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The Friday Five: Memorial Day Playlist

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!  We’re sure many of you (including us) are traveling for the long weekend, so here is our playlist of the songs we plan to drive around blasting to celebrate the official start of summer.

1.  Austin Mahone – “Next To You”
Austin just released this track from his debut album “The Secret,” out next week!  And we’ve been listening to it nonstop. (Literally like 10 times in a row).   He’s said that his album was influenced by the boy bands of the 90s, and it’s evident in this track.  We can’t wait to see what moves Austin the one-man boy band has planned for this one!

2. Dan + Shay – “Sway”
We heard this unreleased track at the Dan + Shay + You acoustic session, and found ourselves instantly swaying and singing along.   Dan and Shay said this song, which they played here for the first time ever, would likely be on their next album.  Lucky for you (and us) we caught it on video!

3.  The Vamps – “Somebody To You”
As soon as we heard this song, we had a feeling it would be The Vamps’ next single.  And we were right!  What we weren’t expecting is for Demi Lovato to be featured on the track.  They’ve teamed up for what’s sure to be a mega-hit for the British band.  Hopefully all the radio play this song is getting will lead to the long awaited US release date for The Vamps album!

4. Hunter Hayes – “Tattoo”
We cannot say enough good things about Hunter Hayes.  Not only is he extremely talented (he can play over 30 instruments) he’s also kind and humble.  We love this track off of his new album, “Storyline,” which is likely to be the second single off the album.  This song will stick with you,  even the first time you hear it…just like a tattoo!

5. AJR – “After Hours”
Their first single “I’m Ready,” is on track to be a big hit this summer, but we love all of AJR’s songs, especially this track off of their “I’m Ready EP.”  It’s fun, catchy, and has a horn section.  We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: AJR’s unique sound just makes us excited about music.  We can’t wait for their debut album due out later this summer!

 

Hunter Hayes’ “Storyline” Is Out Now!

Hunter Hayes’ sophomore album, “Storyline,” just debuted at #1 on the Country Charts & #3 overall!  It’s his highest charting album to date, and his second #1 on the country charts.   It’s also one of our favorite albums of the year this far.   On his self-titled debut, Hunter recorded every instrument and vocal himself.  (He plays over 30 instruments).   For “Storyline,” it was a more collaborative process, as Hunter recorded with his touring band:  Sam Ellis, Devin Malone, Matt Utterback, and Steve Sinatra.   Check out our track-by-track review!

“Wild Card”
What a fun way to open a record!  This uptempo song is definitely one of our favorites on this album.  It’s the perfect opening number too, as we saw during our Storyline release week shows!  The song is a nice reminder to always be yourself – you never know who loves your little quirks!

“Storyline”
The title track for Hunter’s sophomore effort was actually written pretty late in the writing process but it’s a great concept of living one’s life – like it’s a story that’s still being written!

“Tattoo”
Likely the second single off the album, Hunter plays this as part of the encore on the “We’re Not Invisible Tour.” Even the first time hearing it, you find yourself singing along. And we basically haven’t stopped singing or listening to it since our first Storyline release week show!   This should be a big summer hit for Hunter!  If it does well, he said at his iHeartRadio show that he’ll get a tattoo of “your name.”

“Still Fallin”
Every album needs a love song! Hunter’s songwriting is definitely showcased in this song. Everyone who has ever been in love can totally relate to what he’s singing about – being with someone for so long and still falling in love with them every minute of every day.

“Invisible”
The first single released from the album is an anthem for anyone who has ever felt powerless and invisible.  The song is especially powerful and moving when the whole arena is singing along.

“You Think You Know Somebody”
If you ever had any doubts as to Hunter’s talent just watch his guitar solos in this song. This is definitely “as angry as it gets” on this album, as Hunter likes to say.  (Hunter’s angriest song would actually be “More Than I Should” – you can literally feel it from the first note he plays)

“Flashlight “
Hunter said this song was written as a follow up to “Faith to Fall Back On.” It’s definitely one to remind you there’s a light at the end of every tunnel and that no matter how dark it gets, there are people right next to you ready to help you find your way.

“Secret Love”
The anthem for every band member that’s ever been told to lie about having a girlfriend (fyi we all know the truth anyway so might as well just be honest). Hunter sings about a secret relationship which just makes us wonder who it could have been (we’re a gossip free zone so we’ll leave the guesses to you!)

“Nothing Like Starting Over”
This track is kind of the anthem for everyone who has ever let out a huge sigh of relief for starting over. Hunter really nailed it with this song, too.

“If It’s Just Me”
We always think this is Dan+Shay when the song starts, but once we realize it’s Hunter, we understand why they’re touring together.

“Love Too Much”
In a world where showing love is a delicate balance, Hunter croons “You can never say love too much”. Hunter is definitely a “lover not a fighter” and that is displayed in his ballads. Who doesn’t love a guy that’s not afraid to show his sensitive side!

Get your copy of Storyline on iTunes now & visit HunterHayes.com for any of Hunter’s upcoming tour dates!

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

Hunter Hayes’ Record Breaking “Storyline” Album Release Week!

Hunter Hayes’ sophomore album, “Storyline,” was released last week, and we spent the whole week celebrating with him.  From his headlining show on the We’re Not Invisible Tour, to a private iHeartRadio show for 150 lucky guests, to his record-breaking 24 Hour Road Race , we’re so glad to have been a part of Hunter’s “Storyline!”

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Hunter is one of those rare musicians who bring so much extra attention to their live performance.  You never feel like you’re simply listening to the album – he and his band love to jam, mix things up vocally, and add something unique to each and every song.  His musicianship (he plays over 30 instruments) and passion for music are remarkable, as is the energy he brings to each performance.

We’re Not Invisible Tour
We’ve been impatiently waiting to see Hunter again after his “Encore” album release concert last year at Webster Hall in NYC.  We finally had the chance to see him at Mohegan Sun in CT.   We’ve been to a lot of concerts over the years, but this was by far one of the best, ever.  Hunter played a nearly 2-hour set, with old and new favorites.   He even made his way through the crowd to sing a few songs, giving everyone a chance at a front row seat.  Check out our video of “Storm Warning” below, from the best seat in the house!

iHeart Radio Album Release Show
We went from a 10,000 seat arena to an intimate space in TriBeCa.  The show was broadcast on iHeartRadio stations and online.  While it was scheduled to go for half an hour, Hunter wanted to keep playing for the fans in attendance.  It was the official “Storyline” release day, so why not celebrate?   We had the chance to meet him after the show, and he is just as humble and sweet as you can imagine, and could not have been more gracious.  Thank YOU Hunter!

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24 Hour Road Race To End Child Hunger

It’s official:  Hunter Hayes now holds the Guinness World Record for the Most Concerts in 24 Hours:  10 shows!  The excitement in the air at this show was remarkable!    We met fans at the show who were going to all 10 concerts with him – just amazing!  Hunter’s energy level was off the charts, despite it being the 7th show he’d played that day.  It was just a short 20 minute set, but was still one of our favorite shows that we’ve been to.  In addition to breaking the World Record, Hunter also wanted to raise awareness for Child Hunger Ends Here.

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We hope Hunter will be back in NYC-area sooner rather than later!

Get a copy of “Storyline” on iTunes or Amazon today!  Visit our Tumblr for more photos from the shows!

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

 

Hunter Hayes Releases “You Think You Know Somebody”

We’re just two weeks away from the release of Hunter Hayes’ new album, “Storyline!”  In anticipation of the release, Hunter released another track off the album, “You Think You Know Somebody,” along with a live performance video.

If you’ve already pre-ordered “Storyline,” you’ll get the track instantly!  You can also buy the track as a single, if you’d rather wait for the physical album.

We are finally catching the “We Are Not Invisible” Tour next weekend with Hunter and Dan + Shay, and cannot wait to hear this song live!  “Storyline” is one of our most anticipated albums of 2014, and we’ve been impatiently waiting to see Hunter again live after an outstanding show at Webster Hall last year for the release of “Encore.”

Follow Hunter Hayes & Secret Fangirls on Twitter for more updates!

Hunter Hayes Releases Title Track from New Album, “Storyline!”

Following his performance of “Invisible” on the Academy of Country Music Awards, Hunter surprised us by releasing the title track from his sophomore album, “Storyline,” out May 6th!   This is one of our most anticipated albums of the year, and we can’t wait to hear more from Hunter!

Check out the video below for behind-the-scenes photos of the making of “Storyline!”

You can pre-Order “Storyline” on iTunes now and get an instant download of “Invisible,” “Wildcard,” and “Storyline!”

Catch Hunter on the “We’re Not Invisible Tour” this Spring!  You can also join Hunter in the “24 Hour Road Race to End Child Hunger,” as he performs a record 10 shows in 24-hours!

Follow Hunter Hayes on Twitter & Facebook for more updates!

 

The Friday Five: New Yorkers Like Country Music Too

Happy Friday!  Last week we gave you our favorite imported bands.  This week, we’re taking things a little closer to home and showing our favorite country artists at the moment.   Make sure you tune in to the Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday April 6th!  An open letter to all of you:  there are lots of country fans in NYC, and we would greatly welcome any of y’all round these here parts.

1.  Dan + Shay
This is a huge week for the duo – not only did their debut album, “Where It All Began,” come out on Tuesday, it’s been #1 on the iTunes country charts all week!  Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney also made appearances on Good Morning America and Ellen this week, and will top it off with Sunday’s ACM Awards, where they are nominated for Vocal Duo of the Year.  Pickup a copy of their album on iTunes or Amazon!

2. Kacey Musgraves
Kacey’s no stranger to country music fans, but she made a huge splash at this year’s Grammy Awards where won she performed her powerful song “Follow Your Arrow.”  In light up country boots to boot.  Her album, “Same Trailer, Different Park,” won Best Country Award at the Grammys.  Get it now on iTunes!

3.  Hunter Hayes
We have to give Hunter full credit for getting us into country music.  His self-titled debut is on the top of our favorite albums of any genre, and he’s one of our favorite artists to see live!   We can’t wait to catch him on the We’re Not Invisible Tour with Dan + Shay in May!   You can catch Hunter performing his latest single, “Invisible,” at the ACM Awards!  Pre-order his new album Storyline, out May 6th!

4. Sam Hunt
The Georgia native played football for the University of Alabama before moving to Nashville to pursue a career in songwriting.   He’s already co-written songs for Kenny Chesney and Keith Urban, and is working on his debut album due in 2014.  His single “Raised On It” is on iTunes now!  He’ll be playing a few shows with Hunter Hayes and Dan + Shay this summer!  Check out his official website to download his “Between the Pines” acoustic mixtape for free!

5. Needtobreathe
They’re probably the most traditional country artist on our list, but when we saw them open for Taylor Swift on the Speak Now Tour a couple of years ago, we instantly loved their sound.   Their new album, “Rivers in the Wasteland,” will be out on April 15th but you can pre-order it now and get 4 tracks instantly, including “The Heart!”

 

The Friday Five: Albums We’re Looking Forward To in 2014

It’s Friday and that means it’s time for The Friday Five! This week, we’re picking five upcoming albums that we are totally excited to hear. So, let’s get started!!!

1. AJR – Title and Release Date TBD
AJR’s unique sound makes us excited about music again! The indie pop band, comprised of brothers Adam, Jack and Ryan Met, are the true definition of an independent, DIY artist.  We’ve loved every song we’ve heard from them so far (seriously, it’s impossible to pick a favorite), and can’t wait to hear more!  They’re tentatively naming their debut album “Living Room,” as much of the album was written, produced and recorded from their parents’ living room in NYC.  The album should be released sometime this Spring.  Are you ready?

While you wait for the album, make sure to download their EP 6foot1!

2. Hunter Hayes – “Storyline” (due May 6th)
Hunter is another artist who makes us excited about music again. The multi-talented singer not only wrote or co-wrote every track on his self-titled debut, he also played the 30+ instruments used in the recording.  We had the opportunity to attend his “Encore” release concert at Webster Hall last summer, and were blown away by his musicianship.   We’re thrilled to finally be seeing Hunter live again on the “We’re Not Invisible Tour,” and for his new album, “Storyline!”   And have you heard about how you can be a part of Hunter’s attempt to break the world record for most concerts in 24-hours?

You can pre-order “Storyline” now and get an instant download of the tracks “Invisible” and “Wild Card!” 

3. Dan + Shay – “Where It All Began” (due April 1st)
We hadn’t heard of country duo Dan + Shay until they were announced as the opening act on Hunter Hayes’ “We’re Not Invisible Tour,” but it was love at first listen when we heard their single “19 You + Me.”  The duo met last year in Nashville, and started writing together the next day.   If the rest of their album is anywhere near as good as the tracks they’ve released so far, including “What You Do To Me” and “Show You Off,” we may have our new favorite summer album.

You can pre-order their debut album, “Where It All Began,” now and get an instant download of all 3 tracks!

4. Austin Mahone – Title and Release Date TBD
It’s hard to believe that after releasing so many hit singles, we STILL don’t know when Austin’s debut album will be released.  Austin just wrapped up his first headlining tour with MTV, and we’re hoping we’ll have an announcement for a new tour and album before the summer!

Be sure to follow Austin on Twitter for updates and get his latest single, “MMM Yeah” on iTunes!

5. The Vamps – Title TBA  (due April 14th in the UK; US Date TBD)
Unfortunately for now there is no US release date for this album, but we are eagerly awaiting the release date!    We love The Vamps energetic sound and after a very solid set at their headlining show in NYC, we’re looking forward to hearing more!

While we wait for an official US release date, you can pickup their single Wild Heart on iTunes!