Watch Christina Aguilera and Demi Lovato escape the patriarchy in ‘Fall in Line’

After dropping the audio version of her latest single and then giving a stellar performance at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards, Christina Aguilera and Demi Lovato have returned with the official video for “Fall in Line.” On Wednesday (May 23), the powerhouse duo premiered the music video for their female empowerment anthem. The almost five-minute long clip begins with two little girls, presumably meant to be Aguilera and Lovato, playing in a field.

Out of nowhere, two soldiers — dressed in black from head to toe — appear. Each soldier grabs a little girl, separating them from one another. Flash forward, and we see a makeup-less Aguilera laying on a cot in what looks to be some sort of prison. The viewer watches as two soldiers hold onto Aguilera, manhandling her as if she were some kind of doll while she stands in front of a white screen with cameras pointed at her.

As Aguilera begins to sing the song, the viewer watches as the camera angles shift from the white room to a surveillance room where a woman sits watching the medley of television screens. For a brief second, the viewer see a similarly  makeup-less Lovato on one of the many screens.

During the second verse, the viewer finally gets to see Lovato, who like Aguilera, is posed in front of a white screen in front of a slew of cameras. In a not-so-surprising move, given the content of the lyrics, Aguilera and Lovato manage to escape their captors and return to the real world. Watch the full music video for “Fall in Line” above.

“Fall in Line” will join previously released tracks “Twice” and “Accelerate” on Aguilera’s upcoming release. Liberation is due out June 15 through RCA Records.

In support of the 15-track album, the pop star announced last week plans to hit the North American touring circuit in the fall for her first tour in over ten years. The Liberation tour will kick off on Sept. 25 at the Hard Rock Live Arena at the Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood, Florida and conclude a month and a half later on Nov. 13 at the Mahaffey Theatre in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Tickets for the upcoming trek are currently available here. Every tour ticket purchased will include a free copy of Aguilera’s new album. The full list of Liberation tour dates can be found here.

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As It Is rekindle the emo era with ‘The Wounded World’ video

It’s barely been a year and a half since As It Is released their sophomore album okay., but now it looks like fans should expect some new tunes before we say good-bye to the dog days of summer. On Thursday (May 17), the British band formally announced the release of their third studio album. Titled The Great Depression, the record is due out Aug. 10 through Fearless Records. Pre-orders for the new album are available on As It Is’ website.

In conjunction with the new album’s announcement, the band released the music video for its first single, “The Wounded World” which introduces their longtime followers to a brand new era for the quartet. Watch the music video for “The Wounded World” above.

For some, the new darker image may or may not come as a surprise. At the end of April, photos of frontman Patty Walters sporting black hair, the emo fringe, massive eyeliner, and black nail polish surfaced on social media. While this elated some, it kind of confused others. The new look though, has a direct connection with the band’s goal with this album; to shine a light on mental illness.

“This record started…as an exploration of the question ‘Do we as a society have a fetish for mental illness?” begins Walters’ explanation behind the impending release.

“Do we romanticize or glorify a sickness? It was important for me to do some soul-searching around that question. Are we part of a scene that actually does more damage than good in terms of the way we talk about these issues?”

Guitarist/vocalist Benjamin Langford-Biss reveals that there was one major event in  the last year that helped shape the band’s new melancholy sound; the death of Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington. “What happened with Chester really shaped the direction of the story.”

Walters adds: “[The album] took a different turn when Chester Bennington took his own life.”

The Great Depression will be the follow-up to 2017’s sophomore effort okay.

Watch Broadside celebrate their fans in ‘Summer Stained’

Just as they are about to kick off another tour, Broadside are back to give fans a little something. On Thursday (May 17), the Virginia-founded band released an emotional music video for their latest single “Summer Stained.” The almost-four-minute clip begins with a short snippet of footage from what looks to be the Vans Warped Tour. The seconds long clip is then rewound and the viewer finds themselves in a darkly lit room with frontman Ollie Baxxter sitting on a bed while guitarist Dorian Cooke sits nearby in a chair.

Behind both guys is a wall covered from top to bottom with photographs sent in by fans. The music video also features fan-shot footage of the band interacting with their fans and performing on stage. All in all, the video feels like a thank you from the band to their fans.

“With the progression of social media and everybody having a camera in their pocket, a lot of moments are captured but unseen,” begins a message from Baxxter about the music video.

“We always meet so many people on tour and being able to relive those encounters again without the fear of ‘I hope I’m more than just a photograph’ was really inspirational. The fact that thousands of photos poured in shows that people really care about us (as we do them). The love is more than appreciated.”

“‘Summer Stained’ is a reflection on the loneliness of giving all of yourself away in your music in hopes that you will fill the hole that is in your heart.” Watch the complete video for “Summer Stained” above.

“Summer Stained” is featured on Broadside’s sophomore album, Paradise. The record was released in June of 2017 and earned the number 17 spot on Billboard‘s Heatseekers Album chart and the number 47 spot on Billboard‘s Independent Album chart.

Broadside just began their springtime European tour with a show at Dynamo in Zürich. The European tour will feature stops in Germany, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. The U.K. portion will also include the group’s appearance at all three days of the Slam Dunk Festival. After a month away from the road, Broadside will join the final Vans Warped Tour excursion in early July, riding it out until the traveling music festival’s final stop at the Coral Sky Amphitheatre in West palm Beach, Florida.

Broadside’s upcoming tour schedule can be found here.

Watch I Prevail overrun an arcade in ‘Rise’

I Prevail are back to close the book on their Lifelines era with one last music video. On Tuesday (May 15), the Michigan-founded band unleashed the music video for their fan-favorite track, “Rise.” The three-and-a-half minute clip begins with a zoomed out shot of a white van parked in the middle of a deserted parking lot. The shot switches to the four guys sitting inside of the van as they are about to put on some ultra-cheesy clown masks. Even though someone decides they don’t want to participate, they go forward with their still-unknown plan.

At first, it appears like they are about to rob a bank or some sort of store, but it turns out that they are making their way towards a grimy, desolate building. Once they enter the building, they hand over some cash and make their way into an old-school arcade.

Surrounded by children, the guys don’t care as they start to wreak havoc. They take the kids’ tickets, push them out of games, try to steal the prizes, and even cheat at Skeetball (in their defense, it is a hard game). That’s about the time when the kids decide to join forces for a full mutiny.

“We knew we wanted to create a video for ‘Rise’ very early on in the making of Lifelines,” lead/guitarist Steve Menoian explains.

“The song is an anthem about the competition and dedication that comes with overcoming obstacles and achieving goals. During our first year of touring, we spent almost every day off at Dave & Busters. This was partly because we couldn’t afford hotels or fancy restaurants, but mostly because we found ourselves having to compete with each other at every turn, no matter how petty or small the stakes.

It’s just part of who we are. This video will give you a front row seat to our over competitiveness and a window into our darker sense of humor. The entire process of making this video allowed us to travel back in time and remember how much we love what we do and how we wouldn’t want to be doing this without each other and our fans.”

Watch the music video for “Rise” above.

“Rise” is featured on I Prevail’s debut album Lifelines. The record was released back in 2016. In support of the album’s release, the band has been touring nonstop for the past two years. Currently, they are in the middle of wrapping up a mid-western tour which will find them performing at select venues and several music festivals including WIXO Spring Fling in Illinois, Rock on the Range in Ohio, and Rocklahoma in Oklahoma. I Prevail’s current tour schedule can be seen below.

I PREVAIL TOUR DATES:

May 18 – WIXO Spring Fling – Peoria, IL
May 19 – Lafayette Theater – Lafayette, IN
May 20 – Rock On The Range– Columbus, OH
May 25 – Rocklahoma – Pryor, OK
May 26 – Dos Equis Pavillion – Dallas, TX
June 01 – The Apollo Theatre – Genoa, IL
June 02 – Rockfest –Kansas City, KS
June 03 –Pop’s – Sauget, IL

Listen: Florence and the Machine debut two new songs at show

Last week, Florence and the Machine confirmed the release date, title, and first official single off their impending fourth studio album. During the weekend, the group followed up the annuncement with a performance at the Victoria Theatre in Halifax, England where they treated concertgoers to two new songs from High As Hope. Thanks to some fan-shot video, fans not in attendance were able to hear the new songs as well.

The first song is titled “Patricia” and according to frontwoman Florence Welch is “a tribute to one of my favorite artists.” The second new song from High As Hope is titled “100 Years” and as Welch put it “you can tell I wrote it because it’s literally three notes going down.”

In addition to a lengthy setlist which featured songs from their discography, the group also performed “Falling” from their 2009 debut, Lungs. Reportedly, it’s also the first time in nine years that they’ve performed the song. You can tell it’s been a while since they last performed the tune, because even Welch couldn’t remember the lyrics at the beginning of the video (“it’s been a long time!”).

Both “Patricia” and “100 Years” will join previously released tracks “Hunger” and “A Sky Full of Song” on the new albm. High As Hope will be released on June 29 through Republic Records. Pre-orders for the forthcoming record are currently available here.

High As Hope will reportedly feature contributions from Jamie xx, Sampha, Tobias Jesso Jr., and Kamasi Washington.

High As Hope is the follow-up to the group’s 2015 release, How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful.

Travel to Bikini Bottom in ‘(Just a) Simple Sponge’

If you haven’t had the chance to see the new “SpongeBob SqaurePants: The Musical” then you should probably get on that soon before tickets for the Tony-nominated show are sold out indefinitely. But, if you can’t make it to New York any time soon, don’t worry because you can get a little sneak peek at the musical now. On Friday (May 4), the official music video for the show’s tune “(Just a) Simple Sponge” was released.

The almost four-minute clip features the show’s star, Ethan Slater, recording the song in a recording studio surrounded by the show’s ensemble. In between the footage of the musicians in the studio, there is footage from the showing which brings the cartoon version of Bikini Bottom to life. Watch the music video for “(Just a) Simple Sponge” above.

“(Just a) Simple Sponge” was written by Panic! at the Disco frontman Brendon Urie. In addition to Urie, the multi-award nominated musical includes songs from Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, Tony-nominated Sara Bareilles, Cyndi Lauper, Plain White T’s, They Might Be Giants, David Bowie, and many more.

The musical is described as: “The stakes are higher than ever as SpongeBob and all of Bikini Bottom face the total annihilation of their undersea world. Chaos erupts. Lives hang in the balance. And just when all hope seems lost, a most unexpected hero rises up and takes center stage.”

The cast includes Slater as said unexpected hero, SpongeBob SquarePants; Gavin Lee as Squidward Q. Tentacles; Lilli Cooper as Sandy Cheeks; Brian Ray Norris as Eugene Krabs; Danny Skinner as Patrick Star; and Wesley Taylor as Sheldon Plankton.

Last week, it was announced that the musical was nominated for a total of 12 Tony Awards tied with fellow newcomer “Mean Girls.” Those categories include “Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre,” “Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical” for Slater, and “Best Musical.”

SpongeBob SquarePants, The New Musical Original Cast Recording is now available from Masterworks Broadway wherever music is sold.

“SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical” is now playing at the Palace Theatre. To purchase tickets for an upcoming show, head on over to the musical’s website here.

Watch Céline Dion and Deadpool exchange words in ‘Ashes’ video’

What happens when you combine two of Canada’s biggest and best exports (not maple syrup)? One funny music video. On Thursday (May 3), Céline Dion was confirmed as one of the many artists to have a song featured on the upcoming Deadpool 2: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. In conjunction with the announcement, the iconic songstress released the official music video for “Ashes.”

Like most of Dion’s videos, the clip features the singer doing what she does best; singing the ballad inside of a darken theater as footage from the film are interwoven with footage of her singing. The funny moments begins when Deadpool is seen in the same theater on the stage where Dion is currently residing. As she sings the song, the camera follows the anti-superhero as he performs an interpretive dance while in heels.

As if that wasn’t funny enough, just wait until the end of the clip when Dion and the Merc with a Mouth have a little bit of an exchange of words. Just keep an eye out for “beat it, Spider-Man!” Watch the music video for “Ashes” above.

In addition to Dion’s new song, the 12-track soundtrack will also include a new song from French Montana titled “Welcome to the Party” featuring  Diplo, Lil Pump and Zhavia Ward. The film’s soundtrack will also feature songs from DJ Shadow and Run the Jewels, Peter Gabriel, a-ha, Cher, Dolly Parton, Air Supply, Pat Benatar, Alicia Morton, and Skrillex.

Deadpool 2: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is due out on May 18, the same day the film will invade theaters. Check out the full soundtrack song list below.

DEADPOOL 2 SOUNDTRACK TRACK LISTING:

“Ashes” – Celine Dion
“Welcome to the Party” – Diplo, French Montana & Lil Pump (feat. Zhavia Ward)
“Nobody Speak” – DJ Shadow feat. Run the Jewels
“In Your Eyes” – Peter Gabriel
“Take on Me” (MTV Unplugged – Summer Solstice) – a-ha
“If I Could Turn Back Time” – Cher
“9 to 5” – Dolly Parton
“All Out of Love” – Air Supply
“We Belong” – Pat Benatar
“Tomorrow” – Alicia Morton
“Mutant Convoy” – Tyler Bates
“Bangarang” (feat. Sirah)  – Skrillex

Mayday Parade ask for a ‘Piece of Your Heart’ in new song, announce new album

Last month, Mayday Parade announced they had left their longtime home of Fearless Records for Rise Record where they would release their sixth studio album. Now, it looks like that brand new album may be in the hands of fans sooner rather than later. On Thursday (May 3), the Florida-founded band formally announced the title and release date for their impending new album.

Titled Sunnyland, the new album will be released on June 15 via Rise Records. Taking to social media, the band confirmed the name and release date for the 13-track album as well as debuted the music video for its first single.

“We’re happy to finally announce our first single ‘Piece of Your Heart’ off of our upcoming album Sunnyland, out June 15 on Rise Records!,” the group posted on all their social media platforms. Watch the emotional video for “Piece of Your Heart” above.

Pre-orders for the new album are currently available on Mayday Parade’s website. Sunnyland is the follow-up to the group’s last effort, 2015’s Black Lines.

In support of the band’s new record, they will hit the road this summer on the final Vans Warped Tour. Those upcoming tour dates can be found here while the complete track listing for Sunnyland can be seen below.

SUNNYLAND TRACK LISTING:

1. “Never Sure”
2. “It’s Hard to Be Religious When Certain People are Never Incinerated By Bolts of Lightning”
3. “Piece of Your Heart”
4. “Is Nowhere”
5. “Take My Breath Away”
6. “Stay the Same”
7. “How Do You Like Me Now”
8. “Where You Are”
9. “If I Were You”
10. “Satellite”
11. “Looks Red, Tastes Blue”
12. “Always Leaving”
13. “Sunnyland”

Christina Aguilera announces ‘Liberation’ with new song

Christina Aguilera is back and ready to begin a new era in her career. On Thursday (May 3), the pop star announced that her eighth studio album will see a release time frame of early summer. The new record will be titled Liberation and will be released on June 15 through her longtime home of RCA Records.

The singer’s latest effort will feature a total of 15 news tracks including her recently released first single, “Accelerate.” Just like her previously album, Lotus, Aguilera is the executive producer on the album.

In conjunction with the new album announcement, Aguilera unveiled the music video for Liberation first single. The new tune features rappers Ty Dolla $ign and 2 Chainz. Watch the Zoey Grossman-directed clip above.

Pre-orders for Liberation are currently available on Aguilera’s website. In addition to Ty Dolla $ign and 2 Chainz, the new album will also feature a duet with Demi Lovato (“Fall in Love”) and vocal contributions from Jamaican dancehall singers Keida & Shenseea (“Right Moves.”).

Liberation will be the long-awaited follow-up to Aguilera’s 2012 release, Lotus. Though Lotus was Aguilera’s least successful record both in sales and reviews, it still managed to debut at the number seven spot on the Billboard 200 chart and sell a total of 73,408 units in its first week.

For now, the complete track listing for Liberation can be found below.

LIBERATION TRACK LIST:

01. “Liberation”

02. “Searching for Maria”

03. “Maria”

04. “Sick of Sittin'”

05. “Dreamers”

06. “Fall in Line” (featuring Demi Lovato)

07. “Right Moves” (Keida & Shenseea)

08. “Like I Do”

09. “Deserve”

10. “Twice”

11. “I Don’t Need it Anymore (Interlude)”

12. “Accelerate” (featuring Ty Dolla $ign and 2 Chainz)

13. “Pipe”

14. “Masochist”

15. “Unless It’s With You”

Watch 5 Seconds of Summer chronicle their 5SOS3 tour in ‘Youngblood’

A week after premiering the second single from their upcoming third studio album, 5 Seconds of Summer have returned with the song’s official music video. On Thursday (April 26), the Australian band debuted the music video for the record’s title track, “Youngblood.” The almost three-and-a-half-minute black-and-white clip is reminiscent of the photographs the band has been posting on their social media accounts since officially announcing the release of the brand new set of tunes.

The video features a combination of the four-piece performing on stage, their behind-the-scenes antics, them playing tourists around the world, and the reason they are able to travel the world, their fans. The video’s footage is taken from the band’s video diary which followed them on their 5SOS3 intimate venue tour. Watch the music video for “Youngblood” above.

“Youngblood” will join lead single “Want You Back” on 5 Seconds of Summer’s impending new album. Youngblood will be released on June 22 through Capitol Records. Pre-orders for the new album are currently available on the band’s website. All pre-orders will receive and instant download of “Youngblood.”

In support of Youngblood‘s release, the quartet recently announced a massive, large venue North American tour for the late summer months. The “Meet You There” tour will kick off on Aug. 27 at RBC Echo Beach in Toronto and conclude about a month and a half later on Oct. 12 at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles. Each ticket sold will include a copy of Youngblood. The complete “Meet You There” tour itinerary can be found here.