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Elle King Makes the Country Genre Her Own With ‘Come Get Your Wife’: Album Review



With this weekend’s release of her third full-length album, “Come Get Your Wife,” Elle King does exactly what she’s always threatened to do: go authentically full-blown and earnestly country, with the deepest affection and sincerity for the genre. The results of taking on Nashville lock-stock-ham-hock-and-smoking-barrel is King’s most dynamic full album, one full of wonder, whiskey, spite, laughter, sensuality, religion, soul and country-fried spirit.

Make no mistake: King has forever made country a large part of her music-making menu. Starting with the blustery blues and pop-Americana of her bawdy debut, 2012’s “The Elle King EP,” with its giddy single “Good to Be a Man” (which she wrote on banjo), King’s voice and melodies held as much twang as they did the tang of bittersweet R&B and rugged rock-lite. King’s banging Adele-meets-Wanda Jackson hit, “Ex’s & Oh’s,” in 2015 only added to her edgy allure.

Having a genuine smash, however, with duet partner Miranda Lambert on 2021’s anthemic “Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home)” likely pushed King to a winning conclusion: go country or bust. 

Though Los Angeles-born and Philadelphia-schooled, Elle King didn’t have to record “Come Get Your Wife” in Nashville in order to swear an oath to the soaring sound of the hills and the plains. Country is as much a part of King’s DNA and its metaphorical tear-in-her-beer tone as is pop and soul. Co-producing her new album with Ross Copperman (of Luke Bryan’s “Strip It Down” fame, among others) and co-writing with Nashville’s current cream-of-the-crop only gave her raw, sonic pedigree some good company to keep.

The vocalist saunters into the slow pluck of the new album’s first track, “Ohio,” with lyrics such as “Find me singing on the back porch swinging, Cur dogs barking, left my dip in the kitchen /That’s when it hit me that I’ve been gone too long” announcing her vaunt into country.

A rangy, rough pedal steel’s slide and a buoyant banjo’s cluck introduces King’s full-throated, echo-effected vocal to “Before You Met Me” and its luscious take on being “the kinda girl who makes you finally settle down… first row every Sunday kinda Christian.” That “Before You Met” comes before the rousing, organ-filled “Try Jesus” and its memorably hearty chorus (“Hey, hallelujah, a-freakin’-men” happily concludes the sermon portion of the day, and ticks off the God boxes that even many au courant country artists still check for success.

The liltingly hell-raising “Bonafide” and several tracks here are co-written by King with Bobby Hamrick, Ella Langley and Matt McKinney, and sound tailor-fit to the vocalist’s shushy voice and tactile swagger — whether it’s the swishy, mid-tempo thumper “Lucky” or the lying-ass-lover, smoke-filled blues of “Tulsa.”

The flying fiddles and fingerpicked guitars of “Crawlin’ Mood,” the Led Zep-like “Blacked Out” and the smoldering “Worth a Shot” (with Dierks Bentley) go by smoothly before winding up at the album’s last two salty cuts, “Out Yonder” and “Love Go By.”

While “Out Yonder” – written by Hamrick, Langley and McKinney without King – is a mangy bad-ass blues rocker with lyrical allusions to “doin’ lines, huffin’ glue, Who’s got a wife and a girlfriend too?,” “Love Go By” is a delicate and yawing, Southern, soulful ballad co-written with Joe Janiak, a British singer/songwriter known for work for Britney Spears, Elle Goulding and Adam Lambert. 

Before you worry that there’s nothing country abut Adam or Britney and begin to panic about King’s bona fides, don’t. What is most fascinating about this two-track denouement is how it wraps King’s recent recorded past as the soulful successor to Janis Joplin – a rocking belter with craggily nuanced hat tips to jazz, R&B and traditional folk – into the logical progression of 21st Century country without sounding like a tourist on either side of the ledger.

“Wife” is an Elle King masterstroke of music-making. That it happens to be country makes it all the wilder. Come and get it.

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Lindsay Lohan, Lil Yachty, Jake Paul Among Celebrities Hit With SEC Charges for Touting Crypto



Lindsay Lohan, Jake Paul, Ne-Yo and rapper Lil Yachty are among the eight notable names who have been hit with Securities and Exchange Commission charges for violating securities laws in touting crypto currencies.

The SEC on Wednesday disclosed that charges were filed against eight celebrities in connection with the broader investigation of crypto entrepreneur Justin Sun and three of his companies: Tron Foundation Limited, BitTorrent Foundation Ltd., and Rainberry Inc., which marketed crypto asset securities under the brand names Tronix (TRX) and BitTorrent (BTT).

The eight boldface names were charged with “illegally touting TRX and/or BTT without disclosing that they were compensated for doing so and the amount of their compensation,” according to the SEC.

The list also includes rapper Soulja Boy, singers Austin Mahone and Akon and adult film star Kendra Lust. All but Mahone and Soulja Boy (aka DeAndre Cortez Way) have reached settlements with the SEC that involve “more than $400,000 in disgorgement, interest, and penalties to settle the charges, without admitting or denying the SEC’s findings,” per the SEC.

“This case demonstrates again the high risk investors face when crypto asset securities are offered and sold without proper disclosure,” said SEC chair Gary Gensler. “As alleged, Sun and his companies not only targeted U.S. investors in their unregistered offers and sales, generating millions in illegal proceeds at the expense of investors, but they also coordinated wash trading on an unregistered trading platform to create the misleading appearance of active trading in TRX. Sun further induced investors to purchase TRX and BTT by orchestrating a promotional campaign in which he and his celebrity promoters hid the fact that the celebrities were paid for their tweets.”

The SEC complaint, filed in New York’s Southern District federal court, accuses Sun of instructing the eight celebrities to not disclose that they were being paid to tout TRX and BTT assets on social media platforms.

A representative for Lohan said the actor was unaware of any disclosure obligations.

“Lindsay was contacted in March 2022 and was unaware of the disclosure requirement. She agreed to pay a fine to resolve the matter,” said spokeswoman Leslie Sloane.

Sun is accused of taking numerous steps to manipulate the market for those currencies through “wash trading,” which is explained by the SEC as a process that “involves the simultaneous or near-simultaneous purchase and sale of a security to make it appear actively traded without an actual change in beneficial ownership.” From April 2018 to February 2019, Sun engaged “allegedly directed his employees to engage in more than 600,000 wash trades of TRX between two crypto asset trading platform accounts he controlled,” according to the SEC. Sun also generated $31 million in proceeds through secondary market sales of illegal and unregistered sales of the token, per the SEC.

“While we’re neutral about the technologies at issue, we’re anything but neutral when it comes to investor protection,” said Gurbir S. Grewal, director of the SEC’s Division of Enforcement. “As alleged in the complaint, Sun and others used an age-old playbook to mislead and harm investors by first offering securities without complying with registration and disclosure requirements and then manipulating the market for those very securities. At the same time, Sun paid celebrities with millions of social media followers to tout the unregistered offerings, while specifically directing that they not disclose their compensation. This is the very conduct that the federal securities laws were designed to protect against regardless of the labels Sun and others used.”

(Pictured: Lindsay Lohan, Jake Paul and Lil Yachty)

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Offset Previews New Song With Posthumous Takeoff Verse



Migos fans should be pleased to know that Offset has a new record with Icewear Vezzo and his late bandmate/cousin Takeoff potentially on the way.

Earlier this week, Set teased the trunk-rattling track on his Instagram Stories, which drew elation from fans on social media. The 56-second snippet finds Vezzo and Takeoff exchanging bars before Offset bursts through the song with fiery lines of his own.

The path to Set’s sophomore album has been arduous. Last August, he sued his former label Quality Control to reclaim ownership of his solo material. Then, in November, he lost his cousin Takeoff, who was shot and killed in Houston, further delaying the album. He was also involved in a fistful of skirmishes, including a verbal spat online with J. Prince and allegedly feuding with his Migos bandmate Quavo at this year’s Grammy Awards. 

Musically, Offset has released several one-off singles to keep fans intrigued. Last August, he released “5 4 3 2 1” before following up with “CODE” featuring MoneyBagg Yo. Offset’s 2019 debut album Father of 4 netted a top-five entry on the Billboard 200 with 89,000 album-equivalent units. The offering also spawned his triple-platinum single “Clout” featuring his wife, Cardi B.

On the posthumous side, this is the latest offering from Takeoff after fans first heard The Last Rocket MC on Metro Boomin’s Heroes and Villians standout “Feel the Fiyaaaah” featuring him and A$AP Rocky.

Listen to the snippet featuring Offset, Takeoff and Vezzo below. 

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Tekashi 6ix9ine Hospitalized After Attack at Florida Gym



Tekashi 6ix9ine was hospitalized after being ambushed by a group of attackers in the bathroom of a gym in South Florida on Tuesday, Variety has confirmed.

The 26-year-old rapper, whose real name is Daniel Hernandez, sustained injuries to his face and bruises, according to his attorney, Lance Lazzaro.

Lazzaro said the rapper was attacked in and outside the LA Fitness gym sauna by three or four men who beat him up, though he tried fighting back. “He had cuts to his face and bruises,” Lazzaro said. The attorney said that the perpetrators fled after employees heard the disturbance.

Police in South Florida were called, and Hernandez was transported via ambulance to a local hospital, according to Lazzaro. As of now, it is unclear if the rapper remains hospitalized.

Lazzaro told TMZ he plans to ensure Hernandez gets some protection, since he was released from federal prison in April 2020. Hernandez was arrested and sentenced to two years in prison in 2019 on nine charges, including racketeering, drug trafficking and firearm offenses in relation to his involvement with the Nine Trey Bloods gang. Hernandez received a shortened prison sentence after he cooperated with federal officials to imprison his associates. He was released early due to COVID-19 concerns, after a judge called the rapper a “model prisoner.”

In a video leaked on Twitter, one of Hernandez’s assailants is heard saying, “Take a picture. I’m gonna be famous now.” Another video captured a bloodied Hernandez walking out of the gym.

According to several media reports, Hernandez was ejected from a Miami baseball stadium Friday for being intoxicated and disturbing fans.

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