Elle Winter Just Can’t Seem To Pull Away On Fizzy, Highly Danceable ‘Sick Of You’

Rising young pop singer Elle Winter is at the center of a sensory overload on “Sick of You,” her latest single and a confectionary slice of funky liberation. She might sing “When the night is over, we keep wanting more / I found myself running back to your door,” but from the sound of the production behind her, she’s actually having the time of her life.

“Sick of You,” as Winter explained in a statement, “describes being with a person who understands you and that you connect with.” That fizz is captured here over limber production work from The Orphanage, the behind-the-board duo of Trevor Brown and Zaire Koalo, whose soundtrack here recalls the ’80s work of Quincy Jones.

The duo provide right kind of foundation over which Winter can deliver the sweet, simple message implied by the title: “I can’t get sick of you.”

Winter began her career in movies with an assist from Disney, appearing in 2015’s 3 Generations and last year’s The After Party, led by rapper Kyle. While her first EP is still a few months away (it’s due out this fall), “Sick of You” is the second track we’ve heard from her this year after the Cherry Beach-assisted, EDM-tinged “Easy.”

And as she revealed on social media, “Sick of You” has the distinction of being released on her birthday.

Winter’s sound is in good hands: her producers also recently worked on Lizzo’s “Better in Color” and the towering 5 Seconds of Summer/Chainsmokers collab “Who Do You Love.”

Listen to “Sick of You” above. It can be your own personal birthday gift to Winter.

Tyler, The Creator’s New Album Igor Has Some Rules To Follow For Your First Listen

Tyler, the Creator‘s new album, Igor, is finally out. That’s one part of the news. The second, equally important part, is that when you listen to it, you have to listen to it in a very particular manner; “No skips. Front to back. No distractions either,” he wrote in a special note on Twitter on the eve of the LP dropping. So take that into consideration today when you’re basking in the fifth studio album comprised of songs that he produced, wrote, and arranged himself (also revealed in the same note). Follow the instructions.

Igor is different from anything else that Tyler, the Creator has ever released. So this pink note in question lays out exactly what to expect when listening to it: don’t expect anything. “Igor. This is not Bastard. This is not Goblin. This is not Wolf. This is not Cherry Bomb. This is not Flower Boy. This is Igor,” the note reads.

The LP credits no features, but Playboi Carti sings on “Earfquake” and Kanye West‘s voice can be heard on “Puppet.” The 12-track album features the full versions of previously teased tracks, “Igor’s Theme,” “Whatsgood,” “A Boy is A Gun,” and “New Magic Wand.” On Twitter, he announced that the vinyl will be available in “a few weeks.”

Tyler gave an exciting Twitter countdown to the LP’s release last night; he was clearly as exhilarated as fans were. He tweeted at 50 minutes, then 40, 30, 20, and 10 before then posting one every minute until the clock struck 12. His last was “ONE MINUTE FUCK” before posting the link to the album. Now that the new Creator music has arrived, the two-year wait (not counting “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch“) since Flower Boy is finally over.

Check out Igor up above and remember, no expectations. 

Halsey Is Bloody And Brawling In Her Tenacious ‘Nightmare’ Video

Welcome to Halsey‘s nightmare.

The “Without Me” hitmaker has kicked off what appears to be a new era with the release of the punky single “Nightmare” and its bloody, brawling, and fire-filled video. In it, Halsey’s angry but emboldened as she spits dauntless declarations like “I’m no sweet dream but I’m a hell of a night” and “No, I won’t smile but I’ll show you my teeth.” That’s exactly what she does in the clip, which co-stars Cara Delevingne, Suki Waterhouse, and a cluster of uniformed schoolchildren as members of her badass girl gang.

This one’s more in line with Halsey’s hard-hitting Yungblud and Travis Barker collab “11 Minutes” than, say, “Bad At Love,” and it’s a thrilling taste of what her third album could sound like.

“Nightmare” arrived on Thursday night (May 16), just a week after she announced the single during an intimate show in New York City. A couple weeks prior, the 24-year-old wiped her Instagram feed — the universal sign that a pop star is about to begin a new era — and subsequently teased the song with fan-friendly lyric scavenger hunts and more IG posts.

It’s unclear if “Nightmare” will be another standalone single like “Without Me” or if it’ll proceed a new project, but all signs point to the latter. If so, it may be her biggest album to date — it’s been two years since her last LP, 2017’s Hopeless Fountain Kingdom, and since then, she’s only seen her star power rise, thanks to her first No. 1 single, “Without Me,” and her Top 10 hit with BTS, “Boy With Luv.” In short, it’s been anything but a nightmare.

Everything We Know About Taylor Swift’s Mysterious Seventh Album

Swift’s lead singles tend to be red herrings that offer little insight into the album to come (see: “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” “Shake It Off,” and “Look What You Made Me Do”). Swift admitted in her Entertainment Weekly cover story, “A lot of the time I’ll pick a first single because I like the feeling it conveys, knowing that there’s a lot more on the album that’s very different from that first single.”

Expect “ME!”, released in April, to be a similar deflection for a project that’ll cover the “emotional spectrum,” as she told the mag. “I definitely don’t wanna have too much of one thing. You get some joyful songs and you get the bops, as they say… [and also] “really, really, really, really sad songs.”

The deeper stuff, then, will come later, as with Swift’s previous eras. She puts the “WANEGBT”‘s out first, and saves the “All Too Well”‘s for the album.

ASAP Ferg and ASAP Rocky Bring Cute Dogs To A Rave In ‘Pups’ Video

A$AP Ferg and A$AP Rocky have the type of brotherly chemistry that most rappers could only dream of. So it makes sense that the two rappers would love to showcase their tightness on their new collaboration, “Pups.” In the video, which takes place at a wild, rave-like concert, there are actually puppies there. So whether you come for the rapping or the adorable animals, you’ll be satisfied either way.

The video starts off with adorable pups, large and small. Try not to smile too much; the ferocity starts immediately afterward. For nearly three minutes, the two rappers trade bars and verses with a verbal high five every few seconds for a masterfully intricate collaborative effort. Rocky starts things off with “Get at me,” leading on with a tight string of words that Ferg picks up with his own “Get at me.” The beat and surrounding crowd are ravenous and it’s all that the two-man combo need to crank up the energy. The crowd itself is a character, filled with a diverse cast of people all moving frantically. It’s a chaotic scene that matches the berserk song which feels somewhat nostalgic. It’s clear that that frantic energy of Ferg’s 2017 hit “Plain Jane” has stuck around and manifested itself as something new.

A$AP Ferg revealed to MTV News last month, ahead of his set at Pharrell‘s Something In The Water festival, that in addition to “Pups” he has “a lot of music about to come out.” His last full-length release was the Still Striving mixtape in 2017.

Watch the video for “Pups” up above and ogle some adorable dogs.

Lizzo, Martin Garrix, Macklemore, And Patrick Stump Will Perform At The 2019 MTV TV & Movie Awards

The 2019 MTV Movie & TV Awards are still a month away, but the party has already started. In addition to the full list of nominees (announced earlier this week), we officially have a host in Shazam!‘s Zachary Levi. But no party — or awards show for that matter — is complete without a soundtrack.

This year, the MTV Movie & TV Awards are bringing the heat: Lizzo will perform along with Martin Garrix, Macklemore, and Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy.

Lizzo, this month’s MTV PUSH artist, is having quite the 2019. In addition to releasing her new album, Cuz I Love You, in April, the singer/rapper/flute-playing diva just popped up on a summery collab track with Charli XCX. It’s a great time to be Lizzo — it’s an even better time to tune in to find out what she’ll do onstage.

Superstar Dutch DJ Garrix recently teamed up with Macklemore and Stump for the slippery, funky anthem “Summer Days,” and the 2019 MTV Movie & TV Awards stage will be the first place the trio ever assemble to perform it. You won’t want to miss this debut.

This year’s crop of nominees is a field full of faves. Avengers: Endgame, Game of Thrones, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg documentary RBG lead the nominations with four each, but that’s only the beginning. (See the full list right here.)

Wanna support your faves? Then you better get voting at vote.mtv.com and by direct messaging @MTVAwards on Twitter and Facebook Messenger. Don’t forget to tune into MTV Movie & TV Awards on Monday, June 17 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

Megan Thee Stallion Keeps It All The Way One Hundred On ‘Realer’

Megan Thee Stallion season is upon us, and with it, there’s a dangerous fever going around. That sickness, of course, is her new project, Fever, set to come out tomorrow (May 17). But on the eve of the body of work’s release, Megan has decided to graciously gift us, her adoring and obsessed fans, with “Realer.” It’s the kind of wretched, hard-hitting anthem that’s the exact opposite of “Big Ole Freak” and is an indicator that Fever is going to be all over the place. We can’t wait to get sick.

Megan Thee Stallion’s latest is a simple, straightforward, romp through trap Candyland. The beat couldn’t be more venomous. Giant, alien trap drums boom and crash with such ferocity that it’ll throw your equilibrium off. It sounds enormous, but Megan manages to carve her way through the dense shrubbery, forging her own path in this wasteland. Her voice is loud and shrill and she booms out the kind of boss talk that would make Don Corleone bow to her every whim. It’s a tight and precise piece of the pie that is Fever. 

Earlier this week, Megan Thee Stallion shared the tracklist and cover art for Fever. Its blaxploitation-like aesthetic draws to mind the work of actress Pam Grier in the 1970s and the steamy cover hints at an epic project. It will feature the previously released “Sex Talk” as well as features from DaBaby and Juicy J.

Listen to “Realer” up above.

BTS Pay Tribute To Legendary Beatles Performance In Colbert Debut

BTS, fresh off of blazing the SummerStage at Good Morning America yesterday, made their debut on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert last night. They were the musical guests and their performance of the magnetic “Boy With Luv” came with a unique twist that paid homage to the Beatles. Their debut was a magical moment, with any snapshots absolutely necessary to be framed and hung on walls. The Beatles are looking down, smiling and proud.

BTS wore matching black slim suits for their performance of “Boy With Luv” in homage to the Beatles legendary performances on the “Ed Sullivan Show” in 1964. Host Stephen Colbert slicked his hair back and gave the best Sullivan-like introduction humanly possible, also shooting the entire moment in black and white. The group took the stage with its magician-like choreography and belted the pop number in a timeless manner. This will age like wine as the Beatles performance did. In another forty-five years, a band dressed similar to BTS will pay their own homage.

“Boy With Luv” is BTS’ collaboration with Halsey that appears on their recently released album Map Of The Soul: Persona. They performed the number together with her for the first time at the Billboard Music Awards earlier this month. Last month, they made their debut on SNL

Take a look at this honorable performance of “Boy With Luv” up above.

Ariana Grande Adds One Of Her Most Personal Songs To The Sweetener Tour Setlist: Watch

With over 20 shows done and dusted, you might’ve thought the Sweetener World Tour setlist was set in stone — but Ariana Grande had a surprise up her sleeve.

When the tour rolled through Phoenix on Tuesday night (May 14), fans were awed to see that the “7 rings” chart-topper removed “goodnight n go” from her setlist. In its place, she sang another Sweetener standout, “get well soon,” the brave vocal and emotional showstopper that closes out the album. Like she did with “goodnight n go,” Ari belted the ballad underneath her most breathtaking piece of set design: an enormous, twinkling full moon.

Earlier that afternoon, Grande teased her setlist switch-up by posting an iTunes screenshot of “get well soon” on her Instagram Story. She wrote in tiny letters, “she’s in,” along with a black heart.

As for why Grande made the swap, it could be because “goodnight n go” proved a difficult song for her to sing — fans at multiple tour stops noted that she often teared up while performing it. Even so, “get well soon” is another deeply sentimental track for Grande. The Sweetener finale runs five minutes and 22 seconds, as a way of honoring the victims of the Manchester attack on May 22, 2017. In a Beats 1 interview with Ebro last year, Grande opened up about the song, describing it as a “musical hug” to everyone going through a tough time.

“It’s just about being there for each other and helping each other through scary times and anxiety,” she explained, wiping away tears. “There’s just some dark shit out there, man. We just have to be there for each other as much as we can. … It’s also about personal demons and anxiety and more intimate tragedies as well. Mental health is so important.”

Grande had previously said that “get well soon” didn’t make the tour’s initial setlist because it “just didn’t work in the show” and because she felt it was better suited to the Sweetener Sessions she did following the release of the album. (She did, indeed, perform “get well soon” during those shows.) But it sounds like Ari’s now changed her tune, and most fans are thrilled about it. See some of their reactions below.