Rita Ora channels Britney Spears as she shows downfall

Unlike “Everytime,” there isn’t a tragic death in the end. Instead, Rita ends up performing inside a theater, only to be met by an alternative version of herself – a waitress – who wants nothing more than to be… rich and famous. Both women spot each other and yearn for the other’s life. At first glance, the concept doesn’t have much to do with the song, which you’d think is Rita singing to a man. In this version, she’s singing to herself.

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Rita Ora’s new single “Only Want You,” featuring 6LACK, is one of the standout tracks off her most-recent album, Phoenix. The video, out now, is a reinterpretation of Britney’s iconic In The Zone clip, “Everytime.” Or… I’m just imagining things.

In the beginning, Rita deals with conflict of life as a rich and famous person. Visibly annoyed, she makes her way inside of a diner for a little peace and quiet, but is quickly hounded by a sea of paparazzi and reporters.

The video opens with Rita speaking to a friend on the phone as she laments missing her pal’s baby’s first smile before heading into a diner to relax.

There she’s tracked down by the paps before being helped out of the back door by the diner waitress.

Star power: The video opens with Rita speaking to a friend on the phone as she laments missing her pal's baby's first smile before heading into a diner to relax

The pair sparked romance speculation after they were spotted together in November, but the relationship is said to have bitten the dust. Speaking to The Mirror, a source said: ‘The relationship just fizzled out. It’s sad but they have both accepted the situation and moved on.’ However, another insider claimed the singer is ‘cut up’ about the whole thing, while the Spider-Man actor was craving a more private life. ‘They spent Christmas together and she thought things were going well between them,’ they told The Sun.

‘Her career is going from strength to strength and lives her life in the spotlight but he told her he wanted to lead a more private life.

‘Rita had tried to do that and had kept their romance off social media but things didn’t work out.’

The reported split is exacerbated by Rita currently being on the other side of the world in Australia, where she launched her Phoenix World Tour in Melbourne on March 1.

Meanwhile Andrew has sparked dating rumours with actress and comedienne Aisling Bea, 34, as they were spotted watching a performance of hit musical Hamilton together at London’s Victoria Palace Theatre this week.

DOES THE WEEKND’S NEW SONG WITH GESAFFELSTEIN TAKE A SHOT AT DRAKE?

 “A couple albums dropped, those are still on the shelf / I bet them sh*ts would have popped if I was willin’ to help.”

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All this week, The Weeknd has been teasing a new collaboration with French electronic maestro Gesaffelstein in the form of spooky, oblique social media posts featuring the R&B star and a seemingly Solo-in-carbonite version of the DJ. The pair had previously teamed up for two tracks on My Dear Melancholy, the Weeknd’s 2018 EP, and on their new collab, “Lost in the Fire” (which dropped Friday), their joint sound is wiggly and liberated.

It came readymade with an atmospheric video, directed by Manu Cossu and complete with crisp flower imagery, blazing visions, and creepy nightmarish visions. It’s got shades of David Lynch or something you’d find in a contemporary art museum. But it looks great.

Drake and The Weeknd notoriously had a falling out shortly after the release of Drake’s sophomore album Take Care, which The Weeknd contributed to extensively. When Abel refused to sign with Drake’s OVO Sound label, instead striking out on his own, Drake snidely snubbed the singer on his 2013 track “5AM In Toronto” with the lyric, “A couple albums dropped, those are still on the shelf / I bet them sh*ts would have popped if I was willin’ to help.” Many believed at the time that Drake was referring to Trilogy, The Weeknd’s major label reissue of his first three independently-released mixtapes. The collection supposedly underperformed, leading some to speculate that the singer was a flash in the pan who wouldn’t sell without Drake’s co-sign, which helped expose him to his mainstream audience in the first place with a placement on Drake’s then-popular October’s Very Own blog.

Neither artist has weighed in on the line, and they likely won’t, but if they do, we’ll update this space with new information. In the meantime, you can watch the video, and listen to the song, above and decide for yourself.

BLACKPINK Finally Has Tour Dates Across North America

K-pop fans got some pretty exciting news last night when BLACKPINK announced that they will be bringing their tour to North America, Europe and Australia later this year.

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Blinks – the name of the group’s fans – have gone wild on social media about the news and some are hoping that a new album is on the way.

One said: “Only 2nd week of Jan and #BLACKPINK be feeding us! 2019 is our QUEENS year!”

Another said: “2 years, only 9 Songs and not even a full album but still they got a world tour. This is the power of Blackpink and Blinks”

However, some fans have expressed concerns about how the group will fill a tour show, with one Blink asking: “Isn’t it early for a world tour with 9 songs”.

The popular girl group and the prominent indie rockers will appear at both weekends of Coachella in April. BLACKPINK, the first-ever K-pop group to play Coachella, also recently announced that they’ll be touring in North America, but have yet to announce any further information or dates.

BLACKPINK 2019 World Tour “IN YOUR AREA”

-Asia-

January 12-13th, Saturday & Sunday- Bangkok (Impact Arena, Muang Thong Thani)

January 20th, Sunday- Jakarta (ICE BSD)

January 26th, Saturday- Hong Kong (Asia World Expo Arena)

February 2nd, Saturday- Manila (Mall Of Asia Arena)

February 15th, Friday- Singapore (Singapore Indoor Stadium)

February 23rd, Saturday- Kuala Lumpur (Malawati Indoor Stadium, Shah Alam)

March 3rd, Sunday- Taipei (NTSU Arena Linkou Arena)

 

-Europe-

May 18, Saturday- Amsterdam (AFAS Live)

May 21, Tuesday- Manchester (Manchester Arena)

May 22, Wednesday- London (London The SSE Arena, Wembley)

May 24, Friday- Berlin (Max-Schmeling-Halle)

May 26, Sunday- Paris (Paris Zenith La Villette)

May 28, Tuesday- Barcelona (Palau Saint Jordi)

BLACKPINK first charted on the Billboard 200 last year with their debut EP Square Up and landed on the Hot 100 with hits “Ddu-Du Ddu-Du” and “Kiss and Make Up,” a collab with Dua Lipa…

Soundcheck: The 11 Best Music Releases Of The Week

Every weekend, we bring you #SOUNDCHECK—your destination for the best of the best new music that’s just hit the web, because you should always be prepared when someone passes you that AUX cord. This week’s round features 10 of our favorite emerging and established artists including SOPHIE, Alice Glass and so many more. Turn up, tune in, and tune out.

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New bangers new bangers

Presenting this week’s best new tracks – and when to drop them. Scroll down for the Spotify playlist.

Travis Scott – ‘Stargazing’

Best for going out of your god-damned mind

The mysterious, controversial campaign around the US rapper’s new album ‘ASTROWORLD’ has been equal parts exhausting and exhilarating. ‘Stargazing’, the opening song to it, makes it all worth it. Autotuned vocals populate the song’s slower first half, but it launches into action via Scott’s addictive personality in the latter section.

Nadia Rose – ‘WUT2’

Best for standing your ground

One of Britain’s most electrifying rappers returns with this, her first song of 2018 and perhaps her boldest yet. Built on a tormenting guitar riff, the Croydon star stands her ground against the snakes and backstabbers as she flits between furious flows and hypnotising singing.

Jade Bird – ‘Uh Huh’

Best for thinking global

Following the success of ‘Lottery’, the debate around Jade Bird cracking American became an issue of “when”, not “if”. ‘Uh Huh’, a thundering country-jam with a blistering pop chorus ought appeal to the nation’s persuasion. The rest of the world will follow suit.

Robyn – ‘Missing U’

Best for returning with the goods

A return from the influential Swedish pop star and the internet’s darling has been pined for by fans and critics alike since her last release ‘Body Talk’ in 2010, and for the most part, it’s worth the wait. A pulsating beat gets things off to a bold start, before a tale of a love that’s come and gone tears your heart to pieces. Nothing’s changed then.

Flohio – ‘10 More Rounds’

Best for pushing things forward

Flohio’s 2018 has been monumental. The steps that were made in her game from debut single ‘Bands’ to ‘Watchout’ seemed unheard of – but the London rapper has surpassed it with this, a bruising anthem where she begins to envisage the world she will no doubt conquer: “Don’t you pour dirt on my dreams/Right now I’m just trying to win, and live.”

Mura Masa and NAO’s working relationship has been fruitful to say the least. NAO jumped on Mura’s ‘Firefies’ from his debut album last year and it proved to be one a serious triumph. The producer returned the favour by reworking ‘In The Morning’ from her debut album in glorious fashion. Here, the pair turn in their best work by sharing the workload – as tropical beats crafted by the producer are lifted by another versatile vocal performance from Nao. A perfect mix, then.

Cardi B Makes History With ‘Invasion Of Privacy’

It seems like every week Cardi B is making history. Well, Belcalis from The Bronx has done it again, after all 13 of her tracks from Invasion of Privacy were certified gold or higher by the RIAA.

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To say the least, Cardi B‘s had the best year ever.

In addition to nabbing two additional Hot 100 chart-toppers over the course of 2018, the rap diva also saw her debut album, ‘Invasion of Privacy,’ invade the Billboard 200 and reign as one of few solo female tenants of the #1 spot.

As if that were not enough, with the release of “Bartier Cardi” and Bruno Mars’s “Finesse (Remix) [Feat. Cardi B],” the latter of which is now certified 2x platinum, Cardi B made history yet again, surpassing Beyoncé as the first woman to have five top 10 singles simultaneously on the “Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs” chart.

In addition to her recent iHeart Radio Music Awards triumph, Cardi B has received a stunning series of top honors, among them two GRAMMY® nods (for “Best Rap Performance” and “Best Rap Song”), two BET Awards nominations(for “Best New Artist” and “Best Female Hip Hop Artist”), a Soul Train Music Award, and five 2017 BET Hip Hop Awards including “Single of the Year,” “Best New Hip Hop Artist,” “Hustler of the Year,” “Made-You-Look Award,” and “Best Mixtape” (for “GANGSTA BITCH MUSIC, VOL. 2”).

Her lead single and breakout hit “Bodak Yellow” has gone platinum seven times since its release. As you can see below, seven tracks on her project have gone platinum at least once, and the other six are certified gold.

Currently, Cardi’s breakout album is nominated for two Grammys, including Album of the Year and Best Rap Album. Billboard reports that the rapper is set to re-release this history-making album in the new year with an additional two tracks. No release date has been confirmed, but it’s rumored to be January 25.