New Music From SZA, Big Sean, 6ix9ine & More

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SZA photographed on Nov. 12, 2018 at Skyline West Mansion in the Hollywood Hills of Los Angeles.

This week, SZA makes a delightfully unexpected return, Big Sean big-ups his hometown and 6ix9ine aims for the mainstream. Check out all of this week’s First Stream picks below:

The Song That’s The Most Pleasant Surprise of the Day:
SZA feat. Ty Dolla $ign, «Hit Different»

Although it’s only been three years since SZA released her masterful Ctrl album, the relative silence that has followed has been maddening for fans, as they eagerly await the next move from one of R&B’s most captivating voices. Now, out of nowhere, we get “Hit Different,” a new single featuring Ty Dolla $ign, produced by the Neptunes and showcasing the vision that makes SZA so unique. A song about yearning after a man and the jealousy that springs from passion, SZA runs circles around the sinewy beat, packing each thoughtful observation with enough vocal flair that she overshadows Ty’s sturdy hook. Will “Hit Different” lead a new project, or is it a one-off to tide us over? Either way, it’s nice to hear SZA back at what she does best.

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The Album That Helps Cement a Legacy:
Big Sean, Detroit 2

A sense of peace defines Detroit 2, Big Sean’s first album in three years and a sequel to his 2012 mixtape: once a punchline rapper looking up to Kanye West on the G.O.O.D. Music releases, Big Sean is now a seasoned, surefooted veteran, and his confidence in his craft elevates the work. Detroit 2 is a jam-packed record — there’s a nine-minute cypher featuring 11 Detroit MCs, a TWENTY88 reunion, a Travis Scott collaboration designed to be a smash, and an Erykah Badu spoken-word interlude, and that’s just the second half of this behemoth. Yet Big Sean nimbly hops around the different styles without sounding overtaxed or losing his carefree approach; on “Lucky Me,” he opens up about being diagnosed with a heart condition as a teenager, and through that lens, Detroit 2 is a celebration of life and survival from a still-hungry artist.

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The Album That Tries To Bring Trolling To The Mainstream:
6ix9ine, TattleTales

What happens when an underground hero, defined by his controversies and cult-figure status, goes fully mainstream? It’s the question that 6ix9ine’s latest full-length, TattleTales, tries to answer: after all, the most polarizing figure in modern pop is coming off of a jail stint as well as his first Hot 100 No. 1, both free and ready to dominate the charts with collaborators like Nicki Minaj, Akon and Lil AK. TattleTales ultimately straddles the line between more traditional pop craft — check the opening one-two punch of “Locked Up 2,” a rework of the Akon hit, and the rhythmic “Tutu” — and ultra-aggressive rap, as on “Punani” and the previously released “Gooba.”

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The Album That Compels You To Move:
Ozuna, ENOC

As you look at the track list to Ozuna’s new project, ENOC (El Negrito Ojos Claros), your eyes linger on the heavy-hitting guest list: not only has the reggaeton star tapped fellow Latin A-listers J Balvin, Nicky Jam, Daddy Yankee and Karol G, but he’s also united Doja Cat and Sia on the radio-ready single “Del Mar.” The collaborations often live up to their pedigree, but the 72-minute ENOC also gives Ozuna ample time to shine on his own, his voice deepening and winding around the simmering beats on tracks like “Sincero,” “A Escondidas” and the hit “Caramelo.” Both charming and prolific, Ozuna has figured out how to evolve on his own and alongside other major artists.

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The Music Video That Is… Absolutely Not What You Expected:
DJ Khaled feat. Drake, “Popstar”

It’s easy to imagine a music video for “Popstar,” the recent DJ Khaled/Drake collaboration, after a single listen — Drake and Khaled, floating around a decadent existence with expensive toys surrounding them, as they’ve done in countless clips together and separately. Instead, the “Popstar” video is high-concept — after an opening monologue in which Drizzy vents his frustration with Khaled’s many demands, he calls in a favor from Justin Bieber, who lip-synchs the song and enjoys the luxurious setting in his place. The gamble pays off, as “Popstar” sounds more arresting when its visual is an unexpected experience; also, kudos to Drake for some over-the-top, genuinely funny exasperation in the intro.

The Remix That Unites Six Rising Stars:
Chloe x Halle feat. Doja Cat, City Girls & Mulatto, «Do It» remix

Grouping Chloe x Halle, Doja Cat, City Girls and Mulatto together on the same remix feels like it will be a quietly important moment — as if, years from now, we’ll look back and marvel at how many soon-to-be stars shone on a single track. And the best part: this remix of Chloe x Halle’s Ungodly Hour standout “Do It” somehow doesn’t stray too far from the essence of the original, as the guests join the party without making the room too crowded. Listen for Doja Cat’s raucous energy, City Girls’ melodic flow and Mulatto’s confident drawl, but don’t overlook the classy vibe Chloe x Halle carried over from the original.

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The Song That Aims To Inspire During a Tumultuous Time:
Finneas, «What They’ll Say About Us»

In a statement, Finneas reveals that he wrote his new solo track “What They’ll Say About Us” in June, inspired by both the powerful voice created by the Black Lives Matter protests as well as the sorrow inflicted by the coronavirus  pandemic: “I hope this song can offer some sort of comfort to those who may need it,” he writes. During a year of great upheaval, Billie Eilish’s most trusted collaborator has done his best to take center stage and transmit 2020’s mix of emotions. While the production on “What They’ll Say About Us” is effectively restrained, credit Finneas for going full-on showstopper when he draws out the line, “We’ve got the time to take the world / And make it better than it ever was.”

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The Song That Understands its R&B History:
Bryson Tiller, «Inhale»

On the same day that SZA has returned with a new single, another enigmatic R&B star whose last project was released three years ago, Bryson Tiller, also takes a bold stride back into the spotlight with a single, “Inhale,” that’s daring in all the right ways. Sampling both SWV’s “All Night Long” and Mary J. Blige’s “Not Gon’ Cry,” Tiller uses the prism of ‘90s R&B to refract his own vulnerabilities on the track: “Yes, I spent all these f–kin’ years dwelling, yes, I feel irrelevant,” he sings, a few seconds after admitting he’s been both crying and overanalyzing text messages. Dating back to 2015’s TRAPSOUL, Tiller has proven to be a songwriting dynamo, and “Inhale” is one of his most inventive moments yet.

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Justin Bieber Rapped Over Jack Harlow’s ‘Whats Poppin’ & Fans Want an Official Remix

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Jack Harlow‘s «Whats Poppin» has been popping on the charts throughout the summer, and Justin Bieber couldn’t help but appreciate the tune’s catchiness.

On Monday (July 13), a video of Bieber rapping a verse over the hit track surfaced on Twitter, and caught the attention of Harlow himself. The 22-year-old reposted the clip with a blush face emoji.

Soon enough, Bieber’s version of «Whats Poppin» was uploaded to Soundcloud, leading fans to believe that an official remix is on the way. The JB rendition would follow another smash remix of the song featuring DaBaby, Tory Lanez and Lil Wayne.

Listen to Bieber’s «Whats Poppin» verse below.

Justin Bieber Says ‘I Have Benefited Off Black Culture,’ Vows to Fight Racial Injustice

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Justin Bieber attend the Premiere of YouTube Original’s «Justin Bieber: Seasons» at Regency Bruin Theatre on Jan. 27, 2020 in Los Angeles.

Justin Bieber acknowledged that his music career has been shaped by black culture in a new post on Instagram. In the note, the pop star also pledged to use his privilege as a white celebrity to engage in work against racism.

«I am inspired by black culture. I have benefited off of black culture,» Bieber wrote on Saturday (June 6). «My style, how I sing, dance, perform, and my fashion have all been influenced and inspired by black culture.»

«I am committed to using my platform from this day forward to learn, to speak up about racial injustice and systemic oppression, and to identify ways to be a part of much needed change,» he said.

This week, Bieber’s Instagram feed — like those of many other artists — has focused on speaking out against racism.

«No lives matter until black lives matter,» he said on May 28.

«Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice,» he wrote the next day.

On May 31, he shared a graphic in reaction to the police officers involved in George Floyd’s death: «They’d rather let the nation burn than arrest 3 of their own…let that sink in.» On June 1, he posted one that said, «»Dear non black friends…. I’m paying attention to your silence» and another pointing out, «»It is not enough to be quietly non-racist, now is the time to be vocally anti-racist.»

He also took part in Black Out Tuesday, encouraged followers to vote and take action, and paid tribute to Breonna Taylor over the past few days.

Read Bieber’s latest post below.

Watch Justin Bieber Cradle His Baby Sister While Doing the ‘Toosie Slide’ in New TikTok

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Justin Bieber is seen on March 13, 2020 in Los Angeles.

Some days lately a dance challenge is about the best you can hope for. It’s a great way to get the family together, and it’s just good, clean fun. Justin Bieber got into the act this weekend, reposting a TikTok video from his step sister Allie Rebelo, in which he, wife Hailey Baldwin, Allie, Jazmyn Bieber and Justin’s youngest sister, Bay, 1, take a shot at Drake’s «Toosie Slide.»

Wearing a yellow hoodie and matching sweats, Bieber left foot slides, right foot slides and then moonwalks out of the video.

JB also reposted a video in which he joins Allie and Jazmyn for the «Come Around Me» challenge, busting some enthusiastic arm movements while Hailey just walks through the frame.

Justin Bieber’s ‘At Least For Now’ Video Is an Epic Man Vs. Nature Battle

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Justin Bieber, «At Least For Now» (CHANGES: The Movement)

In case you haven’t noticed by now, there is a consistent «man in nature» vibe to a number of the videos from Justin Bieber‘s Changes album. And while most of them star JB himself frolicking or moping in the snowy outdoors, his latest clip for the ballad «At Least For Now» turns the screen over to dancer/choreographer Sean Lew, who relates an epic struggle of man vs. nature.

In the clip, Lew is seen atop a snowy mountaintop, where it becomes clear that he’s tied to a huge log as he pulls off an impressive routine while literally being restrained in the understated, but intense Nick DeMoura-directed clip.

«I’ m still in awe of how i’m a part of this series that are filled with some of the greatest movers and minds in the entire world,» Lew wrote on Instagram. «When i was called to do this song, i spent months trying to figure out a concept and story. me and nick literally went back and forth for weeks and it all came down to stripping it all down and going for something simplistic and meaningful.

«I personally spent hours and hours writing 14 different versions of a written narrative that would best fit this song. hearing this song, it all came down to his words and that was my guide to what i wanted to represent in this video. the feeling of almost getting what we desire for so long, the key to unlock our limitations. However, you realize that sometimes we have to hold back and just accept our restrictions because it’s what’s for the best at the moment. the whole world is dealing with one of the craziest challenges we’ve ever encountered, but i truly believe that we will get through this and we just have to accept the restraints that are being given upon us.»

With everyone locked down during the COVID-19 pandemic, Bieber has spent his home time with a new chat show, Live With Biebs. On Sunday he invited KehlaniLil Pump, Kendall Jenner and other pals over for an hour-long edition.

Watch the «At Least For Now» video below.

Justin Bieber Postpones Entire 2020 Tour Due to Global Health Crisis

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Justin Bieber has postponed his anticipated Changes Tour as of Wednesday (April 1).

The outing was slated to kick off on May 14 with a show at Centurylink Field in Seattle, Washington and run through a Sept. 26 show in East Rutherford, New Jersey; at press time there was no additional information on when the dates might be rescheduled.

«In light of the current public health crisis, and with the deepest concern for all those being affected, Justin Bieber will be postponing all currently scheduled 2020 dates for The Changes Tour,» reads an official statement.

«While Justin – along with his band, dancers and crew – has been hard at work preparing an amazing show, he has always put the health and well-being of his fans first and foremost. Justin is anxiously awaiting the opportunity to get back out on the road and perform in a space that is safe for everyone. He asks that his fans hold on to their tickets, as they will be honored as soon as the dates are rescheduled. Information on rescheduled dates will be forthcoming soon.»

The 45-date tour was scheduled to hit a mix of stadiums and arenas was in support of Changes, the singer’s first album since 2015’s Purpose.

A number of dates on the tour were shifted down to smaller venues because of slower-than-expected sales in early March, just as the first wave on cancellations and postponements due to the COVID-19 virus were beginning to pile up.

See the original list of Changes tour dates below.

May 14 — Seattle, WA @ CenturyLink Field

May 17 — Portland, OR @ Moda Center

May 19 — Sacramento, CA @ Golden1 Center

May 22 — Santa Clara, CA @ Levi’s Stadium

May 26 — San Diego, CA @ Pechanga Arena San Diego

May 29 — Pasadena, CA @ Rose Bowl

June 2 — Las Vegas, NV @  T-Mobile Arena

June 5 — Glendale, AZ @ Gila River Arena

June 9 — Salt Lake City, UT @ Vivint Smart Home Arena

June 13 — Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center

June 16 — Lincoln, NE @ Pinnacle Bank Arena

June 19 — Chicago, IL @ Soldier Field

June 21 — Minneapolis, MN @ Target Center

June 24 — Milwaukee, WI @ Milwaukee Summerfest

June 27 — Houston, TX @ Toyota Center

June 28 — Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center

June 30 — New Orleans, LA @ Smoothie King Center

July 6 — Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center

July 8 — Tulsa, OK @ BOK Center

July 11 — Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena

July 13 — St. Louis, MO @ Enterprise Center

July 15 — N. Little Rock, AR @ Simmons Bank Arena

July 18 — Atlanta, GA @ Mercedes Benz Stadium

July 21 — Miami, FL @ AmericanAirlines Arena

July 25 — Tampa, FL @  Amalie Arena

July 27 — Columbia, SC @ Colonial Life Arena

July 29 — Greensboro, NC @ Greensboro Coliseum

Aug. 1 — Philadelphia, PA @ Lincoln Financial Field

Aug. 4 — Pittsburgh, PA @  PPG Paints Arena

Aug. 6 — University Park, PA @ Bryce Jordan Center

Aug. 8 — Columbus, OH @ Schottenstein Center

Aug. 12 — Louisville, KY @ KFC Yum! Center

Aug. 14 — Cleveland, OH @ Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse

Aug. 16 — Grand Rapids, MI @ Van Andel Arena

Aug. 18 —  Lexington, KY @ Rupp Arena

Aug. 21 — Washington, DC @ Capital One Arena

Aug.  24 — Buffalo, NY @ KeyBank Center

Aug. 26 — Albany, NY @ Times Union Center

Aug. 30 — Detroit, MI @  Little Caesars Arena

Sept. 1 — Ottawa, ON @  Canadian Tire Centre

Sept. 3 —  Québec City, QC @ Videotron Centre

Sept. 10 — Toronto, ON @ Rogers Centre

Sept. 14 — Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre

Sept. 17 — Foxboro, MA @ Gillette Stadium

Sept. 26 — East Rutherford, NJ @ MetLife Stadium

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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Justin Bieber Celebrated Christmas by Singing His Throwback Holiday Songs in His Car: Watch

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Justin spent the holiday in Canada with wife Hailey and his family.

Justin Bieber was feeling the Christmas cheer on Dec. 25, so much that he decided to bust out some hits from his 2011 holiday album, Under the Mistletoe, live from his car.

The Biebs shared three videos to his Instagram on Wednesday (Dec. 25), beginning with a rendition of «Christmas Eve.» Clad in a pair of festive red and green plaid pajama pants with a matching green sweatshirt, Bieber also sang along to «Mistletoe» and «Santa Claus Is Coming to Town» — and judging by his smile, he had a great time doing it.

Along with his silly videos, Bieber posted some photos from his family Christmas celebrations in Canada: a shot of his younger sisters Allie and Jazmyn (who were sporting Drew sweatshirts, naturally) and a pic sharing a kiss with his wife, Hailey, as his little cousin sits on his lap. Hailey also shared selfies from their Canadian Christmas, including four Polaroids of herself and Justin sharing some cute moments together.

It’s been a busy holiday for Justin, as he spent Christmas Eve announcing a massive 2020 tour as well as a new single titled «Yummy» — which arrives Jan. 3 — and a docu-series that will include «all different stories,» as he teased in a 90-second video. Bieber has clearly been keeping watch on how fans are reacting to the big news, as he shared a 3-minute video of one very overwhelmed Belieber bursting into tears upon seeing the vid.

Watch Bieber’s mini holiday concert below.

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Is Justin Bieber Releasing New Music at the Top of 2020?

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Could new Justin Bieber music be right around the corner? The superstar took to social media on Friday (Dec. 20) to potentially tease a release date for his long-awaited follow-up to 2015’s Purpose.

«December 24, December 31, January 3 …» he captioned a cryptic Instagram post of the year 2020 spelled out on a black background, possibly hinting that new music could drop the evening of Jan. 3 or at midnight the following day.

This is hardly the first time the pop star has sent his Beliebers into a frenzy over what’s coming down the pipeline in recent months. Back in October, Bieber declared he was «putting out an album this year» via Instagram Live — and even went as far as promising fans the LP would arrive before Christmas if a now-removed post received 20 million likes — though the exact date seems to have been pushed back until after the new year.

Whenever it arrives, the album will be the singer’s follow-up to recent collaborations with the likes of Dan + Shay («10,000 Hours), Billie Eilish («Bad Guy») and Ed Sheeran («I Don’t Care»).

Check out Bieber’s latest post below.

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