Storied Italian producer Giorgio Moroder will be featuring quite an impressive roster of talent on his forthcoming album Déjà Vu, his first studio effort in over 30 years. Joining the ranks of Sia, Britney Spears, Kylie Minogue and Kelis on the LP is current pop “It Girl” Charli XCX, who collaborated with Moroder on the newly released single “Diamonds.” The soaring track is steered by electro-thumping synths and glazed over by the Brit starlet’s signature bratty chorus lines.
Listen to “Diamonds” below and look out for Déjà Vu when it drops on June 12 via RCA.
Last year, Jordan Brand announced the return of the popular “Hare” campaign for 2015. With the brand already releasing several silhouettes under the “Hare” campaign this year, the Jumpman has decided to add the “Hare” treatment to the Jordan Melo M11.
The canvas of the M11 silhouette will feature the OG colorways of the “Hare” campaign. The sneaker will include a leather upper with accents of red and orange throughout the silhouette. The sneaker will also feature a white midsole with Jordan brand’s FlightPlate technology. Jumpman branding will be embossed on the heel tab and tongue of the M11. A light green interior will round off the shoe’s look.
No word yet on when the Jordan Melo M11 “Hare” will release, but stay tuned with XXL for more information surrounding this sneaker.
Tidal, the streaming service recently purchased, re-branded and re-launched by Jay Z, has been maligned in the press and by fans. Many have called into question how populist a venture it could be, given the net worths of those present at the highly publicized announcement; Hov’s disjointed Twitter monologue defending the site did little to quell fears. However, a new development could cast his latest venture in a more positive light. According to what appears to be an earnings report leaked by an anonymous independent record label to Digital Music News, Tidal’s payments per stream were, on average, more than one-and-a-half times those paid out by Spotify. The numbers themselves–1.2 cents vs. .72 cents–seem minuscule, but at a great enough volume, could mean tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of difference.
Though he has been in the news lately as a tech financier, Jay Z still has his hand in the music world. There’s the rumored collaboration album with his wife, Beyonce; his Roc Nation also made waves by signing Vic Mensa, the Chicago rapper first famous for his association with Chance the Rapper. Of late, Mensa has been notable for his collaborations with Kanye West: the drill-infused “U Mad” and the nascent “Wolves,” which is rumored to be the first song on West’s forthcoming seventh album.
When you ask for a raise, it’s not uncommon to have your request deflected with phrases like “it’s not a good time” or “we don’t have the budget.” You might be able to get around that deflection, however, with a simple, observational statement.