Maren Morris Channeled Her Inner Dragon Queen For New Game Of Thrones Song

In case you’re somehow not hyped enough for the final season of Game of Thrones — is that even possible?! — perhaps a little fantasy-inspired music can do the trick.

Earlier this week, we learned that the HBO epic will release a star-studded soundtrack to accompany its final six-episode run, which begins on Sunday (April 14). SZA, The Weeknd, Ellie Goulding, and Travis Scott are just some of the hitmakers on board, along with Maren Morris, who released her contribution today.

“Kingdom of One” is a defiant slow burn that opens with the Girl singer setting the scene: “First light, a sacrifice / Bird’s eye, saw the signs / Cold nights will take your life.” The track continues building to a goosebumps-inducing climax, with Morris confidently coaxing, “So you wanna play God? / Come on / Is that all you got? / Come on.”

Of the song, Morris tweeted, “Channeled my inner Daenerys Targaryen for this one.” Her cool, assured confidence — along with the video’s dragon imagery — would surely do Dany proud.

The full For The Throne soundtrack arrives on April 26, and includes a new Lumineers song, “Nightshade,” that was also released today. Listen to that here, and check out our GoT power rankings for predictions about who will live, who will die, and who — if anyone — will nab the throne once and for all.

Bop Shop: Songs From BTS, Lil Uzi Vert, Charly Bliss, And More

To choose one song from Map of the Soul: Persona is a Herculean task that I honestly don’t wish on anyone, least of all me. In fact, I will be writing a strongly worded tweet to the Bop Shop editor (hi, Pat) to express the emotional distress this caused me. Because here’s the thing: BTS are incapable of producing anything but bops. And while the Korean septet’s latest single “Boy With Luv” — a fizzy, upbeat collaboration with Halsey — is the brightest and boppiest of bops, it’s braggadocios album closer “Dionysus” that deserves your immediate respect.

On the surface, it sounds like a track that resulted from a boozy game of Mad Libs: a stadium banger inspired by the Greek god Dionysus (god of wine) and Korean folk music that mixes hip-hop with prog rock. It’s a total anomaly, a song that absolutely should not work, and yet, it’s everything I love about BTS in one song. It’s wildly ambitious, clever, confident, and bursting with personality (Jin is wailing in those background vocals). On “Dionysus,” BTS get drunk on their own artistry and claim they’re thirsty for more. “If we’re there, wherever it is in the world, it’s a stadium party,” Suga raps. “Born as a K-pop idol and reborn as an artist.”

Whatever preconceived notions you may have about K-pop or Korean music or BTS, “Dionysus” obliterates them. All hail Bangtan, our nu-screamo kings. —Crystal Bell

How To Watch Coachella Performances From Ariana Grande, Childish Gambino, And More

Coachella 2019 officially kicks off on Friday (April 12), and if you’re not dying basking in the Indio desert heat, you’re probably drowning in FOMO at home. Lucky for you, the festival will be streaming performances from both weekends, meaning you can catch all the action from the comfort of your own sofa (flower crown and bandana optional).

As of now, 75 artists have been confirmed for the live stream, including headliners Ariana Grande, Childish Gambino, and Tame Impala. Other highlights include Billie Eilish, BLACKPINK, Kacey Musgraves, The 1975, Maggie Rogers, Lizzo, Kid Cudi, Janelle Monáe, Pusha-T, and more. On top of that, Coachella will also stream Guava Island — the mysterious new film project from Donald Glover, starring Rihanna — on Saturday (April 13).

The live stream consists of three simultaneous channels, all available via Coachella’s YouTube hub and the YouTube Music app. Check out the full schedule below, and get your Homechella on! (All times are PST; channels are noted in parentheses.)

Friday, April 12

4:15 p.m. – Yellow Days (1)

4:15 – Hurray for the Riff Raff (2)

4:15 – Los Tucanes De Tijuana (3)

4:50 – Juaz (3)

5:10 – JPEGMAFIA (1)

5:40 – Mon Laferte (2)

5:45 – SG Lewis (3)

5:55 – Kacey Musgraves (1)

6:25 – Gorgon City (2)

6:30 – Calypso Rose (3)

6:45 – Jaden Smith (1)

7:20 – DVSN (3)

7:25 – Tierra Whack (2)

8:05 – Polo & Pan (3)

8:30 – BLACKPINK (1)

8:55 – Ella Mai (3)

9:00 – Rüfüs Du Sol (2)

9:35 – The 1975 (1)

9:35 – Khruangbin (3)

10:15 – Diplo (2)

10:30 – Janelle Monáe (1)

11:15 – Charlotte Gainsbourg (2)

11:25 – Childish Gambino (1)

11:30 – Nora En Pure (3)

11:45 – DJ Snake (2)

12:05 a.m. – Kayzo (3)

Saturday, April 13

4:15 p.m. – ARIZONA (1)

4:15 – Wallows (2)

4:15 – Jambinai (3)

4:35 – FKJ (3)

5:00 – Guava Island, A Childish Gambino Film (1,2,3)

6:00 – Mr. Eazi (2)

6:00 – Steady Holiday (3)

6:10 – Sabrina Claudio (1)

6:30 – The Interrupters (3)

6:40 – Mac DeMarco (2)

7:05 – Bazzi (1)

7:15 – Clozee (3)

7:30 – Sir (2)

7:50 – J Balvin (1)

7:55 – Virgil Abloh (2)

8:00 – Bob Moses (3)

8:25 – Maggie Rogers (2)

8:45 – Weezer (1)

8:50 – Gryffin (3)

9:15 – Christine and the Queens (2)

9:30 – Four Tet (3)

9:50 – Billie Eilish (1)

10:15 – Juice WRLD (2)

10:30 – Parcels (3)

11:00 – Tame Impala (1)

11:05 – Wiz Khalifa (2)

11:15 – Smino (3)

11:55 – Kid Cudi (2)

12:00 a.m. – Little Simz (3)

12:30 – Bassnectar (1)

Sunday, April 14

4:15 p.m. – Emily King (1)

4:15 – Mansionair (2)

4:15 – Burna Boy (3)

5:00 – Alice Merton (2)

5:05 – Pusha-T (1)

5:45 – Rico Nasty (3)

5:55 – Bad Bunny (1)

5:55 – Unknown Mortal Orchestra (2)

6:25 – Playboi Carti (3)

6:50 – Blood Orange (1)

6:50 – Dermont Kennedy (2)

7:15 – Clairo (3)

7:40 – Lizzo (2)

8:00 – Gesaffelstein (3)

9:00 – YG (3)

9:15 – Sofi Tukker (2)

9:50 – Dillon Francis (3)

10:05 – CHVRCHES (2)

10:35 – Ariana Grande (1)

11:10 – NGHTMRE (3)

Khalid Starts A New Conversation On ‘Talk (Remix)’ With Megan Thee Stallion And Yo Gotti

For the remix to Khalid‘s pleading single “Talk,” the baritone crooner brought some rappers along to add a poetic edge. Burgeoning rapstress Megan Thee Stallion and trap rap stalwart Yo Gotti spit rhymes to the smooth production courtesy of Disclosure that enables the official remix to soar to new heights. Not only is it an adorable song about falling in love, but it’s also a tight amalgam of melody and bars that shows there’s always room to connect the two.

Megan Thee Stallion starts the song off with her sneering flow that practically brushes the dirt off its shoulders as she goes along. She knows she’s one of the best, and, in her verse, she’s letting you know it too. You’d be a fool to waste a chance at her. When she drips into some chilly melodies at the tail end of it, she reveals herself a double threat. Yo Gotti comes in at the end, after Khalid’s vocals of course, and raps about a woman that he’s having some problems with. His “talk” with her isn’t to get closer, he’s in the process of separating himself. Her father is a police officer so he doesn’t want to ever meet him.

Khalid released his sophomore studio album Free Spirit on April 5. It features the previously released songs “Self” and “Talk.” He also shared a film of the same name directed by esteemed music video director Emil Nava.

Listen to the confident “Talk” remix up above.

Mark Ronson’s New Album Of ‘Sad Bangers’ Features Miley, Camila, And More

Mark Ronson‘s new album is going to be an extravagant affair. The producer has revealed the tracklist to his forthcoming album Late Night Feelings and it’s quite the doozy. With features from artists like Miley Cyrus, Camila Cabello, and Alicia Keys, his new EP looks like it will be his largest, most flexible pop-centric opus yet, tinged with a dash of melancholy. You can hear it on the title track, featuring Lykke Li.

Late Night Feelings is due out June 21 via RCA Records. As Billboard points out, he’s previously described the project as a selection of “sad bangers,” and after seeing the tracklist’s plethora of emotional vocalists, it makes sense.

In addition to Miley, Camila, and Alicia, the 13-track LP also features King Princess, YEBBA, The Last Artful, Dodgr, Angel Olsen, Diana Gordon, and Ilsey.

So far, two tracks from Late Night Feelingshave been released: “Nothing Breaks Like A Heart,” Ronson’s collaboration with Cyrus, and the title track, which you can listen to above. The LP follows his 2015 album Uptown Special.

Check out the full tracklist below.

01. “Late Night Prelude”

02. “Late Night Feelings” (ft. Lykke Li)

03. “Find U Again” (ft. Camila Cabello)

04. “Piece of Us” (ft. King Princess)

05. “Knock Knock Knock” (ft. YEBBA)

06. “Don’t Leave Me Lonely” (ft. YEBBA)

07. “When U Went Away” (ft. YEBBA)

08. “Truth” (ft. Alicia Keys,The Last Artful, Dodgr)

09. “Nothing Breaks Like A Heart” (ft. Miley Cyrus)

10. “True Blue” (ft. Angel Olsen)

11. “Why Hide” (ft. Diana Gordon)

12. “2 AM” (ft. Lykke Li)

13. “Spinning” (ft. Ilsey)

Tame Impala Travel Through A Kaleidoscopic Realm On ‘Borderline’

Tame Impala‘s music plays at the gates of Heaven if it existed on a separate plane populated by sentient futuristic cars and moonwalking robots. Their latest track is ‘Borderline’ that is smooth, funky, and serene. It’s like listening to a Greek siren with a bit of an edge, luring you into the deep sea abyss. The world got a live taste of the song during their SNL performance last month. Now, the entire hallowed tune is available in CDQ.

Tame Impala’s latest is funky feel-good music that demands that thumbs are snapped and heads are swayed – first to the right, then the left. Close your eyes when zoning out to Kevin Parker‘s soaring voice that floats above your head and you’ll see colors – the visible spectrum and so, so much more – smashing together, separating, mixing, and multiplying into shapes recognized and never before seen. Flowers blossom in sepia filters and peace signs sculpt from fingers. It’s almost impossibly beautiful how light and feathery it is. Summer’s right around the corner. This, this song is the signal that it’s starting early this year.

Last month, Tame Impala released their psychedelic comeback single, “Patience.” It’s equally as angelic and snappy, but it’s from a different, slower-tuned realm. That’s two releases in the span of a month. Their last studio release was 2015’s Currents. These two recent drops could be the signal that something large is on the way. To catch the band’s ethereal live performance presence, tune into Coachella their headlining set this weekend.

Listen to ‘Borderline’ up above.

BTS And Halsey Kick Off Summer Early With ‘Boy With Luv’

Five years ago, BTS were a group of young adults in their teens and early twenties trying to make sense of the world around them. They channeled these confusing coming-of-age emotions and experiences — like first love, disappointment, and heartbreak — into their hard-hitting music, and their 2014 album Skool Luv Affair and its lead single “Boy In Luv” are a reflection of that. Now, five years older and wiser, the Korean septet are one of the biggest musical acts in the world, with two consecutive No. 1 albums on the Billboard 200 chart, a sold-out global stadium tour, and the internet’s most powerful fandom in their corner. But their latest single, “Boy With Luv,” proves that while BTS may have matured, they haven’t lost their artistic edge.

It’s playful, fresh, and still 100 percent BTS.

With their new album, Map of the Soul: Persona, out today (April 12), BTS are looking to their past in order to move forward, and the bubbly “Boy With Luv” — which parallels their aggressive teen anthem “Boy In Luv” — is a reflection of their growth. The upbeat song, a collaboration with American pop star Halsey, celebrates the act of falling in love and finding joy in the smallest of things. (The song’s Korean title roughly translates to “A Poem for the Small Things.”)

“You’re the star that turns ordinaries into extraordinaries,” Suga raps. “One after another, everything is special. The things you’re interested in, the way you walk or talk, and every little trivial habits of yours.”

The lyrics cleverly nod to the group’s other past works as well. “I’m flying high in the sky,” V sings in the pre-chorus. “With the two wings you gave me back then.” The wings refer to their 2016 album of the same name, which explored the idea of reaching your potential — or spreading your wings — with unbridled passion. At one point in the music video, the members even find themselves surrounded by neon signs (a visual tip of the hat to Broadway), the names of which span their entire career — from 2 Cool 4 Skool to You Never Walk Alone and Answer.

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For her part, Halsey’s signature airy vocals float over the sticky hook — a mix of English and Korean, led by an instantly catchy refrain of “Oh my my my oh my my my” — and she even gets to show off her dancing chops in the visual, shimmying alongside BTS and keeping up with their full-body choreography like an idol herself.

Map of the Soul: Persona marks the beginning of an exciting new chapter for the artists following their massively successful Love Yourself trilogy, which concluded with Love Yourself: Answer this past November. With over 3 million pre-orders globally, it’s safe to say that BTS are looking at their next No. 1 album here in the U.S. before embarking on their stadium tour across the globe.

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And they definitely have their eyes set on total U.S. domination this time around: The group will perform “Boy With Luv” live for the very first on Saturday Night Live on April 13.

Chance The Rapper And Lil Yachty Are More Vicious Than Ever On ‘Atlanta House Freestyle’

It’s always great to see the growth in artists’ work. That moment where the chills start and the grins widen, that’s when you know that this person that you’ve been presumably following for years has improved in some, often intangible way. Chance The Rapper has been around for a while and he’s constantly morphed his sound to improve. Similarly, Lil Yachty‘s been a fixture of hip-hop for three years now. On their latest collaboration, “Atlanta House Freestyle,” the unlikely duo step up the effort for a rousing number that knocks the wind out of your chest. It’s the growth that you always wanted, you may have just not realized it.

We think of Chance The Rapper as a cheery lyricist, one whose positive energy permeates his melodies far more than his most of his rap peers. His presence on wax is undeniable; he’s the beacon of light that songs are built around whenever he appears on a guest feature. is known for his holier, For his collaboration with Lil Yachty, he breaks out of this space, stepping into Yachty’s world of dark, claustrophobic trap. This cold atmosphere, inhabited by hungry 808 drums, proves to be navigatable. Chance sounds at home here as he raps low and whisper-like; it’s trap rap ASMR from the hall monitor. Lil Yachty sounds at home over the production but he’s no longer rapping with drawn-out spaces and melodies between words. He’s similar low and steady, fast and grimacing with threats and bragging that offset Chance’s joking bars. “The safe is too big to hide the safe,” Chance says seriously, but it’s goofy. “Life is a movie, I was born at the Sundance,” raps Lil Yachty, and immediately after hearing it, you’ll smile. This isn’t substance over style Lil Yachty. This is another guy entirely.

This isn’t the only thing that Chance has been cooking up. He’s been in the studio working on his album that’s set to drop in July. If this new freestyle is that adventurous, we can imagine what his new LP will sound like.

Listen to “Atlanta House Freestyle” up above.

A Map Of The Soul: Persona Syllabus To Help Wrap Your Brain Around BTS’ New Album

With the release of Map of the Soul: Persona fast approaching, now seems like a good time to remind the general public that BTS have more to offer than their colorful visuals, sharp performances, and charming personalities. In fact, ask any fan of the Korean septet and they’ll probably tell you how they’ve spent the weeks leading up to Persona‘s release on April 12 brushing up on the psychological theories of Carl Jung, Greek mythology, French, Singin’ in the Rain, and art history, all while combing through the dozens of cryptic clues and callbacks sprinkled throughout the Bangtan Universe. (Yes, they even have their own fictional narrative.)

If you’re wondering what all of this has to do with BTS, then you clearly haven’t been paying attention to what really draws people from all over the world — of all different ages, genders, and ethnicities — to their diverse discography. More specifically, the deeper themes, subjects, and messages within their music. Because when you become an ARMY, you practically enroll in higher education. And you don’t need to understand Korean to see how RM invokes the spirit of American actor Gene Kelly in the latest “Boy With Luv” teaser, or the parallel between their fruitful concept photos and the Greek god Dionysus.

Still, there’s a lot to unpack with this comeback (or, new release). Whether you’re a new ARMY looking for a crash course in Bangtan or a longtime fan who simply needs help wrapping your brain around the difference between persona and shadow, this primer is for you.

What does Map of the Soul: Persona even mean?

As artists, BTS are extremely calculated and detail-oriented. (Leader RM and vocalist Jungkook are both Virgos, so there’s a lot of Type A energy in this group.) So it should come as no surprise that they’ve been constructing a meticulously-plotted visual narrative since 2015 — the threads of which are sewn throughout their music videos. The story follows seven young men whose devastating fates are intertwined, and the one who’s given a chance to save his friends by going back in time.

Now, what does this have to do with Map of the Soul: Persona? We’ll get to that in a bit, but for now it’s important to know just how far ahead BTS plan their releases. Because Persona was actually teased on a shirt during a live performance of “DNA” back in 2017. BTS dropped even more clues in the music video for vocalist Jin’s 2018 solo number “Epiphany” — “in the end,” the ending script reads in Korean, “what I have to find is that which is the beginning of all things, the milestone: the map of the soul” — and during the group’s performance at the Mnet Asian Music Awards last December with a brief vignette that read: “You gave me power. You gave me love. So now I’m a hero, so now I’m a boy with love. I’ll show you the map of the soul. I’ll show you the dream.”

So, what is this map of the soul referring to? Swiss psychologist Carl Jung. (Again, BTS are more than seven handsome faces!) It’s specifically referring to a book by Murray Stein, titled Jung’s Map Of The Soul, which is even being sold in their Korean management company’s online store. In the video for “Intro: Persona,” RM is confronted with many different versions of himself, while words like “persona,” “shadow,” and “ego” are seen scribbled on a classroom chalkboard behind him. This is a direct reference to Jung’s theories.

According to Jung, persona is how we present ourselves to the world; it’s our public image, or the mask we wear to conceal our true nature. “The persona is that which in reality one is not, but which oneself as well as others think one is,” Jung wrote. Masks have played a crucial part in BTS’ artistic vision, from the “Fake Love” music video to vocalist V’s solo single “Singularity” to their 2019 Golden Disc Awards performance, in which they all removed physical masks in dramatic fashion.

Ultimately, Persona will find BTS, now all in their early and mid-20s, grappling with questions of identity and self. As RM boldly asks in his scorching intro track, “Who the hell am I?” Of course, it’s only the first part in a larger journey of self-discovery, as BTS could explore Shadow and Ego in future releases — the “shadow” representing the dark side of your personality and “ego” representing the center of your consciousness. These parts of the psyche make up your identity, or Self.

But before BTS can move forward, they have to look back.

“Boy With Luv”

For fans, the group’s forthcoming single with singer Halsey, titled “Boy With Luv,” is nostalgic. Not only does the title nod to their 2014 single “Boy In Luv” but the point choreography seen in the teasers is also similar.

Then there’s the fact that “Intro: Persona” samples the group’s 2014 song, “Intro: Skool Luv Affair.” When BTS debuted as a group of teens in 2013, they made music that spoke to their generation; their “School Trilogy” examined the societal pressures and anxieties young people endure at the hands of an apathetic government and their own confusing emotions. Now, nearly six years later, BTS are still asking Big Questions — but they have the advantage of hindsight.

Back then, they were boys in love who acted out, sometimes aggressively, when their feelings were not reciprocated; now, they’re boys with love, whose love comes from within.

By revisiting this very distinct place in their past, BTS are reflecting on an uncertain time others in their position would probably want to forget, or at least ignore. In doing so, they’re acknowledging that they can’t change the past — but they can learn from it.

At the end of the Love Yourself highlight reel (released in 2017), Jin seems to hint at this: “If we could turn back the clock, where should we go back to? Once we reach that place, can all our mistakes and errors be undone? Will happiness be ours to stay? Though many seasons pass, there are places that cannot be reached. Yet another storm to be faced and to be weathered head-on. Living without fear, hesitating and parting. Merely living as the person I am.” Interestingly enough, RM refers to his shadow as “hesitation” in “Intro: Persona.”

“Dionysus”

The Persona track list also features a few clues, including one track that was seemingly inspired by Greek mythology. The god Dionysus is often associated with wine and theater. (Depending on who you ask, he’s also responsible for bringing wine to Asia.) As a potential nod to the god of wine, some of the album’s concept photos feature certain members posing with grapes. While the grapes are obvious, there’s also a connection between Dionysus and Jung.

Given his interests, Dionysus was known to free people from their inhibitions, and in Greek theater this earned him the reputation of being called the “masked god.” Essentially, you’re not yourself when you drink, so the “mask” in this case symbolizes another (more inebriated) extension of yourself. Because of Dionysus’s passion for drink and art — and his unconventional upbringing — it made him a bit of an outsider among the gods. Do BTS view themselves as outsiders? We’ll have to wait and see.

“Jamais Vu”

In addition to a Korean-language song named after a Greek god, one of the cuts on the album is titled after a French saying: “Jamais Vu.” (BTS truly transcend all cultures.) It translates to “never seen” and the phrase describes the eerie phenomenon in which you react to something as though you’ve never experienced it before, despite the fact that you have. For example: There will be times when I type the word “lent” and thoroughly convince myself that it is not a real word, when, in fact, it is.

What does this have to do with BTS? Honestly, I have no idea. Of course astute ARMYs already have theories, and once again it all goes back to the group’s Skool Luv Affair era. If “Intro: Persona” and “Boy With Luv” are directly linked to songs on their 2014 album, then it’s possible “Jamais Vu” is, too.

Singin’ in the Rain

Hidden in plain sight in the first teaser for “Boy With Luv” is a movie poster for the 1952 movie musical Singin’ in the Rain. The second teaser reveals even more nods to the classic film, including an entire set piece, dance sequence, and RM’s homage to Gene Kelly.

Maybe BTS are just big fans of Singin’ in the Rain. That’s certainly possible. But remember the time travel narrative I promised we’d revisit? Well, here we are. Without going too much into detail — in addition to the music videos, there’s an entire BTS webtoon you can read to catch up — we know that Jin is the one who’s been given a chance to save his friends with the ability to travel back in time, but he mysteriously keeps going back to one day in particular: April 11.

And for those of you without encyclopedic knowledge of movie musicals from the 1950s, Singin’ in the Rain was originally released on April 11, 1952. Pure coincidence or masterfully designed? That’s for you to decide, or for BTS to reveal.

Then again, part of the fun is how little the group does reveal about their own fictional universe. It’s a Choose Your Own Adventure novel of sorts, open to interpretation — not unlike the group’s music. BTS never tell the listener what to think or how they should go about thinking it; instead, they share their own coming-of-age stories with those who need to hear it most. You don’t need a psych degree to understand that.

P!nk Swims In The Perilous Rivers Of Relationship Nostalgia In ‘Can We Pretend’

Nostalgia is quite a phenomenon. It’s why we prefer older sitcoms and cartoons to current ones. Aside from being probably funnier, we unconsciously soak in the atmosphere surrounding them so we’re not just thinking of our favorite actors and trademark catchphrases. We’re obsessed with the pop culture environment and that sense of freedom that eludes us because, let’s face it, being younger, no matter what age, often amounts to more freedom. P!nk‘s new single is “Can We Pretend” and its all about this kind of nostalgia. But in this instance, it’s for a decomposed relationship. By living in a nostalgic world removed from reality, can it be brought back to life?

Can you pretend? Because if you can, I will. P!nk’s upbeat record is airy and cheery, even if its a bit darker than what it sounds like as she asks the question. It also has a tambourine that doesn’t quit. Her opening verse is heartwarming and a vivid picture of her past. Dancing on tables and taking meaningless pictures are images that become plastered in the skull. Her chorus yanks those memories out of her brain and slaps them on the table in front of her partner. “So can we pretend that I’m twenty-two today?” she asks. “Can we pretend that we all end up okay?” she sings lovingly to the backdrop of the energetic, saccharine beat. There’s even a slight nod to how she feels about the commander-in-chief. “Can we pretend that we both like the president?” she pleads, a hint of a grin in her voice.

“Can We Pretend” is the third single released ahead of her forthcoming studio album Hurts 2B Human that drops on April 26. The first two songs released from it were “Walk Me Home” and “Hustle.”

Listen to the upbeat tune up above.