Muse’s Matthew Bellamy Shares Sweeping “Pray (High Valyrian)” For ‘Game Of Thrones’

Today, the new Game Of Thrones soundtrack album For The Throne hit shelves. In addition to singles like “Power Is Power” by The Weeknd, SZA, and Travis Scott, the album also includes songs by the likes of Ellie Goulding, The National, and Rosalía. The new album ends, however, with a sweeping new song by Muse frontman Matthew Bellamy called “Pray (High Valyrian).”

“Pray” begins with one chanted line in the fictional dead language High Valyrian. The sample comes from Game Of Thrones season 6 when Melisandre (played by actress Carice van Houten) said a prayer to save Jon Snow.

Following that brief spoken introduction, swiftly plucked strings dance as a sweeping orchestral sound swells in the background. The pinging strings transition into piano performing the same jumping riff. At this point, Matt Bellamy begins crooning an ominous verse, rallying listeners to pray to bring back a life. After rising to a falsetto climax, Matt backs away to make room for a longer sample of Melisandre’s prayer. The song adds in drums as Matt sings again, the sound growing fuller and more epic. Matt ends his part with an impressive falsetto wail before the song closes with a final chanted line of the prayer.

“Pray (High Valyrian)” is truly stunning. Listen to the full song below:

You can stream or buy “Pray (High Valyrian)” and the rest of the For The Throne songs from your music provider of choice here.

You can also pre-order For The Throne vinyl records now. In addition to limited edition split color fire and ice vinyl, you can select limited House editions, each of which features different artwork pertaining to your family of choice. Choose from all 9 houses: Stark, Lannister, Targaryen, Greyjoy, Baratheon, Arryn, Tully, Tyrell, and Martell. While the digital album is available now, the vinyl records don’t come out until July 26th.

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Matt Bellamy’s band, Muse, just released their incredible album Simulation Theory last November. It launched the singles “Dig Down,” “Thought Contagion,” “Something Human,” “The Dark Side,” and “Pressure,” plus videos for the songs “Algorithm,” “Break It To Me,” and “Blockades.”

Muse are about to embark on the European leg of their tour in support of the new album. Find European tour dates and get your tickets before it’s too late.

Enjoy Matt Bellamy’s solo song, “Pray (High Valyrian),” and be sure to check out the rest of the tracks on the For The Throne soundtrack album. Keep checking back here for all the latest music news.

Hear 5 New Kelly Clarkson Songs From ‘UglyDolls’ Soundtrack Album

It’s no secret that Kelly Clarkson appears in the upcoming animated film, UglyDolls, out next Friday. On top of lending her voice to the lead character, Moxy, Kelly also recorded several songs for the movie’s new soundtrack album, out now. We first heard the new album’s lead single, “Broken & Beautiful,” last month, and earlier this week, Kelly shared its sweet music video. Today, fans can hear Kelly on a few more songs. Here are all UglyDolls tracks featuring Kelly:

“Broken & Beautiful” marks a return to Kelly’s pop sound after her brilliantly soulful 2017 album. It starts with light percussion and atmospheric space, creating a clean backdrop for Kelly’s vocals. She sings about her strength and independence, her triumphs and flaws, before launching into a huge chorus. She doesn’t need to be fixed – she just wants to be understood and loved for who she is. Kelly is the queen of empowering songs, and “Broken & Beautiful” reaffirms her message. It sounds strikingly like a P!nk song – naturally, since P!nk co-wrote it!

“Couldn’t Be Better” will sound familiar to fans who’ve seen the UglyDolls trailer. The song comes in two versions. First up is the pop recording, a cute and fizzy bop. The chorus is light and synthy, with a skipping energy. “Couldn’t Be Better” is endearingly warm and youthful.

“Today’s The Day” clocks in barely over 30 seconds, making it more of an interlude than a full song. The tiny lullaby about finding a doll for every child and child for every doll serves primarily as an intro for the movie recording of “Couldn’t Be Better.

The movie version of “Couldn’t Be Better” is far more animated, with Kelly singing with bright, excited vocals. It’s over-the-top, and feels like too much for standard listening, but it’s perfect for the film. It also emphasizes how great Kelly would be in a musical. On this track, Kelly is joined by the cast on the chorus. The second and third verses feature Blake Shelton, Pitbull, and more before ending with firework sounds and a gentle lullaby, sung by Kelly alone, providing a bookend from “Today’s The Day.”

Kelly sings a small part in Janelle Monáe’s track, “All Dolled Up.” The song opens with cool guitar and popping sounds, Janelle singing about tucking and clipping and tweezing.

Kelly is more prominent on “Unbreakable,” her duet with Janelle Monáe. The two trade vocals, Janelle starting things before Kelly joins on the second verse. After a bridge by Kelly, the sing together on the final chorus. “Unbreakable” is a slower, anthemic song with some R&B hints.

What do you think of Kelly’s new songs? Other tracks on the album feature Bebe Rexha, Nick Jonas, Pentatonix, Blake Shelton, Why Don’t We, and Anitta. Check out the full tracklisting below:

  1. Broken & Beautiful – by Kelly Clarkson
  2. Couldn’t Be Better (Pop Version) – by Kelly Clarkson
  3. Today’s the Day – by Kelly Clarkson
  4. Couldn’t Be Better (Movie Version) – by Kelly Clarkson & UglyDolls Cast
  5. Today’s the (Perfect) Day – by UglyDolls Cast
  6. The Ugly Truth – by Nick Jonas
  7. You Make My Dreams – by Pentatonix
  8. The Uglier Truth – by Nick Jonas
  9. All Dolled Up – by Janelle Monáe feat. Kelly Clarkson
  10. Unbreakable – by Janelle Monáe & Kelly Clarkson
  11. The Big Finale – by UglyDolls Cast
  12. Girl in the Mirror – by Bebe Rexha
  13. Ugly (English Version) – by Anitta
  14. Don’t Change – by Why Don’t We
  15. Wallflowers & Weeds – by Blake Shelton
  16. Ugly (Spanish Version) – by Anitta
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In addition to recording music, Kelly is also coaching for the third season in a row on The Voice. She won the first two rounds, so we’ll see if she can continue her winning streak. Combining her music and television sensibilities, Kelly will host the Billboard Music Awards for the second year in a row this May. Her opening medley last year was epic, so we have high hopes for what Kelly will pull off this year! This fall, she’ll also launch her own TV talk show, The Kelly Clarkson Show.

Kelly’s busy schedule doesn’t end there. Two months ago, Forbes reported that Kelly had started “doing some recording on the side” for her next album. Last weekend, Kelly spent Easter Sunday in the studio working on her new album again! We don’t know much about how Kelly’s next album will sound or when we’ll get to hear it. All we have so far are some uncovered song titles, including “Step Up” and “Something New,” though it’s unclear if those will appear on her next record.

Enjoy the new UglyDolls soundtrack album, featuring Kelly Clarkson, Janelle Monáe, and more! You stream or buy the UglyDolls soundtrack album now here. The film will be in theaters on May 3rd, so be sure to watch it and hear more of Kelly’s amazing voice. Keep checking back here for all the latest Kelly Clarkson news.

Sara Bareilles Shines On Reimagined “Tightrope” Cover

The big day is finally here! Last month, fans of the musical film The Greatest Showman were excited to learn about the new compilation album, The Greatest Showman – Reimagined. Featuring songs from the original film, the new album includes covers by a range of popular artists. Following previews from P!nk (“A Million Dreams”)Panic! At The Disco (“The Greatest Show”), and Kelly Clarkson (“Never Enough”), the full album is out now. Today, we can hear how Sara Bareilles reimagined the ballad “Tightrope.”

Melancholy piano starts the song, creating a backdrop that is slower than the original “Tightrope” recording. Sara croons softly, making her version of “Tightrope” that much more emotional. The song starts by describing people who live their lives too safely, always staying within their comfort zones. By contrast, the narrator feels like this love draws her into a life that is filled with excitement, adventure, and breathtaking views. Sometimes a little risk and the great unknown is worth it. It’s a beautiful love song that Sara Bareilles brings to life.

Watch the lyric video for “Tightrope” below:

You can stream, download, or pick up a physical recording of The Greatest Showman – Reimagined here. It includes Sara’s version of “Tightrope,” as well as covers by Kelly Clarkson, Panic! At The Disco, P!nk, and her daughter Willow Sage Hart.

In addition to her cover for The Greatest Showman – Reimagined, Sara recently dropped a cover of “Theodosia Reprise” as a “Hamildrop” for the musical, Hamilton.

Indeed, Sara Bareilles is no stranger to the musical world. A few years ago, she composed all the songs for a musical called Waitress. It debuted in Boston in summer 2015. That November, a selection of those new songs appeared on Sara’s themed album, What’s Insides: Songs From Waitress. In 2016, Waitress went to Broadway; in 2017 – and again earlier this year – Sara took on the lead role of Jenna. She also played Mary Magdalene in NBC’s adaption of Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert, composed a song for the SpongeBob Square Pants musical, and co-hosted the Tonys in June. This is all in addition to her pop music career.

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Sara’s last standard studio album, The Blessed Unrest, came out in July 2013. Though it’s been half a decade already, Sara has certainly kept busy with other projects. In addition to the aforementioned musical projects, Sara also released a book, Sounds Like Me: My Life (So Far) In Song in 2015, wrote a song called “Seriously” in light of the 2016 presidential election, and released “If I Dare,” a song she composed for the 2017 film, Battle Of The Sexes. This September, Sara teamed up with Common on a new song called “The Train,” in the indie film All About Nina.

Sara is currently composing music for a new dramedy series called Little Voice (a reference to her major label debut?), and just received a prestigious award at the Songwriters Hall of Fame. All things considered, Sara Bareilles is a hard woman to keep up with!

Amongst the whirlwind of activity, fans have patiently awaited a new record. Last month, Sara released her own new song, “Armor.” It’s the lead single from her long-awaited 5th album, due out early in 2019. The album was produced by T Bone Burnett. Fittingly, the new music has a rootsy sound and will touch on politics, Obama, and love (for Obama, but also for Sara’s boyfriend, Joe Tippett). The imminent album will be Sara’s first in over five years.

Enjoy Sara’s cover of “Tightrope,” and be sure to hear her new single, “Armor.” Sara’s new album will come out in the first half of 2019. Catch up on all we know about it so far, and keep checking back here for all the latest Sara Bareilles music news.

Muse Celebrates ‘Simulation Theory’ Release With 3 New Music Videos

Muse just released their impressive new album, Simulation Theory. To celebrate its release, the band shared three new music videos, following the five that preceded the album. The new videos for “Algorithm,” “Break It To Me,” and “Blockades” continue the story started in the likes of “Thought Contagion” and “Pressure.” In addition to the new music videos, Muse also shared lyric videos for “Propaganda,” “Get Up And Fight,” and “The Void.” Find their full video playlist here.

“Algorithm” launches with a long intro featuring Origin Of Symmetry-worthy piano riffs. “Break It To Me” is among the most experimental songs on Simulation Theory, with its flat opening chords and semi-rapped verses. Finally, “Blockades” somehow manages to sound like a tribute to all previous Muse albums, capturing their essence in just one song.

Each of these three songs comes with a music video. All continue the elaborate story started by the earlier Simulation Theory music videos.

First up is album opener “Algorithm.” As with the “Pressure” music video, actor Terry Crews stars in the clip. It starts with Terry doing some hardcore exercising, seemingly preparing for a battle which will require his strength. We then learn more about what Principal Crews was doing with that demon furby in the first place. Apparently he was working to sequence DNA with the fuby monster… pretty suspicious. By the video’s end, Terry has transported to the digital world seen in “The Dark Side.” It closes with his ascension up floating stairs flanked by giant robotic skeletons, whereupon reaching the top he finds the spooky arcade game from “Thought Contagion.”

Check out the “Algorithm” music video below:

Next is “Break It To Me,” set in the “Pressure” high school’s halls in the aftermath of the demon furby attack. A man who seems to be halfway through transforming into a full-sized demon furby (is that you, Principal Crews?) takes center stage. He writhes and dances, stretching in bizarre, un-human ways all the while. He seems to be trapped in the halls, but also appears somewhat delirious. The video stars Matthew Gibbs as the dancing furby man.

Watch the “Break It To Me” video:

Finally, the set of three new music videos ends with “Blockades.” More than anything, this video feels like a recap of all that has happened over the course of the previous seven videos. Scenes from “Dig Down,” “Thought Contagion,” “Something Human,” “The Dark Side,” “Pressure,” and the two newest videos all come together here. On the one hand, it shows how everything fits together. On the other, it leaves you feeling somewhat confused, too. All in all, the elaborate world found in these videos makes up Simulation Theory.

Watch “Blockades” below:

All three songs appear on Muse’s new album, Simulation Theory. You can stream the album, download it, or check out physical options on Muse’s official site. They link to all the major music platforms.

With the new album out, Muse is also ready to hit the road in 2019. Find North American and European tour dates and get your tickets before it’s too late.

Enjoy the three new music videos (plus three new lyric videos!) and the rest of Simulation Theory. It’s a strong album, and one you won’t want to miss! Keep checking back here for all the latest Muse news.

Sara Bareilles Drops Cover Of “Theodosia Reprise” For New Hamildrop

Sara Bareilles surprised fans with another new song just days after her single “Armor” came out. Today, Sara dropped a cover of “Theodosia Reprise” for this month’s “Hamildrop.” The song first appeared in the wildly popular, Tony-winning musical, Hamilton, written by Lin Manuel Miranda. Instead of releasing another Hamilton Mixtape, each month Hamilton fans get to hear a “Hamildrop” – a cover of one of the musical’s songs.

Sara’s rendition of “Theodosia Reprise” is soulful and melancholy, bringing the sad message to life. In the musical, the song was meant to appear in the second act. It illuminates Aaron Burr’s thoughts as he tells his daughter Theodosia of her mother’s death. It’s a somber track, but Sara’s vocals give it new life. This recording also features piano by Alex Lacamoire and drums by Questlove.

The new track comes with a music video, too. The video shows Sara recording the song, while Lin and Alex observe from the recording booth. Check out the music video for “Theodosia Reprise” below:

Sara’s “Theodosia Reprise” is available now on all digital platforms.

If you’re interested in hearing the other “Hamildrops,” check out each month’s song here.

Sara Bareilles is no stranger to the musical world. A few years ago, she composed all the songs for a musical called Waitress. It debuted in Boston in summer 2015. That November, a selection of those new songs appeared on Sara’s themed album, What’s Insides: Songs From Waitress. In 2016, Waitress went to Broadway; in 2017 – and again earlier this year – Sara took on the lead role of Jenna. She also played Mary Magdalene in NBC’s adaption of Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert, composed a song for the SpongeBob Square Pants musical, and co-hosted the Tonys in June. This is all in addition to her pop music career.

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Sara’s last standard studio album, The Blessed Unrest, came out in July 2013. Though it’s been half a decade already, Sara has certainly kept busy with other projects. In addition to the aforementioned musical projects, Sara also released a book, Sounds Like Me: My Life (So Far) In Song in 2015, wrote a song called “Seriously” in light of the 2016 presidential election, and released “If I Dare,” a song she composed for the 2017 film, Battle Of The Sexes. She’s currently composing music for a new dramedy series called Little Voice (a reference to her major label debut?), and just received a prestigious award at the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Most recently, Sara teamed up with Common on a new song called “The Train,” in the indie film All About Nina. And in November, we’ll hear her take on “Tightrope” from the upcoming compilation, The Greatest Showman – Reimagined. All things considered, Sara Bareilles is a hard woman to keep up with!

Amongst the whirlwind of activity, fans have patiently awaited a new record. Last week, Sara released her own new song, “Armor.” It’s the lead single from her long-awaited 5th album, due out early in 2019. The album was produced by T Bone Burnett. Fittingly, the new music has a rootsy sound and will touch on politics, Obama, and love (for Obama, but also for Sara’s boyfriend, Joe Tippett). The imminent album will be Sara’s first in over five years.

Enjoy “Theodosia Reprise” as well as “Armor.” Sara’s new album will come out in the first half of 2019. Catch up on all we know about it so far, and keep checking back here for all the latest Sara Bareilles music news.