Linkin Park Is ‘Talking” And We Are ALL Ears

Linkin Park has mentioned some “talk” of new music since the untimely passing of Chester Bennington.

This is exciting news. FOR ALL OF US. Cuz’ no matter what type of genre you cling to the most, everybody can appreciate Linkin Park for everything they are.

An American-rock-nu-metal sensation, Linkin Park started their trek into the music scene in 1996. Founding and current members included Mike Shinoda (vocalist/rhythm guitarist), Brad Delson (lead guitarist), Dave Farrell (bassist), John Hahn (DJ/Keyboardist), and Rob Bourdon (drummer). Reaching almost immediate international fame with their debut album Hybrid Theory, This group coined radio-friendly genre-breaking music.

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Linkin Park: Best Selling Band of the 21st Century

Referred to as the Best Selling Band of the 21st century, Linkin Park holds Grammy Awards, American Music Awards, and MTV Video Music Awards. All of which, we understand, considering they have such a unique sound, and a wide variation of music.

The last time we heard new music from Linkin Park was “One More Light”. The band’s seventh studio album, released in May 2017. The world, shaken by the death of co-frontman Chester Bennington, who tragically took his own life two months after the release. After a constant battle with depression. Ultimately, his death, sent the band into hiatus, canceling their tour, and allowing them to mourn the loss of Chester.

In December of the same year, the band released live recordings of their final tour with Bennington. The last of the new music we would hear for quite some time. The group took time to focus on family, friends, mental health, and music. All the things they love.

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During this time, the band continued to be a support system for one another. Enjoying each other’s company and working on side projects. In June 2018, Mike Shinoda even went on to release a debut solo album.

The good news is that the first time since Bennington‘s tragic departure, Linkin Park has actually confirmed the idea of recording new music. In a recent interview with Yonhap (a South Korean newspaper), Joe Hahn said that the band has considered the possibility of creating together again.

What’s To Come?

We don’t want you to lose your mind quiet yet. Considering that Shinoda said that although the band loves to hang out, be around each other, and make music, that they don’t want to put pressure on it. They want it to happen naturally. So, this music could come in the time frame from a week to a decade. And as painstakingly hard as it is, we will be patient and let it happen in its own time.

The band has made it clear that though there is the possibility of a new singer alongside Shinoda, that their intention is never to replace Chester. Both because they never want to, and they know they never could. Chester provided Linkin Park with emotion-evoking power vocals paired with death screams that were untouchable. Though Tobi Duncan of Trash Boat did our boy proud in his rendition of “Given Upfor the compilation Songs That Saved My Life. A compilation album by Hopeless Records to honor suicide prevention. Such a fitting ode to Bennington.

We can’t imagine a Linkin Park without Chester, but we are certainly hopeful for what’s to come. The future is bright, and we know that Linkin Park will make all of us and, most importantly, Chester proud. Stay tuned for any new news on Linkin Park breaking ground in the studio.

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Words: Danielle King | Featured Photo: Photo: Linkin Park on Twitter

White Reaper: The Love They Deserve

Calling all indie-loving-garage-punk-rockers! Do we have a band for you! Swinging on in from Louisville, Kentucky we urge you to give White Reaper the love and attention they deserve (which is all of it!)

Starting in 2015 the band consists of Tony Esposito (guitar/vocals), Ryan Hater (keyboard), Sam Wilkerson (bass), Nick Wilkerson (drums), and Hunter Thompson (guitars). And so far they’ve graced the musical world with two EPs and two full length albums. If you haven’t heard of White Reaper yet, that’s cool. Because we’re about to save the day. White Reaper’s sound is absolutely unique, complete with catchy hooks and superb instrumentals that can’t help but make us want to have fun. So put on your party pants, because White Reaper has a new album on the way titled You Deserve Love.

Listen to White Reaper, Because You Deserve it.

If you are an avid alternative radio listener maybe you’ve heard some of the singles from their upcoming album. Maybe you’ve even been lucky enough to catch them on the road, they’ve spent the last year as a support on some similar sounding idols like The Killers and Weezer. Or perhaps you’ve caught them at one of several festival appearances.

While we haven’t been fortunate enough to catch them live yet, we have heard the singles from their upcoming album, You Deserve Love and we are stoked on it. The singles consist of songs “Real Long Time” and the most recent teaser “1F”. As well as our personal favorite (so far) “Might Be Right”. Just as we imagined, these songs make us feel GOOD. Dance around in your underwear (or fully clothed, whatever) GOOD. If you haven’t listened yet, DO IT (insert Shia LeBeouf meme).

The good news is, you won’t have to wait too long for your new favorites to deliver, because the album is dropping October 18th. What a day for music, considering Jimmy Eat World‘s new album drops the same day! While you wait, make sure to explore their entire discography. We’re certain you won’t regret it.

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Words: Danielle King | Featured Photo: White Reaper on Twitter

Reminisce “This Summer” with Alessia Cara

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Alessia Cara has officially released her brand new EP, This Summer! A mixture of tunes from the EP have been unveiled throughout these past couple of months. From dissecting a frustrating relationship in “Ready”, followed by funky-pop and empowering summer jams “Okay Okay” and “Rooting for You”, Cara has it all covered.

All four tracks that we’ve heard so far from this mini-album have made it clear that the project’s six-song tracklist provides us a groovy, July-filled vibe in the midst of starting to relax down in the fall.

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The songstress has been dropping a new song from the EP every couple of weeks. As fans have been anticipating its release, it is now fully here – featuring 6 heartwarming songs, which we all love.

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Following This Summer‘s release, Cara is heading out on the road for her own U.S. headlining tour, which begins October 21st in Boston. Tickets are on sale here.

Click here to listen to This Summer! on all music streaming platforms, including Apple Music, Spotify, YouTube and Amazon Music.

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Words: Dionysia Sonia | Featured Photo: Grammys

Nicki Minaj Is Retiring From Music

Nicki Minaj has just announced she is retiring from music to focus on having a family.

Nicki Minaj announced the shocking news on Thursday morning with just a simple tweet, that has now been deleted.

The news comes not long after the release of “Hot Girl Summer” by Megan Thee Stallion, a hit song that the rapper is featured in.

With a trailblazing career, Minaj has been nominated for 10 Grammys, earned a Guinness World Record in 2017 for most Billboard Hot 100 entries by a solo female artist, and has won 5 MTV Video Music Awards.

Now, her instagram name is Ms.Petty. Is this just her getting back at her haters and trolls? Or is she serious about this?

All we know is that if she’s serious… it’s going to be a blue Friday tomorrow.

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Words: Jace Chiappetta | Featured Photo: Buzz60

Hoodie Allen’s Whatever USA: Totally Satisfying

What is more satisfying than a rapper who also has killer pipes? One that is also fly as shit? Cool. Looks like Hoodie Allen has us covered. As if all of that doesn’t seem to totally satisfy you, we are sure Hoodie Allen‘s Whatever USA will do the trick. Dropped on August 16th, 2019 his newest release is a collection of nine solid tracks varying from quick witted rhymes to songs so lyrically crafted they make you want to cuddle your pillow in the dark.

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Hangin’ with the “in crowd”

As if being friends with Ed Sheeran didn’t already give Hoodie Allen bonus points, the Long Island native made his way into the music scene as a student at the University of Pennsylvania (Anything Philly scores you mad cool points). In 2009, MTV selected him the ‘Best Music on Campus Award’ and he’s been on the radar ever since. Hoodie Allen has toured across the U.S, created his own label, and had countless features with some remarkable artists. Artists like Chance the Rapper, State Champs (swoon), and of course his pal Ed Sheeran, and that is just naming a few.

We can’t help but think that Hoodie Allen‘s Whatever USA is his favorite project so far. Calling this album a ‘rediscovery process of my true self‘, Hoodie makes it obvious that he wears his heart on his sleeve. He also makes it clear that he put it on the line to complete this album. He continually emphasizes the importance of unveiling your creativity and passion into whatever it is you love. Truly making Whatever USA an album for all. Whether you’re from a small town, had your heart smashed (and then taped back together, and then smashed again), are tired of the same old shit, or who just have a dream to do anything, you’re destined to find something relatable.

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JAM-packed Album

This independent artist truly produces a JAM packed album, that he delivers on his own terms. So, let’s talk about the first single “Come Around” off the album ft. Christian French. Not only is it a catchy-make-you-feel-kickass-song, but it also displays Hoodie and French’s voices in an angels and harps type balance. Plus, who doesn’t like a song that tells your ex it’s too late and to piss off? We know we do.

Now, If we HAD to pick a favorite, it would hands down be “You Should Let Me Know”. It’s just damn good, and lyrically it SLAPS. (Check it out for yourself, if you don’t believe us.) But don’t get it twisted, all nine of these songs are absolute bops. We’d totally jam this entire album in the car. And, not alone twelve times in a row guilty pleasure type stuff, but in a car full of other human beings that we like. It’s worth it.

Be sure to catch Hoodie Allen‘s Whatever USA live as he tours North America this fall with Jake Miller to get an equal fix of eye and ear candy.

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Words: Danielle King | Featured Photo: Katy Cooper