St. Vincent has yet to reveal details about her next album, but she’s already got a video for the first single out. You can watch the clip for “New York” above.
“I think Annie’s New York is the New York of my dreams — one that is blurry and fractured, dreamy and flat,” director Alex Da Corte said in a press release. “It is the Toontown to my Hollywood. It is beautiful but slightly out of reach.”
She talked about the new record last week, saying that the songs were about “sex and drugs and sadness.” That’s certainly reflected in “New York,” in which she regrets the loss of a significant other. “New York isn’t New York without you, love,” she begins, before going on to call the partner “the only mother f—er in the city who can stand me.” The clip continues the theme, as she appears relatively emotionless while being surrounded by a variety of scenarios with bright color palettes.
“The emotional tones are all true,” she added. “The songs are the most coherent expression of them. Songs are like prophecies. They can be stronger than you are.”
She has also recorded a version of the Beatles‘ “All You Need Is Love” for a commercial promoting Tiffany & Co.’s new perfume. Although she doesn’t appear in it, Stereogum notes that the clip features models Vittoria Ceretti, Julia Nobis, Anchok Majak, and Georgina Grenville.
Red Hot Chili Peppers member and sometime actor Flea has joined the cast for the new film Boy Erased, a coming out drama from writer Joel Edgerton. The bassist, whose real name is Michael Balzary, joins Russell Crowe, Nicole Kidman and Edgerton in the movie.
Based on the novel Boy Erased: A Memoir of Identity, Faith, and Family by Garrard Conley, the Internet Movie Database says the basic synopsis of the true story is, “The son of a baptist preacher is forced to participate in a church-supported gay conversion program.”
According to Deadline, Boy Erased focuses on the lead character named Jared, the son of a Baptist pastor in a small American town, who is outed to his parents (Kidman and Crowe) at age 19. He’s presented with the choices to either attend a gay conversion therapy program or be permanently disowned by his family, friends and faith. Though Flea is reportedly part of the cast, details of his role have not been announced. Currently, the film is in pre-production, but it will be Focus Features who will be distributing the Boy Erased worldwide.
This isn’t Flea’s first time in front of the camera for a feature film; he’s been in quite a few, including this year’s critically acclaimed Baby Driver. Back in 1994, he appeared with his Chili Peppers bandmate Anthony Keidis in the Charlie Sheen vehicle The Chase, which also had a memorable role from Henry Rollins, who against type played an overenthusiastic police officer.
Flea also appeared in two of the Back to the Future installments as Needles, a frenemy of Marty McFly, played by Michael J. Fox as well as The Big Lebowski as one of the nihilists. He’s been cast in roles that weren’t too much of a stretch as well, performing as a musician in Less Than Zero and Tough Guys.
Cobb County PD fired Lt. Greg Abbott the day after video surfaced of him telling a white motorist, "We only kill black people."
Chief Mike Register announced the firing Thursday afternoon, saying, “I have known Lt. (Greg) Abbott for years and perceived him as honorable, but he’s made a mistake. I don’t know what is in his heart, but I know what came out of his mouth. We recommend that he be terminated and we are moving forward on that.”
Abbott had pulled over a white woman who was hesitant to reach for her phone, fearing she'd be shot. Abbott responded that cops only kill black motorists.
The incident happened in July 2016, but only came to light when WSB-TV requested the video last week, and aired it Wednesday night.
Abbott had been on the Cobb County force for 28 years.
Playboi Carti has been making a lot of noise with his infectious single, “Magnolia,” and latest self-titled mixtape. The young rapper has released a new visual for the fan-favorite track, “New Choppa” featuring A$AP Rocky.
The video begins with Rocky and Carti are talking about how dumb rappers look bragging about guns in their videos . The Harlem rhymer then turns on the television and instructs Carti to check out a program. We are then thrusted into a new show where several beautiful women are shooting various objects at the gun range. Soon thereafter, Rocky and Carti join in on the action. Talk about girls just wanting to have fun — these ladies are sweet and deadly.
You can currently catch Playboi Carti on the road this summer. The Atlanta rhymer is among several acts performing at Forbes Under 30 Music Festival on Oct. 1 in Boston. Prior to that, Carti will rock the mic at the Day N Night festival, which takes place in Santa Ana, Calif., from Sept. 8-10.
Twitter has a new king of Tweets and its NOT our 45th President.
On Thursday (August 31), Justin Bieber officially reached 100 million followers on the platform, and the landmark moment even produced its very own hashtag: #100MBeliebers, complete with a special mini Bieber emoji of the “Friends” singer himself.
While he’s still 3 million shy of eclipsing “Swish Swish” singer Katy Perry (who holds the top spot at 103 million), Bieber made history as the first male user ever to reach such a feat.
Falling second in line is Taylor Swift at 85 million, with Rihanna (76 million) and Lady Gaga (69 million) holding third and fourth place, respectively.
It’s been over 25 years since DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince have worked together on any new music, but last Sunday (Aug. 27) the legendary rap duo reunited for the 2017 Livewire Festival in England and performed a new song together.
During their set, Will and Jeff premiered their new EDM-inflicted, fist-pumping track, “Get Lit.” Although the song is a big departure for both artists, Will said it was in response to the “chaos and confusion” out there in the world.
In a recent interview, Will credits hip-hop icon LL Cool J for helping him reunite with DJ Jazzy Jeff.
“I looked at Jeff and he was getting old, man, and I was like, ‘I can’t do this to this boy,’” joked Smith about their reunion. “It was time. LL hit me [up and] was like, ‘Dude, I’m telling you, it’s time. You have no idea the love that’s out there.’ I was listening to L like, ‘All right, I need to do it.’”
“Now I got the bug,” Smith continued. “I was on fire last night. It was the first time being on stage in a while. I blew my voice out a little — I do that all the time. I just can’t contain myself on stage.”
“I’m the little man in his ear telling him to calm down, just slow down,” Jeff added. “You have to have fun with it and a lot of it is making sure that you’re loose and calm on stage.”
Will and Jeff hopes to extend their reunion to a full-fledge tour, which is still in the works. Either way, we’re glad that DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince are back together making music.
The Rolling Stones have released a lyric video for "2000 Light Years From Home" in advance of the upcoming 50th anniversary reissues of their classic 1967 dark masterpiece Her Satanic Majesties Request.
Though the band is not featured in the clip directed by Lucy Dawkins and Tom Readdy, the visual for their legendary foray into mind-expanding pop features all the touchstones of the era, from rudimentary stop-motion animation to a floating yogi with a third eye, trippy passages back in time to the Egyptian pyramids, dancing mushrooms, groovy space ships and doors that open new worlds of perception.
The Stones' psychedelic head trip album will be reissued as a box set by ABKCO Records on Sept. 22 in with both stereo and mono version of the album on vinyl and a hybrid super audio CD along with a 20-page book with new liner notes.
SZA is featured on a track with Maroon 5.
SZA appears on the group’s poppy new single, “What Lovers Do.”
This is the group’s second collaboration with a TDE artist. Last year, they teamed up with Kendrick Lamar for “Don’t Wanna Know.” They just recently dropped a weird video for “Cold,” which features Future.
“What Lovers Do” will appear on Maroon 5’s upcoming sixth full-length project, which has no release date as of yet. If you like the song, you can purchase it now via iTunes.
Halsey just dropped a new "Bad at Love" video, which begins where her "Now or Never" video ended.
In her latest video, the singer rocks her new short hairstyle -- she was shown chopping off long, blue locks in the last few seconds of "Now or Never" -- and a biker chic look. Halsey is apparently a wanted woman in the clip, which includes a run-in with the creepy fortuneteller from her last video and a ride off into the desert.
The video was directed by Halsey and Sing J Lee, who also collaborated on the "Now or Never" video. Lee has worked on videos for Muse, Charli XCX, Chvrches and more.
"Bad Love" is off of Halsey's hopeless fountain kingdom album.
Flavor Flav Sues Chuck D, Public Enemy Team Over Unpaid Royalties & Releasing Music Without His Consent
Flavor Flav is suing Chuck D and members of Public Enemy's production and management team, according to documents filed by his attorney, A. Eric Bjorgum, on Tuesday (Aug. 29).
The rapper (real name William J. Drayton)'s lawsuit alleges "despite Drayton's position in Public Enemy, the group’s management and related companies have for years attempted to minimize his role in the Public Enemy business, while continuing to rely upon Drayton's fame and persona to market the brand."
Eastlink Productions, producer Gary "G-Wiz" Rinaldo, SLAMjamz Records, Reach Music Publishing, Inc., Carlton Ridenhour (Chuck D), Sounddome Entertainment, Inc., manager Clifton "Greg" Johnson and Xecutive Entertainment are all named as defendants in the lawsuit.
Flavor Flav says he hasn't been getting regular songwriting royalty statements for several years, even though he's written more than 50 of the Public Enemy's songs.
Moreover, the lawsuit states Flavor Flav's voice and image were used on the recently released Public Enemy album Nothing Is Quick in the Desert without his consent. While he did go into the recording studio, he claims he had "no input on the creative direction of the record" and was under the impression that the recordings he participated in were not final takes. The lawsuit says his vocals "were not up to his standards of quality" and that he did not agree for them to be released.
"On or about June 29, 2017, Drayton was shocked to see that a new 'Public Enemy' album was being released, and his image was being used in multiple media outlets to promote the album. He had never heard of the album, nor heard any of the final mixes," court documents read.
Flavor Flav also claims he has not been compensated for Public Enemy merchandise sold with his name and image, and that such deals have been made without his consent. The lawsuit states payments "have diminished to almost nothing, and Drayton has been refused accountings, even on the items bearing his likeness."
The rapper is suing for an amount to be determined at trial.
It is being rumored that for the 25th film, James Bond film, Beyonce will record the milestone theme song.
Since 1964’s Goldfinger, the Bond film franchise has turned to some of the most celebrated recording artists for its iconic theme songs. Over the past 50 years, artists like Shirley Bassey, Nancy Sinatra, Paul McCartney, Carly Simon and Adele have lent their talents to the spy franchise, with a number of those artists earning Grammy nominations for their efforts. Though it wasn’t until Adele’s epic 2013 ballad for Skyfall that Bond finally took home the gold, that’s reportedly one of the big selling points for Beyonce, who now has her sights set on 007.
According to the Daily Star, Bond 25‘s producers have reached out to Queen Bey to see if she would be interested in performing the theme for the landmark movie. Sources close to the project have hinted this is something the singer is definitely interested in, and that Adele spoke with Bey before the meeting to give her insight into the process.
For a short time, rumors hinted that Adele would return for the Bond 25 theme, making her only the second star aside from Bassey to record multiple Bond tracks. However, it now seems the producers want to go in a different direction to capitalize on Beyonce’s status and to keep the Grammy awards flowing like women weave in and out of Bond’s bachelor life.
Adele did win a Grammy, an Oscar and a Golden Globe for “Skyfall,” so hitting that trifecta would certainly appeal to Beyonce. For as many musical awards as she’s won, the Golden Globe and Oscar have eluded her thus far.
We’ll have to wait a while to see what happens with Beyonce’s involvement in Bond 25, especially considering the film isn’t slated to arrive until 2019.
The life and death of Bobbi Kristina Brown will be explored in a new television biopic produced by TV One. On Monday (Aug. 28), the trailer for the movie, titled Bobbi Kristina, was unveiled for the first time.
Actress Joy Rovaris, who starred in BET’s The New Edition Story, will portray Bobbi in the telemovie. Fellow actress Demetria McKinney will play her mother, late pop icon Whitney Houston, and actor Hassam Johnson will play her father Bobby Brown.
Bobbi Kristina, who was the only child of Whitney and Bobby, died in July 2015 months after she was found unresponsive in the bathtub at her home in Roswell, Ga. According to the medical examiner, Bobbi died from drugs and drowning. She was only 22 years old.
In the trailer, we see Bobbi having a hard time dealing with her mother’s death and arguing with others about her relationship with family friend and soon-to-be boyfriend Nick Gordon, played by Nadji Jeter.
“He’s the single best thing that’s happened to me since my mom,” Rovaris as Brown yells at her aunt Pat Houston, who is played by Vivica A. Fox.
Gordon was found legally responsible for Brown’s death last year and ordered by a Georgia judge to pay $36 million to her estate.
In another intense scene, we see Bobbi arguing with her mom to which Whitney screams, “you are the most beautiful thing I ever made.” At the end, we hear Bobbi say that “I have to carry on my mom’s legacy.”
TV One’s Bobbi Kristina will premiere on October 8. Watch the trailer above.
Taylor Swift's new single "Look What You Made Me Do" began setting records out the gate.
The track's music video, unveiled at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, now holds the title of most YouTube global streams in a 24-hour period. That's 43.2 million views, knocking out previous record-holder Psy’s “Gentleman,” which had 36 million views in its first 24 hours when it dropped back in 2013.
The "Look What You Made Me Do" video averaged over 30,000 views per min in its first 24 hours, with hourly views reaching over 3 million views.
Swift also broke the same 24-hour record with Vevo, most recently held by Adele's 2015 video for "Hello" (27.7 million views in its first day). The song's lyric video already topped YouTube's first-day streaming record for lyric videos and the single set Spotify's global first-24-hours record.
After leaving Epic Records in May, L.A. Reid will be launching a new entertainment company next year. The company will consist of both a record company and publishing unit. Reid is currently recruiting talent and executives, including former colleagues, for his new business.
Reid, who founded LaFace Records with Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds in 1989, was responsible for talents such as Usher, TLC, Outkast and Toni Braxton. During his six years at Epic Records, Reid signed notable acts such as Travis $cott, Future, 21 Savage, Meghan Trainor and Fifth Harmony.
L.A. Reid's time at Epic came to an end after a former female assistant filed a sexual harassment claim earlier this summer.
Earlier today (August 28), Selena Gomez‘s Instagram account was hacked. The hackers immediately posted nude paparazzi photos of the singer’s ex-boyfriend and fellow pop star Justin Bieber with the caption “LOOK AT THIS N—A LIL SHRIMPY.”
The hackers were even bold enough to include their Insta handles in the caption, saying they “run da scene” — despite the fact that there were just a few thousand followers between the three. They also changed her account name to “islah gomez.” Selena deactivated her account within hours of the post, though reactivated it minutes later with the nudes deleted and name fixed.
The photos were taken from a 2015 leak in the New York Daily News, which had at the time prompted Bieber to say he felt “super violated.”