BMG recently acquired Rise Records in a multi-million dollar exchange, (via Music Business Worldwide). This comes not even two weeks after Fearless Records announced that they had been purchased by Concord Bicycle Music.
Rise owner Craig Ericson founded the label in 1991, which is now home to groups such as Of Mice & Men, the Devil Wears Prada, Memphis May Fire and many others.
“I’m thrilled to work with BMG and I know Rise Records and its bands will benefit greatly from this new partnership,” shares Craig.
Despite the overall market dropping by three-and-a-half percent in 2014’s final quarter, sales of hard-rock artists increased by eight percent.
“Rise Records is more than a record label. It is a cultural phenomenon which has harnessed digital media to create a genuine community,” shares Laurent Hubert, Creative & Marketing President at BMG.
Read an excerpt from Hypebot’s report below.
Under the deal with BMG, Rise will continue to operate from Portland, Oregon under Ericson. BMG will handle back office functions and will offer Rise artists access to its international network. Rise currently generates around 95% of its revenue in the US. Details of the acquisition were not revealed.
Last night, Taylor Swift‘s highly anticipated “Bad Blood” music video premiered at the Billboard Music Awards. Paramore frontwoman Hayley Williams stars in the clip as the Crimson Curse. She and Swift are joined by a legendary cast, which includes Kendrick Lamar (who drops two verses as well), Ellie Goulding, Jessica Alba, Selena Gomez, Lena Dunham, Hailee Steinfeld, Zendaya, Karlie Kloss, Lily Aldridge, Cindy Crawford, Cara Delevingne, Mariska Hargitay, Ellen Pompeo, Martha Hunt, Serayah and Gigi Hadid. Check out the video below and leave us a comment with your thoughts.
The Word Alive drummer Luke Holland has been forced to head home early from the band’s current tour due to breaking his foot. While we aren’t sure what caused the injury, we do know that the band has recruited drum tech Matt Horn to fill in while Holland recovers, saving them from missing any impending shows. Horn appeared on the band’s 2012 LP, Life Cycles.
Read an official statement from the band below and leave Luke some get-well-soon wishes in the comments!
The track is taken from Alonge’s upcoming debut satire album, Beating A Dead Horse, which is due out May 26. The LP was engineered, mixed and produced by former Attack Attack! member Johnny Franck, and features guest appearances from members of For Today, Intervals and other YouTubers.
You’ll be able to catch Jarrod all summer long on the Vans Warped Tour where he will be Fearless Records’ exclusive pit reporter.
Bright colors and new trends shouldn’t be limited to your summer wardrobe. From bright pinks to simple ombré styles and everything in between, here are just a few of the artists with the best dye jobs in the scene.
Check out Hot Topic’s hair section for more dye and accessories inspiration!
Ash Costello, New Years Day
Ash Costello has a reputation of loving all things horror, so the split red and black make perfect sense for her style. Plus who wouldn’t want hair that can double as a spot-on Harley Quinn getup?
Hayley Williams, Paramore
orange from the inside out pic.twitter.com/eDqZvCys3a
— hayley from Paramore (@yelyahwilliams) April 7, 2015
She may have ventured down several other colorful hair paths, but Williams will forever be known for her trademark bright orange no matter the exact shade, length or style.
Sherri DuPree-Bemis, Eisley
The only thing that could have made her pink hair any cooler was coordinating it with daughter Lucy. Which she did, and the level of cuteness is almost too much to handle.
Jenna McDougall, Tonight Alive
Why wear your heart on your sleeve when you can wear your favorite color on your head instead?
Mariel Loveland, Candy Hearts
While fronting a band named Candy Hearts, it’s practically a given that you’d be sporting some wild, colorful locks. Loveland has dipped her tresses in many parts of the rainbow, but her latest shade of purple is definitely on point.
The subtle lighter tones of Simms’ ends balance out the rest of her wild style.
She hit the stage as an edgy, blonde on ABC’s Rising Star this past summer. A year and a few black streaks later, the 17-year-old songstress is all set to rock out at a few Warped Tour stops.
Sydney Sierota, Echosmith
Sydney’s beachy waves and ombré tresses are perfect for the vocalist of a SoCal pop-rock outfit.
Alicia Solombrino, Beautiful Bodies
Big hair, don’t care.
Jeffree Star gives being pretty in pink an upgrade by rocking the hue in more shades than one.
Pete Wentz, Fall Out Boy
He may have gone back to self-proclaimed “Barbie Pete,” but the nearly month-long pink endeavor is definitely worth taking note.
Josh Dun, twenty one pilots
When his head isn’t being obscured by the duo’s famous ski masks, Dun can be seen rocking bright tips.
Jack Barakat, All Time Low
Many of the Hustlers did not approve of Barakat getting rid of his blonde streak, and they had no qualms letting that be known. Luckily, all was well again when he returned to his trademark ’do for Warped 2012.
Tyler Carter, Issues
He has since moved on to a more “natural” brown, but Carter’s experimentation with pastel purple was definitely a successful one.
Michael Clifford, 5 Seconds Of Summer
changed my hair. looks like something blue exploded on my head pic.twitter.com/nxxtgJUgFN
— Michael Clifford (@Michael5SOS) April 10, 2015
It would probably be safe to assume that he changes his hair color more than some people change their underwear.
Maxx Danziger, Set It Off
It takes a certain type of person to be able to pull off a bright blonde, and Danziger does so with ease.
Jared Leto, 30 Seconds To Mars
This frontman has had more diverse hairstyles than anyone, ranging from a mohawk to short and bleached to his long, luscious ombré . Nowadays, however, Leto has embraced his role as the Joker and kissed those long locks goodbye. For him, it’s easy being green.
After releasing their latest album, Oh, Common Life, Triple Crown pop-punks Fireworks are going on indefinite hiatus. Before the break, the band will complete a run of shows this spring and summer. You can read a message from them below:
“There’s no way to express how much your love and support has meant to Fireworks – and furthermore, to us as individuals over the last 8 years or so. After these upcoming gigs are ripped, we will be taking a break for awhile to give the other sides of life a try. We really don’t know how long “awhile” is, but you’ll be the first to know when we figure that out. Hope to see everyone this Spring and Summer. Fireworks Forever.”
South Carolina’s Brigades will release their debut full-length album, Indefinite, on on July 28 via Pure Noise Records. Today, the band premiered the LP’s lead single, “Enemy,” which you can listen to below. Be sur eto leave us a comment with your thoughts!
“A lot went into recording this record,” says vocalist Darren Young of Indefinite. “Not to cling to cliches, but we really did put our blood, sweat,and tears into this one. It’s our first full length together and we’re really pleased with how it turned out. We were kind of falling apart at the seams the first week of recording, but it really pulled us back together. We wrote it as a collective and that’s not really our usual formula. There’s a lot of diversity. We’re really proud of it. I’ve had so much happen to me personally since Crocodile Tears that I had to rise above. A lot of different lyrical content. Depression, anxiety, fear, loneliness, shame, pride, love, hate, deficiency. There comes a point in the downfall of everyone’s life where you wonder if it’s indefinite. I dug as deep as I possibly could. Didn’t want to bottle anything up or hold back. Now that I got that release, I’m watching myself turn into a man that I’m happy to be finally. All thanks to this experience, these songs, and my band mates. Still learning, but that hill is getting easier to climb these days.”
Pre-orders for Indefinite are on sale now through the band’s MerchNOW.
Broadside are set to release their Victory Records debut, Old Bones, on May 19. Old Again will debut their new album, Grey Sky State Of Mind, on that date as well.
6.28 – RICHMOND, VA – THE CANAL CLUB
6.29 – GLEN BURNIE, MD – CROSSROADS TAVERN
6.30 – DOYLESTOWN, PA – SIREN RECORDS
7.02 – AMITYVILLE, NY – AMITYVILLE MUSIC HALL
7.03 – WEST HAVEN, CT – UP ALL NIGHT COLLECTIVE
7.04 – BROOKLYN, NY – BUSHWICK PUBLIC HOUSE
7.05 – BINGHAMTON, NY – AMERICAN LEGION POST 80
7.07 – BUFFALO, NY – MOHAWK PLACE
7.08 – CLARKSBURG, WV – MAIN ST CAFÉ
7.09 – TOLEDO, OH – FRANKIE’S
7.10 – SPRINGFIELD, IL – BLACK SHEEP CAFE
7.11 – DES MOINES, IA – UNDERGROUND ROCK SHOP
7.12 – LAWRENCE, KS – THE JACKPOT
7.14 – DALLAS, TX – SONS OF HERMANN HALL
7.15 – SAN ANTONIO, TX – THE TEN ELEVEN
7.16 – JACKSON, MS – BIG SLEEPY’S
7.18 – RINGGOLD, GA – CLOUD SPRINGS DELI
To celebrate the 35-year anniversary of Joy Divison‘s “Love Will Tear Us Apart,” the band will be releasing various efforts from their catalog on heavyweight 180-gram vinyl. Unknown Pleasures and Closer will be available on June 29, while Still and an expanded version of Substance will hit the shelves on July 24.
The compilations Still and Substance fill in the void areas of JD’s history with non-album singles (“Transmission” and “Love Will Tear Us Apart”), unreleased studio tracks (“Something Must Break” and “Ice Age”) and choice live recordings (“Disorder” and the only performance of “Ceremony”).
Full track listings for each release can be found below.
2. “Day of the Lords”
5. “New Dawn Fades”
1. “She’s Lost Control”
5. “I Remember Nothing”
1. “Atrocity Exhibition”
5. “A Means to an End” Side B
1. “Heart and Soul”
2. “Twenty Four Hours”
3. “The Eternal”
1. “Exercise One”
2. “Ice Age”
3. “The Sound of Music”
5. “The Only Mistake”
1. “Walked in Line”
2. “The Kill”
3. “Something Must Break”
4. “Dead Souls”
5. “Sister Ray” Side D
3. “Means to an End”
5. “New Dawn Fades”
6. “Twenty Four Hours”
Substance (1CD and 2LP Track Listing)
2. “Leaders Of Men”
6. “She’s Lost Control”
8. “Dead Souls”
10. “Love Will Tear Us Apart”
11. “No Love Lost”
14. “From Safety To Where”
17. “As You Said”
18. “These Days”
19. “Love Will Tear Us Apart” (Pennine Version)
Read more: Lamb Of God begin work on new album
The track is taken from LOG’s highly anticipated new album, VII: Sturm Und Drang, which is available for pre-order now. The effort is set for release in July. It will be the band’s seventh addition to their impressive catalog.
Breaking Benjamin are continuing their triumphant return with yet another strong single. Listen to “Defeated” and check out the new lyric video for “Failure” below. Be sure to leave us a comment with your thoughts.
The band’s comeback album, Dark Before Dawn, is due out June 23. The band return with a newly updated lineup, including former Picture Me Broken drummer Shaun Foist, bassist Aaron Bruch, former Red guitarist Jasen Rauch and former Adelitas Way guitarist Keith Wallen and original frontman Benjamin Burnley.
Burnley spoke with K-SHE ’95 on the record: “I’d say every song that I write, I lose a little bit more hair. [Laughs.] You know, it is a stressful thing, but you have a standard that you put yourself through being the singer, the songwriter and the performer all in one, and you have to be a little bit of a perfectionist. I think every musician is like that. I don’t know anybody that’s really not.”
Singer Aaron Marshall recently auditioned for Britain’s Got Talent with Disney’s “Let It Go,” but he added an unexpected twist by yelling/screaming/growling the entire track. While one of the judges seemed genuinely offended by the performance, the other three let him finish, which lead to him winning the crowd over and ultimately moving on to the competition’s next round. You can watch Marshall’s hilariously bizarre audition below.
Do you think he should’ve taken some lessons from Betraying The Martyrs beforehand?
If the clip is unavailable for viewing in your country, you can watch just the audition segment below.
The Early November have released a music video for “Boxing Timelines.” The song is taken from their new album, Imbue, which is out now via Rise. Check it out below and leave us a comment with your thoughts!
“This is my favorite album I’ve ever been a part of,” shares frontman Ace Enders. “I think one of the reasons is that we did it at two separate times. So there is a definite difference in the personality of the songs. I love when an album doesn’t sound uniform and I think that’s what makes this one sound and feel so special to me.”
Last night, Echosmith performed their smash hit, “Cool Kids,” on the season finale of American Idol. They were joined by finalist Joey Cook. Check out a video of the performance below and leave us a comment with your thoughts!
Echosmith will play the Rock In Rio Festival in Las Vegas this Friday, alongside Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, and more. Further information can be found over at the band’s official website.