Welcome to Red Bull’s weekly rock music bulletin, where we will be recalling some of the biggest and most unforgettable moments in the industry, as well as dish out exclusive news bits.
On the rock front, the Billboard Charts have remained relatively the same. The Foo Fighters’ new album “Wasting Light” moved up one spot from #3 to #2 on the Billboard 200, and sold enough units to ensure them the top spots on the Rock, Hard Rock and Alternative Albums Charts for the third week in a row. Additionally, their single “Rope” remains at #1 on the Rock and Alternative Songs Chart for the tenth consecutive week.
Just like the Foo Fighters, another group that refuses to go down is Mumford & Sons. After 58 weeks on the Billboard 200, the British juggernaut secures the #3 slot on the Billboard 200 and, in the process, regained the top spot on the Folk Albums Chart.
Other Billboard Tidbits: “Explosions In The Sky” debuts at #16 on the Billboard 200 with their latest offering “Take Care, Take Care, Take Care,” The Airborne Toxic Event flies at #17 with their new effort “All At Once,” Steve Earle’s “I’ll Never Get Out Of This World” hits #24 and Augustana’s self-titled album lands at #29.
Eve 6 Reunited
Big things are happening for Eve 6. All three of the original members have reunited, signed with Fearless Records and are working on a new album to be released later this summer.
The rock trio is best known for their smash hits “Inside Out,” “Here’s To The Night” and “Think Twice.” Stay tuned to redbullusa.com as we will have more on this development in the weeks to come.
Hip Hop Modest Mouse
Modest Mouse is adding a little hip-hop flavor to their music -- or at least it seems that way. The indie rock collective have tapped Big Boi and his longtime collaborator Chris Carmouche to produce their next album.
As it currently stands, Big Boi -- an Atlanta MC who is best known as one half of Outkast and for his smash solo single “Shutterbug” -- isn’t slated to be featured on any of the songs.
He recently told MTV.com, "The fans don't have to worry. There's nothing like, 'Oh, Modest Mouse, there's some rapping going on the album!' If there needs to be some rapping on there, I will destroy it, but right now, we're just really marinating with the music to see where everything's going to go. Just know this mother----er is jamming, man. Believe me."
Thursday is the New Friday
With their new album “No Devolucion” out, Thursday plans to support the effort by going on a national tour with fellow rocker Taking Back Sunday, who also have their new studio self-titled full-length dropping on June 28.
The tour is slated to kick off June 14 at the Summit Music Hall in Denver, Colorado and slated to conclude at the House Of Blues in Chicago, Illinois on July 31.
Set Your Goals This Summer
Speaking of a June 28, that’s the day Set Your Goals will be releasing their third album Burning At Both Ends.
The song “Exit Summer” has been released on YouTube and the band will be supporting it on this year’s Warped Tour. More details to come in the weeks ahead.
Lastly, on a sadder note, The Decemberists announced that keyboardist Jenny Conlee has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Fortunately, it was caught early and there is a great chance for a full recovery. While she undergoes treatment, she is expected to miss some shows on the band’s upcoming tour schedule.
In a note addressed to the fans, both in the newsletter and email, Conlee wrote, “The band and crew are like family to me and have been incredibly supportive and understanding. To be making music with everyone and seeing the fans has helped me to feel more positive and keep my mind off of my diagnosis. But, alas, as the tour winds down, it is time for me to get back to reality. I will try to get into surgery as soon as I can after we return from this leg of the tour so I can begin my recovery. There are still a few unknowns out there concerning my cancer, but I am thinking positive and hope to be back on the road soon. Thanks for all of your support!”
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