We’re In Stupid Love With Lady Gaga

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The Queen of Pop is back to take her throne with her new single ‘Stupid Love.’

The last the world heard a new Lady Gaga album was in 2016 when she released soft rock album, Joanne. In early 2017 we got the surprise drop of “The Cure” when she stepped in last minute to headline Coachella.

We then of course got shook by A Star is Born, where we dove off the deep end into the shallows because the soundtrack was that good. Even then, the music was curated for Ally rather than Gaga.

Since then…nothing. Three years of no Gaga and the fans have been begging and begging. There was a brief leak of the song back in January, but today we have the full song AND an (inter)stellar music video to go with it.

In the video we see Queen stop an alien war with a bop of a song. And if you ask us… seems legit. But that’s not what you should be fixated on. Notice at the end we see a still of a jacket that says “Kindness Punk” and then a screen that says “Chromatica.”

I think it’s safe to assume that her upcoming 6th studio album is called Chromatica. We’re also assuming that ‘Kindness Punk’ is an upcoming song.

Either way, we have one way to explain this new Gaga era…

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You can get tickets to see Lady Gaga at her Las Vegas residency show here.

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Words: Jace Chiappetta | Featured Photo: Twitter/ @LadyGaga

5SOS 4 Is Coming. And We Are Not CALM About It.

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5SOS 4 is finally coming with CALM. We are screaming. Nobody talk to us. We need time to process. CALM will be released in 50 days. Yes, we counted. Don’t judge us.

Yesterday, 5 Seconds Of Summer released a trailer for their upcoming album. Happiness can officially be packed into 1 minute 13 seconds.

The tracklisting for CALM will be as follows:

1. Red Desert
2. No Shame
3. Old Me
4. Easier
5. Teeth
6. Wildflower
7. Best Years
8. Not In The Same Way
9. Lover Of Mine
10. Thin White Lies
11. Lonely Heart
12. High

Not only can we get a deluxe version of CALM with vault versions of “Easier“, “Teeth” and “No Shame”, but there are also cassettes, hoodies, signed cards, and everyone’s favorite bucket hat. We’d advise you to get the Box Set Bundle, but we really want to get that ourselves before it sells out. So…

As the only band in chart history to see their first three full-length studio albums enter the Billboard 200 at No. 1, we expect nothing less from our favorite Australians this time around.

For a band to make it to four albums is no small feat in itself but to be reinventing and constantly pushing our songwriting and to come out with music that we’ve never been more proud of makes me so happy to be in 5 Seconds of Summer. CALM speaks on a journey through a young man’s life, for better or for worse. We are all human and all make mistakes, sometimes we hurt the ones we love and inevitably, ourselves in the process. CALM leaves the band in a much happier, unified and calm state of mind to continue making albums for years to come.

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Click here to pre-order CALM.

5SOS begin their No Shame tour in the UK in May. Click here to find tickets to the North American leg of the tour, on sale Friday. They’ll also visit the EU and Mexico.

Check out the lyric video for their latest single “No Shame” below, or stream the song here.

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Words: Natasha Fountain | Photo: Andy DeLuca

Social Animals Reminds Us to Live Our “Best Years”

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Giving us a look into what it’s like to be a musician, Social Animals opens up about life on the road with their new single, “Best Years.” This is the band’s second single after coming back from 2017 and it gives off completely different vibes from their single they released in November, “Bad Things.”

“Best Years” reminds us to be in the moment and to pause in our busy lives to reflect and take in our surroundings. Looking back on their time on the road during tour, the band reminisces about how relationships are paused and people eventually move on. Showing the “ugly” side of tour life, the lyrics breakaway that glamourization that can be so easily thrown on.  

“When you’re always leaving/ Nobody cares if you stay,” playing to the fact that after so many times, it’s normal so no one really cares. “The first time you leave, there are tears when you go and tears when you return. The tenth time, nobody asks where you’re going. The hundredth time, nobody cares,” said frontman Dedric Clark

Take a look at the visuals for Social Animals‘ newest single, “Best Years” below! 

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Words: Mar Maldonado | Featured Photo: Instagram (@thesocialanimals)

M3F Festival’s Lineup is Out Of This World

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Nothing creates better memories than those nights with close friends, cold beer and loud music. That’s the appeal of the modern music festival – a joining of minds towards a single cause. The celebration of sound, good times, and maybe a little mayhem along the way. Ten years from now, you may not remember who spilled their drink on your favorite shirt, but you WILL remember the way you felt, the people you were with, and the way you felt as you swayed in time to the throbbing rhythm of the bass.

That, my friends, is the M3F Festival. It’s more than a festival. It’s the memories that come from going, it’s knowing that the festival is all about giving back to the community. But, if that’s not enough to convince you, let’s outline here what you’re missing if you don’t attend.

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M3F Festival started back in 2004 when a construction company got the brilliant idea to put on a music festival to give back to their community. Since 2004, M3F Festival has raised over $2 Million for charity. Charities including the Phoenix Children’s Hospital, The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Teach for America and Habitat for Humanity of Northern Arizona.

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Not only is this a festival with a huge heart behind it, but it’s also a festival with a KILLER line up each year. M3F has hosted killer acts such as, Odesza, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Empire of the Sun, Griz, Flume, Beck, Kid Cudi, Chromeo, Father John Misty, Grouplove, The Avett Brothers, The Revivalists, The Roots, The Shins, Slightly Stoopid, and many others. And 2020 is going to be no different, this line up is definitely one to remember.

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You’re probably sitting there saying “what an AMAZING line-up!” Because that is EXACTLY what I said. The moment I saw that I went straight to buy tickets and I’m sure you’re wanting to do the same thing.

So, you can check out the specific set times here, and you can buy your tickets here! You can purchase tickets for a single day, or for the full event. (Why wouldn’t you want to go the entire weekend, though? You saw the line-up, right? The video is right there!).

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Alt Bloom Brings Us Vibes With “West Coast”

Offering the perfect vibes for windows-down cruising through LA, Alt Bloom’s newest single “West Coast” definitely needs to be put on your Chill playlist this year! We got a chance to catch up with him between his traveling and music-making to learn what went into producing “West Coast.”

Hi Ethan! Thanks for talking to us today. Congrats on your new single by the way! “West Coast” is definitely in our vibes playlist here at MDRN. We have a question we want to ask first. We noticed you’re traveling quite a bit recently, where are you at this very moment?

Hello! Thank you so much for taking the time to talk about my project! I have been traveling but currently am back in LA. For the last 10 days I’ve been doing live acoustic videos for each song on my EP across national parks in California. It was a blast of an experience and I can’t wait to share it!

Are the sights and places you’re visiting inspiring you to write new music? If so, how is it inspiring differently than other writing sessions?

I’d say stepping out of the studio always inspires new music. Living life is the only way to find new material and honest stories to write about. Being outdoors and out of LA keeps me in my own space artistically and makes me realize how vast the universe is which reminds me to keep on my path as we are all making it up on this little dot in space. 

Now on to your new single, which is honestly so amazing. What about the west coast inspired this song? A person, a moment, a sight? 

Thank you so much! Lyrics for me are always something that is bursting to be realized in my life and I just let them flow. “West Coast” is in that vein. But what really inspired the song was my roommate and producer Devin Damato. I was about to leave the house on a trip and heard him working on a track. The groove caught me and I started hearing the chorus melody and lyric right away. So I popped my head in his room and asked if I could write over what he was working on. About 20 minutes later the whole thing was written. I recorded a voice memo of it and when I got back from the trip, myself, Brian Phillips (producer), and Devin hopped in the studio and finished out the recording. 

Your “October Eyes” video and “Stay” lyric video have some amazing visuals and really catch the feel of the song? What can we expect for the “West Coast” music video? We hope there’s a lot of driving with the roof down.

Thank you! For the “West Coast” video we wanted to capture parts of LA that people who don’t live here don’t recognize but locals see all the time. LA river, Crenshaw, downtown, etc… It’s funny the original idea was to be driving in all the locations but the director, Erica Eng, knows that I am a big longboarder so she suggested I do that for the video instead to ground it to who I am. It ended up being a blast of a day just doing two things I love to do, sight see and skate. 


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If you had to put “West Coast” in a vibes playlist, what other songs would you include? Can be more of your own, as well as other artists? What would you call that playlist?

Biking” Frank Ocean, “Morning” Marc E Bassy, “Habit” Still Woozy, “Small Worlds” Mac Miller, “Make It Better” Anderson Paak. I’d call it PB and Jam.


What is your usual method of attack when writing music? Do you have a certain order you like to work in? 

I usually like to start with a palette of chord and groove. Whether it’s in my head or on a seed track. That helps me dive into a flow. Writing for me is a zen space. When I am in it I am in it 100%, committed to whatever the next few hours hold. It’s a ride every time. After that initial burst the song is either done or I spend the rest of the day or months putting the rest of the pieces together like a sudoku puzzle with a producer. 

Is there a specific line or lyric that you wrote that you are super proud of? Which one? 

In “West Coast” there’s a lyric, “Got a firework face, light up the whole place.” Not sure why I like that line, probably because I’ve only met a few people who can take out a room with a look and it reminds me of them when I sing it. 

If you don’t mind, we’d like to get a bit deep. What made you create Alt Bloom? We know that it’s your stage name. Is Alt Bloom a completely different version of you? Or is he an extension of yourself?

Alt Bloom was a new step for me. I had so many things associated with my name that I wanted a fresh start. And I didn’t want the pressure of anything I had done before to fall on this new place for me. I wanted to feel free to take this music wherever my heart wanted to, folk, hiphop, pop, rnb, rock, and by switching my name it gave me that space to let go of whatever had been holding me back from doing just that. 


We’re dying to know, do you have an album or EP in the works?

Right now there is so much music I have in the stash but the first step for me is an EP which we do have done and are planning to release a track at a time. Just waiting on those mixes ! An album for sure in the future, but for now I want to keep releases to EP’s so I can keep releasing at a quick pace. 


Since you love traveling so much? Can we expect a tour soon?

As soon as I can get out I will! Right now the focus is building and making the music I will be touring on. I’m hoping to get out a bunch this year and am keeping my fingers crossed for the opportunity. I do love traveling and singing. Especially if I can find new nature spots to explore and climb. On top of that the band is gonna be a kick to play with! Good people. 

What is your take on the MDRN day fan and how important they are to the industry right now?

Fans are everything. Without fans there isn’t an industry. Everything great that happens in this world takes a lot of people. Every success is do to the fact that masses are involved. DaVinci wouldn’t be remembered if millions of people didn’t reflect on and save his work. Even NASA wouldn’t be able to explore the worlds beyond without tax dollars from the masses. Every success is more that of the people and less the person. Though a person can stimulate the people it is the people that make the music connection so special. 

What can Alt Bloom fans look forward to in 2020?

Lots of new music, lots of new visuals, lots of new places to explore, live shows and a presidential election.

Okay last question and it’s an important one… What do you call your fanbase? If you don’t have one yet, what would you like them to be called? (May we suggest Bloomers?)

Haha bloomers sounds a lot like boomers I’d have to be careful. We actually call ourselves tribe. Tribe means a lot to me because it’s a heavy part in human existence, finding your tribe. My base is about connecting with each other and I love to watch them slowly growing as this project begins. It’s only really been six months !

Thank you for talking with us, Ethan! MDRN Mag wishes you the best luck! We can’t wait for all the new music! If there’s any last things you’d like to tell the fans, please do!

Thank you so much for taking the time. I’d like to tell people to get outside anyway you can. Staring at the stars, some trees, and getting fresh air does so much more the soul than any other thing in this world. Get out tribe!

Take a look at the video for “West Coast” below!

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Words: Jace Chiappetta | Featured Photo: Courtesy of Hello PR

Megan Thee Stallion and Normani Shine in New Video

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Joining together for an amazing collaboration to start off the new year, Megan Thee Stallion and Normani teamed up in turning an iconic anthem for women into a hot track for the new Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) movie. The Houston natives released “Diamonds” as a single off the soundtrack, Birds of Prey: The Album, and man did they shine in the new video.

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The song was perfect for the duo, which makes sense because it was written by no other than Megan and Normani, along with Tayla Parx and Louis Bell. The new track takes inspiration from Marilyn Monroe‘s infamous, “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend,” performed in the 50’s hit film, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes but takes a nice twist with lyrics like, “All the best things in life come for free/ But don’t you think that applies to me.”

Visuals for the song fit the Birds of Prey movie to a T, with exclusive scenes from the movie itself and its star, Margot Robbie, as Harley Quinn thrown in so effortlessly it looked as if it were all from the same scene.

Catch Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) out in theaters on February 7th!

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Words: Mar Maldonado | Featured Photo: Normani on Instagram

SHAED Perform “Trampoline” on Late Night with Seth Meyers

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After ending 2019 with the most played track on Alternative Radio and an almost double-platinum single in the United States, SHAED started 2020 off with a bang as they performed on Late Night with Seth Meyers just a few days ago.

Alongside Tiffany Haddish and M. Night Shyamalan, SHAED performed their hit single “Trampoline” as the musical guest of Wednesday night’s show against a dreamy background made up of fluorescent pink lights.

Take a look at their performance below!

Let us know what you thought of the live performance in the comments below or tweet us @MDRNmag!

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Fine Line Live: Harry the Showman

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On the 13th, I attended Harry Styles’ Fine Line: One Night Only concert.

The lights went out around 9pm and the crowd erupted into screams and chants of Harry’s name. We all knew what was about to happen next. He started out the night atop a platform placed at the back of the stage, doing the iconic pose featured on the Fine Line album cover, and in the exact outfit. Then as the music increased, he proceeded to start the night with the first song of the album, “Golden,” and it did not disappoint on the album, or live for that matter either. His energy throughout the song, and the entire show was intoxicating, making you wonder how he keeps up the energy for such a long time.

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From “Golden,” he opened up a conversation to the audience with a prolonged “I’m baack,” which caused the whole crowd to erupt with cheers. It was nice seeing him back on stage where he truly belongs. There’s something about Harry that proves that he was born for this life, as he commands attention while on stage.

He continued on the night performing all of his songs on the album, in order, including the three released singles from the album, “Watermelon Sugar”, “Adore You”, and “Lights Up,” saying it would be the only time he would do so.

His energy was high for most of his songs, but when it came to songs like “Cherry,” and “Falling,” there was a shift, the emotion behind the lyrics written plainly on his face. It’s easy to feel his pain in these moments. And as heartfelt as those songs were, he was able to bring the mood right back up again with “To Be So Lonely,” a song that is more uplifting with fun lyrics “I’m just an arrogant son of a bitch,” which the crowd screamed back at him passionately.

During a break after the song, he stopped for a moment to see how the crowd was doing. Unfortunately there was a fan down, but Harry made sure to send security to help the fan using gestures from the fans around the person to find them. During this moment he then proceeded to ask the audience “Why is it, when I call myself an ‘arrogant song of a bitch,’ that you sound the loudest? Did everyone just decide to sing it with their whole chest.” This is a moment that is sure to become a running thing, as iconic as the “Kiwi” pose as well as the new album pose.

There were other moments that I know fans will be able to enjoy on tour as much as we did that night; from the “boop” noises at the end of “Sunflower, Vol. 6,” to the way Harry completely loses himself in his dance moves during “Treat People With Kindness.” His dance moves are something that seem so him, so Harry, that I can’t help but make the comparison between him and Elvis, and the way Elvis’ moves drove fans nuts back in his day. Harry just has that effect on people, and he doesn’t even have to try.

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Before he ended the show, he took another moment to talk to the crowd. He almost seemed shocked at how fast the time had gone. When we realized this was his last song on the album, we were all shocked too. One hour had gone by, but it had felt like 10 minutes with how much fun we’d all been having.

Because this is Harry, and he knows us, he let us know that more was in store and the night wasn’t over just yet. His last song, before the encore, was, of course, “Fine Line”. The uplifting tone, and the way that he repeats “we’ll be alright,” is the perfect tone that you want to leave a concert feeling. A hopeful excited feeling that makes you realize how much you enjoyed your time.

When he finally returned to the center of the stage, the opening chords of a song we all know and love well began, “Sign of the Times.” It was his first single, one that seemed so bold when he first released it, being that it is 5 minutes and 41 seconds.

When he had finished, he began speaking about someone he admires deeply, and we all immediately knew who was coming. He then proceeded to announce the iconic Stevie Nicks, and this was undoubtedly the loudest the crowd screamed that night, since he had stepped on stage at the beginning of the show. They took center stage together, and performed Fleetwood Mac’s “Landslide.” As she left the stage, fans continued to cheer for her and you could see the admiration on Harry’s face as well.

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Now, we’ve all been dying for Harry to give us a Christmas album for years now, even back in his One Direction days, and sadly we’re still waiting. But tonight he gave us a glimpse into what that would be like by performing “Wonderful Christmas Time.” Not only that, but the holiday spirit continued with fake snow falling from the ceiling as the song continued.

As the song ended, we knew our time with Harry was ending as well. Chants began throughout the crowd, from “Kiwi,” to “Medicine,” two well-known songs that Harry performed on his last tour. He began the end of the show with a quick speech. He thanked those that helped him create this album, those who joined him onstage, as well as thanking the fans for continuing to support him, “The album is yours, I am yours.” He told us he had one more song, and the lights on stage faded to a deep red tone. We knew what was coming.

As the opening beats of “Kiwi” began, everyone in the crowd was on their feet, dancing and jumping as Harry raced around, waving at those behind the stage. This is the song that he always sings the loudest, as he would say, with his whole chest.

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This song is just one of those where you really do just want to dance without a care in the world, and Harry does just that. As us fans would say, Harry almost looks possessed when he is dancing to “Kiwi”. It would surprise me if he didn’t have a headache with how hard he shakes his head to the beat of the drums during the song.

As Harry finished the song and gave his final bow, we all felt melancholic. Happy that we were finally able to see him back on stage and in person after it being so long, but sad at the fact that the show was over and we’d have to wait till 2020 to see him once again… To see him back on stage where he truly belongs.

Click here to catch Harry on tour in a city near you with Love on Tour!

And remember, always treat people with kindness!

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Words: Brianna Jerina | Featured Photo: Hélène Pambrun