Stop everything because Paris Hilton is releasing a new album. The admittedly problematic icon (she allegedly voted for Trump) who brought us such cultural treasures as The Simple Life and “that’s hot” has revealed she’s hard at work on the follow-up to the groundbreaking 2006 LP Paris. While we don’t expect any track to reach the level of “Stars Are Blind” – which will be a bop until the day we die – we are admittedly intrigued.
In an interview with Time, she talked about the “whole new sound” she’s creating, and did divulge that it’ll be a mix of “deep house, techno-pop and electro-pop.” There’s no official release date for the record yet, but seeing as Hilton is busy being the highest paid female DJ in the world, and creating techno remixes of Oasis’ “Wonderwall,” we expect we’ll be waiting awhile.
In the meantime, bask in the glory of her musical genius.
She wants to rap. In some rare good news lately, Pharrell Williams has revived his hip-hop group N.E.R.D., and recruited Rihanna for the already iconic new song “Lemon.” Why iconic, you say? Two words: Rihanna rapping.
That’s right, girls. Three sweet, sweet minutes of Pharrell and Rihanna trading verses that are actually really good. The track is a bouncy, joyous bop with an equally iconic music video that would’ve fit in the mid 2000s, when N.E.R.D. was making all your favorite jams.
In the video, Rihanna shaves a woman’s head looking glam as hell and, later, a camera follows the woman as she lets loose in some sort of neon-lit indoor market – which would probably be our reaction to getting a haircut from Rihanna, too.
“As for myself, I hold no preference amongst flowers as long as they are wild, free, and spontaneous.” Those are the guiding words of wisdom uttered by the flamboyant matriarch of a family of floral enthusiasts in The Secret Life of Flowers, a gorgeous new short film for the upcoming H&M and Erdem collaboration.
It’s no surprise that the film is gorgeous, given that Hollywood’s most eccentrically over-the-top director, Baz Luhrmann, is behind it – but this actually feels like a full movie stuffed into four minutes. Oh, and it may be the gayest thing we’ve seen all week thanks in part to a new original song called “Hypnotized” from Years & Years, and an abundance of sexual tension between the two men frolicking in the flowers.
Without spoiling anything, there is a love triangle, a beautiful mansion overrun with metaphorical and physical flowers, and a dinner scene with enough dramatic tension to last a lifetime.
Speaking on the collaboration, Years & Years frontman Olly Alexander says, “It was a really wonderful experience working with Baz, he’s so passionate about every detail, and I was really excited to be part of something so creative. Plus, I’ve always been a fan of Erdem. The song is about falling head over heels for somebody and it totally upends everything you thought you knew about yourself.”
Watch it below and reconsider your entire Halloween costume, because the outfits in this are everything.
“I love that track 2 death,” Warren Wolfe says over text as he frantically sends through a last-minute addition to his playlist. The track, “LGBT” by Cupcakke, is an all-out banger that reflects the artist’s incredible taste and properly closes a roundup of Wolfe’s go-to songs. Across genres that span everything from ambient and grime to electronic and pop, Wolfe curated a collection of music to celebrate the release of his latest single, “Stranger,” a dance track about hook-up culture.
For his playlist, the Brooklyn-based singer gravitated towards female vocalists but, overall, selected songs that mix “sensitivity and chaos.” That means appearances from one of his biggest inspirations, Arca, as well as newer discoveries like Rina Sawayama, Lovozero, and serpentwithfeet. Keep your ear out for “Perfect Blue” by Orrin – a track that Wolfe helped produce this year – and certified ragers from Sugar Shane and K Rizz that he classifies as songs that would be on rotation if he hijacked the aux cord at a house party.
“Bidi bidi bom bom.” If those four words aren’t sending you into a tailspin of singing Selena Quin’s most viral hit, we don’t trust you. While the song was released on the late Mexican-American singer’s fourth studio album, Amor Prohibido, in 1994, today is cause for a different celebration. On this day in 1989, Selena burst onto the scene with her iconic self-titled debut album.
To honor the queen, Google premiered the first-ever Selena Google Doodle, an animated cartoon of her singing “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom” that took over two years to make. It was through the work of Perla Campos, Global Marketing Lead for Google Doodles, that the animation came to life thanks to her own personal connection to Selena. “There were always two women who taught me I could do anything and be anything I set my mind to: my mom and Selena,” she explained to Billboard. “Selena has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember.”
Together, with Selena’s family, she worked tirelessly to create an animation that highlights Selena’s journey from child to adult before her untimely death at the age of 23. It’s a moving tribute to the singer, especially at a time when the rights of immigrants have come under attack. As Campos explained: “Selena was always about transcending boundaries, and for someone who has such a powerful story to be featured on the homepage of Google – a search engine that connects people the way she connected people – that is such a beautiful thing. Featuring an immigrant woman should not be political, it should be celebrated.”
Right when we think Cardi B cannot possibly keep making money moves, she proves that there’s no stopping her rise to the top. The Bronx-born rapper has skyrocketed on the strength of possibly the song of the year, “Bodak Yellow.” And after taking the No. 1 throne on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart a few weeks ago, she has put up her feet and gotten comfy – all while making history.
With three weeks at the top of the chart, “Bodak Yellow” is officially the longest running No. 1 by a solo woman rapper. Ever. It’s previously been notable as the first No. 1 solo single by a female rapper in 19 years. Despite fierce competition from New Taylor Swift (the old one is dead, if you hadn’t heard) and some petty comments from other female rappers, Cardi B seems unstoppable.
As she told OUT on the night the track dropped, “If you want to feel like shitting on bitches [or] shitting on anybody, you’re going to want to put that record on. You’re going to feel like you’re making money moves.” Given its astronomical success, we have a feeling there are a lot of people who feel like shitting on someone.
Pop quiz. What do Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jennifer Lopez, Gloria Estefan, Fat Joe, Camila Cabello, Luis Fonsi, Marc Anthony, Gina Rodriguez, Ruben Blades and Dessa have in common? Well, they’ve all teamed up for a new benefit single called “Almost Like Praying,” to benefit the people of Puerto Rico who are still fighting to recover from Hurricane Maria.
While Donald Trump is busy throwing paper towels like basketballs into crowds of people there and being an all around awful human being, Miranda set to work on a powerful song for the Puerto Rican people. Don’t feel bad about how much the song wants to make you dance, by the way – he wants you to dance. “I was very wary of writing a song that felt like homework,” Miranda told the New York Times. “I wanted to write a danceable tune that is just everywhere, and by being everywhere, is doing good.”
Within the nearly three and a half minute track there’s a line from the song “Maria” (from West Side Story), as well as a naming of all 78 towns and municipalities in Puerto Rico. Listen to the song and buy it because all proceeds from the track are going to the Hispanic Federation disaster relief fund, which has been providing hurricane relief aid to the Puerto Rican citizens.
Carly Slay Jepsen can do no wrong. She’s released Emotion, a perfect pop album, and because that just wasn’t enough for our gay hearts, she released Emotion: Side B, which introduced us to the ultimate bodega anthem, “Store.” Since that pinnacle of pop excellence, she’s settled into her throne and taken it easy until, on May 26, she graced the world with “Cut to the Feeling.”
Now that we’ve had a full three months to listen to it a thousand times and drunkenly request it at clubs across the country, she’s dropped a long-awaited video for it. For the stripped-down visuals, Jepsen trades in narrative for a look into what it’s like to be her for the first half of the track as a countdown clock ticks anxiously towards zero in the corner. Carly Rae makes a perfect cup of coffee! She laughs! She tries on sunglasses! It’s all good fun, but as the clock strikes zero, the magic begins.
At the 1:40 mark, she walks slowly towards the stage and then a sequence happens that’s so Carly Slay that I audibly said “oh my god” to my laptop. A star! Mood lighting! Dancing! It’s incredible, but then again, we’d probably be wowed by her even if she was sitting at a table reading an ingredients list. Watch the video below and dance on the roof. Cut to the feeling. Oh, yeah.
PVRIS is simmering. Led by activist and singer Lyndsey Gunn, the three-piece rock band are days away from the release of their second album, but today, they’ve gone back in time for a major Victorian moment in their new video for “Anyone Else.” Set in a moody house that would fit perfectly into any American Horror Story episode, the band’s muse Courtney Scarr (from their previous video for “What’s Wrong”) moves around the dilapidated rooms as she entangles herself with another, mysterious figure.
The taut, conflicting dancers are reflective of the two verses, which Gunn revealed were written a year about. “The first verse was written at the beginning of heartbreak—that feeling when you first leave someone yet you feel like a part of you will always belong to them,” she explained. “The second verse was written a year later. [It’s] a different mindset, mostly reflecting on the toxicity and possessiveness of that same love. It is ambiguous as to what the ending perspective is… who do I belong to in the end? Myself or my past lover?”
It’s a tumultuous, lyrical struggle that’s central to what Gunn is creating with the new album. The singer, whose gone viral this year for an open letter for Billboard about coming out to her mom and for a Nylon interview with Tegan Quin from Tegan & Sara, has built up the band’s queer street cred in a big way. PVRIS is set to debut their most personal album yet when All We Know of Heaven, All We Need of Hell drops on August 25, which you can preorder here. Then, on their fall tour, they’ll donate a portion of every ticket sold for their upcoming fall tour will be donated to The Ally Coalition in support of LGBTQ equality.