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!

The Trailer For Ariana Grande’s Revealing New Docu-Series Is Finally Here

She already has a new music video and a whole album on the way, and now Ariana Grande is continuing to keep fans fed with the announcement of yet another exciting project.

On Wednesday (November 28), Ari debuted the first trailer for her long-awaited, oft-teased docu-series, Dangerous Woman Diaries. The four-part series, directed by Grande’s go-to videographer Alfredo Flores, will follow her during her 2017 Dangerous Woman Tour and through the creation of her third album, Sweetener. YouTube bills it as “a love letter to her fans,” and Grande sums it up in the trailer by saying, “We wanted to bring you as closely into our world as possible. … I wanna sing for you guys, and I wanna share these experiences.”

Elsewhere in the one-minute teaser, we see Grande shooting the video for “The Light Is Coming,” rehearsing for her heavenly VMA performance, and beautifully belting “Touch It” and “One Last Time” on stage. She also brilliantly mimics the question fans have been asking for months on end: “Where is the tour movie?” Finally, we have our answer!

Ariana Grande: Dangerous Woman Diaries is set to premiere on the singer’s YouTube channel on Thursday. Subsequent episodes will premiere on the following Thursdays (December 6, 13, and 20), although YouTube Premium subscribers will be able to binge all four parts right away. Now all we need is that epic-looking “Thank U, Next” video…

What Happens When Swae Lee, Young Thug, And Mike Will Made-It Step In The Ring?

Creed II is a boxing movie. The Creed II soundtrack is full of jams produced by Mike Will Made-It strategically designed to get you ready for the fight of your life. These two elements together make for a dynamic experience — but how would, say, Mike Will, Swae Lee, and Young Thug bring their atmospheric song “Fate” to life on TV, stripped of its intended context within the framing of a boxing movie?

They’d have to bring the ring with them. And that’s exactly what they did on The Tonight Show Tuesday night (November 27), commanding the space for a bout-ready rendition of the song. Swae and Thug made appearances in boxing trunks and robes while Mike Will manned a turntable at the back of the ring. They went all out, man. Turnbuckle covers, water bottles, stools, and everything.

My favorite detail is how Swae wears a pair of gloves strung together around his neck. Or maybe it’s how Thug’s bottom half is sports-appropriate while his top half remains committed to a turtleneck and chain. Or actually, maybe it was Mike Will grabbing the overhead mic to set a vibe before launching into anything. The only detail missing was Michael Buffer, but I guess he’s busy doing commercials, as always.

Creed II hit theaters last week, and while it failed to completely pummel its rival, Ralph Breaks the Internet, at the box office, it did earn a record-setting $55.8 million, the highest opening ever for a live-action film. That’s just what happens when Michael B. Jordan and Tessa Thompson get together.

Watch the performance above, then watch MTV News’s recent interview with Thompson — where she breaks down her contributions to the film — below.

Coldplay May Have Changed Their Name To Los Unidades And Recorded A Song With Pharrell

Way back in 1995, the biggest band in the world, U2, teamed up with their trusted producer Brian Eno to create an experimental collaborative album under the moniker Passengers. It was the middle of a highly exploratory period for them and loudly signified the end of their ’80s fascination with rock and roll’s earnest heart.

Coldplay, similarly, have been the biggest band in the world. Like U2 before them, they’ve taken pains to keep growing and reinventing themselves, also recruiting Brian Eno to remake their sound (and image) and then essentially becoming a full-on EDM act with 2015’s A Head Full of Dreams. And now, they might’ve even renamed themselves, too, as “Los Unidades” — according to a new release with Pharrell.

As Pitchfork points out, Chris Martin and co. are due to headline the Mandela 100 Global Citizen festival in South Africa next month alongside Pharrell, Jay-Z, and Beyoncé. This new release, called “E-Lo,” features Pharrell and Jozzy, and it’s taken from the festival’s upcoming accompanying EP.

Back in 2014, about a year before A Head Full of Dreams was even released, Martin likened that album to the conclusion of the Harry Potter series, suggesting that it could be a final chapter in the Coldplay saga. But knowing their penchant for shape-shifting and evolving, “E-Lo” and the Los Unidades name might be indicative that we’re entering yet another Coldplay era — one marked by even more experimentation.

Listen to “E-Lo” above, and then watch the band’s recent documentary, also called A Head Full of Dreams, and decide for yourself if this is indeed the end of Coldplay as we know it and the beginning of Los Unidades.

Ariana Grande’s ‘Thank U, Next’ Teaser Reveals She Might Actually Be Regina George

Ariana Grande‘s “Thank U, Next” is one of the most satisfying pieces of pop culture in recent memory. For those who’ve followed Grande’s year of personal tumult (and the professional successes that made everything that much, well, sweeter), it felt like the perfect statement at the perfect time, one that found Grande both reclaiming her own voice and achieving hard-won peace.

All this in a three-and-a-half-minute pop tune about moving on — a song that landed Grande her first No. 1 on the Hot 100. Naturally, the forthcoming video for such an Event has sparked a torrent of interest from fans, so much so that they correctly guessed its theme(s) well before the clip was even completed. But it’s nearly here, and based on a teaser Grande dropped early Tuesday (November 27), it’s quite the nostalgia trip we knew it’d be.

The teaser amplifies how “Thank U, Next” has become larger than just a song: Troye Sivan pops up to misread Grande’s “Aubrey” lyric; Mean Girls‘s Jonathan Bennett resurfaces to attribute a Mean Girls quote to her; and even Ari lookalike/vlogger Gabi DeMartino makes an appearance.

Remember: This is just the teaser. The full video is “coming soon,” according to the clip, and we know it’ll take inspiration from Mean Girls, 13 Going on 30, Legally Blonde, and Bring It On. Who knows what other surprises await?

Check out the teaser above, and keep your fingers crossed for another First Wives Club nod in the final version.

Meek Mill Announces His ‘Motivational’ First Post-Prison Tour

Not only is Meek Mill celebrating his wins with a new album, Championships, this week, but he’s also putting his newfound liberation to use by heading out on The Motivation Tour.

Beginning in February 2019 and running through late March, the U.S. trek will visit 16 cities, including Meek’s hometown of Philadelphia. Notably, it marks the rapper’s first tour since his release from prison earlier this year.

Last week, Meek released “Uptown Vibes” and “Oodles O’ Noodles Babies” to rev up anticipation for Championships, which arrives Friday. The new project — his first full-length album since 2017’s Wins & Losses — also includes the Jeremih-featuring single “Dangerous,” as well as a rumored collaboration with Cardi B.

While gearing up for his new musical chapter, Meek is also continuing to passionately push for prison reform. Just before announcing his new tour on Monday (November 26), The New York Times published an op-ed from the rapper in which he announces his new criminal justice reform organization. Underscoring the country’s need for prison reform, he wrote, “A higher power has put me in a position to help fix this — to help clean up this persistent stain on our society.”

Read the full op-ed here, and check out the Motivation Tour dates below.

02/19 — Miami, FL @ The Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater

02/22 — Dallas, TX @ South Side Ballroom

02/23 — Houston, TX @ Revention Music Center

02/26 — Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre

02/28 — Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium

03/01 — San Francisco, CA @ The Masonic

03/05 — Denver, CO @ Fillmore Auditorium

03/08 — Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom

03/09 — Detroit, MI @ The Fox Theatre

03/12 — New York, NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom

03/15 — Philadelphia, PA @ The MET

03/19 — Lowell, MA @ Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell

03/21 — Washington, DC @ The Anthem

03/23 — Raleigh, NC @ The Ritz

03/24 — Atlanta, GA @ Coca-Cola Roxy

Ariana Grande’s ‘Thank U, Next’ Gets A Synthy, Soulful Cover From The 1975

While the world waits with bated breath for Ariana Grande‘s rom com-inspired “Thank U, Next” video, The 1975 have shown their appreciation for the pop smash with their own cover.

The British band debuted their version of the self-reflective chart-topper while visiting BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge on Monday (November 26). Speaking about his cover choice, frontman Matty Healy said, “I want to dedicate it to the artist of the song, who’s become, I think, the main protagonist — is that the right word? — in most people’s lives. The person I see spoken about most, and somebody I’ve started to really care about for some reason. … She’s had a right old tough time and I like her a lot. I think she’s cool. And she’s got a great voice. And I don’t. So I’m gonna sing one of her songs.”

Even with lyrics so expressly personal to Grande — ones that reference her exes and her parents — The 1975 managed to make the song their own, giving it a synthy, soulful arrangement that prominently featured gospel singers to cover for Healy’s supposedly “not-great” voice.

Grande, for her part, showed The 1975 some love on Twitter, retweeting their performance with a heart emoji, as well as Healy’s tweet about her that said, “We (and I mean society as a whole) fucking love you.”

The 1975’s Live Lounge visit also included performances of “Sincerity Is Scary” and “It’s Not Living (If It’s Not With You),” two tracks from A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships, their new album out Friday. Which will arrive first: that album or Grande’s “Thank U, Next” video? Stay tuned!

Is Miley Cyrus’s Next Era Coming? See Her Dramatic New Song Teasers

Back in July, Miley Cyrus wiped her Instagram account clean and made her avatar black — a move that other artists, like Taylor Swift and The Weeknd, have made to signal the beginning of a new era of music. But the “Malibu” singer then left her account totally untouched, returning just this morning (November 26) to tease what she’s been working on: a collaboration with Mark Ronson.

Miley’s short teaser centers around a disco ball shaped like a shattered heart, which spins slowly as sweeping strings play in the background. She also tagged Ronson in the post and confirmed the track’s release date by captioning it “11/29.”

Shortly after, she followed up with another, far more confusing clip that shows a clown running down the street as the same dramatic instrumental plays. What this one means is anyone’s guess.

Ronson, meanwhile, teased the new release over the weekend by cryptically tweeting, “the heartbreak era is coming… sooner than u think.” He also retweeted a post that reveals his and Cyrus’s new song is titled “Nothing Breaks Like a Heart.”

As if that all wasn’t exciting enough, Monday also brought the news that Cyrus and Ronson will perform their new collab on Saturday Night Live. They’ll be the musical guests on the December 15 episode, joining host Matt Damon.

We don’t know much about “Nothing Breaks Like a Heart” yet, but back in June, Ronson called it “one of my favorite songs” while posting a pic of he and Cyrus. To put things into perspective, the super-producer has helmed such massive pop albums as Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black, Adele’s 19, and Lady Gaga’s Joanne — so that’s very high praise indeed.

It’s been just over a year since Cyrus released Younger Now, and her presence in the pop sphere has definitely been missed. It’s unclear if her new song will be a one-off release, if it signifies the birth of a new era, or if it’s part of a collaborative project for her and Ronson. Luckily, we’ll find out very soon — and hopefully get some answers about that creepy clown.