The countdown is on for the 2019 MTV Movie & TV Awards, and even though the awards show is only days away at this point, exciting news about what fans can expect from this year’s event continues to unfold. So what is it that fans can totally freak out about this time? Well, another performer was just announced, and we’re thrilled to share that Bazzi will be taking the stage during the show to perform his hit song “Paradise.”
Despite the awards show being mainly about all our favorite films and shows of the past year (Avengers: Endgame and Game of Thrones included, obviously), we think we can all agree that no show is complete without an epic roster of performers to play some of our favorite songs of the year. Last month, it was officially announced that Lizzo would be taking the stage — an excellent choice given the success of her most recent album, Cuz I Love You — and now that Bazzi’s been announced, it’s clear that this year’s MTV Movie & TV Awards are not messing around.
In April, the “Mine” singer released an emotional track titled “Caught In The Fire.” Days later, the 21-year-old superstar gifted fans with “Paradise” and its corresponding music video. Considering the positive fan reaction, a live televised performance sounds like exactly what diehard Bazzi fans need, and like you, we’re looking forward to witnessing a few minutes of paradise in the midst of all the inevitable awards show craziness.
Stoked for both Lizzo and Bazzi’s performances? Uh, same. And let’s be real: Missing these performances is simply not an option. That being said, it’s important to be mindful that the MTV Movie & TV Awards are fast approaching. The show will air on Monday, June 17 at 9:00 PM ET/PT, so it’s officially time to check your popcorn inventory before the big night!
Rihanna is a woman of many titles: just a few of those are legendary singer, dancer, businesswoman, and fashion designer. One thing she isn’t, yet, is a mother to a child. There’s no word if that’s coming in the near future. But Rihanna made one thing clear in a recent conversation with Ocean 8‘s castmate Sarah Paulson for Interview Magazine: she wants to be a mother.
She’s also extremely shy, too. Rihanna and Paulson connected over the phone for an amusing conversation that peeled some of the layers back on Rihanna the person, not just Rihanna the musician. One thing you’ll never get from seeing Rihanna’s confidence is that she’s shy, but, it turns out, that this confidence is fake. “Because I kind of pretend it’s not happening, people read me as being confident. But I’m so shy I don’t even want you to know I’m shy,” she says. After the conversation steers away from her personality kinks, Rihanna then gets personal. When asked if she wants to be a mother, she simply responds with “More than anything in life.” There’s no further elaboration on the topic.
Inevitably, the conversation does turn to music, but Rihanna doesn’t budge when prodded about her forthcoming reggae album. “It really does suck that it can’t just come out, because I’m working on a really fun one right now,” she says. “I’m really happy with a lot of the material we have so far, but I am not going to put it out until it’s complete. It makes no sense to rush it, but I want it out.” Paulson then asks how much longer the wait will be and Rihanna responds with “I wish I knew.”
That wait is probably going to be for quite a while, at least. Rihanna sits on top of a $600 million empire that largely sits on her new luxury fashion house for LVMH. She unveiled the first pieces for it last month in Paris. For now, we just have the possible name of the album to latch on to: R9.
Bushwick Bill, a member of the legendary Houston rap group the Geto Boys, died Sunday night (June 9) after a battle with pancreatic cancer. His publicist confirmed his passing to Rolling Stone. He was 52.
Born in Jamaica and raised in Brooklyn, Bushwick Bill was introduced into the Geto Boys in 1986 as a dancer named Little Billy, eventually transitioning to dropping rhymes on the group’s debut album, Making Trouble, in 1988. The group — consisting of him, Scarface, and Willie D — would grow to become genre stalwarts thanks to their pioneering efforts in horrorcore rap. Their third studio album, We Can’t Be Stopped, would go platinum in 1992. Over the course of seven of the group’s eight albums, Bushwick Bill’s voice can be heard punching in smooth and spicy flows.
He also found infamy appearing on the cover of the group’s We Can’t Be Stopped album in 1991 in a hospital gown after suffering a gunshot wound to the eye. He discussed the incident on his song “Ever So Clear,” rapping, “And I’m glad that I’m here, gee / But it’s fucked up I had to lose an eye to see shit clearly.”
Away from Geto Boys, Bushwick Bill was equally as tenacious. He dropped his debut solo studio LP, Little Big Man, in 1992, which peaked at No. 15 on the Billboard Hot 200. He released six solo albums as well; his last studio LP was 2010’s My Testimony of Redemption. He was currently planning on heading out on a solo trek called the “Phuck Cancer” tour before his death.
Members of the hip-hop community, including longtime icons Juicy J and Bun B, have come forward to pay their respects.
After striking gold with her spunky breakthrough hit “Don’t Call Me Up,” Mabel continues to take charge with “Mad Love.”
The new single, which arrived on Friday (June 7), reunites the British pop star with “Don’t Call” co-writers Steve Mac and Kamille, but she notably changes her tune this time around. Instead of reveling in her independence, “Mad Love” is all about, well, demanding some good loving.
“Boy, you lookin’ like my type / But tell me, can you hit it right?” she asks on the opening lines, before putting it more directly on the inescapable hook: “All night, give me mad love / Yeah, don’t let me down.” In the accompanying video, she flaunts her chameleonic style, wearing a blunt black bob one minute and wavy pink tresses the next. Get lost in the slick dance sequences below.
“Mad Love” is the latest single off of Mabel’s hotly anticipated debut album, High Expectations, arriving on August 2. Judging from what we’ve heard so far, you can, ahem, expect more sizzling bops from her this summer.
Resilience. That’s the word that could best describe Casey Veggies’s style and commitment to coming back over the years, prepared to command attention in rap’s crowded space. The Los Angeles rapper has released a new studio album, Organic, his first LP since 2015’s Live & Grow. It’s the first of four albums that he’s working on so it looks like Veggies is back for good.
Organic is a concise listen, made up of 10 tracks. There are a number of guest features in YG, The Game, Dom Kennedy, BJ the Chicago Kid, and more. In a recent conversation with MTV News, Veggies revealed that the album “is an answer to everyone that ever doubted me.” He also talked about one of Organic’s tracks, “The Ceiling,” saying that it is a “super vulnerable song that talks about painting a picture of the dark space I was in.”
Veggies’s last project before this was his 2016 mixtape, Customized Greatly Vol. 4: The Return of The Boy. Prior to releasing Organic, he released “Awarded” in May.
Take a listen to Casey Veggies’s return, Organic, up above.
Pharrell Williams has released a new song called “Letter To My Godfather” which appears in Netflix’s new documentary, The Black Godfather. The film tells the story of Clarence Avant, a music executive credited for being one of the industry’s biggest innovators for Black artists. Pharrell’s song is an ode to the man’s work and presence, paying homage to him while he’s here now instead of waiting till he’s gone. Avant deserves these flowers.
Pharrell’s Auto-Tuned sermon – that he co-wrote with Chad Hugo – showers the retired business executive with adoration. It’s a peaceful and happy affair with soft voices in the background that elevate Pharrell’s words higher. He’s toasting to Avant, he’s hugging him, he acknowledges that Avant is the chandelier in the darkness. It makes for a refreshing and necessary listen.
Pharrell deserves his flowers, too, not just for his long, lucrative career in hip-hop, but also for establishing a festival in his hometown. Earlier this year, he brought Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg, A$AP Ferg, SZA, and more to Virginia Beach, Virginia for his first annual Something In The Water festival. He’s been busy this year, also collaborating with both Beck and Gesaffelstein.
Listen to Pharrell’s touching tribute, “Letter To My Godfather” up above.
All Doja Cat had to say was, “Bitch, I’m a cow,” in last year’s silly-but-sensual “Mooo!” and we were all ears. Born and raised in L.A., the singer has charisma and confidence to spare, with music that evokes elements of R&B, pop, and rap with a sickeningly sweet twist. Since her 2014 debut EP, she’s kept up her game touring with the likes of Lizzo and Theophilus London, and the recent deluxe release of her album Amala is a perfect opportunity to savor some of the bops you might have missed.
Enter “Go to Town” – a bouncy track that will have you hooked from its immediate high-voice refrain. Behind a beat that feels like a mix of club, schoolyard, and candy shop, Doja packs innuendos by the pound. She offers her man a one-chance-only invitation to “go to town” and show her what he’s got. She shows no signs of complacency, throwing in winks and jabs between bars, and she knows what she wants and will not stand for any emoji clownery (“He text me an eggplant, I text him a peanut”). With a chorus that won’t quit and a wide-eyed smirk you can hear, Doja Cat will have you grooving until you can’t help but bust it down and go to town – whatever that means to you. —Carson Mlnarik
BTS and Charli XCX have linked up for a new, bedazzling song, “Dream Glow.” It’s every bit as shiny and bright as the name suggests and it’ll make you feel all fuzzy inside. It’ll appear on their upcoming mobile game BTS World so you’ll begin hearing it everywhere on June 25, when the game launches. While we wait on the game though, it’s time to immerse ourselves in this fuzzy light.
Charli XCX kicks things off with a jolt before BTS’s Jin, Jimin, and Jungkook lead the listener through a shining land of rainbows. It’s a smooth listen that builds the anticipation for BTS World’s imminent release. You’ll play as a manager with the goal of making the band into superstars. With an optimistic, and impossibly bright, tune like “Dream Glow,” it looks like that dream will be easy to turn into a reality.
BTS World is going to follow an alternate universe story where in 2012, you’re a BigHit Entertainment employee who’s been placed in charge of the group. The game’s going to have over 10,000 new photos, 100 never-before-seen clips of the group in action, and a new soundtrack, which “Dream Glow” comes from. For their most recent real life soundtrack, they released Map Of The Soul: Persona in April.
Listen to “Dream Glow” up above.
Madonna‘s new video for “Dark Ballet” is as bold and artistic as they come. It stars rapper Mykki Blanco as Joan of Arc, the French heroine who led soldiers to victory in numerous battles and was eventually burned by the English at the stake. The visual follows this path to her execution and shows the pain and resilience that made her into a martyr figure that’s been able to survive into modern pop culture. We’ve all heard about Joan of Arc’s achievements on the battlefield, but this intimate story deserves to be told as well.
Joan of Arc received her first divine vision from God at 13 years old; years later, she would be placed at the head of French forces and was thought to be directly responsible for winning multiple battles. Her bravery was applauded. She was later ambushed at a battle, imprisoned by English officials, and executed. Records show that she asked for a crucifix to be held in front of her while being burned. She wasn’t afraid.
Madonna’s video assumes that you know of her powerful achievements because it jumps straight to the road towards execution. Mykki Blanco’s Joan of Arc is powerful but afraid. As she frets about the pending execution, she’s shown to be in different mental spaces, hesitant to accept death, yet an unmovable force in the face of English intimidation. We’re shown the haunting burning from multiple angles, the last finding Blanco’s Joan smiling.
“Dark Ballet” is the fifth song released from Madonna’s forthcoming album Madame X following “Medellín” with Maluma, “I Rise,” “Crave” with Swae Lee, and “Future” with Quavo. Madame X will be out on June 14.
Watch the powerful video for “Dark Ballet” up above.
Curry let Ta13oo simmer for just shy of 11 months before returning to the fray with ZUU, his fourth studio album. If what he revealed to Fader is true — that the entire LP was freestyled — then first single “Ricky” is the work of a mastermind. It’s named after his father, to whom it pays tribute and is reflected in the cover art.
In the song, Carol City isn’t hellishly depicted like Opa-Locka. Instead, it’s the setting where his guardians instill their life lessons in him. Curry’s dad tells him, “Trust no man but your brothers.” His mother says, “Trust no ho, use a rubber.” Throughout the tune, we leave his childhood cul-de-sac and find power in his past. After all, the tribulations he’s faced throughout his life have certainly strengthened his position in the rap space, as well as his comfort within himself.
Curry’s career continues to push further inward as he becomes more comfortable and familiar with personal experimentation. He continues to show that his next move will always be more calculated than his last — something that likely puts continued mainstream success in his sights.