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‘High School’: Get Your First Look at the TV Adaptation of Tegan & Sara’s Memoir (Exclusive)

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Tegan and Sara’s teenage years serve as the inspiration for Freevee’s all-new, original series, High School, which is adapted from the band’s 2019 memoir by executive producers and co-showrunners Clea DuVall and Laura Kittrell. Ahead of its fall debut, ET has an exclusive first look at the series’ cast, including TikTok personalities Railey and Seazynn Gilliland as Tegan and Sara, respectively. 

In addition to an image of Railey and Seazynn, who are making their TV debuts with the series, ET also got a first look at special guest stars Cobie Smulders and Kyle Bornheimer, who play the twins’ parents Simone and Patrick.

High School, which is also executive produced by Tegan and Sara Quin and Laura Kittrell, as well as Plan B’s Dede Gardner, Carina Sposato and Jeremy Kleiner, is the latest anticipated LGBTQ-centric project about finding your own identity, and how that journey is made even more complicated when you have a twin whose own struggles and path to self-discovery mimics your own. Set against the backdrop of the 1990s’ rave and grunge culture, the dramedy will weave together parallel and discordant memories of two sisters growing up down the hall from each other. 

“This is not, like, a goofy, surface-y show about sisters who fight over clothes. Like, this is our story. It is about identity and it is about depression and it is about drugs and alcohol and it is about sex and it is about homophobia,” Sara told ET, explaining that they wanted the series to “feel sophisticated.” 

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When ET last spoke to Sara, she opened up about adapting the memoir for TV and reuniting with DuVall, who they previously collaborated with by contributing original music to her queer Christmas rom-com, Happiest Season.  

“I remember our agent being like, ‘Man, I can see this being a TV show or a movie.’ And we were like, ‘Really, are you sure?’” Sara said, recalling how they never wrote the book with the expressed intention of taking their story to the screen. 

But soon, they realized there was an opportunity to expand queer storytelling on screen. “We don’t see stories like ours told very often,” she said, explaining that “a story about queer teenagers who are not, like, feminized or who are sisters” is very unique. 

As for working with DuVall, who co-writes and directs several episodes of High School, Sara said it made perfect sense to team up with her here. “She’s not just our friend, she’s actually kind of a sibling,” she said, explaining that they’ve spent Christmases together and have been a part of each other’s adult lives for years. 

“After she read the book, she called us and said, ‘Look, I would be honored and humbled if you would let me try to take this material and turn it into a television show,’” Sara recalled.

Now, High School is set to debut on Freevee on Oct. 14. During the network’s presentation at the Television Critics Association’s 2022 Summer Press Tour, the series unveiled its first teaser, giving fans an even closer look at what’s to come.  


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M.I.A. Flexes on New Release ‘Beep’: Stream It Now

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Need a factoid to make you feel positively ancient? Consider, M.I.A.’s debut single “Galang” from Arular turns 20 next year. True story, and almost impossible to comprehend.

Before the anniversary signs flash up, M.I.A. should make a long overdue return with MATA, her forthcoming sixth studio album. It’s expected to drop “any day now,” according to reps from Island Records, which will release the set through a recently-announced global deal.

Before that happens, M.I.A. gives us “Beep,” a confident self-inspection and a exotic deep-dive exploration of percussion, on which she sings and raps, “Yeah I’m bringing someone new/There’s no limit/I’m tryna feel it/Every time I see you/When I gonna break through it/Got to just be it/No one can stop it/If they want they can try.”

“Beep” follows the MATA cuts “Popular,” produced by Diplo and Boaz van de Beatz; and “The One,” produced by Rex Kudo and T-Minus.

The followup to 2016’s AIM, MATA is years in the making, its compositions recorded in London, Los Angeles, Italy, Bali, Jakarta, and St Vincent.

M.I.A. (real name Mathangi Arulpragasam) lit the fuse with Arular, which was nominated for the Mercury Prize, and its followup Kala from 2007 was a commercial and critical success. In the United States, she has landed a string of top 10 hits including “Paper Planes,” “Give Me All Your Luvin’”, on which she appeared with Madonna; and Travis Scott’s Billboard Hot 100 leader “Franchise” with Young Thug.

Among her honors are a nomination for British female solo artist at the 2009 Brit Awards and an MBE for services to music in 2019.

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7 Things You Didn’t See on TV at 2022 Billboard Latin Music Awards

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While artists such as Christina Aguilera, Chayanne, Raphael, and Nicky Jam received special awards, and Bad Bunny swept the categories at the 2022 Billboard Latin Music Awards, others revealed exciting news on the red carpet Thursday night (Sept. 29).

Below, check out seven things you didn’t see on TV:

1. Edgar Barrera revealed that he’s been writing music for Grupo Firme and is working on Maluma’s upcoming album, which will be a pop set.

2. Speaking of albums, Ovy on the Drums, Karol G’s longtime producer, revealed that he’s been working on the “Provenza” singer’s upcoming fourth studio album. “For me, at a personal level, it’s one of the best productions I’ve done in my career,” he said.

3. When asked about giving back to the community after the devastating Hurricane in Puerto Rico, Rauw Alejandro said: ” “I was broke during Hurricane Maria and I was starting my career. I didn’t have water and light for two months with my family. I know what it feels like. Now that God has given me the opportunity to be in this position, the first thing I thought of when the hurricane [Fiona] passed, was how I was there too. I called Eric [Duars] and told him we had to help immediately because if we wait for the government, we’ll get to Christmas with no light or water. So, I had to help however I could.”

4. On the red carpet, Calibre 50 chimed in on the Regional Mexican vs Mexican Music debate. Should the genre get a new name? “We love being called regional Mexican,” the group said. “As long as they never take out the ‘Mexican’ part from the title, we’re good.”

5. Eslabon Armado shared what it was like to record a duet with Juan Gabriel for his new, posthumously-released album, Los Duo Vol. 3. “It was as if he was there in the studio with us,” the teenage group said about recording “Mía Un Año.”

6. Rocking a gorgeous black gown that showed off his small chest and shoulder tattoos, Mexican influencer, artist, and TikTok star, Kunno, did not hold back from flaunting his best TikTok moves to Karol G’s “Gatubela.”

7. Becky G reacted to her first Latin Airplay No. 1 hit as a solo act with “Baile Con Mi Ex,” saying she had no idea about it until her fans posted it on social media. “I screamed and woke up my man,” she said. “I was so emotional.” Earlier this year, Becky G scored her scores her fourth No. 1 on Billboard’s Latin Airplay chart with “Bailé Con Mi Ex,” becoming just the third No. 1 by a female soloist in 2022, after two Karol G coronations: “Sejodioto” (Feb. 12) and “Provenza” (July 9).

The 29th annual Billboard Latin Music Awards, taking place at Miami’s Watsco Center, are broadcasting live on Telemundo and simultaneously on the Spanish entertainment cable network Universo and throughout Latin America and the Caribbean on Telemundo Internacional. The awards — produced by MBS Special Events and executive produced by Mary Black Suarez — coincide with Billboard Latin Music Week, which returned to Miami from Sept. 26 to Oct. 1 at the Faena Forum, with a roster of star speakers that included Romeo Santos, Maluma, Grupo Firme, Chayanne, Ivy Queen and Nicky Jam, among many others.



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Kid Cudi’s ‘Entergalactic’ Is Here: Stream it Now

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Kid Cudi is back with his eighth studio album Entergalactic as promised. The record, which was originally announced back in June and carries his lead single, “Do What I Want” dropped on Friday (Sept. 30).

The album comes after a relatively eventful summer for Cudi. His To The Moon world tour included headliner slots at both New York City’s Governor’s Ball music festival and his very own one-day-only Moon Man’s Landing festival hosted in Cleveland, Ohio.

Cudi’s album drop coincides with the release of the Entergalactic television special on Netflix, thanks to the Grammy-winning artist’s collaboration with the streaming giant. 

“Wait til yall hear and see Entergalactic.  U have no idea.  I really wanna thank Kenya Barris, Mike Moon, Elizabeth Porter and the whole team for believing in my vision and helping bring it to life,” wrote Cudi on Twitter Sunday. “Everything about this show is next level.  Ull see”

Cudi’s special delivers an entirely animated musical romance to audiences and its soundtrack features songs like “By Design” and “Do What I Want.” In the series, he voices a New York City artist, Jabari. The role pairs him with co-star and longtime fan, Timothee Chalamet in addition to Jessica Williams and Vanessa Hudgens.

The special is truly meant to compliment Entergalactic as a visual component, according to Cudi, who told Esquire in an August interview that he recorded the album’s songs before going on to outline the show. He characterized the project as an emotional one for him, rooted in the liberation that comes with romance.

“This project will move you, it will take your heart places and make you fall in love again,” wrote Cudi on his Instagram. “I am so proud of every single person involved who helped bring my vision to life.”

Stream Entergalactic below.



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