March 2013 News
Justin Timberlake Has Best Sales Week Ever
With his third album, Justin Timberlake has received his best sales week ever as a solo artist. The 20/20 Experience has sold 968,000 copies in its first week. He also sits atop the Billboard 200, marking back to back number one album debuts for Timberlake. Though, he sold less than a million copies, the album is the 19th highest album debut since SoundScan started keeping track in 1991. In 2000, Timberlake’s previous group, *N Sync sold 2.42 million copies in its first week. No Strings Attached is the top selling album of all time (since SoundScan began keeping track) in its debut week.
Volume two of The 20/20 Experience is scheduled for November.
For more, read this.
Kings of Leon’s New Album Could Be Available in September
Southern rockers Kings of Leon have finished their sixth studio album. The untitled album is the first release from the band since Come Around Sundown in 2010.
Speaking with NME, bassist Nathan Followill says of the upcoming album, “I thought we were going to make a really mature album but I’m amazed how youthful it sounds. It’s like a mix of ‘Youth & Young Manhood’ and ‘Because Of The Times’.”
Some new songs may be previewed when the band plays the Governor’s Ball in NY this June.
MCR Fans Start Petition for Proper Goodbye
Members of the MCRmy, fans of the now defunct My Chemcial Romance, are not having any part of the band’s sudden breakup. A fan in the UK has started a petition with Change.org to encourage the band to give their fans a “proper farewell”.
The petition was started shortly after frontman Gerard Way took to the band’s website to announce the band was parting ways after 12 years.
The original petition called for 10,000 signatures, which it reached. It is currently at slightly over 16,000 signatures. It needs just under 9,000 signatures to reach its new goal of 25,000.
Mumford & Sons Not Headlining Lollapalooza
Mumford & Sons released their North American tour dates today and the band will not be headlining Lollapalooza. Instead, they’ll be performing in Montreal for the Osheaga Festival.
Fret not, US festival goers. They will be at Bonnaroo on June 15.
Pre-sale tickets for the tour are available now and the remaining tickets on sale April 5.
Tour dates can be found here.
Carole King, John Fogerty Among HOF Performers
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members Carole King and John Fogerty have both agreed to perform at the 28th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.
Joining them will be Usher (singing for Quincy Jones), Spike Lee and Harry Belafonte (inducting Public Enemy), Cheech & Chong (inducting Lou Adler, the night’s Lifetime Achievement Award recipient) and Chris Cornell (inducting Heart). King will sing in honor of Adler, while Fogerty and Jackson Browne will perform with Randy Newman.
The ceremony is April 18 in Los Angeles.
For more, read this.
Deke Richards, Motown Songwriter, Dies
Deke Smith, who penned many songs for the Jackson 5, has died. The 68 year old had been battling esophageal cancer.
Smith and his partners, Fonze Mizell and Freddie Perren formed The Corporation. They wrote Jackson 5 staples “I Want You Back”, “ABC”, and “The Love You Save”. They also wrote for The Supremes, while Richards wrote for Bobby Darin, Bonnie Bramlett, and Martha Reeves and the Vandellas.
Go here for more on Richards.
Justin Timberlake’s New Album Closing in on 1 Million Sales
Justin Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience” was released last Tuesday, March 19. As of Sunday, March 24, it was projected that the album will sell anywhere from 950,000-975,000 copies in it’s first week.
The Nielsen-SoundScan sales week runs from Monday to Sunday. Sunday’s final numbers will give the accurate sales total. According to Billboard.com, the album will debut at number one on March 27. This will give Timberlake his second consecutive number one debut. 2006’s FutureLove/SexSounds sold 684,000 copies in week one. His first album, Justified, debuted at number two.
If the album sells a million copies it’s first week, it will be only the 19th album to reach that number since SoundScan started keeping track in 1991.
Record Store Day Releases Include MGMT, Best Coast
On Friday, the Record Store Day Record Store Day announced its list of records going on sale on Record Store Day. Among those artists revealed are MGMT, Best Coast, Black Keys, Ringo Starr, and Jack White.
Best Coast’s release will have new songs, while the Black Keys are releasing a cover of “No Fun” one side and the original by The Stooges on the other.
Record Store Day will take place on Saturday, April 20. This marks the sixth anniversary.
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My Chemical Romance Is Finished
On Friday, My Chemical Romance took to their website to officially tell their fans that the band was finished.
In a statement on the website, MCR stated: “Being in this band for the past 12 years has been a true blessing. We’ve gotten to go places we never knew we would. We’ve been able to see and experience things we never imagined possible. We’ve shared the stage with people we admire, people we look up to, and best of all, our friends. And now, like all great things, it has come time for it to end. Thanks for all of your support, and for being part of the adventure.
My Chemical Romance”
Over their decade-plus career, the band released just four albums, three on a major label. Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge was their major label debut in 2005. The Black Parade followed in 2006, while their last album Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys was released in 2010. All three albums were top 10 records.
Dave Grohl’s SXSW Keynote Speech:Listen Now
Last week, Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl addressed the crowd at SXSW as a keynote speaker. He followed last year’s speaker, Bruce Springsteen.
You may have already ready Grohl’s impassioned speech about finding your voice and staying true to it.
Listen to the speech in its entirety here.
50th Anniversary of The Beatles’ “Please Please Me”
Fifty years ago today (March 22), The Beatles released “Please Please Me”.
The single was the follow up to “Love Me Do”. After recording it, producer George Martin declared that “Please Please Me” would be a number one hit. Though, it only made it to #2 on the UK charts.
For more on the song, click here.
Elton John, Courtney Love Rumored to Be On New Fall Out Boy Album
Pete Wentz is hinting at quite a few names of artists who guested on the new Fall Out Boy album. Last week, bandmate Patrick Stump tweeted a picture with Elton John. Wentz confirmed yesterday via his own Twitter that John is in fact appearing on the upcoming Save Rock & Roll.
After asking his followers to guess which blonde hair singer was on the new album, the Fall Out Boy account tweeted “It’s Courtney bitch” along with clip featuring images of Courtney Love.
Rapper 2 Chainz stars in the band’s new “My Songs Know What You Did In the Dark (Light ‘Em Up)”.
The album will be out on April 16.
Justin Timberlake is Streamin’
Yesterday, Justin Timberlake’s new album began streaming on iTunes. You can also pre order the digital album for $10.99. The album will be streaming all week long.
In case you haven’t heard, it’s JustinTimberweek. JT kicked off the week a little early by hosting and performing on Saturday Night Live, bringing in the highest ratings in 14 months. He is also appearing as a guest and performing on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon every night this week.
All one hour plus of The 20/20 Experience will be out on March 19.
Prince Composes TV Show Theme
Prince, who is notoriously selective and protective of his music, has created a TV theme song. MSNBC’s Tamron Hall was the lucky recipient of the new outro music.
Listen to the funky new theme here.
Berry Gordy Officially a Pioneer
The Songwriters Hall of Fame is bestowing Berry Gordy with the Pioneer Award. Gordy will receive the award on June 13 at the Hall of Fame’s ceremony in New York.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, chairman of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, Jimmy Webb, states “Yes, he created a label but more than that, he created a genre. Think about it, he pioneered a marketplace for African-American artistry and then he invited the world in to enjoy it. Berry was way ahead of his time; his young and immaculately groomed and dressed artists were among the first to receive media training. Berry Gordy and the Motown sound are essential to the American music story.”
Also being awarded that night, Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, Holly Knight, Mick Jones and Lou Gramm (Foreigner), Tony Hatch, and JD Souther.
Linkin Park Supports Sandy Survivors
Linkin Park is showing their support for Hurricane Sandy survivors. Though the storm wreaked havoc months ago, both the United States and Haiti still need help. Mike Shinoda recently visited Haiti and made this clip.
The band aligned with Music for Relief to raise funds that will go to Sandy Relief efforts that help provide families with childrens services such as help with local childcare. Purchase of the bracelet also helps to support the International Medical Corps’ efforts in Haiti. It will help support long term programs including water and sanitation, disaster preparedness, and primary health care.
The one-of-a-kind bracelet is available for $15 through Music for Relief’s website.
30 Seconds to Mars’ “Up In The Air”
30 Seconds to Mars is promoting their new single in an out of this world way, literally. On Friday, the band had NASA’s help to send their single to space. They went to Cape Canaveral, FL and a copy of “Up In The Air” was placed with the SpaceX rocket being launched for the International Space Station.
Frontman Jared Leto told MTV.com “It seemed impossible; for a moment I played with the idea of a weather balloon, but I had been speaking with NASA for quite some time about ways to find something creative to do together. And I presented them with this idea and here we are…”
The band will travel to Houston to Mission Control on March 18 to field questions along with astronaut Tom Marshburn about the adventure. The single hits radio airwaves the following day.
For more, read this.