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Lorde to Curate ‘Mockingjay’ Soundtrack

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Every book series that has been turned into a film franchise has had the good fortune of getting fantastic artists to contribute music to the soundtrack.

It was announced today that The Hunger Games–Mockingjay Part 1 has gotten one of the hottest artist of the last year to curate the soundtrack for the film; Lorde.

The New Zealand songstress announced that she would not only be working on the music for the third installation of the Jennifer Lawrence staring film, but she will also contribute an original song to the record which will also be the lead single.

“Curating the soundtrack for such a hotly-anticipated film was a challenge, but I jumped at the chance,” said Lorde in a press release.

“The cast and story are an inspiration for all musicians participating and as someone with cinematic leanings, being privy to different creative process has been a unique experience. I think the soundtrack is definitely going to surprise people.”

The soundtracks for the first two installations of the franchise (The Hunger Games and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire) have garnered contributions from artists such as The National, Imagine Dragons, Coldplay, The Arcade Fire, Patti Smith, Ellie Goulding, Christina Aguilera, Maroon 5 and many more.

As if curating a record to one of the most anticipated films wasn’t enough pressure, the singer revealed earlier that she is currently working on a new album that will be different from her breakthrough record, Pure Heroine.

She revealed that the new sounds can be contributed to how she has grown as an artist and writer.

 
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Posted by on July 31, 2014 in Music News

 

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Pee Wee Herman and Pizza? This is How We Do

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Katy Perry is back with her new music video for her latest single, “This is How We Do.”

Last week, the “California Gurl” released the lyric video for the track that gave some of us some 90s nostalgia with the lyrics typed up in graphics that remind us of our childhoods. A week after revealing that lyrics video, the pop star has given us the full, official video for the song.

The video begins with an older man looking at a painting which ends up being Perry, leading the viewer into this painting world where everything is colorful and crazy. With Pee Wee Herman-dressed dancer, Perry decked out as an iconic painting and some “Mariah karaoke” with a Mariah Carey look-a-like, it’s something that reminds us of Perry’s quirkiness.

All in all, a video that makes you want to restart your Summer all over again.

This is How We Do is the fifth single off of Perry’s recently released album, Prism. “Roar,” “Unconditionally,” “Dark Horse,” and “Birthday” were previously released.

 
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Posted by on July 31, 2014 in Music News, Music Videos

 

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Foo Fighters Finish Recording, Mixing New Album

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Sound the bells and ring the alarms, because the Foo Fighters have finally finished recording and mixing their new album.

After over a year of talks about a new album, producer Butch Vig has revealed that the superband have finished recording their eighth studio album after a year of hints about it.

Vig took to Twitter to reveal the news which made many Foo fans excited.

“We are officially done with the new Foo Fighters album,” the producer wrote on social media.

“23 straight days mixing! IT’S EPIC.”

Considering the band were talking about, we wouldn’t expect anything less from them.

At the present moment, the album has no title and might just be their longest record. But what we do know is that it will hit shelves in November, no specific date yet, through the band’s Roswell label and RCA.

The LP’s release will come a month after Dave Grohl’s HBO series is set to air. The series follows Grohl and the rest of the Foos as they travel to eight different studios to record the yet-to-be-titled album and get immersed in the musical culture in those places.

The documentary which is titled Sonic Highways also reveals the artists the band got to record with during their time traveling which includes the likes of, Gary Clark Jr., The Eagles’ Joe Walsh, and Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen.

While no specific name or date has been given for the record, there are some shows lined up for them in the near future including dates in the U.K. and South Africa as well as a stop in Las Vegas for the Life is Beautiful Festival.

Oh yeah, and then there’s that crowd-funded Virginia date which shows you the power of dedicated fans.

 
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Posted by on July 31, 2014 in Music News

 

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5 Seconds of Summer to Head Out on Headlining Tour in 2015

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Love them or hate them, 5 Seconds of Summer are one of the breakout acts of this Summer.

Sorry people who dislike them, a lot.

In support of their debut record, the Australian boy band have announced that they will be hitting the North American amphitheater touring circuit.

Insert tween girl screams here.

Though the tour isn’t scheduled to happen until Summer 2015, we’ve seen how fangirls (and boys) start planning a year in advance, so this is good news for them. Touring with One Direction probably helped them learn how to maneuver around all the crazy.

The tour which will feature 28 stops in both the United States and Canada, will begin on Friday, July 17, 2015 at the Mandalay Bay Event Center in Las Vegas and wrap up on Sunday, September 13, 2015 at the Cruzan Amphitheater in West Palm Beach, FL.

They also announced three headlining shows for this November; one in Phoenix and two at The Forum in Los Angeles.

November 2014

13 – Ak-Chin Pavilion, Phoenix

15 – The Forum, Los Angeles (sold out)

16 – The Forum, Los Angeles

July 2015

17 – Mandalay Bay Event Center, Las Vegas

18 – Sleep Train Amphitheatre, Chula Vista, Calif.

20 – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Irvine, Calif.

22 – Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, Calif.

24 – Key Arena, Seattle

25 – Pepsi Live At Rogers Arena, Vancouver, B.C.

27 – Rexall Place, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

29 – MTS Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

31 – Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul

August 2015

1 – First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, Tinley Park, Ill.

4 – KFC Yum! Center, Louisville

5 – Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood, Atlanta

7 – Gexa Energy Pavilion, Dallas

8 – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, Houston

19 – The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Mich.

21 – Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland

22 – Klipsch Music Pavilion, Noblesville, Ind.

23 – First Niagara Pavilion, Burgettstown, Pa.

25 – Molson Canadian Amphitheatre, Toronto

28 – Xfinity Center, Mansfield, Mass.

29 – Hershey Park Pavilion Stadium, Hershey, Pa.

30 – PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, N.J.

September 2015

1 – Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, Wantagh, N.Y.

4 – Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden, N.J.

5 – Xfinity Theatre, Hartford, Conn.

6 – Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow, Va.

7 – Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach, Virginia Beach

9 – PNC Music Pavilion, Charlotte, N.C.

12 – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre, Tampa

13 – Cruzan Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach, Fla.

In other news, the quartets self-titled debut album, reached the crowning spot on the Billboard 200 chart. Not to shabby for only having an EP to promote and two singles (“She Looks So Perfect” and “Don’t Stop”).

 
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Posted by on July 31, 2014 in Music News

 

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Gerard Way Reveals More Info About ‘Hesitant Alien’

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At this point, most fans of My Chemical Romance have come to grips with the fact that any hopes of reunions or one-offs are finished.

With all members going their separate ways, musically, these hopes are ling gone.

Over the last couple of months, former MCR frontman, Gerard Way had revealed that not only would he be releasing a solo album, but that he had been signed to his former band’s label, Warner Bros. Records. But, the news of the new music did not stop there.

Taking to social media, the singer released the first single from the record, “Action Cat,” as well as the name of the upcoming release which was titled, Hesitant Alien.

“I wanted to make the small things sound big,” Way said in a press release. “My intention was to make 100 percent uncompromised art, using the currently least radio-friendly instrument: the guitar. I knew there would be lots of fuzz pedals. I knew I would play Fender instruments. I knew I would look at who my guitar heroes were in art school, Mary Timony and Carrie Brownstein, and I drew a lot of influence from shoegaze and Brit-pop. I want the record to sonically galvanize people.”

Earlier this month, Way spoke with NME about the album before it was given its title, Hesitant Alien. In the interview he revealed that he was inspired by “struggle, beginnings, finding a newness in the mundane and the abstract.”

“I looked to the Britpop poets like Jarvis Cocker and Damon Albarn, drawing upon everyday life,” explained Way. “I also experimented with the abstract, and looked at Frank Black’s work both with the Pixies, and as a solo artist. There was no concept and no call-to-arms.”

Hesitant Alien will officially be released on September 30.

The album will be available for pre-order at retailers beginning Tuesday, August 19th while exclusive bundles can be purchased over at Way’s website.

For those opting for the pre-order, and instant download of new track, “No Shows” will come with that.

But when you already made a name for yourself as the lead singer of one of the biggest bands of the 2000’s how exactly do you make your debut?

At Reading and Leeds, of course.

Way will be debuting his new material during his first solo shows at Reading on August 22 and Leeds on August 23.

HESITANT ALIEN TRACKLIST:

1. “Bureau”
2. “Action Cat”
3. “No Shows”
4. “Casting Shows”
5. “Millionaire”
6. “Zero Zero”
7. “Juarez”
8. “Drugstore Perfume”
9. “Get the Gang Together’
10. “How It’s Going to Be”
11. “Maya the Psychic”

 
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Posted by on July 30, 2014 in Music News

 

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Lana Del Rey Dons White in ‘Ultraviolence’

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We haven’t heard much from Lana Del Rey since the whole “death quote” debacle, but it’s nice to know that the quote chronicles has been put to rest.

Today, the songstress is back in the news, but it has nothing to do with her quotes, interviews, or other extracurricular activities, but rather for her music.

The “West Coast” singer released the music video for her second single from her album, Ultraviolence. The music video for the song, which so happens to be the title track of her recently released record, is shot in a style that makes you think of home videos from the 1960s; very fitting considering Del Rey’s style.

It features Del Rey in a short, white wedding dress, preparing for what we can assume is her “wedding.” We say assume because in the video we see her putting on a veil and picking up a bouquet of flowers as she makes her way down a wooded path.

There’s also some footage of her kissing a guy’s hand and peeling/eating a tangerine in the wooded area as she makes her way to the church which leads to a little bit of a surprise when she finally enters.

 
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Posted by on July 30, 2014 in Music News, Music Videos

 

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Watch ‘The March of the Juggalos’

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The FBI might have qualified Juggalos as a gang last year and their annual mecca for The Gathering of the Juggalos might have kicked them out, but that’s not stopping those hardcore Insane Clown Posse fans from getting together and doing what they do best.

In honor of the insane festival and its 15 years of existence, a mockumentary has been made about it, though it’s only a minute and a half. The best part of the Faygo-flavored-festival’s mockumetary? The fact that it’s voice by everyone’s favorite voice-over actor, Morgan Freeman, well kind of.

The film is set to Freeman’s narration from The March of the Penguins which completely works and gives a little bit of sophistication to the otherwise always NSFW festival.

The mockumentary is fittingly named The March of the Juggalos and can be seen below. Check it out and give yourself a little bit of a laugh on this “glorious” Wednesday afternoon.

 
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Posted by on July 30, 2014 in Music News, Music Videos

 

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