Richard Smirke, writing for Billboard:
Music IP investment company Hipgnosis Songs has begun 2020 in much the same way that it spent the past 18 months — by making a major catalog acquisition.
This time it’s 157 songs by former Blink-182 singer and songwriter Tom DeLonge. Terms were not disclosed for the deal, which sees Hipgnosis picking up 100% of DeLonge’s copyright interests on the first six Blink-182 studio albums, spanning from 1995’s independently released Cheshire Cat to 2011’s Neighborhoods. The musician left the pop-punk trio in 2015.
I’ve sat here for the past thirty minutes trying to figure out how to word this post, which I felt was important to make because it is newsworthy and I think people should know it’s confirmed and happening. Right now, I’m as frustrated and angry as I have been in a long time at something in the musical world. I think this post from our forums sums up where a lot of my frustration is coming from at the moment.
I would say this. I try not to live and die by the comment section. The comment section is the most toxic part of the internet. It’s just people complaining. I was really surprised that people who say that they’ve been a fan of blink-182 for years, even with some surname with a 182, say on this one song: “oh you’ve ruined blink-182, this is not blink-182”. After 25 years and 9 albums worth of songs, you don’t like one song and you would turn your back on the whole band? That was surprising for me. But like I said, the comment section is always the worst part of the internet.
Blink-182’s Travis Barker rises to No. 1 on Billboard’s Rock Songwriters chart (dated Oct. 5) for the first time, thanks to 15 songwriting entries on the latest weekly Hot Rock Songs survey.
Barker’s “I Think I’m Okay,” with Machine Gun Kelly and Yungblud, leads the way at No. 3 on Hot Rock Songs, matching its peak, while 14 Blink-182 songs follow, as the group’s new album Nine arrives at No. 1 on the Top Rock Albums chart and No. 3 on the Billboard 200 with 94,000 equivalent album units, according to Nielsen Music.
Post Malone’s Hollywood’s Bleeding nets a third straight week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, as it earned 149,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. in the week ending Sept. 26 (down 25%), according to Nielsen Music. The album is the first to spend its first three weeks at No. 1 in nearly a year.
Blink-182 came in at number three:
Blink-182’s new album Nine bows at No. 3 on the Billboard 200, granting the rock trio its eighth top 10 effort. Nine bows with 94,000 equivalent album units earned (with 77,000 of that sum in album sales).
Derrick Bryson Taylor, writing for the New York Times:
That’s a really good question. It was funny because, fortunately most of the people I was meeting with in the early days weren’t really aware of the crazy rock and roll behaviors and antics that I’ve had in my early, mid-20s. I always tell people being a celebrity got me in a few doors, but that’s all it did. My intellect, whatever level it may or may not be [laughs], is what got those meetings to bear fruit. I think from my perspective, the most important thing that I was focused on was being eloquent. Being humble to the subject, because the subject is not a joke. I had to really be respectful about what I was saying, how I was saying it. I think because all those things, I earned trust and I earned more meetings. It was a process, it did not happen over night, it took me a couple years.
This demo inevitably turned into ‘Heaven’ on ‘NINE’ – blink-182 album. It was a small piece of a 45 minute jam / writing session with my friend Chris Greatti. The rest is history.
In a recent interview with Vogue, Mark talked a little more about the song:
[S]tarkly different to “Heaven,” a meatier track written about the 2018 mass shooting in Thousand Oaks, California. “It means a lot to me personally,” Hoppus says. “What started off as a song about broken hearts became a song about living in America in 2019.”