Rosalía And Ozuna Cozy Up In Their Effortlessly Cool ‘Yo x Ti, Tu x Mi’ Video

Fresh off the announcement of her upcoming VMA performance, Rosalía has delivered her sixth (yes, sixth!) single of 2019. “Yo x Ti, Tu x Mi” is another irresistible bop that features Puerto Rican star Ozuna, and the two join forces in the accompanying video, released on Thursday (August 15).

Unsurprisingly, it’s another effortlessly cool visual feast from the Spanish singer, who models an array of eye-popping looks: a floral-printed body suit, a pink fur coat, a flowery head piece, and long, rhinestone-studded nails. There’s a lot of slinky choreography and flirty chemistry with Ozuna, as the two pose together in a glass box while cameras flash around them, and Rosalía takes a fire-red whip out for a joy ride.

As for the song itself, it’s a romantic, reggaeton offering with a deceptively simple chorus (the title, translated from Spanish, means “me for you, you for me”). Check out the Cliqua-directed vid below.

“Yo x Ti, Tu x Mi” follows Rosalía’s “Aute Cuture,” “Fucking Money Man,” and the J Balvin-featuring global smash “Con Altura.” The latter hit is nominated for the Best Latin and Best Choreography prizes at the VMAs, and Rosalía is also up for Best New Artist. Get voting now, and see her hit the stage when the VMAs air live on August 26!

Pool Parties And Friend Dates Can’t Mend Wale’s Relationship In ‘On Chill’ Video

In July, Wale released “On Chill,” with Jeremih, a song about situationships, arguing, and most of all, understanding: understanding one’s place, understanding when your wrong, and understanding how to move forward. Today (August 15), the pair have released the video for the tune that covers all of it in a glossy filter. What does it take to get over an argument with a romantic partner when you two aren’t really together? Maybe you just need to chill.

The video begins with Wale and his partner not speaking with each other. They wake up, exchange glances, and go about their days: Wale gets ready to go to a pool party with while his partner goes on a date with a stranger. Wale’s shown to be having fun with the party’s guests, but there’s something on his mind dampening the mood: his partner’s anger. We’re then shown his partner hanging out with her friends, not even worrying about what Wale is doing. But they finally convene back at their house later where they make up in a steamy way. There aren’t any grand apologies or gestures of forgiveness – they just chill.

“On Chill” was produced by legendary R&B singer and producer Raphael Saadiq. In September, Wale will be embarking on the Everything Is Fine Tour that kicks off in Ford Lauderdale, Florida on September 20 and wraps up in Seattle, Washington on October 28.

Lil Nas X Wasn’t Planning On Coming Out At All — Here’s What Changed His Mind

When “Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X first began going viral on the Internet, no one could’ve anticipated that it would soon become the longest-running No. 1 song on the Billboard Hot 100 at what’s now 19 weeks. And although some music executives assumed that the track’s success would be fleeting, it stunned everyone when it beat out Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men‘s 1995 hit “One Sweet Day,” as well as Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee, and Justin Bieber‘s 2017 single, “Despacito.” Still, no one was more shocked than Lil Nas X himself, who just last year was broke and sleeping on his sister’s floor.

Now, after what can only be described as a whirlwind several months for the country rapper, he revealed to Time that it feels like his success was simply meant to be. “Everything lined up for this moment to take me to this place,” he said. “Not to sound self-centered, but it feels like I’m chosen, in a way, to do this stuff.” And while that may be true, there’s still a lot to be said for his hustle and his knack for getting attention on the Internet, which was a skill he didn’t know what to do with at first. “It was like, I’m able to go viral, but I’m not promoting anything that’s gonna help me,” he said. “Until music came along.”

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Once “Old Town Road” was complete, he had something to promote that he felt his followers could latch onto — especially because it fit in well with the resurgence of Western themes in pop culture, which the Internet dubbed the “yeehaw agenda.” So in an effort to get his very own yeehaw anthem heard, the rapper began creating memes to promote the song. It worked. “People were like, ‘Where are these memes coming from?'” he said. “If you see something going around the Internet, people want to join in.”

Fast forward through 19 weeks at No. 1, and Lil Nas X not only has a record-breaking hit that’s being played by everyone everywhere, but he’s out there living his best life as an openly gay man — despite originally having no plans to ever come out to the public. Initially, he feared that fans of country and hip-hop would stop supporting him if he did. “I know the people who listen to this the most, and they’re not accepting of homosexuality,” he said. “… I never would have done that if I wasn’t in a way pushed by the universe.” But after feeling all the love radiating from this year’s Pride Month and “seeing couples holding hands,” he felt inspired to share his truth.

With “Old Town Road” still on top and Lil Nas X fully embracing his sexuality — whether it’s by joking with fans on Twitter or clapping back at homophobes — he’s not letting the meteoric success of the single cloud his judgment going forward. Sure, it feels good to see his song at No. 1 for so long, but he doesn’t intend on being a one-hit-wonder as some industry professionals have predicted. “Seeing digital numbers, it’s a good feeling,” he said. “It goes so quickly, though. You have to keep going.”

Tori Kelly’s Live Performance Of ‘Sorry Would Go A Long Way’ Will Wreck You

Tori Kelly made her debut on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert with a performance of her new song, “Sorry Would Go A Long Way” that radiated with softness and sincerity. She had just one guitarist with her, allowing her to perform the slow number gently. The performance was just four minutes long, but it felt like at least an hour of heartfelt melodies and delicate vocals that blossomed into booming runs. It’s a safe bet she’ll be back to perform again on the show in the near future.

“Sorry Would Go A Long Way” is a song about being fed up. When something snaps in a relationship, it can be too late to fix it. For Kelly, it’s the lack of affection and intimacy. She’s just reached a breaking point and is looking for understanding. She relays every emotion, in this order, on the stage of Colbert with her guitarist providing the atmosphere. “You never tell me that you love me / Oh, what a mess of me you’ve made / It won’t make it all better, won’t make it okay / But sorry would go a long way,” she sings somberly. It’s an intimate performance powered by her wooly vocals, and as it ends, host Stephen Colbert walks up to her to tell her just how beautiful that it sounded.

“Sorry Would Go A Long Way” appears on Kelly’s recently-released third studio album, Inspired By True Events. In February, she made headlines for a thrilling and soulful cover of “Shallow” from A Star Is Born that she played with former Fifth Harmony member Ally Brooke.

Watch Kelly astound the audience with her emotional performance of “Sorry Would Go A Long Way” up above.

Migos Attempt High Tech Heist In ‘Frosted Flakes’

Migos have shared a new video for “Frosted Flakes,” a song set to appear on the forthcoming compilation album from Quality Control, Quality Control: Control The Streets Volume 2. In it, Quavo and Takeoff are high-tech thieves on a mission for money, gold, and jewelry. But not everything is at it seems once the deed is done. After they return to their handler, deception is revealed. Come for the music and stay to see Quavo and Takeoff look like secret agents for four minutes.

When the visual starts, Quavo and Takeoff are well off, but looking for more. They’re approached by Mike Epps and a beautiful woman who, with another man, introduce the rappers to a grand scheme: Break into a tightly-secured facility and make off with its vast riches. Quavo and Takeoff make their way to the scene and it’s here that they tap into their inner-James Bond. Quavo silkily sneaks in and disables lasers while Takeoff makes use of a high tech gadget that helps him dispose of the guards.

The rappers embrace in the vault where they are surrounded by gold bars, rubies, and mountains of money. They fill what they can into their bags and make their ways back to the getaway van where their accomplice has been keeping a lookout. But once they return, guns are pointed at their faces. It’s then revealed that both Mike Epps and the beautiful woman have double-crossed them. The video ends before we can find out what happens next, but it sadly appears the rappers haven’t won this time.

Quality Control: Control The Streets Volume 2 hits shelves on August 16. It’s a massive body of work that spans 35 tracks featuring artists like City Girls, Lil Baby, Meek Mill, Megan Thee Stallion, Playboi Carti, Future, and more.

Watch Migos in “Frosted Flakes” up above.

BROCKHAMPTON Conquer Basketball And Glass Boxes In ‘Boy Bye’

BROCKHAMPTON‘s new album, Ginger, is coming out on August 23. Along with this surprise announcement, the boy band has released its third new single from the forthcoming LP in three weeks: “Boy Bye,” an alarmingly fast-paced tune that comes with a BROCKHAMPTON-signature video that’s wicked, wild, and wonderful. Those creepy Avatar-like people return for this one, and with an equally as mystifying giant.

“Boy Bye” is another bareboned beast, made up of mostly percussion with a stray melody here and there. It’s a joyous time, so it makes sense that the video for it, as well, is all in good fun. Dom McLennon is twirling a basketball while people around him malfunction. Matt Champion raps his energetic verse from inside a glass box a few stories high in the air. Kevin Abstract is surrounded by candles in darkness, shirtless, rapping to the void. Bearface stumbles through a drawling verse in a warehouse. There are a bunch of different scenes, tied together by randomness. Blue people fight in the background. There’s a giant sitting in a grassy field. The members get chased by masked figures in space outfits. Chaos would be the best way to describe it, and it suits BROCKHAMPTON’s MO.

“Boy Bye” follows the recently-released tunes “If You Pray Right” and “I Been Born Again.” Their last studio release was 2018’s IridescenceEarlier this year, Kevin Abstract released his own album, Arizona Baby.

Watch BROCKHAMPTON struggle in weird ways in “Boy Bye” up above.

A$AP Rocky Convicted Of Assault In Sweden But Avoids More Jail Time

This morning (August 14), A$AP Rocky was convicted of assault by the Stockholm District Court in Sweden. Instead of a jail sentence though, he was given a conditional sentence that involves a probationary period of two years, damages for the victim “for violation of his integrity and pain and suffering,” and repaying legal expenses to the state. His claim that he, along with the two other defendants, was acting in self-defense, was rejected. “Based on statements from two witnesses, the court finds that the defendants were not subject to a current or imminent criminal attack,” the ruling said.

On July 3, Rocky and the other defendants arrested after an altercation with two men in Stockholm on June 30. They were officially charged with assault on July 25. On August 2, he was released by Swedish authorities and wasn’t required to be present in court for their ruling.

A$AP Rocky performed his first show since being released over the weekend at 2019 Real Street Festival in California. While performing he spoke about his experience. “I just want to say, what I experienced it’s crazy,” Rocky shared with the crowd. “I’m so happy to be here – y’all don’t even understand. I’m so happy to be here right now. That was a scary, humbling experience, but I’m here right now. God is good.”

Shura Tells The Transatlantic Love Story Behind Her New Album, Forevher

By Emma Madden

Shura’s in love. The English singer wrote an album about it, she moved to another country because of it, and now she’s very, very happy to talk about it. While Interviewing 101 says to save the gossipy, “How’s your dating life?” questions until the end, Shura brings up her girlfriend almost immediately, without prompting. In fact, she mentions “my girlfriend” 12 times throughout our hour-long conversation, both because, clearly she’s in love, but also because we’re here to talk about her second album, forevher, which is inextricably tied to the wellspring of true love, and the person who inspired it.

Forevher, out August 16 on Secretly Canadian, comes three years after Shura’s debut, Nothing’s Real, which was filled with what her fans call “heartbreak bangers.” It showcased Shura’s pop acumen, her knack for writing a euphonic hook, and her ability to convert grief of multiple kinds into a shimmering, effervescent pop time capsule. With it, Shura effectively became the Pied Piper of Heartbreak.

So no one is more surprised than Shura now that her sophomore album happens to be about successful, all-encompassing love. But love changes things. Love radically alters perception and beautifies reality; it brings everything together in perfect, poetic harmony. Now Shura’s noticing patterns everywhere. “Wherever I go I’m followed by some kind of home improvement,” she says to MTV News.

Twenty seconds before our call, a drill starts in the London apartment next to hers. When she moved into her girlfriend’s New York home last November, the builders came in to do work on the house next door. “I think it’s because I just wrote a U-Haul lesbian album,” she says. Even in conversation, Shura can twist a great hook.

“There’s nothing new to say about love, and this is effectively a love story,” she says of her new album. But it’s not exactly an orthodox one. Shura first met her girlfriend on an app called Raya, essentially a Tinder for famous people. She’d tried the latter, but fans soon spotted her between swipes. One went so far as to screenshot Shura’s Tinder and post it on Twitter, @-ing her in hopes of acknowledgement. “So I freaked and deleted it.”

Shura and the “not even famous” Raya woman spent months talking — her in Brooklyn, Shura in London — before they had the opportunity to meet at a MUNA gig in New York. She recalls the anticipation she felt between texting and touching on forevher’s fourth track “The Stage,” as she sings: “Are we gonna kiss? Exciting / I promised you my lips in writing,” memorializing the night they met into song. No one makes a transatlantic lesbian relationship sound more appealing than Shura. “Long-distance relationships are dramatic,” she says, “and I love the drama. I’m a drama queen.”

No longer paying rent for her place in London, Shura’s since moved into an apartment with her girlfriend in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. “Honestly, I was sort of worried about how it’d be when we moved in together,” she confesses, having gotten used to the long-distance dynamic. But being apart has taught the couple balance, and while she can’t see them staying in the U.S. forever, she’s happy to be exactly where she is right now. “I’m in love with New York because I fell in love in New York,” she says.

It’s been a welcome change, both for her life and her music. She’d been living in Shepherd’s Bush in West London with her twin brother for the past seven years, after moving out of their dad’s house together when they were 18. “We were dangerously close to becoming one of those sets of creepy twins people make documentaries about, where they live together their whole lives, and marry other twins.” Shura needed to be uprooted somehow.“I don’t know if that’s a product of growing up half-Russian, half-English, and not really feeling as though I fit in anywhere, that makes me wanna explore everywhere.”

Musically, too, she itches to explore every sound, taking a leaf out of Madonna’s book. “That’s a prime example of someone who is doing something new and exciting for every record,” she says. You won’t hear many sonic references to Madonna on forevher; those are reserved for a queer tapestry of artists, most immediately Prince. But Shura at least pays homage to the iconoclasm of The Queen of Pop in the video for second single “religion (u can lay your hands on me).”

“My earliest memory of a music video was ‘Like A Prayer,’” she says, and she’s since come to view religion as a part of “pop music law.” Shura’s converted herself from the Pied Piper of Heartbreak to the Vaping Lesbian Pope, as the video reveals. It also happens to be the first song Shura wrote for the album, after which “religion naturally seeped” itself into forevher.

“It gave me license to play around with the idea of religion as a form of devotion; devotion is closer to love, and religion is close to sex in many ways, in that it finds itself in almost every culture,” she says. Religion, specifically Christianity, is one of many classical archetypes that she obscures, or rather queers, for the sake of telling her long-distance lesbian love story.

The album’s artwork, which depicts her girlfriend haloed by blue light and leaning into the grasp of her lover, is a take on one of heterosexuality’s most enduring images of love — Auguste Rodin’s The Kiss. “Taking that iconic image and replacing it with two women places it both within the eternal and the now,” she explains.

All of the artwork for her singles comes washed in a similarly thick shade of blue. She cites Maggie Nelson’s book Bluets, and even 2013 film Blue Is the Warmest Color as influences for that choice, as well as Russian painter Wassily Kandinsky who theorized a link between the color blue and the spiritual. “The darker the blue, the more it awakens the desire for the eternal,” he once wrote. Similarly, Shura suggests that “the act of loving is the desire for the eternal, and the desire for something to never end.”

So, what’s the point of falling in love when that person is eventually going to die? “I think that’s what’s so interesting about love,” she says. “It’s obviously amazing, but it also makes you more afraid.” Now she finds that heightened fear each time she boards a plane, knowing that if it crashed, her lover would be left destitute. It’s a thought she mulls over on “Princess Leia,” a track that strings together Carrie Fisher’s death and a soldier’s death (plus her own death) — two things that happened on Shura’s flight from England to Australia.

“I’ve thought about death pretty much every single day since I read St. Augustine’s Confessions when I was 21,” she says. One paragraph in particular stood out: “There’s a bit where he talks about his mother dying, and he writes about how he’s not so upset at the fact that she’s gone, but rather that they’re no longer coexisting at the same time.”

It’s an idea inadvertently explored on “tommy,” a track entirely devoted to a man Shura and her girlfriend met in Austin, Texas. On it, you’ll hear him telling Shura about his dead wife, how she came to him in a dream once and said: “It’s fine, please fall in love again.” “I think that’s one of the weirdest things about life,” Shura says on reflection, “We don’t choose to live, we just happen to exist, and by virtue of existing, one must die.”

“But anyway,” she says, “I don’t think I’ve answered your question about how to reconcile love with death.” Not that she needs to. Forevher does it for her.

Cardi B And Bernie Sanders Talk About Raising Minimum Wage In New Clip

While the full conversation between Cardi B and Democratic presidential candidate (and senator) Bernie Sanders has yet to be released, the rapper has unveiled a clip from the discussion that’s about an important topic to all Americans: minimum wage. Of all the questions and topics that she sourced from fans on Instagram for Democratic candidates, the rapper revealed that it was the one that popped up the most. The entire clip is only a minute and thirty seconds, but it’s a concise answer and important nugget of information for voters ahead of next year’s election.

In the video, Cardi wastes no time and doesn’t sugarcoat her question – she just comes out the gate swinging. “What are we going to do about wages in America?” she asks. “For example, me as a New Yorker, not now but you know, when I was not famous, I just felt like no matter how many jobs I get, I wasn’t able to make ends meet. Like, I wasn’t able to pay my rent, get transportation, and eat.” Sanders acknowledged the absurdly low wages that are offered across the country and then responded with his plan. “Legislation that I’ve introduced, which was passed in the house recently, would raise that minimum wage to $15 an hour,” he said. “What we also have to do is make it easier for workers to join unions so they can sit down and engage in collective bargaining and earn a decent living.”

In the accompanying caption on Instagram, Cardi B revealed that this isn’t the only video that’s coming. “Keep sending your questions, we will be addressing more of these soon!” she wrote. Last month, she posted a picture of their conversation, also hinting at more of it to release in the near-future. “Together, let’s build a movement of young people to transform this country,” she wrote then.

Watch Cardi B and Bernie Sanders talk about wages up above.

How Lizzo’s ‘Truth Hurts’ Is Changing The Way We Feel About Being Single

Lizzo’s given fans so much this year, from up-tempo anthems to daily mantras. The singer-rapper-flautist kicked 2019 off with “Juice,” a single overflowing with self-love where she refers to herself as the “baddest bitch” and a “whole damn meal.” And while the song continued to gain popularity among her single fans over the course of several months, nothing could’ve prepared Lizzo for the powerful, chart-climbing resurgence of “Truth Hurts” this past spring — a track she released two years ago that, at the time, almost made her ditch her career altogether. “The day I released ‘Truth Hurts’ was probably one of the darkest days I’ve had ever in my career,” she told People. “I remember thinking, ‘If I quit music now, nobody would notice. This is my best song ever, and nobody cares.’” But Lizzo wasn’t down for long, telling the mag, “The song that made me want to quit is the song that everyone’s falling in love with me for.”

The sudden revival of the song — which is all about embracing the single life and succumbing to the realization that men are only great “‘til they gotta be great”— came when it was featured in the Netflix rom-com Someone Great, starring Gina Rodriguez, Brittany Snow, and DeWanda Wise back in April. The “Truth Hurts” scene sees Rodriguez dancing around the kitchen in her underwear as she drunkenly sings the most empowering post-breakup lyric: “I just took a DNA test, turns out I’m 100 percent that bitch.” It’s a big mood. And despite being two years old already, the empowering single recently reached No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming a go-to self-love anthem for single women everywhere — many of whom doubted whether they’d ever be able to survive without a relationship.

“In the past, I attached my identity and worth to being loved/shown attention from another person,” Anna, a Lizzo fan, wrote to MTV News. “When the relationship would end, it left me completely lost. … Lizzo’s song helped me separate my identity from my relationship status. It helped me realize that I was worthy of love and belonging whether I was single or not.” And perhaps even more importantly, it taught her to never settle for anything less than she deserves. “After I stopped settling for relationships, I realized that that energy quickly filtered into the rest of my life,” she said. “I no longer settled for subpar. I started going after what I wanted and following my dreams.”

Anna’s certainly not the only one who, at one time, found her worth in other people. According to online psychologist Carolin Müller, we’ve been culturally conditioned to consider certain aspects of our lives as positives, and relationships are one of them. “Those norms are often driven by all kinds of media … so if you live in an era where being single is considered bad and being in a relationship is considered cool, it is normal that you feel a kind of pressure,” Müller said. Bella DePaulo, author of Singled Out: How Singles Are Stereotyped, Stigmatized, and Ignored, and Still Live Happily Ever After, agrees, though she also says we have more than just the media to blame for feeding us the same old relationship tropes. “The valuing of marriage and devaluing of single people is pervasive,” DePaulo said. “It is in popular culture, in our churches, in politics, in the workplace, in the marketplace, in schools and universities, and in everyday life. There is no escaping it.”

But “Truth Hurts” teaches that being single isn’t a bad thing, and its music video challenges the very social construct of marriage. In it, Lizzo’s dressed as a bride, veil and all. But after twerking at the altar instead of exchanging vows, she ultimately winds up marrying herself. Müller calls this “a reversal of values,” something also heard in equally empowering songs like Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies,” for example — which inspired strong, independent women to throw their ringless hands up and dance — and more recently, Ariana Grande’s “Thank U, Next,” which similarly positions the pop star in a committed relationship with herself.

These songs’ positive messages help debunk the outdated notion that being single is sad, lonely, and not a status someone would ever willfully opt into. “Being single or being in a relationship does not have a direct effect on the wellbeing of a person,” Müller said. And if you ask DePaulo, “Truth Hurts” offers yet another way for singles to flip the switch on the all-too-familiar narrative that relationships are absolutely essential to one’s happiness. “That’s important,” she said. “When it seems like singles just can’t catch a break, along comes a catchy song with empowering lyrics.”

For Ally, another Lizzo fan, those empowering lyrics have shown that you’ll never really know what you’re capable of until you spend some much-needed time by yourself. “After coming out of a five-and-a-half-year relationship somewhat unexpectedly, I felt empty and lost,” she said. “I hadn’t been single since I was 16 years old so I didn’t even know how to do things without having someone right there with me.” Lizzo’s celebratory words — “I put the sing in single / Ain’t worried ’bout a ring on my finger” goes one standout couplet — helped Ally find an independence within herself that she never knew existed. “I think it’s made me stop and appreciate the beauty of being on your own  — especially in your 20s,” she said. “I’ve since come to realize how important it is to be on your own for a little. I think this time allows you to really objectively determine who you are and what you want.”

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Typically, one doesn’t abruptly switch from hating being single to loving it. But listening to Lizzo’s smile through her delivery of lines like “I got boy problems, that’s the human in me / Bling bling, then I solve ’em, that’s the goddess in me” can certainly make someone feel empowered in their singleness — at least for a little while. And if you decide to listen more than once, it can seriously impact your attitude in a really positive way. “Listening to this song on repeat is like reciting a mantra, or repeating a thought or a sentence every day,” Müller said. “… It has a real influence on your attitude.”

Jessica, another fan of Lizzo’s girl-power anthem, can attest. After being in four different long-term relationships, she’s found herself feeling “lonely and bored” — and it doesn’t help that many of her friends are posting their engagement and pregnancy announcements on Instagram every week. But even though she still feels pressure to find love, the song initiated a noticeable difference in her attitude toward being single. “[It] has given me that extra boost on days when I really need it,” she said. “It’s the song I get ready to before a first date, but also the song I listen to on the way home after a horrible first date. The song I listen to cleaning when I feel like I’m going to be alone forever, or when I see an ex on social media getting married.” One song doesn’t have to completely change how you feel about being single, but if listening to “Truth Hurts” can encourage you to put one foot in front of the other and stop comparing your love life to everyone else’s, then isn’t it worth listening to… over and over and over again?

“This song made me feel confident in that other women have experienced the ups and downs of breakups and being single,” Jessica said. And it’s true. Other women — Lizzo included — have felt extraordinary discomfort in being single, but just because you’re single doesn’t mean your life isn’t overflowing with love. “Durable happiness and well-being is really not related to being in a relationship,” Müller says. “Self-love is a primordial condition for psychological well-being.” And the more songs continue to preach about self-love, the more people will truly feel it.