Shawn Mendes Channels Elvis With A ‘Hound Dog’ Cover, Hip-Thrusting Not Included

Aside from flexing his abs for a new Calvin Klein campaign, male model Shawn Mendes also took some time this weekend to make some sweet music. Or, more accurately, to cover some sweet music. The Canadian crooner was part of the star-studded lineup for NBC’s Elvis All-Star Tribute, which involved a bunch of musicians you’d expect for a tribute to The King — like Blake Shelton and John Fogerty — and a lot that you wouldn’t, including Mendes, Jennifer Lopez, and Post Malone.

All randomness aside, Mendes nailed his solo rendition of Presley’s “Hound Dog,” flexing his falsetto and looking sharp in a red silk jacket. What he lacked in lip-curling and hip-thrusting, he made up for with undeniable charm.

The “In My Blood” singer also joined Shelton, Malone, Carrie Underwood, and Darius Rucker for a version of “If I Can Dream” that was just crazy enough to work. While Mendes put a little growl into his voice, Posty left fans all shook up with his impressive pipes.

The Elvis All-Star Tribute also included performances from Alessia Cara (“Love Me Tender”), Ed Sheeran (“Can’t Help Falling In Love”), and J. Lo (“Heartbreak Hotel”). See all of the performances on NBC’s website.

Kehlani And Dom Kennedy Confront The Ashes Of A Bad Relationship On ‘Nunya’

Kehlani is the complete catch; she is beautiful, has a sharp tongue, and can sing softly enough to calm even the most violent storm. To have her and lose her has to be a fate worse than death. Her latest release is “Nunya,” an angry message to a distraught lover – a morose, indifferent verse from Dom Kennedy is his rebuttal – about leaving her the hell alone. Don’t let Kehlani’s soothing singing style fool you; this is a rant, not a ballad.

“Nunya” is a little slower than the energetic, feisty Kehlani that the world is used to. Even though it’s a little slower and smoother, Kehlani’s lyrics are daggers. Here’s a plot synopsis: before the events of the song, Kehlani was in a relationship with a man who decided to get friendly with other women. After finding out and leaving, she finds someone else and, of course, here comes the bad guy snooping around. The song is a confrontation of sorts, a climax to the boiling frustration that she’s felt from the entire situation.

“You put on a show/’Cause you don’t want the world to know/That you lost a girl who got it on her own/ It’d be good for you to let it go, let it go, let it go,” she sings, drawing blood with each slash of her tongue. It’s clear that her sneaking ex woke up the long-dormant dragon. Kehlani lets her ex know that her new man has more money and, well, girth than him. Kennedy comes in at this point and gives his own perspective on the situation. He acknowledges his wrongdoing and comes to the realization that he messed up. Yeah buddy, you messed up big time.

“Nunya” appears on her upcoming mixtape While We Wait that is set to drop on Friday. The project will also include her previously released tunes “Nights Like This” and “Butterfly.”

Listen to the agency-claiming tune “Nunya” up above.

Tierra Whack Thinks Having No Siblings Makes Her Partner A Monster On ‘Only Child’

Tierra Whack is more than a breath of fresh air in the rap space; she’s an ice-cold sip of water from an artesian well that tastes like, well, water, but is cleaner, smoother, and healthier for the conscience. For her latest endeavor, she’s found a way to tie together two unlikely topics – an unfaithful other, and, surprisingly, having no siblings. Thus comes “Only Child,” an examination of what having no brothers or sisters does to a person’s character.

Whack’s sing-songy voice leaks between the well-worn cracks of hip-hop and R&B, landing firmly in the middle for her refrains, choruses, and random words and phrases of her verses. “Only Child” is darker than the goofy atmosphere, created by the bubbly beat — that blots youthful energy like blotches of paint in the back end — initially lets on.

The tune’s focus is a self-absorbed, narcissistic, only child who refuses to treat the rapping siren right. She slurs her words at times, clearly cuts them at others, as she reveals what’s on her mind to this jerk; of her lengthy list concerns, refusing to defend her honor, giving her syphilis (yikes), and being hypocritical stand out as reasons that we, the audience eavesdropping on her scene-stealing monologue, would want to join her in shaking our heads in shame. “Every move you make, man, I swear it seem suspicious / Lyin’ through your teeth, so I don’t rush to give you kisses” is an especially pointed punch, a gut check that’s as plain, and honest, as a fed-up lover could give.

Many of the criticisms levied at her partner also reveal what she believes an “only child” acts like; they don’t think of anyone but themselves, they can be spiteful, and they refuse to share anything. Of course, not everyone’s like this. Tierra Whack has two younger siblings herself, so maybe something like this comes from her own experiences dealing with others.

This conversation-starting record hopefully means something is around the corner to follow her excellent debut album, Whack World, that dropped in 2018. Her breakout LP consisted of 15 one-minute songs across rap and R&B’s colliding dimensions, throwing aspects of pop culture – both past and present – in a blender. The resulting solution came packaged with a 15-minute film accompaniment that consisted of an explosion of colors, theatrics, and mind-bending originality that collectively announced her as a one to watch.

With the release of “Only Child,” Whack has proven that she’ll always remain in power. Check out “Only Child” – the attack on solo children – above.

The Parlor Mob Let Loose The Dragon Energy In ‘House Of Cards’ Video

The Parlor Mob, a rock outfit from New Jersey that is the first artist signed to Britannia Row Recordings (a label imprint under BMG launched by Frank Ocean’s frequent collaborator Malay), have unveiled a dynamic new video for “House Of Cards” that’s all about the energy, instruments, and camera work. It premiered on MTV today (February 19), but you can catch the clip in full below.

“House Of Cards” came out last year and its fiery energy catapulted it directly into 2019. The accompanying visual, in order to live up to the wide-eyed frenzy of the tune, had to match it in intensity. The good news is that it not only does this but surpasses it.

The video takes place in an empty warehouse, where the exuded energy bounces off the walls like lasers. The five-person collective bounces and swings with an electric groove, the chemistry evident in the collective fierce grin etched across their faces. They aren’t the only ones having a blast performing the hair-raising number; the camera operators are as well, doing their best to give viewers an indication of the thunderous atmosphere. We see a plethora of slo-mo shots, blinking camera cuts, and close-ups of the instruments rattling and shaking as they get pounded into oblivion. It’s like watching a dragon’s nostrils flare and spew out waves of blue flames.

If you need any kind of energy to get you through the day, consume this instead of Red Bull. The band is also prepping to go on tour in April.

Check out the video again up top for that necessary extra shot of adrenaline.

Julia Michaels And Niall Horan Recall The Heights Of Relationship Ecstasy In Corden Duet

Julia Michaels brought Niall Horan to The Late Late Show With James Corden for an immensely soothing performance of “What A Time.” The duo’s chemistry was on full display in the intimate performance of the tune recalling past fiery love.

“What A Time” is all about the memories of a powerful relationship and reminiscing on the better times. On the powerful duet’s chorus, Michaels sings “I think of that night in the park, it was getting dark / And we stayed up for hours / What a time, what a time, what a time,” and it provides the stage backdrop for the experience at Corden. Michaels sits on a park bench traversing the landscape of her memory before Horan comes out and joins in on the intense recollection. The pair dance in and out of each other’s grasps, at times embracing the warmth of the other’s touch and at times preferring to give the audience a taste of the energy radiating from the stage. It ends with a fuzzy hug between the Michaels and Horan that brings the viewer back from the depths of post-relationship stress disorder, putting a lid on a mesmerizing singing and acting performance from the singers.

“What A Time” comes from Micheals’ latest EP, Inner Monologue Part 1 that came out in January. The project also includes her collaboration with Selena Gomez, “Anxiety.” Last year, Michaels’ music appeared in two films – “In This Place” in Ralph Breaks The Internet and “Heaven” in Fifty Shades Freed – and she collaborated with Trippie Redd (“Jump“) and former lovebird Lauv (“There’s No Way“).

Watch the fond performance of “What A Time” above and be prepared to get in your feelings.

Meghan Trainor Used Her Real Wedding Footage For New ‘Marry Me’ Video

Wedding-themed pop music videos are nothing new — everyone from Beyoncé and Mariah Carey to Demi Lovato and P!nk have played blushing brides before. But none have felt quite so intimate and personal as Meghan Trainor‘s new video for the aptly titled Love Train ditty “Marry Me,” which features footage from the 25-year-old’s recent nuptials.

The singer and former Spy Kids star Daryl Sabara tied the knot back in December, and — as captured in the new video — it was quite the lavish affair, featuring more string lights than you’ve ever seen in your life. We see all the familiar staples of a solid wedding video: the bride and groom getting primped and ready, Meghan’s dad walking her down the aisle, she and Daryl sharing their first kiss as husband and wife. Then it’s on to the reception, where roses and disco balls fill the room, Daryl and his groomsmen put on a silly performance, and the newly married couple eventually ditch their formalwear in favor of customized sweats.

All the while, Meghan’s ukulele-backed wedding song — which she actually walked down the aisle to — sets the mood: “‘Cause I love you, wanna give you my whole life / And you love me, you say you want me as your wife.” Awwww!

John Legend Deals With The Horrors Of Daily News In ‘Preach’ Video

John Legend‘s new video is a tough watch that is heavy on both thematic content and grandiose vocals. “Preach” should come with a trigger warning; what you’ll see here isn’t nice stuff, but it’s necessary. If you think that it’s too much after watching it, remember that these kinds of situations are happening every day and all across the United States.

Legend’s bravery enables us to see reenactments of these serious news stories to help us have discussions about what we’re facing and what we can do to collectively facilitate change. Take a look at the video below.

“Preach” is a video that tackles contemporary social issues that come across our Twitter feeds and push notifications. We see Legend in bed with his wife Chrissy Teigen and it becomes clear that the singer feels like something’s just off. Indistinct chatter feels the air before he finally gets up to go and see what the noise is. From there, things get serious.

The video follows four separate stories through its runtime: a mother and daughter separated at the border, a child bringing in a large weapon to school to presumably start a mass shooting (later, we see children running out of a gym), a tense police situation involving white cops and black men that ends with one being shot while another records it on camera, and the funeral of a young black child followed by protests for justice. As these situations play out, Legend sings about the cyclical nature of the news and how these same things keep happening. He talks about the pain being all he sees, so, accordingly, this video is a reflection of that reality.

In January, Legend was one of the only musicians to appear in Lifetime’s documentary series, Surviving R. Kelly that aired in January, applying the same level of social responsibility that exists in “Preach.”

Little Mix’s ‘Think About Us’ Video Stars Butterflies, Shirtless Dudes, And Ty Dolla $ign

Little Mix are singing a song of ice and fire in their new video for “Think About Us.”

Each girl gets her solo shine in the video, beginning with Perrie waking up in a colorful field of butterflies, followed by Jade channeling Queen Elsa in the snow and ice. Jesy and Leigh-Anne, meanwhile, score the steamiest set-ups, cozying up to shirtless dudes as they sing, “You put your hand on my waist / And then you pull me close / Boy, I promise I won’t let go.” The scene was apparently extra-special for Leigh-Anne, as her hunky co-star is IRL boyfriend Andre Gray (she joked, “I mean we’re not used to an audience but my boy did good!”).

On Instagram, the group hinted that the set-ups in the video were inspired by lust (Leigh-Anne), new love (Perrie), ice (Jade), and passion (Jesy). After braving those elements, the four girls come together at an all-white rave with Ty Dolla $ign, who adds a loved-up verse to the group’s LM5 banger.

Little Mix’s “Think About Us” was directed by Bradley & Pablo, the duo behind Dua Lipa’s equally steamy “Electricity.” Speaking about the new vid with MTV UK, they explained that they wanted to focus less on choreography and more on “super polished” shots and “candid moments.”

They added, “The initial concept was based around the idea of recreating emotions and sensations that you experience in a relationship that may be lost in a future where certain kinds of intimacy are no longer possible. This idea is reflected in the set which sees contained environments within an industrial space where these things are simulated.”

Bebe Rexha Has One More Night To Enjoy Her Vices In ‘Last Hurrah’

Earlier this week, Bebe Rexha was nominated for Best New Artist at the 61st Grammy Awards. Today, she’s planning on putting all of her wildest vices to sleep. She has released a new single, “Last Hurrah,” and its weird, oddly mesmerizing, accompanying video. Listen to her new tune below and check out some computer characters holding each other.

“Last Hurrah” is all about tomorrow. The singer rapidly lists the things that she’s done with – drinking, smoking, playing, joking, dating – before revealing that she has one more night to indulge in these vices. On the enormous chorus that she belts, Rexha reveals that tonight’s the night that she goes past the limit, taking in everything until she literally can’t take anymore. “Once I start / I ain’t gonna stop ’til I go too far,” she sings as if she’s convincing herself that she has the power to quit after this.

The accompanying lyric video could have very well served as the official visual due to how imaginative it is. We follow CGI characters in a stunning red atmosphere in various modes of embrace as the lyrics float in front of the characters. It feels oddly futuristic.

“Last Hurrah” is Rexha’s first single of 2019. She released her debut studio album Expectations in June of last year. Check out the wild lyric video above.

21 Savage Speaks Out For The First Time Since His ICE Arrest On Good Morning America

21 Savage has given his first public interview to Good Morning America following his release from detention by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement earlier this week. In a discussion with GMA‘s Linsey Davis, he spoke more about his situation and the circumstances of his arrest.

At the beginning of the seven-minute discussion, 21 Savage explains what happened during his arrest. “I was just driving and I seen guns and blue lights and then I was in the back of a car and I was gone,” he says. The rapper later says that the arresting officials said, “We got Savage,” prompting Davis to wonder aloud if the situation was set up beforehand. “It was definitely targeted,” he says.

Later in the interview, 21 Savage also responds to the running belief that his recent performance of “A Lot,” with changed lyrics reflecting the country’s border situation, had something to do with his arrest. “My lawyers think that,” he says. “I don’t really know, I can’t really say. I would see why people think that, but I really can’t say.” Alex Spiro, a member of the legal team hired by Jay-Z to investigate 21 Savage’s situation, revealed to GMA additionally that the rapper’s celebrity status is also believed to be central to the arrest and subsequent extended detainment.

21 Savage was detained on February 3 by ICE for being in the United States illegally, revealing that he was born in the United Kingdom and had apparently overstayed his visa for more than a decade. Check out the full conversation below.