Weezer ‘Face the Music’ in their music video for ‘Beginning of the End’

Ready to get your weekend off to an “excellent” start? Well, Weezer is here to help you out with that.

On Friday (Aug. 14), the California-founded band unleashed their contribution to the upcoming Bill and Ted film. Titled “Beginning of the End,” Weezer not only gave fans the song, but also the accompanying music video.

The four-minute clip begins with the quartet inside of a garage, playing the song like any unknown band with a garage would do.

As the video continues, the viewer not only watches Weezer perform the song (with a wind machine mind you), they also get some new (and previously released) footage from the upcoming Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter-starring flick.

By the end of the four minutes, each member of Weezer is sporting some over-the-top attires that pretty much personify the most significant genres in music when the first Bill and Ted film was released.

Keep an eye out for a special guest appearance.

Watch the music video for “Beginning of the End” above.

“Bill & Ted Face the Music,” and its soundtrack is due out Friday, Aug. 28. The much-anticipated follow-up to the hit franchise will be available both On-Demand and in select theaters.

As for Weezer, their new album Van Weezer has been pushed back until 2021. Their 14th studio album is due out May 2021, right before the group embarks on the massive Hella Mega summer tour with Green Day, Fall Out Boy, and The Interrupters. The rescheduled tour dates can be found here.

Miley Cyrus channels 80s synthpop in ‘Midnight Sky’

Are you craving some synth-poppy 80s goodness? Well, we may have a solution for that.

On Friday (Aug. 14), Miley Cyrus released her first new song in a year.

Titled “Midnight Sky,” the track transports you to the days when synth-pop music was all over the radio and television. Full of “nah, nah, nahs,” the almost four-minute tune gives off some serious Blondie vibes.

But that was the plan all along.

According to a press statement on behalf of the musician, the track was inspired by Blondie’s Debbie Harry, Joan Jett, and Stevie Nicks (mostly her song “Edge of Seventeen“).

According to the same press statement, “Midnight Sky” was “inspired by the past year of [Cyrus’s] life,” and that the colorful, self-directed video “takes viewers through Miley’s creative vision which displays her complete control of the narrative often told through the mouths of the media. Miley is at peace with who she is and has nothing to prove.”

“Midnight Sky” was co-written by Andrew Watt, OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder, and Louis Bell.

Check out the music video above.

“Midnight Sky” is Cyrus’ first new song since the release of 2019’s She is Coming EP. According to some reports, her seventh studio album will be titled She is Miley Cyrus, and is due out later this year.

Previously released tracks “Mother’s Daughter” and “Slide Away” will be featured on the studio effort.

Cyrus’ last studio effort was 2017’s Younger Now.

Watch Lzzy Hale and Amy Lee rework ‘Break In’

What happens when two of rock’s biggest female singers join forces to rework one of their previously released tracks?

You get this gem.

On Friday (Aug. 7), Halestorm released a live version of their 2012 song, “Break In.” This time, the track not only features frontwoman Lzzy Hale singing the lyrics but also Evanescence’s Amy Lee.

The almost-five-minute clip features both Hale and Lee in the studio recording the track. But before you think the two musicians are violating any current regulations about distance due to the pandemic, this video was actually shot before we were all sent into lockdown.

“We recorded this duet pre-COVID-19, together in the same room, live, as a full performance from beginning to end,” Hale explains to Rolling Stone.

“Amy brought new meaning to this song, turning what was once just a love song into a statement of unity and support for each other.”

Watch the live music video for “Break In” above.

This duet version of “Break In” will be featured on Halestorm’s upcoming EP, Halestorm Reimagined.

The six-song record will feature reworked versions of some of the band’s tracks, including “I Get Off” and “I am the Fire,” as well as a cover of Dolly Parton/Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You.”

Halestorm Reimagined is due out Aug. 14 through Atlantic Records. Pre-orders are currently available for purchase on Halestorm’s website.

Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion join forces for ‘WAP’

Bardi Gang, the wait is now over.

On Friday (Aug. 7), Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion unleashed their raucous new single “WAP.”

The much-anticipated new track had been teased on social media for days not only because it’s a new Cardi track, but because it’s the first time the two chart-topping MCs collaborated.

The over-four-minute track was produced by Ayo and Keyz. As for its colorful and over-the-top music video, it features a full female cast, including Normani, Kylie Jenner, Rosalía, Mulatto, Rubi Rose, and Sukihana.

Watch the music video for “WAP” above.

“WAP” marks Cardi B’s first new song since the release of 2019’s certified platinum track “Press.”

According to a post on Instagram from earlier this year, the rapper is currently in the middle of working on her sophomore effort, the follow-up to her debut Invasion of Privacy.

To coincide with the new song’s much-anticipated release, Cardi is due to appear on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 New Music Daily Radio show. During the chat, the MC will participate in an exclusive roundtable conversation between the music video’s guest stars.

And if we know anything about Cardi, we can assume that that chat will be anything but boring.

I Don’t Know How But They Found Me to release their debut album in the fall, share ‘Leave Me Alone’

Are you ready to put on your dancing shoes and rock to some 1980s synth-pop goodness?

Well, if you’re not ready to do so, let the guys from I Don’t Know How But They Found Me change your mind for you.

On Wednesday (Aug. 5), the Utah-founded act announced plans to release their debut album later this year. Titled Razzmatazz, the debut effort is due out on Oct. 16 through Fearless Records.

Pre-orders for the forthcoming effort are currently available for purchase on iDKHOW’s website.

Razzmatazz is the duo’s first official studio album and the follow-up to their debut EP, 1981 Extended Play.

Last Christmas, they gifted their fans a Christmas EP titled Christmas Drag, which included a cover of Slade’s “Merry Christmas Everybody.”

To coincide with the debut album announcement, the two-piece unveiled the record’s lead single, a bop-worthy track titled “Leave Me Alone.”

The almost-four-minute track sounds like a song that somehow made it through times and space from the 80s and landed in our laps in 2020.

But that’s the whole point of the group according to head honcho Dallon Weekes.

“The original concept for presenting iDKHOW publicly was that it was a band from 30-plus years ago that never really got their chance, and was just forgotten about over time,” Weekes explains.

“I never want to do the exact same thing twice. But rather than just throw that initial idea away, I thought it would be more fun to twist it and instead pull back the curtain a little more.”

He adds: “The idea now [is] that the timeline from this forgotten band doesn’t really add up when you look closely and that something more sinister is going on. Which is almost certainly true with any given band or pop star you may be a fan of. You see the story they give you. It may not necessarily be the truth, but it’s something shiny to look at and listen to while they take your money. That good old-fashioned razzmatazz.”

Well, don’t just take our word (or Weekes’) for it. Listen to “Leave Me Alone” above.

Hayley Williams treats fans to ‘Pure Love’ music video

Hayley Williams is back with a brand new fan-centric music video.

On Tuesday (Aug. 4), the Paramore frontwoman released the music video for “Pure Love.”

Since making music videos has become a little bit challenging due to the current pandemic, Williams decided to get some help from the people she appreciates the most; her fans.

“Hello friends,” the singer begins in a lengthy letter to her followers.

“The biggest and most wonderful love of my life, lasting over half my life at this point is Paramore. It was a strange source of healthy tension to step out of my musical home to explore new terrain and give voice to parts of me that, prior to Petals for Armor, I had yet to acknowledge.”

She continues: “The year I had planned would’ve seen many of us gather together to celebrate a discovery of new worlds within ourselves and I couldn’t wait to unleash myself on stage, once again. What’s that saying about God laughing at our plans?

With the pandemic leaving many of us stranded and disconnected from one another, I thought of a way to celebrate some times we have already shared. It also gives me another way to celebrate the big love I feel for Paramore. Thank you for participating in this video compilation. To the good ol’ days and the future ones too.”

The new music video features footage of Williams in the recording studio as well as fan-submitted clips of Paramore performing during their “comeback” tour for their fifth studio album, After Laughter.

Watch the music video for “Pure Love” above.

In addition to the new clip, Williams also released two behind-the-scenes lyric videos, one for “Taken” and one for “Crystal Clear.”

Petals for Armor was released earlier this year. The record debuted at the number one spot on the Alternative Albums chart, number one on the Rock Albums chart, and number three on the US Album Sales chart.

Billie Eilish returns with her new track ‘My Future’

Billie Eilish is back and already giving us all the “feels.”

On Friday (July 31), the pop star released her brand new song, “My Future.” In true Billie fashion, the almost-four-minute tune begins somber and moody, but about two minutes in, it takes a turn for the upbeat.

According to Eilish, she and her brother/frequent collaborator Finneas wrote and recorded the track in two days.

“This was such a satisfying process. It was so, so satisfying. We wrote the song in like two days,” she reveals to Zane Lowe on his New Music Daily show on Apple Music.

But the quick turnaround time wasn’t the only thing that Eilish was proud of. In an email to fans, she explains how the track is a reflection of how she felt when the neverending quarantine first began.

“We wrote this at the very beginning of quarantine. It’s a song that’s really, really personal and special to me. When we wrote this song, it was exactly where my head was at — hopeful, excited, and a crazy amount of self-reflection and self-growth,” Eilish wrote.

“But recently it has also taken on a lot of new meaning in the context of what’s happening in the world now. I hope you can all find meaning in it for yourselves.”

She continues: “The future feels uncertain and crazy right now. But I think we need to be ready to put the work in, and if we do that, we should be hopeful and excited for our future.”

Watch the animated music video, which was directed by Andrew Onorato, above.

“My Future” is Eilish’s first new song since the release of “No Time to Die,” the theme song she provided for the upcoming James Bond film.

Yesterday, Eilish was nominated for a total of six MTV Video Music Awards. She will compete in the “Video of the Year,” “Song of the Year,” “Video for Good,” and other categories. The full list of nominations for the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards can be found here.

Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande lead the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards nominations

The Video Music Awards goes to….

On Thursday (July 30), MTV announced the long list of nominees for this year’s Video Music Awards. Leading the pack with the most nominations are (to no one’s surprise) Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande. The two pop stars earned nine nominations each for their club-thumping track “Rain on Me.”

Coming in, right behind the two singers are Billie Eilish and The Weeknd, who earned six nominations apiece.

This year finds the awards ceremony introducing not one, but two new categories to the tried-and-true models. This year voters will see the categories for “Best Music Video from Home” and “Best Quarantine Performance” added to the list.

From now until Aug. 23, fans can vote on every single category, including the new additions on the VMA’s official website. The only group that will still accept votes until the night of the awards show is the “Best New Artist Category,” which includes Doja Cat, Jack Harlow, Lewis Capaldi, Roddy Ricch, Tate McRae, and Yungblud as nominees.

The 2020 MTV Video Music Awards will air live from Brooklyn’s Barclays Centers on Sunday, Aug. 30, at 8  p.m. ET.

The full list of nominees can be found below:

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Billie Eilish – “Everything I Wanted”

Eminem ft. Juice WRLD – “Godzilla”

Future ft. Drake – “Life Is Good”

Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande – “Rain On Me”

Taylor Swift – “The Man”

The Weeknd – “Blinding Lights”

ARTIST OF THE YEAR

DaBaby

Justin Bieber

Lady Gaga

Megan Thee Stallion

Post Malone

The Weeknd

SONG OF THE YEAR

Billie Eilish – “Everything I Wanted”

Doja Cat – “Say So”

Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande – “Rain On Me”

Megan Thee Stallion – “Savage”

Post Malone – “Circles”

Roddy Ricch – “The Box”

BEST COLLABORATION

Ariana Grande & Justin Bieber – “Stuck with U”

Black Eyed Peas ft. J Balvin – “RITMO (Bad Boys For Life)”

Ed Sheeran ft. Khalid – “Beautiful People”

Future ft. Drake – “Life Is Good”

Karol G ft. Nicki Minaj – “Tusa”

Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande – “Rain On Me”

PUSH BEST NEW ARTIST, Presented by Chime Banking

Doja Cat

Jack Harlow

Lewis Capaldi

Roddy Ricch

Tate McRae

Yungblud

BEST POP

BTS – “On”

Halsey – “You Should Be Sad”

Jonas Brothers – “What a Man Gotta Do”

Justin Bieber ft. Quavo – “Intentions”

Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande – “Rain On Me”

Taylor Swift – “Lover”

BEST HIP-HOP

DaBaby – “Bop”

Eminem ft. Juice WRLD – “Godzilla”

Future ft. Drake – “Life Is Good”

Megan Thee Stallion – “Savage”

Roddy Ricch – “The Box”

Travis Scott – “Highest in the Room”

BEST ROCK

Blink-182 – “Happy Days”

Coldplay – “Orphans”

Evanescence – “Wasted On You”

Fall Out Boy ft. Wyclef Jean – “Dear Future Self (Hands Up)”

Green Day – “Oh Yeah!”

The Killers – “Caution”

BEST ALTERNATIVE

The 1975 – “If You’re Too Shy (Let Me Know)”

All Time Low – “Some Kind Of Disaster”

Finneas – “Let’s Fall in Love for the Night”

Lana Del Rey – “Doin’ Time”

Machine Gun Kelly – “Bloody Valentine”

Twenty One Pilots – “Level of Concern”

BEST LATIN

Anuel AA ft. Daddy Yankee, Ozuna, Karol G & J Balvin – “China”

Bad Bunny – “Yo Perreo Sola”

Black Eyed Peas ft. Ozuna & J. Rey Soul – “Mamacita”

J Balvin – “Amarillo”

Karol G ft. Nicki Minaj – “Tusa”

Maluma ft. J Balvin – “Qué Pena”

BEST R&B

Alicia Keys – “Underdog”

Chloe x Halle – “Do It”

H.E.R. ft. YG – “Slide”

Khalid ft. Summer Walker – “Eleven”

Lizzo – “Cuz I Love You”

The Weeknd – “Blinding Lights”

BEST K-POP

(G)I-DLE – “Oh My God”

BTS – “On”

EXO – “Obsession”

Monsta X – “Someone’s Someone”

Tomorrow X Together – “9 and Three Quarters (Run Away)”

Red Velvet – “Psycho”

VIDEO FOR GOOD

Anderson .Paak – “Lockdown”

Billie Eilish – “All the Good Girls Go to Hell”

Demi Lovato – “I Love Me”

H.E.R. -” I Can’t Breathe”

Lil Baby – “The Bigger Picture”

Taylor Swift – “The Man”

BEST MUSIC VIDEO FROM HOME

5 Seconds of Summer – “Wildflower”

Ariana Grande & Justin Bieber – “Stuck with U”

Blink-182 – “Happy Days”

Drake – “Toosie Slide”

John Legend – “Bigger Love”

Twenty One Pilots – “Level of Concern”

BEST QUARANTINE PERFORMANCE

Chloe & Halle – “Do It” from MTV’s Prom-athon

CNCO – Unplugged at Home

DJ D-Nice – Club MTV presents #DanceTogether

John Legend – #togetherathome Concert Series

Lady Gaga – “Smile” from One World: Together at Home

Post Malone – Nirvana Tribute

BEST DIRECTION

Billie Eilish – “Xanny” – Directed by Billie Eilish

Doja Cat – “Say So” – Directed by Hannah Lux Davis

Dua Lipa – “Don’t Start Now” – Directed by Nabil

Harry Styles – “Adore You” – Directed by Dave Meyers

Taylor Swift – “The Man” – Directed by Taylor Swift

The Weeknd – “Blinding Lights” – Directed by Anton Tammi

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

5 Seconds of Summer – “Old Me” – Cinematography by Kieran Fowler

Camila Cabello ft. DaBaby – “My Oh My” – Cinematography by Dave Meyers

Billie Eilish – “All the Good Girls Go to Hell” – Cinematography by Christopher Probst

Katy Perry – “Harleys In Hawaii” – Cinematography by Arnau Valls

Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande – “Rain On Me” – Cinematography by Thomas Kloss

The Weeknd – “Blinding Lights” – Cinematography by Oliver Millar

BEST ART DIRECTION

A$AP Rocky – “Babushka Boi” – Art Direction by A$AP Rocky & Nadia Lee Cohen

Dua Lipa – “Physical” – Art Direction by Anna Colomé Nogu ́

Harry Styles – “Adore You” – Art Direction by Laura Ellis Cricks

Miley Cyrus – “Mother’s Daughter” – Art Direction by Christian Stone

Selena Gomez – “Boyfriend” – Art Direction by Tatiana Van Sauter

Taylor Swift – “Lover” – Art Direction by Ethan Tobman

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

Billie Eilish – “All the Good Girls Go to Hell” – Visual Effects by Drive Studios

Demi Lovato – “I Love Me” – Visual Effects by Hoody FX

Dua Lipa – “Physical” – Visual Effects by EIGHTY4

Harry Styles – “Adore You” – Visual Effects by Mathematic

Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande – “Rain On Me” – Visual Effects by Ingenuity Studios

Travis Scott – “Highest in the Room” – Visual Effects by ARTJAIL, SCISSOR FILMS & FRENDER

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY

BTS – “On” – Choreography by Son Sung Deuk, Lee Ga Hun, Lee Byung Eun

CNCO & Natti Natasha – “Honey Boo” – Choreography by Kyle Hanagami

DaBaby – “Bop” – Choreography by Dani Leigh and Cherry

Dua Lipa – “Physical” – Choreography by Charm La’Donna

Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande – “Rain On Me” – Choreography by Richy Jackson

Normani – “Motivation” – Choreography by Sean Bankhead

BEST EDITING

Halsey – “Graveyard” – Edited by Emilie Aubry, Janne Vartia & Tim Montana

James Blake – “Can’t Believe the Way We Flow” – Edited by Frank Lebon

Lizzo – “Good As Hell” – Edited by Russell Santos & Sofia Kerpan

Miley Cyrus – “Mother’s Daughter” – Edited by Alexandre Moors, Nuno Xico

Rosalía – “A Palé” – Edited by Andre Jones

The Weeknd – “Blinding Lights” – Edited by Janne Vartia & Tim Montana

Marilyn Manson announces September release date for ‘We Are Chaos,’ debuts lead single

Surprise (or maybe not)! Marilyn Manson has a new record heading our way later this year.

On Wednesday (July 29), the shock rocker unveiled that he will be releasing a brand new collection of tunes in the fall.

Titled We are Chaos, the forthcoming release is due out September 11 through Loma Vista Recordings. The 10-track effort was produced by Manson and Shooter Jennings.

In a lengthy press statement, Manson reflects on the album, even giving some insight on his perception of the new tracks and the story behind them.

“When I listen to WE ARE CHAOS now, it seems like just yesterday or as if the world repeated itself, as it always does, making the title track and the stories seem as if we wrote them today,” the musician writes.

He continues: “This was recorded to its completion without anyone hearing it until it was finished. There is most definitely a side A and side B in the traditional sense. But just like an LP, it is a flat circle, and it’s up to the listener to put the last piece of the puzzle into the picture of songs.

This concept album is the mirror Shooter and I built for the listener—it’s the one we won’t stare into. There are so many rooms, closets, safes, and drawers. But in the soul or your museum of memories, the worst are always the mirrors. Shards and slivers of ghosts haunted my hands when I wrote most of these lyrics.

Making this record, I had to think to myself: ‘Tame your crazy, stitch your suit. And try to pretend that you are not an animal,’ but I knew that mankind is the worst of them all. Making mercy is like making murder. Tears are the human body’s largest export.”

Deep.

To coincide with the new album announcement, Manson debuted its first single and title track, “We are Chaos.” Watch the Matt Mahurin-directed (photographed and edited) video above.

We are Chaos is the follow-up to 2017’s Heaven Upside Down. Pre-orders are available on Manson’s website.

The complete tracklisting for We are Chaos can be found below.

We are Chaos tracklisting:

01. “Red Black and Blue”
02. “We are Chaos”
03. “Don’t Chase the Dead”
04. “Paint You with My Love”
05. “Half-way & One Step Forward”
06. “Infinite Darkness”
07. “Perfume”
08. “Keep My Head Together”
09. “Solve Coagula”
10. “Broken Needle”