DAY6’s Energetic New Single ‘Time Of Our Life’ Is The Positive Vibe You Need In Your Life

“Time of Our Life” is the kind of song that makes you want to dance. Or sprint a mile. Or maybe both. It is, after all, a DAY6 track — raw emotion and piercing harmonies poured over electric guitar riffs, piano melodies, dynamic chords, and an anthemic pop-rock chorus. But the Korean rock band’s latest single, their first in seven months, is all of that and somehow more; part triumphant anime opening, part kaleidoscopic ode to the start of something new, “Time of Our Life” pulls you in one playful drum fill at a time and leaves you breathless.

Written by bassist Young K and composed by the members alongside their “commander in charge” producer Hong Jisang, the energetic song captures the exhilarating, heart-pounding feeling of a new romance — or, the start of a “beautiful page of youth,” sings honey-voiced keyboardist Wonpil. From the opening cymbals to the sweeping vocals, the single and its prismatic visual never let up.

The message itself is uplifting and — to use Young K’s favorite word — “beautiful” even, but the melodies take on a slightly harder and more powerful edge. Inspired by the pop-punk bands of their youth (Fall Out Boy, Panic! at the Disco, and We The Kings, to name a few), DAY6 tells MTV News that “Time of Our Life” is about human relationships.

“Since it’s the very beginning [of a new chapter], we wanted to deal with the start of a relationship,” they said. “And in order to start a healthy relationship, we thought it’s important to know yourself well enough to know others.”

The theme of connection — both the connection you share with other people as well as the intimate connection you have with yourself — courses throughout their new EP, The Book of Us: Gravity. A mix of genres, sounds, and sentimental lyrics from Young K (who’s a credited lyricist on all six tracks), The Book of Us is one of DAY6’s “brighter,” more positive releases, they said, noting that there’s a “time and place for all emotions,” and now felt like the right time to emphasize hope. But it wasn’t necessarily planned that way.

“We never really decide which direction we want to write for a certain album,” they added. “It’s always about reaching out to areas that we haven’t explored while staying true to who we are… We’re curious kids and we kind of just let our musical curiosity lead us to our next album.”

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From left to right: Sungjin (vocals, guitar, leader), Jae (vocals, main guitar), Young K (vocals, bass), Wonpil (vocals, keys) and Dowoon (drums)

That curiosity led Sungjin, Jae, Young K, Wonpil, and Dowoon to stand-out cuts like the soulful “How to Love” — in which vocalist and guitarist Sungjin’s raspy timbre really soars — and the rousing album closer “Best Part,” which finds the band fully embracing the moment. “I’m living the ‘me’ today to the fullest,” they sing over bouncy synths, “so the ‘me’ tomorrow can be happy.”

And then there’s “Wanna Go Back,” a laid-back track from Young K and guitarist Jae with a catchy instrumental juxtaposed with wistful lyrics that long for the carefree days of youth. “Where did that innocent smile go? If it is possible, I wanna go back.” (But longtime fans of DAY6 will probably get the most satisfaction from the song’s bridge, which finally gives drummer Dowoon a chance to show off his cavernously deep vocals.)

It’s songs like “Wanna Go Back” that demonstrate the band’s evolution from “five kids who just liked music to the band we are today” — a band that likes a challenge, that continuously experiments with genres and melodies and instrumentation. But perhaps most impressively: a band that’s unafraid to start a new page nearly four years in.

The 9 Biggest Surprises From Ed Sheeran’s Collab-Powered Album

Sheeran and Stormzy go back a ways, having previously collaborated on a remix of Ed’s behemoth hit “Shape of You.” Here, he and the London grime rapper make a shockingly stellar team, with Stormzy arguably outshining every American MC on this project. The most startling moment of this track, though, might be when Sheeran brags about his riches in detail, boasting about “grossing half a billi on the Divide Tour.” Go off, Ed!

Bop Shop: Songs From Beyoncé, Baekhyun, Lower Dens, And More

Within the first 30 seconds of “UN Village,” Korean crooner Baekhyun invites us into his exclusive world. Known primarily as a main vocalist of EXO — one of the most successful K-pop boy groups of all time — Baekhyun made his official solo debut this week with “UN Village,” an enticingly smooth R&B track off his first EP City Lights. While B-sides like the sensual “Stay Up” (featuring rapper Beenzino) and the confident pop-R&B stand-out “Betcha” showcase his potential as a solo performer, “UN Village” is the perfect introduction to Baekhyun, not as a member of EXO but as a singular artist. It shows us a new side — a more relaxed side — of the singer, as he beckons his lover, almost teasingly, to lay with him under the moonlight on “Hannam-dong UN Village hill.”

UN Village is a gated luxury community in Seoul, and it also happens to be where Baekhyun lives. So, essentially, he’s inviting you over to “whisper love into your ears” while you both relax and chill under the stars. As far as debut songs go, it doesn’t get more personal (or alluring) than that. And I, for one, would like to take him up on that offer. —Crystal Bell

Ed Sheeran Is In Fact Married Now, As He Raps On His New Song With Eminem And 50 Cent

Despite incessant fan speculation, Ed Sheeran has never officially confirmed his marriage to longtime love Cherry Seaborn — that is, until now. On Friday (July 12), the singer dropped his latest album, No.6 Collaborations Project, and the lyrics of one particular song are anything but subtle.

“Watch how the lyrics in the songs might get twisted / My wife wears red, but looks better without the lipstick,” Sheeran raps on “Remember the Name” featuring Eminem and 50 Cent. And while he’s definitely hinted about their marriage prior to this song being released, this is the first time he explicitly referred to Seaborn as his wife.

But just because this song marks the first time Sheeran’s publicly spoken about their marriage certainly doesn’t mean it’s his last. In a new interview with Charlamagne Tha God, the “I Don’t Care” crooner admitted the song was written before he and Cherry officially tied the knot, knowing their nuptials were just around the corner. “I knew that we’d be married by the point that the song came out,” he explained. “[I thought] someone’s gonna hear that and be like, ‘Oh, they’re married!’ I didn’t know how that would be construed, but obviously it’s already come out.”

Still, the news doesn’t come as a total shock. Sheeran and Seaborn first started dating back in 2015, but they’ve known each other since they were kids. And in December 2017, the musician announced their engagement via Instagram, writing, “Got myself a fiancé just before new year. We are very happy and in love, and our cats are chuffed as well xx.”

But as we all know, an engagement announcement typically precedes constant nagging questions about wedding plans, and when asked about such plans during an August 2018 interview with Access, Sheeran played coy by remaining silent and shrugging his shoulders — all while drawing attention to a silver band on his finger.

Later, in February 2019, several outlets reported that the happy couple exchanged their vows in a small ceremony at Sheeran’s U.K. home before Christmas. But rumors aside, we’re so glad Sheeran finally confirmed their marriage himself. Trying to figure out their marital status has been exhausting, to say the least.

Ed Sheeran And Travis Scott’s Wild ‘Antisocial’ Video Is Like 12 Mini-Movies In One

Ed Sheeran‘s new album, No.6 Collaborations Project, is out now. As its name suggests, each of its 15 tracks features the artist, who is in way more of Yesterday than you’d think, teaming up with a different A-list artist. Ahead of the album’s release, we heard his collabs with Justin Bieber, Chance the Rapper and PnB Rock, Khalid, Yebba, and Bruno Mars and Chris Stapleton. He also shares songs here with Cardi B and Camila Cabello, Eminem and 50 Cent, and still even more. It’s like his very own version of a DJ Khaled album.

But one of the most oddly dynamic pairings is Sheeran, a mild-mannered pop savant who occasionally raps, with Travis Scott, a fireball of punky energy and stage-diving chaos. The pair get together on the bumping “Antisocial,” and in the video, which dropped Friday (July 12), they might as well be Tim Burton characters.

“Antisocial” does not sound a whole lot like other Ed Sheeran songs. Its electronic, muscular crawl is perhaps most similar to Scott’s gargantuan hit “Sicko Mode,” and its video scope is wide, featuring the two artists lifting beloved film elements from Edward Scissorhands and Pee-wee’s Big Adventure. It also reminds me a lot of the winding, cerebral Netflix show Maniac with all its costume and scenery changes and the overall feeling that you may be losing your mind.

At one point in the Dave Meyers-directed clip, Scott portrays a dentist with scissors for hands; at another, Sheeran and Scott seem to be rival sea captains in a spyglass-measuring contest. Sheeran also gets stung by a (CGI) bee while wearing a goofy wig and in a bathrobe and cries out “wanking fuckballs!” That’s a really good moment.

Watch all the madness in the “Antisocial” video above. You can listen to the rest of No.6 Collaborations Project right here.

Lil Wayne Walks Off Stage While Performing For Blink-182 Fans

Lil Wayne is touring with Blink-182 at the moment as the seminal pop-punk band’s opener for the band’s celebratory 20 years of their Enema of the State album. And while Weezy and drummer Travis Barker collaborated back in 2010, you have to admit it’s a pairing that may very well not attract the same types of people.

That’s apparently part of the reason Weezy decided he’d walk off stage on Thursday night after performing just four songs during a stop in Bristow, VA. Before he decided to make his exit, he seemingly implied that the crowd just wasn’t what he was used to, whether he was referring to the type of fans there or the number in attendance, and even noted he could quit the tour entirely.

“Please forgive me,” Wayne said while exiting the stage, “but I am so not used to performing to a crowd and there’s not too many, you know, like still, that’s not my swag.” It’s unclear what the rapper meant by this, but he continued in a fan-shot video as he suggested he might be stepping down from the tour, asking fans to “make some noise” for Blink-182 for asking him along for the ride.

“I’m not sure how long I’m going to be able to do this tour. But make some noise for Blink-182 for including me anyway. This might be my last night though, let’s go.” Weezy then launched into another song before eventually taking his leave.

Right now, Weezy is still scheduled to appear with Blink-182 for several more stops throughout September, with a show on tap for Bangor, Maine coming up Saturday, July 13 at Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion. Following that, there’s a Cuyahoga Falls, OH stop on Tuesday, July 16 at the Blossom Music Center. It remains to be seen if he’ll be in attendance or not, but hopefully he’s not calling it quits this early.

Cardi B Explains Why Not Going On Tour Makes Her More Money

Confused about why Cardi B isn’t embarking on a tour of her own this summer? You’re not alone. But after getting bombarded with questions about whether she’s planning a formal tour or not, the rapper took to Instagram on Thursday night (July 11) to explain that — plain and simple — she makes more money in the festival circuit. So please, stop asking.

Along with a spreadsheet that broke down all the money she’s guaranteed to earn this summer from festivals and one-off concert gigs, Cardi explained why a tour of her own would ultimately put much less money in her pocket. “I find it so funny that people that ARE NOT FANS have the biggest concerns on why haven’t I done a tour,” she wrote in the now-deleted Instagram post, according to Just Jared. “Welp because here you go, let me break it down for you, let’s say if I go on tour and I do 600K a night right… sounds good but let’s get in the touring business shall we? Stage production gotta be massive since the fans pay massive so just on stage and production I will have to put about 450K maybe more a night since you know Bardigang deserve everything.”

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Cardi also explained that there are other things, aside from production, that would cost her additional money if she were to go on tour. In fact, after dishing out cash for outfits, makeup, and hair, she said she’d only be “left with like 150k a night.” And while that might not sound too shabby to us common folk, the spreadsheet she shared proves her math to be correct — performing at festivals guarantees a way bigger payout. Combined, she stands to earn roughly $10 million from June to August, which is pretty incredible.

Clearly, Cardi knows exactly what she’s doing by not going on her own tour, and the way she sees it, this summer’s festival circuit is pretty much a no-brainer. “Now why would I do that now when I can go on tour on my second album while I get festival and independent Cardi concerts,” she added. “Money??? Mhhhhhmmmmmm… You see ya might think I’m dumb cause my attitude or the way I think but one thing bout Bardi I loveeeee money and I know how to make it …I hope I answer ya question …Thank you. Just stop it already.” Well, there you have it, folks.

‘Old Town Road’ Becomes Even More Invincible With New Young Thug, Mason Ramsey Remix

Lil Nas X‘s “Old Town Road” has been at No. 1 for so long — it recently reached 14 weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 — that it’s important to remember the song began as a complete underdog. But its narrative changed from “chart-jilted outsider viral hit” to “unbeatable juggernaut” so rapidly (with a little help from Billy Ray Cyrus) that the song’s ultimate destiny as the Hot 100’s longest-leading No. 1 ever seems very possible.

Will “Old Town Road” stay on top for another three weeks, locking in the milestone? Or will a challenger ascend the ranks to knock it off its throne? That second option looks plausible in the wake of Billie Eilish’s recent dream-making team-up with Justin Bieber for her “Bad Guy” remix. After all, “Bad Guy” has hovered just under Lil Nas X’s opus for nearly as long as the latter has reigned.

However, “Old Town Road” has a few more surprises left — namely, another new remix that dropped on Friday (June 12) featuring Young Thug and Mason Ramsey, better known as the yodeling kid.

If you’re keeping track, this is actually the third “Old Town Road” remix, after the well-known Cyrus cut and the lesser-known Diplo version that circulated in late April. On the newest rendition, Thugger adopts a panoply of voices to rap about cars and being a back-door man, while Ramsey delivers a twangy hook near the end, punctuated by his signature yodel.

When MTV News spoke to Lil Nas X earlier this year, he revealed the reasons behind grabbing Cyrus to lend the song more mass appeal. “Who else but this country legend to hop on this country-trap song who’s loved and known by everybody?” he said.

With its newest additions, “Old Town Road” seems primed to appeal to a somehow even broader audience, which, with addition of both Thugger and Ramsey, now likely includes both snake enthusiasts and folks who share memes exclusively on Facebook. A smart play!

Listen to the newest “Old Town Road” version via the lyric video — which is so built around Memoji animations that it might actually be an Apple commercial? — above. Then see his conversation with MTV News below.

It’s Here: Billie Eilish And Justin Bieber Are ‘Bad Guys’ On New Collab

The rumors were true — duh! After not-so-subtly hinting at a collaboration earlier this week, Justin Bieber and his true No. 1 fan, Billie Eilish, have come through with their first (and hopefully not last) musical alliance.

On Thursday (July 11), Eilish surprise-released a new version of her viral hit “bad guy” that features a heavily Autotuned new verse from JB. “Yeah, I’m a bad guy / Ain’t no holdin’ back guy / Come off like a mad guy / Always got your back guy,” he sings, after a few bars dedicated to flaunting his “icy” wealth. The rest of the song remains mostly untouched, though Bieber does contribute some scattered ad-libs throughout.

The best part of this star-powered collab, though, is the photo that accompanies the release: it’s a throwback pic of Billie wearing a shockingly sparkly dance costume, in front of a wall plastered with Bieber posters. Take a better look at the pic below, which both pop stars posted on Instagram.

Interestingly, Eilish’s new star-powered remix could come just in time to block Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” from making history on the Billboard charts. “bad guy” currently sits at the No. 2 spot on the Hot 100, and a buzzy Bieber assist could be the push Eilish needs to get it on top. Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus’s behemoth hit, meanwhile, has logged its 14th week atop the chart, and is just two weeks away from tying the all-time record.

No matter what happens with the Bill-ieber team-up, though, consider this a win for both JB fans — who are hungry for new material from their fave — and Eilish herself, who’s clearly come so far since those days spent merely gazing at Justin on a wall. A true glow-up.

Lion King Soundtrack Is Finally Out With Beyoncé, Donald Glover, And More

The journey back to the Pride Lands begins through the ears. On July 18, the computer-generated remake of the 1994 Disney classic The Lion King hits theaters, and, ahead of its release, the soundtrack for the film has come out. It features a new score from Hans Zimmer and fresh renditions of the classic songs from the original, sung by artists like Beyoncé and Donald Glover and also featuring actors like Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner. Listen to the wind of the Pride Lands and prepare for the full visual experience.

The soundtrack to The Lion King is 19 tracks long. It features the Beyoncé and Donald Glover duet, “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” that also features Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner. Additionally, there’s also the new version of the nonsensical classic, “Hakuna Matata,” sung by Glover, Rogen, Eichner, and JD McCrary. Also, Beyoncé’s recently released song, “Spirit,” will be included. Just imagining what else is in store sets the excitement and anticipation for the film to the maximum level.

In addition to the soundtrack, Beyoncé will be releasing The Gift, an album inspired by The Lion King that will feature elements of African music.

Listen to the soundtrack to The Lion King up above.