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: death of musical royalty, unexpected contributors, a band switches gears, actors in our midst, and a mellow remix .
Blink-182 Release First Single Without Tom DeLonge
The pop-punk trio has officially released their first track entitled “Bored to Death” featuring new frontman, Matt Skiba. Since the original vocalist Tom DeLonge announced his second exit from the band in 2015, Blink has been working on their latest effort, California, which is set to be released July 1.
How Vampire Weekend Contributed to Beyonce’s “Lemonade”
Listeners and fans of Beyonce’s latest visual project, Lemonade may not be aware of the whimsical origin for “Hold Up,” one of the album’s opening tracks. Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig recalls being inspired by a notable lyric of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ “Maps,” which contains the line “Wait—they don’t love you like I love you.” This was the notion that led him to post the outwardly unassuming tweet: “Hold up: they don’t love u like i love u.” Koenig’s response to this five years later: “Songs become tweets, tweets become songs—it’s the way of the world.”
The tweet from 2011 resurfaced in the studio three years later, with Koenig humbly acknowledging, “We decided to make it a song and write a hook based on the ‘Maps’ tweet, adding new lines/melodies. I figured it was going to be a Vampire Weekend song but was easily convinced it could be better [and] go to a new place as a Beyoncé song.”
Musical Icon, Prince Dead at 57
The prolifically groundbreaking musician and actor was found dead at his home in Minnesota at the age of 57. A representative for the singer confirmed his death to the Associated Press.
Having sold more than 100 million records during his career, it is without a doubt that Prince’s career successfully transcended multiple decades as his innovative style spanned multiple genres including rock, funk and jazz. Many of today’s biggest names in music including The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beck, and Lady Gaga attribute their many successes and artistry to the legend, as musicians and entertainers have been paying their respects via social media over the course of this week. Rock and roll veteran, Lenny Kravitz speaks truly from the heart in a tweet he posted about how Prince influenced his musical identity, “My musical brother… My friend… The one who showed me the possibilities within myself.”
Green Days Surprises Fans at Tribeca Film Festival
All band members, minus bassist Mike Dirnt, played a surprise show in downtown Manhattan at the Tribeca Film Festival this past Saturday. Frontman Billie Joe Armstrong and drummer Tre Cool were also in the company of Joan Jett, Jesse Malin, and Jeff Matika for a, five-song performance which included a cover of Jett’s “Bad Reputation.”
The show commenced in celebration of the new film Geezer, in which Armstrong portrays a middle-aged rock star having a midlife crisis. The band also performed two new songs that were both written by Armstrong for the movie.
During the festival, it was also reported that Green Day are working on what will be their 12th full-length album.
Panic! At the Disco Release “Victorious” Remix
Panic! at the Disco lead singer Brendon Urie collaborated with RAC (Remix Artist Collective) to create a chillwave/synthpop iteration of “Victorious” that prominently features Urie’s energetic vocals. The original version of the song appears on the band’s latest studio album, Death Of A Bachelor, which was released earlier this year.
The band has made the remix of their track “Victorious” available to stream.