Rock News: June 13th, 2013
BLACK SABBATH's '13' Projected To Sell 120K-130K First Week
"13", the first BLACK SABBATH record in 35 years to feature singer Ozzy Osbourne, guitarist Tony Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler all playing together, is likely to sell between 120,000 and 130,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release, according to industry web site Hits Daily Double. The estimate was based on one-day sales reports compiled after the record arrived in stores on June 11 viaVertigo/Universal Republic. This marks BLACK SABBATH's return toVertigo, their original label, and the group's first studio album together since 1978's "Never Say Die!"
"13" is in a race with U.K. act BEADY EYE (featuring former OASISmembers) for the No. 1 spot on next week's U.K. album chart. The Official Charts Company reports that there are just 4,500 sales between the two albums.
Details of the album's deluxe edition surfaced on April 19, with the band revealing that the eight-song effort is accompanied by three bonus tracks called "Methademic", "Peace Of Mind" and "Pariah".
Several versions of "13" are available for order, including a standard CD, a double CD that includes a second disc of exclusive bonus audio, a heavyweight vinyl album in a gatefold sleeve and the aforementioned "Super Deluxe Box Set", which contains the double CD, the vinyl album, an exclusive DVD documentary on the band's reunion, 13 photographic prints and hand-written lyrics.
"13" track listing:
01. End Of The Beginning (8:05)
02. God Is Dead? (8:52)
03. Loner (4:59)
04. Zeitgeist (4:37)
05. Age Of Reason (7:01)
06. Live Forever (4:46)
07. Damaged Soul (7:51)
08. Dear Father (7:20)
Deluxe-edition bonus tracks:
09. Methademic (5:57)
10. Peace Of Mind (3:40)
11. Pariah (5:34)
Total running time (with bonus tracks): 68 minutes, 42 seconds
The drum tracks on the album were laid down by RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE sticksman Brad Wilk following original drummer Bill Ward's decision to bow out of the reunion.
Osbourne went on the BBC in England to discuss the band's new single,"God Is Dead?" and the inspiration behind the track. Ozzy explained, "I was in somebody's office and there was a magazine on a table and it just said, 'God Is Dead', and I suddenly thought about 9/11 and all these terrorist things and religion and how many people have died in the name of religion. When you think about the tragedy that's happened throughout time, it just came in my head. You'd think by now that their God would have stopped people dying in the name of, so I just starting thinking that people must be thinking, 'Where is God? God is dead' and it just hit me."
Ozzy added that the question mark at the end of the title is his way of showing that he's not sure about the answer himself, saying, "At the end of the thing, there's still a bit of hope because there I sing that I don't believe that God is dead. It's just a question of when you see so many dreadful people killing each other with bombs, and blowing the tube trains up and the World Trade Center."
Ozzy told an Australian radio station that "13" is "mind-blowing," adding, "It's better than my wildest dreams; it's so good."
SABBATH kicked off its world tour in support of "13" on April 20 in Auckland.
BLACK SABBATH's OSBOURNE Explains Why Drummer TOMMY CLUFETOS Doesn't Play On '13'
Kory Grow of SPIN.com recently conducted an intervow with BLACK SABBATH members Ozzy Osbourne (vocals) and Geezer Butler (bass). A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.
SPIN.com: Rumor has it that [producer] Rick Rubin made you all listen to your self-titled debut album before recording "13". Did that make you cringe?
Osbourne: I remember going to [Rubin's] house, and he was going on about the first album. I was like, "What the fuck's the deal, man? Why the first album? We've all done a billion albums since then." He goes, "You're not a heavy metal band. The first one was a blues album." And I go, "Yeah." And he goes, "That's what I'm looking for." I said, "A blues album?! You want us to do a blues album?" I didn't know what the fuck he was on about. I thought he was fucking nuts. But I got the fucking punch line three weeks later. It wasn't that he wanted a blues album so much as he wanted the blues feel from us.
SPIN.com: [Drummer] Bill Ward didn't play on "13". Let's set the record straight: What happened?
Osbourne: To be absolutely truthful with you, I can't really remember. It was such a long time ago. There was the business side of it and the money side of it. We just didn't have the time to keep the people waiting another fucking ten years. The drummer thing was a pain in the butt. We would have loved Bill Ward to step up to the plate, but it never worked out. I still love him to death. It's sad that it didn't work out. But hey, we've got an album, we're all really happy. I don't suppose Bill is that happy.
SPIN.com: Was Brad Wilk [RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE] your first choice to replace Bill [during the "13" recording sessions]?
Osbourne: I don't really want to go into it. We had Tommy [Clufetos,SABBATH's touring drummer and member of Ozzy's solo band] on hold. And it just didn't work out. The way it was dealt with was wrong, because you can't keep people waiting for nothing. We were going to use Tommyat the beginning, and Rick was against it. And then it turned out that it wasn't dealt with professionally and I got a bit pissed off. Anyway,Tommy's doing a great job on the road with SABBATH.
Read the entire interview at SPIN.com.
Queens of the Stone Age Scores First #1 Album onBillboard 200; Megadeth at #6, Barenaked Ladies #10
It’s official: Queens of the Stone Age has scored their first #1 album on the Billboard 200.
…Like Clockwork secured the #1 slot this week with over 91,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. QOTSA’s highest-charting release before now was 2005’s Lullabies to Paralyze, which both debuted and peaked at #5 on the list with 97,000 copies sold its first week out, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
In addition, …Like Clockwork got the top spot on Billboard’s Vinyl Albums chart. …Like Clockwork racked up 12,000 LPs sold in its first week, making it the second-biggest sales week for a vinyl album since SoundScan launched the chart in January 2010. The biggest-selling vinyl album so far is Daft Punk's Random Access Memories, which sold 19,000 LPs when it debuted two weeks ago.
Megadeth and Barenaked Ladies also scored top-10 positions on the Billboard 200 this week. Megadeth's fourteenth studio album, Super Collider, clocked in at #6 on the tally with 29,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The last time Megadeth visited the top 10 was with 1994’s Youthanasia, which debuted and peaked at #4 on the list with 143,000 copies sold its first week out.
Barenaked Ladies’ eleventh studio album, Grinning Streak, clocked in at #10 on the tally with 26,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The group's previous album, 2010's All in Good Time, debuted at #23 on the tally with 23,000 copies sold in its first week.
Source: Abc ePrep
Black Sabbath’s 13 Expected to Nab #1 Debut in US and UK
It appears that Black Sabbath's long-awaited album, 13, reuniting the band with original frontman Ozzy Osbourne, will make a big splash on both sides of the Atlantic.
According to HITS Daily Double, 13 is expected to dominate the top spot on the Billboard200 chart next week, with sales estimated to come in somewhere around 120,000 to 130,000 copies. Black Sabbath's highest-charting album in the U.S. to date is the band's third studio effort, Masters of Reality, which peaked at #8 back in 1971.
As for the U.K., 13 is expected to beat out Beady Eye's sophomore album, BE, for the #1 slot on the country's Official Albums Chart next week. That's according to the U.K.'s Official Charts Company, which keeps track of record sales. If the predictions are true,13 will be the group's first album to score the top spot on that tally since its sophomore release, Paranoid, did so in 1970.
13 is the first full-length Black Sabbath studio album to feature Osbourne since 1978'sNever Say Die.
The new Billboard 200 chart's top 10 will be revealed on Wednesday, while the Official Albums Chart will unveil its latest rankings on Monday.
Source: Abc ePrep
Stream Sublime’s Live CD, Three Ring Circus: Live at the Palace -- October 21, 1995
While Sublime’s live CD album, Three Ring Circus: Live at the Palace -- October 21, 1995, won’t be released until Tuesday, the band is giving us something to tide us over until then. RollingStone.com is currently streaming every song from the upcoming release.
As the title suggests, the upcoming release documents a concert by the band’s original lineup, which includes late frontman Bradley Nowell, at the Palace in Hollywood, California on October 21, 1995. The collection boasts 27 tracks including performances of hits “Date Rape,” “Badfish,” and “40 Oz to Freedom,” as well as covers of Toots and the Maytals’ “54-46 Was My Number,” Bad Brains’ “House of Suffering,” and “Scarlet Begonias” by the Grateful Dead.
While Three Ring Circus: Live at the Palace -- October 21, 1995 will be available separately on CD and DVD formats, a deluxe edition of the release will also be available. In addition to the CD and DVD, that package includes an exclusive poster, laminated backstage pass and an additional live concert video of Sublime performing at the Las Palmas Theater in Hollywood, California from February 17, 1995.
Here is the track list for Three Ring Circus: Live at the Palace -- October 21, 1995:
"We’re Only Gonna Die for Our Arrogance”
“All You Need”
“Caress Me Down”
“40 Oz to Freedom”
“54-46 Was My Number”
“I Love My Dog”
“Work That We Do”
“Smoke Two Joints”
“Ring the Alarm”
“House of Suffering”
Source: Abc ePrep