Megan Thee Stallion Confirms She’s Dating Pardison Fontaine: ‘That’s My Boo’

Megan Thee Stallion has a new man!

The star confirmed her relationship with fellow rapper Pardison Fontaine via Instagram Live on Friday (Feb. 19), while responding to some of her Hotties’ concerns over a seemingly heated argument that surfaced on the Internet earlier in the week.

“People don’t know what the hell they talking about, they just be saying anything,” Megan said, defending her man. “I didn’t like what they was trying to say about Pardi. Cause he is so calm and so sweet. And very, you know … That’s my boo. And I really like him … He is so perfect and he would never do anything to hurt me, just so y’all know.”

Both Megan and Pardi have been hinting at their relationship over the past few days, with the “Savage” rapper tweeting on Monday (Feb. 15), “I’m healthy, I can take care of myself, my friends & family love me , my boo love me (he mad at me rn but he still love me) shiddd Beyoncé love me , I’m just happy and blessed lol.”

Pardison also shared his swoon-worthy Valentine’s Day surprise for his girl Meg, including a red rose-filled private jet ride to a personalized “Pardi With a Hottie” dinner. See it here.

The 8 Biggest Pop Groups Ever Formed on Reality TV

Boy bands and girl groups have become staples in the pop music scene over the past few decades, winning hearts by combining the catchiest songs with fun choreography and a killer sense of style.

With these bands’ success and chemistry, it’s hard to believe the members are often not lifelong friends and instead got their starts on a TV show. The X Factor, MTV’s Making the Band, La Banda and more have given music lovers some of the biggest pop groups of all time.

In fact, that’s what Universal Music Group and BTS’ label, Big Hit Entertainment, are also trying to do. As part of a strategic collaboration announced Wednesday, the South Korean label and the U.S.-based major are planning to create a joint venture recording label and audition show in the U.S. to find the next global K-pop group.

In celebration of the news, we’ve compiled the best and brightest bands (from One Direction to Twice) that have formed on reality TV shows.

One Direction

Besides their impressive career and good looks, what makes One Direction beautiful is perhaps the fact that Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson and Zayn Malik all serendipitously auditioned for X Factor (U.K.) as solo singers in 2010.

Thankfully, Simon Cowell saw their potential as a boy group, and 1D went on to release five hit albums (with 29 songs on the Billboard Hot 100) and amass millions of fans all over the globe. Of their projects, Up All Night, Midnight Memories, Take Me Home and FOUR topped the Billboard 200 albums chart, and Made in the A.M. peaked at No. 2.

After Zayn left in 2015, the band continued as a four-piece but later that year they announced they’d be going on a hiatus — though that was hardly the end of the One Direction guys. Six years later, each member has a successful solo career, keeping the spirit alive.

Fifth Harmony

Similar to One Direction, Camila Cabello, Ally Brooke, Normani, Dinah Jane and Lauren Jauregui auditioned for X Factor (U.S.) as solo artists in 2012, before getting formed as a girl group thanks to Cowell.

As Fifth Harmony, the five-piece group proved that they were “Worth It” by releasing two hit albums, known for Hot 100-charting songs like “BO$$,” and “Work From Home.” Their debut Reflection peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 albums chart in 2015, and its follow-up 7/27 peaked at No. 4 a year later.

In December 2016, Cabello announced that she was leaving Fifth Harmony, and Ally Brooke, Normani, Dinah Jane and Jauregui continued as a four-piece, releasing a self-titled album in 2017. The album peaked at No. 4 in 2017, and in March 2018, Fifth Harmony announced an indefinite hiatus to pursue now-successful solo projects.

Little Mix

Another X Factor win! Jade Thirlwall, Perrie Edwards, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jesy Nelson won the singing competition as Little Mix in 2011, before signing to Cowell’s label, Syco Music. Since then, they’ve released six albums together, with 2016’s Glory Days hitting No. 1 on the Official U.K. Albums chart.

In December 2020, Nelson announced that she was leaving Little Mix to focus on her mental health. “The truth is recently being in the band has really taken a toll on my mental health. I find the constant pressure of being in a girl group and living up to expectations very hard,” she shared in a statement. “There comes a time in life when we need to reinvest in taking care of ourselves rather than focussing [sic] on making other people happy, and I feel like now is the time to begin that process.”

The U.K. girl group’s remaining members all tweeted their support for Nelson, noting that they will continue as a three-person band. “We love her very much and agree that it is so important that she does what is right for her mental health and well-being,” they wrote. “We are still very much enjoying our Little Mix journey and the 3 of us are not ready for it to be over.”

CNCO

After forming on La Banda in December 2015, CNCO took the Latin music scene by storm. The five-piece boy band, known for their swoon-worthy songs and sultry dance moves, are still going strong six years later.

Composed of members Joel Pimentel, Richard Camacho, Erick Brian Colón, Christopher Vélez and Zabdiel De Jesús, CNCO released four projects together, two of which snagged the No. 1 spot on the Top Latin Albums chart (Primera Cita in 2016 and CNCO in 2018). Perhaps their most popular song, 2016’s “Reggaetón Lento,” currently has a whopping 1.6 billion YouTube views.

Danity Kane

Formed on MTV’s Making the Band in 2005, Danity Kane were signed to Bad Boy Records by Diddy. The girl group, composed of members Wanita “D. Woods” Woodgett, Aundrea Fimbres, Dawn Richard, Aubrey O’Day and Shannon Bex, released a self-titled debut as a five-piece in 2016.

D. Woods left the group in 2008, and the remaining members released Welcome to the Dollhouse that same year. The album’s breakout single “Damaged” peaked at No. 10 on the Hot 100.

A year after announcing a reunion, Fimbres also left the band in 2014 and the three remaining members released DK3. In 2018, O’Day, Richard and Bex announced that they would be reuniting once more for a tour. “New albums, new era, grown us. Don’t miss it,” the trio wrote alongside a promotional photo with the words “the universe is undefeated” scrawled across it. Including Danity Kane songs, the set list also featured Richard’s solo material, as well as music from O’Day and Bex’s duo project, Dumblonde.

O-Town

The five guys discovered by Lou Pearlman on the original Making the Band (Jacob Underwood, Dan Miller, Erik Estrada, Trevor Penick and Ashley Parker Angel) are the voices behind the hit “All or Nothing” and sparked the success of the MTV reality show.

The group released both a self-titled debut and its 02 follow-up in 2001, hitting No. 5 and No. 28 on the Billboard 200, respectively. After pursuing solo projects, Estrada, Penick, Underwood and Miller reunited to release Lines & Circles in 2014 and The O.T.W.N Album in 2019.

iKon

B.I., Bobby, Jinhwan, Ju-ne, Yunhyeong, Donghyuk and Chanwoo were first introduced on WIN: Who Is Next as “Team B”; the group went on to appear on Mix & Match in 2014, and iKon was born.

The group released their debut album Welcome Back in 2015, featuring fan-favorite hits like “My Type,” “Apology” and “Dumb & Dumber.” In 2018, their second studio album, Return, with “Love Scenario,” “Beautiful,” “Jerk,” “Hug Me,” “Best Friend,” “Don’t Forget” and “Long Time No See” charting on the Billboard K-Pop 100.

Though B.I. left the group in 2019, the group is still going strong, most recently releasing the I Decide EP in 2020 and working on new music.

Twice

The South Korean girl group was formed in 2015 on the TV show Sixteen, which had 16 trainees compete against one another to secure a spot in Twice. Later that year, the band dropped their debut EP, fittingly titled The Story Begins.

In the six years since then, Jihyo, Nayeon, Jeongyeon, Mina, Sana, Dahyun Momo, Chaeyoung and Tzuyu have done nothing but kill the music game, most recently unveiling a 2020 album titled Eyes Wide Open.

“Even though we speak a different language, fans from all over the world were able to relate to our lyrics,” Mina told Billboard of their band’s international impact in 2019. “I think this just goes to show the power of music, and that we are all human and experiencing the same things. Thank you to all our fans for supporting our music and for always being there for us.”

Here Are the Lyrics to Cardi B’s ‘Up’

Cardi B likes the views from “Up” high on the Billboard Hot 100 chart after her latest single debuted at No. 2 this week (chart dated Feb. 20).

The rapper explained the backstory of the song’s hook — “When it’s up then it’s stuck” — to Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show and how her husband Offset often says the Southern slang. “So, have you ever taken a poop, right?” Cardi said during the interview. “And it don’t come out? It’s just up and it’s stuck.”

Check out the lyrics and music video below.

Up, up, up (ayy) up, up
(This is fire) look

Once upon a time man, I heard that I was ugly
Came from a bi—, who ni—a wanna f— on me
I said my face bomb, a– tight
Racks stack up Shaq height
Jewelry on me, flashlight
I been lit since last night
Hit him with that good good
Make a n—a act right
Broke boys don’t deserve no p—y
(I know that’s right)

Big bag bussin’ out the Bentley Bentayga
Man, Balenciaga Bardi back and all these bi—es f—ed
It’s big bags bussin’ out the Bentley Bentayga
Man, Birkin bag Bardi back and all you bi—es f—ed

If it’s up, then it’s up, then it’s up, then it’s stuck
If it’s up, then it’s up, then it’s up, then it’s stuck huh
Up then it’s up, if it’s up, then it’s stuck
If it’s up, then it’s up, then it’s up, then it’s stuck huh

I could make the party hot
I could make your body rock
Bi—es say they f—ing with me
Chances are they probably not
If I had a di– you probably lick it like a lollipop
Hoes speaking Capanese hit ‘em with karate chop
I’m forever popping sh–
Pulling up and dropping sh–
Gotta argue with him, ’cause a n—a love a toxic bi—
N—as out here playing gotta make him understand
If ain’t no ring on my finger you ain’t going on my ‘Gram

I said my face bomb, a– tight
Racks stack up Shaq height
Jewelry on me, flashlight
I been lit since last night
Hit him with that good good
Make a n—a act right
Broke boys don’t deserve no p—y
(I know that’s right)

Big bag bussin’ out the Bentley Bentayga
Man, Balenciaga Bardi back and all these bi—es f—ed
It’s big bags bussin’ out the Bentley Bentayga
Man, Birkin bag Bardi back and all you bi—es f—ed

If it’s up, then it’s up, then it’s up, then it’s stuck
If it’s up, then it’s up, then it’s up, then it’s stuck, huh
Up then it’s up, if it’s up, then it’s stuck
If it’s up, then it’s up, then it’s up, then it’s stuck, huh

Bi—es ain’t f—ing with me now and I can see why
Dirty a–, dusty a– bi—, you got pink eye
Bi—es want smoke until I bring it to they doorstep
Tell that bi— “That bad breath smell like horse sex”
Put it on him now, he will never be the same
Tatted on my a– cause I really like the pain
He nutted on my butt, I said “I’m glad that you came”
If that ni—a had a twin, I would let ‘em run a train

Big bag bussin’ out the Bentley Bentayga
Man, Balenciaga Bardi back and all these bi—es f—ed
It’s big bags bussin’ out the Bentley Bentayga
Man, Birkin bag Bardi back and all you bi—es f—ed

If it’s up, then it’s up, then it’s up, then it’s stuck
If it’s up, then it’s up, then it’s up, then it’s stuck, huh
Up then it’s up, if it’s up, then it’s stuck
If it’s up, then it’s up, then it’s up, then it’s stuck, huh

Gotta play it safe, huh, no face no case

Lyrics licensed & provided by LyricFind

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

Written by: Belcalis Almanzar, Matthew Allen, Jordan Kyle Lanier Thorpe, Edis Selmani

Preview Jhené Aiko’s ‘Lead the Way’ in Disney’s ‘Raya and the Last Dragon’ First Look

Jhené Aiko wrote and performed the new song “Lead the Way” for Disney’s upcoming Raya and the Last Dragon film, and now fans can hear a minute of it.

A brand-new first look of the film premiered Friday (Feb. 19), in which the Grammy-nominated R&B singer’s triumphant anthem echoes in the background. “Lead the Way” will be featured on the soundtrack album Raya and the Last Dragon (Music From the Disney+ Film), which will be available digitally Feb. 26 ahead of the film’s premiere on Disney+ Premier Access and in theaters March 5. Premier Access for Raya and the Last Dragon will cost $29.99.

Aiko is currently up for three 2021 Grammy nominations, with her third solo album Chilombo snagging two nods for album of the year and best progressive R&B album and her John Legend collaboration “Lightning & Thunder” going for best R&B performance.

Carlos López Estrada, one of the Raya and the Last Dragon directors, directed the accompanying visual for the “Lead the Way” music video, which will be released next month. Oscar-nominated and Emmy- and Grammy-winning composer James Newton Howard created the original score for the animated film about a lone warrior named Raya who embarks on a quest to find the legendary last dragon so they can save the fantasy world of Kumandra from an ancient evil force.

Listen to a snippet of “Lead the Way” below.

Justine Skye Joined by Bella Hadid, Lil Yachty & Timbaland in ‘Intruded’ Video

All eyes and cameras are on Justine Skye in a music video for “Intruded,” her new Timbaland-produced single released Friday (Feb. 19).

The mega-producer stars in the visual alongside Bella Hadid and Lil Yachty, who all try catching Skye’s attention from the confines of her security-camera footage and video calls, but to no avail. The 25-year-old R&B singer is too busy hitting all her angles while spinning around on a 360 platform in the six-minute Nina Holmgren-directed visual. “Intruded” spotlights a love that knows no escape because of how hard Skye is willing to keep it around.

“Falling in love can make you feel kind of crazy,” she said in a statement. “When I wrote ‘Intruded,’ I wrote from a place of being completely enamored but vulnerable enough to say it.”

“Intruded” is the first single from her upcoming studio album Space & Time that Timbaland produced entirely, which will serve as the follow-up to 2020’s Bare With Me (The Album). “I keep calling this the bad bi— manual because that’s exactly what it is for me,” Skye said.

Watch her “Intruded” music video below.

Shawn Gee Partners With Twitch to Launch BlackStream Live

Artist manager and president of Live Nation Urban Shawn Gee is the latest live music executive to launch a streaming music channel for the Twitch Network.

When BlackStream Live debuts on Feb. 26, viewers can tune in for curated livestreamed content from Black creators including music performances, live podcasts, music sets, emerging artist jam sessions, interviews and free-wheeling conversations with influential Black voices discussing important issues in Black culture.

The goal of BlackStream is to “unite some of the most influential, impactful, and inspiring voices of today to craft provocative and entertaining content as projected through the lens of the modern Black experience, yet meaningful to multiple generations,” a statement announcing BlackStream reads.

Through strategic alliances with tastemakers and programmers, Twitch has made significant investments in the music space. In August, the Amazon-owned company announced a partnership with the Rolling Loud festival for live hip-hop events on the platform and a month later Twitch announced a partnership with Relix magazine and its owner Peter Shapiro from (who also owns Brooklyn Bowl, Capitol Theatre and Lock’N fest) to launch a channel focused on jam bands. Twitch also has streaming agreements with Global Citizen festival, Outside Lands and Live Nation.

Gee said the idea for BlackStream Live started as a discussion with Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson and Tarik Trotter of The Roots as the three were building and delivering content across a variety of digital platforms.

“We quickly realized the importance of what we called the new streaming economy and saw the infectious engagement behavior of the audience. However, the two issues we constantly faced were monetization and ownership,” Gee said. “We needed to find the proper method to fund and monetize our ideas in order to be able to scale, turn a profit, and maintain an equity stake in the creative IP we were  incubating. My partnership with Twitch allows us to support black creators up front with capital and ultimately partner with them in the ownership of the ideas. As the IP scales, all parties benefit.”

Gee continues to champion Black voices including through Live Nation Urban which has built a portfolio of festival brands and strategic partnerships in the live space with BlackStream Live representing digital ecosystems built around each of the live brands.

“We are adding access and ownership to the mix with BlackStream Live,” Gee adds. “Most importantly, it gives us the ability to identify and amplify the next generation of black creators. What BET did in the nascent stages of cable TV back in the 80’s and 90’s, is what I envision BlackStream Live doing for the live streaming industry, by providing a definitive home for the black voice.”

Users can pre-subscribe to BlackStream Live here.