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Billie Eilish discusses life under quarantine in new podcast

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The LA star was interviewed at home for the 50th edition of the Telekom Electronic Beats podcast

Like a lot of us, Billie Eilish is currently holed up under lockdown, with her home state of California having implemented social distancing measures to manage the coronavirus crisis. In a new podcast recorded during this period, she reflects on what life is like for her right now.

For the 50th edition of the Telekom Electronic Beats podcast, the five times Grammy Award winner and current YY cover star talks about spending time alone following an exhausting few years: “It sounds so introverted and lonerish but I’ve really enjoyed being alone. I feel like everyone on the internet has been talking about how they’ve been on FaceTime all day long with their friends. I love my friends, but I’m good being alone. I haven’t had this time off since I was 12.”

She also discussed her post-quarantine plans: “If I’m being real, I feel like as soon as we can see people again and go out we’re going to be so happy and grateful that in three days we’re going to take it for granted again. That’s the way people work, that’s the way humans are made. You miss something so bad once you don’t have it. Then when it comes back you fall back into that place of ‘I’ll have this for the rest of your life.’ It’s crazy we never thought we’d lose going out and having fun and seeing our friends.”

She also talks about her personal future: “I’m in the prime time of my life right now and I don’t want to be missing out on it.”

The episode was recored remotely between the Berlin-based Telekom Electronic Beats and Eilish’s home in LA. Listen to it at Apple Podcasts or Spotify.

Eilish is currently on the cover of YY’s summer issue, shot by Harmony Korine. Due to social distancing measures, we are giving away free digital PDF copies of the magazine – sign up to YY’s email to find out more.

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Blood, butts and Cara Delevingne in Halsey’s new music video

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Singer Halsey releases a new ultra-trash music video. Violence, sex and Cara Delevingne are mixed together in “Nightmare”.

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Virtual Reality company buys Napster, aims to create “truly next generation” streaming service

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MelodyVR, a virtual reality platform, has purchased streaming giant Napster for $70million (£53m).

Founded in 1999 as a pioneering peer-to-peer file sharing Internet software that emphasized sharing MP3s, the platform served 10.8 billion streams two decades later in 2019, with annual revenues of $113 million.

Now, MelodyVR, who hosted virtual festival Wireless Connect back in June, have acquired Napster, stating that they wish to transform it into “a truly next generation music service.”

Anthony Matchett, the CEO of MelodyVR, said: “MelodyVR’s acquisition of Napster will result in the development of the first ever music entertainment platform which combines immersive visual content and music streaming. For music fans today, live and recorded music are intrinsically linked. We are as keen to see our favourite artists perform live as we are to listen to their albums.

In July this year, London’s Brixton Academy was announced as the venue for a series of live, 360-degree, Virtual Reality gigs presented by Live Nation U.K. and MelodyVR. While no line-ups or dates have been announced yet, ‘Live From O2 Academy Brixton’ promises immersive experiences for fans. Those who “attend” will be able to choose a particular spot in the venue from which to watch the show via the MelodyVR app.

American group Cypress Hill, who were due to kick off a world tour earlier this year, livestreamed a performance from the band’s studio via MelodyVR in June.

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Juice Wrld’s Legends Never Die Had The Biggest Week Of Any Album in 2020

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When Juice WRLD tragically died at age 21 late last year, he left behind so much — a career that promised to keep climbing higher, a loyal fanbase, and, as prolific artists tend to have, a vault of unreleased material he’d been hard at work on. That’s why it’s no surprise that his third album (and first posthumous one), Legends Never Die, is a smash, including collaborations with Halsey, Trippie Redd, Marshmello, and more.

How much of a smash? YesYou! reports that Legends Never Die had the biggest week for any album in 2020 yet, debuting at No. 1 on the Yes You! 200 albums chart and moving 497,000 units. That makes it the largest streaming week for the year and fourth-largest streaming frame for an album, ever.

Legends Never Die is Juice WRLD’s second No. 1 album following 2019’s Death Race for Love, which spawned the singles “Robbery” and “Hear Me Calling.” It also replaces another posthumous album at the top of the chart: Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon, from late Brooklyn rapper Pop Smoke, which topped the chart last week.

Halsey, whose collab “Life’s a Mess” was released as the project’s third single, remembered her friend fondly on Instagram with a touching tribute upon its release. “Juice was one of the greatest people I have ever known, and one of the most brilliant artists we will ever live to witness,” she wrote. “A true genius who had lyric and melody spilling out of him without any second thought or hesitation. And a beautiful soul who believed in spreading love and creating a community for people to feel less alone.”

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