BTS Cozies Up in New ‘On My Pillow’ Version of ‘Life Goes On’ Video: Watch

BTS has shared a new version of its music video for “Life Goes On.”

On Friday (Nov. 20), the seven-member K-pop group shared the official video for “Life Goes On,” the lead single from the act’s latest album, BE. The Jungkook- directed clip takes fans through a sentimental visual journey, where the boy band grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic taking away its live shows.

The new version of “Life Goes On,” dubbed “on my pillow,” stretches a scene from the original four-minute clip of the septet cozying up with each other in a bedroom. Watch the guys lounge around on a bed in their pajamas while singing the track below.

“The emotion I wanted to express is the sadness and the longing that was felt because the tour was canceled due to COVID-19 and because we couldn’t see ARMY much,” Jungkook said during a press conference for BE. “It’s amazing that the video I took and worked hard on is released as a music video.”

BTS rescheduled the rest of its Map of the Soul world tour due to COVID back in April. The international jaunt was originally scheduled to begin on April 11 in Seoul before it was canceled in late February. Then in March, the boy band announced its North American tour dates, which were scheduled to launch April 25 in Santa Clara, Calif., would be postponed.

Watch the “on my pillow” version of BTS’ new “Life Goes On” video below.

BTS’ ‘Be’ Is Here: Stream It Now | Billboard

The eight-track album features record-breaking hit “Dynamite,” plus tracks like “Life Goes On,” “Fly to My Room,” “Blue & Grey,” “Skit,” “Telepathy,” “Dis-ease” and “Stay.”

Good Morning America also announced that the K-pop septet will be taking the stage at the talk show on Monday (Nov. 23).

Listen to Be in full below.

Kanye West Gifts Kim Kardashian With a Hologram of Her Late Father for Her Birthday

Kim Kardashian got to see her father again–even if it was virtually.

During the star’s 40th birthday getaway to a private island, her husband Kanye West surprised her with a 3D hologram of Robert Kardashian Sr.The incredibly realistic-looking hologram talked for nearly three minutes, wishing Kim a happy birthday and gushing over how proud he is of her.

“I am so proud of the woman you’ve become, Kimberly, and all that you’ve accomplished,” the hologram says. “All of your hard work and all the businesses you’ve built are incredible. But most impressive, is your commitment to become a lawyer and carry on my legacy. It’s a long and a hard road, but it’s worth it, and I’m with you every step of the way.”

Robert Kardashian died in 2003, at age 59, of esophageal cancer.

Kanye created the hologram by spending a lot of time with old video and audio of Robert, and AI was used to finish off the project, according to TMZ.

Kim shared the emotional video of her dad talking on Twitter, writing, “I can’t even describe what this meant to me and my sisters, my brother, my mom and closest friends to experience together. Thank you so much Kanye for this memory that will last a lifetime Here’s a more close up view to see the incredible detail.”

See below.

I can’t even describe what this meant to me and my sisters, my brother, my mom and closest friends to experience together. Thank you so much Kanye for this memory that will last a lifetime ✨ Here’s a more close up view to see the incredible detail.

— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) October 29, 2020

Shawn Mendes Announces New Collaboration With Justin Bieber | Billboard

Two of pop’s favorite Canadians are coming together this week for a collaboration.

Shawn Mendes took to social media on Monday (Nov. 16) to announce that his duet with Justin Bieber, titled “Monster,” will be arriving on Friday, Nov. 20.

He shared the news alongside a 13-second clip, which features a number of dimly-lit outdoor scenes as a synth-y instrumental plays in the background.

AC/DC ‘Power Up’ With 17th Album: ‘We Waited Until the World Hit a Misery Level’

It’s been said Friday the 13th is an unlucky day for some, even more so in the year 2020.

That’s not the case for AC/DC fans.

On the darkest day circled in the calendar, the Aussie rock legends break the drought with Power Up, their first album in six years.

Their 17th full-length LP reunites Angus Young and Co. with producer Brendan O’Brien, who was behind the boards for 2008’s Black Ice and their most recent, 2014’s Rock or Bust, which peaked at No. 3 in the U.S. and U.K. and No. 1 in Australia.

Power Up welcomes the return of British singer Brian Johnson, who stepped aside in 2016 on doctor’s orders due to hearing-loss issues, and sees drummer Phil Rudd reunite with the group after a stint in rehab.

The band’s current line-up also features the late Malcolm Young’s nephew, Stevie Young, slotting in on rhythm guitar.

AC/DC have a knack for returning precisely when the world needs them. With a pandemic raging around the globe, that time is now.

“I think we waited until the world hit a misery level,” Johnson told Zane Lowe on Apple Music, “a limit of misery with this thing, and just said, ‘Right, time to cheer it up.’”

In the same interview, Angus Young talked about the process of making new music with AC/DC, something many fans figured would never happen.
“I get very excited with doing something new and going, ‘Well, it’s AC/DC, but it’s got a little bit of a different angle on it.’ That’s always, for me, the big puzzle, finding something that’s AC/DC, but it’s something you’ve not heard AC/DC done before,” he explained.

“You try to look for new ways of doing riffs and you experiment a little bit with those, but then when you get something, you go, ‘That’s definitely AC/DC,’ and you know that you’ve cracked the puzzle there.”

Judging by the early reaction to the solid-as-a-boulder cuts “Shot In The Dark” and “Realize,” Young and his bandmates aced that puzzle.

Power Up spans 12 tracks and can be streamed in full below.

Harry Styles Is the First-Ever Solo Male Cover Star of ‘Vogue’

Harry Styles has become the first solo male cover star of Vogue in the magazine’s 128-year history. For the December 2020 issue, the British pop star talks about his gender-bending fashion, showing it off by wearing a Gucci dress on his cover.

Tyler Mitchell, who famously shot Beyoncé for the September 2018 cover of Vogue and became the magazine’s first African American photographer to shoot a cover, captured Styles. Although the former One Direction member confessed his lockdown look consisted of sweatpants, he says his childhood desire to dress up in fancy clothes hasn’t been dormant.

His sister Gemma Styles, a writer and eyewear designer who was at his Vogue fitting, recalls their mother dressing up the two, but only Harry enjoying it and playing along. “She did some really elaborate papier-mâché outfits: She made a giant mug and then painted an atlas on it, and that was Harry being ‘The World Cup,’” she says in the cover story. “Harry also had a little dalmatian-dog outfit, a hand-me-down from our closest family friends. He would just spend an inordinate amount of time wearing that outfit. But then Mum dressed me up as Cruella de Vil. She was always looking for any opportunity!”

But the 26-year-old hitmaker found inspiration early on from his musical heroes — Prince, David Bowie, Elvis Presley, Freddie Mercury and Elton John — whom he describes as “showmen.” “As a kid it was completely mind-blowing. Now I’ll put on something that feels really flamboyant, and I don’t feel crazy wearing it,” Styles says. “I think if you get something that you feel amazing in, it’s like a superhero outfit. Clothes are there to have fun with and experiment with and play with.”

And during quarantine, the Harries have been experimenting and playing with their idol’s own fashion, hand-stitching replicas of the Rubik’s Cube-resembling JW Anderson cardigan he wore with a pearl necklace during rehearsal on the TODAY Show and showing them off on TikTok. Now, London’s Victoria & Albert Museum has requested Styles’ original sweater to exemplify the creativity during the COVID era.

“What’s really exciting is that all of these lines are just kind of crumbling away. When you take away ‘There’s clothes for men and there’s clothes for women,’ once you remove any barriers, obviously you open up the arena in which you can play,” Styles continues. “I’ll go in shops sometimes, and I just find myself looking at the women’s clothes thinking they’re amazing. It’s like anything — anytime you’re putting barriers up in your own life, you’re just limiting yourself. There’s so much joy to be had in playing with clothes. I’ve never really thought too much about what it means — it just becomes this extended part of creating something.”

Watch Styles perform an acoustic rendition of the Fine Line highlight “Cherry” while on set of his historic Vogue cover shoot below.

Billie Eilish’s ‘Bad Guy’ Music Video Joins YouTube’s 1 Billion Views Club | Billboard

Her brand new single, “Therefore I Am,” is set to drop Thursday (Nov. 12), following “My Future” from this summer and new James Bond theme “No Time to Die” in February.

“I’M SO EXCITED FOR THIS ONE,” she shared on Instagram about her upcoming song. Eilish’s brother and producer, Finneas, also posted about the news on his Instagram Story, writing, “Not to toot our own horn but this song is f–king sick.”

Eilish had just kicked off a major “Where Do We Go?” world tour in early March when the global coronavirus pandemic brought what would’ve been her lengthy road trip to an end. The tour was scheduled to wrap up at the end of July. Since she couldn’t tour, the 18-year-old did a livestream show for fans in October.

Revisit “Bad Guy” below.

Cardi B Admits She’s ‘Very Hard on Herself,’ Especially When She’s ‘Winning’

Cardi B oozes confidence in everything she does, so it’s hard to believe that she’s her toughest critic.

The rapper opened up in her cover story for Footwear News, just a month before she’s set to receive the style influencer award at the FN Achievement Awards. “I’m such an ambitious person,” she told the publication. “I feel like I lost so much. Now that I’m winning, it’s a very addicting feeling.”

I can go to sleep with the No. 1 record, but I’m going to sleep and thinking, ‘I need my other album to go No. 1,’” she continued. “My sneaker sold out so fast; I need my next sneaker to sell out. I always wonder if I’m going to be satisfied.”

On November 13, Cardi is set to drop her Club C sneaker collection with Reebok. On her birthday in October, the rapper released a limited pairs of the shoe, which sold out instantly. The Cardi B Club C sneakers feature a black and white design with a see-through sole, and are available in toddler and adult sizes.

“I’m very hard on myself,” she admitted, despite her success. “I’m hard on my entire team. We don’t focus on nobody else, we are just focusing on our last — the last music video, the last collaboration, we always compare it to our last best. We want to do better and better. When I do something positive and when I see my things selling out or my record doing pretty good, I get this crazy rush of happiness, but then it’s this rush of overwhelmingness that makes me want more [and] want more.”

Eddie Van Halen, Rock Legend & Guitar Hero, Dies at 65

If things had gone differently, Eddie Van Halen might have made his mark as a pianist rather than a rock virtuoso — or, fans might prefer, Guitar God.

Fortunately for at least three generations of guitar players and hard rockers, Van Halen found his future in six-strings and influenced, easily, tens of thousands of players who followed him over the course of more than 40 years, primarily through the band that bore his name.

That legacy came to a close Oct. 6, when Van Halen died after his battle with cancer at age 65. His son, Wolfgang, shared the news on Twitter.

— Wolf Van Halen (@WolfVanHalen) October 6, 2020

The flashy guitarist and bandleader had been the subject of near-death rumors for many years — some due to his documented substance abuse issues but most stemming from news of tongue cancer in 2000 — which caused doctors to remove a third of his tongue — though Van Halen was declared cancer free two years later. In recent months, however, reports stated that he was battling throat cancer and flying to Germany for specialized treatments — though rumors of his imminent demise seemed to be exaggerated.

In recent months, after a protracted period out of sight that led to more rumors of ill-health, Van Halen made a determined attempt at a public profile. During October he was photographed at a McLaren auto dealership in Beverly Hills, Calif., and shortly after that he attended Tool’s October concert in Los Angeles — and even took a photo for a fan who didn’t recognize Van Halen. Van Halen posted holiday messages in December, celebrated the release of some new branded gear at this year’s NAMM Show and, most recently, wished his son Wolfgang Van Halen a happy birthday on March 16.

“I feel like a 60-year-old punk kid who plays guitar in a rock band, and I am so blessed and so honored to be able to do that, making music,” Van Halen said during a 2017 public interview for at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.

Van Halen was born Jan. 26, 1955 in the Netherlands. His father Jan Van Halen was a classically trained clarinetist, saxophonist and pianist. “Music was a common thread throughout our lives…ever since we were young,” Van Halen said at the Smithsonian — adding, presciently, “we always liked things loud.”

The Van Halens moved to Pasadena, Calif. in 1962, where Van Halen and his older brother Al took piano lessons and became contest-winning youth players — despite Eddie’s inability to read music. But enamored by rock ‘n’ roll and, specifically, the Dave Clark Five’s “Glad All Over,” the younger Van Halen took up drums. “I never wanted to play guitar,” he said at the Smithsonian. But hearing Alex play his drum kit and realizing his brother was better, “I said, ‘Go ahead, take my drums and I’ll play your damn guitar…’”

By the time Van Halen’s debut album came out in 1978, Eddie had become an accomplished and innovative player as well as an avowed gearhead who experimented with instruments, amplifiers and effects. With the Van Halen instrumental “Eruption,” meanwhile, popularized the tapping technique that had been introduced by predecessors, advancing it by using both hands to on the guitar neck to blend percussive and melodic elements. “I think I got the idea of tapping watching Jimmy Page do his ‘Heartbreaker’ solo back in 1971″ during a concert at the Los Angeles Forum, Van Halen told Guitar World. “He was doing a pull-off to an open string, and I thought, ‘Wait a minute, open string…pull off, I can do that, but what if I use my finger as the nut and move it around?’ I just kind of took it and ran with it.”

Acknowledging at the Smithsonian that he did not invent tapping, Van Halen added that, “I never really heard anybody do with it what I really did, which was actual pieces of music.” He added that, “The main reason I squeeze so many, you call them tricks, whatever, out of a guitar is out of necessity. I couldn’t afford the pedals, the fuzz box and all the toys everybody else had. So I did all I could to get all the sound I could out of my fingers.”

The run included a dozen studio albums during the Van Halen band’s on-and-off run, adding synthesizers to the mix for hits such as “Jump” and “I’ll Wait.” He also played the solo on Michael Jackson’s 1982 hit “Beat It” and made guest contributions to albums by onetime Van Halen frontman Sammy Hagar, Queen’s Brian May, Pink Floyd bassist Roger Waters and LL Cool J and David Garfield.

Van Halen’s inventive streak, meanwhile, led to a number of patents for guitar body technologies. “More is always better,” Van Halen noted. “The main thing is I always ask myself, ‘What if I do this? What’ll happen if I do this?’…through trial and error.”

A perpetual winner of guitar polls — he was voted No. 1 by readers of Guitar World in 2012 — Van Halen was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007, though he did not attend the ceremony. The band also won a Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance with Vocal in 1992. The group has sold more than 80 million albums worldwide — the last of which, “A Different Kind of Truth,” came out in 2012, with “Tokyo Dome Live in Concert” following three years later.

Van Halen was married twice — to actress Valerie Bertinelli from 1981 to 2007, and to Jane Liszewski in 2008. Wolfgang Van Halen, meanwhile, played bass in Van Halen from its 2006 reunion with original frontman David Lee Roth.

Memorial arrangements for Van Halen are pending.

Ariana Grande’s ‘Positions’ Album Is Here: Stream It Now | Billboard

It’s been more than a year and a half since Ariana Grande blessed fans with her chart-topping thank u, next album, and the start of a new era has finally arrived.

Grande unveiled her sixth album Positions on Friday (Oct. 30), featuring the lead single and title track, which dropped in conjunction with a White House-set music video that reimagines what life would be like with Ari as commander in chief.

“This project is my favorite for many reasons and i really can’t wait for it to be yours. thank u for your love and excitement, it means the world to me,” she tweeted last week while sharing the album’s 14-song track listing in the lead-up to its release.