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Grimes features on the new Bella Poarch song “No Man’s Land”

The TikTok star turned musician releases her Dolls EP today.

August 12, 2022
Grimes features on the new Bella Poarch song “No Man’s Land” (L) Grimes. Photo via publicist. (R) Bella Poarch. Photo by Marcelo Cantu  

Bella Poarch successfully leveraged looking into a phone camera and making faces on TikTok into a successful pop music career. But there's no point in hating on the medium: we had this debate decades ago when the kids variety show The All-New Mickey Mouse Club launched the career Britney Spears, and the pop pantheon is, for the most part, a better place for it (Justin Timberlake was another cast member on that show, but on balance, I think that ruining Janet Jackson's career hurt pop music more than his music helped).

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With that said: "No Man's Land," a Grimes-featuring song from Poarch's new EP Dolls, feels more designed for virality on TikTok than as a pop hit on its own merits. The beat's xylophone-driven melody is quite grating, and Poarch's vocal performance doesn't fully embrace her winking Black Widow persona. There's not much trace of Grimes' musical presence here at all, save for a few lines near the end. It all feels pretty sterile. Listen below.

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In July, Grimes cameoed in the music video for the song "Dolls" alongside Euphoria’s Chloe Cherry.

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Grimes features on the new Bella Poarch song “No Man’s Land”