While you were going gaga over Britney Spears in a bikini, a lot went down in music today.
■ Lady Gaga says “everyone shines in their own unique way” in her new commercial for skin, makeup and fragrance line with Shiseido as she wears window yellow tassels from her eyelids. Because no one's gonna telling Gaga how to be, and that sentiment speaks volumes in the campaign. “Don’t let anyone tell you what makes you beautiful,” Mother Monster continues. "Be yourself: that’s what makes you beautiful." Indeed.
■ Louis Tomlinson ripped open fellow One Direction band-mate Liam Payne's shirt during their concert in Minneapolis on Sunday, forcing millions of tween girls to hit puberty prematurely. [Billboard]
■ In light of the Meek Mill / Drake drama, Nicki Minaj has a few words about ghost writing.
Oh meek done poisoned her mind pic.twitter.com/pF7kkzcU46
— Carlos Reedriguez (@TheOnlyReed) July 27, 2015
■ Calvin Harris unveiled a series of sexy new photos for his Armani underwear campaign. Get it, Taylor!
■ Florence + The Machine debuted their 10-minute mini-movie for their two-in-one “Queen Of Peace” and “Lost & Lost” music videos by director Vincent Haycock. Haycock said of the clip:
“We filmed ‘Queen of Peace’ and ‘Long & Lost’ in Scotland, one of my favorite places I’ve ever been to or filmed. The coast of Scotland is breathtaking, beautiful and harsh, an aesthetic mix that both Florence and I have been very interested in during the making of these videos. The Scottish people are amazing and especially the town of Easdale, the small island that we lived on and filmed. We shot in the winter and it was cold, brutal and endlessly inspiring, which I think really helped the story of Florence’s struggle with her family, the younger innocence vs. the feuding violence of the men around her, etc. The end of the video was done in a single take, at the very last seconds of light during a stormy barge ride on a freezing sea. The effort and focus on both the actors and crew was so amazing, Florence delivers one of my favorite moments to date and it’s one of my proudest technical and narrative accomplishments.”
■ American Authors perform "Go Big Or Go Home" on the TODAY show (July 27).
■ Jaden Smith released a music video for a song titled XXX directed by Hannah Montana star Moises Ariasvia via Smith's website 490tx.com.
■ A$AP Ferg is in the recording studio with Madonna, Pharrell and Missy Elliott. "I got a lot of collaborations on there, I got a lot of my own songs on there," he said. "So far, everybody I played it for said it’s crazy. I was in the studio with Pharrell, I was in the studio with Madonna, and they said, 'oh, this is crazy.' Missy said it's crazy." [Revolt TV]
■ Bobbi Kristina's death is under investigation for homicide, with boyfriend Nick Gordon as the person of interest. [TMZ]
■ And finally, The Weeknd rejected all of Max Martin's pre-written material for him to record. Instead, they started his album from scratch. [NY Times]