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Cardi B says female rappers are under ”mad pressure” to continually have smash hits.

The ‘WAP’ hitmaker says there are double standards in the hip-hop industry whereby male artists can go for years without putting out new material and still be relevant, but the same doesn’t go for women artists.

She said: ”Female rappers, y’all, they are always in mad pressure.

”If you don’t have a super crazy smash, it’s like oh, you flop, flop, flop. The song could be like two-times platinum and it’s still flop, flop, flop. You’re always under pressure, and I feel like it’s not fair.”

Of her male counterparts, she added: ”I feel like there’s male artists who go two years without putting a f***** song out and they don’t go, ‘Oh, you’re irrelevant. It’s over for you.’ Me, I didn’t put out songs for nine months and it’s like, ‘Oh, she’s irrelevant. She’s over. She’s a flop. We told you that.”’

The 27-year-old Grammy-winner insisted she’s not ”going to put out a song that I’m not really in love with just because.”

Cardi admitted ”at one time, I felt like I was putting out too much music and I took a little break.”

But when she wasn’t firing out new music, she faced backlash and rumours started to spread that she had fallen out with her label.

The ‘I Like It’ hitmaker added to SiriusXM: ”Throughout this whole time people were making rumours like, ‘Oh she’s having problems with her label,’ ‘Her label is shelving her, Her label is tired of her and they’re getting more female talent.’

”It’s like, no, they never tired of me. Labels, they want you to put music out. That’s what they love. They want you to put music out all the time, all the time.”

Cardi recently insisted she has no plans to quit the music business, despite constant criticism.

She said: ”I feel like people are attacking me because they want me to feel the pressure of bullying, and they want me to give up, and they want me to say, ‘Oh, I quit music’ or ‘I’ll delete my Instagram, delete my Twitter.’ And I’m not willing to do that.

”No one will ever have that much power [over] me. Ain’t no way that I’m going to quit.”

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Elle Fanning | Elle Fanning stars in Gucci film series

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Elle Fanning has partnered up with Gucci’s ‘Absolute Beginners’ film series.

The 22-year-old actress has joined the luxury fashion label alongside Jodie Turner-Smith and Kelvin Harrison Jr. to release a series of short films with nine first-time directors to celebrate “the potency of the pop culture and naïveté, the beauty in amateurism, and expose the power and vulnerability of the creative impulse while centering the Gucci Jackie 1961 bag”.

The nine films will be released in two drops on TikTok with the first one – which features Elle, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Jodie Turner-Smith, Benedetta Porcaroli and Emma Corrin – being released on October 28 and the second on November 6.

The second drop will feature films by Lily Gavin, Barry Keoghan, Yoshi, and Arlo Parks.

Speaking about the project, Elle said: “My film is about captivating the nature of Gucci. Even a dog can be hypnotised by its beauty. One night while drifting off to sleep, I thought of this western showdown between a dog and dog owner with a scoreboard keeping tallies of how Gucci always wins.

“Since I am an absolute beginner to directing, I wanted to make a statement with the tone. Yes, this is a fashion film, but why not tell a funny story while looking at sparkling garments?”

Kelvin added: “[My] film is essentially a story about the seemingly ever-present fear of love. The concept initially came from someone I was seeing who told me that the risk of falling in love was greater than the reward. They had come to believe that after so many unsuccessful attempts at sustaining a long-lasting relationship it was unfair to expect anyone to take on their accompanying baggage. It was suggested I may be naive to believe that someone could not only handle the baggage of another, but embrace it with an authorship as if it were their own”.

What’s more, the creator behind the original viral Gucci Model Challenge, Morgan Presley will release a “#GucciAbsoluteBeginners guide to living a Gucci life” video with audio for other creators on TikTok can use to re-create their own Gucci videos.

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Jameela Jamil | Jameela Jamil: My clothes allow me to become different characters

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Jameela Jamil expresses her “different characters” through her clothes.

The 34-year-old actress thinks about her “plural” selves whilst getting ready for a red carpet event as she believes her fashion choices should represent how she feels on a daily basis.

In an interview with ELLE, she said: “I think about looking like my-selves — plural. We have so many different facets to ourselves. All the different characters that live within me come out, day-to-day, in my clothes, so fashion really becomes about, ‘Who do you feel like being today?’ “

However, Jameela admits she often wears oversized clothing as an “armour” to stop people from looking at and judging her body.

She explained: “Normally when I’m wearing a suit, I’m wearing it as armour. I often wear a baggy suit, and I’m deliberately wearing it to be released from my gender, and from anyone speculating at my body shape. It’s asexual and focused.

“I just want to look like a very chic brain, you know? I don’t need people looking at my body all the time, but I do want them to say, ‘She looks cool,’ and I want to feel cool. But I’ll also wear a tight dress and allow my body a moment. Just a moment!”

Meanwhile, ‘The Good Place’ star has openly criticised the Kardashians for promoting unrealistic body goals and but she doesn’t believe in the sisters being cancelled for good because they have the potential to use their fame and fans for good causes.

She explained: “I don’t believe in cancelling people who have the potential to do immense good. That’s incredibly stupid. Harvey Weinstein – cancel him. Cancel people who are a danger to society. The Kardashians, it would be madness not to call them in to help fix the thing they’ve been part of perpetuating. But seeing what Kim has done with prison reform?! That’s a sign of what happens when they utilise their power for good. These are powerful women, and I think they’ve already started changing.”

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October 2020 Favourites: The Struts, Beabadoobee and iDKHOW give us nostalgia when we need it most

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All in all, it’s been an excellent month for music. In October alone we’ve seen numerous releases that we’re strongly considering for our top 10 albums of the year list, and it seems like 2020 has really made artists want to take us back to a better time. We are more than grateful for that.

The Struts – Strange Days

These glam-rock revivalists have been entertaining us four seven years, but their third album Strange Days is truly something special. They’ve teamed up with everyone from Robbie Williams to Def Leppard on this charismatic retro album, that may be have a nostalgic sound, but lyrically fits very much into 2020.

The Struts – Strange Days

Beabadoobee – Fake It Flowers

For her debut album, London singer-songwriter Beabadoobee has developed her bedroom pop sound do something more akin to 90s alternative rock. Fake It Flowers has a shoegaze-y, grunge feel that we can’t get enough of, but it’s never afraid to stray into more acoustic-pop territory and even punk. It never takes itself seriously and it’s definitely an album of the year contender.

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I Don’t Know How But They Found Me – Razzmatazz

Dallon Weekes and Ryan Seaman introduced their sound quite succinctly with 2018’s 1981 Extended Play, but their debut album Razzmatazz definitely takes that 80s-inspired sound to new heights with a lick of mid-2000s indie rock and Panic! At The Disco-esque baroque pop. It’s fun, it’s flamboyant, and it truly stands out against everything else in the charts this year.

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Róisín Murphy – Róisín Machine

We’ve had to wait four years, but Irish trip-hop aficionado Róisín Murphy has returned with a new epic solo album, entitled Róisín Machine. With a new label under her, the record has been quite the tour de force. She’s opted for a nu-disco vibe which never quite leaves the trippy realm of which she’s associated; it’s merely heightened and intensified with her most ambitious production yet.

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Dorian Electra – My Agenda 

The first thing you’re going to notice from this queer legend’s second studio album is the out-there collabs. You’ve got Rebecca Black on Edgelord (yes, THAT Rebecca Black), and the weirdest combo of The Village People and P***y Riot on the titular My Agenda. Perhaps the strangest thing of all, however, is the fact that it all really works – in the only way hyperpop can work, of course. It’s over-the-top, but you can’t fault the conceptual thrill.

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Bruce Springsteen – Letter to You

Musicians like Bruce Springsteen never really go out of fashion, that’s true enough, but there is something special aside from the over-arching musical talent in Letter to You. Instead of trying to reclaim his glory days, The Boss stares age and mortality directly in the face with his latest release, and it’s the most honest and celebratory album we’ve heard from a more senior megastar in a long while.

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Nothing But Thieves – Moral Panic

It might not be for everyone, but frankly the kind of unconventional indie-rock we get from Moral Panic is just what the world needs right now. It sees Nothing But Thieves at their most anthemic, and it’s also their most musically cohesive album to date. 

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