Lorde Reflects On Life While ‘Stoned At The Nail Salon’

Lorde has sunk into very deep thoughts right now.

On Tuesday (July 21), the New Zealand singer dropped “Stoned at the Nail Salon,” the second but very self-reflective single for her upcoming album Solar Power.

Unlike her previous single’s bright disposition, “Stoned at the Nail Salon” has a more mellow atmosphere, musing about the concept of how people grow and evolve at different points of their lives. “Well, my hot blood’s been burning for so many summers now / It’s time to cool it down, wherever that leads,” Lorde sings. She reminds us that eventually time wins every battle: “‘Cause all the beautiful girls, they will fade like the roses.”

Lorde also sings about how there comes a time when you move on from reckless activities: “Got a memory of waiting in your bed wearing only my earrings / We’d go dancing all over the landmines under our town / But the sun has to rise.” Along with that growth comes how your personal tastes will change: “’Cause all the music you loved at 16 you’ll grow out of.” Is she referring to the idea that fans might grow out of her old music? She did become famous at 16 when her first album Pure Heroine debuted. Now, she’s musing about how it’s better to “spend all the evenings you can with the people who raised you.”

But there is a wave of uncertainty; is Lorde overthinking? “I don’t know / Maybe I’m just / Maybe I’m just stoned at the nail salon again,” she muses.

Fans reacted to the new single with surprise because they expected “Stoned at the Nail Salon” would bring similar vibes to  “Solar Power.”

“This song is sort of a rumination on getting older, settling into domesticity, and questioning if you’ve made the right decisions,” Lorde said in a statement. “I think lots of people start asking those questions of themselves around my age, and it was super comforting to me writing them down, hoping they’d resonate with others too. I used this song as a dumping ground for so many thoughts.”

Lorde will perform “Stoned at the Nail Salon” for the first time on Late Night With Seth Meyers tonight, while also joining the host for an interview. This will be the first time the show will have a full-production musical performance since March 2020 and marks Lorde’s first appearance on the show since 2017. The performance also follows her rooftop “Solar Power” performance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert last week.

Solar Power follows her 2017 album Melodrama and is set to be released on August 20.

Jonas Brothers Destroy Iconic Olivia Rodrigo, Harry Styles Songs On The Tonight Show

The Jonas Brothers performed different covers under various comedic voice impressions in Jimmy Fallon’s Sing It Like challenge on Monday (July 20).

On The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, the host kicked off the hilarious game by doing a cover of Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know,” but singing it “like you just got the rubber bands on your braces tightened.” Joe performed Harry Styles’s “Watermelon Sugar,” singing like he was walking across hot coals and hitting high notes as if he was in pain. Nick then sang Olivia Rodrigo’s “Good 4 U” but as if he got his tongue pierced, so he was barely comprehensible. Lastly, Kevin sang Creed’s “With Arms Wide Open” as if he was trying to communicate a secret message with his eyes in a really deep voice.

The brothers concluded the challenge with a trio performance of their own hit “Sucker” — but playing as if they were a Chuck E. Cheese animatronic band. Kevin donned a mask while playing a small bass guitar that looks like it’s made for kids; Joe brought out an action figure to the camera while playing his acoustic guitar.

Joe, Kevin, and Nick also appeared on The Tonight Show to promote their upcoming Olympic Dreams Featuring Jonas Brothers special. With the U.S. Olympics team pumped in preparation for the games and opening ceremony in Tokyo, the Jonas Brothers are competing with each other in their own personal games, including in the fields of track, gymnastics, and BMX biking.

“We got the opportunity to pretend we’re Olympic athletes for a week or so and about a day training with incredible athletes and then actually compete [against] each other,” Kevin said. “And they filmed it for the audience at home to laugh at us.”

Nick actually broke a rib during the filming process and confirmed he is doing “a lot better.” “It’s not all that exciting,” he admitted. He detailed that they had real Olympic athletes training them, and the brothers initially felt confident because the coaches claimed the BMX biking was set at the difficulty level for 11-year-olds. However, they were spared from the knowledge the athletes have been training in BMX since they were 3 or 4 years old, thus being experts.

“It couldn’t have been worse timing, because that week following, we shot the music video for our song with Marshmello, ‘Leave Before You Love Me,’ Nick said. “I was hosting the Billboard Music Awards and performing with the brothers, and we had The Voice finale in the same week.”

The Olympic Dreams special will premiere tonight at 8 p.m. ET/PT on NBC and Peacock. The special features Olympic athletes coaching the brothers: Sydney McLaughlin and Sanya Richards-Ross in track, Laurie Hernandez and Nastia Liukin in gymnastics, and Alsie Willoughby in BMX biking.

Justin Bieber Is Here To ‘Stay’ As He Sets A New Chart Record

Justin Bieber made history on Tuesday (July 20) as the youngest solo artist to ever hit 100 entries on the Billboard Hot 100 chart at the age of 27. The track that cinched the milestone was “Stay,” the synthy song on which he guested as a feature with The Kid Laroi and debuted at No. 3.

Prior to Bieber’s achievement, Drake previously held the career title at 28 years old in 2015 and is now in second place. Lil Wayne is next down in third place with his 100th Hot 100 scored at 29 years old in 2012. Taylor Swift, Future, Nicki Minaj, and Kanye West are among the artists who have also crossed this threshold.

“Stay,” a lamenting, heartbreaking song pleading for a partner not to leave, was released on July 9. It marked the second collaboration between Bieber and Laroi since the track “Unstable” off Bieber’s recent album Justice, which was released in March early this year. The track was released with a music video that captured Laroi and Bieber as time appeared to be frozen around them. Bieber appeared on the rooftop of a building, where he delivered the second verse.

Bieber gained his first Hot 100 in July 2009 with his debut single “One Time” and at the time, he was only 15 years old. Bieber has had seven songs hit No. 1 on the Hot 100 in total, with the most recent one being “Peaches,” featuring Daniel Caesar and Giveon. It peaked on April 3, 2021. Other No. 1 songs include “Stuck With U” with Ariana Grande and “Despacito” with Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee.

As of this week, Justin Bieber is currently ranked No. 5. on the Artist 100 chart and has been for 334 weeks. And if the song’s title is any indication, he is here to stay.

‘Industry Baby’ Lil Nas X Found Guilty Of Being A Troll

Over the last few days, Lil Nas X has made several joke tweets and TikToks about him going to jail for his controversial Nike Satan shoes, but on Monday (July 19), he revealed that he’s definitely heading to court for it — in a new music video, anyway — as shown in the new teaser for his upcoming single “Industry Baby.”

The trailer, titled “Nike v. Lil Nas X – Satan Shoes Trial,” depicts a fictional yet hilarious trial where Lil Nas X plays himself and several other roles: a judge, a defense attorney, a juror, and a prosecutor. Although the trial is meant to focus on the Satan shoes, it suddenly centers on his sexuality. There is tension among everyone in the courtroom after the lawyer asks, “Let me rephrase the question: Do your momma know you gay?” Lil Nas X simply responds, “Yes.” The audience starts whispering among each other and the juror says, “Yeah, lock him and throw away the key.” The judge then sentences Lil Nas X for five years in Montero State Prison.

The video rolls into credits, which also announces that “Industry Baby” features Jack Harlow and is produced by Take a Day Trip and Kanye West. Lil Nas X later tweeted that the music video will actually be set months after the fictional trial.

It’s clear that the trailer is intended to poke fun at the backlash he received for his infamous customized line of sneakers and his sexually charged song “Montero (Call Me By Your Name),” along with the lawsuit between Nike and art collective MSCHF, who collaborated with the “Old Town Road” singer in designing the shoes. The line was released alongside the music video of “Montero” back in March and was based on its most talked-about scene: Lil Nas X performing a lap dance on Satan before killing and becoming him. The shoes had designs of pentagrams, inverted crosses, and a text referencing Luke 10:18 in the Bible. There were plans for only 666 pairs to be made and sold, and the soles allegedly contained a drop of human blood. Naturally, the Satan shoes sold out in less than a minute.

However, Nike reps expressed that they never were involved in the release of the shoes and sued MSCHF, though they eventually settled. All the sold shoes were recalled in April and buyers were offered full refunds.

While Nike cracked down on the unauthorized shoes, Lil Nas X was accused of promoting sexual immorality and Satanism, despite the fact that “Montero” and its music video are allegories for his personal struggles and pride in his sexuality. But as the “Industry Baby” trailer shows, Lil Nas X gives no fucks about who he pisses off for being gay, or for anything else he does.

Fans are, of course, loving his comedic genius in social-media marketing his new single. The reactions have spawned into memes and a trending campaign hashtag #FreeLilNasX.

“Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” debuted at No. 1 at the Billboard Hot 100, becoming his second No. 1 hit single after “Old Town Road.” With the major excitement from fans, we will see if “Industry Baby” will also chart at the top. The song and its music video are set to be released on July 23.

Normani Unleashes Her ‘Wild Side’ In Sexy Comeback Video With Cardi B

Normani and Cardi B really did that on “Wild Side.” After drumming up excitement in the week leading up to Normani’s collaborative comeback, her new single dropped Friday (July 16) with a cinematic music video with stunning visuals and sizzling choreography.

The video introduces Normani in a black bodysuit, posing seductively in a red room. As she pours wine over the camera, the screen pans to the singer in a purple jumper, sliding body-roll moves with several backup dancers. Then the visual returns to the red room, where Normani busts some moves on a table in a matching red outfit, black heels, and dangling cross earrings.

As she implores her lover to show her his “wild side,” Normani channels Aailyah’s iconic style in white kicks and leather with baggy pants and a jacket. She brings more 2000s vibes with leopard print, as she lies in a helicopter. In another scene, surrounded by a mirror-filled room, Normani wears nothing but glittering shells as she contorts into various shapes on the floor with her doppelgänger. And then Cardi B comes in.

The rapper makes her appearance fully nude, rapping hard verses and tugging onto a hanging rail. “Look, dímelo, turn me ’round / Treat me like a watch, bust me down / On the kitchen floor, right on that towel / It’s my dick and I want it now, ow,” she raps. “Tell me how you want it / Put me on my back or my stomach / Baby, let me blow it like a trumpet / I can do it all, I can prolly suck a watermelon through a straw.” We eventually see Cardi and Normani in an embrace with their hair draping over each other, and the verse ends with water raining from above.

This isn’t the first time the two all-star artists have teamed up. Normani previously made a cameo in Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s “WAP” music video; she and Cardi even collaborated last year in “Diamonds,” the lead single for the soundtrack to the film Birds of Prey. “Wild Side” follows the release of Normani’s 2019 single, “Motivation,” and has yet to release her debut solo album.

“Wild Side” has been topping No. 1 on the iTunes U.S chart and still counting. We have yet to see where it will hit on the Billboard charts, but in Cardi’s words: the world is ready for Normani supremacy.

Bop Shop: Songs From Caroline Polachek, Kevin Abstract, And More

Willow ft. Travis Barker: “Gaslight”

With her new album Lately I Feel Everything, Willow Smith is torching the expectations of those who still think of her as the little girl in the “Fireball” video. She drops a flurry of F-bombs in “Fuck You,” and on “Gaslight,” she rages over a flawed, queer love. The latter spotlights Travis Barker’s fearsome drumming, which slingshots the song from verse to refrain as Willow pleads with a partner to “stop messing with my head / And love me instead.” It’s the pop-punk revival in its purest distillation, and at under two minutes, the song burns up as quickly as an ethanol flame. Catch Willow’s Watch Together performance of her album today on Instagram, Messenger, and Facebook. —Coco Romack

BTS Will Make You Sweat Like That Performing ‘Butter’ On A Massive Bridge

BTS lit up Seoul’s night sky during their new, never-before-seen performance of “Butter” on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday (July 14) as part of their two-night takeover.

Donned in black and white button-up shirts, the boy band showed off their moves across the brightly lit yet unopened World Cup Bridge in their hometown’s Mapo District. The bridge was originally planned to open back in August 2015 but has seen delays; it is scheduled to finally be unveiled  next month.

Also on Wednesday night’s episode of Fallon, BTS delivered their debut performance of their new single “Permission to Dance.”

The two-night takeover marked their third appearance on The Tonight Show. BTS previously rocked on the show for a whole week straight from September 28 to October 2 in 2020, performing hits like “Dynamite” and “Black Swan.” In February that year, they performed “On” in New York’s Grand Central Terminal. Their first-ever appearance on the show occurred in September 2018, where the group performed “Idol” and did the Fortnite dance challenge with Fallon.

As BTS has been dominating the charts with their hot summer single “Butter,” Alan Bjerga, the chief of communications for the American Butter Institute, even praised the song with excitement.

“My main reaction was, ‘Great!’ It obviously doesn’t hurt to have your product associated with the top band’s song of the summer,” Bjerga recently told Billboard. “Like BTS says, ‘it’s smooth…’ The future of U.S. butter sales is in exports, and to have arguably the biggest band on the globe giving a thumbs-up in song can’t be anything but good.”

“Butter” has been currently topping No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart for the past seven weeks and still counting.

Normani and Cardi B Are Heading To The ‘Wild Side’ In New Collab

Fans are wild with anticipation for Normani and Cardi B’s new single “Wild Side,” which will drop this Friday (July 16).

Both iconic artists posted on social media the gorgeous cover for the single, depicting them each reclining nude on a giant pearly shell with their long flowing hair draping over their bodies. Some mermaid vibes right there.

Fans have long speculated that new music, possibly even a long-awaited solo album, from Normani would be dropping this year. Earlier this week, the former Fifth Harmony member archived all her Instagram posts except a short video from February of her sunbathing in a gold bikini, captioned “know it’s been awhile.” There was suspicion that the song playing in the background is a snippet of “Wild Side.”

As a result of the major announcement of the upcoming single, Cardi B and Normani were trending on Twitter worldwide. Cardi tweeted in response to a fan account, “The world is ready for Normani supremacy!!!”

Normani excitedly responded, “Okay, sooooo I just watched the video again. Sis, what the fuck.”

Both artists previously collaborated last year in “Diamonds,” the lead single for the soundtrack to the film Birds of Prey. Normani has released five singles, most of which are collabs: “Love Lies” with Khalid, “Waves” with 6lack, and “Dancing with a Stranger” with Sam Smith. “Motivation,” which was released in 2019, remains her only solo single.

With so much excitement from fans and hints from Normani, perhaps we will get to see a solo album dropping soon. In the meantime, “Wild Side” is out tonight at midnight.

Normani and Cardi B Are Heading To The ‘Wild Side’ In New Collab

Fans are wild with anticipation for Normani and Cardi B’s new single “Wild Side,” which will drop this Friday (July 16).

Both iconic artists posted on social media the gorgeous cover for the single, depicting them each reclining nude on a giant pearly shell with their long flowing hair draping over their bodies. Some mermaid vibes right there.

Fans have long speculated that new music, possibly even a long-awaited solo album, from Normani would be dropping this year. Earlier this week, the former Fifth Harmony member archived all her Instagram posts except a short video from February of her sunbathing in a gold bikini, captioned “know it’s been awhile.” There was suspicion that the song playing in the background is a snippet of “Wild Side.”

As a result of the major announcement of the upcoming single, Cardi B and Normani were trending on Twitter worldwide. Cardi tweeted in response to a fan account, “The world is ready for Normani supremacy!!!”

Normani excitedly responded, “Okay, sooooo I just watched the video again. Sis, what the fuck.”

Both artists previously collaborated last year in “Diamonds,” the lead single for the soundtrack to the film Birds of Prey. Normani has released five singles, most of which are collabs: “Love Lies” with Khalid, “Waves” with 6lack, and “Dancing with a Stranger” with Sam Smith. “Motivation,” which was released in 2019, remains her only solo single.

With so much excitement from fans and hints from Normani, perhaps we will get to see a solo album dropping soon. In the meantime, “Wild Side” is out tonight at midnight.

Madonna’s Madame X Tour Documentary Will Hit Paramount+ In October

A documentary following Madonna‘s Madame X tour will be available to stream on Paramount+ on Friday, October 8, the streaming service announced on Thursday (July 15).

The film was shot at a concert in Lisbon, Portugal, as Madonna embodied her Madame X persona, a globetrotting secret agent complete with an eyepatch. The Queen of Pop posted a video of her smoking a cigarette and holding a wine glass, lip-syncing to “Killers Who Are Partying,” a track from her 2019 Madame X album, on Instagram four days ahead of the announcement.

“Sharing my vision with global audiences has been profoundly meaningful to me. The opportunity to bring its message and the incandescent artistry of all involved to an even wider audience comes at a time when music is so deeply needed to remind us of the sacred bond of our shared humanity,” Madonna said in a statement.

The Madame X doc will feature behind-the-scenes clips of Madonna in action during the album’s tour in 2019 and 2020. In addition, there will be an intimate look at the battles she had with her hip and knee injuries, which forced her to cancel several shows in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Portugal, eventually concluding the entire tour three days before its final date, while also coinciding with the ban of gatherings due to the spread of COVID-19. She has fortunately made a full recovery and recently returned this past June for a surprise performance during New York’s Pride festivities at the Boom Boom Room.

Madonna has lately been working on film production and re-shootings. A 22-minute documentary called The World of Madame X was released in July 2019 on Amazon Prime, detailing the production and behind the scenes of the album. Back in February, Madonna announced she was re-shooting scenes for the tour documentary, wearing costumes from her Madame X tour. “Happy to be able to step into my costumes after 10 months on crutches-surgery and a host of other physical challenges I can fit into my costumes!” she wrote on Instagram.

Upon its release on June 14, 2019, Madame X debuted at No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 with 95,000 album-equivalent units, and Madonna also topped the Artist 100 chart for the first time since the chart’s launch in 2014. Madame X then became Madonna’s ninth No. 1 album in the U.S.

If you missed the tour, you only have to wait until October 8 to stream it. Find a teaser for the action above.