Lorde’s Melodrama Videos

Last Wednesday, Lorde returned to Electric Lady Studios—the studio where she recorded Melodrama—to perform and record new stripped-down, unplugged versions of some of her most well-known tracks on Melodrama: “Sober,” “Supercut,” and more. In the opening video, Lorde expresses her love for Electric Lady Studios and her reasoning behind recording acoustic versions of the six Melodrama tracks: “I’ve got a lot of love for this place… I feel like the songs deserved to be pulled apart in a lot of ways.” She also goes on to comment on her influences overall, stating, “My thing is always to make music that sounds like the inside of a heart… and I think really harnessing all those sonic capabilities helps to get deeper.” Watch the introductory video, as well as the six stripped-down tracks, below.

Netflix Originals

About a week ago, Netflix released a statement announcing that Shonda Rhimes would be bringing her expertise and Shondaland production company to Netflix. Just a short 24 hours after the streaming platform released this statement, Netflix’s Chief Content Officer—Ted Sarandos—revealed that the company plans to spend big on original content in 2018. The streaming platform has increased their spending on original content over the past couple years, and, in an interview with Variety, Sarandos stated that Netflix would be spending $7 billion on Netflix Originals in 2018. The increased budget will allow for more spending on original shows such as Stranger Things and Orange Is The New Black. Though the majority of Netflix’s current content is licensed, Sarandos stated that the streaming platform hopes to achieve a 50-50 ratio of licensed to original content.

Solange’s “Seventy States”

Almost a full year after her 2016 album A Seat At The Table, Solange Knowles is adding visual components and performance pieces to the album through London’s Tate Modern. The exhibition is called “Seventy States,” and will be on display both in the Tate Modern and online on the Tate’s website. In creating the artwork, Solange was asked to respond to the Tate’s “Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power.” In all, the interactive digital display addresses the themes of black womanhood and identity. Solange describes her inspirations and experiences when discussing “Seventy States”:

(Solange): There would be no hesitation should I be asked to describe myself today. I am a Black woman. A woman yes, but a Black woman first and last. Black womanhood has been at the root of my entire existence since birth. During the creation of A Seat at the Table and my deeper exploration into my own identity, I experienced many different states of being, and mind throughout my journey. I mourned. I grieved. I raged. I felt fear and triumph while working through some of the trauma I set out to heal from. The state I so greatly wanted to experience, but that never arrived was optimism. I couldn't answer my own question, if I had a responsibility as an artist to also express optimism in the midst of working through so much of my own healing.

The Tate Modern will exhibit unreleased performances from several music videos, including “Cranes in the Sky,” “Don’t Touch My Hair,” as well as an original piece “We Sleep In Our Clothes.” Check out the digital display on the Tate’s website, and see a preview of the digital exhibition below. 

Bill Cosby’s Retrial

As Bill Cosby’s sexual assault retrial approaches, new developments have surfaced regarding the personnel on his defense team. On Monday, Cosby announced via Twitter that he has hired Michael Jackson’s lawyer Tom Mesereau. In 2005, Mesereau represented Jackson in his child molestation trial, in which he was acquitted. Additionally, Mesereau has represented other celebrities in the past, including Mike Tyson, Robert Blake, and Suge Knight. Cosby’s first trial for the sexual assault charges was two months ago, and concluded when the jury wasn’t able to decide upon a verdict. On the other hand, Cosby’s former lawyer—Monique Pressley—had been hired by R. Kelly following allegations that he was keeping women in a brutal “cult.”

by Sabrina Ghantous