Lana Del Rey Was So Affected By Recent Mass Shootings, She Recorded A New Song

This past weekend, two mass shootings unfolded within 13 hours of each other: one at 10:39 a.m. at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas and another at 1:05 AM at Ned Peppers Bar in Dayton, Ohio. Lana Del Rey, who wrote on Instagram that the recent violence “really affected me on a cellular level,” has written a new song called “Looking for America” as a response to these mass shootings and the other 253 that have occurred this year. It’s not out yet, but the singer posted a video on Instagram on Monday night (August 5) showing her recording the song in the studio with producer Jack Antonoff.

In the two-minute clip, Lana and Antonoff sit opposite each other as she sings somberly about a country in need of improvements to its gun control. “I’m still looking for my own version of America / One without the gun, where the flag can freely fly,” she sings slowly. The accompanying caption explains her feelings behind the song. “Now I know I’m not a politician and I’m not trying to be so excuse me for having an opinion – but in light of all of the mass shootings and the back to back shootings in the last couple of days which really affected me on a cellular level I just wanted to post this video that our engineer Laura took 20 minutes ago,” she wrote. There’s no release date yet, but it would make sense for the song to drop very soon, given its timeliness.

Lana is preparing to release a new album, Norman Fucking Rockwell, also produced by Antonoff and set to come out on August 30. It features the previously released songs, “Mariners Apartment Complex,” “Venice Bitch,” “Hope Is a Dangerous Thing for a Woman Like Me to Have — But I Have It,” and her cover of Sublime’s “Doin’ Time.” She’ll be heading out on tour in support of the LP in September.

Watch Lana record “Looking for America” up above.

Drake Dropped A Care Package On Toronto With Surprise Performances From Cardi B, Megan Thee Stallion And More At OVO Fest 2019

Drake‘s OVO Festival was a firestorm of energy, as usual, when he performed his set on the second night of the event. The first night was for nostalgic purposes only when B2K, Ying Yang Twins, Mario, and more took the stage. The second was all about the realm of today. Drake brought out all the stops with surprise appearances from Cardi B, Megan Thee Stallion, and more. It was a legendary night for all involved.

There were so many guests that it’s hard to keep track of them. Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s performances were hot enough to melt the metal holding the platform together. Megan Thee Stallion gave a magnetic performance of “Big Ole Freak” and “Cash Shit” with DaBaby who also made a surprise appearance. When it was Cardi’s turn to take the stage, Drake gave a warm intro that left the crowd guessing who would be coming on stage. “It’s only right that I exit the stage and leave you in the company of grace and greatness. Enjoy,” he said as he walked off, moments before Cardi’s chants of “PRESS” in all caps blared through the speakers. When she took the stage, she flung her shoes off to get comfortable before leading the sonic charge through a few of her biggest hits.

In addition to Megan Thee Stallion and Cardi B, Lil Baby, Rick Ross, YG, Tyga, Gucci Mane, Offset, and more took the fabled stage. Drake was clearly enjoying the epic night. His stage design featured a replica of the Toronto Raptors NBA Finals’ Championship trophy and he had fireworks exploding into the night sky. Drake himself belted out some of his most bombastic tunes, even throwing things back to the beginning of his career with a performance of his 2010 song, “Over.”

Watch Cardi B, Megan Thee Stallion, and more take the stage at OVO Fest up above.

Lana Del Rey’s Soft, Dreamy Voice Becomes A Ominous Nightmare Whisper In New Cover

Lana Del Rey loves a good cover. Her latest repurposing is Scottish singer Donovan’s 1966 song, “Season Of The Witch” for the upcoming horror movie Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark. The full tune isn’t out just yet, but a snippet of it released with the new trailer for the film, giving listeners a preview of what it’ll sound like. From what has been presented to us so far, it sounds like a lot of ghoulish fun.

When you hear Lana’s voice, it’s like when your subconscious whispers into your head that you should wake up because you’re oversleeping. It’s soft and fuzzy, warm and sepia-like. That’s on display in “Season Of The Witch,” but the brief snippet that we hear turns her dreamy voice into a calm whisper during a nightmare as it shakes and flattens. It’s eerie tranquility that blows through the speaker, like mist on top of a graveyard in the middle of the night. The hairs on your neck will raise. To hear the full version of “Season Of The Witch,” make sure to see Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark when it comes out on August 9.

Lana recently covered Sublime’s “Doin Time” which will appear on her forthcoming album Norman Fucking Rockwell when it drops on August 30. This fall, she will be heading out on tour in support of the LP.

Watch the trailer for Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark up above and listen to Lana’s spooky cover.

Kash Doll And Big Sean Scorch Fresh Pavement At The Race Track In ‘Ready Set’

Kash Doll and Big Sean first connected on the steamy sex anthem “So Good” from Big Sean’s 2017 project Double Or Nothing, a collaboration with producer Metro Boomin. The chemistry was instantaneous and practically promised further team-ups in the future. The pair linked up again for “Ready Set,” a competitive and celebratory tune, that dropped in July. Now, they’ve released the mechanical video for the track that makes you rev up your engine as cars zoom by and a raceway gets littered in burnt rubber. They may not be NASCAR drivers but Kash Doll and Big Sean have a need for speed that can only be satiated by zipping around a giant circle made of pavement.

Big Sean is the person who sends the racers off to begin their journey in “Ready Set.” While a car zooms around him, he waves his arms as if releasing it while he raps. Kash Doll comes in later and is shown to be driving a car like a bat out of hell, her foot to the floor as the car zooms around the track. She’s racing a blue car which, grasping at straws here, could be seen as time itself. She’s trying to beat it and make it to the top before time gets the best of her. After winning, she sits in the stands with Big Sean and Dreezy, relaxing and having a moment to herself. With the levels of success that Kash Doll has been rapidly climbing in recent years, it’s safe to say that she is, indeed, beating time. She’s lapping it.

Kash Doll is preparing to release a new project. Prior to releasing “Ready Set,” she released a collaboration with Lil Wayne called “Kitten.”

Watch Kash Doll and Big Sean spread tire tracks over a raceway in “Ready Set” up above.

Ariana Grande Surprised Lollapalooza With The First Performance Of ‘Boyfriend’

Ariana Grande headlined at the Lollapalooza festival this past weekend and decided to mark a special first with its audience by performing her new single “Boyfriend” for the first time. She brought out her collaborators, Social House, for the special show. And somehow, although it just came out, the crowd seemingly knew every word.

“I don’t know if y’all know but, a couple of days ago…I dropped a new single,” Grande announced to the crowd ahead of the performance. The crowd began screaming at the top of its lungs. “That awkward moment when you get him to break up with his girlfriend and then he still doesn’t want a girlfriend,” she said laughing, describing the tune. Then, she called Social House to the stage where they danced in sync with the singer under vivid pink and blue lighting.

Grande enjoyed the special moment. She took to Twitter with a picture of her show from the stage, captioned with “thank u lolla. u have my heart.” She also looked back at her massive year and got misty-eyed in her tweets. “damn i really got to headline the two biggest festivals of the year. how tf did this happen. i feel so grateful & i thank u from the bottom of my heart. i dunno when i got here. but. thank u.”

Grande dropped “Boyfriend” on August 2 and it came with a video featuring her making out with Social House’s Mikey Foster. That, and heart-shaped lasers firing from her breasts. The visual for “Boyfriend” follows her claustrophobic video for “In My Head” which she released last month with Vogue. 

Watch Grande give Lollapalooza-goers the first performance of “Boyfriend” up above.

Lil Wayne Took Lollapalooza To The Old Town Road With His Unearthed Remix Verse

Lil Nas X‘s “Old Town Road” probably has more hidden remixes than weeks that it has spent at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 (18 as of last count). Lil Wayne previously revealed to XXL that he had, in fact, also recorded an official remix but he wasn’t sure if it would be released. After the verse leaked last month, Lil Wayne visited the Old Town Road at Lollapalooza where he performed his remix in full.

Lil Wayne’s “Old Town Road” verse is not even a minute long, but it retains that signature Weezy swagger. “Oh, she got that wonky tonky/I met her on Farmer’s Only,” he raps, hilariously. The crowd at Lollapalooza was entranced by the unique performance. It was over as quickly as it began, culminating with Lil Nas X’s earworm chorus coming back into the speaker.

Last month, Lil Nas X promised jokingly that the “Seoul Town Road” version of “Old Town Road” with BTS member RM would be the final remix released. Lil Nas X himself recently shared another official remix of the tune with Young Thug, Mason Ramsey, and Billy Ray Cyrus. This new rendition came with a cartoon video that poked fun at the secrecy around Area 51.

Watch Lil Wayne’s performance of his “Old Town Road” remix verse up above.

Bop Shop: Songs From Carly Rae Jepsen, Chance The Rapper, Kaytranada, And More

Unrequited love is hard, especially when you know you’re the best match for someone, and they just won’t see it. Thankfully, “The King” by Conan Gray offers the perfect flex on being “just friends,” with an addictive chorus that starts out as pop ebullience before it builds to full triumph.

Conan is confident, if not slightly calculated, stating, “You like me, well obviously,” before boldly declaring he’s the king. Sometimes the ones we love just need a reminder, but the 20-year-old musician is careful not to lose his cool or doubt his self-worth in the process. “I’m the only one / That has made you fall in love / So just shut up,” he belts over a steady snapping rhythm and a dreamy pop beat. He refuses to be placed in a box, and you can feel the self-empowerment building as he cries out, “I’m supreme.”

Perhaps Conan’s right, and our heartbreak is less about missing out on someone else and more about their loss. At least that’s what I’ll keep telling myself as I listen to this bop on repeat. —Carson Mlnarik

Tove Lo’s ‘Bad As The Boys’ Is A Summer Heartbreak Anthem For Anyone

Earlier this year, Tove Lo returned with the altruistic bop “Glad He’s Gone,” a slice of partially cloudy sunshine that found her comforting a friend in the wake of a breakup. It was our first taste of her upcoming new album, Sunshine Kitty. Based on its floating guitar line and lyrical content, it seemed likely that the album would find Tove in a slightly sunnier place.

On Friday (August 2), she confirmed that with sleepy new single “Bad As the Boys,” and while it’s another breakup song — this time sung by Tove and guest ALMA in a first-person perspective — it retains a knowing sense that maybe this split isn’t quite the end of the world.

Its title might evoke a badass empowerment gem, but on “Bad As the Boys,” Tove quickly makes clear just how those four words are meant and in what context. “She’s gone now / Took my heart and sunk with it / She was just as bad as the boys,” she sings with ALMA sing on the chorus, revealing the source of her broken heart to be a woman — and one whose emotional cruelty was on par with that of past dudes.

Still, Tove told MTV News recently that Sunshine Kitty is “a bit happier, production wise” than her past work, which has often probed into the darker corners of sex, love, lust, and desire. Naturally, she kept a few club bangers in the mix, but Sunshine Kitty‘s inspiration came from a much more… enlightened place: an episode of Girls where an influencer shares her secrets for retaining a radiant complexion.

“People would ask her, ‘Where do you get the glow on your face?’ And she would sit and tan her vagina, so she would soak up the energy from the sun through her pussy, basically,” Tove said. “I just thought that was amazing.”

Check out the new “Bad As the Boys” lyric video above, then watch Tove’s full interview with MTV News below.

Surprise! Pitbull’s ‘3 To Tango’ Video Stars A Bald, Dancing John Travolta

Just a few months after the release of “No Lo Trates” with Daddy Yankee and Natti Natasha, Pitbull is back at it with a simple math equation that might not check out on paper, but that does check out in all of his sexual fantasies. “3 to Tango” has all the trappings of a Pitbull club banger — sexy and suggestive lyrics, a beat that pays homage to his Latinx roots, and of course, a proud proclamation that Mr. Worldwide is officially back on his bullshit.

Inevitably, the music video is just as provocative as the song itself, as it opens with a seasoned tango dancer performing her sultry moves in an empty bar as a bald, suited-up man looks on. “I like her, she likes her, we gon’ have a love fest / One, two, tres, ménage à trois, let’s get down to business,” Pitbull sings, not-so-subtly revealing plans for a threesome later on in the night. The sexual tension in the room builds when two additional scantily clad dancers join in, giving life to the lyrics “it takes three to tango.”

From there, the video takes quite an unexpected turn. After a lineup of women outfitted in lace lingerie do everything from chair dances to high kicks and splits, the video takes us back to the bar where it’s ultimately revealed that the bald man observing the three tango dancers is none other than — wait for it — John Travolta. The actor then shows off his own tango skills, switching between the ladies before putting on sunglasses and hitting us with Pit’s signature “Dale.” End scene.

Hopefully, “3 to Tango” is just the start of what will be a long list of sexy dance hits from Mr. 305 himself. After all, it’s been two whole years since the release of Climate Change, and we think we can all agree that nightclubs around the world could use a resurgence of the sexual energy that only Pitbull can provide. Don’t you?

Watch the spicy video for “3 to Tango” — which also hits mtvU and MTV Live today — up above.

Ariana Grande Shoots Lasers Out Of Her Boobs In ‘Boyfriend’ Video With Social House

Ariana Grande‘s latest release — roughly her millionth of the past year — is here, and it’s definitely not what you were expecting. Unless, of course, you expected to see her shoot an arrow at another girl, then shoot heart-shaped lasers out of her boobs, then shoot her shot by fully making out with Social House‘s Mikey Foster.

After a solid week of archery-inspired teasers (Taylor Swift is shook!), Grande’s collab with Social House, “Boyfriend,” arrived at the stroke of midnight on Friday (August 2) alongside a Hannah Lux Davis-directed video. In it, Ari and Mikey declare themselves “train wrecks” while singing about a budding relationship that they don’t actually want to define as a relationship. Their infatuation with one another makes them hilariously jealous and just a tad violent, if only in their imaginations. Ultimately, though, this story has a happy ending — except, perhaps, for Social House’s Scootie, who becomes a third wheel after seeing Ariana and Mikey making out in a bathroom. Hit play below to see for yourself.

In a press release about the new song, Social House said, “We’ve always had so much fun working with Ariana, so we’re really excited for this song to finally be out in the world and for our fans to hear it! We hope everyone loves it as much as we do.”

Grande also talked up the new track in a tweet on Thursday, telling a fan, “i feel like this song captures a common theme in the lives of so many people i know! people want to feel love but don’t want to define their relationship & have trouble fully committing or trusting or allowing themselves to fully love someone. even tho they want to.”

She added, “we wanted to make something uplifting that captures that feeling of being afraid to take the leap & trust, being afraid of being hurt or feeling like you won’t be enough for that person … but also how it feels to have a crippling crush on someone.”

Ultimately, “Boyfriend” sounds like a serious song-of-the-late-summer hit, but that’s really no surprise considering Grande’s track record with Social House. The production duo also worked on a handful of track’s from Ari’s thank u, next, and she returned the favor by lending her vocals to their gorgeous single “Haunt You” and taking them on the road as her openers on the Sweetener World Tour.

This new release, however, has shaped up to be more of a true collab between Grande and the duo, and it’ll be interesting to see whether “Boyfriend” reaches the success of some of their other banner team-ups, like “thank u, next” and “7 rings.” Could this be the track that finally topples “Old Town Road” from the top of the charts? Only time will tell, but it’s nice to see Grande firmly on her grind. “Boyfriend” marks her first release since April’s flex-heavy loosie “Monopoly” with BFF Victoria Monet, and in the meantime, she’s continued touring, is curating the soundtrack for the new Charlie Angel‘s reboot, and has somehow found time to become the new face of Givenchy. Oh, and she’s nominated for a whopping 10 awards at this month’s VMAs — vote now, Arianators!