By Sunni Anderson Sitting across from songwriter and producer Ester Dean as she settles into a Zoom call from her bright studio, I perceive her warm aura through my monitor. Colorful pink furnishings accent the room, like a visual representation of the electric feminine energy at work. A successful hitmaker for legends like Beyoncé (“Count Down”), Rihanna (“Rude Boy”), Sele..

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By Myles Johnson For their debut performance of “WAP” on the Grammys stage earlier this year, Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion swapped nasty verses and suggestive hip movements. Before a backdrop of a supersized bedroom, with pillows as large cars and also a comforter that could cover a tiny crowd, they exposed their tongues and zipped through uncensored lyrics. There’s not muc..

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Blackpink member Rosé performed a cute cover of Alicia Keys’s 2003 hit “If I Ain’t Got You” with Shinee’s Onew and AKMU’s Lee Suhyun on Tuesday (July 27). The cover can be seen in the latest episode of South Korean variety show The Sea of Hope. It’s a true collaboration: Suhyun starts the efficiency while Onew provides backing vox on the chorus. Rosé kicks off the sec..

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Justin Bieber made history on Tuesday (July 20) because the youngest solo artist to ever hit 100 entries on the Billboard Hot 100 chart at the age of 27. The track that cinched the milestone was “Stay,” the synthy song on which he guested as a feature with The Kid Laroi and debuted at No. 3. Prior to Bieber’s achievement, Drake previously contained the career title at 28 years ..

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Over the last few days, Lil Nas X has made a number of joke tweets and TikToks about him going to jail for his controversial Nike Satan shoes, nevertheless on Monday (July 19), he revealed that he’s certainly heading to court for it — in a new music video, anyway — as shown in the new teaser for his upcoming single “Industry Baby.” https://www.Youtube.Com/watch?V=5QLFrE2qSZ..

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Normani and Cardi B really did that on “Wild Side.” After drumming up excitement in the week leading up to Normani’s collaborative comeback, her new single dropped Friday (July 16) with a cinematic music video with stunning visuals and sizzling choreography. The video introduces Normani in a black bodysuit, posing seductively in a red room. As she pours wine over the camera, t..

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International philanthropic business Global Citizen will be hosting a 24-hour concert this fall, and much like the nonprofit’s yearly festival, the new show — Global Citizen Live — boasts a major line-up of artists set to take the stage. Including your faves. The international concert will feature performances from Billie Eilish, BTS, Ed Sheeran, Doja Cat, The Weeknd, Lorde, an..

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The 2021 BET Awards opened last night (June 27) under the theme “Year of the Black Woman” in front of a live, vaccinated audience at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Empire star Taraji P. Henson served because the ceremony’s host, giving encouragement and upliftment for all Black women. “Look at us. Look around the room. Look at this power. The grace, the class, the edges ..

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What makes a queer anthem? That’s the question MTV News recently posed to four musicians: rapper and activist Mykki Blanco; Mxmtoon, the ukulele-playing bedroom-pop artist; Southern-born singer-songwriter Katie Pruitt; and gospel-influenced pop star Vincint. The quartet met on a recent Zoom call to talk about what they believed to be the 10 greatest LGBTQ+ anthems of the 21st cen..

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The search for the ever-elusive "bop" is tough. Playlists and streaming-service suggestions can only do so much. They often leave a lingering question: Are these songs really good, or are they just new? Enter Bop Shop, a hand-picked selection of songs from the MTV News team. This weekly collection doesn't discriminate by genre and could contribute anything — it's a snapshot of w..

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Jay-Z's Empire State of Mind is well documented, although what about a Buckeye State of Mind? He'll find out later this year while he celebrates his induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio. The rap wonderful joins a crop of performers including Tina Turner, Carole King, The Go-Go's, Foo Fighters, and Todd Rundgren for its class of 2021, what the business calls ..

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Tierra Whack has all of the building blocks she needs in the dreamy, intergalactic music video for her latest single “Link," out Tuesday (April 6). Released as piece of Lego’s “Rebuild the World” campaign, which aims to inspire everyone to visualize the world through through children's eyes," the video’s storyline was created by Whack along with an audience of children..

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