This week’s Rock Report will focus on Billboard Chart shakeups, specifically surrounding The Beastie Boys’ rise to the top; The War on Drugs’ comeback after three long years on hiatus; The Killers’ drummer Ronnie Vannucci; Sublime replacing Bradley Nowell and much more.
The Billboard Charts
There have been some major shakeups on the Billboard Charts, and the victims are the Foo Fighters and Mumford & Sons, both of whom no longer top any album chart. The Beastie Boys’ latest studio effort “Hot Sauce Committee Part Two” debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200, and topped the Rock, Rap and Alternative Albums Chart.
Also, the Nikki Sixx fronted Sixx: A.M. debuted at #10 with their sophomore set “This Is Gonna Hurt.” It also knocked the Foo Fighters the top spot of the Hard Rock Albums Chart.
While the Foo Fighters’ seventh studio album “Wasting Light” have taken a massive hit on the album charts and dropped from #2 to #13 this week on the Billboard 200, their single “Rope” is still going strong. For the 11th consecutive week, it remains #1 on the Rock and Alternative Songs Charts.
Also, Helpless Blues debuts at #4 on the Billboard 200 with “Fleet Foxes” and, in the process, knocked Mumford & Sons off the Folks Album Charts pedestal. Helpless Blues is now #1 in that area.
Philly’s War On Drugs
Finally, after three grueling years, Philadelphia’s The War On Drugs will release their long-awaited sophomore set “Slave Ambient” this summer. The 13-track collection, which serves as the follow-up to their 2008 debut “Wagonwheel Blues,” will be released on August 16. “Baby Missiles” has been leaked online.
Killin’ It On the Drums
The Killers’ drummer Ronnie Vannucci is showing off his multi-instrumental skills with his side project Big Talk. Alongside his partner in crime Taylor Milne, the dynamic duo will release their self-titled debut album on July 12. The effort will be fueled by their recently released electro-tinged single “Getaways.”
The Sick Puppies
The Sick Puppies are about to give music heads one sick collection. On May 17, the Sick Puppies will drop the “Tri-Polar Deluxe,” a double disc version that will feature the royal treatment.
The first disc is the entire third studio album (which was released in 2009), while the second version features the “Polar Opposite” mini album of unplugged songs, three b-sides and an unreleased track entitled “Monsters.” Currently, the group is promoting their fourth single from the effort “Riptide.”
No one can replace Bradley Nowell, but if Sublime With Rome’s single “Panic” is any indication, then at least the trio (comprised of original bassist Eric Wilson, original drummer Bud Gaugh and new guitarist/singer Rome Ramirez) is picking off where original Sublime left off in 1996.
Nearly 15 years after Nowell’s death, Sublime With Rome just premiered their single “Panic” and, from the sounds of it, the second coming has begun.
Madina Lake Leaving Roadrunner
Madina Lake, perhaps best known for their songs “House Of Cards” and “Here I Stand,” have left Roadrunner Records for greener pastures at Razor & Tie -- an independent label with a diverse roster that includes notable such as All That Remains, Norma Jean, Saves The Day and Vanessa Carlton.
The Chicago alternative rock juggernaut will kick off the partnership in the fall with the release of their third studio album “World War III,” which marks the final installment of their concept trilogy where the band discovers and explores a fictional, metaphorical universe. To get a glimpse into their world, you can check them out this summer on the Warped Tour.
Eve 6 Renunites
One week after Fearless Records announced the signing of the newly reunited Eve 6, the rock trio has scheduled another big reunion for next month. The group is slated to hit the studio in June to record their fourth studio album with mega producer Don Gilmore.
Perhaps best known for his work on Linkin Park’s “[Hybrid Theory]” and “Meteora.” Gilmore has history with Eve 6. He produced the band’s platinum-selling self-titled debut album and gold certified sophomore set “Horrorscope.”
Stay tuned to RedBullUSA.com as we will be posting an exclusive interview with front man Max Collins, who shares details about the band’s reunion, signing to Fearless and songs expected to appear on the album.
Arcade Fire: Festival Touring
Arcade Fire seems to be the talk of the 2011 festival circuit. Last weekend, the Canadian troupe performed a cover of “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” and brought out original composer Cyndi Lauper -- whom is one of their all time favorite artists according to bandleader Win Butler.
Lauper also served as a guest on Arcade Fire’s “Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains).” With more festivals lined up this summer, fans have to wonder what other surprises the group has in store.
The Canadian troupe will also be releasing a deluxe version of their Grammy-Award winning album The Suburbs. It will be a CD/DVD combo. The CD version will feature the entire album, and two brand new tracks entitled “Culture War” and “Speaking In Tongues.” As for the DVD portion, it will consist of a documentary, a music video for “The Suburbs” title track and the Spike Jonze-directed short film “Scenes From The Suburbs.”
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