Haley Reinhart will have her cake and eat it, too, this year. Not only is the groovy pop songstress mounting a headlining tour here in the states this June, but she has announced plans to extensively tour overseas this fall. The tour is in support of her brand new sophomore studio album, Better, which Popdust raved about here. New tour stops include Paris, Munich, Amsterdam and Vienna, among many other major markets.
Back in March, Reinhart spoke with us, in detail, about her new album. “My journey has been incredible. I decided to do this project all on my own with my team in LA and my publishing company. It feels right to release ‘Better’ on my own. It could be somewhere different in the near future, but this feels right,” she said.
She even teased that many labels have approached her with lucrative deals. “I had a lot of different ones contact me. It took a long time to make sure things were right. I want to get this album out there. Maybe, I’ll find the right home eventually. When you have a gut feeling, you don’t want to really wait. I’ve made my fans wait long enough for the second record. I’m ready to get this out now.”
“The theme throughout [this album] is confidence. Even with ‘Listen Up,’ I would gear a lot of the record toward the ladies out there. The new album has the same kind of thing throughout it, too. The title ‘Better’ is simple and sweet, and the word itself means to progress or evolve or grow. It’s positive. Even in a lot of the artwork I’m doing, I have roses represented throughout all the photos. I wanted to tie in something that represents growth and evolution. A rose is constantly growing, blooming, flourishing.”
Better is now available on iTunes.
Check out a rundown of tour dates below:
6.3 Petaluma, CA @ Mystic Theatre
6.4 San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
6.6 Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre
6.7 Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up
6.9 Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
6.11 Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theatre
6.13 Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theatre
6.14 Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
6.15 Columbus, OH @ A&R Music Bar
6.17 Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews
6.18 Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
6.19 Philadelphia, PA @ World Café Live
6.21 Washington, DC @ The Hamilton
6.22 New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
6.23 Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
6.25 Bay Shore, NY @ Boulton Center for the Performing Arts
6.26 Asbury Park, NJ @ House of Independents
9.14 Dublin, Ireland @ Whelans
9.15 Glasgow, UK @ Oran Mor
9.17 Manchester, UK @ Gorilla
9.18 London, UK @ O2 Islington Academy
9.19 Birmingham, UK @ Glee Club
9.21 Paris, France @ Divan Du Monde
9.23 Munich, Germany @ Ampere
9.24 Berlin, Germany @ Musik & Frieden
9.25 Warsaw, Poland @ Stodola (Open Stage)
9.26 Vienna, Austria @ Porgy & Bess
9.28 Frankfurt, Germany @ Zoom
9.29 Zurich, Switzerland @ Moods
10.1 Cologne, Germany @ Luxor
10.2 Amsterdam, Holland @ Bitterzoet
10.4 Copenhagen, Denmark @ VEGA (Small Room)
10.5 Stockholm, Sweden @ Fasching
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This week South Korea's National Assembly passed a law that is sure to have BTS ARMY cheering them on.
Generally speaking, all South Korean men are required to spend at least 18 months enlisted in the military, with the final cut-off for entry at age 28. But the new legislation — informally referred to as "The BTS Law" — will allow K-pop stars who meet certain requirements to defer until the age of 30.
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"I want to share with you that I am trans, my pronouns are he/they and my name is Elliot."
Academy Award-nominated actor Elliot Page has come out as transgender.
Page, known for his roles in films like Juno, Whip It, and Inception, announced his coming out in a social media post today. "Hi friends, I want to share with you that I am trans, my pronouns are he/they and my name is Elliot," he wrote. "I feel lucky to be writing this. To be here. To have arrived at this place in my life."
Every year, Spotify listeners win out over devotees to other streaming platforms when they unveil their Spotify Wrapped playlists — a data driven analysis of what the year sounded like.
And while this year's personal Spotify Wrapped summaries are still loading, Spotify just released their data for their most streamed global music and podcasts of the year.
Announced the week following the Grammy nominations, Spotify Wrapped feels like vindication for artists who were snubbed by the awards committee, like The Weeknd and Halsey.
The summary also analyzed trends of when and how people were listening to content, noting increased popularity in nostalgia-themed playlists and work-from-home-themed playlists. Spotify users were understandably playing music from home more, which even caused an uptick in streaming music from gaming consoles. Listeners also tuned obsessively into wellness podcasts like never before.
After months of on and off again speculation, Rihanna and A$AP Rocky seem to be dating.
Obviously, this is good news if it's true. Can you imagine? For the coordinating outfits alone, I need it.
There have been a ton of icky white rappers over the years, but these take the cake.
On this day in 1990, Vanilla Ice's "Under Pressure" reboot "Ice, Ice Baby" debuted at No. 1 in the UK, kickstarting a Billboard run that would soon carry over to the states and invigorate a fleeting love for Vanilla Ice and his whole...vibe.
Of course, we all know how it ends. Vanilla Ice's credibility and career unraveled as quickly as it began. "Ice Ice Baby" took on a satirical identity larger than its creator, all while Robert Van Wrinkle refused to pay royalties (or even give a shout-out) to Freddie Mercury and David Bowie despite liberally sampling the track's true creators. Ice instead tried to cultivate a hollow rap identity, one where he was a hardened former-gang member from Miami and not a middle-class teen from a Texas suburb. The chorus of the song then came under fire by a black fraternity, who accused Vanilla Ice of ripping off their fraternal chant ("ice ice baby/ too cold, too cold.")