H.E.R. And YBN Cordae Have Crushes On Money On ‘Racks’

You know the saying, win a Grammy, get right back to work. Just kidding, no one (that I know of) actually says that. But that seems to be H.E.R.‘s mantra after winning two Grammy Awards for Best R & B Album (H.E.R.) and Best R & B Performance (“Best Part”). She took a few months to recompose herself and now she’s flying out the gate with a new song, “Racks,” featuring everyone’s favorite rising rapper, YBN Cordae. Stepping out of the language of love, the pair lose themselves in a forest of money and material wealth, romanticizing the benefits of having your financial affairs in order.

H.E.R. sounds absolutely magical, like a siren lulling an unsuspecting sailor to an early demise, as she sings about money. Her “racks and things” are massive and seemingly never-ending; she brags about spending them as quick as they come. You can hear her licking the tips of her fingers and flipping through crisp Benjamin Franklins, the smell of fresh paper surging through her nose. Behind her comes YBN Cordae with a verse about seemingly pushing money away, although, at the same time, acknowledging how it is a “catalyst” for happiness. Instead of zeroing in on growing wealth, he’s instead looking for love, navigating the seas.

H.E.R.’s self-titled debut studio came out in 2017. She released two EPs last year – I Used To Know Her: The Prelude and I Used To Know Her 2 – that served as tastes of an upcoming album. It’s 2019 now and with the release of “Racks,” it isn’t unreasonable to assume that a new project could be on the way. “I’m really excited to be an artist in 2019 because I can showcase more of my musicality,” she recently told MTV News.

Listen to H.E.R. and YBN Cordae admire monetary gains in “Racks” up above.

Lady Gaga Fought Back Tears Tracing Her Journey At Her Historic Apollo Theater Debut

For an hour and thirty minutes last night, Lady Gaga gave an intimate yet intense, historic, career-spanning performance at Harlem’s Apollo Theater in New York City. It was her debut at the legendary locale and her first time performing in her home city in more than two years so it was only right she brings out the stops, transferring the magnificent scale of her “Enigma” Las Vegas residency to a smaller scale while retaining its majestic air. She celebrated Pride week in between a storm of popular songs, took fans on a nostalgic trip that stretched back to the late 2000s, and reflected on her enigmatic rise that got her here in the first place.

Gaga brought out all of the stops for the show, with outrageous, futuristic outfits and colored hair to denote differences in characters and times. At various points of the performance, she was close to tears while walking through her memory museum. In a glittering, disco-like ensemble, she gave a heroic performance of “Poker Face” and at another point broke into the vivacious “Just Dance” in the same ensemble. Her choreography was as intense as the performance, with a run through of “Alejandro” made sensual by rolling bodies attached to her skin. She also took some time to talk about the concept of Pride week: “I personally think Pride should exist 365 out of the year, but I’ll take a fucking global week.”

She closed the show with her most recent smash hit, “Shallow” from A Star Is BornImmediately before she went into the number, she reflected on her journey on the verge of tears. “I used to sit in my apartment and write songs about fame, boys, family…I made it,” she said. “They tried to take me down and I put my head back down and went back to work and I looked up one day and I had a fucking Oscar in my hand.”

The show, which was for subscribers to SiriuxXM and Pandora – to christen the two companies coming together as one – will air on Sirius XM Hits 1, Howard Stern’s Howard 101, and Pandora.

Check out footage of Gaga’s magical show above and below.

Avril Lavigne’s First Tour In Five Years Starts This Fall

It’s been five long years since Avril Lavigne went on tour in December of 2013. It was named after herself, after her self-titled fifth studio album, and had five legs and more than 70 shows – a massive trek that signed her off the radar, to recuperate and prepare for the next journey. She released her sixth album, Head Above Waterin February of this year, logging back into the world’s database. Now, she’s getting ready to go again with a new tour, more intimate than the last.

The Head Over Water tour is a North American trek on a much smaller scale – just fifteen dates, kicking off on September 14 in Seattle, Washington and wrapping up on October 11 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Of its dates, just one is in her home country of Canada, where she visits Toronto on October 6. General ticket sale begins on June 28 at 10 a.m. local time through her website. Some of the money is going to a good cause too – a dollar of each ticket purchase will go towards the Avril Lavigne Foundation that supports people with Lyme disease and other serious illnesses and disabilities.

Head Over Water arrived with the power of three massive singles – the title track, “Tell Me It’s Over,” which features a video with a heated Christmas confrontation with a lover, and “Dumb Blonde” featuring Nicki Minaj. Of the album, before it’s release, Lavigne revealed in a statement that, “I feel like I’ve really opened up on this record more than I ever have before. Each song tells a story that will hopefully inspire others to believe in themselves and stand up for what they know is right and what they truly deserve!”

Check out the intimate tour trek’s dates below.

09/14 – Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre

09/15 – Portland, OR @ Keller Auditorium

09/17 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater

09/18 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Greek Theatre

09/21 – Denver, CO @ Paramount Theatre

09/24 – Minneapolis, MN @ State Theatre

09/26 – Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre

09/28 – Detroit, MI @ Fox Theatre

10/1 – New York, NY @ Pier 17 at South Street Seaport

10/3 – Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theatre

10/5 – Wallingford, CT @ Oakdale Theatre

10/6 – Toronto, ON @ Sony Centre For Performing Arts

10/8 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Roxian Theatre

10/9 – Washington, DC @ MGM National Harbor

10/11 – Philadelphia, PA @ XCite Center at Parx Casino

Watch Camila Cabello And Shawn Mendes Rehearse Their Steamy ‘Señorita’ Dance

Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes have barely given us enough time to recover from the pure hotness of their “Señorita” video, but now they’re back with a behind-the-scenes look at how it all came together.

In a new video released on Monday (June 24), we see the highs and lows of the duo’s rehearsals for that steamy dance sequence. Turns out, Shawn was super nervous for the choreo, admitting at the top of the vid, “This is my worst nightmare… having to dance.” It’s pretty easy to see why — in one practice scene (with Camila’s mom watching, by the way), Shawn fully drops his duet partner on the floor. “You can’t just drop Camila Cabello!” Shawn tells the camera. “If I do that again, it’s over for me.”

Of course, the duo eventually nailed their moves (including that amazing bit where he pins her against the wall), and we even get to watch as they film it on set. The rest of the behind-the-scenes vid captures Shawn debating how to take his shirt off for the hotel room scene, so you’ll definitely want to press play below.

Avicii And Chris Martin’s ‘Heaven’ Gets A Beautiful Tribute Video

Earlier this month, Avicii‘s posthumous album TIM (titled after his birth name, Tim Bergling) arrived, giving fans 12 new tracks to remember him by. Now, the late musician‘s memory has come to life in similarly stunning fashion with a music video for Avicii’s collaboration with Chris Martin, “Heaven.”

The new video was directed by Avicii’s longtime friend and cinematographer Levan Tsikurishvili, who also helmed the documentary Avicii: True Stories. Tsikurishvili explained in the vid’s description that he used never-before-seen footage from their 19-day trip to Madagascar in 2016, soon after the DJ gave his final performance in Ibiza. Tsikurishvili says he filmed during that trip and returned to the island after Avicii’s death “to remember Tim, to honor his legacy, and to recreate the memories that will stay with us forever.”

The result is an intimate memory of Avicii, who’s seen boating, playing guitar on the beach, petting lemurs, and basking in the beauty of his surroundings. All the while, Martin’s uplifting vocals capture the magic onscreen as he poignantly sings, “It’s such a night, such a beautiful night / It’s such a view, such a beautiful sight … I think I just died and went to heaven.”

“Heaven” is the second single from TIM, following the Aloe Blacc-featuring “SOS,” which also got a moving music video upon its release.

A$AP Ferg And City Girls Want You To Dance So Hard Your Hair Falls Off On ‘Wigs’

A$AP Ferg and City Girls are rappers from the same planet of vicious rhymes, crackling energy, and kooky, videogame villain-like personalities. It makes sense that they’d come together for a tune that cranks up these parts of their personalities to ten and then past it, breaking the knob clean off. “Wigs” is the name of this superpowered team-up that invites you to leave it all on the dance floor. Think “Twerk,” the City Girls’ collaboration with Cardi B, but fiercer, scarier.

“Wigs” isn’t an ode to beautiful hairpieces, it’s to high-energy dancing that comes with perspiration and sore limbs. Ferg is practically yelling as he encourages the listeners to get their limbs loose and expend all of their pent-up work week energy. The City Girls come in at the midway point to continue the public twerking announcement, with Harlem singer Antha tying the package together. It’s a high-energy present that’ll be a perfect gift to hand DJs at parties this summer.

“Wigs” follows Ferg’s other recently released song, “Pups” which features A$AP Rocky. The high octane, brotherly missile was the first of what Ferg revealed – in a recent interview with MTV NEWS – will be a lot of new music coming out.

Listen to the dance anthem, “Wigs,” up above.

CNCO Tell Us Why New Song ‘De Cero’ Is Like A Sequel To ‘Pretend’

CNCO‘s latest single, “De Cero,” is about wanting to start over with someone you love. “De cero empezamos / Otro chance nos damos tú y yo,” the five guys — Christopher, Richard, Joel, Erick, and Zabdiel — implore on the chorus, asking to start from scratch after they presumably messed things up. The video, which dropped today (June 24), plays up that angle: Zabdiel is literally behind bars, while Joel mopes over a handwritten letter sealed with a kiss.

It’s fitting, then, that CNCO — the MTV Push artist for the month of June — consider it to be a spiritual sequel of sorts to their song “Pretend.”

“I feel like some of us could relate, you know?” Richard tells MTV. “It actually sounds like a follow-up [to] ‘Pretend.’ It’s like, I cheated on you, I’m sorry — let’s just start from zero.”

Musically, the song was a chance for the group to showcase its members’ unique vocal talents and diverse backgrounds. “It’s the vibe that we like a lot because it’s reggaeton, but we can also have those melodies that define us as a band,” Zabdiel said.

Learn more about CNCO’s “De Cero” in the video interview above, then check out the song’s new music video below.

YG Turns A Ballroom Into A Concert Hall In ‘Hard Bottoms & White Socks’ Video

Show the doorman your ticket and settle into the ballroom for a show. After a few minutes, the lights dim and the talent walks out on stage. It’s YG in his new video for “Hard Bottoms & White Socks” from his recently released album, 4 Real 4 Real. He’s the performer at a sold-out show, offering a dose of authenticity to the audience through fierce raps and energy. I hope you used the bathroom before settling in. It’s time for the show.

YG gets decked out in fresh suit threads and a fedora in front of this timeless crowd viewed through a black-and-white filter. While he performs the soulful number, clips of how he lives are shown in rapid succession; from visiting strip clubs to zooming down the street in an exotic car, even paying homage to a Nipsey Hussle mural on a wall. The crowd watches the performance entranced. If you pay close attention, you can find Machine Gun Kelly and radio host Big Boy of Big Boy’s Neighborhood. The smiles and nodding heads let you know that YG’s offering the thrill of a lifetime.

4 Real 4 Real features both “In The Dark” and “Go Loko” that brings along Tyga and Jon Z in its guest spots. The LP also contains YG’s emotional speech from Nipsey Hussle’s funeral in April.

Watch YG entertain a lively crowd in “Hard Bottoms & White Socks” below.

Watch Cardi B Get Down To ‘Old Town Road’ At The BET Awards

The 2019 BET Awards on Sunday night (June 23) was a massive time capsule of this musical moment, with performances and awards spanning the genres that comprise hip-hop culture. Cardi B opened the spectacle with a performance of “Press” to kick things off, and artists like DaBaby, Migos, Kirk Franklin, and more took the stage afterward.

One of the most spectacular was Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus‘s cinematic performance of the “Old Town Road” remix that got the crowd to its feet. Out of everyone enjoying the country anthem, it was Cardi’s beaming reaction that stole the show.

The joint performance began with a slow horse trot to the stage, from on the street by the Staples Center to a makeshift saloon filled with cowboys exchanging sneaky looks. Once they got acclimated to the stage and the saloon’s attendees, the fun began as Cyrus grabbed the microphone for a live version of the chorus. Then, Lil Nas X burst in with his baritone singing, galloping around the stage like a valiant steed.

The crowd of attendants involved some of music’s most popular figures who were all deeply invested in the show. Franklin nodded his head fiercely, while rising Texas rapper Asian Da Brat rolled her body in excitement. Cardi, slightly breathless, smiled wider than anyone else as she rocked to the song, clearly excited by the moment. Her fingers couldn’t stay still at she echoed Lil Nas X’s admission that can’t nobody tell him nothing.

Cardi was rightfully winded after her performance of “Press” to open the show. In addition to intricate choreography for the aggressive tune, she also gave Offset, her husband, a high-energy lap dance to kick the show off with a bang. Cardi later won the awards for Best Female Hip-Hop Artist and Album of the Year thanks to her 2018 debut, Invasion Of Privacy.

Watch Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus perform “Old Town Road” up above.