On Thursday (Aug. 19), the British musician announced the upcoming release of his fourth studio album. Titled = (Equals), the record is due out Oct. 29 through Atlantic Records. Fans have already gotten a firsthand listen to the new album with the release of its first single “Bad Habits.”
“‘=’ (Equals) is a really personal record and one that means a lot to me,” explains the musician.
“My life changed greatly over the past few years – I got married, became a father, experienced loss, and I reflect on these topics over the course of the album. I see it as my coming-of-age record, and I can’t wait to share this next chapter with you.”
To coincide with the new album announcement, Sheeran has revealed the album’s tracklisting. The 14-song album will include songs about love “The Joker and the Queen,” “First Times,” “2step”), loss (“Visiting Hours”), resilience (“Can’t Stop the Rain”), and fatherhood (“Sandman,” “Leave Your Life”).
As if all of that wasn’t enough, Sheeran has also released the official performance video for the song “Visiting Hours.” The almost four-minute track finds Sheeran coming to terms with the loss of his mentor and friend, Michael Gudinski. The song was reportedly written shortly after his passing and features backing vocals from Gudinski’s close friends, Kylie Minogue and Jimmy Barnes.
On Wednesday (July 21), the New Zealand singer gifted fans the second single from her much-anticipated third studio album, Solar Power.
Titled “Stoned at the Nail Salon,” the four-and-a-half-minute song is a mellow, guitar-centric ballad featuring backing vocals from her friends Clairo and Phoebe Bridgers.
Listen to the track above.
Solar Power is due out Aug. 20 through Universal Records. Pre-orders for the record are available for purchase here.
The forthcoming release was produced by Lorde and Bleachers frontman (and super-producer) Jack Antonoff.
Solar Power is the follow-up to 2017’s critically acclaimed Melodrama.
In support of the new album, Lorde will be hitting the road next year.
The North American leg of the Solar Power tour kicks off on April 3, 2022, at the Opry House in Nashville. It concludes on May 7, 2022, at the Santa Barbara Bowl in Santa Barbara, California.
Sadly, all those North American stops are sold out. So if you were able to get tickets, you’re one of the lucky ones.
The complete list of tour stops can be seen below.
LORDE’S SOLAR POWER 2022 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES:
April 3 – Nashville, TN – Opry House April 5 – Detroit, MI – Masonic Temple Theatre April 7 – Montreal, Quebec – Salle Willfrid Pelletier April 8 – Toronto, Ontario – Meridian Hall April 9 – Toronto, Ontario – Meridian Hall April 12 – Boston, MA – Boch Center – Wang Theatre April 13 – Boston, MA – Boch Center – Wang Theatre April 15 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena April 16 – Washington, D.C. – The Anthem April 18 – New York, NY – Radio City Music Hall April 19 – New York, NY – Radio City Music Hall April 20 – Philadelphia, PA – The Met April 22 – Chicago, IL – The Chicago Theatre April 23 – Chicago, IL – The Chicago Theatre April 25 – Minneapolis, MN – The Armory April 27 – Denver, CO – Mission Ballroom April 30 – Seattle, WA – WaMu Theatre May 1 – Portland, OR – Theater of the Clouds May 3 – San Francisco, CA – Bill Graham Civic Auditorium May 5 – Los Angeles, CA – Shrine Auditorium May 6 – Los Angeles, CA – Shrine Auditorium May 7 – Santa Barbara, CA – Santa Barbara Bowl
If you’re a Coheed and Cambria fan…well, we have some good news for you! The group is back.
On Wednesday (July 21), the New York founded act released a brand new song titled “Shoulders.”
The three-and-a-half-minute song marks the band’s first “proper studio recording” in nearly three years.
According to the accompanying press release, “Shoulders” touches on the highs and lows of the band’s multi-decade career in the music world and “how at times it can be frustrating to be an outsider to trendy circles, but in the end, doing it your own way has the biggest rewards.”
Coheed and Cambria vocalist/guitarist Claudio Sanchez adds: “In art, in your career, in relationships… No matter how much you give of yourself or try, you have to accept that not everything in life can be a perfect fit.”
Check out the new song above.
“Shoulders” comes three years after Coheed and Cambria released their ninth studio album, Vaxis – Act I: The Unheavenly Creatures, in 2018. No word on whether “Shoulders” will be a standalone single or part of an upcoming record.
Next month, Coheed and Cambria will hit the touring circuit alongside The Used for their co-headlining amphitheater tour. The 18-city trek kicks off on Aug. 27 at the FivePoint Amphitheater in Los Angeles. It concludes a month later, on Sept. 24, at Daily’s Place in Jacksonville, Florida. Meet Me @ the Altar, and carolesdaughter will perform on select dates.
COHEED AND CAMBRIA / THE USED SUMMER 2021 CO-HEADLINING TOUR
Aug. 27 – Los Angeles, CA – FivePoint Amphitheatre*
Aug. 28 – Phoenix, AZ – Mesa Amphitheatre*
Aug. 30 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex – Outdoors*
Aug. 31 – Denver, CO – Levitt Pavilion Denver*
Sept. 2 – Irving, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory*
Sept. 4 – Austin, TX – Germania Insurance Amphitheater*
What happens when the world comes to a screeching halt due to a pandemic?
Well, if you’re a musician, you probably took to the recording studio to make some new music…and that’s precisely what The Killers did.
On Monday (July 19), the Las Vegas-founded band announced plans to release their seventh studio album next month.
Titled Pressure Machine, the forthcoming release is due out Aug. 13 through the band’s longtime home of Island Records.
This will mark the group’s second album to be released in a two-year time span. The band released their sixth studio album Imploding the Mirage, last August.
According to the press material that accompanied the announcement, the new set of tunes was inspired by frontman Brandon Flowers’ experience of growing up in the small town of Nephi, Utah.
“We were discussing [Brandon] moving to Nephi as a kid and being stuck in the middle of nowhere,” explains drummer Ronnie Vannucci Jr. “And during COVID-19, it started to feel like we were all in the middle of nowhere.”
Continues Flowers: “I discovered this grief that I hadn’t dealt with, many memories of my time in Nephi are tender. But the ones tied to fear or great sadness were emotionally charged. I’ve got more understanding now than when we started the band, and hopefully I was able to do justice to these stories and these lives in this little town that I grew up in.”
To coincide with the new album announcement, the band has released a one-minute trailer for it. The clip features snippets of different people discussing what it’s like to live in an unnamed small town. Check out the trailer above.
Last month, the group joined forces with Bruce Springsteen on a track titled “Dustland.” The track is a re-imagined version of “A Dustland Fairytale” that can be found on 2008’s Day & Age.
In support of Pressure Machine, the Killers have also unveiled their lengthy North American tour itinerary for fall 2022. The trek will include stops in many big market cities, including, San Francisco, Denver, Houston, Miami, Atlanta, Chicago, Toronto, and (of course) their hometown of Las Vegas.
The almost two-month outing kicks off on Aug. 19, 2022, at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver and concludes on Oct. 8, 2022, at the Little Caesars Arena in Detroit.
Tickets for the upcoming tour go on sale this Friday, July 23, at 10 am local time on Ticketmaster.
The entire tour itinerary can be found below.
THE KILLERS 2022 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES:
Aug. 19 – Vancouver, British Columbia – Rogers Arena
Aug. 20 – Seattle, WA – Climate Pledge Arena
Aug. 21 – Portland, OR – Moda Center
Aug. 23 – San Francisco, CA – Chase Center
Aug. 24 – San Diego, CA – Pechanga Arena
Aug. 26 – Las Vegas, NV – T-Mobile Arena
Aug. 27 – Los Angeles, CA – Banc of California Stadium
Aug. 30 – Salt Lake City, UT – Vivint Arena
Aug. 31 – Denver, CO – Ball Arena
Sept. 8 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center
Sept. 9 – Austin, TX – Moody Center
Sept. 10 – Fort Worth, TX – Dickies Arena
Sept. 13 – Miami, FL – FTX Arena
Sept. 14 – Orlando, FL – Amway Center
Sept. 16 – Atlanta, GA – State Farm Arena
Sept. 17 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
Sept. 18 – St. Louis, MO – Chaifetz Arena
Sept. 20 – St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center
Sept. 21 – Chicago, IL – United Center
Sept. 23 – Toronto, Ontario – Scotiabank Arena
Sept. 24 – Montreal, Quebec – Bell Centre
Sept. 25 – Verona, NY – Turning Stone Event Center
Sept. 29 – Washington, D.C. – Capital One Arena
Sept. 30 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
Oct. 1 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
Oct. 3 – Boston, MA – TD Garden
Oct. 4 – University Park, PA – Bryce Jordan Center
And just like that, the 2021 Grammy Awards have come to an end. If you weren’t able to stay up for the entire four hours (yes, we said four hours), then there’s no need to worry because we have you covered.
Check out the complete list of winners below, which includes some major girl power in the top categories.
2021 GRAMMY AWARD WINNERS:
Record of the Year “Everything I Wanted” – Billie Eilish
Album of the Year Folklore – Taylor Swift
Song of the Year “I Can’t Breathe” – H.E.R.
Best New Artist Megan Thee Stallion
Best Pop Solo Performance “Watermelon Sugar” – Harry Styles
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance “Rain on Me” – Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album American Standard – James Taylor
Best Pop Vocal Album Future Nostalgia – Dua Lipa
Best Rock Performance “Shameika” – Fiona Apple
Best Metal Performance “Bum-Rush” – Body Count
Best Rock Song “Stay High” – Brittany Howard
Best Rock Performance “Shameika” – Fiona Apple
Best Rock Song “Stay High” – Brittany Howard
Best Rock Album The New Abnormal – The Strokes
Best Alternative Music Album Fetch the Bolt Cutters – Fiona Apple
BEST R&B PERFORMANCE “Black Parade” – Beyoncé
Best Traditional R&B Performance “Anything For You” – Ledisi
Best R&B Song “Better Than I Imagined” – Robert Glasper feat. H.E.R., and Meshell Ndegeocello
Best Progressive R&B Album It Is What It Is – Thundercat
Best R&B Album Bigger Love – John Legend
Best Rap Performance “Savage” – Megan Thee Stallion feat. Beyoncé
Best Melodic Rap Performance “Lockdown” – Anderson .Paak
Best Rap Song “Savage” – Megan Thee Stallion Featuring Beyoncé
Best Rap Album King’s Disease – Nas
Best Country Solo Performance “When My Amy Prays” – Vince Gill
Best Country Duo/Group Performance “10,000 Hours” – Dan + Shay & Justin Bieber
Ladies, gents, and rockers of all ages, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2021 finalists have been announced!
The Foo Fighters, Jay-Z, Rage Against the Machine, Carole King, Chaka Khan, Iron Maiden, Tina Turner, and the Go-Go’s are just some of the artists who may be inducted into Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame come the fall.
Out of the 16 artists who made it to the final stage, seven are first-time nominees. Those artists include Jay-Z, the Foo Fighters, Iron Maiden, The Go-Go’s, Fela Kuti, Dionne Warwick, and Carole King (as a performer).
For some musicians on the list, they have been here once (or several times) before.
This is the sixth time LL Cool J has appeared on the ballot; the third time for Todd Rundgren, Rage Against the Machine, and Chaka Khan; and the second time for Kate Bush. Devo, Carole King, and the New York Dolls.
If the Foo Fighters make it to the end, this will mark the second time Dave Grohl will be inducted into the Hall of Fame. He joined the exclusive club as part of Nirvana in 2014.
Grohl is in good company with others who may get the chance to get inducted twice under different acts. King was inaugurated in 1990 as a songwriter alongside Gerry Goffin, while Turner joined the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991 alongside Ike Turner as half of the act Ike and Tine Turner.
For an artist to be eligible to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, their first recording must have been released at least 25 years ago.
From now until April 30, fans can cast their vote in the fan-cast category here.
The Class of 2021 will be announced in May, with the official ceremony taking place in the fall.