Lime Cordiale, Tame Impala Lead 2020 ARIA Awards Nominations

With eight nominations, Lime Cordiale leads the pack for the 2020 ARIA Awards, though Tame Impala and Sampa The Great aren’t far behind.

Lime Cordial, comprising brothers Oli and Louis Leimbach, saw their sophomore album 14 Steps to a Better You (Chugg Music) debut at No. 1 on the ARIA Albums Chart earlier this year.

Next month, the indie-rock outfit will look to add ARIAs silverware with nods for album of the year, best group and more.

Kevin Parker’s Tame Impala also snagged top spot on the national chart this year with The Slow Rush (Modular Recordings / Island Records Australia/Universal Music Australia), his psychedelic-pop outfit’s fourth LP.

It’s the highest-selling homegrown album in 2020 so far, and its up seven ARIAs, including album of the year.

Zambian-born, Botswana-raised, Melbourne-based hip-hop artist Sampa The Great is in the running for six ARIAs for her debut album, The Return (Ninja Tune / Inertia Music).

Sampa is already a multiple award winner in her adopted homeland. She’s the only two-time winner of the Australian Music Prize (including victory for The Return), and last year she became the first woman of color to win an ARIA Award in the best hip-hop release category, for “Final Form.”

Winners at the 34th ARIA Awards will be announced Nov. 25 during a ceremony at The Star, Sydney to be broadcast around Australia on the Nine Network, and around the globe on YouTube.

“It’s been a year we will never forget. Our industry has taken a hit, but the creativity of our local artists has not,” comments Dan Rosen, outgoing CEO of ARIA.

“Our artists have shown great resilience and their music has helped many Australians get through these tough times.  I congratulate each of this year’s ARIA Nominees, who make up a remarkable list of Australian artists who have made a difference this year. I also want to congratulate all the Fine Arts and Artisan and nominees. The music industry is a team effort, and their role is vital in making our music industry robust.”

Also, there’s five nominations for breakthrough Indigenous artist Miiesha and Britpop revivalists DMA’s, and four for Brisbane rockers Violent Soho and for 2018 ARIA Awards breakthrough artist award winner Ruel.

There are multiple chances for pointed trophies for Amy Shark, Archie Roach, Jessica Mauboy, The Teskey Brothers, Tones and I, Troye Sivan, Cold Chisel, The Kid LAROI, Baker Boy and more.

Nominations were announced Tuesday morning at the Season Launch, which can be streamed at youtube.com.au/aria.

The 2020 ARIA Awards Nominations

Album Of The Year

DMA’s – THE GLOW (I OH YOU / Mushroom)
Jessica Mauboy – Hilda (Sony Music)
Lime Cordiale – 14 Steps To A Better You (Chugg Music Pty Ltd)
Sampa The Great – The Return (Ninja Tune / Inertia Music)
Tame Impala – The Slow Rush (Modular Recordings / Island Records Australia/Universal Music Australia)

Best Male Artist

Archie Roach – Tell Me Why (Bloodlines/Mushroom)
Guy Sebastian – Standing With You (Sony Music)
Ruel – Free Time (RCA / Sony Music)
The Kid LAROI – F*ck Love (Columbia / Sony Music)
Troye Sivan – In A Dream (EMI Music Australia)

Best Female Artist

Amy Shark – Everybody Rise (Wonderlick Recording Company / Sony Music)
Miiesha – Nyaaringu (EMI Music Australia)
Sampa The Great – The Return (Ninja Tune / Inertia Music)
Sia – Together (Monkey Puzzle, Inc., under exclusive license to Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International for the world outside of the United States)
Tones And I – Bad Child / Can’t Be Happy All the Time (Bad Batch Records / Sony Music)

Best Dance Release

Alice Ivy – Don’t Sleep (Dew Process / Universal Music Australia)
Dom Dolla – San Frandisco (Sweat It Out / Warner Music)
Flume – Rushing Back feat. Vera Blue (Future Classic)
Northeast Party House – Shelf Life (Stop Start Music / Sony Music)
Stace Cadet & KLP – Energy – (Medium Rare Recordings / Sony Music)

Best Group

5 Seconds Of Summer – CALM (Interscope / EMI Music Australia)
DMA’S – THE GLOW (I OH YOU / Mushroom)
Lime Cordiale – 14 Steps To A Better You (Chugg Music Pty Ltd)
Tame Impala – The Slow Rush (Modular Recordings/Island Records Australia / Universal Music Australia)
The Teskey Brothers – Live At The Forum (Ivy League Records / Mushroom)

Breakthrough Artist presented By PPCA

Alex the Astronaut – The Theory of Absolutely Nothing (Minkowski / AWAL Recordings)
Lime Cordiale – 14 Steps To A Better You (Chugg Music Pty Ltd)
Mallrat – Driving Music (Dew Process / Universal Music Australia)
Miiesha – Nyaaringu (EMI Music Australia)
The Kid LAROI – F*ck Love (Columbia / Sony Music)

Best Pop Release

Amy Shark – Everybody Rise (Wonderlick Recording Company / Sony Music)
Lime Cordiale – 14 Steps To A Better You (Chugg Music Pty Ltd)
Sia – Together (Monkey Puzzle, Inc., under exclusive license to Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International for the world outside of the United States)
Tame Impala – Lost In Yesterday (Modular Recordings / Island Records Australia / Universal Music Australia)
Troye Sivan – In A Dream (EMI Music Australia)

Best Hip-Hop Release presented by Hennessy

Baker Boy – Meditjin feat. JessB (Danzal Baker / Island Records Australia / Universal Music Australia)
Briggs – Always Was EP (Adam Briggs / Island Records Australia)
Illy – Last Laugh (Sony Music)
Sampa The Great – The Return (Ninja Tune / Inertia Music)
The Kid LAROI – F*ck Love (Columbia / Sony Music)

Best Soul/R&B Release

Genesis Owusu – Don’t Need You (OURNESS / AWAL)
KIAN – Every Hour (EMI Music Australia)
Miiesha – Nyaaringu (EMI Music Australia)
Tash Sultana – Pretty Lady (Lonely Lands Records / Sony Music)
Tkay Maidza – Last Year Was Weird, Vol.2 (Dew Process / Universal Music Australia)

Best Independent Release

Archie Roach – Tell Me Why (Bloodlines / Mushroom)
DMA’S – THE GLOW (I OH YOU / Mushroom)
Lime Cordiale – 14 Steps To A Better You (Chugg Music Pty Ltd)
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Ghosteen (Ghosteen / AWAL Recordings)
Sampa The Great – The Return (Ninja Tune / Inertia Music)

Best Rock Album

Cold Chisel – Blood Moon (Cold Chisel / Universal Music Australia)
DMA’S – THE GLOW (I OH YOU / Mushroom)
Ocean Alley – Lonely Diamond (Independent / Unified Music Group)
Tame Impala – The Slow Rush (Modular Recordings / Island Records Australia / Universal Music Australia)
Violent Soho – Everything Is A-OK (I OH YOU / Mushroom)

Best Adult Contemporary Album

Archie Roach – Tell Me Why (Bloodlines / Mushroom)
Donny Benét – Mr Experience (Dot Dash Recordings / Remote Control Records)
Gordi – Our Two Skins (Liberation Records)
Josh Pyke – Rome (Wonderlick Recording Company)
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Ghosteen (Ghosteen / AWAL Recordings)

Best Country Album

Casey Barnes – Town of A Million Dreams (Chugg Music Pty Ltd)
Fanny Lumsden – Fallow (Cooking Vinyl Australia)
Jasmine Rae – Lion Side (ABC Music / Universal)
The McClymonts – Mayhem To Madness (Island Records Australia / Universal Music Australia)
Travis Collins – Wreck Me (ABC Music / Universal)

Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Album

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Chunky Shrapnel (Flightless Records)
Parkway Drive – Viva The Underdogs (Resist / Cooking Vinyl Australia)
Polaris – The Death Of Me (Resist / Cooking Vinyl Australia)
The Amity Affliction – Everyone Loves You…Once You Leave Them (The Amity Affliction. Marketed & Distributed by Warner Music Australia under exclusive license)
The Chats – High Risk Behaviour (Bargain Bin / Cooking Vinyl Australia)

Best Blues & Roots Album

Busby Marou – The Great Divide (Warner Music Australia Pty Ltd)
Frank Yamma – Tjukurpa: The Story (Wantok Musik / MGM)
Lucky Oceans – Purple Sky (Songs Originally By Hank Williams) (ABC Music / Universal)
The Teskey Brothers – Live At The Forum (Ivy League Records / Mushroom)
Tracy McNeil & The GoodLife – You Be The Lightning (Cooking Vinyl Australia)

Best Children’s Album

Diver City – Welcome to Diver City (ABC Music / Universal)
Teeny Tiny Stevies – Thoughtful Songs for Little People (ABC Music / Universal)
The Vegetable Plot – Season Two (ABC Music / Universal)
The Wiggles – Choo Choo Trains, Propeller Planes & Toot Toot Chugga Chugga Big Red Car! (ABC Music / Universal)
Tiptoe Giants – Colour the World (Tiptoe Tunes / ABC Music)

Best Comedy Release

Anne Edmonds – What’s Wrong With You? (Guesswork Television)
Bev Killick – Crummy Mummy (Rivershack Records / MGM)
Celia Pacquola – All Talk (Guesswork Television)
Megan Washington – Just Jesus (feat. Chris Ryan) (ABC Music / Universal)
Tom Gleeson – Joy (Guesswork Television)

PUBLIC VOTED AWARDS

Best Video presented by YouTube Music

Baker Boy – Meditjin feat. JessB (Danzal Baker / Island Records Australia / Universal Music Australia)
Guy Sebastian – Standing With You (Sony Music)
Lime Cordiale – Robbery (Chugg Music Pty Ltd)
PNAU feat. Vlossom – Lucky (etcetc Music)
Sampa The Great – Time’s Up (feat. Krown) (Ninja Tune / Inertia Music)
Tame Impala – Is It True (Modular Recordings/Island Records Australia / Universal Music Australia)
The Chats – The Clap (Bargain Bin/Cooking Vinyl Australia)
Tones And I – Ur So F**kInG cOoL (Bad Batch Records / Sony Music)
Troye Sivan – Easy (EMI Music Australia)
Violent Soho – Pick It Up Again (I OH YOU/Mushroom)

Best Australian Live Act

Amy Shark – Amy Shark Regional Tour (Wonderlick Recording Company / Sony Music)
Baker Boy – Falls Festival (Danzal Baker / Island Records Australia / Universal Music Australia)
Cold Chisel – Blood Moon Tour (Cold Chisel / Universal Music Australia)
DMA’S – Unplugged & Intimate | Laneway Festival (I OH YOU / Mushroom)
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – St Jerome’s Laneway Festival (Flightless Records)
Paul Kelly – Paul Kelly – Making Gravy 2019 (GAWD AGGIE / EMI Music Australia)
PNAU – All Of Us Australian Tour (etcetc Music)
RÜFÜS DU SOL – 2019 Summer Festival Tour (Rose Avenue Records under exclusive license to Reprise Records.)
Sampa The Great – The Return Australian Tour 2019 (Ninja Tune / Inertia Music)
The Teskey Brothers – Run Home Slow (Ivy League Records / Mushroom)

Song of the Year presented by YouTube Music

5 Seconds Of Summer – Teeth (Interscope / EMI Music Australia)
Flume Feat. Vera Blue – Rushing Back (Future Classic)
Hilltop Hoods Feat. Illy & Ecca Vandal – Exit Sign (Hilltop Hoods / Island Records Australia/UMA)
Lime Cordiale – Robbery (Chugg Music Pty Ltd)
Mallrat – Charlie (Dew Process / Universal Music Australia)
Ruel – Painkiller (RCA / Sony Music)
Sam Fischer – This City (Sony Music)
The Jungle Giants – Heavy Hearted (Amplifire Music / Together We Can Work Together / The Orchard)
The Rubens – Live In Life (Ivy League Records / Mushroom)
Tones and I – Never Seen the Rain (Bad Batch Records / Sony Music)

Best International Artist

Dua Lipa – Future Nostalgia (Warner Music Australia Pty Ltd)
Eminem – Music To Be Murdered By (Interscope / Universal Music Australia)
Halsey – Manic (Capitol / EMI Music Australia)
Harry Styles – Fine Line (Columbia / Sony Music)
Juice WRLD – Legends Never Die (Interscope / Universal Music Australia)
Justin Bieber – Changes (Def Jam Recordings / Universal Music Australia)
Lewis Capaldi – Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent (Universal Music Group / Universal Music Australia)
Lizzo – Cuz I Love You (Atlantic / Warner Music Australia Pty Ltd)
Taylor Swift – Folklore (Republic Records / Universal Music Australia)
The Weekend – After Hours (Universal Music Group / Universal Music Australia)

Telstra ARIA Music Teacher Award

CJ Shaw – Palmerston District Primary School, Canberra ACT
Kathryn McLennan – Virginia State School, Virginia QLD
Sarah Donnelley – Wilcannia Central School, Wilcannia NSW
Thomas Fienberg – Evans High School, Blacktown, NSW

ARTISAN AWARDS

Best Cover Art

Donny Benét – Mr Experience (Dot Dash Recordings / Remote Control Records)
Jessica Mauboy – Hilda (Sony Music)
Lime Cordiale – 14 Steps To A Better You (Chugg Music Pty Ltd)
Violent Soho – Everything Is A-OK (I OH YOU / Mushroom)
WASHINGTON – Batflowers (Washington / Island Records Australia / Universal Music Australia)

Engineer Of The Year

Alice Ivy – Don’t Sleep (Dew Process / Universal Music Australia)
IAMMXO (aka Mohamed Komba) for Miiesha – Nyaaringu (EMI Music Australia)
Eric J Dubowsky for Ruel – Free Time (RCA / Sony Music)
Kevin Parker for Tame Impala – The Slow Rush (Modular Recordings / Island Records Australia / Universal Music Australia)
Greg Wales for Violent Soho – Everything Is A-OK (I OH YOU / Mushroom)

Producer Of The Year

Kevin Shirley for Cold Chisel – Blood Moon (Cold Chisel / Universal Music Australia)
DNA & Louis Schoorl for Jessica Mauboy – Hilda (Sony Music)
IAMMXO (aka Mohamed Komba) for Miiesha – Nyaaringu (EMI Music Australia)
M-Phazes for Ruel – Free Time (RCA / Sony Music)
Kevin Parker for Tame Impala – The Slow Rush (Modular Recordings / Island Records Australia / Universal Music Australia)FINE ARTS AWARDS

Best Classical Album

Alicia Crossley – Muse (Move)
David Greco & Erin Helyard – Schubert: Die schöne Müllerin (ABC Classic / Universal)
Jayson Gillham, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Nicholas Carter – Beethoven Piano Concertos (ABC Classic / Universal)
Richard Tognetti & Erin Helyard – Beethoven & Mozart Violin Sonatas (ABC Classic / Universal)
Slava & Sharon Grigoryan – Our Place: Duets For Cello And Guitar (ABC Classic / Universal)Best Jazz Album Katie Noonan – The Sweetest Taboo (ABC Jazz / Universal)
Luke Howard – All That Is Not Solid (Live At Tempo Rubato, Australia / 2020) (Mercury KX / Universal Music Australia)
Mike Nock; Hamish Stuart; Julien Wilson; Jonathan Zwartz – This World (Lionsharecords / The Planet Company)
Nat Bartsch – Forever More (ABC Jazz / Universal)
Paul Kelly & Paul Grabowsky – Please Leave Your Light On (GAWD AGGIE / EMI Music Australia)

Best Original Soundtrack or Musical Theatre Cast Album

Chelsea Cullen – I Am Woman (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Sony Masterworks)
Dan Golding – Untitled Goose Game (Original Soundtrack) (House House / Decca Classics Australia / Universal Music Australia)
Grigoryan Brothers – A Boy Called Sailboat (ABC Classic / Universal)
Matteo Zingales & Antony Partos – Mystery Road (Original Score: Seasons 1-2) (ABC Music / Universal)
Sally Seltmann & Darren Seltmann – The Letdown (Music from Seasons 1+2) (ABC Music / Universal)

Best World Music Album

Grace Barbe – FANM:WOMAN (Afrotropik / MGM)
Joseph Tawadros – Live at the Sydney Opera House (ABC Music / Universal)
Melbourne Ska Orchestra – Live At The Triffid (ABC Music / Universal)
The Crooked Fiddle Band – Another Subtle Atom Bomb (Bird’s Robe Records / MGM)
Xylouris White – The Sisypheans (ABC Music / Universal)

John Lennon’s ‘Gimme Some Truth’ Challenging for U.K. Chart Title

Imagine John Lennon returning to No. 1 on the U.K. albums chart. It could happen.

Just days after what would have been his 80th birthday, the late Beatles legend is challenging for the crown with Gimme Some Truth (Apple Corps), a new hits collection produced by his widow Yoko and son Sean.

Gimme Some Truth is at No. 3 on the midweek chart, just 364 combined sales adrift from the leader, Scottish group Travis’s 10 Songs (BMG), which leads the way on sales (physical and digital) so far.

Lennon has three No. 1s as a solo artist, and a whopping 16 with the Beatles, more than any act in Official Chart history.

If Travis hold on, it’ll give the four-piece their first No. 1 in almost two decades. All but one of the indie band’s eight previous albums have cracked the Top 5 on the Official U.K. Albums Chart.

At the midweek stage, North London rapper Headie One holds the No. 2 position with his debut studio album Edna (Relentless), the market leader on streams.

Further down the list, Queen + Adam Lambert’s Live Around The World (EMI) slips 1-4, and Brit Award-nominees D-Block Europe are at No. 5 with their debut The Blue Print – Us vs Them (D-Block Europe), while new releases from classic British bands Tears For Fears, Dire Straits, Iron Maiden and Suede are set for Top 10 entries.

Several ‘80s albums are set to impact the chart, thanks to last Saturday’s National Album Day, which cast the spotlight on a string of LPs from the the decade with colored vinyl reissues and compilation releases.

They include Ultravox’s Vienna (No. 14 via Chrysalis); The Stone Roses’ self-titled LP (No. 19 via Silvertone); UB40’s The Essential (No. 26); Duran Duran’s self-titled debut (No. 27 via Parlophone); and ABC’s The Essential (No. 39 via Spectrum Music).

The Official U.K. Singles and Albums Charts are published late Friday, local time.

Megan Thee Stallion Flaunts Her ‘Hot Girl S—‘ in Mesh Catsuit for Cardi B’s Birthday Bash

Megan Thee Stallion flew to Las Vegas for Cardi B’s 28th birthday party over the weekend, and showed off her stunning outfit on Instagram.

“Real mf hot girl s—,” she fittingly captioned the photo, which shows her leaning up against the bannister of a nightclub in a black, skin-tight catsuit. She paired the see-through look with a sleek half updo, sparkling diamond earrings and a smokey eye look.

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Real mf hot girl shit

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In another sequence of photos from the back of a car, Meg showed off her ice, a stack of diamond-encrusted watches and bracelets complimenting her baby pink nails.

See below.

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On thee way

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‘Frat Boy Harry’ Has Returned: See the Best Harry Styles Fan Tweets

Harries, get ready because Frat Boy Harry is back.

Harry Styles fans on Twitter rejoiced when the singer was spotted in casual attire and a backwards hat on Monday (Oct. 12), sparking buzz that the man behind the 2013 photos that lead to a number of steamy fan fictions and a whole era of the 1D fandom has returned to save 2020.

With the re-emergence of the singer’s glorious party boy persona (this time rocking nail polish), came a flood of enthusiastic tweets, and soon enough, “frat boy harry” was trending worldwide.

We’ve compiled some of our favorite, hilarious tweets from fans. See them below.

Here Are the Lyrics to Saweetie’s ‘Tap In’

Saweetie got to “Tap In” to an old classic for her new hit by sampling Too $hort’s beat for “Blow the Whistle.”

Despite her all-female dream team in the music video, she recruited Post MaloneDaBaby and Jack Harlow for the official remix, where the “Whats Poppin” hitmaker teases his own top 10 hit. “I just crossed over to top 40/ I can’t even say ‘What’s poppin’ now ’cause it got corny,” he raps in the last verse.

Check out the lyrics and music video below.

Don’t ever stop if you want to be on top, bi—

Lil’ waist, fat a–, bi—, tap in
Tap, tap, tap in
Diamonds dancin’ on your neck, n—a, tap in
Tap, tap, tap in
F— a n—a, get rich, bi—, tap in
Tap, tap, tap in
M-O-B, icy gang, n—a, tap in (hmm)
Tap, tap, tap in (ayy)

Wrist on glitter (ayy), waist on thinner (ayy)
I’ma show you how to bag a eight-figure n—a (hoo)
Face on my zaddy (sheesh), pockets on Jigga (hoo)
You better get the card and make it swipe like tinder (phew)
Private villa and the fur chinchilla (ha)
When he post me, all the h–s get sicker (blah)
F—boy killer, I don’t need fillers (nope)
Never been a lame so the real bi—es feel it (yeah)
Daddy on the Facetime, you could never take mine
End up on the dateline, uh, uh, uh (bi—)
Rich with no day job, bi—, hit your wop, wop
Always on the court side, uh-huh, huh
B-b-billionaire n—as wanna eat me out (hahaha)
Bi—, I’m from the west coast, they wanna go down south
All these lame a– n—as tryna f— for clout
Hmm, I won’t let him hit but he can put it in his mouth

Lil’ waist, fat a–, bi—, tap in
Tap, tap, tap in
Diamonds dancin’ on your neck, n—a, tap in
Tap, tap, tap in
F— a n—a, get rich, bi—, tap in
Tap, tap, tap in
M-O-B, icy gang, n—a, tap in (mm-hmm, yeah)
Tap, tap, tap in

You got a itty-bitty waist (huh?), pretty in the face (what?)
Never let a broke n—a take you on a date (nah)
Nah, haters can’t relate, bi—, I’ve never been fake (girl, bye)
I got a real n—a puttin’ icing on my cake (mwah)
Icy from my lips to my fingers to my toenails
Drippin’ in Chanay-nay, this ain’t goin’ on sale
All these h–s boosie, baby, I do not do friends well
Lotta n—s p—y, but I promised that I won’t tell
Hmm, now, what’s my favorite word? (Icy)
Bi— gon’ smile, but I know she don’t like me
Two hundred for a verse, bi—, I’m way too pricey
F— around and bring back hyphy

Lil’ waist, fat a–, bi—, tap in
Tap, tap, tap in
Diamonds dancin’ on your neck, n—a, tap in
Tap, tap, tap in
F— a n—a, get rich, bi—, tap in
Tap, tap, tap in
M-O-B, icy gang, n—a, tap in
Tap, tap, tap in

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Written by: Craig D. Love, Diamonte Harper, James Elbert Phillips, Jonathan H. Smith, La Marquis Jefferson, Todd Anthony Shaw

Strictly Discs in Wisconsin, in a Pandemic: ‘Everybody’s on the Extreme End of Being Tired’

In October 1988, Angie Roloff and her husband Ron opened Strictly Discs in Madison, Wisconsin, after Ron left a career in the biomedical research field to pursue his love of music full time. Nearly 31 years later, the couple made the difficult decision to shutter in-store operations due to COVID-19, roughly a week before Governor Tony Evers forced a mandatory shutdown of all non-essential businesses. Now that the Wisconsin Supreme Court has overturned Evers’ stay-at-home order — ruling it “unlawful” and “unenforceable” — the Roloffs and their employees have reopened the store.

As part of Billboard’s efforts to best cover the coronavirus pandemic and its impacts on the music industry, we will be speaking with Roloff regularly to chronicle her experience throughout the crisis. (Read the previous installment here and see the full series here.)

How did Record Store Day go on Saturday?

It went really well. The same sort of pattern that we had with the first date worked well and seamlessly, and people were happy. And we did a give away five cases of New Belgium beer, [which] made people happy as well.

What were some of your big sellers?

Brandi Carlile is this year’s Record Store Day ambassador, and she had a 12-inch that had two covers of Soundgarden songs. That was a really big seller for us. The Bill Evans was a big seller. There was the release by the Yardbirds that did really well.

One of the last times we spoke, we talked about how we couldn’t see businesses including retail getting shut down again given that people are so used to having more freedom now. But Wisconsin is becoming a really big hotspot for the coronavirus. Are you are you at all worried that they may try to start shutting down businesses like yours or even just limiting capacity again?

I think the latter would be more reasonable. For example, in Madrid, where they have done some backtracking and “shutting down” of the city, they were still allowing people to go to work and they were still allowing retail and some food and beverage establishments to [remain open] under a little bit stricter guidelines. I have a feeling that might be more the way things go. But with the death count going up and the fact that we’re the third highest case rate in the country, those are things that are really alarming.

Are you starting to feel a little bit more paranoid? I can imagine when you’re hearing about the case counts going up, it might put you a little bit more on alert, just as far as being in the store and having customers coming in and out. 

I think probably for most folks in service or retail, there’s a real palpable fatigue that’s starting to take place. I think it would be impossible not to acknowledge it. We just come in contact with so many people, and I think for folks who aren’t on our side of the counter, simple things like standing behind the plexiglass and being really respectful of folks who are working and their personal space so we can stay as safe as possible is really important.

Do you feel like people have generally been pretty respectful as far as giving the employees their space and all of that?

Yes and no. It’s natural for people to try to talk to you as closely as possible. In music retail we obviously have music going on, and so sometimes some things can get lost with two people wearing masks and [standing on either side of] a plexiglass shield, but trying to get folks to stand behind them is certainly something that we’re really cognizant of.

Do you have any employees who are expressing concerns of any kind?

Not specifically. With the two Record Store [Day] dates being so close together and the added responsibility and tasks for everyone paired with everything else that’s going on locally and nationally, I think everybody’s on the extreme end of being tired. But I think we’re all still positive and glad to be doing what we’re doing. It’s nice that we have a tight-knit group, so there’s a lot of trust amongst us, which helps.

Let’s try to end on a positive note. What good has been happening for you?

Especially in the period where we were shut down and so many other record stores and parts of the industry were [shut down], so many releases got pushed back or canceled. And in our industry right now, we’re just seeing a flood of new music. So that part of it is great, because to say that there’s something coming out almost every Friday for everyone is not a stretch at this point. There are incredible releases seemingly every day. Last week was the big vault release for Prince’s Sign O’ the Times, and people were just so excited to be taking that home. That’s the fun part of what we get to do.

What are you listening to right now?

I’m listening to a lot of jazz, because that tends to kind of help me settle my mind. So a lot of instrumental music for me right now as I try to kind of decompress and think about positive things and try not to get mired in things we can’t control.

I’ve been listening to a lot of jazz too, actually. I like it for when I’m working.

Bill Evans, Waltz for Debby. That’s my favorite album. It’s like a warm bath.

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Here Are the Lyrics to Pop Smoke’s ‘The Woo,’ Feat. 50 Cent & Roddy Ricch

Pop Smoke prides himself as “The Woo” in his popular hit featuring 50 Cent, who produced his No. 1 posthumous album Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon, and Roddy Ricch.

Pop interpolates 50’s No. 1 hit “Candy Shop” and No. 2 hit “Hate It or Love It” in the third verse.

Check out the lyrics and music video below.

She want a Woo n—a

She wanna f— with the Woo
She wanna f— with the Woo
She wanna f— with a Woo
She wanna f— with the Woo
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

I told her, “Ooh-woo-woo”
Shawty wanna f— me inside of the coupe
I can take you out everywhere, f— a jet fare
Versace hotel with Versace robe, whoa, whoa (woo, woo)
Like you when you let down your hair with no comb (woo, woo)
And I stay to myself ’cause I never liked these hoes (yeah)
And she only liked the guap, red light these hoes
Why would I waste my time on a shorty that don’t got me on the front of her mind?
Especially when you get designer and I wine and dine
And the Bentley came with the wings like a number nine
Yeah
Come through, just us two
I like you ’cause you cut how I’m cut too
Come through, just us two
I like you ’cause you cut how I’m cut too

She want a f— with the Woo (ayy, she wanna f— with the Woo, Woo)
She wanna f— with the Woo
She wanna f— with a Woo
She wanna f— with the Woo
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

That’s my kind of bi—, she be sayin’ some sh–
Like, “When you gon’ fly me in private, so I can land on that di–?”
She said, “Tricks is for kids”, she don’t fall for the tricks
She can handle her own, she just want some di–
Got that big Birkin bag worth five, six figures
You might be out your league, can you buy that, n—a?
I pull up on her top gone on the Dawn, I’m the don
You can f— around, if you want, if you want
Out in Bali, big swing, big dress
Big a–, make her squirt and make a big mess
Before we done, she ask “Where we gon’ do it next?”
Neck so wet it f—ed up the seats in the jet
She like all that gangsta sh–
Top down, ridin’ ’round with the blick
Who you with? Woo
She like all that gangsta sh–
I said, “She like all that gangsta sh–“

She wanna f— with the Woo
She wanna f— with the Woo
She wanna f— with a Woo
She wanna f— with the Woo (hahaha)

Let me take you to the candy shop (candy shop)
Show you all I got (all I got, all I got)
I put the diamonds on your chain (chain, uh)
To match your diamond ring (uh, uh, uh)
I’m 092, n—a, Woo (Woo, back)
Hate it or love it (uh, uh), it’s me and you (woo)
Let’s turn her into something
She said she love Woo n—as (Woo, uh)
Them n—as who gon’ pull triggers (haha, grrt)
I was fine when I met you (met you, pow)
Then I sexed you (sexed you, woo)
Then I left you (left you, uh)
‘Cause your p—y feel the same (feel the same, feel the same)
And I don’t got time to waste (no time to waste, let’s get it in)

She wanna f— with the Woo
She wanna f— with the Woo
She wanna f— with the Woo
She wanna f— with the Woo
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

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Written by: Adam Hashim, Andre Loblack, Bashar Jackson, Curtis Jackson, Jess Jackson, John Lucas, Rodrick Moore