Khalid Smiles His Way Through The Bright, Color-Coded ‘Talk’ Video

Talk” is one of the more up-tempo songs in Khalid‘s genre-spanning catalogue, and its new visuals are smiley, happy, and candy-coated to match. Happy Monday, everyone!

The Emil Nava-directed video takes a page out of Destiny’s Child’s “Say My Name,” dropping Khalid in a variety of bright, color-coded backdrops. The Texas singer models some cool monochrome styles as he grooves along to the Disclosure-produced track, while a crew of dancers do their thing around him. What the vid lacks in narrative, it makes up for with playful color schemes and, in true Khalid style, total contagious energy.

Khalid is already in the midst of a busy spring — he made his Saturday Night Live debut over the weekend, performing “Talk” and “Better” on the Idris Elba-hosted episode. Both tracks appear on his hotly anticipated sophomore album, Free Spirit, due on April 5. Two days before that, the singer will premiere a companion film (also directed by Nava) that will screen in theaters worldwide. If “Talk” is any indication, expect more eye-catching visuals from Khalid and Nava soon.

2 Chainz And Ariana Grande Party With The Well-Dressed People In ‘Rule The World’ Video

2 Chainz and Ariana Grande‘s magical collaboration, “Rule The World,” has received its due video treatment. This illustrious suit and tie affair matches the song’s vibrancy and elegance for a magical four-minute experience that looks as expensive as it does a good time to shoot. We can rest assured that the high profile tune from Chainz’s recently released album Rap Or Go To The League has received a visual crafted with masterful care.

Somewhere in Los Angeles, there’s a magnificent celebration going on in an underground ballroom. It’s like one of those old-school speakeasies where people come to be themselves and free their minds from society’s shackles. Here, music peppers the atmosphere, sung by a stunning siren, and swirling bodies move in unison to the singer’s falsettos. This singer is Grande who is the center of attention with her holy shawl made of the finest of feathers. As she sings to the dancing, milly-rocking crowd, 2 Chainz joins her for a rousing performance.  He’s similarly dolled up, in a designer suit and expensive frames, and packs the harsher energy equivalent of Grande’s soft contribution. Their contrasting energies create a unique experience that shows the power of their teamwork. And they make a good creative team together that would do well to work together again.

This fated collaboration came after a minor controversy involving Grande’s video for “7 Rings” which 2 Chainz believed bit some of his style. After a meeting, 2 Chainz hopped on the song’s remix and, in return, Grande hopped on “Rule The World.” Last week, 2 Chainz released a time-traveling video for “Money In The Way,” another tune from Rap Or Go To The League.

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BTS Announce Their Next Album And The Clues Were There All Along

Global superstars BTS have set a date for their next release and — surprise! — it’s a lot sooner than anticipated. With the South Korean boy band set to kick off their U.S. stadium tour in May, the international chart-toppers have confirmed that their next album, Map of the Soul: Persona, will drop Friday, April 12 — just in time for you to learn all of the fan chants ahead of their tour.

Map of the Soul: Persona marks the beginning of an exciting new chapter for the artists following their massively successful Love Yourself trilogy, which concluded with Love Yourself: Answer — peaking at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 — this past November. Per a press release, the album will be available for pre-order starting March 13.

While their passionate fans (known as ARMY) will undoubtedly parse through potential clues buried deep in their past work, performances, and wardrobe choices (yes, BTS are that meticulous), here’s what we do know about Persona: BTS have been hard at work on the album for months, even pulling an all-nighter the evening before their historic presenting gig at the 2019 Grammys to finish it.

“The concept is paying off,” leader RM said on the red carpet. “I hope [the fans] love it, and they listen to it, and they like it.” That concept he’s referring to started all the way back in 2013 with their debut single, “No More Dream” — and BTS have cleverly and carefully weaving together a narrative of self-love and acceptance ever since.

In fact, astute fans have already discovered that the opening of BTS’ performance at the Mnet Asian Music Awards in December of last year hinted at Map of the Soul with a short vignette that read: “You gave me power. You gave me love. So now I’m a hero, so now I’m a boy with love. I’ll show you the map of the soul. I’ll show you the dream.”

Wherever the Bangtan narrative leads, one thing’s for sure: BTS are poised to break even more records in 2019. Where do you go after two No. 1 albums and a sold-out stadium tour? RM, Jin, SUGA, j-hope, Jimin, V, and Jungkook are about to find out.

Drake Draws Inspiration From Austin Powers On New Tour Merch

Drake‘s Assassination Vacation Tour kicked off in Manchester, England Sunday night (March 10). Ahead of the tour’s first performance, the Toronto rapper released some new merch to celebrate. It uses some Austin Powers-inspired graphics to make something memorable of his upcoming six-night string of shows in London. Of course, it’s going to be the best — and by the look it, potentially even shagadelic.

Drake posted the collection on Instagram and took the world back to 1997 with bright neon colors, bled through days of intense sunlight to resemble the late ’60s, a la the Austin Powers films. The British super-spy appears on some brightly colored hoodies and tees, between some shapely legs with his goofy yet focused resting facial expression. Regardless of whether you make it to the tour or not, this is one hoodie that must be bought.

Drake’s Assassination Vacation Tour is running now through April 26 and features Tory Lanez. Don’t look for Drizzy’s “Don’t Matter to Me” to be featured on the setlist, though. Although the Michael Jackson-sampling Scorpion tune did appear in the setlist for the Aubrey and the Three Migos Tour, it was recently removed, possibly following HBO’s Leaving Neverland and its allegations against the late singer.

Solange, J. Cole, Ariana, And More — Here’s Your Guide To 2019 Festival Season

By Nicole Briese

As the weather begins to warm up (any day now!), we’ve got just one thing on our minds: festival season. Each year, at the end of winter’s long, harsh reign, we’re rewarded with a bevy of events that take all of our favorite things (music, food, booze) and combine them for extended weekends of fun.

In theory, if you had the time (and the cash) you could fill just about every calendar weekend, beginning and ending your adventures in Austin, Texas — the city’s bread and butter, SXSW, kicks things off beginning today (March 11), while the Austin City Limits Music Festival brings things home in October. As for the months in between? You can travel from Indio, California, to Spain, Japan, Denmark, and beyond.

You’d certainly never be bored: Each festival, or celebration of music, has its own unique imprint — the newly-launched End of the Rainbow, for instance, is a raver’s paradise, while heavyweights like Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, and Coachella maintain their years-long standards of excellence.

Read on for your very own guide to all the best fests of 2019, and start making those travel plans, stat.

  • The Dates: March 11-17

    The Place: Austin, Texas

    Can’t Miss: Laura Jane Grace, Drinking Boys and Girls Choir, Swervedriver, Thee Oh Sees, Charlotte OC

    As anyone who’s ever attended SXSW knows, this week-long Texas event is so much more than a music festival. Sure, you can discover your fair share of up-and-comers or rock out to veterans such as ‘90s shoegazers Swervedriver, but you can also take part in wellness and gaming expos, hit up conferences on everything from food to the film and television industry, and network to your heart’s content. There’s more to do than one person could ever take in (2,000-plus official performers is a lot to get through), but hey, it’s worth a shot, right?

  • The Date: April 6

    The Place: Dorothea Dix Park, Raleigh, North Carolina

    Can’t Miss: J. Cole (and more to be announced)

    This brand new fest from North Carolina native J. Cole got off to a bit of an uncertain start — its inaugural date of September 15, 2018, which was scheduled to feature Big Sean, SZA, Young Thug and Nelly, was canceled due to Hurricane Florence. 2019 is looking up, however, with a brand new date of April 6. Ticket holders have the option to keep their passes or receive a refund in full — though if the new schedule is half as good as the first one was, we’re guessing they’ll want to keep ‘em!

  • The Dates: April 12-14, 19-21

    The Place: Empire Polo Club, Indio, California

    Can’t Miss: Ariana Grande, Solange, Childish Gambino, Janelle Monae, H.E.R., The 1975

    By now, Coachella needs no introduction. This two-weekend-long arts and music happening in the California desert has become the go-to music destination for celebs, tastemakers, and the like. Everything about Coachella, from its uber-stylish attendees to its mind-blowing talent, seems to be a cut above: Ariana Grande has been tapped to wow its crowds and simultaneously make history — she’s the fourth female to ever headline the fest as well as the youngest female to ever take home the honor. Meanwhile, the fest will likely be Solange’s first live dates since her dropping her brand-new album, When I Get Home.

  • The Dates: April 26-28

    The Place: Virginia Beach, Virginia

    Can’t Miss: Pharrell & Friends, Missy Elliott, Migos, SZA, Maggie Rogers, Anderson .Paak

    Produced by Live Nation and Pharrell Williams (a native of Virginia Beach) this three-day festival on the city’s most famous stretch of sand is set to kick its inaugural year off in 2019 with a bang. “It’s unlike anything anyone’s ever seen before,” the legendary producer assured the Virginian Pilot. Judging by the list of acts, he’s not kidding: In addition to its can’t-miss headliners, everyone from Jaden Smith and Deepak Chopra to the Dave Matthews Band is scheduled to perform. And that’s not all: A basketball tournament and “programs focused on art, technology and health” are also expected to entice guests.

  • The Dates: May 16-19

    The Place: Gulf Shores, Alabama

    Can’t Miss: Cardi B, Travis Scott, Khalid, Vampire Weekend, Bebe Rexha

    Hangout Fest began with a bang in 2010 — not only was it the first major music festival to be held on Alabama’s Gulf Shores, its first-year lineup boasted musical heavyweights such as John Legend and The Flaming Lips. And it’s only gotten better since: 2019’s artist list includes something for just about everyone, from the punk enthusiasts who will love The Interrupters to rap fans who can take pleasure in spitting every line of headliner Cardi B’s “Money” live, to the indie heads who can rejoice with Vampire Weekend’s expanded lineup.

  • The Dates: May 24-26

    The Place: Gorge Amphitheater, Quincy, Washington

    Can’t Miss: Santigold, Lil Uzi Vert, Young Thug, Vic Mensa, Flosstradamus, Bassnectar

    Washington’s Gorge Amphitheater is in for a big change this year with End of the Rainbow taking over for the fest formerly known as Sasquatch! The indie rock event, which featured Bon Iver, The National and Twenty One Pilots in recent years, ended its 17-year-run in 2018, making way for EOTR’s onslaught of EDM, dubstep, and rap. Santigold and Bassnectar are poised to take the stage for 2019, and camping options are available for purchase.

  • The Dates: May 30-June 1

    The Place: Parc del Fòrum, Barcelona, Spain and Porto, Portugal

    Can’t Miss: Solange, Cardi B, J Balvin, Rosalía, Carly Rae Jepsen, Future

    Like Lollapalooza, this overseas festival has greatly expanded since its inception in 2001, growing from an audience of roughly 8,000, to a six-figure headcount. Primavera Sound (not to be confused with its Portuguese counterpart, Nos Primavera Sound) treats fest-goers to a wide-ranging variety of talent that spans nearly every genre each year, and 2019 is no exception: Everyone from Liz Phair to Erykah Badu will be on hand. Carly Rae Jepsen will be there, too, but will she have a full album to perform? We’ll have to wait and see.

  • The Dates: May 31-June 2

    The Place: Randall’s Island Park, New York City, New York

    Can’t Miss: Tyler, The Creator, The Strokes, Lily Allen, Florence + the Machine, Charli XCX, Lil Wayne

    Not to be confused with the Oscars party of the same name, Governors Ball filled the gaping music festival void in the Big Apple in 2011 and has been gaining momentum ever since. Its sounds are diverse, its food selections are grand, and its backdrop features the city: wins all around!

  • The Dates: June 13-16

    The Place: Great Park Stage, Manchester, Tennessee

    Can’t Miss: Childish Gambino, Kacey Musgraves, The Lonely Island, Post Malone, Brandi Carlile

    Once a modern-day nod to Woodstock chock full of jam bands like Phish and folk rockers, this four-day extravaganza of music and arts has become a venerable who’s who of Grammy winners. Song and Record of the Year winner Childish Gambino headlines on June 14, while Album of the Year songwriter Kacey Musgraves is set to appear the following day. Closing out the fest on June 16 is reigning Best Rap Album champ Cardi B and three-time winner Brandi Carlile. Oh, and The Lonely Island are stopping by ahead of their (somehow) first-ever U.S. tour. What a roster!

  • The Dates: June 21-23

    The Place: The Woodlands, Dover, Delaware

    Can’t Miss: TLC, Panic! at the Disco, Dashboard Confessional, Travis Scott, Courtney Barnett

    Now in its seventh year, Firefly has grown into one of the most versatile music experiences out there for 2019. Music-wise, Panic! at the Disco is billed alongside acts such as Tyler, the Creator, TLC, and Vampire Weekend, while the fest’s Woodlands locale is like summer camp come to life. In between sets, you can relax in a designated hammock known as “The Nook,” groove to your own beats in the fest’s “silent disco” and explore art while traversing the pathway in between stages.

  • The Dates: June 27-30

    The Place: Double JJ Resort, Rothbury, Michigan

    Can’t Miss: Kygo, Bassnectar, Odesza, Zeds Dead, Alison Wonderland

    A raver’s dream, Electric Forest features all of the essentials for living your best dubstep life, from fireworks displays and vibrant lights to all the EDM beats your heart could ever want for. 2019’s grooves will come courtesy of DJs Kygo and Bassnectar. Better get those glow sticks ready.

  • The Dates: June 29-July 7

    The Place: Roskilde, Denmark

    Can’t Miss: Robyn, Travis Scott, The Cure, Tears for Fears, Cypress Hill

    One of the oldest fests on the list, Denmark’s Roskilde (originally named Sound Festival) was dreamed up in 1971 by two high school students looking to bring music to the hippies of their generation. These days, it’s one of the largest in Europe, attracting big name talent (The Cure, Travis Scott), plus lone theater acts, daring attendees (a “naked run” takes place each year with free tickets to next year’s show to the winners), and campers galore.

  • The Dates: July 19-21

    The Place: Union Park, Chicago

    Can’t Miss: HAIM, Robyn, Sky Ferreira, Neneh Cherry, Charli XCX

    This Chicago festival, known for its alt-rock and indie acts, is always top-notch in the talent department, and it’s the same this year: Everyone from electro-pop princess Robyn to ‘90s darling Neneh Cherry is on tap to perform. Pitchfork is also a great place to discover new and emerging artists, however, so keep your eyes peeled for the names at the bottom of the list!

  • The Dates: August 1-4

    The Place: Grant Park, Chicago, Illinois

    Can’t Miss: Ariana Grande (maybe)

    What began as a touring alt-rock fest in 1997 as founded by Jane’s Addiction singer Perry Farrell has grown into a global phenomenon, with annual events in Chicago, where it has been headquartered since 2003, Paris, Berlin, Stockholm, Brazil, Chile and Argentina. Though 2019’s lineup has yet to be released, a January rumor had Ariana Grande’s name up at the top of the headliners. Stay tuned.

Justin Bieber Opens Up About Mental Health And ‘Struggling A Lot’ On Instagram

Justin Bieber has been skirting around his blinding limelight for a little while now. Following his recent marriage to Hailey Baldwin, the singer has largely disappeared from public view. His absence birthed a number of rumors, the most prevalent being that not all is well for him right now. Yesterday, Bieber took to give fans some clarity on his situation. In a lengthy Instagram post, the singer also acknowledged fans who have been keeping him in their prayers.

Bieber posted a picture of himself, his manager, Scooter Braun, and Kanye West, engaged in what looks like a prayer. The accompanying caption clues fans in on the mental demons currently tormenting the singer. “Just wanted to keep you guys updated a little bit hopefully what I’m going through will resonate with you guys,” he writes in the caption. “Been struggling a lot. Just feeling super disconnected and weird.. I always bounce back so I’m not wired just wanted to reach out and ask for your guys to pray for me. God is faithful and ur prayers really work thanks .. the most human season I’ve ever been in facing my stuff head on..”

Last month, People reported that sources divulged to them that Bieber “seems down and tired” and that he “has been struggling a bit.” Additionally, the source told People that his struggles have nothing to do with his marriage to Hailey and that he’s also receiving counseling as treatment.

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Epik High’s Tablo Couldn’t Sleep — So He Made An Album About It

Think about the last time you felt truly well-rested. Not the kind of rest that comes with the recommended full eight hours sleep, but rather the type of serenity that occurs void of the devices, anxieties, and struggles — big and small — of everyday life. It’s probably been a while, right? That’s where Daniel Lee, otherwise known as rapper-producer Tablo of the South Korean hip-hop trio Epik High, found himself while he was working on the group’s latest album. Plagued by insomnia since childhood, he funneled his 3 a.m. thoughts, fears, and paranoia into seven independently-produced tracks, alongside his longtime groupmates Mithra Jin and DJ Tukutz, and titled it Sleepless in __________.

Epik High has been making music for 16 years — a lifetime in the competitive Korean pop market — and with Sleepless in __________, the group reaches new creative heights. Tablo has always flirted with melancholy, but tracks like “No Different” (feat. Yuna) and “Eternal Sunshine” — composed and arranged by BTS’ Suga, who has cited Epik High as one of his earliest inspirations — find the lyricist uncovering the light in the darkness of his midnight musings and extending a comforting hand to weary souls who need it, including himself.

MTV News caught up with Tablo, who’s based in Seoul, over the phone ahead of the album’s release. Here’s what he had to say about his own insomnia, mental health themes in pop music today, the films that inspire him, and his somewhat fatalistic view of Epik High’s future.

MTV News: Where did the concept of this album come from, the idea of Sleepless in __________?

Tablo: I’ve always been an insomniac. Usually, I’ve been told that that’s a bad thing. So one day I sat and thought about it. There are two states that show the very nature of humans really well. One of them is love, and that’s why there are so many movies and books and films and songs about love. The other is sleeplessness. Like love, the sense of sleeplessness shows the good and bad of human nature and also of that individual.

When you observe somebody that’s sleepless, you end up figuring out that there are two things that make people sleepless. One is if they have this huge dream or something that drives them where they won’t let themselves fall asleep because they want to use that time to be able to develop their dreams. Hard-working people are usually sleepless. On the flip side, there are a ton of people that are sleepless because, as opposed to dreams, they’re dealing with literal nightmares. They can’t fall asleep. I thought that as love has so many songs written about it, sleeplessness deserves to be a muse as well. We came up with seven to add to that.

MTV News:  When do you first remember putting a word to your sleeplessness? I think a lot of people justify it as, “Oh, I’m a night owl. I stay up late.” You often don’t think of it as what it could actually be, which is insomnia, and why you’re up so late. 

Tablo: When I was growing up, I think it was forced on me. I grew up in a very strict family, growing up in Seoul, in Korea, where not sleeping to study was deemed a very noble thing. Literally, if you had a nosebleed, your parents or your teachers would deem you very worthy. In retrospect, that’s so horrible, right? It’s not a badge of honor to have a nosebleed when you’re a kid because you’re forcing your body into a situation where you’re not letting it get its necessary rest. I grew up that way, so I thought that there was a direct correlation between passion and insomnia. Then, what happened was when I got older and I was in college, I realized that that sleeplessness was a symptom of depression and also may have led to depression. College was when I found out from doctors that I have depression. That’s when I started thinking about it differently, but even after college, and I became a musician, I would always drive myself to the point where I would just faint every day almost.

That’s how I lived my whole life. I’m still dealing with it. There are beautiful elements to it as well, like the fact that we can choose when lights go out. But I would recommend that everyone gets their necessary amount of sleep.

MTV News: However you want to fit it into your day.

Tablo: Yes, just take a nap, siesta, whatever you can.

MTV News: Would you say that’s when your creativity sparks? In the middle of the night?

Tablo: That’s actually the way we’ve worked pretty much our entire career. We would wake up at 8 p.m. and then go to the studio and start really working from midnight to 3 or 4 a.m. The reason a lot of creatives work in that time space is because everyone else is logged off. The demands of the world just stop for a second where you can just focus on that creativity, but all three of us are now married and two of us have kids. We’ve had to realign our creative time to the mornings. We will work in the morning so that we can get sleep at night and wake up the next morning to take our kids to school. That was a difficult thing to do at first. We would get into the studio and we would sit there for like six hours just confused. You must know what it’s like to some days work in the morning, right?

MTV News: Absolutely. I am not a morning person.

Tablo: To come up with art in the morning is really difficult to do, but we’re in a basement deliberately so that we confuse ourselves into thinking it’s night time. We have no windows.

MTV News: This album opens with “Sleepless,” and this is a track that you just hear a bunch of symptoms of insomnia. Why did you want to open the album that way?

Tablo: One night I was at home. It was late night, I couldn’t sleep. All I had with me was my phone. In the modern day, the phone is the reason why a lot of people are sleepless. I hated this thing. I hated the fact that I’m attached to this thing, and I can’t get rid of it. I usually try to put it far away from me so that I can sleep. One night, I put it away, and I imagined my voice assistant, like Siri, asking me these questions because if anyone’s responsible [for my sleeplessness], that phone is. I imagined it asking me, “Do you have trouble sleeping? Are you heartbroken?”

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From left to right: Tablo, DJ Tukutz, and Mithra Jin

MTV News: I was reading an interview you guys did last year, and at that time Mithra Jin said that you were “suffering with the creative process” of finishing up this album. Was it just this project in general, or is “suffering” how you’d always describe your process?

Tablo: It sounds so typical, like the tortured artist thing. But I have a different take on it. It is suffering personally for us, but the way I think of it for me, the suffering is much worse when I don’t create. It’s not the gift and the curse kind of thing. It’s the curse and a bigger curse kind of thing where I know that what’s required of me to make an album, especially with a family. I know the sacrifices I’m gonna have to make. But at the same time, I know that if I don’t make music and if I take a break away from it, I know how I suffer psychologically because of that.

I’ve stopped creating for a whole year. Not out of my choice. Seven, eight years ago there was this crazy thing that happened to me where I wasn’t allowed to do music anymore. I took a break from it, and it almost destroyed me. Psychologically, the way I overcame it was by creating again.

MTV News: For this album in particular, when it comes to your creative process, was it any different than your past albums? Was there a different vibe?

Tablo: For this album, it was very calming for some reason. I think it shows on a lot of the songs because the ending track on this album, for example, is probably the most peaceful song I’ve ever made.

MTV News: “Lullaby for a Cat.”

Tablo: Yeah, it’s just the mellowness of it… I was surprised when these songs were coming out. I was like, “Hey, this actually sounds serene.” Serenity is something that I am not known for. It was a great feeling, but it was this strange calm that was there when we were making this.

MTV News: I know you’re a person who loves film. Were there films that inspired you while making this album?

Tablo: Obviously, because it’s called Sleepless in __________, a lot of people are like, “Is this Sleepless in Seattle?” I don’t think I’ve ever seen that movie. I get it confused with You’ve Got Mail. That whole era of Tom Hanks romantic comedies really confused me. The song “Eternal Sunshine” literally has the title. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, if you watch it again, visually it seems like a visual representation of what goes through someone’s mind when they’re an insomniac. That whole thing about forgetting things and erasing someone from your mind, it naturally happens when you haven’t slept enough. Your memory is a jumble. You don’t know what’s reality and what’s fantasy. I also used to be a big fan of French New Wave. A lot of those films have these really calm scenes without music, where it’s just two people in bed just talking.

MTV News: “Eternal Sunshine” is a track that stuck with me because of that, because you are talking directly to the listener. There is that refrain of, “Do you feel lonely? Are you sick with anxiety?”

Tablo: That’s what I was feeling. That’s why I say, “Same here,” because I feel like a ton of people are feeling this way — having anxiety attacks or just very lonely, dealing with depression. I just wanted to say, well, same here. I’m also saying this for myself to remind me that I’m not the only one. There’s a world of people that can relate to me and vice versa. I’m hoping that they can find some comfort in knowing that I do too, which I think is a very important thing. It’s become a subject of a lot of popular music right now in the States, right?

MTV News: Yeah, it is.

Tablo: I don’t feel like it’s something that can be talked any less. I think it should be talked about constantly.

MTV News: Why do you think mental health is the subject of a lot of popular music now?

Tablo: I went back to my older albums from 15 years ago. What I noticed is that I’ve been talking about this since our first album. I’ve always had a song dealing with depression. The thing is, at the time I didn’t have the word anxiety for it. It was interesting that I had been speaking about it and all of a sudden in the recent couple of years, it was in a lot of music that I was hearing. I was glad that was happening. I’m glad that there’s a word, [that] there are certain words that we can all talk about.

MTV News: One of my favorite songs on the album is “Rain Again Tomorrow.” That beat was so unexpected. What was the genesis of that track?  

Tablo: Because the album concept is sleeplessness, what was expected is probably a lot of songs that are really chill and down-tempo. But that’s not what sleeplessness is. Sleeplessness is not just those chill, steady beats. At times, it’s probably, emotion-wise, very up-tempo. A lot of people are sleepless in cars. A lot of people are sleepless at a club — it looks like everyone’s just dancing and enjoying themselves, but I guarantee that the majority of those people at the club are simply dealing with sleeplessness at 120 beats per minute.

When I first started making “Rain Again Tomorrow,” the first sketch of the song was a really danceable track. I wanted to create an up-tempo song that still sounds depressing. I try to imagine myself when I was much younger, like when I was at a club and I was awkward. I didn’t feel like I belonged there. I’m dancing, but in my mind, I’m not fully there, and I’m having depressing thoughts. I wanted to convey those contrasting moods.

MTV News: My favorite lyric on the album is, “We tried to build a future, all we got’s a broken past,” from “No Different.” I’ve been thinking about it a lot. What’s the story behind it?

Tablo: I think probably my entire life. When you try to build something, you’re gonna have a situation where it breaks. Nothing that you can build in this world is gonna last forever. Although the lyrics may sound depressing to somebody, to me it was a very optimistic thing to say because, yeah, we have a broken past. Things have not gone the way we wanted it to, but it was because we tried to build a better future. We tried. I think that is something that’s very important to me just overall, not just about love, but even outside of the song. I believe firmly that people should be allowed to make mistakes and that people should be allowed to break as long as we understand that they were trying to build something.

MTV News: Do you consider yourself to be a perfectionist?

Tablo: I am too experienced to believe that perfection is ever possible. I try to get it to a point where I can no longer do any better, but definitely as a kid or in my 20s I tried to be a perfectionist. That never worked out for me. That would actually be where I’d bring back those lyrics, “We tried to build a future. All we got’s a broken past.” That’s what happens when you try to be a perfectionist. I don’t strive to be perfect, but I do push myself to the point where I can no longer do any better because that’s just the best I can do.

MTV News: With the release of your previous album, you guys talked a lot about the possibility of that being the last Epik High album. Now that you’ve released another one, do you feel pressure to keep making more?

Tablo: The pressure that Epik High feels is probably very unique to us. We’ve been a group for 16 years, which in itself is a rare thing. At the same time, we’re in the K-pop industry, where the expected lifespan of a group is very short. There aren’t many musicians that go beyond 10 years and still do well enough to continue. That puts us into a unique position where we feel like every project could possibly be our last because I still don’t understand why people still care when we release stuff — things are so fast over here. Somebody will be beloved, they will be considered legends, but after a year or the next day, they won’t matter anymore.

We’ve been doing this so long that the pressure that we feel is not to constantly put out content, but the pressure we feel is outside of our control: Are we gonna be allowed to continue to do this?

MTV News: With the musical landscape becoming more diverse, and the way people around the world are finding music online, especially K-pop, is that easing some of your anxiety? Because more people can listen to Sleepless in __________ than ever before.

Tablo: That actually intensifies the pressure or the fear. Because the internet is the hyper-speed version of reality. The things will matter like crazy for one day and then people will completely forget about it the next. Plus, with the entry barrier being gone, that means there are so many different things that people can spend their time with. They don’t have to choose us. I totally understand that. It’s a constant fear of when is the end for us. I know for a fact that’s not gonna be decided by us. If people one day choose not to listen to us, that’s the end for us regardless of whether we want to continue to do it. I’m not afraid of getting older. I’m not even really afraid of death, honestly. But I am afraid of not being able to do what I do because there’s no one on the receiving end.

Mariah Carey Has A Parade Of Subway Dancers Behind Her In ‘A No No’ Video

Mariah Carey has released the video for “A No No,” a nostalgic anthem from her 2018 album CautionThere’s something absolutely retro about the song’s sonic similarities to “Crush On You,” which it samples, by Lil Kim that drenches the listener in early-Internet era atmosphere. It’s an aesthetic that the visual retains with a beautiful subway presence that entertains from the opening seconds throughout. You’ll want to get up and dance after seeing the energy expounded in this video.

“A No No” takes place in a subway car where graffiti is etched on metal seat dividers and Carey, with her shimmering hair and blinding smile, sits comfortably, undeterred by her surroundings. Behind her is a cavalcade of dancing people of all shapes, colors, and sizes. The camaraderie here is amazing; bodies jolt and snap to the charged production and Mariah’s vocals as the group behind them amps them up with waved hands and excited smiles. At one point, a guy gets up and makes a goldfish (don’t worry, it’s submerged in water) do a couple of dance moves by gently swirling its’ bowl. It’s a truly beautiful scene. Many of the dancers get a chance to get one on one time with the camera, moving close to show off the extent of their dance skills and their pearly whites. Carey lets the others have the spotlight while she stands to the side and serves look after look in her furry coat and sensual dress, accentuating the curves that have made her a sex symbol since the 1990s.

“A No No” is the third video released from Caution following “GTFO” and the DJ Mustard-assisted “With You.” She’s currently in the midst of the North American leg of the Caution World Tour that ends in April. In May, she will begin on the European leg.

Take a look at the dancefest visual up above.

Demi Lovato Sends Herself Some Beautiful Pink Roses After A Breakup

It’s a beautiful Friday. The birds are chirping, the air is crisp, and there are plenty of reasons to be happy to be alive, even if some things seem to be out of your control. For Demi Lovato that means pushing through her recent break-up with fashion designer Henry Levy.

The two were together for several months, but the singer’s not going to spend too much time wallowing in romantic despair. She’s already made the first step toward a blissful, single life by showing herself some love: She decided to end the week by sending herself some roses.

In the picture posted to her Instagram Story, Lovato is standing in front of a bouquet of beautiful pink roses. In her hand, she holds a card that reads, “You’re beautiful, you’re loved, and you’re worthy of a happy and healthy life.” It’s adorable and a stirring sentiment, something that we all need to hear because it’s true.

This week, Lovato isn’t just practicing emotional self-love, either — she’s also showing off in the gym. On Wednesday, the 26-year-old singer took to Instagram to jokingly apologize to her trainer, Jay Glazer, for knocking out one of his teeth during an intense training session. Although it’s a serious (and admittedly funny) situation, we’re glad to see the singer living her best life.

Juice WRLD’s Death Race For Love Begins Today

Juice WRLD‘s debut studio album Goodbye & Good Riddance established him as one of the front runners of rap’s new age last year, as the LP’s heartbroken lead single “Lucid Dreams” made him into a rising sensation. Love, and all of the ups and downs that come with it, is his forte. And in what seems like a personal challenge to top his now-platinum album’s romantic fixation, Juice WRLD has released his sophomore LP Death Race For Love today.

22 tracks long and containing just three features (Young Thug, Brent Faiyaz, and Clever), Death Race For Love is a bold show of Juice WRLD’s artistic confidence. With that much free space, listeners will be able to get their full share of the rapper’s range as he alternates between confident melodies and cutting lyricism. It features the previously-released singles “Hear Me Calling,” a tale of a man pleading for love, and “Robbery,” a poisonous tune about a man who’s had his heart stolen.

Although his album is out, there’s no time for the rapper to slow down and revel in the moment, as he’s currently supporting Nicki Minaj on the Nicki WRLD Tour. And once it goes on break at the end of this month, he has to prepare for his own tour in support of Death Race For Love starting April 25 in Vancouver.

The LP has some pretty lofty expectations to meet after Aaron “Dash” Sherrod, an A&R at Interscope Records, told Billboard earlier this week that the LP is comparable to Jay-Z’s 1996 album Reasonable Doubt and Biggie’s 1997 album Life After Death  — two legendary albums in the rap canon.

Listen to Death Race For Love below.