The track list for Halsey’s hopeless fountain kingdom is here! After being discovered hidden in a newspaper by fans on Twitter, the artist confirmed the list was real with this tweet:
After making her fans hunt around the world, quite literally, for pieces of the artwork uploaded onto gun-shaped USB sticks in a global scavenger hunt, Halsey unveiled the album art for her forthcoming sophomore record this afternoon (March 31), called hopeless fountain kingdom, which is due out on June 2.
Plain White T's are back with a new music video for latest single “Land of the Living”.
The process behind creating the video began back in August, when Project Greenlight Digital Studios opened a competition for fans and aspiring directors to pitch their ideas. Submissions came flooding in, but one person who stood out to the band in particular was filmmaker Melanie D’Andrea, who thought it would be relevant and exciting to combine the theme of unachieved dreams with the latest hype of virtual reality.
The final video follows an Army veteran who lives in a nursing home where the residents use virtual reality to experience the lives they wish they had. One woman dreamt of dancing flamenco and a group of guys always hoped to be a band they call... Plain White T's. The veteran, in particular, uses the technology to live his lifelong dream of performing as a drag queen. He soon breaks away from the nursing home and lives out his drag fantasy -- this time in real life.
“The video is set in a place that we feel is a place of no return, a place of lost hope," D'Andrea said of her winning idea. "If in this place, great changes and magic can happen -- then what are we all waiting for?”
Watch the video premiere below:
“Land of the Living” marks Plain White T’s' return to their original record label, Fearless Records -- home of breakthrough hit "Hey There Delilah" -- though the new song's full-band sound is a departure from the acoustic love ballad that put them on the map.
The band left Fearless and signed with Hollywood Records in 2005, which was the right career move at the time, frontman Tom Higgenson tells Billboard. Eight years later, the relationship with Hollywood Records soured. "With majors, it’s all about the bottom line. Even though we had a big hit with every album we put out for them, for whatever reason, it was like, 'This quarter, it doesn’t make sense. We’ve got Selena Gomez out,' or whatever it was. It was a bummer that fell apart."
In 2015, Plain White T's self-released American Nights, an album that wasn't as successful as the ones in the past -- or a "disaster," as Higgenson put it. That's when the band knew they had to return to the label that fell in love with their music in the first place. "[Going back to Fearless] really was like going back to the people you know believe in you, and they got your back no matter what," he says.
Fearless President Bob Becker was just as thrilled to have the band back home. "The Plain White T's have not only have been one of the most successful bands ever on Fearless but the most hard-working, humble and nicest bands to work with," he tells Billboard. "When we saw that they where interested in working with us again, we jumped at the chance."
Higgenson says the band’s success is more than releasing the same kind of song they've put out in the past. “What we really think is that people don’t want to just hear us with an acoustic guitar. They just want to hear us do something that connects with them, whether it’s to a piano or guitar or full band -- whatever. As long as you’re speaking something they can relate to and they can feel like they’re being understood, that’s our job.”
As for the future of Plain White T's, Higgenson says the band is back and better than ever.
"I feel like I’m writing some really great songs, and I feel like the band is super energized. Everything is feeling fresh again, which is hard to believe when you’ve been a band for 20 years. I’m really believing in a lot of these songs I’m writing, and I’m ready to make another great Plain White T’s album."
Bruno Mars is remixing his remixes now. After sharing a new version of the single featuring Gucci Mane last week, the pop star now has added Ludacris to the track as well.
Luda opens up this new version saying he'll "make you melt like ice cream" and offering to "make love all night while we listen to the sounds of this instrumental."
Harry Styles is hitting the road on his first solo-tour.
Mr. Styles announced a massive world tour, kicking off in San Francisco on September 19 at the The Masonic and running through 13 cities in North America, including Los Angeles, New York and Toronto. The tour will continue through Europe, hitting stops like Paris, Manchester and Stockholm, before heading over to Asia and Australia, ending off in Japan in December.
The “Ever Since New York” crooner is set to appear on the Today Show Summer Concert Series on May 9, as well as a residency on The Late Late Show with James Corden from May 15-18.
Fan Registration for the tour begins today (Apr. 28) through Ticketmaster’s Verified Fan program.
Check out the tour poster, and see all the dates below.
9/19/2017 San Francisco, CA The Masonic
9/20/2017 Los Angeles, CA The Greek Theatre
9/25/2017 Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium
9/26/2017 Chicago, IL The Chicago Theatre
9/28/2017 New York, NY Radio City Music Hall
9/30/2017 Boston, MA Wang Theatre
10/1/2017 Washington DC DAR Constitution Hall
10/4/2017 Toronto, ON Massey Hall
10/5/2017 Upper Darby, PA Tower Theater
10/8/2017 Atlanta, GA Roxy
10/10/2017 Irving, TX The Pavilion at Irving Music Factory
10/11/2017 Austin, TX ACL Live at The Moody Theater
10/14/2017 Phoenix, AZ Comerica Theatre
10/25/2017 Paris, France L’Olympia
10/27/2017 Cologne, Germany Palladium
10/29/2017 London, UK Eventim Apollo
10/30/2017 London, UK Eventim Apollo
11/1/2017 Manchester, UK O2 Apollo Manchester
11/2/2017 Glasgow, UK SEC Armadillo
11/5/2017 Stockholm, Sweden Fryshuset
11/7/2017 Berlin, Germany Tempodrome
11/8/2017 Amsterdam, Netherlands AFAS Live
11/10/2017 Milan, Italy Alcatraz
11/23/2017 Singapore The Star Theatre
11/26/2017 Sydney, Australia Enmore Theatre
11/30/2017 Australia, Melbourne Forum Theatre
12/2/2017 Auckland, New Zealand Spark Arena
12/7/2017 Tokyo, Japan EX Theater
12/8/2017 Tokyo, Japan EX Theater
Ja Rule is in the middle of a PR nightmare as he tries to figure out how a luxury vacation in the Bahamas turned into hell on an island.
As we previously reported, Ja Rule’s much-hyped two weekend Fyre Festival event turned into a “disorganized mess,” according to attendees via Twitter. According to reports, the festival grounds looked like a hurricane site and not the getaway party it was hyped up to be. Some folks are now calling the island trip a total scam.
Ja Rule and entrepreneur Billy McFarland reportedly organized the expensive island festival (tickets ranged from $1200-$1500 with luxury packages hitting $250,000) promising “a cultural moment created from a blend of music, art, and food.” Apparently, they failed miserably on all three of those things.
On Friday (April 28), Ja Rule issued a statement via Twitter apologizing to vacationers for the island fiasco. He wrote:
We are working right now on getting everyone [off] the island SAFE that is my immediate concern,” he wrote. “I will make a statement soon. I’m heartbroken at this moment, my partners and I wanted this to be an amazing event. It was NOT A SCAM as everyone is reporting. I don’t know how everything went so left but I’m working to make it right by making sure everyone is refunded…I truly apologize as this is NOT MY FAULT…but I’m taking responsibility. I’m deeply sorry to everyone who was inconvenienced by this.”
Reps of The Fyre Festival Team also issued a statement (via Variety) announcing that “The festival is being postponed until we can further assess if and when we are able to create the high-quality experience we envisioned. We ask for everyone’s patience and cooperation during this difficult time as we work as quickly and safely as we can to remedy this unforeseeable situation.”
There’s no word if all of the attendees at the festival were able to get off the island safely, but hopefully, Ja Rule can rectify this terrible situation.
As reported earlier in the week, BoA returned to the South Korean music scene with “Spring Rain” today (Apr. 28), the latest digital single to be released on S.M.’s weekly digital music project.
The R&B-vibe track was composed by constant collaborator Kenzie.
“You’re my love, my dream…can’t you see we’ll be together? / Come back to me,” she wistfully echoes along the tripping track, perfect for soundtracking a soggy, overcast spring day. (Utada knows the feeling, too.)
Blink-182 is pulling out of the much-hyped Fyre Festival in Exumas, Bahamas, telling fans on Twitter that they were worried that festival organizers would not be able to provide the production needed for their performance.
"Regrettably, and after much careful and difficult consideration, we want to let you know that we won't be performing at Fyre Fest in the Bahamas this weekend and next weekend," a tweet from the band's account reads. "We're not confident that we would have what we need to give you the quality of performances we always give fans."
Serious doubts are raised to whether the two-weekend festival with VIP packages up to $250,000 will be able to open on Friday with headliners from the G.O.O.D. Music crew, including Tyga, Desiigner and Pusha T. Created by rapper Ja Rule and entrepreneur Billy McFarland, Fyre Festival was announced with an Instagram video that showed models Bella Hadid, Hailey Baldwin and Emily Ratajkowski sailing on a yacht and swimming off the waters of the tropical festival site, luring in fans spending thousands of dollars on the promise of private beaches, pirate cays and six-figure accommodations.
Concerns that the organizers were in over their heads have been trickling out for weeks -- one agent who has an act playing a top slot at the festival tells Billboardthat organizers had to renegotiate the guarantees they were offering some artists after the cost of hosting the ambitious festival began to spiral out of control. Attendees have taken to Reddit and Twitter to complain that the festival site was not ready upon their arrival Thursday (April 27) and that many had not yet seen their rooms. An article earlier this month in the Wall Street Journal said that as of late March, "Some artists still hadn’t been paid what they were owed based on the terms of their contracts," although "the event’s promoters in recent days made progress in catching up with payments, and in some cases have paid acts in full." It also reported that fans who had purchased VIP ticket packages including air travel to and from the festival were "nervous as the festival’s 'concierge' team has been slow to provide them with logistical details."
Update (11:05 p.m. EST): Fyre Festival appears on to be on the brink of collapse with flights to Exumas canceled as organizer struggle to deliver basic accommodations to festival-goers, some who paid thousands of dollars for to attend the three-day festival.
Katy Perry's getting heat her new single before anyone's even heard it, because people aren't cool with Migos appearing on the track.
Perry's new song, "Bon Appetit," will be released Friday, but the backlash has already begun when the cover art revealed she collaborated with the rappers. Fans are pissed because they've made homophobic and misogynistic remarks ... notably, when an ATL rapper came out as gay, Quavo said, "This world is not right."
Now, Perry's getting heat ... especially after accepting a National Equality Award last month at the Human Rights Campaign gala.
This isn't a first for the pop singer ... she's also been criticized by the LGBT community for her songs "I Kissed a Girl" and "Ur So Gay."
SZA just released her track called “Love Galore.” Recruiting Travis Scott, the two team up to provide some light-hearted tunes for listeners, which the Top Dawg Entertainment singer previewed during a New York City concert back in January. Along with the song, the official video for the track is also coinciding with the new release. Peep it below.
The new video show the two getting extremely cozy and intimate, engaging in a love affair of their own as they’re surrounded by butterflies. The two even take things to the bedroom, where SZA can be seen straddling an affectionate Scott as they show off their undeniable chemistry.
“Love Galore” hears the vocalist in her signature element, showing off her strong pen game for the beautiful upbeat ballad. On the first verse of the record, SZA sings, “Promise I won’t cry over spilled milk/Give me a paper towel/Give me another valium/Give me another hour or two, hour with you.” While Scott’s ad-libs are laced all over the background, he comes in with a guest verse of his own around the 2:40 mark, where he repeatedly chants “Why you bugging me?” The Houston native then sings a mellow rhyme before hitting his autotune notes in the voice he’s infamously known for on songs.
We’re not quite sure where SZA’s album stands at this time, but it's rumored to be dropping sometime this year. If you remember the project was rumored to be dropping back in January, but i never happened.
R&B singer Suran has released her new single "Wine" featuring rapper Changmo.
The song was produced by BTS' SUGA and Slow Rabbit, while Suga, Slow Rabbit, Suran, JUNE, and Changmo all participated in the composing and lyric writing of the song. It's a hip hop R&B with a pop groove, and you can listen to it in full on iTunes, as well as Korean music sites.