Grimes Thinks That The End Of Human-Made Art Is Near

Art as we know it could disappear forever. Grimes, who appeared on the Mindscape podcast with theoretical physicist Sean Caroll, spoke briefly about what she believes is next for the form of creative expression: a future without humans. Can you imagine telling a future version of Alexa or Siri to paint you an original idea that you describe out loud? Ok, that sounds kind of cool. But it’s really scary when you sit and think about it.

Grimes, who studied neuroscience at the Canadian McGill University before blowing up with her warped psych-pop, is one with technology. She understands it, breathes it, and can tell what’s coming next. “I feel like we’re in the end of art, human art,” she said on Mindscape. “Once there’s actually AGI (Artificial General Intelligence), they’re going to be so much better at making art than us.”

This is wild to think about, but what Grimes says next about when this could happen makes it all the more chilling. “Once AI can totally master science and art, which could happen in the next 10 years, probably more like 20 or 30 years.” We’re getting closer to the emotionless future painted by dystopian movies where true innovation doesn’t exist and it’s particularly frightening to imagine soulless creativity normalized. You should get the heebie-jeebies just reading this.

Grimes is preparing to blow the world away with her forthcoming album, Miss_Anthropocene, that comes out on February 21. She recently released “So Heavy I Fell Through The Earth” earlier this month.

Check out Grimes’s Mindscape conversation up above.

Lizzo, Billie Eilish, And Lil Nas X Rule The 2020 Grammy Noms

If your jaw didn’t drop to the floor, did we see the same Grammy Nominations?

The Recording Academy revealed its massive list of nominees for the 62nd Grammy Awards. This year, it looks like Lizzo and Billie Eilish are in high demand, with six and five nominations respectively. It makes sense though since both singers have been absolutely everywhere this year. If you hear the term “DNA Test” there’s a huge chance that, if you’re not in a scientific field, that it’s in reference to her now Grammy-nominated breakout single “Truth Hurts.” And Eilish’s “Bad Guy”  – which is nominated for Best Pop Solo Performance, Song of the Year, and Record of the Year – is equally as huge and addictive.

After a whirlwind year of massive success, Lil Nas X securing a nomination for Best New Artist feels like the perfect storybook climax. It would be even bigger if he wins the award, of course. Going from “Old Town Road” being kicked off of country charts to being remixed with Billy Ray Cyrus (now nominated for Record Of The Year) and now the rapper becoming a Best New Artist nominee, it’s clear that Lil Nas X is the force to be reckoned with that so many have now realized.

This extremely wide-open field of nominees makes for such an interesting period of speculation as we await the actual show. Will Beyonce’s “Spirit” from The Lion King overcome Ariana Grande‘s “Seven Rings” or Taylor Swift‘s “You Need To Calm Down” Can 21 Savage‘s I Am > I Was snatch victory from rising rapper YBN Cordae who’s secured a Grammy nomination for his debut album?

We’re almost dizzy with anticipation! Check out the full list of released nominees below and make sure to tune in to the show on January 26.

Best Pop Solo Performance

Beyonce: “Spirit”

Billie Eilish: “Bad Guy”

Ariana Grande: “Seven Rings”

Lizzo: “Truth Hurts”

Taylor Swift: “You Need To Calm Down”

Best R & B Performance

Daniel Caesar and Brandy: “Love Again”

H.E.R. ft. Bryston Tiller: “Could Have Been”

Lizzo ft. Gucci Mane: “Exactly How I Feel”

Lucky Dae: “Roll Some Mo”

Anderson .Paak ft. André 3000: “Come Home”

Best Rap Album

Dreamville: Revenge of the Dreamers 3 

Meek Mill: Championships

21 Savage: I Am > I Was

Tyler the Creator: Igor

YBN Cordae: The Lost Boy

Best Country Song

Tanya Tucker: “Bring My Flowers Now”

Ashley McBryde: “Girl Goin’ Nowhere”

Miranda Lambert: “It All Comes Out In The Wash”

Eric Church: “Some Of It”

Dan + Shay: “Speechless”

Best New Artist

Black Pumas

Billie Eilish

Lil Nas X

Lizzo

Maggie Rogers

Rosalía

Tank and the Bangas

Yola

Song Of The Year

Lady Gaga: “Always Remember Us This Way”

Billie Eilish: “Bad Guy”

Tanya Tucker: “Bring My Flowers Now”

H.E.R.: “Hard Place”

Taylor Swift: “Lover”

Lana Del Rey: “Norman Fucking Rockwell”

Lewis Capaldi: “Someone You Loved”

Lizzo: “Truth Hurts”

Record Of The Year

Bon Iver: “Hey, Ma”

Billie Eilish: “Bad Guy”

Ariana Grande: “7 Rings”

H.E.R.: “Hard Place”

Khalid: “Talk”

Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus: “Old Town Road (Remix)”

Lizzo: “Truth Hurts”

Post Malone ft. Swae Lee: “Sunflower”

Album Of The Year

Bon Iver: I, I,

Lana Del Rey: Norman Fucking Rockwell!

Billie Eilish: When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?

Ariana Grande: Thank U, Next,

H.E.R.: I Used To Know Her,

Lil Nas X: 7

Lizzo: Cuz I Love You

Vampire Weekend: Father Of The Bride

Lewis Capaldi Drops ‘Before You Go,’ His ‘Most Personal’ Song Yet

If you thought Lewis Capaldi was just going to coast into the holiday season on the back of his massive hit “Someone You Loved” — which, by the way, is sitting pretty atop the Billboard Hot 100 for the third week in a row — you were wrong.

The self-dubbed “America’s Sweetheart” returned on Tuesday (November 19) with another fresh heartbreak bop, “Before You Go.” Like “Someone You Loved” and “Bruises” before it, this one finds Capaldi grappling with the aftermath of a loss, and all the nagging questions that follow. “I hate you, I hate you, I hate you but I was just kidding myself,” he sings, before flipping a switch and asking, “Was there something I could’ve said to make your heart beat better?” It’s a rousing acoustic number with a driving, powerhouse vocal — in other words, typical Capaldi.

On Instagram, Capaldi announced “Before You Go” in characteristically humble and sarcastic fashion, writing, “Seriously one of the most personal songs I’ve ever written. This song means a lot to me, but it will mean even more if it becomes successful.”

The Scottish artist also opened up in another post in which he reflected on his whirlwind breakout year.”This past year has been absolutely wild, didn’t in a million years think all of this stuff would happen to me,” he wrote. “Less than two years ago I was lucky enough to get a gig in small pubs and bars back home in Scotland and somehow am writing with a number one single in America and getting to play to and meet thousands of ya every night all over the world!”

Capaldi will continue to do just that on his joint tour with Niall Horan, which kicks off in April 2020. In the meantime, “Before You Go” will appear on the deluxe edition of his debut album, Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent, out this Friday (November 22).

BTS Open Up About The Advice They Would Give Their Younger Selves

Over the past five years or so, BTS have been setting and smashing records non-stop across a variety of platforms. From earning the most-viewed video on YouTube with “Boy With Luv” to becoming the first Korean act to top the Billboard 200 albums chart, their grind knows no bounds. But now, in their new cover story with Paper magazine — one that gives off total Lisa Frank vibes, might we add — the group is opening up about what advice they would give their younger selves. Because believe it or not, there are a few things they would’ve done differently.

RM kicked things off by imparting some wisdom that — to be completely honest — we should all be applying to our own lives. “If you’re debating whether to go or not, go,” he said. It makes sense, especially considering the incredible life he’s living as the leader of one of the most globally celebrated K-pop groups.

Jin and Suga, on the other hand, wish they would’ve known how helpful it would’ve been to have become fluent English speakers (something RM learned by watching Friends). “Jin, study English!” he told his younger self. Suga echoed those same sentiments, saying, “Please study English.” In their defense, there was no way they could’ve known just how successful they would become in countries all over the world.

Other members took the opportunity to reflect on the importance of surrounding yourself with good people. “When things get tough, look at the people who love you!” J-Hope said. “You will get energy from them.” And if a few mistakes were made along the way, Jungkook wishes he would’ve told himself to not let those mistakes ruin relationships. “Don’t lose the people beside you because of your mistakes and wrongs,” he said. “And live [your life] to the fullest.”

The truth is, not a single member of BTS could’ve anticipated the level of stardom they are at right now. And being a celebrity, though luxurious, can also be really hard at times. That’s why Jimin wishes he told his former self to disregard any negativity and to simply enjoy the life that he’s been given. “Silence is golden,” he said. “Don’t waste time.”

Funny enough, none of the guys — with the exception of V — made mention of all the hard work and sleepless nights it took to get to where they are now. “You worked hard!” V said while giving himself a pat on the back. And after all those great bits of advice, we have to agree that a pat on the back is certainly well-deserved.

Twin XL Have Alt-Pop Anthems For All Your ‘Good’ and ‘Messy’ Nights

By Carson Mlnarik

Your new favorite song is just a click away, thanks to an endless supply of playlists and recommendations. Perhaps that’s how alt-pop trio Twin XL have already amassed over 3 million streams and an Alternative Top 20 hit and found themselves championed on Spotify’s New Noise and It’s ALT Good! playlists after releasing their debut EP earlier this year.

But the three West Coasters were not intent on being a band “that sits on Spotify playlists and never leaves Los Angeles,” as guitarist John Gomez tells MTV News. To truly make a splash, they knew they’d have to pile in a van, drive around, and meet people, so that’s what they did. “Nothing can really replace the human connection,” lead vocalist Cameron Walker-Wright adds.

Walker-Wright, formerly of synthpop band Nekokat, and brothers John and Stephen Gomez (bass) from The Summer Set, had years of experience performing, writing, and producing for artists like All Time Low, Sabrina Carpenter, and Lindsey Stirling before joining forces. The three may be new to Twin XL, but they’re already music industry veterans.

“I think when you’re younger, there’s a little bit of fear in maybe trying things that are a little outside of your comfort zone,” Stephen says of their growth, and what they’ve learned from past bands. “I feel like we’re not afraid to try different things — I think that comes with age and experience.”

After running around in the same circles, a spontaneous encounter at an L.A. house party inspired the trio to try a day in the studio together. Their decision to name the band Twin XL was as L.A. as ever — a nod to the mattresses John and Stephen slept on in the master bedroom of their first city apartment. Taking inspiration from bands like MGMT and Foster the People, they write songs that double as both jubilant mood boosters and late-night anthems, with infectious beats under dark lyrics about going out, parties, and the drama of adulthood.

One of the first tracks they wrote together, “Good,” inspired them to try it out as a band. “I had driven around and listened to [the] song for almost a year, and I was like, ‘This song isn’t getting old to me,’” John says. “That has to be a good sign, maybe we should do this.”

Clocking in just under three minutes, “Good” is addictively catchy, mixing a throbbing bass riff with carefully placed handclaps, whistles, and party-friendly lyrics begging to be screamed out loud. They wrote the track in just a few hours and knew they were onto something special. However no one in the group anticipated the lead-in to the chorus — a very coolly stated “Nobody gonna kill my vibe” — would be the first lyric fans shouted back to them. “It was totally unexpected and now that happens at every show,” Stephen says.

The track’s music video — a car ride through the desert with a mustachioed burglar — was a way to showcase the trio’s penchant for juxtaposition and quirkiness à la Wes Anderson. Since then, each of their visuals lives within the “strange little world” they’ve created, mashing their sleek sound with retro imagery. “There’s just something really cool about just hearing this sort of borderline emo-y song in a retro setting,” John says. “It just feels like, ‘What time period is this?’”

The trend continues in the music video for their new single “Messy,” which the band worked on with Little Hurt, a.k.a. friend Colin Dieden, formerly of The Mowgli’s. “We all kind of got together and he threw out the idea of the word ‘messy,’ and then we kind of just dove into that,” John says.

The track details what it’s like “being in a cycle of disrepair and anxiety” at the hand of your own mistakes, and the visual, directed by Jade Ehlers, follows Cameron as he tries to get to the bottom of what’s bringing him down to no avail. “You can try to change your environment, you can try to change your clothes, you can try to change who you’re with but ultimately… you know, you can’t escape yourself,” John says.

“Messy” serves as the first taste of their forthcoming debut album, which follows this year’s How to Talk to Strangers. The three wrote and produced the EP entirely on their own, and have been hard at work on the LP in between tour dates with The Maine. They’ll buckle down on production at the end of the year, but have begun debuting new tracks at live shows — a tradition they’ve followed since hitting the road.

“We’ve got to always have a new song in the set, and keep it fresh and give people a reason to come and keep coming to the shows,” John says.

The trio jokes that tour mate John O’Callaghan, lead singer for The Maine, is the inspiration for their latest touring track “Melt.” With lyrics like “You could wreck my apartment / You could ruin my life,” the track is the band’s attempt at the age old “stalker love song.”

“I think the best love songs border somewhere between infatuation and stalker,” John says. “Like ‘Every breath you take / Every move you make.’” John O’Callaghan’s doorman, beware.

Beyond touring, the band’s music has found its way into commercials and trailers like Disney’s Christopher Robin, Hulu’s Light as a Feather, and even MTV’s Ex on the Beach and The Hills: New Beginnings. “I don’t think it will ever get old seeing your music behind television,” John says. “However someone discovers us, I’m cool with, if it’s from Ex on the Beach, or seeing us at a show, or on a playlist or going shopping.”

In fact, they recently met two girls at a show in Tampa who worked at Victoria’s Secret at the mall, and showed up because they had heard “Good” incessantly on the store’s playlist. “They were like, ‘We really didn’t expect it to be very good at all but you guys were amazing,’” John laughs. “I don’t know if that was a compliment or what it was, but it was funny.”

With their debut album on the horizon, the band kicks off 2020 on tour with Fitz and The Tantrums, and plans to drop new tracks sporadically. Judging by the number of jumping fans standing with phones aglow at their recent Webster Hall gig in New York, their “good” success is only going to get bigger.

That doesn’t mean they don’t have their superstitions, though. In Twin XL’s case, it’s making XLs with their arms, holding them together, and chanting before they go onstage. “I think there was like one show we didn’t do it, and it was bad, and we haven’t not done it since,” Cameron admits. “It’s the nerdiest thing ever.”

Tyler, The Creator Based His Igor Costume On A Silhouette He Was Into

The most memorable part of Tyler, The Creator‘s video for “Earfquake” from his latest studio album Igor, is him wearing a platinum blonde wig and sky blue suit, rigid with his movements and hilarious whenever he opens his mouth. This ensemble, which has come to be known as the Igor suit, isn’t just some random fit. In a cover story for GQ’s Men Of The Year Issue, Tyler discussed what the outfit means and where it comes from.

The Igor costume started as a stop-motion character based on a particular female silhouette that was interesting to him, “with the scarf and the cool blazer.” “It’s like, I don’t have the hair to pull that silhouette off. So it’s like, man, if I was a fucking white lady in Denmark.” Elsewhere in the cover story, he talked a bit about the meaning of the costume. “The Igor shit plays a thin line between goofy and funny and art,” he said. “I always have to be careful so it doesn’t fuck everyone’s perception up. It’s art and an idea.”

Tyler also talked a bit about how he felt after an epic performance at Madison Square Garden in September. “It was one of the craziest feelings,” he said. “If I died right now… Bro, I don’t know. I was okay with everything.”

Check out the full interview in the link up above.

The 1975’s Matty Healy Fashion Choices Make New Colbert Performance A Wild Scene

The 1975‘s new performance of “Frail State Of Mind” on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert is all about risque fashion and flashing lights. The band were the musical guests on last night’s (November 19) episode and figured out the perfect way to recreate the shadowy, cloud-like realm of their latest single. It’s partly thanks to frontman Matty Healy‘s awesome ensemble that’s better seen than described.

You have to admit after you see it; Healy really knows how to make a statement. Somehow, someway, he manages to pull off the large winter coat and sleeping gown look masterfully. We’re not joking either. In the context of the outlandishly dreamy “Frail State Of Mind,” his ensemble feels like an extension of this hazy aesthetic. There’s also the manner of the stage direction as well that continues this zoned out feeling. The floor and stage have a large cycle of lights of different colors and textures spinning constantly. As the floor rapidly changes colors underneath the band, Matty grips the microphone close and lets his skirt flow in the wind. His bandmates pound the instruments in unison with him and in sync with each other.  It’s a beautiful, ghostly sight that’s only magnified by the feeling that you can’t see all of it since, half the time, the stage is dark from the changing lights. This performance is truly a sight to behold.

The 1975 released “Frail State Of Mind” in October. The song will appear on the band’s forthcoming album, Notes On A Conditional Form, that’s set to release on February 21, 2020. The LP will also feature a self-titled track that features 16-year-old environmental activist Greta Thunberg reading an important speech about climate preservation.

Watch The 1975’s epic performance on Colbert up above.

Cardi B Drops A New Freestyle To Hold Over Fans Until New Album Comes

Cardi B has released songs like “Please Me” and “Press” this year, so there’s no shortage of new music – this isn’t even counting her guest features on songs with 21 Savage, French Montana, and others – to appease hungry fans awaiting the release of her sophomore album. But Cardi’s anxious to make sure her fans see just how hard she’s working so, graciously, she’s dropped off a minute-long freestyle on Instagram that’s just a taste of what to expect when she completes the project.

In the video that’s pretty straight to the point, Cardi stands in what looks like a kitchen with a fierce look on her face, practically about to burst with pent-up bars. She hops in immediately with prickly rhymes that go at her haters, with a particularly searing quoatable set of lines being: “You ain’t open up no business/Got no business/I be up in a mansion/You be in my mentions.” It’s not all a giant middle finger to her enemies though. Cardi opens up briefly about how lonely the rise to the top has been. “I came right out the trenches/To the top of the charts/Lost some friends on the way/This shit is breaking my heart,” she spits boldly. She ends the rhyme by telling fans, flat out, that this video is “a little something until I finish up the album.”

Cardi’s debut album, Invasion Of Privacy, came out in 2018. Earlier this year, she dropped an adorable loosie on Instagram that was about her love for being the mother of Kulture. With so much music out from the emcee, we can only grow more excited for the new album whenever it comes.

Watch Cardi’s bold new freestyle up above.

Jaden Makes Rebelling In Pink Look Cool In ‘Again’

Who wears pink better than Jaden? Who loves the color more than him? His new video for “Again” is a love letter to pink that finds the hue in every one of its stylish frames. It’s also a look at what being a rebellious soul entails. Sit back and put on a pink hoodie and enjoy the show.

In “Again,” Jaden is the star of the show. The camera hugs around him tightly as he spray paints a car, jumps on its hood, and flexes a wad of pink Benjamin Franklin-covered bills with a smirk on his face. He’s also dancing like a mad man and then plopping his exhausted keister on dilapidated sofas because doing all of this at maximum overdrive has to take a toll on his joints. Every bit of this visually stunning stuff looks even more awesome in this hot pink filter where warehouses and rooftops are washed in purplish hues. Jaden’s eye for pizazz is unmatched.

“Again” appears on Jaden’s sophomore album Erys that dropped in July. The LP features appearances from Tyler, the Creator, Kid Cudi, A$AP Rocky, and, of course, his sister, Willow Smith. Earlier this year, Jaden was revealed to be playing a young version of Kanye West in the forthcoming Showtime series, Omniverse. 

Check out Jaden’s “Again” video up above.

Taylor Swift Can Perform Her Old Songs At The AMAs, Big Machine Says

The last several days have been interesting for Taylor Swift and her fans, who, until now, weren’t sure if the pop star would be cleared to perform her early hits at this year’s American Music Awards on Sunday, November 24. But now, after a public discourse about Swift’s rights as an artist and Big Machine’s rights as a label, the company has released another statement that seemingly approves the performance in question.

“The Big Machine Label Group and Dick Clark Productions announce that they have come to terms on a licensing agreement that approves their artists’ performances to stream post show and for re-broadcast on mutually approved platforms,” the statement reads. “This includes the upcoming American Music Awards performances.”

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Without naming Swift specifically, the label also tried to put an end to any confusion regarding whether or not artists need permission from their labels to perform on live TV. “It should be noted that recording artists do not need label approval for live performances on television or any other live media,” the statement continued. “Record label approval is only needed for contracted artists’ audio and visual recordings and in determining how those works are distributed.”

A few hours later, Dick Clark Productions, the producers of the AMAs, released a statement of their own — one that claims they never came to an agreement with Big Machine at all. “At no time did Dick Clark Productions agree to, create, authorize or distribute a statement in partnership with Big Machine Label Group regarding Taylor Swift’s performance at the 2019 American Music Awards,” the statement read. “Any final agreement on this matter needs to be made directly with Taylor Swift’s management team. We have no further comment.”

Though it’s unclear where all parties involved will go from here, there’s one thing we do know for sure: Swifties would love to see Swift perform some of her OG hits. And if what Big Machine said is true, we have a lot to look forward to come Sunday night.