Michael B. Jordan Thinks That Kendrick Lamar Is ‘The Voice Of The People Right Now’

Kendrick Lamar went above and beyond with the Black Panther soundtrack, and one of the stars of the film, Michael B. Jordan, is quick with the praise for the man behind the action-packed music.

Just before throwing on a purple jersey the 2018 NBA Celebrity All-Star Game on February 16, Jordan spoke with Billboard about Lamar’s work on Black Panther: The Album, which he not only wrote new music for but curated.

“I think it’s amazing,” Jordan said of the soundtrack. “It’s doing really well. The fact that [Top Dawg Entertainment] and Kendrick got behind it and really curated the album, I think we were extremely lucky for that. He’s the voice of the people right now. His message and what he brings to the table and who Kendrick is, is the essence of what a Black Panther is. For him to be a part of the movie and soundtrack is really, really important to us.”

“He’s a true artist and he’s a collaborator,” he continued. “He saw the movie and got inspired. A lot of the songs are inspired by the film. It’s a big collaboration. So, that’s how it kind of works. You get artists from all walks of life to come together and create this one thing, it’s beautiful.”

Jordan added that his fave tracks from Black Panther: The Album are SOB x RXE’s “Paramedic,” which features bars from Lamar and Zacari, as well as “King’s Dead,” the power-packed collaboration of Lamar, Future, Jay Rock, and James Blake, and “Pray For Me,” the Weeknd’s mysterious contribution to the project.

Black Panther is already breaking box office records and could deliver the best superhero movie opening weekend every by the time Monday rolls around. Will the soundtrack debut at No. 1, too? We’ll have to wait and see, but it’s looking really, really good, so throw “All The Stars” on repeat while we wait for the charts to post.

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Adam Levine And Behati Prinsloo Welcome Baby Number 2

Adam Levine and Behati Prinsloo are officially parents of two!

A rep for Levine confirms to E! News that the Maroon 5 frontman and Victoria’s Secret Angel have welcomed their second daughter, named Gio Grace, after announcing they were expecting in September.

No other details about their newest addition are available yet, but Levine did post a Valentine’s Day photo of his wife, bump on full display, which makes us suspect the birth is a very recent development.

Their bundle of joy joins 16-month-old big sis Dusty Rose, and although it may be too soon to call, it seems like those two won’t be the only little ones commanding the Levine-Prinsloo household.

“I want a lot [of kids], I thrive in chaos,” Levine told Ellen Degeneres in November. “[Prinsloo] was an only child, so she wants like 100 babies. I don’t know if I can do that. That’s a lot of babies.”

Congrats to the family of four!

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5 Seconds Of Summer Begin Plotting Their Comeback With Cryptic New Teasers

As of Friday (February 16), it’s been 847 days since Aussie pop-rockers 5 Seconds of Summer released their second album, Sounds Good Feels Good. Frankly, that’s way too long without a new jam like “She’s Kinda Hot” and “She Looks So Perfect” blasting through our speakers, and the wait for fresh tunes has been an agonizing one.

But fear not, 5SOS Fam! The boys from down under seem to finally be gearing up for album No. 3, if their recent social media activity is any indication. On Thursday night (February 15), the guys shared a monochrome promo pic with the caption, “BEHIND THE SCENES 2018.” Hours later, they tweeted the much more explicit hashtag #5SOS3ISCOMING, hinting that their legion should be on the lookout for new tunes soon.

On top of that, 5SOS drummer Ashton Irwin posted a heartfelt message to fans in which he expressed his “intense elation and nervousness” for the band’s next chapter.

“Finally, I missed you! We missed you!” he wrote. “It’s time for re-ignition! It’s time to spin around this earth a couple of times in the upcoming months, playing our new music, old music, and everything in between… to you all.”

He added, “As always, I hope you adore what is coming, I know my grandma is gonna be all fired up about these new tasty jams.”

The band’s cryptic but promising new teasers come after guitarist Michael Clifford spoke about album No. 3 with Billboard in December. He admitted, “Our fans were pretty pissed off that we didn’t give them an update about releasing an album this year because towards the start of the year, we were pretty positive we’d have an album out by the end of [2017]. With timing, it just didn’t end up working, but we’re definitely gonna have the album out next year.”

Clifford added, “I think when all the new stuff comes out, it’s like a departure of our old sound but it still keeps elements of all of the things we liked about it. It was just time for us to change.”

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Brie Larson, Serena Williams, And More Celebs Who Are Helping Kids See Black Panther

Thanks to New York-based Frederick Joseph’s viral #BlackPantherChallenge on GoFundMe, tons of celebs were inspired to get kids in theaters to see Black Panther for free. J.J. Abrams and wife Katie McGrath, Ellen DeGeneres, Chelsea Clinton, Snoop Dogg, and Viola Davis were among the many heroes who donated and helped spread the word. Thanks to Joseph and other GoFundMe’s inspired by his, over $400,000 has been raised to distribute thousands of movie tickets. And that’s the real power of social media.

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Michael B. Jordan Credits Ryan Coogler For Giving Him The ‘Self-Confidence’ To Direct

Over the past few years, Ryan Coogler and Michael B. Jordan have established themselves as one of Hollywood’s formidable duos since the release of Coogler’s first feature-length film, Fruitvale Station, in 2013. Since then, they’ve teamed up for two more critically acclaimed films — Creed and Marvel’s Black Panther — and already have one more in the works.

Sure, you could call them the new Marty and Leo, but Coogler and MBJ’s bond goes deeper than that. It even inspired Jordan himself to pick up a camera for his directorial debut, an adaptation of David Barclay Moore’s The Stars Beneath Our Feet.

“He’s the reason why I have the self-confidence to go out there and do it behind the camera,” Jordan told MTV News of Coogler’s influence while promoting Black Panther. “To see somebody my age taking care of however many hundreds of millions of dollars this [movie] is, it’s inspiring. It lets me know that I can do that as well.”

As for their collaborative relationship, Coogler said, “It’s hard work making movies, and when you find somebody you enjoy working with, there’s a part of you that wants to keep doing it, especially when you find somebody who’s really talented.”

In Black Panther, Jordan gives a standout performance as the film’s angry antagonist, Erik Killmonger. Unlike other Marvel villains, Killmonger really is the hero of his own story — and some might even walk out of the theater believing his extreme actions were justified. That’s the mark of a good villain — and a great actor.

“Mike is an incredibly talented experienced actor,” Coogler said of his friend and collaborator, adding that he’s “got a lot of the intangibles” like charisma, empathy, and a competitive spirit. “He brings an insane work ethic and a consistency that’s really great to have on a set.”

“With Mike,” he said, “it can feel like you’re watching life unfold.”

When asked where this partnership might take them next — perhaps to a galaxy far, far away? — Jordan said he’s down for the ride, wherever it leads.

“Anything that [Ryan] puts his mind to, I can’t imagine it not being amazing.”

Additional reporting by Josh Horowitz

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DRAM And Diplo’s ‘Look Back’ Video Is A Trippy Desert Quest

Diplo and DRAM may seem like an odd pairing on paper, but the DJ and the trap-soul crooner are actually pretty perfect collaborators, as evidenced by their new tune “Look Back.”

This is a bit of a sonic switch-up for both artists — Diplo eschews his EDM roots for something more soulful, and DRAM ventures into guitar-driven power ballad territory. “And I haven’t looked back / Since I made up my mind / To never look behind,” the “Broccoli” artist wistfully sings over atmospheric production.

In the track’s trippy video, directed by Brandon Dermer, DRAM navigates a red and purple desert full of “radical melancholy vibes” (Diplo’s words, not mine). Whether he’s losing himself or finding himself is all up to interpretation.

Speaking about “Look Back” with Beats 1 host Zane Lowe, DRAM revealed that the track actually got started a few years ago in Post Malone’s studio, and even features Skrillex’s production and background vocals from Tinashe.

“Look Back” is the first official release from Diplo’s forthcoming EP California, due out in March.

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We Break Down Where Drake’s $1 Million Went In The ‘God’s Plan’ Video

Drake has been in a giving mood and it all came to fruition in the video for “God’s Plan.” Over the course of almost six minutes, we see crying faces, smiling children, and Drake’s generosity at the center of it all. Drizzy even hopped on Instagram stories to ask his followers to get into the giving spirit.

“I am not into challenges on IG I find them annoying…but today I am going to challenge everyone to just go out and do something for someone, anything,” wrote Drake. “The smallest thing, just to bring another human being some joy and please tag me in it somehow so I can see all the love being spread.”

Viewers know the 6god gave away $996,631.90 to the residents of Miami. Which begs the question — where did all of that money go? There is so much happening on screen if you blink you might miss the latest good deed from Toronto’s reigning king.

Below MTV News compiled a rundown of Drake’s best deeds and how much they cost. Unfortunately, we probably didn’t catch them all.

  1. YouTube

    Total: $50,000

    Drake gave Miami residents the most epic game of Supermarket Sweep. “Anything you guys want in the store is free,” Drizzy says through a megaphone in the middle of the grocery store. According to E! News, the trip cost Graham $50,000.

  2. Total: $50,000

    The Miami Hurricane reported that Drake gave a $50,000 check to Destiny James, a junior studying public health at the University of Miami. In an Instagram post thanking Drake, James wrote, “You don’t understand what this means to me. I would’ve never imagined this happening to me. I’m just a girl from Denmark, SC that wants to MAKE IT and be somebody and for you to see my hard work means the world. Thank you so much. God I thank you.”

  3. Total: $10,000

    Drake can also be seen giving the University of Miami Frost School Of Music a $10,000 donation in the video.

  4. Total: $69,500 donation = $50,000 directly to the shelter + $19,500 in Target gift cards to families

    Drake donated a $50,000 check to the Lotus House Women’s Shelter, which supports and provides for homeless women and children. On top of the donation, the Toronto rapper also handed out $150 Target gift cards to 130 women and toys for all the children, TMZ reports.

  5. YouTube

    Total: $25,000

    A significant portion of the “God’s Plan” video was filmed at Miami Senior High School in South Florida. Drake did more than let students be extras in the visual, He also gave $25,000 to the school and agreed to design OVO uniforms for the scholars, reports ABC News.

  6. YouTube

    Total: $20,000

    The City Of Miami Fire Department also got some love from Graham with a $20,000 check.

  7. Total: $10,000 (Honestly, probably a lot more)

    The 6god took over Saks Fifth for a special woman, Odelie Paret. The head of OVO was inspired by a Miami Herald story, which details how the housekeeper’s commute can take almost three hours as she works at a physically demanding job to support her family. Drake and Antonio Brown from the Steelers treated the woman to a spa day, dinner at StripSteak, and a shopping spree reports the Miami Herald.

  8. YouTube

    Total: Priceless

    Honestly, Drake gives away so much in the “God’s Plan” video it is almost impossible to calculate it all without calling up the OVO accountant. We may never know what deal Drizzy got on the cars or the stack of cash he hands out to each family. Thankfully, that isn’t the point. You don’t have to be one of the biggest rappers alive to make someone’s day. Sometimes all it takes is some well-choreographed dance moves and a kind deed.

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Jennifer Aniston And Justin Theroux Split After Two Years Of Marriage

Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux have announced they are separating, the couple announced in a joint statement to the Associated Press.

The statement, released through her publicist on Thursday (February 15), asserts that the split “was mutual and lovingly made at the end of last year.” They’ve decided to make their decision public “in an effort to reduce any further speculation.”

“Normally we would do this privately, but given that the gossip industry cannot resist an opportunity to speculate and invent, we wanted to convey the truth directly,” the statement continued. “Whatever else is printed about us that is not directly from us, is someone else’s fictional narrative. Above all, we are determined to maintain the deep respect and love that we have for one another.”

If your heart can’t handle this news, rest assured knowing the former couple maintains they are “two best friends who have decided to part ways as a couple, but look forward to continuing our cherished friendship.”

Aniston and Theroux first met in 2007 on the set of the film Tropic Thunder, which Theroux co-wrote with Aniston’s close friend Ben Stiller. They were reunited on the set of Wanderlust in 2010, and started dating almost one year later. The pair got married in a surprise ceremony in their own backyard on August 5, 2015, after getting engaged in August 2012.

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Justin Bieber And Quavo Will Go Head-To-Head In The NBA All-Star Celeb Game

Justin Bieber and Quavo may have joined forces last year on DJ Khaled’s smash “I’m the One,” but this weekend, they’ll face off against one another in a major, star-studded showdown.

The pop star and the Migos rapper have both been added to the line-up for the 2018 NBA All-Star Celebrity Game, hitting Los Angeles this Friday (February 16). Bieber will join Team Lakers, which also includes Black Panther’s Michael B. Jordan, Stranger Things star Caleb McLaughlin, and Nick Cannon. Quavo, meanwhile, will lace up his kicks for Team Clippers, joining teammates Common, Jamie Foxx, and Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler.

Quavo is a noted basketball fanatic and former high school athlete, but he’ll have stiff competition in Bieber. The 23-year-old last competed in the All-Star Celebrity Game in 2011, where he won the coveted title of Most Valuable Player. Here’s what the 16-year-old Biebs looked like back then:

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Safe to say he’s grown a few inches since.

The only question we have is: Will Bieber’s alleged girlfriend Selena Gomez be there to cheer him on? She’s been a dedicated observer at several of his recent hockey games, so we have a feeling she won’t miss this one.

We’ll find out when the game airs this Friday at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN. In the meantime, start placing your bets on Team Quavo vs. Team Bieber.

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Lil Skies & Francia Raisa Bond Over Their Love For Roses On TRL

The TRL studio was poppin’ when Pennsylvania rapper Lil Skies and Grown-ish star Francia Raisa dropped into the building. During a fun discussion about tattoos, Francia and Skies wound up bonding over roses, which they both have tattooed on different parts of their bodies. Skies identifies with being a dark rose, which is why he incorporated it into the title of his latest mixtape, Life of a Dark Rose. As for Francia, she got a rose inked on her ankle to stick it to a disapproving ex.

Later on, Francia shared her feelings on friendship and how it’s something that is really important to her, as demonstrated by her decision to donate her kidney to her BFF Selena Gomez.

“I think the important thing about friendship that people forget is just because you give doesn’t mean you always have to receive,” she said. “Our friendship is amazing and it’s continuing to be amazing, it hasn’t changed. I think that’s what friendship is about, being there for one another but not expecting anything in return. It’s unconditional love honestly.”

After Lil Skies opened up about his mission to live a healthy life without drugs, he performed “Red Roses” with Landon Cube. The track has been played more than 29.8 million times on Spotify and continues to rack up streams. Watch the whole set in the video below and tune into TRL on weekdays at 4:00pm ET!

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