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Camila Cabello is the New face of GUESS

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20-year-old pop artist Camila Cabello sure isn’t wasting anytime flying solo; on the heels of her first-ever solo performance at the BBMAs and the release of viral music video, “Crying in the Club”, Billboard Style can report (with exclusive photos below) that the former Fifth Harmony member is now the newest face of Guess’ Fall 2017 campaign.

“I couldn’t be more excited to partner with Guess on this incredible campaign,” Cabello said in a press release. “I’ve grown up loving their aesthetic and not in my wildest dreams did I ever think I’d be lucky enough to be a part of it.”

The Paul Marciano (Chief Creative Officer of Guess) directed campaign is classic Guess–heritage denim, 90s style mania tees and oversized jackets all shot against the uber-Americana, road tripping backdrop of California’s Palmdale dessert. And while Cabello’s aesthetic here is the signature, buxom-look of Guess, reminiscent of ‘Guess Girls’ past (Anna Nicole Smith, Adriana Lima and Claudia Schiffer, to name a few), this campaign, Marciano says, is different.

“Camila’s confidence, strength and beauty reflect the qualities I look for in a Guess Girl,” the CCO said. “Choosing Camila to be the face of Guess this fall celebrates that Guess Girls are multi-talented, dynamic and accomplished women.”

Camila Cabello for GUESS Jeans Fall 2017.
This article was originally published by: Billboard

Is Lady Gaga Working With Steven Klein Again?

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Five years ago fashion photographer Steven Klein directed Lady Gaga‘s FAME, a short film promoting her first fragrance. This was an eight-minute epic that featured black ooze and muscled men scaling a 300-foot-tall gilded Gaga sculpture. Today (May 28), Steven re-posted footage of the film as if it was #TBT. But his caption — “TO BE CONTINUED…..” — has Little Monsters freaking out.

Steven worked with Gaga as recently as 2014, when he shot the album art for her and Tony Bennett‘s Cheek to Cheek. But he is better known for the grimly surreal visuals he created for FAME, which was produced by Ridley Scott and reportedly had a seven-figure-plus budget. “Fame can hold you as a prisoner in certain ways,” he said to The Hollywood Reporter of the ad’s shocking symbolism.

Steven also directed Gaga’s eight-minute “Alejandro” video, which seemed to take place in that same dark underworld, as Gaga swallowed rosary beads while dressed in a red nun’s habit.

Considering that Gaga’s most recent album, Joanne, was rock ‘n’ roll in efforts to make her seem stripped down, her “Alejandro” era seems like forever ago. But perhaps Steven is helping somehow with Gaga’s A Star Is Born remake, where she appears as a grungy rocker alongside Bradley Cooper. Gaga has also yet to release a video for “The Cure,” which she debuted last month at Coachella.

This article was originally published by Idolator

Kim Kardashian talks about Taylor Swift and Kendall Jenner’s Pepsi Commercial

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Is Kim Kardashian West throwing some squad shade?

The reality star took questions on Watch What Happens Live, where she was asked to address her infamous “Snapchat incident” from last year — when Kim played a secretly recorded phone conversation between husband Kanye West and Taylor Swift, and the two discuss the rapper’s controversial “Famous” lyric about making the 1989 singer “famous”.

Confirming that she has had no contact with Taylor since the series of snaps were posted, Kim also took issue with the part of the fan’s question asking whether the feud made things “awkward” with Kendall Jenner, who the fan says was in the 27-year-old singer’s girl squad.

“I don’t know if Kendall was a part of her squad, I don’t think she was,” she said, simply. “So I don’t think it was awkward.”

Kim Kardashian was an open book in Andy Cohen’s show, which included talking about Kendall Jenner’s controversial Pepsi ad.

“She totally understood at the end of the day, and she felt really awful for it,” Kim, 36, told host Cohen. “She just wants to move on from it.”

As for Kim, the Selfish author didn’t get a chance to form an opinion on the commercial.

“I didn’t see it until it had already gotten the attention, and so you obviously have a different perspective when everyone’s just saying something,” she explained. “I think I was traveling, and I landed when I saw all this stuff come up.”

As a proud older sister, Kim stands strong behind her 21-year-old supermodel sister.

“I think anytime someone does anything, they don’t have a bad intentions of doing it a certain way, especially because Kendall is so sensitive,” she said. “She would never mean for anyone to perceive anything in a negative way.”
One of the reasons Kim missed the initial post was her new outlook on social media.

“It’s been so important for me to just be present. So when I’m in my house, I’m hardly on my phone,” she told Cohen.

“It’s a rule to be present and to communicate and to interact like normal people. I didn’t have that growing up.”

This article was originally published by ET online

Britney Spears new song “Takes Off”

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This weekend, songwriter Michelle Bell offered a glimpse into Spearstory (the history of Britney Spears) by leaking “Take Off,” an electro-kissed track meant for the “Toxic” icon’s 2003 opus In the Zone. In a 2014 interview with BuzzFeed, Bell reflected on writing the track with Spears. Citing lyrics that referenced a call for racial and sexual equality, she went as far as to compare the track to Michael Jackson’s “Black or White.”

It was an unexpected direction for the pop princess, whom the songwriter says was fighting to have her voice heard on the album. “I think people would have looked at her and thought she had something to say,” Bell said, adding that “it was ahead of its time.” Featuring writing from Bell and production by Bloodshy & Avant, the duo responsible for “Toxic,” the song’s message came years before Lady Gaga and Kesha spurred a renaissance of empowerment anthems with singles like “Born this Way” and “We R Who We Are.” An ahead of its time anthem from a groundbreaking icon — brilliant!

“They say get ready for the revolution, I think it’s time we found some sorta solution,” Britney emphatically chants over a funkified production lush with strings and electronica. Though clearly unfinished, the pop star showcases her full range and soars over the production with a relaxed sense of confidence. “This is my wish that we all feel connected, this is my wish that nobody’s neglected,” she sings. Though it ultimately didn’t make the cut for the album, “Take Off” offers a glimpse into the mind of the diva at a time when she was fighting for musical emancipation.

Bell has previously leaked some of the material from her sessions with Britney on her personal Tumblr page, treating fans to the electro-driven production of “Money, Love and Happiness” and a snippet of the string-driven “Peep Show” in 2012. Both tracks were in demo form and featured some of the hitmaker’s least processed vocals over left-of-center productions similar to “Take Off.” As Brit is gearing up for her first international tour in years it is refreshing to revisit some of her most creative years.

This article was originally published by Idolator 

Emmys: 11 Dramas That Could Take the “Game of Thrones” Crown

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With HBO’s best drama series winner not eligible this year, several new and bridesmaid shows could jump in to grab a bit of Emmy glory.

Game of Thrones‘ long-delayed seventh season, which premieres after the May 31 close of the Primetime Emmys eligibility window, leaves a gaping hole — a void left by the show’s dominant 23 nominations and 12 wins last year. Winner of best drama in 2015 and 2016, Thrones has solidified its standing as TV’s reigning series with 106 Emmy noms to date. Voters now have a lot to sift through during its year off, including a surge of new prestige streaming series and a handful of perennial runners-up that could grab the, um, throne.

The Americans

FX

After finally getting Emmy noms for its fourth season, the Cold War drama walked away empty-handed in 2016 (save for a guest win for Margo Martindale). But plenty of dramas don’t crack the race until later in their runs (The Sopranos didn’t win until its fifth season).

 

Better Call Saul

AMC

 

The Breaking Bad spinoff may never reach the zeitgeist status of its predecessor, but voters have a proven affection for the Bob Odenkirk character study.

 

The Crown

Netflix

 

The royal family drama could buck the trend of the Emmys not following in the Golden Globes’ footsteps. The Crown didn’t just win drama series and lead actress Globes but also topped critics’ lists and has unanimous buzz not duplicated by any other freshman contender (not even NBC breakout This Is Us).

 

The Good Fight

CBS All Access

 

Could the streaming sequel get the series nom The Good Wife couldn’t in its last five seasons? It depends on reach. Critics love the show, but it’s unclear how many viewers watched its late-premiering first season — which hasn’t yet been eligible for other awards.

 

The Handmaid’s Tale

Hulu

 

Hulu’s dystopian drama, based on Margaret Atwood’s novel, broke through with its timely theme of a dismantled democracy as well as critical fervor around Elisabeth Moss, who has an unparalleled TV track record (The West Wing, Top of the Lake and Mad Men).

 

Legion

FX

 

Noah Hawley’s freshman drama is a welcome superhero alternative to the comic book fare on The CW and ABC. Praised for its weird approach to storytelling and trippy visuals, Legion is a niche bet. But Hawley’s name and fans among voters make it a contender.

 

Mr. Robot

USA

Yes, the second season had many divided, or just scratching their heads. But Mr. Robot proved itself an Emmy force with Rami Malek’s lead actor win in 2016. For that alone, the hacker drama is likely to linger on voters’ minds.

Queen Sugar

OWN

 

Adapted by Ava DuVernay and Oprah Winfrey, the family drama didn’t make an impression on SAG or Golden Globe voters. But Emmy voting coincides with promos for season two, so things could change.

Stranger Things

Netflix

 

The ’80s paranormal thriller was the most-talked-about show last summer, minting pop culture darlings out of its young cast and scoring one promising kudo: the TV drama ensemble prize at the SAG Awards. Voters likely won’t write it off as genre fluff.

This Is Us

NBC

A broadcast drama hasn’t been nominated for the series prize since 2011. The tearjerker gained momentum in its first season and passed Empire as broadcast’s No. 1 drama. It’s received modest but steady awards attention, even placing as a finalist for the 2017 Peabody Awards.

Westworld

HBO

The trippy dystopian drama isn’t an unnatural choice for GoT‘s Emmy heir. Both hail from HBO, boast sprawling casts and look like they cost $100 million (they do). Westworld averaged a record 12 million viewers an episode, a best for a first-year HBO show. At the very least, expect it to fill GoT‘s vast creative arts shoes.

How the Other Races Stack Up

Comedy Series 

Unseating Modern Family in 2015 and never looking back, Veep faces its biggest challenge yet: life imitating art. Critics still adore the Beltway farce, but Donald Trump’s complicated presidency has many wondering what place HBO’s all-too-real satire has in the current climate. ABC’s Black-ish continues to gain heat on the broadcast side, while its sibling Modern Family has yet to go a year without a series nom. There’s also lingering love for Netflix’s Master of None and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, HBO’s Silicon Valley and Amazon’s Transparent. The biggest threat could be new blood: Donald Glover’s Atlanta (FX) heads into voting on a wave of acclaim and affection.

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Election aftermath could swing the battle among late-night talkers. John Oliver took the top prize last year, the first without The Colbert Report or The Daily Show among the nominees. Stephen Colbert got shut out in his first run replacing David Letterman, but the past year has seen his ratings and relevance surge as he rails nightly at the Trump administration. Jimmy Fallon, in turn, has lost some steam. Jimmy Kimmel, James Corden and Bill Maher remain in play, as does unexpected 2016 nominee Jerry Seinfeld (for Crackle’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee). Samantha Bee’s weekly TBS show was snubbed last year, but praise for late-night’s female outlier grows constantly.

Limited Series

Before Game of Thrones‘ unexpected absence, the limited race was on track to becoming the biggest (and most prestigious) wild card category. This year sees no shortage of A-list options, with previous shoo-in anthologies (FX’s American Horror Story) no longer guaranteed a slot. The fact that Ryan Murphy doesn’t have a follow-up this year to 2016 winner The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story opens things up. HBO’s Big Little Lies and The Night Of, FX’s Fargo and Feud (also Murphy’s), and ABC’s American Crime all top critics’ and prognosticators’ “best of” lists. Also not out of the running: Nat Geo’s Albert Einstein bio series Genius and Netflix’s Gilmore Girls revival.

Gone But Not to Be Forgotten

The Leftovers (HBO)

Season one of Damon Lindelof’s dark spin on a Rapture-esque event angered a lot of TV types still stewing over the showrunner’s Lost finale. Leftovers‘ sophomore run had most of them singing a friendlier tune. But the creative resurgence yielded zilch when 2016 noms came out. Now about to wrap its third and final season June 4, the series has one last shot at making its first (and last) Emmy impression.

Girls (HBO)

Lena Dunham’s career-making comedy concluded April 16 after six seasons, 62 episodes and likely a greater number of artistic nude scenes. Emmy love has waned since it got consecutive series nominations for its first two seasons (2012 and 2013), but voter nostalgia and critical acclaim for its final season are enough to put it back in the conversation — and maybe even the acting, directing and writing races.

Bates Motel (A&E)

This moody update of Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho ended with a bang (and several lethal knife slices) on April 24. Mainstream acclaim always was out of reach, save for a 2013 Emmy nomi­nation for lead actress Vera Farmiga, though strong praise has followed it from the start. Going full Psycho in season five — hello, Rihanna re­imagining Janet Leigh — might be the trick to finally getting TV Academy love.

Robert Pattinson Reveals He Was Almost Fired from Twilight

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Robert Pattinson almost lost the role that made him a household name.

The 31-year-old actor is best known for playing vampire Edward Cullen in the Twilight series, but he recently told The New York Times that his rebellious behavior on the set of the first film, released in 2008, nearly got him fired.

Fortunately for Pattinson and his legion of fans, his agents flew in to smooth things over — and the actor now calls working on the series “an amazing luxury.”

“I didn’t have to kiss anybody’s [butt] the entire time. I don’t think I did, anyway,” Pattinson told the Times at Cannes Film Festival, where he is earning critical praise for his latest role as a thief attempting to bail out his brother in Good Time.

Pattinson also looks back fondly on the bond her formed with his fellow Twilight cast mates, which included then-unknown actors Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner and Anna Kendrick.

It was “amazing luck, as well, to just have fallen into it with the group of people I worked with on it.”

Although Pattinson is still-best known as Edward Cullen, he is at peace with the role that made him a star even as he branches out to grittier projects.

“I think one of the best things, basically, about being a bit of a sellout, is if you’ve done five movies in a series, you’ve had to accept some responsibility for playing the same character,” he said.

Since the Twilight movies wrapped, the actor has worked on less commercial films. He cites 2012’s Cosmopolis, the first movie he made after Twilight ended, as “the first time I worked on something that was quite complex.”

“I especially love the fact that it came out really at the height of my popularity.” Pattison said.

It was “the big turning point for me,” he continued. “I just realized that was what I wanted to do.”

This article was originally published by People 

Ariana Grande returns to Manchester Sunday for benefit concert

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Ariana Grande is returning to Manchester on Sunday to raise money for the victims of the terrorist attack that killed 22 people were killed and injured 119 at her May 22 concert.

The British Red Cross confirmed the “One Love Manchester” event on Twitter, with a pink logo featuring a ribbon with Grande’s signature bunny ears.

In addition to the 23-year-old singer headlining the show, other acts expected to perform include Coldplay, Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry and Pharrell Williams.

Usher, Take That and Niall Horan are also on the lineup, as released by the BBC.

The return to Manchester, less than two weeks after the bombing, will take place at the Old Trafford cricket ground.

Grande shared a heartfelt letter on Twitter days following the shocking attack, where she announced the benefit concert.

“My heart, prayers and deepest condolences are with the victims of the Manchester Attack and their loved ones,” she began. “There is nothing I or anyone can do to take away the pain you are feeling or to make this better. However, I extend my hand and heart and everything I possibly can give to you and yours, should you want or need my help in any way.”

Grande then announced that she’d be returning to England to honor victims of the attack and their families, sharing a link to the Manchester Evening News’ Just Giving partnership with the Red Cross.

“I don’t want to go the rest of the year without being able to see and hold and uplift my fans, the same way they continue to uplift me. Our response to this violence must be to come closer together, to help each other, to love more, to sing louder and to live more kindly and generously than we did before. I’ll be returning to the incredibly brave city of Manchester to spend some time with my fans and to have a benefit concert in honor of and to raise money for the victims and their families. I want to thank my fellow musicians and friends for reaching out to be part of our expression of love for Manchester. I will have details to share with you as soon as a everything is confirmed.”

She added, “From the day we started putting the Dangerous Woman Tour together, I said that this show, more than anything else, was intended to be a safe place for my fans. A place for them to escape, to celebrate, to heal, to feel safe and to be themselves. To meet their friends they’ve made online. To express themselves. This will not change that.”

“When you look into the audience at my shows, you see a beautiful, diverse, pure, happy crowd. Thousands of people, incredibly different, all there for the same reason, music,” Grande continued. “Music is something that everyone on Earth can share. Music is meant to heal us, to bring us together, to make us happy. So that is what it will continue to do for us. We will continue in honor of the ones we lost, their loved ones, my fans and all affected by this tragedy.”

She wrapped up her letter, “They will be on my mind and in my heart every day and I will think of them with everything I do for the rest of my life,” signing, “Ari.”

This article was originally published by Entertainment weekly 

Netflix June 2017 Movie and TV Titles Announced: Say Hello to Orange Is the New Black Season 5

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Out with the old, in with the new.

As the summer season officially kicks off, what better way to celebrate rising temperatures and a beach-bound vacays than by staying in and getting caught up on the latest season of Orange Is the New Black? Yep, that’s right! Our long national nightmare is finally over and the ladies of Litchfield are ready to rumble starting Friday, June 9.

The streaming service also premieres two new original series in June—GLOW, which follows Alison Brie as a professional wrestler in the ’80s, and Gypsy, a psych-thriller starring Naomi Watts as a troubled therapist.

But with plenty of must-see additions coming to Netflix, there are a few movies and television series we regret to reveal are making an exit. (Sorry Private Practice lovers! You still have a few days to catch up on the first six seasons.) Check out the complete list below, and start preparing for some major Netflix and chill time.

13 Going on 30, '00s Movie Couples

Columbia TriStar

Available June 1:

1 Night

13 Going on 30

Amor.com (Love.com)

Arrow: Season 5

Burlesque

Catfight

Catwoman

Chingo Bling: They Can’t Deport Us All

Days of Grace

Devil’s Bride

Full Metal Jacket

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Intersection: Season 2

Kardashian: The Man Who Saved OJ Simpson

Little Boxes

Mutant Busters: Season 2

My Left Foot

Off Camera With Sam Jones: Series 3

Playing It Cool

Rounders

Spring (Primavera)

Julianne Hough, Tyne Stecklein, Cher, Burlesque

Screen Gems

 The 100: Season 4

The Ant Bully

The Bucket List

The Queen

The Sixth Sense

Vice

West Coast Customs: Season 3

Yarn

Young Frankenstein

Zodiac

Available June 2:

Comedy Bang! Bang!: Season 5, Part 2

Flaked: Season 2 – Netflix Original

Inspector Gadget: Season 3 – Netflix Original

Los Últimos de Filipinas

Lucid Dream – Netflix Original

Saving Banksy

The Homecoming: Collection

Available June 3:

Acapulco la Vida Va

Blue Gold: American Jeans

Headshot

Three

Tunnel

War on Everyone

Available June 4:

TURN: Washington’s Spies: Season 3

Available June 5:

Suite Francaise

The 45 Most Anticipated Albums and Tours of Summer 2017

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MAY

Paula Abdul, New Kids on the Block, and Boyz II Men

Paula Abdul hasn’t hit the road with her solo material in 25 years, but she’s making a comeback this summer when she joins New Kids on the Block and Boyz II Men on the ‘90s-tastic Total Package Tour. “Being the only girl isn’t something that’s new to me, because of American Idol,” says Abdul, who spent seven years spent judging the musical competition show with Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson. “I’m used to having lots of brothers. But none of them will be as testy as the British one!” Expect her setlists to feature all her biggest ’80s and ’90s hits, from “Opposites Attract” to “Forever Your Girl.” —Ariana Bacle

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Tim McGraw and Faith Hill
Soul2Soul: The World Tour (buy tickets here)
Now through Oct. 27
The couple’s last joint tour, which ran from 2006 to 2007, became the highest-grossing country music tour ever. So to hit the road together again, they know they have to outdo themselves. Hill says they accomplished that with their “rock solid” backing band, who will support the pair through their own solo material and songs from their upcoming joint LP. McGraw adds, “There hasn’t been a night where we haven’t turned back to them and went, ‘Holy s—!’” —Madison Vain

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
40th Anniversary Tour (buy tickets here)

Now through Sept. 17
Forty years after their debut, Tom Petty and his legendary crew are out on what the singer says might be their final trek. They’ll hit arenas, festivals, and stadiums before early fall and they’re bringing a killer slate of openers along: Joe Walsh, Chris Stapleton, Peter Wolf, the Lumineers will all trade off dates throughout the run. Says Stapleton: “The 17-year-old me is going to be freaking out — and probably the 39-year-old me! He’s a hero. I used to spend my money on going to Tom Petty concerts.” —M.V.

Metallica
WorldWired Tour (buy tickets here)
Now through Aug. 16
Metallica doesn’t mess around when it comes to their stadium tours. “You want to bring some s— that blows up,” drummer Lars Ulrich says. “You want to have everything be larger than life.” Of course, on their first massive jaunt since the release of 2016’s double LP Hardwiredto Self-Destruct, they’re focusing on more than just pyrotechnics. Ulrich touts the band’s unique setlists — he says they haven’t duplicated one since 2004 — and claims fans have been clamoring for the new stuff, too. “In 35 years of being in this band, I’ve never heard the phrase, ‘Play more new songs!’” —Eric Renner Brown

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U2
The Joshua Tree tour (buy tickets here)
Now through July 1
As the rock gods revisit their 1987 classic for this stadium tour, they won’t be messing too much with the album’s original arrangements. “We all felt that there was a duty to be faithful to the record — radical reinvention would rather defeat the object of celebrating this album,” U2’s longtime creative director Willie Williams says. In fact, the concert is so true to the original, the band tapped photographer Anton Corbijn, who shot the original cover art, to create accompanying visuals, which Williams calls “breathtaking.” But it’s not just a celebration of U2’s pivotal masterpiece. They’ve also been performing new material like “The Little Things That Give You Away” and peppering setlists with other tunes like “I Will Follow” and “Ultraviolet (Light My Way).” —Kevin O’Donnell

JUNE

J. Cole
4 Your Eyez Only tour (buy tickets here)
June 1 – Aug. 20
The North Carolina rapper is flying high after releasing his fourth album, 4 Your Eyez Only, in December, which maintained his streak of topping Billboard’s albums chart with every release. He’ll begin his summer tour with a string of intimate club shows in southern cities including Baton Rouge and Memphis before expanding his act for arenas across the country. —E.R.B.

Sam Hunt
15 in a 30 Tour (buy tickets here)
June 1 – Sept. 23
Since debuting in 2014, the burgeoning superstar has warmed stages for the likes of Kenny Chesney and Lady Antebellum. But this summer, the 32-year-old now has his name on the marquee’s top spot. Playing music off his anticipated second album has the singer excited — Hunt’s finger-snapping new jam “Body Like a Back Road” has cracked the Top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100—but it’s his openers Maren Morris and Chris Janson that really pump him up. “They could be doing their own thing but they’ve chosen to go out with us,” Hunt says. “In country, we do things as a family. It’s more fun to go out with your peers and play for fans that are fans of the genre first.” —M.V.

Bleachers
Gone Now
June 2
After producing hits for stars like Taylor Swift, Lorde, and Zayn, Jack Antonoff’s second album with Bleachers marks a huge creative leap forward. The album mixes giant, fist-pumping choruses with deeply felt lyrics about life, love, and the anxieties of adulthood. It’s the kind of album that wouldn’t sound out of place soundtracking one of John Hughes’ teen soaps from the ’80s. Recorded in Antonoff’s home studio in Brooklyn, the sessions were a largely relaxed affair. Says Antonoff, “I’ve basically filled my tiny studio with all this bizarre crap and I just roll around all day and make noises until something feels truly interesting.” —K.O.

Roger Waters
Is This the Life We Really Want?
June 2
Roger Waters originally planned Is This the Life We Really Want? to be what he describes as a “long meandering radio play.” But the Pink Floyd founder was talked out of that idea by producer Nigel Godrich. “He listened to this rambling thing and went, ‘Hmm, it’s really interesting, I don’t think it’s a record though,’” says Waters. The singer and bassist’s first rock release since 1992’s Amused to Death has an abundance of ballads but also an uptempo single,  “Smell the Roses.” “That song is almost an afterthought,” says Waters. “It’s Nigel going, ‘Oh f—, you’ve written all these ballads. Thank god we’ve done some jams. Could you please write some words to this thing?’ ‘What thing?’ ‘That thing in E.’ ‘Do I have to?’ ‘Yeah!’” Waters launches a tour titled called Us + Them in Kansas City, MO., May 26. “I’m playing four tracks off this album and a bunch of Pink Floyd tracks,” says Waters. —Clark Collis

Alt-J
Relaxer
June 2
Don’t let the title of the British alt-rock group‘s third album, Relaxer, fool you. “There are some subdued songs on there, but I think there are eight very different songs and eight very different moods,” says keyboardist and vocalist Gus Unger-Hamilton. “It’s quite a well-balanced meal — gives you all the food groups emotionally.” Recorded late last year in London, the project is Alt-J’s most sonically rich yet, adding strings and horns to their idiosyncratic melodies. “We have the freedom from the label to try out more new things,” Unger-Hamilton says. “We thought it would give extra depth.” And the group, who documented the real-life romance of 1930s war photographers on 2012’s “Taro,” remain an unusual and bold lyrical force, especially on closing cut “Pleader,” which was inspired by a book about 19th century Welsh miners. “Our lyrics are always grounded in the realm of imagination,” Unger-Hamilton explains. “We’re always taking these flights of fancy and seeing where we land.” —E.R.B.

Dan Auerbach
Waiting on a Song
June 2
For his second solo album, the Black Keys frontman stayed local in his adopted home of Nashville and enlisted some of the city’s session legends — John Prine, Duane Eddy, and Jerry Douglas, to name a few — to help him cook up a distinctly American “musical stew” of rock, country, blues, and soul. “We’re talking about, for me, some of the greatest musicians that have ever walked the earth,” Auerbach says, rattling off credits that include Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin, and more. “The only thing these guys have done their entire lives is make records. That’s always been the music I’ve loved — and I have the opportunity now to work with these guys who, unknowingly to them, have been blowing my mind for years!” But even among his idols, Auerbach held his own. “I always felt honored to be playing with them,” he notes. “They always make me feel like an equal.” —E.R.B.

Amber Coffman
City of No Reply
June 2
After years as a singer-guitarist in Brooklyn indie-rock outfit Dirty Projectors, Amber Coffman decamped to Los Angeles in 2013 to record what would become her solo debut. “I moved out here with nothing and started my life over,” she says. “The main purpose of moving here was to make this record. [Los Angeles] certainly fostered an environment for me to be able to focus and relax a bit. … I was allowed to have the time and the mental space to come up with things and sit on them and develop them carefully.” Coffman loaded City of No Reply with breezy pop-rock tunes that harken back to the Laurel Canyon’s singer-songwriter heyday of the ’70s — but the roster of artists she assembled, including percussionist Mauro Refosco (Atoms for Peace, Red Hot Chili Peppers) and the string players of the Calder Quartet, added fresh sonic depth. She also drew inspiration from collaborating with Frank Ocean on his 2016 album Blonde, describing the singer as “somebody who is doing a pretty good job of living on his highest vibration.” Says Coffman: “I’ve wanted to do this since I was about five years old. It was a really special experience.” —E.R.B.

Dua Lipa
Dua Lipa
June 2
The British singer’s debut solo album was supposed to arrive earlier this year, but she pushed it back to squeeze in some eye-catching collaborations: R&B crooner Miguel shows up on the rollicking “Lost in Your Light,” while Coldplay’s Chris Martin joins her for the tender duet “Homesick.” Upbeat electro-pop, moody piano ballads, sassy kiss-offs to no-good guys — Lipa pulls it all off with attitude and confidence. “I want music to make people feel strong, to make people feel good,” she told EW earlier this year. “Talking about my stories and writing songs has helped me. To find out that it’s helping other people? It’s just a win for me, really.” —Nolan Feeney

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Halsey
hopeless fountain kingdom
June 2
When Halsey wrote her debut album, 2015’s shadowy Badlands, she did it with her now ex-boyfriend in her home. Since then, she’s sung on the Chainsmokers ubiquitous hit “Closer,” sold out Madison Square Garden, and played enormous festivals like Coachella. “The scope has changed,” the 22-year-old says. So for her second LP, which chronicles the demise of that romance, she teamed up with hitmakers Benny Blanco and Greg Kurstin to create something “more cinematic, cleaner, and more vibrant. I wrote the record from top to bottom. I wanted the end result to somehow prove to me that I was just as good on my own.” —M.V.

Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit
The Nashville Sound
June 9
Isbell has solidified himself as one of America’s great singer-songwriters over his past two solo collections — and now he’s ready to turn the dial way up. For his latest, his lead backing band, the 400 Unit, lets loose with heavy riffs, raucous drums, and nimble fretwork. “That was an accident,” Isbell told EWearlier this year. “I got lucky on this album that I had a good set of songs that I think will keep everybody awake.” The Nashville Sound is the nickname for RCA Studio A, where the group recorded, and after they’d wrapped, it occurred to the 38-year-old, “Wouldn’t it be nice to try and claim that?” —M.V.

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Katy Perry
Witness
June 9
For her follow-up to 2013’s Prism, the pop superstar has collaborated once again with hitmaker Max Martin and his team—along with a host of new writers and artists. “It’s a beautiful smorgasbord, honestly,” Perry says. “Max has kind of been my longtime guy….We do our best work together. But I wanted to experiment and fly away from the nest.” Among the talent that she’s recruited: Jeff Bhasker, Mike WiLL Made-It, Hot Chip, Purity Ring, Hayden James, and Rationale. Lyrically, Perry is mixing lighter fare — “[There’s a song] called ‘Swish Swish,” she says — with weightier subjects, such as the aftermath of the election. (Perry was a vocal supporter of Hillary Clinton.) “I have a song on the record called ‘Bigger Than Me,’ and I think the song talks about Hillary and the election and something is happening that’s bigger than her,” says Perry. “Yes, maybe at that moment she lost. But that might have been a battle, and we’re [now] looking at a war here. I think you have to think about long-term. I think [the election] woke up a sleeping giant that is now getting its strength back and breathing and about to just slay!” —K.O.

Lady Antebellum
Heart Break
June 9
The country trio took a brief hiatus before recording their anticipated seventh LP — singers Hillary Scott and Charles Kelley each dropped solo sets while Dave Haywood focused on producing — but now, the group finds itself ready for a jam-packed 2017 as Lady Antebellum. The new set’s 13 tracks burst with refreshed energy, but there’s one song in particular that has Haywood gushing. “I’m most excited for people to hear the lyrical twist on the title track,” says the guitarist. “We wrote ‘Heart Break’ at the beach and I feel like once we wrote that we felt like we were on course for this entire record. So, check out the lyrical spin and dive into that song.” —M.V.

Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie
Lindsey Buckingham/Christine McVie
June 9
Fifty years after Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie came together to form Fleetwood Mac, the two are finally splintering off for their first-ever collaborative album. The blueprints came together after McVie rejoined the group in 2014, following her 16-year-long hiatus. “We thought we’d go into the studio to reacquaint myself to playing in a rock band and getting the chemistry and the vibe,” says McVie. “We thought we’d lay down a couple of tracks; that’s all we meant to do. And then Lindsey had some [songs]. And we just started having a good time.” Longtime Mac fanatics will be stoked to learn that the two recorded these 10 tracks — which feature uptempo rockers like “On With the Show” and quieter, McVie-led ballads like “Game of Pretend” — in the same Los Angeles studio as the band’s 1979 opus Tusk. “It was like a time warp,” says Buckingham. “It was cool!” —K.O.

Phoenix
Ti Amo
June 9
To Phoenix, their last album, 2014’s Bankrupt!, wasn’t lively enough. This one, though? “The new songs are more physical,” guitarist Christian Mazzalai explains. “We couldn’t release this album in the winter.” Although initially hesitant about creating such a sunny record amid strife in their home country of France, the foursome ended up embracing the contradiction. “The music is hedonistic and light and joyful,” frontman Thomas Mars says, “and we feel that it embodies the true value of what art should be, which is a world of possibilities.” —A.B.

Fleet Foxes
Crack-Up
June 16
After the sweeping, critically acclaimed Helplessness Blues debuted in 2011 — and earned the band their first Grammy nod — Fleet Foxes took a break. Frontman Robin Pecknold, for one, studied at Columbia University. But after six years, they’re back with their third record — and it has all the hallmarks of their most beloved material: grand, atmospheric folk riffs and soaring, multi-part harmonies. —A.B.

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Lorde
Melodrama
June 16
How do you top an album like 2013’s Pure Heroine, which vaulted Lorde from New Zealand outsider to Top 40 megastar thanks to left-field hits like “Royals”? Easy: You don’t even try. “Anytime you have a gigantic first album, the second album is just going to be different,” says Ron Perry, president and head of A&R for SONGS Music Publishing, who helped Lorde develop the LP. “She understands that.” Expect one-third weird-pop anthems like first single “Green Light,” one-third vulnerable numbers like “Liability,” which she performed on Saturday Night Live, and one-third darker, hip-hop-flavored tunes that evoke her debut. Says Jonathan Daniel, one of Lorde’s managers, “It feels like a very natural progression.” —N.F.

Lionel Richie and Mariah Carey
All The Hits Tour (buy tickets here)
June 22 – Sept. 5
After delaying this tour’s March launch so Richie could recover from knee surgery, the two will finally kick off this 30-date trek in Oakland, Calif. Expect a non-stop parade of their hits: Recent Richie gigs have featured material from his solo career as well as his Commodores days, while Carey has sprinkled her performances with hits like “Hero” and “Emotions,” plus surprising covers like Michael Jackson’s “Rock With You.” —K.O.

Imagine Dragons
Evolve (buy tickets here)
June 23
Over two opulent albums, the Las Vegas quartet delivered spine-tingling, arena-rock catharsis. But for their third effort, they’re scaling things back. Frontman Dan Reynolds says most songs on the LP feature just four instruments. “We wanted to be selective about each noise,” the 29-year-old says. Imagine Dragon’s sonic shift comes after a particularly bad spell of depression for the singer. “I felt very numb,” he says. “Numb and gray. This record encapsulates color in a way the band has never experienced before. It’s a celebration, an evolution of mind and sonics.”—M.V.

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Vince Staples
Big Fish Theory
June 23
Staples stormed the hip-hop world with his masterful 2015 double LP Summertime ’06 — and on Big Fish Theory, which follows collaborations with James Blake and Damon Albarn, he shows no signs of letting up creatively. “We were trying to create a new soundscape,” he says of his second full-length. “We wanted to have something really concise that spoke to the mood we were trying to convey emotionally, because it’s not always what you say, it’s about how you say it.” Staples emphasizes, though, that Big Fish Theory isn’t a political record. “I don’t pay attention to politics, to be completely honest,” he says. “People are people.” And as for whether the album’s runtime will approach Summertime‘s sprawling hour? “Ah, f— no.” —E.R.B.

Algiers
The Underside of Power
June 23
“We started recording right around the time Brexit happened and finished the album’s mixing and mastering right around Trump’s inauguration,” Algiers frontman Franklin Fisher tells EW of the post-rock group’s explosive second album. Global turmoil pervades The Underside of Power, which grapples with bleak concepts like cryptofascism and late capitalism. Inspired by their academic pursuits — Fisher and bandmate Ryan Mahan hold advanced degrees from King’s College London and the London School of Economics, respectively — the album’s lyrics draw on influential theorists like Fredric Jameson and Jean-François Lyotard. “Late capitalism subverts any sort of real political engagement and ability to engage,” Fisher says. “Materialist escapism is so endemic of our entire culture. If you think about it, in that context, Donald Trump makes perfect sense as president of the United States in 2017, because that type of person is what the culture as a whole glorifies.” Those brainy lyrical themes are punctuated with wild instrumentals; Portishead legend Adrian Utley produced the album and encouraged Algiers to dabble in styles from crackling hip-hop to U.K. grime. “Adrian was actually really hands-off,” Fisher explains. “But then he would make a suggestion and it would work brilliantly.” —E.R.B

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Ed Sheeran
Divide world tour (buy tickets here)
June 29 – Oct. 7
The pop-rock megastar took the first hiatus of his career in 2016 and now, he tells EW, he’s feeling “refreshed and rejuvenated” and ready to hit the road to promote his pop juggernaut, Divide. “[The] production is definitely bigger,” he says of the massive run that’s currently crossing Europe before hitting the States in June. “I have a new loop station that can handle a bit more.” But longtime fans shouldn’t expect big changes to his intimate performances. “Ultimately,” he adds, “it’s still just me, my guitar, and my looper … I don’t see that changing.” —M.V.

Calvin Harris
Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1
June 30
Get ready to pick your jaw up from the floor: The DJ-producer has tapped an insane roster of all-stars to collaborate on his fifth studio album, including Frank Ocean, Katy Perry, Big Sean, Migos, Ariana Grande, Snoop Dogg and others. —K.O.

TLC
TLC
June 30
Chilli and T-Boz are bringing their ’90s R&B group back for one final, Kickstarter-funded album — and their first as a duo since founding member Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes died in 2002. “Even though you cannot physically see her, you will always feel her presence and we make sure of it,” Chilli previously told EW of the new album’s music, which the two promise “will stay true to the TLC sound” defined by now-classic hits like “No Scrubs” and “Waterfalls.” —A.B.

Marc Anthony Spends Memorial Day Weekend With Italian Model

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Marc Anthony is starting his Memorial Day weekend with a new woman on his arm!The 48-year-old singer took to Instagram on Saturday to wish his fans a great holiday as he cuddled up to Italian model Raffaella Modugno.

“Making memories. Happy Memorial Day weekend. Wishing you the best ? ❤ @raffaellamodugno #forzanapoli,” Anthony captioned a pic of the pair relaxing on a couch.

The singer was most recently linked to another model, Mariana Downing, after his split from wife Shannon De Lima in December.

This article was originally published by ET Online.
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