BANKS Unveils Sultry New Single “Gimme” From Upcoming Third Album

Last Thursday, BANKS excited fans when she announced her lead single would be out on Monday. The day is finally here, and her new song, “Gimme,” is out now! “Gimme” is our first taste of BANKS’ upcoming third album, due later this year.

“Gimme” opens with intricate chanting before swiftly moving into a sparse soundscape. Low pinging provides a backdrop as BANKS murmurs the verse, a declaration of her desire for someone. The pre-chorus is more melodic and more direct. BANKS asks for confirmation that she is this person’s type, because they’re her type. “Gimme” then breaks into a chorus of skittering synths and percussion, with only a few direct lines repeated over the top. BANKS doesn’t shy away from being demanding or provocative here. Although it might not be as instant as “Gemini Feed” or “Beggin For Thread,” after a few listens, “Gimme” earns its position as a lead single.

Listen to “Gimme” below:

You can stream or download “Gimme” from all your favorite music providers here.

In addition to sharing “Gimme,” BANKS also spoke to Anna Lunoe at Beats 1 about her new music. In describing how “Gimme” compares to the rest of the songs on her upcoming album, BANKS revealed:

There’s definitely some really different stuff as well. There’s a really soft, sweet playfulness to some of the songs, and there’s this youthfulness to it. My niece Georgia’s three, and she talks on one of the songs. There’s some really pure moments that feel light. And then there’s obviously some heavy s–t (laughs). You’ll probably cry a little bit, then you’ll want to have sex, then you’ll want to beat someone up, then you’ll want to slap someone in the face in a cool, fun way. Kiss and make up. All the emotions.

BANKS’ upcoming third album comes three years after her sophomore record, The Altar, dropped in fall 2016. That album launched the singles “Trainwreck,” “Gemini Feed,” and “F–k With Myself.” In 2017, BANKS shared two additional songs: “Crowded Places” and her fierce standalone single “Underdog.”

Upon the release of “Underdog,” BANKS revealed that she already had 15 songs ready to go. She’s continued writing ever since, so there’s no telling how many songs she prepared in the last couple of years.

Enjoy “Gimme,” and stay tuned for a music video and more details about BANKS’ forthcoming album. Keep checking back here for all the latest BANKS music news.

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.

More Muse News

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.

BANKS Announces Lead Single Ahead Of Third Album

After months of recording and teasing, BANKS is finally about to start a new era for her upcoming third album! This Monday, BANKS will release the lead single from her forthcoming record. See her exciting announcement below:

BANKS finished recording the album in the middle of March. At the time, she shared a picture showing 12 photos on top of a studio mixing board – does this mean the new album will include 12 songs?

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BANKS’ upcoming third album comes three years after her sophomore record, The Altar, dropped in fall 2016. That album launched the singles “Trainwreck,” “Gemini Feed,” and “F–k With Myself.” In 2017, BANKS shared two additional songs: “Crowded Places” and her fierce standalone single “Underdog.”

Upon the release of “Underdog,” BANKS revealed that she already had 15 songs ready to go. She’s continued writing ever since, so there’s no telling how many songs she prepared in the last couple of years.

Get ready to hear BANKS’ lead single on Monday. Although she hasn’t yet announced a title, rumor has it the new song is called “Gimme.”

Check back here on April 29th for more about the song, and hopefully more about her third album! As always, keep checking back here for all the latest BANKS music news.

Kelly Clarkson Spends Easter Working On Next Album

Kelly Clarkson is among the busiest women in popular music lately, with a starring role in UglyDolls, multiple songs on its soundtrack album, recurring wins on The Voice, and her own talk show coming this fall. But all of that isn’t slowing her down from her own music! Following a huge tour in support of her 2017 album, Meaning Of Life, Kelly is already working on her next studio album! She’s so dedicated to her own music that she spent Easter Sunday working on the new record:

Two months ago, Forbes reported that Kelly had started “doing some recording on the side” for her next album. It’s good to hear that she’s still getting in some studio time – even on Easter!

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.

Luckily for those of you anxious to hear new Kelly music ASAP, Kelly will have several songs featured in the upcoming UglyDolls movie soundtrack, out this Friday. You can already hear Kelly on its lead single, “Broken & Beautiful.”

Kelly doesn’t just sing on the movie’s soundtrack! She also lends her voice to the leading character, Moxy. The film will be in theaters on May 3rd. Kelly previously did voice acting for the 2017 animated Christmas film, The Star, in which she played a horse named Leah. Continuing her voice acting, Kelly will also appear in the 2020 film, Trolls World Tour, a sequel to 2016’s Trolls. As with UglyDolls, Kelly will have an original song featured in the Trolls World Tour soundtrack.

Kelly’s songs and covers have appeared on numerous soundtracks over the years. Her most recent contribution was a cover of “Never Enough” for The Greatest Showman – Reimagined. She also notably covered “It’s Quiet Uptown” for Hamilton Mixtape in 2016.

More Kelly Clarkson News

Kelly Clarkson’s latest album, Meaning Of Life, came out in fall 2017. It launched her singles “Love So Soft,” “I Don’t Think About You,” and “Heat,” as well as promo singles “Move You” and “Meaning Of Life.” Kelly recently finished her Meaning Of Life Tour, which further cemented her role as a leading live innovator.

In addition to her own 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.

There’s a ton going on in the Kelly Clarkson world! Get ready for even more once her next album is done! We don’t have a timeframe for that just yet, but we’re thinking late 2019 or sometime next year are most likely. While we await more album news, enjoy her single “Broken & Beautiful,” and get ready to hear more Kelly songs once the UglyDolls soundtrack album comes out later this week. You can pre-order the UglyDolls soundtrack album now; the film will be in theaters on May 3rd. Keep checking back here for all the latest Kelly Clarkson news.

The Weeknd, SZA, & Travis Scott Declare “Power Is Power” On GoT Song

Last week, it was announced that Game Of Thrones will release its first soundtrack album, For The Throne, on April 26th. Our first taste of the new album comes from The Weeknd, SZA, and Travis Scott on their new song, “Power Is Power.” Way back in season 2 of Game Of Thrones, Cersei Lannister said that knowledge isn’t power; power is power. It’s only fitting that this standout quote became a stunning song for the show’s soundtrack album.

“Power Is Power” starts with dark, echoing pings against a low beat. The Weeknd opens with a declaration of his ice-and-snow origins. The song gets fuller with the addition of piano on the pre-chorus, The Weeknd admitting that the crown is heavy… but only for the weak. The chorus grows more pop and infectious as he assures that a knife in his heart wouldn’t slow him down. He’s powerful, and his fire will never burn out. SZA takes over for the second verse, asking “who can I trust?” before citing the one thing that could kill her: love. Travis Scott doesn’t appear until the third verse, in which he describes his time as a monster with the crown. SZA later repeats that the crown is heavy… but not for a queen. She and The Weeknd close out the song with a duet version of the chorus.

Listen to “Power Is Power” below:

You can stream or download “Power Is Power” from all your favorite music providers here.

“Power Is Power” appears on the upcoming Game Of Thrones soundtrack album, For The Throne, out next week. You can pre-order the album from all the major music providers 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 comes out on April 26th, the vinyl records don’t come out until July 26th.

In addition to “Power Is Power,” For The Throne will feature songs from A$AP Rocky, Chloe X Halle, Ellie Goulding, Jacob Banks, James Arthur, Joey Bada$$, Lennon Stella, Lil Peep, The Lumineers, Maren Morris, Matthew Bellamy of Muse, Mumford & Sons, The National, Rosalía ft. A.Chal, Ty Dolla $ign, and X Ambassadors. The soundtrack comes via Columbia Records.

More The Weeknd News

For The Weeknd, “Power Is Power” is just the latest of many collaborations and soundtrack songs. Earlier this year, he joined Nav on the single “Price On My Head” and Gesaffelstein on the controversial single “Lost In The Fire.” Last year, The Weeknd teamed up with Kendrick Lamar for the Black Panther single, “Pray For Me.” In 2017, The Weekned joined frequent collaborator Lana Del Rey on her single, “Lust For Life,” itself the title track of her fourth studio album.

One year ago, The Weeknd released his 6-song EP, My Dear Melancholy, featuring the single “Call Out My Name.” It was his first release following his 2016 album Starboy, which launched singles like “Starboy,” “False Alarm,” “I Feel It Coming,” and “Secrets.” The Weeknd is currently working a new album, expected out sometime in 2019.

Like The Weeknd, SZA also appeared on the Black Panther soundtrack, singing on the single “All The Stars” with Kendrick Lamar. She released her debut album, Ctrl, in June 2017, launching five singles: “Drew Barrymore,” “Love Galore” featuring Travis Scott, “The Weekend” featuring Calvin Harris, “Broken Clocks,” and “Garden (Say It Like Dat).” SZA also appeared on Maroon 5’s single “What Lovers Do” and a remix of Lorde’s song, “Homemade Dynamite.” She’s notably worked with both Rihanna and Cardi B as well, appearing on “Consideration” and “I Do,” respectively.

Travis Scott’s last album, Astroworld, came out in August 2018. It launched the singles “Butterfly Effect,” “Sicko Mode,” “Yosemite,” and “Wake Up.” Travis also notably appeared on Kodak Black’s hit single “Zeze” along with Offset.

Enjoy “Power Is Power,” and look out for the rest of the For The Throne songs next week. Keep checking back here for all the latest music news.