Ariana Grande Lends Her Spectral Vocals To Social House’s ‘Haunt You’

Ariana Grande doesn’t do features often, but when she does, it’s usually for her friends in the music biz: Nicki Minaj, Troye Sivan, and 2 Chainz, for instance. Her latest is no exception — on Friday (June 14), production duo Social House released “Haunt You,” the new single they’ve been performing as part of their opening act on Ari’s Sweetener World Tour.

The moody track is centered around delicate guitar chords, and bolstered by mesmerizing production from Michael “Mikey” Foster and Charles “Scootie” Anderson. It all builds towards their spectral chant, “Never thought something so beautiful could haunt you,” and Grande’s breathy backing vocals. On her Instagram Story, the pop star congratulated her friends on the new release, admitting, “i cry most nights u sing this.” One listen to the song — and a view of its intimate, family-focused video — should prove why that’s the case.

In a press release about the new song, Scootie said, “For me, ‘Haunt You’ is about making the best of the time you have with loved ones regardless of the circumstances because time is something you’ll NEVER get back.” Mikey added, “‘Haunt You’ is about appreciating the beauty in the things you love, even if they’re no longer yours.”

“Haunt You” is the first taste of Social House’s debut EP, due out on August 2. Judging by their stellar track record — the duo also produced Grande’s “thank u, next” and “7 Rings” — it’s definitely a project worth getting excited about.

Little Mix Are Twerking Dolls In Their Instantly Iconic ‘Bounce Back’ Video

“Steady, are you ready?” Little Mix ask on the opening lines of their new single, “Bounce Back.” And honestly, no one is ready for what the British girl group just unleashed upon the pop world.

“Bounce Back” makes excellent use of Soul II Soul’s classic R&B smash “Back to Life” — the chorus samples that song’s iconic “However do you want me? / However do you need me?” couplet. Little Mix’s take on it is fresh, fierce, and flirty, especially when they bring it to life in the accompanying video, which also arrived on Friday (June 14).

In it, Perry, Jesy, Leigh-Anne, and Jade transform into figurines inside a little girl’s dollhouse — but this the prim and proper Barbie’s Dreamhouse you remember. Modeling leopard-print leotards and matching denim, the girls twerk and party through the vibrant scenery. Fashion, choreography, vocals, attitude… this is full service, Mixers.

Speaking about “Bounce Back” in a BBC interview shortly after the song’s premiere, Leigh-Anne Pinnock gushed, “We love this song. Ever since we heard it, it was just instant, wasn’t it? It was a no-brainer. It’s just an absolute summer anthem, an absolute vibe.”

“Bounce Back” appears to signal the launch of a new era for Little Mix — it’s their first new music since their fifth album, LM5, arrived last November. The group will perform the new single on The Late Late Show with James Corden on Tuesday (June 18), and here’s hoping they bring some of the video’s iconic looks and moves to the stage.

Bop Shop: Songs From Muna, Carlie Hanson, Siena Liggins, And More

Korean artist Holland received widespread global attention for his debut single “Neverland” in 2018. Or, more accurately, for the song’s music video, which featured a kiss between the openly gay independent singer and another man. In the world of K-pop, same-sex affection (physical or otherwise) is encouraged, but only ever as an extension of fan-service. After all, Korea is still deeply conservative, and that’s a line artists can’t publicly cross without scandal. Until Holland, “K-pop’s first openly gay idol.” But it wasn’t until his second single — the shimmering EDM track “I’m Not Afraid” — that Holland’s potential, both as a queer trailblazer in the industry and as a singular artist with a vision, came into focus.

“I’m not afraid anymore,” he sings over a moody, house-infused beat that’s somewhat reminiscent of Troye Sivan’s celebratory “My My My!” The hook is repetitive, sure, but it’s also a powerful affirmation. “I am saying that I am no longer afraid to reveal that I am gay,” he said of the song’s meaning upon its release last year. “I’m not afraid of standing in front of the public anymore.” Truthfully, the 23-year-old singer’s greatest strength is his willingness to open up about his own experiences as a young, queer man just living his life — completely unafraid of and unbothered by other people’s opinions. —Crystal Bell

Bazzi And 21 Savage Breezily Brush Off Their Haters On New Song ‘Focus’

Before he slides on over to the MTV Movie & TV Awards this weekend, Bazzi is sliding past his haters on the new single “Focus.”

The “Mine” hitmaker tapped 21 Savage for the sultry track, which gets a dose of sinister energy thanks to some backing choir vocals. Bazzi’s buttery fusion of singing and rapping is as effortless as ever as he brushes off negativity: “You know that I’m fuckin’ with you heavily / Your energy is heavenly / Don’t spend a second trippin’ on my enemies / ‘Cause they envy me and my energy,” he sings against a thumping, trap-driven beat.

Special guest” 21, meanwhile, comes through with a razor-sharp verse where he asserts, “They know not to argue with me, I be way too high.”

Shortly after the new song’s premiere, Bazzi hinted that “Focus” is just a small taste of new music to come. “The love on focus has been unreal,” he tweeted. “Can’t wait for u to hear everything else.”

Until we find out whether his Cosmic follow-up is officially on the way, catch Bazzi performing “Paradise” at the MTV Movie & TV Awards, airing on Monday, June 17 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Lizzo is also taking the stage at the star-studded awards show, so you’ll definitely want to “focus” your attention on that, come Monday night.

Drake Is Celebrating The Raptors’ Win With Two New Songs So That Fans Are Also Victorious

The Toronto Raptors won the NBA Finals last night (June 13) and, since then, Drake has been insufferable. As the Global Ambassador of the NBA team that got its first final championship in Toronto’s history, it’s understandable that he’s excited about their victory. He’s so thrilled by the moment that he’s releasing two new songs to commemorate the moment sometime today. We’re just not sure when.

Drizzy made the announcement shortly after the buzzer rang signaling that the series was over when celebratory screams rang throughout his city. He took to Instagram to announce that a “2 Pack” would be dropping today: the first song, “Omerta” which a code of silence for criminal activity, according to the Oxford Dictionary. The second is “Money In The Grave” that features Rick Ross. That one sounds like,  for sure, it’ll be a bruiser of a summer anthem.

Drake won the award for Best Rap Song at the 61st Grammy Awards for “God’s Plan” earlier this year and, soon after, he told his fellow artists that awards didn’t really matter. He released Scorpion last year.

Blueface And Rich The Kid Say Happy Father’s Day To Themselves On ‘Daddy’

With Father’s Day around the corner, Blueface has released “Daddy” with Rich the Kid. But it’s not the kind of introspective, examination of the paternal presence that you’d expect. Instead, the two rappers drop a braggadocious summer anthem that sees them as the father figures. It’s hilarious and perfectly timed, and, for certain, like other Blueface songs, to become a song for the summer.

It’s impossible to listen to “Daddy” and not want to dance. It’s like “Thotiana” on steroids, only without YG or Cardi B. But that’s alright because Blueface by himself is a loose rocket shooting around the atmosphere; he just exudes energy nonstop. Rich The Kid joins in and rides the bouncing bass, doing what he does best; telling you what kind of garments he has and what brand of car that he drives that you don’t have. He’s a master bragger, the Michael Scott of boasting.

Blueface’s latest comes a month after “Stop Cappin” released. He’s getting ready to head out on the Buss Down Tour with artists like Asian Doll, NLE Choppa, and Sada Baby. Last month, he got his “Buss Down” on in G Eazy‘s video for “West Coast.”

Listen to “Daddy” up above and prepare for Father’s day!

Monsta X Ask ‘Who Do U Love?’ On Sleek, Sensual New Track

Who do you love? It’s the titular question at the heart of Monsta X‘s latest single, featuring rapper French Montana. It’s also a question that I’ve been contemplating since my first listen of the bouncy English-language track. I, for one, love whoever is responsible for its hypnotic hook. And whoever allowed rapper-turned-vocalist Jooheon to go off like that in the studio.

With its thumping bass line and smooth vocals, “Who Do U Love?” (out now) is the kind of sleek, sensual dancefloor track we’ve come to expect from the Korean septet, proving that Monsta X can seduce you in every language. “Who do you love? / Is it him or me? / ‘Cause I can’t take the pressure anymore,” the group sing on the moody pop track.

“Who Do U Love?” is Monsta X’s first single since the group signed with Epic Records last month, and it’s a smart play for U.S. radio — the last frontier for Korean artists with global ambitions. And Monsta X are already ahead of the curve. They collaborated with superstar producer Steve Aoki on the funky deep house track “Play It Cool” earlier this year — a song that was also re-released in English — and were the first K-pop act to join iHeartRadio’s annual Jingle Ball tour in the States. And they’ll be back later this summer for the U.S. leg of their We Are Here world tour.

Now, the group can add yet another milestone to their list: their North American television debut. Monsta X will perform “Who Do U Love?” in all of its soulful glory on Good Morning America on August 1.

For members Shownu, Wonho, Minhyuk, Kihyun, Hyungwon, Joohoney, and I.M, this is a major opportunity — to not only demonstrate their individual charms and powerful performance skills, but to also show just how uniquely poised Monsta X is for U.S. domination. They’ve got the hunger and the talent, and now they’ve finally got the song. Let’s hope America’s listening.

Madonna’s Spy Album Madame X Is Now Out

Secret agent Madonna has released her fourteenth studio album Madame X, named after her top-secret alias for her mission. Think of the LP as classified notes about her worldly trek through genres and influences. It’s finally here after what feels like years of anticipation and waiting, with Madonna first revealing its existence in January on Instagram and then its first single, “Medellin,” arriving in April. To all of the spies out there, Madame X is here to spin a story of multiple identities for you to identify with. For everyone else, you’ll find a collection of vast influences and great music.

Madame X has thirteen tracks and its deluxe version has fifteen. It features all of the previously released singles, “Medellin,” of course, featuring Maluma, “I Rise,” “Crave” with Swae Lee, “Future” with Quavo, and “Dark Ballet” which features Mykki Blanco acting as Joan Of Arc in the accompanying video. That’s a lot of massive records.

It all started with the “Welcome to the World of Madame X” trailer that Madonna released in April that served as an official announcement for the LP. She cosplayed in the name of pop music, wearing tilted cowboy hats and eye patches as she perused her Rolodex of identities. That brief tease has now been fully unveiled. Her world of secrets has now been unveiled to all.

Listen to the wide world of Madame X up above.

BTS And Zara Larsson Are Excited For A New Chance To Be Great On ‘A Brand New Day’

BTS are preparing to take over the world of mobile gaming – move over Minecraft, Pokemon Go, and Tinder because, like it or not, it’s a game of love – with BTS World. What better way to dominate than to the sound of your music? They’ve released another track from their forthcoming game soundtrack, “A Brand New Day,” which features Swedish singer Zara Larsson. And, of course, it’s brilliant. The kind of summery pop you sink your canine teeth into.

Electronic music producer Mura Masa, who has worked with Charli XCX and A$AP Rocky, is the producer of “A Brand New Day,” which finds BTS members j-hope and V wading through warm nighttime rivers of a sensual, tropical atmosphere. They’re reaffirming a partner about the power of their love along with their worldly potential in a soothing manner that, undoubtedly, has to ease the other person’s fears. Larrson soars in on a cloud to sing briefly about surrendering to the power of dreams. It’s powerful stuff.

Dreams are going to be a big factor of BTS World. Earlier this month, they shared a collaboration with Charli XCX, “Dream Glow,” that’ll appear on the game when it launches. BTS World will enable you, the BTS diehard, to manage the group in 2012 and will feature over 10,000 new photos and 100 never-before-seen clips of the group in action. You’ll be able to live out the dream life with unparalleled access, able to shape and morph the BTS experience whenever you want to your discretion. Aside from the soundtrack, you should also listen to their most recent project, Map Of The Soul: Persona, that they released in April.

Listen to “A Brand New Day” up above.

Taylor Swift Commands Haters And Homophobes To ‘Calm Down’ On Radiant New Song

Taylor Swift‘s brand new single is here, and it’s nothing to keep calm about.

As promised during her revealing Instagram Live session on Thursday (June 13) — where she also announced her seventh album, Lover — “You Need to Calm Down” arrived at the stroke of midnight. It’s another buoyant offering from the pop star, who continues radiating joy by putting haters and homophobes in their place: “You just need to take several seats and then try to restore the peace / And control your urges to scream about the people you hate / ‘Cause shade never made anybody less gay.” We stan a new Pride Month anthem!

The track’s cover art shows Swift’s back covered with a (presumably fake) tattoo that echoes the opening scene of her “ME!” video: a kaleidoscope of black butterflies emerging from a slithering snake, which was the dominant symbol of her brooding reputation era.

“You Need to Calm Down” is the second taste of Lover, following the Brendon Urie-featuring lead single, “ME!”. The reputation follow-up arrives on August 23 and marks a decidedly lighter and brighter direction for Swift, who appears amid pastel-colored clouds on the dreamy cover art.

She further revealed on Instagram that the 18-track project is “very romantic.” She added, “And not just simply thematically, like it’s all love songs or something. Because I think that the idea of something being romantic, it doesn’t have to be a happy song. I think you can find romance in loneliness or sadness or going through a conflict or dealing with things in your life. It just kind of looks at those things with a very romantic gaze.”

Find out more album details here, and start those countdowns for August 23!