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English electronic duo AlunaGeorge are looking to turn more heads with their sophomore studio album I Remember, which is slated to drop on September 16 via Island Records, and on Tuesday, they dished out their brand new single “Mean What I Mean”, which features appearances from Leikeli 47 & Dreezy.

Digital pre-orders for I Remember are live over on iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon. All pre-orders will receive instant downloads of “Mean What I Mean”, “I’m In Control (feat. Popcaan)”, “My Blood (feat. Zhu)”, and the title track. This is the follow up to their 2013 debut album Body Music, which peaked at number three on the Dance/Electronic Albums chart and number two on the Heatseekers Albums chart. The release features the single “You Know You Like It”, which received a plethora of attention with DJ Snake’s remix.

AlunaGeorge are currently on their I’m In Control tour, which features appearances at Promowest Festival, Forecastle Festival, Wayhome Music & Arts Festival, Panorama Music & Arts Festival, Lollapalooza, Bass Center 2016, and Shambhala Music Festival. This fall, the outfit will join Sia on her Nostalgic For The Present arena tour, which kicks off on September 29 inside Seattle’s KeyArena. You can check out their entire tour routing below. Tickets are on sale right now.

Katy Perry releases new single ‘Rise’

One of the biggest pop singers in the world, Katy Perry has a brand new single and it’s entitled “Rise.” The “Dark Horse” songstress composed the anthem “Rise” for the upcoming Olympics, and you can read the lyrics below.

As of tonight, Perry has not uploaded a free stream of “Rise” to her VEVO or YouTube channel. Any unauthorized stream of the song that’s uploaded on YouTube is being yanked down by her label. That’s because she partnered with Apple Music, who has the exclusive free stream. You can listened to and download the song via iTunes here.

According to a press release sent out late Thursday night (July 14) Katy Perry’s “Rise” will be used for the coverage and promotion of the Olympics, which will take place this summer in Rio de Janeiro. At 8 a.m. Eastern Time today (July 15) a cinema spot for the NBC Olympics will be shown on “TODAY.” That extended clip will feature Perry’s anthem “Rise.”

About the song “Rise” Katy Perry says in a press release, “This is a song that’s been brewing inside me for years, that has finally come to the surface. I was inspired to finish it now, rather than save it for my next album, because now more than ever, there is a need for our world to unite.”

This is the first single she has released since 2014’s “This Is How We Do.” The last album she put out was Prism in October 2013. There’s no official word yet on when Perry is planning to release a fifth studio album.

Grouplove release music video for ‘Welcome To Your Life’

California indie rockers Grouplove have achieved great success with their Gold selling singles “Colours” and “Ways To Go” and their Platinum single “Tongue Tied”. On September 9, the outfit will release their highly anticipated studio album Big Mess, and yesterday, they gave fans a taste of the new album with the music video for the cut “Welcome To Your Life”, which was directed by Iouri Philippe Paille.

Pre-orders for Big Mess are live right now over on their webstore. There are a handful of pre-order bundles available, including the Ultimate Big Mess Vinyl Bundle. This $65 bundle includes the Big Mess vinyl, the Electric Shock 7″ vinyl, Big Mess T-shirt, and a Big Mess blanket. All pre-orders will receive a digital download of “Welcome To Your Life”. Big Mess is the follow up to their 2013 studio album Spreading Rumours, which peaked at number five on the Alternative Albums chart and number seven on the Top Rock Albums chart.

This fall, Grouplove will be embarking on the Big Mess World Tour, which will feature support from MUNA and Dilly Dally on select dates. One dollar for every ticket sold on this tour will go towards charity: water, which helps brings clean water around the world through water projects. You can check out their entire tour routing below.

Tom Scholz and Boston celebrate 40 years with a tour

The classic rock band Boston is celebrating its 40th anniversary with a tour aptly named the 40th Anniversary Tour—and it’s getting good reviews. After opening night at Hard Rock Live at Seminole in Hollywood, Fla., Wendy Rhodes of the New Times Broward-Palm Beach wrote, “It’s hard to imagine how a live performance could mimic the technical perfection that the recordings notoriously took years to create, but they pulled it off.” Happy fans on social media are calling the show awesome, excellent and pure solid rock.

Forty years is a long time. Scholz, the band’s founder, who will turn 70 next year, exudes a youthful energy. He’s slim, lithe and still rocks a muscle shirt. On stage he doesn’t disappoint, squeezing a sonic version of “The Star-Spangled Banner” out of his Gibson guitar.

While social media posts on the tour are positive, for the most part, Boston did get some negative feedback when, in protest of North Carolina’s bathroom bill, House Bill 2, they cancelled dates in Charlotte, Greensboro and Raleigh. Scholz called HB2 an oppressive and discriminatory anti-LGBT law. He wrote on Facebook, “My sincere apologies to our fans who have already made arrangements to attend these shows. The removal of the shows from our schedule is a major disappointment. It has always been my wish to inspire people with Boston’s music. Hopefully the sacrifices we are all making here will inspire people to do the right thing in the future.”

In 2008, Mike Huckabee used “More Than a Feeling” while trying to gain the highest office in the nation and Scholz asked him to stop. According to Rolling Stone, Scholz wrote to the presidential contender: “By using my song, and my band’s name Boston, you have taken something of mine and used it to promote ideas to which I am opposed. In other words, I think I’ve been ripped off, dude!”

Scholz, an MIT graduate, developed the Boston sound while he was a product design engineer at Polaroid, the high-tech company that created the instant photo. His favorite project was when he helped build a sound system for analog instant movies. “That’s where I learned how tape recording worked,” Scholz said in an interview on Nova.

Scholz built a recording studio in his basement and spent six years submitting his records to music companies, receiving a rejection every time. It was when he decided to give it just one more try that “More Than a Feeling” caught the attention of Epic Records and went on to sell 17 million copies. To this day Scholz still records his music in his basement studio.

“I never thought that I would be successful at it so I wasn’t like planning for…to have hit singles or anything like that. I was just sort of writing music the way I wanted to hear it. I was told that the music I was doing was not going to be a success back in the ’70s because disco music was the happening thing,” Scholz said in an interview on the Japanese television show, “Song to Soul.”

Boston will perform tonight at the Downtown Las Vegas Event Center in Las Vegas, and then after a couple of shows in California, will begin heading east and wrap up the celebratory tour with two nights, Aug. 14 and 15, at the Wang Theater in Boston, Mass.