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Macklemore Returns With His Trippy Video

The real meaning behind Taylor Swift’s ‘Delicate’ video

Rihanna reportedly has 500 songs to choose from for new dancehall album

Miley Cyrus Calls Off Wedding

Daya Seeks Comfort and Stability in New Music

MackelmoreMacklemore Returns With His Trippy Video

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Macklemore returns to bring another deep cut off his 2017 album, Gemini, to life with a surreal depiction of "How to Play the Flute."

The psychedelic visual, released July 18, finds Jake McGraw behind the camera with cameos from Louisiana-bred rapper King Draino, who assists on the track, and Mack's daughter.

The trippy video jumps around various scenes of the cybergoth dance party as we move into the depths of Macklemore's peculiar imagination. Within the first minute, three different groups of angels are shown floating above the clouds of heaven, and one even hits the famed Blocboy JB Shoot dance in unison.

Draino takes viewers on a journey through a set of magic tricks in his newfound role as a magician. The Seattle native then goes from an old-school prom to the beach in a matter of seconds, and finally leaves our brains stained with an unforgettable image of his best Bob Ross imitation.

The perplexing clip comes in the midst of the 35-year-old's co-headlining tour alongside Kesha. Tickets are available for The Adventures of Kesha and Macklemore Tour with stops left in Detroit, New York, Boston, Atlanta, Miami, and more to go.

Experience Macklemore's "How to Play the Flute" video for yourself at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dq4-nAaYbXA

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The real meaning behind Taylor Swift’s ‘Delicate’ video

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It's deep.

Every Taylor Swift video is a considered thing. Her earliest offerings like ‘Love Story’ have now become iconic, and now with her sixth record ‘Reputation’ she’s amped it up a notch – her latest video for ‘Delicate’ being no different.

The video sees the Grammy-winner experience a world where she’s invisible. Away from the cameras and paparazzi we see Taylor dancing like nobody is watching, because literally nobody is, and the clip has already racked up millions of views on YouTube.

Fans have immediately started to speculate about what the real message behind Taylor’s video could be.

dentist: okay open up

me: The Delicate music video is Taylor’s message of prioritizing happiness over her reputation and realizing that the only thoughts that matter are those of the ones closest to you and in the end your character speaks louder than the voices of your enemies

— #1 snake stan (@slitherswift) March 12, 2018

After the robots and futuristic world of ‘…Ready for It?’, and mad parties of ‘End Game’, ‘Delicate’ is a far more subtle video. Fans are speculating that ‘Delicate’ is about how Taylor feels like she has to behave in a certain way because of her reputation and fame; when she’s invisible she finally gets to be herself.

Taylor hasn’t been in the public eye quite so much over the past year: she’s been off keeping herself to herself, and being who she wants to be, just like she is in the video. Fans are also seeing the clip as a message that you should be unapologetic, and spend time focussing on what and who makes you happy.

And of course it wouldn’t be a Taylor Swift video without a few Easter Eggs hidden throughout it. Firstly, eagle-eyed fans spotted that Taylor has been leaving messages on the walls again, as she has done in several of her previous music videos (like ‘End Game’ and ‘…Ready For It’ ). In the video we see text in a subway station that reads ‘Track 5’, which is the track number of ‘Delicate’ on the album.

And we also see graffiti reading ‘Reputation’ (the title of her album) and “Echoes of your footsteps” – the latter of which are lyrics from ‘Delicate’.

We also see a sign reading ‘Joe’s Deli’ – which fans reckon is a shout-out to Taylor’s boyfriend, Joe Alwyn.

And when we see Taylor dancing on top of the desks in the hotel, if you look carefully at the concierge’s tablets you’ll see that they read the feline hotel name; “Hotel Delicat”.

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Rihanna reportedly has 500 songs to choose from for new dancehall album

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Rihanna reportedly has 500 songs to choose from for her new dancehall album, according to sources close to the project.

The singer has already confirmed she is in the studio working on the follow-up to 2016’s ‘Anti‘ and teased the album might be out by the end of the year.

Sources have told Rolling Stone that Rihanna is working on two records – a dancehall album and a pop album. The dancehall record is said to have some of the biggest producers and singers in the genre attached to it, with the likes of R. City (Rihanna, Beyoncé), Stephen “Di Genius” McGregor (Vybz Kartel, Sean Paul), Linton “TJ Records” White (Serani, Vybz Kartel), Kranium, Chronixx, and more submitting material. One producer added Skrillex and Boi-1da had also been involved in sessions.

Producers said the star and her team had collected a large number of demos from Jamaican talent for consideration. One, who asked to remain anonymous, said: “[Rihanna’s team] have, no lie, 500 records for this project [from] different producers and writers. They’re only choosing 10 records. They’ve been having writing camps and trying to keep them quiet for almost a year and a half now. I’ve been flying to Miami, flying to L.A., cutting records nonstop for this project.”

Another source added: “Every artist, every producer, every songwriter in Jamaica or of Jamaican descent has been working on [Rihanna’s album] and has little snippets of publishing or production credits on it.” They said they thought her team had eight songs chosen “but her A&R is still asking for records.” A third source said they were looking for “one more [song].”

While most producers who spoke to the publication seemed happy with Rihanna’s direction on the album, one said they felt it wasn’t going the way it had been billed. “Their whole thing was, ‘Yo, we’re gonna make this [album] real dancehall, [real] Caribbean,’” they said. “To me, it hasn’t been going that way. They’re kind of mixing it up, putting in the pop. If the reggae artists and producers won’t get the chance on the pop album, at least let us survive on the dancehall album. They’re changing up the direction continuously.”

Rihanna has not commented on the reports. However, it was previously suggested in her Vogue cover feature that her next album would be reggae-influenced and was inspired by Bob Marley and producer Supa Dups.

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Miley Cyrus Calls Off Wedding

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Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth have called off their wedding, according to OK! Australia, and blame conflicting attitudes toward having children.

The site notes that while Hemsworth is insistent on becoming a father, Cyrus is less concerned with parenthood.

"He wants kids and doesn't want to keep putting it off but it's not quite the timeline Miley had in mind...he is left heartbroken," a source told the site. "Miley put off plans for the wedding and Liam was growing tired of it...They haven't been getting along in recent months."

The source adds that Cyrus may not have ever wanted to get married at all.

"[She] didn't really want to get married. It's something that everyone else seemed to get but Liam," the source noted. "[His] family had been begging him to see the light for a long time, but he had faith in Miley. Now he feels like an idiot."

It was just a year ago during an interview with The Sun that Cyrus said she wasn't particularly concerned with the idea of getting married.

"I don't envision marriage. I'm 24. I hope I get to live a little bit more," she said. "I have too much living to do [before I get married]."

The couple first announced they were engaged in 2012 but broke up in 2013. They got back together in 2016, at which point Cyrus had begun to wear her engagement ring again.

On Friday morning (July 13), Miley Cyrus' Instagram page was void of any posts. And we're thinking Liam Hemsworth may be the reason why.

Last week it was reported that the couple was "hanging by a thread" and the sudden purge could be a result of an official break up.

"Miley’s been spending a lot more time at her parents’ house,” an insider told Radar. "She needs time to herself."

The anonymous source also alleged the pop star's rethinking getting married at all. "She’s accomplished a lot in her life, but there’s still a lot she wants to do — and Miley doesn’t want to have to answer to anybody, least of all a husband," they explained.

Cyrus' cold feet may be a breaking point for her fiance: "Liam’s over it," the insider continued. "He wants kids and doesn’t want to keep putting it off ... It’s ultimatum time for Liam and pals aren’t betting on Miley making the commitment he wants!"

Conversely, some fans think the deleted posts mean the total opposite: that Miley and Liam are finally tying the knot.

However, the main theory is that the Younger Now singer is starting a new era in her career—kind of like what Taylor Swift did for Reputation and Harry Styles did when he first put out solo music. Excited fans took to Twitter with the hashtag #MileyIsComing.

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Daya Seeks Comfort and Stability in New Music

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Daya may be young, but the 19 year-old seems to have an old soul. On her newest song, “Safe,” the singer pines for a simpler, easier time when she felt like she was still safe. “Closed hearts make closed minds/ I won't tell you it's all butterflies and roses/ When I back in time,” she sings.

Now, Daya is translating that message into actions. On July 18, the singer released the full video for the track, showing her sitting alone in her room, on a swing and in a studio, yearning for a time when she didn’t have to feel constantly at-risk.

In tandem with her video, Daya launched her new #SafeIs campaign across her social media accounts, encouraging fans to share with one another their experiences of what it means for them to feel safe. "I want my song 'Safe' to be an invitation to start a positive dialogue in a world in need of compassion,” she says in her Instagram launch video for the project. “Let’s uplift each other, create your own version of what safe means to you.”

The singer went on to detail the things in her life that make her feel safe. Along with mentioning her family, playing guitar and eating mashed potatoes, Daya mentions that one of the things that makes her feel safe is being with her girlfriend, who makes a brief, romantic appearance in the announcement video. Daya recently came out publicly during her set at Milwaukee’s PrideFest.

Watch the full video for Daya’s “Safe” at: https://youtu.be/v9I-uVG51ic

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