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

Swae Lee Recruits Drake For Relationship-Savoring ‘Won’t Be Late’

Swae Lee dropped a couple of great new tracks on Friday (August 16), one of which recruited Drake‘s talents for a sizzling summer bop.

The 24-year-old Rae Sremmurd rapper dropped a solo track called “Sextasy” as well as the Drizzy-assisted track “Won’t Be Late,” produced by ChopsquadDJ and Mike Will Made-It and Tekno, respectively. “Won’t Be Late” is a slower groove about both rappers taking time out to enjoy their relationships and their ladies as they focus on only them. Sign us up, TBH.

Soak up the sensual “Won’t Be Late” in the lyric video below.

Swae took to social media to announce both tracks before they made their streaming debut, as you do when you’re about to drop some straight fire. Incidentally, check out that “Sextasy” cover with an ice angel straight out of the ’80s cyberpunk alternate realty we deserve.

This new duo of drops comes after Swae tweeted about how “exciting” August would end up being, and it looks like he’s delivering on that prophecy.

What’s next? Swae is hard at work on his sophomore album, which he told Billboard he’s “not playing” about.

“I’m gonna up the standards for these 2010-whatever artists. I’m gonna push the music forward,” he said. We can’t wait to see what’s next, especially when Drake gets involved.

With this new song out in the wild, perhaps Swae will perform it on tour as he heads out with Post Malone in their new Runaway Tour that kicks off on September 14 in Tacoma, Washington.

Inside The Fan-Fueled Push To Bring K-pop To The U.S.

By Monique Melendez

K-pop fans descended upon the Javits Center and Madison Square Garden in July for KCON NY, a hybrid convention and concert that brings K-pop acts and other figures from Asian pop culture to the East Coast. With banners and poster boards in hand, K-pop fans were ready to congregate with their fandom peers to support their favorite groups and discover new ones. Everyone from veteran acts like Seventeen, who made their second KCON NY appearance this year and have toured the States independently of the event, to first-timers like VERIVERY and fromis_9 aimed to court American fans through their KCON sets. The annual convention is just one of many live K-pop events populating local calendars, as American K-pop fans have been rewarded with more stateside concerts each year. And through various conversations with fans at and outside of KCON NY, one thing became clear: Fans are working around the clock to keep the genre’s momentum in America alive.

After years of the genre’s success being limited to Korean shows and chart metrics (and thus Korean fans), American K-pop fans are finally able to play a key role in the advancement of their faves’ careers, and they aren’t passing up the chance, helping to turn 2019 into a watershed year for K-pop in America. Blackpink and NCT 127 have already rounded out their inaugural U.S. tours with appearances on Good Morning America, Strahan and Sara, and The Late Late Show with James Corden, with Blackpink also landing second-row billing at Coachella. GOT7 — who toured the U.S. for the past three years — brought K-pop to the Today show stage for the first time ever in June. KCON NY performers The Boyz and ATEEZ both made appearances on Good Day New York, a solid feat for rookie acts who only debuted in Korea within the last two years.

KCON USA

Fans await their faves at KCON NY

Fans often push for appearances like these across social media, where they flood the mentions of local TV hosts and Ellen DeGeneres alike in hopes of landing their faves coveted airtime, or a puppy interview. “When groups announce world tours, a lot of fans immediately go tweet and email a lot of well-known companies — places like BuzzFeed, Build Series, and local news stations — to try and book them for interviews,” Seventeen fan Stephanie Contreras, 23, says. “We try to get them as much positive exposure as possible.”

Though American K-pop fans congregate across most social networking sites, Twitter is the preferred place for fans to make these key moves, says Masia, 15. “Something could trend, could go worldwide, and your favorite K-pop group could get noticed in the U.S.,” she says. The platform has also become the go-to place for all K-pop news. Quinn Roche, 27, stumbled upon the fandom after hearing BTS’s “DNA” on Spotify’s Top Hits playlist in late 2017. The lure of the genre drew her onto Twitter for the first time. “I was like, ‘I don’t understand this social media platform at all, I don’t get it,’” she says. “But if you wanna know anything, you have to go on Twitter.”

Plus, some awards, like the Billboard Music Award for Top Social Artist, rely entirely upon fan engagement on Twitter; Billboard gathers the acts that have received the most Twitter mentions and hashtags within a specified window of time, and the most active fanbase will propel their favorite act to the BBMAs stage. This was the first year where multiple K-pop acts — EXO, GOT7, and now-three-time winners BTS — were up for the award. It’s an undeniable milestone for the genre as a whole, and for many, it became a crucial opportunity to get their faves the shine they deserve.

Monique Melendez

Emma Myers and Stephanie Contreras show off their banners

Running concurrent to K-pop fandom’s all-consuming Twitter culture is its streaming culture, which treats YouTube views as a form of scorekeeping, whether it’s racking up millions of views within the first 24 hours of a video’s release or reaching a goal number of views before a specific date. To achieve this, fans will often head back to Twitter to promote “streaming parties,” digital gatherings where they will all stream a video or playlist of videos, strategically following methods that will keep their views from getting docked or frozen by YouTube — peppering other videos in between, keeping volume above 50 percent, allowing ads to play in full. As a result, Korean acts have been dominating YouTube metrics, with BTS and Blackpink leading the pack and crushing previous milestones.

Despite celebratory results, the urgency to support their faves has led to a hypercompetitive landscape on K-pop stan Twitter that some fans have found exhausting — and as the playing field becomes saturated with labels looking to cash in on the global rise of Korean pop, every tweet and every stream matters. Over fifty acts have debuted on the K-pop scene in the first half of 2019 alone: What was once a domestic platform that highlighted a handful of idol groups is now a global marvel that churns out almost two new acts every single week. The odds of all these acts garnering Korean attention, let alone international fame, is slim to none. “K-pop is that thing where you feel super emotionally invested in how well your group does,” Emma Myers, 20, says. As we speak, she distributes fromis_9 banners and stickers, a home-grown collaboration with a fellow fromis_9 stan, or Flover. “It’s such a competition out there that you have to constantly be promoting your faves, otherwise they’re just gonna sink under the radar,” she says. “It’s kind of a toxic culture, to be honest. You always have to be promoting.” This constant need to promote may burn out some fans, but the consequences — exiting the industry without so much as a music show win, or fading into obscurity without anyone noticing — are too dire.

KCON USA

ATEEZ greet fans at KCON NY

The fervor to support their faves is further fueled by the idols themselves. As the Internet makes global fame increasingly possible for Korean acts, they’re placing greater importance on American tours, awards, and charting feats. Seventeen member Vernon stated he hopes to perform at the Billboard Music Awards, while the group’s leader S.Coups named New York’s Citi Field, where BTS made history and opened doors just last October, as his dream venue. And when idols dream, fans follow suit. “We’re gonna make that happen no matter what it takes,” Contreras says, “‘Cause that’s what they want, and we want them to be happy, and that’s really what it comes down to. … We all know idols go through a lot, with training and having to [leave] their families, so we want our favorites to feel like those rough paths they took to get where they are were completely worth it.”

K-pop fandom is fixated on numbers — inevitable when sales numbers, downloads, and streams determine which groups survive to see another year in the industry. But beyond numbers, every milestone helps K-pop acts become more intelligible to the global community. K-pop fans are slowly chipping away at the English-language domination of the American pop landscape. “A lot of people that would never consider music with a different language are being exposed to this more now because of us,” Lindsay McNamara, 26, says. “We’re actively stanning these groups and we’re actively participating in these events and — for BTS, for example — getting a ton of attention because there’s a ton of people that are going to these shows. People like my mom, who would never consider something like this, can actually begi[n] to understand why we like it, and their messages, and their stories.”

And for many fans, like KpopMaine.com creator Leocardia Sheehy, the aim is even higher than bringing their faves into the spotlight. “K-pop is awesome, and I think it has potential to open doors to not only a diverse music scene, but for diversity in general,” she says. “I strongly feel that as more foreign musicians gain recognition and fans here in America, that we might begin to be reminded of how amazing it is to live in a place that is made up of different individuals and different cultures; a place where you can turn on the radio and [hear] a song mostly in Spanish, like ‘Despacito.’ So why can’t we turn on the radio and hear K-pop?”

Bop Shop: Songs From Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus, Alessia Cara, And More

Taylor Swift hasn’t named an album after a song since 2012’s “Red,” so to say “Lover,” the title track from her seventh album out next week, had big shoes to fill would be an understatement. She’s been teasing the song with Easter eggs since the “ME!” music video, and no surprise here: she delivered.

“Lover” finds Taylor at perhaps her softest yet, with an atmospheric production reminiscent of an empty bar, or club. She’s serenading her lover with a vow of dedication that feels and sounds timeless. Her high notes are whispered secrets under the covers, the drum is a steady heartbeat. Her most confessional moments spill out through one-liners in true Swiftian fashion, as she wonders aloud, “Have I known you 20 seconds or 20 years?” The absolute highlight is the bridge, where Swift herself said she “was really able to go to Bridge City.” “My heart’s been borrowed and yours has been blue / All’s well that ends well to end up with you,” she sings. Her emotions feel big, even when her voice gets small. In a way, she sounds like she never has before, but she’s never been in love like this. – Carson Mlnarik

Miley Cyrus Laments Lost Love On Surprise Song ‘Slide Away’

Miley Cyrus surprised fans on Thursday (August 15) with a brand new song called “Slide Away.”

Rather than the funky bops she recorded for her She Is Coming EP, it was a much more introspective, somber affair. And given her recent split with partner Liam Hemsworth, it’s nearly impossible to think at least some of the lyrics aren’t about him.

Whether it’s about Miley’s tumultuous end to a lengthy relationship or not, it’s hard to deny the heartbreak in the song. It’s all about letting go of your significant other when you finally realize you’ve grown apart. There’s beauty in the acceptance, or so it seems. And while Miley didn’t explicitly name Liam in the song, it certainly appears that many of the references are at least vaguely about him.

“Once upon a time, it was made for us
Woke up one day, it had turned to dust
Baby, we were found, but now we’re lost
So it’s time to let it go”

It’s hard to imagine the song being about anyone else with verses like that, if we’re being honest. Plus, the image accompanying the audio for the YouTube release of the song features what looks like an empty bottle of whiskey with pills floating in the water, which is an interesting statement considering Miley references “whiskey and pills” in the song. Rumors since her breakup with Liam suggested she had been growing weary with Liam’s alleged partying with his friends, but this could also be a reference to Miley’s party-heavy past or yearning for adulthood.

We won’t try and color your perception of the song’s meaning, but we’ll be over here working out the enigmatic lyrics ourselves over here. Either way, it’s a great but bittersweet tune that many will likely associate with Miley and Liam for a long while.