Music Forum: Classic artist of the week — Otis Redding.
Drake, surprising no one, has the number one album in the country this week. Beyoncé moved to number two, Prince was at three.
As expected, Drake’s Views album debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart with an explosive first week. The set earned 1.04 million equivalent album units in the week ending May 5 in the U.S., according to Nielsen Music. Traditional album sales comprised 852,000 copies of that sum (a slight upgrade from the 851,000 that was previously reported).
Issues’ have released their new song “Blue Wall.”
The Hotelier’s cover of The Cure’s “Doing the Unstuck” can be streamed below. The track comes from the upcoming tribute album, Love Cats: A Tribute to the Cure.
This week brings a few notable acts to your television screen. Tonight, The National will be on Colbert, Tegan and Sara will be performing on Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday, May 10th, and Animal Collective will be on Colbert this Thursday the 12th. Walk the Moon will be on Seth Meyers on Wednesday and Drake will stop by Jimmy Fallon on Thursday.
Cassino’s new song, “Alabama Song,” can be streamed below via BrooklynVegan.
Bear vs Shark have announced some more shows and Equal Vision Records is reissuing the band’s two albums as a double LP set.
Modern Baseball’s new album, Holy Ghost, is streaming on Bandcamp’s blog. I think it’s weird Bandcamp decided to disable external embedding.
The teaser trailer for Inferno, starring Tom Hanks and Felicity Jones, has been released.
Twenty One Pilots have announced a world tour that will take them to Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand. Dates can be found below.
Grimes’ new video for “California” can be found on YouTube or by hitting read more.
Pink’s new video for “Just Like Fire” can be found on YouTube or by hitting read more.
Useless ID will release State is Burning on July 1st via Fat Wreck Chords.
Less Than Jake have announced some UK tour dates.
Letlive.’s new song “Reluctantly Dead” can be streamed below via Independent.
Why would any band ever release a double album? Serious question. The deck is stacked against you. Even the Beatles couldn’t do it without filler, and they were working in the days of vinyl. (Plus, you know, they were the Beatles.) What the hell do you have in your songbook that justifies two CDs of material? Calm down, go home, cut some tracks, and come back when you’re ready to be serious about making a cohesive work of musical art.
By all accounts, double albums are impossible. Even the acclaimed ones don’t escape the charge of filler, from Bruce Springsteen’s The River to The Smashing Pumpkins’ Mellon Collie & The Infinite Sadness. Let’s not even get into the kind of reputation that Foo Fighters’ In Your Honor has, or Arcade Fire’s Reflektor. And you can sure as hell bet that Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience and Green Day’s trilogy would have better legacies if they had been single-disc affairs.
Mason Maggio (The Republic of Wolves) has released his debut single for his new solo project Souvenir.
Charlie Simpson’s latest album, Little Hands, is now on Apple Music and Spotify. This has to be named after Trump, right?
Boys Like Girls sure seem to be hinting toward some kind of 10-year anniversary thing for their self-titled album. Oh, and for the record, I responded to Martin with “new phone, who dis?”
Yellowcard have finished their 8th album and it’s been sent to be mixed.