Nicki Minaj Literally Has Tyga In The Palm Of Her Hand In Stylish New Video

Quick! How many guest verses has Nicki Minaj racked up in 2018? The answer, surprisingly, is not as many as last year — but still quite a few. And they run the gamut of vibes, too, from more traditional sexy pop with Little Mix (“Woman Like Me“) and Ariana Grande (“The Light Is Coming“) to harder hip-hop with Post Malone (“Ball With Me“) and YG and others (“Big Bank“). She even did a song with BTS! Remember?

Nicki’s newest feature arrived on Monday (October 29) and comes courtesy of Tyga. “Dip” even finds the pair nodding to Michael and Janet Jackson’s iconic “Scream” music video with harsh and surreal futurism, like an invisible ghost playing a violin and the general feeling of being in a haunted space station. Spooky stuff.

Throughout the vid, Tyga appears as an anthropomorphic puppet being handled by Nicki herself. When he’s not, he floating through the ether rapping couplets like “Sip got me buzzin’, I am not a husband / I can be your daddy, ’cause I am a motherfucker” while Nicki conveys a lot with just a hard stare. When she steps up to the mic, though, she takes her turn to let it go: “Harper’s Bazaar, I’m covering the icon issue / I got issues, yeah bitch, I got issues / W, Vogue, Cosmo (I got issues).

“Tyga and I coordinated fucking well for this video, you would think we put the looks together,” Nicki revealed on Queen Radio recently, via Rap-Up. “All we did was put the colors together. The video is clean and fly as fuck. I’ve shot huge big-budget videos before that didn’t look like that. He’s extremely fucking talented.”

Watch the full thing above, and then go back and revisit the Mark Romanek classic “Scream” below.

Migos’ Takeoff Takes His Seat At The Throne In ‘Last Memory’ Video

Migos may be one of the biggest groups in music, but Quavo and Offset tend to command most of the spotlight. That changed on Friday (October 26), when the most low-key and under-appreciated Migo, Takeoff, released the lead single from his upcoming debut solo album.

“Last Memory” finds Takeoff ditching his quiet persona and taking a brasher approach to life, as he spits high-speed bars like, “I go to space with the stars / Might smoke a blunt with my pilot” over a high-frequency loop. In the blue-filtered video, directed by Rohan Blair-Mangat, Takeoff lords over a chilly mansion, sips champagne with models, and surrounds himself with bodyguards resembling those of The Queen’s Guard. He is hip-hop royalty, after all.

“Last Memory” is the first taste of Takeoff’s upcoming debut solo album, The Last Rocket, which will reportedly arrive on November 2. In a recent interview, Quavo suggested that all three Migos members would release solo albums prior to the group’s Culture III landing in early 2019. And that definitely appears to be happening — Quavo notched the No. 2 album on the Billboard 200 this week with his own debut solo effort, QUAVO HUNCHO, and now Takeoff appears primed and ready for his shot at solo stardom.

Anderson .Paak And Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Tints’ Video Exposes People’s Darkest Secrets

People aren’t always as they seem, and that’s never been more apparent than in Anderson .Paak and Kendrick Lamar‘s new video for “Tints.”

The stylish, Collin Tilley-directed vid begins with a poignant quote from Edgar Allan Poe: “Believe none of what you hear, and only half of what you see.” From there, the vid gives us five wild minutes contrasting people’s public and private personas. From the elderly white couple with a kidnapped man in their trunk, the doctor who frequents a strip club, and the mom who moonlights as a dominatrix, everyone’s secrets come to light. .Paak and Kendrick, for their part, change clothes, settings, and characters throughout the clip, which also features a cameo from Dr. Dre (and the Grim Reaper).

The cinematic video is currently streaming exclusively on Apple Music, but if you don’t have a subscription, you can see a preview below.

Along with releasing the “Tints” video on Friday (October 26), .Paak also revealed the tracklist for his fourth album, Oxnard, which arrives on November 16. The Dr. Dre-produced project includes previously released tracks “Bubblin” and “Til It’s Over,” and also boasts features from Snoop Dogg, J. Cole, Pusha T, Q-Tip, BJ the Chicago Kid, and more. Check out the full tracklist below.

1. The Chase (feat. Kadhja Bonet)

2. Headlow (feat. Norelle)

3. Tints (feat. Kendrick Lamar)

4. Who R U?

5. 6 Summers

6. Saviers Road

7. Smile / Petty

8. Mansa Musa (feat. Dr. Dre & Coco Sarai)

9. Brother’s Keeper (feat. Pusha T)

10. Anywhere (feat. Snoop Dogg & the Last Artful, Dodgr)

11. Trippy (feat. J. Cole)

12. Cheers (feat. Q-Tip)

13. Sweet Chick (feat. BJ the Chicago Kid)

14. Left to Right

I’m Emotional Because Cameron Dallas, Jack & Jack and Shawn Mendes All Dropped Music Videos

Cameron Dallas, Jack & Jack and Shawn Mendes might not have planned to all release music videos just hours apart, but their shared fanbases are thriving with the coincidence. All the acts took part in Magcon, a short-lived Vine collective in 2013 and 2014 that hasn’t existed in years but still bonds together the influencers-turned-musicians and their fans.

With the first in a series of former Vine star videos, Shawn debuted the “Lost In Japan” music video late Thursday night. Joined by 13 Reasons Why star Alisha Boe, Shawn recreates Lost In Translation to the internet’s delight: it’s already racked up 2 million views as the Zedd remix of the track gets stuck in everyone’s heads all over again.

Dropping his debut single along with a music video, Cameron Dallas is drawing positive comparisons to Justin Bieber with his voice on “Why Haven’t I Met You.” He’s even coined a new acronym for the song — WHIMY — that fans have put in their Twitter display names in support after he signed to Columbia Records earlier this year.

Jack & Jack released their dance pop track, “No One Compares To You,” a few weeks ago after the success of “Rise,” their summer hit with Jonas Blue. Now, they’ve added a music video to their newest single, dazzling in all the primary colors appearing both separately and together.

I’ll be reliving the heyday of Vine for the rest of this Friday with the memories of Magcon brought back by Shawn Mendes, Cameron Dallas and Jack & Jack.

Shawn Mendes Is Lost In Translation In Cinematic, Charming ‘Lost In Japan’ Video

So far, Shawn Mendes’s music videos for the singles on his self-titled album have reflected the songs themselves pretty much exactly. “In My Blood” goes for an extended metaphor, while “Nervous” looks (and sounds) like the kind of playful happiness typically reserved for a Gap commercial.

But on Friday (October 26), the 20-year-old songwriter finally got to get a little loose with the Sofia Coppola-indebted clip for “Lost In Japan,” perhaps the friskiest and loveliest cut of the bunch. Instead of a dude sending a “u up?” DM, as the song might imply, Mendes takes on the Bill Murray character from Lost In Translation, forlorn in a Japanese hotel but unexpectedly making an emotional connection with a woman he meets by chance.

One second he’s in the iconic sad bathrobe, and in another, he’s shooting the doomed whiskey commercial. And then, naturally, he’s at the karaoke bar, doing his own song and not Roxy Music. But that’s OK — the clip keeps the mood light and doesn’t veer into the film’s melancholy.

And, oh right: Zedd’s there too! He’s at the karaoke bar singing right along with the album version until a key switch happens and the video’s soundtrack becomes his own neon-blurred remix of the song. Clever, Zedd. Very clever.

Watch the entire delightful “Lost In Japan” video above. Oh, and there’s also a scene where Shawn is briefly shirtless. You’re welcome.

5 Seconds Of Summer Do Their Best Freddie Mercury On ‘Killer Queen’ Cover

Earlier this year, 5 Seconds of Summer reappeared on the music scene with expensive haircuts, even more expensive leather jackets, and a sleeker sound that pivoted sharply away from their pop-punk roots. The guitars were still there, but instead of heaping on the power chords, they’d amble into vibey new-wave territory or support fragile heartbreak worries.

Their Youngblood album dropped over the summer, and now, just a few months later, 5SOS have taken their decided more polished sound into the hallowed halls of operatic classic rock, covering the theatrical “Killer Queen” for the upcoming Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody. It’s the second cover we’ve heard from the film after Shawn Mendes and teddy<3’s acoustic take on “Under Pressure.”

Here, Luke, Michael, Calum, and Ashton wrap their voices around each other (as they often do) to recreate the lightheaded heights Mercury achieves on the Queen classic’s chorus. It’s so faithful — both in the vocal tightness and the guitar tone — that you might briefly pretend it’s the real thing. But once the verses begin, the lonely instrumentation feels very much like Youngblood.

This particular song choice could’ve put 5SOS in a tricky spot, given its dynamic complexities. But the production here sounds very expensive, too, (and good), and it should! It’s a Queen song. As a result, it’s an excuse to throw in everything but the proverbial sink to aim for the theater rafters.

“We chose to cover, ‘Killer Queen’ because we kept hearing it while writing our third album, Youngblood, and were so enamored by the production and their early realization of the minimalist approach to the track,” the band said in an accompanying statement. “For us, the exploration of individual vocalists in a band is incredibly important and Queen helped us to see the future of how we want to sing, in addition to how we play our instruments. As a pioneer of individuality, Freddie taught us what it means to embrace the idea of truly being yourself and that’s a part of Queen that lives on in their music now, more than ever.”

Like with “Under Pressure,” proceeds from the sale of the song benefit the Mercury Phoenix Trust, which some surviving members of Queen set up after Mercury’s death to help fight HIV/AIDS. Stream 5SOS’s faithful “Killer Queen” cover above before Bohemian Rhapsody hits theaters November 2.

Little Mix And Nicki Minaj Stylishly Smash Stereotypes In ‘Woman Like Me’ Video

Little Mix are no strangers to bold, empowering music videos — see “Power,” “Shout Out To My Ex,” and most of their other singles as proof — but the group’s latest one may be the best yet.

For “Woman Like Me” — the boss-minded Nicki Minaj collaboration released earlier this month — Jade, Jesy, Perrie, and Leigh-Anne mean-mug in the back of a van before romping around an opulent mansion. There, they turn into their most prim and proper selves while doing stereotypical “wifey” tasks: ironing a shirt, vacuuming, and pouring tea. But as the song goes on and the girls assert themselves as confident, “unconventional” women, they ditch the poshness and let loose, chowing down on cheeseburgers and generally giving zero fucks.

As for Nicki, the queen appears via a pristine painted portrait, rapping her verse while wearing a Victorian dress and a gold crown. Would you expect anything less?!

“Woman Like Me” is the lead single off Little Mix’s upcoming fifth album, LM5. The album arrives on November 16 and features tracks with similarly feminist-sounding titles like “Woman’s World,” “Joan of Arc,” and “Love a Girl Right.” Hopefully that means the group has more empowering videos on the way!

Here’s How Billie Eilish Cried Black Tears In The “When The Party’s Over” Video

Aesthetically-inclined Billie Eilish’s new music video for “when the party’s over” isn’t for the faint of heart — or the squeamish.

Already a heartbreaking piano ballad, “when the party’s over” gets even more emotional in the single-take, continuous video that dropped today. In it, Billie downs a glass of mysterious black liquid that suggests something ominous is in store later on.

Twenty seconds later, Billie begins to cry. Not your usual, clear musical video tears mixed with mascara. Instead, the black liquid Billie just drank seemingly pours from her eyes for the next 30 seconds, a visual that’s simultaneously beautiful and somewhat hard to watch.

Immediately after watching the music video, I questioned how the production team was able to pull off such a stunt. Though it seems like something that could’ve been added in post-production, Billie interacts with the tears themselves, smearing black liquid over her face later in the video.

The answer comes from Billie herself, through a now-deleted Instagram video that fans say she posted last month. The video shows Billie with tubes of her skin tone draped right into the corners of her eyes, ready to pour black liquid that looks just like what Billie drinks.

It’s not entirely clear to me how the production team hid those tubes, but needless to say, they did so perfectly. As far as inspiration for the video goes, that was all the result of Billie Eilish and a fan.

“A bit ago, I was given this beautiful piece of art from a fan that was a drawing of me with black eyes leaking. I thought it was visually really dope and I wanted to physically create it,” Eilish said in a press statement. “I called everyone on my team and told them exactly what I had in mind. Everyone that worked on it was amazing and it turned out unreal!”

Check out the masterpiece video for “when the party’s over” by Billie Eilish below, if you think you can stomach it.

Future And Juice WRLD Drop Not One, But Three Eye-Catching New Videos

Future and Juice WRLD are going full throttle with their WRLD on Drugs rollout, after dropping off the collaborative album last week. Since Wednesday night (October 24), they’ve delivered three videos for standout cuts from the project: “No Issues,” “Realer N Realer,” and “WRLD on Drugs” — and each is more surreal than the last.

The first, “No Issues,” was directed by Cole Bennett and features the two rappers rocking silver get-ups as they roam a desert (or perhaps another planet). In a surreal twist, they’re joined by a a crew of blue aliens and eventually speed off in a vintage DeLorean, giving the distorted track an appropriately out-of-this-world ending.

For “WRLD on Drugs,” the two enlisted director Spike Jordan for a cautionary tale that illustrates the role that drugs can play in people’s lives, particularly young people’s. It’s also a stark piece of social commentary that highlights how race plays into the punishment for drug dealing, as a scene of two black kids in a courtroom is juxtaposed with a scene of two white kids getting off easy. Neither Future nor Juice World is in it, but Young Thug makes a cameo in the beginning, and the vid also includes shout-outs to Mac Miller, Lil Peep, and more who have lost their lives because of drug use. The Rick Nyce-directed “Realer N Realer,” meanwhile, is a pretty straightforward visual comprised of hazy footage of the duo and their friends kicking it on their block.

Check out all three videos below.