The 1975 Return With Notes on a Conditional Form: Stream It Now

Take notes, the 1975 are back. The British pop-rock band’s return with Notes on a Conditional Form, their long-awaited fourth album.

The new set, which dropped at midnight, features the previously released “People,” “Frail State of Mind,” “Me & You Together Song,” “The Birthday Party,” “If You’re Too Shy (Let Me Know)” and the eponymously-titled opening track, which has a spoken word assist from none other than climate change activist Greta Thunberg.

Notes rocks in at 80 minutes and 22 songs.

It’s the followup to the 2018 set A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships, which hit No. 4 on the Billboard 200, and 2016’s I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It, which led the chart.

Matthew Healy and Co. are on a chart streak in the U.K., where all three of their previous albums hit No. 1 on the national survey.

Stream Notes on a Conditional Form below.

Ariana Grande & Lady Gaga’s ‘Rain on Me’ Is Here: Listen

Two pop queens have at last crossed paths in the highly anticipated “Rain on Me,” which dropped on Friday (May 22).

The song showcases both Ariana Grande and Lady Gaga’s unmatched vocals, and comes just one week after the duo announced the release date for their high-profile collab.

“I said to her, ‘OK, now everything that you care about while you sing, I want you to forget it and just sing,'” Gaga recently told Zane Lowe of the collaboration on Apple Music. “‘And by the way, while you’re doing that, I’m going to dance in front of you. And she was like, ‘Oh my God. Oh my God, I can’t, I can’t. I don’t know. Oh my God. OK, OK.’ And then I did it and she sang, and she started to do things with her voice that was different. And it was the joy of two artists going, ‘I see you.'”

Gaga also noted that fans will see Grande do things she’s never done before in the song’s music video, which form a friendship between the superstars. “When she came into the studio, I was still crying and she was not. And she was like, ‘You’re going to be OK. Call me; here’s my number,'” Gaga says. “And she was so persistent. She would try over and over again to be friends with me. And I was too ashamed to hang out with her because I didn’t want to project all of this negativity onto something that was healing and so beautiful. And eventually she called me on my s–t. She was, ‘You’re hiding.’ And I was … and then this friendship blossomed.”

“Rain on Me” will be featured on Gaga’s upcoming Chromatica album, out May 29. Listen to the Gaga/Grande collaboration below.

Donny Benét Talks ‘Mr Experience,’ Baking and Musical Evolution

Donny Benét doesn’t just operate in his own lane. He owns it.

The Don returns today (May 22) with Mr Experience as a wiser, smarter, more mature artist, but every bit the same “Australian piss-taker,” in his own words.

Mr Experience is a party in a package, which funks its way across 10 tracks. It’s the culmination of two years’ work, during which time the Sydney singer, bass player and producer created a pool of 30 songs. “Some are completely finished, some I’ve just started and an hour later started swearing and dragged it into the ‘rejects’ folder,” he tells Billboard. “I haven’t dropped the rejects folder into the trash. It’s good to look back and see where you’re at.”

Benét is always looking forward, even if his sound and style harks back to a glorious age when we rolled up our jacket sleeves, slap bass ruled and Miami Vice lit our screens.

“For me,” he explains, “there’s a process with writing where I get the shit out of the way first. This is a very coronavirus pandemic-based analogy to use. I’ve started baking bread, which everyone’s been doing. The more you make the more you learn about the process of it.”

Benét went and baked Mr Experience, which includes the groovy, previously-released “Girl of My Dreams” and “Second Dinner,” and didn’t for a moment consider locking it down until life returns to normal.

“I think there’ll be a glut of releases and tours next year,” notes Benét, who boasts a Masters Of Music from the Sydney Conservatorium. “It’s going to be really hard to stand out.”

A fiercely independent artist, Benet has no imitators. There’s no pigeonhole for him. Think, debonair with a flair for ‘80s fashion. Think pastel jackets and jumpsuits, chunky bass lines, dreamy synth chords and ironic, next-level sex appeal.

“I’m a real joker at heart,” he admits, “at the same time the criteria I have for myself and writing music is, would I enjoy listening to it if I was a punter and will I enjoy playing this every night for the next two years? Would I get off the stage and have some sort of fulfillment. If you could write a throwaway song, you’ve got to sell that shit for the next two years. If you don’t believe in it, you’re screwed. I’d write a song and think I have to believe in this and enjoy playing it over and over.”

Mr Experience is the followup to 2018’s The Don, which saw him build a global, cult following. In recent times, he has toured extensively across Europe and North America, including dates with Mac Demarco.

Benét’s post-disco prowess is perhaps best captured in the Alexander O. Smith-directed music video for Benét’s 2017 track “Konichiwa,” which featured on The Weeknd’s Handpicked playlist showcasing 24 songs that inspired After Hours.

On Mr Experience, there are no nods to exotic locations, as he did in the Don classic “Santorini.” “I’d done that before,” Benét remarks. “I’d written about places and dating, it’s cool but I can’t revisit that territory. I’ve already been there. The last few years for me personally, I’ve been so busy. I’ve had some real highs and had some really interesting things happen for me. My life experiences really influenced my writing. But it’s not like I’ve turned around and I’m taking myself seriously.”

Stream Mr Experience below.

Future’s ‘High Off Life’ on Course for No. 1 on Billboard 200 Albums Chart

Future is set for his seventh No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, as High Off Life should open in the top slot on next week’s chart, according to industry forecasters. Prognosticators suggest the new album, which was released on May 15 via Freebandz/Epic Records, could start with over 140,000 equivalent album units earned in the U.S. in the week ending May 21. Perhaps about 85% of the album’s starting unit sum will be driven by streaming activity.

Future has previously hit No. 1 with Future HNDRXX Presents: The WIZRD (in 2019), HNDRXX, a self-titled album (both in 2017), Evol (2016), What a Time To Be Alive (with Drake) and DS2 (both in 2015).

The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week based on multi-metric consumption, which comprises traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The top 10 of the May 30-dated Billboard 200 chart (where High Off Life may debut at No. 1) is scheduled to be revealed on Billboard’s website on Sunday, May 24.

Meanwhile, another hip-hop artist will debut high on the new Billboard 200, as Polo G’s The Goat should start at No. 2 with over 90,000 equivalent album units earned (like Future’s album, The Goat could see 85% of its first week come from streaming activity).

Polo G has charted one previous album, Die a Legend, which debuted and peaked at No. 6 in 2019.

While both High Off Life and The Goat will see their first-week units powered by streaming activity, each title also has a range of merchandise/album bundles available via their official webstores (less than 25 bundles for each title). The two albums also have a few physical format/digital album combinations for sale via their webstores. Polo G has two signed offerings (a CD and a vinyl LP, both with a digital downloads), while Future also has two signed sets (a CD and a vinyl LP, each with a download), along with a standard CD/digital album package.

Last week’s No. 1, NAV’s Good Intentions, launched atop the list with 135,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending May 14, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data. Of that sum, 73,000 were in album sales, with nearly all of that figure owed to sales from 100 merchandise/album bundles.

Outside of next week’s Nos. 1 and 2 spots, watch for Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit’s Reunions album to charge up the tally to the top 15. The set was released a week early, on May 8, exclusively through independent music retailers on CD and vinyl LP. The album bowed at No. 149 on the chart dated May 23, with 7,000 units earned (all from album sales) in the week ending May 14. Thus, after its first week of wide availability across all retailers and streaming services, it could surge into the top 15 with over 30,000 units earned in the week ending May 21.

Lana Del Rey Defends Her Comments on Fellow Female Singers, ‘Racist’ Backlash

After facing heavy criticism on thoughts she expressed via Instagram earlier on Thursday (May 21), Lana Del Rey is defending herself.

In her original post, the singer called out fellow female stars Doja Cat, Ariana Grande, Camila Cabello, Cardi B, Kehlani, Nicki Minaj and Beyoncé, who “have had number ones with songs about being sexy, wearing no clothes, f—ing, cheating, etc.” She then asked if she can continue singing about her own dark past “without being crucified or saying that I’m glamorizing abuse?”

“To be clear because I knowwwwww you love to twist things,” she wrote in the comments section of her post. “I f—ing love these singers and know them. that is why I mention them.”

“I would also like to have some of the same freedom of expression without judgement of hysteria,” she clarified.

Del Rey continued to defend herself via Instagram story, writing, “Bro. This is sad to make it about a WOC issue when I’m talking about my favorite singers. I could’ve literally said anyone but I picked my favorite f—ing people.”

She added: “And this is the problem with society today, not everything is about whatever you want it to be. It’s exactly the point of my post—there are certain women that culture doesn’t want to have a voice it may not have to do with race I don’t know what it has to do with. I don’t care anymore but don’t ever ever ever ever bro- call me racist because that is bulls—.”

The “Blue Jeans” singer continued to slam critics who thought she was calling out minority artists specifically. “By the way the singers I mentioned are my favorite singers so if you want to try and make a bone to pick out of that like you always do be my guest, it doesn’t change the fact that I haven’t had the same opportunity to express what I wanted to express without being completely decimated and if you want to say that that has something to do with race that’s your opinion but that’s not what I was saying.”

She concluded by writing, “When I said people who look like me—I meant the people who don’t look strong or necessarily smart, or like they’re in control etc. it’s about advocating for a more delicate personality, not for white woman—thanks for the Karen comments tho. V helpful.”

Lana Del Rey’s upcoming album, the followup to 2019’s Norman F—ing Rockwell, will be out Sept. 5.

Dick Rosenzweig, Longtime Playboy Executive, Dies at 84

Dick Rosenzweig, whose 61-year tenure with Playboy Enterprises included serving as president and executive producer of the Playboy Jazz Festival, has died. He was 84.

A longtime friend and trusted adviser to Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, Rosenzweig died May 6 at his home in Beverly Hills of pancreatic cancer, a family publicist announced.

Rosenzweig also was a founding member of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles and The Wallis Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills.

“Dick was a thoughtful, elegant and extremely trustworthy man. To me, he was a man who defined high character,” producer Brian Grazer said in a statement.

Born in 1935 in Appleton, Wisconsin, Rosenzweig graduated from Northwestern University in 1957. A year later, he was hired as assistant to the vice president of advertising at Playboy in Chicago and soon began a stint as the first executive assistant to Hefner.

After serving as senior vp and director of marketing, Rosenzweig was appointed executive vp of the publishing group, the company’s largest division.

In 1977, he moved to Los Angeles, where he was given responsibility for all West Coast operations. Rosenzweig launched new publications, including international editions, and served as executive producer of such series as The Girls Next Door at E! and The Playboy Club at NBC.

He also was a producer on the 2008 film The House Bunny, starring Anna Faris.

The first Playboy Jazz Festival in Los Angeles took place at the Hollywood Bowl in 1979 and has been held every summer until this one, canceled because of the COVID-19 virus.

“I really don’t feel that the Playboy festival would have been more than a one-time event in 1979 without Dick’s total support, enthusiasm and guidance,” said Darlene Chan, a veteran producer of the event. “He really was the driving force for the longtime continuation of the festival and was responsible for making it the landmark event that it is.”

Most recently executive vp for Playboy Enterprises, Rosenzweig maintained an office at the Playboy Mansion until Hefner’s death in 2017.

“There is so much that I admire and will miss that speaks on behalf of the wonderful person Dick was,” Cooper Hefner, former chief creative officer of Playboy and son of Hugh Hefner, said. “It was seen in his unwavering loyalty to my father and his many years as an organizational lead at Playboy; it was present in his consistent engagement in various projects that served to improve his community and city; it was evident in his affinity for family. Like so many others, I am better as a result of having been a beneficiary of Dick’s friendship, guidance and love.”

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Judy; nephews Steven and Emmett; and niece Debra. A memorial celebrating his life is planned.

This story was originally published on The Hollywood Reporter.

Here Are the Lyrics to Kehlani’s ‘Can I,’ Feat. Tory Lanez

Kehlani recruits Tory Lanez for “Can I,” the highest-charting song off her No. 2 Billboard 200 album It Was Good Until It Wasn’t.

During a listening session Kehlani hosted on Twitter, she described the seductive ballad as one of her favorite songs on the project. “my favorite line is sniper gang no bradley cooper,” she tweeted at the time, referencing Bradley Cooper’s 2014 film American Sniper.

Check out the lyrics below.

This sh–‘s so good, should be illegal
Need round two, I need a sequel
Hit the backboard like a free throw
You next level, you a cheat code
In so deep, you hit my seafloor
Got me singing like Alicia
Got me using all your lingo
Tell your girlfriend that you single
Call me over ’cause I go hard
Sweet lil’ bih, f— like a pornstar
Next day, act just like your road dog
Bi—es askin’ how you know her
Head game stupid, baby loca
Too loud, callate la boca
Out this world, you supernova
F— that, I am coming over

Can I come over?
(Can) can I (I) stop by (stop by) to see you (see you) tonight?
Can I stop by to see you? (Tonight)

We both on fire, love the teamwork
Leave with juices on your t-shirt
Loud and clear, no need for reverb
Tell the Uber driver revert
Flip that bi— and make a u-turn
Sextape crazy, need the bloopers
Last so long, bae, you a trooper
Sniper gang, no Bradley Cooper
Hi, I’m Hell, it’s nice to meet ya
Know you f—in’ with a demon
Do ’bout anything to please ya
Cum inside me, I’m a keeper
Want me to make you a senior?
Never been that hard to read ya
When we done, you say, “I need ya”
I done made you a believer

Can I come over?
(Can) can I (I) stop by (stop by) to see you (see you) tonight?
Can I stop by to see you? (Tonight)

Shawty, you know you can always stop by
You top five and no, you’re not five
And not four, three, or two, but one, girl
I’m hot now, wanna see what’s under
The access easy in a sundress
Your accent’s leaking on my tongue, yes
You’re badder than the song that’s sang from Mike Jack
I made you cum and you came right back
You calling me up on a late night
I got you leaking like a brake pipe
Swimming in your sea, just like a diver
I’m in it, just creeping like a Great White
And I might f— you in your own car
You ride my face just like a pornstar
I’m in it so deep, just caught a broke jaw
And I just want one thing, that’s a phone call

Can I come over? (Can I come over?)
(Can) can I (I) stop by (stop by) to see you (see you) tonight?
Can I (oh) stop by to see you? (Tonight)

Can I
Can I
See you, see you, see you?
See you, see you, see you?

Lyrics licensed & provided by LyricFind

Lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc.

Written by: Andrew Wansel, Bryan Michael Paul Cox, Daniel Klein, Daystar Peterson, Jacob Brian Dutton, Johnta Austin, Kehlani Ashley Parrish, Kevin Hicks, Matt Campfield, Phalon Anton Alexander, Samuel Wishkoski