Usher Enlists Ella Mai for New Song: Listen

Usher has shared a new single feature British singer/songwriter Ella Mai. “Don’t Waste My Time” was co-produced by Bryan-Michael Cox and Jermaine Dupri. Give it a listen below. Usher’s last studio album as a solo artist was 2016’s Hard II Love. Last year, he dropped “A”, his collaborative project with Zaytoven. Ella Mai’s self-titled debut also arrived last year. Find out where Ella Mai’s 2018 breakout single “Boo’d Up” landed on Pitchfork’s List feature “The 200 Best Songs of the 2010s.” [embedded content] Pitchfork RSS Feed

Watch the Weeknd Perform “Blinding Lights” on Colbert

The Weeknd returned to The Late Show With Stephen Colbert last night for the second time this week. This time around, he performed his comeback single “Blinding Lights.” The Weeknd’s set was broadcast in black and white, and the singer performed in a hall of mirrors while audience members held up small, square mirrors to reflect light from the stage, resulting in a kind of strobe effect. Watch it happen below. [embedded content] Pharrell Williams was one of Colbert’s interviewees during the episode (Pharrell was also a performer on the show earlier in the week). Colbert and Pharrell discussed music, space, and time travel. When Colbert asked if Pharrell was interested in visiting space, Pharrell said, “No I think the pixilation on Nat Geo is awesome.” He later added, “Man, I’m such a poser. I love space but I’m not trying to go.” He said the same of time travel. On Thursday’s episode of Colbert, the Weeknd performed another new single, “Heartless,” as he wandered through the halls of the Ed Sullivan Theater. The Weeknd originally debuted “Blinding Lights” last month in a Mercedes-Benz commercial. Shortly after releasing that single and “Heartless” on streaming platforms, he shared a trippy music […]

Watch HAIM Cover Robyn’s “Show Me Love”

HAIM have stopped by BBC Radio 1’s Chillest Show With Paul Taggart to perform a Piano Session, as Stereogum points out. During the session, they covered Robyn’s “Show Me Love” and also played their new song “Hallelujah.” Watch below. This year, HAIM have shared the new tracks “Summer Girl,” “Now I’m in It,” and “Hallelujah.” They’ve all arrived with music videos directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. Last month, the trio shared its cover of Leonard Cohen’s “If It Be Your Will” for Verve Forecast’s Hanukkah+ compilation. [embedded content] [embedded content] Pitchfork RSS Feed

Kvelertak Announce First Album With New Singer, Share Song: Listen

Kvelertak are back with a new album. Splid, the follow-up to 2016’s Nattesferd, is out February 14, 2020. It’s their first LP since singer Erlend Hjelvik left the band last July, to be replaced by Ivar Nikolaisen, formerly of the glam-punk outfit Silver and Norse punks the Good, the Bad & the Zugly; it’s also their debut for new home Rise Records. “Bråtebrann” leads the record—listen to the song below. The Norwegian group say in a press release that Splid, which translates as Discord, is “a deep dive into western gluttony, our own stupidity, and the abyss of the earth.” Recorded with Kurt Ballou at Godcity Studio in Salem, Massachusetts, the record “is one hour of catchy riffs, punk rock, and heavy metal influenced by a world in discord to accompany our way towards Ragnarok,” according to the band. [embedded content] Pitchfork RSS Feed

Bill Callahan Covers Lee Clayton’s “If You Could Touch Her at All”: Listen

Bill Callahan has released a new cover of country singer Lee Clayton’s “If You Could Touch Her at All.” Featured on the B-side of the digital single is Callahan’s take on Leonard Cohen’s “So Long, Marianne,” which was previously included on Mojo magazine’s 2012 compilation The Songs of Leonard Cohen Covered. Listen to the tracks below (via Drag City). Bill Callahan returned this year with Shepherd in a Sheepskin Vest. He recently shared the music video for the LP’s “Call Me Anything.” Today (November 22), Legacy Recordings released the posthumous Leonard Cohen album Thanks for the Dance. Read Pitchfork’s feature profile “Bill Callahan the Family Man.” Pitchfork RSS Feed

Kodak Black Faces Additional Weapons Charges in Florida

Kodak Black is facing additional legal trouble in Florida related to weapons charges he faced earlier this year. According to the Miami Herald, state prosecutors have charged the rapper with two counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Each charge carries up to a 30-year prison sentence. Pitchfork has contacted the rapper’s legal team for comment. On Wednesday (November 13), Kodak was sentenced to 46 months in prison for lying about his criminal history while trying to buy firearms. He was arrested in mid-May on his way to the Rolling Loud festival, and after having his bond revoked, pleaded guilty to the federal charges in August. While trying to buy a gun on two separate occasions, the rapper had indicated on paperwork that he was not under a current indictment. However, he was out on bond from sexual assault charges levied against him in South Carolina three years ago when the purchases happened. Before his Miami arrest, Kodak was apprehended at the U.S./Canada border in April for possession of marijuana and a weapon. In January 2018, he was arrested on child neglect and weapons charges. Those were dropped a month later, but the rapper served time in […]

Lil Reese Shot, Reportedly in Critical Condition

Chicago rapper Lil Reese is in critical condition after being shot, ABC 7 Chicago reports. The shooting allegedly took place around 2:30 p.m. Central, in Country Club Hills—a suburb south of Chicago. Hospital officials identified the shooting victim as Reese (real name Tavares Taylor), telling ABC 7 that the rapper is in critical condition. Pitchfork has reached out to Lil Reese’s representatives. Country Club Hills police say that Reese—who wasn’t identified by name in the police report—suffered a gunshot wound in the neck. Police didn’t find him at the crime scene, and witnesses told police that a man transported Reese to the hospital. Reese was found at South Suburban Hospital, and he was transferred to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn. No arrests have been reported and the police investigation is ongoing. Pitchfork RSS Feed

Joe Pesci Announces New Album Still Singing

Joe Pesci appears in the new Martin Scorsese film The Irishman, which comes to Netflix on November 27. More importantly, Joe Pesci has announced a new album called Pesci…Still Singing. The album arrives two days after the film’s release (on November 29), and it features Maroon 5’s Adam Levine. At the midpoint of the album, Pesci and Levine cover “My Cherie Amour.” If you want to hear what Pesci’s voice sounds like, listen to “Baby Girl”—which features Levine and Arturo Sandoval—below. Still Singing arrives 21 years after his previous album, 1998’s Vincent Laguardia Gambini Sings Just For You. It’s been 51 years since he released his debut album, 1968’s perfectly titled Little Joe Sure Can Sing!. [embedded content] Pitchfork RSS Feed

Here’s What Happened During Rivers Cuomo’s Yangapalooza! Set

Earlier today (November 1), Democratic Presidential hopeful Andrew Yang hosted Yangapalooza!—a campaign rally in downtown Des Moines, Iowa, where he was joined by Rivers Cuomo. Cuomo took to the outdoor stage at Des Moines’ Brenton Skating Plaza to perform a handful of Weezer hits as well as some familiar covers, according to a Pitchfork reporter. Cuomo played acoustic guitar alongside Weezer bassist Scott Shriner and a drummer, opening with “Buddy Holly” and launching into stripped-down versions of “Undone – The Sweater Song,” “Island in the Sun,” “Beverly Hills,” and more. Covers included TLC’s “No Scrubs,” Toto’s “Africa,” and A-ha’s “Take on Me,” all of which appear on Weezer’s covers LP The Teal Album. Watch clips of the set below. During Cuomo’s performance of “Say It Ain’t So,” Andrew Yang appeared onstage, saying, “You don’t look like the fucking internet to me!” Yang proceeded to dance at the front of the stage and sing along with the band, sans microphone. At the end of the song Yang shouted, “Let’s give it up for Rivers Cuomo and Weezer!” At one point during the concert, Rivers Cuomo said, “Yang gang in the house,” but did not otherwise explicitly endorse Yang’s campaign. Read “Lizzo, […]

Watch Thousands of Chilean Protesters Sing Víctor Jara’s “The Right to Live in Peace”

On Friday afternoon, around one million people gathered in the streets of Santiago for a protest calling for widespread change and the resignation of President Sebastian Pinera. During the massive protest, thousands of people began singing “El derecho de vivir en paz” (“The Right to Live in Peace”) by Víctor Jara—an artist and political activist who was tortured and killed by dictator Augusto Pinochet’s soldiers in 1973. Watch it happen below. Santiago was brought to a complete standstill due to the number of people in the streets. The protests in Chile began over a public transportation fare hike, but the issue is considered a catalyst for protests about the need for greater change surrounding inequality, privatized health care, low wages, inadequate pensions, and more. It’s been a violent time in the city; as many as 19 people have died. A state of emergency has been declared. https://twitter.com/ErikaOSanoja/status/1188098725618561024 [embedded content] Pitchfork RSS Feed