Song Of The Summer? Jamie XX, 'I Know There's Gonna Be (Good Times)'

Song Of The Summer? Jamie XX, 'I Know There's Gonna Be (Good Times)'

Need a song of the day? How about a Song Of The Summer? Keep up with HitFix daily for your music fix.

Listen to Jamie xx's "I Know There Gonna Be (Good Times)" featuring Young Thug and  Popcaan about one hundred times, and discover something new to love each time. My favorite parts are the backbeats and melodic rounds, like at 1:30, and those soft synths that sound like furry steel drums. The Persuasions' "Good Times" sample is both integral and stands alone, as Jamie separates even the key of his song from its source.

What may stand out on impact is Thug's rhymes, and the overall silly, gross vibe to his game.

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'Point Break' got a reboot, and the trailer didn't wear a helmet

'Point Break' got a reboot, and the trailer didn't wear a helmet

"Point Break" is no longer just about eco-terrorism and surfing. It's about eco-terrorism and surfing, motocross, base jumping, snowboarding, skydiving and all other manner of "extreme sports."

The Ericson Core-helmed new reboot of the 25-year-old film -- which was originally directed by Kathryn Bigelow -- stars your new boyfriends Luke Bracey and Edgar Ramirez as Johnny Utah and Bodhi, respectively.

"These aren't normal people sir," Bracey's character reports in this new 2-minute-plus trailer, the first look at the film. That's beautiful, Johnny.

The action-crime flick will be out Christmas Day, Dec. 25. The 1991 original starred Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze.

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Should you skip or repeat new albums from Alesso, The Bad Plus or Vaccines?

Should you skip or repeat new albums from Alesso, The Bad Plus or Vaccines?

Plus a unique take on the legacy of Karen Dalton

Welcome to a new week of Skip Or Repeat, capsule reviews of the week's newest albums.

This week, we turn focus on May 26 drops:

Alesso, "Forever"
The Bad Plus Joshua Redman, "The Bad Plus Joshua Redman"
The Vaccines, "English Graffiti"
Various Artists, “Remembering Mountains: Unheard Songs By Karen Dalton”

If none of those rock your boat, check out fresh music from pianist/composer Rachel Grimes, jazz troupe Gary Peacock Trio, French electronic label comp "Kitsune America 4" and the ever-awesome Nola mainstay Terence Blanchard (this time with his new quintet the E-Collective).

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Song Of The Summer? Maroon 5's 'This Summer's Gonna Hurt Like A Motherf***er'

Song Of The Summer? Maroon 5's 'This Summer's Gonna Hurt Like A Motherf***er'

Need a song of the day? How about a Song Of The Summer? Keep up with HitFix daily for your music fix.

I mean, it's got the word "summer" in its very title. It's Maroon 5, who've never seen a season full of scantily clad women that they didn't like.

"This Summer's Gonna Hurt Like A Motherf***er" is almost like an anti-summer song -- not just in its shady synths and ominous name. Check out some of the lyrics, which almost seem to mock last summer's crown victor, Iggy Azalea's "Fancy."

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Coldplay's attempt at a 'Game Of Thrones' musical is actually pretty funny

Coldplay's attempt at a 'Game Of Thrones' musical is actually pretty funny

If there's one thing to bring the houses of "Game of Thrones" together, it's Coldplay. Or at least that's what Chris Martin thought.

The British pop-rockers and the cast of the bloody HBO series brought their A-Game to a skit last night for the "Red Nose Day" charity telecast.

Check out Jon Snow -- er, Kit Harrington -- sing "Wildling" to the tune of "Wild Thing" to Ygritte (Rose Leslie), Peter Dinklage rock a saucy number solo and surprise narrator Liam Neeson narrate the whole thing.

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All you need to know about this summer's biggest music festivals

All you need to know about this summer's biggest music festivals

When is Lollapalooza? Who is headlining Governors Ball? When is ACL?

Lollapalooza. Bonnaroo. Coachella. Sasquatch! Summer music fests are hard to keep straight sometimes, so we've done all the straightening out for you.

Below, HitFix breaks down the who, what, where and when of all the biggest summer music festivals in North America -- we're gonna leave the "how" up to you.

For instance, did you know that Austin City Limits' two weekend lineups aren't EXACTLY the same? And which other gatherings are four days -- or longer? And can you guess which dance music festival still hasn't revealed its lineup, despite festivities being only three weeks away?

AND JUST WHERE ARE YOU GOING TO SEE DRAKE, HUH?

Wear sunscreen and stay hydrated. Welcome to the official start of summer, fest-goers.

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All the times that Taylor Swift 'remembers'
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All the times that Taylor Swift 'remembers'

Remember when Taylor Swift released her new music video for "Bad Blood" on Sunday?

Swift remembers. A lot. All the time.

Here is an audio supercut of all the time the pop super star has "remembered" or was "reminded" in song, including a few selections from "Out of the Woods," the best Taylor Swift song ever.

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Skip or repeat? Album reviews for Brandon Flowers, Jamie Foxx, Faith No More

Skip or repeat? Album reviews for Brandon Flowers, Jamie Foxx, Faith No More

Plus Paul Weller, Zedd and other recommended music listening

Welcome to a new week of Skip Or Repeat, capsule reviews of the week's newest albums.

New albums out this week, on May 19: '80s love from Killers frontman Brandon Flowers, fresh noise from Paul Weller, a mess from Jamie Foxx, Faith No More's return after a 17-year absence and a pop-club mix from Zedd.

Additional recommendations from my end include Holly Herndon with crazed beats, Holly Miranda with some true rockers, Hot Chip's chirpy electronica, and Shamir's outstanding brew of funk, soul, R&B and dance.

What new music is on your radar this week? What have you been listening to?

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Nicki Minaj, Beyonce are the best thing about this Nicki Minaj and Beyonce video

Nicki Minaj, Beyonce are the best thing about this Nicki Minaj and Beyonce video

Count all the times you go 'yes'

The music video to Nicki Minaj and Beyonce's "Feeling Myself" is like one of those Magic Eye posters. At first glance, it is a mess, and it looks like it was made for $6 and a used ChapStick.

Watch it multiple times, on loop -- say, with the sound off sometimes, or playing in the background on low like a rerun of "Frasier," or while you are sleeping. It becomes ingrained in you. It looks like a million bucks. It is the Magic Eye with a dolphin soaring out of ocean.

Nicki Minaj perfects her wink here; Beyonce sunbathes in a Bulls jersey-themed one-piece. There's as many ways to toss hair as there are costume changes plus swagger that lasts until Memorial Day 2016. I applaud Coachella for once in my life. Its b-roll is as good as the a-roll.

Because Beyonce and Nicki Minaj like each other, and liked doing this shoot. It shows.

Watch this hand-in-hand with Queen B's "7/11." This is why the cat with the heart-eyes emoji was invented.

"Feeling Myself" is on Minaj's album "The Pinkprint."

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Why Chrissy Teigen hosted the Billboard Music Awards? 'I'm banging a musician'

Why Chrissy Teigen hosted the Billboard Music Awards? 'I'm banging a musician'

Opening remarks from 2015 honors with Ludacris as colleague

Surprise! Ludacris and Chrissy Teigen hosted the 2015 Billboard Awards. And why is Chrissy Teigen -- Sports Illustrated model -- hosting a music awards show?

"I'm banging a musician!" she said enthusiastically at the top of the three-hour televised show.

Yes, sex and music are natural bedfellows. But in order to nip the question "No, really, just why is Chrissy Teigen hosting a music show?" in the bud, the show's writers decided to literally pair Ludacris' artistic credentials with Teigen's résumé: that she beds husband John Legend.

The "All Of Me" muse spent other parts of the introduction with other one-notes: after teasing  performances from Nicki Minaj to Hozier (poor guy, always with the name jabs), the "joke" was the mispronunciation of the word...

"Did I say that right?"

"Minaj," Ludacris said.

"Oh," Teigen, part-time food blogger, said through an aw-shucks smile. "I can't do those anymore."

Then for another intro: "Here's a woman whose butt I touched on the cover of Sports Illustrated..."

And another: "Something we can all relate to is being in love with Uma Thurman."

And another, introducing Legend as "a guy who is like a brother to me" (lolololol) in a duet with Meghan Trainor: afterward, "That was lot of... natural chemistry up there... I'm a little jealous."

OH HAI GUYS, I GET IT: The Billboard Music Awards are in Las Vegas! It's supposed to be edgy and a little sexy and unhinged! I don't think anybody who actually gives 2 hollers about the Billboard Music Awards will be offended by sexy talk from a sexy person.

What's sad is airheadedness, and the desperation to make an awards show stand out through the coarsest means possible. Women work hard enough in this industry, when every single sale, every ticket push, every radio hit is fought for, whitened tooth and perfect nail. The fact is, contemporary stars like Taylor Swift nor Jennifer Lopez nor Nicki Minaj nor Rihanna nor Ariana Grande had a Hot 100, Billboard Award, "chart-topper" or a sold-out tour because they "bang a musician." The juxtaposition makes women's business in a still-sexist and sex-thirsty industry a joke.

Giggling through a night-long gag "I, wifey, am here for sex" is tacky low-hanging fruit. Teigen, while beautiful, is not a good host. It wouldn't be the first time this particular dynamic has existed on television and writing for awards shows, but here we are, in 2015. Hosting is a thankless job; however, it doesn't have to be a disparaging one for pop music fans watching the show.

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