Hayley Williams announces the release of her solo debut, unleashes its first single

Sorry Paramore fans, but it looks like frontwoman Hayley Williams will be taking a step back from the band for a bit. But there’s some good news; Williams will be releasing her debut solo album later this year!

On Wednesday (Jan. 22), the musician finally confirmed what all the teasers on social media have been about. Taking to the same platform, the songstress revealed plans to unleash her debut studio album in May. Titled Petals for Armor (like all her teasers had stated), the album is due out May 8 through Atlantic Records.

“I’m so ready and so incredibly humbled to get to share this project,” the musician writes in a press statement.

“Making it was a scary, empowering experience. Some of my proudest moments as a lyricist happened while writing PETALS FOR ARMOR. And I was able to get my hands a little dirtier than usual when it came to instrumentation.

She continues: “I’m in a band with my favorite musicians, so I never really feel the need to step into a role as a player when it comes to Paramore records. This project, however, benefited from a little bit of musical naïveté and rawness and so I experimented quite a bit more. I made this with some of the closest people to me. Their respective talents really shine bright throughout the record. I like to think we all make each other better, and the result is something that sounds and FEELS exactly as I’d hoped it would.

Now that it’s time to put it all out there, I can finally exhale. I’m excited to let people in to experience a different side of myself that I’ve only very recently become familiar with.”

To coincide with the new album announcement, Williams released the first single from the album, a track titled “Simmer.” Instead of collaborating with new partners on the original tune, Williams kept things in the “family” by enlisting Paramore bandmate Taylor York to produce “Simmer.”

Because both the new song and studio effort weren’t enough, Williams has also unveiled the music video for “Simmer.”

Watch the Warren Fu-directed clip above.

“Simmer” is Williams’ first new track since the release of Paramore’s last studio album, 2017’s After Laughter.

This isn’t Williams’ first time releasing solo music.  She contributed a song titled “Teenagers” to the “Jennifer’s Body” soundtrack and covered Tegan and Sara’s “Nineteen” for the sisters’ Tegan and Sara present The Con X: Covers album.

All Time Low are back to prove they’re ‘Some Kind of Disaster’

Hold onto your side-swept bangs kids, ’cause we have a brand new song from All Time Low.

On Tuesday (Jan. 21), the Baltimore-founded band finally unleashed their first new song in almost three years. Titled “Some Kind of Disaster,” the new tune seems to find the band leaning more into their newer, grown-up sound as opposed to reverting to their earlier pop-punk-centric melody (which, we’ve gotta admit, we miss).

Like with all their other eras, the four-piece has confirmed that the “Young Renegades are no more” and that “your favorite disasters” are back.

“The Young Renegades are no more… Reintroducing your favorite disaster, All Time Low,” the band posted on social media.

“We took a step away for a minute- did some growing, did some soul searching, some healing… Now we’re back and ready to be all yours again, our battle scars worn proudly, and our hair looking better than ever. (It’s best if you just agree).”

They continue: “We’ve missed you all so much, and we’re so excited for what comes next. Feels like we’ve been keeping secrets from you for way too long… Been hard to keep our mouths shut, honestly. It’s a song and dance we’ve done a thousand times before, but this one feels extra-good. Besides, it’s never the same dance twice. Hope you dig this new song as much as we do… After all, it’s all for you.”

To coincide with the new song’s release, the group also unveiled its accompanying music video.

The four-minute clip finds the gang in an AA-style meeting with everyone’s issue clearly displayed on their name tag. We have a “liar,” a “critic,” and a “cynic,” you know adjectives taken directly from the song’s lyrics (and many All Time Low songs honestly).

During the meeting, we watch the guys, as well as other people, perform the typical exercises that you expect from these kinds of gatherings like talking, trust fall, breathing, and something that really looks like choreographed dancing. Yeah, we’re confused as well.

Watch the Lewis Carter-directed clip above.

“Some Kind of Disaster” is the first new song from All Time Low since 2017’s Last Young Renegades. The album was met with mixed reviews, but we’ve got to admit that we enjoyed grown-up All Time Low.

After being away for such a long time (not really), it looks like the band is ready to get right back on the horse (metaphorically because this is All Time Low).

The foursome recently announced three intimate shows due to take place next week. Dubbed “All Time low Live for $5,” the appearances include Brighton Music Hall in Boston on Jan. 28, Bowery Ballroom in New York on Jan. 30, and the Ottobar in Baltimore on Jan. 31. Tickets for those shows go on sale today at 3 p.m. ET.

‘Everyone’s a star’ in Green Day’s music video for ‘Oh Yeah!’

Can you believe it’s been four months since Green Day announced a new studio album, a massive tour, and gave us a few new songs to jam out to?

Yeah, neither can we.

Now, the iconic pop-punkers are back to give us another new track from their impending record.

On Thursday (Jan. 16), the California rockers finally unleashed the music video for their latest single “Oh Yeah!” Clocking in at a little over three minutes, the clip primarily features people who are obsessed with their cell phone whether it’s driving and texting (frontman Billie Joe Armstrong becomes a victim of that), being on your phone while the television plays in the background (we’re guilty of that), or being in a bathroom and recording yourself, we can relate to some of these people on some level.

But the video is not just a social commentary on this obsession. We also see some other things happen like a guy cheating on his girlfriend via text, a couple getting their kink on, a bodybuilder oiling himself up, and the band playing different characters (Billie Joe is just a dude, Mike Dirnt is the worst security guard ever, and Tré Cool is Ron Burgundy).

Yeah, we’re just going to say that it’s a weird music video, but at this rate, do we really expect anything less from Green Day?

Check out the music video for “Oh Yeah!” above.

“Oh Yeah!” is the third single off the band’s (lucky) 13th studio effort. Father of All… has already produced two previous singles “Fire, Ready, Aim” and the album’s title track “Father of All…” The forthcoming release is due out Feb. 7 via the band’s longtime home of Reprise Warner.

Back in September, Green Day announced a massive summer 2020 tour with Fall Out Boy and Weezer. Fittingly named the “Hella Mega Tour,” the lengthy outing will include shows in the United Kingdom, Europe, the United States, and Canada during the summer months of 2020.

The multi-country excursion kicks off on June 13 at La Defense Arena in Paris and concludes on Aug. 29 at the Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. The full tour itinerary can be found here.

Mandy Moore announces March release date for ‘Silver Linings’

Mandy Moore is returning to her roots…well sort of.

On Tuesday (Jan. 14), the musician-turned-actress announced plans to release the long-awaited follow-up to 2009’s Amanda Leigh. Titled Silver Linings, the new record is due out March 6 through Verve Forecast. Pre-orders for the album are currently available on Moore’s website.

Silver Linings was produced by Mike Viola (who also produced Amanda Leigh). The forthcoming release features Moore’s husband Taylor Goldsmith as well as Rilo Kiley’s Jason Boesel.

In conjunction with the album’s announcement, Moore has released the music video for its latest single “Save a Little for Yourself.”

“Sometimes writing a song feels like giving myself the advice I know I need the most, and it’s often the hardest to heed,” Moore said in a press statement about the newly-released song.

“It makes the song almost a mantra of sorts—something I know I’ll continue learning because it bears repeating. ‘Save a Little for Yourself’ is sort of the other half of a love song that we don’t always talk about or acknowledge. Sure, we should open ourselves up, let people in and love them as wholly as possible, but none of that carries any water if we’re not taking care of ourselves first and foremost. It might not be as romantic, but it’s an equally important part of the equation.”

Watch the music video for “Save a Little for Yourself” above.

Silver Linings has already produced two other singles. “When I Wasn’t Watching” was released in September while “I’d Rather Lose” was released in November accompanying her tour announcement.

In support of the new alum, Moore will hit the touring circuit off and on throughout the first half of the year. Her upcoming outing kicks off on March 20 at the Benedum Center for the Performing Arts in Pittsburgh and wraps up on May 9 at the Gothic Theatre in Denver. The full list of dates can be found here.

Before embarking on her cross-country trek, Moore will perform at the Bootleg Theater in Los Angeles on four separate nights (Jan. 18, Jan. 25, Feb. 1, and Feb. 8).

SILVER LANDINGS TRACKLIST:

1. “I’d Rather Lose”
2. “Save a Little for Yourself”
3. “Fifteen”
4. “Tryin’ My Best Los Angeles”
5. “Easy Target”
6. “When I Wasn’t Watching”
7. “Forgiveness”
8. “Stories Reminding Myself of Me”
9. “If That’s What It Takes”
10. “Silver Landings”

‘Birds of Prey’ soundtrack features a ‘badass girl gang’ lineup

The Birds of Prey are ready to kick ass and take names and not just on the big screen.

On Friday (Jan. 10), Atlantic Records announced the title, release date, and tracklisting for the “Birds of Prey” soundtrack. Titled Birds of Prey: The Album, the 15-track collection, is due out Feb. 7.

The compilation features a “badass girl gang” of musicians including Halsey, Sofi Tukker, Charlotte Lawrence, Summer Walker, Lauren Jauregui, and Black Canary herself Jurnee Smollett-Bell performing an original song as her character in the film.

According to a press statement, the record and film “will be celebrated with a massive rollout leading up to the soundtrack and film’s arrival on February 7th, including exclusive new singles and mind-blowing music videos.”

In keeping up with that promise, the record label unleashed the first official single from the album, “Diamonds.” The track is performed by former Fifth Harmony member Normani and “Hot Girl Summer” mastermind Megan Thee Stallion (and yes, it is a take on Marilyn Monroe’s iconic song “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend” from “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes”).

Watch the music video for “Diamonds” above.

Birds of Prey: The Album was executive produced by Harley Quinn herself Margot Robbie, the film’s director Cathy Yan, Sue Kroll, and Bryan Unkeless. Pre-orders for the record are currently available for purchase here.

Like the soundtrack, “Birds of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)” is due out on Feb. 7. On Thursday, the second official trailer for the upcoming flick was released. That can be found here.

BIRDS OF PREY: THE ALBUM TRACKLISTING:

  1. “Boss Bitch” – Doja Cat
  2. “So Thick” – WHIPPED CREAM (feat. Baby Goth)
  3. “Diamonds” – Megan Thee Stallion & Normani
  4. “Sway With Me” – Saweetie & GALXARA
  5. ” Joke’s On You” – Charlotte Lawrence
  6. “Smile” – Maisie Peters
  7. “Lonely Gun” – CYN
  8. “Experiment On Me” – Halsey
  9. “Danger” – Jucee Froot
  10. “Bad Memory” – Flay
  11. “Feeling Good” – Sofi Tukker
  12. “Invisible Chains” – Lauren Jauregui
  13. “It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World” – Black Canary (Jurnee Smollett-Bell)
  14. ” I’m Gonna Love You Just A Little More Baby” – Summer Walker
  15. “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” – ADONA

Grouplove return with ‘Deleter’

Grouplove’s new album may not have an official title or release date, but what we do have is a little teaser of what to expect.

On Wednesday (Jan. 8), the Los Angeles-based band unleashed their first new song in three years. Titled “Deleter,” the new track is the official first single from their newly-announced fourth studio album.

According to a press statement, “Deleter” is about vocalist/guitarist Christian Zucconi “questioning everything around him: faith systems, his sense of belonging, communities, [and] his own psyche.” Quite serious subject matters for a group that’s breakout hits are about being tongue-tied around someone they like and having “a ways to go.”

“Deleter” was recorded at El Paso’s famed Sonic Ranch with producer Dave Sitek (TV on the Radio, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Weezer).

To coincide with the new song’s release, the group also unveiled its music video. The four-minute clip finds the band dressed up in a variety of jumpsuits running around Los Angeles and performing on a soundstage with a revolving door of art surrounding them (and yes, a duet and some cuddling between Zucconi and bandmate/wife, Hannah Hopper).

While Grouplove’s long-awaited fourth studio album does not have a title or release date yet, the group has confirmed that it will see a 2020 release date. The new year just started, so we’re just going to keep an eye out for that.

Grouplove’s last studio album was 2017’s Big Mess.

Listen: Evanescence give a Fleetwood Mac classic an operatic spin

Evanescence is back and giving us a new spin on a classic song.

On Thursday (Jan. 9), the Arkansas-founded band released their version, and the accompanying music video, for their cover of Fleetwood Mac’s classic track “The Chain.” The remake finds the group taking the 1977 tune and making it their own by adding their signature dramatic and operatic flare (like you expected anything less from Amy Lee and company?).

“This cover was so fun to make. We love Fleetwood Mac and wanted to paint a dark and epic picture with our take on ‘The Chain,’” the band said in a post.

“The lyrics make me feel the power of standing together against great forces trying to pull us apart, perhaps even from the inside. I really wanted to drive that home in our version, and even made everyone in the band sing by the end of it! We’re beyond excited to share this with our fans, and I’m really looking forward to playing it live.”

The updated version of “The Chain” is featured in the trailer for Xbox Game Studios’ latest entry of their massively popular “Gears of War” series, “Gears 5.”

Watch the post-apocalyptic music video for “The Chain” above.

Evanescence’s 2020 is already shaping up to be a busy one. The group is scheduled to appear at the Download Festival in Tokyo at the end of March and then hop on over to Europe for their joint Worlds Collide tour with Within Temptation.

After spending most of April on the European touring circuit, the act will return to North America for two headlining gigs (The Fillmore in Minneapolis on May 14 at the MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus on May 15) and an appearance at the Sonic Temple Art and Music Festival.

Evanescence’s upcoming tour itinerary can be found here.

Evanescence’s last studio album was their symphonic album Synthesis, which was released in 2017.

Watch Weezer get ‘Lost in the Woods’ for their ‘Frozen 2’ soundtrack contribution

Weezer is getting a little help from a Disney princess for their latest music video.

On Monday (Dec. 9), the California-founded band unleashed the music video for “Lost in the Woods,” their contribution to the “Frozen 2” soundtrack.

The three-minute clip finds the band isolated in the fairy tale woods from the movie. Throughout the video, we watch as frontman Rivers Cuomo (who is dressed up as Kristoff) walks through the woods searching for something or rather someone. That someone turns out to be Princess Anna herself, Kristen Bell.

Watch the music video for “Lost in the Woods” above.

“Lost in the Woods” was initially performed by Jonathan Groff, who plays Kristoff in the latest installation of the hit Disney franchise.

Weezer joins the movie’s stars Idina Menzel (Elsa), Bell (Anna), Josh Gad (Olaf), Groff (Kristoff), and Evan Rachel Wood (Iduna) as well as Panic! at the Disco, and Kacey Musgraves on the soundtrack.

Like Panic! at the Disco’s version of “Into the Unknown,” Weezer’s take on the song is played during the end credits of the movie.

In other Weezer news, the group recently announced their new studio album Van Weezer will be out on May 15, 2020. Because a new album (and its accompanying single) wasn’t enough, the band also dropped the music video for another new song titled “California Snow,” while Cuomo penned and performed the theme song for Netflix’s “Green Eggs & Ham” series.

Next summer, Weezer will join Green Day and Fall Out Boy on their massive Hella Mega tour.

The lengthy outing will include shows in the United Kingdom, Europe, the United States, and Canada during the summer months of 2020.

The lengthy trek begins on June 13 at La Defense Arena in Paris and concludes almost three months later on Aug. 29 at Citizens Bank Park. The full list of tour dates can be found here.

Watch a modern romance unfold in Fall Out Boy’s music video for ‘Bob Dylan’

Surprise! Fall Out Boy has released a brand new music video.

On Wednesday (Dec. 4), the Chicago-founded act unleashed the three-and-a-half-minute clip for their new song “Bob Dylan.”

The video follows Frankie, a cartoon character, who only wants a girl named Star Dust, to answer his text messages.

The clip begins with our star relaxing in a bathtub, sending a text to Star Dust while simultaneously watching Fall Out Boy’s music video for “Dear Future Self (Hands Up).” Like we all fear, Frankie drops his phone in the tub (he’s going to need A LOT of rice to fix that). He submerges himself under the slew of bubbles to rescue his probably-messed-up device and ends up in an alternate universe.

In this world, Frankie is a star, getting rides in limos, appearing on billboards, going on late night shows, showing up to red carpet events, and appearing on magazine covers. All the while, he’s still trying to get Star Dust’s attention, which she doesn’t reciprocate.

Frankie seems to be doing all that he can to get Star Dust’s attention, but in the end, it doesn’t matter. She finally sends him a text saying that she likes him for him.

Watch the music video for “Bob Dylan” above.

“Bob Dylan” is featured on Fall Out Boy’s latest greatest hits compilation Believers Never Die Volume 2. The 13-track collection was released last month and features the group’s singles from 2003 to 2008 (aka right before they went on that heartbreaking hiatus) as well as two new tracks (“Dear Future Self (Hands Up)” and “Bob Dylan”).

Next summer, Fall Out Boy will join Green Day and Weezer on their massive Hella Mega tour.

The lengthy outing will include shows in the United Kingdom, Europe, the United States, and Canada during the summer months of 2020.

The lengthy trek begins on June 13 at La Defense Arena in Paris and concludes almost three months later on Aug. 29 at Citizens Bank Park. The full list of tour dates can be found here.

Watch Brendon Urie take center stage in ‘Into the Unknown’

If you’re a parent, then you know for a fact that “Frozen 2” has already invaded movie theaters.

If you’re a fan of Panic! at the Disco, then you’re probably ready for the band’s music video for their take on one of the film’s newest songs.

On Friday (Nov. 22), the Las Vegas-founded act unleashed the over-three-minute clip for “Into the Unknown.” The video begins with frontman Brendon Urie looking every bit like a Las Vegas performer (technically he is) in a dressing room in a venue.

As the video progresses, we see that the venue in question is not an arena or a concert venue, but rather a theater. The rest of the clip consists of Urie standing at center stage, belting out the lyrics into an old-school microphone giving us some serious “But It’s Better If You Do” vibes.

Yup. It looks like Urie’s time on Broadway may have slightly influenced the music video.

In between shots of Urie performing in the empty (and beautiful) theater, there’s footage from the highly-anticipated sequel. The “Frozen 2” scenes primarily feature Queen Elsa, which makes sense since it’s one of her songs (performed by Idina Menzel).

Check out the music video for “Into the Unknown” above.

Panic! at the Disco joins the movie’s stars Menzel (Elsa), Kristen Bell (Anna), Josh Gad (Olaf), Jonathan Groff (Kristoff), and newcomer Evan Rachel Wood (Iduna) as well as Weezer, and Kacey Musgraves on the film’s soundtrack.

Oscar-award winning duo Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez return as the writers for the new tracks while Christophe Beck provided the original score for the sequel.

The “Frozen 2” soundtrack was released last Friday (Nov. 15) through Walt Disney Records. “Frozen 2” is now in theaters, so get ready to hear this song (and probably others) all over the radio for the next couple of years.