Coldplay’s brand new single, Higher Power, has today been confirmed for release on Friday, May7thvia Parlophone / Atlantic.
Said Coldplay on Twitter:
“Higher Power is a song that arrived on a little keyboard and a bathroom sink at the start of 2020. It was produced by Max Martin who is a true wonder of the universe. It’s out on Friday 7 May. Love c, g, w & j”
The announcement confirms fan rumours that have circulated since last week, when cryptic billboards around the world pointed to a mysterious website called alienradio.fm.
Fans managed to decipher the letter-like symbols to uncover the song title and release date.
The track is available to pre-order / pre-save on streaming platforms, from here.
OK Humans — the time has come to welcome Weezer’s long-awaited homage to metal to the world: Van Weezer will be released on May 7 via Crush Music/Atlantic Records. A new song from the album, “I Need Some Of That,” has been released today as well.
Van Weezer, the band’s fifteenth studio album, is produced by Suzy Shinn (Panic! At The Disco, Fall Out Boy). The inspiration for this album derives from the deepest roots of Weezer – metal! What has metal got to do with Weezer, you ask? In his earliest years, Rivers was a huge KISS fan; Brian was a big Black Sabbath fan; Pat worshipped at the altar of Van Halen and Rush; Scott loved Slayer and Metallica. The last time this vein of harder rock was mined by Weezer was on their much-loved 2002 album Maladroit; Van Weezer is primed to take that album’s sonics many steps further courtesy of producer Suzy Shinn.
Van Weezer follows the release of the band’s first-ever orchestral album, OK Human, earlier this year. OK Human’s lead single, “All My Favorite Songs,” hit #1 at Triple A radio, and is currently top 5 and growing at Alternative.
Weezer has sold over 10 million albums in the U.S., and over 35 million records worldwide since their debut album’s release in 1994. The catalogue has included such megahits as “Buddy Holly,” “Undone (The Sweater Song),” “Say It Ain’t So,” “El Scorcho,” “Hash Pipe,” “Island In The Sun,” “Beverly Hills,” “Pork and Beans,” and more.
Presenting the pop blockbuster of the year, Diamond-certified, Grammy®-nominated, global superstar Bebe Rexha will unveil her anticipated sophomore album, Better Mistakes onMay 7th via Warner Records. Pre-order and pre-save HERE. And she teases “Sabotage,” another brand new track from her forthcoming album.
About the song, Bebe revealed, “‘Sabotage’ is one of the most vulnerable songs on my new album, Better Mistakes. It’s just as beautiful as it is painfully honest. I admit to getting in my own way when things are going well. I know I am not alone in experiencing self-sabotage during life’s most precious moments, and this ballad is an acknowledgment that sometimes we are our own worst enemy.”
Bebe set the stage for Better Mistakes with the radio anthem “Sacrifice.” Right out of the gate, it racked up 20 million-plus streams and over 10 million YouTube views on the vampire fantasy music video. Garnering critical acclaim, Rolling Stone described it as “seductive.” Bebe initially teased this chapter with the 2020 single “Baby, I’m Jealous” [feat. Doja Cat], eclipsing 55 million Spotify streams and 53 million views on the blockbuster music video.
Bebe architected a pop opus with Better Mistakes. The opener “Break My Heart Myself” [feat. Travis Barker] hinges on manic bursts of energy and her signature vocal acrobatics uplifted by stadium-ready drums courtesy of legendary blink-182 stickman Travis Barker. Creaky guitar cuts through a glitchy beat on “Die For A Man” [feat. Lil Uzi Vert] as Bebe promises, “I would never die for a man, change who I am.” Meanwhile, elusive galactic hip-hop titan Lil Uzi Vert rolls through with a raw and rare cameo. Then, there’s “Amore” [feat. Rick Ross]. Her confident vocals set the stage for Rozay to pull up and do what he does with a gruff and laidback flow. The record culminates on “Mama.” Massive orchestral strings resound as she delivers one final anthem, this time, for her mom. The final confession says it all, “I messed up again, but I swear my heart is as gold as it gets.” Check out the tracklisting below.
Powerhouse songwriter/producer Justin Tranter and Jeff Levin served as the album’s Executive Producers. Better Mistakes also boasts production from the likes of Mike Elizondo, Jussifer, Michael Keenan, The Six, Lostboy Crow, and more.
With her show-stopping voice and straight-from-the-heart lyricism, Bebe has emerged as pop’s most dynamic, diverse, and disruptive outlier on her own terms. Her vocals and pen powered the RIAA Diamond-certified (10x Platinum) crossover mega-smash “Meant To Be” featuring Florida Georgia Line. Last week, the Grammy®-Nominated smash hit officially joined the extremely exclusive ONE BILLION STREAMS club at Spotify, marking Bebe’s second song to cross this magic line. Bebe and Martin Garrix’s “In The Name of Love” surpassed one billion streams on the platform earlier last year. Bebe now becomes only one of 10 female artists who have achieved two or more billion streaming tracks on Spotify.
Beyond over a dozen platinum singles and collaborations, Bebe’s 2018 debut, Expectations, reached platinum status and spawned two platinum singles—“I’m A Mess” and “I Got You.” Writing at a prolific pace and pushing herself with every subsequent song, she’s sacrificed to get to the forefront of pop—and she’s going to continue to reign there with her new album.
BETTER MISTAKES TRACKLISTING:
1. Break My Heart Myself (Feat. Travis Barker) 2. Sabotage 3. Trust Fall 4. Better Mistakes 5. Sacrifice 6. My Dear Love (Feat. Ty Dolla $Ign & Trevor Daniel) 7. Die For A Man (Feat. Lil Uzi Vert) 8. Baby, I’m Jealous (Feat. Doja Cat) 9. On The Go (Feat. Pink Sweat$ & Lunay) 10. Death Row 11. Empty 12. Amore (Feat. Rick Ross) 13. Mama
FIRST SINGLE, “CRAWLING KINGSNAKE,” AVAILABLE TODAY ALBUM HONORS MUSIC OF MISSISSIPPI HILL COUNTRY BLUES, R. L. BURNSIDE & JUNIOR KIMBROUGH, AMONG OTHERS WHO HAVE INFLUENCEDTHE BLACK KEYS
On May 14, The Black Keys release their tenth studio album, Delta Kream, via Nonesuch Records. The record celebrates the band’s roots, featuring eleven Mississippi hill country blues standards that they have loved since they were teenagers, before they were a band, including songs by R. L. Burnside and Junior Kimbrough, among others. Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney recorded Delta Kream at Auerbach’s Easy Eye Sound studio in Nashville; they were joined by musicians Kenny Brown and Eric Deaton, long-time members of the bands of blues legends including R. L. Burnside and Junior Kimbrough. The album takes its name from William Eggleston’s iconic Mississippi photograph that is on its cover. Delta Kream is available for pre-order on all formats .
Auerbach says of the album, “We made this record to honor the Mississippi hill country blues tradition that influenced us starting out. These songs are still as important to us today as they were the first day Pat and I started playing together and picked up our instruments. It was a very inspiring session with Pat and me along with Kenny Brown and Eric Deaton in a circle, playing these songs. It felt so natural.”
Carney concurs, “The session was planned only days in advance and nothing was rehearsed. We recorded the entire album in about ten hours, over two afternoons, at the end of the ‘Let’s Rock’ tour.”
Today, the band shares Delta Kream’s first single “Crawling Kingsnake.” Auerbach says of the song: “I first heard [John Lee] Hooker’s version in high school. My uncle Tim would have given me that record. But our version is definitely Junior Kimbrough’s take on it. It’s almost a disco riff!” Carney adds, “We fell into this drum intro; it’s kind of accidental. The ultimate goal was to highlight the interplay between the guitars. My role with Eric was to create a deeper groove.”
The band revealed an exclusive first listen of the song to their fan club, The Lonely Boys and Girls Club, earlier this week. Fans can join for free and gain access to special bonus content, exclusive merch bundles and much more.
The music from northern Mississippi, which came to life in juke joints, has long left an imprint on the band’s music, from their cover of R.L. Burnside’s “Busted” and Junior Kimbrough’s “Do The Romp” on their debut album, The Big Come Up; to their subsequent signing to Fat Possum Records, home to many of their musical heroes; and to their EP of Junior Kimbrough covers, Chulahoma.
In addition to paying homage to these Mississippi blues legends with Delta Kream, The Black Keys are working with VisitMississippi, the state’s tourism organization, to sponsor new individual markers for R. L. Burnside and Junior Kimbrough on the Mississippi Blues Trail, which tell the stories of the state’s blues artists both renowned and obscure through words and images. (Both musicians are currently acknowledged on a group marker in Holly Springs entitled “Hill Country Blues.”) The new markers will be erected in the proposed locations of Holly Springs and Chulahoma, MS, places closely associated with Burnside and Kimbrough – a fitting tribute to these architects of Hill Country Blues and further recognition of their enduring contributions to American music. More information about the Mississippi Blues Trail is available here.
Formed in Akron, Ohio in 2001, The Black Keys, who have been called “rock royalty” by the Associated Press and “one of the best rock ‘n’ roll bands on the planet” by Uncut, are guitarist/singer Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney. Cutting their teeth playing small clubs, the band have gone on to sell out arena tours and have released nine previous studio albums: their debut The Big Come Up (2002), followed by Thickfreakness (2003) and Rubber Factory (2004), along with their releases on Nonesuch Records, Magic Potion (2006), Attack & Release (2008), Brothers (2010), El Camino (2011), Turn Blue (2014) and, most recently, “Let’s Rock” (2019), plus and a tenth anniversary edition of Brothers (2020). The band has won six Grammy Awards and a BRIT and headlined festivals in North America, South America, Mexico, Australia, and Europe.
Delta Kream Track Listing:
1. Crawling Kingsnake (John Lee Hooker / Bernard Besman)
2. Louise (Fred McDowell)
3. Poor Boy a Long Way From Home (Robert Lee Burnside)
ANNOUNCE “TWENTY ONE PILOTS – LIVESTREAM EXPERIENCE”
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GRAMMY® Award winning duo Twenty One Pilots have announced their new album, Scaled And Icy, which will be released May 21st via Fueled By Ramen [album artwork / tracklist below]. Today, the band has shared the forthcoming album’s first single, “Shy Away,”which is available on all streaming platforms and is accompanied by a Miles & AJ directed official music video. Available for pre-order today in a variety of formats, with a special edition box set pre-order launching on April 9th, Scaled And Icy is Twenty One Pilots’ first studio album in three years and follows their RIAA Platinum certified LP, Trench.
In addition to the news of the forthcoming album, Twenty One Pilots have also announced their first-ever global streaming event,“Twenty One Pilots – Livestream Experience,” which is scheduled to broadcast worldwide on Friday, May 21st at 8:00PM ET. “Twenty One Pilots – Livestream Experience”promises to be an unforgettable performance from the duo, with a catalog spanning setlist that will also mark the live debut of new material from Scaled And Icy. Tickets for the groundbreaking global streaming event are on sale today at live.twentyonepilots.com where the band has also launched a special pre-show virtual experience for fans to immerse themselves in as they move toward the official live date and performance. The livestream is sponsored by Chipotle and Hot Topic, while the interactive and immersive experiences are conceived and produced by lili STUDIOS, and powered by Maestro’s livestream platform [livestream admat below].
Written and largely produced by Joseph in isolation over the course of the past year at his home studio, with Dun engineering the album’s drums from across the country, Scaled And Icy is the product of long-distance virtual sessions and finds the duo processing their upended routines along with the prevailing emotions of 2020 – anxiety, loneliness, boredom, and doubt. The duo had to forgo their normal studio sessions but reached a new of level of introspection in the process, adopting a more imaginative and bold approach to their songwriting. The result is a collection of songs that push forward through setbacks and focus on the possibilities worth remembering.
In 2020, Twenty One Pilots surprised fans with standalone singles “Level of Concern” and “Christmas Saves The Year.” “Level of Concern” reigned at Alternative Radio for 12 weeks straight and cracked the Top 25 on Billboard’s “Hot 100” chart, while also achieving RIAA Gold certification, and propelling the band to victory at last year’s American Music Awards where they took home the award for “Favorite Artist – Alternative Rock.” “Christmas Saves The Year” arrived at the tail end of 2020 and debuted on Billboard’s “Alternative Airplay” chart becoming the first holiday-themed song to make the list since 2012.
Furthermore, Twenty One Pilots scored one final accolade in the final moments of 2020, officially breaking the GUINNESS WORLD RECORD™ for the longest music video with their history-making regenerative visual for “Level of Concern.” Conceived by the band with interactive director Jason Nickel, and award-winning storyteller / director Jason Zada, the first-ever ‘Never-Ending Music Video’ pulled in fan created content from over 162,000 user submissions, in real time, live on YouTube. Powered by Imposium, every three minutes and forty seconds a new music video was created and streamed live to YouTube, containing brand new content from fans. Besting the previous record holder, Pharrell and his 24-hour long video for “Happy,” Twenty One Pilots’ ‘Never-Ending Music Video’ for “Level of Concern” broadcasted for 177 days straight with a total run time of 4,264 hours, 10 mins, 25 seconds.
Twenty One Pilots’ 2018 LP Trench ushered in a new era for the duo from Ohio. Earning Platinum certification from the RIAA, the album was met withcritical acclaim with Billboard declaring, “Trench revels in the confounding genre-blurring and cavernous conceptualism that has defined Twenty One Pilots.” A true global phenomenon having surpassed two billion streams worldwide, Trench is highlighted bythe RIAA Gold and Platinum certified alternative hits “The Hype,” “Chlorine,” and “Jumpsuit.” “Jumpsuit” stands as the decade’s fastest rising song to reach #1 on Billboard’s “Alternative Songs” chart and earned the duo their fourth GRAMMY® nomination (Best Rock Song). The acclaimed conceptual collection also features the RIAA Gold-certified “Nico And The Niners” and the RIAA Platinum-certified single “My Blood.”
In 2019 Twenty One Pilots announced that their 2013 LP Vessel achieved a Gold & Platinum milestone with every individual track from the album receiving Gold, Platinum or Multi-Platinum certification from the RIAA. Twenty One Pilots’ 2015 LP Blurryface was the first album of the digital era to achieve this feat back in 2018, making the duo the first artist / group with two albums to reach this landmark achievement.
Rising star Nathan Dawe has announced the release of new single ‘Way Too Long’ with Anne-Marie & MoStack – a sparkling, infectious follow up to his latest UK Top 20 single, ‘No Time For Tears’, with Little Mix.
Listen to Nathan Dawe x Anne-Marie x MoStack – ‘Way Too Long’ HERE.
The release of ‘Way Too Long’ follows the news that Nathan’s 2020 dance anthem, ‘Lighter’ ft. KSI, has been nominated for British Single at the forthcoming 2021 BRIT Awards in May. Landing as Nathan’s first ever BRIT nomination, it cements his status as one of the UK’s biggest and most exciting breakout artists of the last 18 months.
New single ‘Way Too Long’ is bright, bubbling, undeniably catchy dance music at its best and builds on a formula that Nathan has made all his own since first turning heads with the release of ‘Flowers’ ft. Jaykae at the back end of 2019. It also sees Nathan collaborate with Anne-Marie – herself riding high in the charts with ‘Don’t Play’ alongside KSI and Digital Farm Animals, which has spent the last 11 weeks inside the UK Top 10 – and coveted rapper, MoStack, who featured on UK Top 10 hits ‘Fashion Week’ & ‘Dinner Guest’ alongside AJ Tracey & Steel Banglez, for the first time.
“I’m so excited for everyone to hear ‘Way Too Long’”, says Nathan. “I’m such a big fan of both Anne-Marie and MoStack, so to have a track with them both is amazing. The record has a real summery vibe and I feel it’s got what people need at the moment.”
The official video, directed by Troy Roscoe and featuring all three artists, sees Nathan, Anne-Marie and MoStack cruising around in a classic red convertible and partying the day away in a country mansion – a fun-loving, carefree ode to being reunited with friends and living life to the fullest.
Watch the official video HERE.
‘Way Too Long’ follows the success of Nathan’s previous singles, ‘No Time For Tears’ with Little Mix, which gave Nathan his third UK Top 20 single in a row earlier this year, BRIT-nominated, Platinum-selling UK #3 single ‘Lighter’ ft. KSI and breakout single, ‘Flowers’ ft. Jaykae, which peaked at #12 on the Official UK Singles Chart early in 2020.
Elsewhere, Nathan was crowned MTV’s Push Artist for 2021 back in January, holding off fierce competition the likes of Griff, Pa Salieu, Arlo Parks and Bree Runway. He was also made an official ambassador of Aston Villa’s Foundation last October – the football club he’s supported since he was a boy – and recently announced his debut ‘Way Too Long’ UK headline tour, with nationwide dates scheduled for November and December. Please see below for more details.
Nathan Dawe – ‘Way Too Long’ UK Tour – November & December 2021
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