Lady Gaga Is ‘So Excited’ To Sing For You From A Biden/Harris Rally Stage

Election Day is less than 24 hours away, and Lady Gaga is hitting the campaign trail. Tonight (November 2) at 7 p.m. ET, the Chromatica queen will take the stage in Pittsburgh on behalf of former Vice President Joe Biden, complete with a performance sure to rally voters.

“Good morning PENNSYLVANIA! I’m so excited to see you today and SING for you!!!!!!!” she wrote on social media. “I believe in 🎶 YOU & I!!!! Let’s talk about what America looks like with a KINDER President. WE NEED EVERY VOTE❤️ I’m with @JoeBiden —Lets go 24 hrs!!!!! PUSH!!!!!”

Gaga and Biden go way back to his tenure as vice president under Barack Obama, when he introduced her performance of “Til It Happens to You” at the Oscars in 2016. Gaga’s appearance at tonight’s drive-in Biden rally can be viewed at joebiden.com/live.

Meanwhile, 300 miles east across the state of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia, Biden’s VP pick, Senator Kamala Harris will invite John Legend to take the stage as well.

In the past few weeks, fellow pop stars have rallied loudly on social media to urge people to head out to the polls. Taylor Swift has thrown her support behind Biden as well, and last week, she leant her song “Only the Young” to a Biden/Harris campaign ad. Ariana Grande, too, has pledged her support for the Biden/Harris ticket as well as urging folks to cast their ballots if they haven’t done so already.

Gaga recently revisited her most iconic looks in a voting PSA, hoping to connect. Check that out below, then tune in to her performance on the Bally rally stage tonight at 7 p.m. ET.

From Reggaetón SpongeBob To Pop Smashes, Tainy Is ‘Going To Keep Pushing The Envelope’

By Lucas Villa

Think of your favorite reggaetón track. Whether it’s a Wisin & Yandel cut from the genre’s 2000s breakthrough, like “Abusadora,” or a contemporary hit, like “Yo Perreo Sola” or “Callaíta,” Tainy has likely had a hand in it. When reggaetón was first rising up, the Puerto Rican producer was working under Luny Tunes, the duo du jour behind the song that lit the fuse for reggaetón, Daddy Yankee’s “Gasolina.” In the 15 years since, he’s become the go-to hitmaker for artists like J Balvin, Bad Bunny, and Anuel AA. Last month, on Billboard‘s Latin Producers chart, which ranks the producers with the biggest hits of the week, Tainy had sat at No. 1 for over 50 weeks. Recently, he was awarded Producer of the Year at the Billboard Latin Music Awards for his achievements in that medium.

“That was amazing for me,” he tells MTV News. “That’s the first time [for me] getting an award like that. I’m happy, but I’m back to work to keep it going.”

He’s also won three Latin Grammys, and he’s up for four more at the 2020 show later this month. He’s nominated twice in the Album of the Year category for his work on two of the year’s biggest releases: Bad Bunny’s YHLQMDLG and J Balvin’s Colores. This kind of success has been over a decade in the making.

When Marco “Tainy” Masís was 14, his friend Nely “El Arma Secreta” introduced him to the world of music production. After learning the ropes from Nely, Tainy submitted his music to Luny Tunes, who signed the aspiring producer. After the genre’s global success with “Gasolina,” even non-Latinx acts were wanting in on the movement. In 2006, Paris Hilton commissioned a Luny Tunes remix of “Stars Are Blind” that the duo enlisted Tainy to work on. Boricua reggaetoneros Wisin & Yandel featured on the track. “For me that was crazy because reggaetón was exploding,” he recalls. “Artists from all around the world were noticing what we were doing.”

Tainy kept that momentum for reggaetón going well into the following decades, including stepping out from behind the boards as a listed artist on recent hits. This summer, Tainy aligned British pop star Dua Lipa with J Balvin and Bad Bunny on “Un Día (One Day)” and reworked the iconic SpongeBob Squarepants theme song on “Agua” with Balvin.

Like Luny Tunes did with him, Tainy is hoping to nurture the next generation of talent with his Neon16 label. The imprint’s new release is “Falta,” with Dominican-American rapper DaniLeigh, Tainy, and new signee Kris Floyd, which dropped on October 30. “It’s one of my favorite tracks,” he says. “Kris Floyd killed it. DaniLeigh killed it. They combined their voices so well.” With his latest cut out in the world, Tainy talked to MTV News about the reggaetón music movement and the biggest hits of his career.

MTV News: You have the unique perspective of working in reggaetón from its 2000s breakthrough to now. How has the scene changed over the years?

Tainy: The genre was still, like, evolving when I started and finding its way. I think now we have something more stable. You know the sound around the world. You know what reggaetón is. Now you have different sub-genres beneath it. It’s a lot more structured now. It’s now seeing where it can keep going. Before there was a lot of backlash, as in any other genre, that this wasn’t music, that this was something people would not respect musically. It needed time to evolve and be perfected, like us as producers, the sound, the quality, and everything.

MTV News: You produced Justin Bieber’s “Habitual” for his Changes album this year. What was it like to do something outside of reggaetón?

Tainy: I’ve always wanted to work with Justin. He gave me the opportunity to send in some music and he ended up liking the initial instrumental idea that I had. If you listen to the project, it’s all in that same R&B vibe. Who knows? Maybe eventually we can do something like reggaetón with more movement. It’s another goal for me to be able to work with artists of that caliber. I try to grow as a producer and not get locked in that you’re just this reggaetón producer. I’m a fan of a lot of types of music. I want to see if I can add this to my repertoire of things that I can do and people that I can work with. Little by little I’ve gotten these chances with songs like “Habitual” and [Cardi B’s] “I Like It,” which is not a reggaetón song, and it was successful.

MTV News: Why did you start listing yourself as an artist on some of your recent songs?

Tainy: Me, as a producer and fan of music, I’m starting to create different ideas and things that I want to do. It’s not necessarily what an artist is asking from me at the moment. This is one opportunity where I can say to an artist, “Yo, come into my world and see what I want to do music-wise.” Now it’s about what I want to do at this stage in my life and my career, what I want to transmit with my music.

MTV News: A big hit with your name on it is “Agua” with J Balvin. What was it like to remake the SpongeBob Squarepants theme?

Tainy: At the beginning it was a lot of pressure because everybody knows SpongeBob. Everybody knows the theme song, so you don’t want to mess it up. As soon as I had the files and I was in the studio and in my zone, everything just started flowing naturally. It was a really fun experience creating the music and knowing that J Balvin would be the one to transmit that energy of the song. He was super hyped and into it.

MTV News: This summer you also bridged pop and reggaetón with Dua Lipa, J Balvin, and Bad Bunny on “Un Día (One Day).” What was that experience like?

Tainy: It’s something I want to keep doing, merging genres and merging sounds. Seeing what else we can create. What else can be done that’s not predictable. This beat on “Un Día” has a different vibe where you can feel the movement of a reggaetón song, but the same time, it can still feel pop. It can feel mellow. Combining those worlds of Dua Lipa, Balvin, and Bad Bunny, to me that’s everything. As a producer, to have artists like that on one track is amazing.

MTV News: What do you see for the future of reggaetón music?

Tainy: I never thought reggaetón would be exactly where it is right now, so I could never know where else could this keep going. What I know is that I’m going to keep trying to expand and keep pushing the boundaries of what we’re doing. I don’t want to stay comfortable with where reggaetón is. I’m going to keep pushing the envelope.

Cam’s The Otherside Synthesizes Sci-Fi, Harry Styles, And Backseat Quickies

By Ilana Kaplan

When it comes to the release of Cam’s sophomore studio album, nothing has really gone as planned. For one, it’s taken five years for the record to come to fruition — thanks to a label change right after her 2018 heartbreaking single “Diane” dropped. Then, there was the fact that the country-pop singer-songwriter wanted to spend her time tinkering to get the music right. When she got pregnant in 2019, the timing for the record’s release didn’t quite work out. Add in a pandemic, and well, the timeline was complicated further.

But Cam, 35, has found benefits to the way that her album rollout has happened. “I’ve had the extended maternity leave that I didn’t think I would ever get, so now I get extra time with the little one [daughter Lucy], which is amazing, and normally I’d be gone three days out of the week, at least,” Cam tells MTV News over Zoom from her home in Nashville. However, finally, today (October 30), her new LP The Otherside — which boasts songwriting collaborations with Harry Styles, Jack Antonoff, and the late Avicii, among others — sees the light of day. “At this point I’m like, let’s get it out. I want people to hear this,” she says.

Born Camaron Ochs, the “Classic” artist started her career as a songwriter, penning tracks for everyone from Miley Cyrus to Sam Smith. In 2010, she struck out on her own with the independent release of her LP Heartforward. After signing with Sony Nashville, Cam dropped her breakout debut, Untamed, in 2015. The next year, she earned herself a Grammy nod for Best Country Solo Performance for “Burning House,” her flip on the man-who-wronged-a-woman narrative. While her second record was supposed to come out in 2018, label issues prompted a move to RCA, where she is now set to share The Otherside.

In the time between records, Cam stayed busy, becoming a master storyteller and continuing to hone her craft. Most significantly, she’s strengthened her voice. “I think touring for five years internationally, you just use that muscle so much more. Now, I feel like my voice can do a lot more, which is so fun.” And she’s used that to her benefit: With The Otherside, Cam set out to make “a vocal record.” While she’s still exploring dark themes enveloped in storytelling as a way to heal, she ensured her vocals were front and center.

But Cam isn’t the kind of artist who makes an album full of one sound, so when it came to making The Otherside, she made a boundary-pushing collection of tracks, so as not to create the same types of songs over and over. What helped her do that? Thinking about movie soundtracks. They created a backdrop for several songs on the LP. “I loved movie soundtracks as a kid where you have scenes that deserve a suspenseful song, and you have scenes that need a dreamy song, so when I make an album, I try and make sure I hit all those points,” she says.

Her wistful single “Redwood Tree,” for instance, was inspired by the 2016 sci-fi movie Arrival. She was captivated by the idea “that you can’t be in two places at once and [that] you spending the limited time you have the way you want to spend it.” Furthermore, when it came to “Like a Movie,” Cam asked arranger and conductor David Campbell, who’s also worked with Carole King, Taylor Swift, and Beyoncé, to envision a 1950s or 1960s movie set with “fake clouds, a fake sunset, and the wind blowing in your hair” in mind. With “‘Till There’s Nothing Left,” a sultry, uptempo power ballad that meditates on the physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects of love, Cam found herself obsessed with the Drive soundtrack and unashamed to pay tribute to quickies in the backseat.

That song is an important one for Cam, who grew up believing sexuality was something that was private. “For a lot of time, one way that women were allowed to have power over men was through sexuality, [and] then it was also demonized as that wasn’t the correct way to do it,” Cam says. “There’s this power in it, but you’re not supposed to use that power.”

In making “Till There’s Nothing Left,” Cam debated being openly sexual on the track and the double standards women face about expressing their love of sex. But she thought back to her grandma who gave her the sex talk and said, “Sex is like a milkshake. Once you have it, you’re always going to want it.” And if her grandma could embrace that? She didn’t understand why she couldn’t: “I get to have [sexuality] be a part of me, and I get to express it however I want to express it.”

Essential to the making of The Otherside was the cohort of star-studded songwriters and producers she enlisted to help craft the record. Styles, for whom Cam was able to open at the Ryman in 2018, penned “Changes.” “I normally don’t take songs that are written by other people, I think because, for me, songwriting is such a personal process,” Cam says. “It feels like I’m cheating if I don’t do all the work myself.” But because she already had a connection through their show together — and because her producer Tyler writes and produces for him — she was OK with taking on the track. Styles’s whistle from the demo even made it onto the track: “I heard it and I was like, ‘Oh, I know what this means, this ache, you don’t want to outgrow places and people, but you kind of feel it happening. And I just recognized that.’”

Another striking name on Cam’s LP was the late dance icon Tim Bergling, a.k.a. Avicii, who co-wrote The Otherside’s title track. When Bergling went to Nashville to work on his albums, Cam joined him and songwriter Hillary Lindsey for a writing session. “I really wish I had his help at the very end there to get it to what he really wanted and what I wanted,” Cam says of working with Bergling. “But what a really cool legacy to have somebody that then pushes me to raise my bar that much higher, to try and meet something that I needed to make it fit into my record and also make him, his family and his fans proud too.”

Then, there was an assist from songwriter and producer Antonoff on “Classic.” Because Antonoff has worked with everyone from Taylor Swift to St. Vincent, the pairing was ideal — Cam has never wanted to fit into a box. “I’m just trying to get the production right for the song, not necessarily what’s important to make it prove that it’s country enough,” Cam says of their collaboration. “That seems more like a normal way to do things to me. I think Jack’s in that boat, too.”

“A lot of times, for creatives and writers, you’re trying to meet your own expectations, and it can be intense. It’s not always an enjoyable process, but it was a really enjoyable time sitting there with Jack because he’s just like, ‘What do you think about this? Strum, strum, strum, strum, and throwing out lyrics,’” she says.

While it might have taken longer than expected to arrive, Cam is proud of the journey that it took to make The Otherside. During that time, Cam found herself healing and sorting through the highs and lows of the last five years. What she hopes is that it will also be a balm for listeners, as well. “People need healing tools and connection right now, and that is why music has existed in every single culture since the beginning of culture, because it is a part of us, it is a necessary thing. It’s not just how many records sales you have.”

Ariana Grande’s Positions Has A Song For Every Mood

By Ashley Oken

Ariana Grande’s highly anticipated sixth studio album, Positions, dropped today (October 30) and is full of the empowering and relatable bops we expect from the pop princess. An R&B-influenced follow-up to her February 2019 album Thank U, Next, Positions finds Grande confidently and happily singing of healing through new love. Second song “34+35,” for example, finds her candidly embracing her sexuality with her partner in a way she hadn’t in previous songs, while “Obvious” is a celebration of how newfound, unexpected love can be both freeing and comforting.

She first announced the new era of music via Twitter on October 14 by telling fans of an album release at the end of the month, and she teased the LP until release day by posting the tracklist, where collaborations with Doja Cat, The Weeknd, and Ty Dolla Sign could be spotted. Grande also dropped the fierce feminist video for “Positions,” featuring outfits inspired by Hillary Clinton, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Jackie Kennedy, each of them standing as a reminder that women can be smart, powerful, and sexy. Now that it’s here, it’s clear that Positions is a personal album and that Ariana’s music is suited to soundtrack every moment of life.

If you’re wondering which track you should listen to based on your current mood, we broke it all down for you. You can thank us later.

  1. “Shut Up”

    Listen to it when you’re feeling: like a boss

    Key lyric: “How you be using your time / You be so worried about mine”

    Writing this for her haters, Ariana shows us all how to gracefully tell our haters to quit it. This song can be played for anyone who speaks to you before your morning coffee.

  2. “34+35”

    Listen to it when you’re feeling: amorous

    Key lyric: “Can you stay up all night / Fuck me ‘til the daylight”

    Her most sexually explicit song to date, Ariana makes no bones about wanting sex with her beau all the time over a frisky backbeat. This song is a great bedroom tune for that Netflix and chill time with your own partner — something she nods to by singing, “Watching movies, but we ain’t seeing a thing tonight.”

  3. “Motive” (ft. Doja Cat)

    Listen to it when you’re feeling: thoughtful

    Key lyric: “Before I lead you on / Tell me what’s your motive”

    In this ‘90s-inspired collaboration, Grande wonders whether she’s moving too fast with someone while Doja Cat wonders what this new love’s motivations are, confidently asserting that she needs a “real bona fide” and asking whether they “want a trophy or want to sport me, baby.” This song will have you checking out that virtual date twice more, reminding you to think before rushing a new relationship.

  4. “Just Like Magic”

    Listen to it when you’re feeling: confident

    Key lyric: “I get everything I want ‘cause I attract it”

    Grande manifests positivity and self confidence in this sweet song, which will fill you with confidence before nerve-wracking big life events.

  5. “Off the Table” (ft. The Weeknd)

    Listen to it when you’re feeling: heartbroken

    Key lyric: “Never thought you’d be so hard to replace”

    With a “Love Me Harder” reference from The Weekend and the reliability of Grande’s crooning about going through a breakup that she’s had to heal from, all the right notes are hit here. This song speaks to feeling like you’ll never find love again after losing it.

  6. “Six Thirty”

    Listen to it when you’re feeling: unsure

    Key lyric: “When I’m old and stuck, will you still have a crush?”

    Over an ethereal beat complete with string flourishes, Grande wants her partner to stay by her side because she may “lose it” later on. This song reminds all of us that we deserve love regardless of our flaws.

  7. “Safety Net” (ft. Ty Dolla Sign)

    Listen to it when you’re feeling: unprepared

    Key lyric: “I came to peace with my past / Now you got me off track”

    This collaboration finds Grande tripping over her new love and reminds us that love can be unexpected and healing. To that end, Ty Dolla Sign delivers a potent recipe for reconciliation: “Wе hit that jewelry store and wе gon’ ball out / Sometimes we have some fallouts / Put some ice on you, girl, let it thaw out.”

  8. “My Hair”

    Listen to it when you’re feeling: generous

    Key lyric: “Usually don’t let people touch it, but tonight you get a pass”

    Singing about letting her man touch her very famous hair, Grande relaxes the rules around her beau. This slinky, nocturnal, and slightly jazzy song reinforces the need for others to ask permission to touch any part — and the exhilaration that comes with giving consent.

  9. “Nasty”

    Listen to it when you’re feeling: spicy

    Key lyric: “Boy, you know the vibes / Take what’s on your mind, make it real life”

    Sounding like a nastier version of “The Way,” Grande doesn’t shy away from wanting to get freaky with her partner. Complete with some ghostly whistle notes up front, this song reminds you that your relationship can be spicy, even in quarantine.

  10. “West Side”

    Listen to it when you’re feeling: irresistible

    Key lyric: “I’m gonna be your new favorite”

    Grande sings of being all her love could want and giving him things to look forward to: “Tell ‘em you closing the door, I’m the only for sure” and “Let me keep it real. Just let me be in your life like that.” This song reminds us that there are always things to look forward to in life.

  11. “Love Language”

    Listen to it when you’re feeling: loved

    Key lyric: “Been a minute since I had something so sweet”

    In this more mature version of “Honeymoon Avenue,” Grande sings of feeling loved physically and emotionally. As this peppy and retro song recognizes real love, Ari lets us all in on how to speak directly to her heart.

  12. “Positions”

    Listen to it when you’re feeling: empowered

    Key lyric: “Cooking in the kitchen and I’m in the bedroom / I’m in the Olympics, way I’m runnin’ through hoops”

    Grande has never been shy about her feminism, and this song (and its accompanying video, where she spends plenty of time in the Oval Office) is an ode to women occupying any position powerfully. Fierce and strong, this song reminds us that women can shatter expectations and handle any role with grace.

  13. “Obvious”

    Listen to it when you’re feeling: blissfully in love

    Key lyric: “Never thought I’d believe in love again”

    A reminder of how priceless love is, this happy track is definitely a song that can be played at weddings. Grande shows that unexpected love can feel scary, but it can prove to be just what we needed.

  14. “POV”

    Listen to it when you’re feeling: vulnerable

    Key lyric: “I wanna love me / The way you love me”

    In the stunning closer, Grande sings of wanting to see herself as her partner does. Singing, “All my baggage fading safely,” Grande shows us that she’s healing, growing, and trying to love herself along the way.

Ariana Grande’s Fluttering Strings, Julien Baker’s Misplaced Faith, And More Songs We Love

Halloween is kind of a bummer this year. Costume parties? Canceled. Trick-or-treating? Canceled. Even It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown on television has been effectively canceled. But if there’s one thing we can count on, even in 2020, it’s resident spooky-season pop queen Kim Petras. The aptly titled “Party Till I Die” was quietly added to her Halloween EP Turn Off the Light, further building on her reputation as the pop’s finest purveyor of bloodthirsty bops, ghostly glitches, and hellishly fabulous lyrics. She’s serving us death on the dance floor, sex in a coffin, and partying in a graveyard all-in-one. Thank goodness, because we’ve never needed it more. —Carson Mlnarik

Jonas Brothers Are Wistful And Ready For Snow On ‘I Need You Christmas’

It’s not quite Halloween, but the Jonas Brothers are already all set up for Christmas.

On “I Need You Christmas,” a loungy and longing new cut from Kevin, Joe, and Nick, it’s all about the power of the holiday and how it can lift anyone out of the doldrums of loneliness. It’s also about missing childhood and realizing that at the end of a long, tiring year full of coldness and isolation, maybe the one thing that might help is to gather around the tree. How nice.

Nick sings the first half, evoking scenes of “angels on treetops and angels in the snow,” pining for them amid feeling lonely and blue. By the time Joe takes over halfway through this “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”-type ode, he’s singing of carolers and mistletoes, all the things you need to specifically mention in order for your melody to count as a Christmas jam. That nostalgia is at the center of the song’s message, as the band revealed on social media.

“For us this song stirs up memories of childhood snowball fights & finding the nearest hill to sled,” the group’s Twitter stated ahead of the drop. “It brings us back to spending time with family setting up the Christmas tree. Hopefully it can bring you guys the same feelings of warmth & happiness that creating it brought us.”

The memories are aplenty on social media — Kevin, Joe, and Nick in front of the Christmas tree clutching plush animals and posing in a sleigh, the bro quad (Frankie included!) as adults rocking their best steely faces in front of a glimmering tree, and the entire extended family gathering at a twinkly round dining table. A cooked goose for everyone!

“With having such a crazy year, we all really need something to look forward to,” the group’s Twitter read. “The Holidays is a time that brings us together and is something that brings us joy in the darkest of times.”

The JoBros are far from the first pop stars to begin mining the yuletide cheer well before the season actually begins. Carly Rae Jepsen’s latest, “It’s Not Christmas Till Somebody Cries,” perhaps the most realistic representation of a December family gathering ever committed to tape, is out today (October 30), too. Carrie Underwood’s Christmas album My Gift dropped three days after September’s autumnal equinox, while Dolly Parton released her latest earlier this month.

And it gets better: Today sees at least four new holiday collections dropping: JoJo’s December Baby; Meghan Trainor’s A Very Trainor Christmas; A Tori Kelly Christmas from, yep, Tori Kelly; and It’s Christmas All Over, from the Goo Goo Dolls. There’s also, of course, the inevitable return of Mariah Carey — along with mystery guests “AG” and “JH” — as teased by her Christmas tree emoji tweet earlier in October.

Until then, though, you’ve got “I Need You Christmas” to keep you warm. Check out the rosy-cheeked goodness above.

Twice’s Eyes Wide Open Is A Journey Through Time And Space

By Lai Frances

During 2017’s Twicetober, the annual month-long tribute when fans celebrate Twice’s debut, the idols released their first studio album, Twicetagram, and celebrated their second anniversary. A plethora of accomplishments later — including seven Korean chart-topping EPs, handfuls of hits in Japan, a world tour with arenas and domes sold out across Asia and North America, all while breaking their own records in the Korean and Japanese markets and dominating the Hallyu wave — Asia’s best-selling girl group welcomes their fifth Twicetober with new clarity and a sparkling second album, Eyes Wide Open, out today (October 26).

It all began in October 2015 when Nayeon, Jeongyeon, Momo, Sana, Jihyo, Mina, Dahyun, Chaeyoung, and Tzuyu were officially introduced as Twice on the reality competition show Sixteen; the group under JYP Entertainment was named to make an impact “once through the ears, and once through the eyes,” to capture fans — named “Once” — with their catchy hits and lethal beauty. Their debut single, “Like Ooh-Ahh,” was a melodic pop song with hints of percussion, perfectly matching the nonet’s wild and edgy visual concept, which was marked by smoky eye makeup and camo-printed looks. Six months later, the group flipped the switch, sporting jerseys and varsity jackets for their contagious dance hit “Cheer Up,” which skyrocketed them to fame. Its lyrics (“Shy, shy, shy”) became a viral meme, and the release earned the group the coveted award for Song of the Year at Mnet’s Asian Music Awards (MAMA).

Hit after hit after hit, from “TT” to “Signal” (2017 MAMA Song of the Year) to “What Is Love?” (2018 MAMA Song of the Year), Twice have matured through their music. With bubbly songs about having crushes and grooving on a beach (“Likey,” “Dance the Night Away”), Twice began to explore a more intimate, sensual side with “More & More,” released earlier this year in partnership with Republic Records. It showcased a refreshing range in sound as they tackled Latin-inspired rhythms (“Firework”), new jack swing (“Sweet Summer Day”), bass-heavy beats (“Make Me Go”), and tropical pop all in one project. Meanwhile, they projected to fans positive messages about the importance of caring for one’s mental health when they supported Mina, and recently Jeongyeon, in taking hiatuses. This was encapsulated in the 2019 track “Feel Special.”

Eyes Wide Open comes through with a burst of energy as the bigger, bolder sister of More & More. Releasing with three distinct album covers, in one case taking inspiration from ’90s fashion magazines, it embodies Twice all grown up. The 13 tracks take listeners on a sonic journey through space and time, spanning ’80s American retro, Japanese city pop (“Say Something“), and contemporary R&B while brazenly plunging inro the depths of love and lust (“Hell in Heaven”), breakups (“Handle It”), and finding one’s confidence (“Go Hard,” “Queen”). The collection proves Twice to be a force to be reckoned with, showcasing each members’ abilities to vocally and visually adapt to challenge genres and concepts. The group (minus Jeongyeon, who assures fans she is doing well while on a break), speaks to MTV News about growing up into Eyes Wide Open.

MTV News: First off, congratulations on your fifth anniversary and your second album. It’s been three years since Twicetagram followed by a handful of EPs. What can we expect with this comeback and the second album? 

Nayeon: This is the second full album which is coming out after three years since Twicetagram, and we participated in this album more than before, like more than previous albums. So I’m really looking forward to Once liking this album as we invested lots of time and also the content involved.

Sana: The team reflected on our ideas, especially when we put in our opinions on the visual mood. So we also had a say in the outfits added in this music video.

Jihyo: With this album, many of the members have joined in writing the lyrics. We always joined as lyricists, but this time there are lots of tracks, meaning more members have joined to write the lyrics for other tracks, too. Our title track, “I Can’t Stop Me,” has a retro-synth sound with the message of trying to find the balance between the good and the bad of our uncontrollable desires.

MTV News: Is there a song Once should look out for in the new album? 

Dahyun: There’s a song I wrote called “Queen” that includes the lyrics to just show yourself as you are. The second is the track called “Bring It Back,” and this captures the feeling of going after what you want. That includes a very strong mood.

Chaeyoung: There’s a track called “Handle It” that contains the message of trying not to acknowledge being apart from each other or breaking up. It contains the rage about breaking up. I don’t think we’ve ever done a song that carried this kind of vibe before.

MTV News: How was it like receiving a song written by R&B songstress Heize and a song composed by Dua Lipa?

Chaeyoung: It was great to work on songs with them! We have continued to be blown away by both the artists’ careers and music, and agree that their songs are amazing. It is great to have their names on our new songs, and we are looking forward to fans hearing them. The songs are awesome.

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MTV News: You’ve also typically included fan songs for Once, as well. Are there any of those like “One in a Million” and “21:29”?

Nayeon: Similar to “21:29,” there’s a song called “Depend on You.” So that could be considered this new album’s fan song.

MTV News: For personal reasons and science, any plans on releasing an English version of “Feel Special”?

Nayeon: Ah, sorry! We didn’t include an English version of “Feel Special.” But, if we wait a bit longer, we still have an upcoming English version of our song coming out later.

MTV News: You made your debut with a wild and edgy concept in “Like Ooh-Ahh” and have since transformed. What changes have you seen with your music? And what would you like to see more of?

Jihyo: I would say, for us, our goal would be to become a team that is not limited in one concept and can embody a variety of concepts. I want to be an artist who wants to conquer all the concepts we try. Sort of like renaissance women?

Momo: We are open to all concepts that we both haven’t and have tried before! We have fun asking fans what they want to see from us and enjoy discussing their answers.

Nayeon:  I remember when we surprised Once at a Twicelights concert with our red concept of “Heart Shaker.” The song is very energetic, so we added some fun and sexy choreography to it. It was very cute to watch their reactions! And since we have been active for five years, as a team, we do portray a certain image and concept, but we enjoy finding new things and challenging ourselves. From those challenges we find new things that match us more, and we find passion and joy in that. We hope everyone can enjoy that without a bias. So we would like to find things that match us more to make it more exciting. But we are also asking whether there is any concept that you or Once would like to see?

MTV News: Jihyo mentioned earlier that Twice wants to be a renaissance girl group. I believe you can pull it off, but I think a completely hip-hop concept would be nice as fans are asking for Nayeon’s rapper alter-ego, MC Rail.

All: (laughs) Oooooooooh!

Tzuyu: I’ll do my best trying to challenge more diverse concepts then.

MTV News: Was there a specific era you felt like you’ve grown or have started to grow?

Jihyo: When we started to get recognized from our singles “Cheer Up” and “TT.” We all wanted to give fans our love and continue to be great role models for them, and we continue to feel this way and appreciate Once for loving us.

Dahyun: Personally, I think our lead single “I Can’t Stop Me” shows our musical growth the most. Starting from “More & More,” we have focused on showing the desire of wanting someone. I think our overall themes of the songs have matured over time, and that has been a great challenge for us on the new concepts.

MTV News: With the amount of chart-topping releases you’ve done, crossovers in the Japanese market and now in the U.S., do you think you’ve reached a peak in your career? 

Dahyun: I really don’t think we’re in the top position of our careers because we were able to make it this far due to our team and staff members, alongside the members, and, most importantly, the fans together. I think Twice was able to come at this point due the support of everyone. But I still think there’s still a way to go to the top.

Nayeon: More than thinking, we’ve reached the top, there’s a long way to go, we give our best to things that are given to us right now. From that, we are faced with great opportunities and more occasions to meet Once. So we work hard in the moment, and I am satisfied.

MTV News: Are there any regrets or things you wished happened differently thus far?

Momo: There aren’t any regrettable memories, but I mostly don’t regret anything. But if there were, it must be my embarrassing moments [onstage] that I dwell upon for a very long time.

Mina: Because of any embarrassing moments we go through, we could now look back at it as a really good memory. And since we can’t go back to that time trying to fix that moment, we’d try to accept it as it is.

Jihyo: (to Momo) Try to love yourself during those times.

MTV News: Any moments where you couldn’t believe things were too good to be true?

Chaeyoung: Always. All of the good memories, always.

Momo: I remember when fans were doing surprise events during our concert, we were touched when Once sang a song for us. I was really, really touched at the time.

Sana: While going on our world tour, we were able to meet so many Once in America and other places that we were able to see the different energy from each country. I remember meeting the fans after the concerts, and their faces lighting up seeing all members during hi-touch. I cannot forget their faces, and that’s why I always want to prepare something new since they’re the motivation when Twice does their best.

MTV News: Nayeon, you’re known to be the spoiler queen of Twice to the point where you even teased Momo’s new hair for the comeback. Out of all the comebacks you’ve spoiled, what’s the biggest spoiler you’ve given?

All: (to Nayeon spoiling Momo’s hair) Ah! Oh no!

Nayeon: (in English) My mistake! [But it’s definitely] Momo’s hair.

MTV News: Most memorable and greatest prank Jeongyeon has ever pulled?

All: There’s too much! There’s really too much!

MTV News: Momo, you rap, you sing, you write, you dance, you vlog, and now you’re a dog mother to Boo. What’s something you cannot do that you wish you could?

Momo: I’d like to go home to Japan, but because of the coronavirus, I can’t go now.

MTV News: Sana, on livestreams and video call events, you tend to give a lot of advice and support to Once, but what’s the greatest advice you’ve given yourself?

Nayeon: (to Sana) You should think less and go to sleep early.

Sana: In the past, if we had a day off, I would focus my day on sleep and maybe plan to do other things on the second day. But since now I have more time due to coronavirus, it came to my mind that I should search for hobbies in hopes that I can use those hobbies and utilize it to enjoy my personal time.

MTV News: Jihyo, what was your greatest moment as Twice’s leader?

Jihyo: I’m always happy. There aren’t many moments to pick, but I’m always happy to be with members.

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MTV News: Mina, if you could describe the last five years of Twice as a game, what game would it be and why?

Mina: Minecraft. Because all of Twice’s creations and achievements are built like it is in Minecraft.

MTV News: Dahyun, you’re known to be the rapper, the energy booster, the Eagle dance creator, the camera catcher, but you’re quite the mystery. What’s something you want the world to know about Dahyun?

Dahyun: Other than the image I have, I’m a very serious person and really quiet and calm. I also think a lot about many things. But I’m energy booster, you know?

MTV News: Chaeyoung, what other mediums would you like to express yourself in?

Chaeyoung: I’d like to express myself more through outfit styling, but I’d still like to express myself through art and other musical ways.

MTV News: Tzuyu, in one of your past radio interviews, you said that you like to share your funny impressions of your group members. What are some things you’d like to call out on your members?

Tzuyu: I’ve been with the team for five years and there are moments when I think I couldn’t do this alone. I’ve grown more with the help of my members.

MTV News: The greatest part about being Twice?

Sana: All of the members being together on my side and freely expressing myself. But also, having to help each other and support one another.

Harry Styles Is A One-Man Italian Vacation In Dazzling ‘Golden’ Video

Harry Styles is on the run.

In the dazzling new visual for “Golden,” the cruising-through-the-hills lead track from his 2019 sophomore album, Fine Line, Styles runs and drives away from… something. But it doesn’t quite matter what’s after Harry, does it? The mere vision of him in a billowing white blouse, pumping legs, and lip-synching to the tune is enough to inspire dozens of mood boards. Summer is gone, and it’s quite cold now. But “Golden” can keep us warm.

With one gloved white hand gripping the steering wheel of a luxury auto and the other running through his windblown mane as he cruises through Italian hills, Styles owns the frame. It’s funny how little it requires for a Harry Styles music video — if you have the star himself, you’re 90 percent there.

Indeed, Styles’s second era has had no shortage of blockbuster music videos. Previously, he went shirtless for “Lights Up,” starred in a fishing town parable for “Adore You,” got swallowed by the sea for “Falling,” and threw a (much-needed) beachy fruit orgy for “Watermelon Sugar.” If these visuals map out a journey, “Golden” puts us squarely on holiday. And we deserve it!

The early tease for this video included a shot of Styles in a yellow fishing hat, standing shirtless in front of water. It’s one of the key images of the full clip, though there’s plenty of underwater swimming shots as well — get your screenshot fingers ready!

Watch the heavenly “Golden” video above.

Whoa, Nelly! Turns 20: How Nelly Furtado Took Flight

By Alex Gonzalez

Twenty years ago, a 21-year-old singer from Canada stepped onto the scene with her debut single, “I’m Like a Bird.” At the time of its release, Nelly Furtado didn’t know the song would be a big radio hit. Her folky, coffee house style and sound was different from that of the Britneys and the Christinas of the time, but she knew “I’m Like a Bird” was something special.

“I’m Like a Bird” led Furtado’s debut album, Whoa, Nelly!, released October 24, 2000. Like the majority of the album, it was produced by songwriting pair Brian West and Gerald Eaton of Canadian band The Philosopher Kings. When Furtado first wrote the song, Eaton and West weren’t sure if it would fit in with the rest of the record.

“She just had it on guitar, and it was sort of a simple, folky song,” Eaton tells MTV News. “I think Brian and I wrote a bridge with her, but it wasn’t until the production of that song that we knew we had something special. We all found it a little bit too ‘happy’ for this cool, fresh album we were trying to make, so we were a little bit skeptical of it at first. But when the production came together, and we got that sort of hip-hop bounce groove, that’s when we started getting really excited.”

The song went on to peak at No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and win the Best Female Pop Vocal Performance award at the 44th Grammy Awards in 2002. It also caught the attention of Timbaland, who eventually worked with Furtado on her 2006 album, Loose. “I knew she was different,” Timbaland tells MTV News. “That video was different at the time. I just thought she had a unique style and always thought that me and her could mesh.”

Back in Toronto, Furtado, Eaton, and West weren’t expecting such a grand reception. “We didn’t really imagine that it would be a pop success,” West tells MTV News. “We hoped that things would go well, but we were kind of thinking it would be this tastemaker album that would be played in, like, Urban Outfitters. We thought we were way more hipster than we were.”

West and Eaton first encountered Furtado circa 1997 at a Toronto nightclub showcase called Honey Jam, an all-female musical showcase also known for launching the careers of Melanie Fiona and Jully Black. At the time, Eaton and West had released three albums with The Philosopher Kings, but were wanting to get more into the production side of music.

When they first saw Furtado perform, West remembers Eaton being blown away by the sincerity of Furtado’s delivery. “The girls [onstage] would have sing-offs and rap-offs,” West says, “and she was the only one that had her own material.” West and Eaton’s manager insisted that they talk to Furtado, who then signed a production deal with them.

In the early stages of recording Whoa, Nelly!, West, Eaton and Furtado cut tracks in West’s small attic apartment, set up with a sampler, a keyboard, a computer, and a guitar. The trio made three demo tracks before Furtado caught the attention of the now-defunct Dreamworks Records.

West estimates that the album took “close to two years, from beginning to end” to record, and that they recorded “half of the album in Toronto, and the other half in L.A.” Eaton recalls working on the album’s opening track “Hey, Man!,” which samples Kronos Quartet’s “White Man Sleeps,” over the course of a month.

“We had that string sample, and there was a lot of blending of genres,” Eaton says. “We mixed it all together and it tried to make it sound contemporary and fresh. It just took a lot of time to get that balance right.”

Another cut, “Shit on the Radio (Remember the Days),” alludes to Furtado’s early days as an underground artist. Lyrically, the song is about the disapproval she received from her friends in the Toronto underground music scene as she began to receive more mainstream attention.

“We had a process where we would make one song for the masses,” Eaton says. “We would try to make it a little more commercially accessible. And then we would respond to that one song with another song that we would make for ourselves. We would try to push the envelope of edginess and freshness and just stuff that we’ve never heard before. We didn’t necessarily like the stuff that was playing on the radio. We just thought there was a lot of crap on the radio and we were like, let’s try to get something on the radio that’s really cool. We always set out to get our stuff on the radio. [The album] wasn’t like an artsy project, where we just wanted to make it for ourselves and for a small group of people.”

The song “Baby Girl” showcases Furtado’s ability and affinity for improvisation. While it was never officially released as a single, nor did it chart in the U.S., “Baby Girl” became famous for Furtado’s “ba-da-ba-pa ching ching ching” ad-lib in the chorus. Two years later, Timbaland sampled her vocalization for the chorus of rapper Ms. Jade’s “Ching Ching” and produced a remix of Whoa, Nelly!’s second single, “Turn Off the Light,” along with Ms. Jade. Timbaland also enlisted Furtado for a remix of Missy Elliott’s “Get Ur Freak On,” which appears on the soundtrack to Lara Croft: Tomb Raider.

“Nelly had a style that was different from Missy’s, but had similarities at the same time,” Timbaland says. “They both were risk takers, and I think my production is risk-taking in itself. I put crickets in songs and I put crazy things in records.”

Timbaland, West, and Eaton all note that Furtado is an exceptional songwriter. West says that before he, Eaton, and Furtado recorded Whoa, Nelly!, Furtado planned to return to school to study to become a writer.

“She has this lyricism that I think is a lot deeper than other songwriters’,” West says.

Today, Furtado is a very private person. She makes very rare posts on Twitter and Instagram and she hasn’t released an album in almost four years. A new extended edition of Whoa, Nelly! (released October 23) contains dance remixes of some of her album cuts, as well as live performances and tracks left over from the recording sessions.

Timbaland, West, and Eaton all say that if there were an opportunity to work with her again, they would be on board.

Furtado has much experimented with her sound since the days of “I’m Like a Bird.” Her most recent album, the John Congleton-produced The Ride, shows a more minimalistic, stripped-back side, as heard on icy tunes like “Pipe Dreams.” Ever since rocking her Adidas shell toes and her big hoop earrings in the “I’m Like a Bird” video 20 years ago, she’s never been afraid to take risks, even as her sound has evolved.

“Nelly knows what she wants to say, when it comes to artistry,” Timbaland says. “She’s one of the best to ever do it, especially when it comes to studio sessions. She really gives it her all. She’s very poised in the studio and plays no games.”

Keke Palmer Is Everybody’s Dream Girl Come To Life In Seductive ‘Dreamcatcher’ Video

What if you went to sleep with Keke Palmer posters on your wall and woke up to her singing directly to you and you alone? That’s the fantasy at the heart of her latest video for “Dreamcatcher,” a Weird Science-inspired trip through desire and wish fulfillment.

The premise is simple: A young dude who loves to crush Surge and mess around on his computer ends up designing the Keke he wants in his life — and thanks to a freak electronics accident, he actually gets her. When she appears, glittering and glam and backlit by heavenly white heat, she’s already delivering the heart of the song’s message: “Make love to your dream girl / Really turns me on that you think of me.”

You can guess where it goes from there. Our hero doesn’t know if he’s really dreaming or if his visions of Keke are happening IRL, when they sing karaoke and play ’80s video games and, um, work up a sweat. By the time he wakes up, though, it’s clear that it was a good night, even if it was all in his head.

“Dreamcatcher” is Palmer’s latest single from her EP Virgo Tendencies, Pt. 1, which dropped in August, right before she anchored the 2020 VMAs as host. “Keep working hard, because hard work does pay off,” she told us a few months ago.

Watch Palmer’s hard work pay off in the “Dreamcatcher” video above.