Katy Perry’s Severed Head Looks Flawless On Cover Art For New Song

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Katy Perry has dropped the single art for her forthcoming new song, “Bon Appétit,” out tomorrow, and she looks really good. The cover image features Perry’s decapitated head nestled on a platter among some fresh fruit, while the hands of Migos, who are featured on the new track, each reach for a snack.

Speaking to E!Perry called the song “pretty sexual,” so we’re gearing up for some intense potential banana and whipped cream wordplay. We’ll also likely get to hear the song live next month, when Perry joins Dwayne Johnson on SNL May 20.

Earlier this week, the queen of glossy pop surprised fans by emailing out a recipe for the “World’s Best Cherry Pie,” ending the email with “Bon Appétit.” So maybe we’re about to get some serious American Pie vibes with our next Top 40 anthem. Who can say?

Check out the cover art below:

Compliments of the chef: 4.28.17

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HAIM Is Finally Back With A New Song And Video, ‘Right Now’

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You don’t have to worry about what the soundtrack will be for your next boho lawn cocktail hour any longer: after a near four-year hiatus from new music, the trio of sisters have at last announced they’ll have a second album out this summer.

Today, the group dropped a music video for their first bit of new music off of the forthcoming LP: the Paul Thomas Anderson-directed live recording of their new sorrow anthem, “Right Now.” In the clip, we get to see Este, Danielle, and Alana rocking out to the song on drums and guitar, serenading us with their impressively refined pipes.

The new album is called Something To Tell You, and will be out July 7. They’ll release the first official single for their album on May 3, and perform live on SNL alongside host Melissa McCarthy May 13, where they’ll also unveil more new songs.

HAIM worked with Vampire Weekend-er Rostam Batamangli and Days Are Gone contributor Ariel Rechtshaid on the new album, which is benig touted as one of the hottest-anticipated releases of the year.

Check out the new vid below:

John Legend and Chrissy Teigen Did a Remake of ‘The Devil Wears Prada’

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The arguably hottest, most fun couple in Hollywood, John Legend and Chrissy Teigen, have delivered us a new gift of great wit, intelligence, and talent. The pair decided to spend Monday night recording famous The Devil Wears Prada scenes over Snapchat, to magical effect.

First up, there’s Chrissy serving some frosty editor just showered and decided to operate her Spring meeting from the closet floor:

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Here’s John yelling at Chrissy Hathaway because he’s playing the role of boyfriend who can’t handle a successful woman:

#ChrissyTeigen #JohnLegend

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We also get to see Teigen stressing out in Anne Hathaway’s role, barking “Can you even spell Gabbana?” at a drowsy and gorgeous Legend:

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“A million girls would kill for this job:”

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Blondie Releases Raging New Rock Anthem ‘Fragments’

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Ahead of their upcoming new album, Pollination, iconic rock-pop group Blondie have released a new single: “Fragments.” The song, Rolling Stone reports, is a cover of an Unkindness’ original moody folk song, now reimagined as an expansive, rocked-out banger, complete with fantastic guitar riffing and grovelly screlching on Debbie Harry’s behalf.

“Fragments” is the third track to be released ahead of Pollination, which comes out May 5. Previously, there’s been the lead single, “Fun,” and the Dev Hynes co-written song “Long Time.” Other collaborators said to be on the LP include Sia, Charli XCX, Laurie Anderson, Joan Jett, Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr, and Nick Valensi of The Strokes. In essence, this album sounds very killer.

Take a listen to “Fragments” below:

Here’s Pollination’s tracklist, again thanks to Rolling Stone: 

1. “Doom or Destiny”

2. “Long Time”

3. “Already Naked”

4. “Fun”

5. “My Monster”

6. “Best Day Ever”

7. “Gravity”

8. “When I Gave Up On You”

9. “Love Level”

10. “Too Much”

11. “Fragments”

Dr. Luke Is Not the CEO of Kemosabe Records Anymore, Likely Thanks to ‘Free Kesha’ Movement

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Dr. Luke is no longer the CEO of Kemosabe Records, according to The Hollywood ReporterHis name  has been separated from the company’s on court papers, and the label has said he no longer posesses the authority to act on its behalf.

Luke (Lukasz Gottwald) created Kemosabe with Sony in 2011, and was responsible for producing many of the label’s biggest hits: “Wrecking Ball,” “Since U Been Gone,” “I Kissed A Girl,” as well as seerving as executive producer for the music of one of Kemosabe’s most successful chart-toppers: Ms. Kesha Rose Sebert.

Kesha filed claims in 2014 that Gottwald had coerced her into taking drugs and then raped her, as well as verbally abusing her and withholding her proper share of profits on smash hits like “Tik Tok.” What has ensued is a long, ugly legal battle in which Gottwald has countersued for defamation, and Kesha’s request to break contract and separate from Luke is now entering its third pending appeal.

As rumors surface that Dr. Luke and Sony may split – his page on Kemosabe’s website has also been taken down – Kesha fans rejoice. But it doesn’t mean the end of the road for the “We R Who We R” singer. Gottwald’s defamation case continues to build evidence for a pending trial, and this split from Sony does nothing to help dissuade the idea Kesha’s lawsuit has hurt his career. Plus, without Sony in the mix, Kesha will have to interact directly with Gottwald, her alleged abuser, in court.

A Backstage Chat With Grammy-Nominated House Duo Sofi Tukker

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Sofi Tukker, the dance-funk-jazz duo consisting of Sophie Hawley-Weld and Tucker Halpern, two wildly different musical minds who met, naturally, at an art gallery while they both attended Brown. The pair exude two distinctly different energies as I sit down with them in the press tent backstage at Coachella: she, poised, reserved, in a sleek white jumpsuit and shiny ponytail; he, a faded band tee and a friendly but unaffected expression on his face.

The joining of their two tastes, sonically and visually, produces a show unlike other house acts at the festival – this one feels more intimate, tender. And I’m not the only one who thinks so: they’ve got fans pouring out the back of the Gobi tent at their Sunday afternoon set. But I had to know – how did two such strikingly dissimilar individuals decide to form a Grammy-nominated house duo?

How did you guys decide to form this group?

Sophie: We met in college, at Brown, studying very different things. I was studying conflict resolution and making Bassa Nova music, and Tuck was a house music DJ. We met at an art gallery, and we ended up remixing one of my songs, basically on the spot. We’ve kept collaborating every day since then, basically.

Is there an album on the way?

Tukker: We have enough songs ready for that, but we might not release it as an album. Probably a couple singles, and maybe an EP.

And some of the songs are sung in Portuguese… Are you Portuguese?

Sophie: I’m not, I just like it, so I learned it. I think it sounds so great.
Tukker: The songs we do in Portuguese are written by a contemporary Portuguese poet that we like, Chacal.
What setting do you imagine people listening to your music in?
Tukker: Probably on a beach. A tropical place. A little less hot than this (at Coachella).
Sophie: A place to find refuge, maybe.

The music feels very much like something listeners can find refuge in. Is that fair to say?

Sophie: That’s what we’re hoping for.

What are some ultimate career aspirations you both have for down the line?

Sophie: I think we want to see this band, and ourselves, become the best writers and performers we possibly can be. We want to feel as much joy, and share it with as many people, as we can.

Do you have a strong queer following? What would you say to your queer audiences, since it’s such a scary time right now… is there a message you have for people who are feeling afraid?

Tukker: Come to our shows, and you won’t have to feel afraid. And not like, “Come to our shows…” We’re actually aiming to bring excitement and joy to cities. Hopefully it transcends just the show. But we’re coming with open arms.
Sophie: It’s a scary time for all of us. And we’re all in this together, and trying to create as many spaces that allow you to be yourself as possible.

The concept of creating a safe and open space, even for a few hours, is really powerful.

Tukker: It’s one of the coolest things about dance music and club music in general. People feel like they can be wild, and open, and alive. Back in the 70s when it was even harder, or different, for queer and trans people, that whole musical world has always been so welcome to all types of people. And that’s totally what we’re about, and that’s why we make dance music.

Who are contemporaries right now that you take inspiration from, and who did you grow up listening to?

Sophie: Our answers are super, super different. Contemporaries: one of our favorite artists right now is Stromae. He’s just the pinnacle. I spent a lot of time growing up listening to jazz, and Brazilian jazz, and Bossa Nova. And I was training in West African dance at school, and writing folk music.
Tukker: And I was the opposite – rap and hip hop. I played basketball most of my life, through college, and so I was around rap a lot. I got into punk in high school. And then house music, when I got a little older, really took over my life.

Can I ask what your relationship is? Are you two just friends? Is that weird to ask?

Sophie: (Laughing) Yeah, you can ask. We’re just friends.
Tukker: We’re the perfect wingmen for eachother.

Ok, so then how do both of you relate to the word ‘queer?’ Is that something you would label yourselves as? Smile at respectfully from a distance?

Sophie: Gosh, I have no idea. I have a lot of friends who identify as queer. I don’t know how I identify. I try not to identify. I don’t know if that’s the most mature way – but I’m young. I’m figuring myself out.
Tukker: My relationship to the word… I’m not queer, but most of the people in my life are. So it’s a word – I feel comfort. I feel like I have a lot in common with queer people, even if that’s not how I personally sexually identify.

Check out the music video for their Grammy-nominated song, “Drinkee,” sung in Portuguese, below:

Felon-Turned-Supermodel Deported From London, Seemingly Without Cause

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The felon-turned-supermodel Jeremy Meeks was deported from the UK after attempting to enter London on business, Daily Mail reports.

We’re all familiar at this point with the “hot felon,” who rose to viral status after his mugshot was released by the California police back in 2014. He had been arrested on gun charges for posession of a semiautomatic pistol.

Thanks for all the love #Blessed

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After his release from prison in 2016, Meeks was immediately signed to White Cross Management, and has since embarked on an impressive modeling career, walking in the Phillip Plein show at NYFW this past winter and appearing on the upcoming cover of Man About Town, out this Thursday.

Meeks was headed into London for his cover launch party, as well as, reportedly, to shoot a number of upcoming editorials. But when he touched down at Heathrow Airport, Meeks was immediately stopped and subjected to eight hours of fingerprinting and questioning. He was forced to return to America, leaving his wife as well as his manager, Jim Jordan, in the UK.

To Daily Mail, Jordan explained: “He wasn’t arrested but they deported him out of the country. They wouldn’t let him come into the country. He is really upset. He was police-escorted onto the plane.”

Meeks posted this video venting his frustration after the incident:

Some evidence for the jury:

Workin’ it

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Beyoncé Announces Formation Scholarships On Anniversary of ‘Lemonade’

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It’s been a year since Lemonade dropped and revolutionized music, film, culture, and political activism. Now, as she celebrates the anniversary of her best work yet, Beyoncé has announced the creation of the Formation Scholars – full college scholarships for four young women – one for each of the participatings institutions: Berklee College of Music, Howard University, Parsons School of Design, and Spelman College.

On her site, Bey explained: “To add to the celebration of the one-year anniversary of Lemonade, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter announces the establishment of Formation Scholars awards for the 2017-2018 academic year, to encourage and support young women who are unafraid to think outside the box and are bold, creative, conscious and confident.”

Scholarships may only be used by women for the study of creative arts, music, literature or African-American studies.  The funding is part of the #BeyGOOD initiative, an organization which has in the past provided funding for such causes as those affected by the Flint water crisis and to homeless populations and sick children around the world.

Something to also consider:

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Frank Ocean Releases New Music With Young Thug

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Frank Ocean is continuing his streak of new projects off of his blonded radio show, dropping a new remix of Endless’ “Slide on Me” this morning with a feature from Atlanta rapper Young Thug.

 

Over the weekend, Ocean dropped another new track via radio, “Lens,” on the Beats 1 show’s fourth episode. This surprise fifth ep also featured new tunes from Kanye West, Grandaddy, Arthur Russell, and others. Take a look at the tracklist and album art for the episode below:

01. Darondo – “Let My People Go”
02. Gerry Rafferty – “Right Down the Line”
03. Four Tet – “My Angel Rocks Back and Forth”
04. Mulatu Astatke – “Yegele Tezeta / Yekatit”
05. Holy Ghost – “Some Children”
06. B. B. & Q. Band – “On the Beat”
07. The Noveltones – “Left Bank Two”
08. Karriem Riggins – “Bahia Dreamin”
09. Ponderosa Twins – “Bound”
10. Kanye West – “Everything I Am”
11. D’Angelo – “Send It On”
12. Marvin Gaye – “Is That Enough”
13. The Floaters – “Float On”
14. Patrice Rushen – “Remind Me”
15. Frank Ocean – “Pretty Sweet”
16. Guided By Voices – “Chicken Blows”
17. Grandaddy – “Collective Dreamwish of Upperclass Elegance”
18. Arthur Russell – “Place I Know/Kid Like You”
19. John Mayer – “You’re Gonna Live Forever in Me”
20. Trust Fund – “Would that be an Adventure?”
21. bare pale – “Wait”
22. Tashaki Miyaki – “Get it Right”
23. Frank Ocean – “Seigfried”
24. Frank Ocean – “Slide On Me” (feat. Young Thug)
25. Sébastien Tellier – “La Ritournelle”

Speaking of Young Thug, check out his touching tribute to late photographer Ren Hang in his new music video.