Adam Rippon Didn’t Hear Taylor Swift’s ‘Calm Down’ Until The Music Video — And He Was In It

If you’re still watching Taylor Swift‘s “You Need To Calm Down” music video on a daily basis, you’re not alone. The wide variety of Easter eggs and A-list celebrity cameos keep fans coming back for more. And as delightful as it seems to prance around a colorful trailer park passionately singing lyrics like “shade never made anybody less gay” with some of your all-time favorite people, Adam Rippon can confirm that it was, in fact, a dream come true.

During an interview with ET at VidCon 2019, the Olympian revealed that Swift is just as incredible, kind, and hospitable as anyone would assume she is. “She was such a dream to work with and so nice,” he said. “As nice as you think she is, she is just as nice and went above and beyond to make everybody feel like… She’s so grateful for everybody to be there and she was just the nicest.”

But Taylor’s kindness isn’t quite as shocking as when Rippon revealed that he actually didn’t get to hear the song until the music video was officially released. “When we were all filming the music video, we had no idea what the song was or anything about it,” Rippon said. “I never heard it until it was released, and then when I saw the music video… that was the first time I saw it. And I love the music video and I love the song.” Don’t we all?

While it remains a mystery just how Swift managed to keep the song a secret from everyone including those who were actually in it, we’re honestly not surprised. The “ME!” singer has a track record of keeping projects tightly under wraps, but even we have to admit: This is so next level.

Lil Nas X’s ‘Old Town Road’ Has Now Been No. 1 Longer Than ‘Uptown Funk’ Ever Was

Just a few days ago, Lil Nas X recruited Young Thug and young viral yodeler Mason Ramsey for yet another remix of his ever-mutating hit “Old Town Road.” At this point, calling it a “cultural juggernaut” or a “behemoth of chart success” feels like telling only part of the story; “Old Town Road” began as a meme and became the No. 1 song in the country, not the other way around. Therefore, it has seemed gradually invincible for the past few months.

When Justin Bieber hopped on Billie Eilish’s “Bad Guy” remix last week, though, it seemed like the reign of Lil Nas X could be coming to an end. But nope! Not even a superstar team-up like that — complete with the adorable, feel-good, somehow underdog narrative behind it — could stop “Old Town Road.” It is now enjoying its historic 15th week on top of Billboard‘s Hot 100 chart.

This gives “Old Town Road” and its Billy Ray Cyrus remix a unique designation: It has now outlasted Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’s “Uptown Funk,” the Black Eyed Peas’s “I Gotta Feeling,” Mariah Carey’s “We Belong Together,” Los Del Rio’s “Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix),” Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You,” Boyz II Men’s “I’ll Make Love to You,” and Elton John’s “Candle in the Wind 1997″/”Something About the Way You Look Tonight” at the top of chart. All those songs remained No. 1 for 14 weeks.

Additionally, Lil Nas X and Billy Ray are just one week away from tying other two songs for the honor of longest-running No. 1 of all time: Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito” featuring Justin Bieber, and Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men’s “One Sweet Day,” which both lasted 16 weeks. Outlets are also pointing out that “Old Town Road” is now officially the longest-running debut single of all time.

It’s very conceivable that “Old Town Road” will break this ultimate record given how it only needs to hang on for another two weeks. And so far, no challengers to the throne — not even fellow gargantuan pop stars like Taylor Swift (twice), Ed Sheeran (with Bieber), Post Malone (with Young Thug), Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello, and others — have been able to topple it.

In the meantime, Rolling Stone‘s newly launched charts currently find “Old Town Road” at No. 2, just below Posty’s “Goodbyes.” That might matter, but we won’t know how much until next week. Stay tuned, and stream the newest remix of “Old Town Road” above.

Avril Lavigne Strokes Lucifer’s Beard In ‘I Fell In Love With The Devil’ Video

Avril Lavigne has released a dark and ghastly video for her immensely cathartic song, “I Fell In Love With The Devil.” While her tune is emotional and personal, the video takes the concept to the extreme, providing a spooky companion that sits with you well after it ends. If you fell in love with Lucifer, what do you think would happen? It couldn’t possibly be what’s in here.

The video for “I Fell In Love With The Devil” feels luscious and intimate. It’s like we’re not supposed to be seeing what we are. Lavigne drives a hearse with the body of an innocent woman – also played by her – clad in white, most likely to symbolize innocence. We then see Lavigne again, seduced by Lucifer’s full beard and slick hair. She plays the piano in dark skies, clad in a blood red dress. She also holds a black cross with sinister, evil eyes. Loving Lucifer drains you of your humanity and makes you a shade of your human self. It’s a powerful statement and compelling addition to her narrative, being able to see how she feels about her life’s situations from an artistic standpoint.

“I Fell In Love With The Devil” appears on her recently released album, Head Above Water that came out in February. It features the previously released singles, “Tell Me It’s Over,” “Dumb Blonde,” with Nicki Minaj, and the title track which arrived with a powerful, awe-inducing video. She’s heading out a tour in support of the album this fall, marking her first trek in over five years. It kicks off in September and wraps up in October.

Watch the video for “I Fell In Love With The Devil” up above.

Post Malone And Swae Lee Are Running Away Together On New Tour

Think of two artists with more distinctive voices than Post Malone and Swae Lee. They can be picked out of a vocal lineup without blinking and they’ve become successful artists because of their killer choruses and larger-than-life personalities that add color to their cartoonish cadences. When they collaborated on “Sunflower” from the soundtrack to Spider-Man: Into The Spiderverse, it catapulted to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 because of their magical powers intertwining together. This fall, that magic will be explored in a new tour just announced by Post Malone that kicks off in September and ends in November.

The Runaway Tour is Malone’s own beast, featuring Swae Lee as a special guest along with Florida singer Tyla Yaweh. The fun begins on September 14 in Tacoma, WA and runs through November, ending in Los Angeles, CA on November 20. Aside from a show in Fresno, CA on September 21, Swae Lee will be there for the entirety of the tour. That’s a lot of opportunity for Post Malone and Rae Sremmurd crossovers. Hopefully, behind the scenes, the tour causes the two to create new music together. You know, wishful thinking. Tickets for the general public go on sale on July 19 at 10 AM on LiveNation.

Post Malone is setting up for a massive close of the year. “Wow” peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in March and earlier this month, he released “Goodbyes” with Young Thug. Earlier this year, Swae Lee revealed that he had some solo hits up his sleeve and that a new Rae Sremmurd album would be coming before this year is up. This tour looks to be the connecting vehicle carrying both Post Malone and Swae Lee’s 2019 shenanigans. It’ll be interesting to see how they intersect and what will arise from these moments.

Take a look at the tour dates below.

09/14 – Tacoma, WA @ Tacoma Dome

09/16 – Vancouver, British Columbia @ Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena

09/17 – Portland, OR @ MODA Center

09/19 – Sacramento, CA @ Golden 1 Center

09/21 – Fresno, CA* @ Save Mart Center

09/22 – Las Vegas, NV @ Life Is Beautiful Festival

09/26 – St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center

09/29 – Detroit, MI @ Little Caesars Arena

10/03 – Toronto, ON @ Scotiabank Arena

10/06 – Buffalo, NY @ KeyBank Center

10/09 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden

10/11 – Atlantic City, NJ @ Boardwalk Hall

10/12 – Washington, DC @ Capital One Arena

10/14 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden

10/17 – Raleigh, NC @ PNC Arena

10/18 – Atlanta, GA @ State Farm Arena

10/20 – Miami, FL @ American Airlines Arena

10/24 – Tampa, FL @ Amalie Arena

10/25 – Jacksonville, FL @ Vystar Veterans Arena

10/27 – New Orleans, LA @ Voodoo Festival

10/29 – San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center

11/02 – Dallas, TX @ Posty Fest

11/05 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center

11/08 – Glendale, AZ @ Gila River Arena

11/10 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center

11/11 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Vivint Smart Home Arena

11/14 – Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena

11/16 – Anaheim, CA @ Honda Center

11/20 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum

*  Swae Lee not appearing

There’s A New Lil Peep Album On The Way

The fascination and appreciation for Lil Peep is at an all-time high since fans have been able to explore his music in the wake of his death in 2017. His deep pools of murky existential crises provided pools for everyone to retreat to when weathered by life’s many storms. Last November, his sophomore album Come Over When You’re Sober Pt. 2 was released posthumously and offered a fitting closing chapter to his saga by painting a picture of a brooding lyricist existing, thriving, and at peace.

Even if that’s the official close, there are countless products of recording sessions that fans haven’t heard yet. It looks like that’s changing with the official announcement that there’s a new Lil Peep album on the horizon. We don’t know when it’s coming, but as a new message reveals, it’ll be here.

Lil Peep’s official Instagram posted the news on July 14 with a statement. “Who wants a new album with amazing unreleased Lil Peep music put together by Gus’s mom and the songs’ original collaborators? You have been asking for this, and I can’t wait to give it to you!” it reads with a signature under it by what appears to be Peep’s mother, Liza Womack. The post is captioned with “Yep.” to let fans know that this is the real deal. It’ll be time to return to the world of Peep again, this time for an extended stay.

In January, the fruits of one of these collaborations came to life when iLoveMakonnen released a collaboration with Lil Peep and Fall Out Boy called “I’ve Been Waiting” about a lover’s painful actions. The song was recorded in 2017 and iLoveMakonnen made the moves to make Peep’s dream collaboration come to life.

Check out the official news of a new forthcoming Lil Peep album up above.

DAY6’s Energetic New Single ‘Time Of Our Life’ Is The Positive Vibe You Need In Your Life

“Time of Our Life” is the kind of song that makes you want to dance. Or sprint a mile. Or maybe both. It is, after all, a DAY6 track — raw emotion and piercing harmonies poured over electric guitar riffs, piano melodies, dynamic chords, and an anthemic pop-rock chorus. But the Korean rock band’s latest single, their first in seven months, is all of that and somehow more; part triumphant anime opening, part kaleidoscopic ode to the start of something new, “Time of Our Life” pulls you in one playful drum fill at a time and leaves you breathless.

Written by bassist Young K and composed by the members alongside their “commander in charge” producer Hong Jisang, the energetic song captures the exhilarating, heart-pounding feeling of a new romance — or, the start of a “beautiful page of youth,” sings honey-voiced keyboardist Wonpil. From the opening cymbals to the sweeping vocals, the single and its prismatic visual never let up.

The message itself is uplifting and — to use Young K’s favorite word — “beautiful” even, but the melodies take on a slightly harder and more powerful edge. Inspired by the pop-punk bands of their youth (Fall Out Boy, Panic! at the Disco, and We The Kings, to name a few), DAY6 tells MTV News that “Time of Our Life” is about human relationships.

“Since it’s the very beginning [of a new chapter], we wanted to deal with the start of a relationship,” they said. “And in order to start a healthy relationship, we thought it’s important to know yourself well enough to know others.”

The theme of connection — both the connection you share with other people as well as the intimate connection you have with yourself — courses throughout their new EP, The Book of Us: Gravity. A mix of genres, sounds, and sentimental lyrics from Young K (who’s a credited lyricist on all six tracks), The Book of Us is one of DAY6’s “brighter,” more positive releases, they said, noting that there’s a “time and place for all emotions,” and now felt like the right time to emphasize hope. But it wasn’t necessarily planned that way.

“We never really decide which direction we want to write for a certain album,” they added. “It’s always about reaching out to areas that we haven’t explored while staying true to who we are… We’re curious kids and we kind of just let our musical curiosity lead us to our next album.”

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From left to right: Sungjin (vocals, guitar, leader), Jae (vocals, main guitar), Young K (vocals, bass), Wonpil (vocals, keys) and Dowoon (drums)

That curiosity led Sungjin, Jae, Young K, Wonpil, and Dowoon to stand-out cuts like the soulful “How to Love” — in which vocalist and guitarist Sungjin’s raspy timbre really soars — and the rousing album closer “Best Part,” which finds the band fully embracing the moment. “I’m living the ‘me’ today to the fullest,” they sing over bouncy synths, “so the ‘me’ tomorrow can be happy.”

And then there’s “Wanna Go Back,” a laid-back track from Young K and guitarist Jae with a catchy instrumental juxtaposed with wistful lyrics that long for the carefree days of youth. “Where did that innocent smile go? If it is possible, I wanna go back.” (But longtime fans of DAY6 will probably get the most satisfaction from the song’s bridge, which finally gives drummer Dowoon a chance to show off his cavernously deep vocals.)

It’s songs like “Wanna Go Back” that demonstrate the band’s evolution from “five kids who just liked music to the band we are today” — a band that likes a challenge, that continuously experiments with genres and melodies and instrumentation. But perhaps most impressively: a band that’s unafraid to start a new page nearly four years in.

The 9 Biggest Surprises From Ed Sheeran’s Collab-Powered Album

Sheeran and Stormzy go back a ways, having previously collaborated on a remix of Ed’s behemoth hit “Shape of You.” Here, he and the London grime rapper make a shockingly stellar team, with Stormzy arguably outshining every American MC on this project. The most startling moment of this track, though, might be when Sheeran brags about his riches in detail, boasting about “grossing half a billi on the Divide Tour.” Go off, Ed!

Bop Shop: Songs From Beyoncé, Baekhyun, Lower Dens, And More

Within the first 30 seconds of “UN Village,” Korean crooner Baekhyun invites us into his exclusive world. Known primarily as a main vocalist of EXO — one of the most successful K-pop boy groups of all time — Baekhyun made his official solo debut this week with “UN Village,” an enticingly smooth R&B track off his first EP City Lights. While B-sides like the sensual “Stay Up” (featuring rapper Beenzino) and the confident pop-R&B stand-out “Betcha” showcase his potential as a solo performer, “UN Village” is the perfect introduction to Baekhyun, not as a member of EXO but as a singular artist. It shows us a new side — a more relaxed side — of the singer, as he beckons his lover, almost teasingly, to lay with him under the moonlight on “Hannam-dong UN Village hill.”

UN Village is a gated luxury community in Seoul, and it also happens to be where Baekhyun lives. So, essentially, he’s inviting you over to “whisper love into your ears” while you both relax and chill under the stars. As far as debut songs go, it doesn’t get more personal (or alluring) than that. And I, for one, would like to take him up on that offer. —Crystal Bell

Ed Sheeran Is In Fact Married Now, As He Raps On His New Song With Eminem And 50 Cent

Despite incessant fan speculation, Ed Sheeran has never officially confirmed his marriage to longtime love Cherry Seaborn — that is, until now. On Friday (July 12), the singer dropped his latest album, No.6 Collaborations Project, and the lyrics of one particular song are anything but subtle.

“Watch how the lyrics in the songs might get twisted / My wife wears red, but looks better without the lipstick,” Sheeran raps on “Remember the Name” featuring Eminem and 50 Cent. And while he’s definitely hinted about their marriage prior to this song being released, this is the first time he explicitly referred to Seaborn as his wife.

But just because this song marks the first time Sheeran’s publicly spoken about their marriage certainly doesn’t mean it’s his last. In a new interview with Charlamagne Tha God, the “I Don’t Care” crooner admitted the song was written before he and Cherry officially tied the knot, knowing their nuptials were just around the corner. “I knew that we’d be married by the point that the song came out,” he explained. “[I thought] someone’s gonna hear that and be like, ‘Oh, they’re married!’ I didn’t know how that would be construed, but obviously it’s already come out.”

Still, the news doesn’t come as a total shock. Sheeran and Seaborn first started dating back in 2015, but they’ve known each other since they were kids. And in December 2017, the musician announced their engagement via Instagram, writing, “Got myself a fiancé just before new year. We are very happy and in love, and our cats are chuffed as well xx.”

But as we all know, an engagement announcement typically precedes constant nagging questions about wedding plans, and when asked about such plans during an August 2018 interview with Access, Sheeran played coy by remaining silent and shrugging his shoulders — all while drawing attention to a silver band on his finger.

Later, in February 2019, several outlets reported that the happy couple exchanged their vows in a small ceremony at Sheeran’s U.K. home before Christmas. But rumors aside, we’re so glad Sheeran finally confirmed their marriage himself. Trying to figure out their marital status has been exhausting, to say the least.