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Do you remember where you were on September 11th? I do. I think most of us do. Today we remember the victims. But we also remember that America isn’t immune to atrocities that are carried out by mankind. Where is America now? More divided than ever. September 11 pulled the nation together, for a while at least, while the pandemic has ripped apart the nation. Just the date 9/11 has a ring. It’s like a date that has a divine significance that’s etched in time.

Henry Hudson discovered NYC via the Half Moon Ship on September 11, 1609.

Franklin D. Roosevelt gave his speech on September 11, 1941 that would plant America as a global economic and military superpower.

The US Military Defense The Pentagon started construction on September 11, 1941.

The Towers (which mean greatness) and the Pentagon were attacked on September 11th, 2001.

The replica of Henry Hudson’s Ship called the Half Moon took its first voyage with tourists on September 11, 2001. The ship that discovered NYC on 9/11 sailed past the crumbling towers nearly 400 years later on the same day.

‘So 9/11 was the day NYC was planted. So it became the day of uprooting. And on the day that began its building.. . . came the day of the breaking down.’

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Watch out for Madison Olds and the track ‘3’S a Crowd‘. It’s a mix of pop and R&B, perfect for a club, but not for social distancing.  She cites Ed Sheeran, Julia Michaels and Billie Eilish as influences. The 22 year old Canadian pop singer released her debut album in 2008 which led to radio play, support slots including a show with Kacey Musgrave, and placement on Spotify’s Fresh Finds and Pop Sauce. Give it a stream on KOAR’s Indie Invaders playlist.

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Have you been following the twitter war between Cardi B and Candace Owens? It’s viscous. If you haven’t see the Twitter battle, then you’re hiding in a basement. Cardi B has a #1 song with WAP and Candace is closing in on a #1 book titled Blackout. Both have been on the attack since Saturday night with Cardi B dedicating several instagram posts to Candace. Both are on the opposite side of the political sphere while Cardi is on the left side while Candace is on the right. Both are accusing each other of pandering and clout chasing. While many artists are becoming more politically engaged, they’re venturing into a world that is unfamiliar territory. Candace said to Cardi, “You’re coming into my world”.  Although art and politics were always relational, artists must be aware that it’s a rocky road. While artists are working harder than ever to build and keep an attentive fanbase, and as far as art and activism favorably benefiting an artist, well, this year will be a true test.

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Check out Pop/R&B singer-songwriter Carsen and the new track ‘Losing My‘. Although the song is about a relationship it couldn’t have been released at a more opportune time because lots of people are losing their shit. “Losing My is about the struggle with anxiety and the self-doubt that comes along with it. It’s a way of saying “f*** you” to the voice in your head that’s telling you you’re not good enough.” says Carsen. The Nebraska native now lives in Los Angeles . She’s currently playlisted on Ones To Watch and LetFutureWave and previously Spotify’s Fresh Finds, Brand New Chill, and Pop Right Now.

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Watch out for Haley Gold and the new track Couch (feat. Mvxmilli). It sounds 2010ish when pop had big hooks and chill wave was still underground. Think Jessie J.  The 22 year old New Yorkers draws influences from Julia Michaels, Katy Perry and, Lady Gaga. She was in the former girl group DAME that was working with Boyz II Men, Shawn Stockman. Give it a stream.

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