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Hillsong Movie Gets NZ release date

Mark down October 6 in your movie-going diaries. That's the NZ release date for Hillsong: Let Hope Rise, the documentary/concert film about Hillsong United, directed by Michael John Warren, the guy who directed Jay Z's Fade to Black.

Some of the United team sat down with Billboard for an interview about the film, and about the song "Oceans", which has spent nearly three years on the Hot Christian Songs chart.

BONUS: Listen to new versions of some of United's biggest songs on the official movie soundtrack.

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MUSIC VIDEO: Skillet - Stars

Check out Skillet's music video for "Stars" from their album, Unleashed. Can we just lock in that John Cooper's beard is PHENOMENAL in this video?? Holy cow, talk about impressive!!

You can get Unleashed wherever music is streamed or sold.

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Stream Halfnoise's new album before it's out

You owe yourself the 34 minutes it will take to have a sneaky preview of Halfnoise's second full-length album, Sudden Feeling, streaming now on Billboard.com.

“My hope is that people take the 34 or so minutes to listen to the entire album because I feel like you don't get the whole picture from just one song.”

The album's out Friday, and you can pre-order it on iTunes here.

BONUS: Check out the music video for "Telephone" right here:

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Twenty One Pilots land in the record books

Twenty One Pilots is adding their name to the record books.

This week they became just the third rock band in history to have two songs in the top five of the Billboard Hot 100 at the same time!

“Heathens” and “Ride” are the songs at the top of the charts right now, and you can check them both out below (in case you've somehow managed to go this long without hearing them!)

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MUSIC VIDEO: Relient K - Mountaintops

Relient K has debuted the first music video for a song from their latest album. The video for “Mountaintop” involves explosions, killer bats and other shenanigans - so it's basically the best music video you could watch today.

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Britt Nicole Announces Self-Titled Album

Britt Nicole was featured in People Magazine yesterday, revealing some of the story behind her new self-titled album out in October.

"I especially have a heart for those who feel alone, hurt and lost, looking for hope. I write from my own experiences and from the stories I've heard from fans. My goal in writing is always to be authentic and vulnerable in hopes that the song will connect with someone who may be going through the same thing."

You can read the full write-up here, and check out the album trailer below.

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Halfnoise's new album is out THIS WEEK

Pre-orders are live for Halfnoise's (aka Zac Farro's) new album In The Summer - out on Friday.

This guy has been pretty busy the last little while, not only working on his own album, but he's also been back in the studio with Paramore (the band he left in 2010), helping with THEIR new album.

He was recently interview on Billboards Alt In Our Stars podcast:

"It’s a second chance. I’m so thankful that I’m playing on [Paramore's] album, but that wasn’t what was important to me at the beginning. What was important was mending those friendships… Hayley and Taylor have become really good friends of mine again and they’re super supportive of my stuff.”

 

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Remedy Drive release "Hope's Not Giving Up"

Remedy Drive have released Hope's Not Giving Up, their 11th studio album, featuring new arrangements of some of their biggest songs over the last 10 years.

David and Philip Zach re-united for a second Remedy Drive album with Corey Horn, who's been with the band for six years now, on bass and backing vocals. Some friends of the band joined in the studio as well. Casey Moore of Leeland added some guitars and Tim Buell added his rhythms on the drums.

Frontman and songwriter David Zach says:

"I'm excited that the new recordings of these songs will continue to be the soundtrack of hope in our lives, especially at a time when hope is scarce. Hope continues to dig through the rubble of broken dreams and lost opportunity. Hope whispers in the debris of war and exile, 'don't give up.' We still need a renewed hope at 110 dB in 2016 and that's what I want this album to be."

 

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