Sammy Hagar is the first signing to new Roadrunner imprint Loud & Proud, which will focus on established artists. His label debut, “Cosmic Universal Fashion,” will arrive Nov. 18.
The album’s title track was written online by Hagar with an Iraqi rock fan named Steven Lost. The cut and its accompanying video, an homage to Van Halen’s text-heavy 1992 clip for “Right Now,” can be samples on Hagar’s Web site.
“‘Cosmic Universal Fashion‘ is not about supporting left or right, blue or red, but rather an attempt to appeal to people on a personal level to get involved,” says Hagar.
The album also includes the song “Loud,” featuring the Cult’s Billy Duffy and Matt Sorum along with former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony, and a cover of the Beastie Boys’ “Fight for Your Right To Party.”
Hagar was most recently signed to Rhino, which issued his 2006 album “Livin’ It Up.” The set has sold 52,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Here is the track list for “Cosmic Universal Fashion“:
“Cosmic Universal Fashion”
“Fight for Your Right To Party”
“Switch on the Light”
“When the Sun Don’t Shine”
“I’m on a Roll”
You can watch the video for “Cosmic Universal Fashion” below!
According to Billboard.com, In just a three-day sales window, Metallica’s “Death Magnetic” (Warner Bros.) sold nearly half a million copies and tops The Billboard 200. The band’s first studio album since 2003 moved 490,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. “Death Magnetic” hit shelves on Friday instead of last Tuesday in order to accommodate a worldwide release date.
This total outdistances the opening sum of its last studio set, “St. Anger,” which sold 418,000 copies in a similarly shorter-than-normal window. The last Metallica album to stage a larger opener than “Magnetic” was 1996’s “Load,” which rolled 680,000 units in its first frame.
Metallica is the first group to see five of its albums bow at No. 1 on The Billboard 200. Previously, the act was tied with the Beatles, U2 and the Dave Matthews Band, with four each. It is also Metallica’s fifth consecutive studio album to debut at No. 1 and its seventh release to start with more than 300,000 since 1991, when Nielsen SoundScan began tracking data.
Last week’s No. 1, Young Jeezy’s “The Recession” (Def Jam), slips to No. 2 with a 65% loss in sales to 90,000. In its 49th week on the chart, Kid Rock’s “Rock N Roll Jesus” (Top Dog/Atlantic) climbs 4-3 on a 5% decline to 75,000 copies.
Jessica Simpson’s first country album, “Do You Know” (Columbia Nashville), starts at No. 4 with 65,000 and also lands atop Top Country Albums. The set was preceded by the single “Come On Over,” which peaked at No. 18 on Hot Country Songs in August. Simpson’s last album, “A Public Affair,” debuted and peaked at No. 5 on The Billboard 200 in 2006 with 101,000.
Slipknot’s Roadrunner album “All Hope Is Gone” keeps the No. 5 spot warm for a second week with 52,000 (-31%), as the Jonas Brothers’ “A Little Bit Longer” (Hollywood) stays put at No. 6 with 50,000 (-11%). Falling 3-7, the Game’s “LAX” (Geffen) experiences a 44% slip to 49,000. Lil Wayne’s Cash Money effort “Tha Carter III” ekes out a 2% sales increase and climbs 10-8 with 47,000.
L.L. Cool J earns his sixth consecutive top 10 debut as “Exit 13″ (Def Jam) enters at No. 9 with 44,000. The set’s single “Baby” featuring The-Dream has peaked at No. 52 thus far on the Hot 100. L.L.’s last release, 2006’s “Todd Smith,” bowed at No. 6 with 116,000.
The Decca soundtrack to “Mamma Mia!” rounds out the top tier of the chart, selling 41,000 (-27%) and slipping 7-10.
Eric Benet celebrates a career-high week on The Billboard 200 as “Love and Life” (Friday/Reprise) debuts at No. 11 with 40,000. His previous high-water mark came with 1999’s “A Day in the Life,” which debuted at No. 25 with 44,000.
Gym Class Heroes’ fourth album, “The Quilt” (Decaydance/Fueled By Ramen), debuts at No. 14 with 32,000. First single “Cookie Jar,” also featuring the-Dream, has sold 126,000 downloads in 10 weeks of release. The band’s last set, 2006’s “As Cruel as School Children,” started at No. 93 with 10,000 but went on to peak at No. 35.
Late comedian Mitch Hedberg scores a No. 18 entry on The Billboard 200 with “Do You Believe In Gosh?,” shifting 27,000. The Comedy Central set also debuts at No. 1 on Top Comedy Albums — his first chart-topper there.
Starting right behind at No. 19 with 24,000 is Natalie Cole’s “Still Unforgettable” (Rhino), another album of interpretations of the Great American Songbook. Her last studio set, 2006’s “Leavin’,” topped out at No. 97.
Other debuts this week include Jenni Rivera’s “Jenni” (Fonovisa, No. 31, 16,000), R.K.M. Y Ken-Y’s “Royalty/La Realeza” (Pina/Machete, No. 32, 15,000), Joshua Radin’s “Simple Times” (Mom & Pop, No. 34, 14,000), Michael Franti & Spearhead‘s “All Rebel Rockers” (Anti-, No. 39, 12,000), Kardinal Offishall’s “Not 4 Sale” (Konlive/Geffen/Interscope, No. 40, 12,000) and Okkervil River’s “The Stand Ins” (Jagjaguwar, No. 42, 11,000).
At 6.84 million units, sales this week are up 1.3% from last week’s sum and down a whopping 25% from the same week last year.
Following the successful 2007 release of the coveted 4-CD+DVD Warchest box set, Megadeth is back with a vengeance with Anthology: Set The World Afire. The career-spanning 2-CD and digital collection, to be released September 30 by Capitol/EMI, features Megadeth’s top hits and fan favorites, a previously unreleased demo and two rare concert recordings.
Anthology: Set The World Afire is loaded with 35 electrifying tracks, among them Megadeth’s top hits, including “Trust,” “A Tout Le Monde,” “Insomnia” and “Train of Consequences.” Also included are rare 1992 concert recordings of “Peace Sells” and “Symphony of Destruction,” previously available only in limited release, the latter having never been released in the U.S. “High Speed Dirt” is a demo version, previously unreleased.
Iconic frontman Dave Mustaine pioneered the hugely successful metal band, Megadeth after his departure from Metallica. Beginning with the band’s 1985 debut album, Killing Is My Business…And Business Is Good!, and evolving through a shifting series of lineups, Megadeth crafted a dynamic, intelligent style that combined the aggressiveness of thrash metal, the improvisational nature of jazz, and cynical, articulate, politically-charged lyrics into an innovative mix that built a rabid worldwide following.
In 1992, Megadeth burst into the mainstream with their fifth album, Countdown To Extinction, which debuted at #2 on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums chart and went on to sell more than two million copies in the U.S. alone. 1994’s Youthanasia followed with a #4 debut, while 1997’s Cryptic Writings yielded four Top 20 hits at rock radio, including “Trust” and “Almost Honest.”
After a brief hiatus in 2002, Megadeth made a bold return when their tenth studio album, The System Has Failed, debuted at #18 on Billboard’s Top 200.
In recent years, Mustaine has also overseen the broad remastering campaign for Megadeth’s Capitol Records catalog, which began with the band’s second album, Peace Sells…But Who’s Buying? Mustaine spent months remixing, remastering, restoring – and in some cases, reconstructing – the band’s Capitol catalog to bring it as close to his original vision as possible. Each reissue and last year’s career-spanning Warchest box set is packed with unreleased tracks, demos and alternate mixes, as well as new liner notes by the iconoclastic Mustaine.
For the majority of three decades, Megadeth has yanked heavy metal into the future – musically, lyrically, and culturally – and worked the raw soil into something desirable and dangerous. With defiance and grace, through unusual quality and intelligence, Megadeth has raised a generation on a diet of truth serum and bitter pills. Instead of being kicked to the curb for their insolence, they’ve been rewarded with seven Grammy nominations and five platinum and multi-platinum albums.
On September 30, Megadeth will continue to build on this powerful legacy with Anthology: Set The World Afire and will prove once again that they are an indispensable part of heavy metal history.
For more information regarding Megadeth’s latest pursuits, please visit the band’s official Website: http://www.megadeth.com.
MEGADETH: Anthology: Set The World Afire (2-CD, Digital Album) Track Listing:
Disc 1 Disc 2
1. Mechanix 1. Skin O’ My Teeth
2. Rattlehead 2. Ashes In Your Mouth
3. Peace Sells 3. Breakpoint
4. Wake Up Dead 4. Angry Again
5. Devils Island 5. Train of Consequences
6. Anarchy in the U.K. 6. Reckoning Day
7. Set The World Afire 7. A Tout Le Monde
8. Into The Lungs Of Hell 8. The Killing Road
9. In My Darkest Hour 9. New World Order
10. Holy Wars…The Punishment Due 10. Trust
11. Tornado of Souls 11. She-Wolf
12. Hangar 18 12. Insomnia
13. Take No Prisoners 13. Prince of Darkness
14. Go To Hell 14. Kill The King
15. Sweating Bullets 15. Dread And The Fugitive Mind
16. Crown of Worms 16. Foreclosure of a Dream
17. High Speed Dirt [Demo]* 17. Symphony of Destruction (live, Cow Palace, 1992)**
18. Peace Sells (live, Cow Palace, 1992)
**Previously unreleased in the U.S.
Performing on the show day will be the following five bands:
Swedish band TREAT was founded in 1984 and belongs to the Melodic Rock genre’s most loved bands. Their records are highly respected and the releases “Scratch And Bite”, “The Pleasure Principle” and “Dreamhunter” as well are all-time faves by many. In 2008, TREAT are still going strong and currently recording a new studio album which will see the light of day in early 2009.
STAGE DOLLS from Norway belong into the same category as TREAT: outstanding Scandinavian Melodic Rock! This outfit has been around since 1983 and also released some true Melodic Rock gem’s such as the records “Stage Dolls” and “Commandos”. Stage Dolls also are recording a new album right now, permanently are touring Norway and their appearance at Rock Over Munich will mark their first ever concert in Germany since 20 years!
These days, a nostalgic trip back to the 80s isn’t that unusual, especially when it comes to music. In 1988, the debut single of a then-unknown band became an overnight success. R5 was the name of the car. ‘Here I Am’ was the name of the song. DOMINOE was the name of the band! 2008 shows the Rock band from Munich very strong with the release of their new album “The Story Is Far From Told…”.
M.ILL.ION from Gothenburg, Sweden, was formed in 1989 by bass player and song-writer B.J Laneby. Influences in the music include everything from KISS, Deep Purple, Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy, Black Sabbath, Rainbow, DIO, Accept to Queen, the blues and The Beatles – all combined with the more heavy approach of the 2000’s. May 2008 saw the release of their current album “Chase Of The Thrill”.
DARK SKY had been founded as a school band in the very early 80’s in the South German city of Rottweil. In between, the band has released four highly recommended German Hard Rock albums and been permanently performing live. Their latest record was released in June 2008 on AOR Heaven and is called “Empty Faces”.
For more information, check out the Rock Over Munich Website.
An e-card for “Switchblade Serenades”, the debut album from the Swedish female-fronted heavy rock band SISTER SIN, can be found at this location.
A release party at Stars n Bars in Gothenburg on the 26th of September. Doors open at 10 P.M. For our German fans we have arranged a second release party at the Ballroom in Hamburg at 4th of October.
-On the 19th Sept. until the 26th of September we will in association with Myspace Sweden stream the entire album! Check out Sister Sin on myspace here!
Here is the track listing for Switchblade Serenades:
01. Beat The Street (mp3 clip)
02. Death Will Greet Us
03. One Out Of Ten
04. Breaking New Ground (mp3 clip)
05. On Parole
06. Make My Day (MOTÖRHEAD cover) (audio stream)
07. Hostile-Violent (mp3 clip)
08. Switchblade Serenade
10. All Systems Go!
11. Eye To Eye