Lana Del Rey has come under criticism for posting pictures of the George Lloyd protests, without obscuring the people's faces.

The picture – which we will not link to – was placed on Instagram, and came under immediate fire for failing to protect the identities of those involved.

Kehlani called out Lana's post:

Tinashe also objected:

Lana Del Rey deleted the post – she has yet to comment further.

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Lady Gaga has issued a beautiful new statement, tackling current events in America.

The pop icon released her outstanding new album 'Chromatica' on May 29th, to across the board rave reviews.

The timing for such a joyous pop statement, however, was somewhat inconclusive, with protests sweeping across the globe in reaction to the death of George Floyd.

Moved to write to fans, Lady Gaga spoke in depth about her fears for America, saying bluntly: "President Trump has failed…"

Speaking about the widespread prejudice that still exists, she says: "We MUST show our love for the black community…"

Calling the death of George Floyd "an epic tragedy" it's a not that goes so much deeper.

Read it in full below.

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David Guetta has shared a new song, intended as a tribute to George Floyd.

The death of the unarmed African-American man during a police arrest in Minnesota has sparked global protests, including several nights of rioting in the United States.

David Guetta was moved to host a lockdown live stream, and decided to air a new song.

Yet the music itself, the speech beforehand, and the decision to sample Martin Luther King Jr and shove a colossal drop at the end of his words… well, it just feels wrong.

Interestingly, Clash spoke to David Guetta a while back for our Swan Song feature, and this happened…

Who would you like to meet at the Pearly Gates of Heaven?

Martin Luther King. He was amazing – so positive.

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Immediately going viral, Hudson Mohawke put it best when he described the clip as "tone deaf…"

Check it out below.

Related: Swan Song – David Guetta

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Taylor Swift has accused Donald Trump of "stoking the fires of white supremacy" in a powerful new message.

The country-pop singer reacted after the President tweeted a message in which he inferred that rioters in America could face deadly violence from authorities.

The message was even censored by Twitter, and caused widespread condemnation across the political spectrum.

Also writing on Twitter, Taylor Swift accused the Republican of "stoking the fires of white supremacy and racism" throughout his Presidency.

She added: "We will vote you out in November."

The full message is below.

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Killer Mike has given an inspiring speech to those protesting the death of George Floyd.

The rapper has a long history of becoming involved in political and societal matters, even sitting down with Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders to discuss the future for black Americans.

The shocking death of George Floyd during an attempted arrest in Minnesota during the week has led to protests across the world, with several American cities gripped by rioting.

Killer Mike spoke to protesters in Atlanta, Georgia, and his profound words have made a deep impact.

At one point breaking down in tears, he begs those present not to burn their own house down, but to burn down the systemic racism that grips America.

Watch the speech below.

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UK neo-soul vocalist Natalie Duncan has shared her new single 'Sirens'.

The song is the very first release on Fallen Tree 1Hundred, Goldie's freshly minted imprint.

'Siren' is also the first blast from the songwriter's new album, with 'Free' set to land later in the year.

Stripping back her sound, the material on the record was sketched out at her piano, resulting in a fresh, organic sound.

She says: “I'm a pianist first and foremost and that's how I always write my songs: they begin life on the piano before I start mapping out arrangements for other instruments. I knew that I wanted simplicity in this album, which is why there aren't thick sonic layers and grand orchestration.”

The hushed tones of 'Sirens' have another root – it was penned while Natalie Duncan was recovering from vocal surgery.

Natalie says: “I initially wrote the piano and I whistled the vocals because I wasn't able to talk at the time. It was a very frustrating writing process, but it was so euphoric the first time I was able to sing the chorus line 'Can you make me fly' — it felt like my voice was finally free and flying again.”

Tune in now.

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“Overthinking isn’t really what I’m born to be,” states Jonah Falco on ‘Harmony Avenue’s opening track, the punning ‘J Terrapin’. It’s as close as you’ll get to a manifesto on Jade Hairpins’ debut album, and serves as useful guidance for interpreting the 80s-tinged luminescence on display – if at times it feels like playacting, or even a compilation album rather than the work of one band, that’s at least part of the point.

A compilation album, you say? Well, yeah. Beginning with a new wavey rush of guitar pop, the ten tracks take us through bleeping synthpop, ‘Graceland’-indepted bops and a full-on acid house rave, before closing with ‘Motherman’, which rattles along gloriously while constantly threatening to burst into the chorus of New Order’s ‘Temptation’. Luckily it’s all barrelled through with admirable chutzpah and a sense of sincerity that stems entirely from audible love for its inspiration.

Oh yeah, and the tunes are pretty damn great too. ‘Yesterdang’ wears its art-funk groove well while finding space for some genuinely touching moments of soul-searching (“Fill the void with reflection / Don’t look away from the mirror yet”), while further into the LP ‘Dolly Dream’ is a subtly addictive banger that will no doubt see Edwyn Collins rifling through his notebooks to check he hadn’t written it first.

Initially conceived as a partner project to ‘Dose Your Dreams’ – the sprawling 2018 double album by Fucked Up, in which Falco and fellow hairpin Mike Halliechuck play key roles – it eventually became clear that this set of songs was taking on a life of its own. Much like that album, there’s a spirit of continuity that makes ‘Harmony Avenue’ feel like a cohesive collection rather than a joined-up sonic pathway; a sense of purpose that somehow makes these disparate sounds all work together.

Writing for Falco’s versatile vocal rather than the raw-throated growl of FU frontman Damian Abraham gives the duo more space to play around – it’s immensely enjoyable to hear them attempting (and indeed having fun with) genres that might arguably be deemed off-limits to their day job. But there’s another key lyric in ‘J Terrapin’ that makes you wonder if the best is yet to come for Jade Hairpins: “With a gentle little push you’ll see what I can really do.” Here’s hoping there’s more to come; with a record this good as a warm-up, you wonder what they could achieve when they really hit their stride.

8/10

Words: Will Fitzpatrick

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Dyasono is one of the finest new songwriters to emerge in 2020. Well, we say ‘new’… her name may be less familiar to the wider world of pop, but eagle-eyed fans of electro-funk mavericks Knower will already have spotted her vocals on some of their mind-bending projects. Not too shabby, like.

But enough of her pals – what about Dyasono herself? Born in Indonesia, raised in Malaysia and currently based in LA, Anindya Kartika-Orr (for that is her real name) draws influence from across the spectrum of folk, rock and pop and cites the likes of Deftones, First Aid Kit and Denali as chief among her inspiration – not that you’ll spot them amidst the washes of glistening synth and layered beats.

She describes her music as ‘angsty-edgy, pop with sweet melodies and minimalistic lyrics that depict the innermost emotions felt by herself, and surely by many other people’. From the evidence of debut track ‘Walk Away’, we’d argue it’s safe to add things like ‘a neon explosion of colour and melody’ and ‘really bloody good’ to this mix, but why not check out the lyric video below and make up your own mind?

Lyrically, ‘Walk Away’ is a full-shouldered lean into the frustration of a traumatic break-up, while accepting you deserve better and learning to move on. Of the song’s unusual rhythm, Dyasono told Clash: "I just really wanted to have a song in an odd meter. So I sat there and programmed the drums meticulously, counting out the beats. Then I ended up with this really cool beat that I couldn't recreate with my mouth or hands, and everything just kicked off from there."

Produced by Ste Cole of Liverpool experimentalists a.P.a.t.T., the track is a transatlantic experiment brought about (in Cole’s own straightforward-yet-enigmatic words) ‘the internet’. It’s also an excellent first taster for an artist we’re no doubt going to get to know – and love – in greater depth very soon, with mutterings of a Dyasono EP already in the bag. Can’t wait to see how that plays out? Us neither.

Tune in now.

Words: Will Fitzpatrick

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Rap figure Gucci Mane is set to have a busy summer.

The pivotal hip-hop artist will release a new mixtape, with 'GUCCI MANE PRESENTS: SO ICEY SUMMER' landing on July 3rd.

New single 'Both Sides' is out now, with Gucci sharing the mic with much-hyped lyricist Lil Baby.

Joe Yung Spike steers the visuals, while Gucci has also detailed plans for his second album.

Out on October 13th, The Gucci Mane Guide to Greatness aims to "touch people who are going through something… It's not going to be easy. But study these words, and put them into action. I want this book to keep you motivated."

Check out 'Both Sides' below.

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MILENA has always been a determined force.

Brought up in Montenegro, she travelled across Europe, eventually settling in London.

Using the city as her base, her pop ideology is rippled in light, one that is infused with exuberance.

New EP 'Higher Hopes' is out now, and the title track distills her songwriting effervescence down to a fine art.

A video shoot was arranged, but then lockdown intervened forcing a last minute change in plans.

She comments: “The original idea to make the music video 'Higher Hopes' was a beautiful setting in the English countryside and old fashioned cottage, riding the bike amongst the golden fields…”

“I was just about to shoot the video, then the lockdown happened. I couldn't let that delay me, so with my trusted iPhone X, I shot this video by myself in my North London flat and local park. The message had to be the same: being alone is being strong, with the help of a Creator, with hope, every day is a new opportunity too, just like the time we are all living in currently.”

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