Image result for cardi bWe’re still in the thick of Bardi Season, with the rapper bagging 10 nominations at this 2018 MTV Video Music Awards, including Video of the Year and Song of the Year (both for her feature on Bruno Mars’ “Finesse”). Jay-Z and Beyoncé received eight nods apiece for their collaborative Everything Is Love project, while Childish Gambino, Drake and Ariana Grande also received multiple nominations.

The VMAs now have like 10 nominees per category, which cheapens the awards in my opinion, but ah well. It’s clear that MTV has given up on making the show as prestigious as it once was and are now fully committed to the Teen Choice approach (complete with online voting). You can see the full list of nominees and vote for videos here.

The 2018 MTV Video Music Awards will air live on August 20 at 9pm ET on MTV.

For the second time, Drake has dethroned himself on the Billboard Hot 100. Partially powered by the #InMyFeelingsChallenge, “In My Feelings” is now the No. 1 song in the US, replacing “Nice for What” (which fell to No. 4) and making Drake the rapper with the most No. 1 hits. Drake is only the fourth artist to dethrone himself twice — the Beatles, Usher and Justin Bieber are the first three musical acts to accomplish this.

Drake, Cardi B and Post Malone all have at least two songs in the top 10 right now, which is the first time three artists have taking up so much space region.

If you ever doubted that luck was a factor in all things, I’d like to present Tinashe to you. She is as beautiful and talented as they come, and even had a minor hit with her debut single, “2 On.” However, since then, none of her songs (besides features on other artists’ songs) have charted on the Billboard Hot 100; yes, the quality of her material took a sharp decline after her first album, but there are crappier songs out there charting and even reaching No. 1. I sincerely can’t call it.

Her new song, “Like I Used To,” is from an upcoming album titled Nashe. If you find yourself thinking, “Didn’t she just put out an album?” it is because she did. Her last album, Joyride, came out just three months ago. I suspect that her management isn’t the best in the business, but what do I know? Check the song out below.

Well that was fast. Just hours after the audio release of “God Is A Woman,” Ariana Grande dropped a video for the track. This is one of the times when a music video actually beats expectations. Female empowerment is the clear theme as Ariana is shown in a number of deific images (because, duh, God is a woman), and in one scene, she literally breaks a glass ceiling. It also features a voice cameo from Madonna, who recites one of Samuel L. Jackson’s famous lines from Pulp Fiction (a movie I still haven’t seen…judge your mother). Check the video out below.

I find Childish Gambino (gubment name Donald Glover) annoying because he is the hipster’s hipster and he also has problematic ways. He is a prime candidate for cancellation and I’m not even sure why I’m making this post, but I will reflect on that later over a plate of rice (#AllCarbSundays).

Anyway, a few days ago, he released two new songs called “Feels Like Summer” and “Summertime Magic.” I guess he has summer on his mind. “Feels Like Summer” is a snoozefest, but “Summertime Magic” is actually decent (i.e. I would like the song a whole lot more if a less annoying person made it). Check both tracks out below.

Childish Gambino – “Feels Like Summer”

Childish Gambino – “Summertime Magic”

Today in 1998, Monica released her sophomore album, The Boy Is Mine, named after her iconic duet with Brandy. Deep down, I know Brandy hates the fact that Monica chose to name her album after their song, especially when you consider that it was technically a Brandy song first — she co-wrote, co-produced and even recorded the song before she had the idea of making it a duet. Brandy, being the petty woman she seems to have become, alluded to the song being hers at her Essence Fest performance last weekend.

But anyways, back to the album. With over two million copies sold in the US alone, The Boy Is Mine is Monica’s biggest commercial success to date. And while those sales figures aren’t particularly impressive (especially considering that this was in the late ’90s when people actually bought albums), it produced three No. 1 singles: the title track, “The First Night” and “Angel of Mine.”

Unlike Brandy, who got involved with songwriting from her very first album, Monica wasn’t a part of the creative process at this point in her career. However, with the help of Dallas Austin (credited on five of the album’s 13 tracks), Jermaine Dupri and Diane Warren, among others, she gave us an album so good that it’s hard to believe she was only 17 when it dropped.

My favorite song on The Boy Is Mine is her cover of Wilma Burgess’ “Misty Blue.” It was an album cut, so enjoy the audio below.

A few hours ago, Ariana Grande released yet another lead single from her upcoming album, Sweetener (due August 17) — she’s gone from making Mariah-esque songs to giving her albums Mariah-esque titles. The new track is called “God Is a Woman” and has Ariana bragging about her sexual prowess over a trap-type beat; it almost sounds like a response to Trey Songz’s “Invented Sex.” The good news is that it is miles better than “The Light Is Coming,” the bad news is that she can do so much better. Check the song out below.

PS: The opening note sounds like Nicki Minaj.

MØ and Diplo have come together for the fiftyleventh time to give us “Sun in Our Eyes,” the lead single from MØ’s upcoming album, Forever Neverland (due October 19). The song is very different from their previous collaborations and almost sounds like something Foster the People would make. My feelings about it changed rapidly (from negative to positive) as I listened, so I’ll give it a temporary stamp of approval for now. Check it out for yourself below.