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The Friday Five: Beach Playlist

We had a lot of great ideas for a Friday Five this week.  Then we realized that since we’re on vacation, we’d much rather be at the beach.  Here is our playlist for the week!  We’ll be back to regular blogging next week.

1.  Sam Hunt – “Leave The Night On”

2. Cody Simpson – “Surfboard”

3. Dan + Shay – “Somewhere Only We Know”

4. Weezer – “Back To The Shack”

5.  Hilary Duff – “Chasing The Sun”

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5SOS Debut “Amnesia” Music Video

Australian pop punk band 5 Seconds Of Summer have finally unveiled their official music video for their latest single “Amnesia”.    Watch the video below!

Don’t forget to grab a copy of 5 Seconds Of Summer’s debut album at iTunes or Amazon now so you can sing along when they bring the “Rock Out With Your Socks Out” Tour to North America next summer.

Be sure to follow 5SOS and Secret Fangirls on Twitter for the latest updates!

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5 Seconds Of Summer Announce “Rock Out With Your Socks Out” 2015 North American Tour

Hours before the “Amnesia” videos premiers, 5SOS announced a North American leg of the “Rock Out With Your Socks Out” 2015 Tour.   Check out the dates below! Presales for the 5SOS newsletter subscribers go on sale August 5th.  Public onsale is August 9th.

“Rock Out With Your Socks Out” North American Tour 2015
July 17th – Mandalay Bay Events Center – Las Vegas, NV – Buy Tickets
July 18th – Sleep Train Ampitheatre – San Diego, CA – Buy Tickets
July 20th – Verizon Wireless Ampitheatre – Irvine, CA – Buy Tickets
July 22nd – Shoreline Ampitheatre – Mountain View, CA – Buy Tickets
July 24th – Key Arena – Seattle, WA – Buy Tickets
July 25th – Pepsi Live @ Rogers Arena – Vanocuver, BC – Buy Tickets
July 27th – Rexall Place – Edminton, AB – Buy Tickets
July 29th – MTS Centre – Winnipeg, MB – Buy Tickets
July 31st – XCEL Energy Center – St. Paul, MN – Buy Tickets
Aug 1st – First Midwest Bank Ampitheater – Tinley Park, IL – Buy Tickets
Aug 4th – KFC Yum! Center – Louisville, KY – Buy Tickets
Aug 5th – Aaron’s Ampitheater at Lakewood – Atlanta, GA – Buy Tickets
Aug 7th – Gexa Energy Center – Dallas, TX – Buy Tickets
Aug 8th – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion – Houston, TX - Buy Tickets
Aug 19th – The Palace of Auburn Hills – Detroit, MI – Buy Tickets
Aug 21st – Quicken Loans Arena – Cleveland, OH – Buy Tickets
Aug 22nd – Klipson Music Center – Indianapolis, IN – Buy Tickets
Aug 23rd – First Niagara Pavilion – Burgettstown, PA – Buy Tickets
Aug 25th – Molson Canadian Ampitheater – Toronto, ON – Buy Tickets
Aug 28th – Xfinity Center – Mansfield, MA – Buy Tickets
Aug 29th – Hershey Park Stadium – Hershey, PA – Buy Tickets
Aug 30th – PNC Bank Arts Center – Holmdel, NJ – Buy Tickets
Sept 1st – Nikon Jones Beach Theater – Wantagh, NY – Buy Tickets
Sept 4th – Susquehanna Bank Center – Camden, NJ – Buy Tickets
Sept 5th – The Xfinity Theater – Hartford, CT – Buy Tickets
Sept 6th – Jiffy Lube Live – Bristow, VA – Buy Tickets
Sept 7th – Farm Bureau Live at VA Beach – Virginia Beach, VA – Buy Tickets
Sept 9th – PNC Music Pavilion – Charlotte, NC – Buy Tickets
Sept 12th – Midflorida Credit Union Ampitheater – Tampa, FL – Buy Tickets
Sept 13th – Cruzan Ampitheater – W. Palm Beach, FL – Buy Tickets

Pick up a copy of 5 Seconds Of Summer’s debut album on iTunes and Amazon now.

Make sure you follow 5SOS and Secret Fangirls on Twitter for the latest updates.

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Hilary Duff Returns to Music With New Single “Chasing The Sun!”

Have we mentioned how excited we are for Hilary Duff’s musical comeback?  It took all of our willpower to not write this entire post in all caps.  That’s how excited.   We’ve been major fans of Hilary since her days on “Lizzie McGuire.”  While we totally understand her taking a break from music for a while (it’s been 7 years!), we were worried she’d said “So Yesterday” to the whole music thing.

Watch the video for her new single, “Chasing the Sun,” below!  The track was co-written by Colbie Caillat, and we hear she’s also been writing with Ed Sheeran.    The track is more reminiscent of Hilary’s “Metamorphosis” days than her last album, “Dignity.”   It’s a late entry, but this might be our new Song of the Summer.  We’re hoping that a tour will follow soon!

The video is classic Hilary, and reminds us of her ABC Family movie “Beauty in a Briefcase,” which if you haven’t watched please go to Netflix now and do so.  It’s basically the twenty-something “Lizzie McGuire.”   Luke from “The OC” is also in it, with a fake British accent.  And it’s amazing.

Be sure to follow Hilary Duff & Secret Fangirls on Twitter for more updates!

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Hunter Hayes Releases “Tattoo” Video!

After teasing us with short previews the last couple of weeks, Hunter finally released the video for his new single, “Tattoo!”   This is by far one of our favorite songs of the summer, from his new album, “Storyline.”   Watch the video below!

You can see Hunter Hayes in New York on the Today Show August 22nd, and at the US Open Arthur Ashe Kids Day August 23rd!

Be sure to follow Hunter Hayes & Secret Fangirls on Twitter for more updates!

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SecretFangirls.com Interview with Izzy Malik!

18-year-old singer songwriter Izzy Malik just released her self-titled debut EP in March.   We love her pop country sound, and the range of influences that go into her songs.  We talked to Izzy about her EP, funny fangirl moments, and how she’s learned from other artists when it comes to fans (She totally gets it!).   Listen to her track “Just Another Boy” below!

SecretFangirls.com: You just released your self titled EP.  What song did you have the most fun writing?   
Izzy Malik: I definitely had the most fun writing “Just Another Boy.” It’s based on a dream I had about Harry Styles and I going on a date at the Santa Monica Pier where the song was playing in the background. The minute I woke up, I rushed to get the song written down before I forgot. But “Malala” also holds a very special place in my heart, as her cause is very dear to me.

SF: How would you describe your sound?
IM: I would say pop with country and rock undertones!

SF: Who are some of your biggest musical influences?
IM: Some of my biggest influences are Britney Spears, One Direction, The Ramones, Joan Jett, John Mayer, Shania Twain, and Carrie Underwood.

SF: If you could create a dream tour lineup, who would you want to tour with?
IM: It would be killer to tour with Guns N Roses, KISS, One Direction, John Mayer, The 1975, Ed Sheeran, or 5 Seconds of Summer. They’re all crazy talented and I’d be so honored to tour with any of them.

SF: What is the most memorable concert that you’ve been to?
IM: Definitely a Simple Plan show I went to when I was sixteen. It was amazing because I’d looked up to them so much for seven years and I was finally seeing them live. It was an unforgettable experience.

SF: Of any other musicians, dead or alive, who would you “fangirl” out over the most if you had the opportunity to meet them, and why?


IM: Elvis Presley or John Lennon! And of course Harry Styles. When they sing, it’s like magic. I look up to all three of them so much, they’re all legends.

SF: We love that you are fan yourself, and enjoy going to concerts and meeting other artists.   (Note: Check out IzzyMalik.com!)  What have you learned from these experiences as an artist?
IM: I’ve learned how treating your fans can directly affect your popularity! Even if you’re the most talented of people, if you don’t give your fans the love they deserve, you’re not going to go very far. Fans work so hard to get tickets, count the days to the show, and sometimes you’re the silver lining in their cloudy life. It means so much to them, a kind word, gesture, hug, or smile… It can change their life in the most profound of ways coming from someone they admire so greatly. As musicians, we must never forget that responsibility and make each and every one of them feel special and loved.

SF: Do you have any funny fangirl stories you could share?   
IM: Well, this wasn’t at a concert, but I was on Skype with my good friend, Chris Bourne of Hollywood Ending, and we were writing together, he’s a great writer and we often work together. All of a sudden he was like, “Oh, hey, James, come in here and say hi to my friend” and I freaked out because I’d been a fan of Busted since I was ten years old. I basically cried after I talked to James and Chris was just sitting there laughing. It was pretty great! They’re both awesome people and I’m so lucky to have a pal like Chris.

SF: Who are some of your favorite performers?
IM: One Direction for sure, Hunter Hayes, Britney Spears, All Time Low, 5 Seconds Of Summer, Simple Plan, Katy Perry, Carrie Underwood, and way more! I could probably fill a book with all of them. I still really want to see John Mayer and Shania Twain live!

SF: Now that the EP is out, what is next for you?
IM: I’m going to be releasing my new music video for “Just Another Boy” very soon and then will be hitting the road, details to come. Then back to the studio and I’ll have some more material out soon! :)

Pickup a copy of Izzy Malik’s EP on iTunes now!  Be sure to follow Izzy Malik on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram and check out her official site!

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Heffron Drive Happy Mistakes Tour Dates!

We finally have the name of Heffron Drive‘s debut album – “Happy Mistakes!”  The album will be released later this fall on Tolbooth Records.   The guys  (Kendall Schmidt of Big Time Rush and guitarist Dustin Belt) are also going on tour later this summer in support of the album.  Check out the first round of dates below!

Heffron Drive Happy Mistakes Tour Dates

August 30th – Variety Playhouse – Atlanta, GA – Buy Tickets
September 1st – iPlay America – Freehold, NJ – Buy Tickets
September 3rd – Irving Plaza – New York, NY – Buy Tickets
September 4th – 9:30 Club – Washington, D.C. – Buy Tickets
September 5th – Paradise Rock Club – Boston, MA – Buy Tickets
September 6th – Madison Theatre – Rockville Centre, NY – Buy Tickets
September 7th – TLA – Philadelphia, PA – Buy Tickets
September 27th – Desert Breeze Park – Las Vegas, NV

Tickets go on sale this Friday, August 1st.  Check with the venue and the Heffron Drive Facebook for pre-sale info!  There will also be VIP packages available, which include access to a sound check party with a Q&A session, and a photo with the band.  Stay tuned for more tour dates!

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