Anberlin Frontman Posts Blog About Song Meanings

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Earlier this year, Anberlin announced that they would be breaking up, but not without releasing one final album as well as a tour to close up shop.

The band, who will be part of this year’s Vans Warped Tour, announced that their final album would be titled Lowborn and is set to be released this Summer; more specifically, July 22.

With a band that has been around since 2002 and has released a total of six albums to date, there are many songs that have come from them. In honor of the end of the group, frontman Stephen Christian, decided to post a bog in which he not only gives the correct lyrics for the band’s songs, but also the meaning behind them.

To view all of Christian’s musings and informative meanings behind some of your favorite Anberlin tracks like “Ready Fuels” or “Haight Street’ head on over to the blog and give it a read.

Also don’t forget to check out the Winter Haven-based band on Warped Tour this year as well as their final tour which will come sometime this Fall.

“What Does the Fox Say?” We’re Number One!

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One of 2013’s most infectious songs might have been “The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?)” and in part to that, the Norwegian duo behind the hit have now scored a hit number one children’s book.

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Ylvis, the duo behind the fox song, announced that they would be putting out a children’s book by the same name of their YouTube hit song. What nobody expected was the book to  debut at No. 1 on The New York Times’ Best Sellers List for Children’s Books.

The Simon & Schuster-published book, which is in its sixth printing, includes the lyrics to “The Fox” along with illustrations from Norwegian artist Svein Nyuhus. As for the catchy Summer jam, it made its mark on Billboard’s Hot 100 at number six and the original music video has surpassed 300 million views on YouTube; the video had passed the 100 million mark just one month after it was unleashed on the internet.

As of now, the electo-duo have not been able to release a song as catchy and mind-numbing as “The Fox,” the curse of the one-hit wonders, but they aren’t worried that such a thing will happen to them. Like many artists that are hits int heir home country, Bard Ylvisaker, one-half of the group said in a recent interview that even if they don’t have another hit and end up with the tiled of one-hit wonder, they’ll “return to our office in Norway and still be happy. Everything’s a bonus. And we won’t be disappointed if we’re kicked out of the country.”

Now, that’s one way to take the fame in stride especially now that they are making money off of a children’s book. So what does that fox say?

Thirty Seconds to Mars Premieres New Song

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Thirty Seconds to Mars have released a lyric video for their new song, “Conquistador.” The track will join their first single, “Up in the Air” on their upcoming album, Love Lust Faith + Dreams. Pre-orders are currently available through iTunes while the actual album will be released on May 21st.

Check out the lyric video for “Conquistador” right here and tell us what you think of the new 30STM track.

Rick Ross Dropped by Reebok

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After a petition hit the web asking Reebok to drop Rick Ross as a spokes person for his rape lyric in Rocko’s “U.O.E.N.O.,” Reebok has officially terminated his contract with the sports apparel company.

This decision comes about two weeks or so after the petition by Nita Chaudhary and her women’s rights group UltraViolet, started a petition calling for the company to drop him for being insensitive about the issue of rape.

“We are appalled that Reebok would pay a spokesperson who brags about enjoying drugging and raping a woman,” Chaudhary said about why she started the petition. “Reebok devotes a lot of time, energy and money to marketing to women—and now they are paying a man who is literally bragging about raping us while absurdly insisting it can’t possibly be rape if he doesn’t use the word ‘rape.’”

“Reebok holds our partners to a high standard, and we expect them to live up to the values of our brand. Unfortunately, Rick Ross has failed to do so,” the company said in a statement. “While we do not believe that Rick Ross condones sexual assault, we are very disappointed he has yet to display an understanding of the seriousness of this issue or an appropriate level of remorse.”

Ross had attempted to do damage control since the song made its initial debut by first hitting New Orleans radio station, Q93.3 to explain how it was a “misunderstanding.”  He later went on his Twitter to publicly apologize or cover his butt and writes, “I dont condone rape.Apologies for the #lyric interpreted as rape. #BOSS

In case you aren’t already familiar with the rape lyric in the song, here it is:

“Put Molly all in the champagne / She ain’t even know it / I took her home and I enjoy that / She ain’t even know it.”

Looks like someone will be heading to sensitivity training pretty soon.

Rick Ross Underfire Over Rape Lyric

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We all know that rappers have the tendency to put their foot in their mouths when it comes to rapping on their tracks, but now it looks like Rick Ross has done the same, but ten ties worse.

Ross is coming under fire when the lyrics to his song, “U.O.E.N.O,” appears to condone date rape. The line, “put Molly all in her champagne, she ain’t even know it / I took her home and I enjoyed that, she ain’t even know it.” Now the rapper is trying to back pedal during a radio interview on 93.3 in New Orleans.

“Woman is the most precious gift known to man. And there was a misunderstanding with a lyric, a misinterpretation,” he said. “I would never use the term rape in my records, in my lyrics. And as far as my camp, hip-hop don’t condone that, the streets don’t condone that, nobody condones that,” the rapper added.

Currently there is petition being passed around to encourage Reebok to drop Ross as a spokesperson due to the line from the song.

“We are appalled that Reebok would pay a spokesperson who brags about enjoying drugging and raping a woman,” said Nita Chaudhary, co-founder of the women’s rights group UltraViolet, in a recently released statement. “Reebok devotes a lot of time, energy and money to marketing to women—and now they are paying a man who is literally bragging about raping us while absurdly insisting it can’t possibly be rape if he doesn’t use the word ‘rape.'”

The petition which was started by Chaudhary’s UltraViolet group, currently has accumulated 51,000 signatures in less than 15 hours. No word from Reebok about the petition or the controversial lyric.

Hayley Williams Posts Lyrics for New Song

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Paramore frontwoman, Hayley Williams has recently posted on her blog the lyrics to a new song from the band’s upcoming self-titled new album. She writes the following on her blog:

This will be the last of the lyric posts until the album comes! There’s going to be a lot of exciting stuff happening this week so I promise that the time will fly by! Thanks for coming here to read the tiniest preview of some of the songs off our album. The guys and I are all but bursting at the seams with pride and excitement for this record to come out. Thank God. 

It’s hard to believe that almost a year ago, exactly, we moved out to LA to finish writing/start recording our Self Titled album. The few months before that were a weird time for me, personally. I was battling the present and just constantly trying to figure out how to get to whatever was going to be next. It’s funny how life goes cause then you start to look back at a time that felt really difficult and realize it was one of the most beautiful times in your whole life. The last two years were strange and hard and I learned a lot… but it was easily one of the most amazing, most peaceful times of my life. When I talk to people about it, I refer to last Spring/Summer as a “golden moment” that sparked so much growth and necessary healing. Funny I didn’t recognize how perfect it actually was when I was living it. We all need a little perspective sometimes. To stand back and really get what we’re right in the middle of. 

Last January, I sat up in bed one morning and sang out the chorus to a song that, for pretty obvious reasons, we called “Daydreaming”. I’ve never been the kind of writer to do that. There are like a billion episodes of Behind The Music where the artist talks about writing a song in their sleep… waking up and putting it down on paper before they go back to bed… or some of them just get right up and get to work finishing it. That’s just never been me, though I always wished it was. This particular morning, however, I woke up and from somewhere deep in my head or heart or wherever songs come from… it just came out like word vomit. Later that day I went to Taylor’s and showed him. Eventually the song kind of finished itself. 

Looking back on the months before we moved to California, I was having the worst time just getting through my daily life. I didn’t want to see anyone I knew in Nashville. I felt lonely and sad and a little hurt. For whatever reason I just felt like there was more out there for me but it wasn’t wherever I was. Not “more” as in success, or any type of worldly gain… but I just felt like my heart should be happier. I was constantly dreaming up a brighter life in my head. Trying to figure out what to do to get there. When we moved to LA, even the physical act of getting away wasn’t really helping. At that point, I felt completely lost. If I was this far away from my problems and I still felt alone and down… then where could I go to feel any less alone? It took a few weeks. It took getting up every morning and just deciding I was right where I needed to be. It took singing “Daydreaming” out loud in front of a mic in the studio and turning it into a reality. Now I look back at that season of my life with such a deep nostalgia. Growing pains sometimes hurt like heartache. In the moments that you feel change happening and you feel your heart, mind, body and soul resisting it with all your might, try not resisting for only a moment. Go with it, even! It’s like that quote I’ve always loved by Anias Nin… “And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom”. Don’t miss a chance to move forward. Daydream a little. Don’t be scared to embrace the way that it hurts just to grow. You’ll look back and your heart will thank you for not standing still when what you needed the most was to move forward. 

“Living in a city of sleepless people
Who all know the limits and won’t go too far outside the lines
Cause they’re’ out of their minds.
I wanna get out and build my own home
On a street where reality is not much different from dreams I’ve had
A dream is all I have…

Daydreaming
Daydreaming all the time
Daydreaming
Daydreaming into the night
And I’m alright

Creep past the hours like the shorter hand on the clock
hanging on a wall of a schoolhouse somewhere
We wait for the bell
And we dream of somewhere else

Daydreaming
Daydreaming all the time
Daydreaming
Daydreaming into the night
And I’m alright

Not that I won’t remember where I’m from
Just don’t wanna be here no more
It’s not enough
(We’re only half alive)
I’m gonna go
(We’re only half alive)
Where the rest of the dreamers go

Where the dreamers go

Daydreaming
Daydreaming all the time
Daydreaming
Daydreaming into the night
And I’m alright

Daydreaming
Daydreaming all the time
Daydreamer 
We used to be half alive
Now I’m alright”

Surprise! There’s the whole song’s worth…

-hayley

The song, “Daydreaming” will be featured on Paramore which is due to arrive at stores on April 9.