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Neil Young becomes a U.S. citizen, Billie Eilish shares a new video, Ryuichi Sakamoto scores new Guadagnino film

Neil Young is officially a U.S. citizen

After a bit of delay, the Canadian artist officially became a U.S. citizen.

Neil Young

Neil Young has confirmed his U.S. citizenship. On his Instagram, he wrote: “I’m happy to report I’m in!! 🇺🇸vote your conscience🇨🇦.”

In an interview for the Los Angeles Times, he told Randy Lewis about his reasons to become a U.S. citizen. “I live down here; I pay taxes down here; my beautiful family is all down here—they’re all Americans, so I want to register my opinion,” he said. It is known that Young is not fond of U.S. politics. The clearest example would be his song "Let's impeach the President" off of his Living With War album, a song about George W. Bush. He dislikes Trump very much as well.

As Pitchfork writes, Young was supposed to become a U.S. citizen on November 12, but he was rescheduled due to his marijuana consumption in the past. “When I recently applied for American citizenship, I passed the test,” Young wrote on the Neil Young Archives on November 8. “Recently, however, I have been told that I must do another test, due to my use of marijuana and how some people who smoke it have exhibited a problem.”

According to the same post, cause of this delay of citizenship was USCIS-issued Policy Alert which includes following paragraph: “An applicant who is involved in certain marijuana-related activities may lack GMC (Good Moral Character) if found to have violated federal law even if such activity is not unlawful under applicable state or foreign laws.”

However, we all know that Neil Young is far from lacking good moral character.

Billie Eilish shared a new self-directed video for the song "everything i wanted"

Billie Eilish directed her new video which features her brother and collaborator Finneas.

Billie Eilish

She announced the arrival of the video by sharing a snippet from it on her Instagram. She captioned it: ““everything i wanted” VIDEO OUT IN ONE HOUR EVERYWHERE 12PM PT. DIRECTED BY ME! STARRING MY BRUDDER FINNEAS”

The video opens with the following text on the screen: “Finneas is my brother and best friend. No matter what the circumstance, we have always and always will be there for each other.” It then shows Billie and her brother Finneas driving at night through a dark and atmospheric city. They stare straight ahead until Billie starts driving towards the ocean.

In a press release, Eilish said: “My brother and I wrote this song about each other and I wanted to create a visual that emphasises that no matter what, we’ll be there for each other through everything. This is the second video I’ve directed of mine. We worked so hard, for hours and hours on end. I love it, I hope you do too.”

As NME writes, Bille confirmed she is working on her new album. When asked if the new album is coming out soon, Billie responded: “This year, no, but I will be making it this year. But next few years? It’s coming. When it’s made. It’s not made yet.”

Ryuichi Sakamoto to score Guadagnino's new film The Staggering Woman

Ryuichi Sakamoto again collaborates with Guadagnino, this time on a short film.

Ryuichi Sakamoto

Famous experimental composer Ryuichi Sakamoto will write a score for The Staggering Woman, a new short directed by Luca Gudagnino. They have already collaborated on Guadagnino's Call Me By Your Name, on which Sakamoto worked with Sufjan Stevens.

The Staggering Girl features Julianne Moore, Mia Goth, KiKi Layne, Kyle MacLachlan, Marthe Keller, and Alba Rohrwacher. According to Consequence of Sound, the project was created in partnership with Valentino’s creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli, showcasing the iconic fashion house’s couture designs.

Sakamoto explained his process of working on the soundtrack in a statement, he said, “When approaching the score for The Staggering Girl, I wanted to incorporate the tactile sound of Valentino’s fabrics. So I asked them to send me some samples and utilizing special sensitive microphones, I experimented ‘playing’ the fabrics. I love the sound and how it forces one’s attention to a sound all around us, yet almost entirely ignored.”

The score officially arrives on February 14th via Milan Records/Sony. The movie will be available only on MUBI after it's premiere on the 2019 Cannes Film Festival.

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