Sunday News Roundup (14th-20th July 2014)

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Here’s the next installment of “Sunday News Roundups”, this time from the 14th to the 20th of July. Enjoy reading the scoop on the latest news!

  • We’ve got an abundance of official and live music videos that have debuted this past week. We have videos from Steven Curtis Chapman (“Glorious Unfolding”), NF (“All I Have”), needtobreathe (“Wasteland”), Warr Acres (“Freedom Fall”), Love and the Outcome (“King of My Heart”), David Dunn (“Today is Beautiful”), Anthony Evans (“I Found You”), Ellie Holcomb (“My Portion and My Strength”) and Colton Dixon (“More of You”). Which video is your favourite?
  • Lyric Videos have also been aplenty this week, with Carman (“Yes, Yes”), The Advice (“Made to Be”), Manafest (“Diamonds”) and Moriah Peters (“Stand Strong”) all debuting their lyric slides to their songs- some of the most catchiest and enjoyable upbeat melodies of the year. Which song has been your favourite this past week?
  • Hillsong Worship (previously called Hillsong LIVE) released their brand new album No Other Name at the beginning of this month, to widespread critical, commercial and fan acclaim- check out the news here! Who thinks that the movie Let Hope Rise (and most likely the 2015 new live album) will top the charts even further next year?
  • When artists record an album, generally they tour to support it a few months later. This upcoming fall, there are plenty of tours to be a part of. The Anomaly Fall Tour (Lecrae, Andy Mineo), The We Won’t Be Shaken Tour (Building 429, Love & The Outcome), The We Believe Tour (Newsboys, Family Force 5, 7eventh Time Down), the Worship Stories and Songs Tour (TobyMac, Matt Maher, Ryan Stevenson) and the While We’re Young Tour (1 Girl Nation, OBB, Tori Harris) are just 5 of the major fall tours this year; which artist/tour will you support?
  • Out of the 5 broadcast networks, all but ABC have announced their fall premiere dates for 2014. This has changed this week, with ABC announcing their 2014 lineup this week. Check out all the details here.
  • While we are all immersed in the 2014 summer season, or anticipating the upcoming fall season, there are plenty of shows in development for you to be on the lookout.
    • Mr Robot, a drama about a antisocial yet intellectual hacker, has been ordered as a pilot to USA Network, and new series Tut (a limited series run on Spike about King Tutenkamen), and The Dovekeepers (a mini series on CBS about the lives of four women during a volatile situation in Masada) have cast their leads, in Ben Kingsley and Cote de Pablo respectively.
    • Pierce Brosnan is also developing a series on Spike about crusaders and the story of the Holy Wars; while HBO is developing a sci-fi drama called Westworld, potentially starring James Marsden, Evan Rachel Wood and Anthony Hopkins. Jonathan Nolan and JJ Abrams are rumoured to be at the helm and produce/create the drama.
    • Which show in development stands out for you?
  • With every new idea for a TV show, or every renewal of a TV show, more and more people are added to the cast. This week, there have been additions in cast members to shows like Aquarius (Michaela McManus, Gaius Charles), Elementary (Raza Jeffrey), The Flash (Wentworth Miller), Castle (Ryan Sands) and The Mentalist (Josie Loren). Which show do you think has the edge this season with the new actors/characters for their upcoming season?
  • TNT has made the first round of summer TV show renewals for any cable network- The Last Ship and Major Crimes have been renewed for a second and fourth season respectively, while Falling Skies’s fifth and final season will debut in 2015. Expect renewals for Rizzoli and Isles and Perception to occur in a few weeks.
  • Hart of Dixie and The 100 were renewed by the CW in May 2014, yet we never knew how many episodes each series had. Now with confirmation, Hart of Dixie has 10 episodes for season 4, while The 100 has 16 episodes for season 2. As Hart of Dixie is in the midseason, maybe a timeslot share for both shows?
  • This week, amongst albums from David Dunn and About a Mile, Moriah Peters released her second album Brave on Provident Label Group. One of our favourite albums of the year as a site, check out Moriah’s 2 chats, one exclusive for fans and another with New Release Tuesday. Both are approximately 30 minutes each. Do you have 1 hour to spare to watch and be inspired by Moriah’s interviews?
  • Now that you are excited for Brave, here is another artist to introduce you all to- About a Mile, a group of brothers who have released their debut self-titled album on Word Records this last week. Recorded with producer Howard Benson, check out this behind the scenes featurette showing the band explaining their inspiration for their songs and what they want listeners to experience.
  • Ever heard of Pandora radio? This week, Pandora are offering 2 full album streams of Anberlin’s latest and final album Lowborn, and Colony House’s debut album When I Was Younger. NRT are also streaming in full the new album from British indie worship artist Ian Yates called DNA. Along with Before there Was from Bellarive, which of these 4 album releases, that drop next week, are you enjoying, or eagerly anticipating, the most?
  • This week is also a week of new album info.
    • Chris Tomlin has announced in 20 seconds the title of his new album- Love Ran Red. Expect his new album to be released before the end of 2014.
    • Mandisa also released the cover of her new remix album- Get Up: The Remixes which will be unveiled on September 16th.
    • Matt Hammitt, frontman of Sanctus Real, just tweeted today that The Dream will surface October 14th, while Paul Colman just released his tentative track listing for his upcoming indiegogo successfully campaigned album Recalculating, due out sometime in 2014.
    • To top all the exciting news off, veteran indie rock quartet Jars of Clay released their cover for their compilation album 20, in time for their anniversary of 20 years as a band. This album releases August 5th, and is certain to be a fan favourite with Jars fans, especially since many of the tracks are new recordings of old favourites.
    • Indie pop artist Lexi Elisha has also announced a new ep called Rope, which releases August 5th on Noisetrade.
    • Which album are you looking forward to the most?
  • Ready for another album from rock/pop artist Jeremy Camp? It almost seems a short while ago that Reckless released, but Jeremy is at it again, in the studio, and this time with producer Seth Mosley at the helm. Are you excited for Jeremy’s new music, probably releasing in 2015 sometime?
  • It’s only a few trailers dropping this week- 12 Monkeys, a Syfy series about time travel (based on the 1995 film with Bruce Willis) debuting January 2015, and Laggies, featuring Keira Knightley, Chloe Grace Moretz and Sam Rockwell as the lead roles. Which are you excited for, the TV show, movie or both?
  • Run Wild, Live Free, Love Strong, the much anticipated second album release from Aussie duo for KING AND COUNTRY, releases September 16th. Check out their song story for their promotional single ‘It’s Not Over Yet’. How does this song compare with ‘Fix My Eyes’, or any other track on Crave?
  • Thousand Foot Krutch, previously on Tooth and Nail but now releasing their material independently, have released their official audio slide for their single ‘Born This Way’- an infusion of rock, rap and country, and possibly the most diverse song the band has recorded. How does this song compare to others they have done in the past?
  • Citizens, a worship band signed to both Mars Hill Music and BEC Recordings, released their self-titled album in 2013. They have now released the top 6 remixes of ‘Made Alive’, from their remix competition earlier in 2014 (that we as a site didn’t know about). What do you think of the final six remixes? How do they compare to the original song?

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