Haim Fired Their Agent After Learning About Gender Pay Gap At A Festival


Hipster girl group Haim have revealed in an interview that they fired an agent after learning they’d been paid 10 times less than a male performer sharing a bill at a festival with them.

“We had been told that our fee was very low because you played at the festival in the hope you’d get played on the radio,” Danielle Haim told Grazia magazine.”It’s fucked up not even to be paid half the same amount. But to be paid a tenth of that amount of money? It was insane.”

The sisters cited their strong bond as a reason they reacted so strongly to learning of the pay gap.

While they did not reveal what festival they were referring to, they’re currently on their Sister, Sister, Sister tour.

Take a look at the iconic “Want You Back” video below.


HAIM Has A Heartwarming New Video for ‘Little of Your Love’


HAIM have released a new music video for “Little Of Your Love,” to give you a tiny glimmer of hope on this horrible Monday morning. The clip is directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, who also did their “Right Now” video and their short film Valentine. 

In the new video, the HAIM girls are seen with a room full of backup dancers, jamming out with cute little step-touch choreography. It’s possibly Anderson’s most giddy work yet. Take a look below.



And if you haven’t yet had your fill of HAIM videos, here’s the gorgeous Valentine short film.


HAIM Is Finally Back With A New Song And Video, ‘Right Now’

You don’t have to worry about what the soundtrack will be for your next boho lawn cocktail hour any longer: after a near four-year hiatus from new music, the trio of sisters have at last announced they’ll have a second album out this summer.

Today, the group dropped a music video for their first bit of new music off of the forthcoming LP: the Paul Thomas Anderson-directed live recording of their new sorrow anthem, “Right Now.” In the clip, we get to see Este, Danielle, and Alana rocking out to the song on drums and guitar, serenading us with their impressively refined pipes.

The new album is called Something To Tell You, and will be out July 7. They’ll release the first official single for their album on May 3, and perform live on SNL alongside host Melissa McCarthy May 13, where they’ll also unveil more new songs.

HAIM worked with Vampire Weekend-er Rostam Batamangli and Days Are Gone contributor Ariel Rechtshaid on the new album, which is benig touted as one of the hottest-anticipated releases of the year.

Check out the new vid below:

HAIM Covers a Prince Classic, Debuts New Material at California Tour Kick-Off

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After announcing their return to music in late March, sister trio HAIM kicked off their summer tour Tuesday night in Santa Ana, California at The Observatory. With it came fresh, new material and a spot-on cover of Prince’s 1984 classic, “I Would Die 4 U.” Though sonically HAIM’s version didn’t stray too far from the original, the group closed with some in-synch, tongue-in-cheek choreography, which, of course, made the crowd go wild—us, too.

During the set, HAIM teased their forthcoming sophomore album with two never-before-heard songs—one called, “Give Me Just a Little of Your Love,” and the other titled, “Nothing’s Wrong.” Both have already garnered comparisons to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, as well as ’80s Fleetwood Mac, which doesn’t sound too alien in comparison to their summer-pop breakout LP Days Are Gone.

Bare Butts, Major Sparkles, and the Prettiest Princess Gown: The Top 10 Fashion Moments of the 2015 Grammys

Photos via @melzy917, @beyonce, and @kcdworldwide on Instagram

No one else came even close. Hands down, Rih wins best dressed. In a sea of kinda quirky, a little cute, and mostly meh, Rihanna’s gorgeous confection of an empire-waisted Giambattista Valli Haute Couture extravaganza dress is so refreshing, so perfect, and I can only ever see this on Rihanna now. She owns this. Pure magic. Bravo to Rih’s stylist Mel Ottenberg— AS


Bow down! Actually, I’m not sure I love this look on Bey. The hair’s a little too long (a little flyover state) for me… and while I definitely appreciate Yoncé’s support of American designers on the red carpet (custom Proenza Schouler, what what!) I can’t help but feel like Bey’s giving us all a little Mimi. That fabulous hourglass, that forced smile, the stiff pose… it all reads like Mariah Carey. Who I love. But still. — AS


I think we can all agree that we know that Katy Perry looks good naked. This Zuhair Murad isn’t leaving much to the imagination. But we hear no one complaining. Also the hair… cute! — AS


Nicki wore Tom Ford, and the full look was really just dripping with the essence of a highly polished stripper. Sorry, girl. Maybe it was the gelled hair? The couldn’t-be-strapped-tigher cleavage? Abundant excess of side boob? The shredded lengths of the dress? Hmm. Hmmmm… –AS


Major props to these sisters for getting low-key/high-style just right on the red carpet. Este in Chloe, and Danielle and Alana, both in Stella McCartney looked like the girl everyone always wants to be who just always has the right amazing, understated outfit, and looks effortlessly cool on a Wednesday. No shenanigans needed. While all three looks were gold, Danielle’s pale pink suit and distinctive middle part were the most eye-catching moment. — SSF


I knew I liked this gown as soon as I saw it. The red carpet is what glittery gowns that look like disco balls were made for (as for the rest of us…sigh) and this one is a classic with perfect modern twists. The mockneck caught my eye immediately. Then, I found it it was Prada and it all made sense. Once a Miuccia girl, always a Miuccia girl. — SSF


They say that fashion (and what works/does not) is all about attitude, and this look is one reason why. Sure, some of the twitterati were making loofah comparisons, but Ciara carried her shower-accessory inspired Alexandre Vauthier couture gown with the confidence of a badass betch. The cinched waist gave it some shape. If I were to make a comparison, it would be to a Black Swan costume, but in my mind, that is never a bad thing. — SSF


Oy vey. Aside from looking like Dolce & Gabbana of yesteryear, this is also an example of cleavage gone wrong! It’s always confusing when custom (Givenchy, in this case) is ill-fitting. Echem, and earlier on the red carpet, Madge flashed her fishnet-clad tush, reminding everyone that she might be 56 — but she’s a cool mom. — SSF


So elegant in that Atelier Versace, Gwenny! The nude lip is a nice departure for the singer, whose signature red lip was missing tonight. I think this lets her beautiful face, immaculate hair, and sexy-sophisticate Versace shine through. — AS

Karlie? Taylor? Who even is this anymore? It seems that Karlie Kloss and Swift are more than just besties, but rather, Kloss’s runway style savvy is serving as Taylor’s red carpet muse. The more time those two spend together, the more they seem to look alike. Taylor’s turquoise Elie Saab gown and purple heels are perfect for her pop-y rebranding. Dress = cute! The matching blond lobs = weird. — SSF

Listen Up: Haim Cover Miley Cyrus, Share Debut Album

LA rockers Haim are in the UK right now, which means a stop at BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge to cover a current chart hit. The sister trio delivered a guitar-heavy remake of Miley Cyrus’ "Wrecking Ball," which will surely satisfy anyone who’s embarrassed to listen to the original. While Haim aren’t quite as ubiquitous as Miley getting friendly with a sledgehammer, they’re still on a roll. Debut album Days Are Gone has been a long time coming, but it’s finally out September 30 on Columbia. The whole record is currently available for preview on NPR.


BlackBook Tracks #33: Music Videos Of The Week

What better way to spend a Friday afternoon than catching up on new music videos? It’s been a solid week for the visually inclined, so here are my top five latest picks. You’ll definitely laugh, probably won’t cry, and do not go gentle into that good night.  


HAIM – “The Wire”

The Haim sisters ditch the boys and make them cry in their video for “The Wire,” starring The Lonely Island’s Jorma Taccone. The song may not be a tribute to Baltimore’s finest, but Taccone and his fellow dumpees sure know how to ugly sob with aplomb. “The Wire” is the perfect breezy end-of-summer jam, and it will appear on Haim’s debut LP Days Are Gone, out next month on Columbia.



Camera Obscura – “Break It To You Gently”

Camera Obscura’s new  Joseph Mann-directed video channels Blur’s famous "Coffee And TV" clip–with a twist. 199_’s star-crossed milk cartons are swapped out for a pair of charming anthropomorphic shopping trolleys. The Scottish retro-pop group’s tartan hero may not end up in dairy heaven, but it’s still taken on an unusual journey. After the release of their fifth album Desire Lines (4AD) earlier this year, Camera Obscura might just be…on a roll.  


Arctic Monkeys – “Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?”

Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner’s booty call goes rather badly in the hallucinatory, semi-NSFW clip for “Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?” (Maybe he should have spent a cozy night in with Snapchat instead.) The video was directed by noted photographer Nabil, who has a knack for capturing the surreal. “Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?” points toward a cleaner, more sensual sound for the English rockers’ forthcoming fifth LP, AM (Domino).  


Foxes – “Youth”

Destruction and glamour collide in Foxes’ new video for “Youth” as a gang of stylish kids claims an abandoned building for its own. The English alt-pop ingénue is at the center of it all, sporting a dreamy sequined jumpsuit. Born Louisa Rose Allen, Foxes broke out this year after featuring on Zedd’s “Clarity,” but keep an eye out for more of her own songs.


Summer Camp – “Fresh”

London romantics Summer Camp look towards an 80s color palette in their neon-hued video for “Fresh.” Frontwoman Elizabeth Sankey rocks matching lipstick and nail polish while invoking Pulp on this tribute to first love, the first single from their forthcoming second LP. The husband-and-wife duo also hint at a subtly more funky update to their dream-pop sound. Summer Camp’s self-titled album is due out on October 8 on Moshi Moshi.

Smooth Tuesday Jams: The Ladies of Smooth

Let’s focus on the ladies of smooth this week, shall we? There’ s obviously more than can be narrowed down to just five, so let’s just call this a "Ladies Of Smooth, Volume 1" post.

Sade – "I Couldn’t Love You More" (1992)

No list of smooth ladies would be complete without Helen Folasade Adu, better known to the world as Sade, whose music has help conceive thousands of babies around the world. It’s nearly impossible to pick just one of her jams, for now this is a favorite.

Stevie Nicks – "Sable On Blonde" (1983)

More or less "Dreams Pt. 2",) but who can be mad at that? Stevie is a goddess. I’m happy to note that I just picked this up on vinyl and there’s more than a few smooth cuts on it.

HAIM – "Falling" (2012)

Clearly influenced by Stevie & The Mac, these girls are well on their way to smooth stardom—this track in particular has been on constant repeat in the Sea Level offices. Happy to hear music like this is alive and well.

Anita Baker – "Mystery" (1986)

Everyone knows "Sweet Love" from her 1986 Rapture, but this lesser-known cut is even smoother to me. That bassline!

Suzanne Ciani – "The Seventh Wave: Sailing Away" (1982)

Suzanne Ciani is a true pioneer of music, especially electronic music. Sometimes we forget to focus on instrumental smooth music, and this one is a bubble bath for the ears. Waves crashing about, glittering synths, and lush pads washing over you. Love you, Suzanne. Shout outs to the homie DJ Steve for uploading this from his personal vinyl collection.

BlackBook Tracks #28: I Resolve To Come Up With Better Titles For These

Local Natives – “Heavy Feet”

After getting back in the game with “Breakers,” the LA band has released “Heavy Feet.” It’s an understatedly lovely cut from their forthcoming second album Hummingbird.

AlunaGeorge – “Diver”

In “people who are doing pop music their own way” news, AlunaGeorge are still on track to be this year’s darlings. “Diver” piles glitchy layers and crystalline vocals over a bass-heavy foundation.

Vampire Weekend – “Unbelievers”

The press cycle for Vampire Weekend’s third album is just beginning, so enjoy it before it turns into people getting angry about sweaters for no reason. Here’s the only song the band has publicly unveiled so far, hopefully with more to come soon.

Miles Kane – “Give Up”

British rocker Miles Kane knows how to pack a punch, and he nails it on the short and snarling “Give Up.” As a bonus, this song appears to center around the same basic principle as the classic 30 Rock episode “The Bubble.”

Free Energy – “Girls Want Rock”

It’s usually a bad idea to make assumptions about half of the earth’s population, but I’m pretty sure girls actually do want rock, so Philadelphia’s Free Energy are in the clear.

Total Warr – “Where Is My Mind”

For the forthcoming Loisy EP, this electro-pop duo has remade the Pixies classic with a French accent.

HAIM – “Don’t Save Me”

The LA band just won the BBC Sound of 2013 poll, so get ready to hear more of them if you haven’t already. Guitar pop’s new golden girls are set to make 2013 their year.

NZCA/Lines – “Airlock”

Electro/R&B crooner Michael Lovett opens this track with the line, “Baby, you look so cold.” I’m going to pretend he’s singing about me when I trudge down 14th Street wearing a neon green puffer coat and a displeased expression.

Peter Bjorn and John – “Eyes”

I’m going to keep reminding myself that there are places where it’s even colder, like Sweden.

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