Rihanna Has Work Work Worked Her Way To A $600 Million Empire

Rihanna works harder than the chorus of her 2016 collaboration with Drake, “Work.” She’s young, 31 years old, and, according to Forbes, she’s the richest female musician in the world with an empire worth more than $600 million. That’s a lot of zeroes. This comes fresh off the news that Jay-Z is rap’s first billionaire. Rihanna is well on her way to becoming the first in R & B.

Rihanna’s has an empire of immense proportions, with Forbes reporting that her $600 million cumulative fortune across her efforts surpassing that of Madonna ($570 million), Celine Dion ($450 million) and Beyoncé ($400 million). A large part of Rih’s fortune comes from her partnership with LVMH that resulted in Fenty Beauty, the makeup line that has become extremely successful; it reportedly made $100 million in its first few weeks and now sits at more than $570 million in sales. She’s also unveiled her new fashion luxury house with LVMH, Fenty, that was shown to the public on May 22. Her empire is undoubtedly going to grow even larger.

With so much going on, it’s hard to imagine that Rihanna has time to work on new music. But she recently revealed that she’s working on a reggae album and that Drake won’t be on it. And it’ll probably be named R9. 

Sabrina Carpenter Takes Us Inside Her Most Confessional Song Yet

By Lauren Rearick

It took only one performance of “Exhale” for a fan to show Sabrina Carpenter a tattoo inspired by the song, which speaks openly of the singer’s experience with anxiety. She hadn’t even released the track’s recording; for the time being, it was just a song she sang live, as a comedown at the end of her set. And as she tells MTV News, the tattoo served as a reminder of the impact music can make in all respects — and especially when it comes to decreasing continued stigma surrounding mental health conditions.

On May 17, in the midst of Mental Health Month, Sabrina released “Exhale,” ahead of her forthcoming album, Singular: Act II. Although the release of the song touches on her emotions surrounding anxiety, its arrival wasn’t specifically tied to the month of mental health awareness. Fortunately, Sabrina says the timing was perfect, and a song that she had been nervous about sharing made its way into the world at the exact right time.

The Girl Meets World actor explained to MTV News that the track was her attempt of describing what anxiety feels like for her. “Anxiety is a very hard topic to put in a bubble,” she said. “I don’t think you know what it is because it is a thousand questions that you can’t answer. Sometimes it feels like you can’t breathe; you don’t know where to start, you don’t know where to begin to start feeling better and to start healing yourself.”

So at a recent recording session, she began to put down thoughts, that turned into lyrics like, “Who put the baby in charge? / It’s already hard to buy all the parts and learn to use them. / Who put the world on my back and not in my hands?” For the accompanying video, Sabrina is seated in a field, and she sings of wanting just a minute to collect herself, asking, “Can I exhale for a minute? / Can I get this out in the open? / Can I sit down for a second? / Can I breathe?”

As on the of the 40 million American adults diagnosed with anxiety, Sabrina is still doing her best to understand what method of self-care and treatment work for her. “It’s hard because sometimes you want to talk, other times you don’t want to talk to anybody,” she said. “It’s about doing things that keep yourself close to yourself, because at certain points I feel very far away from myself.” She credited baths and taking a moment to sit and breathe, as she does in the video, as two forms of self-care that have helped her.

Prior to the release of this song, Sabrina had called anxiety her “biggest struggle,” but she shied away from singing about it. “I never wanted anybody to feel like I was complaining… I have so many things to be grateful for,” she told MTV News. But she credits a switch in thinking with helping her open up when she needs to. “It’s taking that second to remind yourself that just because you have so much to be grateful for doesn’t mean that there aren’t things you’re internally struggling with.”

Perhaps due in part to social media, the singer noted, there has been a change in how others are more willing to speak and listen about the impact of mental health conditions, and she thinks that’s a good sign for increasing dialogue going forward. “There’s so many things that I never realized people are going through because we keep certain things personal, and then we share other things,” she said. “I’m constantly reminded that you don’t know what other people are going through, regardless of what their life looks like.”

There’s no telling what the future might hold for Sabrina and her musical endeavors, but she sees “Exhale” as sharing a small piece of herself with fans. “They’re brave enough to come up to me at meet-and-greets and tell me exactly what they’re feeling without hesitation,” she said. “I wanted to do the same thing for them. It was a hard song to perform, but getting to give it to them, and them having it as their own…makes me feel a lot better.”

Kesha Paints A Picture Of A World Without ‘Rich, White, Straight, Men’

Kesha visualizes a new world that’s much different from than unfair one that we live in. On Sunday, she plotted out that this fresh planet with a surprise release, “Rich, White, Straight, Men.” Her bold new world is peaceful and, most importantly, fair. To the backdrop of animated, carnivalesque pop, Kesha spills about the possibilities where the people in the song’s title don’t exist. What she lists off sounds like a welcome alternative and one that would benefit us all.

“Rich, White, Straight, Men” is about who rules the world. What would happen if they weren’t there? Kesha sings about this with fire in her eyes, happily listing the ways that it would be better. “If you are a lady and you do your lady work/Then you will make as many dollars as the boys/Not just two thirds,” she energetically hisses. In a magically creative twist, she invokes “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” for a necessary message about romance: “Twinkle, twinkle little star/How I wish the world was different/Where who you love and who you are/Was nobody’s fucking business.” It helps that the oblong pop production sounds like a distorted fairy tale from another world, the dimension that Kesha is singing from. It’s a truly one-of-a-kind listen that exposes the problems that we have in this world.

Kesha is due to release another album soon. Her last was 2017’s Rainbow. Last year, she released the video for “Here Comes The Change” in which she pays homage to several Civil Rights era icons.

Listen to the dreamy new Earth on “Rich, White, Straight, Men,” up above.

FKA Twigs Takes You Behind The Scenes Of ‘Cellophane”s Pole-Dancing In Practice Film

FKA twigs‘ new video for “Cellophane” is insane. We, the lucky viewers, follow the alluring singer twirling around the pole and gliding across the floor, stretching to nearly impossible angles. Then, in true FKA twigs fashion, she cranks things up on the Richter scale of weirdness, sticks a stiletto into a dragon-like figure, then slides down the seven levels of Hell on a scale while rapidly twirling. It looks like it took a tremendous amount of body control that came from endless hours of practice. Now, FKA twigs has unveiled just what that preparation looks like in Practice, a short film about the process of preparing for “Cellophane.”

“Cellophane” is FKA twigs’ first music video in three years. To match her mystique and flair for original aesthetic, the video had to be special. The seven-minute preparation video showcases the outrageous amount of twirling done as practice. At one point, she reveals that she had to perform the routine for eight hours. But not everything is continuous practice. The behind-the-scenes footage also shows FKA twigs smiling and laughing with her team in between shots. It chronicles the beautiful journey to deliver perhaps FKA twigs’ best video thus far.

FKA twigs released “Cellophane” in April, the video directed by frequent Björk collaborator Andrew Thomas Huang. She learned how to pole dance for the video. She’s currently on a brief 10-date tour that kicked off on May 7 in Los Angeles and wraps up on June 14 in Australia.

Take a look at the grueling preparation for “Cellophane” in Practice up above.

Jonas Brothers’ Chasing Happiness: 11 Revelations From Their New Doc

During the opening minutes of Chasing Happiness — the Jonas Brothers documentary premiering on Amazon Prime on Tuesday (June 4) — Kevin waxes poetic about how the band needs to change. They need everyone to be comfortable, he says, and have open and honest dialogues and not look at the past through rose-colored glasses. Eventually, Nick interjects, telling his oldest brother, “I think you’re afraid to be confrontational with me.”

It feels like a private moment; like we’re not supposed to be listening to their conversation. That sense of voyeurism trickles on for the next 90 minutes, as the John Lloyd Taylor-directed doc chronicles the band’s improbably rapid rise to superstardom, their break-up, and eventually, their chart-topping 2019 comeback. We see Kevin, Joe, and Nick speaking candidly together and individually, and their words give some illuminating context to the band’s new album, arriving on Friday (the doc even features some snippets of unreleased songs!). Below, check out 11 of the biggest things we learned from Chasing Happiness.

  1. They were shut out by their church

    After Jonas Brothers got signed, the label had a vision of them as a punk-rock band. That obviously didn’t pan out, but the music the boys were making was still edgier than what people had expected — especially since their father was the pastor of a church. “I think there was some judgment on us for not being a Christian band,” Nick said. “Singing about girls started to become an issue.” Eventually, Kevin Sr. resigned after facing mounting pressure, and the family subsequently lost their home. Around the same time, the band was dropped from their label, but the boys kept writing songs and eventually scored a lucrative record deal with Disney.

  2. Nick’s diabetes diagnosis was a “life-shifting moment”

    While the band was grinding away with a grueling touring schedule, Nick started showing some scary health symptoms — he started getting moody and agitated, lost a bunch of weight, and could never quench his thirst. He eventually got diagnosed with diabetes, but the band ultimately decided not to tell the label because they were scared of being dropped. It was a “life-shifting moment for everybody,” Joe said, even recalling, “I passed out in the hospital room because I couldn’t see him hooked up to all these wires.”

  3. Nick was head-over-heels for Miley Cyrus

    “I think my brothers and I became closest when we found a common ground beyond music and family: girls,” Nick said. While Kevin confessed that he and Joe “were, like, wingman-ing each other constantly,” Nick only had eyes for one girl, after the band made a cameo on Hannah Montana. Kev recalled, “That changed girls for Nick forever. When he met Miley, I think that kid’s head exploded.” From them on, Nick adorably admitted, “I started writing about love. And I actually knew what it felt like.” Cue “Lovebug!”

  4. They regret their Disney Channel show, Jonas

    In a current-day scene where the brothers decide to play a drinking game that basically involves answering tough questions as honestly as they can, Nick said his biggest regret with the band was Season 2 of their Disney Channel sitcom. He admitted it was a “bad move” that “stunted their growth,” explaining, “We couldn’t evolve because of it.” Kevin added that the show was presented to them as a way to keep them relevant while they were touring, but it wasn’t on-brand with them or their music. The show, they lamented, presented them as younger and more “uncool” then they really were. (It did, however, give us “Pizza Girl,” and for that, we are eternally thankful.)

  5. Joe felt like a failure after his fizzled attempt at solo stardom

    During a hiatus in 2011 and 2012, Nick ventured off to Broadway and made music with his own side project, Nick Jonas & The Administration. Joe, meanwhile, attempted to make it on his own with a solo R&B/pop record that quickly flopped. “The music didn’t do as well as I had anticipated,” Joe said about it, adding that “it was my first failure” and it was “embarrassing” to feel like he couldn’t do anything without his brothers.

  6. Kevin’s reality show became a big point of contention

    While Nick and Joe were off pursuing solo careers, Kevin was “living [his] best life” as a newlywed. After marrying Danielle Deleasa, the couple documented their lives on an E! reality show called Married to Jonas, which ran for two seasons. His youngest brothers weren’t thrilled about the invasion of privacy, admitting they didn’t want anything to do with it because they didn’t want the show to dictate who they were in the public eye. “Our whole life was a closed-door meeting, and Kevin invited cameras into that meeting,” Joe explained. “We felt like he was going to air out a lot of our shit that we didn’t want people to know about.” Needless to say, tensions were building in the band, which ultimately leads us to…

  7. The band’s split was devastating on all fronts

    Jonas Brothers reunited in 2013, but it wasn’t the same; Joe flat-out admitted, “We were not happy,” while Nick confessed, “We hate each other, basically.” Nick admitted he had a panic attack the night before breaking the news to his brothers that he wanted to call it quits, and Kevin said Joe “shut down” and took the news the hardest. “I felt betrayed. I felt lied to. I felt angry. Numb,” Joe said of his reaction. “What hurt the most is that it came from Nick. Because he is my best friend and I thought that me Kevin and Nick were going to do this forever and it was us against the world, you know?”

  8. Joe and Nick thought Kevin was holding them back

    In one of the hardest moments to watch, the boys recalled how, after the band broke up, some radio stations threatened to never play JB’s music or any of their solo music if they didn’t show up for some promised radio gigs. Nick and Joe went, but Kevin was told that he didn’t need to go. He said it was the “hardest moment of [his] entire life” watching his younger bros play the band’s music without him there, and Joe candidly told him it was because he and Nick thought they were being held back.

    “I think it was because we thought you were holding us back,” he confessed. “That’s the truth. I think there was moments that Nick and I wanted to do our own thing and we felt like your focus was not in it anymore and it wasn’t a priority for you. Starting a family was, and your guitar playing kind of fell in the backseat.” Joe continued by saying that he now realizes how “fucked up” that was, and apologized to Kev that he had to go through that.

  9. “Please Be Mine” is still a certified jam

    Confession: there are two times I cried while watching this documentary. The first was early on, with old footage of the brothers playing “Please Be Mine,” a love song they wrote in their basement that went on to become the closing track off 2006’s It’s About Time. The second time was towards the end of the doc, with current-day footage of them performing the song, sounding just as heavenly as ever. “Eight years, still a jam,” Nick noted after they finished it. Truer words have never been spoken.

  10. They’re all family men now

    And now, I present you with the cutest quotes from all three brothers about falling in love with their respective wives. Here’s Joe: “The impact of falling in love has made me want to be a better man, a better person, and ultimately, made me a better brother. Kevin: “We all spent time apart truly coming into our own. I focused on my family, on being the best husband and father that I could be.” And, finally, Nick: “The time apart was necessary. I was able to pursue different creative avenues and experiment with life in a way I never could before. And it led me to find something greater than I could ever imagine: love. And this love has changed my life forever.”

  11. Frankie’s the biggest JB fan ever, thankyouverymuch

    Stick around during the end credits for a glimpse of the Bonus Jonas! The youngest JoBro, 18-year-old Frankie, makes the cutest cameo, telling the camera, “I am their number one fan. I know every lyric of every song. I love their music so much.”

Tyler, The Creator Is Bringing Some Friends Along For Fall Igor Tour

Tyler, the Creator is about to make your earth quake. The frontman of Odd Future has revealed an upcoming tour in support of his recently released LP, IgorHe’s heading out across the United States, Canada, and, surprise surprise, the United Kingdom, where he was originally banned. He’s bringing along some friends for the ride too in Jaden Smith, GoldLink, and Blood Orange. Can you feel the ground moving yet? It will in August.

Tyler posted the tour’s itinerary on his Instagram page. The 34-date trek kicks off in Seattle with two nights of shows starting on August 30. It runs through September and October and wraps up on October 26 in Houston, five days shy of Halloween. If you’re looking for a good costume, Tyler in his video for “EARFQUAKE” would be a great place to start. Tickets go on sale on June 7.

Tyler released Igor last month and it came with some very specific listening instructions courtesy of a note posted on Twitter. “Don’t go into this expecting a rap album. Don’t go into this expecting any album,” it reads. It features Lil Uzi Vert, Playboi Carti, Charlie Wilson, Slowthai, and Santigold. It sold just under 165,000 units in the first week according to Billboard, netting it the second largest opening of 2019.

Jay-Z Has Become Rap’s First Billionaire Without A Blueprint

“Ain’t no such thing as an ugly billionaire, I’m cute,” Jay-Z rapped on “Family Feud” from his 2017 album, 4:44He was speaking things into existence of course, Jay-Z, the rap conglomerate and business mastermind, with eight, maybe nine, zeroes to his net worth. He had the millions, but he didn’t quite have that billion. But in 2019, it’s a different game. It’s now official. Jay-Z has become rap’s first billionare. And, more importanlty, Jay-Z has become one of the most handsome men in America. Take that, Idris Elba.

The news comes from a Forbes cover story that the rapper’s fortune “conservatively totals $1 billion, making him one of only a handful of entertainers to become a billionaire – and the first hip-hop artist to do so.” The article then gives a brief breakdown of some of his massive financial empire, involving “liquor, art, real estate (homes in Los Angeles, the Hamptons, Tribeca) and stakes in companies like Uber.” His net worth is then calculated based on his stakes in companies and his income. There’s $310 million wrapped up in Armand de Brignac, $220 million in what the story calls “cash and investments,”$100 million in his cognac, D’Ussé, $100 million in Tidal, $75 million in Roc Nation, $75 million in his music catalog, $70 million in his art collection, and $50 million in real estate. That’s a lot of damn zeroes.

Jay-Z reopened Webster Hall in New York with a special show featuring Nas and Cam’ron in April. His last release was Everything Is Love with Beyoncé in 2018. With this kind of fortune, it’s safe to say that Jay-Z doesn’t need to release any more music. But he will because he loves the craft.

Bon Iver Return To The Fold With Two New Songs That Deliver A Taste Of Heaven And Extra Piano

Justin Vernon and the gang are back with not one, but two new Bon Iver songs. They premiered last night at the All Points East festival in London during Bon Iver’s set. There’s the dense and majestic “Hey Ma” and there’s the bullying piano-driven “U (Man Like)” that comes with colorful lyric videos. In addition to these two new tastes of Bon, there’s also the extension of some upcoming shows for a full tour over the course of three months from August to October. Bon Iver’s back, y’all.

First up is “Hey Ma,” and it’s not the Cam’ron and Juelz Santana song from 2002. You can hear the gates of Heaven opening up on this number as Vernon immerses the listener in vivid, liquidy memories. His voice is booming and blindingly bright as he sets the scene by “toking on dope” and having a “heavy mind.” In the accompanying lyric video, what looks like home videos from Vernon are played.

Next is “U (Man Like)” which turns the piano and the emotion up to screaming levels. The heartfelt number features Moses Sumney. The accompanying lyric video is peaceful and stuffed with various blues, showcasing the beauty of the Earth and a child swinging on a swing set.  A list of collaborators have been revealed for this track and “Hey Ma” that includes Jenn Wasner, Bruce Hornsby, Elsa Jensen, Phil Cook, Psymun, and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus.

You’ll get to hear these new songs, and presumably more, when Bon Iver heads out on tour in August with various shows featuring Indigo Girls, Sharon Van Etten, Feist, and Yo La Tengo. It kicks off on August 31 in Missoula, MT and ends in Raleigh, NC on October 19.

Bon Iver’s last true album was 2016’s 22, A Million. Vernon collaborated with Aaron Dessner of the National last year as the collective Big Red Machine and released an album of the same name.

Watch the lyric videos for the new tracks up above.

Jack Harlow, Phony Ppl, And NanaBCool Will Perform At MTV Push Live

Over the years, MTV’s Push artist campaign has been a chance to connect fans with rising artists as they ascend in the musical spotlight. In the past few months alone, the series has featured Billie Eilish — whose debut album hit No. 1 in its first week — Lizzo — one of 2019’s biggest success stories (and an upcoming MTV Movie & TV Awards performer) — and reigning Grammy Best R&B Album winner H.E.R., just to name a few.

Now, thanks to a new partnership with Live Nation, MTV Push is expanding into new territories and highlighting even more artists in an intimate live setting for an upcoming event. It’s called MTV Push Live, and it kicks off Tuesday, June 4 at Chelsea Music Hall in New York City.

As a showcase for emerging talent, MTV Push Live will feature three artists: Jack Harlow, Phony Ppl, and NanaBCool. Get to know them below, then grab tickets right here.

  • Jack Harlow

    The deal: This 20-year-old Louisville rapper has been writing rhymes since high school. Last year, CyHi the Prynce hopped on his song “Drip Drop” after leaving an Instagram comment on Harlow’s account, and earlier this year, he linked up with Felly for “Cheap Cheap” and its accompanying video, which is a literal feast.

  • Phony Ppl

    The deal: From twinkly funk to rainbow-tinged R&B and beyond, there’s nothing phony about the sounds this five-man Brooklyn music collective can create. They’ve backed up Fetty Wap on late-night TV and enjoyed their own residency at New York’s Blue Note Jazz Club. Now they’re taking the stage for MTV Push Live.

  • NanaBcool

    The deal: Ice Tea, the nocturnal new album from this Brooklyn hip-hop maestro, is the perfect intro to his signature sound: laid-back, languid, and the right staple for nights that go on longer than they probably should.

MTV Push Live hits Chelsea Music Hall on Tuesday, June 4. Find tickets here.

Jai Paul Returns After Six Years With Two Wild New Songs

London’s glorious R&B experimentalist Jai Paul went on a self-imposed hiatus in 2013 following the leak of six years worth of music. Now, he’s ready for a return and it starts with turning over the past, the right way. He’s launched a new website and shared two new singles, “Do You Love Her Now” and “He.” These are his first official releases since 2012 and they bring the world back to his land of stormy funk and icy grooves.

Paul shared two songs on June 1 after posting an extremely complex return to Twitter after vacating the social media space six years ago.

He then went on to share the link to his new website with the new music.

If you want to get into some bubbly funk, “Do You Love Her Now” is what to sink your teeth into. It starts slow before unfolding itself as a ball of electricity and molten lava spread over a field of flowers. Tight rumbling and bumbling guitars are gripped with vines by snare drums that snap like turtles. Paul’s falsetto drizzles like chocolate syrup over Maraschino cherries on ice cream, for a sweet treat with an explosive center.

“He” is more tightly woven than its groovy tether, shiny and nostalgic, a modern-day replica of a Woodstock relic. It’s deeper and more open and it shakes and hisses with the soft and sharp voice of Paul filling its cracks. It’s nearly six minutes long and it works thanks to its immersive nature.

Paul’s website also contains the songs from the leak in Leak 04-13 (Bait Ones). It’s available to download and you can pay what you want for it. In an accompanying letter with the download, Paul elaborated on the journey to the new music and reflected on the leak. He also revealed that 10% of profits on merch will go to mental illness organization SANE

Listen to the funky worlds of “Do You Love Her Now” and “He” up above.