Meek Mill And Drake Go Bar For Bar On New Song ‘Going Bad’: Listen

In the biggest plot twist of Meek Mill‘s Championships era, he and Drake have officially buried the hatchet the way they know best: through music.

The two MCs, of course, were embroiled in an ugly beef back in 2015, when Meek accused Drake of using a ghostwriter. The claim escalated into a full-on feud that played out over multiple dis tracks, but none of that matters now. Meek performed on Drake’s Three Amigos Tour in September, and now the two have reunited for their third collaboration on wax. On Friday (November 30), Meek’s Championships arrived, and track No. 9, “Going Bad,” features him and Drake going bar for bar yet again, following previous team-ups “Amen” and “R.I.C.O.”

Drizzy opens the three-minute cut by comparing himself to Don Corleone and bragging that he’s “got more slaps than the Beatles,” which he’s technically not wrong about. Meek steps up halfway through to tout their super rare and surprising reunion, even referencing one of the 6 God’s blistering dis tracks by rapping, “Me and Drizzy back to back, it’s getting scary.” Later, he adds, “DC, OVO, we back again, we goin’ plat’.”

Earlier this week, Meek reflected on his beef with Drake in an interview with Vulture, saying, “I was just out of control at that point in my life. Getting high and doing whatever I wanted how I wanted to do it. In front of the world, not behind the scenes. I don’t know his writing situation or how he really carried it. I just jumped out of anger and what I thought was the truth at the time.”

Elsewhere on Championships, Meek briefly references the feud again, on the Jay-Z- and Rick Ross-featuring “What’s Free”: “Is we beefin’ or rappin’, I might just pop up with Drizzy like, ‘What’s Free?'”

In addition to those two star-studded collabs, Championships also features guest appearances by Cardi B, Future, Young Thug, 21 Savage, Fabolous, and more. The album marks Meek’s first full-length project since his release from prison in April, and he’ll continue celebrating his wins on a U.S. tour early next year. Maybe Drake will return the favor and cameo at one of those shows? Seems only fair.

Miley Cyrus Takes The Cops On An Epic Chase In ‘Nothing Breaks Like A Heart’ Video

To say that there’s a lot happening in Miley Cyrus‘s new video would be a gross understatement. But while she’s no stranger to making our jaws drop with her always-creative, often-provocative visuals — remember “Wrecking Ball”? — her new one with Mark Ronson might be her best yet.

On Thursday (November 29), the duo dropped the country-disco collab “Nothing Breaks Like a Heart,” which was announced on social media earlier this week with a flutter of broken heart emojis. In the retro vid, Miley leads the cops on a high-speed chase, while a local newscast documents “Miley’s Wild Ride.” The scenes are indeed provocative — there are priests ogling strippers, nuns wielding pro-Miley signs, football players kneeling, and fans lining the street in solidarity while she poses in front of a wrecked car looking like a cross between a deranged ’80s prom queen and Jesus.

But here’s the kicker: Miley isn’t actually trying to be the center of attention at all. It’s as if she’s daring us to make a big deal out of flashing her bare butt — which, yes, we do see in this video — instead of considering everything going on around her, like the disturbing scene of little girls shooting guns. Unnecessary hatred — like the flack she received after her racy 2013 VMA performance — often outweighs genuine care for more crucial societal issues, and that’s something Miley just won’t stand for.

“Nothing Breaks Like a Heart” appears on Ronson’s forthcoming, as-yet-untitled album, which he described earlier this week as being full of “sad bangers.” He and Miley are set to perform the tune on the December 15 episode of Saturday Night Live.

Meek Mill Will Reunite With Former Enemy Drake On His New Album

With just hours to go until Meek Mill delivers his new album Championships, he’s ramped up excitement by sharing the project’s star-studded tracklist.

The most notable guest? None other than Meek’s former nemesis Drake, who features on a cut called “Going Bad.” This marks Meek and Drake’s first collaboration since their ugly 2015 feud, which they squashed back in September with a surprise performance in Boston. Looks like that reconciliation really was legit.

Elsewhere on the Championships roster, Jay-Z and Rick Ross team up with Meek for “What’s Free,” and Cardi B joins the party with “On Me.” Given that Cardi and Meek share a Nicki Minaj connection — he dated her and she’s feuding with her — that’ll definitely be an attention-grabbing collab. Other guests on the album include Young Thug, Future, 21 Savage, and Ella Mai, who appears on a track called “24/7” that reportedly interpolates Beyoncé’s “Me, Myself and I.” Check out the full tracklist below.

Before revealing his new tracklist on Thursday (November 29), Meek sat down with Ebro Darden at Beats 1 to detail the inspiration behind Championships.

“I feel like I’m at a championship stage in my life. I call it beating poverty, beating racism, beating the system, beating gun violence and beating the streets,” he explained. “I don’t think an album should sound like one thing. I recorded a lot of my music in New York, so my shit is East Coast-inspired. I feel like the game needs an East Coast sound.”

Championships marks Meek’s first full-length album since his release from prison in April. Earlier this week, he announced a 16-date U.S. tour, dubbed The Motivation Tour, which kicks off in February 2019. Clearly, the Philly MC is ready to celebrate his wins.

Nicki Minaj And Lil Wayne Reunite In The Twerk-Happy ‘Good Form’ Video

With raunchy collabs like “Truffle Butter” and “Rich Sex” under their belts, it only makes sense that Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne‘s next team-up would be for an ode about good cunnilingus. The Young Money boss has hopped on a remix of Nicki’s latest Queen single, “Good Form,” and on Thursday (November 29), they blessed us with a video that’s basically just four minutes of twerking.

Directed by Colin Tilley, the colorful, NSFW video finds Nicki rapping on a variety of sets, most notably in a giant tub of milk — with a sprinkled sugar cookie on the side, of course. She switches up her look seemingly every three seconds, trying on a slew of costumes and candy-pink wigs, but Wayne keeps it simple. Hopping on the track about three minutes in, he performs a typically witty verse with slick lines like, “Barbie, I think you gnarly / I think you fly, these other bitches just larvae.” Tyga even makes a brief cameo at the end of the clip, proving the trio’s Young Money ties still run deep.

“Good Form” joins “Barbie Dreams,” “Ganja Burn,” “Bed,” and “Chun-Li” as the latest Queen cut to receive the visual treatment. Earlier this month, Nicki performed the new single at the MTV EMA — check out her majestic performance below.

11 Must-See Moments From Ariana Grande’s Dangerous Woman Diaries

Witnessing Ariana and Pharrell in the studio together proves they were a match made in musical heaven. While recording “Get Well Soon,” they shared a deep convo about how the intensely personal Sweetener closer is meant to make people “feel rainbow clouds,” and Ari explained how much that song and “R.E.M.” mean to her.

“These two, I feel like, sound like my DNA. They’re how I wish I felt, how I’m striving to feel,” she said, later adding, “This feels like the most ‘me’ an album has ever felt. A lot of people were like, ‘How does it feel stepping out of your comfort zone?’ And I’m like nah, I don’t feel like I stepped out of my comfort zone, I feel like I found it.”

Pop Quiz: What’s Your Favorite Throwback Viral Song?

The TRL Pop Quiz works like this: our editors are posed a music-related question and have only 15 minutes and just 100 words to research, choose and explain their answers. This week’s question: which viral YouTube song is your favorite throwback hit?

You can’t talk about viral songs without bringing up the Gregory Brothers. On their YouTube channel Schmoyoho, they’ve become known for their series Songify the News, manipulating videos using Auto-Tune to create viral songs. Their most successful has been the “Bed Intruder Song,” based on a news interview with Antoine Dodson. Combining Dodson’s colorful personality with a catchy beat was a homerun, as the song hit the Billboard Hot 100 and became the most popular YouTube video of 2008 with over 141 million views. It even led to the group composing the theme song for Netflix’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt! – Kristen Maldonado

It’s impossible to overlook Rebecca Black’s “Friday” when it comes to viral YouTube hits. I was in middle school when this tune dropped and while it received overwhelmingly negative critiques, it’s one of those songs that’s so bad, it’s good. Also, can we talk about that music video? Who doesn’t love a 12-year-old driving a convertible and a random 35-year-old man showing up to rap?! Years later we all still remember Rebecca’s name. Nobody could get this song out of their head, so it’s hands down one of the most successful bops of 2011. – Landyn Pan

There’s definitely a lesson that can be learned from Jenna Rose‘s still-catchy viral hit, “My Jeans.” It’s songs like Jenna’s that simultaneously attract criticism for their lyrics and visuals while still getting stuck in their detractors’ heads. I’m not convinced that Hannah Montana, Keke Palmer and Ashley Tisdale were actually wearing Jenna’s jeans, but I’ll keep listening to the 2010 song nonetheless. And as amazing as “My Jeans” is, Jenna’s recent video reacting to the music video is equally iconic. Matt Gehring

Remember “What Does the Fox Say?” I do. The Norwegian comedy duo Ylvis made the 2013 song as a joke, designed not to be a hit, but as promotion for their television show. That backfired because here in the United States we loved it. It’s catchy and dumb and funny, everything a viral hit should be. I love the nonsensical syllables the song lists as fox sounds, layered over the generic club beat. My personal favorite Ylvis song is actually about the mystery of Stonehenge, aptly named “Stonehenge,” but I’ve got to credit “What Does the Fox Say?” for its virality. – Leah Williams

Ariana Grande’s ‘Breathin’ Gets Reimagined As A Symphonic Adventure Via Mumford & Sons

Mumford & Sons have written their share of songs that champion holding on. They’ve given them names like “Guiding Light,” “After the Storm,” and “I Will Wait.” So it makes sense that the quartet — who just released their fourth album, Delta, last month — would be drawn to one of the most celebratory anthems of self-perseverance of the year: Ariana Grande‘s “Breathin.”

They stopped by BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge this week to cover it, perhaps surprisingly maintaining its orchestral elements and electronic pulse. In fact, there’s nary an acoustic guitar to be found here (though there is a banjo, if you were checking), all in keeping with the group’s more panoramic new(ish) direction as heard on Delta. “This is Mumford & Sons in 2018,” multi-instrumentalist Ben Lovett told MTV News earlier this year.

While Mumford’s “Breathin” might be missing the stakes of Ari’s beloved original (and that incredible drum sound courtesy of producer Ilya), the band does bring in about two dozen strings to pull off the cresting swells of its melody. And Marcus Mumford doesn’t try to be Ari in his vocal inflections, letting the hopeful lyrics speak for themselves without much flourish.

It’s the second time this week we’ve heard a new take on one of Ari’s modern classics, after The 1975 reimagined “Thank U, Next” as a soulful gospel stomp.

You can watch the cover above, then check out Mumford & Sons talking to MTV News about Delta in full in the clip below.

Ellie Goulding Gets All Hot And Bothered While Covering The Weeknd’s ‘Call Out My Name’

Three years after Ellie Goulding and The Weeknd scored smash hits from the Fifty Shades soundtrack (“Love Me Like You Do” and “Earned It,” respectively), the former artist has paid tribute to the latter with a cover that’s appropriately all hot and bothered.

While visiting BBC Radio 1’s famed Live Lounge on Wednesday (November 28), Goulding delivered a faithful performance of The Weeknd’s most recent single, “Call Out My Name.” Like Abel’s original version, the cover packs a ton of emotion and intensity into just four minutes — so much so, that when Goulding was done, she admitted, “I’m hot, I’m hot… in temperature!”

And for an extra dose of satisfaction, Goulding even snuck in a bit of Justin Timberlake’s “Cry Me a River” in the song’s final moments. “It’s quite sexy, I think,” she admitted — and we’d have to agree.

Speaking about her decision to cover “Call Me By Your Name,” Goulding told host Clara Amfo that she was simply drawn to the song’s emotion.

“I didn’t necessarily think about the context… I just really love the way [The Weeknd] sings in this song. It’s very meaningful and very heartfelt,” the newly engaged singer said. She also noted that this isn’t the first time she’s tackled a Weeknd tune — back in 2012, she recorded a cover of “High For This,” and he reached out to tell her he was a fan. “So I feel like I can get away with doing this,” she told Amfo.

Goulding’s Live Lounge visit also included a performance of her new Swae Lee-featuring, Diplo-produced single, “Close to Me.” Check that out below.

Skrillex Turns Travis Scott’s ‘Sicko Mode’ Into A Twisted Roller Coaster Ride

If you thought Travis Scott‘s “Sicko Mode” was an overstuffed behemoth of a song before, just wait until you hear Skrillex‘s take on it.

The EDM super producer released his remix of the delirious Drake collab on Wednesday (November 28), just in time to celebrate Trav’s two-night, sold-out run at Madison Square Garden. Fitting with the rapper’s carnival-themed, acid-dipped Astroworld vibes, Skrillex’s reworking is a five-minute rollercoaster that whips and snaps with every turn.

The already-sprawling “Sicko Mode,” it turns out, was a perfect template for Skrillex to put his mark on, and he amplified the track with more bass, trap drums, and gun shots than ever before. Love it or hate it, it’s at least a good thing for those of us who have listened to “Sicko Mode” 1,000 times and want to mix things up a bit.

As of Wednesday, “Sicko Mode” is sitting pretty at the No. 2 spot on Billboard‘s Hot 100 chart (Ariana Grande’s “Thank U, Next” continues to claim the top spot). And between the track’s mind-bending video, Travis’s hyped-up Astroworld tour, and, now, Skrillex’s new remix, the “Sicko Mode” ride doesn’t seem to be ending anytime soon. It’s lit!