Hunter Hayes promised us new music this Summer, and he just delivered another new track, “Young And In Love.” The track is his 3rd new release to debut exclusively on Spotify. We heard this song for the first time when we caught Hunter on the Wheels Up Tour With Lady Antebellum, and we were in love at first listen. Check it out below! Visit HunterHayes.com for upcoming tour dates.
We’re still recovering from the fangirl-fest that is the Wheels Up Tour! One of the highlights of the show is when opening act Hunter Hayes joins Lady Antebellum on stage for a couple of tracks. They took the collaboration one step further and are featured on Hunter’s new digital track, “Where It All Begins!” We’d like to make a request they add this to the setlist for the next leg of the Wheels Up Tour! (We’re going again, obvi). The track comes just a couple of weeks after Hunter dropped his new single, “21,” and is the first of several digital tracks he will be dropping this Summer. Listen below!
A fangirl freakout definitely occurred when we found out that two of our favorite artists, Sam Hunt and Hunter Hayes, would be on tour together this Summer! Sam and Hunter are opening up for Lady Antebellum on the Wheels Up Tour, hitting cities across the US throughout the Summer. We’ve been counting down the days since the tour was announced in January and finally got to check it out when it hit Jones Beach!
It was a perfect early Summer night for the first show of the season at Nikon Jones Beach Theater. Sam Hunt got the evening started with hits like “Take Your Time” and “House Party,” and got the whole house on their feet. He even came out into the crowd to sing and get up close and personal with some lucky fans! Sam sure knows how to get the party started and leave the night on.
Hunter Hayes continues to impress us – every time we see him we are blown away by just how talented he is. You can also tell just how much he loves music and loves performing. Hunter makes sure that each live performance is a unique experience, and creates new arrangements with extended guitar solos and instrumentation. We’ve seen him quite a few times now, and have never heard the same song played in the same way. Hunter also incorporated some new skills, like beatboxing, and showed off his vocal range.
Hunter is also using his popularity for a good cause, and announced a campaign for the American Red Cross to go along with his new single, “21.” He’s encouraging 21,000 fans to sign up to donate blood, even if it means conquering their fear of needles. Read more about the #HH21SleevesUp Campaign!
Hunter Hayes Setlist
Young and In Love
Everybody’s Got Somebody But Me
You Think You Know Somebody
Love Makes Me
I Want Crazy
Head over to Lady Antebellum.com to check out all of the upcoming Wheels Up Tour Dates!
Hunter Hayes created a frenzy among fans when he started posting blank photos on his social media. What did it mean?! Had his account been hacked? He posted 21 photos exactly, followed days later by a 2 and a 1, and a countdown page on his website. Looking back now, it all makes perfect sense. Hunter just dropped his new single “21,” appropriately enough, since today is May 21st! He’s been playing the track on the Wheels Up Tour with Lady Antebellum, and it’s the perfect upbeat jam for all those shows under the stars on a warm Summer night! Listen to “21” below, streaming exclusively on Spotify!
We’re thrilled to have new music from Hunter, and can’t wait to see him on tour (a few times) this Summer! “21” will be available on iTunes May 26th. Click below to see all of the Wheels Up Tour Dates!
Livenation kicked of the summer concert season with a huge show in NYC on National Concert Day, May 5th and that got us super excited about all of the huge tours we’re going to! This week, we’re bringing you our five summer tours we’re the MOST excited about.
1. “The Main Event Tour” ft. NKOTB, TLC, & Nelly
This tour deserves the name “The Main Event” with three huge acts on one stage, one night, the night of a lifetime! Yahoo!Screen is also streaming the show next Thursday, May 14th at 10pm EST for 24 hours only – if you can resist tuning in, we salute you.
2. “The Wheels Up Tour” ft. Lady Antebellum, Hunter Hayes, & Sam Hunt
If you are a regular reader you know we’ll go pretty much anywhere to see Hunter or Sam. We were so excited when this tour was announced we literally screamed in a French restaurant. Tickets for this tour went on sale in waves which drove us nuts waiting for the email with our dates in it but once it arrived, it was wheels up, baby! If you can score tickets to this tour, you’ll be treated to some extra special in flight entertainment all night long. After all, we don’t have to go home we can leave the night on.
3. “Rock This Country! Tour” ft. Shania Twain
Shania announced a brand new tour on the heels of her Las Vegas residency coming to a close but she made sure we knew this was her last tour – EVER! Put on your cowboy boots and get ready to rock this country with Shania!
4. “Dazed & Confused Tour” ft. Jake Miller
When our bae Jake Miller just released his brand new single “Dazed & Confused” and he announced a tour with the same name, we knew we had to be there to see those arms in person – and hear his angelic voice obviously!
5. The Vamps USA Tour
It’s been entirely too long since The Vamps last US invasion and we can’t wait for their first headlining tour here this Summer! They’re bringing Before You Exit along for what’s sure to be a memorable evening. We have high hopes that you’ll be lovestruck and will shout about it for weeks to come.
Country music has taken over the US – even in major cities like New York. And now it’s slowly making it’s way across the Atlantic. Hunter Hayes just announced dates for a UK tour this Spring! The dates coincide with the release of Hunter’s first official album in the UK, “I Want Crazy,” out May 25th. The album will feature a mix of hits from Hunter’s self-titled debut, “Encore,” and last year’s hit, “Storyline.” Listen to his newest single “Light Me Up” below!
Hunter Hayes “I Want Crazy” Tracklisting
1. I Want Crazy (Ryan Tedder remix)
4. Light Me Up
6. You Think You Know Somebody
7. Secret Love
8. What You Gonna Do
9. Everybody’s Got Somebody But Me (feat. Jason Mraz)
10. Somebody’s Heartbreak
You can pickup a copy of “Light Me Up, on iTunes now! Check out his upcoming tour dates below. His first headlining show in London sold out in seconds, so make sure to get your tickets when they go on sale this Friday, March 27th!
Hunter Hayes UK Tour dates
May 22nd – Koko – London – Buy Tickets
May 23rd – The Library – Birmingham – Buy Tickets
May 25th – Club Academy – Manchester – Buy Tickets
May 26th – Oran Mor – Glasgow – Buy Tickets
Taylor Swift wrote an outstanding piece in the Wall Street Journal over the summer about the future of music, where she wrote that “people are only buying [albums] that hit them like an arrow through the heart or have made them feel strong or allowed them to feel like they really aren’t alone in feeling so alone.” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves. Here are the albums in 2014 that hit us like an arrow through the heart.
1. Dan + Shay – “Where It All Began”
It’s rare and special to find an album where you listen to each and every song, and can sing along to from start to finish. This album was by far our most played of the year, and the soundtrack to our 2014. We’ll be able to look back at this year as “where it all began” for Dan + Shay, who have a very, very bright future ahead of them. We can’t wait to see what’s next for the talented duo, starting with their 2nd major headlining tour in 2015.
2. Sam Hunt – “Montevallo”
We were lucky to have downloaded a copy of the “Behind The Pines” mixtape before Sam exploded over the summer with the release of his hit single “Leave The Night On.” He released his full length debut, “Montevallo,” in October, opening at the top of the country charts, and third overall. Sam’s unique style makes us excited about music. His blend of a 90s R&B sound with country storytelling blends perfectly with Sam’s southern drawl, deep voice, and spoken lyrics. He’ll be selling out arenas one day.
3. Hunter Hayes – “Storyline”
A sophomore album is always tricky, especially when your debut was nominated for a Grammy and countless other awards. But Hunter managed to knock it out of the park. The album is a more collaborative effort than his first, on which he played every single instrument. Hunter’s music grabs you from the first listen. We love how Hunter brings this album to life on tour, with unique arrangements for each song. He’s the rare musician who makes his live show a full experience that stays with you long after the show.
4. The Strypes – “Snapshot”
“Snapshot” is another debut album that immediately got our attention and made us wonder where The Strypes had been all our lives. Evidently they’d been honing their skills at pubs across their native Ireland, where they learned to play loud, fast aggressive, and just damn good old fashioned rhythm and blues. And they’re all still in their teens. There are no filler songs on the album – it’s solid from start to finish. If you ever have the opportunity to see The Strypes live, don’t miss it. Seeing the album come to life on stage was one of our favorite moments of the year.
5. Austin Mahone – “Secret”
Technically this is an EP, but at 8 tracks, it’s *almost* an album. We fell for Austin’s sound with tracks like “What About Love” and “Banga Banga,” but this EP, with it’s 90s pop influences, cemented Austin’s status as the one man boyband. We’re obsessed with the Britney and *NSYNC-esque slow breakdown in the title track, “Secret,” and couldn’t stop listening to “Next To You” on repeat for days. Austin’s working on his much awaited full length debut with the legendary Max Martin (who wrote basically every great 90s pop song you can think of), and we can’t wait for more!
6. Jesse McCartney – “In Technicolor”
Possibly the most underrated album on this list. His newest single, “Punch Drunk Recreation,” is a pop masterpiece. Armed with a Justin Timberlake sound, and retro look, JMAC outdid himself with this album. “In Technicolor” is one of those albums that will always be in style.
7. Nick & Knight – “Nick & Knight”
We admit that we’ll probably love anything that involves our favorite boybands – especially when two of our favorite members team up. But Nick Carter and Jordan Knight’s album is a fun R&B/pop album worth checking out.
8. 5SOS – “5SOS”
It’s a safe bet that 5SOS are going to be extremely monumental in bringing pop punk back to a radio station near you! We’ve had the band’s debut album on heavy rotation, and we don’t think we’ll stop playing it any time soon. Also, can people please stop referring to them as a “boyband?” These guys have the heart, drive, and sound to be restore Warped Tour to the glory days of 2006.
9. The Vamps – “Meet The Vamps”
While we had to wait for this album to be officially released in the United States, it was worth the wait! The Vamps have an acoustic pop sound that makes you want to dance around your living room singing at the top of your lungs.
10. Walk The Moon – “Talking Is Hard”
With it’s December release, Walk The Moon’s sophomore album “Talking Is Hard” barely made our list. The Ohio band celebrated by live tweeting with fans the first listen of the album, divulging secrets like “there’s a mess up in this part of the song” to “the weird lyrics are from this member!” Walk The Moon are taking the album on a full headlining tour in the spring. It’s not too late to hop on the dance jam bandwagon.
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We definitely shattered our record for most concerts attended in a single year in 2014. While we loved each and every show, and it was nearly impossible to narrow it down to 5 favorites, here are the ones that stood out.
1. Hunter Hayes – 24 Hour Road Race – Palace Theatre – Stamford, CT
We ended up seeing Hunter more than any other artist this year – 7 times in total. Impressive, considering on his past tours he came nowhere near NYC so we had no hopes of attending. Hunter, if you’re reading this, please keep coming to New York. We love you. Of all the shows, among them the We Are Not Invisible Tour, Tattoo (Your Name) Tour, Arthur Ashe Kids Day, and so on, the most memorable was definitely the 24 Hour Road Race. True, it was a short concert, but the record-breaking goal gave an added level of excitement, and now we can officially say we were part a Guinness World Record. Oh, but we can’t forget that time he performed “Storm Warning” right in front of us…
2. Austin Mahone – MTV Artist To Watch Tour – Hammerstein Ballroom – New York, NY
We also had a hard time deciding which Austin show to pick, but this show wins since it was Austin’s first big headlining tour. This show earned him his nickname of the “one man boyband,” due to his on point choreography. We don’t have many videos of Austin performing, because it’s literally impossible to not dance along, but we managed to get one at his Mets Post-game concert later in the year.
3. Dan + Shay – Where It All Began Tour – Highline Ballroom – New York, NY
“Where It All Began” is hands down our favorite album of 2014. While we saw Dan + Shay for the first time on the We Are Not Invisible Tour with Hunter Hayes, this was our first time seeing them play with a full band. We were blown away by how passionate and talented they are, and how much they genuinely love performing. Dan + Shay are so much fun to see live (seriously, the entire audience sings every word), and they make it special every time we see them. We can’t wait for their next headlining tour in 2015!
4. 5SOS – Stars, Stripes & Maple Syrup Tour – Best Buy Theater – New York, NY
This might get the prize for one of the hottest concerts of 2014. We were shocked when we scored a pair of tickets to this show! It had been such a long time since we went to a “pop punk” show that this finally made us remember why we fell in love. 5SOS have such great energy and they put on an incredible show to the sold out crowd. Calum, Luke, Ashton, and Michael owned the stage and had everyone singing along to every word, even though the band had yet to release their album in the US.
5. The Strypes – Music Hall of Williamsburg – Brooklyn, NY
Whenever we write about The Strypes, we feel like nothing can do justice to how insanely talented and incredible these guys are. All four members hail from Ireland and are under the age of 20, yet they play some serious rhythm and blues. We had never really seen grown men fangirl until this concert. That’s how good these guys are. We were floored by their musicianship, and some absolutely insane harmonica solos.
Bonus: 106.1 BLI’s Summer Jam – Nikon Jones Beach Theater – Wantagh, NY
This gets the runner up place because of it’s awesome lineup: Austin Mahone, Cody Simpson, New Hollow, Midnight Red, AJR, and so on. Summer Jam definitely had something for everyone! The number of acts and the variety contributed to the “festival” feeling of this show, along with bonding with the people sitting around you for the entire day. We hope Summer Jam will be back next year!
We’re less than three weeks away from Christmas and while we’re still deciding which boyband member we want to find under our tree this year, we’ve created a list of our favorite presents to give this holiday season. These gift ideas are perfect for the fangirl in your life – even if you gift them to yourself!!
Books are a great keepsake and a fun way to learn even more about your favorite band. 5SOS and Austin Mahone both have new books out, just in time for the Holidays! For the 90s fangirl, we highly recommend “Out Of Sync” by Lance Bass and “NKOTB: 5 Brothers And A Million Sisters.”
2. Band Merch!
Crewneck sweatshirts, and Holiday themed sweaters are especially trendy this year. We love the “Merry Trismas” sweatshirt from The Vamps, and this onesie from Hunter Hayes. A gift that’s in the Holiday spirit, perfectly cheesy, shows off your favorite band, AND keeps you warm? Perfect.
3. Concert Tickets!
You can never go wrong with concert tickets! It just might take some advance planning and sneaking around. Check to see which tours have been announced (Dan + Shay’s 2015 headlining tour goes on sale this week!) and try to be stealth about getting tickets so it’s a surprise. Plus you’ll get an extra gift by the time the concert rolls around!
4. Ear plugs!
When you go to as many shows as we do, ear plugs are essential. We know, you think they look un-cool. You know what’s even less cool? Not being able to hear. Invest in a good reusable pair – they’re more discreet and are designed especially to filter music so you’ll be able to hear everything AND look cool. Promise.
Lots of artists release special editions around the Holidays. We love the “LiveSOS” Bundle that 5SOS put together – it includes posters from each of their 2014 tours.
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Hunter Hayes kicked off his Tattoo (Your Name) Tour last night with a wild card show in New York City. We’d like to think we’re at least partially responsible for this show, since we asked Hunter for a headlining NY show the last time we saw him, but really we have to thank Nash FM and all of the passionate country fans in the city for this one.
We love watching Hunter perform because of the passion and energy he has on stage. You can tell how much he absolutely loves what he’s doing, and how much he appreciates it. (As he said, “I’m so happy even one person showed up tonight!” And the Best Buy Theater was packed). We’re also consistently impressed by his musicianship – his live shows always include extended guitar solos, jam sessions, and multiple instruments. (After all, he can play over 30 of them).
In a Wild Card show, anything can happen, and of course the opening night of a tour is always special as it all comes together for the first time. Hunter is great at interacting with the crowd – he stopped to take a few selfies with fans in the front row, and even left the stage during the encore to say hello to the crowd on the floor. But the biggest surprise of the night came when he read a fan’s poster that said “Hunter, can I sing with you?” To which he said, “Sure, come on up!” The lucky fan (“Miss Helen”) joined him onstage for “Everybody’s Got Somebody But Me,” perfect for a singalong.
The Tattoo (Your Name) Tour also has an interactive element – after all, YOU are the most important part of the show. Hunter teamed up with Glow Motion to create custom wristbands for the show. You’re given one when you enter the venue, and have to activate it using the Hunter Hayes App. We highly recommend downloading the app BEFORE getting to the venue. You will need to use the wifi to activate the wristband, and having the app already downloaded will save you a lot of time (and internet use, especially in an arena with 1000s of others also trying to get the app!) The wristbands glow red when you receive them, and will turn green once activated. If you’re having trouble activating it, find someone with a green glowing wristband! You have the option to keep the wrist band after the show, with a $10 donation to the USO, which Hunter is supporting during this tour.
The wristbands lit up in tune with many of the songs, playing off the lights on stage and changing colors to the beat. It was fun to see the light show extended through the entire crowd, not just on stage. Our only advice? Put your hands up! You’re at a concert, and it’s a lot cooler when everyone can see you light up like the fireworks flying on the fourth of July.
The Railers and Dan + Shay will be joining the tour starting October 30th. Check out all of the Tattoo (Your Name) Tour dates HERE and get to a show near you! A tour lineup doesn’t get much better than this.
Hunter Hayes Tattoo (Your Name) Tour Wildcard Set List
Somebody’s Heartbreak / Dream Girl
More Than I Should
You Think You Know Somebody
Everbody’s Got Somebody But Me
Faith To Fall Back On / Flashlight
Love Too Much
A Thing About You
Love Makes Me
Better Than This
I Want Crazy