Harry Styles says Billie Eilish “broke the spell” of him feeling lost as a young artist

Harry Styles (Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Harry Styles) + Billie Eilish (Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for ABA)
Harry Styles (Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Harry Styles) + Billie Eilish (Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for ABA)

Harry Styles has opened up about transitioning from a teen star in a boyband into a career musician on his own path, explaining that he found solace in seeing the way Billie Eilish approached her own sudden rise to pop stardom.

Ahead of his hotly anticipated third album, ‘Harry’s House’, landing on Friday (May 20), Styles sat down with Zane Lowe for a 78-minute chat about the album’s inception, touring, Style’s creative process and his maturation as both an artist and a person away from the spotlight. Eilish came up towards the end of the interview, when Styles spoke candidly about how his artistry now compares to the way he approached it in the early days of One Direction’s split.

He explained: “I definitely had a really big moment, I think, when Billie Eilish kind of first blew up. I think being in the band, I’d always felt like … it was fun and exciting because we were young. And I had a moment, seeing her do this at such a young age, where I felt like, ‘I’m not that young anymore.’ 

“For a while, it was like, ‘How do you play that game, of like, remaining exciting?’ And I just had a moment where I felt like, ‘OK, we’re not the same thing.’ And in the same vein of, like, ‘You’re not always going to be the kind of young thing,’ I was like, ‘OK, I would really like to think about who I would like to be as a musician.’”

Styles went on to say that although he and Eilish had “[run] into each other a couple of times” over the last few years, he’s not told her personally about how she inspires him. “I’m kind of like, from afar, incredibly thankful to her,” he said, “because I feel like she felt like she represented something to me there.

“It felt like [she] came in in a way that was like, ‘You’re not… Like, don’t worry about being this thing, ever.’ Because, you know, she’s a lot younger than me, and there’s no point in me going, like, ‘OK, how do I get back in? How do I like, get back to like… She just totally broke spell for me, in a way that I’m very grateful for.”

Have a look at Styles’ full interview with Lowe below (they talk about Eilish around the 1:15:30 mark).

Earlier this month, Styles opened up about the benefits of receiving therapy for his mental health, after initially being hesitant to engage with it. He said that he started therapy reluctantly about five years ago, having originally “thought it meant that you were broken” and that he felt it was a music industry cliche to seek help. “I wanted to be the one who could say I didn’t need it,” he said, noting that therapy ultimately trained him out of his tendency to “emotionally coast”. 

Styles recently debuted two tracks from ‘Harry’s House’ during his Coachella 2022 headline set. His performance during the first weekend of the festival saw him premiere ‘Boyfriends’ and ‘Late Night Talking’, while also giving his chart-topping single ‘As It Was’ its first live airing.

The artist also has a litany of headline tour dates on the horizon, including ‘One Night Only’ gigs to launch ‘Harry’s House’ in New York and London. From there, he’ll embark on the UK and Ireland leg of his world tour – find any remaining tickets for those shows here – before heading on a North American tour in August. Next February, fans in Australia and New Zealand will be able to catch Styles performing in stadiums.

Next week, Styes will become the latest artist to read a CBeebies Bedtime Story for the BBC. He’ll read In Every House, On Every Street, a story written by Jess Hitchman and illustrated by Lili la Baleine, which is described as “a heartwarming celebration of homes and the different families that live in them”.

Pixar announces new movie ‘Elemental’, set to hit cinemas in 2023

Concept art for 'Elemental'. Source: Pixar
Concept art for 'Elemental'. Source: Pixar

Pixar has unveiled the title and plot of its 27th feature film – the one that will follow next month’s hotly awaited Toy Story spin-off, Lightyear – with a classic Pixar trope given a breath of fresh air.

The film is titled Elemental, and is currently bound to hit cinemas on June 16, 2023. It’s being directed by Peter Sohn, who’d previously helmed 2015’s The Good Dinosaur (and before it, the short film Partly Cloudy). Also joining from that film’s team is producer Denise Ream.

Elemental will continue the trend of Pixar asking, “What if [otherwise non-sentient item] had feelings?” It follows in the footsteps of the Toy Story series (which brought love, sadness and existential crises to toys), Cars (which did the same to, as its title implies, cars), Wall-E (robots) and Inside Out (feelings themselves), making fully fleshed-out characters of the four basic elements: earth, air, fire and water.

It’ll focus primarily on the latter two, following the story of Ember and Wade – the former an aloof flame and the latter a quirky dash of water – as they learn to overcome their differences and embrace their similarities.

So goes the logline: “In a city where fire, water, land, and air residents live together, a fiery young woman and a go-with-the-flow guy are about to discover something elemental: How much they actually have in common.”

In a statement shared with the film’s announcement, Sohn explained that in developing its story, he was inspired by his upbringing as the child of Korean immigrants in New York. 

“My parents emigrated from Korea in the early 1970s and built a bustling grocery store in the Bronx,” he said. “We were among many families who ventured to a new land with hopes and dreams – all of us mixing into one big salad bowl of cultures, languages and beautiful little neighborhoods. That’s what led me to Elemental.

“Our story is based on the classic elements – fire, water, land and air. Some elements mix with each other, and some don’t. What if these elements were alive?”

Pixar’s most recent film, Turning Red, had a similar origin, with director Domee Shi drawing from her experiences as a Chinese girl raised in Toronto.

In other Pixar news, employees for the animation giant recently claimed that Disney executives censored gay affection in its films. In an open letter attributed to LGBTQIA+ animators and allies at the studio, they wrote: “We have personally witnessed beautiful stories, full of diverse characters, come back from Disney corporate reviews shaved down to crumbs of what they once were.

“Nearly every moment of overtly gay affection is cut at Disney’s behest, regardless of when there is protest from both the creative teams and executive leadership at Pixar.”

Following the backlash, it was reported that a same-sex kiss in Lightyear, which had previously been scrapped from the film, was restored. That film is due to hit screens in exactly a month, marking Pixar’s return to cinemas (after Turning Red, Luca and Soul were all sent to Disney+) on June 17.

Globle answer today – here’s the answer and hints for Globle on May 17

Globle puzzle
Globle. Credit: The Abe Train

Globle is yet another variant on everyone’s favourite word game. The similarities are brief, with Globle offering a geography-based puzzle, with a new solution to take on each day. Those who wish to play need only start by guessing any country. The game will then tell you how close you’ve gotten, allowing you to narrow down the options.

Even if you’re a geography pro, guessing the Globle answer each day can be a real challenge. This is why we’ve included some hints in this page to help jog your brain towards the right answer. If you’d rather just know the solution, we have that too.

As each puzzle releases, we’ll be sure to keep this page updated with the correct answer and hints. We’ll also give you some tips on the best countries to start with, and how to play the game. Let’s get guessing!

Globle hint for today (May 17)

To help get you closer to today’s Globle answer, we’ve included some hints below. We’ll start off fairly vague, before giving bigger clues.

  • Capital City is Zagreb
  • Country in the Balkans
  • Begins with a ‘C’

Globle answer for today (May 17)

Today’s Globle answer is Croatia. This is the answer for May 17, with a new puzzle coming tomorrow. Stay tuned for more fun with geography!

Globle answer archive

We’ll be keeping some past Globle answers in the archive list below. Check them out to narrow down your guesses.

  • Taiwan
  • Seychelles
  • Marshall Islands
  • Vietnam
  • The Bahamas
  • Libya
  • Peru
  • Tajikistan
  • Norway
  • Guatemala
  • Montenegro
  • Sri Lanka
  • Japan
  • Australia
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Nigeria
  • Oman
  • Botswana

How to play Globle

To play Globle, start with guessing any country. You’ll then get a colour match for that country. The deeper the colour, the closer you are. After a couple of guesses you will slowly be able to narrow down the answer. A good tip is to pick larger countries that share borders with other countries. You can clear large sections of the map this way.

That’s all you need to know about today’s Globle puzzle. For more puzzle-based goodness, check out hints for Wordle and Framed. Elsewhere we have an article on 10 games to look forward to in 2022.

Framed answer today – here’s the solution for May 17

friends sharing popcorn at the movies
Gettys. Credit Klaus Vedfelt

The last couple of years have seen a huge rise in browser-based puzzle games, tasking players with working out a certain kind of answer using limited guesses. Framed is one of the newest, following in the footsteps of Wordle, but offering a slightly different twist. You’ll still need to work out the answer using limited information and only six tries, but it’ll be movies that you’ll be guessing.

You see, Framed focuses on individual frames, or stills, of an ever-changing roster of movies. Some show a fair amount of action at the start, while others will take careful analysis and decent trivia knowledge to crack. With each wrong guess, a new still is revealed, hopefully adding enough extra information and context for you to guess the correct movie title.

With only six guesses at your disposal, you may need a little help guessing today’s Framed answer. To give you a hint, we’ve included some clues that will tease the title of the movie picked as today’s puzzle. If you’ve already failed today’s puzzle, or would just like to know the answer, we’ve detailed that as well.

Framed hint for today

Today’s puzzle starts off with a car. You’ll then see someone standing at the top of a cliff, dressed in white. Here’s today’s three clues:

  • Released in 2019
  • Stars Florence Pugh
  • Directed by Ari Aster

Framed answer for today (May 17)

The answer for Framed today is Midsummar. This is the answer for May 17, with a brand new puzzle tomorrow. Check back in if you need any help!

How to play Framed

To play Framed you just need to follow these steps, in your browser of choice. Note that any Framed versions you find elsewhere on app stores or other storefronts are likely to be fakes.

  • Go into your browser and visit framed.wtf
  • Take a look at the still for today
  • Make a guess, if it’s correct, you will see the rewards screen
  • If incorrect, you have five more chances, each showing a new still.

Previous Framed answers

Sometimes, when trying to solve the Framed puzzle of the day, it can be extremely advantageous to know previous answers. Here are the answers from the last few days.

  • Goodwill Hunting
  • 10 Cloverfield Lane
  • Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
  • Moonlight
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Requiem For a Dream
  • Les Miserables
  • No Country For Old Men
  • 1917
  • The Imitation Game
  • Godzilla: King of the Monsters
  • The Godfather Pt II
  • Brokeback Mountain
  • The Truman Show
  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
  • Inception
  • 300
  • Alien Resurrection
  • District 9
  • A Quiet Place
  • Birdman
  • WALL-E
  • Gone Girl
  • BlacKkKlansman
  • Jackie Brown
  • Pineapple Express
  • Hereditary
  • Pan’s Labyrinth
  • A Fist Full of Dollars
  • One Hour Photo
  • Schindler’s List
  • The Exorcist
  • Bladerunner 2049
  • Back to the Future Part II
  • Black Panther
  • Shutter Island
  • O’ Brother Where Art Thou?
  • The Witch

That’s all you need to know about Framed, and the answer for today. For more puzzle-game goodness, check out our hints for today’s Lewdle and Heardle.

Here’s the ‘Wordle’ answer and hints for #332 on May 17

Wordle answer
Wordle. Credit: Alexi Rosenfield / Gettyimages.

The nature of Wordle means that some days can be trickier than others, which is bad news for your streak. Generally, you’ll want a good starting word, with plenty of vowels and commonly used letters. From there, it’s just a case of using the remaining letters in as many combinations as you can. If you limit the possibilities, eventually you will make the puzzle a lot easier. Even if you nail your first guess, sometimes you simply need a bit of a hint to get your brain moving. We’ve included a hint below for today’s Wordle, before we reveal the answer.

If you’re at your wits’ end, don’t stress – here’s today’s Wordle answer.

Wordle hint for #332 (May 17)

For anyone playing catch-up, the Wordle answer for yesterday (May 16) was Delve. If you’d like a tip before reaching for the answer below, here’s a hint: it means the nature or essence of a person.

Wordle answer for today (May 17)

Today’s Wordle answer isn’t particularly easy. There’s a B and an E, which could help you along. It’s a word that you won’t commonly use, and not one that features commonly arranged letters. The Wordle answer for today (puzzle 332 on May 17) is BEING.

We’ll update this page each day to ensure it’s got the latest Wordle answer, but if you don’t want to make checking a habit, there are some handy tips to work out each day’s puzzle yourself. Try to open your guesses with a word that has plenty of vowels – as mathematician Jonathan Olson identifies, some great words to use first include ‘Salet’, ‘Rance’, ‘Alter’, and ‘Crate’.

Previous Wordle answer archive

When guessing the Wordle answer for today, it can help to know what words have come before. Here’s some recent answers:

  • DELVE
  • YIELD
  • METAL
  • TIPSY
  • SLUNG
  • FARCE
  • GECKO
  • SHINE
  • CANNY
  • MIDST
  • BADGE
  • HOMER
  • TRAIN
  • HAIRY
  • STORY
  • FORGO
  • LARVA
  • TRASH
  • ZESTY
  • SHOWN
  • HEIST
  • ASKEW
  • INERT
  • OLIVE
  • PLANT
  • OXIDE
  • CARGO
  • FOYER
  • FLAIR
  • AMPLE
  • CHEEK
Wordle
Wordle. Credit: Josh Wardle.

Other games like Wordle

If you find yourself struggling to land each answer every day, good news: there’s plenty of other similar games that can test your knowledge in other areas. The success of Wordle has meant that everyone has tried their hand at making similar games – even Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo chipped in to launch Weezle, which predictably tasks players with working out a lyric from the band’s songs each day.

If Weezer‘s not the band for you, there’s always Taylordle – which is the same game, except with Taylor Swift lyrics.

Staying on the subject of music, Heardle is an audio-themed take on Wordle that has fans try to guess the song of the day by listening to small snippets.

Beyond that, there’s also a battle royale, a dungeon crawler, and one that tests your knowledge of geography – so there’s plenty to choose from at the moment. There’s even a NSFW version for adults-only!

Wordle is available for free on PC and mobile.

KPOP.FLEX to take place over three days at London’s The O2 Arena in 2023

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NCT Dream. Credit: DKphotos

European K-pop festival KPOP.FLEX is set to head to the UK for a three-day event next year, following its inaugural showcase this past weekend.

Today (May 17), Kpop Europa and PK Events, the organisers of KPOP.FLEX, announced that Europe’s largest K-pop festival will be taking place at London’s The O2 Arena for one of its 2023 editions. Next year’s instalment of the K-pop music event, which will take place over three days from September 22 to 24, will also offer “a range of activities [for festival-goers] to immerse themselves in Korean culture”.

In addition, the 2023 London edition of the K-pop festival will also play host to the first-ever KPOP.FLEX Awards For Emerging Artists, which is set to take place on September 23, 2023. More details about KPOP.FLEX London 2023 and its accompanying awards show is set to be revealed in the coming months.

“We’re so excited to be hosting Europe’s largest-ever K-Pop festival here at The O2 in September 2023,” said Steve Sayer, VP and GM at The O2. “In recent years, K-Pop has taken the world by storm and so this is a huge milestone for us.”

“We can’t wait to build on the success of previous hugely popular K-Pop performances at the venue, and welcome some of the world’s top K-Pop acts and their legions of fans to The O2 for a fantastic weekend festival event that will take over the full campus at The O2,” he added.

During KPOP.FLEX Frankfurt 2022, it was also announced that the festival would be returning to the German city in 2023 as well. KPOP.FLEX Frankfurt 2023 is set to be held at Deutsche Bank Park stadium on June 17 and 18.

Line-ups for KPOP.FLEX London 2023 and KPOP.FLEX Frankfurt 2023 have yet to be announced, but are expected to be announced in the coming months. The KPOP.FLEX Frankfurt 2022 notably featured performances from ENHYPENAB6IX(G)I-DLEMAMAMOONCT Dream and more.

Here’s the ‘Heardle’ answer for today – what’s the solution for ‘Heardle’ on May 17?

Heardle is a new Wordle-inspired game for music lovers
Heardle. Credit: Heardle/Omakase

There have been many new puzzle games cropping up online since the arrival of Wordle earlier this year. People seem very into browser-based quizzes, especially ones that offer streamlined and simple variations of the guess-5 format. Some decided to copy Wordle outright, which hasn’t gone over all too well, while others have used it as a jumping off point to offer something more interesting.

Of all the Wordle-style puzzles that have exploded into view over the last few months, one of the most interesting is Heardle. This simple puzzle game revolves around music. More specifically, it tasks players with guessing a song based on the intro. You get six guesses to do so, with each hint revealing more and more of the intro. Some will be able to guess certain songs from the first second, while others may need more to go on. The song changes daily, ranging from well-known rock classics to more obscure one-hit wonders.

Heardle is much more of a trivia game than its brethren, so does require a bit of knowledge going in. If you’re into music, it’s a brilliant way to train your ear, and you’ll be surprised by just how much you can get from a one second sample. To help you out, we’ve included a hint for today’s Heardle solution. If you’d rather just know the answer, we have that too, as well as a list of the last week’s worth of songs. Let’s get started.

Heardle hint for today

The Heardle hint for today:

  • 90s pop song
  • Singer was part of WHAM!
  • Title has a number in it

Heardle answer today – May 17

The answer to Heardle today is George Michael – ‘Freedom 90.’ This is the solution for May 17, with a new puzzle on its way tomorrow.

How to play Heardle online

To play Heardle online you just need to do the following:

  • Head to heardle.app
  • Press play to listen to the first segment
  • Make a guess, or reveal more of the song
  • After six guesses, you will fail the puzzle and will have to wait until tomorrow’s

Previous Heardle answers

To help you get an idea as to the types of songs featured in Heardle, we’ve listed some of the recent answers. Take a look to read up on what type of guesses to make.

  • Estelle – ‘American Boy (ft. Kanye West)’
  • Paul Simon – ‘You Can Call Me Al.’
  • Toploader – ‘Dancing in the Moonlight.’
  • Electric Light Orchestra – ‘Mr Blue Sky.’
  • a-ha – ‘Take On Me.’
  • Santana – ‘Maria Maria (ft. The Product G&B)’
  • Blue Oyster Cult – ‘Don’t Fear the Reaper.’
  • Jamiroquai – ‘Virtual Insanity.’
  • Kate Bush – ‘This Woman’s Work.’
  • Cyndi Lauper – ‘Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.’
  • Stardust – ‘Music Sounds Better With You.’
  • TLC – ‘No Scrubs.’
  • Ed Sheeran – ‘Shivers.’
  • Busta Rhymes and Mariah Carey – ‘I Know What You Want (ft. Flipmode Squad)’
  • Rage Against the Machine – ‘Killing In the Name Of’
  • *NSYNC – ‘It’s Gonna Be Me’
  • Candi Staton – ‘You Hearts Run Free’
  • Lisa Loeb & Nine Stories – ‘Stay (I Missed You)’
  • Joan Jett and the Blackhearts – ‘I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll’
  • Amerie – ‘1 Thing’
  • Rolling Stones – ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’
  • Lauryn Hill – ‘Ex-Factor’
  • Shakira – ‘Whenever, Wherever’
  • Harry Styles – ‘Adore You’
  • Snoop Dogg – ‘Young, Wild and Free (ft. Bruno Mars)’
  • Arctic Monkeys – ‘I Bet You Look Good On the Dancefloor’
  • Annie Lennox – ‘Walking On Broken Glass’
  • Fatboy Slim – ‘Praise You’
  • Cheryl Lynn – ‘Got to be Real’
  • Oasis – ‘Wonderwall’
  • Camila Cabello – ‘My Oh My’
  • Koffee – ‘Toast’
  • Red Hot Chilli Peppers – ‘Californication’
  • John Legend – ‘Ordinary People’
  • Luther Vandross – ‘Never Too Much’
  • Fugees – ‘Ready or Not’
  • Led Zeppelin- ‘Immigrant Song’
  • Spice Girls – ‘Wannabe’
  • Silk Sonic – ‘Leave the Door Open’
  • Hall and Oates – ‘You’re Making My Dreams Come True’
  • Cardi B – ‘Up’
  • Ace of Base – ‘All That She Wants’
  • Missy Elliot – ‘Get Your Freak On’
  • Foo Fighters – ‘Learn to Fly’
  • Dolly Parton – ‘Jolene’
  • Mark Ronson (feat Amy Winehouse) – ‘Valerie’
  • Linkin Park – ‘Numb’
  • The Kid LAROI ft Justin Bieber – ‘Stay’
  • Destiny’s Child – ‘Independent Women Pt1’
  • Wizkid (ft Tems) – ‘Essence’
  • Daft Punk – ‘Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger’

There you have it, everything you need to know about today’s Heardle puzzle. For more word-game fun, be sure to check out our guide in the NSFW Wordle variant called Lewdle. Elsewhere there’s our look at what today’s Wordle answer is.

YG felony robbery case dismissed after civil settlement

YG Performing Live
YG performing live - CREDIT: Getty

Rapper YG has won a dismissal of a felony robbery case against him in Las Vegas today (May 16).

The rapper paid a “nuisance settlement” to the man who alleged that the rapper stole his chain during a confrontation in 2018.

A trial was due to begin on May 16 but defence lawyer Gia Marina told Rolling Stone that “the victim no longer wanted to pursue the case and didn’t want to travel, so the state dismissed it. He was an out-of-state victim,” she said.

The rapper’s lawyer, Joe Tacopina, said the alleged victim in the case was “made whole” by an undisclosed civil settlement. YG retains his innocence in the case and reiterated through his lawyer that he didn’t steal the chain.

“YG didn’t steal his chain,” Tacopina also told Rolling Stone.

“This was a nuisance settlement. The man lost his neck chain during a scuffle. This was an out-of-court settlement that is confidential.”

YG
YG. CREDIT: Rich Fury/Getty Images

The chain in the case was reportedly valued at between $3,000 and $9,000 (£2435 and £7305), as reported in the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

The alleged victim, who was reported to be a fan, claimed that they’d asked for a photo with the rapper but was blocked by his entourage.

The fan reportedly told police that Jackson ripped the chain off of his neck, with security footage reviewed by Las Vegas police also showed that Jackson walked away from the man “with a a shiny object” in his hand, Metropolitan Police Department spokesman Jay Rivera told the Review-Journal in a statement.

NME has reached out to representatives for YG for comment.

Meanwhile, last year, YG‘s ‘My Krazy Life’ track returned to streaming services with altered lyrics after a track on the 2014 album faced a backlash for its controversial lyrics.

NME Radio Roundup 16 May 2022: Arcade Fire, Kendrick Lamar, Carly Rae Jepsen and more

Arcade Fire
Arcade Fire. CREDIT: Michael Marcelle

It’s the season of returns. In the past two weeks we’ve had stellar new albums from both Arcade Fire and Kendrick Lamar, while Kasabian have just shared the first preview of their forthcoming record ‘The Alchemist’s Euphoria’ – their first since the departure of previous frontman, Tom Meighan.

Post Malone has also recently dropped new tune ‘Cooped Up’, the second single building up to his upcoming album; and Carly Rae Jepsen is back with the lush ‘Western Wind’. All of these welcome returns were must-adds to this week’s NME Radio playlist.

Check out the rest of the new tracks on NME 1 and 2 below:

On the A List:

Arcade Fire

‘Age of Anxiety II (Rabbit Hole)’

Taken from Arcade Fire’s new record ‘WE’, the six-minute ‘Age of Anxiety II (Rabbit Hole)’ is a slow-burning beauty that’ll linger in your head for days. – Sabiq Rafid

Listen: Spotify | Apple Music

Post Malone

‘Cooped Up’ feat Roddy Rich

Post Malone’s latest single ‘Cooped Up’, a team-up with Roddy Rich, is the second preview of his upcoming album, ‘Twelve Carat Toothache’. “I’ve been out of my bag for a long time, and I’m trying to hop back in there,” Post said of the track in an interview with Apple Music 1’s Zane Lowe, adding: “We knew what we wanted to say, and we knew what we wanted to express, not only in a song but in that particular moment on the album.” – SR

Listen: Spotify | Apple Music

On the B List:

Kendrick Lamar

‘The Heart Part 5’

The brilliant, Marvin-Gaye sampling ‘The Heart Part 5’ – the first glimpse we got of Lamar’s stellar fifth record ‘Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers’ before it dropped – is a triumph. Given the five-star treatment here at NME, it sees Lamar: “taking ownership of his elder role in the rap world. He sees his influence and now wants to be a voice of reason and morality, not just a coveted rap star.” – SR

Listen: Spotify | Apple Music

Carly Rae Jepsen

‘Western Wind’

Carly Rae Jepsen’s latest offering, ‘Western Wind’, is a song made for basking in the warmth on sunny days. Fusing lush synths, an infectious backbeat and a slick guitar solo, it’s a total beauty. – SR

Listen: Spotify | Apple Music

Willow Kayne

‘Final Notice’

Rising star Willow Kayne’s newest single ‘Final Notice’ is the singer-producer’s first release of the year. The catchy jungle track is also a homage to Kayne’s roots, with the artist calling it “a love letter to the junglist stylings of her hometown of Bristol.” – SR

Listen: Spotify | Apple Music

On the C List:

Sharon Van Etten

‘Mistakes’

Sharon Van Etten holds no regrets on this killer guitar-laden track from her new album ‘We’ve Been Going About This All Wrong’. “When I make a mistake / Turns out it’s great, it’s great, it’s great she asserts on the euphoric track, adding: I’m much better than that / It’s much better than that”. – SR

Listen: Spotify | Apple Music

Shygirl

‘Starlight’

On new single ‘Firefly’, pop-innovator Shygirl transports us to the dance-floor. Fusing skittering beats with glitchy synths, the earworm is an exciting glimpse of the artist’s upcoming debut album ‘Nymph’, due out later this year. – KG

Listen: Spotify | Apple Music

Doja Cat

‘Vegas’

Taken from the soundtrack to Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming Elvis Presley biopic, on ‘Vegas’ Doja Cat samples Big Mama Thorton’s iconic ‘Hound Dog’ (which was also famously covered by Elvis Presley himself). Reimagining the tune with plenty of flair, the powerhouse performance is an intriguing reworking of a classic. – SR

Listen: Spotify | Apple Music

Kasabian

‘SCRIPTVRE’

Kasabian have returned with anthemic new single ‘SCRIPTVRE’. “It has this huge sound that came from me bouncing off Kanye and old ‘70s soul cuts from digging in crates,” Serge Pizzorno explained of the track to NME. “There’s a euphoric, beautiful arms-in-the-air moment then goes back to this ferocious, heavy beat. It’s in your face.” – SR

Listen: Spotify | Apple Music

Say Sue Me

‘No Real Place’

South Korean indie quartet Say Sue Me’s single ‘No Real Place’ tells the story of a lost love, and trying to reconnect with the person they were before the relationship. They aren’t masking their true feelings here, with vocalist Sumi Choi singing: “I’m just watching the water flow to the same place / I’m just watching the tree that grows in the same place / And there’s nothing I can say, I’m just afraid / You and you have gone away / But I wanna be brave.” – SR

Listen: Spotify | Apple Music

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‘Predator’ prequel film ‘Prey’ gets thrilling first teaser and release date

'Predator' prequel 'Prey' teaser
'Predator' prequel 'Prey' teaser. CREDIT: 20th Century Studios

A first teaser has been unveiled for the Predator prequel film Prey, as well as a release date for this summer.

Directed by Dan Trachtenberg (10 Cloverfield Lane), the film focuses on the character Naru (played by indigenous actor and Legion star Amber Midthunder), who wants to “prove her worth as a warrior”.

In the first clip, we see two girls hiding from the Predator before a bow is raised and the extraterrestrial’s lasers are aimed in turn. The clip ends with a tease of the creature in the forest.

Watch the teaser below:

It has also been confirmed that Prey will be released on streaming platform Hulu in the US on August 5. Disney+ is set to stream the film internationally.

The full synopsis reads: “Set in the world of the Comanche Nation 300 years ago, the action-thriller follows Naru, the skilled warrior who fiercely protects her tribe against a highly evolved alien predator.”

Prey will be the fifth main entry into the Predator franchise, which began with the Arnold Schwarzenegger 1987 film, followed by 1990’s Predator 2, 2010’s Predators and 2018’s The Predator. The series has also crossed over with the Alien franchise in 2004 film Alien vs. Predator and its 2007 sequel Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem.

Elsewhere, an Alien prequel TV series is in the works from Fargo showrunner Noah Hawley, which will see the xenomorphs take on “white collar workers”.

“You will see what happens when the inequality we’re struggling with now isn’t resolved,” Hawley told Vanity Fair last year. “If we as a society can’t figure out how to prop each other up and spread the wealth, then what’s going to happen to us?”

He added: “There’s that great Sigourney Weaver line to Paul Reiser where she says, ‘I don’t know which species is worse. At least they don’t fuck each other over for a percentage.’”