Sabrina Carpenter’s ‘Sue Me’ Video Has Legally Blonde Written All Over It

Remember the scene in Legally Blonde where Elle Woods, fresh off being dumped by dumb Warner, wallows in bed while scarfing chocolates? That’s basically where Sabrina Carpenter‘s new “Sue Me” video picks up, complete with an all-pink color scheme and a tiny dog (only this time, it’s a black pug instead of Elle’s trusty chihuahua, Bruiser).

The Legally Blonde influence seeps into the entirety of Sabrina’s playful vid, following the singer as she snaps out of her pity party (thanks in part to BFF Joey King), decks herself out in hot pink threads, and heads to a college campus to plot her domination. There’s even a scene in a pool reminiscent of Elle’s classic Harvard admission tape, and in an undeniably meta twist for a song called “Sue Me,” Sabrina’s newfound confidence eventually takes her to a literal courtroom.

There’s no dramatic revelations about pool boys and perms, but there’s plenty of swagger as Sabrina belts the bubbly hook: “So sue me for looking too pretty tonight / Wearing your favorite color under the lights / For moving on, doing everything right.”

During a recent appearance on Live! with Kelly and Ryan, the 19-year-old talked up the confidence-boosting themes behind “Sue Me,” saying, “I think it’s empowerment, it’s confidence, it’s being comfortable with yourself regardless of what anybody thinks.”

“Sue Me” appears on Sabrina’s new bop-filled album Singular: Act 1, which arrived last week. She’ll debut the second half of the two-part album early next year, and fingers crossed she’ll drop off some more fun visuals before then. What, like it’s hard?!

Little Mix Strip It Down For Two Fierce, Fearless New Videos

Seven years and five albums in, Little Mix are continuing to prove themselves models of empowerment and body positivity. Those themes run deep throughout the Brit girl group’s new album, LM5, and to celebrate their big release day on Friday (November 16), they debuted not one, but two stunning videos.

The first, “Strip,” was co-directed by photographer Rankin and features inspirational activists like Bryony Gordon and Nimco Ali, along with featured artist Sharaya J and the girls’ own family members. Fittingly, Jesy, Jade, Perrie, and Leigh-Anne “stripped” down for the black and white affair, covering their skin with nothing but derogatory words like “slutty,” “talentless,” and “ugly.” It’s a striking image, and their confident, liberating lyrics give it all the context you need: “Take off all my makeup ’cause I love what’s under it / Rub off all your words, don’t give a uh, I’m over it / Jiggle all this weight, yeah, you know I love all of this / Finally love me naked, sexiest when I’m confident.”

Upon releasing the video for “Strip,” Little Mix tweeted, “This is so special to us, from the amazing women we worked with, to the message of the song. It’s EVERYTHING we wanted LM5 to represent!”

Along with “Strip,” the group also debuted an eye-catching video for “More Than Words.” In it, featured artist Kamille basically becomes an honorary fifth member of the tribe, joining the girls as they belt the thundering power ballad against hazy backdrops that compliment the song’s glitchy vocal stylings. Don’t miss the stormy climax, during which they weather a wild rainstorm while proclaiming their undying devotion.

Little Mix’s very empowering, very poptastic LM5 is out now.

The Chainsmokers Get Wistful On ‘Beach House,’ A Song About Listening To Beach House

Beach House is a band from Baltimore that makes swirling, melty dream-pop perfect for a number of occasions including but certainly not limited to watching a sunset, contemplating the nature of existence, and lying on your floor. “Myth” is an all-timer. Kendrick Lamar sampled their drowsy, whimsical “Silver Soul” for “Money Trees” in 2012.

The Chainsmokers likely know all this. Their new single, “Beach House,” begins with Drew Taggart singing, “Woke up on the west side / Listening to Beach House, taking my time.” When the song hit on Friday (November 16), the duo tweeted that they were “listening to a lot of [B]each [H]ouse” when they made it.

These guys like Beach House, it would seem. “Beach House,” however, does not sound like Beach House. “Beach House” sounds like a prototypical Chainsmokers track, lyrically charged with sexual energy and complete with a big beat drop right after the hook. That same tweet revealed that Taggart and his partner, Alex Pall, “tried to get back to our roots on this with that classic OG Chainsmoker feel.”

And it’s true — “Beach House” is very festival-ready, like all the group’s biggest hits. Its breakdown resembles “Closer,” their juggernaut EDM-lite pop smash with Halsey that topped the Hot 100 chart for 12 weeks a few years ago. Genetically, it’s much airier than the chaotic “Sick Boy,” which is the right move for a song called “Beach House” that references the band Beach House.

It should be noted for posterity that Beach House have no comment on the song, as their reps told Pitchfork earlier today. You can listen to “Beach House” above, and then listen to Beach House’s cosmic latest album, 7, below.

Meek Mill Announces His First Post-Prison Album, Which Apparently Features Cardi B

Meek Mill‘s had quite the productive run after being released from prison in April, dropping an EP over the summer and diligently campaigning for prison reform. And on Friday (November 16), the Philadelphia MC detailed his first post-prison album, which you’ll get to hear before the month is up.

Meek took to social media to reveal the album’s celebratory title: Championships. The follow-up to 2017’s Wins & Losses, it arrives on November 30 and comes with colorful cover art that captures a close-up of Meek’s focused gaze. He also threw in a couple trophy emojis, because every solid album rollout needs a trademark symbol.

Meek first hinted at Championships in an interview with Vogue published earlier this week. According to the mag, the album will address “his experiences and the issue of social justice.” He told Vogue, “I’ve been writing myself since I was probably, what, 8 years old. I’ve been doing this a long time, so [there’s] always pressure to be better.”

An accompanying Vogue video briefly previews a collaboration between Meek and Cardi B, which seemingly confirms TMZ reports from last month that suggested the two had hit the studio together. Meek cues up the energetic-sounding track around the 45-second mark in the video below, and while you can’t hear Cardi in it, it definitely sounds like a banger (sorry, Nicki).

Further details about Championships — including the tracklsit and roster of featured guests — are being kept under wraps, but thankfully there’s not long to wait until we hear the project in full. Only two weeks to go!

Anderson .Paak Expresses His Regrets Over Mac Miller’s Death On ‘Cheers’

Since Mac Miller‘s death in September, Anderson .Paak has been one of the more vocal supporters of the late rapper, paying tribute to him onstage on more than one occasion. Now, .Paak has put his feelings about Mac’s death on wax, mentioning his former collaborator in a song from his newly released third album, Oxnard.

The track in question, “Cheers,” is a buoyant but mournful cut featuring Q-Tip and co-produced by Dr. Dre. In the first verse, .Paak ruminates, “Shit, music business movin’ too fast for me / Wishin’ I still had Mac with me / How do you tell a n—a slow it down when you livin’ just as fast as ’em?” The production is jazzy and upbeat, but .Paak’s words or anything but: “Tears keep fallin’ down my eyes / Damn it, I miss you, I should be with you.”

Q-Tip jumps in for the song’s third verse, and he opens with a couple bars nodding to the late Phife Dawg, his bandmate and brother in A Tribe Called Quest. “I don’t know what to do but reminisce and face the pain / Back in the day before you were a dog and you were just pup,” he raps, before echoing .Paak’s thoughts about the lows that seem to follow the highs of fame. “So sick of sendin’ flowers to all my of brother’s mommas / Don’t know what’s harder, fightin’ trauma or keepin’ a promise.”

Though .Paak and Miller only released one song together, 2016’s “Dang!,” they managed to become close friends. .Paak made a few tributes to Miller leading up to Oxnard‘s release, including an Instagram post a few days after Miller’s death on September 7. The Cali MC also honored Mac by performing “Dang!” at a tribute show on Halloween, and by saying onstage at the BET Hip Hip Awards, “Legends never die. And Mac Miller not was, but is a whole legend.”

Starter Pack: 5 CupcakKe Songs To Know So You Can Start Stanning

Every week, TRL presents a starter pack of songs you need to know to begin stanning a new artist. This week’s Starter Pack belongs to none other than Chicago rapper CupcakKe.

Since skyrocketing to online fame with “Deepthroat” in 2015, CupcakKe hasn’t stopped making music. Dropping Ephorize and Eden this year alone, CupcakKe’s up to six albums as she continues to command attention from online niches and mainstream music publications alike.

If you’re just learning about CupcakKe, these five songs should do the trick.

“Money,” CupcakKe (2012)

As her debut video uploaded to YouTube, “Money” is a far cry from a lot of the NSFW CupcakKe bops fans first heard. Though this song might make it seem that she only cares about her bank balance, the 21-year-old rapper now uses her viral video cash for a good cause, regularly making headlines by helping out fans in tough financial situations.

“Deepthroat,” CupcakKe (2015)

Don’t put this one on at work, but “Deepthroat” is the song that launched it all for CupcakKe. While her dirty lyrical work is a huge part of what makes her stand out, CupcakKe’s equally-sexual visuals for those lyrics have helped push ten of her music videos past the one million views mark.

“Lgbt,” CupcakKe (2016)

Though she came to fame with what fans call her “hoe songs,” CupcakKe wouldn’t be where she is today without the die-hard support of her core, LGBTQ fanbase. “Lgbt” is also proof that the rapper can do more than “hoe songs”—see the social justice-oriented “Picking Cotton” as a further example.

“Lipgloss,” Charli XCX feat. CupcakKe (2017)

For long-term fans of CupcakKe, “Lipgloss” was confirmation that she wasn’t just a fad, getting support from a mainstream pop artist like Charli XCX. The two have even performed together several times, collaborating on “I Got It” with Brooke Candy and Pabllo Vittar later the same year.

“Blackjack,” CupcakKe (2018)

Production value has only gone up for both CupcakKe’s audio and visuals, perfectly exemplified by the lead single “Blackjack” off her latest album, Eden. The song and its video sum up CupcakKe’s current era: perfected enough to garner attention from mainstream artists and media, but unafraid to stick to her “hoe song” roots.

Julia Michaels Finds Nirvana In A Video Game With Her Ralph Breaks The Internet Anthem

It’s official: Julia Michaels‘s signature electro-pop touch can make anything sound pristine. Take “In This Place,” the singer-songwriter’s contribution to the Ralph Breaks the Internet soundtrack. It’s essentially an ode to a fictional video game called “Slaughter Race,” which plays a big role in the upcoming animated sequel. And while that doesn’t sound like particularly standard fodder for a pop song, Michaels makes it irresistible with especially intoxicating lyrics.

“Now I’m flying, my spirit’s climbing / As I’m called through this far off maze,” she sings on the glitchy chorus. “My body, my spirit aligning / In this place called Slaughter Race.” It’s weird and wonderful in the most unexpected way.

“In This Place” premiered on Thursday (November 15) on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 show. Michaels called in to tell Lowe that she was brought in to add a pop edge to the song, which was written by Disney film score legend Alan Menken, along with Phil Johnston and Tom MacDougall.

“I’ve been a huge Disney fan for as long as I can remember,” Michaels said, explaining that MacDougall asked her to make a version of the song that felt “more current.” She added, “I was like, ‘I would love to try anything! Anything to be a part of a Disney movie! I’m in.’ … It was just such an amazing experience. I was so happy I got to be a part of it.”

As for her own music, Michaels revealed that she plans to put out some new songs in January before heading out on tour with Keith Urban and P!nk. She said, “I’ve decided that I’m just not gonna wait anymore. I need to put it out and I want it to be out in the world and to be loved on.” Amen to that!

Ho Ho Ho, Katy Perry Has Returned With A Bubbly Christmas Bop

Whether or not it’s acceptable to listen to Christmas music before Thanksgiving is a timeless debate, but we now know where Katy Perry stands. On Thursday (November 15), the pop star joined this year’s Christmas-music onslaught — which also includes John Legend, Gwen Stefani, and even Tyler, the Creator — by dropping “Cozy Little Christmas.”

The bubbly bop is indeed mighty cozy, with jingle bells galore and love-fueled lyrics in the vein of Mariah Carey’s immortal “All I Want For Christmas Is You.” “Nothing lights my fire or wraps me up baby like you do,” she sings, “Just want a cozy, cozy little Christmas here with you.” But as much as Katy preaches about what really matters this holiday season (love, duh!), she also uses a playful spoken interlude to keep it relatable: “I don’t need anything. Take back all the Cartier and the Tiffany’s and the Chanel. Well, can I keep that Chanel? Please?”

“Cozy Little Christmas” marks Perry’s first new solo music since last year’s Witness. And while that album was met with very mixed reviews, surely this festive little tune will be a crowd-pleaser all around. The new song is available exclusively on Amazon Music, so cozy up and take a listen below.

Normani And 6LACK’s New Song ‘Waves’ Is A Hazy Storm Of Seductiveness

Just when you had finally memorized every addictive word and every stunning vocal run on Normani‘s recently released collabs with Calvin Harris, she’s come through with yet another tune that might be her best yet.

On Thursday (November 15), Normani blessed fans’ ears with “Waves,” a seductive slow jam featuring Atlanta’s 6LACK. Heavy with love-soaked lyrics of an all-consuming relationship, “Waves” doubles down on the cover art’s ’90s feel with a heavy R&B beat. “First I blame you, then I want you / Fucking hate you, then I love you / I can’t help myself, no,” Normani sings, before 6LACK comes through with his own moody verse about “making love on the full moon.” It’s a vibe.

Speaking with Beats 1 host Zane Lowe after the song’s premiere, Normani praised 6LACK as an “important” artist, saying, “He’s an amazing lyricist, and I feel like he took the record to a whole other level. I already love the record as is, but he totally exceeded any expectation I even had, which was pretty high, because I admire him as an artist.”

The former Fifth Harmony singer also took the opportunity to spill a little tea about her upcoming debut solo album — kind of. She made sure not to divulge too much, but did reveal that the album will be released at the top of 2019, and that its title has a number in it (I’m guessing it’s probably not a “five”). She also said Khalid would appear on the album, though their hit single “Love Lies” didn’t make the cut because it “was a moment of its own.”

Sounds like Normani will have a hefty arsenal of bops to dig into when she hits the road with Ariana Grande on the Sweetener World Tour next year. Until then, we’ll be riding these “waves” into the winter.

Here’s Why K-pop Fans Are Making Up Totally Fake Facts About Their Faves

Jungkook isn’t afraid of washing his hands. Olivia Hye isn’t offended by people with peanut allergies. And BTS definitely won’t be performing “Telephone” by Lady Gaga and Beyoncé anytime soon.

But if you’re an unassuming K-pop fan who stumbled upon one of the many totally fake “fact” accounts on social media, you might wind up believing those lies are true. Over the past few months, accounts that produce hilariously absurd — and very untrue — graphics on Twitter and Instagram have gained popularity among K-pop fandoms. But why?

The similarities are pretty rigid between the most prominent fact accounts, all of which thrive on the low-quality nature of their images. Most accounts source their facts from their followers, who submit them via direct messages or CuriousCat, a website that allows users to anonymously send comments and questions. With mismatched fonts, blurry photos, and misspelled words, there’s a standard protocol in the fake-fact business.

More than anything else, it’s the out-there ideas for the facts themselves that are the key to a successful post, according to interviews with the creators behind these popular accounts.

“It feels like we know the girls and their personalities,” Jac from Canada told MTV News about her account, @loonafacts12, which creates fake facts for the members of rookie K-pop girl group Loona. “So when I write a fact that’s very blatantly untrue, I think that people find it funny because they know the girls would never do that, but it’s still funny to imagine.”

It’s all about being in on the joke for die-hard fans who would never fall for the made-up facts that a less-connected fan might believe. These facts are finely tuned to be funny in relation to the pop star they’re parodying.

“I just think they find the whole concept funny,” said @legitbtsfacts owner Sofia from the U.S., “because the things I say would definitely correlate with the member I chose for that ‘fact’ based on their personality.”

According to @SuperJuniorFact owner Erin from France, who runs the Super Junior account with her friend Karla from the U.S., this kind of weird, taboo humor can be considered “cursed content.”

“It’s content that makes you cringe the longer you see it and makes you just want to put your phone down for a second to reevaluate your life choices and how they led you there,” Erin told MTV News. “It’s not a set aesthetic or set in stone, it’s more of a feeling that we want the public to feel.”

But not all fans are in on the joke, which can make things awkward for these content creators. Some accept the graphics as fact or completely misunderstand that they’re only intended as jokes in the first place.

“It’s very rare,” Jac said, “but occasionally people will tweet or comment on Instagram accusing us of posting these facts maliciously or saying they believed one of the facts until they read other ones.”

It’s that backlash that can also help fake fact accounts grow, as is the case with @jungkookfacts97 — an account dedicated to BTS’ youngest member and main vocalist, Jungkook.

“The account blew up late August,” the owner said, “after an account with 50,000 followers told everyone to report my facts, and that’s when I got the most hate. I got around 900 comments over a few days and most of them were people getting very angry with me because of the facts.”

Despite the criticism, the owner admitted that she’s not doing much to curb the drama on her account, instead presenting her facts as legitimate. “We always state that the facts are 100% real and that we’d never post a fake fact.”

Beyond just misinformation, fake fact accounts also push the boundaries with posts about politics, violence, and NSFW topics not often broached in the world of K-pop. Some account owners, however, are willing to take things further than others.

“I like kind of pushing the boundaries of what’s ‘OK’ to post,” the @jungkookfacts97 owner said. “But if something is a little more controversial I might send it to my friends who help me [run] the account to see if they think it’s too much.”

Sofia adopts a similar strategy with her friends when it comes to posting controversial content. Meanwhile, Erin and Karla prioritize Super Junior’s own reputation when making sure not to publish jokes that could reflect poorly on the group and its fandom.

For the most part, the riskiest fake facts skew progressive and liberal, which Sofia attributed to the diverse makeup of the fanbase.

“Since majority of the fandom is a part of the LGBT community,” she explained, “I think they find the facts funny and relatable to their own personal circumstances since it deals with their faves.”

Jac agreed, saying, “Facts that express political or social ideas that are mainly liberal receive a lot of attention … This might be because they take stances that majority of the fandom, including me, has as well.”

As fans of K-pop idols that aren’t typically allowed to speak on politics and controversial subjects like LGBTQ issues and mental health, fake fan accounts give voice to the fanbases’ progressive ideals. And by putting those views into the voice of their faves, fans create their own ideal reality, one where the groups that they stan can voice their opinions freely.

Ultimately, that’s why these fake fact accounts keep sprouting up across K-pop fandoms — and are beginning to spread to others.

So while fake fact accounts push boundaries and potentially spread misinformation, they’re really just serving as the internet voice of K-pop’s creative, diverse fandom.