Listen: Pale Waves get into the holiday spirit with Wham! cover

The holiday season is quickly upon us which means every single radio station is about to play the same obnoxious, holiday-themed tune for the next month and a half. If you feel like you need a different take on one of those overly played tracks, you don’t need to look any further than Pale Waves’ latest release. On Monday (Nov. 19), the Manchester-founded group unleashed their version of Wham!’s “Last Christmas.”

Instead of the late George Michaels’ solemn voice blasting through the speakers, the four-piece combine the sadness of the lyrics with their signature gothic, synth-pop sound. The holiday cover is part of Spotify’s Singles series and was recorded at Metropolis Studios in London.

Listen to Pales Waves’ take on “Last Christmas” above.

The “Last Christmas” cover is the band’s first new material since the release of their debut album earlier this fall. My Mind Makes Noises was released in September and features hit singles “Eighteen,” “There’s a Honey,” “Television Romance,” “Kiss,” and “Noises.”

In support of their debut album’s release, the group is currently in the middle of their headlining North American tour. The fall time jaunt will conclude on Dec. 6 at the Fonda in Los Angeles.

After a short time off, the quartet will hit the touring circuit once again, this time opening for fellow Dirty Hits label mates, the 1975. Joining Pale Waves and the 1975 on the forthcoming tour will be No Rome who happens to also be part of the Dirty Hits family. The complete list of tour dates can be found here.

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Listen: Gerard Way gets down with the ‘Germs’ on new song

After surprising fans with a new spooky song just in time for Halloween, Gerard Way has returned with yet another new track for his loyal followers. On Friday (Nov. 16), the former My Chemical Romance frontman unleashed the lyrics video for his second new tune in a month. Titled “Getting Down the Germs,” the track features Way’s former band mate Ray Toro on drums and guitar while flutist Sara Andon also contributes to the new song.

As with all his other solo releases including his debut album Hesitant Alien, Way enlisted producer Doug McKean to take over production duties.

“I had really been wanting a song that featured the flute prominently for quite some time,” Way explains in a statement about the surprise addition of a flute on the new song.

He continues: “It sits in there perfectly, like it was made to pay the song a visit.”

Listen to “Getting Down the Germs” above.

“Getting Down the Germs” comes several weeks after Way released his first new song in four years, “Baby, You’re a Haunted House.” Way released his debut solo album, Hesitant Alien, in September of 2014.

In a post on Facebook earlier this year, Way revealed that he had plans to work on new music every Friday. If the debut of these two new songs is any indication, then fans should anticipate some more new jams before 2018 comes to a close.

Recently, Way’s music has taken a backseat to his comic book series, “The Umbrella Academy.” The hit series will be making its transition from the pages of a book to the small screen in 2019.

During a panel at New York Comic Con in October, it was confirmed that the show will make its long-awaited debut on Netflix in February of 2019.

Listen: Katy Perry gets into the holiday spirit with ‘Cozy Little Christmas’

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Katy Perry – Cozy Little Christmas single album art

The holiday season is clearly upon us which means a batch of new holidays songs are about to flood our favorite music streaming services. On Thursday (Nov. 15), Katy Perry released her new Christmas song just in time for the “kick-off to Christmas” time of the year.

Titled “Cozy Little Christmas,” the three-minute song finds the American Idol judge sticking to what she does best; giving fans super-catchy, ultra-bubbly tunes.

Taking to social media, the “Teenage Dream” singer expressed her excitement for her first new original song since the release of her 2017 studio album, Witness.

“For all my friends secretly buying their tree already… SURPRISE! Christmas comes early!” Perry tweeted.

“Cozy Little Christmas” is an Amazon exclusive, so make sure you log in to give it a listen here. If not, you can get a little taste here.

“Cozy Little Christmas” is Perry’s first new song since the release of her fifth studio album, Witness. The album was released in June of 2017 and though it did peak at the number one spot on the Billboard 200 chart, it was met with mixed reactions by critics and fans alike.

Earlier this month, Perry announced she had contributed to the deluxe re-issue of the Dear Evan Hansen (Original Broadway Cast Recording). The pop star was given the opportunity to take on the Broadway musical’s signature song, “Waving Through a Window.”

Listen: Kelly Clarkson channels heartbreak in ‘Never Enough’ cover

With a week left until The Greatest Showman – Reimagined covers album is set to be released to the general public, the folks behind the forthcoming record have debuted another new song. On Friday (Nov. 9), Kelly Clarkson dropped her version of Jenny Lind’s tear-jerking track, “Never Enough.” Instead of going over-the-top, Clarkson keeps it simple by letting her iconic pipes shine through alongside a piano.

“I am so honored to be a part of The Greatest Showman – Reimagined,” said Clarkson via a press release for the newly released track. “‘Never Enough’ is a beautiful song and I hope y’all dig my version.”

Listen to Clarkson’s take on “Never Enough” above.

Clarkson’s “Never Enough” cover will join Panic! at the Disco’s “The Greatest Show,” P!nk’s chart-topping version of “A Million Dreams” and the “A Million Dreams (Reprise)” performed by her daughter Willow Sage Hart on the forthcoming compilation.

In addition to P!nk, Panic! at the Disco, and Clarkson, The Greatest Showman – Reimagined album will also include a special version of the album’s breakout single, “This is Me.” The redone track will include Kesha and Missy Elliot as well as the film’s breakout star, Keala Settle.

The covers album will also feature four bonus tracks: a capella group Pentatonix’s take on “The Greatest Show”; Craig David’s version of “Come Alive”; Kesha’s “This is Me”; and an acoustic version of “Rewrite the Stars” by the film’s star Zendaya.

The Greatest Showman – Reimagined will arrive on Nov. 16 through Atlantic Records.

Pre-orders for the upcoming album are currently available here.

The reimagined version of the album was produced by the soundtrack’s songwriters Grammy, Tony, and Academy Award-winning duo Benj Pasek and Justin Paul.

Imagine Dragons drop ‘Bad Liar’ ahead of new album release

Imagine Dragons’ new studio album is a few days away from being in the hands of fans, but that’s not stopping the band from unleashing another new song from it. On Tuesday (Nov. 6), the Las Vegas-founded act revealed a fourth song from their upcoming new album, Origins. The new tune is titled “Bad Liar” and can be streamed above.

“Bad Liar” will join previously released tracks “Machine,” “Zero” (also featured in the upcoming Disney/Pixar film “Ralph Breaks the Internet”), and current radio staple “Natural” on the fourth studio effort. Origins is due out Nov. 9 through Interscope Records and is the sister album to their 2017 release, Evolve. Pre-orders for the upcoming record are currently available on Imagine Dragons’ website.

In support of the new album’s release, the band previously announced plans to host a massive event prior to its Friday due date. Titled the Origins Experience, the event will take place in the group’s hometown of Las Vegas on Wednesday, Nov. 7. Fans who managed to obtain tickets to the event will most likely be given the opportunity to hear some several new songs live.

Back in October, the band posted a short video online announcing the one-night event. The 20-second clip was vague, only revealing the date of the event, the location of the event, and a direct link to the band’s website. On the other side of the link is a web page with instructions on how fans can get tickets for the upcoming event.

All fans needed to do was interact with the band’s new dragons bot on Facebook.

Listen: Imagine Dragons drop ‘Machine’

A week after unleashing the official music video for their “Ralph Breaks the Internet” contribution, Imagine Dragons are back at it again. On Wednesday (Oct. 31), the Las Vegas-founded band unveiled another new song from their forthcoming studio album. Titled “Machine,” the band headed over to Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 radio show on Apple Music to formally introduce the new track to the world.

After debuting the new song on the show, the band went forward with releasing the new track online. Listen to “Machine” above.

“Machine” will join “Zero” and current rock radio staple “Natural” on Imagine Dragons’ fourth studio album. Origins, the sister album to 2017’s Evolve, is due out Nov. 9 through Interscope Records. Pre-orders for Origins are currently available on Imagine Dragons’ website.

As if the new album release wasn’t enough, the quartet recently unveiled plans to host a massive new album event next week in their hometown. The Origins Experience super show will take place next Wednesday, Nov. 7, and will reportedly be broadcast live. More information about the upcoming show can be found on Imagine Dragons’ website.

AFI to release ‘The Missing Man’ EP in December, unleash its lead single

A few days after sending fans into a frenzy over the omission of Davey Havok from a new band photo, AFI have returned with a brand new song. On Friday (Oct. 26), the California-founded band unleashed their first new tune in almost two years. Titled “Get Dark,” the two-and-a-half minute track can be streamed above.

In addition to treating fans to a new song, the four-piece also confirmed plans to release a new EP in early December. Titled The Missing Man, the five-song album is due out on Dec. 7 through Rise Records/WMG. The album was produced and mixed by guitarist Jade Puget. Pre-orders for the forthcoming record are currently available on the band’s website. AFI are offering four different bundles for fans to pick from.

The new album and song news comes two days after fans began speculating what Havok’s absence from the new band photo meant. The picture, which can be found here, features a cutout of Havok’s silhouette while the other three members —Puget, Hunter Burgan (bass), and Adam Carson (drums) — are visible. No caption accompanied the photo, but now that fans know the album’s title, it makes sense; Havok is the Missing Man.

In support of the album’s December release date, AFI have announced two intimate shows; a gig at Ace of Spades in Sacramento on Dec. 9 and a show at the Observatory in San Diego on Dec. 10.

The Missing Man is the follow-up to the four-piece’s 2017 release, AFI (aka The Blood Album). The Blood Album, the band’s tenth studio album, hit the number one spot on Billboard‘s Alternative and Hard Rock Albums charts and the number five spot on the Billboard 200 chart.

The complete five-song track listing can be seen below.

THE MISSING MAN EP TRACK LIST:

01. “Trash Bat”
02. “Break Angels”
03. “Back into the Sun”
04. “Get Dark”
05. “The Missing Man”

Bring Me the Horizon enlist Cradle of Filth’s Dani Filth for ‘Wonderful Life’

Two months after releasing their first new song in years, Bring Me the Horizon are back with another new tune. On Tuesday (Oct. 23), the British band unleashed “Wonderful Life,” the second single from their forthcoming new record. In addition to debuting the new tune which features guest vocals by Cradle of Filth frontman Dani Filth, the band also released the lyric for the four-and-a-half minute clip.

The clip features the members of the band and Filth going about their day performing mundane tasks like mowing the law, walking the dog, going for a jog, washing the car, parenting, and grocery shopping. Watch the lyric video for “Wonderful Life” above.

During a recent interview with Daniel P. Carter on his BBC Radio 1 Rock Show, frontman Oli Sykes revealed that “Wonderful Life” was originally intended for Limp Bizkit.

“Last year, me and Jordan [Fish] went and worked with Fred Durst on a Limp Bizkit album. It just didn’t work out, to be honest,” begins Sykes.

“He just didn’t show up most of the time. Lovely guy, but I don’t think he was ready to make an album. I think he was pushed into it a bit, like his managers and people said ‘These are the guys you want to work with.’ So we gave him all these ideas and I mean it was just bad from day one, to be honest.”

Sykes continues: “It’s one of them things, looking back, where it wasn’t meant to be. One good thing came out of it: me and Jordan wrote this riff and I one day decided to the tempo and key matched almost perfectly with this song. We we de-Bizkit’d it a bit and it ended up sounding pretty sick.”

“Wonderful Life” will join lead single “MANTRA” on Bring Me the Horizon’s upcoming sixth studio album. After announcing the album’s release date was pushed back two weeks, Amo is now due out Jan. 25 rather than Jan. 11. Pre-orders for the new record are currently available on the band’s website.

Amo is the follow-up to the group’s 2015 release, That’s the Spirit.

In support of the album’s release, Bring Me the Horizon previously announced a month-long, North American tour for the end of January and beginning of February. The complete list of tour dates can be found here.

Listen: The 1975 drop ‘It’s Not Living (If It’s Not With You)’

A few days after unveiling the lyrics to another new song off their forthcoming record, the 1975 have dropped the audio for the tune. On Thursday (Oct. 18), the United Kingdom-founded group unleashed “It’s Not Living (If It’s Not with You).” The song, the band’s fifth release from A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships, made its worldwide debut on Annie Mac’s BBC Radio 1 where the host spoke to frontman Matt Healy about it.

During the interaction, the host asked the singer to tell her a little bit about the new song. According to Healy, “It’s Not Living (If It’s Not with You)” may be one of the band’s most “1975-iest” tracks since their 2013 self-titled debut.

“I think it’s the 1975-iest 1975 song since the 1975 debut record,” Healy explains to the host.

“So it’s very, it’s got all of that. I don’t know. It’s been so weird putting out singles off this record because there’s so much going on in it and I don’t really know what to put out first, but this has got a lot of our identity in it and I don’t know. It kind of takes me back a little bit, but it’s still quite forward thinking.”

Listen to the new song above.

“It’s Not Living (If It’s Not With You)” will join previously released tracks  “Give Yourself A Try,” “TOOTIMETOOTIMETOOTIME,” “Sincerity is Scary,” and  “Love It If We Made It” on the 1975’s upcoming new album. A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships is due out Nov. 30 through Dirty Hit Records. Pre-orders for the album are available on the 1975’s website.

The audio of the song comes a few days after the 1975 posted the song’s lyrics on social media and confirmed that the full song would come along before the week’s end.

Earlier this week, the 1975 released the official music video for their current single, “Love It If We Made It.”

As if the music video’s release wasn’t enough, the group formally announced their North American tour itinerary. The excursion will begin on April 15 at the Comerica Theatre in Phoenix and conclude several months later on June 3 at the Budweiser Stage in Toronto.

Fan pre-sale are currently available for those who pre-ordered the group’s forthcoming record. General ticket sales will begin next Friday, Oct. 26, at 10 a.m. local time.

Fellow label mates Pale Waves and No Rome will join the band on their headlining jaunt. Pale Waves released their debut album My Mind Makes Noises back in September while No Rome released his RIP Indo Hisashi EP in August.

The complete list of tour dates can be found here.

Watch: Muse and Terry Crews fight off a gremlin in ‘Pressure’

Muse are back with a brand new music video for another new song off their upcoming record. On Thursday (Sept. 27), the United Kingdom-founded band unleashed the five-minute clip for their latest single, “Pressure.” The video begins with an unknown person who may or may not be frontman Matt Bellamy, slipping on a pair of virtual reality goggles taking them to another world.

The person is transported to a high school dance set in the early 80s where things don’t exactly go as planned. Decorated with pastel-colored streamers and balloons, the viewer is invited into the school’s auditorium where the attendees are decked out in their most 80s-tastic wardrobe. Before the party can begin, the school’s principal (who’s played by Terry Crews) is seen on stage speaking to the students before introducing the band. Instead of Muse, Crews introduces the act as “hometown heroes and local battle of the bands winner” Rocket Baby Doll. For dedicated Muse fans, this is a massive Easter egg as the group won a battle of the bands competition under the moniker Rocket Baby Doll in the 90s.

While everyone in the auditorium looks unimpressed at first, things start to take a turn for the fun as the group begins to play. As the band performs, the kid viewers briefly saw at the beginning of the clip sneaks off with a fellow classmate to an abandoned classroom. While making out, they spill soda all over a computer which shots a laser beam across the room, striking the class pet. The laser beam turns the once harmless creature into a bio-engineered, zombie-making machine.

When the hamster invades the auditorium turning students into zombies, it’s up to principal Terry Crews and the guys from Rocket Baby Doll to save the day. Watch the Lance Drake-directed clip above.

“Pressure” will join previously released tracks “The Dark Side,” “Something Human,” “Thought Contagion,” and “Dig Down” on the band’s forthcoming record. Simulation Theory is due out Nov. 9 via Warner Bros. Records. Pre-orders for the album are currently available on the band’s website.

In addition to the new music video, the band also announced the initial tour stops for the North American and European legs of their monstrous world tour. The North American portion will include stops in Las Vegas, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Toronto and Washington. The European / United Kingdom leg will include stops in Bristol, Lisbon, London, Madrid, Moscow, and more. More dates will reportedly be announced soon. Those who pre-order the band’s album will get early access to tickets for the 2019 tour. For more information about the upcoming tour, head on over to Muse’s website.