We’re Not Done Yet: Big Sean Featuring A$AP Ferg, H.E.R., Normani, And Ozuna Will Perform At The VMAs

As if you needed any more “motivation” to watch the VMAs this year, we’ve got another round of performers joining the party. And if you didn’t catch the hint already, that includes the basketball queen herself, Normani.

The singer — who made a big splash last week with her choreo-heavy “Motivation” video — will perform at the VMAs for the first time as a solo artist, after scoring a nod for Best R&B for the 6LACK-featuring “Waves.”

Meanwhile, Ozuna will hit the stage after landing his first-ever nomination — the Puerto Rican star is up for Best Dance for the DJ Snake, Selena Gomez, and Cardi B collab “Taki Taki.” Also making a proper VMA debut is H.E.R., who boasts three nods: Best New Artist, PUSH Artist of the Year, and Best R&B.

And in a joint effort that’s sure to be a must-see, Big Sean will treat fans to a performance featuring A$AP Ferg. This is Sean’s first time taking the VMA stage, though he does have a pair of Moon Person trophies in his collection — the “Single Again” rapper won Best Video with a Social Message in 2015 and Best Fight Against the System in 2017.

Big Sean featuring A$AP Ferg, H.E.R., Normani, and Ozuna join a star-studded lineup of previously announced performers. Also taking the stage are (deep breath, please): Bad Bunny, Camila Cabello, J Balvin, Jonas Brothers, Lil Nas X, Lizzo, Rosalía, Shawn Mendes, Taylor Swift, and 2019 Video Vanguard recipient Missy Elliott. As announced on Monday, the red carpet pre-show will also host performances from Ava Max, CNCO, and Megan Thee Stallion.

Got all that? Good! Catch the action when the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards air live from The Prudential Center on Monday, August 26 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

Taylor Swift Is Unraveling Some Of Lover‘s New Lyrics Early In New Spotify Playlist

Taylor Swift is releasing an entire palette of new music on August 23 when her seventh studio album Lover drops. Ahead of its release, she’s doling out clue after clue to fans, some we’ve already been privy to in recent music videos. But she’s taking it a step further with a new Spotify playlist, ‘Love Taylor: Lover Enhanced Album,’ that’ll share exclusive early access to lyrics and other kinds of goodies for fans that subscribe to it. Who else is giving their fans this kind of creative content? Sit back, relax, and tune into this collection of Swift’s new songs along with some surprising inclusions from other artists.

The curated playlist that is out today (August 20) is 21 tracks long and includes the previously heard tracks from Lover: “The Archer,” “Me!,” “You Need To Calm Down,” and the title track. It additionally features songs from other artists such as Clairo (“Alewife”), Nicki Minaj (“Come See About Me”), and more. The playlist is also unveiling new lyrics from the forthcoming LP every day leading up to its release that will come courtesy of audio messages. The first lyric reveal has been “I can’t talk to you when you’re like this/Staring out the window like I’m not your favorite town/I’m New York City.” This will continue throughout the week. When Lover drops, expect the playlist to have the LP in its entirety along with other magnificent goodies.

Swift released the album’s title track last week, along with the LP’s tracklist that features Brendon Urie and the Dixie Chicks. She will be performing at the 2019 VMA Awards when they kick off on August 26.

Listen to Taylor’s new playlist and jump into the road to Lover up above.

Ava Max Is ‘Torn’ Between Love And Hate On Her Disco-Inspired New Single

Sweet but psycho, long hair but a bob… Ava Max is the queen of contrasts, and that theme extends to her latest release, “Torn.”

The new single arrived on Monday (August 19) alongside a comic book-style lyric video that playfully dials up the drama. “I can’t get enough, can’t take anymore / Oh no, right now baby I’m torn,” the VMA Best New Artist nominee sings over disco-tinged production that interpolates ABBA’s classic “Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight).” Despite the conflicting relationship at the heart of it, “Torn” is dance-pop excellence, and further proof that she and producer Cirkut — the mastermind behind “Sweet But Psycho” and “So Am I” — are a match made in musical heaven.

Speaking of the inspiration behind “Torn,” Max said in a press release, “Love and hate are two of the strongest emotions we feel in relationships. ‘Torn’ explores the struggle between them that everyone can relate to. I’m so excited to share my new single with the world! Keep your eyes peeled for the video coming soon…”

“Torn” follows the dual release of Max’s “Freaking Me Out” and “Blood, Sweat & Tears,” which arrived last month. Next up, the 25-year-old is performing live on the VMA pre-show, alongside Megan Thee Stallion and CNCO. See her performance when the VMAs air live on Monday, August 26 at 8 p.m. ET!

She Did It — Billie Eilish’s ‘Bad Guy’ Hits No. 1, Dethroning ‘Old Town Road’

The ride is over. After ruling the Billboard Hot 100 for a record 19 weeks, Lil Nas X‘s behemoth hit “Old Town Road” has been bumped from the top spot, thanks to Billie Eilish. “Duh.”

Eilish’s “bad guy” — which recently got a big boost in the form of a Justin Bieber-assisted remix — now tops the chart after an unprecedented nine consecutive weeks at No. 2. The 17-year-old also becomes the first artist born in the 2000s to top the Hot 100, and the youngest artist to reign since Lorde, who scored a No. 1 in 2013 with “Royals.” Earlier this year, Eilish also became the first artist born in this millennium to top Billboard‘s albums chart, with her debut LP, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?.

As for “Old Town Road,” it’s dropped to the No. 3 spot, behind Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello’s steamy “Señorita,” which is sitting pretty at No. 3. Don’t cry for Lil Nas X, though — his place in history is firmly cemented, and he couldn’t be happier for Eilish’s new feat.

Appropriately enough, Eilish and Lil Nas X are also at the front of the pack for next week’s VMAs — the “bad guy” singer has nine nods to her name, while the rapper trails close behind with eight. The two chart-toppers will face off in the Best New Artist race, and their respective No. 1 singles are also up for Video of the Year.

See if they take home a Moon Person (or two or three or eight) when the VMAs air live on August 26 at 8 p.m. ET, and hit play on your brand new No. 1 song below.

Vince Staples Gets Kids To Sell Candy Unsuccessfully In New TV Show Trailer

Vince Staples is preparing to release what looks like a new TV show on August 22 called The Vince Staples Show. Knowing Vince, this could be a clever misdirect. But thanks to a brief trailer that’s about a minute long, we have our first taste of this new intellectual property – whatever it may be. And it involves…selling candy? Who else but Vince.

The brief trailer is a creative use of misdirection. Ominous music kicks things off while a black screen is all that we can see. Vince’s voice is heard goading people along to “get right in they face with it, look them in the eyes too.” He tells whoever that he’s talking to that he doesn’t have time for cold feet, and then to look under the seat. As the terror grows at thinking what the rapper could possibly have these people doing, the deception is revealed: Vince has two kids selling candy for him. They then try and fail miserably. The name of the show then plays at the end, making us wonder exactly what other potentially crazy situations that Vince can dream up.

With the announcement of a new show (possibly), it looks like Vince’s new journey is in full swing. He recently signed a new deal with Motown Records. His last studio LP was 2018’s FM! which featured the lively single, “FUN!.”

Watch the trailer for Vince’s new show up above.

Attention: Ava Max, CNCO, And Megan Thee Stallion Will Perform At The 2019 VMA Pre-Show

There’s only one week left until the 2019 VMAs, and all of your hard-won votes are being tallied to determine which stars will take home a shiny new Moon Person. But before the show actually kicks off, as is the custom, there will be a certifiably lit pre-show to set the mood. And to make that happen, this year’s pre-show is boasting blazing live performances from Ava Max, CNCO, and Megan Thee Stallion.

To help you navigate all the red-carpet excitement will be hosts Terrence J and Nessa, with Zara Larsson as special correspondent. And reigning Push Artist of the Year Hayley Kiyoko will be on hand to pass the torch and award this year’s winner. It’s all going down an hour before the main awards show, on August 26th at 7 p.m. ET/PT. But of course, that’s not all.

Today (August 19), we’re also revealing the nominees for not one, not two, but three more categories: Best Group, Best Power Anthem, and Song of Summer. Better give those voting fingers a good stretch, because your job isn’t done!

In the Best Group race, K-Pop phenoms BTS and BLACKPINK will face off against some beloved boy bands: Backstreet Boys, Jonas Brothers, PRETTYMUCH, CNCO, 5 Seconds of Summer, and Why Don’t We. Voting for that category is open now on MTV’s Instagram Story and will run for 24 hours.

Over on the Best Power Anthem front, Ariana Grande and Taylor Swift — who have already racked up a whopping 10 nominations each this year — now have another one to their names; Ari’s “7 rings” and Tay’s “You Need to Calm Down” are both nominated. The rest of the category is rounded out by fellow pop peers Miley Cyrus, Halsey, and Maren Morris, as well as hip-hop heavyweights DJ Khaled, Lizzo, and Megan Thee Stallion, whose viral “Hot Girl Summer” provides some stiff competition. Voting for Best Power Anthem begins on Tuesday (August 20) at 12 p.m. ET and runs for 24 hours on MTV’s Instagram Story.

As for Song of Summer, it’s a predictably stacked race, with 16 nominees that range from chart stalwarts like Lil Nas X‘s “Old Town Road” and Billie Eilish‘s “Bad Guy,” to viral sleeper hits like DaBaby‘s “Suge” and Lil Tecca‘s “Ransom.” Voting for the bracket-style Song of Summer opens via MTV’s Instagram Story on Wednesday (August 21) at 12 p.m. ET and will end after three rounds of votes on Sunday (August 25).

See the full list of nominees for all three categories below, and get voting for your faves!

  • Best Group

    5 Seconds of Summer

    Backstreet Boys

    BLACKPINK

    BTS

    CNCO

    Jonas Brothers

    PRETTYMUCH

    Why Don’t We

  • Best Power Anthem

    Ariana Grande – “7 rings”

    DJ Khaled ft. Cardi B & 21 Savage – “Wish Wish”

    Halsey – “Nightmare”

    Lizzo ft. Missy Elliott – “Tempo”

    Maren Morris – “GIRL”

    Megan Thee Stallion ft. Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $ign – “Hot Girl Summer”

    Miley Cyrus – “Mother’s Daughter”

    Taylor Swift – “You Need To Calm Down”

  • Song of Summer

    Ariana Grande, Social House – “boyfriend”

    Billie Eilish – “bad guy”

    DaBaby – “Suge”

    Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber – “I Don’t Care”

    Jonas Brothers – Sucker”

    Khalid – “Talk”

    Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus – “Old Town Road (Remix)”

    Lil Tecca – “Ransom”

    Lizzo – “Truth Hurts”

    Miley Cyrus – “Mother’s Daughter”

    Post Malone ft. Young Thug – “Goodbyes”

    ROSALÍA & J Balvin ft. El Guincho – “Con Altura”

    Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello – “Señorita”

    Taylor Swift – “You Need To Calm Down”

    The Chainsmokers, Bebe Rexha – “Call You Mine”

    Young Thug ft. J. Cole & Travis Scott – “The London”

The 2019 MTV Video Music Awards will air live from The Prudential Center on Monday, August 26 at 8 p.m. ET!

Harry Styles Living It Up At An Ariana Grande Concert Is My Monday Motivation

Think you’re an Ariana Grande fan? Pfft. You haven’t seen anything yet.

If you’re finding it hard to roll out of bed and get your Monday going, we proudly present Harry Styles absolutely losing it at one of Ari’s concerts. He went hard. Hard to the core. Harder than worldwide stadium tours, to quote will.i.am.

Styles recently spent a night out with Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown in tow at one of Ari’s stops in London. But he wasn’t just standing around nodding and mouthing lyrics. Oh, no. Ya boy Harry was dancing like his entire life depended on it, and if you needed a reason to spring out of your pajamas and right on into the day, this should do it for you.

Just look at this grindin’ and booty poppin’! He looks good, he feels good, he’s on top of the world in these clips. Yes, babies, Harry is feeling himself.

Social media has since erupted as people have been sharing videos of him bringing his amazing dance moves to life during “Dangerous Woman” and “Baby I,” among other hits. I mean, it’s perfectly understandable why. Have you ever seen someone so impossibly into the music other than yourself in front of the mirror pre-shower?

Meanwhile, Harry and Millie were seen excitedly chattering together, likely over the force of nature that is Ariana Grande. If you thought Harry shakin’ it was impressive, listen to sis serving those vocals.

What are they discussing? What are they planning? Are we able to get in on this newly-blossoming friendship? Maybe Harry is dishing on why he decided to turn down the role of Eric in Disney’s The Little Mermaid remake. Maybe Millie told him when the next season of Stranger Things is set to air. Details! We need details.

Whew. When legends stan legends, right? You love to see it.

Maya Hawke’s Debut Music Could Calm Even Stranger Things‘s Mind Flayer

It’s no strange thing that a large percentage of the cast of Stranger Things are talented musicians, as eager to embrace an instrument as they are a trip to the Upside Down. Maya Hawke, who plays Robin Buckley on the show’s third season, is the newest virtuoso and dropped two new singles, “To Love A Boy” and “Stay Open,” on Friday that bring her into bold new territory. Her voice is so calm, so angelic, that it could quell the anger of even the mightiest denizen of the Upside Down.

To be fair, we should have seen this coming. In season 3 of Stranger Things, she sang “Total Eclipse Of The Heart” with Joe Keery‘s Steve Harrington and the hilarious performance hinted at some soothing vocals that could be expressed in new ways in the future. That future arrived in a rural and sensual fashion with her two beautiful new tunes. “To Love A Boy” is soft and bare and moves like the ocean, which she references in the opening lines. Its use of percussion is fleeting, slow, and inviting. Following in a similar aesthetic is “Stay Open,” which is driven by a gentle guitar and the pitter-patter of the top of snare drums, with her weightless voice floating just above the ground. She sings about a gentle, juvenile love, one of being immersed in a person’s being wholeheartedly. Both are strikingly beautiful hymns with heavenly qualities. It’s the kind of music you’ll hear while you’re swaying in a gentle breeze while lounging in a hammock, with large trees covering your face. It’s nap time.

Maya Hawke’s joins the growing number of talented musicians who are exploring different realms like their show counterparts. Finn Wolfhard, who plays Mike Wheeler, is the frontman of the alt-rock band Calpurnia. Gaten Matarazzo, who plays Dustin Henderson, plays in a band called Work In Progress that has collaborated with artists such as Paramore and Kelly Clarkson, and Charlie Heaton, who acts as Jonathan Byers, used to play in the psychedelic band Half Loon.

Listen to Maya Hawke’s debut singles up above.

Taylor Swift Drops Lover Tracklist The Same Day As The Title Track — Because She Can

Taylor Swift is the gift that keeps on giving today (August 16). After releasing Lover‘s title track at midnight, the pop star took to Instagram this afternoon to share the full tracklist for her upcoming seventh studio album. As diehard Swifties already know, the LP will include a whopping 18 tracks. And while that may seem like a lot, longtime fans of the country turned pop songstress would agree that you can never have too much Taylor Swift.

For the most part, it seems that the tracklist confirms much of what Swifties have been theorizing all along. For example, “Cruel Summer” — which was tattooed on Ellen DeGeneres‘s forearm in the “You Need to Calm Down” music video — is a song title on the album. Also, Dixie Chicks — who were the subject of many Easter eggs leading up to this point — will be featured on a track called “Soon You’ll Get Better.” And if you’re wondering whether or not there will be any songs on the album about Swift’s current boyfriend, Joe Alwyn, well, we think “London Boy” is a pretty safe bet.

At this point, we’ve pretty much reached peak excitement for Lover. And now that the tracklist is officially out for all to see, all we can do is wait patiently for Friday, August 23, when the album drops in its entirety. If you haven’t yet, Lover is available to pre-add, pre-save, and pre-order, so go do all the things in preparation for the big day. It’ll be here before you know it!

Lover tracklist: 

1. I Forgot That You Existed

2. Cruel Summer

3. Lover

4. The Man

5. The Archer

6. I Think He Knows

7. Miss Americana & the Heartbreak Prince

8. Paper Rings

9. Cornelia Street

10. Death by a Thousand Cuts

11. London Boy

12. Soon You’ll Get Better feat. Dixie Chicks

13. False God

14. You Need to Calm Down

15. Afterglow

16. ME! feat. Brendon Urie

17. It’s Nice to Have a Friend

18. Daylight