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On this week’s Rock Report, Coldplay have the third best-selling debut of the year, The Wallflowers announce plans to reunite and Amy Winehouse’s first posthumous album gets a release date. Four Year Strong provides us with an exclusive and also, Ozomatli gets funny with a famous comic and gets their game on with a bunch of penguins. That, and much more, in this week’s edition of the Rock Report.
New Music from Ozomatli
The Los Angeles-based collective recently wrote, arranged and recorded the soundtrack to “Happy Feet Two – The Videogame.” Produced by Robert Carranza (Jack Johnson, The Mars Volta, One Day As A Lion), Ozomatli performs every song on the 12-track offering and the lone collaboration features Lil’ P’Nut on “Penguin’s Life.” “Happy Feet Two – The Videogame” will be available Tuesday, November 8th.
The Latin urban rock group have also made headlines in the comedy world as they are currently the house band for the Comedy Central program “Gabriel Iglesias Presents Stand-Up Revolution.” Here is Ozomatli’s video for “Hey It’s Fluffy” featuring the comedian himself.
Coldplay Tops Charts
Two weeks ago, Evanescence made an impact when the group’s self-titled album debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 by moving 127,000 units. Well, this week, Coldplay absolutely crushed that number. The British pop-rock troupe’s fifth studio effort “Mylo Xyloto” premiered at #1 on the Billboard 200 by moving over an astonishing 447,000 copies. That gives Coldplay the third highest-selling debut of the year for an album. As it stands, “Mylo Xyloto” is on target to turn gold as early as next week.
The Wallflowers Comeback
According to an interview with Rolling Stone, the singer-songwriter recently revealed that the band -- --best known for their 1996 smash “Bringing Down The Horse,” which turned out hits like “One Headlight” and “6th Avenue Heartache” -- will reunite after a four-year hiatus. The Wallflowers are slated to work on new material beginning January 2012 for an upcoming studio album. Stay tuned.
The Kills Touring America
British-based indie rock duo The Kills are heading back to North America for a slew of dates. The trek kicks off January 20th at the Riviera in Chicago, Illinois and wraps up February 11th at Terminal 5 in New York, New York. Jeff The Brotherhood and Hunters have been tapped as opening acts.
The Kills have also just released their brand new video for “Baby Says,” the latest single off of their fourth album “Blood Pressures.” Check out the clip below.
Four Years Strong
Four Year Strong will drop their fourth studio album “In Some Way, Shape Or Form” on Tuesday, November 8th through Decaydance and Universal Motown Records. While the Massachusetts heavy pop-punk collective have leaked a few teaser tracks to promote the effort, they settled on “Just Drive” as the official single.
Vocalist and guitarist Alan Day revealed to us as to why “Just Drive” was the perfect leadoff. “I think more than anything, we just dropped a single,” he says. “It was just kinda like throwing a curve ball to show kids we were capable of more than what we were doing, and what we thought in a creative and different way of doing it, but still being Four Year Strong. And, we just love that song.”
This is also the first album where Four Year Strong are a quartet Josh Lyford, who handled synth and keyboard duties, left the group this past April. Although the band’s relationship with him appears a bit rocky to say the least, both sides keep somewhat of an open communication.
“I talked to him a few times,” Day admits. “I don’t think it’s completely perfect. There’s like no bad blood completely. We were in a band together for five years and for it to stop outta nowhere and for us to just keep going, I think there’s a little bit of … I don’t know the word for it. Not bitterness, but it’s … different. Josh is at home playing locally with his other band and he’s got a job, and we’re now a four-piece. We have one less person on stage with us. I think it just takes some getting used to. That’s all.”
New Music from Amy Winehouse?
Amy Winehouse is no longer be with us, but her spirit and music lives on. The deceased pop-soul singer’s first posthumous release “Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures” will be available in all physical and retail stores on December 5th, just in time for the holiday season. The 12-track collection, put together by producers Mark Ronson and Salaam Remi, contains previously unreleased records, alternative versions of her smash hits and even a few cover tracks. In fact, covers of “Body And Soul” featuring Tony Bennett and Ruby & The Romantics “Our Day Will Come” are the lead singles.
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