Niall Horan Is In Total Post-Breakup Mourning On ‘Put A Little Love On Me’

After reintroducing himself with “Nice To Meet Ya,” Niall Horan is back with the second taste of his upcoming sophomore album.

On Friday (December 6), Horan released “Put A Little Love On Me,” which is a far cry from his rock-fueled, Arctic Monkeys-esque lead single. Notably, the wintry gem reunites Horan with producer Greg Kurstin, who worked on the Flicker ballads “This Town” and “Too Much to Ask.” Like those two tracks, “Put A Little” finds the Irishman going full-on balladeer as he reflects on the remnants of a shattering relationship. “When the lights come up and there’s no shadows dancing / I look around as my heart is collapsing,” he sings over a gentle piano medley. “Because you’re the only one I need / So put a little love on me.” In the accompanying video, he sings at the piano while a woman in a red dress (who, it must be said, bears a strong resemblance to his ex Hailee Steinfeld) dances around him.

Horan announced “Put A Little Love On Me” earlier this week by sharing a phone number that, when called, lets fans hear a voice memo of him writing the song. He added that the ballad is “one of my favorite songs I’ve written and a song very special to me.”

The 26-year-old further said in an interview with The Sun, “It wouldn’t be my album if it didn’t have a sad, sad, sad ballad on it. … I’d just gone through a breakup and it was all very real. It was very easy to sit down at the piano and speak and see what happens.”

Horan also revealed that he had only one request when approaching Kurstin, who previously worked with Adele on the breakup hits “Hello” and “Water Under the Bridge.” Horan recalled, “When I gave him this song and asked him to produce it, I said, ‘Adele the shit out of this.'”

Mission accomplished, Niall — you’ve managed to completely tug at our heartstrings with this one.

Harry Styles Just Wants To ‘Adore You’ On His Passionate New Song

With just a week to go until Harry Styles‘s sophomore album arrives, everyone’s favorite kindness-preaching Brit has shared the third taste of what’s to come. His new single “Adore You” arrived on Friday (December 6), and rest assured it is not a cover of Miley Cyrus’s Bangerz ballad of the same name.

Similar to “Watermelon Sugar,” Styles’s new tune is a tale of lust and devotion, as he pleads, “Honey, I’d walk through fire for you / Just let me adore you.” It must also be noted that, after giving us songs about kiwi and watermelon, Styles continues his apparent fruit fetish by mentioning strawberries and lemons in this latest release. The man just loves his fruit.

In more exciting news, “Adore You” will get the visual treatment very, very soon. Earlier this week, Styles shared a high-concept teaser for the Dave Meyers-directed vid, which drops later on Friday. In it, the singer takes us to the mysterious island of Eroda (it’s “Adore” spelled backwards, get it?!), where the whole population sugars from “Resting Fish Face.” That is, until a special boy with a mega-watt smile — Harry, duh — enters the world.

“Adore You” follows “Lights Up” and “Watermelon Sugar” as the latest release from Fine Line, the follow-up to Styles’s 2017 self-titled debut solo album. The 25-year-old will tour behind the new project with a worldwide trek that kicks off in April 2020 — which should leave you plenty of time to memorize the 12-track album in its entirety after it arrives next week. The countdown is on!

Baby Taylor Swift Unwraps Her First Guitar In ‘Christmas Tree Farm’ Video

It’s the stuff of yuletide destiny: Taylor Swift, who grew up on a Christmas tree farm in Pennsylvania, has released a new holiday song dedicated to her childhood home. And it’s called… wait for it… “Christmas Tree Farm.”

On the jingling, upbeat song, Swift daydreams about that Midwest abode, singing to a special someone who reminds her of home. “Just being in your arms / Takes me back to that little farm / Where every wish comes true,” she sings over jangly bells and guitars. To really up the cuteness factor, the song was released alongside a nostalgic music video comprised of Swift’s own home vids. Press play below to see baby Tay nuzzling in her mom’s arms, sledding down a snowy hill, unwrapping her first guitar, and playing with a lot of dogs (just don’t tell Meredith, Olivia, and Benjamin about that last part).

The arrival of “Christmas Tree Farm” comes mere hours after Swift announced the song in a video on Twitter, which, naturally, co-stars her cats. The clip first aired on Good Morning America on Thursday, with the GMA hosts revealing that Swift wrote the song “over the weekend” and turned it around in less than a week. Call it a Christmas miracle.

“Christmas Tree Farm” marks Swift’s first holiday music since 2007’s The Taylor Swift Holiday Collection. With the new track, she joins an already-stacked lineup of new original holiday music released this year — but none of those other songs centered around a tree farm, so once again, Swift has proved herself a true original.

The Lover singer certainly has a lot to celebrate this season, including her 30th birthday next week, the upcoming release of Cats, and yesterday’s news that her Netflix documentary, Taylor Swift: Miss Americana, will debut at the Sundance Film Festival in January. She first mentioned the doc amid her ongoing battle with Scooter Braun and Big Machine’s Scott Borchetta, but that feud clearly isn’t stopping her from releasing new music and spreading some holiday cheer. Merry Swiftmas to all!

Billie Eilish’s Haunting ‘Xanny’ Video Finds Her Covered In Cigarette Burns

Editor’s note: The below video contains imagery that might be triggering to some viewers.

In case you missed it, Billie Eilish just said no to drugs — again. The singer-songwriter officially released the haunting and mesmerizing music video for “Xanny” earlier today (December 5), which just so happens to mark the “Bad Guy” singer’s directorial debut.

In the nearly four-and-a-half-minute-long video, Billie sits cross-legged on a white bench, wearing an all-white ensemble, in front of a white background. With both her body and face frozen, she sings through the emotional, lonely ballad as people put cigarettes out on her face. Overall, the video outwardly displays the discomfort some people can feel when friends are using drugs when they themselves don’t want to.

The video, like the song, is supposed to make you feel uncomfortable. In April, Billie opened up to MTV about the track and its “crazy, distorted” chorus. “I just wanted it to sound the way that it feels to just breathe in recycled breath,” she said. “Recycled, poisonous breath, I may add. I just wanted it to feel miserable.” And well, she succeeded.

Now that Billie has unleashed the music video, that feeling of breathing in secondhand smoke is even more potent. As the cigarette scars continue to multiply, a certain tightness builds in our chests. But the most important message of all comes at around the three-and-a-half-minute mark — nearly a minute before the track actually comes to an end — when the singer simply gets up and walks away as smoke continues to fill the room. The message? We all have the power to excuse ourselves from harmful, anxiety-inducing situations. And if you’re uncomfortable, there’s simply no sense in sticking around.

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Here’s What You Need To Know About Billie Eilish’s Apple TV+ Documentary

If you thought 2019 was a big year for Billie Eilish, just wait until 2020. The 17-year-old singer-songwriter is reportedly nearing a deal with Apple TV+ for an upcoming documentary, and the “Bad Guy” songstress stands to make a lot of money.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the documentary — directed by R.J. Cutler and “produced in collaboration with Eilish’s label, Interscope Records” — will follow the star in the aftermath of the release of her debut album, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? Per THR‘s report, “Cutler was granted deep access to Eilish’s private moments with family and behind-the-scenes of her public appearances.”

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The project, for those who are wondering, has a reported $25 million price tag and has already been shot. Furthermore, it has a budget that, according to one of THR‘s sources, lands somewhere between $1 million and $2 million. In other words, the pop star’s paycheck will be nothing to sneeze at.

The impending documentary wouldn’t be the first time Eilish has teamed up with Apple. Mere days ago, for example, the “Everything I Wanted” singer was named Apple Music’s Artist of the Year. And just yesterday (December 4), Eilish headlined the company’s first-ever Apple Music Awards at the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, California.

Given her recent involvement with Apple, coupled with the fact that there’s a full-length documentary on the horizon, diehard Eilish fans have more of a reason now than ever to subscribe to Apple TV+ for $5 per month. Sure, it seems like every day now that we’re being enticed to join yet another streaming service, but let’s be real: Billie Eilish was easily one of the biggest breakout artists of the year, and should a documentary drop next year, are you really prepared to miss it?

An Unrecognizable Alanis Morissette Held An Impromptu Subway Concert

Alanis Morissette and Jimmy Fallon made the New York City subway their own personal concert stage.

The pair surprised commuters as undercover buskers in a new segment that aired during Wednesday’s episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. This is a bit that Fallon has done before, but Alanis was a newcomer to the madness.

The pair were virtually unrecognizable as they set up their own little musical corner at 50th Street station. Fallon wore a dark beanie, aviator sunglasses, and a fake brown beard as well as a deep chestnut coat, with a red drum around his neck.

Alanis looked like she was channeling Lady Gaga’s Joanne era, with long blonde locks, a beige hat, and a coat lined with shaggy fur at the collar. She paired the look with a candy-striped red and white scarf to ring in the holiday season.

The pair kicked off their miniature concert with a rendition of “The Little Drummer Boy” while in disguise. As the crowd began to gather around them, however, they whipped off their disguises for a rousing rendition of Alanis’s iconic ’90s hit “You Oughta Know.” It was around then when people decided they had to mark this momentous occasion by filming with their phones…as you do when Alanis Morissette is performing in front of you.

Alanis has a lot going on right now. Aside from making an appearance on Halsey’s upcoming album Manic, she just released a new single and will be heading out on a 31-stop North American tour alongside Garbage and Liz Phair, called the Jagged Little Pill 25th Anniversary Tour. There’s even a new Broadway musical in town, based on her 1995 LP. So, naturally, people still can’t get enough of Alanis.

Here’s hoping we see plenty more things just like this as she promotes her latest endeavors. Also, she looks totally awesome as a blonde.

Lauren Jauregui Is ‘Fucking Tired’ Of Miscommunication On Clear Eyes’s ‘Let Me Know’

As the days tick away on 2019, Lauren Jauregui has one more gift for her crazy-patient fans: a new feature that spotlights those strong, sultry vocals we’ve missed so much.

The 23-year-old reemerged on Wednesday (December 4) with “Let Me Know,” the debut single from Clear Eyes, a.k.a. Jeremy Lloyd from the production duo Marian Hill. Longtime Jauregui fans will remember that she teamed up with Marian Hill back in 2016 for “Back to Me,” and on her new collab with Lloyd, they capture a similar sense of love limbo.

R&B singer Drew Love kicks things off by chronicling the distance in his relationship, and Jauregui answers with her own verse about craving clear, solid communication. “I don’t wanna fight you / Even though I would like to / I’m too fucking tired of the cycle,” she vents over Lloyd’s woozy, bass-heavy production. The accompanying visualizer was shot in one take, and follows the three artists as they wander a coastline at sunset. It’s a vibe.

Of all the former Fifth Harmony girls, Jauregui has kept the lowest musical profile this year, releasing just one single. That song, “More Than That,” was a swaggering, hypnotic flex that came alongside an absolutely dreamy video. Since then, it’s been radio silence from Jauregui as she continues prepping her debut solo album, which will supposedly arrive next year. She confirmed as much to Billboard back in August, and then told Entertainment Tonight that the record is “coming along incredibly.”

She continued, “I’m anxious to share some of my stuff because I’m just so excited about what I’m making and so ready to share it with the world, but at the same time, I enjoy the process. I’m enjoy taking my time and it’s so representative of me and that each word and each melody and each sound is exactly what it needs to be.”

Until then, get lost in “Let Me Know” up top.

Brooke Candy Is The Wise Queen Of The Forest Spirits In ‘Nymph’

When you’re either driving or in the passenger seat of a car looking out of the window into a vast sea of trees, do you ever wonder what’s lurking in there? Aside from deers, bears, and trash from motorists who toss it out of the window, there’s real mystery as to what these contain. You could find Sasquatch. Maybe even a chupacabra. Brooke Candy‘s new video, “Nymph,” introduces a third, equally creepy option. Now you’ll have even more to keep your eyes peeled for when looking through the trees.

In Brooke’s world, she’s the leader of a collective of nymphs: strange, almost-human spirits of the forest that want for nothing except to frolic under the shade of sequoias. “Nymph” sounds like a warped, nightmare lullaby; it leaves it up to the video to portray peace and tranquility. And that it does thanks to just how chill these nymphs are. They embrace each other lovingly, dance over grassy beds, and come together to serve natural, Earth-loving looks. Brooke, up until the end of the video wearing an outfit made of ropes, sheds her layers and walks freely into surrounding grass, finally at the ultimate level of peace.

“Nymph” appears on Brooke’s recently released album Sexorcism that dropped in October. The LP also features “FMU,” “Drip” and “XXXTC.”

Check out the adorably creepy “Nymph” video up above.

Kali Uchis Makes A Breakup Sound Sexy On ‘Solita’

Kali Uchis is back with “Solita,” a bilingual breakup single that’s warm and sexy enough to understand if someone were to slap an NSFW tag on it just for listening to its groove. It’s produced by Tainy, a collaborator of both J Balvin and Bad Bunny, and is sharp in every sense of the word. She revealed in an interview with Apple Music’s Zane Lowe that the vibe, when creating the song, was “sad, yet horny” and that’s about the best description you’ll see of this particular sound. It’s absolutely lovely.

Uchis’s delicate voice is stronger than it initially lets on, deepening into a swift and booming wind that switches deftly between English and Spanish at a moment’s notice. Her passionate refrain of “Solita” is the centerpiece that the song is built around. It fits into the silky and festive farm of drums that carry the vibe and deliver her message. Uchis is down in the dumps after a breakup and is anxious to be herself again. “I wish I could keep everything that you took from me but the photos/But you keep a piece of me locked in a secret spot,” she sings. This feeling is never resolved and it gives the song a sad ending that makes you yearn for her happiness.

“Solita” is Uchis’s first new music since she released her debut studio album Isolation in 2018. The LP featured Tyler, The Creator, Jorja Smith, and more.

Listen to Uchis’s post-breakup sorrow in “Solita” up above.

Harry Styles Hopes Fine Line Sounds Like ‘Freedom’

The countdown is on, people! Next Friday, December 13, Harry Styles‘s sophomore solo album, Fine Line, will officially be out for all to hear. And in a new interview with L’Officiel out today (December 4), the “Watermelon Sugar” crooner opened up about the songwriting process, striking a balance with his subject matter, and which music icons have served as his personal inspirations.

“Songwriting is like surfing,” the “Lights Up” singer said before explaining the often unpredictable journey of creating a hit song. “You can train as much as you want to get on the board, but sometimes the wave comes and sometimes it doesn’t.” And although the singer has previously spoken at length about using psychedelic drugs to aid in the process, he maintains that songwriting “takes a lot of hard work.” “We still need to train to become better,” he said. “You can’t just sit down and decide to write a song and think you’ve written the best song of your life.”

In both songwriting and in life, Styles is still deciding what he feels comfortable sharing and what he’d prefer to keep to himself. “Celebrity is something I am still learning, experimenting,” he said, confirming our suspicions that, no, fame doesn’t come with a manual. “I learn to sort out what I like, what I don’t like, what I’m willing to give in my songs, and what I’m not inclined to share,” he added. “We have to find a balance.”

Being a famous musician does making finding a balance especially tricky. And when it comes to Fine Line, specifically, Styles does wonder what people will think of its subject matter. “We wonder what people will think of such and such words,” he explained, hinting that the LP’s lyrics will likely be his most honest yet. “It’s accepting to be vulnerable, but at the same time it’s what makes this whole adventure exciting.”

Overall, the former One Direction member just hopes the album will resonate with his fans in a way that feels like “freedom” — much like the music of his own personal icons, including Elvis Presley, Mick Jagger, Stevie Nicks, Janis Joplin, Prince, and more. “When I look at them, I don’t know what it is, but it’s this, this something special,” he said before naming Paul McCartney as his biggest songwriting influence. “I had the chance to meet some of them,” he said. “They don’t stop being great to me.”