It’s Here! Stream Lana Del Rey’s ‘Lust For Life’ Album


Lana Del Rey's Cosmic 'Love' Video

The past, present and future collide in Lana Del Rey’s cosmic ‘Love’ video.

After an extended rollout, Lana Del Rey’s Lust For Life album is finally here. The sprawling 16-track album is the dream-pop goddess’ most adventurous to date. She ventures out of her (occasionally tortured) mind to address broader issues like the state of the world. For example, the 32-year-old touches on political issues on “Coachella — Woodstock In My Mind,” “Change” and “When The World Was At War We Kept Dancing.” That’s not to say that Lana’s penchant for faded glamor and matters of the heart is absent.

Tracks like “Cherry,” “White Mustang” and “Groupie Love” will appeal to the faithful, while unusually upbeat anthems like “Love” and The Weeknd-assisted title track should bring in newcomers. Lust For Life is Lana’s 4th LP (5th if you include Paradise) since 2010 and another important step in her artistic evolution. Stream the album in full below and check back early next week for our detailed review.

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Taylor Swift Is Not Being Carried Around New York In A Giant Suitcase


Taylor Swift Adds Catalogue To Spotify

Taylor Swift added her catalogue to Spotify hours before Katy Perry’s ‘Witness’ dropped.

It was fun while it lasted! A photo agency published a photo of a giant suitcase being carried out of Taylor Swift’s apartment and maintained that the 1989 diva was hiding inside it. “Taylor Swift being transported in a huge suitcase from her Tribecca apartment into her truck, in the trunk,” the caption read. “A fleet of cars including two large Cadillacs and three suv’s arrive at [her] apartment in Tribecca to move a large suitcase from apartment to truck. Almost a dozen… security guards were present to move this package carefully.”

Amazingly, no one blinked at the news (you know you’re extra when people willingly accept that you would travel in luggage to remain unseen) and social media had a field day. Only it didn’t happen. Splash retracted the story after being contacted by someone from Taylor’s team, probably one of her stable of lawyers. The hitmaker has been maintaining a low profile of late, but that should change with the arrival of her new LP. Rumor has it that she’s almost finished. While we wait for that, revisit “Mean” (i.e. her best song) below.

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Paris Hilton Is Working On A 2017 Remix Of “Stars Are Blind”


Paris Hilton Announces 'Summer Reign'

Pop is saved! Paris Hilton is returning to add some much-needed glamor.

How did I miss this?! Paris Hilton made ’00s junkies melt by announcing a 2017 overhaul of “Stars Are Blind.” (i.e. the best song of 2006). “We’re working on the new 2017 remix of “Stars Are Blind,” EDM’s most glamorous DJ casually revealed on Twitter over the weekend. Paris really is a charitable queen. She’s not only releasing a modernized version of her signature song, but also a completely new single. “So proud to announce the launch of my 23rd perfume Rosé Rush with my new single #SummerReign,” the 36-year-old tweeted on July 11.

The flawless diva even shared a snippet of the club anthem. “When it feels this good I come alive, when it feels this good I get so wild,” she coos over a cascade of synths. “When it feels this good, welcome to my summer reign.” The heiress has been chipping away at her sophomore LP since at least 2013 when she dropped “Good Time.” Paris followed that up with another bop called “Come Alive” in 2014 and then rebranded with the grittier “High Off My Love” in 2015. It looks like we’re due for another bop very soon!

We’re working on the new 2017 remix of “Stars Are Blind” 🎶👸🏼🎶

— Paris Hilton (@ParisHilton) July 16, 2017

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Lana Del Rey Shares A Snippet Of Beautiful Ballad “Change”


Lana Del Rey's Cosmic 'Love' Video

The past, present and future collide in Lana Del Rey’s cosmic ‘Love’ video.

Lana Del Rey’s Lust For Life album arrives later this week (on July 21, to be exact) and it’s shaping up to be something special. From the majestic title track to hip-hop experiment “Summer Bummer,” everything suggests the bewitching singer/songwriter is in top form. She’s in a particularly ambitious mood lyrically — tackling political issues in addition to matters of the heart and Hollywood. The 32-year-old ups the ante even higher on “Change,” a haunting yet hopeful ballad about the state of the world.

“Every time that we run we don’t know what it’s from, now we finally slowed down we feel close to it,” Lana sings over a hazy, loosely produced piano arrangement. “There’s a change gonna come, I don’t know where or when, but whenever it does we’ll be here for it.” The extended snippet, which she posted on Instagram with a simple black-and-white video of an American flag, pines for a fresh start. “There’s something in the wind, I can feel it blowing in. It’s coming softly on the wings of a song.” Listen below.

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East Beat: Your Guide To Asia’s Best Pop Songs Feat. Red Velvet & Utada Hikaru


East Beat: MAMAMOO & Monsta X

Your guide to the week’s best Asian pop songs featuring MAMAMOO & Monsta X.

The world of pop music moves fast, especially for those who enjoy the sounds of the East and the West. Keeping up with the Hot 100 is hard enough, let alone knowing what’s going on in Japan and the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it K-Pop scene. To help you stay on top of Asia’s hottest pop music, I’ve put together East Beat — a handy guide of the best K-Pop and J-Pop (and beyond!) songs of the week.

Red Velvet, who had our best K-Pop song of Q1 with “Rookie,” just made their triumphant return with “Red Flavor.” The girls try for the title of K-Pop’s new Queens of Summer with the bouncy bop, which looks and sounds like a Starburst commercial in all the best ways possible.

If “Red Flavor” doesn’t snatch your wig, then the girls have a tonne of other great stuff on their new EP, Red Summer. “You Better Know” is the perfect slice of made-for-radio Euro-Pop, while “Zoo” is a little weirder with a tropical dance beat filled with a noises straight of a menagerie.

Songstress Park Boram had a couple of cute hits a few years ago, but the 23-year-old steps into adulthood on her experimental new single, “Why, You?” It starts off as mellow, jazzy pop, but throws a curveball on the chorus with a jittery electronic break.

For something a little less sophisticated, there’s Jessi’s “Gucci.” To be honest, I’m not sure if I’d qualify this song as good, but there’s something fun about watching a greasy hip-hop vixen serve up some trash-tastic rap at a time when K-Pop has become so cute and innocent.

While we’re on the subject of hip-hop, Block B rapper Zico returned with the kooky “Artist.” This is the kind of thing I’d like to see from G-Dragon, whose sound is never quite as interesting as his fashion. With killer style and the music to match, it’s no surprise that Zico is one of Korea’s biggest male artists at the moment.

Over in Japan, the elusive Utada Hikaru dropped a new single as part of an endorsement deal with a bottled water brand. The J-Pop legend stuck to ballads on her last album, but on “Oozora De Dakishimete” she unleashes her playful side again. Still, despite the sunny production, her voice still carries an emotional weight that makes everything she sings feel a little melancholy.

Wrapping things up are J-Pop quartet Tokyo Girls’ Style. The girls have blossomed into EDM divas recently, and their latest single, “Water Lily,” sees them singing over some Jack Ü-style beats à la Justin Bieber. Check it out below.

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The Drop: Your Guide To New Music Friday Featuring Billie Eilish & Olivia O’Brien


The Drop: St. Vincent & Towkio

Your guide to New Music Friday featuring gems from St. Vincent and Towkio.

Fridays can be overwhelming for pop fans. Every week you’re bombarded with a glut of new music, which can lead to ear candy falling through the cracks. I’m hoping to circumvent that tragic scenario with The Drop — a cheat sheet (of sorts) to get you through New Music Friday. By now, you’ve probably heard Selena Gomez’s “Fetish” and Demi Lovato’s “Sorry Not Sorry,” and possibly bopped along to Kesha’s “Woman” and Lana Del Rey’s “Summer Bummer.” But that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Let’s start with a couple of pissed-off female artists. Bille Eilish is a regular on The Drop at this point, spicing up New Music Friday with gems like “Bored” and “Bellyache.” Her hot streak continues with “COPYCAT,” a raised middle-finger to all the fakes and frauds. The bass-heavy bop is taken from the 15-year-old’s debut EP, Don’t Smile At Me (due August 11). Olivia O’Brien is feeling similarly out of sorts on “RIP,” an immensely relatable fuck-you to a bad boyfriend. It’s easily her best single to date and has serious radio appeal.

If you like guitars sprinkled into your synth-pop, genre-hopping queen Grace Mitchell delivers an immaculate ballad called “Come Back For You.” Like the equally-great “Now,” this sounds like it escaped an MTV playlist from 1987. Enough with the random singles, I want an album! In an otherwise quiet week for Scandinavia, MY comes through with an angsty anthem. Don’t be put off by the title, “Hate On Myself” isn’t an emo ordeal. Instead, the rising Swede serves up punchy pop/rock with razor-sharp lyrics.

It was a particularly good week for Australian pop. Vera Blue, one of the breakout stars of 2016 courtesy of sublime tracks like “Settle” and “Hold,” drops an ode to single life called “Regular Touch.” This is more uptempo than her earlier material, boasting a catchy chorus and a dizzy drop. The flame-haired singer’s debut LP, Perennial, drops July 21. I’ve already written about Vance Joy’s brilliant “Lay It On Me,” but it deserves another plug. The “Riptide” hitmaker beefs up his sound with spectacular results.

Another Aussie act making their mark this week is Tigertown. Charlie Collins’ voice glides through the alt-pop group’s midnight synthscape like a warm knife through butter, effortlessly generating a sense of euphoria. Echosmith, now a trio, also blesses New Music Friday with a hot track. Pop’s “Cool Kids” move away from their power-pop roots in favor of a sophisticated mix of acoustic guitars and synths on “Goodbye.” It promises great things for their sophomore LP, Inside A Dream (September 29).

While we’re on the subject of female-fronted bands, Garbage returns with a new single. “No Horses” is possibly the gloomiest charity single of all time (all proceeds go to the International Committee of the Red Cross) with Shirley Manson describing the track as “a dark imagining of the future in which a presiding regime values only profit and success.” It brings (eerie) synths back into the mix after stripping back their sound on Strange Little Birds. It’s bleak and bitter, but I’m obsessed. Less alarming is The Script’s comeback single. The Irish rockers come back swinging with “Rain,” a radio-friendly ditty that will appeal to their fervent fan-base and possibly win a few new followers.

How about something a little more uptempo? After producing hits for Britney Spears and Hailee Steinfeld, BURNS signed a deal with RCA and rolls out the first taste of his artist project today. Featuring Johnny Yukon, “Far Gone” deftly blends electro and hip-hop — sounding like a clubbier take on Calvin Harris’ funk-wav movement. Equally dancefloor-friendly is Sofi Tukker’s “Fuck They.” Co-written by Jake Shears and Jon Hume, the defiant banger is not quite as deranged as “Drinkee” (one of my favorite songs of last year), but every bit as catchy.

Let’s wind things up with a pair of remixes. Lauv is currently enjoying his second streaming smash in a row with “I Like Me Better,” which is racking up similar numbers to “The Other.” The rising star has already dropped a remix by Ryan Riback, but he’s back with an overhaul by omnipresent trio Cheat Codes and it’s a no-brainer for any chill-out playlist. The same goes for OneRepublic’s “Rich Life.” The band, which is no longer releasing singles but songs (i.e. they can’t be fucked with radio), team up with Seeb for a mellow rock/house hybrid. Listen to it in my playlist below.

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Helen Hunt Plastic Surgery Before and After Picture

Helen Hunt Plastic Surgery Before and After Picture

Helen Hunt is an American screenwriter, film director, and actress. She has starred in Mad About You, Cast Away, Pay It Forward, and What Women Want. She is known for her remarkable beauty and her incredible talent as an actress. But fans were shocked back in 2009 when she looked old and nearly unrecognizable. There are speculations about why.

The one everyone believe is that Helen Hunt has previously gotten plastic surgery. Now everyone thinks that she has gotten both the good and the bad out plastic surgery procedures, being lucky enough to have her looks restored and not hurt more than they were. Now it seems as if the 51-year-old actress is enjoying her beautiful looks once again after another round of plastic surgery.

For some quick background: Helen Hunt is very likely to have gotten plastic surgery done back in 2009, but there were poor results. Her face actually ended up looking older and she look closer to being in her 60s or 70s instead of being in her 40s. She looked this old because her neck and face were full of wrinkles and her cheeks seemed like they were hollow.

So what procedures is Helen Hunt likely to have actually gotten done recently?

She most likely got a face lift, a neck lift, fillers, and some Botox injections done in order to fix the way she looked. For a comparison as to how bad the first round of procedures was, here is a picture of Helen Hunt back in 2009 like versus what she currently looks like now.

Helen hunt plastic surgery before and after
Helen hunt plastic surgery before and after

Helen Hunt Facelift and Botox

After seeing these two pictures side-by-side, it may be easier to believe that she truly did have plastic surgery done on her face – not once, but twice.

As you can see, her face was sagging quite a bit after the first attempt at plastic surgery. Now that she has gotten a good face lift done, she looks much younger once again. Her skin once again is no longer sagging and looks well-filled out instead of just being skin.

You can also tell that she got a neck lift. Her neck was more wrinkled and saggy as well back in 2009. It looked like it was almost just skin there without having anything to fill in her neck fully. However, she now has smooth-looking skin that looks much tighter than it did previously on both her face and neck. This has helped look much, much younger than she did after what many believe was her first plastic surgery.

In order to sort of refresh her face, she got Botox injections done as well. This procedure removed some of the lines and wrinkles that had been forming on her face, especially the sagging from the first procedure. It helps to keep her face looking younger.

If you look closely, you can tell that there is a lack of wrinkles around her eyes, cheeks, and forehead now as compared to just a few years ago. This is why it is commonly believed that she does, in fact, do Botox injections. It also sort of seems like her face is stiff at times. But that can be contributed to having to deal with paparazzi and interviewers constantly instead.

Helen hunt plastic surgery before and after piicture
Helen hunt plastic surgery before and after piicture

Helen Hunt also probably got some filler injections on her face. If you look at her cheek area, you can see it looks a bit more filled out than it was before. It helps to make her look much younger, especially when your cheeks are no longer sagging at a fairly young age. They weren’t terribly hollow-looking, but looked like they were becoming that way quickly.

Her cheekbones also look at least a little bit higher than they used to be, so it makes it all the more likely that she got fillers in her cheeks. High cheekbones are often a sign of being an attractive women according to many people and forms of media, so it is possible that she got this done to continue looking attractive, something she is often noticed and acknowledged for.

A few also believe that she got a nose job done as her nose from when she was young compared to her nose now looking slightly different. It looks almost as if her nose now has become thinner and potentially more pointed than it was when she starting her acting career. This could just be due to age or the added wrinkles and lines upon her face now that she is older making it appear as if it has changed.

These combinations of plastic surgery procedures have greatly restored her face to look closer to an age that she actually is. It’s also not remarkably overdone or anything. By this I mean it doesn’t look as if the actress is trying to pass as in her 20s or 30s when she is truly in her 50s. She look her age but she looks confident and beautiful, something aging women often struggle with, regardless of status.

Helen Hunt Now

Helen Hunt so far is aging quite gracefully. As mentioned, she isn’t trying to look like she is in her 20s or 30s. She has also not gotten any butt or breast implants or any nose jobs done. She still looks like she is naturally aging, even if she has gotten procedures done on her face. She is aiming to look her age and not much younger than that – something to be well respected for when many women often try to look 20 years younger once again or when people believe you should strive to look younger as you age.

In fact, the rest of her body appears to be aging quite well. If you look back at the picture of her when she got the first surgery done in 2009, her body still looks pretty young and smooth. It’s likely she doesn’t feel the need to get surgeries done on the rest of her body because she doesn’t need them for any reason – especially not now that she has gotten older and operations tend to be much more risk-filled the older you are.

She has also said in an interview that she has not gone under the knife before. As of now, it does not appear as if she has any intentions to, which may be for the best when thinking of all the risks of such procedures being done when they are only for cosmetic purposes. It’s also likely why she has gotten injections done instead of doing lots of implants, face shaping, and other operations like that to her face that some of her fellow stars and celebrities have gotten done in the past.

She is one of those lucky to have gotten such good work done in order to fix previous bad work done on her face. Others who this sort of thing has happened to have not always been able to correct it so nicely or have been able to have their looks restored.

It is a relief to many fans of Helen Hunt that she is still shining brightly amongst many of the Hollywood stars, which may be in part due to her corrected looks after the first plastic surgery disaster she went through. Although some may believe that she isn’t going to be acting for much longer due to her age, there are still plenty of roles in films for those who are above 50 to play a part in.

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Beyonce Posts First Picture Of Twins Sir Carter & Rumi


Lost Hit: Beyonce's 'Radio'

Beyonce’s ‘Radio’ should have been a single from ‘IASF’ instead of ‘Video Phone.’

Stop everything! Beyonce just revealed the first photo (and finally confirmed the existence) of her twins. The glamorous image, which evokes the diva’s stunning maternity shoot, finds Queen Bey cradling the beautiful babies. She is standing in front of a wreath of flowers and wearing a matching pale blue bikini and veil. As for the caption? The 35-year-old kept it short and sweet, revealing their names and birthdate. “Sir Carter and Rumi 1 month today,” Beyonce wrote. That means they arrived on June 13 and are Geminis. See the pic below.

Sir Carter and Rumi 1 month today. 🙏🏽❤️👨🏽👩🏽👧🏽👶🏾👶🏾

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Selena Gomez Is All Grown Up & Feeling Herself On “Fetish”


Selena Gomez's Wacky 'Bad Liar' Video

Selena Gomez plays multiple roles in her delightfully offbeat ‘Bad Liar’ video.

Selena Gomez’s new single is every bit as sexy as the title suggests. “Fetish” arrived early tonight (July 12) and it ranks as the pop star’s most scandalous offering yet. It’s also her most adventurous, picking up where “Bad Liar” left off as an eccentric alt-pop anthem. “Something about me, got you hooked on my body,” she declares in a spitfire verse. “Take you over and under and twisted up like origami.” The track really comes alive, however, when the instantly addictive chorus hits.

“You got a fetish for my love, I push you out and you come right back,” Selena coos over eerie synths. “Don’t see a point in blaming you, if I were you I’d do me too.” By the end of the song, the 24-year-old’s transformation into pop’s most experimental princess is all but complete. My only complaint is Gucci Mane’s verse, which feels like an afterthought (or a marketing ploy). But that doesn’t detract from the joy of hearing Selena come into her own as an artist, confidently dabbling in sub-genres usually reserved for the alt crowd. Listen below.

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Haim Covers Selena Gomez’s “Bad Liar” For BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge


Haim's 'Little Of Your Love'

Haim gets their groove back with perky bop ‘Little Of Your Love.’

Selena Gomez still hasn’t got around to performing “Bad Liar,” but we finally have some idea how the Talking Heads-sampling bop would sound live. Haim covered the song for BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge and stayed remarkably true to the original. The trio added a few interesting flourishes, however, like swapping out drums for a coffee tin and cups. Impressively, that only added to the retro charm and neat minimalism of the summer smash. At this point, “Bad Liar” is arguably the coolest pop song of 2017 with universal praise and alt-pop supporters.

As for Haim, the siblings just dropped their sophomore LP. Something To Tell You has garnered impressive reviews, but is yet to produce a substantial hit. They introduced the album with “Right Now,” but it lacked the hooks and powerful chorus of “The Wire” or “Forever.” They followed that up with the mellow “Want You Back,” but finally hit their stride with “Little Of Your Love” — the kind of rollicking West Coast pop/rock anthem that made Days Are Gone one of the better debut albums of the 2010s.

818 forever 💙

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