Lorde has released her new single “Solar Power,” her first new single since 2017’s Melodrama.
“I feel good. It’s been years of working on this music,” Lorde told Australia’s Triple J Breakfast in a world first exclusive interview. “You know me, I go full hibernation when I’m working, so to be back is kind of surreal.
“I think I started writing the song literally summers ago, so it’s so cool for me to have it coming out. I love this song; I love this album. I’m just hyped and I think it’s right for right now.”
With over 9,000 radio spins worldwide, Florida-based band, House of Peace is topping the secular pop charts with the release of “Love Is a Flame” off of their album Welcome to the River from Rex Records.
David Liscum, the band’s leading member and producer of Welcome to the River, said as a worship artist, it’s been phenomenal to have such a major impact on the secular charts.
“It’s been interesting to have secular news outlets comment on the song and what they think it means, but ‘Love is a Flame’ is talking about God like all of our other songs do. The Flame represents the Holy Spirit and the personal connection that we have with God, along with the power of His presence and love,” he said.
“Love Is a Flame” has charted on Digitalradiotracker.com (DRT) in the top 200 (it ranked at 121 as of 3-20-2021) alongside some of the top pop artists like Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift and The Weeknd. The band also had the No. 1 downloaded song this week for Adult Contemporary and was ranked No. 4 for Triple A on the Play MPE® charts.
“We saved the best for last. We knew from the radio survey that the song would be well received. After we released the song ‘My Love’ on secular radio last year, it did much better than we anticipated, so we knew early-on ‘Love Is a Flame’ would have a similar impact on listeners, globally. We are excited to see it topping the charts,” Liscum said.
In addition to encouraging those in the church, Welcome to the River is reaching those outside of the church walls.
“There are a lot of corporate worship albums out there, and we love those kinds of projects, but we wanted to do something artistic that’s a little outside of the box in regard to radio and what the rest of the worship community is doing,” Liscum said.
He said the song has influences of Coldplay and Snow Patrol combined with powerful string arrangements and haunting vocals that have defined the band’s signature sound.
After making waves in the mainstream market, the song is now going for adds at Christian radio stations across the country.
Liscum recruited Grammy and Dove nominated producer Sean Moffitt on the project to mix “Love Is a Flame.” Moffit is best known for his work with artists like TobyMac, Chris Tomlin, Lauren Daigle, Tauren Wells, Josh Groban and Zach Williams.
“Love Is a Flame” is from the full-length album, Welcome to the River, which House of Peace released late last year. “Love Is a Flame” was released on the heels of the song “My Love,” which also exploded on mainstream radio. The band is expected to follow up with an EDM version of “Love Is a Flame” later this spring.
“The song has provided us an opportunity to share our love of the Lord with people all over the world. It also has given us a chance to let people everywhere know how much God loves them and that’s contagious,” Liscum said.
Welcome to the River features 13 songs, which were written and produced by Liscum. This is the first time he served in the producer role on a full-length project from the group. Welcome to the River a follow-up to Into the Great Unknown. Songs from Welcome to the River have been featured in reality shows and on TV commercials.
Welcome to the River is available digitally and on streaming outlets, globally, on Apple Music, iTunes, Spotify, Google Play and more.
Today, multi-platinum-selling and award-winning Christian music powerhouse Hillsong UNITED released, The People Tour: Live from Madison Square Garden, their live full- length album recorded at the famed venue. The new release arrives with the accompanying concert film on Amazon Prime, free to stream for Prime members, making it among the few full-concert experience offerings for home viewers since the start of the global pandemic.
The People Tour: Live from Madison Square Garden album and concert experience arrive during unprecedented times, where touring has been forced on an indefinite recess. The album and concert visual seek to offer fans a live Hillsong UNITED concert experience from the comfort and safety of their homes. Recorded during their 2019 “The People Tour,” the 23-track release allows for an immersive listening experience from one of the most iconic music venues in the world, Madison Square Garden.
“Playing at MSG is a pipe dream no one really expects to become a reality. Even now, the fact that we had the opportunity to play such an iconic venue gives me chills. But this night was about way more than just a venue, and its significance lies in what it stands for— and why we have always done what we do,” says Jonathon Douglass, of Hillsong UNITED. “We are simply a group of people who have always trusted in God, and poured our lives into creating an opportunity for others to experience who Jesus is and the grace He makes available for ALL. We are so grateful that we had the opportunity to capture what took place on that night at MSG. I don’t say this lightly, it was a night we will never forget and a night are so excited to now get to share with the world. We believe it will inspire and encourage you wherever you find yourself right now.”
Complete Track Listing
Ready or Not
Touch The Sky
Behold (Then Sings My Soul)
Whole Heart (Hold Me Now)
Highlands (Song Of Ascent)
Broken Vessels (Amazing Grace)
Another In The Fire
What A Beautiful Name
As You Find Me
From The Inside Out / Came To My Rescue
Rain / Reign
O Praise The Name (Anástasis)
Starts And Ends – Amanda Lindsey Cook
So Will I (100 Billion X)
Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)
Echoes (Till We See The Other Side) – Mack Brock
GRAMMY® Award-winning and multi-platinum selling Christian music powerhouse, Hillsong Worship, announce the release their latest album, “Take Heart (Again).” A collaborative expression of familiar yet newly potent declarations of praise featuring members from Hillsong Worship, Hillsong UNITED, and Hillsong Young & Free, the project is available worldwide today via Capitol Records.
“Take Heart (Again)” is a continuation of the faith-filled messages that Hillsong Worship was built on and a reminder that “taking heart” is not a one-time occurrence. Consisting of both timeless and more recent songs from the group’s extensive catalogue, many of the tracks take on a new meaning in our current world where declarations of hope, faith, and God’s love are so important.
“This album encapsulates our prayer that we would take heart in this season,” says Hillsong Worship’s Brooke Ligertwood. “That as we read the next headline, or receive the next report, whether good or bad, we would take heart again, put our hope in Jesus again, confess his Lordship again. He has been faithful in the past and He will be faithful again.”
The 12-track compilation features some of the group’s most beloved praise and worship songs including Hillsong classics “Hosanna,” “Eagle’s Wings,” and “Broken Vessels (Amazing Grace) / Life,” as well as more recent favorites like “Who You Say I Am,” “New Wine,” and much more.
“As we pray again, lament again, rejoice again, declare again, love mercy again, praise again – we do so in absolute faith that we will see God’s goodness again, experience His presence again and see Him keep His promises again,” adds Ligertwood. “We will take heart, again, and God will be faithful again, because faithfulness is not just what He does – it’s who He is.”
“Take Heart (Again)” Track List:
2. For Those Who Are To Come
3. New Wine
4. Heart of God
5. I Surrender
6. Selah / All My Life
7. Take Heart (MMXX)
8. Broken Vessels (Amazing Grace) / Life
9. Who You Say I Am
10. Highs & Lows
11. Eagle’s Wings
12. Still / P E A C E
The story continues after the record-breaking docuseries “Justin Bieber: Seasons” and provides viewers an exclusive look at the last eight months of Bieber’s life during this unprecedented time of uncertainty.
In this exclusive YouTube documentary, Bieber opens up about trying to set a healthy example of a strong marriage and family unit for his fans, saying: “Chance and I’s hearts align in what we want to accomplish. We’re both in a place in our lives where we want to show this message of hope: I have this hope in my relationship with God, and I have hope in my relationship with my wife.
Faith is playing a greater role in Justin Bieber’s life, which is now flowing into his music.
TobyMac has released a new song, ‘I’m Sorry’, as a way of apologizing to God on how far we have fallen short.
“Over a year ago as I stood with my wife and a group of friends on the Arbel Cliffs in Israel, our tour guide began to recite by memory the sermon on the mount… completely unannounced,” Toby explained on Instagram.
“The words of Jesus from Matthew 5, 6 and 7 struck me as if I had never read them before. I realized just how far we have strayed from what Jesus is asking of us. This (song) is simply my response, not judgment. I am deeply sorry for how far we have fallen short. And Godly sorrow leads to repentance. The church is God‘s plan, and I love it…. that’s why I had to write this song. #wakeUsUp”