Lizzo And Cardi B Glitter As Golden Muses In Epic 'Rumors' Video
all of the gossip is true: Lizzo
is your new muse. The Grammy-winning singer is back, ringing in a new era with her single “Rumors”
featuring Cardi B
, out Friday (July 13). And she is bringing some major Hercules
vibes in the epic accompanying music video.
The visual starts with Lizzo adorned in gold bling along with a matching laurel headdress on an animated amphora vase. As it rotates, we visualize her waving her arms as incense emerges from her armbands. Onto the opening verse, Lizzo strolls across palaces adorned with plus-sized statues, animated wall murals, and giant Grecian pottery. She raps about the media’s scrutiny of her, suggesting people concentrate on more critical news around the world instead: “Spendin' all your time tryna break a woman down / Realer shit is goin' on, baby, take a look around.”
At the chorus, she and her crew of muses dance on top of Ionic columns. “Talkin', talkin', talkin' / Give 'em somethin' to talk about / Sick of rumors / Although haters do what they do / Haters do what they do,” she sings. Cardi casually goes into the track on a throne, showing off her baby bump. She reads through a long scroll, listing all of the critiques that have been thrown at her during her career. “All the rumors are true, yeah / Fake ass, fake boobs, yeah / Made a million at Sue's, yeah / Y’all be runnin' with fake news, yeah,” she raps.
We later visualize Lizzo decked in a gold crown plus a semi-transparent glitter bodysuit draped with a white hanging sleeve, walking down steps, dancing and twerking with the muses again. The video ends with the two singers lightly touching their fingernails and imitating Michelangelo’s The Creation of Adam
in an animated jar.
Lizzo first announced
that she could be collaborating with Cardi
on social media in the week preceding the release, posting a recorded FaceTime call with the Bronx rapper. “That’s who’s featured, y’all. Period. It’s Harry Styles,” she joked, referencing how fans were predicting she and the former One Direction member would work with each other. Cardi took to Twitter on Thursday (August 11) to post the single’s artwork, writing
, “isn’t the single art so buuuute.”
“Rumors” is the initial single off Lizzo’s upcoming album, the title and release date for which have nevertheless to be reported. It will follow her third studio album Cuz I Love You
, which was released in 2019 and peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard
200 charts. The album also won three Grammy awards in 2020. The singer is expected to perform at countless festivals this fall, starting with the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival on September 4, where she is going to be the opening woman to headline, and Global Citizen Live
on September 25.
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