The band releasesOn The TV, from Build A Tower, as a single. Aaron:
On The TV is a song about feeling a sense of discomfort, disassociation and extreme anxiety at the state of the modern world. It’s a scream against everything from caged kids at the Mexican border to the rise of nationalism in the UK and US. In the verses I seek solace in family and ask my parents for guidance. It also has a great riff.
The band release You Opened Up My Heart, from the album, Build A Tower.
A lot of our songs are existential and angst-ridden but, in an age where we’re faced with stuff like Trump and Brexit, and people are becoming more polarised, it felt right to offer something with a more positive message. It’s an electro-indie love-song, basically, with great hooks. The lyrics ‘Believe enough to lose control/Where there’s love there’s always hope’ are about a basic belief that humanity and compassion will win the day.
The Slow Readers Club – You Opened Up My Heart (Official Audio)
The band releasesLunatic, the first single from their upcoming third album. The track was produced by Bullyment. Aaron Starkie:
It’s about feeling at odds with the world, especially politically in recent times, to the point where you feel as though you are losing your mind. There’s also reference to how psychiatry has been used to remove political dissidents from society: ‘Hard to find a fit, for I know that I’m a lunatic, Sure in days of old, I’d be chained to the floor’.
Mick Konstantin releasesThere’s Only One Conor McGregor, with proceeds to go to Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin. The track is available for download on iTunes here.
It’s all been a bit crazy really. I really love creating music people enjoy, I could never have dreamt that the song would have reached the heights it has. I couldn’t believe it. McGregor’s team rang me the following day and told me McGregor loved the song. That was amazing that he heard the song and liked it, but McGregor and his team asked if I’d like to go to the fight. It was a dream come true…The support I’ve received for this song has been immense, and I’m going to have the trip of a lifetime to see McGregor in action in Vegas. I felt I had to give something back. I have decided to donate all iTunes sales of There’s Only One Conor McGregor, until the fight to a charity Conor supports. The proceeds of the sales will go to Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin. “I’d love to see the hospital benefit from this and see the proceeds going to a good cause.
Coldplay release the audio for Adventure of a Lifetime, from their album, A Head Full of Dreams. The band says they have collaborated with Tove Lo, Noel Gallagher and Beyonce on the album, which will contain 12 songs, including a hidden track, X Marks The Spot. Parlophone:
Revitalized, they’ve made an album that’s bursting with energy, colour and big, life-affirming moments such as the deliciously ebullient first single Adventure of a Lifetime and the rocket-powered Hymn for the Weekend. Coldplay has never enjoyed making a record more than this one. Nor have they been happier with the results.
Coldplay – Adventure Of A Lifetime (Official audio)
Santigold announces the name of her upcoming album, 99 Cents, which is scheduled for release next year. Along with releasing the album’s cover, she also releases a single entitled Can’t Get Enough of Myself.
Cara releases her single Wild Things. The single is featured on her debut studio album Know-It-All.
Wild Things is an anthem. It’s written like an anthem, the production is very anthem-like, and the lyrics are very anthem-like, and I wanted it to be like that. I wanted it to be something that people could really sing along to and believe in, because it’s such an important message, and it’s really about accepting yourself. Whether you’re young, or old, or whatever your circumstances are. Oftentimes, people constantly tell us that we are not good enough for that, and we’re not going to do anything with ourselves. And that’s not true obviously, and this is a song about saying, I don’t care what you say, and I don’t care what you do to try to stop me from being happy. I’m going to be happy, and we’re gonna just do whatever we want.
The Vamps release their single Wake Up. This track is featured on their album with the same title. The song is a collaboration between The Vamps and producer Steve Mac.
Wake Up is the first song off our second album. And, it’s the first song we ever did for the second album. That’s kinda how we got the whole sound of the next album. It’s about being there for a girl, and supporting through hard times. And, then wanting to kinda see the gratification for it, and just wanting to be appreciated. Not in a weird way. Just knowing that you are there for them, sort of thing. It kinda links in well because we haven’t released music for about a year. So, it’s kinda like Wake Up is probably a good statement for us to be back and releasing music.
Gomez releases her single Same Old Love, the second single from her album Revival. Same Old Love is a writing collaboration between Gomez, Tor Hermann, Mikkel Eriksen, Benjamin Levin, Charlotte Aitchison and Ross Golan.
I think Same Old Love represents a different kind of identity with love. The first people you love in your life are your parents. So for me, my dad is the first male figure I had in my life. And how much it means to respect your parents and have a healthy relationship with them because it trails on into your relationships when you’re older.
Cara releases her single I’m Yours. This track is featured on her EP Four Pink Walls and her debut album Know-It-All.
I’m Yours is a humorous/sassy/layered song. And it’s about being reluctant to fall for somebody, because you’re so happy with yourself initially, and things are fine, and then somebody comes along, and they’re so perfect, and you just hate it. You hate everything about them, and they gross you out even though they’re so nice, and they’re perfect, but you hate them. You realize as the song goes on that the reason why you’re like this, and the reason why you feel like this, is because you’ve been hurt before, and you don’t even want to bother letting anyone else in. But then because this person is so nice to you, you finally at the (end), are like, Fine, I’ll let them in.
Jonas releases his single Levels, the first single from the album Nick Jonas X2, which is the re-release of his album Nick Jonas. The song is a collaboration with producers Ian Kirkpatrick and The Monsters and the Strangerz.
Chvrches releaseNever Ending Circles, the second single from their album Every Open Eye. Mayberry:
When I look back at the first record, the songs I wrote about relationships on there were a bit more playing the victim kind of. I think there was a time and a place for that because that was what I was feeling at the time, but I guess now I feel a lot more positive about my personal life and I think it’s nice for me to be able to write about that as well as my bad experiences in a more assertive way.
Drake releasesCharged Up, a diss track aimed at Meek Mill. The track is in response to Mill’s recent comments, which accused Drake of using a ghostwriter for his songs. The song mostly consists of Drake freestyling over a subdued beat. While the song doesn’t address Mill by name, it is undoubtedly aimed at him:
Wow, I’m honored that you think this is staged / I’m flattered man, in fact I’m amazed / The perfect start to the summer man, this shit is a doozy / This sh*t is twistin’ the movie, but don’t jump to any conclusions / You boys aren’t getting’ any of your feelins on me / You should embrace it this could be one of our realest moments / OK, the flow’s startin’ to feel familiar, don’t it? / Must I remind you that Jimmy got twenty million on it.
Chvrches releasesLeave a Trace, the first single from their second album Every Open Eye. Mayberry:
Leave a Trace is the middle finger mic-drop. It’s about that point where you’re like, There’s no point having this conversation anyways: There will be no resolve, I won’t feel better about it, you won’t feel better about it, no outcome from this will actually change my reality.
Gomez releases single Good For You. The track is a collaboration with A$AP Rocky and is featured on her album Revival.
It’s my time to embrace who I really am. I’m not going to sit down in a chair and talk about something that doesn’t mean anything to me anymore. Good For You isn’t in your face, it isn’t trying too hard — there’s so much more that I want you guys to hear, but this is going to shock everybody…in a good way.
Selena Gomez – Good For You (Audio) ft. A$AP Rocky
Cara releases her first single Here. The song is featured on her album Know-It-All.
Hereis about a party I went to, two years ago, and I hated it. I felt so uncomfortable because it was just awkward, and it was just not my kind of scene at all. So I just made a rant song about it, and it turned into this huge thing that people are relating to. Which is amazing, because I never thought people would relate to that because it’s so specific to my life. But, people really resonated with it, and it’s an anti-party, but not really anti because I don’t really want to say anti-party … I’m not anti-party. But it’s the opposite perspective of what you would hear on the radio of a party song. Usually when you think of party song you think positive, let’s have fun, but it’s the complete opposite.
OWN adoptsYou Will as its network anthem. The song was composed by Warren and is sung by Hudson and Nettles in their first-ever duet. RCA Records released the single. The song will premiere during the season finale of The Haves and the Have Nots. Oprah:
I was so touched when Diane Warren came to me and said she wrote a song with OWN in mind. And then to have Jennifer Hudson and Jennifer Nettles bring the song to life with their stunning collaboration…what a gift.
The sentiment of my song is that you should never give up on your dreams, own every breath, own every minute, go live a life that’s got no limits. You can do anything. It’s as simple as never think you won’t, and you will.
Rixton releases the music video for Hotel Ceiling from their album Let The Road. Co-written by Ed Sheeran and directed by Clarence Fuller, the video features a bride after a verbal and physical fight, marrying herself to the dead groom she just murdered.
We wanted to lead into the new year with a song that shows a different side to us, musically and personally.
The artist releasesSpark The Fire, from her yet to be titled album. This is one of several tracks that is produced by collaborator Pharrell for her third solo album. Stefani:
He’s like, ‘I’ve got to play you this. I have to play you this. And so he plays me this song, and it’s like magic. All it was was a beat and he was singing this melody on top and I just knew, that’s it. That night, after shooting all day, we went in the studio all night long, stayed up till four in the morning, came back, got on set and then didn’t finish.
Manson and his Burton, who also goes by the name, Star get a marriage license. No date has been set for the wedding. The couple has 90 days to use the license without having to reapply. According to a spokesman with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, the wedding must happen on a visiting day. Manson and his fiancée will be allowed to have up to 10 guests from outside the prison, as well as an officiant of their choice, and two more guests from inside the prison. Star:
I’m completely with him, and he’s completely with me. It’s what I was born for, you know. I don’t know what else to say.
Chesney releases the single, Til It’s Gone, from his album, The Big Revival. Chesney:
If you think about what the song says, it’s very much a one-on-one piece of communicating. It’s about hanging on to the one who matters to you; for me, it’s talking straight to those hardcore fans who’ve been there — and saying ‘no matter where or what, I’m in this as long as you hang on.
Shelton releases his single, Bringing Back The Sunshine from his album with the same name. Shelton:
I love the message of the song. It’s about a couple that’s gone through something, probably separated, and just decided to get back together. What’s most important is their love. There’s something magical about that title, and given what this album is all about, I thought Bringing Back the Sunshine is like I’m bringing back some country music, some of these sounds we don’t hear that much anymore in country, at least in the mainstream.
Shelton releases his single, I Need My Girl, from his album, Bringing Back The Sunshine. Shelton:
That’s right in my wheelhouse of what I do, along the lines of ‘She Wouldn’t Be Gone’ or ‘Over You,’ some of those type of records that are kind of a power ballad. That’s my natural go-to, and that was fun for me to sing.
The group releases their 6th single, My Song 5, which features A$SAP Ferg. The original song is on their record Days Are Gone and is a collaboration with writer and producer Ariel Rechtshaid. The single version is a collaboration with A$AP Ferg.
It started as a random demo of a couple different ideas and ended up forming the song later on.
Chesney releases the single, Flora Bama, from his album, The Big Revival. Chesney:
It’s a very specific song about a very specific place. But it’s also a song for anyone who has somewhere they go to let their mind unwind. It’s about bein’ easy, but bein’ engaged. Because – as I’ve said – places like the Flora-Bama are what life is all about.
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