MEGADETH’s new album, “United Abominations”, has entered the U.K. chart at No. 23, making it the band’s highest-charting LP in the U.K. since 1994′s “Youthanasia”, which peaked at No. 6. MEGADETH’s last album, “The System Has Failed”, debuted at No. 60 on the U.K. chart. “United Abominations” also debuted at No. 23 on the official Australian ARIA (Australian Record Industry Association) chart.
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In other news, MEGADETH have cracked Amazon.ca’s (Amazon Canada) Top 10 bestseller list. The album peaked at No. 5 and currently sits at No. 8.
According to Hits Daily Double, MEGADETH is on track to sell around 60,000 copies of its latest CD, “United Abominations”, in the United States in its first week of release to land in the Top 10 (possibly Top 5) of the Billboard chart. This is more than the 46,000 first-week tally registered by its predecessor, “The System Has Failed” (which debuted at No. 18 on The Billboard 200 chart), and is in line with the 61,000 opening number of 2001′s “The World Needs A Hero” (No. 16).
On March 25, MEGADETH taped a special “invite-only” set and took part in a question-and-answer session at the Musique Plus studios in Montreal, Quebec. The band played four songs — “Washington Is Next”, “Sleepwalker”, “Gears of War” and “A Tout Le Monde (Set Me Free)” — for a Musique Plus special that aired yesterday (May 15), the street date of MEGADETH’s new album, “United Abominations”. Watch the footage below:
“Sleepwalker”: “Washington Is Next!”
“Gears of War”:
JON OLIVA’S PAIN Drummer Issues Update On Upcoming Album
Drummer Christopher Kinder of JON OLIVA’S PAIN, the band led by SAVATAGE mastermind Jon Oliva, has issued the following update:
“Now that the spring touring is finally in the can, we thought it was time to update you with some detailed info on JON OLIVA’S PAIN [album] #3…coming soon to a store near you! Actually it will be January/February 2008, but that’s not really that far off. For JON OLIVA’S PAIN, the record has to be delivered by late October so we don’t really have much time to dick around before we begin the high-energy, comedy-filled recording sessions we all live for… (Frode, leave your evil twin in Norway…hehehe).
“Now before we get into the actual record, we’ll fill you in on some of our plans for this CD. AFM has picked up the option for the next release. In other words, we must have sold enough records to put some cash in AFM’s pockets so they’ll try another one with us and see if we can raise the roof even higher this time. We are thrilled to be working with them once again. They believed in the band, and the music and they did their jobs. It is a win-win for everyone, including the fans.
“So in light of that development, Oliva wanted to raise the bar with the packaging of the new disc. We have no say over the number of different releases or decisions that the label has the rights to. What we can do is try to bring something fresh and give you the fans every reason possible to go out and buy JON OLIVA’S PAIN’s music.
‘We have decided on a multi-media presentation that should blow everyone’s minds. Sorry, we can’t give you the sorted details just yet, but if memory serves us right we can only think of one other band that has ever done what we are going to do for all of you. We will say this….there will be plenty of studio footage available for your viewing pleasure as well. It is our sincere intention to bring as much of the recording experience to you as possible. Anyone who has had the chance to witness one of our sessions knows exactly what we are talking about… it’s simply priceless and we could easily make a hit reality TV show out of it!… It’s that funny!
“Now the CD: We have settled on a sort of ‘theme’ and are awaiting the official OK from AFM. It’s not a concept record (yikes!) but each song will tell a story that binds it all together. It’s going to be a very dark presentation! Oliva is not a happy man, and he is going to write all about it. Expect some of the darkest lyrics he has ever written, but the messages are important and real! Experimenting musically a bit more on this record seems logical for us. We all have a great many ideas to add to Oliva’s already brilliant songwriting, and we are purposely going to look at anything and everything we can to make these songs as interesting as possible. Oliva’s music will always sound like Oliva… so no matter what crazy idea or sound we come up with, the end result will never be sacrificed.
“We are working on a 10-minute opening opus that will clearly set the tone for the rest of the CD. Currently we have 15 working titles, more Criss Oliva riffs to add and massive amounts of arrangments left to do. But the framework is there, and tonight Oliva, Kevin and I will begin the daunting task of sifting through everything we have so far… chopping, dicing, and mixing whatever is necessary to achieve another 60 minutes of magic… as best we can. You are going to hear some things from Oliva that you probably never heard before. But that is the genius of his writing skills….he is finding new ways to incorporate different elements but always managing to preserve his unique style.
“Matt and Zahner will probably begin working with us again later this week. Pre-production at Audio should officially commence in the next month or so and once we have the final arrangements and basic recordings, Kevin and I will begin preparing to cut our tracks sometime in July or early August.
“JON OLIVA’S PAIN dealt with a lot of unnecessary turmoil and anxiety during the first few weeks of the recording of ‘Maniacal Renderings’. We will never put ourselves in that position again. Rothney and I want ample time to come up with the best performances we can… because we know it’s not going to be easy matching or beating ‘Maniacal Renderings’… but we sure are going to try!”
“Maniacal Renderings” entered the German national chart at position No. 86 upon its release in September 2006.
New Nikki Sixx CD, SIXX A.M. on the way in August.
MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx is putting the finishing touches on “The Heroin Diaries” soundtrack, which will be released on August 21 under the band name SIXX: A.M. According to Sixx, “All 13 tunes are done. James [Michael] is just mixing the last few now and the album will be completely done next week.” He adds, “What a huge body of work we’ve pulled off. We’re all proud to have this album under our wings.”
On Tuesday May 22, Sixx and UGO.com will premiere the video for “Life Is Beautiful”, the first single from “The Heroin Diaries”. The song is performed by Nikki Sixx, DJ Ashba (ex-BEAUTIFUL CREATURES), and James Michael.
“The Heroin Diaries” CD is a precursor to Sixx’s autobiography of the same name, which arrives September 25. The album’s 12 tracks each match up with one chapter in the book; “Life Is Beautiful” can be streamed from the book’s MySpace.com page.
“The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star” offers an unflinching and utterly gripping look at Sixx’s descent into drug addiction with a soundtrack, featuring James Michael and DJ Ashba (ex-BEAUTIFUL CREATURES), to match.
In this candid memoir, Nikki Sixx — MÖTLEY CRÜE’s bassist and main songwriter — recounts the band’s heyday. “The Heroin Diaries” takes readers along on one of the most breathless and harrowing roller coaster rides in the history of pop music. At its heart lies the author’s nightmare come true: a punishing heroin addiction that brought him and the band to the edge of losing much more than just their spot on the charts. Serving up snapshots of rock culture at its most manic, this insider’s look at triumph and tragedy is every bit as explosive as the musical odyssey it chronicles.
“The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star” will come out through MTV Books/Simon & Schuster. The accompanying original concept soundtrack will be released by Eleven Seven Music and distributed by ADA, with a portion of proceeds donated to Nikki’s Running Wild in the Night, a fundraising initiative for Covenant House. The book is a tell-all covering 12 months in Sixx’s battle against addiction, drawn from Nikki’s 1986 and ’87 journals, and reportedly makes CRÜE’s celebrated “Dirt”, now being made into a motion picture, sound like Mary Poppins.