Avril Lavigne Films Music Video For Upcoming First Single!

Last weekend, Avril Lavigne announced she was about to shoot the music video for her first single. Today, she officially began filming – and, of course, she included fans in the process! The music video’s director, Elliott Lester, was in Iceland last weekend filming footage that seems to be for the Avril Lavigne project. Avril wasn’t there, but some deleted Instagram posts showed a stunt double who looked uncannily similar to her.

Today, Avril was on set in Los Angeles shooting her parts in front of a green screen. Presumably the Iceland footage will appear behind her in the final video. Avril wears a long white dress and her hair and makeup are soft and mature. No raccoon eyes this time!

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A deleted Instagram post shows more of what the music video will look like. Indeed, with the magic of the green screen, Avril appears on the Icelandic beach:

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Update 8/23: Director Elliott Lester posted another picture from yesterday’s video shoot this morning. Avril then shared a new post from today, indicating that this is a multi-day video shoot!

 

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Update 8/24: Late last night, Avril added new videos to her Instagram Stories “Video Shoot” highlights. In it, she and her hairstylist Lauren Bates talked about their long day onset, in which Avril’s hair had to repeatedly be redone. It got wet, then dried, then wet again multiple times. Apparently she’ll appear in the water at some point in the music video! This connects with the concept she used for her album cover – she shot it last month – in which she also appears in the water.

 

It’s exciting to be this close to hearing Avril’s long-awaited new music! The music video looks stunning already, and it’s clear they’re putting a lot of work into it. With scenery from Iceland and at least two more days of shooting in Los Angeles, this may be Avril’s most ambitious video yet. It’ll be fitting for her highly anticipated comeback. Within a few weeks, we’ll have more information about the upcoming album – and we’ll be hearing the single sometime in September!

The Long Road to Album #6

Avril’s sixth studio album has been a long labor of love. After releasing her self-titled fifth record in late 2013, she came down with Lyme disease the following spring, announcing it in 2015. Overcoming the illness inspired her new music. Though she officially began recording it in spring 2017, Avril began writing and demoing three years ago. And despite multiple predictions of finishing – first last November, then this February – it had looked like Avril finally wrapped the recording process in May. Though a recent post with songwriter Bonnie McKee posed some doubts about whether the album was actually finished.

Avril has described her upcoming album as being more rock this time around, and worked on a few songs with Travis Clark of We The Kings. She’s also returning to her roots in some ways. As proof, she co-wrote two songs with Lauren Christy, the songwriter behind “I’m With You” and “Complicated.” Avril has also worked with producer J.R. Rotem. Some songs fans may hear on album #6 include “Lucky Ones,” “It Was In Me,” “Warrior,” and “Crush.”

Avril’s “next level” album will come out later out this year via BMG RecordsCatch up on all we know about the new record so far, and keep checking back here for more on Avril’s new music. In just a few weeks, we’ll finally have a new song and music video to enjoy!

Natasha Bedingfield Posts Snippet Of New Song “Me Around You”

One year ago today, Natasha Bedingfield celebrated her wedding anniversary by sharing some lyrics for an unreleased song. She wrote out the chorus of “Me Around You,” which Natasha wrote with Toby Gad a few years prior. We originally learned about the song when it was registered on ASCAP in October 2014.

Today, Natasha returned to that still-unreleased song. But this time, fans get to hear a bit of it! Hear part of the verse and the chorus of “Me Around You” as Natasha records it in the studio clip below. Funny enough, Natasha forgets some of the words, too! It’s unclear when this was recorded, but it’s exciting to hear nevertheless.

 

Happy anniversary, Natasha Bedingfield and Matt Robinson! The couple married nine years ago on March 21, 2009 in Malibu. “Me Around You” seems to be a particularly special love song Natasha composed for Matt. Aww!

Natasha’s sharing this song begs the question: Will fans ever get to hear it in full? Will we ever get to download or stream “Me Around You”? We don’t have an answer to that yet, but we do know Natasha is ready to get back into the studio. Although her son Solomon was just born a couple months ago, she’s already planning out her next musical steps!

2017 saw Natasha Bedingfield release four new songs, including “Let Go” and “Hey Boy.” After announcing her pregnancy in the fall, that last song’s music video featured the gender reveal for her baby. Her son Solomon was born on December 31st, but with new music plans already in place, is a new album in the cards for 2018?

Natasha’s last album, Strip Me, came out an astonishing 8 years ago. Since then, Natasha has spent the better part of the past six years writing and recording, though a full record still eludes us. Though we’ve gotten plenty of songs here and there over the years, fans are desperate for a full-length release. Here’s hoping we’ll finally get album #4 this year!

It’s exciting to know that new Natasha music could be coming our way. Catch up on all we know about the long-awaited fourth album. Keep checking back here for all the latest Natasha Bedingfield music news.

The All-American Rejects Share ‘Rejected’ Documentary, Preview 2 New Songs

Two months ago, the All-American Rejects made their big comeback with two new songs, “Sweat” and “Close Your Eyes,” from their long-awaited upcoming record. The two songs came with an ambitious video, starring frontman Tyson Ritter as both Betsy and Robert. Besides their 2015 movie track, “There’s A Place,” these are the first new All-American Rejects songs since the band released Kids In The Street in 2012. In the five years that have passed, the Rejects took a much-needed break, allowing themselves to live their lives and explore other interests until the music called them back. Their new mini-documentary, Rejected, explains all. The All-American Rejects even tease a few new songs in the clip.

Watch as Tyson Ritter, Nick Wheeler, Mike Kennerty, and Chris Gaylor offer fans a glimpse into their world. Besides “Sweat” and “Close Your Eyes,” the band also previews new songs supposedly called “Running From My Demons” and “Send Her To Heaven.”

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It’s been a long process getting to this point. The All-American Rejects’ last album, Kids In The Street, came out early in 2012. The music was more experimental, and despite their clear growth, the singles and album didn’t fare as well as previous efforts. The band went quiet for a few years, only releasing a new song, “There’s A Place,” in fall 2015. It appeared in the film Miss You Already, in which Tyson acted.

The All-American Rejects started recording new music in spring and summer 2016. They entered the studio again last January. Fans already got to hear one full new song from those summer sessions; they’ve only played “DGAF” live, but a studio version should be on the new album. As of last December, its music video was planned and coming together.

“Sweat” and “Close Your Eyes” are just the first tastes of The All-American Rejects’ upcoming fifth album. You can stream the songs on Spotify or buy them on iTunes now. The still-unnamed new album (or EP) should be out next spring.

Enjoy Rejected and the new song previews, and stay up-to-date on all the band’s album updates here. Keep checking back here for all the latest All-American Reject music news.

Evanescence Previews “Lacrymosa” In Behind-The-Scenes Look At ‘Synthesis’

Just last night, Evanescence shared their brand new song, “Imperfection,” from their upcoming album Synthesis. Scheduled for release on November 10th, Synthesis is primarily made of Evanescence’s past songs, but rerecorded with a more symphonic and electronic sound. Today, Evanescence also offered up their first behind-the-scenes video from the making of Synthesis. In the background, you can hear a bit of “My Immortal” and “Lacrymosa” in their new forms.

Frontwoman Amy Lee, producer Will Hunt, and conductor/arranger David Campbell describe their vision for the album. They took inspiration from composers like Igor Stravinsky and Béla Bartók, who weren’t afraid to push the boundaries and experiment with sounds. Listen for “My Immortal” and “Lacrymosa” in the background. “Lacrymosa” in particular sounds stunning!

Synthesis features 16 tracks. In addition to the new songs “Imperfection” and “Hi-Lo” (the latter a leftover from the early Evanescence recording sessions of 2010), the album includes new versions of three Fallen tracks, three The Open Door songs, and five from Evanescence. See the full tracklist below.

  1. Overture
  2. Never Go Back – from Evanescence
  3. Hi-Lo
  4. My Heart Is Broken – from Evanescence
  5. Lacrymosa – from The Open Door 
  6. The End Of The Dream – from Evanescence
  7. Bring Me To Life – from Fallen
  8. Unraveling (Interlude)
  9. Imaginary – from Fallen
  10. Secret Door – from Evanescence
  11. Lithium – from The Open Door
  12. Lost In Paradise – from Evanescence
  13. Your Star – from The Open Door
  14. My Immortal – from Fallen
  15. The In-Between (Piano Solo)
  16. Imperfection

You can pre-order Synthesis on iTunes now and get instant downloads of “Imperfection” “Bring Me To Life.” You can also stream “Imperfection” on Spotify. The album will be out on November 10th.

Catch up on all we know about Synthesis, and enjoy “Imperfection” and “Bring Me To Life” while we wait for November 10th to arrive. Also be sure to see Evanescence live. They’re touring North America from October through December, so check out tour dates and tickets before it’s too late! Keep checking back here for all the latest Evanescence music news.

Foster The People Announces New Album, ‘Sacred Hearts Club’

In April, Foster The People shared three new songs on their III EP. “Pay The Man,” “Doing It For The Money,” and “SHC” suggested the band was moving back in the direction of their popular debut, Torches, which gave us the hit “Pumped Up Kicks.” Now, the band is ready to release their third album: Sacred Hearts Club will be out on July 21st.

If you liked the three new songs, you’re in luck. They will all be on the album, along with eight other new songs. See the full tracklist:

  1. “Pay The Man”
  2. “Doing It For The Money”
  3. “Sit Next To Me”
  4. “SHC”
  5. “I Love My Friends”
  6. “Orange Dream”
  7. “Static Space Lover”
  8. “Lotus Eater”
  9. “Time To Get Closer”
  10. “Loyal Like Syd & Nancy”
  11. “Harden The Paint”
  12. “III”

Foster The People also shared a behind-the-scenes video from the studio. They talk about how they wrote and recorded Sacred Hearts Club and what inspired the music.

Frontman Mark Foster explained that, in contrast to all the horrible news and tragedies that have permeated the last few years, the goal with Sacred Hearts Club was to give people a happy escape. The music is light and cheery, good for dancing and forgetting your troubles. He also talked about composing the songs, starting with a beat or sample and growing from there. Learn more in the video below:

Sacred Hearts Club will be out on July 21st. You can pre-order the album and new merch on Foster The People’s official store. You can also pre-order it on iTunes and get instant downloads of “Pay The Man,” “Doing It For The Money,” and “SHC.” The three songs are available on Spotify, too.

The band is also preparing for a European tour this July, with North American dates immediately following. Check out all dates and tickets now before it’s too late!

Enjoy the three new songs, and get ready to hear Sacred Hearts Club next month! Keep checking back here for all the latest Foster The People news.