Today marks the official start of summer! That means we can start thinking about what will be the best and biggest songs to blast poolside as things heat up. What should make the 2017’s Song of the Summer Playlist?
Last summer it was Rihanna and Calvin Harris’ “This is What You Came For” and Desiigner’s “Panda,” so this summer? Step right on up.
Below are our early prediction for the summer hits that will be virtually inescapable this summer, so prepare to hear them blasted from car radios, on dance floors, or at bars and BBQs in the sunny weeks to come.
1. “Slide” – Calvin Harris feat. Frank Ocean and Migos
2. “Malibu” – Miley Cyrus
3. “Carolina” – Harry Styles
4. “Bon Appetit” – Katy Perry feat. Migos
5. “Nights With You” – MØ
6. “You Don’t Know About Me” – Ella Vos
7. “Want You Back” – HAIM
8. “Gwam” – Rostam
9. “Three Rings” – Grizzly Bear
10. “The Cure” – Lady Gaga
11. “HUMBLE.” – Kendrick Lamar
12. “Passionfruit” – Drake
13. “One Night” – Mura Masa feat. Charli XCX
14. “Mask Off” – Future
15. “It Ain’t Me” – Kygo feat. Selena Gomez
16. “Dab of Ranch” – Migos feat. DJ Durel
17. “Alaska” – Maggie Rogers
18. “Breathe” – Astrid S
19. “No Frauds” – Nicki Minaj feat. Drake and Lil Wayne
20. “Nobody Else But You” – Trey Songz
21. “It’s a Vibe” – 2Chainz feat. Ty Dolla $ign, Trey Songz, and Jhene Aiko
22. “Green Light” – Lorde
23. “Die Young” – Sylvan Esso
24. “Too Much Too Late” – Sabrina Claudio
25. “Nothing, Not Nearly” – Laura Marling
26. “Stay” – Zedd feat. Alessia Cara
27. “I Think of You” – Jeremih feat. Big Sean and Chris Brown
28. “For You” – LÉON
29. “Chanel” – Frank Ocean
30. “I Feel It Coming” – The Weeknd feat. Daft Punk
What songs do you think should be added? Let us know on Facebook & Twitter!
It was Miley Cyrus’s little brother, Braison Cyrus, who walked this weekend in Dolce & Gabbana’s Spring 2018 Milan Fashion Week show, but it was Miley who demonstrated that she has some opinions. The pop star took to Instagram to congratulate her handsome sibling for his runway debut and in such a major show as well… but things went off the rails when she added a postscript dig about D&G’s politics.
“PS D&G, I STRONGLY disagree with your politics…but I do support your company’s effort to celebrate young artists & give them the platform to shine their light for all to see!”
Congrats @braisonccyrus on walking in your 1st runway show…. It’s never been my little brothers dream to be a model as HE is one of the most talented musicians my ears have ever been given the gift of hearing…. BUT it is a Cyrus family trait to try everything once (within reason HA) and to embrace opportunities that encourage you to step out of your comfort zone! We believe in trying something new everyday! I love you Prince Suga Bear and seriously congratulations on your experience! I am so proud of you always…. From Nashville to Italy! 👑❤️👑❤️👑❤️ PS D&G, I STRONGLY disagree with your politics…. but I do support your company’s effort to celebrate young artists & give them the platform to shine their light for all to see!
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Her remarks seemed to hit the wrong tone with Stefano Gabbana, who found them inappropriate and commented “Ignorant!!!” on her post. He then commented again saying that they would never work with her brother again: “For your stupid comment never more work with him ❤❤.”
Gabbana then decided to fan the flames a bit more by making an Instagram post of his own, reusing Cyrus’ pic with his own comments: “We are Italian and we don’t care about politics and mostly neither about the American one! We make dresses and if you think about doing politics with a post it’s simply ignorant. We don’t need your posts or comments so next time please ignore us!! #boycottdolcegabbana.”
#Repost @mileycyrus Noi siamo italiani e della politica non ci interessiamo di quella Americana ancora meno !!! Noi facciamo abiti e se tu pensi di fare politica con un post sei semplicemente un’ignorante. Non abbiamo bisogno dei tuoi post e dei tuoi commenti. La prossima volta ignoraci x favore!! #boycottdolcegabbana 😂😂😂😂❤️ We are Italian and we don’t care about politics and mostly neither about the American one! We make dresses and if you think about doing politics with a post it’s simply ignorant. We don’t need your posts or comments so next time please ignore us!! #boycottdolcegabbana 😂😂😂😂❤️
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Wow.. that escalated quickly.
While we all eagerly await the arrival of ‘Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1’ by Calvin Harris later this month, the man brings all of the funk with the album’s next teaser.
It’s called ‘Feels’ and once again it features an all-star cast of guest collaborators including the one-and-only Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry and Big Sean, together delivering such an infectious track full of feel-good grooves, uplifting disco-flavoured beats and so much funk that you can’t help going back for more.
Any collaboration between major music industry hitmakers is bound to be newsworthy, but when Rihanna and DJ Khaled join forces, it’s an event.
After weeks of social media updates and coy interviews, the pair released the single “Wild Thoughts” and accompanying music video. With Bryson Tiller providing a verse and a sample from Carlos Santana’s hit “Maria Maria,” the track is an instant contender for song of the summer, plus its vibrant mini movie brings the fashion goods.
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Shot in Miami earlier this month, the clip showcases Rihanna at her bad-gal best, wearing daring pieces direct from the runway. As she dances through the streets in crescent-shaped Lynn Ban earrings, a head scarf, and floral-print leggings and matching knife boots from Demna Gvasalia’s Spring 2017 Balenciaga collection, she brings swagger while sticking to the video’s tropical theme. She switches to a turquoise Alberta Ferretti minidress to keep the vibe going, and adds a bold red lip for maximum sexiness. RiRi finishes with a third look featuring a gauzy yellow Matthew Adams Dolan top and matching trousers—she was in her element.
Not to be outdone, Khaled delivers his expressive take on runway trends with two satin bomber jackets in unexpected colors. He certainly lives up to his “We da best” motto, sporting a green number covered with a snake motif that coordinates perfectly with Rihanna’s neon look.
Take a look behind the scenes:
And now for the big finish!
Few creative projects in pop-culture history succeeded on more levels than Prince’s 1984 masterwork, Purple Rain. In one elaborate, calculated stroke, it spawned a hit album, a hit movie and a 100-date concert tour, not to mention global superstardom, a sound, a look, a scene and a new meaning for the color purple.
Prince’s untimely death inadvertently allows for the release of music from his storied vault, which contains thousands of unreleased recordings. This peerlessly prolific artist was such a control freak — and so fiercely determined to obtain the optimal value for his music — that even as his contemporaries cashed in on their work by issuing boxed sets containing virtually every stray note they’d ever recorded, he locked most of his creations away, earning nothing and leaving them unheard by few except him, until he could release them on his own terms. In 2014, he signed a much-ballyhooed new deal with Warner Bros. (the label that nurtured his career and that he later accused of making him a “slave”) granting him the rights to much of his 19-year catalog with the company. Yet this 30th anniversary deluxe edition — due on June 23, available in single, double and four-disc incarnations, and which he oversaw before his death — is only now seeing the light of day.
The remastering of the original album has brightened up the sound and put tighter definition on a few previously obscured elements, but otherwise Prince was smart enough not to mess with a good thing. Similarly, the rarities/remixes disc collects all of the album’s singles, including two B-sides that are as good as virtually anything on the album: the pulsing psychedelic lilt “17 Days” and especially the seven-minute version of the funk masterpiece “Erotic City,” a duet with Sheila E. that was a radio hit even though it wasn’t on an album at the time. Other highlights include the “extended dance remix” of “Let’s Go Crazy” (which is essentially the 7-minute version of the song that opens the film, complete with the piano solo played by Prince with his foot), and a 10-minute version of “I Would Die 4 U,” recorded during a rehearsal for the “Purple Rain” tour in November 1984, with lots of vamping and a guest spot from Sheila E. and members of her band.
The previously unreleased material — which dates from 1983 and ’84 — is a mixed but satisfying bag. Just two songs were actually in the running for the original album: “Electric Intercourse” and “Father’s Song.” The former is an aching synth-driven falsetto ballad similar but inferior to “The Beautiful Ones” (which reportedly bumped it from the album) that is weighed down here by a cluttered arrangement; the live version circulating on bootleg is better. The latter is a lovely piano-driven instrumental that will be instantly familiar to fans: Co-written by Prince with his father, John L. Nelson, its melody is featured in the middle section of “Computer Blue,” and it’s the song Prince plays in the film after he discovers his cinema father’s hidden trove of sheet music.
Another highlight is “Possessed,” purportedly written by Prince after he attended a James Brown concert, which is more psychedelic than the funked-up version on the live DVD here. Another long-circulating item is the musical-esque medley “Our Destiny / Roadhouse Garden,” the first half of which is sung by Revolution keyboardist Lisa Coleman and dates from the sessions for “Around the World in a Day,” the flawed and intentionally polarizing 1985 album that followed “Purple Rain.” Elsewhere are 10-minute-plus workouts on songs like “We Can F—” (drastically different from the version released on 1990’s “Graffiti Bridge”),“The Dance Electric,” “Love and Sex,” and the unedited “Computer Blue,” and three relatively lightweight songs that sound like demos: “Velvet Kitty Cat” and “Katrina’s Paper Dolls” both come and go quickly, and “Wonderful Ass” is a catchy, bouncy duet with Wendy and Lisa that’s about as deep as its title suggests. (For more details, hit the definitive fan site, PrinceVault.)
The Must-Get new Purple Rain reissue drops on June 23 and will come in two forms: Deluxe and a Deluxe – Expanded Edition. NPG Records and Warner Bros. have unveiled the track lists for both sets, which is set for release:
Purple Rain Deluxe Track List
Disc One: Original Album (2015 Paisley Park Remaster)
1. “Let’s Go Crazy”
2. “Take Me With U”
3. “The Beautiful Ones”
4. “Computer Blue”
5. “Darling Nikki”
6. “When Doves Cry”
7. “I Would Die 4 U”
8. “Baby I’m a Star”
9. “Purple Rain”
Disc Two: From The Vault & Previously Unreleased
1. “The Dance Electric”
2. “Love and Sex”
3. “Computer Blue” (“Hallway Speech” version)
4. “Electric Intercourse” (studio)
5. “Our Destiny / Roadhouse Garden”
6. “Possessed” (1983 version)
7. “Wonderful Ass”
8. “Velvet Kitty Cat”
9. “Katrina’s Paper Dolls”
10. “We Can Fuck”
11. “Father’s Song”
Purple Rain Deluxe – Expanded Edition Track List (includes Deluxe discs listed above)
Disc Three: Single Edits & B-Sides
1. “When Doves Cry” (edit)
2. “17 Days”
3. “Let’s Go Crazy” (edit)
4. “Let’s Go Crazy” (Special Dance Mix)
5. “Erotic City”
6. “Erotic City” (“Make Love Not War Erotic City Come Alive”)
7. “Purple Rain” (edit)
9. “God” (Love Theme From Purple Rain)
10. “Another Lonely Christmas”
11. “Another Lonely Christmas” (extended version)
12. “I Would Die 4 U” (edit)
13. “I Would Die 4 U” (extended version)
14. “Baby I’m a Star” (edit)
15. “Take Me With U” (edit)
DVD: Prince And The Revolution, Live at the Carrier Dome, Syracuse, NY, March 30, 1985
1. “Let’s Go Crazy”
4. “Little Red Corvette”
5. “Take Me With U”
6. “Do Me, Baby”
7. “Irresistible Bitch”
9. “How Come U Don’t Call Me Anymore?”
10. “Let’s Pretend We’re Married”
11. “International Lover”
13. “Computer Blue”
14. “Darling Nikki”
15. “The Beautiful Ones”
16. “When Doves Cry”
17. “I Would Die 4 U”
18. “Baby I’m a Star”
19. “Purple Rain”
Paris Jackson continues to take 2017 by storm. The King of Pop’s daughter is now gracing the cover of Vogue Australia
Paris posted an image of the cover to Instagram while praising the magazine, saying she is “so very grateful” for the opportunity to be on the cover, which is available on June 26.
vogue australia… so very grateful to the below for this opportunity. july issue available monday, june 26th 🌻 @vogueaustralia @edwinamccann @patrickdemarchelier @christinecentenera @jimmypaulhair @jameskaliardos @hamilton @officiallyarnold @markvmode @imgmodels @ivanmbart @joshrotten @daniellesragenard @hamilton @markvmode one of the first interviews where my words haven’t been twisted, and they get all the info straight from the source! so thankful. please check it out
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The cover hints that the entire interview is done via text message, as to show her words in their entirely.
In texting with the Australian-based mag, Paris indicated she plans to visit The Land Down Under, saying that the country holds a special place in her heart.
“My parentals [Michael Jackson and Debbie Rowe] got married there so it’s for sure on my bucket list to go,” she said. “Plus Bluesfest always has the grooviest set list so maybe one year I’ll hit it up.”
The cover marks just another milestone in Paris’ rocketing 2017 year. In addition to the Vogue cover, she has graced the covers of Rolling Stone and Harper’s Bazaar, scored an acting gig with Lee Daniels, presented an award at the Grammys and launched a career as a model. She also took part in a Madonna-inspired photo shoot under the Eiffel Tower for Chanel.
Well done Paris!