Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, And More Team Up For Lil Dicky’s Climate Change PSA

Earth Day is on April 22. Rapper Lil Dicky has released a gigantic, behemoth of a music video for “Earth,” a bitingly funny pop single that prepares the world for the forthcoming holiday and plants the seeds of climate change. It features dozens of the most notable artists in pop culture playing  CGI-generated animals of the earth. While it’s adorable and beautifully rendered, there’s an important message to takeaway. Take care of the Earth. If you’re not, start today. It’s that simple.

In the opening seconds of the video, a fan blows hopelessly in a steaming store as a news report informs Californians about rapidly rising temperatures and the dangers of wildfires.  Outside, cars blow obnoxiously large clouds of toxic black smoke and Lil Dicky gets into a confrontation with some kids about cleaning up some trash. He walks off with most of them, leaving a child to clean up who finds an odd-looking book in the heap, dark green with a picture of the Earth on the front of it. Curious, the child opens it and it whisks him away to a magical rendition of the earth made of CGI.

In this world, Lil Dicky rides giant birds through vast green landscapes. The animals here are just like the ones in the real world but they have human voices made up of some of the music industry’s biggest names. Justin Bieber appears as a baboon with a large butt, bouncing in the camera, followed by Ariana Grande, the zebra with a styled tuft of hair sitting on top of her smiling eyes. “Nobody knows what I do, but I look pretty cool?” she sings.

From there, the celebrity animals come fast and swift. Halsey’s a lion cub feasting on the remains of Grande (grotesque, I know). Hailee Steinfeld is a mushroom. Wiz Khalifa is a skunk that can “shoot you out my butthole,” and Snoop Dogg, his real-life friend, is a marijuana plant. Kevin Hart then comes out of nowhere and reveals that he is Kanye West. It’s a laugh and a half. Adam Levine is a vulture, Charlie Puth is a giraffe, Sia, is a kangaroo, the list goes on throughout the lengthy record. You’ll want to tune in for yourself and get the full breakdown of the surprising, often hilarious, animal choices.

But while the video is an endearing CGI fest that brings about brilliant imagery kids will undoubtedly love, there’s a serious message to be portrayed. If we love the Earth, why don’t we save it? Dicky lets us know that we’re attacking the planet as much as ourselves with pollution and that we’re the people that can save it.”I know we’re not all the same/But we’re living on the same Earth,” he says. He calls the people who don’t believe in global warming unintelligent. When asked by Justin Bieber if the human race will die, Lil Dicky says simply, “We might.”Ariana Grande adds in “Unless we get our shit together now” and it’s the call to action that you need.

Watch Lil Dicky’s “Earth” video up above.

Carly Rae Jepsen’s Heart Is Broken By Her Own Decisions On ‘Julien’

Heartbreak stings, but it hits even worse when it’s by your doing. We often think of ourselves as victims in sour relationship experiences, that no matter what we did, the other person shouldn’t have acted in the manner that they did. These occasions where you’re at fault and the other person isn’t are marred by an overwhelming sense of regret that isn’t quelled by eating ice cream on the couch while watching The Notebook. You have to learn how to live with the decision that you made – that’s it. Carly Rae Jepsen‘s new single, “Julien” is about self-imposed heartbreak that she’s dealing with and she struggles to cope while wishing for another chance. It’s beautiful sonically, yet hard to listen to. We’ve all been at that low point.

“Julien” is a delicate funk banger that cooly makes use of soft guitars. Jepsen is a wounded animal, searching for a way to cauterize her injuries as she lies on the road to heartbreak. “I’m forever haunted by our time/We had a moment, we had a summertime,” she sings with cloudy eyes, reflecting on the past. But it’s her fault that her relationship with her partner is no more. “Asked me to leave with you, but I could never decide/I’ve been so torn up, I’ve been so out of it/I’m forever haunted by our time,” she admits, trying to come to peace with her decision but finding herself unable to. To her last breath, she admits that she will be whispering “Julien.” The emotional roughness juxtaposes with the track’s almost melancholic softness that makes it a smooth pop listen. It may sound good, but whoever Julien is has to feel absolutely horrendous when he hears this track – if the situation is real. It’s most likely an imaginary scenario and, if so, it’s a wondrous feat. Jepsen’s pain and wish to turn back the dial of time are two heartfelt emotions that relationship goers have felt at one time or another. If you haven’t yet, I hate to be the bearer of bad news and inform you that it’s coming sometime in the future.

Jepsen’s heartbreaking tune is the third single released from her forthcoming album Dedicated that’s set to drop on May 17. The other previously released tunes are “Now That I Found You” and “No Drug Like Me.” It’s been a four-year drought since her last LP, E•MO•TION, came out in 2015. She’ll be going on tour in support of her new LP in June.

Listen to the depressing reality of “Julien” up above.

Teyana Taylor Brought The Soul Train Experience To Ellen

Teyana Taylor brought out the disco ball and imitation Don Cornelius on The Ellen Show earlier today (April 18) when she performed “Issues/Hold On.” It was Soul Train circa 1971 and the singer captured the air masterfully. Imagine not grooving to this when watching it. Yeah, we can’t either.

From the stale orange and yellows of the stage lighting and gigantic hair curls to the shimmering bodysuits and outrageously wonky dance moves that were popular back in the disco period, Taylor nailed the feel. It helps that “Issues/Hold On” is a smooth tune with a distinctly retro twist. The performance moved without a hitch, swiftly and classical; even Ellen herself is spotted dancing with the fake Don Cornelius, enjoying the experience. The moving parts – the dancing couples, the swaying dancers – the retro stage design – connect seamlessly. For a brief moment, if you blink your eyes to quickly, you might just convince yourself that what you’re watching is authentic Soul Train coverage. Especially around the time that the stage forms the infamous dance line from Soul Train and Taylor strolls down it with a partner, dancing frivolously.

Last month, Taylor released a 1970s-themed visual for “Issues/Hold On” starring A$AP Rocky as her flirtatious, charismatic partner. It also features a surprise cameo from Tyler the Creator; if you blink, you’ll miss it.

Check out the magical performance up above.

Wallows Grew Up Going To Coachella — Now They’re Playing It

By Kat Bein

Imagine growing up in southern California and heading to your first Coachella as a high-school freshman. You’re a snot-nosed kid with indie-rock dreams jamming with your best friends, and at the malleable age of 13, you see The Strokes, Kanye West, Arctic Monkeys, Radiohead, and more. You fantasize for the next seven years or so about playing that stage, and then, suddenly, you’re standing in the Indio desert sun, ready to rock the next generation of idealists.

That’s the story of Wallows, the fresh-faced rock trio that brought the house down early Saturday at Coachella. Singer and guitarist Dylan Minnette, guitarist and vocalist Braeden Lemasters and drummer Cole Preston have been playing together for a decade, and its given the early 20-somethings a tightness and a brotherly affection that fans can feel and critics have to respect.

Coachella brought a day of many firsts: The band debuted much of their debut album, Nothing Happens, during the performance, which also kicked off their upcoming North American tour. A few technical difficulties couldn’t slow their energy. MTV News caught up with Wallows after the set to hear about that Coachella high.

MTV News: Congrats on the debut Coachella set. It was also the first time you played the music from Nothing Happens. What was it like being up there?

Dylan: It was surreal. I knew going into it I would have a lot of nerves before and a lot of nerves after. I was totally right. I’m excited for weekend two, because this is a lot of firsts. “First” off, it was the first show of our tour, first time playing any of the new songs live, it was the first time using a lot of this new equipment that we’re using, first time playing Coachella. All that combined into one … but it was really fun. Took me a few songs to loosen up but I had a great time.

Braeden: I would agree. It felt really good.

Cole: It felt like it flew by. One second we were like, oh we need to set up, the keyboard’s not working, and then the next second it’s like, whoa, we are doing this, and here we are.

MTV News: You guys grew up going to Coachella. This is almost like your backyard music festival. You guys said you’ve been seven or six times each.

Cole: We went when I was a freshman in high school, 2011. Epic lineup, honestly.

Dylan: It was all the most influential bands for us. It went Kings of Leon, Arcade Fire, Kanye West, and The Strokes.

Braeden: My first year was the year after that; Snoop Dogg and Radiohead. I remember being so claustrophobic during Radiohead. I was so scared.

MTV News: That’s very akin to their lyrical messages, though. You were feeling Thom Yorke’s anxiety.

Braeden: One of the biggest memories I have from Coachella was the second time they played here and their power went out.

Cole: Imagine over the main stage PA, just this sound going [mimics electronic hissing], cutting out, and they were still playing. … When they started playing “Creep,” I was like, this is once in a lifetime. Unreal.

MTV News: You guys have been playing together for about a decade. Critics are always trying to say that rock is dead or close to it.

Braeden: Critics are dead! Come up with something new!

MTV News: Is that something you guys actually felt when you were getting together and making music, or is that just windbag bullshit?

Braeden: No way, because when we were making music, all I would be listening to is Arctic Monkeys or The Beatles. I would only listen to that when I was 13 growing up. I had no idea that people thought that. I was like, what? And then as we’ve gotten older, we started loving every other genre of music as well, and now we love anything and everything. There’s no limit.

Dylan: I think it depends on how someone is saying it. If someone says, “Rock and roll is dead,” do you mean as a genre? Then, no, because there’s incredible bands right now making rock music that is some of the best rock and roll you’ll ever hear, and that’s happening now. But if you mean rock and roll as a concept or a construct is dead, I guess I understand that but I also disagree because I feel like the idea of being a “rock star” has transitioned over into hip-hop. Rappers, people playing hip-hop right now are the rock stars. That’s that lifestyle, so rock and roll is not dead if you have a broad mindset about it.

MTV News: Talking about this rock star lifestyle and attitude, have you found any of the rock star lifestyle stereotypes to be true? Anything not so glamorous as you maybe thought when you were fantasizing about playing Coachella as kids?

Cole: Everything is pretty much what I imagined.

MTV News: Throwing TVs out of window and signing boobs?

Dylan: I wouldn’t sign a boob.

Cole: Yeah, we’re kind of the anti-rock stars. I mean, I would love to be able to live that way. I’m just too mild.

MTV News: Well, you guys have a vlog about playing board games.

Cole: [laughs] We’re just nice young men.

MTV News: You’re about to head out on the tour. Are your board games ready? What are you going to do to survive the road?

Braeden: Green tea. Vodka.

Dylan: Today made me more excited, especially because our shows inside the rooms we’re going to be playing will be so different with lights and the sound.

Cole: Lights and sound [laughs]. There was no sound at this one.

Dylan: I’m just excited to go into those rooms and play the shows.

MTV News: I also love just the title of the album, Nothing Happens. It’s like the biggest NBD ever. Obviously there are consequences to the debut album being out and the 10 years leading up. There’s this adage that you have your whole life to write your debut album and you have two years to write your second.

Dylan: That’s kind of inspiring. I’m just excited for all these brand new songs on the next album to just completely surprise us. A lot of the songs are old ideas, and they still feel fresh, but they can still also feel like, of course. There’s gonna be at least half of our next album that we have no idea what the songs are already.

Braeden: It’s refreshing. A clean slate for us.

Schoolboy Q Has 21 Savage, Travis Scott And More Colliding With Him On Crash Talk

Schoolboy Q is preparing to release his fifth studio album Crash Talk on April 26. With it right around the corner, the rapper has revealed a compact tracklist with guest appearances from artists such as 21 Savage, Travis Scott, Ty Dolla $ign, and more. He also shared the slightly unsettling cover art that’ll make you get a slight itch, but you won’t exactly be sure why.

The first thing you’ll see when looking at the cover art for Crash Talk is a foreboding paper bag. It looks dangerous and empty, but there’s a head lurking in beneath its folds. A thick, homely yellow makes its home behind the mask of a paper bag and the back of the cover features a mustard fence, obtuse and grandiose. The fence sits beside the tracklist – fourteen tunes and seven features. Here’s the full list in order; Travis Scott, 6lack, Ty Dolla $ign, YG, 21 Savage, Kid Cudi, and Lil Baby.

Schoolboy Q marked the beginning of his album release cycle by releasing “Numb Numb Juice” in March. He followed up earlier this month with “CHopstix,” his collaboration with Travis Scott. He wrapped up the lead-in with a psychotic album trailer featuring that creepy paper bag earlier this week.

Check out the tracklist and cover art up above.

The Weekend, SZA, And Travis Scott Are Game Of Thrones‘ Big Three In ‘Power Is Power’

Game Of Thrones is a show of perspectives. What does an impending war of nightmares look like to a resurrected rightful king? A brutal queen with two dragons? A silent, cursed person that can raise the dead, with skin the color of a glacier? The show does it best to put us in the shoes of these characters and more to replicate the doom, dread, and likely excitement. But we’ve never heard what these characters think in musical form. Henceforth “Power Is Power,” the star-studded collaboration between The Weekend, SZA, and Travis Scott. It gives some new insight into three of the show’s main characters and, in the process, becomes a thrilling, personal examination of their brains.

In the second episode of season 1, Cersei Lannister, one of the show’s most dangerous, volatile minds who would eventually become queen, is told by Littlefinger, a cunning spy whose Achilles heel would come to be his overconfidence, that “knowledge is power.” Cersei responds simply, abruptly. “Power is power.” There’s strength in this statement because over the course of its eight seasons so far, the show has been just as much about a political struggle as it has been about battling armies of the undead. Three central characters in every season are Jon Snow, the man born in a never-ending blizzard, Daenerys Targaryen, the fire-breathing rightful queen, and the Night King, a vengeful spirit that can raise sleeping corpses. “Power Is Power” finds its three singers portraying each of the characters; The Weeknd is Jon Snow, SZA is Daenerys, and Travis Scott is the Night King. They may not call them by name, but the proof is in the details. The Weeknd sings about being born in the snow and not being stopped by a knife to the chest. SZA croons about playing the game before, the “Great Game” as Tyrion Lannister so puts it. Scott sings about peace in his brand of violence that aligns with the Night King’s stoic demeanor as he causes chaos in the Seven Kingdoms. Hearing these three characters on a song together is weird because you think about their actions and what’s coming. There’s a destined meeting that’s foreshadowed by this collaboration.

“Power Is Power” appears on the forthcoming album For the Throne: Music Inspired by the HBO Series Game of Thrones that comes out on April 26. The LP will also feature music from Lil Peep, Ty Dolla $ign, Maren Morris, and more.

Check out the Westeros-themed tune up above.

NCT 127 Debut Their Pulsing New Single ‘Superhuman’ On Good Morning America

NCT 127 have given us a lot in the years since they made their bold, incendiary debut with 2016’s “Fire Truck.” For example: They’ve delivered braggadocious bass-heavy bops (“Cherry Bomb”); dramatic vocal fry (“Limitless”); commanding hip-hop swagger (“Simon Says“); bubblegum pop (“Touch”); and multilingual Latin trap (“Regular”). But their newest single offers something we’ve yet to see from the unconventional Korean group: Disco.

On Thursday (April 18), NCT 127 previewed the shiny, pulsing track on Good Morning America — their U.S. morning show debut — with an electric mash-up of new single “Superhuman” and fan-favorite show-stopper “Cherry Bomb.” The result was a dazzling spectacle of charisma and sharp choreography, the hallmarks of every NCT 127 performance.

NCT 127 are anything but subtle, but it’s that in-your-face aura and extreme confidence that their fans (called NCTzens) find so alluring about the 10-member unit. “Superhuman” is a new direction for the group — featuring members Taeyong, Taeil, Johnny, Yuta, Doyoung, Jaehyun, Jungwoo, Mark, and Haechan — and if the track’s rhythmic beat and sparkling vibe is any indication of what’s to come on the forthcoming six-song EP (NCT #127 We Are Superhuman, out May 24), then we’re thoroughly hooked.

The group also collaborated with Social House — the American producer team behind Ariana Grande’s “7 Rings” and “Thank U, Next” — on the EP. And according to a press release, the EP’s closer, “OUTRO: WE ARE 127,” will reflect the global group’s “vision of being connected in a dream and becoming a whole through music” — a prismatic theme that was also explored in their album Regular-Irregular last year.

NCT 127 will kick off the U.S. leg of their Neo City – The Origin tour on April 24 at New Jersey’s Prudential Center. With 12 concerts planned across 11 cities throughout the U.S. and Canada, the Korean group is making history, as this marks the most North American cities any K-pop boy group has ever toured.

And with a song like “Superhuman” ready to take off, the only way for this group to go is up.

The 1975 Tease New Album And Give A Cheery Performance On Corden

The 1975 were the soft-smiling, absurdly cheery guests on The Late Late Show With James Corden last night (April 17). They had a great sit-down conversation with Corden and spoke about the current state of the band’s career. They also performed “It’s Not Living (If It’s Not With You)” on the dark stage, illuminated by the shining number and ecstatic backup dancers. They brought the sun to Corden. 

The 1975’s shining number made for a perfect glimpse of a happy atmosphere. “It’s Not Living (If It’s Not With You)” sounds like it was made through wide grins and sharp foot taps. Frontman Matt Healy grooved as his mangy black tuft of hair danced on his head, looking as if it would come off at a moment’s notice. The true stars of the performance, though, were the identically dressed women situated in the middle of the circle of musicians, jumping, swinging their hips, and exposing blinding white teeth due to the kind of smiles that signify that someone’s having the time of their life.

The band’s conversation with Corden covered their upcoming plans for new music. They confirmed that they worked on an album that will come out before the end of the year.

There’s no need for the 1975 to rush a new LP; the band released their third studio album, A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships, in November. After an upcoming performance at Coachella, the band will be heading on a North American tour that wraps up in June.

Take a look at the performance and conversation with Corden up above.

Kevin Abstract Releases An EP, “Ghettobaby,’ And Zombified ‘Baby Boy’ Video

aBrockhampton’s Kevin Abstract is surely on a roll. Just last week, he surprised the world with the release of the three-track project, ARIZONA baby. Today, he’s released another a new EP, Ghettobaby. There’s no stopping this kid.

Ghettobaby is made up of six songs; the three from last week’s ARIZONA baby (“Big Wheels,” “Joy Ride,” and “Georgia”), and three new ones, “Corpus Christi,” “Baby Boy,” and “Mississippi.” Abstract led into the release of the new EP by releasing a video for “Baby Boy” a couple of hours before the project dropped. It’s an off-putting visual featuring an army of zombie-like figures moving slowly through the night. It’ll give you goosebumps.

Abstract’s currently released two bodies of work on two of the three dates posted to Instagram: “11th, 18th, and 25th. He tweeted earlier this week that he’s slowly releasing an album (also called ARIZONA baby) so its highly possible that a third installment of new tracks is coming on April 25. For now we’ll have to wait and see.

Amidst rumors circulating that the rap collective was separating, Abstract recently took to Twitter to let fans know that everything was fine within the group. “BROCKHAMPTON IS NOT BREAKING UP THE NEW MUSIC SOUNDS GOOD AS HELL WE JUST NOT SPENDING 10 DAYS ON ALBUMS NO MORE,” he wrote. Brockhampton’s last album was 2018’s Iridescence.

Check out the tracklist for Ghettobaby and video for “Baby Boy” up above.

CupcakKe Puts A Super Raunchy Spin On Lil Nas X’s ‘Old Town Road’

Lil Nas X’s runaway hit “Old Town Road” is the No. 1 song in the U.S. right now, and the hype doesn’t seem to be letting up anytime soon. The country-trap bop broke Drake’s streaming record, Billy Ray Cyrus hopped on a remix, Keith Urban covered it, and Young Thug has even teased his own version. On Wednesday (April 17), the rodeo kept going with CupcakKe, who renamed the viral hit after herself, “Old Town Hoe.”

To absolutely no one’s surprise, the Chicago rapper gives a very salacious, very on-brand performance on the remix. “I’m gonna take your dick, put it in my hole / I’m gonna, ride ’til I can’t no more” is how she flips the now-iconic hook, and it only gets nastier from there. Of course, it’s also packed with impressively quotable bars, most of which I’m not going to type out here, in case someone is looking over your shoulder. It’s best if you just press play below and hear it for yourself.

If you’re into CupcakKe’s glorious outlandishness, check out her previous singles from this year, “Bird Box” and “Squidward Nose.” And look out for more “Old Town Road” remixes, because I can only assume loads more are on the way.