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5 Best Songs on U2’s ‘Songs of Experience’

Posted: 01 Dec 2017 02:46 PM PST

By Scott T. Sterling

The new U2 album, quite frankly, is a lot.

Far from a hastily-made affair dashed off to cash in on the enormous goodwill the band built up over the course of this year's anniversary tour for The Joshua Tree, U2's latest studio effort sounds like an inspired veteran band working hard to make relevant, vital music in 2017.

Related: Bono Reveals Health Scare Inspired U2’s ‘Songs of Experience’

Spread across 17 tracks (including three bonus tracks and a Kygo remix), Songs of Experience feels affected by the band’s nostalgic tour, with elements of that era’s beloved sound readily apparent throughout the album.

This should be all good news for U2 fans, as there is plenty of strong material to take in here. These are our five favorites from U2’s Songs of Experience.

“You’re the Best Thing About Me”
U2 scored with the album’s first single, which juxtaposes a loose guitar riff with a rousing chorus.  The uplifting anthem is sure to elevate spirits on the band’s upcoming tour. The Kygo remix is worth a spin also, effectively taking the tune’s joy to the dance floor.

“Get Out of Your Own Way”
Bono delivers a dose of self-help inspiration over a chugging track reminiscent of U2’s glory days. Refined to a fine production point, it’s another new track that will fit seamlessly with the band’s classics in a live setting.

“Red Flag Day”
This urgent track lurches with the nervous energy of late ’70s/early ’80s post-punk, with Adam Clayton’s bass lines battling the Edge’s slashing, razor-sharp guitars. The distant backing vocals in the chorus are reminiscent of the band’s earliest releases, like something that could be found on the October album.

“The Showman (Little More Better)”
This raucous little tune builds on a catchy acoustic guitar riff that bursts into a rousing, shout-along chorus packed with upbeat energy. Tucked away in the song are sparkling examples of the Edge’s brilliant guitar-playing, which is a highlight throughout the album.

“Love is Bigger Than Anything in its Way”
Few bands can craft a soul-stirring emotional anthem like U2. Add this track to the band’s collection of big, stadium-shaking tearjerkers perfect for closing a concert set. Bono’s still has the ability to tap into simple, human moments and transform them into life-affirming musical moments through the power of his voice and sheer, unflagging determination. U2’s undying dedication to always trying to be the biggest band in the world is genuinely inspiring. Songs of Experience is better for it and a worthy representation of that noble and ongoing effort.

Britney Spears Shares Christmas Decorations, Holiday Smooch

Posted: 01 Dec 2017 02:23 PM PST

Britney Spears is ready for the holidays.

Related: Britney Spears Thanks First Responders at 'Vegas Strong' Return

The singer took to social media this afternoon to share her Christmas decorations and also a kiss with boyfriend Sam Asghari.

The light-hearted video clip is set to the holiday classic “Let It Snow,” and ends with the happy couple dancing together, complete with a twirl and a dip.

Check out Britney’s post below.

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The Script Team with ‘A Sense of Home’ Charity for ‘Arms Open’ Video

Posted: 01 Dec 2017 01:51 PM PST

By Scott T. Sterling

The Script has partnered with charity A Sense of Home on the band’s latest music video, “Arms Open.”

Related: The Script Detail New Album ‘Freedom Child,’ Announce Tour Dates

“For us, this is more than just a music video,” the band shared in a press statement about working with the charity focused on creating homes for aged-out foster youth. “Like the song itself, we wanted to reach out to as many people as possible, people who have been less fortunate in life, giving them a platform to tell their stories. On researching the ideas for the video, we came across so many charities, and while they are all doing such great work, we were immediately inspired by A Sense Of Home and wanted to show support and build awareness.”

“This organization offered a real solution that could be rolled out across the world, particularly in Ireland where this problem is so prevalent,” the statement continues. “Share it wide and share it proud with arms open.”

“A Sense of Home is honored to collaborate with The Script on this pioneering music video for their inspired ballad ‘Arms Open,'” added Georgie Smith, founder and executive director of the charity. “We hope and trust it will bring understanding to all of those in need of a loving embrace from community and bring us all more connected to one another."

Watch the new clip below.

Hunter Hayes Reveals ‘More’ Video from ‘Pictures’ Project

Posted: 01 Dec 2017 01:32 PM PST

By Scott T. Sterling

Hunter Hayes has shared a new music video, “More,” the second in a three-part cinematic project, “Pictures.”

Related: Hunter Hayes Shares Cinematic ‘You Should Be Loved’ Video 

“We've never done anything like this and I love how it takes you out of current reality and transports you to a different time and place entirely, where each song tells a piece of the story,” Hayes explained at the launch of the project. “With part one I'm only able to share the beginning, so I can't wait for the fans to hear the new music and watch as the rest of the story is told along the way!"

The clip adds a new dimension to the story, introducing a young family with the husband off at war, while the mom raises their young daughter and works as a photographer.

The story from the first video, “You Should Be Loved,” intersects with the new clip in an intriguing fashion, leading to what should prove to be a very climatic final installment.

New Found Glory Share New Song ’20 Years From Now’

Posted: 01 Dec 2017 12:52 PM PST

By Scott T. Sterling

New Found Glory have released a new track “20 Years From Now,” with a nostalgic music video reflective of the band’s enduring career.

Related: New Found Glory Drop ‘Party on Apocalypse’ Video 

“‘20 Years From Now‘ is a song we wrote and recorded during the Makes Me Sick album sessions,” said guitarist Chad Gilbert in a press statement. “We loved the song and felt it stood out in a different way than the rest, so instead of squeezing it on the album, we wanted to give it a life of it’s own.”

“If you have seen us on this recent ’20 Years Of Pop Punk’ tour, then you got a first listen as it was our intro to the concert,” Gilbert added. “We have learned so many lessons over the 20 years of this band, but the underlining meaning of the song is about letting go of worry to feel true freedom. When you reflect on your life, you realize how arguments, pride, and the worry of proving yourself never changed or fixed anything. Failure and missteps help refine your character and make you wiser. All you truly need to worry about is waking up each day and to try to be the best version of yourself. We feel very lucky that when we wake up we still get to be in this band. Thank you for that and we hope you enjoy the song.”

Listen to “20 Years From Now,” which contains explicit language, below.

LANCO Shares New Song ‘Born to Love You’

Posted: 01 Dec 2017 12:36 PM PST

By Scott T. Sterling

LANCO has shared the first taste of the band’s debut album, Hallelujah Nights, with the release of new song, “Born to Love You.” Watch a performance video of the track below.

Related: LANCO Announce Debut Album ‘Hallelujah Nights’

“Sonically, 'Born To Love You' is one of my favorite songs on the record because it’s really the bridge between the two different aspects of Hallelujah Nights,” frontman Brandon Lancaster explained to American Songwriter. “It starts out a bit laid back and builds into this real rocking and up-tempo song that reflects the lyrics. “In an anthemic way, it's an ode to the path hometowns set out for you and the different experiences we go through that lead to finding someone who is literally your reason for being here."

Hallelujah Nights is due to arrive on Jan. 19.

Sia Gets Animated for ‘Candy Cane Lane’ Christmas Video

Posted: 01 Dec 2017 12:11 PM PST

By Scott T. Sterling

Sia gets animated for her latest Christmas single, “Candy Cane Lane.”

Related: Sia Shares Star-Studded ‘Santa’s Coming for Us’ Video 

Following the star-studded clip for “Santa’s Coming for Us,” Sia’s latest holiday video is a fun animated affair, with the singer facing off against a hungry snow monster. It ends on a cliffhanger to be continued in her next Christmas clip.

The video is the latest to be revealed from Sia’s new holiday album, Everyday is Christmas.  Watch it below.

Neil Young Opens Massive Online Archive

Posted: 01 Dec 2017 12:04 PM PST

By Scott T. Sterling

Christmas has come early for Neil Young fans.

The legendary Hall of Fame rocker has opened his archival streaming website, where his entire catalog can be listened to for free.

Related: Neil Young Premieres Animated 'Powderfinger' Video

All of Young’s solo work is posted on the archives, as is music he made with Buffalo Springfield, Crosby Stills Nash and Young, and Crazy Horse.

Serious Neil Young fans will be most interested in the ten(!) unreleased albums posted to the archive, as well as a handful of previously unreleased films.

“These are projects I did not release at the time for one reason or another, and many of the songs subsequently appeared on other albums as the years flew past," Young shared about the newly revealed material. “The archive is designed to be a living document, constantly evolving and including every new recording and film as it is made. It is not yet complete as we are still adding a lot of detail to the older recordings.”

Check out Neil Young’s archival streaming site here.

An especially fortunate clutch of Young fans will experience a concert of a lifetime tonight (Dec. 1) when he plays a special intimate show in his hometown of Omemee, Canada. The benefit gig will stream live tonight at 8 p.m. ET here.

As if that wasn’t enough Neil Young news, he’s also shared a new music video. It’s for “Already Great,” the opening track of his new album, The Visitor, which was released today. Watch it below.

 

 

Kanye West Spotted at Chrissy Teigen’s Birthday Bash

Posted: 01 Dec 2017 11:01 AM PST

By Hayden Wright

In 2017, Kanye West has kept a low profile: It’s been almost one year since his buzzed-about meeting with president-elect Trump at Trump Tower. Since then he’s made guest appearances on tracks with Drake, Mary J. Blige and Tyga—but hasn’t released any new material of his own. There was a mysterious trademark filing last month and an ongoing insurance drama surrounding the cancellation of his Saint Pablo tour in 2016. Through it all, West has remained mostly out of the spotlight.

Related: Kanye West Stirs Streaming Service Rumors with 'Yeezy Sound' Trademark Filing

West broke his streak last night by accompanying wife Kim Kardashian to Chrissy Teigen’s Pan-Am themed birthday bash.  Teigen and Kardashian shared photos on Instagram from the night featuring Kanye, who wore all black. He and Kim are seen cuddling up in fake airline seats and she shared a selfie from their corner of the party.

See photos from the Kanye sighting here.

Big Sean and Metro Boomin Announce Joint Album ‘Double or Nothing’

Posted: 01 Dec 2017 10:51 AM PST

By Scott T. Sterling

Hip-hop heavyweights Big Sean and Metro Boomin’ have announced a surprise joint album, Double or Nothing. As far as a release date, they say it’s “coming soon.”

Related: Migos Announce Drake, Big Sean, Travis Scott Collaborations 

The album looks to expand on the chemistry found on “Bounce Back,” the track Metro Boomin produced for Sean latest album, I Decided, that soared to No. 6 on the Hot 100.

The album will feature Sean rapping solely over Metro Boomin beats, as opposed to the more common method of utilizing a variety of different producers. For Metro Boomin, it’s a throwback to an earlier era in hip-hop.

“I was born in '93, and a lot of projects [from that era] had one producer, maybe two,” he explained to Billboard. “They sounded more cohesive — better as a whole.”

“That's one of the things me and Metro are like-minded on,” Sean said regarding the pair’s shared work ethic. “Maybe it has something to do with us being from the Midwest (Sean is from Detroit, while Metro Boomin hails from St. Louis). “We have that goal of wanting to succeed not just for ourselves, but for everybody who's listening…It ain't about status. It's about what you're bringing to the table: how we're going to progress humanity, how we're going to give people something to work out to, to live to, to upgrade to.”

WATCH: These Musicians Do 1Thing to Help the Environment

Posted: 01 Dec 2017 10:31 AM PST

By Maura O’Malley

While the thought of December often conjures images of white, snow-covered land, it's important to focus on the green—or what you can do to make the planet a little bit greener.

That's why we spoke with several musicians, including Portugal. The Man, Maren Morris, Fall Out Boy, Rita Ora, and James Blunt. We wanted to find out the 1Thing they're doing to help the environment.

Here's what they had to say:

Check out our 1Thing sustainability initiative to see more artists share the 1Thing they do to help the environment.

What's your #1Thing?

WATCH: James Blunt Does 1Thing To Help The Environment

Posted: 01 Dec 2017 10:24 AM PST

By Joe Hyer

We know that James Blunt (of “You’re Beautiful” fame) is an awesome musician, but what does he do each day to help the environment? Well, he’s helping to make the planet a little bit greener by doing 1Thing each and every day.

Plus, pop star Rita Ora, “Feel It Still” singers Portugal.The Man, country music’s Maren Morris, and rockers Fall Out Boy told us about how they’re making the planet a better place too.

Check out our 1Thing sustainability initiative to see more artists share the 1Thing they do to help the environment.

Let us know on social media by using the #1Thing hashtag.

BTS Quick to ‘Flinch’ on ‘The Late Late Show’

Posted: 01 Dec 2017 10:17 AM PST

By Robyn Collins

Some of the members of BTS showed serious cool when they played "Flinch" on The Late Late Show with James Corden. Others, not so much.

The guys took turns standing behind a plexiglass window while pieces of fruit were hurled at them, to see if they were stoic enough not to flinch. Jin and J-Hope were first up and, after saying, “I’m not afraid, you know,’ one of them fell to the ground while the other was visibly shaken.

Related: BTS Deliver Extended Set on 'Kimmel'

Jin and J-Hope were first up and, after saying, “I’m not afraid, you know,’ one of them fell to the ground while the other was visibly shaken.  “That’s the best flinch we’ve ever had,” Corden said.

For Jungjook and V, they were much more stoic and barely moved. And after saying, “Hey Corden, don’t worry, I’m not afraid,” RM, Suga, Jimin were easily startled when it was there time to have their reflexes tested.

The K-pop sensation also performed their song "DNA" for a very excited audience.

Watch both moments below:

WATCH: Rita Ora Does 1Thing To Help The Environment

Posted: 01 Dec 2017 10:12 AM PST

By Joe Hyer

We know that Rita Ora is an awesome musician, but what does she do each day to help the environment? Well, she’s helping to make the planet a little bit greener by doing 1Thing each and every day.

The “Your Song” singer is helping the oceans by “making a wave.”

Meanwhile, Portugal.The Man (they’re the group who gave us the hit song “Feel It Still”) have a tip for how you can do 1Thing with those non-greasey pizza boxes.

Plus, we also heard from “You’re Beautiful” singer James Blunt, country superstar Maren Morris, and rockers Fall Out Boy about how they’re making the planet a better place too.

DMX Pleads Guilty to $1.7 Million in Tax Evasion

Posted: 01 Dec 2017 09:54 AM PST

By Scott T. Sterling

DMX pleaded guilty to tax fraud this week (Nov. 30), admitting that he failed to report millions of dollars in earnings to avoid paying $1.7 million in owed taxes.

Related: DMX Records New Cover of ‘Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer’

The rapper faces up to five years behind bars when he’s sentenced, with a court date scheduled for March 29 (via Rolling Stone). With DMX still dealing with rehab for drug and alcohol issues, however, that date is likely to be postponed.

Acting U.S. Attorney Joon Kim said DMX was “systematically cheating on his taxes” by insisting on cash payments whenever possible and diverting royalty payments to the bank accounts of others, including managers.

“No matter who you are or whatever fame you may have achieved, the law applies equally to all, and no one is exempt from the shared obligation to pay our taxes,” Kim said.

While DMX stated in court that he “put other people in charge of me,” leading to the tax fraud, he still shouldered the blame: “I'm responsible,” he said. “I failed to file taxes.”

WATCH: Portugal. The Man & Fall Out Boy Do 1Thing to Help the Environment

Posted: 01 Dec 2017 09:52 AM PST

By Maura O’Malley

While the thought of December often conjures images of white, snow-covered land, it's important to focus on the green—or what you can do to make the planet a little bit greener.

That's why when we spoke with 2018 GRAMMY nominees Portugal. The Man we wanted to find out the 1Thing they're doing to help the environment.

Here's what the guys, as well as Fall Out Boy, Maren Morris, Rita Ora, and James Blunt had to say:

Kelly Clarkson’s Los Angeles Home Burglarized

Posted: 01 Dec 2017 09:38 AM PST

By Scott T. Sterling

Kelly Clarkson has shared details of a recent robbery at her Los Angeles home.

Related: Kelly Clarkson Covers Prince's 'Kiss'

Clarkson revealed the news during a red carpet interview at the 2017 Billboard Women in Music Awards on Nov. 30, where she was honored with the Powerhouse Award.

“Yeah, it was crazy, we got here and our whole house was like bashed in, it was crazy,” Clarkson told Extra‘s Renee Bargh.

The singer explained that her and the family were fine after the traumatic event, saying that the only casualties of the robbery were some “materialistic things we didn't care about, the guy was in our kid's room… so it was a little weird, other than that everyone is safe and good.”

Still, Clarkson remained positive, focusing on the bright side of the situation.

“Other than that little hiccup everything has been really great in our lives, and we're very blessed and grateful,” the singer said. “Even in that scenario we weren't in the house, which is a blessing.”

WATCH: Maren Morris Does 1Thing To Help The Environment

Posted: 01 Dec 2017 09:17 AM PST

By Lauren Hoffman

What can you do to make the world a little bit greener?

Country music’s own, Maren Morris, shares the 1Thing she does to help our environment. Through our #1Thing initiative, we are committed to our green pledges and hope you will join us by doing 1Thing as well.

Watch below as the “I Could Use a Love Song” singer along with Rita Ora, Fall Out Boy, and Portugal.The Man reveal how they help the Earth while out on the road.

Demi Lovato Marries Jesse Williams in ‘Tell Me You Love Me’ Video

Posted: 01 Dec 2017 07:39 AM PST

By Scott T. Sterling

Demi Lovato and Grey’s Anatomy actor Jesse Williams walk down the aisle in the pop star’s latest music video, “Tell Me You Love Me.”

Related: Luis Fonsi and Demi Lovato Drop ‘Echame La Culpa’ Video 

“This song is one of my favorites which is why I named my album after it,” Lovato revealed in a press statement. “I not only love singing it, but I think the underlying meaning is important for people to know. At the end of the day, you have everything you need standing right in front of you. And that's yourself.”

“Shooting this video was really fun too!,” the singer added. “We had a full on wedding and my best friends were even my bridesmaids and groomsmen. The locations were absolutely beautiful. It was perfect and I'm so excited to show everyone!”

The clip isn’t all happy and romantic. The video opens with the couple flashing back to arguments and fights, with the couple bickering over late-night text messages from other people and questioning if they should be together at all.

Check out the new clip, which contains explicit language, below.

5 Best Songs on Chris Stapleton’s ‘From A Room: Volume 2’

Posted: 01 Dec 2017 07:27 AM PST

By Annie Reuter

Chris Stapleton has released his second album this year with From A Room: Volume 2. The project was recorded at Nashville’s famed RCA Studio A and Stapleton penned seven of the album’s nine songs, all of which highlight his memorable vocals and standout musicianship.

Related: Chris Stapleton Shares ‘Tryin’ to Untangle My Mind’

Whether they’re story songs, tales of lonesomeness or friendship, Stapleton oozes with emotion on every track and leaves a lasting mark on the listener. Here are our favorite songs on From A Room: Volume 2:

“Millionaire”
On “Millionaire,” Stapleton sings about how he’s got a woman with eyes that shine like diamonds. A treasure to him, she makes him feel like a millionaire. A sweet sentiment, “Millionaire” is an endearing song about timeless love. “They say love is more precious than gold / Can’t be bought and it can’t be sold / I got love, enough to spare / That makes me a millionaire,” he sings on the Kevin Welch-penned track.

“Nobody’s Lonely Tonight”
A man is drowning his sorrows after a breakup on the bluesy “Nobody’s Lonely Tonight.” Stapleton sets the scene of two heartbroken strangers at the bar near closing time. Soon, the man in the song makes a proposition: “You be her and I’ll be him and for a while we’ll pretend nobody’s lonely tonight.” Stapleton’s emotive singing style coupled with a wavering electric guitar set the mood in this tale of lonesomeness.

“Midnight Train to Memphis”
A song first featured with Stapleton’s former Bluegrass band, the SteelDrivers, “Midnight Train to Memphis” showcases the singer’s whiskey-soaked vocals and mesmerizing guitar skills. A rollicking number that impresses musically, “Midnight Train to Memphis” deserves to be played on repeat.

“Friendship”
This Homer Banks and Lester Snell-penned song was made famous by the late Gospel and R&B musician Pops Staples. A sweet ode to friendship, it’s the type of song that makes the listener want to call up his childhood friend and catch up on life. “We got friendship / The kind that lasts a lifetime / Through all the hardship you know you are a friend of mine,” Stapleton croons.

“Hard Livin'”
This gritty barn burner finds Stapleton singing about his rowdy past. “I was known to get out of hand / A rough and rowdy honky tonk man,” he sings. Never thinking he’d change his ways, he muses on how this hard living isn’t as easy as it used to be. “Hard Livin'” is one of the standout moments on From A Room: Volume 2.

Miguel Brings ‘Sky Walker’ to Late Night, Drops Political ‘Now’ Video

Posted: 01 Dec 2017 07:03 AM PST

By Hayden Wright

Miguel is flying high with the release of War and Leisure (out today) and its successful lead single “Sky Walker.” Last night, the R&B sensation appeared on The Tonight Show to perform the song, against a parachute backdrop. Miguel took his figurative sky-walking to the next level in the high-energy performance, which dovetails with the release of his new video for “Now.”

Related: Miguel Teams Up with J.Cole On Revamped 'Come Through and Chill'

In the video, Miguel visits the High Desert Detention Center in Adelanto, California. Title cards explain that 2,000 family members from Mexico, Haiti and Central America are housed in the “immigrant prison.” In a voiceover Miguel weighs in on the immigration debate.

“These can be people who are contributing to society, who have been here for years, have built their families here, who have great values,” he says. “Who—for all intents and purposes—are the kind of citizens we want to fill our communities with. It’s just that they are undocumented.”

Watch Miguel on The Tonight Show here:

And check out the poignant video for “Now” here:

U2 and Saoirse Ronan Prepare for a Very Irish ‘Saturday Night Live’

Posted: 01 Dec 2017 06:36 AM PST

By Hayden Wright

This week, Lady Bird star Saoirse Ronan is hosting Saturday Night Live with musical guest U2.

Related: U2 Release 'American Soul' Featuring Kendrick Lamar

Both acts hail from the emerald shores of Ireland and in a series of promo videos cast member Kenan Thompson finds himself the odd man out, standing in a circle of Irish artists.

“Isn’t it insane that in this situation, I’m the one with the accent?” Kenan asks.

Watch the funny promos here:

Cardi B and Juicy J Release X-Rated Single ‘Kamasutra’

Posted: 01 Dec 2017 06:10 AM PST

By Robyn Collins

Juicy J has teamed up with Cardi B for the lyrically explicit new song “Kamasutra.” The highly sexual track starts with a familiar clip fans will recognize from one Cardi’s Instagram stories and gets raunchier from there.

Related: Cardi B Teases New Material in Concert

Musically, the song features ominous keyboard sounds, skittery cymbal samples, syncopated beats and a vocal trade off between the two rappers that recalls the give and take of partners in the heat of passion. In one of the less graphic lines, she asks Juicy, “Are you gonna f— me all night?”

Listen to the NSFW "Kamasutra" below.

G-Eazy & Halsey are Ride-or-Die on ‘Him & I’

Posted: 01 Dec 2017 05:50 AM PST

By Hayden Wright

Early in November, Halsey teased “Him & I,” a collaboration with her boyfriend G-Eazy. Now the song and video are here and it plays like an homage to JAY-Z and Beyonce’s “’03 Bonnie and Clyde” for the Snapchat generation.

Related: Halsey Details 'Him & I' Collaboration with Boyfriend G-Eazy

In the opening lines, G-Eazy refers to himself and his girlfriend as the “2017 Bonnie and Clyde,” before the duo dive into more ride-or-die lyrics.

"That's a star-crossed lovers song, that’s a crazy in love, like, we would kill for each other, we would die for each other kind of thing,” the rapper told MTV News. "Me and Halsey, we just clicked like that. We made the record and it came from a really genuine, authentic place, and I think when music comes from a place like that, is when music is at its best."

“Getting to share that with the world is really cool because it's not a contrived thing. It's not two artists pretending to be something they're not for the sake of a story," Halsey said.

Watch the video for “Him & I” below.

Selena Gomez Thanks Francia Raisa ‘She Saved My Life’

Posted: 01 Dec 2017 05:43 AM PST

By Robyn Collins

Last night in Los Angeles, a tearful Selena Gomez started her Billboard Woman of the Year Award acceptance speech by giving thanks to Francia Raisa, the woman who donated a kidney to her earlier this year. “She saved my life," Gomez began.

Related: Selena Gomez Opens Up About Justin Bieber and the Weeknd

The former Disney star also talked about how special it is to be a prominent woman in today’s music scene. “I feel incredibly lucky,” she said. “Honestly, I couldn’t be more grateful for the position I’ve been given in my career. I want people to know I respect the platform that I have so deeply.”

In addition, Gomez thanked her family and her team for sticking by her and paid tribute to women who have come before her, saying, “I’m so grateful for the older women who have lifted all of us up. I don’t know how I’ll ever repay it but maybe I’ll make an epic album next year.”

Camila Cabello Strips Down ‘Havana’: Watch

Posted: 01 Dec 2017 05:26 AM PST

By Hayden Wright

Last night, Camila Cabello was honored with the Breakthrough Artist prize at Billboard‘s Women in Music Awards. She took to the stage to perform her hit “Havana” in a stripped-down set featuring a guitar, keyboard and drum. The simple, rhythmic arrangement put Cabello’s voice front and center.

Related: Camila Cabello Drops Sultry 'Havana' Video

Diplo presented the award to Camila, who used her speech to thank her mother for being such a fantastic role model. Cabello shared her mother’s immigration story and praised her determination and love.

“The only reason I’m standing on this stage and on this soil in this country is because of one woman, my mom… thank you to the woman of life,” she said. “I have the most incredible example of what it means to be a woman…this is for my mom.”

Watch the performance here:

Listen to Louis Tomlinson’s New Single ‘Miss You’

Posted: 01 Dec 2017 05:04 AM PST

By Jon Wiederhorn

Louis Tomlinson has dropped his new solo song “Miss You” in advance of his upcoming debut album. The track is a melancholy pop tune that features a prominent guitar rhythm, marching drums, strings and Tomlinson singing about drinking with the guys to try to forget the bitter end of a romantic relationship.

Related: Louis Tomlinson Challenges Niall Horan to Rap Battle

“I wrote this song about a time in my life when I was going out partying every night,” he told MTV UK. “In hindsight throughout that time I was pretty numb and just going through the motions. Deep down it was always in the back of my mind that what I really missed was the girl that I loved. It was important for me to write something really honest.”

“Miss You” was co-written with One Direction collaborator Julian Bunetta and produced by Afterhrs.

Tomlinson’s first solo album is due for release in 2018, Sony Music has said.

Check out “Miss You” below.