ZHU Debuts Slinky New Track ‘GenerationWhy’

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With his killer remix of Lana Del Rey’s “West Coast” and his AlunaGeorge-assisted single “Automatic,” ZHU has quickly become one of my favorite producers. His signature slinky beats and dreamy ethereal production are absolutely divine.

The Chinese-American electronic musician releases his debut album, GenerationWhy, on July 29. He previously shared the lead cut, “Working For It” featuring (ZHU x Skrillex x THEY) and now we have another taste. And it’s the title track to boot.

GenerationWhy” is absolutely hypnotic with his atmospheric house sound and hazy vocal production. I’m obsessed. Give it a listen below.

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For two straight years #OscarsSoWhite became a trending topic after the Academy Awards announced their nominations featuring all-white performers in the acting categories. The Academy vowed to address the situation and implement a series of changes to the Academy’s voting membership to double the number of diverse members by 2020. It appears they’re putting their money where their mouth is.

The 2016 class, consisting of 683 invited new members, is the most diverse yet. The new class, an Academy record in size, is 46% female and 41% people of color. Should all the invitees accept the honor, the number of women members moves from 25% to 27%, while the members of color jumps from 8% to 11%.

“This class continues our long-term commitment to welcoming extraordinary talent reflective of those working in film today,” wrote Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “We encourage the larger creative community to open its doors wider, and create opportunities for anyone interested in working in this incredible and storied industry.”

Check out all the potential new members below.

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There’s no denying Adele is the go-to when one is going through a breakup. The 28-year-old British songbird writes heart-wrenching ballads like no other. But who does the “Hello” singer turn to when she’s a little heartbroken?

Naturally, listing to her owns songs about past heartaches probably aren’t her first choice. She reveals to PEOPLE magazine, six artists she plays during her sad moments. Find out who below.

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Diplo kicks off his Mad Decent Block Party Tour on July 30 in Fort Lauderdale. Kesha will be headlining the 15 North American stops featuring acts like AlunaGeorge, DJ Snake, Kaskade and many more. To promote the tour, Diplo enlisted one of Kesha’s former co-stars, James Van Der Beek.

If you recall, the Dawson’s Creek actor appeared in Kesha’s “Blow” music video years ago. This time around, he plays a hyper-fictionalized version of Diplo in a new ad promoting the summer festival. Check out the video below to watch The Beek get his douchebag on. He’s actually quite good at it.

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The Human Rights Campaign just released an 18-minute tribute honoring the 49 victims of the massacre at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub. The clip, directed by Ryan Murphy and Ned Martel, tells the personal stories of those who lost their lives that tragic night.

“The hate that stole these 49 individuals from all those who loved them has been allowed to flourish in our country for too long,” Murphy said in a statement. “No person is born hating another, and we have an obligation as Americans to stand up against prejudice and bigotry that would incite violence against someone simply for who they are. I am proud to have joined with Ned Martel, my talented colleagues, and the Human Rights Campaign to honor these 49 heroes and stop the hate.”

Stop The Hate: 49 Celebrities Honor 49 Victims of Orlando Tragedy

For too long, a toxic combination of anti-LGBTQ hate and easy access to guns has put LGBTQ people at disproportionate risk of violence and murder. On June 12, forty-nine innocent people — most of them Latinx — were killed at Pulse nightclub in Orlando simply because of who they were. It’s on all of us to keep their memories alive, and to ensure part of their legacy becomes meaningful action to end hate violence. Join the Human Rights Campaign and urge your legislator to support legislation that will ensure LGBTQ people are safe and equal in every community and find out how to support the survivors and families of the Orlando victims.

The celebrities telling their stories are (in order of appearance) Lady Gaga, Chris Pine, Cuba Gooding Jr., Connie Britton, Matt Bomer, Sarah Paulson, Angela Bassett, Lea Michele, Colton Haynes, Sophia Bush, Jane Fonda, Harry Shum Jr., Denis O’Hare, Rob Reiner, Melissa Benoist, Caitlyn Jenner, Edgar Ramirez, Max Greenfield, Chaz Bono, Cheyenne Jackson, Emma Roberts, Kerry Washington, George Lopez, Evan Rachel Wood, Sofía Vergara, Diego Boneta, Nina Jacobson, Demi Lovato, Tyler Oakley, Yeardley Smith, Kid Cudi, Kaitlin Olson, Kevin McHale, Jamie Lee Curtis, Lee Daniels, Chace Crawford, Evan Peters, Gerard Butler, Katey Sagal, John Stamos, Laverne Cox, Jordana Brewster, Wes Bentley, Finn Wittrock, Darren Criss, Kathy Bates, Anna Paquin, Guillermo Díaz and Joe Mantello.

Check out the extremely moving clip below. It’s impossible not to get a little misty watching it.

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Trolls is the latest beloved toy brand to head to the silver screen. If the adaptation does half as well as its catchy theme song, “Can’t Stop The Feeling” courtesy of Justin Timberlake, the animated film should do quite well at the box office.

Not only did Timberlake curate the accompanying soundtrack, he’s also voicing one of the characters. In addition to JT, Dreamworks enlisted an all-star cast to bring the Trolls to life in the animated film. Anna Kendrick, Gwen Stefani, James Corden, Russell Brand, Kunal Nayaar and Icona Pop are just some of the names involved.

Trolls Movie Synopsis

From the creators of Shrek comes the most smart, funny, irreverent animated comedy of the year, DreamWorks’ Trolls. This holiday season, enter a colorful, wondrous world populated by hilariously unforgettable characters and discover the story of the overly optimistic Trolls, with a constant song on their lips, and the comedicly pessimistic Bergens, who are only happy when they have trolls in their stomach.

Trolls arrives in theaters on November 4. Check out the first trailer below. Justin’s hit single really sells the film.

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It wouldn’t be a summer without a tune from Robyn. And 2016 is no different. The 37-year-old Swede pop star hooks up with Metronomy for a fun new track.

“She’s just got this incredible singular voice in pop music and you hear it now everywhere,” he said. “You hear it in Lorde and Taylor Swift songs. She started this thing which is everywhere now. I love her voice and to have it on my music feels good.”

Hang Me Out To Dry” is lifted off the UK electronic music group’s fifth studio album, Summer 08, scheduled for a July 1 release. It’s a nice slinky mellow affair. With that being said, I fully expect some DJ to transform it into a club anthem. I can’t wait.

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It’s asswipes like this that give fans a bad name. Seriously, why go out of your way to ruin someone else’s day just for the sake of being an asshole? I’m not Iggy Azalea’s biggest supporter by any means, but this clip really gets under my skin.

The 26-year-old was minding her own business at an airport when, what she thought was a fan came up to here. Naturally, she’s all smiles thinking he wants a selfie or autograph. Instead, he ‘thanks’ her for ruining hip-hop. What a douche!!! I’m actually quite impressed with Azalea for not slapping this sh*thead and tearing him a new one. So gross.

Check out the clip below. Team Iggy all the way on this one.

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