Watch: The 1975 cover Ariana Grande for Live Lounge

With their much-anticipated new album about to hit the streets, the 1975 are back with a little treat for their fans to hold them over until the end of the week. On Monday (Nov. 26), the British band took over BBC Radio 1 for their new Live Lounge session. During the show, the group performed several new tracks from the upcoming record including “Sincerity is Scary,” “It’s Not Living (If It’s Not with You),” and “TOOTIMETOOTIMETOOTIME.”

In between all the new music, the four-piece decided to add a cover to their setlist. As a bonus track, the group took on Ariana Grande’s surprise new single, “thank u, next.” Instead of going the way of poppy goodness that the original version of the insightful song leans on, the 1975 decided to make it more like them. Armed with harmonious backup singers to give it a gospel feel, the cover sounds like it could easily fit on any of the group’s previously released albums.

Watch the 1975 cover “thank u, next” above while the full set can be heard here.

The 1975’s new album, A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships, is due out this Friday, Nov. 30. To prepare fans for the album’s release, the quartet unveiled a string of listening parties scheduled to take place on Thursday, Nov. 29, throughout the country. The full list of upcoming listening parties can be found on Twitter.

As for Grande, “thank u, next” has now spent two weeks at the top spot on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. The chart-topping song has also landed at the top spot on the Digital Song Sales, On-Demand Streaming Songs, and Streaming Songs charts while also becoming the internet’s favorite new meme. Not too shabby for a song the singer released just a few weeks ago.

Listen: 5 Seconds of Summer give ‘Youngblood’ acoustic treatment

Now that the release of their third studio album is only a handful of days away, the guys from 5 Seconds of Summer are putting their press appearances into overdrive. On Tuesday (June 12), the Australian band headed over to BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge to perform two songs; an acoustic version of their album’s title track and current single “Youngblood” and a cover of Alice Merton’s breakout single “No Roots.”

Watch the quartet’s acoustic rendition of “Youngblood” above while their cover of “No Roots” can be found here.

Earlier this month, 5 Seconds of Summer surprised fans by announcing they had decided to move up the release date of their forthcoming album by a week. Taking to Twitter, frontman Luke Hemmings posted “Youngblood is now out June 15. This is not a drill.”

Originally, the group’s first new album in nearly three years was set to be released on June 22, but due to popular demand, the group decided to unleash the album a week ahead of time.

For those who have yet to order the impending release, pre-orders are still available on all digital music platforms.

In support of Youngblood‘s release, the band will hit the North American road this fall. The North American leg of the “Meet You There” tour will begin 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. Tickets for the upcoming tour are currently available on the band’s website while the complete list of tour dates can be found here.

Watch Panic! at the Disco cover the Weeknd, Rihanna

Photo by Erica Dominguez

Photo by Erica Dominguez

The guys of Panic! at the Disco are not exactly strangers to covering other artists’ songs. One of their most famous cover, one that they perform every show, ended up being used for the Suicide Squad soundtrack. On Monday (Nov. 21), the group stopped by BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge where they covered The Weeknd and Daft Punk’s recent collaboration, “Starboy.” As if covering the infectious Top 20 hit wasn’t enough, the Las Vegas-founded group decided to cover another artist; Rihanna. Check out the “Starboy” cover below while the Rihanna cover can be seen here.

Panic! at the Disco is currently wrapping up the remaining dates of the European leg of the “Death of a Bachelor” tour. Following a couple of shows in Australia and New Zealand in the new year, the band will return to North America for the North American leg of the tour. The trek will kick off on Feb. 24, 2017 at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT and wrap up almost two months later on April 15, 2017 at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, FL. Saint Motel and MisterWives will open for Panic! at the Disco during the excursion. The complete list of North American stops for the “Death of a Bachelor” tour can be found here.

The “Death of a Bachelor” tour is in support of Panic! at the Disco’s recently released record, Death of a Bachelor. This past summer, the group, alongside Weezer and Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, invaded the North American tour circuit for their massive summer. Check out our recap/review from the Miami stop here.

Bring Me the Horizon Unleash an “Avalanche”

With just a few days left until the release of their fifth studio album, Bring Me the Horizon has released yet another new song from That’s the Spirit. Since the initial announcement confirming the release of the new LP, the United Kingdom group has released several songs from it including lead single “Happy Song,” “Throne,” “True Friends,” and “Drown,” a reworked version of an old song.

Now, a couple of days after debuting the new version of “Drown,” the five-piece have premiered another new song; a track titled “Avalanche.”

“Avalanche” made its official debut on Annie Mac’s BBC Radio 1 Show Tuesday night (Sept. 8). Leading up to its premiere, the band had teased fans about the new song, urging them to pre-order the new album in order to unlock the audio on iTunes. Thankfully, they felt like being nice and decided to post up the track on iTunes at midnight. For now, “Avalanche” can be streamed over at BBC Radio 1’s website here.

That’s the Spirit is the follow-up to Bring Me the Horizon’s hit 2013 album, Sempiternal. The record was produced by frontman Oli Sykes and keyboardist Jordan Fish and is scheduled to be released this Friday, Sept. 11 through Columbia Records. In support of the album the band will be hitting the road alongside Issues for a North American tour this fall. Tour dates can be seen here.

Fall Out Boy Unleash “Centuries”


It felt like history was repeating itself when Fall Out Boy announced plans to release a new song only to be outdone by their fans who spread the word faster than a fire on social media after a music video shoot.

But, it didn’t matter how clever the fans were, because the band managed to hold the song in secret until its scheduled debut today on DJ Zane Lowe’s BBC Radio 1 show.

“Centuries” is set to be the band’s lead single from that upcoming record which is currently in the works.

Listen to the song below.

“Centuries”  currently on sale for those in North America, while the track will be available worldwide beginning at midnight.

Though talk about a new album has been minimal, there was a recent interview with bassist Pete Wentz hinted that their sixth studio album is in the works. “We’re writing, finishing out the album cycle in South Africa in September.” When the record is finally released, it will be through Island/DCD2.

New Fall Out Boy on the Horizon


It sounds like Fall Out Boy have been holding out on their fans.

Over the past few days, reports have been surfacing that the band had recorded a music video for a brand new, never before heard track. The track is reportedly titled “Centuries” while the music video will feature fans of the band.

Proof of the band’s open cast calling and picture from those on the set had been uploaded onto the web. Just a normal, daily occurrence from the generation that we live in.


Today, the rumors of the new song hit overdrive when the band post a five second clip featuring a blacked out screen and Morse code. We’re not experts nor do we know Morse code, but we’re going to assume it has something to do with the new song.

As if that wasn’t enough of a confirmation, DJ Zane Lowe from BBC Radio 1 confirmed earlier today that a new Fall Out Boy song would premiere on Monday, Sept. 8.

Check out the clip below.

From the pictures some fans had posted online from the video shoot, we only know that there’s a man nailed to a cross featured in the video (among other Bible characters according to the casting call) and that Pete Wentz is now very, very blonde.

Fall Out Boy released their hit “reunion” record Save Rock and Roll last year and followed it up with an EP titled PAX AM Days. The band also just finished wrapping up their “MONUMENTOUR” alongside Paramore.

Coldplay to Perform at BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend


With Coldplay’s announcement last week that they would be performing six intimate shows in total around the world in support of their upcoming new album, fans of the group are hoping that the six show are not the only ones. This morning, Coldplay fans in the United Kingdom were given good news; they will be performing ta this year’s BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend.

The free show takes place is Glasgow Green On May 24 and 25 with Coldplay performing that Saturday, the 24th. The news came when the band were at the radio station to perform a few songs including a new one titled “Ocean.”

“We’re very thrilled to be asked, thank you so much… We’re all pleased to be here, I speak for everyone when I say that,” said frontman Chris Martin.

“We are absolutely thrilled to have been asked to play Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Glasgow this year. Playing in Glasgow is always so much fun and Radio 1 have always been wonderful to us so it couldn’t really be any better!” drummer Will Champion followed up.

Also performing at the annual event will be Pharrell Williams, The 1975, Paolo Nutini and Rita Ora. The weekend will officially begin on Friday, May 23 with Radio 1 personalities, Annie Mac, Pete Tong, Zane Lowe and Danny Howard, hosting a massive party with a line-up of DJs.

But if you are thinking about heading over to Glasgow for the show in an attempt to get into the event, sadly all 50,000 tickets that were available for the show were given out in just 35 minutes. It’s not Lollapalooza speed, but still, that’s something. As of now, the full line-up for the show has not been revealed, but according to source, it should be revealed sometime this month.

For now, listen to the live version of their new song “Ocean” from Ghost Stories. 

Sia’s ‘Catching Fire’ Song Debuts


Last week was a good week for news concerning the soundtrack for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. 

Everyday, it looked like the people behind the major film were giving fans news about the soundtrack as a way to hold them over until the sequel opens up in theaters.

First, there was news that The National were almost left off the soundtrack because their contribution had been too dark; they ended up being on the soundtrack at the end. Then Christina Aguilera announced via Twitter that she had been working on a new song that would only be seen (or heard) on the soundtrack.

Following that announcement, the full list of musicians and their songs had been released, revealing a mixed bag of artists making it on the album. On Friday, a Seattle radio station debuted a live version of the Lumineers’ contribution, “Gale Song” from a show that the band had performed at.

And just when you think that wasn’t enough to tide you over until November, today, Sia’s song for the soundtrack made its own debut on the internet. The song which is titled, “Elastic Heart” premiere on Zane Lowe’s radio show on BBC Radio 1. The song which not only features the Titanium singer, but also The Weeknd and Diplo is currently available online, or you can just simply listen to it here.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is due out on November 22 with the soundtrack coming out that Tuesday, November 19.

No Plans for a Strokes Tour

The Strokes

Fans of The Strokes rallied last month when they heard that there would be new music from the band during the upcoming month. After the release of their first single, “One Way Trigger,” there was a lot of speculation whether or not the new album would sound like the band, at all. After their recent single hit the inter-web, their worries were put to rest when “All the Time” was released.

Any hopes though of a full tour from the band in support of their new album, Comedown Machine, have been put to rest by bassist, Nikolai Fraiture. In a recent interview with DJ Zane Lowe from BBC Radio 1, he was asked if there would be any touring in support of the album. Fraiture responded with, “I don’t know. I would love to tour” and admitted that there weren’t any tour dates scheduled at the moment for them.

The Strokes’ new album, Comedown Machine, comes out on March 26, but until then you can head on over to their Soundcloud and listen to the first two singles from it.