Billie Eilish talks mental health and music

Billie Eilish doesn't shy away from anything whether it's dark music or mental health. The "bury a friend" singer opened up about mental health in a video PSA with AdCouncil. The organization's new Seize the Awkward initiative encourages people to support friends during challenging times and open a dialogue about mental health. "It doesn't make you weak to ask for help, it doesn't," Billie says in the video. "It doesn't make you weak to ask for a friend, to go to a therapist. It shouldn't make you feel weak to ask for ask anyone for help." She reiterates that although these conversations can be difficult or awkward, they don't have to be. Reaching out to a friend can be as casual as "how are you feeling?" "Say 'are you okay?'" She stresses. "Ask somebody." You can watch the full video below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_XFd0RLKQWA Screaming for more? Follow us on Instagram, Tumblr & Twitter! ...

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Halsey shreds G-Eazy on SNL performance

After a week of hype, Halsey delivered a Saturday Night Live performance to remember. Pulling double-duty as host and performer, Halsey roasted her ex-boyfriend, rapper G-Eazy with her moving but scathing performance of "Without Me." Halsey dropped "Without Me" last October after the two briefly tried to rekindle their romance. They ended their whirlwind relationship amidst rumors of cheating. Halsey even took some not very thinly veiled shots of her own in the aftermath. pumpkin eater.— h (@halsey) July 4, 2018 In spite of the heartache, "Without Me" has become Halsey's first No. 1 track as a solo artist, setting up her upcoming album to be her biggest yet. From getting drenched in rainfall at the MTV EMAs to her charged and poignant wlw-inspired performance the The Voice, every live performance has given the song a fresh look from a different angle. However, her SNL performance went for the kill. Halsey took a softer...

Ariana Grande accused of brown face, appropriating black culture

The internet flipped when Ariana Grande released her much-hyped “7 Rings” video, a bop about basking in obscene wealth and looking good while doing it. The internet flipped yet again when rapper Princess Nokia accused Grande of ripping off her song. However, the outrage wasn’t for quite the right reason. It all started with hair. The lyrics in question are Grande’s “You like my hair? / Gee, thanks, just bought it!” Princess Nokia compares it to “Beauty shop supply cashier ringing up them numbers / Rock my many styles then go natural for the summer / Hair blowing in the hummer / Flip the weave, I am a stunner / It's mine, I bought it.” You don’t have to strain to see the similarities. Princess Nokia isn’t impressed either. In the now-deleted video, she says, “Ain’t that a little song I made about brown women and their hair? Sounds about white.” The video...

Lady Gaga has a Predator Problem

The first time I had to confront Lady Gaga’s fraught history with famous predators was years in the discount aisle of Barnes & Noble. There’s nothing like it—beautiful, glossy coffee table books for $5, high-quality art books cheaper than the coffee over at the attached Starbucks. On this particular trip, I happened to come across a 360-page behemoth of a photo book chronicling Lady Gaga’s Fame Monster and Born This Way eras. As a lifelong Gaga fan, I was enamored. The trouble is this: the photos were shot by Terry Richardson. As it happens, the book was titled Lady Gaga x Terry Richardson. I didn’t notice Richardson’s name tailing Lady Gaga’s on the spine of the book at the time because the cover bares no title, just a shot of Gaga with her blonde hair slicked back, sporting chunky shades and a black leather jacket, her name studded in rhinestones. In case you missed...

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ICYMI: Avril Lavigne’s comeback, Pussy Riot survives poisoning, & more

There’s a lot of music to keep track of and not enough hours in the day. That’s why every week, BANSHEE will catch you up on the music news you need to know! Pussy Riot member "okay" after being poisoned It's hard not to wonder how Pussy Riot manages to continue it's activism under Russia's politically repressive climate, rife with poisoning, arrests, and murders. But last month, the group cut it close. Russian-Candian Pussy Riot member Pyotr Verzilov was hospitalized for probable poisoning on Sept. 13, citing loss of vision, control of his limbs, and even total loss of his memory. Verzilov has more or less recovered from the ordeal and remains largely unbothered by it. "Obviously when you do things like that in Russian, you have to be prepared for certain things to happen to you," he said to CNN. Pussy Riot members were arrested this summer during the World Cup when they ran...

Halsey teases new song on final night of tour

Halsey closed out the final date of her hopeless fountain kingdom world tour by sharing a snippet of her newest music. In a video captured by a fan, the "Bad At Love" singer teased concert-goers at the Sept. 23 show in London with a new track titled "Without Me." A backing video read, “Said I’d catch you if you fall//Does it ever get lonely?” The song is set to be released on Oct. 4.   GUYS HALSEY IS COMING OUT WITH A NEw SONG SJSJSJS WITHOUT ME pic.twitter.com/ZFRQctUEnG — claire (@clx1re) September 23, 2018 Not one to leave her fans wanting more, Halsey posted the complete promo clip on Sept. 25.             View this post on Instagram                     Without Me October 4th A post shared by halsey (@iamhalsey) on Sep 25, 2018 at 9:23am PDT "And if they laugh then fuck them all//Maybe I'm the one who put you up there//I don't know why" she sings in the clip. The final installment of the hopeless...

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Stop blaming Ariana Grande for Mac Miller’s Death

While most of the world reacted with sadness and disbelief in the wake of rapper Mac Miller's death on Friday, Sept. 7, a loud contingent of people decided instead of lamenting his death or denouncing the tragedy of drug addiction to find a scapegoat: his ex-girlfriend, Ariana Grande. When TMZ broke the story, the outlet was quick to implicate Grande in Miller’s death: “Mac Miller died Friday of an apparent overdose...

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Against Me!’s Laura Jane Grace shares new album details

Against Me's Laura Jane Grace is back with a new project, an album release date, and a brand new track. Laura Jane Grace and the Devouring Mothers' debut album, Bought to Rot, will be released on Nov. 9 through Bloodshot Records. The 14-track record spans Grace's "fractured relationship with her adopted hometown of Chicago, true friendship, complicated romance, and reconciling everything in the end." The album is both inspired by and an homage to the late Tom Petty's album, Full Moon Fever. Though Bought to Rot has been described as a “solo album,” Laura Jane Grace & The Devouring Mothers is made up of lead singer and guitarist Grace, as well as Against Me!'s drummer Atom Willard and sound engineer Marc Jacob Hudson. "Apocalypse Now (& Later)" is the first track off of the album. Listen to it now and scroll down for the full track list: China Beach Born in Black The Airplane Song Apocalypse...

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Laura Jane Grace & The Devouring Mothers announce debut album, tour

Laura Jane Grace & The Devouring Mothers have announced that their debut album is on the way. The band has partnered with Bloodshot Records to release their debut album this fall though no album details or a release date have been revealed yet. In a statement, Grace said: “I’ve been a longtime fan of Bloodshot and the artists they work with. Having spent the past year working on a record without knowing where its home was going to be, when I discovered that the Bloodshot offices were only a couple of blocks away from my apartment I went in and asked if they’d consider giving the songs a home. They were cool enough to hear me out and oblige. I couldn’t be more happy about the work we’re going to do together and sharing it with the world.” Though described in a tweet as "a solo album," Laura Jane Grace & The Devouring Mothers...