Ho Ho Ho, Katy Perry Has Returned With A Bubbly Christmas Bop

Whether or not it’s acceptable to listen to Christmas music before Thanksgiving is a timeless debate, but we now know where Katy Perry stands. On Thursday (November 15), the pop star joined this year’s Christmas-music onslaught — which also includes John Legend, Gwen Stefani, and even Tyler, the Creator — by dropping “Cozy Little Christmas.”

The bubbly bop is indeed mighty cozy, with jingle bells galore and love-fueled lyrics in the vein of Mariah Carey’s immortal “All I Want For Christmas Is You.” “Nothing lights my fire or wraps me up baby like you do,” she sings, “Just want a cozy, cozy little Christmas here with you.” But as much as Katy preaches about what really matters this holiday season (love, duh!), she also uses a playful spoken interlude to keep it relatable: “I don’t need anything. Take back all the Cartier and the Tiffany’s and the Chanel. Well, can I keep that Chanel? Please?”

“Cozy Little Christmas” marks Perry’s first new solo music since last year’s Witness. And while that album was met with very mixed reviews, surely this festive little tune will be a crowd-pleaser all around. The new song is available exclusively on Amazon Music, so cozy up and take a listen below.

Normani And 6LACK’s New Song ‘Waves’ Is A Hazy Storm Of Seductiveness

Just when you had finally memorized every addictive word and every stunning vocal run on Normani‘s recently released collabs with Calvin Harris, she’s come through with yet another tune that might be her best yet.

On Thursday (November 15), Normani blessed fans’ ears with “Waves,” a seductive slow jam featuring Atlanta’s 6LACK. Heavy with love-soaked lyrics of an all-consuming relationship, “Waves” doubles down on the cover art’s ’90s feel with a heavy R&B beat. “First I blame you, then I want you / Fucking hate you, then I love you / I can’t help myself, no,” Normani sings, before 6LACK comes through with his own moody verse about “making love on the full moon.” It’s a vibe.

Speaking with Beats 1 host Zane Lowe after the song’s premiere, Normani praised 6LACK as an “important” artist, saying, “He’s an amazing lyricist, and I feel like he took the record to a whole other level. I already love the record as is, but he totally exceeded any expectation I even had, which was pretty high, because I admire him as an artist.”

The former Fifth Harmony singer also took the opportunity to spill a little tea about her upcoming debut solo album — kind of. She made sure not to divulge too much, but did reveal that the album will be released at the top of 2019, and that its title has a number in it (I’m guessing it’s probably not a “five”). She also said Khalid would appear on the album, though their hit single “Love Lies” didn’t make the cut because it “was a moment of its own.”

Sounds like Normani will have a hefty arsenal of bops to dig into when she hits the road with Ariana Grande on the Sweetener World Tour next year. Until then, we’ll be riding these “waves” into the winter.

Here’s Why K-pop Fans Are Making Up Totally Fake Facts About Their Faves

Jungkook isn’t afraid of washing his hands. Olivia Hye isn’t offended by people with peanut allergies. And BTS definitely won’t be performing “Telephone” by Lady Gaga and Beyoncé anytime soon.

But if you’re an unassuming K-pop fan who stumbled upon one of the many totally fake “fact” accounts on social media, you might wind up believing those lies are true. Over the past few months, accounts that produce hilariously absurd — and very untrue — graphics on Twitter and Instagram have gained popularity among K-pop fandoms. But why?

The similarities are pretty rigid between the most prominent fact accounts, all of which thrive on the low-quality nature of their images. Most accounts source their facts from their followers, who submit them via direct messages or CuriousCat, a website that allows users to anonymously send comments and questions. With mismatched fonts, blurry photos, and misspelled words, there’s a standard protocol in the fake-fact business.

More than anything else, it’s the out-there ideas for the facts themselves that are the key to a successful post, according to interviews with the creators behind these popular accounts.

“It feels like we know the girls and their personalities,” Jac from Canada told MTV News about her account, @loonafacts12, which creates fake facts for the members of rookie K-pop girl group Loona. “So when I write a fact that’s very blatantly untrue, I think that people find it funny because they know the girls would never do that, but it’s still funny to imagine.”

It’s all about being in on the joke for die-hard fans who would never fall for the made-up facts that a less-connected fan might believe. These facts are finely tuned to be funny in relation to the pop star they’re parodying.

“I just think they find the whole concept funny,” said @legitbtsfacts owner Sofia from the U.S., “because the things I say would definitely correlate with the member I chose for that ‘fact’ based on their personality.”

According to @SuperJuniorFact owner Erin from France, who runs the Super Junior account with her friend Karla from the U.S., this kind of weird, taboo humor can be considered “cursed content.”

“It’s content that makes you cringe the longer you see it and makes you just want to put your phone down for a second to reevaluate your life choices and how they led you there,” Erin told MTV News. “It’s not a set aesthetic or set in stone, it’s more of a feeling that we want the public to feel.”

But not all fans are in on the joke, which can make things awkward for these content creators. Some accept the graphics as fact or completely misunderstand that they’re only intended as jokes in the first place.

“It’s very rare,” Jac said, “but occasionally people will tweet or comment on Instagram accusing us of posting these facts maliciously or saying they believed one of the facts until they read other ones.”

It’s that backlash that can also help fake fact accounts grow, as is the case with @jungkookfacts97 — an account dedicated to BTS’ youngest member and main vocalist, Jungkook.

“The account blew up late August,” the owner said, “after an account with 50,000 followers told everyone to report my facts, and that’s when I got the most hate. I got around 900 comments over a few days and most of them were people getting very angry with me because of the facts.”

Despite the criticism, the owner admitted that she’s not doing much to curb the drama on her account, instead presenting her facts as legitimate. “We always state that the facts are 100% real and that we’d never post a fake fact.”

Beyond just misinformation, fake fact accounts also push the boundaries with posts about politics, violence, and NSFW topics not often broached in the world of K-pop. Some account owners, however, are willing to take things further than others.

“I like kind of pushing the boundaries of what’s ‘OK’ to post,” the @jungkookfacts97 owner said. “But if something is a little more controversial I might send it to my friends who help me [run] the account to see if they think it’s too much.”

Sofia adopts a similar strategy with her friends when it comes to posting controversial content. Meanwhile, Erin and Karla prioritize Super Junior’s own reputation when making sure not to publish jokes that could reflect poorly on the group and its fandom.

For the most part, the riskiest fake facts skew progressive and liberal, which Sofia attributed to the diverse makeup of the fanbase.

“Since majority of the fandom is a part of the LGBT community,” she explained, “I think they find the facts funny and relatable to their own personal circumstances since it deals with their faves.”

Jac agreed, saying, “Facts that express political or social ideas that are mainly liberal receive a lot of attention … This might be because they take stances that majority of the fandom, including me, has as well.”

As fans of K-pop idols that aren’t typically allowed to speak on politics and controversial subjects like LGBTQ issues and mental health, fake fan accounts give voice to the fanbases’ progressive ideals. And by putting those views into the voice of their faves, fans create their own ideal reality, one where the groups that they stan can voice their opinions freely.

Ultimately, that’s why these fake fact accounts keep sprouting up across K-pop fandoms — and are beginning to spread to others.

So while fake fact accounts push boundaries and potentially spread misinformation, they’re really just serving as the internet voice of K-pop’s creative, diverse fandom.

Fifth Harmony’s Ally Brooke Announces Her Debut Memoir: ‘I Have So Much To Tell’

It’s been an eventful few weeks for the former Fifth Harmony girls. In the past month alone, Lauren Jauregui released her sultry debut single, Normani debuted a couple Calvin Harris collabs, Dinah Jane dropped a bubbly video, and Camila Cabello dominated the EMAs. As for Ally Brooke? The 25-year-old is on a hot streak of her own, making two exciting announcements this week.

On Wednesday (November 14), Ally revealed that she’s coming out with a memoir, entitled Finding Your Harmony: Dream Big, Have Faith, and Achieve More Than You Can Imagine.

“Guys, I’ve always wanted to write my story and ultimately help others through it,” she shared on Twitter. “I have been through so much, and at times I thought it would never get better, but through faith, family, you, amazing friends, music, and love, I am at a place in life where I finally am truly happy, and living out some of my biggest dreams.”

She added, “This book is another dream of mine come to life, and I can finally share with [you]. I’ve been working on this in private for a very long time. I have so much to tell.”

According to publisher Harper Collins, the memoir will cover Ally’s roots growing up in a Mexican-American family in Texas, and trace her rise to pop superstardom with Fifth Harmony. The book’s description reads, “In this moving and inspirational memoir, Fifth Harmony’s Ally Brooke shares her love for music, recalls her journey to fame, and reveals how she has remained true to herself and her beliefs through her most difficult moments.”

Finding Your Harmony will hit shelves on April 2, 2019. Until then, Ally has something else special coming for fans: a cover of the Wham! holiday favorite “Last Christmas,” which arrives November 16. She announced the news on Tuesday, adding that she’ll be performing the festive tune at next week’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

“It’s been one of the biggest dreams of mine to release a Christmas song and now I finally get to,” she wrote. “One of my favorite Christmas songs of all time.”

‘Tis the season for not one, but two, of Ally’s dreams to come true!

Watch Ellie Goulding’s High-Fashion Romp Through Budapest In ‘Close To Me’ Video

Now that Ellie Goulding is back to releasing new music, the UK singer has also returned to the wonderful world of music videos — which is great news for anyone who missed seeing her stun onscreen.

For “Close to Me,” the shimmering comeback single she released last month, Goulding chose to venture overseas to Budapest for a posh, scenic glamour reel. While singing about her wild, animistic romance, she stuns in a bunch of expensive-looking threads, essentially making the video look like a proper Vogue spread. Diplo, who collaborated on the song’s beat, doesn’t appear in the video, but Swae Lee beams in to deliver his verse from a lush green garden.

And just when you thought the video’s high-fashion vision was straightforward enough, Goulding throws in a little drama involving lots of guys in pink-accented suits. Check it out below.

While it’s unclear whether “Close to Me” is the first taste from Goulding’s fourth album or simply a one-off single, a press release for the singer says there is “new music on the horizon.” Vague, but promising!

Pop Quiz: What’s Your Favorite Unreleased Track?

The TRL Pop Quiz works like this: our editors are posed a music-related question and have only 15 minutes and just 100 words to research, choose and explain their answers. This week’s question: what’s your favorite unreleased – and inevitably leaked – track?

It’s accurate to say that “Wake Up” by Beyoncé was never released, but that wouldn’t be telling the full story. Shortly after the release of Ariana Grande’s Sweetener and album track “R.E.M.,” the world got to hear another version of the Pharrell-produced song, recorded by Beyoncé. Though “Wake Up” and “R.E.M.” are essentially the same song, both versions give off incredibly different vibes, making it unfair to crown a favorite. But considering how great Beyoncé and guest star Blue Ivy sound on “Wake Up,” I’m just relieved someone blessed the world with this leaked track. – Matt Gehring

“Raindrops” by Regina Spektor is my favorite unreleased song. It gained popularity with a fan video circa 2008, but was never actually released. I was in middle school at the time, and was at least a few of the six million views on the little doodle-style fan-made music video. The song doesn’t completely hold up – Spektor has much better songs in her discography, both then and now – but I still love this song AND the fan video where I originally heard it. HUGE honorable mention to “Daddy Lessons” by Beyoncé featuring the Dixie Chicks, which can be found on Beyoncé’s SoundCloud. Leah Williams

I really like “Grown Ass Kid” by Chance the Rapper. It was supposed to be on Coloring Book, one of my favorite albums, but didn’t make it due to clearance issues. (The whole message of still being a kid on the inside even though you’re technically an adult would have really fit into his whole album, too). I love the beat, though, and now the song’s producer, Cam O’bi, is working on an album of the same name. I can’t wait to check it out. Landyn Pan

Back in 2008, my queen JoJo’s original plans for a third album called All I Want Is Everything were scrapped by Blackground Records. Lucky for fans, over 30 tracks were leaked, giving us a whole slew of unreleased material from the songstress for us to bop to. Three of my favorites include “Underneath,” where JoJo sings about being a bad girl falling for a good guy; “Forever In My Life,” about a forever love; and “Safe With Me,” about juggling relationships with two different men. I love JoJo’s commitment to real and honest songwriting in all of her music. – Kristen Maldonado

Kendrick Lamar Delivers Some Knock-Out Blows With Pharrell On ‘The Mantra’

Mike WiLL Made-It wasn’t playing around when he said “the soundtrack album game would never be the same” after his Creed II compilation. The star-studded soundtrack doesn’t arrive until next week, but Mike previewed one of its buzziest contributions Tuesday night (November 13) by releasing “The Mantra,” which reunites Pharrell and Kendrick Lamar.

Pharrell flies solo for the first half of the mesmerizing cut, which features a haunting hook and muted production from Will. “If what you doin’ don’t help you elevate / Far as I’m concerned, it’s in the way,” Pharrell advises.

The track really comes to life when Kendrick jumps in with a characteristically sprawling, athletic, quirky verse. “I was down, bad, then my life switched … I was lifeless, I was deadweight, I was triflin’ / Then my eye twitched, then my hand shook, and my fisted balled / Then my right wrist took a risk for us,” he raps in the verse’s evocative opening lines, before unleashing a few knock-out bars that prove he’s sprung back to life.

“The Mantra” is just the latest K.Dot/Pharrell team-up — most recently, they collaborated on a pair of tracks that landed on N.E.R.D.’s No One Ever Really Dies album last year. Prior to that, Pharrell lent his producing talents to Kendrick’s 2012 song “good kid,” and the To Pimp a Butterfly anthem “Alright.”

Along with “The Mantra,” the Creed II soundtrack — executive produced by Mike WiLL — will include music from Bon Iver, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, Vince Staples, Rae Sremmurd, and more. The album arrives alongside the Michael B. Jordan-starring blockbuster on November 21.

Watch Migos Bring Cash And An Arsenal Of Ad-Libs To ‘Carpool Karaoke’

We all knew this day would come. Deep down, in the dark recesses of our minds, maybe as we were just about to fall asleep, we pictured James Corden inviting Migos — by all accounts, one of the hugest pop acts on the planet — into his SUV for “Carpool Karaoke” and singing along to every word. Now that day is here. There’s a lot of dabbing.

In the segment that aired Tuesday night (November 13), Quavo, Offset, and Takeoff pile into the car for ad-lib-heavy renditions of massive Migos cuts like “Walk It Like I Talk It” and “Bad and Boujee.” Corden mercifully leans into how corny he is, and the trio correctly help him understand what dabbing originally was and where it comes from. They also launch into some vintage Whitney Houston. Then it gets wild.

Inspired by the $200,000 cash Offset’s lugging around with him, all four pop off the highway into a high-end clothing shop to upgrade Corden’s wardrobe. The results are predictably ridiculous, but probably not any more absurd than when they hop back into the SUV and experiment a bit with a small symphony of noisemakers. Quavo’s on the triangle, Takeoff mans the children’s keyboard, and Offset works the lobby bell.

Does it play? Quavo’s answer is a resounding, bellowing “hell no!” It could power factories.

I won’t ruin the big reveal, but it ends with all four unexpectedly cranking out a particular song beloved by folks with Fenway Park season tickets.

Migos, meanwhile, have had yet another prolific year. After Culture II dropped at the top of 2018 (and subsequently hit No. 1), both Quavo and Takeoff have released their own solo albums as well. And Culture III is reportedly not too far away, either.

In the meantime, watch the full clip above.

Little Mix Have ‘The Cure’ For All Your Problems On Empowering New Anthem

It’s been an eventful week for Little Mix, who cut ties with their UK label, Syco, over what Simon Cowell says was a dispute over songwriting credits. Thankfully, that bit of drama doesn’t seem to be hindering the rollout of the group’s hotly anticipated LM5, which arrives this week.

On Tuesday (November 13), the girls appeared at an Apple Music event in London celebrating their impending fifth album, and took the opportunity to debut yet another promising buzz single. “The Cure” — which, sorry, is not a Lady Gaga cover — finds the girls reuniting with TMS, the producing team behind early LM singles “Wings” and “DNA.”

“Now it’s me and myself, yeah, don’t need no one else / This happiness was always inside me / But Lord, it took a minute to find me,” the girls sing, before taking flight on the empowering, self-love-championing chorus. “I was a little far gone, but I’m not anymore / Yeah it’s alright now, baby I got the cure.” That’s right — in 2016, Little Mix had the power, and in 2018, they’ve got the cure.

“The Cure” is the fourth full track Little Mix have unveiled ahead of LM5‘s release on Friday. Fans have also heard the Nicki Minaj-featuring lead single, “Woman Like Me,” the sassy and brassy “Joan of Arc,” and the sweet, sentimental “Told You So.” If those four tracks are any indication of the rest of the album, this is shaping up to be some of the group’s finest work yet. Especially since there’s still a song called “The National Manthem” to look forward to!

Ariana Grande Director Hannah Lux Davis Breaks Down The Emotion Behind ‘Breathin’

Back in 2016 — which might as well be 6,000 years ago at this point — Ariana Grande teamed up with Nicki Minaj for “Side to Side,” a wonderful trop-pop ode to knockin’ boots so vigorously that you wobble when you walk afterward. The song’s instantly iconic video took the playfulness of the title more literally though, placing the two leads on exercise bikes and letting them spin — a vision they also brought to the stage at that year’s VMAs.

The video’s director, Hannah Lux Davis, has a long history of partnership with Grande, helming the clips for several of her songs, including “Focus,” “Bang Bang,” and “Into You.” For “Side to Side,” she said the original idea came from a simple message from Grande herself. “I’m just thinking… spin bikes,” Ari told Davis, as she recently recalled to Billboard.

Earlier this month, Davis also helped bring Ari’s cathartic “Breathin” to life with a cloudy, mystical visual that helped illustrate the emotional opacity found in the song’s lyrics.

“She really let me take the reins for it,” Davis said later in the interview. “The song is obviously about anxiety, and feeling so out-of-touch and out-of-sync and out of alignment with everything in the world around you, and feeling like you’re just not connected. So I had this idea of doing motion control, which I’ve been wanting to do for a long time, and I’m really glad that I ended up doing it on this project. It’s the effect that we did to shoot her in a different frame rate, in a different speed, and other people in the frame that are moving quickly around her. That was through the effect of motion control.”

Davis also shared some deep-in-the-trenches stories about the vid’s nearly impossible turnaround time, which she oversaw herself as, like she says, Davis edits “90 percent of my videos.” “Shot and delivered in two weeks, which is insane, considering that every single shot was an effects shot, and it’s Ariana Grande, so it has to be perfect,” she said. “I cut the video literally in a day, sent it to her on her phone, she loved it. The next day, she came over with all her friends to watch it, and we locked it down the cut then.”

Read the full interview over at Billboard. For more on Davis’s process and how her hard work comes together behind the scenes, watch MTV News’s 2018 doc Seen & Heard below.