Grimes originally wrote “Go” for Rihanna, but she turned it down. Though we’re sure the Rihanna version would’ve been great, we’re happy with how weird and disjointed this version got to be. Speaking of weird and disjointed, Grimes released a video for the song and it’s very specifically strange. It can only really be described as what a pop R&B music video looks like in Grimes’s brain. It’s like if '90s Hype Williams directed an episode of Game of Thrones, in which Daenerys tries to dance for the first time.
Arguably the biggest live music story going into the summer was that Outkast was reuniting for a large-scale festival tour. Then they played their first show at Coachella, and all that hype was swiftly brought down to reality, with reviews being generally negative, usually pointing out that their performance felt uninspired, like they were just going through the motions. It appears André 3000 agreed with the critics. In a very frank interview with the New York Times, André Benjamin described the evening:
How has it been having “Shake It Off” stuck in your head this past week and a half? If it makes you feel any better, you are not alone. After its first full week out, the song jumped from No. 69 on the Billboard Hot 100 to No. 1, on the back of strong sales, radio airplay, streaming, and basically everything else. This is Taylor Swift’s second No. 1, after "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together." Coming in at No. 2 is Nicki Minaj's "Anaconda," which was helped by its record-breaking video. MAGIC!'s "Rude" dropped to No. 5 because of Nicki and Taylor, and because reggae is exclusively for summer breaks.
If you actually care about backstory, then this date apparently happened on the set of Usher's "She Came to Give It You," which you can watch below. But really, let's focus: Here is a one-minute video of Drake and Nicki Minaj shopping for snacks. "You want the Nutella dip sticks? What you want? I'm splurging today." Perfect.
Hopefully, you've had a few minutes to play around with our Fall Entertainment Generator. But if you're looking for straight and simple lists of things to look out for by medium, we'll be breaking them out separately. Here's a look at fall music.
According to TMZ, Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez were at a Dave & Buster's Monday night when a "fan" started taking pictures and videos of the two on his phone. Bieber allegedly responded by "lunging" at the fan in an attempt to get his phone, but Bieber's security got in the way before he ever contacted the fan. Bieber was gone by the time the police arrived. The fan wants to press charges, so Bieber is being investigated for attempted battery, attempted theft, and attempted robbery. These accusations are especially serious because Bieber is currently under probation from when he egged a neighbor's house. Either way, isn't it cute that Bieber and Gomez go to Dave & Buster's on dates? Can't you imagine Justin making Selena watch him play that basketball game for way too long?
Florida-born pop upstart Ariana Grande has clocked many hours on the small screen — she’s a veteran of the Nickelodeon shows Victorious and the more recent, notoriously ill-fated buddy comedy Sam & Cat — but my favorite televised moment of her career came this July, when she hosted a half-hour special on MTV called Total Ariana Live. Between audience questions about her musical idol (unexpectedly, Imogen Heap) and which house she’d choose to belong to at Hogwarts (equally unexpectedly, Slytherin), Grande was forced to play a game in which she spun a wheel to determine which hit song she’d have to perform, and which wAcKy genre she’d have to sing it in. Ariana Grande clearly had no time for this game; she looked impatient as tenured MTV VJ Sway explained the rules, and instead of leaving it up to chance, she turned the wheel to her chosen song — A$AP Rocky’s “Fuckin’ Problems,” in the style of Broadway. Grande closed her eyes as if transported, and in her signature angel-soft voice, let it fly: “IIIIII love bad bitches, that’s my fuckin’ problem! Aaaaand I know I like to fuck, I got a fuckin’ problem!” The censors reacted slowly, clearly unprepared to do much heavy lifting on an Ariana Grande special, so Sway was left to muffle her f-bombs like a nervous dad: “Okay, okay, okay!” Grande shrugged sweetly, seeming somehow genuinely unaware that you can’t do that on television. For a former tween idol, this was something charming and rare: A bad-girl moment with an unscripted breeziness about it that suggested it was not trying too hard to be A Bad-Girl Moment. It had been a long time since we’d seen that on MTV.
In the wake of last night's live, dress-splitting "Bang Bang" debut performance at the VMAs, the official music video has now made its way online, featuring Jessie J. leading a funky street party while Ariana Grande does her makeup in her bedroom, after which they finally meet Nicki Minaj on top of a helipad for some old-fashioned skyscraper dancing. Not quite as as twerk-heavy as the "Anaconda" dance party, but still — pretty fun!
The Oregonian has identified the handsome, homeless blond man who squired Miley Cyrus to the VMAs last night and read a speech in her stead: His full name is Jesse Helt, and he's a 22-year-old Salem native who moved to Los Angeles a few years ago "to make it on his own," according to his mother. (He'll be flying back to Salem this week on Miley's dime to reunite with his family.) You can also, for the moment, check out Helt's Facebook page, but if you're just curious what controversial opinions might be espoused therein, there's one part where he talks about hating "lazy fat people," another where he shares a pro-gun infographic, and several status updates that indicate he is a cat person and not a dog person. Helt is also a self-identified Christian, even though he doesn't always spell that correctly. Welcome to fame, Jesse!
Prince will talk and talk about releasing new albums and new songs, but you just never know with this guy. Well, now he's coming through on his promises and then some, announcing last night that he will be releasing two albums in about one month's time. He'll be releasing a solo album called Art Official Age, and another called Plectrum Electrum with 3rd Eye Girl. We've already heard "The Breakdown" and "Breakfast Can Wait," and now he also has "Clouds" for your consideration. Both albums come out on September 29, making this fall the perfect time to wear that one purple lightweight jacket you bought.
Is this finally Charli XCX's time? With her appearances on two legit hits — "Fancy" and "I Love It" — and a song in The Fault in Our Stars, it seems like it. With a new album coming out on October 21, she presents the video for "Break the Rules." Though the Clueless outfits are gone, XCX is still in school, F-ing S up. She sings, "I don't wanna go to school / I just wanna break the rules." Fortunately, she doesn't have to — she's an adult success!
On Sunday afternoon, shortly after it was announced that MTV would air a 15-second PSA about the recent protests in Ferguson, Missouri, I watched all six of the videos nominated for what seemed to me at the time to be the show’s most laughable category, Best Video With a Social Message. Among the contenders were Avicii’s maudlin anti-war clip “Hey Brother,” David Guetta and Mikky Ekko’s typhoon-relief single “One Voice,” Kelly Rowland’s “Dirty Laundry” (a candid song about domestic abuse that’s too often been misinterpreted as a Beyoncé dis track), and J. Cole’s “Crooked Smile,” for which the video tells the story of Aiyana Jones, a 7-year-old girl from Detroit who was accidentally killed by a police officer during a drug raid in her home.
If the bulk of this year's VMAs felt like a prelude to Beyoncé, that's because it was. At night's end, she performed a 16-minute medley of all the songs from the album that she Beyoncé-d last December. It was the only section of the night that wasn't broken up every 8 minutes by condom ads.
Another MTV VMAs in the books, everyone. There was less twerking this year, and exactly zero racially fraught performances. That's nice! (Also, no one got ice water dumped on their heads.) But you know what celebrities probably didn't love? The multiple online live-cams MTV aimed directly at their seats for the entirety of the show. Because aside from whatever we got onstage, we also got a full account of all the side-eyes, blank stares, and bored texting. It was great, and it, as expected, made for some wonderful GIFs. Here's your rundown:
Foam fingers, once so important at the MTV Video Music Awards, had no place at this year's edition: Few of the musical numbers were memorable enough to prompt a triumphant finger in the air, and none of the peformances were scandalous enough to justify pointing that prop at a pop star's privates. Though tonight's VMAs were notably more subdued than last year's controversial, Miley-fueled music spectacular, there were still some highs and lows worth talking about. Won't you join us for a recap that rockets through those peaks and valleys?
Instead of going up onstage herself, Miley had a runaway named Jesse accept her Video of the Year Video Music Award on behalf of homeless/runaway youth across the country. She sat to the side (and cried dramatically) while he read nervously from his notes. It was certainly weird and unexpected, but also sweet. Just imagine the headlines tomorrow declaring Miley to be dating a homeless guy.
The VMAs definitely started off with a bang ... bang. Ha! They wanted me to write that, didn't they? We got Ariana Grande's "Break Free," Nicki Minaj's "Anaconda," and the two of them (plus Jessie J, ha) on "Bang Bang." Nicki's dress didn't quite work, but they cut the snake, so it's all good.
The VMAs have barely just begun, but we already have our first wardrobe malfunction, as Nicki Minaj was forced to hold her dress shut when it split during the opening performance of "Bang Bang" with Jessie J and Ariana Grande. She should've kept on the "Anaconda" green one, no? This is a quick change gone wrong.