Justin Bieber Is Taking A Break From Music To Focus On His Mental Health

Last week, Justin Bieber opened up on Instagram about his struggles with mental health issues over the last year, revealing that he feels “super disconnected and weird.” Yesterday, the 25-year-old singer returned to Instagram to announce that, for the time being, he’s stepping away from music to focus on his recovery.

Bieber’s lengthy post began with an apology for his lack of effort during his last tour. “I’ve toured my whole teenage life, and early 20s, I realized and as you guys probably saw I was unhappy last tour and I don’t deserve that and you don’t deserve that, you pay money to come and have a lively energetic fun light concert and I was unable emotionally to give you that near the end of the tour,” he wrote. Bieber then revealed that he’s fully committed to fixing what’s wrong with him. “I have been looking, seeking, trial and error as most of us do, I am now very focused on repairing some of the deep rooted issues that I have as most of us have, so that I don’t fall apart, so that I can sustain my marriage and be the father I want to be.”

Bieber wraps up the post by providing some clarity to his life’s priorities. “Music is very important to me but Nothing comes before my family and my health,” he wrote. He ends with a confident note. “I will come with a kick ass album ASAP, my swag is undeniable and my drive is indescribable his love is supernatural his grace is that reliable…. the top is where I reside period whether I make music or not the king said so. 👑 but I will come with a vengeance believe that.”

While it’s always cool to get new music from Bieber, the singer is right to take a break so that everything can return to normal. We wish him a speedy recovery.

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Logic Drops A Surprise Soundtrack For His Debut Novel Supermarket

Logic has stepped into a new realm today with the release of his first book – a psychological thriller, Supermarket, about “sex, drugs, and murder on Aisle 9.” He’s taken his commitment to his literary project even further by releasing a surprise soundtrack. And if you think it’s the same Logic that you’re used to on his latest, you’ll be surprised.

Supermarket (Soundtrack) is a thirteen-track project that’s fuzzier, softer, and a touch warmer than Logic’s rigid, ignitable music. It’s because, with the exception of a splash of bars on “Can I Kick It,” the album strays away from focusing on rap. settling for something closer to soft pop. Light guitar plucks and stale retro synths create the kind of music that would play in a supermarket. It’s a sonic companion that looks to give his dark debut novel a brighter musical side.

Logic’s Supermarket will follow a man named Flynn who is depressed, single, and living with his mother. He works at a supermarket and arrives to clock in one day and finds a crime scene laying before him. “Flynn’s world collapses as the secrets of his tortured mind are revealed. And Flynn doesn’t want to go looking for answers at the supermarket. Because something there seems to be looking for him,” reads the official book description.

Flynn isn’t the only one with a dark mind and, possibly, dark secrets. Logic announced the imminent release of a new album, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, by drenching himself in buckets of blood. Count Dracula would have been in a candy shop.

Rico Nasty Reveals New Project, ‘Probably’ Coming Out In April

Rico Nasty! Scream the name to the heavens. The raging, 21-year-old lyricist — whose star has been steadily rising thanks to a string of excellent mixtapes — took to Instagram Live last night to reveal that she has a new body of work in the stash that could drop next month.

Rico Nasty addressed the camera directly during the Live session, telling her audience about her new project, titled Anger Management. “It will probably come out in April,” she said after revealing the project’s existence. “I’ve been keeping it secret from you guys because I want you guys to really enjoy it and for you guys to let me enjoy creating it.”

She went on to reveal that it will feature completely new material and have guest appearances from Atlanta duo EarthGang and Texas up-and-comer Splurge. After revealing the guests, she also noted that while Harry Fraud and Baauer are credited as producers on the LP, the lion’s share of it will be produced by frequent collaborator Kenny Beats. “Don’t let Kenny fool you, this was definitely my idea – all of it,” she says as the people in the background erupt into laughter.

Rico Nasty released her sixth mixtape, Nasty, last June. It was her first project for Atlantic Records after signing a deal with the label that same month.

Big Sean Opens Up About Therapy And Learning To Love Himself: ‘I’m Making The Best Music Of My Life’

Since the release of 2017’s Double Or Nothing with Metro Boomin, Big Sean has been noticeably absent from public view. Though he was scheduled to go on the Unfriendly Reminder tour with Playboi Carti last year, he ultimately cancelled it in order to “stay focused in the studio.” But today, his 31st birthday, the rapper decided to open up about his brief break. In a series of Instagram videos, Big Sean shared details about his emotional health and the importance of therapy.

The three videos that the rapper uploaded touch on important pieces of his past as well as his ongoing journey with self-love. “I’m big on energy and I wasn’t feeling like myself and I couldn’t figure out why,” he says. “So what I did was I stepped back from everything I was doing, everything I had going on, because somewhere in the middle of it, I just felt lost and I didn’t know how I got there.” He reveals his solution for that in the second video: going to seek professional help. “I got a good therapist, I was blessed enough to talk to some super spiritual people, and they made me realize what I was missing in my life and one thing I was missing was clarity.”

Big Sean goes on to say that the lack of clarity in his life was so bad that his passion for music — which he calls his “happiness and joy” – was waning. To fix that, he credits being adventurous and doing things out of the ordinary in addition to therapy. “In the midst of that, I definitely rediscovered myself and found a whole new source of energy, with me being the source and not anyone else,” he says. Following this discovery, he says that he returned to the studio and is now “making best music of my life.”

It’s great to see Big Sean feeling better and back in full swing. He’s just in time for J. Cole‘s Dreamville Festival, where he’s scheduled to perform at alongside artists such as 21 Savage, SZA, and Teyana Taylor on April 6.

Blackpink Officially Announce Their New Album Kill This Love

Blackpink are back, and they’re more lethal than ever.

It’s been nine months since the release of their last single, and now the K-pop quartet are ready to take the world by storm with their forthcoming album, Kill This Love. South Korean entertainment company YG Entertainment made it official on Sunday (March 24) with a teaser image of youngest member Lisa — and a release date announcement.

The mini album is set to drop on April 5, which is already less than a month away.

The teaser features a sultry image of Lisa front and center with glossy hair, striking pink lipstick, and a navy blue pinstripe blazer adorned with white diamonds on a blood red background — possibly a nod to the title track’s upcoming music video.

According to a report by YG’s CEO Yang Min Suk, Blackpink have already filmed the music video, and now we just have to wait for it to drop alongside the new album in April — before Blackpink kick off their U.S. tour.

“Blackpink’s new song is a song that is even more powerful than ‘DDU-DU DDU-DU.’ Blackpink worked with four world-class choreographers for this comeback, so the choreography for this comeback will be more dynamic than any other Blackpink song before,” said YG Entertainment in a statement.

That’s all we know so far; the number of tracks and their titles have yet to be released.

But we do know that the new album will drop just in time for the group to descend upon Coachella on April 12, so it’s likely that Kill This Love will make the festival set list. Following Coachella, the girls are also set to embark on their first North American tour on April 17, which kicks off in Los Angeles. From there, they’ll stop at Chicago, Newark, and Atlanta.

Still cementing your status as a new Blink? Read up on everything you need to know about Blackpink before the new album drops.

Also, check out “As If It’s Your Last,” one of the group’s hit singles. As of March 24, it became the latest Blackpink video — following “DDU-DU DDU-DU” — to reach 550 million views on YouTube.

Their star keeps rising, and we can’t wait to see where they go next.

Billie Eilish Is Turning Pop On Its Head (And She’s Not Even 18 Yet)

Born Billie Eilish Pirate Baird O’Connell — and yes, one of her three middle names is Pirate — the 17-year-old grew up in the Highland Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. Her parents, both actors, encouraged full creative expression for Billie and her older brother, Finneas, which meant the siblings had free reign over their style, gravitated toward music and the arts early on, and, eventually, started working together in a full-fledged partnership. Finneas is a credited producer of every song on Billie’s debut EP, as well as her upcoming album. Makes your brother look pretty inferior, huh?

Stray Kids Are Back And Bolder Than Ever With Celebratory New Single ‘MIROH’

How do you sum up a Stray Kids song? The JYP Entertainment rookies have been (self-) producing some of the boldest, most sonically interesting K-pop tracks since their debut a year ago, and their latest, “MIROH,” is no exception. (In fact, it might be their most fascinating lead single yet.) Their signature sound is more of a mood; it’s loud and in your face — boisterous, even — but it’s one that’s fitting for a group of nine individuals on the cusp of adulthood in an ever-uncertain world.

That, you could say, is the concept of “MIROH.” Inspired by the word miro, or “maze” in Korean, “MIROH” is the beginning of a new chapter for Stray Kids. Their previous I Am… series focused heavily on the theme of identity. Who am I? Am I you? And most importantly: Who am I trying to be? With their new mini album, Clé 1: MIROH (out now), it’s clear that these coming-of-age questions are still at the forefront of their minds — but they’re now more confident than ever.

Stray Kids are maturing in every sense of the word. Their sound is more refined, yet still exciting. “MIROH” — produced by members Bang Chan, Han, and Changbin, otherwise known as 3racha — is a cacophony of sounds, rhythms, chants, and animal noises. The hook is massive, a perfect stadium-sized banger of a track. But perhaps its most unique quality is that it doesn’t follow any sort of familiar structure. There’s no bridge, or breakdown; it’s a relentless 3 minutes and 28 seconds that showcases the group’s impressive rap line and explosive choreography.

The music video sets up the world of MIROH — a concrete jungle of sorts — where, having escaped the brainwashed society of District 9, Stray Kids seemingly stage a coup to overthrow the powerful men at the top. It’s an act of teen rebellion, perfectly in line with the group’s overall message. “It’s not hard, in this rough jungle,” leader Bang Chan sings. “It was me who ran into it, I’m okay.”

“MIROH” is a celebration, yes, but it’s also a warning call. The powerful choreography was heavily influenced by Haka, the ceremonial dance of the Māori culture. It’s typically done as a challenge to opponents.

Overall, everything about “MIROH” is big — the hook, the choreography, the concept — but it never feels empty. That’s a real strength for Stray Kids. They make music that matters to them, and in doing so, they connect with an audience, many of whom are also navigating their own mazes and facing their own anxieties at every turn.

When it comes to Stray Kids, every new release is an evolution — and much like growing up, wildly unpredictable.

The 16 Sweetest Moments Of Ariana Grande’s Sweetener World Tour

Let’s get the boilerplate stuff out of the way. Ariana implored her fans to opt out of bags… or at least suggested they choose small plastic ones. I bought one from her website, but damnitall, it did not arrive in time for the show. Thankfully, I was able to check my tote — containing the computer I typed this on, deodorant and a change of underwear (TMI?) — at customer services. Phew! Anyway, getting through security was a dream because there was nothing to hold it up.

Hayley Kiyoko And Kailee Morgue Are ‘Headcases’ On Their Relatable New Song

Rising pop-goth singer Kailee Morgue traverses some dark territory on her new song, “Headcase,” but she does it with a wink, a wry smile, and a friend by her side. That friend is Hayley Kiyoko, who lends her vulnerable perspective to the new tune, which was inspired by Morgue’s struggle with bipolar disorder.

The song — which samples the teetering riff from The Pixies’ cult hit “Where Is My Mind?” — is a hazy trip through Morgue and Kiyoko’s minds, as they detail their seesawing emotions. Morgue casually cautions, “I’m not gonna let you in / Might take you down,” while Kiyoko pleads, “Love me, love me, never let me go.” They’re like two sides of the same coin, and they come together in totally relatable fashion on the catchy hook: “I’m a headcase, fuckin’ crazy / I’m a heartbreak, I warned you.”

Speaking to Paper about the new song, Kiyoko said, “When Kailee sent me this song I really connected with it because I was in a dark place of figuring out my mental health and feeling crazy. I felt exactly like the song, I was going in and out of losing my mind. That’s so relatable about the song, just feeling so crazy sometimes.”

Morgue added that she wanted “Headcase” to portray two alternating feelings and “that extreme teetering back and forth — of feeling super happy and then super distant.”

She continued, “I wanted it to be about how one person can feel that craziness and how it applies to the other people in their life. It’s about owning any mental issues or indecisiveness that others would view as crazy and being like ‘yeah that’s what I feel like right now.’ There’s not many situations where two queer women get to work together and represent that and own that narrative.”

Sigrid Has A Joyous Dance Party For One In Her ‘Don’t Feel Like Crying’ Video

If you’ve ever seen a Sigrid performance before — whether in person or on a screen — you know the 22-year-old loves dancing her heart out, especially in a pair of statement pants. There were the sparkly fringe trousers she wore on The Late Late Show, the shimmering magenta jeans she rocked on The Late Show, and now, the silver disco pants she wears in her new video for “Don’t Feel Like Crying.”

The defiant breakup anthem got a dance-centric visual on Friday (March 22) that takes place entirely in a drab, empty waiting room. As soon as Sigrid tears off her red jacket, her surroundings change colors — the yellow and red chairs turn blue, as do the window curtains — signifying a change of perspective as she powers through her heartbreak. “Wallowing in it would be such a waste / That isn’t gonna fix it anyway,” she insists, joyously dancing around the room.

“Don’t Feel Like Crying” is the latest single from Sigrid’s recently released full-length debut, Sucker Punch. While breaking down the album with MTV News, she said of the track, “I wanted ‘Don’t Feel Like Crying’ to be a fun song.”

She continued, “I wanted it to be something to distract people from the sad stuff and just dance, and then when they listen to it at a club or a party with their friends, they’ll be like, ‘Woah! This is such a tune.’ But then when they listen to it alone, maybe on their way home from the party or going for a run or just sitting at home on the couch, they’ll be like, ‘Oh, this is actually really sad.’ I love that — when you can get the song to work in different types of environments.”

Read more about Sigrid’s thoughts on her album right here, and get excited to see what kind of magical pants she chooses next.