This week we discuss Clay Travis’ betting picks, and how he got upset that a blog with 52 Twitter followers pointed out that he was 0-2-1 since we started tracking him, what to keep an eye on in sports now that the NHL and NBA playoffs are done, and the absurdity of Lorde having a secret Instagram account that took pictures of onion rings. Continue reading HOTSPROTSTAKES Pod 15: Tracking Clay Travis’ bets, what to do now that the NBA and NHL are done, Lorde’s secret onion ring account?
This week has been a very loaded and busy one for music fans around the globe, as a plethora of big-name artists have released singles for upcoming albums or just outright pushed entire playlists.
Before getting into the big news though, I’m engaging in a bit of housekeeping.
It’s been four years since Ella Yellich-O’Connor, known colloquially as Lorde, last graced the airwaves as “the next big thing” in popular music.
The role was a surprising one for the then 16-year-old Kiwi, whose quieter, more inquisitive bedroom confessionals came out at a time where hyperactive and sugary acts such as Lady Gaga and Katy Perry were in taste.
Her hit single “Royals” generated a different kind of buzz once it hit pop radio in the United States, serving a gap that many in the industry didn’t realize was there. The sparse instrumentation and throbbing basslines accentuated the strange and fragile voicing of Lorde’s melodies, making her a superstar among a certain sector of fan.
Lorde had her big break at the 2014 Grammys, nabbing “Best Pop Performance of the Year” and “Best Record of the Year” for “Royals” and garnering multiple nominations for the album Pure Heroine.
But, just as soon as she arrived, she disappeared. Until today.