Katy Perry pushes release date for ‘Smile’ by two weeks

If you thought Katy’ Perry’s new album was going to make you “smile” during these not-so-summery summer days, we have some bad news for you.

On Tuesday (July 28), the pop star announced that her upcoming fifth studio record has been pushed back a few weeks back. Instead of seeing a release date of early August, Smile (also referred to as #KP5) will be released on August 28.

“Welp. I hate to throw this bad news at you like a pie in the face…but if there’s anything 2020 taught me, it’s to not get too attached to plans and be malleable,” Perry writes in a letter to fans.

“Due to unavoidable production delays, my album SMILE will now be released two weeks later on August 28 ☹”

But there’s good news. While Katycats will have to wait two full weeks for new music, Perry has unveiled plans to stay connected with her fans (until her Babycat is born) by way of Smile Sundays.

According to the singer, every Sunday, she will go live via social media for half an hour to discuss all things Smile. These Smile Sundays will include snippets of new tunes, new merchandise, and behind-the-scenes information about the record, and who knows, maybe her actor fiance may stop along for the ride.

Smile is the long-awaited follow-up to Perry’s lukewarmly received 2017 release Witness. Previously released tracks “Daisies,” “Harleys in Hawaii,” “Never Really Over,” and current single “Smile” are all featured on the forthcoming release.

Small Talk” and “Never Won White” will be featured on the album’s fan edition version as bonus tracks.

Lady Gaga and BLACKPINK gives us ‘Sour Candy’ on their new track

Ready to take a break from all the doom and gloom and put your dancing shoes on?

Well…it looks like Lady Gaga’s new album is going to choke-full of upbeat dancey tunes, much like her first few albums. (We’re paraphrasing what she had said in past interviews.)

On Thursday (May 28), the single unleashed another new song just a few hours ahead of her much-anticipated new album’s release.

Titled “Sour Candy,” the two-and-a-half-minutes finds Gaga joining forces with K-Pop sensation BLACKPINK.

Listen to “Sour Candy” above.

“Sour Candy” joins previously released tracks “Rain on Me” and “Stupid Love” on Lady Gaga’s upcoming sixth studio album, Chromatica.

Chromatica is due out tomorrow, Friday, May 29.

Lady Gaga joins forces with Ariana Grande for ‘Rain on Me’

UPDATE (May 22: 1:55 PM EST):

A rain-centric dance party that looks straight out of an industrial night club in the 90s?

Yup.

Check out Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande’s music video for “Rain on Me” above.

ORIGINAL (May 22, 9:36 AM EST):

What happens when two of pop music’s biggest stars join forces on a new song? You get one depression-busting, night-club-banging hit.

On Friday (May 22) Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande unveiled their long awaited collaboration. Titled “Rain on Me,” the three-minute track has all the making of a soon-to-be Top 20 hit that will having you dancing in your living rooms (whether you like it or not).

Like “Stupid Love,” “Rain on Me” sounds like a refined version of Gaga’s earlier albums with its dancey beats and catchy lyrics.

Listen to “Rain on Me” above.

Last week, the duo announced the released of their collaboration by unveiling the single’s album art. The cover art featured Gaga dressed up like her Chromatica character while Grande was sporting a Chromatica version of her normal outfits.

As per Gaga, the official music video for “Rain on Me” is due out later today.

“Rain on Me” will join “Stupid Love” on Lady Gaga’s upcoming sixth studio album, Chromatica. Chromatica is due out next Friday, May 29.

Neon Trees announce the release of their fourth studio album, share new single

It’s been months since Neon Trees gave fans a brand new song, but things are about to change.

On Wednesday (May 20), the Utah-founded band released a new track titled “New Best Friend.” Much like the lyric video for their not-a-comeback, comeback song “Used to Like,” the three-and-a-half-minute clip features a red, purple, and blue color scheme as the lyrics play across the screen in white.

Listen to “New Best Friend” above.

“New Best Friend” will join previously released single “Used to Like” on the quartet’s recently announced fourth studio album, I Can Feel You Forgetting Me.

The band made the formal announcement on social media by posting a simple message that reads, “Our new album. I Can Feel You Forgetting Me. June 26th” on Twitter.

Accompanying the message was a short clip that features frontman Tyler Glenn explaining what “ghosting culture” is as static plays on the screen. As his voice begins to warble, people dressed as sheet ghosts (like in the “Used to Like” music video) appear in different locations.

It looks like ghosting will play a significant role in the band’s upcoming era.

I Can Feel You Forgetting Me is the long-awaited follow-up to 2014’s Pop Psychology. The record is due out June 26.

I Can Feel You Forgetting Me is Neon Trees’ first studio album since going on, and returning from, their hiatus following the release of Pop Psychology.

While no full studio albums were released during that time, they did get back together to release two non-album singles; “Songs I Can’t Listen To” in 2015 and “Feel Good” in 2017.

Katy Perry heads into the wild in ‘Daisies’

When she not dressing up as a roll of toilet paper or as Dumbo (watch this, and you’ll understand) or sitting on the judge’s panel on “American Idol,” Katy Perry can sometimes be found making pop music.

After releasing some new songs here and there over the last couple of years, it looks like Perry is finally ready to unleash her long-awaited musical baby (she’s expecting her first child with fiance Orlando Bloom this summer).

On Friday (May 15), the California gurl debuted the first single off her sixth studio album on Zane Lowe’s New Music Daily show. During the chat, Perry revealed that “Daisies” was written during a particularly dark time around the release of her last studio album, Witness.

“I wrote this song just like it’s another anthem for myself. I came out of a pretty dark time on [2017’s] Witness, and I’ve been writing a record for two years,” she tells the radio host.

“I wrote some of it while I was clinically depressed and trying to find the light at the end of the tunnel. And when I’m writing songs like ‘Firework’ or ‘Roar,’ it’s not because I’m feeling hunky-dory. It’s literally because I am having really dark thoughts and trying to come out of it.”

What came out of that time was a track which she named “Daisies.”

To coincide with the audio’s release, Perry unveiled the song’s accompanying music video. The almost-three-minute clip features Perry in what appears to be a flower field at first dressed in a flowing white outfit. The location changes to a rock formation where she strips, revealing her very pregnant belly as she bathes in the rock formation’s waterfall.

Watch the music video for “Daisies” above.

“Daisies” is the first official single off Perry’s yet-to-be-titled sixth studio album. Over the last couple of years, she’s released several standalone singles, including “Never Worn White,” “Harley in Hawaii,” “Small Talk,” “Never Really Over,” and “365.”

While we don’t know its title or if the previously released singles will find a home on the forthcoming record, Perry has confirmed that her new set of tunes is due out Aug. 14 through Capitol Records.

The Pretty Reckless return with ‘Death By Rock and Roll’

The Pretty Reckless is back with a brand new song, just in time to jumpstart the weekend.

On Friday (May 15), the New York-found act unleashed their first new track in almost four years.

Dubbed “Death By Rock and Roll,” the new jam is just that; four minutes of hard-rocking instruments and frontwoman Taylor Momsen’s grainy voice making the listener miss the days of being in a mosh pit, sticking up their devil horns.

“In a lot of ways, this new album feels like a rebirth and our first single, ‘Death by Rock And Roll,’ represents that salvation that my favorite music brings me,” Momsen said in a press statement.

“Rock is freedom, and this song is about living life the way you want, and now that belongs to everyone who listens.”

Listen to “Death By Rock and Roll” above.

“Death By Rock and Roll” is the band’s first taste of new music since 2016’s Who You Selling For.

Back in February, Momsen revealed that the band’s new album was almost finished and would feature some “can’t miss” collaborations.

Earlier this month, the group revealed that they had joined the Fearless Records family.

We joined the Fearless Records Family! Get ready for what’s next,” the group tweeted.

While the band has spoken about their fourth studio album, they have yet to reveal its name or when it’s expected to be released.

The Killers return with ‘Fire in Bone’

“Fire in Bone” is the second single off The Killers’ upcoming sixth studio album, Imploding the Mirage. The new album is due out May 29 through the band’s longtime home of Island Records.

The new set of tunes was produced by the band alongside Foxygen’s Shawn Everett and Jonathan Rado.

The group released the record’s lead single “Caution” back in March. Former Fleetwood Mac guitarist Lindsey Buckingham is featured on the four-and-a-half-minute track.

The Ghost Inside make their long-awaited return with ‘Aftermath’

The Ghost Inside are officially back!

On Wednesday (April 22), the California-founded band gave fans a massive dose of great news, news that you can say has been five years in the making.

This June, the band will release their much-anticipated fifth studio album, The Ghost Inside. The upcoming record is due out June 5 through the band’s home of Epitaph Records. Pre-orders for the album are currently available for purchase here.

Will Putney from Fit For an Autopsy did a lot of the technical aspects of the record like producing, engineering, and mixing while A Day to Remember’s Jeremy McKinnon co-produced.

As if that wasn’t good enough, the band also unleashed its first single, “Aftermath.” According to the group’s post on social media, the new tune is “a tribute to the community that supported us, stood by us, and raised us from the ashes.”

Watch the music video for “Aftermath” above, which features news footage from the tragic bus accident that changed their lives.

The Ghost Inside marks the group’s long-awaited return to the music world. Following a few setbacks during recovery, it’s nice to see that not only are they back, but they are back and ready to take on the world.

The Ghost Inside is the follow-up to 2014’s Dear Youth.

Florence and the Machine share unreleased ‘High as Hope’ tune, donate all proceeds to COVID-19 Fund

How do you give back to those essential personnel who are working tirelessly to help those affected by COVID-19?

If you’re like most of the musicians out there, you release some new tunes and donate all proceeds from it to COVID-19 funds.

Florence and the Machine are following suit by doing just that.

On Friday (April 17), the United Kingdom act released a new track titled “Light of Love.” As per frontwoman Florence Welch, the four-minute song is a previously unreleased song from 2018’s High as Hope.

“Light of Love’ is an unreleased song from High as Hope, it never made it to the record, but I thought I would release it at midnight tonight, as a little token of my love,” Welch posted on Instagram.

She continues by revealing that she will be donating all proceeds from “Light of Love” to the Intensive Care Society, which provides care for those on the front line, including doctors, nurses, and healthcare professionals.

“I will be donating all of my income from this song to the Intensive Care Society.”

“Light of Love” marks Florence and the Machine’s first new song since the release of High As Hope, though she did record a special version of “Jenny of Oldstone” for the final season Game of Thrones in 2019.

5 Seconds of Summer go for trippy in ‘Wildflower’

We just want to know how high the guys from 5 Seconds of Summer were when they shot this music video because it was a trip from beginning to end. Think of it as a hallucinogen daydream mixed with chunks from the 70s and 90s.

Don’t believe us? Watch “Wildflower” above.

Side note. According to the band, they filmed the video by passing a green screen from house to house and letting each of them do their own thing.

“We made this at home by passing around a green screen from house to house (disinfecting it of course) and capturing the footage on our phones.”

At least they’re being hygienic about it.

“Wildflower” is featured on 5 Seconds of Summer’s latest release, C.A.L.M.