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“Yes, we have the Jay Z phone that only rings if it’s him, and it’s even diamond-encrusted,” she quipped. In truth, she added, “We’re obviously very big hip-hop fans and love Beyoncé, too, so that makes it exciting enough to be with [Roc Nation]. Even better, though, we’ve found that everyone in the company is supportive and good to work with.”
‘Is it a good song?’
Their teenybopper pasts and likeness to “MMMBop” hitmakers Hanson — three siblings, with the middle child being the lead singer — could have earned Haim an immediate dismissal in the rock world. However, both the hipster site Pitchfork.com and Rolling Stone listed “Days Are Gone” among its best albums of 2013. Locally, Haim’s singles have been played on pop outlet KDWB (101.3 FM) as well as indie public station 89.3 the Current and whatever Cities 97 is calling itself nowadays.
“I don’t think there are as clear of lines between what’s the indie, cool thing and what’s commercial pop,” Este said. “There are a lot of blurred lines, even between pop and hip-hop. I think the thing people are really paying attention to is: ‘Is it a good song?’
“For us, we really grew up listening to all kinds of music and not thinking about, ‘Oh, is this cool?’ We knew we liked a song if we wanted to sing along to it, and we like to think those are the kinds of songs we’re singing now.”
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