Watch Khalid Narrowly Avoid A Multi-Car Collision In New ‘Better’ Video

“Love to see you shine in the night, like the diamond you are.” So begins Khalid‘s smooth single “Better,” as well as its accompanying video, which centers around the R&B crooner holding a late-night dance party in a vacant parking lot — while also casually dodging a multi-car collision.

Against a backdrop of downtown L.A., Khalid shows off some swaggering moves while a vintage BMW sails around him. As the song builds, the lot becomes overrun with a fleet of multi-colored cruisers, which whip around Khalid’s every move at high speed, like so:

It’s a nail-biter of a scene, but he somehow appears totally unfazed — maybe it has something to do with the girl he’s singing about, who appears via haunting, hazy images. In any case, the fastness and furiousness definitely adds a flair of ~danger~ to an otherwise straightforward visual.

This has been a productive week for Khalid, who also appeared in the video for Shawn Mendes’s empowering “Youth.” The 20-year-old is fresh off the release of a 7-track EP, Suncity, which marks his first project since last year’s debut album, American Teen. Upon its release, he said the EP is ushering in the “start of a new era,” which is sounding mighty fine so far.

Watch Travis Scott Take A Wild Carnival Ride At ASTROWORLD Tour Kickoff

Since the summer, when Travis Scott installed massive golden idols of his own head around the country as part of a dynamic promo campaign for his new album, ASTROWORLD, the album’s pure spectacle has been clear. By his mid-August performance at the 2018 VMAs, Scott had begun to reveal his grand plans for bringing his newest songs, and the Houston-centric concept behind them, to life.

The world had quite literally become his playground. And Thursday night (November 8), at the ASTROWORLD tour kickoff in Baltimore, Travis unveiled exactly what that meant: riding a carnival loop ride onstage and inviting his fans to do the same.

The rapper said on Instagram that he plans to bring a fan out every night of the tour to ride it, which is so generous and whimsical that I can’t help but smile about it. The dude has been known to take high-concept visions to his stage show, as with the gigantic mechanical bird he rapped on last year, but this one seems more pointedly in keeping with ASTROWORLD‘s dizzying, nostalgic theme-park concept.

In 2005, the Six Flags AstroWorld park outside of Houston, Travis’ hometown, closed down, an event that the rapper revisited when working on the album and that helped lead to its overarching concept.

“At first it didn’t really set in stone what they was actually doing to the city until I was older,” Travis told MTV News in August. “I was like, ‘Woah, we actually don’t have this place,’ when I wanted to go back when I was like 18 or something. It’s like, wow we don’t have it. That’s when it hit me.”

Check out the rest of that interview below, and scope out the full ASTROWORLD tour dates right here.

This Sabrina Carpenter Stan Transformed Into The ‘Singular: Act 1’ Tracklist

From streaming to buying to promoting, there’s not just one way to support your fave on album release day. And if your fave is Sabrina Carpenter, you might just think to paint her Singular: Act 1 tracklist on your face.

That’s the story of Kristine, a high school student and dedicated Sabrina stan who pulled off an all-Singular makeup look by featuring the album’s eight tracks on her face. Kristine tweeted the finished product in response to Sabrina the morning after the pop star’s album dropped.

A loyal Sabrina stan would recognize that this isn’t just eight tracks painted over Kristine’s face. The colorful backgrounds behind each song title correspond to Sabrina’s own album aesthetic, matching the graphics of her tracklist announcement last month.

As extra as this makeup look might be, it’s totally natural for Kristine, a long-time fan of Sabrina since discovering her in the “best show ever” Girl Meets World and her Eyes Wide Open album.

“Ever since then, I felt so connected to her music and always felt that it linked up with my life” Kristine told TRL over direct messages. “She’s always been one of my biggest role models and her music means so much especially for young women navigating their lives and love.”

And for as much as she loves Sabrina, Kristine’s got a passion for makeup, too. That’s why she knew she’d nail a makeup look inspired by the Singular: Act 1  tracklist artwork.

“I absolutely love makeup and have been doing fun, experimental looks for a few years.” In terms of her artistic vision, Kristine explained, “Sabrina posted three Instagram photos of her tracklist and they are SO beautiful, I fell in love with it and it made me that much more excited for Singular: Act 1 to come out!”

As far as Singular: Act 1 goes, the brand new album definitely lives up to Kristine’s expectations. While “Sue Me” and “Paris” might be her standout favorites right now, Kristine says that Sabrina’s whole album is “the only album I need to listen to now.”

Sabrina’s new LP isn’t the only thing Kristine had to be excited about this morning, though. Just hours after tweeting her fave the makeup look photos, Sabrina responded and gave her endorsement.

Considering Kristine hasn’t had the chance to see Sabrina live and meet her yet, this interaction is a dream come true.

“I was so excited when I saw her reply that I left my class to go to the bathroom stall!” Kristine said. “I was so excited I started shaking a little!!”

Though listening to Singular: Act 1 probably won’t calm Kristine down, it’s nevertheless what she and and the rest of Sabrina’s fandom will be doing for the rest of the day.

6ix9ine And Kanye Were On Video Set Reportedly Hit By Drive-By Shooting

A music video film set with controversial young rapper 6ix9ine and Kanye West was interrupted by gunfire on Thursday night (November 8), TMZ reports. No one was harmed, though reportedly eight shots were fired at the rented $80 million Beverly Hills estate while the pair were inside.

Nicki Minaj was due to arrive on set to be in the video as well — for a song featuring the three of them due to appear on 6ix9ine’s upcoming album — though she was reportedly not there at the time of the shooting. Kanye apparently left immediately after. TMZ has reported it as a drive-by shooting.

It’s not the first time 6ix9ine has dealt with violence. The 22-year-old rapper, who previously pled guilty to using a child in a sexual performance but avoided any jail time, was arrested in July for allegedly assaulting a 16-year-old at a mall in Houston.

Shortly after, 6ix9ine was reportedly kidnapped, beaten, and robbed of jewelry and money in New York City. His collaboration with Nicki, “Fefe” — which Minaj later performed at 2018 VMAs without 6ix9ine — had just come out days earlier.

And in late October, one of 6ix9ine’s bodyguards was reportedly shot in the stomach after an altercation at a dinner in Manhattan. (Vulture compiled a handy timeline of the rapper’s controversies as they wind into his career — you can check that out here.)

No one from 6ix9ine’s or Nicki’s camps have weighed in publicly, though 6ix9ine’s lawyer told TMZ it likely won’t affect the rapper’s probation as he was a victim. But on Friday, Kanye took to Twitter to report his safety. “Thank you for everyone’s prayers. Our family is safe and close,” he tweeted.

This is a developing story and we’ll update as more information comes in.

Anna Of The North Brought the ‘To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before’ Track “Lovers” to ‘TRL’

After her song “Lovers” featured in To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, Anna of the North is giving the 2017 track a whole new life in 2018.

Stopping by TRL this morning to chat with Jamila Mustafa and Kevan Kenney, Anna recapped how she didn’t even know “Lovers” would be in the Netflix original film until the movie was already out. But now that she’s seen the movie and heard her song during the fan-favorite hot tub scene, she’s happy to confirm that star Noah Centineo is one of her celebrity crushes.

With streams of “Lovers” skyrocketing a year after its release, it only made sense for Anna to perform the song from TRL‘s Times Square studio. Relive the hot tub scene and watch Anna take the stage below. TRL airs on weekdays at 8:00am on MTV.

Little Mix Offer Up The Perfect Breakup Remedy On New Song ‘I Told You So’

Twenty-two years after the Spice Girls declared “friendship never ends,” another British girl group has updated that sentiment with their own girl-powered jam. On Thursday (November 8), Little Mix released the new song “Told You So,” which is essentially a mix between Spice’s “Wannabe” and Destiny’s Child’s “Girl.” In other words, it’s a sweet ode to friendship that’ll make you feel all the love.

Over a simple, strumming guitar, the girls comfort a friend after a breakup, promising, “Girl, just come round mine tonight / I’ve got wine and make-up wipes / I’ll hold you, I’ll hold you.” But it’s not all sweet talk; they also throw in a few sassy jabs at the ex-boyfriend in question, with Leigh-Anne hilariously noting, “Be honest, his best friend was hotter than him.” Come for the sweet and sassy vibes, stay for the heavenly harmonies and Jade’s sky-grazing high notes.

Prior to releasing “Told You So,” Little Mix wrote on Instagram, “If there was a song on the album to define us it would be this one… true friendship. No matter what we’ll always look out for each other.”

The new song is the latest taste of Little Mix’s upcoming fifth album, LM5, which arrives November 16. The group recently sang the album’s lead single, “Woman Like Me,” alongside Nicki Minaj at the MTV EMAs — check out that sizzling performance below.

Ashley Tisdale Is Back! Hear Her Vulnerable New Song ‘Voices In My Head’

This year has already given us unexpected comebacks from Avril Lavigne and Ellie Goulding, and now another beloved pop star is making her grand musical return.

On Thursday (November 8), former Disney starlet Ashley Tisdale unleashed her first new music since the release of her 2009 album Guilty Pleasure, which gave us such certified bops as “It’s Alright, It’s OK.” Tisdale has obviously grown up a lot since then — would you believe me if I told you she was 33?! — and that’s reflected in “Voices In My Head,” which sees her bridging the gap between her pop roots and her more recent acoustic material.

“I got these feelings I try to bury down / But they keep screaming / And I’m just tryin’ to filter out somehow / But they don’t wanna leave,” she sings on the intimate ballad, revealing her insecurities while also acknowledging her lover’s unwavering support. “They get in the way / And start a fire / But you never let us burn away / You’ve got me figured out.”

“Voices In My Head” is the first taste of Tisdale’s upcoming third album, Symptoms. Per Teen Vogue, the singer recently revealed that the project is largely inspired by her struggles with anxiety. “Kind of the inspiration behind [the album] was, I deal with anxiety, and I’ve dealt with it probably my whole life. But [I] became super aware of it over the last two years,” she said, adding, “If someone at home can turn it on and not feel so alone, that’s all I can do.”

Following the song’s release on Thursday, Tisdale admitted she was “overwhelmed with emotion. … I feel like for the first time I can finally breathe.” Sounds like Symptoms will be quite the emotional journey — fingers crossed it’s worth the nine-year wait!

Kyle And Alessia Cara Work A Love Hotline In New ‘Babies’ Video

It’s been a year and a half since we first saw Kyle‘s zany sense of humor come to life in the video for his breakout smash, “iSpy.” Since then, we’ve seen him navigate similarly hyper-colorful worlds in the videos for “Nothing 2 Lose” and “Playinwitme,” and now, he’s added to his vibrant video library with “Babies.”

The Alessia Cara-featuring track appeared on Kyle’s debut album, Light of Mine, back in May, but its accompanying video makes it seem brand new. That’s because Kyle and Cara inject loads of quirkiness into the Kid Studio-directed clip, which opens on Kyle and his girlfriend having an argument in a dreary hallway. As Kyle sings about being “babies” in their relationship — insisting, “we don’t have to know… we got time to grow” — he and Cara wander a whimsical world where they picnic with oversized food and dish out free love readings for a heartbreak hotline.

Kyle also gets his (animated) heart operated on, which should hopefully fix those relationship problems of his.

Riding his Light of Mine high, Kyle is currently traveling the country on his Lightspeed World Tour, his biggest headline trek to date. Cara, meanwhile, has been steadily dropping singles — as well as her own colorful visuals — from her sophomore album, The Pains of Growing, which arrives November 30.

Earl Sweatshirt Raps About Depression On The Somehow Still Sunny ‘Nowhere2Go’

Not quite a week ago, Earl Sweatshirt returned, sort of, on an interlude track on Vince Staples’ great new FM! album. It’s funny though: The song, “New EarlSweatshirt,” isn’t set up like an interlude but like a radio premiere, getting about 20 seconds deep before being unceremoniously cut off, as if someone switched the radio dial.

It might’ve felt like a fake-out, but it doesn’t matter now because Earl is actually back with a real, no-BS track that is, in fact, more of a real song than “New EarlSweatshirt.” It’s called “Nowhere2go,” and it sounds like a sound collage clawed its way to life with the mandate to not waste any of its precious 116 seconds. It’s wonderful.

Earl accompanied the track on social media with a poignant message. “To say I’m excited to finally b(e) giving y’all music is an understatement,” he wrote. “This year been the toughest (one) of my life. Thank u for fucking wit me like Allblack.” That tone is reflected in Earl’s lyrics, too: “I think I spent most of my life depressed / Only thing on my mind was death / Didn’t know if my time was next / Tryna refine this shit, I redefined myself.”

They seem to speak to the depression Earl’s faced lately, and his tweet may also partially be a reference to the death of his father in January 2018, after which Earl canceled some live dates. His last album, I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside, was release in 2015.

Check out “Nowhere2go” above.

Missy Elliott Makes History With Her Songwriters Hall Of Fame Nom

The Songwriters Hall of Fame may not have a gigantic glass pyramid designed by I.M. Pei on the water in downtown Cleveland. In fact, its only real “homes” are a gallery inside the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles and potentially a future basement installation at the Brill Building in New York — where scores of great songs were written. The awards aren’t televised either, making it a comparatively low-key affair.

But Nile Rodgers chairs the board. Max Martin, Jay-Z, Tom Petty, Linda Perry, and dozens more have all been inducted. It’s certainly not as glitzy as the Rock Hall, but it seems to have the goods, as 2019’s nominees also suggest. Crucially, the latest batch includes Missy Elliott, making her the first female rapper to ever be nominated.

Missy will also perform at the ceremony next year, along with fellow nominees Mariah Carey; the Beach Boys’ Mike Love; ELO’s Jeff Lynne; ’80s rock and pop stalwarts Chrissie Hynde and the Eurythmics (Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart); reggae legend Jimmy Cliff; singer-songwriters Cat Stevens, John Prine, and Vince Gill; R&B singer Lloyd Price; and ’60s/’70s psych-pop hitmaker Tommy James. You can see the full list of noms here.

“I am so HUMBLY GRATEFUL to be nominated with so many AMAZING writers🙏🏾❤️,” Missy wrote on Instagram. “I send a CONGRATULATIONS to all the other nominees also🙌🏾🤗❤️.”

If she gets in, Missy would become the third rapper to join, after Jay and Jermaine Dupri. As the AP (via Billboard) points out, songwriters are eligible to be nominated after writing hit songs for at least 20 years. And boy, has Missy ever. We’re talking about “The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)” and “Get Ur Freak On” and “Work It” and “Gossip Folks” and “Lose Control” — and all the songs she’s penned for other artists, including Aaliyah, TLC, Ciara, and more.

The ceremony goes down in June 2019. Until then, it’s time to throw on Under Construction again and practice your “Work It” backwards speak for karaoke.