Have no fear, because Fall Out Boy is here! The reunited rock group debuts at No. 1 on this week’s chart, while P!nk still leads the singles chart, undeterred by the arrival of Daft Punk. Here’s a look at this week’s Nielsen SoundScan sales figures: Read more…
Fall Out Boy is getting back together. It’s all very exciting. Their new single, “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)” is TWELVE words long (including what’s in the parenthesis) and as far as I’m concerned, each word is more thrilling than the last. Because aside from being known as the band with Pete Wentz, they’re also quite well known for having the most wonderfully ridiculous song titles. Ridiculous(ly awesome) in length (and super into the usage of the parenthetical aside). In honor of their new single and its TWELVE WORDS, I’ve ordered some of the worst FOB offenders from least to most offensive. See if you can figure out what the songs are about just from the titles!
It all started with an unexpected press release early Monday, while many were still dealing with the lingering effects of a Super Bowl XLVII. Fall Out Boy, your favorite pop-punk-rock outfit of the mid-aughts who’ve never cared for brevity in song titles, have a new album, single, video, AND tour on the horizon, and are celebrating their return with a string of intimate shows in front of fans who never left 2003. While the band isn’t necessarily trying to relive the past, they believe they’re currently stronger, tighter, and making better music, nearly 10 years later.
Further proof that 2013 is the year all of your former musical flames decided to reconvene in the studio: Fall Out Boy is recording new music in effort to save rock and roll. Sorry if you were cool with Mumford and Sons raking in all the non-pop and non-hip-hop accolades, but these guys have other plans:
when we were kids the only thing that got us through most days was music. its why we started fall out boy in the first place. this isn’t a reunion because we never broke up. we needed to plug back in and make some music that matters to us.
the future of fall out boy starts now.
save rock and roll…
After solo and side projects the band has completed their first group effort since 2008′s Folie à Deux. And today’s news about a forthcoming full-length album (Save Rock and Roll, out May 7) does not merely serve to gauge our interest–cough TIMBERLAKE cough–as the group comes bearing gifts, in the form of a new track, music video, and a string of live shows this spring.
We’re in Thanksgiving recovery mode, so it’s time for a special Black Friday Face-Off! You may be nursing a raging feast belly after attempting to induce an L-Tryptophancoma to stave off squirm-worthy questions about “marrying that nice boy you’re living with” (rinse down turkey with wine and repeat). Or you just said no to traditional T-Day and are recovering from the hangover that accompanies watching ThanksKilling with friends and stuffing your face (more bacon, less familial judgment). Fall Out Boy‘s “Thnks fr th Mmrs” and Dido‘s “Thank You” respectively fit either scenario. Whose video reflects your Black Friday mood best?
Earlier this afternoon we shared a sneak preview from Gym Class Heroes‘ VH1 Unplugged taping, where they were joined by their longtime collaborator and Fall Out Boy lead singer Patrick Stump for a stripped down version of their smash hit “Stereo Hearts.” Stump, although filling in on the song, felt right at home. “Gym Class is a band I am more directly involved with than any other band except for Fall Out Boy,” he told us before the show, laughing that “the shortest call in the world” was all it took to get him there.
As Stump tells it, Gym Class Heroes first caught his attention with a shout out on an early demo of the 2004 time-capsule “Taxi Driver.” “We were super tickled by it,” he explains. “Unfortunately, it is very rare that something makes you sit up and be like, ‘Wow, this is great!’ And I was in the van and I was like, Pete [Wentz], listen to this, this is really good. And so he took it and ran with it, and before we knew it they were singed.”
The honor, though, he insists is mutual. “You have no idea how much they made themselves and how awesome it is to watch them,” he told us, making sure to point out that this will be his first Unplugged appearance with be with them and not his own Fall Out Boy. “I get to be a fan that has the best seat in the house.”
Before the tapping, we caught up with Stump to get the scoop on his work with Gym Class Heroes, his impressions (musical and otherwise), and what comes next:
Rita Ora Cover’s Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know”
What do you get when the hottest young act of the moment covers the other hottest young act of the moment? Pure wonderfulness, we think — have a listen to Rita Ora‘s cover of Gotye‘s “Somebody That I Used To Know” below, and tell us if you don’t agree. [YouTube]
Patrick Stump Laments The Failure Of His Solo Album Fall Out Boy‘s Patrick Stump has a reflective moment, posting on his blog about his feelings about the failure of his solo album. He says, amongst other things, “What I wasn’t prepared for was the fervor of the hate from people who were ostensibly my own supporters (or at least supporters of something I had been part of). The barrage of “We liked you better fat,” the threatening letters to my home, the kids that paid for tickets to my solo shows to tell me how much I sucked without Fall Out Boy, that wasn’t something I suppose I was or ever will be ready for.” [Patrick Stump]
When Train?s three-year hiatus ended late last year with the release of their Save Me San Francisco LP, it was uncertain whether or not the group would be able to recapture the kind of popularity they experienced in the early aughts, back when hits like ?Drops of Jupiter? and ?Meet Virginia? dominated the charts. Despite this long absence from the scene, Train proved that they’ve still got star power in spades when their lead-off single, “Hey, Soul Sister”, not only became their highest charting Billboard hit ever, but also spent the last few months firmly ensconced in our Top 20 Video Countdown.
Hot on the heels of that song’s tremendous success comes ?If It?s Love,? an up-tempo, heartwarming tune that we?re pleased to be exclusively premiering online on 5/11 and on-air during our Top 20 show on Saturday, 5/15. Directed by Fall Out Boy?s own Pete Wentz, the clip will capture more playful and silly sides of the band, so be sure to check out some behind the scenes footage above!
Perhaps you’ll be doubly psyched to find out we’re giving away a pair of tickets to the band’s special NYC performance on December 16 – the day the new disc drops. If you’re chosen to attend, you’ll meet the guys backstage, have your photo taken with them, and perhaps see that picture uploaded onto their photo Website.
To get in the running, you must first sign-up for our weekly New Music newsletter. Then check your email box this Thursday, December 4 at 1:00pm for full details on how you can win. Our newsletter will contain all the info.