Unicorns And Toilet Bowls: Inside The Musical Mind Of Blue’s Clues’ Steve Burns

In the winter of 2002, Steve Burns had left his job hosting the Nickelodeon show Blue’s Clues, the top-rated commercial program for preschoolers, and was headed for the woods. He drove his Volkswagen north through a blizzard out of New York City and arrived at an upstate barn owned by music producer Dave Fridmann, then best-known for his expansive sonic touches on albums by The Flaming Lips and Mercury Rev. Burns had lined up studio time with Fridmann on what would become a wellreceived solo album called Songs for Dustmites, but before Burns even laid down a note, Fridmann introduced him to the upstairs houseguest: Flaming Lips drummer Steven Drozd. [Note: Nickelodeon and MTV News are both owned by Viacom.]

“I was terrified to meet him, honestly,” Burns said of Drozd. “But within 10 minutes we were sitting on the floor with guitars, laughing hysterically.”

What followed reads like indie-rock fanfic: A professed Soft Bulletin devotee (“It completely rearranged my brain,” Burns said) begins an unusual but nearly instantaneous musical partnership with one of the mad geniuses who created it — a union that culminates in a jointly created psychedelic children’s album called Foreverywhere, out Friday (February 24).

Since that winter when Drozd helped Burns work on Dustmites, the two have become friends; Burns even toured with the Lips in 2003, and the pair recorded “I Hog the Ground” for Nickelodeon’s Jack’s Big Music Show a few years later. Their current musical union, called SteveNSteven, matches the heavy, freewheeling psychedelia that Drozd has long cultivated as part of the Lips with Burns’s underdog narratives about stomping giants, lonely unicorns, and deep-sea creatures. They make a lot of sense together.

You don’t have to strain to imagine SteveNSteven’s “The Unicorn and Princess Rainbow” alongside the wide-eyed Sesame Street-isms of Lips tracks like “The Spiderbite Song” and “It’s Summertime.” The measurable difference is Burns, who is decidedly not Wayne Coyne and has no interest in asking if it’s gettin’ heavy. He’d rather imbue each track with a stimulating kids’ concept, like the glee of successful potty-training (on “OK Toilet Bowl”). After six years on Blue’s Clues and some time spent talking to child-development specialists, Burns developed an ethos: never pander.

“We deliberately took kiddie-cliché ideas and tried to elevate them, which is why there’s a unicorn and a rainbow princess,” Burns said. “The kids I’ve met are very emotionally complex people. I just don’t think that there’s much difference between what makes music great for adults and what makes music great for kids.”

This manifests in Burns’s dynamic musical framework (reminiscent of Blue’s Clues‘ recurring “Mailtime” song) and the candied melodies and celestial rock flourishes Drozd glazes it with. “A couple times I was like, I want to do a heavy, Black Sabbath kind of riff that meets Schoolhouse Rock,” Drozd explained. “That’s how we came up with ‘Mimic Octopus.'”

“He’s freakish, you know?” Burns said of his collaborator. “He is one of those guys who kind of stares into the middle distance for 45 seconds and then has the song done in his head.” That’s why Burns plays “almost nothing” on the album, he admits, though it’s clear he designated himself the big-picture guy, fact-checking lyrics about the mimic octopus and helping to craft character reprisals throughout the 11 tracks: “I was extremely careful with curriculum.”


So, let’s break down the syllabus: Musically, “Mimic Octopus (Secret Wizard of the Sea)” is a fun three-minute groove buzzing with synthesizers and Drozd’s signature colossal drumming, but what’s most notable is the subject matter. It strategically concerns not a regular octopus, but a creature adept at “impersonating sea snakes, lionfish, and flatfish — a strategy used to avoid predators,” according to the MarineBio Conservation Society. As such, Burns sings, “If you’re feeling predatory / You won’t know you’re looking at me / You can’t eat what you can’t see.” It’s glam, it’s challenging, and it’s far less patronizing than, say, “Now I know my ABCs.”

There’s also “A Fact Is a Gift That You Give Your Brain,” the tune that may prove the most empowering anthem for kids growing up in the post-truth age. “Wondering makes you wonderful,” Burns recites before the song twinkles into the next one: “OK Toilet Bowl,” a potty-time how-to written from a stray jingle Drozd cooked up more than a decade ago. It’s in keeping with the way each Blue’s Clues episode would end, with Burns’s honeyed tenor ushering viewers out the door in song. That voice, much lower now, inhabits Foreverywhere‘s brazen whimsy and big concepts, too. “His voice is so open and so friendly,” Drozd said. “Kids respond to that.”

He would know: His son and daughter, both young during the initial recording sessions, were “the ultimate test subjects,” Drozd said, “and they love Steve as well.” After years of pilgrimages from New York to record for “dirt cheap” in Oklahoma, where Drozd lives with his family, Burns has earned the love.

You can hear it. And in the most jubilant moments of pro-poop jam “OK Toilet Bowl,” you can feel it, too. “I don’t think it’s a song about that,” Burns said without a trace of irony. “I think it’s a song about courage.”

Article source: http://www.mtv.com/news/2965986/steve-burns-steven-drozd-stevensteven-foreverywhere/

Disney Channel Alum Debby Ryan Follows Cole Sprouse’s TV Footsteps

Suite Life alum Cole Sprouse made the leap from Disney Channel to The CW with Riverdale, and it looks like his former on-screen girlfriend Debby Ryan is following his footsteps. On Thursday (February 23), Deadline reported that Ryan has been tapped for Insatiable, a CW drama that’s currently in development.

Debby Ryan/Twitter

Ryan’s character, Patty, is described as a “fat girl who found solace through eating.” A broken jaw inspires her to lose 70 pounds, and surprise! Turns out she’s actually “gorgeous.” [Insert eyeroll here.] Now a laywer-turned-beauty-pageant-coach wants to make her a pageant queen. What a world.

Clearly, this role marks a big change from Ryan’s previous projects The Suite Life on Deck and Jessie. Bailey Pickett was a small-town Kansas girl who grew up on a farm, but The CW is home to mystery and scandal. Sprouse sees plenty of that on Riverdale, that’s for sure.

Fingers crossed working for the same network leads to an eventual Suite Life mini-reunion between Ryan and Sprouse. Do it for the fans, you guys!

Article source: http://www.mtv.com/news/2986555/debby-ryan-cw-pilot-insatiable/

Kailyn Lowry Pregnant With Third Child

Kailyn Lowry is about to celebrate a milestone event: The Teen Mom 2 cast member is expecting her third child.

“I am pregnant,” Isaac and Lincoln’s mama shared on her website, along with an image of a sonogram.

“I’m sad that I should have known that people in my life would sell me out before I was ready,” she continued. “Like any normal person, I want it to be a happy time. I wanted this to be a private time so I could be excited while not getting chased by paparazzi and bothered with crazy headlines. Please know this was a choice I made, I already know some won’t agree but I’ve been showered with support by the ones I love since I found out.”

Kail elaborated on her decision to wait to reveal the life-changing news. “I’ve had a lot of health complications leading up to this pregnancy and I was not ready to release such private information on my own just yet being that I am so high risk with this pregnancy,” she stated. “I didn’t want to announce just to have another miscarriage and suffer through another grief.”

“I was filmed on the show saying I didn’t want any more kids but I’m pregnant again,” she wrote. “I know so many will have comments on this but here’s the thing — I didn’t want to bring another child into a failing marriage. Shortly after I started having complications, the option of having more kids was almost taken away from me. When I started thinking long and hard, I knew I wanted more. This was the choice I made. This is the baby I thought I wasn’t sure if I could have. I know this isn’t an ideal situation but I know everything will be okay. And like I say in my book — with a little bit of hustle and heart, I can and I will survive anything. Having another child is something I am so happy about and I just can’t wait. My boys are so excited, those who love me are so excited, and I hope that everyone can just be happy for me during this time.”

As fans of the long-running series know, Kail’s firstborn Isaac made his grand debut during 16 and Pregnant back in 2010, and two-year-old Lincoln was born during the fifth installment of the reality program. We’ll never forget Isaac adorably declaring “Look! He’s a baby!” and stating that the newborn’s hair was “disgusting” (relive it in the sentimental clip below) when he met his sibling for the first time. Such sweet memories — and there’s more to come for Kail’s boys in the not-so-distant future! Wonder what the adorable duo will declare when they bond with this munchkin (Kail isn’t finding out the peanut’s gender until the summer!).

Be sure to offer your supportive words in the comments — and stay with MTV News for more pregnancy updates. And catch Kail and her loved ones on Teen Mom 2 every Monday at 9/8c.

Article source: http://www.mtv.com/news/2982616/kailyn-lowry-pregnant-third-child-teen-mom-2/

Katy Perry’s Tumbling House Dancer May Be The New Left Shark

Left Shark is so 2015. Now, it’s all about Fallen House.

While bringing her new single “Chained to the Rhythm” to the Brit Awards on Wednesday (February 22), Katy Perry was joined by backup dancers wearing giant cutouts of houses. They bobbed up and down to the beat and maneuvered around two giant skeleton props as Perry and Skip Marley performed, and they almost made it through flawlessly. Key word: almost.

Near the end of the song, one of the dancing houses misstepped and tumbled off the stage, giving us this instantly viral moment:

Well, that’s one way to bring the house down, KP.

Maybe this was all just a commentary on the real estate market, and it was Perry’s idea to begin with. Who knows? The only question about Fallen House is, will he/she/it be as iconic as Left Shark, the bumbling dancer who stole the show during Perry’s 2015 Super Bowl performance? Left Shark inspired memes, onesies, and even tattoos, so Fallen House definitely has its work cut out for it. Do your thing, Internet.

Article source: http://www.mtv.com/news/2986085/katy-perry-tumbling-house-dancer-brit-awards/

Rihanna Is Harvard’s Humanitarian Of The Year, Because She’s Better Than All Of Us

A week after singlehandedly saving the Grammys with her flask-flaunting shenanigans, Rihanna is being recognized for her much more pivotal humanitarian efforts.

The singer/actress/designer/philanthropist has been named Harvard University’s 2017 Humanitarian of the Year. She’ll visit the campus next Tuesday (February 28) to accept the prestigious Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian Award, which has previously been received by the likes of Malala Yousafzai and James Earl Jones.

The honor in part recognizes Rih’s charitable work with her Clara and Lionel Foundational Scholarship Program and her efforts in promoting education in Caribbean countries. It further honors her work with the Global Partnership for Education and the Global Citizen Project.

S. Allen Counter, the Harvard Foundation’s director, added, “Rihanna has charitably built a state-of-the-art center for oncology and nuclear medicine to diagnose and treat breast cancer at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Bridgetown, Barbados.”

How she managed to do all of that while also topping Billboard charts, designing our favorite shoes, and slaying red carpets is a mystery, but is only further proof that Rihanna’s a superhuman queen who is better than any of us.

The only question is, how big will Drake make the billboard congratulating Rih for her new award?

Article source: http://www.mtv.com/news/2986091/rihanna-harvard-humanitarian-award/

Winning The Are You The One? Game: Should The Cast Use Strategy Or Follow Their Hearts?

Someone throw the Season 5 cast of Are You The One? a bone.

These 22 love hopefuls (minus honeymooners Kam and Edward) seem permanently stuck on four beams, and they only have three chances left to secure the 11 matches that are needed to win the prize (which is currently $500,000).

In the words of Tyranny, “Four beams, week seven? F*ck our lives. How in the hell did this happen again? We suck at this game as a team. Ryan’s probably looking at us like, ‘Y’all are dumbasses,’ and I don’t blame him because we kind of are dumbasses at this point.”

Following Taylor and Andre‘s jaw-dropping Truth Booth reveal on tonight’s episode — super-sad spoiler alert: NO MATCH — the gang found themselves at a crossroads. Too many folks are continuing to lock lips (and emotions) with their confirmed no matches, and it is becoming a MAJOR problem. Speaking of, Tandre have basically stated that they’ve given up on the game and don’t even care about the money. While they’ll do whatever their castmates want regarding the Match-Up Ceremonies, they’re officially in love — in a relationship — and are done mingling with any other singles.

To add to the no-match insanity — Gianna and Hayden continue to flirt around, and Hannah can’t let go of Ozzy, despite Alicia‘s very bold advances. In the words of host Ryan Devlin, “FORGET the no matches, or you guys are going to lose this thing.”

Just when they think they’re following their hearts (*cough* Tandre), it backfires with a disappointing Truth Booth result. On the flip, strategy isn’t always best either, as you’ll recall Kari’s failed plan from last week.

So what’s the answer? According to Kam, beer goggles aren’t helping anyone: “Y’all need to stop drinking and be sober. I’m serious as hell. Y’all keep drinkin’ and celebrating what? Celebrating four beams?”

Sound off with your thoughts, and see if the cast can break the dreaded Season 5 four-beam curse next Wednesday at 9/8c!

Article source: http://www.mtv.com/news/2979078/are-you-the-one-strategy-or-hearts/

Jay Z Just Made History As A Songwriter

Jay Z has gone from “bricks to Billboard, from grams to Grammys,” and now he’s a bonafide Hall of Famer.

The Brooklyn MC has made history by becoming the first rapper to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Writers become eligible for induction 20 years after their first big hit — so for Jay Z, that’s his debut album, 1996’s Reasonable Doubt.

Hov made a rare appearance on Twitter to comment on his induction, calling it a victory for rappers everywhere.

Linda Moran, president of the Hall of Fame, told The New York Times that Jay Z was considered for induction last year, but “our board and community wasn’t ready. This year we felt that they had been educated enough.” She added that Jay was “so over the moon” about the honor. “He was flipping out, he was going crazy,” she said.

Still, the 21-time Grammy winner’s recognition begs the question why it took the Hall so long to recognize a rapper. Hova “was in a space where, even though he’s had more pop albums than anyone else, because he did it through rap,” it took longer for voters to consider him, said Nile Rodgers, who announced the inductees on CBS This Morning. “It’s massive. He has changed the way that we listen to music.”

Besides Jay Z, the 2017 class of inductees includes Motown founder Berry Gordy, pop powerhouse Max Martin (Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys, Taylor Swift), Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds (Boyz II Men, Whitney Houston), and the duo of Jimmy Jam Terry Lewis (Janet Jackson, Usher, Mariah Carey). All of the honorees will be inducted in a ceremony on June 15.

Oh, and don’t worry: If Chance the Rapper has anything to say about it, there’s no way Jay will be the last rapper to receive the honor.

Article source: http://www.mtv.com/news/2986050/jay-z-songwriters-hall-of-fame/

Meet The Women Declaring Donald Trump Is “Not My President”

Both new and experienced organizers have been maintaining a wave of protests since Inauguration Day. On Presidents’ Day the fight continued, as “Not My President’s Day” protests were held in nearly 30 cities across the country. The same day, a loosely organized network of performances opposing Donald Trump’s presidency called “Bad and Nasty” took place around the world. We talked to several organizers behind these events about what it took to make these protests happen.

Interviews have been condensed and edited.

MTV News: What was your intent behind organizing protests for Presidents’ Day?

Holly Hughes, 61, Ann Arbor, Michigan; initiated the Bad and Nasty movement: The character that Trump performs in public — and I do think it’s a character, built on his real identity but heightened for dramatic effect — is a distillation of everything toxic in whiteness and masculinity, with an extra shot of greed. I find it utterly repulsive and almost unbelievable. But the fact is that many people liked this performance. How could we — the left, the popular vote — use performance to talk back?

I made an idle threat on Facebook, as I do most mornings. I would gather the Bad Hombres and Nasty Women of Ann Arbor together at a dive bar for performance on NOT My President’s Day. And overnight more than a thousand people wanted in! This response was way beyond my means to organize it, but thankfully, others stepped in with skills!

Beth Cavagnolo, 41, New York, New York; organizer for NMPD: If not me, then who? The first month of this presidency has been fraught with lies, bigotry, and hate. I could no longer sit back hoping someone else would do something. So when Olga [Lexell, who organized the NMPD protests in LA] sent out a call for volunteers, I raised my hand. Little did I know I’d become a key organizer!  

Lindsey Andersen, 26, Chicago, Illinois; organizer for NMPD: I’m a single mom to a 4-year-old little girl, am a future physicist, and was previously involved with Organizing for America. I know the power of civic engagement, and I think it’s imperative at this crossroad in history to give voice to the numerous ethical and legal issues currently facing our nation.

What were the key elements to organizing your community for these protests?

Olga Lexell, Los Angeles, California; organizer for NMPD: Social media, especially Facebook, was instrumental. Our movement spread pretty much entirely through word of mouth. The local organizers who stepped up in Chicago, NYC, Philly, SLC, and other cities were the only reason this could have been possible.

Heather Mason, Los Angeles, California; organizer for NMPD: We were completely grassroots. We started a Facebook event page and invited all of our friends. Then other cities began to reach out asking if there would be rallies in their areas. We connected people together via Facebook to start planning rallies in their communities. In Los Angeles, we have a rally or march once a week it seems, mostly spread through social media. So that was our primary means of organizing.

Andersen: Persistence. Patience. Pinot grigio.

People left inspired, which means we did our job.

What is driving people in your community to participate in these demonstrations?

Lexell: Our current president is unpredictable, which terrifies people. The idea of going backward on so many key issues is really scary, and a lot of these tweets and executive memos have come in the middle of the night, when we were not expecting them. To put it this way: I never had to be afraid that Obama was going to start a nuclear war with a foreign power while I was sleeping. Everyone I know feels like they have to do something to be part of resisting this administration just to stay sane.

Michele Minnick, Baltimore, Maryland; organizer for Bad and Nasty: [The Bad and Nasty art shows] were performance events, mostly, rather than straight-up demonstrations, protests, or rallies. And I think that was actually what was motivating people — to participate in something that was “against” Trump and his policies, but that was creative and fun and celebratory of our diversity, of the America we believe in and want to cultivate.

Artemis Freeman, 24, Chicago; organizer for NMPD: People are angry and need an outlet, of course, but it’s bigger than that. People are afraid for their lives, their families, and their communities. As a black woman, there’s a sense of validation that I’m not the only one who is afraid. The beauty of rallies is that people who are afraid get to experience firsthand the support that surrounds them. It’s a way of making sure everyone knows that they are seen, they are being heard, and that no one has to go through this alone.

Were the goals of these protests accomplished? Why or why not?

Lexell: The primary goal was to keep the momentum of resistance going, and I think we accomplished that. It seems like we got the administration’s attention. I have doubts that they’ll actually start hearing us out, or even acknowledge that these protests are legitimate and peaceful. Conservatives so far seem to think we’re all being paid by Hillary Clinton (I wish) and claiming we’re somehow violent.

Freeman: I would say we accomplished our goal. We wanted to give people the means to address the specific problems they had with 45’s administration, as well as create passionate energy that would carry on past the end of the rally. In my eyes, a common goal for every rally is to make sure that the passion and excitement that people feel when they participate is enough to propel them to call their representatives, or register to vote, or even organize a march of their own. People left inspired, which means we did our job.

Hughes: Our goals in one sense were small-scale. Do something, anything, in public on that night. Many groups raised money for the ACLU or Planned Parenthood. I heard how much people appreciated being able to laugh, to be together. … I think that lots of people, outside of the bigger cities where protests happen all the time, felt energized and recharged by the evenings. You felt, as with the Women’s March and the actions at airports, that you were not alone in your resistance.

Protests like Not My President’s Day and the Women’s March mark the first time many people have participated in civil disobedience. Every day there is another call to action, so how are you and your fellow activists preventing “protest fatigue”?

Mason: It is easy to get overwhelmed, but making a few phone calls or sending a postcard isn’t overwhelming. Those are small tasks that can be completed. We need to look at the bigger picture for sure, but focusing on small tasks day-to-day is key.

Laura Hartman, Chicago; organizer for NMPD: We are working very hard to inspire each other through words and actions. And yes, people get tired. But frankly, you know who’s tired? People who do not have the luxury of taking a break from these battles. People who are subject to discrimination and oppression, immigrants who have been waiting their whole lives to enter these United States, and those who have lived here their whole lives, but who never have been treated as equals. They don’t get a break — so we try very hard to keep these stories of real life, of our fellow human beings, at the forefront to inspire us to remain diligent and resilient. And we push on.

Sarah Lynne Holt, St. Louis, Missouri; organizer for Bad and Nasty: Most important to me is maintaining a balance. I still make time for my family, my friends, and my art. If we are not creating and experiencing the things that make life worth living, then all the rights we are fighting for are protecting nothing.

We try very hard to keep these stories of real life, of our fellow human beings, at the forefront to inspire us to remain diligent and resilient. And we push on.

If this was your first time organizing a protest, what have you learned from the experience? Or, as an experienced organizer, how have things changed since the election/Inauguration Day?

Minnick: As organizers of arts-based events, we were really more like producers, which I think is a bit different than being an organizer of a protest, though it probably has a number of things in common. … I learned that I can do it with strong partners, and around something that I, the artists I’m involving, and audiences are very passionate about.

Cavagnolo: This was my first time. I learned that just a few people can make a real difference for thousands. It’s daunting and not always easy to navigate all the issues with [New York City], but you’ll find supporters inside the government, too. People who want to help you exercise your First Amendment rights.  

Freeman: I’ve organized rallies before, but nothing on this scale. The biggest takeaway for me is that people really do want to make a difference or get their voices heard. The problem is that most people just don’t know how. That’s the biggest lesson: Everyone wants to do something, and it’s your job as an organizer to make sure they have something they can do.

What’s the most valuable lesson you would pass on to others looking to mobilize acts of resistance in their communities?

Lexell: My best advice is to start following causes you believe in on Facebook and Twitter. I learn about a lot of Los Angeles protests and causes by checking the March and Rally Los Angeles Facebook page daily, and I meet so many new people at these events. … The best thing you can do is try to get to know the people in your community, especially outside of your social circles, and find your common ground.

Minnick: Just do it! Work with someone you can trust to follow through, because it takes imagination, persistence, flexibility, and stamina to produce an event like ours. You also do have to set limits — sometimes they are set for you — and let go of some of your ideas in favor of what is actually doable given the time and space available to you.

Andersen: Hold strong. Do not let the negativity deter you from your purpose. You will be exhausted in every way imaginable, but which is worse: exhaustion or a future riddled with incompetence and dehumanization?

Holt: Ask for help in spreading your message. Don’t assume that if people like what they see, they will spread your message without prompting.

Has there been communication with organizers from other protest movements (A Day Without Immigrants, Women’s March, Black Lives Matter, etc.)? If so, how did that inform your organizing? If not, do you feel such an interaction would have been useful to you? Why or why not?

Lexell: We had a lot of help from the Women’s March committee in NYC. They had a conference call with us to give us advice and donated supplies like volunteers’ vests and megaphones. A lot of us reached out to other organizations, not only to get speakers, but just to make sure they had a presence at our rallies. The resistance is intersectional and multifaceted, and the best way to make sure everyone’s voice is heard is to involve everyone directly. I even looked up the organizers for previous rallies I’d attended on Facebook and sent them messages to ask for guidance, what they would’ve done differently, and stuff like that. We’re all in it together, so one of the best things we can do is keep each other on the same page and help each other if one of us should be doing something differently.

Hughes: I think [Bad and Nasty] was so decentralized that some of the participants did work with other groups, which is of course great. But it was less coordinated, in part by design, to let it be led by the grassroots more than even those organizations, and we had a short turnaround. To build those relationships takes time. And we wanted to do something very fast. But all of the issues expressed in those movements were expressed in our event in Ann Arbor

What’s next for you and/or your organization?

Lexell: We’re not really a formal organization, but we’ve all talked about how much we learned in doing this round of rallies and we do feel like we need to put that energy to use again. … I know a lot of the other organizers are involved with the Tax March, the Science March, and other big marches coming up. I also just want to help reach out to more activists and inspire people to stage their own acts of civil disobedience.

Minnick: Recuperating from all the preparation of this event, first of all! We’ll need a little time to gather our thoughts and energies and decide the next direction we want to take. What does feel certain is that we have entered into the stream of something that we will want to keep investigating. I have never felt so strongly that art matters and that I want to use my skills and knowledge as an artist as a force for justice and good. As Chris Jay [an MC for the Baltimore Bad and Nasty Cabaret] said last night, once you are woke, you can’t go back.

Gabriella Linardi, Toledo, Ohio; organizer for NMPD: Next is 2018. We take back the Senate and Congress. Then 2020. We’ll vote him out.

Andersen: SCIENCE MARCH HERE I COME! #STEM4LIFE

Article source: http://www.mtv.com/news/2986007/meet-the-women-declaring-donald-trump-is-not-my-president/

All Four One Direction Members Respond To Their New Brit Award

Even while on hiatus, One Direction reign supreme.

On Wednesday (February 22), the band earned their seventh ever Brit Award, for British Artist Video of the Year. Their nostalgic “History” video beat out a field of nine other nominees, including their former bandmate Zayn’s steamy “Pillowtalk” visual.

Liam Payne was the only member in attendance at the ceremony, and accepted the award from 1D record head Simon Cowell. In his speech, he said, “I know I speak on behalf of the rest of the boys when I say we cannot believe we are still winning these. We’ve been taking a bit of time out and working on our solo material, but One Direction is who we are and it’s who we always will be.”

Despite not being there in person, all of Payne’s bandmates — Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan, and Harry Styles — took to Twitter to thank their fans. Tomlinson said it “means a hell of a lot to us” in a short but sweet video, Horan tweeted that he’s “still in shock,” and Styles called the honor “unbelievable.”

Payne added on Twitter, “Wow this is incredible we really are the greatest team the world has ever seen… when history becomes your future. … But seriously tho thank you again everybody I’m gobsmacked once again.”

This marks the fourth consecutive year that One Direction have won the Video of the Year prize — they previously won for “Best Song Ever” in 2014, “You I” in 2015, and “Drag Me Down” in 2016. Surely they want to keep that streak going, so they have to drop a new song and video sometime in 2017, right? RIGHT?!?

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Article source: http://www.mtv.com/news/2986071/one-direction-respond-2017-brit-award/

Meghan Trainor Teases Her Next ‘Love-Yourself Woman Anthem’

The M-Train is officially back in motion.

Meghan Trainor is gearing up to release her first single of 2017, and it sounds like quite the girl power-touting anthem. Really, would you expect anything less from the “All About That Bass” and “NO” songstress? No.

Trainor has been busy teasing “I’m A Lady,” the song she wrote for the upcoming Smurfs: The Lost Village soundtrack. She previously mentioned it at KIISFM’s Jingle Ball in December, saying, “It’s of course a Meghan Trianor, upbeat, love-yourself woman anthem, like I do!” She further described it as a saxophone-driven “banger” that’s “pretty fire,” and it looks like that’s definitely the case, judging by the hints she’s been dropping on Instagram.

In one pic, Trainor presides over a boardroom, dressed in a slick business suit. In another, she wears a white top hat while someone from behind the camera observes, “Wow… she looks amazing.” No argument there.

Look out for Trainor’s “I’m A Lady” when it drops this Friday (February 24).

Article source: http://www.mtv.com/news/2985611/meghan-trainor-teases-im-a-lady/

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