This week’s edition of Bop Shop includes an eclectic array of songs by Lous and the Yakuza, Hope Tala, Tini, Reason, Orla Gartland, and more.
Like a lot of Instagram users her age, 20-year-old Bea Kristi has at least one alt account. Her main, for the confessional guitar music she releases as Beabadoobee (styled lowercase, of course), remains a trove of promo pics, song teases, and bedroom selfies. That frees up her alt to devote prime grid real estate to extremely cute red pandas.
As with plenty of other ideas rooted in comfort and good vibes, Bea’s @redpandadoobee emerged from being stoned and scrolling on her phone. “I’m on the tour bus, and I think I just had the munchies. I was just munching on some food and I just come across this video of this red panda,” she tells MTV News. “So my guitar tech walks in, like, ‘You look like you’re crying,’ and I’m like, yeah, no, these are the cutest things I’ve seen in my life. He leaves for about two hours and he comes back and he’s like, ‘You’ve been in the same spot for two hours, doing the exact same thing.’ I just, for two hours, was staring at red panda videos and pictures, crying. It was an amazing experience in America, on the tour bus, eating some Chips Ahoy!”
One post finds the British singer-songwriter — who’s risen from lo-fi acoustic pop to the rock-star grandeur of her debut, Fake It Flowers in just three years — on a bed with her boyfriend and three photoshopped red pandas acting as their hypothetical children. The caption names them: Yoshimi, Forest, Magdalene — also the title of her LP’s exhilarating final track that finds her manically in love and planning their future together. By the end of the song, Bea’s glee devolves into pure delirium, yelling the three names over a geyser of watery guitar noise. It’s a far cry from “Coffee,” the strummy, whistling jaunt that kicked off her career in 2017 and brought her further global recognition this year thanks to a sample on a Powfu cut that went supersonic on TikTok.
Yet “Yoshimi Forest Magdalene” is a fitting finale for Fake It Flowers (out today), which finds Bea projecting moments from her own life onto a much wider screen and glossing her sound with arena-ready bombast. “It was the band and I in a room together, two drum kits, and just going crazy,” she said. “And I remember doing the vocal and just running around and screaming. Very fun.”
Much has been made about Bea’s sound evolution in such a short time, especially regarding the heavily ’90s alternative and Britpop echoes on standouts like “Worth It” and “Sorry.” That aesthetic, similar to what labelmates and pals The 1975 explored on Notes on a Conditional Form, electrifies the twelve songs on Fake It Flowers, giving Bea a bedrock from which to share her occasionally funny, often offbeat truths. “I’ve had to put up with your shit when you’re / Not even that cute,” she sings on “Dye It Red.” By “Emo Song,” she’s sharing nighttime poetry: “Nobody knows when I was young / I lost myself in cosmic dust.” They’re the kinds of lines with a specific audience, even if she doesn’t name them directly.
“There was an ongoing theme in Fake It Flowers, the idea of everything I was supposed to tell someone but couldn’t. So it’s like a letter I was supposed to send out, but never really sent out. Something I was supposed to tell them, but I couldn’t,” she says. “A lot of things happened when I was a teenager, and I used a lot of things to kind of distract myself, and whether that was bad or good — well, it was mostly bad. I think writing ‘Emo Song’ as a whole just helped me kind of understand myself, understand that part of my life a bit more. That lyric is very special to me.”
Bea, who worked on the album with her three band members and two producers, initially taught herself guitar through YouTube tutorials, beginning with Sixpence None the Richer’s staple “Kiss Me” and graduating to The Cure, The Moldy Peaches, and Elliott Smith. She uses alternate tunings as “little cheat codes” — the low-end rumble of 2019’s “She Plays Bass” helps give the song its lovesick bite — to simplify her playing and songwriting. (“All you need is one finger and a nice tuning to make it sound super complicated.”)
After “Coffee” caught the attention of Dirty Hit Records, she signed with them and released four increasingly intricate EPs in 2018 and 2019; Fake It Flowers feels like the logical next step, louder and deeper without retreading any territory, even as she includes more songs addressed to her boyfriend, the videographer Soren Harrison, to whom she dedicated her entire 2018 EP Loveworm. This time, she employs playful subterfuge, titling one song “Horen Sarrison,” about “the surface level of love,” and singing “I want you to know to know that I’m in love / But I don’t want you to feel comfortable.”
That her sojourn can take her from the warm glow of love to the raw fury found on “Charlie Brown,” a performance she referred to in the lead-up as “proper screamo,” is a marvel, one Bea embraced. “I’ve always wanted to scream on a record. I scream a lot when I’m angry in my bedroom. I remember [producer Pete Robertson] being like, ‘Are you ready?’ And I’m like, dude, I was born ready. I want to scream so badly.” As a Sonic Youth-esque guitar fuse burns up, she screams “throw it away!” with the kind of youthful fury that beckons Gen X, millennial, and Zoomer rock lifers like power cables to a tube amp. It’s exactly why Fake It Flowers is destined to take Bea to the stratosphere — like Soccer Mommy’s “Circle the Drain” and Mxmtoon’s “Bon Iver,” Bea synthesizes ’90s and early-aughts sonic influences (and lyrical shout-outs) with contemporary sensibilities and a social media presence (“gettin this bread,” her Twitter bio reads).
The acoustic-confessional Beabadoobee returns briefly in the album’s penultimate track, “How Was Your Day?,” a charming diary entry she captured on a four-track cassette recorder in Harrison’s garden during quarantine. The song had been written after she wrapped touring earlier this year, but as she went to press record, she tweaked the lyrics to reflect a newfound altruism she’d unearthed in the months at home. “Obviously the song is quite sad, but there’s a sense of hopefulness in it, and it didn’t have that before,” she said. After this particularly hellish year, that hopefulness can sometimes even overcome the weepiness of the chords.
There’s plenty of hope, too, on the @redpandadoobee page — “imagine being a little red panda and being cuddled by an EVEN BIGGER red panda” — as well as in Bea’s plans to meet an actual red panda someday soon. It won’t be this year, as the pandemic shifted a planned gig in Japan and a stop at an animal sanctuary, but she’s got a potential contingency plan. “I know there are red panda sanctuaries in London. I’d have to travel up to see them,” she said. “I don’t think you can go and pet them, though. I want to touch them. I want to hold them in my arm. That’s the goal.”
Jersey Shore is about to make “Jerztory” with a new kind of family vacation.
Since the world looks different these days, the lovable crew will take over a hotel resort for their next getaway, beginning on November 19 with back-to-back episodes (right on the heels of that explosive Season 3 finale). Housemates Deena Nicole Cortese, Paul “Pauly D” Delvecchio, Jenni “JWOWW” Farley, Vinny Guadagnino, Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, Angelina Pivarnick, and Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino are entering the official “Shore” bubble, and everyone will live their best lives the only way they know how. The shore the merrier!
Leading up to the highly anticipated Season 4 premiere, MTV will air Family Vacation specials on Thursday, November 5 and Thursday, November 12 at 8/7c. So tune in for plenty of Jersey Shore antics, and get ready for the official season premiere of Family Vacation on
Jerzday Thursday, November 19 at 8/7c!
Love Goes global at the 2020 EMAs, with a seriously stacked lineup of international superstars set to perform.
That’s right — the “How Do You Sleep?” singer Sam Smith is sure to bring a soulful serenade to the show, following the release of their highly anticipated (and newly renamed) album Love Goes on October 30. And they’re not alone. Maluma, Doja Cat, Zara Larsson, and Yungblud will also take the stage.
It’s a great year for all of them. Smith is also nominated for Best Collaboration for their gold metal-worthy duet with Lemi Lovato, while Yungblud and Doja Cat are both vying for the coveted “Best New” and “Best Push” artist awards. Maluma, who brought the tropics to a New York drive-in for his VMA performance in August, will make his EMA debut, while Swedish pop wunderkind Zara Larsson will return after lighting up the stage in 2016 with her medley of singles “Lush Life” and “Ain’t My Fault.”
In terms of nominations, Lady Gaga continues her Chromatica reign after sweeping the VMAs as the most-nominated artist at the 2020 MTV EMA, racking up seven nods in total. This year’s show adds three new categories for 2020: Best Latin, Video for Good, and Best Virtual Live. The two-hour ceremony will air globally on MTV in 180 countries and territories on Sunday, November 8, 2020. Fan voting is now open at mtvema.com and will last until November 2 at 11:59 p.m. CET.
The 2020 MTV EMA airs globally on MTV in 180 countries and territories on Sunday, November 8, 2020. Find more info at mtvema.com.
Ali went to her semi-annual muscular dystrophy-related doctor’s visit earlier this season on Teen Mom 2, and Dr. Tsao (a neuromuscular specialist who viewers have seen through the years) complimented Leah’s daughter on her strength. However, he remarked that she had “weakness in the upper legs.” And during tonight’s episode, Dr. Tsao’s feedback was on full display when the Simms twin hurt her foot after a fall while she was at her dad Corey’s house. Fast-forward a week later, and Ali was still in pain.
“She didn’t say nothing about it all weekend,” Corey told Leah over the phone. “And then yesterday evening, like all of a sudden, she said it hurt.”
Leah explained to her sister Victoria, who was in labor and about to welcome a baby boy, that “muscles pull her foot in, and that’s why she walks that way.”
“There’s no way to change how her muscles are,” she stated, while adding that Ali was going to get an X-ray shortly to try to figure out if it is related to her muscular dystrophy.
But nothing was more upsetting than hearing Ali rehash the incident to her mom.
“I was screaming, I’ve never cried that loud,” Ali said, as Leah wiped away tears.
“I’ve noticed that you’re really struggling, I’m so proud of you, though. Even though your foot is hurting, you’re such a big girl. You’re so strong — you really are,” Leah concluded.
What will the X-ray reveal? And how will Ali recover? Keep watching Teen Mom 2 every Tuesday only on MTV.
In the road toward the 2016 election, YG and Nipsey Hussle had the viral dis track, “FDT,” or “Fuck Donald Trump.” Now, with less than a month before Election Day 2020 and early voting already underway, pop superstar Demi Lovato has released her own protest song, “Commander in Chief.” And like the rappers before her, she doesn’t mince words.
In the somber new track, which surprise-dropped Tuesday evening (October 13), Lovato takes aim at the president, referencing his response to the coronavirus pandemic, the fires that have ravaged the West Coast, and racial injustice in the United States. “Commander in Chief, honestly / If I did the things you do, I couldn’t sleep,” she sings on the refrain. “Seriously, do you even know the truth? / We’re in a state of crisis, people are dying / While you line your pockets deep / Commander in Chief / How does it feel to still be able to breathe?”
Speaking with CNN, Lovato explained the importance of using her platform to shed light on political issues. “There’s been so many times that I’ve wanted to write the President a letter or sit down with him and ask him these questions,” Lovato said. “And then I thought, I don’t really actually want to do that and I thought one way that I could do that is writing a song and releasing it for the whole world to hear and then he has to answer those questions to everyone and not just me.”
Writing in response to a fan who suggested incorporating her politics might isolate some fans, the “Cool for the Summer” singer explained that she understood the potential career risks associated with speaking up. “This is my response to anyone who wants to silence me,” she wrote in an Instagram Story.
“You do understand as a celebrity I have a right to political views as well?” she added, in a comment that was shared as an Instagram Story. “Or did you forget that we aren’t just around to entertain people for our entire lives…that we are citizens of the same country and we are humans with opinions as well? The difference between me and the type of artist you WANT and EXPECT me to be (but I’m sorry honey that will never BE me 😂) I literally don’t care if this ruins my career. This isn’t about that. My career isn’t about that. I made a piece of art that stands for something I believe in. And I’m putting it out even at the risk of losing fans. I’ll take integrity in my work over sales any day. As mochas I would like to be sad that I disappointed you, I’m too busy being bummed that you expect me, a queer Hispanic woman, to silence my views/beliefs in order to please my audience i.e. your family. 🙁”
The corresponding music video for “Commander in Chief” is slated for release Wednesday (October 14) at 8 p.m. PT, or 11 p.m. ET.
‘Grand Army’ has every prerequisite to be your next Netflix obsession: dark secrets, timely storylines, and ‘Degrassi’ links. These are the emerging actors bringing the drama to the small screen.
Despite a show-stopping year that saw her first pair of No. 1 singles and a culture-defining song (and video) that spawned a lucrative, entertaining cycle of performative outrage from the typical talking heads, Megan Thee Stallion has endured her fair share of trauma in 2020. On Tuesday (October 13), she expounded on that trauma in a New York Times op-ed.
“I was recently the victim of an act of violence by a man. After a party, I was shot twice as I walked away from him,” Meg wrote, referring to a July incident involving her and rapper Tory Lanez. “We were not in a relationship. Truthfully, I was shocked that I ended up in that place.” (Meg named Tory as the shooter a month after the attack. He’s since been charged with assault.)
“My initial silence about what happened was out of fear for myself and my friends,” she continued. “Even as a victim, I have been met with skepticism and judgment. The way people have publicly questioned and debated whether I played a role in my own violent assault proves that my fears about discussing what happened were, unfortunately, warranted.”
Meg ties in her own experience to both the expectations of Black women as voters across the country — “Black women are still constantly disrespected and disregarded in so many areas of life” — and the larger framework of objectification that plagues women and “happens because too many men treat all women as objects, which helps them to justify inflicting abuse against us when we choose to exercise our own free will.”
Despite writing that “there’s not much room for passionate advocacy if you are a Black woman,” Meg highlights her recent Saturday Night Live performance, where she used her platform to denounce Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron for his decision to not seek charges against three officers for their involvement in Breonna Taylor’s shooting death. Meg knew this would invite criticism, and she said she’s not afraid of that.
“And it’s ridiculous that some people think the simple phrase ‘Protect Black women’ is controversial. We deserve to be protected as human beings. And we are entitled to our anger about a laundry list of mistreatment and neglect that we suffer.”
Meg’s piece also spans the topic of Black women’s bodies and the gaze to which they’re constantly subjected. She mentions how her own wardrobe choices (or lack thereof) are not a decision to appeal to men, but a celebration of her own body. “But the remarks about how I choose to present myself have often been judgmental and cruel, with many assuming that I’m dressing and performing for the male gaze. When women choose to capitalize on our sexuality, to reclaim our own power, like I have, we are vilified and disrespected.”
Meg’s entire op-ed is worth reading, and you can do so right here.
When you are at the tail end of being 16 and pregnant, the unknowns that come with giving birth are a big topic of conversation. And in the sneak peek below, Rachelle is readying herself for the delivery of her daughter and considering how much the doctor believes her mini-me weighs.
“They said we’re having a nine-pound baby,” Rachelle tells her baby daddy Chase. “Do you think she’ll be nine pounds or no?”
Chase’s reply: “I don’t know much about babies. I don’t know if nine pounds is heavy or not.”
How does Rachelle react to her beau’s statement about having a nine-pound munchkin? And is Rachelle planning to receive an epidural when she is in labor? Watch the entire clip, and do not miss this episode of 16 and Pregnant tonight at 9/8c.
Madisen admitted on the season premiere of 16 and Pregnant that she had a hard time “moving on and letting go” after splitting with with her baby daddy Christian. But at the end of the episode, Camille’s mama predicted that despite her breakup with the young dad, the two would “work it out” and co-parent their little girl. So have the former cheerleader/football player reconciled, and are they boyfriend and girlfriend again?
“We are working things out now,” Madisen reveals in the recently filmed catch up video above. “He’s living [back here] with me and the baby. So far things are going pretty good.”
How is Madisen’s dad Nick — who appears in the clip as well — adapting to life as a grandfather? And is Madisen still residing in the “tiny house”? Watch the “where are they now?” update to find out, and tune in to 16 and Pregnant tales every Tuesday at 9/8c (immediately following brand-new installments of Teen Mom 2).