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Rise Records bought out by BGM

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.

Watch Hayley Williams star as the Crimson Curse in Taylor Swift’s new “Bad Blood” music video

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.

Video: Here’s Taylor Swift, Hayley Williams, Chris Carrabba singing a Dashboard Confessional song together

Former Three Days Grace frontman teams with Staind, ex-Finger Eleven members for new band—listen

Former Three Days Grace frontman Adam Gontier has teamed up with Staind guitarist Mike Mushok, former Finger Eleven drummer Rich Beddoe and bassist Corey Lowery to form Saint Asonia. The band have relea…

The Word Alive drummer Luke Holland breaks foot on tour

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 more: Linkin Park cancel tour with Rise Against, Of Mice & Men due to injury

Read an official statement from the band below and leave Luke some get-well-soon wishes in the comments!

Op-Ed: “The way we communicate is at a pivotal point, and I fear for today’s youth.”—Kevin Lyman

In recent weeks, accusations regarding the activities of some members of the YouTube community have lit up the internet. Because those participants were slated to join this year’s Vans Warped Tour, the controversy got blown up even further, putti…

Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz & Patrick Stump on their evolving sound

Pete Wentz and Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy talk about the transition from Save Rock And Roll to their latest album, American Beauty/American Psycho. The band are currently covering our 30th anniversary issue, which is on newsstands now. Get…

Jarrod Alonge teams with Set It Off’s Cody Carson for new Sunrise Skater Kids song

Jarrod Alonge has teamed up with Set It Off’s Cody Carson and fellow YouTuber Stevie T for a new Sunrise Skater Kids song. Listen to “Love Me Back” below and leave us a comment with your thoughts.

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. 

Listen: Jarrod Alonge takes on Asking Alexandria, BMTH, more with “Hey Jarrod, What’s That Song Again?

You’ll be able to catch Jarrod all summer long on the Vans Warped Tour where he will be Fearless Records’ exclusive pit reporter.

The MI Conversation Series continues with an in-depth interview with Falling In Reverse

The third installment in the MI Conversation Series, hosted by AP’s West Coast Editor, Ryan J. Downey, is here!  In this candid, often hilarious, and revealing long form interview in front of a live audience, Ronnie Radke and the rest of th…

Black Veil Brides’ Andy Biersack working on new Andy Black material

Black Veil Brides frontman Andy Biersack has recently been in the studio working on new solo material for his Andy Black moniker. He has also given a tentative timeframe for a release of the new music: late this year or early 2016. You can read a …

The lost gallery: 47 stunning APMAs photos you’ve never seen

The lost gallery: 47 stunning APMAs photos you’ve never seen

18 Artists With The Best Dye Jobs

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


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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

— 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


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Why wear your heart on your sleeve when you can wear your favorite color on your head instead?


Mariel Loveland, Candy Hearts


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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.


Juliet Simms


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The subtle lighter tones of Simms’ ends balance out the rest of her wild style.


Macy Kate


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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


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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


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Jeffree Star gives being pretty in pink an upgrade by rocking the hue in more shades than one.


Gerard Way 


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Not much can beat Way’s jet black and red ‘do circa the mid-2000s (a look AP’s own web editor has rocked since ’07!), but his Paprika Power, Hesitant Alien style comes in at a close second.


Pete Wentz, Fall Out Boy


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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


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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


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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

— 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


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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


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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.


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Fireworks going on indefinite hiatus

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.”

Brigades (Pure Noise Records) announce debut album, ‘Indefinite’

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!

Feature: Brigades stream new acoustic EP, Our Lives Unfold  

“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 (Victory Records), Old Again announce album release tour

Broadside and Old Again will be heading out on tour this summer in support their upcoming albums. A full list of dates and locations can be found below.

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. 

If you missed any of the band’s activity, catch up with each of them on AltPress.



Shreddy Krueger (InVogue Records) re-releasing debut album, ‘The Grieving’

Shreddy Krueger will be re-releasing their debut album, The Grieving, on June 16 via InVogue Records. The effort will boast re-tracked guitars, and it also fully re-mixed and re-mastered. Pre-orders are on sale now. Listen to “Child Hear…

Joy Division albums being released on vinyl

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.

Read more: Joy Division bandmates, family members upset over sale of Ian Curtis’ kitchen table on eBay

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.

Unknown Pleasures

Side A
1.    “Disorder”
2.    “Day of the Lords”
3.    “Candidate”
4.    “Insight”
5.    “New Dawn Fades”

Side B 
1.    “She’s Lost Control”
2.    “Shadowplay”
3.    “Wilderness”
4.    “Interzone”
5.    “I Remember Nothing”


Side A
1.    “Atrocity Exhibition”
2.    “Isolation”
3.    “Passover”
4.    “Colony”
5.    “A Means to an End” Side B    
1.    “Heart and Soul”
2.    “Twenty Four Hours”
3.    “The Eternal”
4.    “Decades”

Still (2LP)

Side A
1.    “Exercise One”
2.    “Ice Age”
3.    “The Sound of Music”
4.    “Glass”
5.    “The Only Mistake”

Side B     
1.    “Walked in Line”
2.    “The Kill”
3.    “Something Must Break”
4.    “Dead Souls”
5.    “Sister Ray” Side D    
1.    “Transmission”
2.    “Disorder”
3.    “Isolation”
4.    “Decades”
5.    “Digital”

Side C
1.    “Ceremony”
2.    “Shadowplay”
3.    “Means to an End”
4.    “Passover”
5.    “New Dawn Fades”
6.    “Twenty Four Hours”

Substance (1CD and 2LP Track Listing)

1.    “Warsaw”
2.    “Leaders Of Men”
3.    “Digital” 
4.    “Autosuggestion”
5.    “Transmission”
6.    “She’s Lost Control”
7.    “Incubation”
8.    “Dead Souls”
9.    “Atmosphere”
10.    “Love Will Tear Us Apart”
11.    “No Love Lost”
12.    “Failures”
13.    “Glass”
14.    “From Safety To Where”
15.    “Novelty”
16.    “Komakino”
17.    “As You Said”
18.    “These Days”
19.    “Love Will Tear Us Apart” (Pennine Version)

Lamb Of God stream lead single from highly anticipated new album, ‘VII: Sturm Und Drang’

Lamb Of God are streaming the lead single, “Still Echoes,” through their official website. Give it a listen and then come back to let us know your thoughts.

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 continue strong comeback with “Defeated” single

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.

Read more: Breaking Benjamin to release comeback album, Dark Before Dawn

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.”

Guy puts unexpected screamo twist on “Let It Go” audition, wins crowd over

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.

Sony made a light bulb with a speaker in it, for some reason

Is this the next revolution in music? Nah. Sony put a speaker inside a motherf*cking light bulb for some reason.According to Consequence Of Sound, who totally buy this thing, “We all know that lighting and music go hand-in-hand in creating the pe…

B.B. King, legendary blues guitarist, dies at 89

Legendary blues guitarist B.B. King died Thursday in Las Vegas. He was 89. According to the New York Times, Mr. King, who had diabetes and “other health problems,” had been placed in hospice care.King’s death was reported on his offic…

The Early November release “Boxing Timelines” video

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!

Feature: Watch the Early November’s new video for “Better This Way” (exclusive)

“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.”

Uninspired tracks bog down Twinsmith’s ‘Alligator Years’ (Review)

Uninspired tracks bog down Twinsmith’s ‘Alligator Years’ (Review)

Watch Echosmith perform on ‘American Idol’

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!

Video: Watch the Muppets perform Echosmith’s “Cool Kids”

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.