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Welcome to The Rock Report, where we will be recalling some of the biggest and most unforgettable moments in rock music, as well as dish out exclusive news bits. This week, we’ll focus on major comebacks from Noel Gallagher and Beirut, as well as dive into why Duran Duran canceled their tour -- and as usual – the ever changing landscape of record sales.
Rock Music Sales
It’s been a bit of a slower week for rock music sales. Bon Iver’s self-titled effort might have dropped from #2 to #11 on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart, but it still outsold Taking Back Sunday’s self-titled album, which debuted at #17.
As a result, Bon Iver remains on top of both the Alternative and Rock Albums Charts for another seven days. Also, Gillian Welch’s “The Harrow & The Harvest” debuted at #20 and grabbed the #1 spot on the Folk Albums Chart.
Other Billboard Newsbits: For the 19th week in a row, Foo Fighters' mega single “Rope” remains atop the Rock Songs Chart. Foster The People also returned to prominence as the take the #1 spot on the Alternative Songs Chart with “Pumped Up Kicks.”
Noel Gallagher is Back
Move over, Beady Eye, because Noel Gallagher is back! The former guitarist and principle songwriter of Britpop band Oasis is set to release his first solo effort “Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds” on November 8 through his own label, Sour Mash Records.
Also, a second full-length is completed and it’s slated to drop sometime next year.
Beirut Also Back
It’s been four long years, but now, Beirut is back. The New Mexico-bred indie folk rock collective will release their third full-length effort “The Rip Tide” on August 30. The studio album will be dropped through Pompeii Records, an independent label owned and operated by bandleader Zach Condon. “East Harlem” has been unveiled as the leadoff single and “Goshen” serves as the B-side.
Beirut will support “The Rip Tide” by playing select dates in America. After wrapping up a brief European tour, they’ll land in the States on September 21 for a gig at Terminal 5 in New York City. There will be nine additional shows over the following month and a half with the final concert on November 13 at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Duran Duran Cancels Tour
Everyone will have to wait a little longer before seeing Duran Duran in concert. The British new-wave rockers’ lead vocalist Simon Le Bon has been suffering throat problems and the condition has worsened so severely that he has is about to begin physical therapy.
Here’s hoping for a speedy recovery!
The Pixies Extends Tour
While one legendary band has cancelled their tour, another has decided to extend theirs. The Pixies have added more dates to their ceremonious “Doolittle” extravaganza, except this time they are playing in the “lost cities” -- or towns they skipped over in the past.
The “lost cities” edition launches on October 27 at the Wellmont Theatre in Montclair, New Jersey, and concludes November 21 at the Civic Auditorium in Santa Cruz, California.
Young Circles Debut Album
Young Circles are leaving the box. The Miami troupe will drop their debut album “Jungle Habits” on August 23. It’s an 11-track indie pop-rock collection and “2012” has been released as the leadoff single.
“Jungle Habits” follows on the heels of Young Circles’ “Bones” EP, which was unleashed this past January.
Razor & Tie Signs Kevin Devine
Razor & Tie keeps adding to their stellar roster. Singer-songwriter Kevin Devine has signed to the label and plans to release his sixth studio album “Between The Concrete & Clouds” on September 13. This will be the first full-length where Devine is backed by an ensemble, so expect a richer sound.
Also, the Brooklyn-based folk artist will embark in a small headlining tour in support of the effort. It begins September 6 at Club AE in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and concludes on September 20 at The Wire in Upland, California.
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