Weezer’s The Black Album is coming soon

Less than 24 hours after releasing their most recent album, Pacific Daydream, Weezer revealed that they were nearly finished with another new record. At the time, Rivers Cuomo said the band had always planned to follow up 2016’s The White Album with another self-titled LP they’d refer to as The Black Album. Pacific Daydream came together first, but now the alternative icons have confirmed that The Black Album is ready for an expected May 25th release.

Rivers Cuomo explained how Pacific Daydream “kind of materialized” while they were working on The Black Album: “I had two folders on my Dropbox: one was the ‘Black Album,’ and it didn’t get filled as quickly as this other folder, which I temporarily titled ‘New Folder.’ That one filled up with ten songs that were definitely different, but not quite as different as the ‘Black Album.’ So we put a name on it — Pacific Daydream — and put that out first.”

Cuomo added that the idea was to make material for the Black Album befitting its name. “It’s real challenging for me. I don’t gravitate towards super dark music. There’s always got to be something triumphant about it in the end. So, I’ve been struggling trying to figure out how I can do a ‘Black Album’ as a writer.”

Back in October, Cuomo described the music of this upcoming record as “a lot more modern and electronic and not-90s sounding.”

Weezer is heading out on tour with Pixies this summer.


I love the story behind it, but I wish it was a better song with less profanity.

Weezer celebrate NASA mission with new track, ‘I Love the U.S.A.’

Weezer released a new track titled “I Love the U.S.A.” honoring NASA’s Juno, a spacecraft set to reach Jupiter’s orbit July 4. The band follows in the footsteps of Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor and composer Atticus Ross, who also commemorated the event with new music.

“I Love the U.S.A.” is the first new song Weezer’s debuted since dropping their self-titled tenth album this past April.

The opening verse, he writes, references his family, Manhattan (his birthplace), and a childhood habit of biting his fingernails. “I started biting my fingernails when I was 10 just because I was curious why the heck people would bite their fingernails,” he explained. “And then it became a habit.”

Explaining the inspiration behind the song, Cuomo wrote, “We were on tour abroad, and it got me thinking a lot about America, which lead to me write ‘I Love The U.S.A.’ When Apple and NASA asked us to be involved with Juno’s historic landing on July 4th, this song seemed like the perfect fit.”


Can’t wait to see them again!!

Weezer’s New Music Inspired by the Past

Late last year, as Rivers Cuomo and Scott Shriner sat with Billboard backstage at Los Angeles’ Forum at KROQ’s Almost Acoustic Xmas, Cuomo thumbed through a program and found a picture of himself from exactly 20 years earlier, when Weezer played the ’94 version of the show.

“I remember ’94: I was really depressed, I had a sore throat, overworked, it was probably the last show of the season. I remember sitting in my hotel in the San Fernando Valley totally freaked out and scared and depressed,” Cuomo recalled of that gig.

Two decades older, Cuomo is much more comfortable with himself and his band’s role in the music pantheon.

“Yeah, now we’re super excited to play the new songs, get in front of our audience, see all these other cool bands and we know this is what our life is,” he said. “We’re gonna do this year after year, there’s not so much stress about it.”

The unexpected then-and-now look at both Cuomo and Weezer, prompted by the photo in the booklet, was incredibly apt, it turns out, as the group’s Everything Will Be Alright in the End album was heavily influenced by that 1994 self-titled debut album.

“A few years ago we did something called the ‘Memories Tour,’ where we played our first two albums front to back, and we went out of there straight into studio to start writing and working on the new album, and those very old albums for us had a very big influence on us today, how we made this new album,” Cuomo said.

Looking at specific moments on Everything Will Be Alright in the End where the band hears the early days of Weezer, Shriner says some of the influences are clear, others not as much.

“There are obvious things where we hired the producer that made our first album, but then I’d say half of it is very classic, traditional Weezer sound,” he said. “Of course we’re doing some crazy new experiments too, but overall it’s much more grounded in our roots.”

The group delved into the new album on stage during some intimate shows late in 2014, playing the album from start to finish in small venues. “It’s just all those people that already love the album, that’s what they’re there for, and it’s just an incredible experience to play that much new music at this point,” Shriner said.

While the group only has one 2015 date announced, playing Santa Ana, Calif.’s very intimate Observatory as part of the two-day Burgerama 4 lineup (March 28 and 29), which also includes Ty Segall, the Black Lips, Jeff the Brotherhood, Gang of Four, Roky Erickson and much more, expect a very active 2015 touring year for Weezer.

“We’re looking forward to traveling next year and bringing our new songs and new record to different towns. Keep your eyes open for the Weezer tour,” Shriner said.

After wrapping 2014 as part of many multi-act bills, Cuomo wants Weezer to do their own tour. “I’d like to do a proper Weezer headlining tour rather than co-headlining or just festivals,” he said. “I want to celebrate all the different phases we’ve gone through and focus on the new record.”


Congratulations Weezer!!!!

Jason Aldean Earns Second No. 1 Album, Third-Largest Week of 2014

Country star Jason Aldean nets his second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, as his new release, Old Boots, New Dirt, kicks in atop the list. It starts with 278,000 sold in the week ending Oct. 12, the third-largest sales week of 2014 according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Only the arrivals of Coldplay’s Ghost Stories (383,000) and fellow country star Eric Church’s The Outsiders (288,000) logged bigger frames this year.

Old Boots, New Dirt also notches the largest sales week of 2014 for an independently-distributed album. (It’s distributed by RED Distribution, Sony Music’s independent distribution arm.)

Aldean bumps another country giant out of the No. 1 slot: Blake Shelton, as his Bringing Back the Sunshine falls 1-6 with 34,000 (down 66 percent). It’s the first time we’ve had back-to-back No. 1s from country albums in over a year. It last happened on the chart dated May 25, 2013, when Lady Antebellum’s Golden spent one week at No. 1, following a one-week stint at the top by Kenny Chesney’s Life On a Rock.

Aldean’s last album, 2012’s Night Train, also started at No. 1, with a larger opening week: 409,000. That set, however, followed the breakthrough success Aldean found with his 2010 set My Kinda Party. That effort debuted and peaked at No. 2 on the chart dated Nov. 20, 2010, and spent its first 87 consecutive weeks in the top 40. (It also lingered for 12 weeks at No. 1 on the Top Country Albums chart.) So far, My Kinda Party has shifted 3.1 million copies. (2.8 million in its first two years.)

Night Train performed well, but didn’t have the same sort of phenomenal chart run like My Kinda Party. Night Train spent its first 21 frames in the top 40 of the Billboard 200, one week at No. 1 on Top Country Albums, and has sold 1.7 million in its (just over) two years of release.

Coming in far behind Aldean’s Old Boots, New Dirt is singer/songwriter Hozier with his debut full-length self-titled album at No. 2. Buoyed by an Oct. 11 appearance as the musical guest on NBC’s Saturday Night Live, the act’s album sold 58,000 copies in its first week — slightly larger than what industry forecasters thought the album might sell. (Last week, sources suggested it might sell just over 50,000.)

The album was led by the hit single “Take Me To Church,” which topped the Adult Alternative Songs chart, and reached the top 10 on both Hot Rock Songs and Alternative Songs. Billboard tipped Hozier as an act to watch for in February (Bubbling Under, Feb. 28), as “Take Me To Church” was just starting to gain traction on U.S. radio.

Barbra Streisand’s former No. 1 album, Partners, continues to sell well, as it holds at No. 3 with 49,000 (down 33 percent). It has sold 445,000 copies in its four weeks of release. At the rate it is selling, it should soon surpass Streisand’s 2009 album Love Is the Answer (521,000 sold) to become her best selling effort since 2003’s The Movie Album (694,000).

Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga’s Cheek to Cheek is also steady, staying put at No. 4 with 37,000 (down 38 percent).

Weezer collects its seventh top 10 album, as Everything Will Be Alright In the End bows at No. 5 with just over 34,000. It’s the group’s first studio release since 2010’s Hurley started one rung lower, but with 45,000.

Rock legend Stevie Nicks nets her sixth top 10 solo album, as her quasi-archival release 24 Karat Gold: Songs From the Vault set starts at No. 7 (33,000). The set consists of newly-recorded material that was written and recorded in demo versions in earlier years. 24 Karat Gold follows Nicks’ In Your Dreams, which debuted (and peaked) at No. 6 back in 2011 (52,000 sold in its first week).

Alex & Sierra, the third-season winners of The X Factor, debut at No. 8 with their first album, It’s About Us (27,000). The duo is the third act from the U.S. version of The X Factor to notch a top 10 album, following Emblem3 (Nothing to Lose, No. 7 in 2013) and Fifth Harmony (Better Together EP, No. 6 in 2013). Alex & Sierra are also the highest-charting winners of any season of The X Factor. First season champ Melanie Amaro has yet to release an album, and second season winner Tate Stevens saw his self-titled set peak at No. 18 in 2013.

Keyshia Cole is the final debut in the top 10, as her sixth studio effort, Point of No Return, bows at No. 9 with 25,000. All six of her albums have hit the top 10, and Point of No Return follows 2012’s Woman to Woman, which debuted and peaked at No. 10 (96,000 opening week).

Sam Smith’s In the Lonely Hour closes out the top 10, climbing 12-10 with 24,000 (up 21 percent).

Over on the Digital Songs chart, Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” returns to No. 1 (2-1) after after a two-week break from the top, selling 171,000 downloads (down 10 percent). It bumps Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass” down to No. 2 with 169,000 (down 17 percent).

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Maroon 5’s “Animals” rises 5-3 with 114,000 (down 1 percent), Tove Lo’s “Habits (Stay High)” jumps 8-4 with 99,000 (up 12 percent) and “Bang Bang,” by Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj, steps 6-5 with 94,000 (down 11 percent).

Jason Derulo’s “Trumpets” continues to blare its way up the list, as it toots 10-6 with 80,000 (up 3 percent). Florida Georgia Line’s latest new track, “Sippin’ On Fire,” debuts at No. 7 with 79,000. Iggy Azalea’s “Black Widow,” featuring Rita Ora, falls 7-8 with 77,000 (down 13 percent).

Nick Jonas’ “Jealous” makes a big jump, flying 17-9 with 75,000 (up 17 percent), while Jeremih’s “Don’t Tell ‘Em” rises 11-10 with 74,000 (down 2 percent).

Overall album sales in this past chart week (ending Oct. 12) totaled 4.47 million units, up 3 percent compared with the sum last week (4.35 million) and down 7 percent compared with the comparable sales week of 2013 (4.80 million). Year to date album sales stand at 184.53 million, down 14 percent compared to the same total at this point last year (214.78 million).

Digital track sales this past week totaled 16.88 million downloads, down 7 percent compared with last week (18.17 million) and down 15 percent stacked next to the comparable week of 2013 (19.78 million). Year to date track sales are at 883.54 million, down 13 percent compared to the same total at this point last year (1.01 billion).

Next week’s Billboard 200 competes with the same week in 2013 when: Pearl Jam’s Lightning Bolt debuted at No. 1 with 166,000 sold. The previous week’s leader, Miley Cyrus’ Bangerz, fell to No. 2 with 72,000 (down 73 percent).


See you in California, boys!!

More Weezer Dates

Weezer adds October through December dates in support of the band’s new album “Everything Will Be Alright In The End.”

The band’s ninth studio effort arrives in stores Oct. 7 on Republic Records but you can listen to it right now via a stream from iTunes First Play.

Weezer also debuted its new video for the first single from the album, a little ditty called “Back To The Shack.”

Although Weezer had previously announced shows through Oct. 24, the new list of dates picks up 24 hours after the Mashantucket gig with Rivers Cuomo & Co. rockin’ the Trocadero in Philadelphia. Here’s the updated schedule:

Oct. 2 – San Jose, Calif., City National Civic Of San Jose
Oct. 11 – Mexico City, Mexico, Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez (Corona Capital Festival)
Oct. 16 – Phoenix, Ariz., Arizona State Fair Grandstand (Arizona State Fair)
Oct. 19 – St. Louis, Mo., Plush St. Louis
Oct. 24 – Mashantucket, Conn., Grand Theater
Oct. 25 – Philadelphia, Pa., Trocadero Theatre
Oct. 26 – Cambridge, Mass., The Sinclair
Oct. 27 – New York, N.Y., Bowery Ballroom
Nov. 2 – San Francisco, Calif., Slim’s
Nov. 6 – Pomona, Calif., The Glass House Concert Hall
Nov. 7 – Los Angeles, Calif., The Belasco Theater
Dec. 2 – Austin, Texas, Austin Music Hall (101X Indie Workforce X-Mas)
Dec. 5 – Jacksonville, Fla., Metropolitan Park (X102.9 Presents The Big Ticket)
Dec. 7 – Orlando, Fla., Central Florida Fairgrounds (The Big Orlando)

Weezer will play Everything Will Be Alright In The End from start to finish Oct. 25-Nov. 7.

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I’m so excited for this release!!!

Weezer: ‘Everything Will Be Alright’ but ‘the End’ Coming Later Than Expected

With their newest album title, Weezer promise Everything Will Be Alright in the End, but it looks like The End will come a little later than expected. So, maybe that’s good news? The alt-rock giants have pushed the ninth LP’s release date back from September 30 to October 7, as Pitchfork points out.

Weezer broke the news on Tumblr, writing, “We have to release EWBAITE one week later than planned… This is a bummer and really hate to make our fans wait longer. We worked very hard to finish the album on time for you, so we’re really sorry and hope you understand.”

To make it up to fans eagerly awaiting the follow-up to 2010’s Hurley, Weezer will treat everyone who pre-orders the upcoming record on Pledge Music to an advance download of a new song on September 30. The offer is also available to any fresh pre-orders. In the meantime, take a peek at the record’s track list, which includes Weezer’s recent throwback single, “Back to the Shack.”

Everything Will Be Alright in the End track list:

1. “Ain’t Got Nobody”
2. “Back to the Shack”
3. “Eulogy for a Rock Band”
4. “Lonely Girl”
5. “I’ve Had It Up to Here”
6. “The British Are Coming”
7. “Da Vinci”
8. “Go Away”
9. “Cleopatra”
10. “Foolish Father”
11. “The Futurescope Trilogy”
“I. The Wasteland”
“II. Anonymous”
“III. Return to Ithaka”


I would like to hear it now please!!!!

Rivers Cuomo hints at Weezer UK gig and says new album helps keep the format alive

Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo has said that new album ‘Everything Will Be Alright In The End’ shows the band shunning the idea that the album is a dying format as the popularity of playlists and singles increases.

The band recently revealed new song ‘Back To The Shack’ and will release the album on September 29. It is the US group’s first since ‘Hurley’ in 2010.

Speaking to Zane Lowe on BBC Radio 1 on Monday (July 21), Cuomo spoke about how Weezer are rejecting current trends with ‘Everything Will Be Alright In The End’.

“I think there are a few ways of adjusting to the new world where people don’t listen to albums anymore – they listen to playlists or just buy singles – and maybe we’ve tried to evolve with the time, but you know that’s not who we are, so ultimately this time we’re going all in again and we’re going to make a great rock album like the good old days and put everything we have into it,” he said. “Maybe no one will appreciate it that way but we think that it’s what our core fans really want from us and that’s what we’re best at.”

Cuomo also hinted at a collaboration with a “famous rock star” on the album but refused to name names. He was, however, more forthcoming about live dates and suggested that a UK show in London will be confirmed “any day now.”

After that will come a series of US dates where Weezer will play ‘Everything Will Be Alright In The End’ in full to select audiences. “We’re most excited to do a run of small shows later this year, where we’re playing the new album front to back and, I don’t know, 500 to maybe 1,500 fans can get in,” said Cuomo. “So it’s really the people who really wanna hear this new album, they know it front and back, and they’re ready to participate and sing along, and it’s gonna be such a new fresh experience for us – I can’t wait.”

Weezer’s new album was produced by Ric Ocasek of The Cars, who also produced their ‘Blue Album’ in 1994 and ‘Green Album’ in 2001. In keeping with Cuomo’s comments, drummer Pat Wilson recently described the album as a mix between ‘Blue Album’ and the band’s 1996 follow-up, ‘Pinkerton’.


Here is the new Weezer single!!


And I can see myself listening to them!!

Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo: ‘I can see myself being in the band for another 20 years’
Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo has revealed that he can see himself being in the band for another 20 years.
The frontman admitted that although they were recently offered $10million to split the group up, he can see playing in the band till he’s 60.
“There’s a cut-off point, maybe 60,” Cuomo told “Assuming the audience still wants us to do this, I can see myself doing this for another 20 years or so. Then somebody’s got to pull me off the stage.”
Despite the possibility of another two decades of Weezer, Cuomo explained that the group could continue for even longer.
“It’s so hard to leave this relationship once you’re in it,” he said. “Now it’s easy for me to say, ‘I should retire by the time I’m 60’. But when I’m 59, I’ll be thinking, ‘No! I don’t want this to end!'”
As previously reported, Weezer have followed up the release of their eighth studio album, ‘Hurley’, with a rarities collection called ‘Death To False Metal’, which is coming out today (Tuesday, November 2nd).


More music equals more good times!!!

Weezer to release rarities album
Rockers Weezer have trawled through the band’s archives to release a collection of rarities later this year.
Death To False Metal, due out on November 1, features 10 previously unreleased tracks recorded over the last 18 years since the band formed.
Frontman Rivers Cuomo tells the collection features “great songs, great recordings, but for some reason they didnít make the final cut for a record”.
Weezer released its eighth studio album, entitled Hurley, just last month.