caption, “THI$ PRETTY MUCH $UMZ UP MY ROLLING LOUD EXPERIENCE.” All this to say, we take comfort in knowing Tyler, the Creator and A$AP Rocky are sure to drop banger after banger to bless our daily music rotations, but we also can rely on them to have a good-ass laugh when times get tough.
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Paramore Announces New Album and Releases Single “This Is Why”
Okay, Parafamily, get ready for 2022’s greatest comeback. The next era of pop-punk band Paramore has arrived with their latest single “This Is Why”. The song is obviously *chefs kiss* and equipped us with a great one-liner for this month while Mercury is in the microwave, “if you have an opinion, maybe you should shove it.” Not only is it the first song they’ve released in a while but it marks the impending arrival of their long-awaited sixth studio album of the same name, set for February 10th 2023. The single’s press release notes that this marks “entering back into a world—and cultural landscape—very different from the one they last participated in.” I can’t be the only one internally screeching. “‘This Is Why’ was the very last song we wrote for the album. To be honest, I was so tired of writing lyrics but Taylor convinced Zac and I both that we should work on this last idea. What came out of it was the title track for the whole album,” Hayley William shares, “it summarizes the plethora of ridiculous emotions, the rollercoaster of being alive in 2022, having survived even just the last three or four years.” Amen to that, Hayley. And as if all that we’ve been gifted wasn’t good enough, we also got a music video! Directed by Turnstile’s Brendan Yates and filmed in gorgeous Malibu, it’s full of beautiful pastels and earth tones and the trio we’ve grown to love—Zac Farro, Taylor York, and Hayley Williams. The band is set to go on tour—its first in over four years—ahead of the album’s release in February.
SZA Graces Cover of Time100 and May Finally Be Releasing Music
We know this feels like the girl who cried “sophomore album”, but is it real this time?! Since SZA’s last album CTRL, we have been anxiously awaiting her next body of work. One TIME100 Next List cover and one cryptic Twitter post later, we’re thinking it could finally be on the way. Time Magazine dropped its annual Time 100 Next List for 2022, which honors 100 people, SZA being one of them. Not only was she in the list but was one of four (other three are Keke Palmer, Sydney Sweeney, and Farwiza Farhan) honorees to land the highly coveted cover. Spoiler alert: it’s freaking stunning. Now to the good stuff that the fans are here for. In a celebratory Tweet to recognize this massive accomplishment, SZA posted, “this is actually kinda nuts,” along with several pictures from the feature, “new era loading.” If this isn’t confirmation of new music, I really don’t know what is at this point. With that being said, we’ve been here before and we absolutely try our best to not nag or apply unwarranted pressure, ultimately, keeping our cool. Until this sophomore album hits our libraries, we’ll continue to cope by listening to the special edition deluxe CTRL that she released earlier this year, featuring six new songs to the tracklist.
Stars Pay Tribute to the Late Grammy Award-Winning Rapper Coolio
Grammy award-winning rapper and actor Coolio, whose real name was Artis Leon Ivey Jr, leaves behind an illustrious legacy, known widely for his 1995 track “Gangsta’s Paradise” which also conceived the soundtrack to the film Dangerous Minds. Though he is widely known for his music, Coolio rejected being put into a box as a “gangster rapper” and embraced the role of multi-hyphenate entertainer, which contributed to the fluid and layered lense we look at todays artists through. An onslaught of stars including Snoop Dogg, Flavor Flav, Michelle Pfeiffer, Ice Cube, and MC Hammer pay tribute to the late rapper with kind words and sorrowful farewells. Michelle Pfeiffer, star of Dangerous Minds, shared that she was heartbroken at the news and that Coolio’s track was the “reason our film saw so much success”. Fellow rapper Ice Cube said: “This is sad news. I witness first hand this man’s grind to the top of the industry.” Coolio’s career spanned across decades and was active right up until his passing. His artistry and gifts touched the world and the hearts of many and was a massive, meaningful contribution to music and entertainment. Rest in peace, Coolio.
Foo Fighters, Miley Cyrus, Alanis Morissette & More Perform at Taylor Hawkins Tribute
Los Angeles paid tribute to the late Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins this week after his sudden passing earlier this year. Described as “arguably the biggest, loudest, and most star-studded rock show any music fan could dream up,” the commemoration was held in Kia Forum, where more than 17,000 fans showed up to mourn and honor the beloved musician. The show went on for six hours, during which Rush played, then Queen. P!nk performed with Nancy Wilson and again with the Foo Fighters. Miley Cyrus showed up to duet with Def Leppard and Wolfgang Van Halen, singing “Panama” and “Hot For Teacher.” Canada’s very own Alanis Morissette also arrived to perform “You Oughta Know,” and Dave Chapelle belt “Creep.” Entire sections in the crowd were populated with Hawkins’ friends and family, and many fans could be spotted wearing the same style of orange cheetah stripe leggings Hawkins often played in. A heartbreaking loss in the rock music community, but Hawkins’ legend will live on.