Andrea Russett Shares Her ‘Darkest Hours’

Andrea Russett’s venture into music began with the nervous posting of anonymous covers. Soon after, anonymous covers gave way to short vocal clips on Snapchat, and it was ultimately the encouraging reactions from followers that pushed her out of her online comfort zone, a place she had largely been living in since she first rooted her presence on the internet over a decade ago.

What once felt like an “outlandish dream” of releasing music of her own only came to fruition recently, with a support system of more than 11.7 million Instagram and Twitter followers combined and nearly three million YouTube subscribers. Some of those fans have watched Russett’s journey for years; now, they are watching her add to the lengthy portfolio of content she built her foundation on with the pursuit of her true passion.

On October 8, they heard her first single, “Darkest Hour,” for the first time.

“It was actually this last New Year’s, or maybe the one before, that I told myself — I made the decision that this was going to be the time where I actually focus on what I’m passionate about, rather than just keep doing this and that, here and there,” Russett told PAPER. “I wanted to follow my dreams for real, and if it fails, it fails. But at least I can say I tried.”

Russett has always loved music, but there’s no doubt that creating her new normal brought some concern about how fans would react. Fortunately, Russett said her followers have made the sometimes anxiety-inducing move to music an exciting one, with many providing seemingly unconditional support.

“I was really nervous when I finally made the decision that I was going to turn my focus to music over the last year, year and a half, and I was really nervous about how people would react,” Russett said. “But I thankfully have literally the best viewers in the world. Over the last 10 years, I have gone in so many different avenues and different routes and they’ve just stuck by me and been just as excited as I am for it. They’ve made the whole transition process more exciting than stressful, which I was concerned about.”

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— Andrea Russett (@AndreaRussett) October 7, 2020

Despite that, being a nervous person is not how Russett would typically describe herself. But the emotions she was feeling in the hours leading up to the single’s release begged to differ, and rightfully so. She hopes, though, that the song she describes as her “baby” will speak for itself. And its candidness just might.

Perhaps most importantly, the release of the song will bring forth an openness and freedom that Russett hasn’t yet had the opportunity to experience in previous ventures. She is prepared to break out of the online mold, but this certainly isn’t goodbye to the internet, either.

This transparency extends to a more personal territory, as well. “Darkest Hour” is a forthright depiction of Russett’s experiences with her own mental health, an area she has hardly shied away from with her own fanbase.

She prides herself on her ability to speak freely and responsibly (which came with growth, of course) to her followers, and the tough stuff is all wrapped up in the conversation.

“I’m no expert, I’m still trying to figure this out just as much as the rest of us,” Russett said. “But through Instagram, through Twitter, that kind of stuff, I try to be super open and honest about the way I’m feeling and my own mental health and not paint it out to be anything. I think there are a lot of influencers who paint a perfect life, and when you see that, and you see that they don’t have any bad days online, it’s like, ‘Am I the only one that’s going through this?’ And it makes you feel really lonely. Through posting my own struggles, it hopefully makes anyone else out there feel like, ‘Okay, I’m not the only one feeling this way or going through this.'”

In collaboration with writers Matt Romagna and Dan Wilson and a production team of Romagna and Lisa Filipelli, Russett went to work, and in turn, created a piece of art that feels emotionally raw with lyrics prying open inner anxieties: “Tell me that you’ll be there in my darkest hour/ When I’m fucked up and fading out/ Promise me you’ll be there when I’m losing power/ Say you’ll reach out for me when I’m sinking under.”

“… During the time [we wrote the song], I had met someone new that I was really interested in, and I was also going through a depressive episode,” Russett said. “And I think I was just so consumed with anxiety over the fact of like, ‘He’s going to figure it out eventually. He’s going to see this side of me eventually. Is it going to be too much? Do I hide it? Do I bury it? Is he going to be there?’ And I think it all just spilled out into the song.”

It’s the feelings that came in retrospect, though, that showcase how deeply personal the song is to her. Music is therapeutic for Russett and listening back to “Darkest Hour” helped her process former feelings.

“I think I didn’t really even realize what I was saying when I wrote it because I listen to it now and I was in a very different headspace, a very dark time in my life when I wrote that,” Russett said. “And it’s crazy to listen back to it now and think, ‘Wow, I didn’t even realize how down and struggling I was.’ But I think that being the first single, it’s just fitting for who I am as a person where it’s just like, ‘I’m open, I’m honest and I’m going to say how I feel even if it’s going to make a few people uncomfortable.'”

It seems the relatability will outweigh any discomfort Russett anticipates. Fan reactions have already created an outpour of support and excitement for Russett and, while she believes it can’t be loved by everyone, her existing support system undoubtedly has her back in this massive entrance to a new era for her art.

I’ve listened to Darkest Hour so much, I already know all the lyrics.

— Mer💙🕊lost her main account (@_lowkeyburgos) October 8, 2020

YO WHAT. That new @AndreaRussett song GAVE ME FUCKING CHILLS. Her voice is so unique and beautiful. EVERYONE GO LISTEN AND STREAM THE SONG! https://t.co/vqie797set#DarkestHour

— kimi ✨ (@comearoundbrock) October 8, 2020

“I’m nervous. I’m excited. I know that not everyone can love my song; it would be impossible for every single person that heard it to love it, and that’s okay,” Russett said. “I’m reminding myself of that. But I also just really believe that the music will speak for itself, and I’m proud of it. And that’s the only person’s opinion that matters.”

Stream “Darkest Hour,” below, and follow Andrea Russett on Instagram and Twitter.

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Livestream This: Marquita! A Virtual Comedy Fundraiser

Thanks to Ms. Rona, we’re all trapped at home with nothing to do. Even Netflix is getting boring! But never fear. While they’re technically out of work, our favorite entertainers are still out here bravely making virtual content in a scary new world. Going to the club or the theater is out of the question right now (self isolate! Ariana Grande says so) but here’s PAPER’s ongoing guide to the latest livestreams — featuring comedians, actors, musicians and more.

Who? Comedian and Search Party star, John Early, is teaming up with the DSA Chapters of Tennessee to host a virtual fundraiser for Democratic nominee Marquita Bradshaw’s campaign for the Senate featuring appearances from Sarah Silverman, Bowen Yang, Jaboukie Young-White, Connie Britton, Kate Berlant, Naomi Ekperigin, Vicky With a V and more.

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When? October 4 at 7 PM CST. Those who donate will receive a link to the show prior to the night’s performance.

Why Watch? Well, if Monday night’s presidential debate didn’t convince you that we are long overdue for new voices that will reinvigorate the American political system then let me be the first to welcome you to PAPER mag dot com, Mr. Trump. I’m afraid you aren’t going to like a lot of our content, but we appreciate the traffic anyways. As we all know, nothing makes our dark political reality a little bit more bearable than some good old fashioned comedy, and you would be hard pressed to find a better lineup without Bowen Yang, Jaboukie Young-White, Kate Berlant or Sarah Silverman. Plus it’s for a good cause, so what do you have to lose?

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‘Hey Ladies’ Makes Fun of All the Boys Who Catcall You

Wuki, Yung Baby Tate and Stoppa just released the ultimate dance anthem, and it sounds more familiar than you’d think.

Related | Yung Baby Tate Is Every Woman

2020 has been a breakout year for Wuki: he received a Grammy nomination for his remix of Miley Cyrus’ “Mother’s Daughter,” became a TikTok trend with track “Better” and his single “Throw It” was featured in Netflix’s Work It with Sabrina Carpenter and Jordan Fisher.​ Now, the artist teamed up with Tate and Stoppa to create a reimagined rendition of the Sweet California classic, “Hey Mickey!” The famous ear-worm hook is paired with Tate’s smooth vocal style and Stoppa’s powerful rap verse.


“I remember this session like it was yesterday,” Stoppa tells PAPER. “He had an idea of this hook he wanted me to lay down, and once I did, the song came together super fast. We reconnected months later and he told me he got this badass artist named Yung Baby Tate on it, I heard her verse and was like ok yeah, I gotta redo mine because she killed it!”

Tate explains the song resonates so deeply because of the incessant catcalling and objectification she has to deal with on a daily basis. “Hey Ladies” provides a much-needed response and alternate perspective; an ironic look at how men try –– and fail –– to attract women.

“As a woman, I know first-hand how persistent a man can be when they feel entitled to your energy,” Tate said. “The amount of times my obviously uninterested friends and I have been approached with a ‘Hey, Ladiesssss’ is almost comical! Guys, word of advice, next time you see a lovely lady and want to approach her… please don’t be a creep, nerd, or loser about it. Trust me, we don’t like it!”

Wuki prides himself on championing Black artists and female empowerment, so he was more than happy to give Tate and Stoppa the perfect platform to run with this dance-ready tune.

“Really excited I finally get to release my first ‘pop’ record as Wuki,” the producer said. “To be honest I always struggle with making a pop song for myself, I never wanna make a typical vocal record — if it’s Wuki, it’s gotta be fun and booty bouncing. I really think we nailed it with this one though, it’s the perfect blend of the sounds I love on one record.”

Photo courtesy of Wuki

PAPER People: @pashtitutee

For most of 2020, our world has been reduced to the experiences we have on our phones. And TikTokers have been leading the charge in creating viral entertainment that keeps us scrolling for hours and hours. So this year’s PAPER People shifts its focus exclusively to TikTok — the breakout app our President wanted to ban, that launched sleeper hits and massive pop careers, that ushered in an entirely new generation of influence. Meet our 20 favorites across comedy, fashion, social justice and more, who are owning their spaces and racking in millions of likes. (And follow PAPER on TikTok).

Related | PAPER People 2020: Meet 20 TikTokers We Love

Pasha Mottley AKA @pashtitutee is master of the random cut. Her channel is hard to summarize: you kind of just have to head there and start watching. A series of comedy skits about what happens when a group of barbie dolls is left alone… her casually buying nacho Lunchables at Wawa with the sound of children screaming in the background… doing a unique impression of Jason Derulo on all fours on her bedroom floor. It’s relatable content, if you’re an internet freak. But super fun to watch either way.

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Introducing our class of 2020 PAPER People exclusively on TikTok💕 Say hiiii to @pashtitutee ✨💋

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PAPER People: @eyeamki

For most of 2020, our world has been reduced to the experiences we have on our phones. And TikTokers have been leading the charge in creating viral entertainment that keeps us scrolling for hours and hours. So this year’s PAPER People shifts its focus exclusively to TikTok — the breakout app our President wanted to ban, that launched sleeper hits and massive pop careers, that ushered in an entirely new generation of influence. Meet our 20 favorites across comedy, fashion, social justice and more, who are owning their spaces and racking in millions of likes. (And follow PAPER on TikTok).

Related | PAPER People 2020: Meet 20 TikTokers We Love

23-year-old singer Ki AKA @eyeamki is TikTok’s reigning popstar. Blue check and everything! She does covers as well as original music on her channel, but also killer duets and plenty of random funny shit on the side. Stay tuned: she recently teased to followers that she’s no longer an independent artist, and that a big announcement is on its way. Buy the merch now.

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If you could write the headline for your profile, what would it be?

It’s Ki Like Hi, The Entertainer Created For Your Sonic Inspiration.

Where do you want to be five years from now?

I see myself in five years from now being an established artist, working with my favorite creators in film, music and art. I see myself working on my fourth album and fully engulfed in acting and directing motion pictures.

If you could have a superpower what would it be and why?

A superpower? I have one already! It’s in my breathe. Just being alive is a super power! And being able to exude my breathe on this world with my artistry is an even bigger gift that I am blessed and fortunate to have.

What does your star chart say about you? (Do you agree?)

My astrological chart says that I’m a couture workaholic to the bone. And it’s true!

December 18 is the day I descended onto earth and oh gosh does it make me feel fabulous. Sagittarius sun which makes me a free, divalicous energy bunny!

Virgo rising which luckily combats my Sagittarius nature so my work, art and anything I express outwardly is organized with purpose — with a light layer of mad scientist — but that’s how I stay eclectically fetch. Lastly with my Aries moon, my double fire complex is obviously why I have a dragon tattoo wrapped around my right leg. I breathe fire, and lots of it!

What’s your next move if TikTok is banned?

My next move if Tiktok is banned? Keep doing what I’ve been doing! Inspiring the masses. Elevating growing and prospering in my music career. But it will be missed dearly. It’s truly a fun platform that is so unique and on its own level of awesome.

If you could give $1,000,000 to any charity, what would it be and why?

If I could give a million dollars to any charity it would be StandUp For Kids. This charity is something I truly care about and hits close to home because they end the cycle of youth homelessness. Children are the foundation of my fanbase. They are also our future — our future doctors, teachers, geniuses — and need to be nurtured and cared for correctly with passion. All children and definitely the ones who need a home under 18. Once given a chance we can all change the world positively.

What was your first reaction after going viral?

My first reaction after going viral was like walking through a storm of glitter. IMMACULATE! Just me being me; luckily my singing voice and music was my key to 10 million views over night. The one thing I love doing, the world does too. And that made me feel unstoppable. I was stunned, enamored and blessed. I went from eight monthly listeners to thousands of people listening to my music at once on a daily. Curated 2.1 Billion views from the sound of my singing voice. It’s a blessing, because Tiktok truly is the place to grow the gifted and talented.

Describe your best night in this quarantine?

My best night in quarantine so far was having a dynamic and adorable dance session with my mom in my kitchen. Not being able to have full cardio moment entertaining on stage is a serious bummer. But, busting a move with my forever bestie is always a magical vibe. I was raised on Depeche Mode and Destiny’s Child so you can say our nightly dinners are pretty diversely beautiful.

What gives you hope in 2020?

What gives me hope in 2020 is my music and my creative space. The fact that I can inspire, grow and express myself through my music is the biggest savior for this year of downs. Music still can change the climate of any sad moment. And being able to create it makes me feel unstoppable.

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Photography: Ana Karotkaya

PAPER People: @punker_irl

For most of 2020, our world has been reduced to the experiences we have on our phones. And TikTokers have been leading the charge in creating viral entertainment that keeps us scrolling for hours and hours. So this year’s PAPER People shifts its focus exclusively to TikTok — the breakout app our President wanted to ban, that launched sleeper hits and massive pop careers, that ushered in an entirely new generation of influence. Meet our 20 favorites across comedy, fashion, social justice and more, who are owning their spaces and racking in millions of likes. (And follow PAPER on TikTok).

Related | PAPER People 2020: Meet 20 TikTokers We Love

Think of Syd, AKA @punker_irl, as TikTok’s Manic Panic product representative. He’s reworking the mall goth look for Gen Z and gaining millions of fans while doing it. Hit follow to watch him raise mental health awareness while recreating Just Dance routines, lip sync to everyone from Doja Cat to Lil Peep, and even single handedly save the USPS by offering a PO box for fans to send letters to and promising to write back. Sometimes in full clown makeup.

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Introducing our class of 2020 PAPER People exclusively on TikTok💕 We all want to be @punker_irl 🥺✨

♬ moment lildeath – yoogmi

What’s your favorite animal social media account to follow and why?

My favorite animal social media account is @Monkeys400 and the #MonkeyMonday because they make me happy.

What’s your go-to appetizer?

My favorite appetizer is Mozzarella sticks.

What’s your most overused word or phrase?

I use this made-up phrase that my friends and I used to say in middle school. Instead of saying, “On god,” we would say, “On baby.”

What is the most embarrassing thing you’ve ever done?

I think the most embarrassing thing I’ve done is sign up for TikTok.

What does your star chart say about you? (Do you agree?)

I am a Scorpio, i have a Pisces moon and my rising sign is a Capricorn, so this means I’m very moody, I wear a “mask” when meeting or talking to people, and I have a very strong urge to solve problems and get over them as fast as I can.

What was your first reaction after going viral?

When I first went viral my only two emotions were terrified and embarrassed.

What’s your favorite TikTok sound?

My favorite one is the “asdf” audio that goes like, “Ahh I’m a muffin it’s muffin time, who wants a muffin?” — very silly, very funny.

Where do you want to be when the world ends?

When the world ends, I would like to be with my friends because I wanna be with the people who make me the happiest.

What does your (UberEats, Seamless, GrubHub, etc.) order history look like?

My order history is literally just boba and s’mores blizzards from Dairy Queen.

What was the last song you listened to?

The last song I listened to was “Francis Forever” by Mitski.

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Styling assistant: Macauley Deverin
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PAPER People: @iconiccpinkk

For most of 2020, our world has been reduced to the experiences we have on our phones. And TikTokers have been leading the charge in creating viral entertainment that keeps us scrolling for hours and hours. So this year’s PAPER People shifts its focus exclusively to TikTok — the breakout app our President wanted to ban, that launched sleeper hits and massive pop careers, that ushered in an entirely new generation of influence. Meet our 20 favorites across comedy, fashion, social justice and more, who are owning their spaces and racking in millions of likes. (And follow PAPER on TikTok).

Related | PAPER People 2020: Meet the 20 TikTokers We Love

On her extremely popular channel, 22-year-old Munera Fahiye AKA @iconiccpinkk shows the many advantages to wearing a hijab: you can covertly wear AirPods during class, store extra stuff in it and use it as a prop to create seamless duet videos on TikTok. Whether she’s dancing to “Money Trees” or accidentally going out to lunch during Ramadan, Munera is a must follow. She also has an amazing singing voice, even if her sister thinks it sounds like a dying mosquito.

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Introducing our class of 2020 PAPER People exclusively on TikTok💥 say hello to our queen @iconiccpinkk 💕

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What’s your favorite animal social media account to follow and why?

My favorite animal account is @thatlittlepuff on Tiktok. I really love the videos on there because it’s a little cute cat cooking stuff and I am obsessed with cats.

Describe the most recent photo or video on your phone.

It’s a picture of my baby brother on his birthday. He looks so happy I love him.

Where do you want to be when the world ends?

With my family eating popcorn and watching a movie.

What gives you hope in 2020?

I love seeing this generation fight for what’s right and we are using social media to demand the changes that should’ve happened a long time ago.

What was your first reaction after going viral?

It was exciting and scary at the same time. I was getting so many nice comments and it was heartwarming to see. A lot of people from my school started recognizing me from my videos and that was also really cool.

What was your last text?

It’s a text to my brother asking him to get me some taco bell.

In one word, how would you sum up the internet?

Wild.

If you could have a superpower what would it be and why?

The ability to fly. When I was a kid I would take random objects and turn them into wings because I always wanted to fly for some reason.

What’s your most overused word or phrase?

I feel like I say “it is what it is” a lot because if something happens that I have no control over I just let it go and forget about it.

Describe your best night in this quarantine.

It’s having fun with my sisters and playing video games.

Creative direction: Agusta Yr (at No Agency New York)
Styling: Erika Golcher
Styling assistant: Macauley Deverin

PAPER People: @ladyefron

For most of 2020, our world has been reduced to the experiences we have on our phones. And TikTokers have been leading the charge in creating viral entertainment that keeps us scrolling for hours and hours. So this year’s PAPER People shifts its focus exclusively to TikTok — the breakout app our President wanted to ban, that launched sleeper hits and massive pop careers, that ushered in an entirely new generation of influence. Meet our 20 favorites across comedy, fashion, social justice and more, who are owning their spaces and racking in millions of likes. (And follow PAPER on TikTok).

Related | PAPER People 2020: Meet the 20 TikTokers We Love

Gather around, because Brooke Averick AKA @ladyefron (yes, as in Zac Efron’s wannabe wife) is the master of storytime. Whether she’s narrating the incidentals of her daily life, recalling a deeply embarrassing (or it would be, to most people) middle school moment or straight up reading from her 2009 diary, you’ll want to hear literally everything the 24-year-old creator has to say. Her comic timing is impeccable, her sense of shame nonexistent and her messages to her haters unapologetic. Dig deep for the Bar Mitzvah content, it’s worth it.

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Introducing our class of 2020 PAPER People exclusively on TikTok💥 Tip your fedoras to @ladyefron 💕💕

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What’s your favorite animal social media account to follow and why?

Definitely @wolfgang2242. It’s run by a guy named Steve who exclusively adopts senior dogs (he also has a pig, chicken and turkey) and finally gives them their forever home. Follow at your own risk because every time one of the dogs dies I can’t get out of bed for a week.

What’s your go-to appetizer?

Chips and guac every time.

Describe the most recent photo or video on your phone.

The last photo on my phone is a screenshot from Google of Pauly D from Jersey Shore without hair gel.

Which TV shows are helping you survive 2020 and why?

New Girl and The Office. I’ve seen them each over 10 times all the way through, but they’re a huge source of comfort for me which is what we all need in 2020.

When was the last time you cried?

Honestly 10 minutes ago when my Chipotle was delivered and they forgot the guac.

If you could give $1,000,000 to any charity, what would it be and why?

I’d donate all the money to different teachers and schools. Having been a preschool teacher for two years, I know how hard teachers work and how little they get in return.

What’s your next move if TikTok is banned?

I’ll restart The Office and New Girl.

What was your first reaction after going viral?

I quit my job. Hindsight’s always 20/20.

What’s one thing you’d change about TikTok?

Not being able to edit captions after you post. 90% of my posts are riddled with typos.

What’s the worst zodiac sign?

I’ve never met a mentally stable Gemini. Let the records show that I’m a Gemini.

Creative direction: Agusta Yr (at No Agency New York)
Styling: Erika Golcher
Styling assistant: Macauley Deverin

PAPER People: @thereal_tati

For most of 2020, our world has been reduced to the experiences we have on our phones. And TikTokers have been leading the charge in creating viral entertainment that keeps us scrolling for hours and hours. So this year’s PAPER People shifts its focus exclusively to TikTok — the breakout app our President wanted to ban, that launched sleeper hits and massive pop careers, that ushered in an entirely new generation of influence. Meet our 20 favorites across comedy, fashion, social justice and more, who are owning their spaces and racking in millions of likes. (And follow PAPER on TikTok).

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Introducing our class of 2020 PAPER People exclusively on TikTok✨ Bow down to @thereal_tati 😤

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Tati Tots, assemble! Tatayanna Mitchell, AKA @thereal_tati, is here. One half of TikTok’s most shipped couple, bonnet-wearing master of the duet and food influencer during her downtime, the 21-year-old from Michigan is an essential follow for her prolific comedic posts. We still don’t know what happened with her rumored boyfriend Devin, but will keep you updated. In the meantime, let’s watch her hang out with another fav, @snarkymarky.

What’s your go-to appetizer?

Honey BBQ boneless wings with ranch.

When was the last time you cried?

I cry all that time [laughs] whether it’s an emotional cry, happy cry, or me crying from laughing.

What’s the most overused phrase or word?

“It’s the *blank* for me” and “Chile” [laughs] I say both, everyone wears those sayings out.

What was the last song you listened to?

“Excitement” by Trippie Redd and PARTYNEXTDOOR.

What was your first reaction after going viral?

I was extremely excited and overwhelmed because I didn’t know what was next.

What’s the worst zodiac sign?

Although I’m not into astrology that much, I’ll have to say Gemini because of the personal experiences I’ve had with them.

Where do you want to be five years from now?

I want to be happy in my lovely home, owning three businesses and be able to bless my parents with a home.

What’s your next move if TikTok is banned?

I will move my platform to YouTube and grow my channel just how I grew my TikTok — maybe not as fast, but I will get there.

One word to describe the internet?

Powerful.

If you could describe the headline of your profile, what would it be?

“I just want to spend the rest of my life laughing.”

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Styling: Erika Golcher
Styling assistant: Macauley Deverin

Bella Thorne Apologizes for Hurting Sex Workers on OnlyFans

Last week, Bella Thorne basically broke OnlyFans when she made $1 million within the span of 24 hours. But controversy quickly arose after many accused her of “scamming” people by allegedly charging $200 for pay-per-view nude content, though she tweeted she wasn’t actually doing nudity.

Because of this whole stunt, other OnlyFans content creators are saying that the platform put a cap on how much they can charge for pay-per-view content. They say that because tons of subscribers are requesting refunds for Thorne’s non-nude “nudes,” the website has extended their cash-out period from 7 to 30 days.

Related | Bella Thorne’s OnlyFans ‘Scam’ Is Allegedly Affecting Sex Workers’ Pay

Now, Thorne has responded to these accusations. “I wanted to bring attention to the site, the more people on the site the more likely of a chance to normalize the stigmas, And in trying to do this I hurt you,” she wrote on Twitter. “I have risked my career a few times to remove the stigma behind sex work, porn, and the natural hatred people spew behind anything sex related. I wrote and directed a porn against the high brows of my peers and managers because I WANTED to help with the stigma behind sex.”

She continued, “I am a mainstream face and when you have a voice, a platform, you try to use you in helping others and advocate for something bigger than yourself. Again in this process I hurt you and for that I’m truly sorry. Ps. I’m meeting with only fans about the new restrictions to find out why!!! This is fucked up and I’m sorry comment any ideas or concerns you want brought up to OF!! and send me your links and a pic so I can promote you guys.”

PT1 Remove the stigma behind sex, sex work, and the negativity that surrounds the word SEX itself by bringing a mainstream face to it that’s what I was trying to do, to help bring more faces to the site to create more revenue for content creators on the site.

— BITCHIMBELLATHORNE (@bellathorne) August 29, 2020

I wanted to bring attention to the site, the more people on the site the more likely of a chance to normalize the stigmas, And in trying to do this I hurt you. I have risked my career a few times to remove the stigma behind sex work, porn, and the natural hatred people spew…

— BITCHIMBELLATHORNE (@bellathorne) August 29, 2020

behind anything sex related. I wrote and directed a porn against the high brows of my peers and managers because I WANTED to help with the stigma behind sex.

— BITCHIMBELLATHORNE (@bellathorne) August 29, 2020

…I am a mainstream face and when you have a voice, a platform, you try to use you in helping others and advocate for something bigger than yourself. Again in this process I hurt you and for that I’m truly sorry.

— BITCHIMBELLATHORNE (@bellathorne) August 29, 2020

Ps. I’m meeting with only fans about the new restrictions to find out why!!! This is fucked up and I’m sorry comment any ideas or concerns you want brought up to OF!! and send me your links and a pic so I can promote you guys

— BITCHIMBELLATHORNE (@bellathorne) August 29, 2020

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Rickey Thompson and Denzel Dion Have a Podcast Coming

Rickey Thompson and Denzel Dion have inked yet another deal together. Spotify has announced that the two influencers, who’re best friends and budding fashion icons, have signed a deal for an exclusive podcast series to air weekly.

Ever since their Vine days, Thompson and Dion have amassed massive following with their unique sense of humor. Now, they’re all over Twitter, YouTube, TikTok and Instagram with brands that have evolved into worldwide spectacles. Their new conquest will see them exploring, according to a press release, “personal stories from their week, delish on pop culture, fashion & music and engage with fans by giving them advice.”

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This is an exciting deal for Thompson and Dion, and they’re both as ecstatic. “I am so excited to have partnered with Spotify on this podcast,” says Thompson in a statement. “My friend Denzel and I have always dreamed of having a podcast, and the fact it’s with Spotify is the cherry on top! I can’t wait to start this journey and I couldn’t be happier.”

Dion continues, “I’m so ecstatic to have Spotify as a partner for our podcast, it feels like family. Rickey and I are ready for this new adventure. I can’t wait for us to speak our unapologetic minds and, most importantly, have fun while doing it!”

Related | Introducing: Road Trippin’ With Rickey Thompson and Denzel Dion

In July, Thompson and Dion partnered with Snapchat for a hilarious docuseries, Road Trippin’. On each episode, the duo traveled across rural America for wild adventures inspired by Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie’s reality show, The Simple Life. From taking part in skydiving to feeding hungry alligators, Road Trippin’ was a wild experience.

In a July interview with PAPER, the dynamic duo hinted at their creative takeover. “This isn’t the last that you’ll see of us,” said Thompson. “We’re going to do way, way more in fashion, of course. We definitely want to step into acting.”

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Bella Thorne Joins OnlyFans

Best-selling poet and award-winning porn director Bella Thorne has inevitably joined the popular subscription service OnlyFans, PAPER can exclusively announce. As well as sharing exclusive paid content on her channel, Thorne is also in talks to star in a documentary film about her experiences on the platform.

To answer your next question, subscribing to Thorne’s OnlyFans will cost $20 per month, and she’s expecting to draw a lot of attention. (“With safe estimates earning Bella $1 million a month,” a press release predicts.)

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Thorne’s selfies are already incredibly popular on Instagram, but her pivot to a subscription-based business model speaks to the general shift by influencers away from social networking and towards paid content. As well as monetizing her posts, she also hopes to bypass Instagram’s strict censorship policies by using a service that’s popular among adult entertainers for imposing few content restrictions.

“OnlyFans is the first platform where I can fully control my image; without censorship, without judgement, and without being bullied online for being me,” she tells PAPER.

Related | Bella Thorne Posts Her Own Nudes to Thwart Hacker

She also told us a little more about her upcoming movie, to be directed by Sean Baker, known for Tangerine and The Florida Project. She’s a “huge fan” of Baker’s work, and says that she shares “the same vision of the movie being a conversation starter for many important topics.”

Thorne, who famously leaked her own nudes when threatened by a hacker, is a strong advocate for women owning their sexuality — as well as their financial freedom. A self-confessed “wannabe mogul,” it’s no surprise that she’s turning to OnlyFans, which is currently peaking in popularity thanks to a shout out in Megan Thee Stallion and Beyonce’s “Savage” remix and has supposedly netted its creators more than $725 million in profits so far.

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Tove Lo Rallied All Her Fans for a ‘Mateo’ Quarantine Video

Since Tove Lo can’t travel the world to meet her fans in person, she decided to cast them all in her newest video.

Edited by Garrett Guidera, the “Mateo” visual arrives today off Tove Lo’s 2019 album, Sunshine Kitty, and invites nearly 1,000 people to sing along to its lyrics. Much like Charli XCX’s “Forever” or Kim Petras’ “Malibu,” it’s a snapshot of this strange, isolating time when we’re connected mostly through the internet — and our love of music.

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“Since Sunshine Kitty was released, ‘Mateo’ has been a fan favorite,” Tove Lo says of the “Karaoke Video,” which features people dancing in the woods, showers and bedrooms. You’ll also see cameos from famous collaborators/friends like ALMA, Pabllo Vittar and Kah-Lo. “I always knew I wanted to do a visual for it.”

In March, Tove Lo says her team shot the “Mateo” lyric video at a venue in Manchester, called Albert Hall — right before they had to cancel all European shows and fly home because of COVID-19. “So much of the last few months has been about what can’t happen,” she continues, adding that “doing the quarantine karaoke challenge was a way to still connect with my fans and give everyone something to safely do while locked down. I was so overwhelmed by all the submissions.”

Related | Tove Lo Will DJ Tonight at PAPER x Club Quarantine

Even under such extreme restrictions, Tove Lo has been notably busy in quarantine, from her DJ debut this spring at PAPER x Club Quarantine to, more recently, performing “sadder badder cooler” on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. With just a white wall, some projections and a microphone, the pop star proved why she’s one of the most electric contemporary acts. “Why am I cooler than you?” she asks on the Sunshine Kitty single, though we have some answers.

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She also accomplished perhaps the most impossible of feats in quarantine… and in life: love, but not just love, marriage. Over the weekend, Tove Lo revealed that she married Swedish singer/songwriter Charlie Twaddle. “WHAT!? I’m a wifey!!!” she wrote on Instagram. “I never thought I would get married but then I met you Charlie. Thank you for making me the happiest I’ve ever been. You’re my person.”

Stream “Mateo” off Sunshine Kitty by Tove Lo, below.

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No, We Haven’t Blocked You

No, we haven’t blocked you — Instagram has blocked PAPER.

On July 8, 2020, Instagram disabled our account (@papermagazine), due to copyright notices filed by a company called Okularity. Our lawyers allege that Okularity crawls the internet for unauthorized use of images in order to extort account holders.

This is becoming increasingly common. Celebrities from Kim Kardashian to David Beckham are now being sued for posting unauthorized paparazzi photos of themselves, while several highly followed archival Instagram accounts have recently been disabled, as well.

With more than 1.7 million followers on Instagram, PAPER’s ability to communicate directly with our audience has been abruptly halted, and at a time when media coverage is more crucial than ever. It has also threatened our business, as so many magazines — and consequently their employees’ positions — are facing the financial repercussions of COVID-19.

That is why we are working with our legal team to fight this extortion and regain access to our Instagram account.

For now, you can follow us on TikTok, Twitter, and Facebook.

Nicki Minaj Accepts Lil Nas X After He Comes Out as a Barb

It looks like Nicki Minaj has added to her army of sons today after she publicly acknowledged Lil Nas X’s coming out as a Barb on Twitter. Although it’s long been speculated by stans that Lil Nas X is a fan of Nicki’s and used to run a popular social media account dedicated to the rapper, he’s denied the rumors. Now, however, it seems he’s finally ready to come forward with the truth about stanning the “Yikes” rapper after requesting a collab in a Twittter thread.

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It all started yesterday when Lil Nas X replied to a video of Nicki with a meme and proposition to collaborate on a new song of his. A Barb replied to the tweet asking him why he never “claimed” Nicki when he and his team were directly confronted about it in the past. He replied, writing that he “didn’t want people to know [he] was gay,” confirming speculation after he tweeted last month that “life is too short to pretend you’re not a barb.” Lil Nas X still has not confirmed whether or not he ran @nasmaraj, although investigative reports seem convinced.

When fellow Barbz started discussing his response from yesterday, telling him that being a Barb doesn’t necessarily you gay, Lil Nas X confessed that people still make assumptions and that the “rap/music industry ain’t exactly built or accepting of gay men yet.” Nicki has addressed these assumptions about male Barbz in the past, acknowledging that some men might not want to be labeled a “Barb” out of fear of judgment — even though they know she’s the queen of rap.

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Despite the back-and-forth over the years as to whether or not Lil Nas X claimed to be a part of the viral fandom, Nicki nevertheless decided to claim him as one of her own today. “It was a bit of a sting when you denied being a barb, but I understand,” she wrote to him in a tweet. “Congratulations on building up your confidence to speak your truth.”

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Lil Nas X replied only about 15 minutes later, apologizing for hopping on the “bandwagon hate” that Nicki was experiencing during the aftermath of the rollout for her latest album, Queen. With both parties assured that there’s no beef between the two, fans can now start to fantasize about whether or not a collab in the future is imminent — or maybe another “Old Town Road” remix? We can only hope.

Photography: Ethan Gulley for PAPER

Lizzo’s Ideal Body Type Is ‘None of Your F**king Business’

Lizzo took to TikTok this week to remind trolls and body-shamers that her body is none of their business. The clip includes a montage of Lizzo working out, beginning with her riding a stationary bike as a voiceover explains: “I’ve been working out consistently for the last five years. And it may come as a surprise to some of y’all, but I’m not working out to have your ideal body type. I’m working out to have my ideal body type. And you know what type that is? None of your fucking business.”

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We also get some footage of her lifting weights and jumping rope, as she continues making her point: “I am beautiful. I am strong. I do my job, and I stay on my job. So next time you want to come to somebody and judge them, whether they drink kale smoothies or eat McDonald’s or work out or not work out, how about you look at your own fucking self and worry about your own god damn body, because health is not just determined on what you look like on the outside. Health is also what happens on the inside.”

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Speaking to PAPER’s Mickey Boardman in 2018, Lizzo previously addressed body image and how she never saw herself in the media growing up. “I didn’t see myself in fashion,” she said. “I didn’t like how I looked because of what I saw on television. It didn’t reflect me.”

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Lizzo continued, detailing her journey to becoming more body positive. “I had to really learn,” she told PAPER. “I had to hit rock bottom with loving myself and really learn how to fuck with me. I’m still learning; I’m still not there. I be having my moments, but it’s through that process I think I’m able to help other people.”

Stream Lizzo’s 2019 album, Cuz I Love You, below.

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Here’s What Audrey Mika’s Up to in Quarantine

Much like everyone else in quarantine, 19-year-old Audrey Mika is stuck inside, lounging in her sweats, streaming Netflix and watching as the days run together. As a singer/songwriter, Mika has also been able to use this time to focus on her music.

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If you don’t know the rising musician, you can follow her through YouTube, where she started in her room with a toy microphone making cover songs. She rapidly rose to popularity (with now 1.5 million subscribers) through her Billie Eilish covers and her simplistic, sometimes comedic videos to accompany them.

Now, she’s ditched the toy microphone for the real deal, going on tour earlier this year with her 2020 5 A.M. EP. In early May, Mika also released her newest single, “Just Friends,” and a week later premiered the track’s music video.

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PAPER checked in with Mika to see how she spends her days in isolation. From dressing for absolutely nobody to hanging out with plants, Mika’s photo diary is extremely relatable.










Stream Audrey Mika’s 5 A.M. EP, below.

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Nova Miller Is Bringing Her Viral TikTok Vocals to the Mainstream

Swedish vocal powerhouse Nova Miller is taking her latest single from the TikTok tracklist to the mainstream. Her new song, “Mi Amor,” is premiering today on PAPER.

It would come as no surprise if Miller has already made her way onto your screen, again and again. The singer has more than one million followers and nearly 11 million likes on her TikTok, and the platform is home to her expansive vocal range.

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Though Miller has taken on many challenges to imitate singers like Mariah Carey and Lizzo, “Mi Amor” stands on its own. The pop tune, inflected with disco production and Abba-like melodies, puts into song the confidence that comes with growth and self-betterment after ending a relationship. Of course, Miller’s vocals bring power to this message.

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“Mi Amor is about evolving past an ex and loving the attention of knowing they still want you,” Miller said about the track. “You are lying if you say that you don’t feel good! Success and self-growth is the best revenge, it’s just a winning feeling knowing your former flame is kicking themself with regret — it’s the ultimate look at me now song!”

“Mi Amor” arrives today with a lyric video featuring Miller singing through a sultry, kaleidoscope filter that seems to embody her image. As Miller’s Instagram bio suggests, the singer may just be “the next 1960s popstar.”

Miller is starting summer strong — “Mi Amor” is the artist’s first single of 2020, following last year’s self-aware bop, “Do It To Myself.”

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Shawn Wasabi and Aly & AJ Are DJing PAPER x Club Quarantine

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Last week, Love Bailey hosted PAPER x Club Quarantine from her massive hot tub on the Savage Ranch in Temecula, California. In-between turning her webcam to flaunt the West Coast sunset and splashing around with her housemates, Bailey called attention to her Artist Residency fundraiser and gassed up the party’s guest DJs with moans and her signature “yoo-hoo’s.”

Elsewhere in the night: DeathbyRomy played bops in a ski mask; BigKlit road a scooter inside her apartment next to a friend spinning wildly on a stripper pole; Tei Shi served ’80s glamour with an expertly positioned fan; and Tove Lo unveiled her first-ever DJ set with a preview of her new single, “Sadder Badder Cooler,” out now.

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Tonight, PAPER returns with our weekly three-hour rave with Club Quarantine, the first and most persistent queer party on Zoom.

The lineup, per usual, is a mix of everything: Shawn Wasabi, the viral producer whose album Mangotale arrives May 29, is scheduled to DJ. (“Animal Crossing” and “Lemons” are both bubbly summer anthems). Disney icons-turned-avant-pop performers Aly & AJ will also drop by to build off the buzz surrounding their latest single, “Joan of Arc on the Dance Floor.” All the way from Sweden, COBRAH will make her PAPER x Club Q “Debut,” as well as Remi Wolf (stream “Photo ID” and “Woo!”) and Sizzy Rocket, who’s set to release her “Smells Like Sex” music video later this week. Rounding out the night is Bambi Banks-Couleé, Chicago’s self-proclaimed “princess” and a member of Maison Couleé.

For entrance into PAPER x Club Quarantine, you’ll need a Zoom code, which will be announced to the public right here tonight at 9 PM EST. Stans, you’ll want to watch this space closely — and run, don’t walk, to enter the party.

For party tips and etiquette, follow Club Quarantine on Instagram (@clubquarantine).

Tove Lo Will DJ Tonight at PAPER x Club Quarantine

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At last week’s PAPER x Club Quarantine, we called in Rico Nasty, Ashnikko and Lolo Zouaï to deliver remote DJ sets packed with bops, from Rico dropping her own feature on 100 gecs‘ “ringtone” remix to Ashnikko powering through her discography of viral hits (“Tantrum,” “Working Bitch”). The Zoom party’s drag performer, The Ugly One, was everything but, and performed to a leak of “Free Woman” off Lady Gaga’s forthcoming album Chromatica, as well as the criminally underrated Born This Way deep cut, “Heavy Metal Lover.” (Little Monsters went wild in the chat).

Some people danced in jock straps, while others ate ramen on camera in the pajamas they haven’t removed all week. Anything goes at Club Q, the biggest — and most persistent — nightly rave on the internet.

Related | Rico Nasty, Ashnikko and Lolo Zouaï Are Taking Over PAPER x Club Q

Yes, it’s somehow Wednesday again, which means PAPER x Club Quarantine is back with another three-hour party featuring special guest DJs. Tove Lo, who released Sunshine Kitty in 2019, will close out the night in anticipation of her new song, “Sadder Badder Cooler,” out May 22. DeathbyRomy is also celebrating a brand new track, “Kiss Me Goodbye,” coming Friday, which follows her perfectly abrasive 2019 EP, Love u – to Death. BigKlit will drop by to guest DJ, fresh off her Trippie Redd collab, “Beautiful,” in addition to Tei Shi, who’s prepping a big 2020 project (Stream its lead single, “Die 4 Ur Love”). Finally, “Bet” singer A l l i e will come through the party, with a drag performance from Chicago queen Khloe Park.

Love Bailey, the “Scarlet Woman,” will host PAPER x Club Q all night long to rev up the Zoom chat and raise money for her Savage Ranch Artist Residency fundraiser. “The Savage Ranch is an international creative community located in the Southern California Desert of Temecula,” Bailey’s GoFundMe reads. “We are dedicated to giving visionaries, activists, and artists a chance to to create art, live, work and explore their creative fantasies in a place free from any gender and sexual discrimination.”

For entrance into PAPER x Club Quarantine, you’ll need a Zoom code, which will be announced to the public right here tonight at 9 PM EST. Stans, you’ll want to watch this space closely — and run, don’t walk, to enter the party.

For party tips and etiquette, follow Club Quarantine on Instagram (@clubquarantine).

Pete Davidson Is Back on Insta

Pete Davidson went dark on Instagram in a few months after he and Ariana Grande broke off their engagement in 2018, seemingly in the midst of a mental health crisis. “I really don’t want to be on this earth anymore,” he wrote, inciting mass panic among his fans and leading everyone from the NYPD to Ari, who went straight to 30 Rock, to his best friend Machine Gun Kelly, to check in on him. The comedian briefly returned to social media last spring for a few months to promote his tour with John Mulaney before wiping his feed again.

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The once very online celebrity is now officially back online. He made his first post on his (wiped) feed in a year to promote his new autobiographical film, directed by Judd Apatow, The King of Staten Island, due June 12. “WELCOME BACK,” wrote one fan. Another rejoiced: “The king is back!”

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Davidson, who’s been vocal about struggling with anxiety, depression and borderline personality disorder, seems to be doing better lately. He covered PAPER’s latest Break the Internet issue, dropped a Netflix special in February, and lately been a regular contributor on virtual SNL. After splitting from Grande, he dated Kate Beckinsale, Margaret Qualley, then Kaia Gerber. He’s currently taking a break from romance to “focus on mental health,” he reportedly told Charlamagne Tha God after finishing up a period in rehab. Now, he’s diving into all his adolescent trauma in The King of Long Island, which focuses on his relationship with his mother and father, a firefighter who died during 9/11.

Related | Pete Davidson Asks Fans to Stop Bringing Him Weed

The actor had a memorable Insta presence back in the day, so here’s hoping Pete’s return to the gram is a nice time for everyone.

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Noah Cyrus Reveals She Struggled Growing Up in Miley’s Shadow

Noah Cyrus opened up to her fans about growing up in Miley Cyrus’ shadow during an exclusive Zoom listening party for her new EP, The End of Everything — and she didn’t hold back. “I always felt like I was that person that no one gave a shit about due to what people said to me online,” she told her fans Thursday evening.

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The impressive new lineup of songs on Cyrus’ EP tackles a wide variety of topics that hit close to home for the singer, but none quite as emotional as the topic of growing up alongside her superstar sister, Miley. Whether it was during Miley’s years as a Disney Channel darling or her more public-facing Bangerz era, Noah shared with her fans that the years of the spotlight had left her in a state of emotional turmoil, describing the experience as “unbearable.”

While Noah now has a fanbase and following of her own to share in the trials and tribulations of fame with, it’s clear that in the years when that wasn’t the case, she was suffering to feel enough for the public. She broke down crying introducing the aptly-titled track “Young & Sad” to a select group of fans over the Zoom call on Thursday, making sure to add that this sort of pressure from the world was something she had faced daily growing up.

“My sister’s like sunshine/ Always bringing good light wherever she will go/ And I was born to rain clouds/ When they blew the flame out/ Blessed in her shadow,” are the lyrics Noah points to as particularly meaningful to her message and pain over the years. “I just wanted to open up about that once and for all,” she tells viewers before adding that it would probably be the last time she addressed the matter.

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When news broke today about the semi-private confession Noah made to her fans during the conference call last week, a swell of support for her appeared on social media from both Miley fans and the general public. “Follow ur path and let no one take it away from U,” one fan tweeted in response to the circulation of the video.

Stream Noah Cyrus’ EP The End of Everything, below.

Photography: Brian Ziff for PAPER

Thee JoJo Will DJ PAPER x Club Quarantine Tonight

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Big Freedia has the power to command any room she stands before, even if it’s virtually over Zoom from her backyard in NOLA. At last week’s PAPER x Club Quarantine, the music legend flipped the entire party upside down — literally — as hundreds of people began twerking against their walls over webcams. Freedia was joined by fellow icon Uffie, whose nostalgic DJ set juxtaposed a night of new beginnings: First, with Messer and then with Aluna, who both used the internet’s biggest queer rave to reintroduce themselves. Also, it went until 1 AM EST… That’s four straight hours of partying in quarantine.

Somehow it’s Wednesday again, which means it’s time for yet another PAPER x Club Quarantine party — a perfectly valid excuse to excessively drink mid-week. Per usual, we’ve brought together a lineup tonight from all corners of pop culture, high and low, old and new.

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Thee JoJo, who just dropped her sultry, new album, good to know, will be guest DJing; London breakout Bree Runway, who just released “Damn Daniel” with Yung Baby Tate, is also booked to make the Zoom go “APESHIT,” as well as Eartheater, the experimental siren with a newly debuted song, “Below the Clavicle,” following 2019’s spectacular album, Trinity. While MNDR has been relatively quiet since 2012’s Feed Me Diamonds, she’s prepping to come back this year as a solo artist (Listen to “Fragile”). She’ll be previewing new material as a guest DJ, in addition to New York’s Pauli Cakes, who will be raising money for DisCakes‘ Mutual Aid for Immigrants in NYC — an emergency fund for local immigrants impacted by COVID-19.

Rounding out the three-hour party, which hits capacity at 1,000 guests, are drag queen The Miss Toto and host Slay Rizz, the Filipinx Prrrincesa and Slaysian Mutha who’s been creating trends online before they hit mainstream for the past decade. If you’re somehow unfamiliar, start with “YES Bitch” and move onto “Art Star.”

For entrance into PAPER x Club Quarantine, you’ll need a Zoom code, which will be announced to the public right here tonight at 9 PM EST. Stans, you’ll want to watch this space closely — and run, don’t walk, to enter the party.

For party tips and etiquette, follow Club Quarantine on Instagram (@clubquarantine).

Livestream This: The Original ‘Sailor Moon’

Thanks to Ms. Rona, we’re all trapped at home with nothing to do. Even Netflix is getting boring! But never fear. While they’re technically out of work, our favorite entertainers are still out here bravely making virtual content in a scary new world. Going to the club or the theater is out of the question right now (self isolate! Ariana Grande says so) but here’s PAPER’s ongoing guide to the latest livestreams — featuring comedians, actors, musicians and more.

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Who? Leading up to the premiere of the brand new movie Sailor Moon Eternal, Toei Entertainment and American distributor, Viz Media, are making the first three seasons of Sailor Moon’s original ’90s adaptation free to watch on YouTube.

When? Starting April 25th, you’ll be able to stream 10 new episodes of the original Sailor Moon series each week on the show’s official YouTube Channel.

Why Watch? Sailor Moon is iconic. First aired in the ’90s, Sailor Moon was one of a handful of Japanese anime to crossover to American audiences. While it didn’t experience the same level of success as franchises like Pokemon or Yu-gi-oh!, the series still remains one of the best-selling mangas of all time. It has since spawned countless spinoffs, an ice skating show, a musical, theme park rides and an American remake that ultimately never saw the light of day. Sailor Moon is a bonafide classic and for a generation that grew up watching it on Saturday morning TV or renting it from Blockbuster. If you haven’t had the chance to get into the show, now is the perfect time to jump right in.

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Dinah Jane DJ’d a Virtual Set From Her Bathtub

Even in isolation, Nasty Cherry is still the ultimate party crasher.

At PAPER’s Wednesday night party with Club Quarantine, Zoom’s OG queer rave, the Los Angeles pop-punk band surprise dropped by to premiere their new single, “Shoulda Known Better,” out this Friday. Gabi Bechtel, Chloe Chaidez and Georgia Somary all separately called in (Debbie Knox-Hewson is social distancing in the UK) to dance with their fans to the nostalgic, guitar-led bop. “You’re a true deceiver/ I shoulda known better, yeah,” lead vocalist Bechtel sings on the track, queuing up a fresh, new era with early 2000s attitude. On Zoom, she thrashed her platinum bob, while Chaidez danced in front of a virtual Eiffel Tower and Somary doused herself with water. It was all during a DJ set by MEATY, the BDSM rap artist who wears a nail-covered gimp mask and performs with pitched down, demonic vocals.

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At 9 PM EST, PAPER x Club Quarantine publicly dropped the zoom code, as Dana Dentata started DJing a mix of hip-hop classics and ear-shredding metal. During soundcheck the hour prior, Dentata reflected with Club Q’s co-founders about also being from Toronto. She used to regularly perform in a punk band at a local queer bar, called The Beaver, which is temporarily closed under COVID-19. Her set last night was ravenous, as she wore a black latex face mask and waved around a devilish baby doll. The comments section exploded with a flurry of “WTF’s,” but it seems Dentata prefers to elicit a polarizing response through her music, which includes 2019’s perfectly aggressive Daddy Loves You EP.

Related | Victoria Monét and Dinah Jane Will DJ PAPER x Club Quarantine

Our hilarious party host Mike Thornwell, who switched in and out of what seemed like dozens of wigs all night, then introduced the next guest: Victoria Monét. Earlier in the day, the singer asked Twitter fans to request songs for an intimate DJ set in celebration of her latest single, “Dive,” about yearning for good head game — especially while in quarantine. Everything from TLC’s “Creep” to Janet Jackson’s “All For You” filled her 30-minute slot, before segueing into her sultry, new bop. Of course, the chat went wild. Monét, who’s bisexual, later reminded fans on Twitter that “Dive” is about both men and women, saying, “Don’t get it twisted… women dive too.”




After a drag show from JayJay Kings (and Nasty Cherry’s surprise appearance), Rising pop star Gia Woods kept the night moving with a mix of bangers from all her pop predecessors: Madonna, Britney Spears and Lady Gaga. (Thank you for playing “G.U.Y.” from Gaga’s unsung epic, ARTPOP.) She also played her own material, including “Keep On Coming” and “Only a Girl,” the queer anthem that helped launch her career. (Its music video has nearly 11 million plays on YouTube.) “Only a girl knows how a girl feels,” Woods sings. “Only a girl can make me feel this way.” One of the highlights was a sexy remix to an unreleased Woods song by her cousin NAR, the DJ/producer who later closed out PAPER x Club Q with an iconic remix of Kelis’ “Milkshake.”

Fifth Harmony stans who waited patiently all night for their queen, Dinah Jane, were kept fed when the solo star emerged from her own bathtub in a sparkly bustier, daisy dukes and face-shielding sunglasses. With her initials and some soft candles burning behind her, Jane’s quarantine set-up was truly a sight to behold. In-between gushing with Thornwell about his wigs, Jane played songs like Rihanna’s “Work,” Mariah Carey’s “Heartbreaker” and Doja Cat’s “Cyber Sex.” She also played her own solo material, from the sexed-up single “Lottery” to her more recent release, “Missed a Spot.” As if to cap off the night, and all our quarantine moods, the diva threw it back to Fifth Harmony’s 2016 Ty Dolla $ign-assisted smash, “Work From Home.” At once, the chat sounded off: “I can’t stand these nights alone…” At least, Club Q makes it all a bit easier.

Lauv Is Just as Lonely as the Rest of Us

This past March, Lauv released his debut studio album, ~how i’m feeling~, and now the singer is following up with a music video for “Modern Loneliness.” The visual, captured remotely during quarantine, provides an intimate look into how Lauv is dealing in the digital age of COVID-19.

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Directed by Jason Lester, the video displays an iPhone screen, which flips between apps and footage of Lauv himself. Lauv, who previously wrote about his dependence on technology for PAPER, creates a commentary on society’s current relationship to social media. Scrolling through Instagram, text messages and even Tinder, the video demonstrates how reliant we are on technology as a means of communication. We’re never alone, but always depressed,” Lauv laments.

The video was originally set to be shot in Los Angeles this March with more than 100 fans reuniting with friends they had lost contact with. Lauv managed to incorporate this idea in a socially distant way: fans from all over the world were still included in the clip through duets on various apps. It’s all a timely reminder that even when we’re physically apart, we’re still connected.

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Stream ~how i’m feeling~, below.

Photo via Instagram

Party With Rebecca Black Tonight at PAPER x Club Quarantine

Pabllo Vittar, the Brazilian pop supernova, stopped by PAPER x Club Quarantine last Wednesday to deliver a killer DJ set that featured highlights from her new album, 111, some ass-shaking choreography and a fan that kept her wig flowing all night long. With living room drag shows from Rify Royalty and Louisianna Purchase, and a sweaty final hour from Ecuador’s DJ MINAS, the Zoom party made mid-week isolation something to celebrate — not that time is real anymore, anyway.

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At 9 PM EST, PAPER’s party with Club Quarantine opens once again. Tonight, unsung internet icon Rebecca Black will drop through with a live DJ set. You know her from “Friday” fame, a cultural touchstone that saw her face more criticism than she deserved, but Black recently dropped a solid double-single, as well: Self Sabotage / Closer. Chilean disco queen Javiera Mena will also DJ, having just debuted her new single, “Flashback,” off an album slated to release later this year. New York’s own Sateen will add some serious glamour to the club, spinning tracks in anticipation of their Crystallized EP, out this Friday. (Listen to its title track, here). Rising producer/artist Himera and punk drag performer Allysin Chaynes will round out the night, which is three hours long and hits capacity at 1,000 guests.

For entrance into PAPER x Club Quarantine, you’ll need a Zoom code, which will be announced to the public right here tonight at 9 PM EST. Stans, you’ll want to watch this space closely — and run, don’t walk, to enter the party.

For party tips and etiquette, follow Club Quarantine on Instagram (@clubquarantine).

Doja Cat Surprised Fans With a Minecraft Parody Performance

Needless to say, if you attended this weekend’s Neather Meant Minecraft music festival, you’ll never listen to Doja Cat’s “Say So” quite the same again: “Day to night to morning/ Minecraft is never boring!”

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That’s right, Doja Cat went back to her gaming roots live for fans Saturday night during the highly anticipated virtual block-smashing bash. The event, which was the first held in a virtual venue by Open Pit and Elsewhere, already had a stacked lineup to begin with. Alt band American Football and digi-rock quartet Anamanaguchi were set to headline, with various other cult-followed DJ acts scheduled to play sets throughout the night. Nothing could have launched Doja Cat fans faster into the concert’s server, however, than when she tweeted out instructions to tune into TikTok hit “Lalala” producer Y2K’s set for a big surprise.

Regular attendees of Open Pit events — a group that’s put on several breakout Minecraft music festivals since 2018 — have come to expect surprise moments and great sets, with the likes of Umru, 100 Gecs and Charli XCX having played over the years. Seeing the fest secure a feature from Doja Cat, however, felt next-level in a literal sense.

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The Hot Pink singer hasn’t announced whether the parody of her Billboard chart-entering “Say So” that she performed would end up getting an official release, but it slaps nonetheless. Many performances from throughout the night, however, can be found uploaded on artists’ Soundcloud accounts — like onlytom and Drive45‘s sets.

Photography: Brian Ziff via PAPER

Livestream This: Quarantine Programming for Black Gay Men

Thanks to Ms. Rona, we’re all trapped at home with nothing to do. Even Netflix is getting boring! But never fear. While they’re technically out of work, our favorite entertainers are still out here bravely making virtual content in a scary new world. Going to the club or the theater is out of the question right now (self isolate! Ariana Grande says so) but here’s PAPER’s ongoing guide to the latest livestreams — featuring comedians, actors, musicians and more.

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Who? Native Son, named after James Baldwin’s seminal 1955 work, is a movement aimed at connecting Black gay men to each other, whether online or IRL. Its intent is to inspire, empower and bridge inter-generational gaps between them. Since its inception, the organization, founded by veteran magazine editor, content curator and LGBTQ activist Emil Wilbekin, has hosted weekly live talks in major cities, featuring special guests across disciplines, from art and activism to literature and entertainment. In light of quarantine, Native Son has gone totally virtual, launching weekly, original online programming, called “Quarantine Moments.” So far this week, the platform has hosted lifestyle expert Raub Welch, who spoke about Black art and collecting, and chef Kenny Minor gave a lunchtime cooking demo. Just last weekend, sessions included a poetry reading by Josh Rivers and a movement and meditation course led by Gabriel Christian.

When? Seven days a week, every week, on Instagram Live @nativesonnow. Times vary in the afternoon, perfect for a midday pick-me-up if you’re a Black gay man working remotely or just needing a bit of inspiration to make it through another long day indoors. Except Friday Quarantine Moments: those wrap up the week in the evening, like a pre-weekend Happy Hour. What remains this week: today (Wednesday) at 3 PM EST, gay matchmaker Prince Amari will chat about Black gay love and relationships, tomorrow at 4 PM EST, Wilbekin will host a Native Son conversation (similar to the IRL live chats he hosts) with comedian Sampson McCormick and on Friday at 7 PM EST, DJ Courtney M. Anderson will provide a “Native Son #Mood Mix” to those tuning in.

Native Son on Instagram: “Love but make it Black, Gay, Fierce and Lasting! Tomorrow is all about #BlackGayLove and our friend @princeamari will join our IG Live for…”

Why watch? While the need for finding common ground is perhaps greater than ever, as a Black gay man, Wilbekin also understands how important it is for people to bond with the communities they most closely identify with. “Curating the Native Son Quarantine Moments seemed purposeful during this time of isolation,” Wilbekin tells PAPER. “I didn’t see any platforms speaking directly to Black gay men at all of our intersections. It really spoke to my own desires and what I needed during this quarantine moment. What to cook for lunch, how to find balance with work and self-care, and how to find love. These are real questions and the IG Live streams are a great distraction to the anxiety of COVID-19, plus I get to engage with other Black gay men in my community.”

Native Son on Instagram: “Brother Check-In. Y’all alright? Practicing #SocialDistancing? Washing your hands? Disinfecting your mail, groceries, keys, cellphones?…”


Photos courtesy of Native Son