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.”

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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.

Photos courtesy of Audrey Mika

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.

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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!”

Pete Davidson on Instagram: “@thekingofstatenisland 6/12 💙”

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.

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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.

Photo via Viz Media

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!”

Related | Doja Cat: Reloaded

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

Lady Gaga Reveals the Origins of Her ‘F’ Tweet

“I’m trying to crack the code that is the algorithm of the Internet, and I will do so in various ways,” Lady Gaga told InStyle’s Sarah Cristobal for the magazine’s May cover story, published today. Gaga’s referring to her infamous sporadic social media posts that include statements ranging from “I don’t remember ARTPOP” to simply the letter “f.” Turns out there’s no hidden message behind her strange tweets — she’s just conducting some official R&D, and it’s not for Haus Labs.

The “Stupid Love” singer recently announced that she’d be postponing the release of her new album Chromatica, to some time later in 2020. Originally scheduled with a spring release date, the follow-up to 2016’s Joanne had its roll out delayed due to the global coronavirus outbreak. In the meantime, however, she’s keeping the press up-to-date on the details of the record, her life experiences over the past several years, and especially her social media activity.

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“You may not always understand why an ‘f’ tweet gets that many likes. Who knows why? It was just a social experiment,” Gaga told InStyle of her sometimes strange Twitter presence. Earlier this year, she told PAPER something similar about her infamous “I don’t remember ARTPOP” tweet: “I think it’s funny that I’m not allowed to have a sense of humor. The internet is essentially a big joke, but if I tell one everyone freaks out. I don’t regret my art, and I wouldn’t suggest anyone do.”

So as with all things Gaga, it turns out that there’s a method to the madness. Little Monsters have been immensely intrigued by her random updates over the past year, so it’s good to have some answers. A single letter can spawn a whole host of memes on Gaga stan Twitter.

Perhaps memes made out of the letter “f” are a signal that Little Monsters have been starved of new content for far too long. At least they have “Stupid Love” to carry them through these trying times; they may be Chromatica-less, but they are resilient.

Photography and imagery: Frederik Heyman for PAPER


This Panty Face Mask Costs the Same as One Abortion

The coronavirus pandemic has brought on a plethora of difficulties, from shortages of masks to attacks on a woman’s right to a safe abortion. New York-based artist Hannah Bates is confronting both of these issues with her latest project, @pantyrespirator.

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Bates’ @pantyrespirator is an ongoing social media performance piece that examines crisis, economics and sex work to emphasize how reproductive rights are an essential form of health care. Bates, who studied pornography during her MFA, was inspired by how sex work and sexuality can coexist with feminism and women’s rights. “It informs my art practice in that pornography and sex work and people’s perceptions of it reflect a lot of stereotypes that people have,” she tells PAPER.


Through @pantyrespirator, Bates is challenging these stereotypes. The masks, an increasingly essential resource, are made from her underwear. They “come to life” by Bates photographing them. The photos of the masks are then posted on Depop, for roughly the same price as an abortion — $950. Bates explains that this is anything but a thoughtless stunt. “The project uses a capitalist model to hold reproductive rights to the same standard as universal health,” Bates says, thus pointing out the hypocrisy in not doing so. It’s true: universal health is something we need right now.

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The performance, which began on April 1, has received varying responses since Bates started posting on Depop and Instagram. Women have expressed their support, while many cis men saw the project as insensitive and dangerous, expressing concern for their health amid the spread of misinformation regarding respirators. Bates counters this with the question, “What about my health?”, making the powerful statement that women’s health needs to be taken seriously, remaining intact even as other challenges coexist at this time.

@pantyrespirator currently lives on Depop and the artist’s Instagram, but Bates is looking to expand to other platforms, such as Etsy, as the project evolves.

For more on Hannah Bates, visit her website.

Photos courtesy of Hannah Bates

HEAV3N Is Taking Over PAPER x Club Quarantine

If you weren’t at Tuesday night’s PAPER x Club Quarantine party, you missed everything from Tinashe DJing in her pajamas to Kim Petras debuting a brand new pop banger and an iconic guest dancing with a real snake wrapped around their neck. Lucky for you, we’re doing it all again tonight, and in collaboration with HEAV3N, LA’s official queer “party in the clouds.”

At 9 PM EST, PAPER x Club Quarantine will open with a stacked lineup of guest DJs co-curated with HEAV3N: Dorian Electra, HANA, Alice Glass, Allie X, That Kid and a surprise guest. In between sets, drag performers Abhora and Santi Storm will provide shows, and regular HEAV3N hosts will keep the room entertained until midnight: Internet Girl, Chester Lockhart (it’s his birthday), K.O. (AKA Koala), Teale Coco and HEAV3N’s HBIC Lulo. The party is three hours long, and hits capacity at 1,000 guests.

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Tonight’s party will raise awareness and money for the newly launched HEAV3N Fund, which aims to distribute resources back into the LA’s LGBTQ nightlife scene — a diverse community of DJs, hosts, musicians, dancers and more, whose jobs have come to a halt in the wake of COVID-19 shutdowns. If you’re unable to attend tonight, or if the Zoom chat hits capacity, you can still donate here.

For entrance into PAPER x Club Quarantine With HEAV3N, 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: Yaeji’s Doodle Mixtape Party

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? Yaeji, the NYC-via-Seoul producer, DJ and vocalist responsible for bops like “raingurl,” “Drink I’m Sippin On” and “One More,” is back with her debut mixtape, WHAT WE DREW 우리가 그려왔던, out on XL Records.

When? 12 PM EST Thursday, April 2nd on Yaeji’s YouTube Channel.

Why Watch? A breakout voice from New York’s underground rave scene, Yaeji has won over hearts with her blend of cool downtempo house and dadaist ASMR vocals. (fans include Robyn and Charli XCX.) Her highly anticipated debut full length, WHAT WE DREW 우리가 그려왔던, keeps in line with Yaeji’s ongoing devotion to the scene she came up in. By drawing upon her vast network of friends and collaborator, Yaeji’s mixtape feels like a family affair. If you need a soothing, upbeat and fun way to start your work-from-home day, look no further than WHAT WE DREW 우리가 그려왔던.

Stream WHAT WE DREW 우리가 그려왔던, below.

Photography: Dawnqmentary

Livestream This: Movie Night With Tyler Mitchell

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? Tyler Mitchell became the first Black photographer to shoot a Vogue cover at age 23, when he captured Beyoncé for the magazine’s 2018 September cover. Now 25, he’s quickly risen to the top of the fashion world, with a body of work that “explores Blackness as an aesthetic.” He’s also shot Zendaya for Vogue, Spike Lee for Office, Vince Staples for Dazed, Lil Uzi Vert for Fader, Steve Lacy for i-D and much more. Mitchell’s also a filmmaker, with music videos for Abra and Kevin Abstract, and campaigns for Marc Jacobs and Commes de Garcons under his belt.

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Mitchell is curating a 24-hour “Night at the Cinema,” featuring all his favorite movies and videos. According to Instagram, the night will include “a range of feature films, short films, music videos, artist interviews, and random internet content!” all themed around the title “Americana / I Can Make You Feel Good.”

When? Starting at 7 PM ET this Friday, April 3, Mitchell will livestream his computer screen for 24 hours, check it out at icmyfg.com.

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Why watch? As teased in the movie portion of Mitchell’s line-up, it’s an opportunity to see buzzy recent releases and classics through the eyes of a young icon, and thousands of strangers. The line-up includes: Paris, Texas, There Will Be Blood, Bad Day at Black Rock, Boogie Nights, Good Burger, Jaw, E.T., Juice, Hoop Dreams, Crooklyn, Minding The Gap, Coming to America, Girls Trip, Daughters of the Dust, Watermelon Woman and The Farewell.

Mitchell also offered this enticing note. “Come join us. Long form, short form, arthouse, mainstream,” Mitchell invites. “Films from friends. Films from foes. There’s a chat box and more surprises. I plan on bein loopy by the end.”

Photo via Instagram

PAPER x Club Quarantine Will Party Tonight With Tinashe, Kim Petras and More

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Club Quarantine is the coolest party on the internet, right now.

Every night at 9 PM EST, they throw wild, digital raves on Zoom, the web conferencing app we’ve all been spending our lives on since social distancing began. From nine to five, Zoom is used mostly for business, but after dark it’s for pleasure — and PAPER is joining forces with Club Quarantine to create the ultimate release.

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Tonight, PAPER x Club Quarantine will feature live DJ sets from both Tinashe and Kim Petras alongside her longtime producer Aaron Joseph. Rising DJs Myst Milano and Lez Pop will round out the night, featuring drag performances from Chicago’s Lucy Stoole and Montreal’s Denim Pussy. The party 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.

With Zoom, you can drop in backgrounds to make the party even more fun. So we commissioned five custom artworks from Team Rolfes, a 3D performance and image house, for you to play with tonight at PAPER’s Club Quarantine party. From surreal mountain landscapes to colorful heart-shaped blobs, escape from your boring quarantines for a few hours — nothing feels real anymore, anyway.

Check out all five, below, and click here to download them.





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

Livestream This: Aquaria’s Lady Gaga Birthday Rave

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: Aquaria, winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 10, will celebrate Lady Gaga’s 34th birthday tonight with the digital debut of a “Gaga Megamix” she originally created last summer for DJ Ty Sunderland‘s LGBTQ boat party, Gayflower. According to her Instagram, the mix features “a diverse selection” of more than 50 of Aquaria’s favorite Lady Gaga songs. She’ll be uploading the full set to Soundcloud immediately after going on Instagram Live.

When: Tune in tonight, March 28, at 10 PM EST on Aquaria’s Instagram Live. Follow the drag superstar at @ageofaquaria to see her dance and DJ for 90 minutes in full drag.

Aquaria on Instagram: “✨Gaga Birthday Rave✨ 📲 TONIGHT @ 10PM ET 💿 Come party with me on my Instagram Live tonight for the digital debut of my infamous Gaga…”

Why watch: Aquaria will be accepting tips throughout the Instagram Live, and 50% of total donations will go to Food Bank for New York City, the city’s major hunger-relief organization fighting to end food poverty in all five boroughs. “We need your support now more than ever to help us provide emergency food and other essentials to New Yorkers who are impacted by COVID-19,” their Instagram says, adding that every $1 provides 5 meals. (Their site is running a special promo, where $1 equals 10 meals). “Tipping is VERY optional, but if you’re liking what you’re hearing and seeing, it’s the best way to let me know,” Aquaria said on Instagram.

Food Bank For New York City on Instagram: “We need your support now more than ever to help us provide emergency food and other essentials to New Yorkers who are impacted by…”

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Photography: Ben Hassett for PAPER

Livestream This: Nicolas Jaar’s New Album ‘Cenizas’

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? In a time when artists are electing to postpone their records in light of the coronavirus, multi-talented artist and producer, Nicolas Jaar, is moving up the release of his fifth solo album, Cenizas, to this Friday and is celebrating with a little listening party over on his Twitch channel.

When? 10 PM CET/ 5 EST on Jaar’s Twitch channel.

Why Watch? Jaar has been on a roll as of late. Between working with FKA Twigs on her sophomore LP, Magdalene, and releasing an album of mutant house tunes under his Against All Logic alias this past January the producer is currently at the top of his game and is showing no signs of letting up any time soon. A notoriously prolific artist with more side projects than you can probably count, it is always feels like a momentous occasion when Jaar makes a return to his namesake solo project. The follow-up to 2016’s politically-inspired Sirens, Cenizas ventures down more ambient avenues with nods to drone and jazz as seen through an experimental electronic lens. It’s dark and moody but also strangely beautiful and lush all at the same time, making it one of Jaar’s most enigmatic body of work to date.

ℵ on Instagram: “hello, will play my new album in 3 hours, link in bio”

Photo courtesy of Nicolas Jaar

Imagine Lady Gaga Looking Into Your Eyes

Internetty: From the people who broke the internet, a look at the week’s biggest online news, trends and social media phenomena. No subject is off limits, and no topic is taboo.

Social distancing doesn’t stop this podcast. Tune in to hear Peyton and Justin’s pits and peaks of the week, and then Justin, our resident Little Monster, shares deets from his visit to Lady Gaga’s home and the cover shoot for PAPER.

Listen to Internetty on Spotify or Apple Podcasts, and pre-order PAPER’s Transformation Issue with Lady Gaga.

Illustration: Hilton Dresden / Photography and imagery: Frederik Heyman for PAPER

Livestream This: Charli XCX’s ‘Self Isolating’ Instagram Series

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? Charli XCX has launched a new livestream series on her Instagram story in an effort to “spark conversation, share insight, or simply entertain fans across the world who are currently practicing social distancing.” On today’s inaugural episode, which streamed at noon ET, the pop singer shared a conversation with Christine and the Queens about how the quarantine situation can affect creativity levels and mental health. The rest of the week features everything from at-home workout sessions with Diplo, girl talk with Rita Ora, a game of “Would U Rather” with Kim Petras, and an art class with Clairo.

When? The first episode took place earlier today, but you can check out the rest of the lineup, below:

Thursday, 19th March 2020 – 6 PM UK time / 10 AM PST

Personal Training w/ Diplo

Friday, 20th March 2020 – Time TBC

Girls Night In w/ Rita Ora

Saturday, 21st March 2020 – Time TBC

Would U Rather w/ Kim Petras

Sunday, 22nd March 2020 – 8 PM UK time / 12 noon PST

Art Class w/ Clairo

Why Watch? In case the news that Tom Hanks, Idris Elba and Kevin Durant all tested positive for COVID-19 wasn’t evidence enough, we’re in this together! Even Diplo! So we can all use a little reminder that in the midst of these disturbing, freaky times, the world is, quite literally, pressing pause and we’re all trying our best to muddle through, remain positive and stave off loneliness. As the livestream’s announcement put it, Charli is “looking to connect the online world and the real world through shared experience – spreading positivity via her own platform.” And, it adds, “self-isolation doesn’t have to be isolating.”

Follow Charli XCX on Instagram for more details, as well as the chance to submit questions before an episode is livestreamed.

Photography: Levon Baird for PAPER





Livestream This: A Midday Dance Party With Sofi Tukker

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? Sofi Tukker AKA Tucker Halpern and Sophie Hawley-Weld are doing daily livestream DJs sets-slash-workout sessions from their Instagram and Facebook. The dance-pop duo, known for their upbeat, Apple commercial-worthy dance-pop such as 2017’s “Best Friend,” have been a festival staple for years.

When? Tune in for a midday pick-me-up, or a soundtrack to your workout at 1 PM ET every day from Sofi Tukker’s Instagram and Facebook.

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Why watch? Dance it out on your lunch break! Try doing your yoga video to EDM! Use the set as an excuse to build routine (and joy) into your socially isolated, time-fluid days. A craving for ritual is how Halpern and Hawley-Weld came to the idea in the first place.

“Tuck was DJing while I was working out one day and our friend walked into the room and started live streaming it,” Hawley-Weld tells PAPER. “It felt really right and really relieving to be ‘together’ again so we decided to make it a ritual. Now that we are on a tighter and tighter lockdown, the ritual is becoming more and more important to us. There’s always reason to celebrate and a dance party, though it may be a small contribution, always does good for the spirit and the body!”

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For now, Sofi Tukker isn’t suggesting any donations: they’re just doing it for the love of the ‘stream.

Photography: Squid

Mastering the Art of Work From Home Fashion

There’s a number of ways to approach the sartorial conundrum of “working from home.” Or rather, WFH: an acronym now more ubiquitous than Covid-19 itself. What to wear while video conferencing, or simply trying to accomplish tasks with no one but your pet or roommate around is a puzzle that millions of Americans (privileged with remote-friendly jobs) are now facing, with nearly every office shuttered amidst a global pandemic, which our only hope of stemming is ending person-to-person contact.

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It feels like years ago that each day we were expected to don pants, shoes and make-up, exit our homes, drag our physical forms into cars or trains, then deposit them at desks. And to try to look good doing it for the benefit of bosses, coworkers and baristas. Now, office workers of the world rise at 9:30 AM, yank their laptops (still Netflix-warm) out from under the pillow and type out a fresh-faced Slack like they’ve been up sipping French press for hours.

What kind of outfits can acknowledge our collective socio-psychological chaos, indulge in the playful snow day-like feeling of our remote days and motivate us to actually do our jobs? Is this too much to put on one ensemble?

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Never. Thanks to the Instagram account @wfhfits, founded five days ago for the purpose of sharing work-from-home mirror selfies submitted via DM, we have some insight into this quandary. Or, at least, insight into the solutions and closets of the urban creative elite. Co-founded, according to W, by Elle UK’s Sara McAlpine, Vogue editor Steff Yotka and GQ’s Rachel Tashjian, @wfhfits’ feed is dominated by the founders’ friends in media and fashion: writers, editors, podcasters, stylists, brand managers, photographers and other varietals of quasi-influencer cool kids. Participants thus far include cult accessories designer Susan Alexandra and Kendall Jenner’s agent, Ashleah Gonzales. (Read: enjoy its posts aspirationally, because not all of us have closets full of vintage Fendi sweaters, Issey Miyake culottes or Chanel slides). The account owners declined to comment to PAPER, but tell W, “It’s just sweatpant pics!”

Not exactly. The account reveals a few different theories of WFH style, each of which stay faithful to the undying creed of comfort. Indeed, you’ll find many takes on “sweats.” The pajama or athleisure-based sphere of work-from-home-wear sees a few different kinds of styling, including ironic:

Working From Home Fits on Instagram: “ROOFTOP LOVE NOTE FROM @tangino AND @kikosins 🥰”

Working From Home Fits on Instagram: “GREAT IDEA TO TUCK THE TEE INTO THE SWEATS FOR THAT “NOBODY’S LOOKING”-DEFYING POLISH @chellstephen”

Working From Home Fits on Instagram: “A MESSAGE FROM WHO AND @WFHFITS: YOU NEED TO STAY HYDRATED @jamesneiley”

Casual.

Working From Home Fits on Instagram: “@haleymlotek DAY AND NIGHT. SHE PROVES THAT THE THIRD OLSEN TWIN IS MR. ROGERS. JUST THINK ABT IT!”

Working From Home Fits on Instagram: “@alextothezee’s ROBE ASKS THE Q ON EVERYONE’S MIND: “WHY””

Curated.

Working From Home Fits on Instagram: “@jakeditch’s SHOES APPEAR TO SAY “THREE STRIPES” VERY WITTY HE IS ACTUALLY THE MAN BEHIND THE BRAND “MAISON MARGIELA” FUN FACT AND LITTLE…”

Working From Home Fits on Instagram: “THEY CALL HIM STEVEN “THE CLOG DAEMON” VUONG. WHY???????? HONESTLY IDK”

Working From Home Fits on Instagram: ““FENDI FENDI TARTAN TARTAN BABOUCHE BABOUCHE” -NOT KREAYSHAWN I TELL YA THAT MUCH!”

Or inspired.

Working From Home Fits on Instagram: “FAN FAVE @laurareilly___ BACK WITH A POWER SLEEVE INSIDE ARE TWO HOMEMADE LATTES AND A ZOOM DIALIN TO HEAVEN!”

Working From Home Fits on Instagram: “CONCEPT: “EVERY RUMPLED SILK” SYLVIA PLATH IS NODDING IN APPROVAL FROM THE GREAT BEYOND AT THIS ARCH LASHING FASHION DIRECTIVE!”

Working From Home Fits on Instagram: “A KIMONO JACKET SOME VERTICAL STRIPES YOUR FINEST SLIDE SANDALS SUBMIT FOR SOME LIIIIKES THIS IS THAT RAZZLE ⚡️ DAZZLE WFH @negnance OLD…”

Cult leader-cum-19th century literary heroine is a common inspiration.

Working From Home Fits on Instagram: “MAXIMALIST SURROUNDINGS, MINIMALIST GARB @moddyfronklon”

Working From Home Fits on Instagram: “MOTHS ADD CHARACTER”

Working From Home Fits on Instagram: “FORGET MIDDLE MANAGEMENT BE A CULT LEADER!!!! WOO! @rajcatmeow”

Working From Home Fits on Instagram: “THE SOUL SELECTS HER OWN SOCIETY THEN SHUTS THE DOOR TO HER DIVINE MAJORITY!!!!! FAMOUS RECLUSE EMILY DICKINSON WORKING REMOTELY IN THE…”

Another species of WFH ‘fits results from the bold choice to wear a garment with a zipper, button, clasp or a waistband.

Working From Home Fits on Instagram: “Fun fact pants stand for
Pants
Are
Necessary
To get a sick wfh fit off
Sir!!!!!!!!!!!!”

Working From Home Fits on Instagram: “@mitchelldowden #CHALAMETCHALLENGE 🤔”

Working From Home Fits on Instagram: “THESE ARE HER HOME HEELS”

Then, of course, you have the iconic, business-on-the-top, party-on-the-bottom ensembles.

Working From Home Fits on Instagram: “FUN ASS FACT: CB2 IS NAMED AFTER CHRIS BLACK. THERE WERE TWO OF THEM BUT THEY FOUGHT A DUEL IN JUICE PRESS AND WELL ONE HADN’T BEEN TO…”

Working From Home Fits on Instagram: “@clairesmight IS MR. MANAGER!”

Working From Home Fits on Instagram: “@benchukerman DOES VID CONFERENCE CASUAL AND VID CONFERENCE FORMAL. REALLY DYNAMIC STUFF HERE REAL DEAL-CLOSING CLOG-CENTRIC VISIONS”

Working From Home Fits on Instagram: “MANY PEOPLE ARE WEARING SUITS PROVING THAT FASHION IS NOT FOR THE REST OF THE WORLD IT IS FOR YOUR OWN PERSONAL SATISFACTION, SELF-ESTEEM,…”

Finally, there’s those simply enjoying going off, while typing out phrases like “just circling back on this.”

Working From Home Fits on Instagram: “WFH in #MyCalvins @raven__smith”

Working From Home Fits on Instagram: “WHY DON’T YOU … WORK FROM HOME LIKE RAFFAELLA? @lou_dallas”

Working From Home Fits on Instagram: “IF U SAY @katambroziak THREE TIMES BEETLEJUICE AND FANCIS BACON APPEAR. THAT’S A LITTLE KNOWN FACT FROM ME TO U”

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Livestream This: Help Kosha Dillz Support Austin’s Music Scene

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 cinema 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? American rapper Kosha Dillz, who recently released a Matisyahu-assised single, “For The Ones,” will be hosting a livestream tonight in support of the Austin music community. In light of SXSW being postponed, Kosha Dillz says, “After all is said and done in this world, I want to be remembered as somebody who showed up for those who have always showed up for me.” Dillz will perform new songs from his upcoming project, as well as verses from collaborations with friends he has previously played with in Austin for SXSW. The livestream will be raising money for #BandingTogether, which aims to support the venues, artists and creatives who rely on SXSW as income. It’s an especially kind gesture given that Dillz, from New Jersey, wants to help artists reliant on SXSW, underscoring COVID-19’s global impact on artists.

Kosha Dillz on Instagram: “The world is changing. So am I.
See you on the 👨‍💻 tomorrow live stream 6:45 PM EST / 9:45 PM Pacific 🌊”

When? Tonight, March 17, March 18 and March 19 at 6:45 PM EST on Kosha Dillz’s Instagram page.

Why watch? SXSW was one of the first major annual festivals cancelled as the spread of coronavirus first hit the US — the Austin festival’s first time doing so in its 34 years. Given that the fest’s estimated local economic impact last year stood at $355.9 million, this year’s cancellation undoubtedly hits local businesses, tech enterprises and, of course, musicians and artists especially hard. In these difficult times, Dillz says the best thing we can do is offer support to one another — plus, “sharing is free.” Dillz says viewers can expect to foster a greater sense of “kindness, compassion and a shift in attitude about how to handle the upcoming ‘woe is me’ era” from tuning in.

Donate to #BandingTogether here.

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