Still recovering from the weekend? Take a breather and catch up with music’s hottest stories on this week’s While You Were Away! Read about new music from Lady Gaga, Metric, and Wilco plus see which shows are on sale this week and more!
Lady Gaga announces new single ‘Hold My Hand’ from ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ soundtrack
Lady Gaga recently announced her new single, “Hold My Hand,” taken from the Top Gun: Maverick soundtrack, will be released May 3rd.
“When I wrote this song for Top Gun: Maverick, I didn’t even realize the multiple layers it spanned across the film’s heart, my own psyche, and the nature of the world we’ve been living in,” Gaga wrote on Instagram. “I’ve been working on it for years, perfecting it, trying to make it ours. I wanted to make music into a song where we share our deep need to both be understood and try to understand each other — a longing to be close when we feel so far away and an ability to celebrate life’s heroes.”
The singer continued: “I’m so grateful to Tom and Hans [Zimmer, composer] and Joe [Kosinski, director] for this opportunity — and it’s been a beautiful experience working with them. Me, BloodPop, Ben Rice and everyone else who worked on it with us are so excited to share it with you. This song is a love letter to the world during and after a very hard time. I’ve wanted you to hear it for so long.”
Meanwhile, Top Gun: Maverick opens in theaters on May 27th.
Metric announce new album ‘Formentera’
Metric have returned with their new album, Formentera, out July 8th. The Canadian band shared a taste of what’s to come with lead single “All Comes Crashing.”
Speaking about the song, frontwoman Emily Haines described it as ” a love song that goes beyond romantic love, it’s an expression of solidarity with whoever it is you would want to have beside you in the event of catastrophe.”
Watch the Justin Broadbent-directed video below.
Metric announced plans to embark on their “Doomscroller Tour” starting in August. Check out those dates here.
Wilco announce new double album ‘Cruel Country’
Wilco have announced their new double album Cruel Country, out May 27th. They previewed the upcoming record with new single “Falling Apart,” which you can listen to below.
Frontman Jeff Tweedy spoke about the album’s country sound in a statement saying:
“There have been elements of country music in everything we’ve ever done but we’ve never been particularly comfortable with accepting that definition, the idea that I was making country music. But now, having been around the block a few times, we’re finding it exhilarating to free ourselves within the form, and embrace the simple limitation of calling the music we’re making country.”
Pre-orders for Cruel Country can be found here.
Tegan and Sara release new single ‘Fucking Up What Matters’
Tegan and Sara have shared their new single “Fucking Up What Matters,” marking their first release since signing with new label partner Mom+Pop Music.
Tegan Quin detailed the song in a statement saying:
“‘Fucking Up What Matters’ felt like an ode to the moment in your life when you realize that you have most, if not all, of the things you wanted and you start to think about what would happen if you just walked away from it all. It’s the moment in the middle of the night when you start to daydream about something else, something you never imagined. It’s the feeling you have when you think you might have hit a new low, and yet you’ve never felt so good. Sometimes it’s admitting that you can’t stop yourself from fucking up what matters, that you feel your strongest.”
Talking about their move to Mom+Pop Music, they described it as a reunion of sorts.
“Michael Goldstone signed us to Sire/Warner in 2006. We had just made The Con and felt like the vision Goldie and the team at Sire had for us and the album were a good fit. But soon after he signed us, he left to start Mom+Pop. We never held it against him. But joked that one day we’d work together for real. So it was with great enthusiasm that we agreed to sign to Mom+Pop when our deal with Warner ended in 2021. We look forward to being back at an indie label, on a brilliant roster, with Goldie and the label’s incredible team helping us start this next chapter in our lives with the release of our tenth album.”
Watch the Tony Wolski-directed video for “Fucking Up What Matters” below.
Tours on sale this week
Lil Nas X will embark on his first-ever tour this fall. The North American leg of his “Long Live Montero Tour” kicks off September 6th in Detroit, Michigan. Tickets are on sale now.
This will be your last chance to see the B-52’s, who will launch their farewell tour in August. Grab tickets here.
Local Natives recently announced the “Inside an Hourglass” tour, their first live outing in three years. The trek kicks off July 29th at the Osheaga Music and Arts Festival in Quebec. Tickets are available now.