Lorde Says Kanye West Stole Her Stage Design: 5 Things in Pop Culture Today

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Hello! Welcome to your daily roundup of what’s going on in pop culture.

Should you need a reminder that Iggy Pop is a weird and wonderful gentleman, you can read this tour rider for Iggy and the Stooges. It includes a pitch for a reality TV show, some colorful jibes at Subway sandwiches and a description of Iggy running around “in his customary manner like a crazed running around-type-thing.”

1. Lorde vs. Kanye

Why is Lorde mad at Kanye West? In an Instagram story, the singer accused Kids See Ghosts (West and Kid Cudi’s rap duo) of stealing the design for a large, neon-lit transparent floating box she used for her Coachella set in 2017 and subsequent Melodrama world tour. Kids See Ghosts used a similar suspended rectangle for its performance at Tyler, the Creator’s Camp Flog Gnaw festival over the weekend.

Well, do they look similar? They do!

Who actually designed the boxes? Lorde conceived of her box in collaboration with the designer Es Devlin (who’s also worked with West in the past, most recently on his Yeezus tour in 2013-2014); Kids See Ghosts’ was designed by the company Trask House, which also worked on West’s floating Saint Pablo stage.

Hmm. Haven’t I seen pop people in floating boxes before, anyway? John McGuire, the owner of Trask House, said in an email that Lorde “wasn’t the first person to use a floating glass box, she won’t be the last. She doesn’t own it, her designer didn’t invent it.” He added: “Cubes and floating aren’t new to Kanye West, stage design or architecture. A quick google of floating glass box brings up many instances of suspended glass cubes.”

As people on Twitter pointed out, Justin Bieber, David Blaine, the pope and the play “Pains of Youth” have used similar setups, as have ASAP Rocky and Kendrick Lamar. (Devlin also posted examples of her previous box work on Instagram, dating back to a 2007 performance of the opera “Carmen.”)

Seems like a metaphor for fame if ever I heard one.

2. Remembering Stan Lee

The architect of pop culture’s current love affair with superheroes died yesterday at 95. Here’s some of The Times’ coverage:

• Read this comic strip that Brian Michael Bendis wrote about Lee’s impact on his life and work.

• Watch an interview with Lee from 2015.

• Stream some of his best movie cameos, including “Captain America: Civil War” and “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.”

3. Insert ‘winter is coming’ pun

April 2019. That’s when “Game of Thrones” will return to HBO for its final season. We don’t know the date yet, but you can bet your bottom dollar there will be an announcement for that, too.

4. Key and Peele reunite …

… for “Toy Story 4.” A new teaser (yep, there was also one yesterday) introduces Ducky (voiced by Keegan-Michael Key) and Bunny (Jordan Peele), and it’s pretty funny.

5. Throw yourself on the ground like you just don’t care

A new dance craze is sweeping South Africa, and it involves falling to the ground. The collapse is in honor of King Monada’s hit song “Malwedhe,” which translates as “illness,” Business Insider reports. Of course there’s a hashtag: #IdibalaChallenge.

Joe Coscarelli contributed reporting.

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