Meek Mill And Justin Timberlake Stand Strong In Powerful ‘Believe’ Video

Shortly after teasing a Justin Timberlake collaboration that he said was “for motivational purposes only,” Meek Mill has delivered on that promise. On Friday (February 7), Meek and JT released “Believe” alongside a fittingly powerful video.

Over a haunting gospel beat, Meek sends a message of perseverance while rapping about his recent incarceration: “How we gon’ follow our dreams locked in a prison? … Deprive me outta my dreams but I’m relentless.” Timberlake comes through with an equally inspirational hook, singing, “Put my face in the dead of the ground, still I raise up to take back the crown.”

The video is equally moving, opening on a father being taken from his family in handcuffs. As he serves time in prison, his daughter channels her pain into a boxing career, and they later reunite in a truly emotional moment. Meek and Timberlake also appear throughout the vid, with the rapper even holding up a chain adorned with an image of Nipsey Hussle.

“Believe” marks Timberlake’s first musical appearance since his 2018 album Man Of The Woods. Meanwhile, this is Meek’s second new song in as many weeks, following the post-Grammys tribute song “Letter To Nipsey.” Earlier this week, the Philly rapper got into a heated Twitter exchange with his ex Nicki Minaj, but it’s good to see he’s putting the focus back on music.

Justin Bieber And Quavo’s Heartwarming ‘Intentions’ Highlights Real-Life Heroes

Justin Bieber has shared another taste of his forthcoming album Changes, and he’s hoping fans will share in his “Intentions” to do a little good in the world.

The new song features Migos rapper Quavo and finds Bieber promising his utmost care to someone special. “Picture perfect, you don’t need no filter / Gorgeous, make ’em drop dead, you’re a killer,” he sings on the chorus. “Shower you with all my attention / Yeah, these are my only intentions.” Quavo keeps the love flowing on his own verse: “You’re the best thing, and I don’t need a witness.”

The track’s inspirational video also arrived on Friday (February 7) and shines a light on Alexandria House, an L.A.-based non-profit organization whose mission is to “help women and children move from crisis to stability.” The clip introduces us to three women who share their stories of education, homelessness, and foster care. Each one is working to make a difference for others who are struggling, and Bieber and Quavo help make their dreams come true in truly heartwarming fashion.

The video also includes the announcement of the Intentions Fund to help support the Alexandria House. Watch the clip, directed by Michael J. Ratner, to see Bieber and Quavo’s good deeds in action.

“Intentions” follows “Yummy” and the Kehlani-featuring “Get Me” as the latest taste of Bieber’s fifth album, Changes. Earlier this week, he shared the tracklist for the new album, which is slated for a February 14 (Valentine’s Day) release and also features Travis Scott, Post Malone, and Lil Dicky.

Following the album’s release, Bieber will hit the road on his Changes Tour with special guests Kehlai and Jaden Smith. You can also catch him performing on Saturday Night Live this weekend with host RuPaul. Oh, and he’s continuing to roll out episodes of his revealing YouTube docuseries, Justin Bieber: Seasons. Got all that?!

Aly & AJ’s ‘Attack Of Panic’ Is A Frenetic, Labyrinth-Inspired Thriller

If you haven’t kept tabs on Aly & AJ as of late, now is a great time to get reacquainted. On Friday (February 7), the sister duo returned with “Attack of Panic,” which finds them adopting a totally new sound and vibe; one that’s decidedly darker than anything they’ve done before.

Against a deep techno beat, the duo list off the side effects of their anxiety: sleepless nights, elevated heart rates, and sunshine that’s too bright for their eyes. It all builds to a chorus that sounds like a panic attack happening inside an ’80s thriller. (In a press release, they noted that the song was inspired by the masquerade ball scene in Labyrinth.) “There’s a panic in you / There’s a panic in myself,” they sing as piercing synths take over. Thankfully, the bridge offers a moment of respite: “It’s OK, keep breathing / Only way it’s leaving.”

In the accompanying video, directed by Stephen Ringer, the sisters capture the song’s frenetic energy by dancing in the streets of Berlin as lights flash wildly around them. The grainy clip ends with the message, “Dedicated to the Berlin club scene and to all those still waiting patiently outside.”

“Attack of Panic” follows a pair of EPs, 2017’s Ten Years and 2019’s Sanctuary, that marked Aly & AJ’s return to music after a decade-long hiatus. The sisters recently wiped their Instagram clean as they gear up for their first full-length album in over 13 years, scheduled for release later this year.

Niall Horan’s ‘No Judgement’ Video Is A Quirky, Charming, Kinda Gross Love Story

Let it be known that Niall Horan is ushering in a judgement-free era with his sophomore album. On Friday (February 7), the Irishman returned with a new single, “No Judgement,” and a charmingly strange video with a simple message: “You can be whoever you like.”

Horan’s new vid was directed by Drew Kirsch, who notably helmed Taylor Swift’s VMA-winning “You Need To Calm Down.” It boasts a similarly vibrant and quirky aesthetic, as it opens on Horan telling the camera, “There comes a time in the mating cycle of humans when the need to impress is replaced by a period they call ‘no judgement.’ And let me tell you something, it gets a little bit strange…”

From there, a tuxedo-wearing Horan wanders a mansion inhabited by an elderly couple with plenty of quirks. Whether they’re munching on shrimp from in between each other’s toes or painting shirtless portraits, they’re clearly in love with each other’s eccentricities. All the while, Horan sings, “When you’re with me, no judgement / You can get that from anyone else / You don’t have to prove nothin’ / You can just be yourself.” Even if that means eating mayonnaise by the spoonful in bed.

Along with premiering “No Judgement” on Friday, Horan also officially announced his second album. Titled Heartbreak Weather, it’s set for release on March 13, and will include the previously released tracks “Nice To Meet Ya” and “Put a Little Love On Me.”

“When I listen to albums, I like to listen to them start to finish. With Heartbreak Weather, I wanted to tell the story that was in my head, hopefully lead people down the storytelling lane of an album track listing versus just ‘I’m gonna skip to the next one,'” Horan said in a press release. “I was trying to think how I could write a different album than the usual… I wanted to write songs from different sides or from someone else looking in.”

Check out the official artwork for Heartbreak Weather below, and get those countdowns going — only five weeks to go!

Birds Of Prey: The Album Is A Thrill Ride Featuring Halsey, Lauren Jauregui, And More

Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) comes swinging into theaters on Friday (February 7), and with it, we’ve gotten an exhilarating soundtrack that pairs perfectly with punching out bad guys.

The 15-track Birds of Prey: The Album features an all-female lineup of artists, including Normani and Megan Thee Stallion, who gave us the scorching lead single, “Diamonds.” But that collab only scratches the surface of this bombastic, eclectic, patriarchy-smashing collection. Doja Cat‘s “Boss Bitch” kicks things off a bang, Charlotte Lawrence croons farewell to a certain Mr. J on “Joke’s On You,” and Jurnee Smollett-Bell, who stars as Black Canary, covers James Brown’s “It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World.”

Elsewhere on the album, Halsey follows up her third album Manic with “Experiment On Me,” which is basically the sonic equivalent of a Monster energy drink. Her distorted vocals recall her angsty anthem “Nightmare,” as she furiously scream-sings, “I’m pretty like a car crash, ugly as a lullaby.” She recently called the track the “hands down craziest song I’ve ever recorded,” which is only appropriate for Margot Robbie‘s blissfully unhinged Harley Quinn. Make sure you listen through to the end, in which Halsey goes full-on screamo.

Another big highlight is Lauren Jauregui, who returns with her first solo song in over a year. Her contribution is “Invisible Chains,” a smoky, mid-tempo tale of resilience. “I’ve been trapped in a cage … But I found beauty in this pain,” she sings. “Gave me strength to break these invisible chains.”

Birds of Prey: The Album also features new tracks by Summer Walker, Maisie Peters, Saweetie, Sofi Tukker, and more. Stream it below, and catch the supervillainous saga in theaters now.

The 1975 Throw A 1999 Valentine’s Day Party In ‘Me & You Together Song’

You know what they say: there’s nothing like some good ole’ retro love! Or maybe we just made that up. The 1975 have released their nostalgic new video for “Me & You Together Song” that feels like it’s ripped right out of 1999. Its sole mission is to make you smile and believe in true love again. So do you?

It’s impossible not to adore “Me & You Together Song”‘s warmth and good energy. If this song could travel back in time, it’d be featured in the American Pie soundtrack and countless other turn-of-the-century romantic comedies. So, wisely, the video matches this old-school vibe, following Matty Healy and the lads as they rock an old’ school party to shreds. There must be mistletoe everywhere because, all around them, lips lock as strangers get to know each other extremely well.

We follow so many couples’s trips into romantic bliss. One set bust into an occupied room and race to rip each other’s clothes off with wide grins on their faces, eager to grow even closer to one another. Two teens stare at each other in the midst of the party, too afraid to talk to each other, and eventually finds themselves inside of another room, kissing and exploring the weird locale around them. Everyone’s so adorably infatuated that it feels like a dream world, one that you wouldn’t want to wake up from. Was this really what Valentine’s Day looked like in 1999?

The 1975 released “Me & You Together Song” back in January when they revealed that their forthcoming LP, Notes on a Conditional Form, would come out on April 24 after being pushed back. It will also feature “Frail State of Mind,” “People,” and their self-titled song that features climate change activist Greta Thunberg. Shortly after the album’s release, they will be heading out on tour.

Check out the “Me & You Together Song” video up above.

Hayley Williams Dances With Demons In Haunted ‘Cinnamon’ Video

Hayley Williams‘s Petals For Armor 1 is out now.

Wait, what? Doesn’t the album come out on May 8?

That’s right. But the singer has released the first part of it today (February 6), featuring both “Simmer” and “Leave It Alone” along with three other songs: “Creepin'” “Sudden Desire,” and “Cinnamon,” the last of which comes with a haunting new music video that’s…pretty hard to make sense of. But we’re here to walk you through it and give you an idea of what you’re looking at.

Let’s start off with this. “Cinnamon” is a festive chorus of “ooh”‘s and “ahh”‘s sung by Williams who revealed that the song is an ode to her home. Its verses are short and sweet. She talks to her dog at home and it smells like “citrus and cinnamon” within the four walls that she loves so much. It contains a sweet, cheery vibe that just warms your soul as you stare at your own surroundings. I, too, could use a cinnamon air freshener around these parts.

Next, it’s video. “Cinnamon” is wild, inexplainable, and slightly spooky — as are the videos for “Simmer” and “Leave Me Alone.” “Cinnamon” finds Williams relaxing and minding her business when creepy humanoid beings, seemingly a part of her surroundings, begin chasing her inside of her house. One’s made of wood, another’s made out of a piano, and a third is made from wallpaper.

Terrified, Williams flees to a bathroom where she meets another of these beings that’s more majestic than the rest. After realizing that it mirrors her every movement, all fear abandons her bones as she then begins to dance along with them. Their routine is a real energy burner so, at one point, Williams heads to the kitchen and gets a cup of tea. She sips it, almost symbolically, as if she’s telling you to mind your business while she minds hers. What goes on inside of her house must stay there.

Outside of her house, Williams recently made headlines with her jazzy cover of Dua Lipa‘s “Don’t Start Now” for BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge. Her rendition made Lipa’s psychedelic original into a more subdued and minimalistic treat.

Watch the “Cinnamon” video and check out Petals For Armor 1 up above.

Victoria Monét’s New Song Is A Zen Reminder To Seize Your ‘Moment’

Last fall, Victoria Monét gave us the ultimate fitness anthem, “Ass Like That,” which convinced us to adopt her confident, positive vibes (and to do those squats). Now, the rising R&B star is back with another dose of musical motivation, but this time, she’s encouraging us to look within.

On Thursday (February 6), Monét released “Moment,” a soothing slow jam addressed to a lover who needs to step up. “I got a feeling that you brought me to you … Look what your mind’s imagination can do / Making shit true,” she calmly sings over a bed of strings. That reassurance gives way to a message of self-manifestation: “Life is but a dream that you manifested slowly / So fuck a fantasy, this your motherfuckin’ moment.” Don’t keep her waiting…

Speaking about the syrupy new track, the 26-year-old said, “‘Moment’ is a song about lust transformed to reality. A psychedelic, musical mini world for a sensual dream that comes true after building tension. It’s a song encouraging a lover to step up to the beauty once imagined and make the satisfaction worth all of the salivation at last.”

“Moment” follows “Ass Like That” as the latest taste of Monét’s forthcoming EP, which she’s been teasing on social media. “Tryna let new music drip from my fingertips,” she captioned an Instagram post last week, hinting at an impending new chapter. The singer-songwriter struck gold with two collaborations with her friend Ariana Grande last year —”Got Her Own” from the Charlie’s Angels soundtrack and the flex-heavy “Monopoly” — but it sounds like she’s more ready than ever to seize her, ahem, moment as a solo star.

DaBaby’s On Top Of DaGame In New ‘Shut Up’ Video

DaBaby has made it clear that 2020 is his, so much so that in his new video for “Shut Up,” he dedicates it to the year itself. Valentine’s Day is coming up so, instead of waiting until that day to claim his partner, he’s doing it publicly now. Throughout the visual that collects a bunch of footage from his recent adventures, you’ll see that DaBaby’s name will be everywhere right up to December 31 – and then again next year, too.

“Shut Up” is an electric new release from DaBaby that trades in the flexes for barbs at his detractors and those who question the way that he moves. He also has a couple of things to say to people that want to see him jammed up and creating trouble for himself. Perhaps the biggest bar here comes in the first verse when DaBaby talks about his feelings towards taking flicks with fans. “You looking for a lawsuit, pulling out your camera/ Didn’t think I saw you/ Had to stop takin’ pictures because y’all be in your feelings and I don’t like to argue,” he raps. He’s fed up with the games and he’s ready to push on at full throttle without any hindrances.

The accompanying video gives some insight into what it’s like to be DaBaby. Sold out shows with smartphone cameras lit up in the air, causing a public meltdown when he’s spotted out in public, and inspirational talks with Diddy are just three things that DaBaby has had happen recently. With the video’s promise that he’s going to continue going hard, he’ll have even more footage to share in his next video.

This is DaBaby’s first new music since he dropped his sophomore studio album, Kirk, last September. The LP featured appearances from Nicki Minaj, Chance The Rapper, and more.

Check out “Shut Up” up above.

Lil Nas X And Nas Team Up For The Zombie Matrix Music Video Of Your Dreams

The elevator pitch for Lil Nas X‘s “Rodeo (Remix)” video with Nas must have been something like this:

Lil Nas X: “Look, I think if we made The Matrix but with zombified vampires instead, that would be great.”

Nameless Executive: “Um, what?”

Lil Nas X: “Trust me. I made ‘Old Town Road.’ Then I made ‘Panini.’ I got this.”

And so it was born. Lil Nas X’s blood-sucking, bullet-dodging new video for “Rodeo (Remix)” is one of the most wickedly original things you’ll see. It stars LNX himself as a vampire (although “zombie” also feels like a fair assumption) and Nas as a Morpheus-type figure dealing with an outbreak of monsters that eat blood-flavored Doritos for breakfast.

In this weird world, Lil Nas X appears to be Neo (Lil Neo X?). He gets a phone call from Morpheus, inviting him to play a game. Immediately after, he gets bitten and immediately begins turning into a vampiric zombie, wandering down a dark street with glowing fangs ready for human blood. Neighbors watch him from the street with crucifixes and harsh eyes, wishing desperately that this cursed beast will leave the street. Someone even fires a crossbow at him, though he catches it with an evil grin on his face.

He makes it to a store where other vampire/zombies eat Doritos and learn dance routines to take over the world with. In one of the back offices, Big Nas holds up, seemingly ready to go to war with these monsters. The legendary rapper also holds the red and blue pills that force whoever consumes one of them to pick between ignorance and knowledge.

It’s implied that Lil Nas X takes the reality pill because he returns to human form again and wears a sleek outfit that looks like it’s straight out of The Matrix – down to those adorably teeny-weenie glasses that the movie’s cast wore. He gets into a confrontation with Agent Smith-style bad guys, dodges bullets, and literally jumps to the moon.

Yeah, it moves very fast.

Lil Nas X and Nas premiered this version of “Rodeo” at the Grammys, where the former won the trophies for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance and Best Music Video for “Old Town Road (Remix).” The original “Rodeo” featured Cardi B and appeared on Lil Nas X’s 2019 EP, 7. 

Check out Lil Nas X’s weird new video for “Rodeo (Remix)” up above.