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.

Kelly Clarkson gets a little help from her friends on the multilingual version of her new song ‘I Dare You’

Being isolated for an extended period of time has helped some musicians get their creative juices flowing, and Kelly Clarkson is definitely one of them.

On Thursday (April 16), the songstress unleashed a brand new track titled “I Dare You.” The three-and-a-half-minute track was penned by Natalie Hemby (The Highwomen, Kacey Musgraves), Laura Veltz (Dan + Shay, Maren Morris), and Ben West (P!nk, Lady Antebellum). The new tune was produced by Clarkson’s longtime collaborator Jesse Shatkin (Sia, Jennifer Lopez).

In a press statement, Clarkson reveals that the song is “a sensational anthem of resilience by way of love and positivity.”

Because Clarkson likes to go beyond what is expected, she also revealed that she joined forces with singers from around the world to create multilingual duet versions of the track.

You see. We weren’t kidding when we said she goes up and beyond.

The five-track collection finds Clarkson collaborating with Zaz (“Appelle Ton Amour” – French Version), Faouzia (“كنتحداك” – Arabic Version), Blas Cantó (“Te Reto A Amar” – Spanish Version), Glasperlenspiel (“Trau Dich” – German Version), and Maya Buskila (“בוא נראה” – Hebrew Version).

“This is my favorite/hardest project that I’ve ever worked on,” Clarkson explains.

“It has always been a dream of mine, as I grew up singing in different languages, to find that perfect song, with the perfect message, to connect us all globally and then record that song with several other artists around the world in their native languages.

We have put a lot of work into this as a team and decided to continue with our release date of this project because we feel like we all couldn’t be more connected right now across the world, and maybe this message will bring a little hope in this sometimes dark, and isolating time. Thank you so much to all the artists that worked on this with me. We hope everyone out there connects with this message and chooses love instead of fear. I dare you.”

Check out Clarkson’s mega-mix of “I Dare You,” featuring all her collaborators above.

While we’re not sure what the state of music is going to be in a few weeks, let alone a few months, it looks like Clarkson is still set to host the Billboard Music Awards for the third consecutive year.

If that’s not enough, Clarkson announced last year that she will be joining the long list of musicians who have taken the Las Vegas residency route. Clarkson’s show, Kelly Clarkson: Invincible, will begin on July 29 at Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.

A Day to Remember drop their new song ‘Mindreader,’ still don’t have a release date for ‘You’re Welcome’

How long has it been since A Day to Remember dropped a new song?

Well, if we’re being honest, we haven’t gotten a new tune from the five-piece since last year, but that changed this morning.

On Wednesday (April 15), the Florida-founded band shared another new track from their much anticipated seventh studio album, You’re Welcome. Titled “Mindreader, the barely three-minute track finds A Day to Remember leaning more towards their melodic sound rather than the screamy/singing combination that they’ve become known for.

In a press statement, frontman Jeremy McKinnon reveals that this song is actually one of his favorites from the forthcoming album and the first one that everyone in the band loved.

“This song was one of my personal favorites off the new album from the day it was written,” McKinnon explains.

“I wrote it with the incredibly talented Mike Green. Fun fact, it was the first song I’ve ever sent the guys in the band that was unanimously loved. This song was written to be a lighthearted take on people in relationships expecting their partners to read their minds.”

And there you have it. Mindreader.

To coincide with the song’s release, the band also unveiled the animated clip for the track. The video was directed by Awesome, Inc. (Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Squidbillies).

As it turns out, the group already had the music video done when the crazy pandemic struck.

“We’ve had this video done for some time now, and seeing as how our album isn’t out yet and the state of the world is keeping us off the road, we wanted to get some new material out there for our fans as soon as possible.”

Check out the music video for “Mindreader” above.

“Mindreader” joins previously released tracks “Degenerates” and “Resentment” on A Day to Remember’s upcoming new album, You’re Welcome. While it still does not have a release date (we’re waiting, guys), the record will be released through the group’s new home of Fueled By Ramen.

Watch Twenty One Pilots throw a light show from self-isolation in ‘Level of Concern’

Being stuck inside the house may be bad, but Twenty One Pilots are taking advantage and giving fans something new to jam out to.

On Thursday (April 9), the Ohio twosome unleashed a brand new song titled “Level of Concern.” Instead of being dark and brooding, the song’s beat makes you want to get up and dance.

To coincide with the new song’s release, the duo unleashed its official music video.

The almost-four-minute clip begins with frontman Tyler Joseph setting up a camera in what appears to be his recording studio. The video progresses with the singer recording the lyrics and guitar portion of the track while also showing off some dance moves.

Once he’s done, we watch him put a flash drive in an envelope and send it off. Drummer Josh Dunn receives the flash drive and, like Joseph, sets up a camera to record his portion of the song. This back-and-forth of recording their share of the song and mailing it out goes on for the rest of the clip.

In between this ongoing exchange, we see Joseph and his wife with their baby girl and Dunn with his fiancee to throw a massive party in their respective homes.

The twosome once again joined forces with longtime music video collaborators Reel Bear Media. Watch the music video for “Level of Concern” above.

“Level of Concern” is Twenty One Pilots’ first new song since the release of their critically acclaimed fifth studio album, Trench.

Because a lot of musicians are doing their part to help out with the pandemic, Twenty One Pilots are releasing an exclusive Crew Nation hoodie. A portion of proceeds from “Level of Concern” and the hoodie will go to Crew Nation – Global Relief Fund for Live Music Crews. You can find out more about Crew Nation here.

Listen: Selena Gomez re-releases ‘Rare’ with three new songs

Selena Gomez’s latest studio album may have JUST come out, but the pop star is already releasing a deluxe edition of the record.

On Thursday (April 9), the “Lose You to Love Me” singer unleashed the deluxe version of Rare. The updated version of the album features all 13 tracks that can be found on the January release as well as three new songs. The new additions are titled “Boyfriend,” “She,” and “Souvenir.”

According to a post on Instagram Stories (via Elle), the musician describes “Boyfriend” as “a lighthearted song about falling down and getting back up time and time again in love, but also knowing that you don’t need anyone other than yourself to be happy.”

Gomez reveals that the song was written well before the current pandemic and that having a boyfriend is nowhere near the top of her priority list (nor should it be at the top of anyone’s list).

“We wrote it long before our current crisis, but in the context of today, I want to be clear that a boyfriend is nowhere near the top of my list of priorities. Just like the rest of the world, I’m praying for safety, unity, and recovery during this pandemic.”

Instead, she announced that she will be donating to the Plus 1 COVID-19 Relief Fund in addition to giving $1 from every order that’s placed on her website.

Rare (Deluxe) is currently available on Spotify and Apple Music.

Charli XCX to record and release a new album during self-isolation

The music world may be at a standstill, but that’s definitely not stopping Charli XCX for forging ahead.

On Tuesday (April 7), the pop star announced plans to work on some new tunes while stuck in self-isolation. Dubbed how i’m feeling, the singer’s impromptu new album is scheduled to be released on May 15 (if everything goes according to plan).

Taking to Zoom, you know, our new normal mode of communication with the outside world, the musician unveiled the surprise news to 1000 of her diehard fans.

In the eight-minute clip, Charli explains to her Angels (her fans) that for her, feeling positive in times of uncertainty goes hand-in-hand with her creative juices flowing. So in trying to stay positive during these daunting times, the idea of creating new music was at the top of her list.

For me, staying positive goes hand in hand with staying creative, and so that’s why I’ve decided I’m going to use this isolation time to make a brand new album from scratch,” she tells her viewers.

According to the singer, the album is going to be “very DIY” and recorded live using things she has on hands and people she can get in touch with online. Charli also revealed that she will be sharing everything with her fans from demos and lyrics to requesting feedback from fans when it comes to artwork and music videos.

Like she said in her clip, this will be her most collaborative work to date.

Check out her announcement above.

Charli XCX’s last studio album was 2019’s Charli. According to her video, it looks like she was already in the middle of its follow-up, but now it seems like it may be shelved…at least for now.

5 Seconds of Summer treat fans to ‘Wildflower’

5 Seconds of Summer’s new album is due out in less than 48 hours, but that’s not stopping the guys from giving us one last tune to hold us over until then.

On Wednesday (March 25), the Australian group unleashed one final single before their album’s official drop. Titled “Wildflower,” the almost four-minute track sounds like a departure from all the other tracks they’ve released so far.

But let’s be honest, none of the songs they’ve recently released sound the same.

To coincide with the song’s debut, the foursome has unveiled the lyric video for the track, which features a slew of…you guessed it, wildflowers. Before the video begins, the band gives their followers some insider information about the making of the lyric video.

It took ten straight hours of stop-motion animation, eight hours of editing, 358 different photos, and a grand total of 529 flowers.

Talk about dedication.

Go ahead and show some appreciation for all the hard work by watching the clip one (or 20 times).

“Wildflower” is the fifth single off 5 Seconds of Summer’s upcoming fourth studio album, C.A.L.M.

“Wildflower” joins previously released tracks “Old Me,” “Easier,” “No Shame,” and “Teeth” (our favorite song that has so far been released) featured on the forthcoming 12-track album.

C.A.L.M. is due out this Friday, March 27. Pre-save and pre-order options are still available on the band’s website.

In support of the much-anticipated release, the foursome will hit the North American touring circuit in the late summer. The “No Shame” tour will find the quartet performing at venues across the continent in August and September.

The tour begins on August 12 at the Sports Palace in Mexico City and concludes on September 26 at the Concord Pavilion in Concord, California. The full list of tour dates can be found here.

With everything that is currently happening in the world, we’re not sure what the status of the tour is. As of now, it looks as if the excursion will go forward, but we’ll keep an eye out if there’s any change.

All Time Low treat fans to ‘Melancholy Kaleidoscope’

We all may be under house arrest for the time being, but All Time Low is giving us another track to add to our “Quarantine 2020” mix.

On Wednesday (March 25), the Baltimore-founded band unleashed another new song from their upcoming new album, Wake Up, Sunshine. This week, the foursome treated fans to a tune called “Melancholy Kaleidoscope.”

Like many of the songs they’ve already unveiled from the forthcoming album, this track sounds like it could find a home on one of their earlier records (Put Up or Shut Up? So Wrong It’s Right? You tell us).

Listen to “Melancholy Kaleidoscope” above.

“Melancholy Kaleidoscope” joins “Getaway Green,” “Sleeping In,” and “Some Kind of Disaster” on All Time Low’s impending eighth studio album. Wake Up, Sunshine is due out April 3 through Fueled By Ramen.

Pre-save and pre-order options are currently available on the band’s website. All pre-orders will include an instant grat download of the album’s singles.

This past weekend, frontman Alex Garskath took to social media to reveal that the band was not pushing the record’s release date. Those who purchased a physical copy of the album from the band’s website will still receive it on the projected release date. For those who bought it on other websites, the expected release date may vary.

Garskath also asked fans to give suggestions on what they would like the band to do to promote the new album since concerts, meet and greets, and signings are currently out of the question.

Last month, All Time Low was confirmed as one of a handful of “emo bands” slated to hit the road for the second annual Sad Summer Music Festival. Joining All Time Low on the road this summer will be The Story So Far, Movements, The Maine, Yours Truly, Grayscale, and Destroy Boys.

With what has been going on, we’re not even sure the tour will go on. But until then, the full list of tour dates can be found here