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The Wrap-Up: This Week in Music + 12 Cuts

The Wrap-Up brings you the 5 largest music news stories of the week as well as information about new album and music video releases. This week: a number one album, an amicable departure, more tour announcements, and music meets politics.


Panic! at the Disco’s “Death of a Bachelor” reaches number one



Panic! At The Disco

In its debut week, “Death of a Bachelor” shot straight to the number one spot on Billboard’s 200 Chart. With 169,000 albums sold during first week sales, Panic! at the Disco’s fifth album is their first ever number one album. “Pretty. Odd.” and “Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!” came close to topping the charts, peaking at number two. Congratulations, Panic! Now Brendon Urie has something to sing about for sure!


Rostam Batmanglij leaves Vampire Weekend



Vampire Weekend

Rostam Batmanglij took to Twitter Tuesday afternoon to announce his break from Vampire Weekend, writing that his “identity as a songwriter + producer…needs to stand on its own.” However, both Rostam and frontman Ezra Koenig assured fans that they would continue to collaborate in the future. Rostam had been with the band since its Columbia University days. This news follows the release of Rostam’s celestial yet powerful single, “EOS.”


Coldplay announce US tour




Coldplay announced their Head Full of Dreams world last November, confirming tour dates in Europe and South America. Rumored to be their final tour for their final album, North American fans no longer have to wonder whether they’ll be able to bid them a proper farewell. Coldplay have added US dates, with the nearest show on July 30 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA (tickets available here starting February 5).


Modest Mouse and Brand New announce joint tour



Modest Mouse and Brand New

Modest Mouse and Brand New will be hitting the road together in a summer 2016 joint tour. Concertgoers have been promised “no opening acts and both bands performing full headlining sets.” Though the two bands have never officially toured together, they did play a few shows together two summers ago. Check them out at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield, MA on July 15, with Modest Mouse closing the show (tickets here).


WBRU favorites to play Bernie Sanders events



Red Hot Chili Peppers

Bernie Sanders has certainly secured a stellar musical lineup for his campaign! With the Iowa caucuses coming up on Monday, Sanders has called on Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig and Chris Thompson, Dirty Projectors’ Dave Longstreth, Foster the People, and Killer Mike to garner some last-minute support at a University of Iowa rally. Also feeling the Bern are the Red Hot Chili Peppers, who are scheduled to play a “FEEL THE BERN” fundraiser in Los Angeles on February 5.

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