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Friday
Feb052016

Solange Knowles Received a Key to the City of New Orleans

Photo by Josh Brasted/Getty ImagesSolange Knowles has been honored with a key to the city of New Orleans.

The singer, who currently resides in The Big Easy, expressed her gratitude on Twitter, "I can't put into words how grateful I am to be given the Key to the City! NEW ORLEANS, from the bottom of my soul, I am so thankful," she wrote.

The singer continues: "Hoping this key gets me into Leah Chase's kitchen at least 3 times a week Truly an honor. Thanks Mayor Landrieu!" she tweeted.

The good news comes after Solo revealed that she lost her wedding ring during a Mardi Gras parade. Fortunately, Solange's son, Daniel Julez Smith, Jr, helped Solange put the incident into perspective. "My son said, mom I'm just happy YOU didn't fly off the float, & that your safe, & that you still get to have the love you have. *tears dried," she wrote.

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Friday
Feb052016

Rivers Cuomo, Ben Gibbard & Noel Gallagher Writing Songs for New Monkees Album 

ABC/Randy HolmesThe Monkees, the fake television band that became a real band back in the '60s, will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the debut of their TV show this summer. In commemoration of the milestone, the group will release a new album called Good Times!, which will feature songs written by Rivers Cuomo, Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard and Noel Gallagher.

Speaking to Rolling Stone, original Monkee Micky Dolenz describes why he wanted modern musicians to write songs for the new album.

"I'm not a big music listener outside of Frank Sinatra during martini hour," he says. "But I began doing research and I realized that the whole indie rock scene is all about recapturing that 1960s jangly guitar sound of the Monkees, amongst many other groups, of course. One reason we don't have a final track listing yet is because once we put the word out all these people said they wanted to get involved."

Of Cuomo's contribution, Dolenz says that the Weezer frontman is still working on the song, as the first version "needed to be aged up."

"It sounds like it's about a little girl and I'm 70 years old, so Rivers is re-writing the lyrics," says Dolenz.

Good Times! is due out June 10.

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Friday
Feb052016

3 Doors Down Shares New Song, "The Broken"

Republic Records3 Doors Down has released another track from their forthcoming album, Us and the Night. The latest offering is called "The Broken," and you can listen to it now on YouTube.

"The Broken" is the second song to be released from Us and the Night, following the lead single "In the Dark," which currently sits in the top 10 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Songs chart.

This spring, 3 Doors Down will be playing a variety of music festivals, including Welcome to Rockville, Fort Rock and Carolina Rebellion. The band also will embark on a headlining tour in support of Us and the Night later this year, the details of which will soon be announced.

Us and the Night will be released on March 11.

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Friday
Feb052016

Fall Out Boy Added to ABC's Disneyland 60th Anniversary TV Special

ABC/Fred LeeFall Out Boy has joined the lineup of performers for the ABC special The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60. The band will be performing their pop-punk version of the The Jungle Book song "I Wanna Be Like You."

The special highlights the ongoing Disneyland 60th Anniversary Celebration -- the theme park first opened its doors on July 17, 1955. It will air February 21 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

Disney is the parent company of ABC News.

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Friday
Feb052016

The Chainsmokers Release New Tune Featuring Daya

Disruptor Records/Columbia RecordsThe Chainsmokers have released a smokin’ new track featuring vocals by Daya. The synth-heavy single, “Don’t Let Me Down,” follows the duo’s chart-climbing hit, “Roses.”

“So we know we have released a couple tracks since ‘Roses’, of which we all love, but we would consider this as our follow up to ‘Roses,’” duo Alex Pall and Drew Taggart say in a statement on their SoundCloud page. “We consider this to be our most complete track and just like ‘Roses’ came together in one session for the most part.”

They continue, “On top of this all we were lucky enough to have Daya get involved who [is] so talented and did an amazing job on the vocal! Just make sure you stick around till the 3rd [beat] drop!”

Thursday night, The Chainsmokers performed “Roses,” featuring ROZES, on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. The track has reached number six on the Billboard Hot 100 and is number one on Billboard’s Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart.

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Friday
Feb052016

Pentatonix, Fall Out Boy and Ne-Yo Added to ABC's Disneyland 60th Anniversary TV Special

ABC/Eric McCandlessPentatonix, Fall Out Boy and Ne-Yo have been added to the lineup of performers for the ABC special The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60.

All three acts will be singing classic Disney tunes. Fall Out Boy will perform “I Wanna Be Like You,” from The Jungle Book, while Ne-Yo will take on “Friend Like Me” from Aladdin.

Pentatonix will bring their a cappella stylings to “Be Our Guest” from Beauty and the Beast, during the park’s “Paint the Night” parade.

Dancing with the StarsDerek Hough will serve as Master of Ceremonies for the night, and perform a song and dance number to “Step in Time” from Mary Poppins -- featuring special guest Dick Van Dyke, who played Bert in the 1964 film.

Previously announced performers include Tori Kelly, Jessie J and Elton John. The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60 airs February 21 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

Disney is the parent company of ABC News.

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Friday
Feb052016

Mobb Deep Announces Dates for Hell on Earth 20th Anniversary Tour 

Photo by Ross Gilmore/Redferns via Getty ImagesTo celebrate the 20th anniversary of their classic album, 1996's Hell on Earth, Mobb Deep has announced a North American tour.

According to Billboard, the rap duo's 38-date outing will begin in Philadelphia on March 5,  then head to Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago, New York and include three shows at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas before wrapping up Arpil 23 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Havoc and Prodigy will be joined by Smif-N-Wessun and the Dogg Pound on selected dates.

In addition, Mobb Deep are working on a collection of previously unreleased tracks from the recording sessions for Hell on Earth, which was released on November 19, 1996 and included contributions from Nas, Method Man, Raekwon and others.

Here are the official tour dates:

2/13 -- Los Angeles, CA,   Viper Room
3/5 -- Philadelphia, PA 
3/6 -- Hagerstown, MD
3/9 -- Raleigh, NC 
3/10 -- Columbia, SC 
3/12 -- Miami, FL 
3/13 -- Tampa, FL
3/15 -- Memphis, TN
3/16 -- Dallas, TX
3/17 -- Austin, TX  SXSW
3/18 -- San Antonio, TX 
3/19 -- Austin, TX  SXSW
3/20 -- Austin, TX  SXSW
3/22 -- Albuquerque, NM 
3/23 -- Tucson, AZ 
3/24 -- Santa Ana, CA 
3/25 -- Modesto, CA 
3/26 -- Santa Rosa, CA 
3/27 -- San Francisco, CA
3/29 -- Seattle, WA 
3/30 -- Whitefish, MT 
3/31 -- Bozeman, MT 
4/1 -- Salt Lake City, UT 
4/2 -- Denver, CO 
4/3 -- Colorado Springs, CO  
4/5 -- St. Paul, MN  
4/7 -- Indianapolis, IN 
4/8 -- Chicago, IL  Scratch DJ Academy   
4/11 -- New York, NY  Scratch Academy @ Blue Note
4/12 -- New York, NY  Scratch Academy @ Blue Note
4/14 -- Rochester, NY
4/15 -- Stanhope, NJ 
4/16 -- Manchester, NH 
4/17 -- Niagara Falls, NY
4/18 -- Syracuse, NY
4/20 -- Norfolk, VA
4/21 -- Pittsburgh, PA
4/22 -- Richmond, VA
4/23 -- Cambridge, MA

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Friday
Feb052016

Dan+Shay Follow Their First Number One with a Romantic Tribute to Their Grandparents

Warner NashvilleDan + Shay are back with their follow-up to their first number one. Just two months after “Nothin’ Like You” topped the charts, they’re releasing  the lead single from their sophomore album, as well as its accompanying video.

“‘From the Ground Up’ is a song that started with a conversation about our grandparents and the love that they shared for the 65-plus years that they were married,” Dan Smyers shares. “It tells the story of the life that they built through their power and dedication to each other, and the perseverance to endure whatever would come their way.” 

“We put our hearts and souls into every word and every note of this song,” Shay Mooney says of the composition the two wrote together. “We just hope that it’s as special to our fans as it is to us.”

You can check out the romantic video for “From the Ground Up,” shot just outside Nashville, on YouTube now.

Currently up for the Academy of Country Music’s Vocal Duo of the Year award for the third year in a row, Dan +Shay head back out on tour next month, before joining Darius Rucker on his Good for a Good Time trek this summer.

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Friday
Feb052016

Bruno Mars Confirms He's Joining Coldplay and Beyonce for the Super Bowl 

Jamie Squire/Getty ImagesIt's been rumored for weeks, but now Bruno Mars has officially confirmed that he'll be joining Coldplay and Beyonce during this year's Super Bowl halftime show.

On Instagram, Bruno posted a picture of himself standing next to what looks like a stage set up on the field at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California, and captioned it, "It ain't a party if Mr $how Up & $how out doesn't show up." He added the hashtags #Confirmed, #SB50, #Halftime, #Coldplay and #Beyonce.

Another photo shows him standing on the field, with the caption, "Mars has landed #SB50."

Bruno headlined the Super Bowl in 2013, setting a viewing record in the process, but that was broken last year by Katy Perry.  Coldplay told reporters on Thursday that they'd be paying tribute to the past by inviting those artists whose halftime performances they felt were very memorable.

Super Bowl 50 gets underway at 6:30 p.m. this Sunday on CBS.

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Friday
Feb052016

Maxwell Announces New Album Set for Release This Year 

Photo by Michelly Rall/Gallo Images/Getty ImagesMaxwell has finally given fans an update on his long-awaited album, blackSUMMERs’night.

In an interview with Essence, the singer spilled new details about the follow-up to 2009’s BLACKsummers’night while discussing the upcoming 20th anniversary of his debut album, Urban Hang Suite.

"I can’t believe that 20 years after doing something that I started when I was 21, would even mean anything, or even stand the test of time to the point where I would have an interview and it would be a mentioning point," he says.  "What’s really great about it is that I work with all of the same people, and I’m working with all of the same people on the new album that’s coming out this year.  We’re writing this new album. It feels, to me, even better than what we did twenty years ago."

The singer adds that he shares his fans' excitement about the project. "I’m so hyped about the new album coming out, which is so exciting for me, because it’s fresh and it’s different, but it is what I do," he says.

Maxwell also addressed the six-year hiatus. "People are like, 'Why does it take so long? Why does it take so long?”' Because there’s always a part of me that’s like, 'Nah.' You know? I know I started the record, but have I lived enough of what I need to live to view it with the emotion that it needs, and then release it?" he explains. "I can sometimes feel like it’s okay to wait."

The singer's fifth studio effort will serve as the second installment in his SUMMERS trilogy.

In the meantime, you can catch Maxwell performing alongside Nas at Brooklyn, New York's Barclays Center on Valentine’s Day, as well as at Newark, New Jersey’s Prudential Center February 15.

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Friday
Feb052016

Wiz Khalifa Wants You to Smoke While Listening to His New Album

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Today marks the release of Wiz Khalifa's much-anticipated album, Khalifa, his sixth studio project. And the rapper has very specific ideas about how to help him celebrate.

"My album is out. Go cop it and smoke some weed," he tweeted. "I can't believe it's finally here and in on a plane. At least im goin to see bash."

In fact, he adds: "The whole world should be smoking right now."

Khalifa's 13-song project features Travis Scott, Rico Love, Juicy J, Chevy Woods, Ty Dolla Sign, and a collaboration with his son Sebastian on “Zoney.” In addition, the set credits TM88, Lex Luger, DJ Spinz and Crazy Mike with production.

As previously reported, Khalifa is just the first of two albums for 2016.  Wiz previously revealed that his sixth studio album, Rolling Papers 2, will drop later this year.

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Friday
Feb052016

Slipknot Talks About Masks in BBC Series

Vladimir Artev/Epsilon/Getty ImagesSlipknot is featured in an upcoming episode of the BBC program Artsnight. The episode is focused on artists who wear masks, a subject with which Slipknot is obviously quite familiar. You can watch a preview of the Artsnight episode, featuring an interview with an unmasked Corey Taylor and Shawn "Clown" Crahan, now on YouTube.

"The mask, for me, has always been that physical representation of the person inside me who just never had a voice," says Taylor in the clip. "It allows me to be me, that's what it’s all about. You talk about that representation of the person on the inside, I'm showing you more than I've ever revealed."

The episode also will feature an interview with the artist Mark Wardel, who created masks for David Bowie.

Artsnight airs tonight on BBC Two at 11 p.m. GMT, or 6 p.m. ET.

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Friday
Feb052016

The Dead Weather Releases "Impossible Winner" Video 

Credit: David James SwansonThe Dead Weather has unveiled the video for their song "Impossible Winner." In the black-and-white clip, Jack White and company toil away in jail. The "Impossible Winner" video is streaming now via The Dead Weather's YouTube channel.

"Impossible Winner" is the second single from The Dead Weather's latest album, Dodge and Burn.

The Dead Weather's video for this first Dodge and Burn single, "I Feel Love (Every Million Miles)," is nominated for Best Music Video at this year's Grammys, which will be held February 15.

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Friday
Feb052016

Are Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom a Couple Now?

Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for The Weinstein CompanyAfter their flirty encounter at a Golden Globes after-party last month, it seems Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom are continuing to spend quality time together. Could a real romance be brewing? According to the New York Post’s Page Six, the two were spotted having dinner together at the Sunset Tower Hotel in Los Angeles Wednesday.

They were apparently seen canoodling during a group dinner in the hotel’s Tower Bar. Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman also were in attendance.

One witness tells Page Six, “Orlando and Katy had that new-relationship glow about them. They were cuddling and flirting with each other all night.” Another source offers a curious -- yet hilarious -- assessment of Orlando’s boyish charm, commenting, “He looks like an old baby.”

Coincidentally, Katy’s on-and-off ex John Mayer also arrived at the Sunset Tower Hotel that night, but just narrowly missed Katy and his other ex, Jennifer.

“Perhaps John knew there was a table full of his ex-girlfriends in the restaurant, because he didn’t go into the Tower Bar and instead went directly into the hotel elevator,” a source says.

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Friday
Feb052016

Kelly Clarkson Teases "Magical & Fun" New Project

ABC/Ida Mae AstuteLooks like a new baby isn't the only thing Kelly Clarkson's got waiting in the wings.

The original American Idol winner started teasing a "New Project" on Friday via Twitter.  She posted a brief video featuring a photo of some balloons, along with the words, "What's magical, fun and an escape for everyone?"

Unless Kelly plans to stage her own circus, it's anybody's guess what she's referring to.  That post, though, was simply "Clue #1." Sounds like more will be revealed later on.

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Friday
Feb052016

Unreleased Red Hot Chili Peppers Song with Dave Navarro Leaks

Theo Wargo/FilmMagicA previously unreleased song from the Dave Navarro era of Red Hot Chili Peppers has hit the Internet. The song, which is called "Circle of the Noose," was leaked by a YouTube user. A representative for Red Hot Chili Peppers confirmed the track's authenticity to Rolling Stone.

Founding Jane's Addiction guitarist Navarro joined Red Hot Chili Peppers in 1993 following the departure of John Frusciante. He played lead guitar on RHCP's 1995 album, One Hot Minute, before leaving the band in 1998. "Circle of the Noose" was recorded in 1997.

When asked about "Circle of the Noose" on Twitter, Navarro replied, "Wow what a trip down memory lane!"

Red Hot Chili Peppers' current guitarist is Josh Klinghoffer. The band is in the midst of recording their new album, its first since 2011's I'm with You.

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Friday
Feb052016

Chris Stapleton to Team Up with Bonnie Raitt at the Grammys

ABC/Image Group LAFour-time nominee Chris Stapleton is the latest country artist now set to perform on the 58th Annual Grammy Awards. He’ll team up with Bonnie Raitt and Gary Clark Jr. to pay tribute to blues legend B.B. King, who passed away last May.

Chris’s debut solo effort Traveller is up for both the all-genre Album of the Year as well as Country Album, while its title track competes for Best Country Solo Performance and Best Country Song.

He joins fellow nominees Little Big Town, Carrie Underwood and Sam Hunt, who are already set to represent the country genre at the prestigious show. You can watch it live from Los Angeles Monday, February 15 on CBS.

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Friday
Feb052016

"Michael Jackson's Journey from Motown to Off the Wall" Premieres on Showtime Tonight 

Estate of Michael Jackson/Sony Music Legacy RecordingsSpike Lee's documentary Michael Jackson's Journey from Motown to Off the Wall, chronicling the making of the King of Pop's 1979 solo album, will debut on Showtime tonight at 9 p.m. ET/PT.  Lee, who previously directed a similar documentary on Michael Jackson's 1986 album Bad, explains to ABC Radio how he was chosen to head up this particular project.

"I did two short films for Mike when he was alive and after Michael passed, I was asked by the record company to do This Is It and then came Bad 25 and now Off The Wall and hopefully God willing I will get to do Thriller and that's really the trilogy, the three albums that combine great talents of Quincy Jones and Michael Joseph Jackson," Lee says.

Spike believes that Off the Wall and MJ's role in the movie musical The Wiz both took place during an important time of his life.

"The relationship between Michael and Quincy started on the set of The Wiz," Spike says. "He was coming of age, he was going to Studio 54, he was living on his own, so he was out the house."

Lee explains that, ironically, Michael's anger over the perception that Off the Wall was snubbed by the Grammys led to the creation of his masterpiece.  Although the album's single "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" won a Grammy, the album itself was not even nominated.

"It's evident that without Off the Wall, there would've been no Thriller and it was really the disappointment of not winning as many Grammys as he thought he should, that negativity he felt turned into positive energy and really gave him the emphasis for that like, 'I'm going to show you!'" the director says. "He came back with a vengeance."

Lee says that Michael never gave less than 100 percent in anything he did.

"Mike busted his a**, you know, he was not there lollygagging, he was doing work," Lee recalls. "When he came on stage, you know, something clicked and he was going to give it his all, like it was going to be his last performance."

The documentary features interviews with Michael's friends, family and famous fans, including The Weeknd, who rarely does interviews. Lee explains why the "Can't Feel My Face" singer agreed to talk for this documentary.

"I mean, I didn't know, people telling me now that he never does interviews, but I didn't know that. People love Michael and so we're very grateful for the people who were in the film who share their love of Michael with the world," Lee says.

Michael Jackson's Journey from Motown to Off the Wall follows the late pop legend as he breaks away from his famous family group to establish himself as a solo superstar. The film includes archival footage of Michael, plus interviews with Pharrell Williams, Mark Ronson, John Legend, Questlove of the Roots, director Lee Daniels, Kobe Bryant, ballerina Misty Copeland, Michael's mother and father Katherine and Joe Jackson, his brothers Marlon and Jackie and L.A. Reid, among others.

In addition, the documentary will be included in deluxe CD/DVD and CD/Blu-ray versions of  Off the Wall that will hit stores on February 26. Off the Wall features the chart-topping singles "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" and "Rock with You," as well as the hit title track and "She's Out of My Life." Thanks to the record, MJ, who was 20 when Off the Wall was released, became the first solo artist to have four top-10 singles from the same album.  To date, Off the Wall has sold over 30 million copies worldwide.

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Friday
Feb052016

"Michael Jackson's Journey from Motown to Off the Wall" Premieres on Showtime Tonight 

Estate of Michael Jackson/Sony Music Legacy RecordingsSpike Lee's documentary Michael Jackson's Journey from Motown to Off the Wall, chronicling the making of the King of Pop's 1979 solo album, will debut on Showtime tonight at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Lee, who previously directed a similar documentary on Michael Jackson's 1986 album Bad, explains to ABC Radio how he was chosen to head up this particular project.

"I did two short films for Mike when he was alive and after Michael passed, I was asked by the record company to do This Is It and then came Bad 25 and now Off The Wall and hopefully God willing I will get to do Thriller," Lee says, "And that's really the trilogy, the three albums that combine great talents of Quincy Jones and Michael Joseph Jackson."

Spike believes that Off the Wall and MJ's role in the movie musical The Wiz both took place during an important time of his life.

"The relationship between Michael and Quincy started on the set of The Wiz," says Lee. "He was coming of age, he was going to Studio 54, he was living on his own, so he was out the house."

Lee explains that ironically, Jackson's anger over the perception that Off the Wall was snubbed by the Grammys led to the creation of his masterpiece. Although the album's single "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" won a Grammy, the album itself was not even nominated.

"It's evident that without Off the Wall, there would've been no Thriller and it was really the disappointment of not winning as many Grammys as he thought he should, that negativity he felt turned into positive energy and really gave him the emphasis for that, like, 'I'm going to show you!'" the director says. "He came back with a vengeance."

Lee says that Jackson never gave less than 100 percent in anything he did.

"Mike busted his a**, you know, he was not there lollygagging, he was doing work," Lee recalls. "When he came on stage, you know, something clicked and he was going to give it his all, like it was going to be his last performance."

Michael Jackson's Journey from Motown to Off the Wall follows the late pop legend as he breaks away from his famous family group to establish himself as a solo superstar. The documentary features archival footage of Michael, as well as interviews with his friends, family and famous fans, including with Earth, Wind & Fire's Verdine White, Talking Heads frontman David Byrne, Pharrell Williams, L.A. Reid, Mark Ronson, John Legend, Questlove of The Roots, director Lee Daniels, Kobe Bryant, ballerina Misty Copeland, MJ's mother and father Katherine and Joe Jackson, and his brothers Marlon and Jackie.

"People love Michael and so we're very grateful for the people who were in the film who share their love of Michael with the world," Lee says.

In addition to being screened on Showtime, the documentary will be included in deluxe CD/DVD and CD/Blu-ray versions of  Off the Wall that will hit stores on February 26. Off the Wall features the chart-topping singles "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" and "Rock with You," as well as the hit title track and "She's Out of My Life." Thanks to the record, MJ, who was 20 when Off the Wall was released, became the first solo artist to have four top-10 singles from the same album.  To date, Off the Wall has sold over 30 million copies worldwide.

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Friday
Feb052016

Deftones Officially Announces New Album, "Gore"

Jason Oxenham/Getty ImagesAfter a couple weeks of teasers, Deftones has officially revealed the details of their new album, Gore. The album will be released April 8 and is available for pre-order now at Deftones.com. Pre-ordering Gore will get you an instant download of the single "Prayers/Triangles."

Gore is Deftones' first album since 2012's Koi No Yokan.

Before Gore is released, Deftones will play a five-show run in Texas. The band also is scheduled for sets at the Musink Tattoo and Music Festival, Carolina Rebellion, and Shaky Knees.

Here's the track list for Gore:

"Prayers/Triangles"
"Acid Hologram"
"Doomed User"
"Geometric Headdress"
"Hearts and Wires"
"Pittura Infamante"
"Xenon"
"(L)MIRL"
"Gore"
"Phantom Bride"
"Rubicon"

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