Image Group LA/ABCRumors are flying that new Coldplay music is coming, and new social media activity from the band has put more fuel on that fire.
On their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, the British rockers have changed their profile picture without explanation. The new photo features a gold half-crescent moon and a 10-pointed star against a black background.
The Coldplay rumors began earlier this month when the U.K.'s Daily Star publication claimed to have knowledge that Coldplay has not one, but two upcoming new albums. The article reports that the first record, which is said to be "more experimental," is set to arrive this November, while the other, more pop-focused effort is due out in 2020.
Those claims have yet to be officially verified or confirmed, though you can for sure hear frontman Chris Martin on the upcoming Beck album, Hyperspace, which is due out November 22.
Coldplay's most recent album is 2015's A Head Full of Dreams.
ABC/Randy HolmesMusicians including Radiohead's Thom Yorke have signed an open letter acknowledging being "hypocrites" in their efforts to raise awareness for climate change.
"Dear journalists who have called us hypocrites," begins the letter, which was published by the climate activist organization Extinction Rebellion. "You're right."
"We live high carbon lives and the industries that we are part of have huge carbon footprints," it continues. "Like you -- and everyone else -- we are stuck in this fossil-fuel economy and without systemic change, our lifestyles will keep on causing climate and ecological harm."
To influence that systemic change, the artists who signed the letter plan to continue to use their platforms to raise awareness and encourage action.
"Climate change is happening faster and more furiously than was predicted," the letter reads. "Millions of people are suffering, leaving their homes and arriving on our borders as refugees."
"Alongside these people who are already paying the price for our fossil fueled economy, there are millions of children -- called to action by Greta Thunberg -- who are begging us, the people with power and influence, to stand up and fight for their already devastated future," it continues. "We cannot ignore their call. Even if by answering them we put ourselves in your firing line."
Other musicians who've signed the letter include U2's Adam Clayton, The Wombats and members of Foals.
ABC/Image Group LATwenty One Pilots have shared a new, stripped-down version of "The Hype," a track off the duo's latest album, Trench.
Frontman Tyler Joseph laid down the new recording at a studio in Berlin the same day of TOP's performance at Lollapalooza Berlin in September. You can listen to the track, and watch footage from the session, now via YouTube.
The new "The Hype" is part of Twenty One Pilots' ongoing "Location Sessions" series, which has featured alternate renditions of songs recorded at different places around the globe.
Twenty One Pilots is currently touring the U.S. in continued support of Trench. The outing continues Thursday in Uncasville, Connecticut.
Capitol RecordsBeck finally has a release date for his new album Hyperspace.
The album -- the follow-up to 2017's Colors -- will arrive November 22. It includes the previously released single "Saw Lightning." That track and six others were co-written and co-produced by Pharrell Williams.
Another track on the album, "Stratosphere," features Coldplay's Chris Martin. This past weekend, the two performed Beck's hit "Loser" at a charity event.
Beck has also released two new songs from the project: "Hyperlife" and "Uneventful Days." You'll get the latter track free with all pre-orders.
Here's the track listing for Hyperspace:
"Hyperlife" "Uneventful Days" "Saw Lightning" "Die Waiting" "Chemical" "See Through" "Hyperspace" "Stratosphere" "Dark Places" "Star" "Everlasting Nothing"
The band's latest single, "Social Cues," has now topped the ranking, giving the Kentucky rockers their ninth number-one on that chart.
That total is good enough to give Cage the Elephant the fifth-most chart-toppers on Alternative Songs in the ranking's three-decade history. Red Hot Chili Peppers lead all artists with 13, followed by Green Day and Linkin Park with 11, and Foo Fighters with 10.
"Social Cues" is the title track of Cage the Elephant's latest album, which was released in April.
Elektra RecordsSaint Motel's next album will be a three-part experience.
The "My Type" artists have announced The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, a new record that will be released in three volumes to mirror the three-act structure of a film. The first part, which contains five new tracks, is out now on digital platforms.
You can also enjoy The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack in "cinematic mode" -- complete with "film score transitions" -- on YouTube.
In support of the new project, Saint Motel will hit the road in 2020 on a headlining North American tour, kicking off January 24 in Santa Ana, California. Visit SaintMotel.com for ticket info.
Saint Motel's most recent album is 2016's saintmotelevision, which features the single "Move."
Here's the track list for The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Pt. 1:
"Old Soul" "Sisters" "Van Horn" "Diane Mozart" "Save Me"
And here are Saint Motel's North American tour dates:
1/24 -- Santa Ana, CA, The Observatory 1/25 -- San Diego, CA, Observatory North Park 1/26 -- Phoenix, AZ, The Van Buren 1/28 -- Denver, CO, Ogden Theatre 1/30 -- Dallas, TX, House of Blues 1/31 -- Austin, TX, Emo's 2/1 -- Houston, TX, House of Blues 2/3 -- Tampa, FL, Orpheum Theatre 2/4 -- Orlando, FL, The Plaza Live 2/6 -- Atlanta, GA, Buckhead Theatre 2/7 -- Charlotte, NC, The Fillmore 2/8 -- Raleigh, NC, The Ritz 2/10 -- Philadelphia, PA, Theatre of the Living Arts 2/11 -- Washington, D.C., 9:30 Club 2/13 -- New York, NY, Webster Hall 2/14 -- Boston, MA, Royale 2/15 -- Clifton Park, NY, Upstate Concert Hall 2/16 -- McKees Rocks, PA, Roxian Theatre 2/18 -- Columbus, OH, Newport Music Hall 2/20 -- Toronto, ON, Phoenix Concert Theatre 2/21 -- Detroit, MI, St. Andrew’s Hall 2/22 -- Indianapolis, IN, Egyptian Room at Old National Centre 2/24 -- St. Louis, MO, Delmar Hall 2/25 -- Kansas City, MO, The Truman 2/27 -- Chicago, IL, Vic Theatre 2/28 -- Milwaukee, WI, Turner Hall Ballroom 2/29 -- Minneapolis, MN, First Avenue 3/3 -- Seattle, WA, The Showbox 3/4 -- Portland, OR, Roseland Theater 3/6 -- San Francisco, CA, Regency Ballroom 3/7 -- Los Angeles, CA, Fonda Theatre 3/8 -- Los Angeles, CA, Fonda Theatre
Credit: Magdalena WosinskaU.K. publication Q magazine hosted its annual Q Awards Wednesday in London, and The 1975 and Foals were among the winners.
The 1975 won the impressively titled Best Act in the World Today prize, beating out the likes of Billie Eilish, Florence the Machine, Lana Del Rey, Liam Gallagher, Arctic Monkeys, Biffy Clyro, Bruce Springsteen, British rapper Stormzy and French pop act Christine and the Queens.
Foals, meanwhile, took home the Best Album award for Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost -- Part 1.
Additionally, Lana Del Rey's breakout track "Video Games" was awarded the special Song of the Decade prize.
HBOLast year, a puppeteer for Sesame Streetrevealed that Dave Grohl would be a guest on an upcoming episode of the long-running children's TV series. Now, his appearance has been officially confirmed.
According to a press release, the Foo Fighters frontman is set to show up during an episode of Sesame Street's milestone 50th season, which premieres November 16 on HBO.
The season will be preceded by the Sesame Street's 50th Anniversary Celebration special, which will be hosted by Joseph Gordon Levitt and will feature guests including Elvis Costello, Meghan Trainor, Norah Jones, Patti LaBelle, Nile Rodgers and Whoopi Goldberg, among others. That show will air November 9 on HBO, and November 17 on PBS.
In addition to seeing him on your TV screen, you can catch Grohl live in person when Foo Fighters headline Las Vegas' Intersect festival in December.
ABC/Randy HolmesJosh Homme is turning to the forces of darkness to promote his upcoming Desert Sessions albums.
The Queens of the Stone Age frontman has shared a new video, in which he appears to be leading a satanic ritual. The trouble is, he doesn't seem very prepared: all of his candles are actually LED lights, and he's surprised by how much it hurts when he cuts his own hand.
The seance is interrupted, though, when two people walk into the room and catch Homme literally red-handed. When they ask what Homme's doing, he denies anything evil is afoot and insists that he's just doing "promo" for his long-running collaborative project.
Desert Sessions Vol. 11 & 12 will be released October 25. Guests this time around include ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, Royal Blood's Mike Kerr, and Primus' Les Claypool, among many others.
ABC/Randy HolmesOf Monsters and Men has premiered the video for "Wild Roses," a track off the band's new album, Fever Dream.
The watery visual, streaming now via RollingStone.com, finds lead vocalist Nanna Hilmarsdóttir performing elaborate dance moves while floating in a swimming pool.
"'Wild Roses' shows an introverted side to the album and is inspired by what it is like to lean into your sadness," Hilmarsdóttir tells Rolling Stone in a statement. "We wanted to capture that feeling in a performance for the music video while bringing out a bit of uneasiness as well."
Fever Dream, which also features the lead single "Alligator," was released in July. Of Monsters and Men just wrapped a North American tour in support of the record last month.
ABC/Randy HolmesIf you missed Metallica's S&M2 concert film in theaters last week, you'll have another chance later this month.
The movie, which made $5.5 million in its premiere screenings, will be back in cinemas worldwide for one more night on October 30.
S&M2 was filmed in September during Metallica's two shows with the San Francisco Symphony. The concerts marked the grand opening of SF's new Chase Center, and also celebrated the 20th anniversary of Metallica's similarly orchestra-accompanied S&M live album.
ABC/Randy HolmesThe girl responsible for Weezer's viral cover of Toto's "Africa" has been rewarded with a gold record.
You may recall that, back before we lived in a world in which Weezer covered "Africa," a teenage Weezer fan named Mary dreamed of a world in which Weezer did indeed do just that. In December 2017, Mary set up a Twitter account with the handle @WeezerAfrica dedicated to a single goal: tweet at Weezer and convince them to cover the 1981 Toto hit.
The campaign worked, and in May 2018, Weezer blessed the rains and premiered a cover of "Africa." Not only did it satisfy a dedicated and very specific fan campaign, the "Africa" cover gave Weezer their first number-one hit on Billboard's Alternative Songs chart in 10 years, and their first entry on the Hot 100 in nine years.
In March of this year, the cover was certified gold by the RIAA for sales of half a million units. To thank Mary for her help in making the whole thing a reality, Weezer sent her a personalized gold record plaque -- in the shape of Africa, of course.
"Huge thank you to @weezer for sending me a gold record in honor of the certification of the song," Mary tweeted. "This was absolutely crazy!"
The "Africa" cover also led to Weezer releasing a covers album last January, which features renditions of songs by TLC, Black Sabbath and Michael Jackson, among others. The band's next album, Van Weezer, is due out May 2020, which they'll support next summer on the Hella Mega tour with Green Day and Fall Out Boy.
ABC/Randy HolmesMetallica is here to help your outfit stay metal from head to toe.
The legendary band has teamed up with the company Stance to release a new line of Metallica-branded socks. The offerings include designs based on the albums Kill 'em All, Ride the Lightning and Master of Puppets, as well as general Metallica logos.
Also available are options for kids and even infants, in case you need people to know how cool your baby is.
Meanwhile, Metallica has also announced new additions to the group's watch collaboration with Nixon, including a limited edition "Enter Sandman"-inspired piece. You can pre-order yours now via Metallica's webstore.
GeffenGuns N' Roses' video for "Sweet Child o' Mine" has officially hit one billion views on YouTube.
The iconic visual features footage of a young GN'R rocking out in a rehearsal space, complete with Axl Rose's signature slinky dance moves. It also includes shots of all of the band members' then-girlfriends.
According to a press release, "Sweet Child o' Mine" is the first video from the '80s to hit one billion views on YouTube. The clip was first uploaded to the site in December 2009.
Notably, Guns is also responsible for the only '90s video with one billion views: "November Rain."
"Sweet Child o' Mine" is a track for Guns N' Roses' 1987 debut album, Appetite for Destruction. It was released as a single in 1988 and became the first and only GN'R track to reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100.
Courtesy Elektra RecordsTones and I will be dancing across the U.S. for the first time next year.
The Australian has announced her first-ever North American tour, set to kick off February 11 in Portland, Oregon. Tickets go on sale this Friday, October 18 at 10 a.m. local time via TonesandI.com.
Tones and I will be touring in support of her debut EP, The Kids are Coming, which features her breakout single "Dance Monkey." The track is currently the number-one single in Australia and the U.K., and is currently top 25 on Billboard's Alternative Songs chart.
Here are Tones and I's North American tour dates:
2/11 -- Portland, OR, Holocene 2/12 -- Vancouver, BC, The Imperial 2/13 -- Seattle, WA, Columbia City Theater 2/15 -- San Francisco, CA, Popscene at Rickshaw Stop 2/18 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Roxy 2/21 -- Austin, TX, The Parish 2/22 -- Dallas, TX, Club Dada 4/11 -- Milwaukee, WI, The Back Room at Colectivo 4/12 -- Minneapolis, MN, Fine Line 4/14 -- New York, NY, Bowery Ballroom 4/15 -- Philadelphia, PA, The Foundry 4/18 -- Toronto, ON, Velvet Underground
ABC/Randy HolmesFall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz has launched Ronin, a new, unisex jewelry line.
According to its website, Ronin "focuses on simple, quality unisex pieces that externally project one's inward creativity and individuality."
Among the items currently for sale include pendants, rings and lockets. You can view the Ronin catalog for yourself now via RoninbyPW.com.
Meanwhile, Fall Out Boy will release a new greatest hits compilation, Believes Never Die -- Volume Two, on November 15. Next summer, they'll tour the world with Green Day and Weezer on the Hella Mega tour.
Shanabelle/RCA Records Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins has announced a new album with his band The Coattail Riders. The third studio effort from the group is called Get the Money, and will arrive November 8.
Get the Money features a variety of guests, including Hawkins' Foo Fighters band mate Dave Grohl, who appears on four songs.
Other artists featured on the album include Foo guitarist Pat Smear, Queen drummer Roger Taylor, Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh, Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan, Heart's Nancy Wilson, The Pretenders frontwoman Chrissie Hynde, Jane's Addiction frontman Perry Farrell, and country singer LeAnn Rimes.
The first single from Get the Money is called "Crossed the Line," and features Grohl and current Yes vocalist Jon Davison. You can download the track, which features a reference to the Foo hit "Best of You," now via digital outlets.
Here's the Get the Money track list:
"Crossed the Line" feat. Dave Grohl, Jon Davison "Don’t Look at Me That Way" feat. Duff McKagan, Nancy Wilson "You’re No Good at Life No More" feat. Dave Grohl "I Really Blew It" feat. Dave Grohl, Perry Farrell "Queen of the Clowns" feat. Mark King "Get the Money" feat. Joe Walsh, Chrissie Hynde, Duff McKagan "C U in Hell" feat. LeAnn Rimes "Middle Child" feat. Dave Grohl "Kiss the Ring "Shapes Of Things" feat. Roger Taylor, Pat Smear