No New +44 Album on the Horizon


Blink-182 are the main focus of Tom DeLonge, Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker at the moment with a promise that they will be returning to the studio by the end of the year to record a follow-up to 2011’s Neighborhoods, but what does that mean for their side projects?

A few weeks ago, DeLonge revealed that he would be going forward with his side project, Angels and Airwaves which includes a new fansite and new album and some other things. While DeLonge is working hard on both blink and AVA, some fans have begun to wonder if the Hoppus/Barker side project +44 would be getting some attention as well following their hiatus in 2009.

Sadly, Hoppus revealed in a recent interview that what he had said five years ago still hold true; the “When Your Heart Stops Beating” band are still on hiatus with no plans in the near future.

“Not actively right now, but I love that album,” he told Rock Freaks when asked about a possible new album.

“The +44 album was a very unique point in my life and there is a lot of emotion put into that album – a lot of finding myself put into the lyrics – and we had a great time recording it and touring it. So I love that, yet right now there are no plans to do another one, but that is not to say that we won’t because it was so much fun and I would love to do it again at some point.”

Well, there you have it. It’s not an official “no,” but more like a “maybe.”

Here’s “When Your Heart Stops Beating” to help you reminisce.

Blink-182 Slated to Release New Material


It’s felt like ages, even though it has only been a few years since their last release, but blink-182 have finally confirmed that they are working on new music; their seventh studio album.

For a while, we have been getting the hints that new music was on the horizon, but the party holding out was none other than Tom DeLonge. DeLonge had already revealed that he was in the midst of working on new music with his side project turned main project Angels and Airwaves.

In the last two weeks, AVA has confirmed that they had added former My Chemical Romance drummer, Bob Bryar and former Thrice bassist, Ed Breckinridge to their line up.

DeLonge took to Instagram earlier today to post vintage photos of fellow bandmates, Mark Hoppus, Travis Barker (with super long hair!) and of course himself with the caption, “Rehearsals start today….And yes there will be a new album #SorryForTheWait #Blink.”

Blink-182’s last album was 2011’s Neighborhoods which led to them headlining the 10th Annual Honda Civic Tour alongside My Chemical Romance and Matt & Kim.

Michelle Obama Working on Hip Hop Album


Lawyer, writer, First Lady…Hip Hop artist?

Well, maybe not, but First Lady Michelle Obama will definitely be working on a hip hop album, but before you think it’s full of sick lyrics and certain things that are not lady like, then don’t think too much about it. The album will be full of 19 different artists with song all having to do with healthy living; one of the biggest campaigns she has worked on since entering the White House.

The album titled, Songs For A Healthier America will feature 19 different tracks, and many artist with song titles like “Veggie Luv” and “Get up, Sit Up.”

The album will be produced by Hip Hop Public Health and the Partnership for a Healthier America and is scheduled to be released on September 30 for free download. Blink-182’s Travis Barker will be working on a song titled, “Salad Bar” while Run DMC, Ashanti, Jordin Sparks and many others have songs to promote healthy eating habits. 

For now, you can check out Jordin Sparks’ contribution to the album, “Everybody” below as well as the full tracklist with artists and song titles.

Track list:

1] U R What You Eat; Salad Bar (Matisyahu, Ariana Grande, Travis Barker)

2] Everybody; Jordin Sparks, Doug E. Fresh, Dr Oz, Ryan Beatty, Hip Hop MD

3] Let’s Move; Doug E. Fresh, Artie Green, Chauncey Hawkins

4] Just Believe; Ashanti, Gerry Gunn, Artie Green, Robbie Nova

5] Veggie Luv; Monifah and J Rome

6] Hip Hop FEET; DMC and Artie Green

7] Stronger; Shayna Steele, Jeremy Jordan, Our Time Theater kids, and Nils Lofgren

8] Give Myself a Try; Ryan Beatty

9] Jump Up; Brady Rymer and the Little Band that Could

10] Hip Hop LEAN; Artie Green

11] Pass the Rock; Iman Schumpert and Artie Green

12] Good Living; Ashton Jones

13] Beautiful; Daisy Grant and Artie Green

14] Change the Game; The Happiness Club, featuring Naledge

15] Wanna Jump (Let’s Move); Paul Burch

16] Mother May I; Amelia Robinson

17] We Like Vegetables; Los Barkers!

18] Get Up Sit Up; Babi Floyd

19] One Step Forward; Samite

Blink 182 to Hit the Road without Travis Barker

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Late Saturday evening, Blink 182 announced that the would be heading out on an Australian tour this coming years, but the thing that  got fans’ attention was the news that drummer, Travis Barker, would not be taking the journey outside of the United States. For those that don’t remember, in 2008, Barker was involved in a plane crash that took the live of four people including his friend Adam Goldstein (DJ AM), the plane’s two pilots, Barker’s security guard as well as an assistant.

Following the statement by the band, Barker went onto his own Facebook page to explain the situation and letting the fans know that his position will be left in good hands; Bad Religion and Tenacious D drummer, Brooks Wackerman will be taking over the drum kit during the overseas tour.

Barker released this statement on his Facebook page, explaining to fans why he won’t be making the trip over seas for the tour:

I’m sorry to announce i won’t be joining Blink-182 on this Australian tour. I still haven’t gotten over the horrific events that took place the last time i flew when my plane crashed and 4 people were killed, two being my best friends. I gave the band my blessing to take another drummer if they still wanted to do the tour without me. I hope to come to Australia again some day perhaps by ship if need be. Unfortunately, there wasn’t a boat that worked with the schedule this time around. Once again I’m sorry to all the fans.

Blink 182 will begin their Australian tour dates on Feb. 20 at the Allphone Arena in Sydney.