Paramore’s Hayley Williams Shares A Moody Teaser For Her New Solo Project

The new decade means new music for Hayley Williams! For her first move of 2020, the Paramore singer is launching a solo era, and the rollout officially commenced on Monday night (January 6) with the release of a cryptic teaser.

Williams’s new solo project appears to be called Petals For Armor, and on a mysterious new website, petalsforarmor.com, she shared a short, eerie teaser of what’s to come. The clip doesn’t include any music, but instead features Williams’s heavy breathing as the camera shows a glowing moon behind some tree branches. It ends with the date “1-22-2020,” which means we should find out what Petals For Armor is all about on January 22.

The new teaser was also shared on the Petals For Armor Instagram account, which, since October, has been filled mostly with close-up shots of flowers and plants. (Williams also notably added a pink flower emoji to her Twitter display name, really driving home that “petals” theme.)

Fueling the fire even more, fans have started spotting Petals For Armor posters in major cities around the U.S., emblazoned with the project’s title and an image of Williams.

Williams has been teasing her new solo era for a few weeks now. At the end of December, she rang in her 31st birthday with the news that she’d be releasing solo music at the top of the year. “I’m putting out some music next year,” she wrote in a screenshot from her Notes app. “With the help of some of my closest friends, I made something I’m going to call my own. It’s a really special project and you’ll get a taste of it in January.”

At the same time, the singer also posted three mysterious black squares on her Instagram account — a surefire sign she had something big in the pipeline.

Paramore’s last album, After Laughter, was released in 2017 and marked the return of original member Zac Farro. Since 2018, the band has been on an unofficial hiatus, although Williams has assured fans that Paramore isn’t going anywhere. In a December Instagram post from the band’s account, they wrote, “We should also say thanks to you, while we’re here, for carrying the torch for the band and believing in all the ways we’ve found to create. We love us and we love you too.” After some fans started debating whether the post was hinting at an imminent split, Williams added on her own IG Story, “No, it’s not a breakup announcement, weirdos.”

While we await more news about Petals For Armor, take a look at fans’ reactions to the new teaser below — and mark those calendars for January 22!

Surprise: BTS’s Next Album Is Coming Extremely Soon

BTS are back. You read that right. They’ve announced today (January 7) that their next album, Map Of The Soul : 7 will be out on February 21. It’s a week after Valentine’s Day, so you’ll have the money to spend after depleting your pockets to impress your partner if you have one.

The hottest group in the world announced the news through their BTS Weverse community, connecting directly to fans to let them know that they’ll have some fresh music right around the corner. It’s been a long ten months since Map Of The Soul : Persona dropped last April. Fans are salivating at the mouths.

Though they haven’t released another project since Map Of The Soul : Persona, BTS’s members have been collaborating with other artists, drip-feeding their mesmerizing voices to fanbases around the world. They collaborated with Charli XCX for “Dream Glow” that appears on the mobile game BTS World and they also connected with Zara Larsson for “Brand New Day.” RM released a compelling rendition of Lil Nas X‘s viral “Old Town Road” hit as “Seoul Town Road” in July.

In August, BTS took home the first-ever VMA for Best K-Pop. That same month, their Bring The Soul: The Movie broke event cinema records with 2.55 million tickets sold across 112 territories around the world.

Check out BTS’s album announcement up above.

Summer Walker And Usher Are Denizens Of The Night In ‘Come Thru’

Summer Walker has finally released the video for “Come Thru,” her collaboration with Usher that appears on her debut studio album, Over ItEchos of Usher’s video for his 1997 hit song, “You Make Me Wanna,” which this song samples, can be felt in its fascination with bright colors. It’s almost impossible to describe how sexy and sleek that “Come Thru” is.

Walker is the queen of serving looks. As smoke blows around her in the dead of night, she sits perched on a car. We see a bunch of scenes including her on the back of a motorcycle at peace, relaxing as her partner drives her to a place of comfort. Usher pops in halfway through to show that he’s never ever going to miss a step. He breaks into some silky choreography that’s distinctly Usher if that makes sense, smooth enough to fit in in either 2020 or 1997. It lends to the feeling that the video itself exudes: a sexy and timeless creation about finding comfort in the night and what comes with it.

Walker dropped Over It last October. The LP featured her breakout single, “Girls Need Love (Remix)” with its legendary Drake appearance, “Playing Games,” and more. In November, Walker scaled down her First and Last tour because of social anxiety so that she could get some peace of mind.

H.E.R. And Skip Marley’s Chemistry Makes Even The Subway Look Romantic In ‘Slow Down’

Ah, can you smell the romance in the air? Skip Marley and H.E.R can. One listen to their sultry, rose-scented collaboration “Slow Down” makes it clear that even though we’re still more than a month out from Valentine’s Day, this team-up will put you in the mood. The mood to cuddle up on the couch after exchanging ridiculously expensive gifts bought just moments before coming over.

The reggae-influenced “Slow Down” directly precedes a first kiss as both artists converse with each other about getting just a little bit closer. And in the video, which dropped recently, that closeness becomes tangible — after a lot of long, lingering looks across the room.

The narrative her is one of desire. Marley sees H.E.R., H.E.R. sees Marley, but they don’t talk. They just make eyes at a restaurant and at a green-hued party until eventually they dance together. That’s when things really open up. The rest of the gorgeously shot clip (which expertly manages to capture both the grit and beauty of a massive gray sky over Harlem, as well as the New York City subway) is sheer joy, the spark of a recently lit romantic flame.

“Slow Down” precedes the release of Skip Marley’s forthcoming album that’s set to drop sometime soon. He revealed in an interview with iHeartRadio last year that the project will be a “fusion” of reggae and more. H.E.R., meanwhile, is nominated for five Grammys — including Album of the Year, Record of the Year, and Song of the Year — at the 2020 awards. We’ll find out if she wins on January 26.

She also brought her song “Slide” to Late Night with Seth Meyers on Monday night (January 6). Check that out below, then get lost in the romantic visual for “Slow Down” up above.

Taylor Swift Recognized For LGBTQ+ Advocacy With GLAAD Media Vanguard Award

2020 is shaping up to be another big year for Taylor Swift, who will receive the Vanguard Award at this year’s GLAAD Media Awards for being an outspoken ally of the LGBTQ+ community.

In a statement released today (January 7), Sarah Kate Ellis, the CEO and President of GLAAD, announced that Swift will be this year’s honoree. “From boldly standing up against anti-LGBTQ elected officials to shining attention on the urgent need to protect LGBTQ people from discrimination through the Equality Act, Taylor Swift proudly uses her unique ability to influence pop culture to promote LGBTQ acceptance,” Ellis said.

Swift’s single “You Need to Calm Down” is just one example of how she’s advocated for LGBTQ+ rights. In it, she calls for fans to sign her petition for Senate support of the Equality Act while calling out homophobes and shouting out GLAAD, specifically. “Why are you mad? / When you could be GLAAD?” she sings. Her support of the organization and the LGBTQ+ community certainly hasn’t gone unnoticed.

“In a time of political and cultural division, Taylor creates music that unites and calls on her massive fan following to speak up and call for change,” Ellis added. And since the Vanguard Award is given to “allies who have made a significant difference in promoting acceptance of LGBTQ people,” Swift is certainly deserving of this year’s honor.

The “Lover” singer isn’t the only one who will be receiving a special honor at the Awards ceremony this year. Janet Mock — a writer, director, and activist who became the first trans woman of color to write and direct a TV episode on Pose — will receive the Stephen F. Kolzak award, which is given out every year to an LGBTQ member of the media who has worked tirelessly to eliminate homophobia and promote acceptance.

“Janet Mock is a trailblazing force for diverse and inclusive storytelling who has raised the bar for LGBTQ representation in Hollywood,” Ellis said. “She tells stories that need to be told, including those of transgender people and people of color, in revolutionary and eye-opening ways that inspire and enrich.”

The 31st Annual GLAAD Media Awards will be held in Los Angeles on April 16. The full list of nominees will be announced on Wednesday, January 8.

Lizzo, Miley Cyrus, Lana Del Rey And More Will Lead Bonnaroo 2020

The Bonnaroo Music Festival is back again and its lineup is more packed than ever with the biggest stars in the music industry. From Lizzo and Lana Del Rey, to Young Thug, the 1975, and Miley Cyrus, the list of performers for this year’s Bonnaroo is roodiculous.

Around 100 of your favorite artists will be converging at Manchester, Tennesee from June 11 to June 14. In addition to the previously mentioned performers, artists like Vampire Weekend, Megan Thee Stallion, DaBaby, Yaeji, Nelly, slowthai, Denzel Curry, and others are set to appear. There’s something for everyone across this vast lineup. Tickets go on sale on January 9 at 12 PM EST.

Last year’s Bonnaroo Music Festival was legendary. BROCKHAMPTONPost Malone, Kacey Musgraves, Solange Knowles, and more all ripped the stage.

Check out the full lineup up above.

Lil Baby’s Fallon Performance Was Fast And Furious In Every Way

Last night’s (January 6) musical guest on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon was Lil Baby who brought his latest single, “Woah,” to the stage, complete with backup dancers and spinning cars. The rapping was top notch, the dance routines were crisp. If you watched along at home, it was impossible not to participate – and to be reminded of a certain car franchise about racing and high-stakes heists.

Lil Baby and his band of backup dancers stood on stage like Fast & Furious extras with varying degrees of serious faces. The rapper kicked things off spitting the energetic number while four dancers sat on tires around him. They set the initial tone for the fierce performance, set to a gigantic video of modified cars doing donuts behind them. As it went on, more dancers joined the stage until an assembly line-like group of performers filled the locale. The high energy spectacle was enough to get you out of your seat and dance to what was on screen.

Lil Baby dropped “Woah” last November. The song is set to appear on his forthcoming second studio album, My Turn. In September, he released the video for “Out Of The Mud” with Future.

Lil Uzi Vert Teaches The World How To Do His Dance In Official ‘Futsal Shuffle’ Video

Have you figured out how to do it yet?

Lil Uzi Vert has released his foot-shuffling and heart rate-rising video for “Futsal Shuffle.” You know the dance that’s designed to make you trip and embarrass yourself at a school dance? That one. With a perfect look at each of the dance’s steps and how they cohesively come together into a smooth fit of flying feet, it’s the best way to learn how to do the infectious move that’s sure to take over this year. Lil Uzi Vert is your teacher today. It’s time to learn how to do the Futsal Shuffle once and for all.

The music video for “Futsal Shuffle” is about the dance and that’s it. Flanked by a friend on each side, Lil Uzi Vert dances in an empty warehouse. He jumps into place before flinging his legs around like he’s tap dancing for the entire three minutes, sometimes ceding camera time to people around and inside the locale who are putting their own funky twist on the Futsal Shuffle. When he does this, he toys with the camera’s slow-mo effects to show how complicated the moves can be.

But the real star here is Uzi’s legs. From Futsal Shuffling to doing breakdancing moves, Lil Uzi Vert wants you to know that he’s one of the best dancers that you’ve ever seen. Pretty soon, everyone’s going to be trying to do the Futsal Shuffle. How good you can do it though, depends on your coordination and how well you can study this video.

Check out Lil Uzi Vert’s new “Futsal Shuffle” video up above.

Pharrell Williams Leads The Choir In Emotional New Kimmel Performance

Pharrell Williams gave an awesome and emotional live performance of “Letter To My Godfather” on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last night (January 7). He was joined on stage by a choir for a riveting rendition of the song that’s dedicated to legendary music executive Clarence Avant and appears in his Netflix documentary, The Black GodfatherThere wasn’t a dry eye in the entire building as it played. At least, there wasn’t in mine.

Pharrell led the choir with sharp, piercing autotune, but it wasn’t overbearing. He left the soft cooing to the choir, whose “ooo”‘s lifted his vocals off the ground on top of a pillow of air. Even though it was soft and slow, Pharrell managed to inject the show with powerful volts of electricity. The choir elevated its voice and its hands as Pharrell danced across the stage. It ended with one final vocal and clap run with everyone’s arms raised to the sky.

The Black Godfather came out last June. It tells the story of Avant’s rise to become one of the most legendary music industry executives ever, coming to be known as the “Godfather of Black Music.” The Black Godfather features interviews with former President Barack Obama, Diddy, Snoop Dogg, and more.

Check out Pharrell’s striking performance of “Letter To My Godfather” up above.

Brockhampton Break Down The Confusion And ‘Not Really Knowing’ What Inspired ‘Sugar’

From their humble origins on internet forums to their current status on towering billboards in Times Square, Brockhampton have always been more than a group. The boy band is a symbol of spontaneity, a brotherhood, and a success story unlike any other. As MTV’s PUSH artists of the first month of a new decade, they’re as natural and unprocessed a group as you’ll find in the music industry. And with five studio albums released in the span of just two years, it’s clear that Brockhampton are just beginning and that they have so much more to say.

One of the highlights of their introspective, cathartic fifth LP, 2019’s Ginger, is “Sugar,” a collection of confusion, love, slow heartbreak, and sweet memories. The opening chorus — “Spending all my nights alone, waiting for you to call me / You’re the only one I want by my side when I fall asleep” — kickstarts the vertigo-inducing ride that takes you through a crash course of different feelings. But though it might feel engineered that way, frontman Kevin Abstract told MTV it came from a place of uncertainty.

“For me, it’s alright to not really know what you’re doing. It’s alright to not have it figured out in terms of relationships and love and stuff like that,” he said, surrounded by Matt Champion, Merlyn Wood, Dom McLennon, and Bearface. “I feel like it’s nice to have a song that kind of speaks to that feeling of not really knowing what’s up. That’s my takeaway every time we perform it onstage.”

Elsewhere in their discussion, the five Brockhampton guys talked about the making of “St. Percy,” a fierce blast of emceeing that sounds like an alarm ringing off into the night until your ears grow accustomed to the startling sound. They recorded it because they discovered that they didn’t have “enough rap songs” when they were making Ginger.

Abstract dug a bit into his own verse on the tune and talked about how spirits influenced his delivery – two famous rap ones, particularly. “Sometimes I just want to capture a specific mood and spirit,” he said. “I wanted to capture the spirit of Lil Wayne and New Orleans and Master P. That’s why I said ‘Young Nola,’ because I was thinking about Lil Wayne.”

Take a look at Brockhampton’s one-of-a-kind performances of “Sugar” and “St. Percy,” then get to know them in the extended interview above.