Shawn Mendes Unleashes Explosive New Song & Video ‘Wonder’: Watch

I wonder what it’s like for Shawn Mendes to have his explosive new song out in the world? The Canadian pop singer/songwriter unleashed the power ballad “Wonder” first thing Friday (Oct. 2), accompanied by an equally powerful Matty Peacock-directed video that sees Mendes standing atop a speeding train, interpretive-dancing in a forest and drenched by crashing waves.

The brand-new song — which Mendes co-wrote and co-produced — is the title track from his upcoming fourth album, due Dec. 4. The chorus asks the yearning question “I wonder what it’s like to be loved by you?” and boasts a swooning, building production reminiscent of Kings of Leon or U2. When Mendes fans are able to pack shoulder-to-shoulder in arenas again, this will be their new anthem.

Listen to “Wonder” and watch the video below:

Maren Morris Delivers Powerful Political Statement on ‘Better Than We Found It’

Maren Morris is putting her feelings about current U.S. affairs into a powerful new song and she doesn’t care whom she may offend.

On “Better Than We Found It,” Morris questions if history will look back kindly on how she rose —or didn’t— to the occasion. “When lines of tomorrow are drawn/Can I live with the side that I chose to be on?/Will we sit on our hands, do nothing about it?/Or will we leave this world better than we found it,” she sings in the song she co-wrote over the summer with Jessie Jo Dillon, Jimmy Robbins and Laura Veltz.

“I wanted to write something to address exactly how I feel right now, and this came together pretty quickly,” said Morris in a statement. “It’s a protest song—it’s the most American thing to protest and protest songs have been so embedded in American culture: Bob Dylan, Nina Simone.”

She addresses her detractors right from the start, opening the song with “If you don’t like it, then get the hell out/That’s what they yell when I open my mouth/A stick is a stick, a stone is a stone/But who’s gonna care if I don’t?/Who’s gonna change if I won’t?”

She pleas for unity, singing, “America, America divided we fall/America, America God save us all from ourselves and the hell that we built for our kids/America, America we’re better than this.”

If she doesn’t make her points clearly enough in the song, the accompanying video, which features Morris performing the song acoustically in a spare church with a wooden cross in the background, leaves no room for doubt about how she feels.

Between her performance footage are vignettes of Nashvillians impacted by our current turmoil, including a young man who has been in the country since he was a child under the DREAM Act, who has to leave and return to his native Mexico by January, as well as heartbreaking comments from the parents of Daniel Hambrick, who was killed by Nashville police in 2019. The video also contains footage from young Black Lives Matter organizers.

A portion of the proceeds from the video, directed by Gabrielle Woodland, will go to Black Women’s Health Imperative, a non-profit organized by Black women to advance the health and wellness of Black women and girls.

Tacked on to the end of the clip is footage of Hayes, Morris’s six-month old son, and the singer, as Morris dictates a message to him. “You have been my precious silver lining these past few months,” she says, as she pledges to do better. “Our education must grow alongside our empathy,” she says. The video ends with a single placard with the word “Vote.”

Morris makes it clear that unbecoming a mother has helped her realize her responsibility to next generations. “I think the world right now is sort of in a perpetual mourning period and I wanted to have a song that had weight but also had hope,” she continued in the statement. “I still have hope for this country and for the future of it, and as a new mother I wanted to promise my son that I’m going to do everything in my power to leave this world better than the one I came into and the one I see right now.”

While country artists ranging from Dan + Shay, Chris Stapleton, Dolly Parton and Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard have all spoken out in support of Black Lives Matter, Morris is the first mainstream country artist to voice her thoughts in a song written specifically during the pandemic and Black Lives Matter movement.

 

Mariah Carey Unveils ‘The Rarities’: Stream It Now

The Lambily has been basking in the #MC30 anniversary celebrations this year, and the party continued Friday (Oct. 2) when Mariah Carey unveiled her The Rarities album.

The 15-track collection features a new song recorded during sessions for the singer’s self-titled 1990 debut, “Here We Go Around Again,” as well as the B-sides “Slipping Away” and “Everything Fades Away,” a song from The Paperboy soundtrack (“Mesmerized”) and the Lauryn Hill collab “Save the Day.”

The album also features a 17-track bonus disc, Live at Tokyo Dome, recorded in March 1996, which includes live versions of “Emotions,” “Fantasy,” “Always Be My Baby,” “One Sweet Day,” “Dreamlover,” “Vision of Love,” Hero” and “All I Want for Christmas Is You.”

Listen to The Rarities in full below.

It’s Here! Blackpink Unleashes ‘The Album’: Stream It Now

Blackpink is finally in your area! After much anticipation, the superstar K-pop girl group unveiled their debut full-length studio album on Friday (Oct. 2) via YG Entertainment/Interscope Records.

The project, simply titled The Album, features eight tracks, including the previously released Selena Gomez collaboration “Ice Cream” and the smash hit “How You Like That.” The Album also features another much-anticipated collaboration: “Bet You Wanna” with Cardi B.

Late this summer, Blackpink earned their highest-charting hit in their career with the Ariana Grande-penned “Ice Cream,” which bowed at No. 13 upon its Aug. 28 release. “How You Like That” peaked at No. 33.

Listen to The Album in full below.

Listen to Linkin Park’s Demo Version of ‘In the End’

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of Linkin Park’s debut album Hybrid Theory on Oct. 24, the group unveiled the demo version of smash hit “In the End.”

Next week, Linkin Park will release a a special-edition reissue of Hybrid Theory in a super deluxe box set, super deluxe vinyl box set and deluxe CD. The new release will come with the original Hybrid Theory as well as the B-Side Rarities with 12 previously-released tracks from the album era.

The super deluxe box set comes with three more CDs, including the remix record ReanimationLPU Rarities with 18 exclusive tracks from the Linkin Park Underground (LPU) fan club, and Forgotten Demos with 12 unreleased tracks, presumably including the new “In the End” demo.

Hybrid Theory peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 in 2002 after its initial release on Oct. 24, 2000. Listen to the demo version of “In the End” below, and pre-order Hybrid Theory: 20th Anniversary Edition here.

Here’s Lenny Kravitz’s Secret to His Friendship With Lisa Bonet & Jason Momoa

It’s not easy to stay close with your ex, and it’s especially not easy to form a friendship with her next husband. For Lenny Kravitz, though, that’s all just part of letting love rule.

In a new interview with Men’s Health discussing his new memoir Let Love Rule, the rocker opened up about his relationship with Lisa Bonet, whom he was married to from 1987 to 1993, and her husband Jason Momoa. Kravitz and Bonet share daughter Zoë.

“People can’t believe how tight Jason and I are, or how tight I still am with Zoë’s mom, how we all relate,” Kravitz told the publication. “We just do it because that’s what you do. You let love rule, right? I mean, obviously, after a breakup, it’s work—it takes some work and time, healing and reflection, et cetera. But as far as Jason and I? Literally the moment we met, we were like, ‘Oh, yeah. I love this dude.’ ”

As for his 31-year-old daughter, singer and actress Zoë, the rocker deemed her  “the most real person I know.”

“Just having two parents who were known in the world,” he continued. “The comparisons. She didn’t let any of that hinder her in any way.”

Read the full interview here.

‘Spinal Tap’ Virtual Reunion Set to Benefit Pennsylvania Democrats

The Spinal Tap team is hoping to rock the Democratic party in Pennsylvania.

The creative brains behind the iconic 1984 mockumentary This is Spinal Tap — Rob Reiner, Harry Shearer, Michael McKean and Christopher Guest — are coming together Oct. 14 for a virtual reunion. Hosted by Patton Oswalt, the event will serve as a fundraiser for Pennsylvania Democrats or PA Dems. “Every dollar raised goes directly towards ending Trumpism by winning Pennsylvania,” reads the invite.

It’s being put together by the same backers of the recent Princess Bride reunion on Sept. 13 that also featured Reiner and Oswalt along with stars Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Carol Kane, Chris Sarandon, Mandy Patinkin, Wallace Shawn, Billy Crystal and Christopher Guest reprising their original characters during a virtual table read. That event raked in $4.25 million for Wisconsin Democrats.

Now attention is turning to Pennsylvania — referred to by Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight on Sept. 15 as “the single most important state in the 2020 election” — and Jason Henry, executive director of the Pennsylvania Democratic Party, says his organization is ready.

“Democratic enthusiasm in Pennsylvania is already turned up to eleven — we’re the Keystone State and the key to winning this election. We’re excited to partner with the Spinal Tap team to bring even more energy to power Democratic wins from the State House to the White House,” said Henry in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter.

More information can be found here.

This article was originally published by The Hollywood Reporter.