This week’s Rock Report will cover the Billboard Charts, where the Foo Fighters battle it out with Adele; the Queens Of The Stone Age’s collaboration with Cartoon Network’s Aqua Teen Hunger Force; and more Smashing Pumpkins news that doesn’t involve D’Arcy Wretzky’s troubles with the law.
Billboard Charts Shakeup
Last week, the Foo Fighters’ seventh studio album Wasting Light debuted at #1 of the Billboard 200, which also secured them the top position on the Rock, Hard Rock, and Alternative Albums Chart.
While Adele knocked them off the top spot of the Billboard 200, the Foo Fighters remain high as they drop to #3. Wasting Light, however, still tops the Rock, Hard Rock and Alternative Albums Chart for a second week in a row. Also, for the ninth week in a row, their single “Rope” remains at number one on the Rock and Alternative Songs Chart
Other Billboard Tidbits: The Gorillaz hit #1 on the Dance/Electronic Albums Chart with The Fall, and Mumford & Sons dominance on the Folk Album Charts officially ended last week. Alison Krauss + Union Station dethroned the Brits with their latest offering Paper Airplane, which also topped the Country and Bluegrass Charts.
Aqua Unit Patrol Squad 1
Change is on the horizon for the Aqua Teen Hunger Force. The program, which airs on Cartoon Network, will be changing its name to “Aqua Unit Patrol Squad 1.” In addition to the name change, the show will get new theme music via Queens Of The Stone Age head honcho Josh Homme and his frequent collaborator Alain Johannes. Check it out below.
The Smashing Pumpkins
Now here is some awesome news involving The Smashing Pumpkins that doesn’t involve D’Arcy Wretzky’s problems with the law. Over the next three years, the Chicago-bred collective and EMI Music will reissue the band’s entire album catalog with extra special bonus materials.
It will start this coming autumn and the first three reissues will be the group’s full-length debut Gish, their sophomore set Siamese Dream and b-side compilation Pisces Iscariot. Release dates have yet to be announced.
The Decemberists have announced a second leg of tour dates scheduled for the later half of the summer. It will kick off July 19th at the Britt Pavilion in Jacksonville, Oregon and conclude August 12\ at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles, California. Currently, The Decemberists are pushing their top-charting album The King Is Dead and have just released their new single, “This Is Why We Fight.”
The Title Tracks
The Title Tracks have just released their new studio album *In Blank*. All throughout the 10-track collection, the D.C. power pop troupe create an assortment of indie delights including “Turn Your Face,” “All Tricks” and a cover of Flaming Grooves’ “I Can’t Hide.”
The Title Tracks will be hitting the road for a tour starting on April 29th at The Treehouse in Columbus, Ohio and have dates set until May 12th, where they will be at the Brillobox in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. More dates are to be announced. Go to http://titletracksdc.blogspot.com for more info.
Lastly, don’t forget to pick up Twin Atlantic’s new full-length studio effort Free on May 3. Produced by Gil Norton (Foo Fighters, Jimmy Eat World, The Pixies), the Scottish alternative rock outfit’s explosive 13-track collection is action packed with dynamic melodies, thought-provoking lyricism and sincerity.
With their smooth title track serving as the leadoff single, look for this to be one of the better and most well-rounded albums of 2011.
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