On Monday, August 2nd, The Weeknd released a teaser for a new project. The long-awaited look at the new music from The Weeknd is finally here. The teaser video is called “The Dawn Is Coming” and is only 1 minute and 41 seconds long. The video is animated and shows a hurtling zoom in over a dark body of water to the brightly lit, almost fiery, sun on the horizon. The music playing over the clip is a catchy, pounding synthesizer, and towards the end of the video, The Weeknd’s vocals join in. As the video ends, he sings “take my hand.”
The Weeknd tweeted a few times leading up to the release of the teaser. The first was posted on July 29th and said “say your final goodbyes…” along with an emoji of a sunset. Another tweet was posted the night before the teaser’s release, and it said “fuck it … IT STARTS TONIGHT”.
Check out The Weeknd’s Twitter to see the tweets leading up to the teaser’s release here.
Later Monday morning, GQ released their cover story with The Weeknd. In the article, he talked of the upcoming release and said “it’s the album I’ve always wanted to make.” Read the full cover story on The Weeknd from GQhere.
An abundance of long-awaited new albums from a variety of genres were released today including new releases from Billie Eilish, Isaiah Rashad, DJ Sidereal, Bleachers, Vedo, Modest Mouse, and Prince.
Billie Eilish releases her sophomore album Happier Than Ever today. The album features previously released tracks “NDA,” “Lost Cause,” “Your Power,” “Therefore I Am,” and the album’s title track. When Eilish announced the album’s release in an Instagram post, she described it saying “this was the most fulfilling most satisfying and profound experience i’ve ever had with my music.” Two weeks ago, Billie Eilish and her brother Finneas performed a live acoustic version of their song “Your Power.” Learn more about it here.
DJ Sidereal paired up with CRASH RARRI for his hard hitting single “PONTIAC”. Fresh off the Rolling Loud stage, Sidereal delivers a street anthem that’s gonna be sure to start a mosh pit & have festival crowds jumping. DJ Sidereal has not only performed at every Rolling Loud but he also has toured with 300 acts Lil Keed, Strict & industry legends like Too $hort & Young Thug. “PONTIAC” dropped today and it’s safe to say Sidereal & RARRI got one!
TDE’s long-awaited hiatus is over as Isaiah Rashad’s highly anticipated new album has arrived. The House is Burning features 16 new songs from the rapper, including features from SZA, Lil Uzi Vert, Jay Rock, Smino & much more. The project includes singles “Headshots” & “Lay Wit Ya”. In the past when TDE drops an album they usually keep the ball rolling with other acts the following suit so maybe we’ll get a Kendrick album soon, possibly a new SZA project? We’ll have to wait and see but in the meantime, Isaiah Rashad delivered a 16 track masterpiece to hold us down all summer.
Bleachers released their new album Take the Sadness Out of Saturday Night today. Back in May, the Jack Antonoff lead project released “Stop Making This Hurt” which will be featured on the album. Take the Sadness Out of Saturday Night is the third album released from Bleachers. The album is said to give the impression of classic rock songwriting while sticking to the classic Bleachers pop sound. Antonoff has been busy in the music world, as he has been helping Taylor Swift, Clairo, Lorde, and Lana Del Rey with their new music.
A new album by Modest Mouse called The Golden Casket is released today. This is the first new album from the indie classic band in six years. “We Are Between” “Wooden Soldiers” and “The Sun Hasn’t Left” were previously released and will be included on the album. The album’s music is said to stay true to Modest Mouse’s classic sound. Any current fan of the band is expected to find something on the album that they enjoy.
R&B crooner Vedo dropped his latest single “Yesterday”. Following up the success of “For You” & “You Got It”, the Michigan-born singer showcases his love for 90’s R&B and the ladies on “Yesterday”. The song features a sample of Jon B that is sure to take you back to the golden days of R&B as the mentee to Usher displays his vocal range on the record. This is another great release from Vedo who is poised to keep up his streak of delivering unforgettable R&B tracks.
Prince’s posthumous album Welcome 2 America is released today. The songs on the album were recorded in 2010, 6 years before the artist’s death, and have stayed in the artist’s vault in his Paisley Park studio since then. Morris Hayes, longtime keyboarder for Prince, talked about the Welcome 2 America saying “it’s a lot of different stories and the different songs, and everything just kind of has its own little chapter in the book.” In April, the title track of the album was released.
On Thursday, July 22nd, Stone Temple Pilots released a new music video for their song “And So I Know,” which is made entirely of footage of the band from 1995. The song appeared on the band’s 1996 album Tiny Music… Songs From the Vatican Gift Shop, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. With the anniversary, Stone Temple Pilots released a Super Deluxe Edition of the album today that includes remastered versions of the originally included songs, alternative mixes, and versions of some songs, along with a full recording of their show from March 14th, 1997 at Club La Vela in Panama City Beach, Florida.
The footage included in the music video for “And So I Know” was filmed when Stone Temple Pilots were recording the album Tiny Music… Songs From the Vatican Gift Shop. The music video shows the band hanging out and recording music, and views of producer Brendan O’Brien’s house in Santa Ynez Valley, CA, where the band recorded the album.
Watch the new music video for Stone Temple Pilots’ “And So I Know” here.
Eric Kretz, the drummer for Stone Temple Pilots talked about the making of the album and the clips from the music video saying, “Coming into our third album, we knew we wanted to get into uncharted waters as a band, and not just make an album that was a continuation of the first two, but really experiment with a homegrown mentality. Deciding to record in a house instead of a proper studio was our collective first choice. Once we started recording, we tried different songs and different overdubs in every nook and cranny the house had to offer.”
The Hella Mega Tour featuring Green Day, Weezer, and Fall Out Boy kicked off on Saturday, July 24th in Dallas, TX. The original dates of the tour were scheduled throughout 2020, though it has been delayed twice since then because of COVID-19. Globe Life Stadium was where the show took place, and it was packed to the brim with a sold-out crowd of 35,000, mostly unmasked, for the performance. The audience was given a show of just under 5 hours between the bands performing.
At one point during their show, Billie Joe Armstrong, lead singer for Green Day, said to the audience, “Take a look around you. This is human contact. We cannot be locked up anymore. We need to be together.”
Weezer posted some pictures from the show in an Instagram post along with the caption “After, well, you know… the @hellamegatour finally kicked off tonight in Dallas! We were ready. @theinterrupters @falloutboy and @greenday were ready. And the fans were DEFINITELY ready. Thanks to all – let’s keep it going! #karlscorner.”
Amongst, Weezer, Fall Out Boy, and Green Day classics performed on Saturday night, the Interrupters also took the stage to play some of their songs, and also covered Billie Eilish’s “Bad Guy.” Green Day also surprised fans by covering Kiss’ “Rock and Roll All Nite.”
Watch Green Day cover Kiss’ “Rock and Roll All Nite” here.
Kiss posted about Green Day covering “Rock and Roll All Nite” in an Instagram post with the caption, “‘Tonight In DALLAS!’ Another reason to love @greenday !”
Lorde appeared as the musical guest on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.” Lorde decided to perform her new song “Solar Power” for the first time live. She did so on the beautiful rooftop of the Ed Sullivan Theater with the New York City skyline behind her.
Lorde began the song near the ledge of the rooftop, then slowly moved her way over to the seven members of her band who stood on a circular reflective stage. Lorde wore a light yellow skirt and matching top for the performance of “Solar Power.” Near the end of the song, a shower of bubbles spread across the stage and floated around Lorde and her band.
“Solar Power” was released on June 10th, along with an accompanying music video that shows Lorde dancing and singing with other women on a beach. Backup vocals on the track feature Phoebe Bridgers, and Clairo. Lorde also provided backup vocals to Clairo’s recent track “Blouse.”
Watch the official music video for Lorde’s song “Solar Power” here.
“Solar Power” will be included on Lorde’s upcoming album of the same name which is to be released on August 10th. Solar Power was co-written and co-produced by Jack Antonoff. This album is the first to be released by Lorde in 4 years, since her 2017 album Melodrama.
On Sunday, July 18th, Vevo posted a live acoustic performance by Billie Eilish and Finneas of Eilish’s song “Your Power” on their YouTube channel. The performance by the siblings is a stripped-down version of the original recording of “Your Power” as Eilish sings softly, and Finneas plays acoustic guitar and accompanies vocally. Both are sitting on stools wearing soft gold clothing that matches the curtains lining the walls of the room.
In the description for the live performance, Vevo described Eilish saying “Billie Eilish’s trademark whisper has gained more and more emotional power in the last four years. The secret-sharing sense of intimacy contained in the pop phenom’s voice brims with the kind of textural qualities that pull fans deep into the story she’s telling in any given song. Sometimes dreamy, sometimes fierce, always fetching.”
The description continues to describe the performance saying “Flanked by her brother Finneas on acoustic guitar, she blends that rich coo into an eloquent indictment of those who ‘take advantage’ of others. The visual setting, designed after brainstorming creative sessions between the singer and our production team, is simple but rich in texture, too – just like Billie’s voice.”
“Your Power” was released on April 29th of this year by Eilish and will appear on her upcoming sophomore album Happier Than Ever which is to be released next week on July 30th. The single’s release was accompanied by an official music video, which shows Eilish in striking desert and mountain scenes and slowly being constricted by a snake.
Watch the official music video for Billie Eilish’s song “Your Power” here.
There are many great new full album releases today from artists across genres, including WILLOW, Pop Smoke, Clairo, John Mayor, and Wavves.
Today, WILLOW releases her new album, Lately I Feel EVERYTHING. This marks the young artist’s fifth studio album. It features 11 songs and includes appearances by special guests Travis Barker, Avril Lavigne, Cherry Glazerr, Tierra Whack, and Ayla Tesler-Mabe. In comparison to previous releases, this album has a very pop-punk sound to it. “t r a n s p a r e n t s o u l” featuring Travis Barker, and “Lipstick” are tracks off of Lately I Feel EVERYTHING that have been released in last few months.
The late Pop Smoke returned to the charts today with his second posthumous release titled Faith. The album boasts huge guest features from the likes of Kanye West, Pusha T, 21 Savage, 42 Dugg, Kid Cudi, Quavo & so many more. Dua Lipa even makes a guest appearance on the pop-driven track “Demeanor” that’s sure to be a hit single. The album displays Pop Smoke’s versatility as an artist as he delivers yet another Rap/R&B smash alongside Chris Brown on “Woo Baby” on a flipped sample of Ne-Yo’s “So Sick”. Listen to the album all weekend right here on Dash Radio!
Dreekdadon follows up “Apologize” with his latest single “Young & Wild where Dreek gives fans an audio cinematic tour through the backstreets of Memphis. Coming out of a short lived retirement Logic dropped the single “My Way” today. Before taking the stage at Rolling Loud next weekend in Miami, both F$O Dinero and Mike Smiff are putting on for both Broward and Dade Counties in their latest single “Dade x Broward”.
The highly anticipated sophomore album from Clairo is released today called Sling. When she announced the album last month, Clairo also released a single off of it, “Blouse” which features backup vocals by Lorde. Sling was co-produced by Jack Antonoff and includes 12 tracks.
John Mayer releases his new album Sob Rock today. “Last Train Home” is included on the album, and was released last month, a few days after he announced the new album. Sob Rock is said to be influenced by 80s music, which can also be seen by the album’s cover, which shows Mayer holding his guitar with the whole image having a blue overtone, and light purple text. This album is Mayer’s first album release since his 2017 album The Search for Everything.
Wavves release their new album today called Hideaway. The album includes previously released tracks “Caviar,” “Hideaway,” and “Help is on the Way.” Hideaway is the surf punk-rock band’s seventh album and is a follow-up to their 2017 album You’re Welcome. The new album is short and sweet with 9 tracks, but still brings the strong yet refreshing iconic sound of Wavves.
This past weekend, Barack Obama shared his Summer 2021 playlist. Obama has shared his summer playlist each year since the beginning of his presidency. This year’s playlist includes songs by Migos, Rihanna, Silk Sonic, Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan, Sza, Drake, H.E.R., and many more artists for a total of 38 songs on the playlist.
Obama tweeted about his Summer 2021 playlist on his Twitter, saying “With so many folks getting together with family and friends, there’s a lot to celebrate this summer. Here’s a playlist of songs I’ve been listening to lately—it’s a mix of old and new, household names and emerging artists, and a whole lot in between.” The tweet included the playlist’s tracklist in 2 colorfully designed pictures.
Check out Barack Obama’s tweet about his Summer 2021 playlist here.
Spotify created a playlist on their platform with the songs from Obama’s Summer 2020 playlist and another for Obama’s Summer 2019 playlist.
Listen to Barack Obama’s Summer 2020 playlist on Spotify here.
Listen to Barack Obama’s Summer 2019 playlist on Spotify here.
On Sunday (July 4), billionaire Michael Rubin threw one of the biggest, most star-studded parties of the year. At his $50 million mansions in the Hamptons, Rubin paid homage to friend and fellow Philadelphia native, Meek Mill’s iconic Fourth of July ‘White Party’ by throwing an independence day celebration of his own.
The party included a very exclusive guest list with people such as Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Travis Scott, Kid Cudi, Bobby Shmurda, Lil Baby, Lil UziVert, Quavo, Meek Mill, Megan Thee Stallion, James Harden, J. Balvin, Yo Gotti, and Future attending.
One of the most iconic moments of the night was Lil Uzi Vert break dancing in the middle of the dance floor. The rapper busted out all his moves, which was captured on his girl, JT’s Instagram story.
Later that night, JT tweeted about a special encounter she had with none other than Beyoncé. The City Girl’s member couldn’t contain her excitement from the conversation and shared all the dets with her followers.
I love Beyoncé if I didn’t feel like I made it no other day tonight I did! She told me I was beautiful & she’s proud & to keep going! God look At my life….I came from nothing at all🥺
In the same video of JT hyping up Uzi’s crazy moves, someone on Twitter spotted James Harden tickling Meek Mill in the crowd and continuing to make him laugh until his phone fell onto the floor. The tweet has now become viral, with fans making jokes about the two friends.
On Tuesday (June 29th), Megan Thee Stallion announced on her Instagram and Twitter that she was partnering with Cash App to teach her fans, better known as the Hotties, about investing. They will be giving away $1 millions dollars worth of lucrative stocks to get her fans foot in the door in the stock market.
In her IG video, Megan says, “Anyone can start with as little as $1. Putting in a little money and seeing how it moves is a great way to learn about the stock market. The more you educate yourself the more equipped you’ll be to navigate investing.”
In order to enter, all you have to do is reply to her tweet or Instagram video with your Cashtag. Then you just wait to see if you’re selected!
Under the hashtag ‘CashAppForHotties’, Hotties have posted screenshots of HOT GIRL MEG sending them $10 worth of stock to their Cash Apps. Stocks being offered in the contest include Peloton, Microsoft, Netflix, Shopify, JPMorgan Chase, Intel, Boeing, and much more.