Ed Sheeran to release ‘=’ in October

Welcome back, Ed Sheeran.

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.”

Pre-orders for the record are now available here.

“‘=’ (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.

Watch the video for “Visiting Hours” above.

= is the follow-up to 2017’s ÷.

÷ TRACKLISTING

1. “Tides”

2. “Shivers”

3. “First Times”

4. “Bad Habits”

5. “Overpass Graffiti”

6. “The Joker and the Queen”

7. “Leave Your Life”

8. “Collide”

9. “2step”

10. “Stop the Rain”

11. “Love in Slow Motion”

12. “Visiting Hours”

13. “Sandman”

14. “Be Right Now”

Lorde is ‘Stoned at the Nail Salon’ on her latest track

Are we all ready for Lorde’s long-awaited return?

Of course, we are!

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

Coheed and Cambria return with “Shoulders”

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* 

Sept. 5 – Houston, TX – The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion* 

Sept. 7 – Wichita, KS – WAVE – Outdoors*

Sept. 8 – St. Louis, MO – Saint Louis Music Park* 

Sept. 11 – Columbus, OH – Express Live! – Outdoors*

Sept. 12 – Cleveland, OH – Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica* 

Sept. 14 – Cincinnati, OH – The ICON Festival Stage at Smale Park* 

Sept. 15 – Indianapolis, IN – TCU Amphitheater at White River State Park* 

Sept. 18 – Worcester, MA – The Palladium – Outdoors*

Sept. 19 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center* 

Sept. 21 – Baltimore, MD – MECU Pavilion

Sept. 22 – Raleigh, NC – Red Hat Amphitheater

Sept. 24 – Jacksonville, FL – Daily’s Place

* with special guest Meet Me @ The Altar

with special guest carolesdaughter

The Killers to release ‘Pressure Machine’ in August, reveal a massive 2022 North American tour

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

Oct. 6 – Pittsburgh, PA – Petersen Events Center

Oct. 7 – Cleveland, OH – Wolstein Center

Oct. 8 – Detroit, MI – Little Caesars Arena

Grammys 2021: Check out the full list of winners

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

Best Country Song
“Crowded Table” – The Highwomen

Best Country Album
Wildcard – Miranda Lambert

Weezer ‘Face the Music’ in their music video for ‘Beginning of the End’

Ready to get your weekend off to an “excellent” start? Well, Weezer is here to help you out with that.

On Friday (Aug. 14), the California-founded band unleashed their contribution to the upcoming Bill and Ted film. Titled “Beginning of the End,” Weezer not only gave fans the song, but also the accompanying music video.

The four-minute clip begins with the quartet inside of a garage, playing the song like any unknown band with a garage would do.

As the video continues, the viewer not only watches Weezer perform the song (with a wind machine mind you), they also get some new (and previously released) footage from the upcoming Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter-starring flick.

By the end of the four minutes, each member of Weezer is sporting some over-the-top attires that pretty much personify the most significant genres in music when the first Bill and Ted film was released.

Keep an eye out for a special guest appearance.

Watch the music video for “Beginning of the End” above.

“Bill & Ted Face the Music,” and its soundtrack is due out Friday, Aug. 28. The much-anticipated follow-up to the hit franchise will be available both On-Demand and in select theaters.

As for Weezer, their new album Van Weezer has been pushed back until 2021. Their 14th studio album is due out May 2021, right before the group embarks on the massive Hella Mega summer tour with Green Day, Fall Out Boy, and The Interrupters. The rescheduled tour dates can be found here.

The Killers treat fans to their latest single ‘Dying Breed’

With a week left until the release of their Killers’ sixth studio album, the group is back to give fans one final taste before the full-length is in our hands (or music playing device).

On Friday (Aug. 14), the Las Vegas-founded act unleashed another song from Imploding the Mirage. Titled “Dying Breed,” the four-minute track gives us what we have come to expect from the band; a slow and mellow start, which eventually gives way to their stadium-rock sound.

According to frontman Brandon Flowers, “Dying Breed” contains his “most romantic lyrics to date,” and that’s saying a lot since the band’s last studio album was mostly inspired by Flowers’ wife, Tana.

“I like the idea of where me and my wife have gotten to and where we headed,” Flowers tells NME.

“An overriding theme of this record is asking the question, ‘Can two become one?’ I know it’s old-fashioned, but it’s my life. It’s probably the prettiest or most romantic lyric I’ve ever written.”

He continues: “My favorite line on the record is ‘I’ll be there when water’s rising / I’ll be your lifeguard.’ I feel thankful for that. I want her to know that no matter what, I’m going to stay by her side and keep the promise.”

Listen to “Dying Breed” above.

“Dying Breed” will join previously released tracks “Caution,” “Fire in Bone,” and “My Own Soul’s Warning” on the upcoming album.

Imploding the Mirage is due out next Friday, Aug. 21. Pre-orders are still available for purchase on the band’s website.