South Korea’s Sports Donga reported that Korean septet BTS will be putting out new music in August.
A special release featuring 2-3 new songs from the chart-topping act is reported to be a separate entity from the group’s No. 1 album Love Yourself: Tear, which made history upon its release in May. In the past, the group has put out extended reissued albums, known as “repackages” in South Korea, but this reportedly will be a stand-alone release.
Billboard days, the group will reportedly film a music video for the upcoming release, and perform the new music in South Korea for the first time at the kick-off of their Love Yourself world tour on Aug. 25 and Aug. 26 in Seoul. They will then head to North America for over a dozen sold-out stops of their concert series.
Neither BTS nor their label Big Hit Entertainment have confirmed the report at this time, though fans on social media reacted with excitement. The group’s ARMY trended #BTSISCOMINGBACK for several hours on Saturday in response to the news report. (Billboard has reached out to the act’s representatives for confirmation.)
The upcoming release would be the first new music from BTS since they made history as the first Korean artist to top the Billboard 200 with the first non-predominantly English album to achieve the feat in over a decade. Love Yourself: Tear went on to become one of the best-selling physical albums Stateside in the first half of 2018.
Blink-182 have announced that fans won’t have to wait another five years for new music, according to Billboard.com.’
Bassist Mark Hoppus and drummer Travis Barker shared Snapchats from inside the studio, with Hoppus’ caption reading: “New Blink-182 songs day one.”
In the snaps, Barker can be seen wailing on the drums in his signature fashion wearing a black beanie and matching sleeveless T-shirt. The second snap finds Hoppus sitting on a couch strumming his guitar as he gazes deep into Barker’s eyes.
While no further details regarding the new tunes have been announced, the trio recently confirmed a 16-date residency at Palms Casino in Las Vegas that will begin May 26 and run through November 17.
Tony winner Idina Menzel, will be a guest mentor on the April 29 broadcast of ABC’s American Idol, according to Playbill.com.
The Broadway favorite, who voiced the role of Elsa in the hit Disney film Frozen, will guide the top 10 finalists through a Disney-themed night, according to Variety.
Menzel won her Tony Award for her performance in Wicked.
Tony and Grammy nominees Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban will host the 2018 Tony Awards. Bareilles, who composed the score to Broadway’s Waitress and recently took center stage in the musical, made the announcement alongside Groban in a video posted to her Twitter, according to Playbill.com.
The 72nd annual ceremony, broadcast on CBS, will take place June 10 at Radio City Music Hall. Current Waitress star Katharine McPhee and Hamilton Tony winner Leslie Odom. Jr will announce the nominations May 1.
Guitar World has teamed up with Gus G, Ozzy Osbourne and current Firewind guitarist, to offer a tutorial on “Mr. Manson,” the first single off his new album, “Fearless.”
A couple weeks back, Gus G premiered “Mr. Manson”. At the time, one of the most remarked upon aspects of the song by Guitar World readers was its breathtaking solo, which shows the Greek guitarist at the peak of his six-string powers.You can check out the tutorial at: https://www.guitarworld.com/artists/gus-g-premieres-mr-manson-solo-tutorial
Fearless is Gus G’s first album since leaving Ozzy Osbourne’s band in 2017 and the follow-up to 2015’s Brand New Revolution. It was recorded with vocalist/bassist Dennis Ward (Pink Cream 69/Unisonic) and drummer Will Hunt (Evanescence, Black Label Society).
The album is set for an April 20 release via AFM Records.