Joseph Kahn Thinks Beyonce’s “Formation” Copied “Bad Blood”

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Joseph Kahn is one of the industry’s most prolific directors responsible for creating iconic visuals for the likes of Britney SpearsDestiny’s ChildJanet Jackson and, most recently, Taylor Swift. He is also one of the industry’s most outspoken and oftentimes problematic proponents of free speech and a professional Twitter troll. The 44-year-old has been known to lash out with incendiary comments on social media, and his latest targets have been Beyonce and her fans, the Bey Hive.

The director has been embroiled in a bitter beef with the fanbase since they drew comparisons between Taylor’s latest video “Look What You Made Me Do” and Bey’s “Formation.” As the director of the video and a close friend of Swift’s, he has been outspoken about the perceived criticisms. Although several scenes in the new visual seemed to pay homage to the Houston songstress, Kahn hit back with a twisted claim of his own in a recent interview with the Los Angeles Times.

“It’s not ‘Formation’ at all,” he emphatically declared, adding that “They try to say she’s wearing a black crop top and Beyonce wore a black crop top. But they don’t realize in 2015 in ‘Bad Blood,’ Taylor Swift was wearing a black crop top. I really do think, by the way, that Beyonce copied ‘Bad Blood.’” He also manages to refer to her fans as “fifteen-year-old girls” and refers to himself as an “evil person” laughingly. Okay then.

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Sam Smith Sticks To The Winning Formula On “Too Good At Goodbyes”

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Sam Smith picks up where he left on new single “Too Good At Goodbyes.” Co-produced by long-time collaborator Jimmy Napes and Stargate, the Brit returns with a soulful ballad about the end of a relationship. Well, more specifically about one doomed to failure because of his battered heart. “I’m never gonna let you close to me, even though you mean the most to me,” he croons. “Cause every time I open up, it hurts.” That leads us to the mournful, gospel-tinged chorus: “I’m way too good at goodbyes.” Think “Stay With Me” but less hopeful.

“This song is about a relationship I was in and it’s basically about getting good at getting dumped,” Sam explains in the press release. “It’s been a long while since I’ve put any music out and I feel that this first single sets the tone of what is to come.” In that case, we all might need to stock up on tissues because “Too Good At Goodbyes” isn’t exactly optimistic. The 25-year-old will promote the release with a string of intimate shows beginning September 11 in Los Angeles, which will no doubt introduce more new material.

Listen to Sam’s latest below.

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“Dusk Till Dawn” Is ZAYN’s Best Single Since “Pillowtalk”

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Zayn Malik’s solo career started with a bang when “Pillowtalk” reached number one in the US and the UK. However, he has experienced diminishing returns since then. “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever,” a dreary duet with Taylor Swift, returned him to the upper reaches of the chart — but the song’s popularity had more to do with the pairing than the actual music. Happily, “Dusk Till Dawn” is something of a return to form. Produced by Greg Kurstin and featuring Sia, this is a soaring ballad with a massive chorus and immense radio appeal.

It definitely sounds like a Sia single with a sprinkling of ZAYN thrown in for the kids, but the Brit wouldn’t be the first artist to be outdone by the Australian singer/songwriter on their own song. So there’s no shame in that. The video, which was directed by Marc Webb (The Amazing Spider-Man and 500 Days of Summer), is also a blockbuster. It finds the former One Direction heartthrob in full action-hero mode, doing dangerous things and looking seriously suave with actress Jemima Kirke. Watch up top.

On @AppleMusic / @Spotify #DuskTillDawn

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