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Taylor Swift’s ’1989′ Grabs Title For First Platinum Record Of 2014

As a lot of us have hoped and predicted, country-gone-pop icon Taylor Swift is officially the first artist to release a platinum record this year. With Billboard reporting sales in the United States of over $1.2M only a week after the release of 1989, Swift rapidly takes the spot of Ed Sheeran‘s X as the top-selling record of 2014.

The record, whose hit single, “Shake It Off,” debuted at #1, is the biggest step for the 25-year-old’s career evolution, as she officially abandons (but hopefully not forgets) her country roots. Not a stranger to the platinum sonority, with …

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Chance The Rapper Reveals Free Album For Year’s End

Chicago’s genre-bending rap artist, Chance The Rapper, recently revealed some information regarding his next project, and the details are pretty interesting.

Anyone who’s been following Chance closely knows he’s been performing with a band called The Social Experiment, a group of musicians with whom Chance will be sharing the spotlight in his next release according to a recent interview with Billboard.

In the interview, Chance states that the new album, called Surf, should be available for free download by the end of the year.

You can check out the full interview here. …

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Twin Atlantic Don’t Want To Grow Up With New Song “Be A Kid”

Twin Atlantic premiered a new track called “Be a Kid” from their upcoming record Great Divide over at Billboard earlier this week.

Lead singer Sam McTrusty says the track is one of the band’s “favourites” from the recording process. The song is filled with strong emotion as McTrusty sings of hoping to stay young and innocent. There is also a pretty sweet double guitar solo during the bridge.

Check out the song below, and be sure to pick up Great Divide on August 18.…

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Say Anything’s New Album Doesn’t Have Any Guitars On It

Last month Say Anything confirmed that they would be releasing their sixth studio album, titled Hebrews, June 10 via Equal Vision Records. What they didn’t tell us though was how ambitious and unique this project was going to be. Today, the band teamed up with Billboard to reveal some very exciting details about their upcoming album as well as premiere the lead single.

In a brief interview with Billboard, Max Bemis states that there aren’t any guitars on the album. Instead, it’s full of orchestral instruments. In addition to that, there are sixteen guest vocalists on the album. The …

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Chiodos Premiere “3 AM”

Chiodos promised last week that on every Tuesday leading up to the release of Devil, they would release a new single. Well today is the first Tuesday and they’ve partnered up with Billboard to release “3 AM.” In addition to the song premiere, the members of Chiodos sat down with Billboard to talk briefly about the album. You can check out that short interview and the video here.

“3 AM” is one of the instant gratification tracks, and when you pre-order the album on iTunes or Amazon you will receive a download of that song as well as …

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UTG PHOTOS: Tegan and Sara (2/7/14)

Under The Gun sent photographer, Kellie Gannon, to photograph Tegan and Sara at the Masonic Auditorium in Cleveland on February 7, 2014.

I have to admit, I’ve had a girl crush on Tegan and Sara ever since I first heard “Walking With A Ghost” a decade ago. This killer track, from 2004′s So Jealous, ended up on countless mix CDs I made that coincided with my new driver’s license and newfound freedom to cruise around and blast whatever tunes I wanted.  That was ten years ago — fast forward to now and I was more than psyched …

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WATCH: Chvrches Cover Janelle Monáe

Glasgow synth-pop gurus Chvrches have posted a cover of the R&B diva’s stylish 2010 single, “Tightrope.”

The performance was recorded during Billboard’s “Women in Music” event, at which Monáe was in attendance. The band included a special introduction thanking Monáe and Billboard for the opportunity to cover the song. Monáe took home the award for “Rising Star.”

You can check out Chvrches’ interpretation of “Tightrope” below. It mixes the best qualities from the two artists, showcasing Chvurches’ power-driven melodies alongside Monáe’s sweet R&B soul.…

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Springsteen to Release Album in 2014

According to both Billboard and Rolling Stone, Bruce Springsteen is prepping his 18th studio album to be released in early 2014. This will be Springsteen’s first record since 2012′s Wrecking Ball.

“High Hopes,” a single from the upcoming album, will be released on November 25. It was recently confirmed that Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello lent his hand to the track. Morello toured Australia with Springsteen and the E Street Band last summer.

You can view a live version of the track below:…

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ALBUM STREAM: Twin Forks – ‘Self-Titled EP’

Twin Forks, Chris Carrabba’s folk infused pet project featuring members of both The Narrative and Bad Books, have made their debut EP available to stream thanks to the good people at Billboard.

Though initially formed because Carrabba “needed a break from Dashboard,” Twin Forks has snowballed into a hearty, stand-alone act with a continually growing fan base and no signs of slowing down. In stride with the album’s official Dine Alone Records release on September 17, the group will hit the road for nearly two months in support of the debut. You can catch the full list of …

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MUSIC VIDEO: Bad Rabbits – “Dance With You”

Boston-based R&B group Bad Rabbits released a video for their newest single, “Dance With You,” last night on Billboard, and like every other one of their videos, it’s a ton of fun that perfectly compliments the wonderful music pumping into your headphones. The new video shows Bad Rabbits playing a dock party to a ton of people, and the obligatory amounts of fun ensues in turn.

Bad Rabbits recently released their new record, American Love, this past year, and if you haven’t gotten a chance to check it out yet, take the time to do so. It is …

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Blessthefall Stream ‘Hollow Bodies’

Anxious to listen to Blessthefall‘s new album, Hollow Bodies? Well, you’re in luck! They’ve partnered up with Billboard to stream the album in its entirety one week before its scheduled release date! You can listen to Hollow Bodies by heading right here. Pre-order bundles are still available for purchase, so if you haven’t grabbed one yet you can do so via their MerchNow page.

The band has a slew of tour dates coming up starting in September, and they will be on the road through December. Be sure to check out their Facebook page for a full …

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Patent Pending Halfway To Funding New Record

Long Island based band Patent Pending have been busy guys lately. When not taking time to tour internationally with Bowling For Soup or performing at the Billboard Music Awards, they’ve been working on a PledgeMusic campaign to fund their new album, which they assure us will be awesome.

Donations will be accepted in increments as small as $10 (which gives you an album download), all the way up to $5,000 (which gives you free admission to Patent Pending shows for life). The guys are at 57% of their entire goal and with 39 days left — odds are fans …