Hot Or Not? Tyler, The Creator, Nick Jonas, Iggy Azalea And More

Written By Sam Murphy on 06/15/2016

What we're all about and what we're not about this week...

HOT
DAWN
DAWN has had an absolutely huge week. She started by putting out a pulsating new song called Serpentine Fire and then a day later she served the Oshi-produced Lemonade Lakes. Then, she shared a ridiculously good looking video for her single Wake Up right before she dropped a virtual reality experience for another single Not About That. This comes just weeks after she dropped a new EP Honest. She's churning out material at a rapid rate and while we were always told quality over quantity, if you're ticking both boxes why stop?

Tyler The Creator
Tyler The Creator cops plenty of flack for homophobic and sexist lyrics he wrote when he was a teenager but his creative output recently has been genuinely impressive and bereft of those prejudices which he obviously regrets. His fashion show last week for his label Golf Wang and it was like nothing you're likely to see at your standard runway show. He built his own world of childlike, giant objects and showcased his new range as if we were living in his dream. He streamed the whole thing and you should give it a watch below because it's pretty dope.

Yours & Owls
Wollongong's Yours & Owls festival wins the award for the best lineup of the week. Not only is it jam-packed with local talent (Big Scary, DMA's, Tkay Maidza, Vera Blue), it's made up of 52% females. And despite some people's beliefs they haven't sacrificed the quality of the lineup in order to do so. Isn't that amazing?

The festival has upgraded its site this year to include to main stages and is also allowing more people through the gates so it's shaping up to be their biggest year to date.

The Upcoming Roster Of Potentially Amazing Albums
The first quarter of this year was pretty great with Beyoncé, Kanye, Rihanna, James Blake, Skepta and more dropping albums but the second half is looking to be great too. Danny Brown dropped his new track When It Rain today and hinted that his new record will be out this year while Two Door Cinema Club also unveiled a new track and revealed Gameshow will be out 14th October. In addition to that, the unimaginable is happening with The Avalanches set to release their second album Wildflower on 8th July. It doesn't stop there though. We're still waiting on Broods' Conscious (24th June), Rae Sremmurd's Sremmlife 2 (24th June), Bat For Lashes' The Bride (1st July), Shura's Nothing's Real (8th July), Wild Beast's Boy King (5th August) and Glass Animals' How To Be A Human Being (26th August). There's something for everybody meaning we're all winners in the second half of 2016.

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Spilt Milk
Let's start by saying that Spilt Milk has put together a formidable lineup and proved that this country has a wealth of local talent but there was one gaping problem with the lineup - only one woman. To the organiser's credit, they have responded admitting that they made a mistake writing in a statement, "we needed to give more deserved consideration to the under-representation of female artists on the line up." They were honest which is more than you can say about other festivals who have made the same mistake but that's not really the problem. The problem is, festival organisers curate festivals for their audience and most of the time the lineup is a reflection of the tastes of the people that will attend those festivals. If the people who were commenting on Facebook about the lack of women on the bill are the sorts of people who are heading along to triple j-aimed festivals then we have a huge problem.

"Maybe females should get better so they get gigs," one punter wrote on the Spilt Milk Facebook page while another wrote, "Gender should never be a factor when it comes to music. It should be based on the music itself." The latter comment is correct. But, when you have 15 males on a lineup of 16 then you are making gender a factor. You're skewing it towards males and making it harder for women to make a career in music because the chances of them booking a slot on a festival is far smaller than their male peers. So yes, gender should never be a factor when it comes to music. As in, women should never have to feel as if their gender puts them at a disadvantage.

The only way to fix this is to keep talking about it. Call out those on event pages who say things like, "I wasn't paying attention to the penis to vagina ratio" and call out events when the ratios are unfair. Of the top 20 songs played on triple j right now only five of them are by female artists or female-fronted bands. triple j is aware of the problem but they're also catering to a certain type of audience, so fix this by texting in and tweeting requests for songs by female artists. Let's make a conscious effort so if you have a daughter she doesn't have to grow up knowing that if she starts playing the drums at the same time as her brother she's automatically going to be at a disadvantage.

Nick Jonas
The world is so desperately in need of a really great, straight-up pop album this year and it looked like Nick Jonas was going to pull through after the banging lead-single Close but unfortunately it wasn't to be. Firstly, there are some great points. Touch is an effortless ear-worm, Champagne Problems is the better cousin of Zayn's Like I Would and The Difference is nice enough but it's not enough. He's given a bad name to Bacon by taking something very enjoyable and making it very bland and Voodoo is the sonic equivalent of getting nausea in India. The rest of the album is just one giant, wet cloth. Even Under You which initially had promise. Last year doesn't sound as much complicated as it does bland.

Iggy Azalea
Iggy. Iggy Iggy Iggy Iggy Iggy. SMH. What are you doing? Becoming a judge on the X Factor is basically an admission that a career is fading into oblivion. James Blunt, Chris Isaak, Mel B, Redfoo and Ronan Keating are just a select few people who came to lay their careers to rest in Australia and even though Team was a bit of a disaster, it feels like it's far too early for Iggy to be calling the whole thing off.

That's not the only problem. Despite the fact Iggy is Australian, we have been pretty hostile towards her as a whole. The US went crazy for her track Fancy sending it to number one while Australia's response was lukewarm while The Guardian Australia called her "the least important" thing to happen to Oz hip-hop. Her returning to Australia to entertain us is kind of like going back to an ex who called you "fat".

Sex
Nope, we're not trying to talk about the act of sex as a trend, we're talking about Sex by Cheat Codes and Kris Kross Anthem. As if another dance cover was what we needed in 2016 we've found ourselves with maybe the worst one yet. It's a couple of months old but Australia has managed to avoid it until now. Salt 'N' Pepa hopefully got a big of coin in their pocket from it because that's about the only good thing that would come from this.