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Songbird Kyler England Talks Tiësto And Future Star Collabs

It's been two years since Kyler England released stunner album Electric Hum. The Los Angeles singer-songwriter has been busy collabing with artists across the genre spectrum ever since, and most recently becoming the EDM-songstress behind Tiësto hit, "Take Me". Also part the pop and rock scenes (she has a band), England has proven she packs versatility and boundless vocal range. The rising sonbird took a few minutes to sit down with VIBE to spill the beans on what's in store for her shiny bright future.

BONUS: VIBE's hooking you up with her track, "We Rise Like Smoke," a song that won England the International Songwriting Competition Electronica Category.

VIBE: Your single "Take Me" with Tiësto takes a big step away from the more 'chilled' electronic music from your Electric Hum album. How was your experience working on dance music compared to your previous work?
Kyler England: I went into Electric Hum knowing that sound-wise it would be an amalgam of organic and electronic, a middle ground between my singer-songwriter roots and the dance music that I had been doing on the side. I wrote them in a traditional way, on acoustic guitar and piano and the songs are my stories. And I recorded them holed up in a studio in LA with my producer, Bill Lefler, over a stretch of a few weeks.

On the other hand, with "Take Me" I sat down to write a dance song. Something that melodically would soar with beats in a club and have sexy lyrics. When I heard Tiësto's track, I flipped - it's huge and so dynamic. I love that he used piano amongst the more aggressive synths and the way the builds and drops work with the vocals is so beautiful.

What was it like working with the legendary Tiësto? A learning experience? Intimidating?
All of the above. It was a fun challenge writing a song for such a renown DJ, knowing that he would take it and blow it up sonically. I wanted to give him something that could be anthemic and atmospheric at the same time. I couldn't be more thrilled with how it came out and with the reception from fans old and new. Really looking forward to working with Tiësto again and I'm hoping to perform our song live sometime this summer.

Will we hear more Kyler England on EDM in the future?
Absolutely. I have some collaborations in the pipeline. And Tiësto said to get on writing another tune for us sooo….twist my arm, I'm working on that.

What about hip-hop or pop productions?
I've never done hip-hop or R&B. I'm not sure I have the swagger for it. My husband, Richard Furch, is a big R&B mixer so I get to stay current on what's out. As far as pop, I'm also in a pop-rock band called The Rescues. We just put out a new record earlier this year, Blah Blah Love and War. The band has four lead singer-songwriters, lot's of harmony. My bandmates are badasses. I'd love to do something in the pop/dance intersection, like what Sia has been doing. Her track "Titanium" with David Guetta gives me goosebumps.

Any future projects we should know about?
I'm nibbling on a bunch of different projects right now. In addition to writing more for Tiësto and other dance collaborations, I'm writing for my next solo record, an electronica duo with my Electric Hum producer Bill Lefler, an indie-pop collaboration with my Rescues bandmate Adrianne Gonzalez, and a lullaby/children's music project with jazz vibraphonist Laura Crane. I became a mother for the first time earlier this year so my daughter is probably my biggest project right now!

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Rico Love Wants His Lady To 'Shine' In New Music Video

Through a montage of dark city views paired with silver monochronistic architecture, Rico Love is making sure the main lady in his life blossoms above all possible adversity from her past in the newly released visuals for his latest single, “Shine.”

The video features a beautiful, chocolate-hued woman clad in a pinkish fur coat, who serves as Rico’s main source of love and affection. With his captivating lyrics and a soulful voice filled of conviction, the Grammy award winning songwriter is steadily making his sonic stance on the R&B world.

Love credits his stellar musicianship to his discipline when it comes to studying music. In an interview with The Fader, he details part of his learning process taking it back to his rapper days.

"It’s just like a guy who’s 6’10". He can teach himself how to dunk if he does it every day. I take everything serious that I do. I go 100%," he said. "I study. It wasn’t like I was just this rapper who didn’t listen to Queen, who didn’t understand Rufus Wainwright, that didn't listen to the Beatles. I don’t want to sound like a pompous jerk, but I have amazing taste in music. When you start loving great songs, when it’s time to write one your own ear can understand what’s a great song and what’s not."

Watch the video for "Shine" below.

 

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Breakdancing Proposed As Potential Sport For 2024 Olympics

According to CNN, a proposal has been made to add breakdancing as a sport during the 2024 Olympics in Paris. Breakdancing is one of four events suggested for inclusion, along with surfing, climbing and skateboarding.

"We are pleased to see that Paris 2024's proposal for new sports to the Olympic programme is very much in line with the reforms of Olympic Agenda 2020, which is striving to make the Olympic programme gender-balanced, more youth-focused and more urban," read a statement from the International Olympic Committee. Other mediums such as Squash, snooker and chess put their proposals in, but were not selected.

Breakdancing, which is one of the four elements of hip-hop, was introduced as a sport during the 2018 Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires. Thanks to organizations such as Red Bull's BC One, the legacy of breakdancing lives on through workshops and competitions throughout the world. Last year's Red Bull BC One Breakdancing World Championship was held in Switzerland.

“Obviously, if people know the history of the hip-hop culture, then they'll know that we are the original hip-hop," “B-Boy Ronnie” Abaldonado told VIBE of breakdancing's influence during Red Bull BC One Camp in Houston. "...We're here not to just teach people how to dance, but also to educate them on hip-hop and breaking.”

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Blueface Uses Transphobic Language To Call Out Fan Who Entered His DM's

Rapper Blueface reportedly exposed DM's allegedly sent by one of his transgender female fans, and in doing so, he called the young woman "it."

According to the "Thotiana" rapper's Instagram Story, a young woman attempted to spend the night with him and slid into his DM's. However, he details he was not interested, and used transphobic language in his photo evidence.

"'It' tryed [sic] to get me wit all these d**c succing [sic] videos," the 22-year-old wrote. "Not happening that's out...If you think I linked up wit this t***ny you smoking d**c." He posted a few of the messages sent by the young woman, which appeared to be unanswered. However, many pointed out that his responses to her inquiries were deleted for his own Story.

Blueface is currently facing prison time stemming from his arrest for possession of an unregistered handgun. The charge is a felony, and reportedly carries a maximum of three years behind bars. In November 2018, the California native was allegedly involved in a robbery and a vehicle-to-vehicle gunfight.

As expected, his personal life and views don't appear to be affecting his professional life. His song "Thotiana" is sitting at No. 20 on the Billboard Hot 100.

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