Heffron Drive just announced a brand new EP with new music from Kendall Schmidt and Dustin Belt called “Slow Motion” due out February 10th! We can’t wait to hear what these guys have been creating and we’ve got our fingers crossed that there’s a tour somewhere on the horizon, too.
Check out the EP artwork in an Instagram post from Kendall below!
We just want to fangirl cry because James Maslow just released his new single, “Cry!” It’s been a minute since James has released solo music, and we’re so excited to have more! James has been busy working on his first solo album, which is due out later this year. He’ll be touring Europe in the Spring and we hope the US is next! Listen to “Cry” below.
It’s been a long time coming and we’ve honestly missed hearing former Big Time Rush member James Maslow singing to us but he’s ready to jump start 2017 with a bang! James promises us this is just the beginning so fingers crossed for a US tour in 2017 as well.
Between auditions, and filming a new movie called “Bachelor Lions” with Mitchel Musso, James Maslow has been hard at work on new music! We can’t wait to hear what he’s got in store for his fans. Check out the European tour dates below. Tickets and VIP packages are on sale now so be sure to grab those before the shows sell out!
James Maslow European Tour 2017
March 8th – TBA – Paris, FR – Coming Soon
March 10th – Gloria – Cologne, DE – Buy Tickets
March 12th – Gruenspan – Hamburg, DE – Buy Tickets
March 13th – Columbia Theatre – Berlin, DE – Buy Tickets
March 14th – Technikum – Munich, DE – Buy Tickets
March 16th – TBA – Milan, IT – Coming Soon
March 17th – Papiersaal – Zurich, CH – Buy Tickets
March 19th – Tivoli Vredenburg Pandora – Utrecht, NL – Buy Tickets
March 23rd – Dingwalls – London, UK – Buy Tickets
March 24th – O2 Institute3 – Birmingham, UK – Buy Tickets
March 26th – Manchester Academy 3 – Manchester, UK – Buy Tickets
March 27th – The O2 ABC2 Glasgow – Glasgow, UK – Buy Tickets
Watch James Maslow’s acoustic video for “Lies” now.
Grab a copy of “Lies (acoustic)” on iTunes or Amazon so you can sing along on tour!
James Maslow has taken the first step into the music world as a solo artist with a brand new single, “Lies” which he performed live for the first time at VidCon in Los Angeles. He’s been busy in the studio writing songs for what we hope to be his debut solo album! We can’t wait! James, may we suggest the album cover and name as “Breakout Dreams?” Although that really was too much cloud.
Listen to the single on James’ SoundCloud and watch James perform the song for the first time below! We hope he’ll incorporate some choreography into his future performances, as well all know the man can DANCE.
James will also be performing at the Stream Con in NYC! Get all the info HERE.
It’s boyband week over at Billboard.com, AKA the greatest thing ever. Every week should be boyband week. In honor of the occasion, Billboard staffers held a fantasy boyband draft, assembling their dream teams. For this week’s Friday Five, we decided to get in on the fun and do our own boyband draft and create 2 super boybands: J5 and *Big Time Boys on the Block°. The only rules were that you can’t pick 2 members from the same band. Check out our picks and vote for your favorite!
Team A: J5 (JC, Joey, James, Jeff and Jesse)
One of the greatest male vocalists, ever. He can still hit ALL the notes, and he hasn’t aged a day since “Bye Bye Bye.”
Just watch this performance from The Main Event Tour, and you’ll know why Joey is the MVP of any boyband. Those vocals. Those moves. Those abs.
We knew James was a national treasure during Big Time Rush’s run, but he further proved it in his run to the final 3 of “Dancing With The Stars.” Enjoy.
Jeff has had the most uh, interesting post-boyband career. He brings the moves for sure. Fun fact we somehow just discovered: He was part of a “man band” on VH1 called “Sureshot” with Chris Kirkpatrick, Rich Cronin and Bryan Abrams in 2007.
The most underrated former boyband member (Dreamstreet!). His last single, “Punch Drunk Recreation,” and the accompanying video (where J Mac basically leads his own boyband) have not gotten nearly enough love.
Team B: *Big Time Boys on the Block°
Nick has had his struggles in the past but he overcame them and continues to BRING IT every night on stage giving 110% during every show. He also likes to make up his own moves on stage which is always A+ in my book.
Do you watch NKOTV every week on A&E? NO?? You should. It’s the greatest night for television and you’ll see why Donnie Wahlberg is my top pick for boyband. He knows how to treat the fans, he’s great to his wife (secret fangirl: Jenny McCarthy) and his family. Plus – watch this video for further proof of A+ boybanding.
Another former boyband member who has a TV show about his own restaurant (“Raising The Bar” on A&E every Wednesday night.) Let’s face it, Nick Lachey was the best looking member of 98* and he’s been the most successful – aside from Jeff Timmons’ stripper revue.
Kendall has seamlessly transitioned into boyband member to acoustic singer-songwriter while not alienating any fans from either end of the spectrum. He’s got a good voice, and whether he wants to admit it or not – this boy can DANCE! Plus, he’s got great hair.
He appeared on Hannah Montana, dancing with the stars, various food critic reality shows, and he’s still the most underrated member of *N SYNC. Let’s not forget that Joey was also in “On The Line” with Lance.
Yesterday was James Maslow’s 25th birthday, and he decided to celebrate by giving a gift to all of his fans! James announced he is performing at Stream Con in NYC this October! James has been busy working on solo music since his run to the finals of “Dancing With The Stars” last year, and this will be one of his first solo performances. We can’t WAIT to hear what he has in store, because he was always one of our favorites from Big Time Rush. We can only hope that he’ll continue to dance, because on both BTR and DTWS, he totally crushed it. The Vine below pretty much sums up our excitement about James’ announcement.
Visit the Stream Con website for more info on James’ performance, which will be on Saturday, October 31st. He will be doing a meet and greet as well, so stay tuned for more info!
October 30-November 1st
Javits Center – New York, NY Buy Tickets
Heffron Drive kicked off their Summer mini-tour last night in front of a sold out crowd at NYC’s Webster Hall. The tour is in support of the “Happy Mistakes Unplugged” album that bandmates Kendall Schmidt and Dustin Belt released earlier this year. They played the full album from start to finish on acoustic guitars, bringing their full band along for the show. The enthusiastic crowd sang along to every word. You could tell it was an album they had lived with for a while. Kendall and Dustin were appreciative of their support, thanking them for being there and that they could tell the crowd appreciated the band coming out as well. It was a love fest all around.
When it comes to crowd interaction, artists either have it or they don’t. Heffron Drive completely nailed it, responding to whatever the crowd shouted out without missing a beat, having small conversations with fans near the stage, and taking time to introduce each song. It made the show seem even more personal and intimate.
Highlights of the set included a stripped down performance of “Could Be Home,” which Kendall performed solo. He said he wanted to have at least one track on the album that had “one vocal, one guitar, one take.” More up-tempto tracks like “Had To Be Panama” and “Nicotine” had the whole place rocking, acoustic or not. The album features a duet with Kendall’s Big Time Rush bandmate Logan Henderson, who sadly wasn’t available for the show to sing his part. But no worries – the crowd filled in for his parts on “Passing Time” just fine!
Division of the Heart
Had to Be Panama
Art of Moving On
Could Be Home
Everything Has Changed
Check out the rest of Heffron Drive’s tour dates HERE and pickup a copy of “Happy Mistakes Unplugged” on iTunes now! Watch their video of “Division of the Heart” below.