The first images of concept photos for BTS’ upcoming album Map of the Soul: Persona is here.
Shared at midnight in Seoul on Monday (April 1), four tweets released through Big Hit Entertainment’s official Twitter account showed a series of photos featuring the members of BTS. Two batches of eight photos each, the collection of images featured group shots of the septet as well as individual pictures of each member, and then some.
Unlike past conceptual teaser images from the group, Map of the Soul: Persona's visuals aren't quite that: they're photos accompanied by even more photos, offering glimpses at the multitude of personas of BTS. .
Each individual photo set features upwards of 20 distinct shots, resulting in version 1’s eight photos featuring well over 100 brand new images of BTS and its members.
Version 2’s photos similarly emphasize different sides, or personas, of each BTS member, this time leading off with a group shot of the group posing in a bathroom as Jungkook takes a picture aimed at the mirror. Each individual shot features the men prepping in a bathroom on their own, with the pastel-hued, palm-filled frame sharing the spotlight with four-and-a-half black and white images of the same member, similarly primping.
BTS’ Map of the Soul: Persona is set to be released on April 12. It is the group’s first album of 2019, and follows last year’s pair of Billboard 200 chart-toppers, Love Yourself: Tear and Love Yourself: Answer. Last week, BTS' RM was featured in a comeback trailer for the series, with the rapper sharing his "Persona" to the world.
Nipsey Hussle was gunned down Sunday in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, south of the Crenshaw area. We're told he was at his clothing company called the Marathon Store. He opened the place back in 2017.
Eyewitnesses say they heard multiple shots fired. Police and paramedics have swarmed the area and taped off the crime scene.
Nipsey is from the Crenshaw area of LA -- is said to have ties to the Crips. That hasn't stopped him from working with artists who have rival gang affiliations ... he's made music with both YG and The Game -- both of whom have been tied to Bloods.
This isn't the first time there has been trouble at Nipsey's store either. Gunfire also took place back in September of 2018, but no one was shot then. Nipsey was not at the store that time.
Khalid is headlining his first tour.
On Friday (March 29), the "Love Lies" singer-songwriter unveiled the dates for his upcoming "Free Spirit World Tour" in North America, bringing his supporting act, rising pop star Clairo, along for the journey.
The 21-year-old's headlining jaunt kicks off this summer, starting on June 20 at Gila River Arena in Phoenix, Arizona, and will close out at American Airlines Arena in Miami on August 17. The soloist will also play in Chicago, Boston, Houston, Toronto, Detroit and elsewhere. Khalid's arena tour brief came just a week ahead of his second studio album, Free Spirit, set to drop on April 5.
"Wow. Not even 3 years ago, I can remember doing my first show in a coffee shop haha this is unbelievable," the "Self" crooner captioned the announcement on Instagram. "I just wanna thank you guys so much for making this possible man life is a dream!! I love u guys so much, and I can’t wait to bring @clairo on the road with me! Hope to see you there ❤️ MORE INFO SOON."
For more details about tickets, on sale April 5, head over to Ticketmaster.
Free Spirit World North American 2019 Tour Dates:
6/20 - Phoenix, Ariz. @ Gila River Arena
6/22 - Las Vegas, Nev.@ MGM Grand Garden Arena
6/23 - San Diego, Calif. @ Pechanga Arena San Diego
6/25 - Los Angeles, Calif. @ Staples Center
6/28 - Oakland, Calif. @ Oracle Arena
6/29 - Sacramento, Calif. @ Golden 1 Center
7/1 - Portland, Ore. @ Moda Center
7/4 - Edmonton, AB @ Rogers Place
7/7 - Tacoma, Wash. @ Tacoma Dome
7/9 - Spokane, Wash @ Spokane Arena
7/12 - Denver, Co. @ Pepsi Center
7/14 - Dallas, Tx. @ American Airlines Center
7/16 - San Antonio, Tx. @ AT&T Center
7/18 - Houston, Tx. @ Toyota Center
7/19 - Oklahoma City, Okla. @ Chesapeake Energy Arena
7/21 - Kansas City, Mo. @ Sprint Center
7/23 - St. Paul, Minn. @ Xcel Energy Center
7/25 - Chicago, Ill. @ United Center
7/26 - Columbus, Ohio @ Nationwide Arena
7/28 - Detroit, Mich. @ Little Caesars Arena
7/29 - Pittsburgh, Pa. @ PPG Paints Arena
7/31 - New York, N.Y. @ Madison Square Garden
8/3 - Washington, D.C. @ Capital One Arena
8/4 - Hartford, Conn. @ XL Center
8/6- Toronto, ON @ Scotiabank Arena
8/8 - Montreal, BC @ The Bell Centre
8/10 - Boston, Mass. @ TD Garden
8/11 - Philadelphia, Pa. @ Wells Fargo Center
8/13 - Charlotte, N.C. @ Spectrum Center
8/14 - Atlanta, Ga. @ State Farm Arena
8/16 - Orlando, Fla. @ Amway Center
8/17 - Miami, Fla. @ American Airlines Arena
Billie Eilish celebrated the release of her much-hyped debut album by releasing the video for her latest single “Bad Guy” on Friday (March 29).
As the clip opens, the pop star bursts through a mustard-hued wall while wearing a sweatsuit of the same color, before launching into the song’s villainous narrative.
“I’m that bad type/Make your mama sad type/Make your girlfriend mad tight/Might seduce your dad type/I’m the bad guy, duh,” she intones on the song’s chanting chorus.
The visual also features blood Eilish suffering a bloody nose, boredly feeding pigeons in a nondescript backyard and dancing wildly after handing her Invisalign to a silent bodyguard. In classic Eilish fashion, the video takes a sinister turn in the song’s coda, which finds the alt-pop chanteuse bathed in the neon glow of a red-lit room, balancing on a shirtless man’s back as she delivers the final stanza.
Eilish’s debut album, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? is available now via Interscope Records.
Watch the video for “Bad Guy” below.
Pop duo Loote released their newest single "85%," featuring Gnash, and an accompanying music video on Friday (March 29).
The sparkling song finds bandmates Emma Lov and Jackson Foote trading vocals for the first time as they explore the sinking feeling of a partner refusing to give 100 percent of themselves to a relationship.
“Oh-oh I should really use my head/I should really use my head ‘stead of thinking with my chest/Oh-oh I was dying to connect/Gave me 85 percent/Only 85 percent,” the pair belt out on the song’s chorus over looping piano and handclap-laden percussion, before Gnash delivers a stream-of-consciousness verse on the bridge.
The new track follows “Better When You’re Gone,” Loote’s country-laced EDM collaboration with David Guetta and Brooks, and is out now via Island Records.
Watch the video for “85%” below.
Dinah Jane made the an announcement on Twitter on Thursday (March 28), that new music was coming soon.
“04/19 hehehe lock it in ♥️♥️😉🙏🏽,” she wrote.
You can check out the artwork here and listen to a sample here!
Earlier this week, Dinah also released her new “Retrograde” music video.
James Bay released his intimate music video for his latest single “Peer Pressure,” featuring Julia Michaels, on Friday (March 29).
The music video for “Peer Pressure” comes out a week after Bay released the live video, with Michaels and him performing a stripped-down acoustic version of the song in the same setting.
The English singer is currently touring the U.S. this month and will end his headlining tour in Seattle on April 3. Bay will join Ed Sheeran on his European stadium tour this summer.
See the official music video for Bay and Michaels' "Peer Pressure" below.
Aly & AJ Takes Us to 'Church'
Aly & AJ have released anew song named “Church!”
Aly and AJ Michalka – shared the song with fans on Friday (March 29).
“Church” is the lead single from their forthcoming 5-track EP Sanctuary.
On their upcoming Sanctuary Tour, the sisters are teaming up with The Trevor Project, bringing donation bins and awareness booths to every tour date.
“Music has been like therapy for us, and we wanted to let our fans know that we’re not just going to write music that deals with relationships,” Aly said. “It is our duty to write some songs that we felt were socially conscious.”
Aly & AJ reveal their most authentic selves on “Church” as they accept their faults and prepare for personal restoration.
Listen below! You can also download “Church” on iTunes.
Lil Uzi Vert's return to music is now has come to a halt as his new single is yanked from digital music services because he freestyled over someone else's beat.
Lil Uzi Vert's new song, "Free Uzi," is no longer available on Tidal and Apple Music -- for streaming or purchase -- because of licensing issues and copyright concerns. The single features a beat that was previously used in a G Herbo song.
Lil Uzi's single isn't an original production, and he didn't clear the sample.
Uzi decided to drop the song after Drama and Cannon said they'd support him releasing music and the only reason ist not out is because of the copyright issue.
"Free Uzi" is still up on YouTube and SoundCloud.
His label, Atlantic Records, had no comment on the song being pulled.
Maddie Poppe just released “Made You Miss.”
The season 16 winner of American Idol shared the track with fans on Thursday (March 28).
“It’s finally here!” she wrote on Instagram. “So excited to share with you ‘Made You Miss’! I’ve been so anxious to release this song and I hope you all enjoy listening as much as I did recording it! Very grateful to have worked with the best of the best on this one. Written by: Johan Carlsson, Ross Golan and Sam Romans & produced by: Johan Carlsson. Can’t believe I get the opportunity to work with people so talented and well-respected in this industry, I can only hope it’s just the beginning!”
“The morning of my last day in LA, I walked into the studio not knowing what to expect,” she continued. “I felt like I was out of ideas and didn’t know what we could REALLY get accomplished in one day. Well, my expectations were exceeded greatly when I walked in and heard this song. Johan Carlsson, Ross Golan and Sam Roman had written ‘Made You Miss’ a while back but hadn’t cut it with anyone yet, so we decided we’d give it a shot! This is a very special song to me because it came just as I was finishing up the album, and once I heard it, I knew it must be the icing on the cake. I’m really proud of this one! I had so much fun recording and working with these incredibly talented and successful guys, and it’s such an honor that I get to call this my song. Thanks for all the love and positive responses!”