Avenged Sevenfold’s Hail to the King Expected to Sell 170K-180K Copies Its First Week
Avenged Sevenfold’s sixth studio album, Hail to the King, is expected to make a big splash on the Billboard 200 album chart next week.
According to the industry website Hits Daily Double, first-week sales for Hail to the Kingare projected to be somewhere between 170,000 to 180,000 copies. If the predictions are true, the album’s first week sales will best the debut of A7X's previous release, 2010’sNightmare, which sold 162,500 copies its first week out, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
The Billboard 200 chart's top 10 will be released on Wednesday.
In other Avenged Sevenfold news, the group will hit the road to promote Hail to the Kingwith a fall headlining tour, which kicks off on October 3 at the Allstate Arena in Chicago, IL. Deftones and Ghost B.C. will support the band on all dates. Visit AvengedSevenfold.com for the full itinerary.
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Dave Mustaine on Honoring Megadeth's Countdown to Extinction with Live CD/DVD Set
Next month, Megadeth will release Countdown to Extinction: Live, a CD/DVD set that documents a performance from the group’s tour celebrating the 20th anniversary of that classic album. Frontman Dave Mustaine says it was an easy decision to put out a live album to honor the milestone, and that he was happy to have founding bassist David Ellefson along for the ride.
“David Ellefson had just come back and we did the Rust in Peace anniversary tour which was fun, because those songs are pretty monstrous songs,” he tells ABC News Radio. “Countdown was our most successful record, you know, it doesn’t have the most aggressive songs in it but it was the most successful.”
Mustaine adds that while he personally enjoyed the Countdown to Extinction 20th anniversary tour, some fans told him they felt other Megadeth albums were more deserving of a tour like that.
“That’s the beauty, as well as the problem, with having so many records,” he explains. “[When] you have a big catalog of stuff, it appeals to so many people ,and no one’s gonna like all the songs, and very few will. Someone’s gonna have one song they like better than others. It’s like with me, I’m a die-hard Led Zeppelin fan but I don’t like ‘Hot Dog.’” Countdown to Extinction: Live will be available on September 24. Recorded at the Fox Theatre in Los Angeles on December 7, 2012, the package features Megadeth ripping through the entire album, as well as performances of “Holy Wars” and “Hangar 18” from 1990’s Rust in Peace; “Peace Sells,” from 1986’s Peace Sells... But Who's Buying?; and “Trust,” from 1997’s Cryptic Writings, among others.
While the set will be available separately on CD, DVD and digital formats, a deluxe package featuring both the CD and Blu-ray of the release will also be offered.
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Jackson Browne, Pearl Jam's Jeff Ament Featured onSweet Relief III Benefit Album
Jackson Browne and Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament are among the many artists featured on the third installment of the Sweet Relief series of benefit albums. The Sweet Relief III: Pennies from Heaven compilation, which will be released this Tuesday, showcases various singer/songwriters performing cover tunes that offer themes of support and assistance.
Browne contributes a rendition of his late friend Warren Zevon's "Don't Let Us Get Sick," while Ament plays bass on Joseph Arthur's version of "If I Needed You," by folk-country great Townes Van Zandt. You can check out Jackson's tune now at Vanguard Records' SoundCloud page. Other musicians featured on the album include Rickie Lee Jones, k.d. lang, She & Him, Ben Harper, Ron Sexsmith and Victoria Williams.
Williams, who suffers from multiple sclerosis, was the beneficiary of the first Sweet Relief compilation. Sales of the albums now raise funds for the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund, which donates money to artists in need of financial assistance because of illness or other issues.
"Musicians are always among the first to give their energy and talent to help other people in times of emergency, though they are very often without health insurance themselves," says Browne in a statement. "Sweet Relief has been helping musicians for years, and has helped some whom I am very much indebted to for enriching my life. I am very happy to take part in this CD project, and for the chance to support Sweet Relief's very soulful work." Sweet Relief III: Pennies from Heaven boasts a cover created by famed Pop Art painterPeter Max. Here is the full track list of the album:
"Pennies from Heaven" - Ron Sexsmith
"Brother Where Are You" - Shelby Lynne
"Big Spender" - Sam Phillips
"How Did You Find Me Here" - k.d. lang
"Crazy Love" - Ben Harper
"Heart of Gold" - Genevieve Toupin
"If I Needed You" - Joseph Arthur
"Surfer Girl" - Rickie Lee Jones
"With a Little Help from My Friends" - Tina Schlieske
"Change Is Gonna Come" - Victoria Williams
"King of the Road" - She & Him
"I'll Be Home" - Eleni Mandell
"Don't Let Us Get Sick" - Jackson Browne
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Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington Reveals Release Date, Track List for High Rise EP
Stone Temple Pilots has confirmed the release date for the group’s debut EP with new frontman Chester Bennington. High Rise will arrive at all the usual outlets on October 8.
In addition, the band unveiled the track list for the forthcoming EP. High Rise will feature a total of five cuts: “Black Heart,” “Same on the Inside,” “Cry Cry,” “Tomorrow” and the group’s recently-released single, “Out of Time.”
You’ll get your chance to hear tracks from High Rise performed live when STP hits the road for a North American tour next month. That outing kicks off on September 4 at the Sands Bethlehem Events Center in Bethlehem, PA. Filter will support the group on select dates. Visit StoneTemplePilots.com to view the full itinerary.
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Nirvana’s Pat Smear Reflects on Nirvana as 20th Anniversary Reissue of In Utero Approaches
Next month, Nirvana fans will get their hands on the 20th anniversary reissue of the band’s third and final studio album, In Utero. Touring guitarist Pat Smear says that while he was sad that the band came to an end when frontman Kurt Cobain died in 1994, he cherishes the memories of his time with the group.
"My Nirvana experience was much different than the other three guys," he tells Rolling Stone. "For me, it was really new and exciting. There were dark periods, too. But there wasn't a dark cloud over the whole thing."
The Super Deluxe edition of the release will feature Nirvana's complete “Live and Loud” concert recorded on December 13, 1993 at Pier 48 in Seattle, which Smear notes was once of the group’s best live performances.
"We were on that night," he explains. "If you listen to the shows from back then, it's just so obvious how into it Kurt was."
The 20th anniversary editions of In Utero will be available in stores and online at digital retailers on September 24. In addition to the “Live and Loud” concert DVD, the Super Deluxe version includes more than 40 previously-unreleased demos, rehearsal tracks, B-sides and live performances spread out over three CDs.
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Imagine Dragons Working on New Music While on Tour
Imagine Dragons may have been on the road since they released their debut album, 2012’s Night Visions, but that hasn’t stopped the band from working on new material. Bassist Ben McKee says that while the group has written a number of new tracks, he's not sure if they'll be included in their forthcoming sophomore effort.
"[Songwriting] is something we do every minute of our time, even when we have a brief vacation from touring," McKee tells LehighValleyLive.com. "We're writing songs, literally, right now, not for any one purpose, but because we just love creating music."
McKee adds that he’s looking forward to performing at the second edition of rapper Jay Z’s Made in America festival, which takes place in Philadelphia this weekend. "We're just going to get up there and do what we always do," he declares. "Put every bit of energy into creating a show that's strong and full of energy."
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David Draiman Cancels Remaining Device Tour Dates Due to Complications with Wife’s Pregnancy
Bad news for Device fans: the band has just canceled their tour dates through October so that frontman David Draiman can be there for his pregnant wife: model, actress and wrestler Lena Yada.
"Due to complications with his wife's pregnancy, David has chosen to stay close to home until the baby is born,” writes the band in a joint statement on their Facebook page. “All scheduled tour dates between now and the due date of the first week in October have been canceled.”
The announcement was followed by a personal message from Draiman. “Thanks to everyone for the well wishes,” he writes on the group’s Facebook page. “Lena and baby are ok, just a rough time in the home stretch. Needed to be here for them. Thanks for understanding.”
Back in May, Draiman took to his Twitter account to post a sonogram of his unborn son -- the couple's first -- along with a caption revealing that the child’s name will beSamuel Bear Draiman.
Device’s next scheduled concert is set to take place on November 8 at Hovet in Stockholm, Sweden.