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Halsey opens up on mental health struggles in new video series

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Halsey has opened up about her mental health struggles as part of a YouTube video series.

The singer took part in the platform’s Artist Spotlight Stories conversation series with psychologist Snehi Kapur as part of Mental Health Awareness Month. Watch the full video below.

Halsey said she wanted to help her fans to better understand bipolar disorder, a condition she was diagnosed with in her teens. She asked Dr. Kapur to explain what bipolar disorder is, who responded by calling it “a mood disorder where people have typically two phases” – the low phase and the manic phase.

Speaking about her own experiences with bipolar, Halsey said people often tell her she “doesn’t seem like” she suffers from the disorder “because they see a young woman who’s achieving all of these goals”. She also spoke of being in a psychiatric hospital as an adolescent and learning to recognise the feelings that led her there as she grew up.

 

The star spoke about the media perception of mental illness, saying she found the media “very celebratory of mental illness when they’re getting something out of it” like a record. However, if her mental health causes her to cancel a show, “if it takes something from them”, then it “becomes weaponised”. “The way that they can take the narrative away from you after you’ve chosen to share it is what’s one of the most terrifying parts,” she said.

“I think that our culture, in a way, has an obsession and a distaste for the ‘crazy woman’,” she said later. “We love her but we also weaponise that word against her.” Kapur replied referencing the “manic pixie dream girl” trope often found in movies and TV shows, calling it “exaggerated”.

The pair later shared advice on how to be an ally for those struggling with their mental health. “Acceptance, acceptance, acceptance,” Kapur said. “Accept that somebody around them can have mental illness. Accept that they will need help. The third acceptance is accept that it will recur.”

Halsey spoke about her latest album ‘Manic’, describing it as a “love letter” to who she is when she’s in a manic phase. “In the process of making this album, I had to make peace with this manic version of myself,” she said.

‘Manic’ was released in January 2020. In a four-star review, NME said: “The musician’s previous concepts have both been compelling in themselves but, by stripping back the stories to their very personal core, Halsey has made a record that is as thrilling as it is vulnerable, and her best effort yet. This is Ashley’s world; it’s really nice to meet her.”

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Tool cancel 2020 North American tour to ensure fans get their money back

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Tool have confirmed the outright cancellation of their 2020 North American tour in an effort to return money to fans who purchased tickets.

The alt-metal pioneers were forced to postpone their North American tour – set to run from April 16-June 23 – after the coronavirus resulted in the cancellation of live shows across the globe.

However, the band have now explained the decision to cancel the tour, while expressing their hopes of returning “when the time is right.”

They wrote: “As so many music lovers have come to realise over the last several weeks, there is no playbook that artists, promoters and venues can pull from in these unprecedented times.

“When we played what would be our final show of 2020, March 11 at Portland’s Moda Center, we believed we would be back on the road sometime this Fall. As we worked towards that goal we’ve come to realise that there is absolutely no certainty in re-scheduling dates for this Fall or 2021. State and local ordinances vary widely and no one can predict when high capacity events will safely return.

“As so many music lovers have come to realize over the last several weeks, there is no playbook that artists, promoters…

Posted by Tool on Thursday, June 4, 2020

“At the same time that we were working to reschedule this tour, we read your messages. Messages of job losses, illness, emotional and financial pain. We could continue to postpone or reschedule dates for some time into 2021 but ethically, we do not think this is the right course of action. In our opinion, tying up our fans’ money for months, if not a full year, is unfair. With that in mind, we have made the very difficult decision to cancel the tour so we can help support the people who have supported us for years.

“Please know, we want nothing more than to return to the road, to play these songs for you and to celebrate our shared recovery. When the time is right, we will do just that.

“In the coming days you will receive an email from the ticketing service you purchased tickets through notifying you of the event cancellation and when to expect your refund.”

In April, Tool drummer Danny Carey also revealed that the band are hoping to write new music while in quarantine.

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Watch Kele Okereke perform Bloc Party’s ‘Kettling’ in support of Black Lives Matter

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Kele Okereke has performed his Bloc Party protest song ‘Kettling’ in response to unrest following the murder of George Floyd.

The Bloc Party frontman, whose most recent solo record was last year’s ‘2042’, shared a video of himself playing the song from his home. The word ‘Kettling’ refers to the police tactic in which officers form large cordons to contain a crowd within a limited area.

Some of the lyrics to the song from Bloc Party’s 2012 album, ‘Four’, read: “Po-po don’t fuck around / As their cameras take pictures of us“, and: “Because they can’t stop this / We can feel it in our bones“.

Bloc Party’s Kele Okereke. Credit: Asia Werbel/Press

Okereke’s performance comes amid a time of global unrest sparked by the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died in police custody in Minneapolis on May 25.

Floyd, 46, was pinned down by the neck by officer Derek Chauvin, who has since been charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter. As well as Chauvin, three other officers now all face charges of aiding and abetting second-degree murder, and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter.

Okereke spoke to NME last year about he’s “never experienced such widespread public racism” with regards to the Brexit vote in the UK.

“The political backdrop that we’re experiencing right now is quite frightening to me,” Okereke explained. “The most powerful man in the world in the US is a racist and, in this country, the Prime Minister is an unapologetic racist too. Brexit has unleashed a wave of nativist patriotism and there’s been an unleashing of ugliness and a coarsening of the rhetoric,” he said.

“I’ve never experienced such widespread public racism and for it to be given the centre ground…”

Dozens of musicians have called for justice for Floyd and have lent their support to the Black Lives Matter music, including Jay-Z, Rihanna, Dr Dre and Lady Gaga.

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‘Talk – Action = Zero’ compilation featuring Jesse Malin and Phantogram released on Bandcamp for Black Lives Matter

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Rough Trade Publishing has teamed up with Bank Robber Music to release Talk – Action = Zero, a new compilation album honouring black victims of police brutality.

The compilation is released on Bandcamp today (June 5) as the platform waives all of its revenue shares for 24 hours to directly benefit artists and labels.

All proceeds from the Talk – Action = Zero compilation will be donated to the Black Visions Collective, a Minnesota-based organisation that aims to champion black leadership and community in the US state.

The compilation boasts unreleased material from the likes of Jesse Malin, Phantogram, Jay Watts, Bartees Strange, Matthew Caws, Lonemoon, Rogue Wave, and Crashing Hotels. Other contributions include Nick Andre, Worriers, Lateef the Truth Speaker, Sulene, Superchunk, and Damon & Naomi.

“We as a small company have always been committed to our artist community, but it would be a disservice to not recognise that the music we love and the roster of artists we represent are influenced by Black culture,” Emily Roman of Bank Robber Music said.

“The artist and the Black community are in the midst of changing times. We wanted to use our platform to amplify the two communities that allow us to do what we love every day in this industry. We are extremely grateful for all the artists we work with who quickly mobilised to be a part of this benefit compilation. We are here for our artists, and we stand with Black Lives Matter. This is the time to dive in, dig deep and take action.”

It comes in the same week as global protests against the death of George Floyd, who died in Minneapolis police custody.

He was pinned down by the neck by officer Derek Chauvin, who has since been charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter. As well as Chauvin, three other officers now all face charges of aiding and abetting second-degree murder, and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter.

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