Back in 1997 Notorious B.I.G asked now, whos hot, who not? He may not be around to hear the answer but weve decided to provide you with a bi-weekly segment answering that very question. Every two weeks, well provide you with what were really loving and what were wishing just didnt happen.
After she dropped her last album completely out of the blue, we thought that Beyoncé may be all out of surprises but never doubt the Queen. Over the weekend she dropped a new track Formation, basically just three minutes of Bey speaking her mind, sounding as in control and confident as ever. On the track she manages to be funny, sexy and also an activist while pushing creative boundaries. Then she took it to the Super Bowl and basically made everyone forget that she was the support to Coldplay with a choreographed routine that amazed the entire world (bar Andrew Bolt and Fox News).
Disclaimer: Beyonce drops into NOT if she hasnt announced Australian tour dates by next week.
Every night for the past few nights weve had writers and photographers out enjoying the fruits of Laneway. This year is one of the strongest lineups the festival has presented and nearly everyone is doing sideshows. Weve seen Vince Staples tear apart Max Watts, Majical Cloudz hit hearts at Newtown Social Club and people swoon at Purity Ring in the Opera House. Plus, were only just getting started. In a week where the lockouts have been such an issue its great to see Sydney enjoying lots of great music.
Speaking of lockouts, Alison Wonderland is one of our local heroes this week. Even though shes touring America to adoring crowds she hasnt forgotten where she came from, taking the time to pen a badass open-letter to Premier Mike Baird. The best thing about what she wrote on Facebook is that she called him out for basically ignoring us. You obviously dont listen to anyone younger than you, so perhaps youll listen to someone who travels abroad more than you, she wrote. The worst thing about what the NSW Government did is that they didnt consult with the people who were going to be affected by these laws. They have essentially ignored anyone with an opinion different to theirs and its important to have voices like Alison Wonderland who can speak a little louder than the average Joe. Onya, AW.
That moment when you realise a 2 year-old is your style icon
North West is killing it in the fashion stakes now particularly in the below pic where shes just casually wandering around LAX rocking a Palace tee and Vans. Not even A$AP Rocky has looked this cool ever. When I was two I was wearing beige OshKosh corduroy pants, consistently looking like I had shit myself even when I hadnt.
Complex Style (@ComplexStyle) February 9, 2016
We span Be The One so many times that if it were a CD it would be scratched and beyond use right now so we were obviously hanging out for the follow-up and shes delivered. Last Dance is exactly the song we want right at the tail-end of summer. Its so warm, like it was born in a dusky sunset and best yet Lipa sounds better than she ever has. The spacious production leaves so much room for her raspy vocals to shine through. In love.
All The Acts Being Ruled Out Of Splendour
We thought that LCD Soundsystem and M83 were a shoo-in for Splendour In The Grass this year but it looks like they have been taken by Canadian festival WAYHOME. For the record, this same festival has also taken HAIM, Major Lazer, FKA twigs and Last Shadow Puppets from us. At this stage well be lucky to have Natalie Bassingthwaighte and Shannon Noll belting out Dont Give Up on the mainstage in Byron.
WayHome Music & Arts (@wayhomefestival) February 9, 2016
The NSW Premier took to Facebook earlier this week telling everyone that it is going to take a lot for me to change my mind, in regard to the Sydney lockout laws. But it seems hes woken a sleeping bear because just about every musicians who has ever got their start in a club in Sydney has hit back with a Facebook post far more eloquent and personal than what Baird offered up. Aside from Alison Wonderland, already mentioned, The Preatures, Flight Facilities and What So Not have spoken up. You are starving our future generations the chance to show the world what Australia is made of so you can line your pocket, wrote What So Not on his Facebook and hits the nail on the head. The question left unanswered by Baird is why the casinos are exempt from the laws that are shutting down other venues one by one. Hes yet to answer this.
Weve only run this feature twice and Kanye has made it into HOT both time but this week he makes his debut appearance in the NOT list. Once again Kanye has been excellent on Twitter this week keeping us updated with his album (Now called The Life Of Pablo) and Yeezy Season 3 but he went and fucked it up with one comment, BILL COSBY INNOCENT. Twitter obviously erupted with a collective WTF but he hasnt even bothered to clarify or justify the comments. It was a really stupid thing to write off the cuff and ruined what shouldve been his week to shine.
BILL COSBY INNOCENT !!!!!!!!!!
KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 9, 2016
Whether or not you like their music its hard to deny that Coldplay are one of the greatest Arena acts around. Chris Martin is a valiant frontman and nearly all their song are built for mass singalongs. Its perplexing then why their Super Bowl halftime show fell so flat. It felt like a watered down Coldplay performance with a few flowers thrown around to spread world peace somewhat haphazardly. Then they decide to recruit Beyonce and Bruno Mars, both of which have slayed the Super Bowl before, and unsurprisingly they were wiped off the stage. Martin was even left to scramble for a position in between the two.