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Miley Cyrus Opens Up About Self-Isolation In Apple Music Interview



With most of us self-isolating in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19, things can get lonely. We’ve all been presented with a new challenge to find unique ways to make life interesting from the comfort of our own homes. And in a new interview with Zane Lowe for Apple Music, Miley Cyrus opened up about the good and bad parts of social distancing and self-isolation from her own experience.

“What’s really crazy is — and I know that I’m in a really individualized, unique position and I have no misunderstanding of how fortunate I am — this is the most at peace and fulfilled that I’ve been in the last few years,” Cyrus said. This, of course, is partially because of her new Instagram Live series Bright Minded, in which she connects with fans, speaks with celebrity guests, and even graces viewers with impromptu performances.

“This is kind of the busiest I’ve been strangely in the past year or two because I’m my own booker,” Cyrus said, explaining that she reaches out to all the talent herself via DMs. “I book the talent, I write all my intros and skits, and I kind of write all the topics, and I reach out to different foundations.” One cause she’s been particularly focused on is pet care and relieving the stress of pet owners during these financially uncertain times.

Still, there are things the former Disney Channel star misses about the outside world. “I think I miss the safety of being able to be around my family,” she said before revealing that it’s her mom and dad that she misses most. But since both her parents have been in contact with her grandmothers, she’s made it a point to keep her distance. “I’ve wanted to see my mom a couple of times but my mom’s in her 50s and she visits her mom daily,” she said. “So it just hasn’t felt responsible for me to be around my mom.”

Fortunately, focusing on Bright Minded has kept Cyrus from missing some of the other things she’d grown accustomed to, like going to the studio. “I don’t really miss that because connecting with my fans every day is something that I’ve really been missing probably since Hannah Montana,” she said, explaining that back in her Disney Channel days she would connect with fans online weekly. “I feel like I’m connecting more with the outside world inside than I’ve been on the outside,” she added.

Although she’s been expending all her energy on her new talk show, Cyrus understands that life in self-quarantine isn’t easy for most people. But she remains hopeful that her show will inspire others to make the most of these unusual circumstances. “Obviously we have some time on our hands right now,” she said. “And I’ve been trying to encourage my followers and fans to get creative in the space they’re in no matter how big or how small.”

For her, getting creative while social distancing has already taught her many important lessons, including but not limited to the value of human connection. And once this whole thing passes, she can’t wait to do some of the mundane things that she used to take for granted. “What would we give right now for it to be safe for someone to open the door for somebody?” she said. “I want to take all of these philosophies that I’m learning inside my house outside of my house when it’s safe to do so.”

If you haven’t already, check out Cyrus’s full Apple Music interview here.



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5SOS’s Calum Hood Takes Lead On Sunny New Song ‘Wildflower’



Keep calm, 5 Seconds of Summer fans — the band’s fourth album, CALM, finally arrives this Friday (March 27). To hype us up even more, the Aussie rockers have released yet another new single, and it marks their sunniest and most psychedelic one yet. Prepare to get wrapped up in the dreaminess of “Wildflower.”

5SOS bassist Calum Hood takes lead vocals on the new track, which comes with a stop-start animated lyric video featuring — what else? — circles of vibrant wildflowers. “You know you are my favorite fantasy / A fatal love song,” Hood sings over flashy ’80s synths and guitars. The hook, meanwhile, is left open-ended as he howls, “You’re the only one who makes me… / Every time we…”. In a tweet, the band said, “This song is a Frankenstein of everything we love about music. We really hope you dig this one.”

“Wildflower” is the fifth track we’ve heard from CALM, following “Easier,” “Teeth,” “No Shame,” and “Old Me.” Also on Wednesday, the band announced an exciting (and super timely) partnership with the wellness app Calm. Beginning on Thursday, the app will feature remixes of four songs from the upcoming album, all meant to help fans with meditation and relaxation. The guys said in their announcement, “We hope it helps others as much as mindfulness has helped all of us.”





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FDA expediting use of a blood plasma coronavirus treatment as New York rolls out new clinical trials


The FDA said in a news release that it is “facilitating access” for patients with life threatening infections to blood plasma taken from a person who recovered after once testing positive for the virus.

It’s a treatment the state of New York is pursuing in clinical trials, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday.

The process, known as plasma-derived therapy or “convalescent plasma,” involves doctors testing the plasma of people who recovered for antibodies to the virus and then injecting that plasma, or a derivative of it, into the sick person.

The move is a “big step” forward, said Dr. Arturo Casadevall, chief of molecular microbiology and immunology at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, who has advocated for the plasma treatment.

“It has a high likelihood of working but we won’t know whether it works until its done” and enough patients have been treated, he said. “We do know based on history it has a good chance.”

Rolling out trials

The move comes as the US recorded its deadliest day since the outbreak began. More than 150 deaths from Covid-19, the disease caused by coronavirus, were reported in the US on Tuesday, according to a tally by CNN. At least 700 people in the US have died and more than 53,000 have tested positive for the virus.

Cuomo said his state is also pursuing testing people’s blood for antibodies and immunity to coronavirus.

“That would be very important for us to know because then healthcare workers that could go back to work, there are workers that could return back to the private sector.”

The New York State Department of Health is also rolling out clinical test trials for anti-malaria drug Hydroxychloroquine and the antibiotic Azithromycin. The patients who are hospitalized with moderate or severe coronavirus will be eligible to receive the treatment.

“Those are the patients that we think can have the greatest impact so we want to focus on them,” according to a New York health official.

A second New York University trial is exploring if Hydroxychloroquine can be used as a preventative measure to preemptively treat people who don’t have the virus but are in contact with those who do, according to an email seen by CNN that was sent by a member of the NY Health Department’s Institutional Review Board.

Logistics are the biggest issue

The New York health official said for the plasma treatment they will be recruiting patients from New Rochelle, which had the first cluster of cases in the state and now has a critical mass of people who have recovered.

Plasma treatments will take time to get off the ground.

Physicians will need to identify patients who now test negative for the disease, extract their plasma and have it tested for antibodies for Covid-19 before it can be deployed to ill patients. If there are enough antibodies in plasma it can kill the disease, some doctors say.

The FDA is limiting the plasma treatment to the most seriously ill patients.

The New York health official acknowledged finding a good candidate and providing plasma could take days, but the official said they are expediting this process to just a few days.

“The biggest issue is the logistics. You’ve got to find the people, you’ve got to test them, identify the right donors, donate plasma and get it to the people who need it. That involves logistics but it’s all doable we’re not talking about rocket science,” said Casadevall. He says he’s been overwhelmed with people who want to donate their plasma and doctors around the world who want to understand the potential treatment.

Casadevall has set up a website where he hopes to post more information in the next few days.

Plasma treatments have been used since 1900s

He anticipates doctors could know in as soon as one month whether the plasma treatment is working if they get enough volunteers to donate their plasma.

How we've overcome past pandemics

Plasma treatments have been used since the 1900s to treat infectious diseases like influenza and more recently Ebola. China has used this treatment in its Covid-19 positive patients and says it is working although US doctors have not yet seen the underlying data.

Casadevall said it’s largely safe but there are always risks, including whether someone passes along a pathogen that wasn’t identified earlier.

He said the treatment might not work if the patients are too critical. In 2009, he said, there was a trial to treat influenza using plasma but some of the patients were already too sick for the antibodies to work. He said their dire situation had less to do with the virus and more to do with inflammation.

In New York, he said, the treatment will be given to people who are already very ill, but he hopes it will get to the point where doctors can prescribe it to patients who are diagnosed much earlier.



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A Futurist Envisions Fashion, Shopping, Design After the Crisis Passes – WWD


The end of overconsumption, the rise of biometrics and using holograms for business and social purposes are among the changes in store for consumers, according to futurist, designer and educator Geraldine Wharry.

During a phone interview, Wharry mapped out some of her expectations.

WWD: How will this change consumer behavior?

Geraldine Wharry: It is just speeding up some of the things that were already beginning to happen in terms of consumption. Secondhand people are being more thoughtful with their purchases and digital fashion is becoming more of a thing. Innovators are creating virtual parties where you can attend through a VR set or a party where you can create your own avatar. This will influence how retailers can sell clothes online in the way that LVMH did with League of Legends for Louis Vuitton. We will see more of that.

WWD: How will this change consumption?

G.W.: Everyone knows this is going to drastically change people’s ability just to purchase and spend as much. This idea of slowing down is not just going to be an imperative for the planet – it’s going to be a survival imperative because we are not going to have the same financial resources for a while. We will bounce back but this virus will mutate. There will be periods where it comes back or becomes a new virus. This is the 19th one.

WWD: How may this permanently change people?

G.W.: It’s going to change a lot of conferences and concerts. For those who have the technology, you could deliver your conference through a hologram. This is something Facebook has already been developing as one of the ideas for the future of Skype. I could have dinner with my relatives as a hologram. We’re going to see more home movies at home, more games, a bigger sense of play, more sharing online. I just bought a projector because I don’t have a TV.

WWD: Will people look at screen time differently?

G.W.: Right now people feel compelled to just be on the phone and be on social media a lot. That is going to have some negative effects as well. We will see people reconnect with nature more because it will be safe to be in the woods or in parks. Those activities will be really welcome as people feel the need to get out of the house. On a broader societal level, we will need to be more resilient. Yes, meditation will help but it won’t be enough. We will need to read more philosophical books.

WWD: How else will we change our thinking?

G.W.: We’re going to need to rethink work and society in a way that we haven’t done because we have worked as a capitalist system where you earn, you spend. Now in the U.K., for example, landlords have been instructed that they can’t force people to pay rent, tax payments have been delayed. We’re starting to see the first synthesis in a society that is not necessarily based on purchasing. This is, in a way, what we needed because of the sustainability agenda. A society that is more based on the well-being economy is a system that New Zealand, Iceland and Scotland have already adopted. This is an economic model. I’m not sure how this is going to pan out in America?

WWD: What do you think this means for traditional brick-and-mortar stores?

G.W.: It’s the end of overconsumption as we know it, which America is a huge culprit of. We can’t just take outdated ways of functioning and bring them into new technologies. We need to rethink this idea, “It’s OK, I can still buy a lot because I can still do it online.” What for? This is a life crash course. This is a reality check. Many people are going to go after their dreams now…Of course, there will be a segment of the population that wants to consume and to shop. After not being able to shop in stores for months, some will miss it and others will realize they don’t really need it. This is going to make us realize what is essential.

WWD: How will social distancing and people’s fear of crowds influence how they consume?

G.W.: That is really tricky because there’s always going to be that fear. I’m not sure if people will need to be tested regularly to have some proof that they’re OK. Maybe certain stores in certain places will be heavily equipped with heat maps like they had in China in the airports during SARS. Potentially, there will be more of that. I talk a lot about big tech and privacy. Now the ethical implications of all this is if we want to be safe, we need to give away a lot of our personal information, our biometrics to ensure we are free of virus. In the future, people may want instant feedback on their temperatures. We’ve seen the [smart] watches. Haptic feedback and data is being woven into garments so that your heart rate and other biometric data is fed back. These things were used for yoga and sports. They could have amazing benefits for avoiding pandemics, if all of a sudden you realize you have a fever.

WWD: What advice would you offer designers and businesses?

G.W.: It’s not necessarily a good time to try to see things. Businesses shouldn’t give things away for free either. It’s a time for community. Whatever that means for businesses. Growing your community, whether it’s online, or through e-mails with your staff. Just growing a sense of kinship and seeing where the chips fall. It’s a time for planning and preparing for when business comes back. They need to record all the measures they’ve taken, the good things and the mistakes to prepare for the next time this will happen, because there will be a next time.

WWD: What do you suggest when things start to go back to normal?

G.W.: Don’t go back blindly as though nothing happened. We are in this mess because of the way we’ve been running the fashion industry. Scientists have linked the virus to climate change. Climate change has affected our immune systems’ [ability] to fight viruses. Nature always does culling, when things are not working out.

WWD: What should brands be thinking about?

G.W.: How do they work more locally, reduce their footprint, have a game plan to deal with their staff and clients when this happens again. In the U.S., there is a much greater work force that is threatened to get quite ill without the help of public health care. Ultimately, that’s going to hurt companies.

WWD: What are the upsides of questioning the way we consume and run our daily lives?

G.W.: We needed a time of reckoning with the amount of product that we consume and the amount of product we extract from the planet. The planet is cracking under the pressure and the virus is a symptom of that. Potentially this will lead to a whole new way of engaging with fashion, repairing more, maybe businesses will focus on teaching how to repair clothing and how to make their own design from home, a different way of sharing intellectual property.

WWD: What are signs of creativity?

G.W.: In the last couple of days, I’ve never seen so many interesting things happening on social media. One of the biggest music stars in France, Jane Birkin’s daughter Lou Doillon, plays her music on Instagram every day at 5. Normally, people would pay all this money to go to her concerts and she is doing it from her living room. I attended a virtual music festival today.

WWD: How will such a micro-rooted approach filter into fashion?

G.W.: There’s a lot to be said for repair, reuse. This idea that we have to manufacture a garment at the factory, have this whole work force, and have it delivered to a store — this whole system was already being tested. Now it’s just being obliterated. We’re going to need a completely new way of sharing our designs and our brands, and how people experience the brand. A sneaker designer, Helen Kirkum, who has done collaborations with Adidas and Melissa, led an Instagram workshop for sneaker design made of reusable materials. That’s very bold because she’s really sharing her IP there, but she doesn’t care. This whole notion of exclusivity is potentially going to change.

 





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Selena Gomez Adopts New Dog Daisy Amid Coronavirus Outbreak



Like most of us, Selena Gomez has been hunkering down at home in an effort to help slow the spread of COVID-19. But even she is not immune to the boredom that comes with social distancing. So, to ease the monotony of life in self-isolation, the “Rare” songstress decided to adopt a new puppy named Daisy, whom she showed off to the world on Monday (March 23) during an Instagram Live session.

“I would like to introduce a new family member, Daisy,” Gomez said while holding her adorable new pup. “Winnie and Daisy are getting along very well.” The former Disney Channel star also gave a shout out to those who are fostering pets during this period of uncertainty. “I know a few friends who are fostering right now just to give animals a safe place,” she said. “But I couldn’t help it. I have to keep her.”

And don’t worry, Gomez, Winnie, and their brand new family member Daisy are very much committed to doing their part and social distancing during the novel coronavirus outbreak. “I wanted to tell you guys I’ve been in lockdown,” she said. “I have not really left — well, I have left my house just to see my sister. I hope that you guys are taking this seriously.”

The “Lose You to Love Me” singer also said that she’s struggling to “wrap her head around” those who aren’t social distancing and putting other people’s health at risk. “It’s just really hard to see because I have grandparents,” she said. “I have a sister who can’t be in school right now.” And even though self-isolating is hard, Gomez admitted that she, too, is “figuring it out” and “trying to read and not go crazy.”

As far as what she’s been doing to keep herself busy, Gomez revealed that she’s been watching a lot of movies and new series. “[I’m] super into Tiger King on Netflix,” she said. She also recommends Good Girls and The Hunt. You know, just in case you’re looking to add a couple more things to your watch list. And let’s be real: Who isn’t?



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Deputy British ambassador to Hungary dies after contracting coronavirus: statement By Reuters




BUDAPEST (Reuters) – Steven Dick, Deputy Head of Mission at the British Embassy in Budapest, has died after contracting coronavirus, the Foreign Office said on Wednesday.

The 37-year-old diplomat died in Hungary on Tuesday, it said in a statement. He had served as Deputy British Ambassador to Hungary since December, according to a biography published on the UK government’s website.

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Elton John to Host ‘Living Room’ Coronavirus Benefit Concert


Coming together. Elton John is set to host a benefit concert to pay tribute to medical professionals amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Fox Presents the iHeart Living Room Concert for America will feature performances by Alicia Keys, the Backstreet Boys, Billie Eilish, Billie Joe Armstrong, Mariah Carey, Tim McGraw and more. In order to ensure the health and safety of those involved, the artists will perform live from their homes and film themselves with their personal cellphones, cameras and audio equipment.

Elton John to Host Star-Studded Coronavirus Benefit Concert with Alicia Keys Billie Eilish and Mariah Carey
Alicia Keys, Billie Eilish and Mariah Carey. Broadimage/Shutterstock; David Fisher/Shutterstock; Erik Pendzich/Shutterstock

The hourlong special will be broadcast commercial-free on Fox Sunday, March 29, at 9 p.m. ET — the same time that the 2020 iHeartRadio Music Awards had been set to air before being postponed due to the crisis. It will also stream on iHeartMedia radio stations nationwide as well as via the iHeartRadio app.

The highly anticipated music event will “provide entertainment relief and support for Americans to help fight the spread of the COVID-19 virus and to celebrate the resilience and strength of the nation during this pandemic,” according to a press release.

Viewers and listeners are encouraged to donate to Feeding America and First Responders Children’s Foundation, both of which have been helping victims and first responders around the clock in recent months.

Elton John to Host Star-Studded Coronavirus Benefit Concert
Elton John in concert at the Bismarck Civic Center in Bismarck, North Dakota on April 6, 2011. Shutterstock

The announcement was made on Wednesday, March 25, which is John’s 73rd birthday.

The first case of the novel coronavirus was reported in December 2019 in Wuhan, China. The World Health Organization classified it as a pandemic earlier this month. More than 20,000 people worldwide have died from the virus, which has had major outbreaks in China, Italy, the United States, Spain, Germany, Iran and France. More than 60,000 cases have been reported in the U.S. alone, with over 800 deaths.

Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, Idris Elba, Colton Underwood and Prince Charles are among the celebrities who have tested positive for COVID-19. Other stars, including Kylie Jenner and Ariana Grande, have used their platforms to urge fans to self-quarantine at home in order to help prevent the disease from spreading further.

Given the constantly evolving nature of COVID-19, Us Weekly wants our readers to have access to the most accurate resources. For the most up-to-date coronavirus information, guidance, and support, consult the CDCWHO, and information from local public health officials. If you’re experiencing coronavirus symptoms, call your primary care provider for medical advice.

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Harry Styles Postpones His Tour Dates As He Reminds Everyone To ‘Treat People With Kindness’



There’s no getting around it: Several musicians are postponing and canceling their tours as a result of the novel coronavirus pandemic. And today (March 25), Harry Styles took to Twitter and Instagram to announce that he’s following suit. Sorry, but his Love on Tour jaunt will simply have to wait.

“Anyone who knows me, knows that performing has always been my favorite part of working in music,” the “Watermelon Sugar” singer wrote before explaining that the safety of everyone involved is of utmost importance. “During times like these, the safety and protection of touring crew, fans, and everyone else around the world is an immediate priority.”

“For obvious reasons, the upcoming tour in the U.K. and Europe will be rescheduled to 2021,” he continued. And if you’ve already bought tickets for one of the affected concerts, don’t worry. “Tickets already purchased will be valid for these shows,” he wrote. “In the meantime, we will be closely monitoring the situation around the world and will continue updating you in the months to come.”

Styles closed out his statement by reminding his followers about the importance of social distancing and self-isolation amid the COVID-19 pandemic. “For the safety of yourself and others, please self-isolate,” he wrote. “We’re all in this together. I can’t wait to see you out on the road as soon as it’s safe to do so. Until then, treat people with kindness.”

So far, Styles hasn’t made any concrete announcements about the future of his U.S. tour dates, which are scheduled to kick off at Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center on June 26 and wrap at The Forum in Los Angeles on September 6. Still, it’s safe to assume the future of the North American dates are up in the air, but once a decision is made, you’ll be the first to know.



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Biden: Trump should ‘stop talking and start listening to the medical experts’



Trump set the Easter goal earlier Tuesday on Fox News. It’s a date that few health experts believe will be sufficient in containing the spread of coronavirus.

“Look, we all want the economy to open as rapidly as possible. The way to do that is let’s take care of the medical side of this immediately,” Biden said in an interview with CNN.

The former vice president said he could envision some parts of the country and some sectors being ready to return to work on Trump’s timeline.

“But the idea that we’re in a position where we’re saying, by Easter, he wants to have everybody going back to work? What’s he talking about?” Biden said.

Biden said Trump is “not responsible for the coronavirus” but that the President is “responsible for the delay in taking the actions that need to be taken.”

He said Trump should have invoked the Defense Production Act earlier and used its powers to require companies to rapidly ramp up production of medical equipment like masks and ventilators.

“He says he’s a war-time president — well God, act like one. Move. Fast,” Biden said.

Biden has been off the campaign trail for two weeks as the pandemic has forced candidates to cancel rallies and fundraisers and order staff to work from home. His campaign converted a room in his Wilmington, Delaware, home into a broadcast studio, and Biden began a media blitz Tuesday.

In the interview, Biden said he has not been tested for coronavirus because he has not exhibited any symptoms, and that he is following medical experts’ advice — including keeping distance from his grandchildren when they visit and ensuring everyone who enters his house, including the Secret Service, wears gloves and masks.

At one point in the interview, Biden coughed into his hand. Tapper told Biden that doing so was “kind of old school” and that he should cough into his elbow.

“Actually that is true,” Biden said. “But fortunately I’m alone in my home. But that’s OK. I agree. You’re right.”



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Chika Interview: Rapper Discusses ‘Industry Games’ EP



Chika makes it clear that she’s not getting sick for anyone. A strict follower of social isolation during the global pandemic, the 23-year-old rapper wears a mask and gloves when she leaves her house, not just for her safety, but for others. “Even the other day, I had to go get groceries and I felt bad because I know that people my age can carry the virus and have no symptoms,” she tells MTV News over the phone. “My driver was an older man, but I’m like, I’d be fucking sick if me being in this car for 10 minutes would put anyone else’s life in danger. I’m not with it.”

It’s been about two weeks since she released her debut EP, Industry Games, on March 12, in the midst of an unprecedented time in contemporary history (she couldn’t find toilet paper anywhere), and in talking about the project, she reveals just as much passion for what’s going around her as she does for her own introduction into the industry. Listening to Chika’s music, you get why this makes sense, given her political disposition and social awareness.

Born Jane Chika Oranika in Montgomery, Alabama, the rising rapper has made headlines for her myriad progressive, politically minded creative projects: everything from a 2016 makeup tutorial that commented on anti-blackness and the idea of white privilege in Trump’s America, to a 2017 #EgoChallenge about body positivity that inspired people across Instagram and Twitter to rap and sing Beyoncé’s hit song while exploring their imperfections. It wasn’t until she called out Kanye West, in a freestyle over his “Jesus Walks” beat, that she finally reached the threshold of sheer virality; the song has garnered over 6.6 million views since its upload in 2018.

Take “Safe,” a collaboration with Kesha and Sage, she preaches about decreasing gun violence. And after releasing her debut single, “No Squares,” in 2019, she shared “Richey v. Alabama,” a song about the controversial anti-abortion bill signed in her home state, on Jimmy Kimmel Live! with a special introduction by Lena Waithe. She’s kept that momentum going.

She’s earned due respect not just for her elite rap style, but also a unique perspective. As a queer Black woman who grew up with a close relationship to church, her unflinching resolve to craft her own world, separate from the one she grew up with, has won fans over. Industry Games is her way of defining who she is for those who’ve been following her since those viral-rap days. “I would like the listeners to learn that, apart from me having to be a social-media person, having the platform and online persona, that there’s a person behind that,” she says.

On the EP, Chika contextualizes her social awareness by explaining who she is, what she loves, why she’s the way that she is, and what she plans on pursuing in the future. As the first proper taste of who Chika is as an artist, her debut project has two functions. On one hand, it’s a gospel-inspired, deeply introspective look at the journey to get here and where it’s brought her now: from missing out on opportunities to perform on America’s Got Talent when she was 12 years old (“Balencies”) to attending the Roc Nation Brunch (“Songs About You”) and being introduced by Diddy as “best of the new school.”

Its other side is the necessary edge that explores her experiences in the music industry in detail. She’s learned a few things that she wants to share with listeners. “You’re never as bad as people say you are, and you’re never as good as people say you are,” she says. “So, obviously, as long as you’re proud of what you’re making of yourself and you don’t just give up on it because of a hard fight and it’s tedious work, you should be fine.”

She tells MTV News that there’s more to the story of the project’s titular games that she reveals on its actual songs. “I delve a lot into the way that the industry has affected every facet of my life,” she remarks. “That’s why it’s also a meaning of how the game has changed my entire life, on a personal level.” Her main takeaway? “To shut your ass up, because the things that you care about, most people do not.”

Industry Games took a year to make. She began recording the LP in February 2019 after she’d just relocated to Los Angeles from Alabama. “From the top of the year to the end of the year, it was literally me being in and out of studios, recording and cycling through music that I made,” she says. “I was listening to my own unreleased tracks in order to basically affirm and decide what I was going to do on my project.”

Although Chika raps like a possessed Kendrick Lamar disciple who’s studied rap endlessly for decades, Industry Games is built around the sounds of the Pentecostal church and so much more. “I grew up in Alabama and the sound of gospel was all around me,” she says. “I didn’t grow up on hip-hop — it was reggae music, African music, gospel, and things like that.” She separates choir voices, church organs, and more from their religious origins to make into her own sound. But, Chika’s Industry Games isn’t designed to overwhelm; instead, she aims to introduce herself.

“I’m hoping that with the transparency I’m able to let listeners know more about me as a person and why I handle things the way that I do because of this fast-ass journey affecting me,” she says. “Also, that I’m here for the journey, and it’s going to look wild and ratchet at times, but that’s what they signed up for, so no regrets.”





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