Jonas Brothers Wonder ‘What a Man Gotta Do’ for Love in Classic Film-Inspired Music Video

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«What a man gotta do to be totally locked up by you?» If you’re the Jonas Brothers, recreate all our favorite classic rom-coms.

The sibling trio unveiled their first song of 2020 on Friday (Jan. 17), the catchy, toe-tapping «What a Man Gotta Do,» and with it, and equally heart-melting music video. And just like 2019’s «Sucker,» the clip features all three «JSisters»: Danielle Jonas, Sophie Turner and Priyanka Chopra Jonas.

Danielle and Kevin breathe a new life to 1989’s Say Anything, with the eldest JoBro holding a boombox over his head to play his band’s new love song outside Danielle’s window. Nick rocks a button-down and socks as a 2020 Tom Cruise in Risky Business. He slides across the floor to a giggling Priyanka.

Joe and Sophie then portray Grease‘s Danny Zuko and Sandy Olsson, taking part in the National Dance-Off at Rydell High School. The band for the event is none other than the JoBros themselves performing «What a Man Gotta Do.»

Besides their holiday tune «Like It’s Christmas,» and Songland​’s «Greenlight,» «What a Man Gotta Do» marks the JoBro’s first solo offering since their 2019 reunion album, Happiness Begins.

Watch the new music video below.

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The Next James Bond Theme Song Is Being Written by Eilish, Billie Eilish

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The «Bad Guy» singer and her brother, Finneas, are collaborating on the track.

Billie Eilish is officially a Bond woman. Less than a day after the 18-year-old singer set 007 watchers into a frenzy by posting an Instagram story that spotlighted Bond actresses including Halle Berry, Eva Green and Lea Seydoux, EON Productions, MGM Studios and Universal Pictures International announced on Tuesday (Jan. 14) that the «Bad Guy» Grammy-nominee will sing the theme song for the upcoming 25th installment in the franchise, No Time To Die.

The song will be released by Darkroom/Interscope Records and is being written by Eilish and her collaborator/brother and fellow artist, Finneas. She joins an elite club that includes the likes of Shirley Bassey, Paul McCartney, Carly Simon, Duran Duran, Madonna, Adele and Sam Smith.

“It feels crazy to be a part of this in every way. To be able to score the theme song to a film that is part of such a legendary series is a huge honor,» said Eilish in a statement. «James Bond is the coolest film franchise ever to exist. I’m still in shock”. Her brother added, «Writing the theme song for a Bond film is something we’ve been dreaming about doing our entire lives. There is no more iconic pairing of music and cinema than the likes of Goldfinger and Live And Let Die. We feel so so lucky to play a small role in such a legendary franchise, long live 007.”

Bond movies have long featured a title song by a global superstar and No Time producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli said in a statement that they are excited to invite Eilish to the fold. “We are excited to announce that Billie and FINNEAS have written an incredibly powerful and moving song for No Time To Die, which has been impeccably crafted to work within the emotional story of the film,» they said.

Eilish is the youngest-ever person to record a Bond theme; Smith was 23 when he recorded the 2015 theme for Spectre, «Writing’s on the Wall.»

The next bond movie, No Time to Die, will be released on April 10 in North America. Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer confirmed on Monday (Jan. 13) that he will compose the score for Daniel Craig’s final go-round as Agent 007. No Time to Die also features Oscar-winner Rami Malek as the reported bad guy, Safin. “There are a chosen few who record a Bond theme. I am a huge fan of Billie and Finneas,» said director Cary Joji Fukunga in a statement. «Their creative integrity and talent are second to none and I cannot wait for audiences to hear what they’ve brought – a fresh new perspective whose vocals will echo for generations to come.»

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Learn All of the Fun Facts in Selena Gomez’s ‘Pop-Up’ Version of ‘Lose You to Love Me’ Video

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Did you know the line «This dance was killing me softly» in Selena Gomez’s No. 1 hit «Lose You to Love Me» is a reference to the Fugees’ 1996 classic «Killing Me Softly»? Or that Hot Cheetos are something she’ll never lose and always love?

The popstar released a special version of her «LYTLM» music video today (Jan. 15) that has fun facts popping up at the bottom of the screen for viewers to learn about.

The same black-and-white music video that director Sophia Muller shot on an iPhone 11 gets an information overload, telling fans know how the animated masterpiece came to be with «Did You Know?» blurbs. Muller apparently shot the music in black-and-white to accompany the aesthetic of her «The Heart Wants What it Wants» visual from 2014.

The music video director also «completely scrapped and re-picked new wallpaper the day before the video shoot,» according to the video, and Muller’s ancient Damask pick goes back to the early middle ages in the Byzantine and Middle Eastern regions.

As for the barefoot songstress (yes, she was barefoot the whole time), she was asked to act out the emotions in the song in front of the camera, hence her angry, sad and happy faces overlapping each other. But Gomez’s theatrical facial expressions are no surprise to her fans who’ve seen the «Back to You» music video-turned-silent film from 2018.

One thing viewers missed from the music video originally released two months ago was footage of her playing the entire emotive ballad on the piano, but it unfortunately didn’t make the final cut.

Watch the pop-up version of the «Lose You To Love Me» music video below.

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Kelly Clarkson Is Drippin’ in ‘Finesse’ On Bruno Mars Kellyoke Cover: Watch

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Blame it on her confidence! Kelly Clarkson opened Monday’s (Jan. 13) episode of The Kelly Clarkson Show with a swaggering cover of Bruno Mars’ «Finesse.»

Wearing a flowing leopard-print dress, the talk show host was joined for the performance by a number of back-up dancers planted throughout the audience. «Oooh, don’t we look good together?/ There’s a reason why they watch all night long/ Yeah, know we’ll turn heads forever/ So tonight I’m gonna show you off,» Clarkson belted before a middle-aged dancer emerged from the crowd and proceeded to launch into an impressive series of bops, spins and body rolls.

The OG American Idol champ’s take on Mars’ 2016 hit with Cardi B was far from the first time she’s made a song by the R&B crooner her own. Back in November, she kicked off an episode of her eponymous talk show with a fiery rendition of his smash 2014 Mark Ronson collab «Uptown Funk.»

Check out Clarkson’s funky cover of «Finesse» below.

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Pop Music Is Changing, So Meghan Trainor Did Too

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Meghan Trainor photographed on Dec. 10, 2019 at The Garland in Los Angeles. Styling by Hayley Atkin. JLUXLABEL bodysuit, NyLaurent tulle capelet, ShoeDazzle boots, Keren Wolf crown.

“I wanted respect from other musicians,» she says of new album ‘Treat Myself’

Meghan Trainor remembers exactly when she realized pop music was changing. It was the spring of 2018 and she was just starting to promote her third album, Treat Myself. Its lead single, “No Excuses,” had peaked at No. 46 on the Billboard Hot 100 — a solid showing, if lower than past lead singles like “All About That Bass,” which hit No. 1 in 2014 — and her team had turned their attention to its follow-up, a laid-back disco track called “Let You Be Right.”

“The label, management, my whole team were really confident in it,” recalls Trainor. “Radio guys were telling them, ‘It’s the only song that will work [off the new album].’ And for the first time I was like, ‘Alright, I’ll do what you all want to do.’ ” As it turned out, “Let You Be Right” didn’t even crack the Hot 100. “That shit was wrong,” she says of her team’s prediction, forcing out a sneering laugh and adding: “Sorry, I’m getting fired up.”

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Meghan Trainor photographed on Dec. 10, 2019 at The Garland in Los Angeles. Styling by Hayley Atkin. Philipp Plein dress, Keren Wolf headband.

 

 

So, Trainor went back to the drawing board. It wasn’t the first time she had something to prove: Following the viral success of “All About That Bass,” she says, “I was told to my face, ‘You’re going to be a one-hit wonder.’ ” Instead, she focused on her songwriting and went on to collect five more top 20 Hot 100 hits as well as a Grammy for best new artist in 2016. But when she returned to the studio to rework Treat Myself, however, she realized other writers and producers around her were all struggling to answer the same question: How do you make pop records that feel relevant in an era when hip-hop reigns? “They said, ‘We’re in the same predicament: We don’t know what to do, we don’t know what to write, we don’t know how to stay cool,’ ” says Trainor. “I wrote four albums [of material] because I was adapting to what’s going on in the music industry. I got into such a dark place of, ‘I don’t know how to follow all these rules.’ ”

As a result, on Treat Myself — out Jan. 31 on Epic Records — Trainor embraces pop’s streaming era by offering a variety of sonic approaches. Long associated with her wholesome, doo-wop-inspired sound, the 26-year-old approached her album like the playlists she grew up with, skipping around from futuristic funk (“Genetics,” which features the recently reunited Pussycat Dolls and has a chorus begging for TikTok memes) to hushed coffee-shop jams (“Workin’ On It,” featuring Lennon Stella and Sasha Sloan). And though Trainor has rapped on her songs before, she has found more natural ways to tap into what’s happening in hip-hop along the way: The choir-like backing vocals on dark, throbbing tracks like “Babygirl” and “Wave,” she says, were inspired by her visits to Kanye West’s Sunday Service gospel events.

“I’ve heard weird opinions from everyone [about what the album should be], so I kept writing the best songs I could,” Trainor says while looking over a copy of the tracklist — she recorded so much material over the past few years that she couldn’t remember exactly what made the final cut. “Every time I accomplished a new step in my songwriting world, my brain would go, ‘Uh-oh, the rest of the album needs to be this good.’ And finally I got to a place where my label and I were like, ‘Okay, I can’t beat these songs.’ ”

In doing so, she embodies a class of artists, including Charlie Puth and The Chainsmokers, who have escaped from the shadow of a notorious, novelty-like hit and surprised audiences with material that was, if not more successful, at least more acclaimed — and abundant. Just as those artists have embraced free-flowing singles and unconventional rollouts, Trainor maintained a prolific pace while recording Treat Myself: She released an EP (last February’s The Love Train), contributed to a handful of soundtracks (from the comedy The Hustle to the animated Playmobil: The Movie) and collaborated with artists like CNCO and Kaskade. More recently, she started writing original Christmas songs that she hopes to release later in 2020.

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Meghan Trainor photographed on Dec. 10, 2019 at The Garland in Los Angeles. Styling by Hayley Atkin. JLUXLABEL bodysuit, NyLaurent tulle capelet, ShoeDazzle boots, Keren Wolf crown.

Trainor still prides herself on being a feel-good, family-friendly artist you can play in any room — a quality that makes her a natural fit to open for Maroon 5 on its upcoming North American tour of arenas and stadiums, which begins May 30. And she’s still writing about self-love and body positivity on her new album, not because it’s part of her brand, but because she says she still needs those songs for herself. “I have days when I hate myself and have to really work on it,” she says. “It’s a struggle all the time.”

Yet with Treat Myself, Trainor had a new goal. “I wanted respect from other musicians, I didn’t care if radio would play it or not,” she says of tracks like “Wave,” which she wrote right after turning in her second album, 2016’s Thank You, but held onto until she linked up with producer Mike Sabath (Chris Brown, Liam Payne) last year. “Wave” is part moody ballad, part gym-ready bop, with a shape-shifting beat that slithers in and out — in other words, it’s entirely unlike anything Trainor has released before. “I’ve been told that radio is scared of it,” says Trainor. “They’re like, ‘It’s just so different, we can’t wrap our heads around it.’ It boggles my mind.”

Having a radio hit is no longer a point of stress, though. Those early — and in some ways still ongoing — battles for credibility have inspired Trainor to make uplifting rising artists a new mission. She remembers the doors that opened for her after John Legend appeared on her 2015 song “Like I’m Gonna Lose You,” and she tries to give out similar co-signs. After writing “Workin’ On It,” Trainor recalls, “Sasha was like, ‘If you want a bigger star on the song, feel free to cut me out and put someone else on here.’ I was like, ‘Are you joking? You’re my superstar.’ ” She also recruited labelmate AJ Mitchell for the ballad “After You” because she wanted audiences to recognize his vocal talents, telling his manager, “Dude, the kid can sing. We should show a different side of him to the world.”

Changes in her personal life have helped Trainor tune out industry politics and reconnect with songwriting for the fun of it. While working on the album, she at times grew impatient with delays and instructions to wait her turn. (“Radio [people would tell] my team, ‘Do not release right now, we are committed to these five artists,’ ” she says.) In response, she chilled out: She married actor Daryl Sabara in late 2018, adopted some dogs and built a home studio. “I wanted to take time to myself and just live my best life,” she says. “I became a much happier person.”

Much of what ultimately made the album came from this period. “When I’m just trying to write my favorite songs, I’m booked and blessed,” she says of finally cracking Treat Myself. “Of course I want my songs to have a moment again, because I work so hard on them, but if it doesn’t happen, I’m finally at this place where I’m letting go.”

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Louis Tomlinson Unveils ‘Walls’ Album Track List

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Louis Tomlinson’s debut solo album is on its way, and with just weeks to go the former One Direction member is revealing its track list.

The singer had a mural painted by artist Jay Kaes for the announcement on Saturday (Jan. 11).

«This is so sick ! Thanks so much @jaycaes for doing this, and to all of you for watching on the stream. Walls is coming 31st Jan,» Tomlinson wrote on Instagram, where he shared a full look at the mural.

Once the mural was up, he also posted a clip featuring just the 12 song titles on his Twitter page.

See his social media updates about the track list’s unveiling and the complete list of songs below. Walls is set to be released on Jan. 31.

Louis Tomlinson’s Walls Track List:

1. «Kill My Mind»
2. «Don’t Let It Break Your Heart»
3. «Two Of Us»
4. «We Made It»
5. «Too Young»
6. «Walls»
7. «Habit»
8. «Always You»
9. «Fearless»
10. «Perfect Now»
11. «Defenceless»
12. «Only the Brave»

 

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Selena Gomez Calls Making ‘Rare’ a ‘Nightmare … But in the Best Way Possible’

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Selena Gomez’s new studio album Rare is set for release on Friday, but she tells Spotify in a new interview that she thought it would be ready to come out two years ago.

Her comeback album unpacks the singer’s healing and evolution over the last couple of years, but such a drawn-out process was not what the «Lose You to Love Me» singer had initially anticipated for her third solo project.

«Honestly, this album was kind of a nightmare to deal with, but in the best way possible,» she tells Spotify while sitting down in her glam room. «I thought that I was so ready like two years ago…. I had collected all of these sessions, beautiful sessions, that I don’t even remember half of them because it evolved each year.

«And then something would happen to me and it would be very drastic, so that it would take me somewhere else,» she continued. «And then all of a sudden I found this healing, and I saw something bigger than what I thought that I was. And I think that also added the whole end of the album.»

Watch Gomez’s interview with Spotify below.

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Is Ariana Grande Working On New Music Again?

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On Monday (Jan. 6), Ariana Grande fueled speculation that she was working on new music after being spotted in the studio over the weekend with frequent collaborators Social House, superproducer TBHits, songwriter Njomza and more.

Tagging Grande in an Instagram Story, producer Mr. Franks — who collaborated with the superstar on 2016’s Dangerous Woman — also confirmed he’d been in the studio with her, writing «wut just happened @arianagrande» alongside a photo from behind the console.

Earlier in the week, the pop star confirmed to fans that she had indeed been back in the recording booth, but quickly shot down the idea that more music was imminent. «Neva left even when I was on tour,» she replied to one fan account on Thursday (Jan. 2) before adding, «please relax [nothing’s] coming.»

Over the last 18 months, Grande has churned out two studio sets — 2018’s Sweetener and 2019’s Thank U, Next — as well as a live album documenting her sold-out Sweetener World Tour, K Bye For Now (Swt Live).

Check out Mr. Franks’ Instagram Story, as well as Ari’s tweet, below.

 

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Justin Bieber Shouts Out New ‘Yummy’ Dance Challenge From Some Very Talented Kids: Watch

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Justin Bieber took to social media on Sunday (Jan. 5) to shout out a group of African kids performing an impressive (and adorable) dance routine to his new single «Yummy.»

«I see you,» the pop star wrote while retweeting a video of five joyful young girls dancing with cereal bowls in a nondescript dirt lot. According to their Twitter bio, the group, known as The Happy Kids, is comprised of orphaned, impoverished children living in Lagos, Nigeria who dance for food, education, shelter and welfare.

The Happy Kids’ clip adds to the «Yummy» dance challenge currently sparking its way across social platforms like Twitter and TikTok. The bouncy track serves as the lead single for Bieber’s first solo album in more than four years, though a release date for the follow-up to 2015’s Purpose has yet to be officially announced.

Check out Bieber’s tweet — and The Happy Kids’ dance challenge — below.

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Justin Bieber’s ‘Yummy’ Is Finally Here: Stream It Now

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Justin Bieber is back and better than ever.

After a long break, the superstar thanked fans for their continued support with a slew of treats, including a 2020 tour announcement and a 10-part documentary series to premiere on YouTube on Jan. 27.

On top of it all, he dropped his upcoming album’s lead single, «Yummy,» and it’s the flirtatious Bieber we’ve missed and been waiting for. «Yeah, you got that yummy-yum,» he repeats in the catchy hook before adding, «And you stay flexin’ on me.»

Bieber’s album, which doesn’t yet have a release date, would mark his first solo project since 2015’s Purpose. During his musical break, the crooner did, however, dabble in collaboration, teaming up on a number of songs including BloodPop’s «Friends,» DJ Khaled’s «No Brainer,» Ed Sheeran’s «I Don’t Care,» Dan + Shay’s «10,000 Hours» and a guest verse on Billie Eilish’s «bad guy.»

Listen to «Yummy» below.

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