It’s official: Pearl Jam has scored their fifth #1 album on the Billboard 200.
The group’s new release, Lightning Bolt, secured the #1 slot this week with over 166,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The group first topped the chart with 1993’s Vs., then continued to score #1 debuts with 1994’s Vitalogy, 1996’s No Code and 2009’s Backspacer, the latter of which sold 189,000 copies its first week out.
While Lightning Bolt’s first-week sales are the weakest for any Pearl Jam release, the new record scored the largest debut of any rock album since Phillip Phillips' The World from the Side of the Moon dropped in November of 2012, selling 169,000 copies its first week out.
Pearl Jam is currently trekking across North America promoting Lightning Bolt. The band will make stops at the XL Center in Hartford, CT on Friday and at the 1st Mariner Arena in Baltimore, MD on Sunday. Visit PearlJam.com to view the full itinerary.
Source: Abc ePrep
Metallica, QOTSA, Silversun Pickups Among Artists Offering Special Black Friday Record Store Day Releases
While a number of bands have already announced their plans for this year’s Black Friday Record Store Day, the full details have now been posted online. On November 29, a massive number of artists will be releasing album reissues, new singles, and rare and unreleased materials to support local record stores.
Included in the list of releases will be a four-LP vinyl box set of the soundtrack to Metallica’s 3D film,Metallica Through the Never. Also, Queens of the Stone Age will be offering a two-LP “Black on Black” version of their latest release, …Like Clockwork. Rush will be dropping a 10” vinyl picture disc that features a live and studio version of “The Garden,” the last song from their latest release, 2012’s Clockwork Angels. Silversun Pickups will also be offering a 10” vinyl single, which includes the new single “Let It Decay” and a previously-unreleased B-side, “Working Title,” that was recorded during their sessions for 2012’s Neck of the Woods. In addition, Band of Horseswill release a 7” vinyl single featuring two acoustic tracks recorded live at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN: “No One’s Gonna Love You,” from 2007’s Cease to Begin; and a cover of Gram Parsons’ “A Song for You.” Stone Temple Pilots will reissue their 1992 debut album, Core, while Dave Matthews Band will have two vinyl reissues up for sale, which feature live performances from September 12, 2004 at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, CA, and August 27, 2000 at the Meadows Music Theater in Hartford, CT.
As previously reported, special vinyl releases from The Flaming Lips, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nirvana andFall Out Boy will also be available. You can check out the full list of releases at RecordStoreDay.com.
Source: Abc ePrep
Marilyn Manson Tops "Creepiest Celebrities" List
If Marilyn Manson makes your skin crawl, you’re not alone. The singer has been named the creepiest celebrity in America in a list compiled by E-Poll Market Research. The company compiled its rankings by surveying 1,100 people of various ages, incomes, educational levels and geographic location to represent a cross-section of the U.S. population.
Other musicians to make the list include pop stars Miley Cyrus and Lady Gaga, while actors Paul Reubens, Andy Dick, Charlie Sheen and Woody Allen also ranked high on the tally.
Here are the top 13 creepiest celebrities of 2013, according to E-Poll Market Research’s E-Score service:
1. Marilyn Manson
2. Paul Reubens
3. Dennis Rodman
4. Howard Stern
5. Andy Dick
6. Charlie Sheen
7. “Mama June” Shannon
8. Steve Buscemi
9. Woody Allen
10. Criss Angel
11. Miley Cyrus
12. Dina Lohan
13. Lady Gaga
Source: Abc ePrep
Chris Cornell, Alabama Shakes Featured on 12 Years a Slave Soundtrack
Chris Cornell and Alabama Shakes are among the artists contributing tracks the official soundtrack album inspired by the upcoming drama, 12 Years a Slave.
The Soundgarden frontman has written an original song called “Misery Chain” for the project, which includes some additional vocals by singer/songwriter Joy Williams. Cornell says he was inspired to write “a hundred different songs” for the album, but settled on “Misery Chain.”
“I was moved by this film and the story in a way that transcends any film experience I have ever had,” he explains in a statement. “Compassion, basic human rights and love must be our priorities above race, religion or commerce. Every generation needs a reminder of that simple idea.” Alabama Shakes chose to cover a classic jazz track for the release, "Driva' Man," because of its central message. “There is no lightness in the music of ‘Driva' Man’ because there is no mention of freedom in this song,” says frontwoman Brittany Howard in a statement. “The focus of the track is about an enslaved person reaching ‘quittin' time’ while also trying to please the overseer to avoid getting beaten. 12 Years is one of the most important films we have ever seen and it is important to us to give back some of what the movie has given to us.”
The soundtrack album will be released digitally on November 5, followed by a physical release on November 19.
Here’s the track list for Music from and Inspired by 12 Years a Slave:
“Devil’s Dream” -- Tim Fain
“Roll Jordan Roll” -- John Legend
“Freight Train” -- Gary Clark Jr.
“Yarney’s Waltz” -- Tim Fain and Caitlin Sullivan
“Driva Man” -- Alabama Shakes
“My Lord Sunshine (Sunrise)” -- David Hughey and Roosevelt Credit
“Move” -- John Legend feat. Fink
“Washington” -- Hans Zimmer
“(In the Evening) When the Sun Goes Down” -- Gary Clark Jr.
“Queen of the Field (Patsey’s Song)” -- Alicia Keys
“Solomon” -- Hans Zimmer
“Little Girl Blue” -- Laura Mvula
“Misery Chain” -- Chris Cornell featuring Joy Williams
“Roll Jordan Roll” -- Topsy Chapman featuring Chiwetel Ejiofor and Cast
“Money Musk” -- Tim Fain
“What Does Freedom Mean (to a Free Man)” -- Cody Chesnutt
Source: Abc ePrep
Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong Teams with Norah Jones for Everly Brothers Tribute Album
Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong and singer/songwriter Norah Jones have lent their talents to a new album paying homage to The Everly Brothers. Titled Foreverly, the release features the pair covering all the songs from the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’s second album, 1958’s Songs Our Daddy Taught Us.
Armstrong says he wanted to remake the album so he could expose the songs to a new audience. “I got into the Everly Brothers’ record a couple years ago and I thought it was just beautiful,” he tellsStereogum.com. “I was listening to it every morning for a while off and on. I thought it would be cool to remake the record because I thought it was sort of an obscure thing and more people should know about it.”
The singer adds he wanted to change the sound of the songs by recruiting Jones for the project, with whom he struck up a friendship after they performed together with Stevie Wonder and his band during the 2005 Grammy Awards.
“I really wanted to do it with a woman singing because I thought it would take on a different meaning -- maybe broaden the meaning a little bit -- as compared to hearing the songs being sung by the two brothers,” Armstrong explains. “We had Stevie Wonder in common…so I called her and she said yes. So it was kinda like…a blind date.” Foreverly will be released on 11/25 on Reprise Records. You can now check out a preview of a cut from the release, “Long Time Gone,” at Warner Brothers Records' Soundcloud page.
Here's the track list:
“Long Time Gone”
“Silver Haired Daddy of Mine”
“Down in the Willow Garden”
“Who’s Gonna Shoe Your Pretty Little Feet”
“Oh So Many Years”
“Rockin’ Alone (In an Old Rocking Chair)”
“I’m Here to Get My Baby Out of Jail”
“Put My Little Shoes Away”