Jesse Jo Stark seems to tap into the infinite mythology of the West Coast.

Of course, it helps that she's got the lineage – Cher's god-daughter, Jesse has the voices of the counter culture running through her veins.

It's something that comes to the fore with gorgeous new single 'Die Young', underpinned by those celestial acoustic guitar chords and powered by an emphatic vocal.

The arrangement is suggestive and opaque – think Lana at her most fated – while also nodding to her forebears, with those liquid country guitar lines and the 'Wichita Lineman' style string parts.

A single to truly immerse yourself in, we're able to share 'Die Young' alongside some behind the scenes polaroids shot by Yungblud.

It gets intimate…

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Frank Ocean has launched a voter registration drive through his blonded.co website.

The American artist added a message to his Instagram stories just as the first Presidential debate drew to a halt, warning fans that Donald Trump "might not leave the White House even if he loses the race".

Pointing unregistered citizens towards his blonded.co site, Frank Ocean revealed a link that allows fans to register to vote.

He writes:

Debates are on. It all feels fake. The problem’s that it’s not. Donald is president and might not leave the White House even if he loses the race so some say. Pls vote. Watching him dragged out will be way more entertaining than these debates. If you’re not registered swipe up to blonded.co the form just takes 2 minutes to fill out. Goodnight.

It's not the first time Frank Ocean has been vocal politically – he shared a series of radio shows during the 2018 Mid Term elections.

Register to vote HERE.

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It was a curious instalment of the Hyundai Mercury Prize, for sure.

Clash has become accustomed to trotting down the red carpet, chatting to some of our favourite musicians outside of a glitzy ceremony.

This time round, COVID meant that the full event couldn't take place, prompting the team to unveil a fluid solution to a global problem.

With coverage split between BBC One, BBC Four, and 6Music, this year's Hyudai Mercury Prize was arguably the most comprehensive in its existence, offering live performances, insightful interviews, and more.

In the end, the winner was one of British music's warmest figures, with Michael Kiwanuka's wonderful 'KIWANUKA' winning the prize.

Here's the moment Annie Mac revealed the winner…

The letter was opened live on the One Show, BBC One's flagship evening programme, one that garners a bigger audience share than just about anything else on British television.

It wasn't the normal set up, for sure, but then this is the New Normal after all. Equally, it seems to have had an astonishing breakthrough, sending 'KIWANUKA' racing back up the charts.

The other shortlisted albums were also given the heft of exposure, with everyone from Kano to Anna Meredith to Lanterns On The Lake revelling in the spotlight.

In the end, though, there could only be one winner, and Michael Kiwanuka was as genial and humble during the announce as at any point during his decade-long career.

Photo Credit: Jeff Spicer

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Japanese Breakfast has shared details of her new book Crying In H Mart.

The songwriter – real name Michelle Zauner – confirmed plans for the book last year, and has been working steadily with publishers Knopf ever since.

Out in April, Crying In H Mart picks up from the themes prevalent in her 2018 essay for the New Yorker, a beautiful piece of writing that went viral.

In a statement, she says:

My mother passed away almost six years ago and ever since, my life has felt folded in half, divided into a before and after her death, my identity and my family having been fractured in the wake of her loss.

I’ve spent the past six years processing grief in the best way I knew how-through creative work. I wrote two albums worth of material in an attempt to encapsulate all of that heavy darkness, confusion and loneliness, and then I spent another three years writing pages and pages to try and capture my mother’s brilliant character and spirit, what it was like to be raised by a Korean immigrant in a small west coast town with very little diversity, the intense shame I felt towards my mixed race identity and how my embrace of Korean food and culture helped me come to terms with that upbringing, allowed me to reconnect with her memory.

As an artist, Japanese Breakfast is known for her frank honest, and the way her emotional intent intertwines with inventive word play – we're excited to see how this one ends up.

Here's the confirmation.

Japanese Breakfast's most recent album 'Soft Sounds From Another Planet' was released in 2017.

Shawn Mendes seems to be teasing something new.

The pop icon just sent the internet into meltdown, tweeting three simple words and then hitting 'send'.

Here's the tweet: