Lauv Hits The Exercise Bike In His Aspirational ‘Changes’ Video

Lauv has an exciting year ahead of him, with the impending release of his long-awaited debut album. But before that happens, he has some big changes to make. Cue the singer-songwriter’s first single of 2020: the aptly titled “Changes,” which arrived on Thursday (January 2), alongside a simple but effective visual.

In it, Lauv ventures into his backyard to take a ride on an old stationary bike. As he pedals away, he details his intentions for the new year: cut his hair, stop drinking, take care of his mental health, and generally get back to feeling like himself. “Changes, they might drive you half insane / But it’s killing you to stay the same,” he sings, ultimately ending things on an optimistic note. “But it’s all gonna work out, it’s all gonna work out someday.”

On Instagram, Lauv said of his new track, “2020 is about changing for the better so I made a song about it.” He added in a press release, “I wrote ‘Changes’ about being at a point in my life where it just wasn’t working for me anymore. I wasn’t happy with myself, with the way I was living, and I felt like I needed to grow and evolve. It’s one of my most personal songs, and a massive favorite from the album.”

That aforementioned album, ~how i’m feeling~, includes a string of previously released singles, including “Sims,” the LANY collaboration “Mean It,” “Drugs & The Internet,” and “fuck, i’m lonely.” Here’s hoping that Lauv sticks to his New Year’s resolutions by the time his debut project arrives on March 6.

Noname’s New Album Will Sound Like Wise Smiles And Rainforests

While the jury is still out on who’s going to be releasing new albums this year — aside from Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus, of course — we can at least count on Noname to deliver her next studio effort in 2020. The Chicago rapper revealed on Twitter on New Year’s Day that Factory Baby is due to drop this year and also gave a hint as to what it’ll sound like with two drastically different pictures. The hype factory is now open for business.

Noname casually revealed the name of Factory Baby in a now-deleted Instagram post last May. Since then, news of the project has been scarce. That all changed with the reveal that it’s coming out this year.

She also gave fans a taste of what it’ll sound like with two pictures: one of Houston Rockets NBA star Russell Westbrook smiling slightly while wearing an East African hat called a kofia (it looks photoshopped, but hard to tell for sure) and another featuring a peaceful rainforest scene.

The kofia-wearing Westbrook image is a “hotep” meme — a symbol of being extremely socially aware, sometimes to a fault. Being that Noname is known for her politically and socially conscious raps that are poetic in nature, it looks like she’s continuing down this path for the new LP.

As for the rainforest scene, there’s no clear meaning as to what it could symbolize. These locales are known for being rich in plants and wildlife as well as acting as the Earth’s lungs, producing copious amounts of oxygen and stabilizing the climate. Could Noname be saying that her new album will be a breath of fresh air?

Last November, Noname made headlines when she revealed that she’s ready to take a break from performing and making music. She revealed in a couple of tweets that it was because she’d tired of heading out onstage in front of “predominantly white crowds.”

Although it appears she’s back to music (since she’s releasing a new LP), there’s no news of future performance dates. She’s been devoting that time to the Noname’s Book Club that she developed in 2018 as a “fuck you to Amazon and kind of a fuck you to the FBI,” as she revealed in an interview with Trevor Noah of The Daily Show.

Take a look at Noname’s announcement and preview pictures up above.

Hailee Steinfeld Relives A Relationship From Hell On ‘Wrong Direction’

It’s sad bop season! January is about the time that you realize that Valentine’s Day is going to suck, so the entire month is an ice cream-o-thon; Its main event is a competition of who can rapidly scroll through their exes Twitter feeds the fastest while looking for evidence of their current love life. Hailee Steinfeld‘s new song, “Wrong Direction,” is the soundtrack to this sorrowful period. This bed of piano notes and wounded whispers makes it clear that her last relationship was heaven at times, hell at others, and now, she’s ready to open up about what made it so painful: infidelity.

Steinfeld’s new song is emotional warfare and her unnamed ex (it’s heavily speculated that “Wrong Direction” is about Niall Horan whom she dated for a year) is on the other side of the trenches. She sprawls out over a slow and stirring piano and bares all about what she went through, opening with a powerful four-line bombshell:  “I don’t hate you/ No, I couldn’t if I wanted to/I just hate all the hurt that you put me through/ And that I blame myself for letting you.” With that, she sets the tone; she can forgive, but she’ll never forget.

She builds the situation to be an equally hellish and utopian partnership with a part of the song’s chorus, with, “Didn’t even stop to question/ Every time you burned me down/ Don’t know how; for a moment it felt like heaven.” As she keeps throwing wood into this angry fire, she begins to wonder how exactly she got into the situation. “How did you sweep me right off my feet?” she croons incredulously. It’s a tale of lowering one’s guard for love and suffering because of it. Everyone can relate to the pain in her voice that she spreads over the mellow atmosphere like warm butter.

Listen to Steinfeld’s sad new song up above.

Miley Cyrus Previews A Sexy New Song To Start Off The Year

Fresh after the ball dropped to signal the start of not only 2020, but also a new decade, Miley Cyrus has given the world the first surprise of the year: she’s preparing to drop something. It could be a song, it could be an album; with Miley, there’s no telling what she’s planning to put out. But her new recap video of last decade, 10 Years In 10 Minutes, hints at something massive coming this way.

Miley captures so many of her biggest moments of the last decade in 10 Years In 10 Minutes, starting with the release of her movie The Last Song that also starred future hubby Liam Hemsworth in March of 2010 and ending with a performance at iHeartRadio Music Festival in September of 2019. Along the way, the heart-warming video, that bleeds in a retro-VHS filter, covers everything from her then-shocking 2012 haircut when she sliced off her iconic brown hair from her Hannah Montana days, the release of “Can’t Stop” in 2013, and her emotional speech at the Women’s March in Los Angeles in 2017, to the end of her relationship with Liam, the release of “Don’t Call Me Angel” with Ariana Grande and Lana Del Rey, and more.

At the very end of the video after all of 2019 has wrapped, though, is the hint that 2020 will be legendary for Miley. While the singer serves looks with a shirt that says “I Am Here,” a bootylicious beat, made hotter with sticky grunts and moans, plays in the background. The caption for this particular scene is “New Era Starts Now.” While we don’t know for sure what this beat is, fans have speculated that it’s from a song that Miley previewed last May, unofficially known as “Bad Karma.”

Miley is set to release her seventh studio album, She Is Miley Cyrus, this year. She released its first six tracks as the She Is Coming EP last May.

Take a look at Miley’s awesome recap video of her decade and preview of what’s to come up above.

How Tomorrow X Together Became K-pop’s Brightest Rookies

RM, the sage leader of Korean superstars BTS, has a favorite saying: “The brighter the light, the darker the shadow.” And while the seven members of BTS have gradually gotten used to the occasionally unforgiving glare of their global popularity, no group had as big a spotlight thrust upon them in 2019 as their young labelmates, Tomorrow X Together. After all, standing in the shadow of your own success is one thing; standing in the shadow of the biggest group in the world — of an entire industry’s monumental expectations — is wholly another.

But this year the rookie boy group (pronounced “Tomorrow By Together”) emerged as a force unto themselves, a promising unit not defined by the blinding gleam of their sunbaes (seniors) BTS but by their own merit. In the 10 months since their March 4 debut, TXT have successfully forged their own musical identity with a catalog of songs about the emotional and often tumultuous coming-of-age experience. Their singles were an eclectic mix of genres — sparkling pop (“Crown”); playful hip-hop (“Cat & Dog,” “Angel Or Devil”); and relentless synth pop (“9 and Three Quarters”) — but each sounded distinctly like TXT: bright and fresh with a potent energy that is equal parts whimsical and mesmerizing. That energy also extends to their choreography through intricate moves and quirky formations.

Among the heavily saturated field of young boy groups, Tomorrow X Together have managed to find a sound and an aesthetic that is uniquely theirs.

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A promotional image from Tomorrow X Together’s sophomore release, The Dream Chapter: Magic

And their hard work isn’t going unnoticed. Their debut EP, The Dream Chapter: Star, sold over 100,000 units in three days and hit No. 1 on Billboard‘s World Albums chart, and its full-length follow-up, The Dream Chapter: Magic, bowed at No. 3. Meanwhile, Members Soobin, Yeonjun, Beomgyu, Taehyun, and Huening Kai have been racking up the male rookie awards in their native South Korea. Tomorrow X Together also scored a nomination at the MTV Video Music Awards for Best K-pop — the only rookie group among the nominees — and embarked on a sold-out U.S. showcase tour.

So, how did Tomorrow X Together become the monster rookies of 2019? Let’s take a look at how TXT took over the world and timelines this year:

Justin Bieber Smiles, Cries, And Makes Music Again In New Seasons Trailer

In just a few days, Justin Bieber will release his first solo single in some time. It’s called “Yummy,” and we first got our tease of it in a new trailer he released last week for his upcoming 2020 plans — including a new album, a sprawling new tour, and a docu-series. Fittingly, on New Year’s Eve 2019, Bieber decided to kickstart those 2020 plans with a preview of what that docu-series will look like.

Seasons, a new 10-part series from YouTube Originals, will begin streaming weekly on January 27, with new episodes on Mondays and Wednesdays. The promo image for the show lists three presenting partners: SB Films (his manager Scooter Braun’s company), Bieber Time Films (Justin’s company), and OBB Pictures. And the trailer promises a series that, naturally, delves deep into precisely what Bieber has spent the last four years doing, especially after he canceled the rest of his gargantuan Purpose tour after ostensibly burning out.

“As humans, we go through so many ups and downs, so many good seasons, bad seasons,” he says in the trailer. “Sometimes we want to give up.”

Seasons will chronicle Bieber’s long, circuitous path since his last album, Purpose, which hit in November 2015. He was a 21-year-old global pop star then, freshly through the proverbial ringer of teen stardom. Since then, he embarked on the album’s massive tour until he no longer could, he’s gotten married, and he’s committed himself to his faith.

And as Braun reveals in the new clip, “He’s ready to express himself through music again.” In that way, Seasons will pair nicely with his upcoming new album in 2020. Bieber himself talks a bit about the album as well, expressing both his nervousness and excitement. “This album is different because of where I’m at in my life,” he says in the trailer.

Bieber also spent part of this week — that lazy, cozy limbo between Christmas and New Year’s — showcasing his various tattoos on Instagram. The resulting tattoo tour (tattour?) paints a quite complete portrait of the 25-year-old, even down to the colorful Crocs he sported for the vid. The dude also stopped for some Tim Hortons coffee — if you know, you know.

Seasons is due to hit YouTube on January 27. Check out the trailer in the video above, then you might as well watch it again a few more times while you wait for “Yummy” to drop on Friday.

Travis Scott And Pop Smoke Squeeze In One Last Flex This Decade With ‘Gatti’ Video

Travis Scott and Pop Smoke figured that, with the year ending, it’s best to squeeze in one last luxury-filled flex to motivate viewers going into the next decade. The pair have released the video for “Gatti” that follows a cross-city ride in a brand new Bugatti Chiron and the car is absolutely stunning. Seriously. You could watch this all day just for the scenes of this blue-and-black beauty and its lush interior.

In fact, Scott’s three-million-dollar car is really the star of the show. After it, Pop Smoke takes up most of the screen time, dancing happily while rapping his verse – which, by the way, sounds a lot like if Darth Vader became an emcee. Scott is the chauffeur for their journey (to get lunch, according to an Instagram post from Scott) so he doesn’t get as much time to show off to the camera. Instead, he opts to give the lens quick glimpses of a lady dancing on a pole and twerking. It’s much safer than him trying to groove and steer the vehicle so it works out well.

“Gatti” comes from Jackboysthe first compilation album from Scott’s record label, Cactus Jack. The project also contains a remix of Scott’s “Highest In The Room” that features Rosalía and Lil Baby.

Check out Scott and Pop Smoke’s “Gatti” video up above.

It’s Not Even 2020 Yet And Mariah Carey’s Already Breaking Records

Just because Christmas is over doesn’t mean the reigning Queen of Christmas is done setting records. According to Billboard, Mariah Carey is now the first artist in history to have a No. 1 single across four different decades. And yes, even our very own Mimi is stunned by the accomplishment.

Upon hearing the exciting news, which came when Billboard released the latest Hot 100 chart dated January 4, 2020, the “All I Want For Christmas Is You” songstress took to Instagram to celebrate not only the song’s third week at No. 1, but her brand new four-decade-spanning record. “Yaaaaaaaaay!!! WE. DID. IT.” she wrote, admittedly unclear as to how long a decade actually is.

Fortunately, there were loads of lambs in her comments ready to clear up any confusion, and they kindly explained that she had No. 1 singles in the ’90s, ’00s, ’10s, and now ’20s. Others, however, were perfectly fine acting like a decade isn’t a thing at all. “If Mariah doesn’t know what a decade is than we don’t know either,” one fan joked.

But alas, it’s true. In addition to topping the first Billboard Hot 100 chart of 2020, Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” finally rose to the top of the chart this December after a 25-year wait, making it Carey’s 19th No. 1 hit and her only No. 1 single of the ’10s. In the ’90s, the singer logged 14 songs at No. 1, and later, she logged four more in the 2000s. Hence, four decades.

This new record means that Carey’s surpassed artists including Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Elton John, Janet Jackson, Madonna, Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, and Usher in terms of No. 1 singles across the most decades. But just because Carey’s the first to do it certainly doesn’t mean another artist won’t trail closely behind. So who’s it going to be next? It’s anyone’s guess.

Like You, Barack Obama Was Very Into Lizzo, DaBaby, And Rosalía This Year

Former President Barack Obama tells the world every year of the movies, books, and music that he’s been a fan of for that period. Today (December 30), he’s released the list of his favorite songs of 2019 and it features a ton of surprises. Not only was he a fan of songs like Lizzo‘s “Juice,” Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus‘s “Old Town Road (Remix),” and DaBaby‘s “Suge,” but he also liked some of the year’s lowkey smashes like Dominic Fike‘s “3 Nights,” Solange‘s “Binz,” and so much more. This vast and varied list stretches across genres and makes the case for the former Commander-In-Chief to become a playlist curator of sorts if he ever wanted to.

Obama’s 35-song list stretches across multiple genres. You’ll find R&B tunes like Summer Walker‘s “Playing Games,” Snoh Aalegra‘s “I Want You Around,” Beyoncé‘s “Mood 4 Eva,” and others. Then, you’ll find Reggaeton tunes like Ozuna, Daddy Yankee, J Balvin, Farruko, and Anuel AA’s “Baila Baila Baila (Remix)” and Rosalía‘s “Con Altura” mixed in as well.  Rap songs like J. Cole‘s “Middle Child” and Migos (and Mustard)’s “Pure Water” appear as well next to alternative songs like Big Thief’s “Not,” Maggie Rogers‘ pop smash, “Burning,” and much more. There’s music for everyone here. What draws each song together through a connecting thread is how they represent what was best about this year in music.

In August, Obama released his playlist of songs that he loved from the summer. It featured music from Ella Mai, SZA, Drake, and more. And of course it also featured Lizzo’s “Juice.”

Check out Obama’s full list of favorite 2019 songs up above.

Harry Styles Already Has The First No. 1 Album Of 2020

The decade hasn’t even started yet and we already know who’s got the first No. 1 album. That’s right – if you couldn’t tell by this article’s headline, Harry Styles‘s sophomore album Fine Line kicks the decade off with a bang. For the second week in a row, Fine Line reigns supreme atop the Billboard 200 chart. And since this chart will be the one that matters when New Year’s Day comes, Styles’s is already well on his way to being one of 2020’s defining artists.

Fine Line moved 89,000 album-equivalent units after moving 478,000 in its first week, then becoming the third-largest debut of the year. The success of the LP makes it his second No. 1 following his debut self-titled LP in 2017.

Styles’s sophomore album features “Watermelon Sugar,” “Lights Up,” “Adore You,” and more. In an interview with L’Officiel, Styles opened up about its creation process, saying that “songwriting is like surfing.”