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Dead End Finland Releases New Single "Closer To Extinction"

DEAD END FINLAND released a second single “Closer to Extinction” on June 14th 2018. The track is taken from their upcoming fourth album due to be released in 2019 via Inverse Records. Check out the …Read More

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DEAD GIRLS ACADEMY ANNOUNCES NEW TOUR WITH ADELITA’S WAY

Dead Girls Academy has announced a summer tour joining Adelita’s Way! Check out the dates below. TOUR DATES: 17 WARRRENDALE, PA @ Jergels18 PHILADELPHIA, PA @ The Foundry @ The Fillmore19 STANHOPE, NJ @ Stanhope …Read More

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MASIRO ANNOUNCE EP PLANS AND DETAILS!

Oxford mathcore trio MASIRO have been captivating listeners with their own blend of math-prog-metal since the tail end of 2011. Originally formed with Chris Pethers on drums and Mike Bannard on guitar, the twosome wanted …Read More

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Alessia Cara Talks 'Growing Pains,' Self-Care and New Music

In the three years since Alessia Cara released her Isaac Hayes-sampling anti-party anthem “Here,” the Canadian singer-songwriter has released a debut album; appeared on two Top 10 hits in collaboration with other stars (Zedd’s “Stay” and Logic’s “1-800-273-8255”); sung the pop radio version of a the latest Disney princess classic (“How Far I’ll Go,” from Moana); and won the Best New Artist trophy at the 2018 Grammys. It’s been a nonstop ride, and Cara is already starting to feel the pressures, as heard on “Growing Pains,” the lead single off her forthcoming, as-yet-untitled sophomore album.

“The growing pains, growing pains/They’re keeping me up at night,” she sings on the reflective song. Like the rest of her new material, “Growing Pains” was written solely by her without any co-writers or features. (Pop & Oak, the same team she worked with on much of her first LP, returned to produce the single.)

Cara, who had just flown into NYC after performing at Washington D.C.’s Pride Fest, spoke with Rolling Stone about her new material and the life changes she’s encountered along the way.

Beyond fame, what are some of the growing pains you’ve been dealing with lately?

It’s hard to pinpoint them all, because they feel so scattered. I’m still, in a way, in the thick of it. I’m still adjusting to adulthood and the responsibility that I’ve been faced with, along with the circumstance that I’ve been thrust into–which is a very unusual one, and an amazing but scary one.

Figuring out exactly who I am, among all of this, has been a huge growing pain for me. Of course, there are a bunch of other things, like just being sad for no reason and having to understand what every feeling means. Figuring out the dynamic of different relationships, whether they’re romantic ones or family ones. It’s just a lot that comes with what I do, and a lot that comes with being my age in general. When you put those together, there’s bound to be some sort of dissonance there emotionally.

There’s a line that I loved in “Growing Pains”: “It’s starting to look like “Mrs. Know-It-All can’t take her own advice,” a reference to your debut album, Know-It-All. What kind of advice from yourself did you find hard to take?

Over time, people who listened to me branded me as the girl who speaks on positivity and self-love. Which is an amazing box to be put into, if I do have to be put in a box. At the same time, I found during certain moments where I had to talk to other people about why they should love themselves, I was still struggling with loving myself and for a long time I didn’t want to talk about it. It’s not even like I didn’t love my self, because I do. I feel like I’m a pretty confident person. I think it’s so important to talk about self-love, but at the same time, it’s also important to remind people that it’s not going to be every day. I’m getting a lot better at it now, but just for a while there was a period where I didn’t like anything about myself, or anything about anything.

Was there a specific moment that prompted you to write “Growing Pains” or was it just these emotions that were built up over time?

Definitely built up over time. I’m the type of person who always suppresses everything, especially because everything was going so well for me in my career. I thought I had to suppress it, it because if I didn’t then I would be ungrateful. Of course that’s not the case, but when you’re in it and you have people telling you how lucky you are and how many people would kill to be in your position, you just think, “Okay, I’m not allowed to be feeling this right now. I need to suppress it.”

And so I did for a very long time until I just couldn’t anymore. [With “Growing Pains”], I realized like it’s not just about writing songs for an album anymore, I am writing because I have to. It turned into the album, which I think is a way better way to create a piece of work, when it just happens. Every song that I wrote on this thing, I wrote because I felt like I needed to.

At what point did you decide or realize that this was going to be an album that would feature you as the sole writer?

Before it even started. I almost knew what this album was going to be, because I was going through so much in those three years. It’s very difficult to sit in a room with someone else, or with other people, and have to tell them about that and be that person with them so that they can write something with you.

I just thought, there’s no better person to write this than me. It was so personal to me. It was a really sacred thing; I didn’t want anyone to know exactly what I was going through. When you have full control, you can give away as much as you want to give away, and be as honest as you want and you know what it means and no one understands you better than you.

Also, I really thought it’d be cool to have a nice challenge to see if I can write something, like a whole project, on my own. It’s something that I wanted to see if I could do.

You also mentioned the way your relationships shifted over the last few years. Were these mostly family, friends or romantic relationships?

It was all of those. I’m having conversations with my parents that I wouldn’t have necessarily had when I was younger. That dynamic is starting to shift, and I’m having this urge to take care of them now, the older I get. Which is a really scary thought, because I see them getting older.

With friendships, this lifestyle seems very glamorous and it makes people want to be involved in it. I think have become very paranoid like who I let in. I found myself not being too optimistic about making friends and being guarded, because I’m not sure if people really like me for me, or if they want to be in my life for the benefits that they think they’re going to get out of it.

Of course, romantic relationships too…throughout this album process I was in a relationship, and that relationship ended. There were a lot of emotions that came with that, and the grieving process of that. I know that sounds dramatic, but it really is a grieving process!

What was the most surprising thing you learned about yourself while writing and recording this album?

I’m a lot more capable of things than I thought I was. Even just with writing an album, I never thought in a million years that I’d be able to do that all on my own, you know? When I was younger I would say, “Oh, I don’t think that I could ever write music.” Let alone the whole thing. Of course, the things I’ve accomplished are due to great luck and amazing blessings, but it’s also, I think, due to things I didn’t know I was capable of, that I actually am capable of. That’s been really great for my self-esteem and as a reminder that I’m good enough.

I also [learned] that I am apparently very emotional and very dramatic. [Laughs] But that’s just who I am.

How do you practice self-care and self-love in your spare time?

Well, for a while I really didn’t, and that’s probably why things caught up to me. Now I realize how important it is. I try to meditate a lot more, even if it’s just breathing. Walking away from things, even if it’s from social media or from people.

I just started getting really into skincare. It’s probably a placebo thing, but I feel like if I can see physical positive change then in a weird way I feel like I’m taking care of my soul too. It’s just nice to like to have, like, 10 minutes where I’m in the bathroom putting on cream. Something as simple as putting moisturizer on makes me feel better about the day. 

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Viking's Fifth Ocean Ship Named By NASA Astronaut Dr. Anna Fisher In Italy

Viking today named its fifth ocean ship, Viking Orion, during a spectacular celebration in Livorno, Italy. The 930-guest ship is currently sailing its maiden voyage with her ceremonial godmother, American chemist, emergency room physician and retired NASA astronaut Dr. Anna Fisher. For more information, visit www.vikingcruises.comLOS ANGELES, June 14, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Viking® (www.vikingcruises.com) today named its fifth ocean ship, Viking Orion® during a spectacular celebration in Livorno, Italy. The ship was delivered to Viking last week and is currently sailing a maiden voyage with her ceremonial godmother,…

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Howard Tenens choisit Yardi pour gérer son portefeuille logistique au Royaume-Uni

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Alessia Cara Reflects on Self-Love in Spotlight on New Song 'Growing Pains'

Grammy Award-winning singer Alessia Cara returns with “Growing Pains,” the first single off her as-yet-untitled sophomore album. Cara released her debut LP Know-It-All in 2015.

Pop & Oak produced the booming track, which was written solely by Cara. The lyrics reflect the anxiety of transitioning from teen to young adult in the public eye. “Don’t know why I can’t see the sun/ When young should be fun,” Cara sings in the opening verse.

“Over time, people who listened to me branded me as the girl who speaks on positivity, which is an amazing box to be put into, if I do have to be put in a box,” Cara tells Rolling Stone about the inspiration for her forthcoming album. “At the same time, I found during certain moments where I had to talk to people about they should love themselves, I was still struggling with loving myself.”

Cara’s sophomore record, which includes her first credits as a producer, will be out later this year. 

In 2017, Cara was featured on two Top Ten singles: Zedd’s “Stay” and Logic’s “I-800-273-8255.” On the strength of her debut, Cara was nominated for four Grammy Awards.

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iQIYI's Short Film Shortlisted for Golden Goblet Awards at Shanghai International Film Festival

iQIYI’s Short Film Shortlisted for Golden Goblet Awards at Shanghai International Film FestivalBEIJING, June 15, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — iQIYI Inc. (NASDAQ:IQ) (“iQIYI” or the “Company”, and innovative market-leading online entertainment service provider in China, today announced that Taming the Rabbit, a short film the company produced, has been selected for the competition for The…

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Review: Christina Aguilera Flexes Her Diva Power on the Excellent 'Liberation'

Xtina is, hands down, one of the greatest vocalists of her generation. And she has spent the better part of two decades figuring out what exactly to do with that voice. There was the bubblegum of her self-titled 1999 debut and her transition into R&B-infused, low-rise jean’d adulthood. Then came concepts: old school sound of 2006’s Back to Basics and the electro-futurism of 2010’s Bionic. There have been hits and misses along the way, but one of Aguilera’s greatest attributes is that she has rarely played it safe.

On Liberation, she gets closer than ever to zeroing in on the right path for her immense skills: her eighth album is a healthy mix of hit-chasing, theatrics and soon-to-be classic power ballads that emphasize her immense skills over half-baked conceptual themes.

She kicks things off with the LP’s orchestral title track, composed and performed by Nicholas Britell who gained an Oscar nomination for the Moonlight score. It’s the first of many left-field collaborations, ranging from a pair of rare Kanye West pop productions (including the album’s raucous lead single “Accelerate,” featuring 2 Chainz and Ty Dolla $ign) to an appearance by Anderson .PAAK. “Searching for Maria” even briefly covers Rogers & Hammerstein’s “Maria,” from The Sound of Music.

The front half of the album runs a little less smooth than the back half. The jump from Broadway to trap drills to “Beat It”-like metal-pop is a bit jarring, though individually each song is a fun, exploratory romp from Aguilera. Once the album hits “Fall in Line,” the empowering Demi Lovato duet, it hits its stride. Is there anything a vocal run battle between two generations of Disney-bred pop divas can’t fix?

From there, Liberation enters a hazy, summer-ready, drunk-on-a-beach vibe with tracks like the reggae-inflected “Right Moves” and the GoldLink-assisted “Like I Do,” a sexy assertion of power in a romance with a less successful, younger lover. She references R. Kelly’s “You Remind Me of My Jeep” on the alluring “Pipe” and reflects on bad relationships decisions above an airy, Peter Gabriel-esque synth on “Masochist.”

The album’s crown jewel, however, arrives at the very end. “Unless It’s With You,” co-written by frequent Shawn Mendes collaborator Teddy Geiger and produced by Ricky Reed, is a simple, gorgeous and memorable romantic ballad, surely something that can sit alongside “Beautiful” as one of her seminal performances. Raw and moving, it’s Xtina at her peak, expanding on the remarkable talent that made her stand out amongst a sea of teeny-bopper bubblegummers while also making her the leading voice in the 21st century’s own class of pop divas. Once again, she proves she does indeed have the range.

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Hanergy Launches Next-Generation Thin-Film Solar Charging Pack and Thin-Film Solar Backpack

Hanergy's solar paper chargerThin-film solar charging pack to provide charging anywhere anytime; Thin-film solar backpack to provide users with worry-free mobile charging capacity
SHANGHAI, June 14, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — At the Asia Consumer Electronics Show (CES) held in Shanghai on June 13th, 2018, Hanergy, a…

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