Atreyu have filmed a 5-part video series documenting the recording process of their new album, Lead Sails Paper Anchor, due out August 28th. Atreyu teamed with producer John Feldman (The Used, Good Charlotte) on the follow-up to A Death-Grip On Yesterday. The second installment of the video focuses around drummer/co-vocalist Brandon Sallers and his methods for recording his drum tracks on the new record.
Check out the video below:
Nikki Sixx’s new band, Sixx: A.M., have released the second track, “Pray for Me,” from The Heroin Diaries album at www.myspace.com/theheroindiaries in support of the upcoming release of the soundtrack on August 21st with the book to follow for release on September 21st.
Also Nikki just released the first clip in a new video podcast series for The Heroin Diaries. Check out Nikki speaking on what it was like to transform his diary entries into music:
Brandi C. from VH1′s “Rock of Love” has been busy since the show wrapped — shooting a porn flick! Brandi, or as she’s named on babygotboobs.com, “Brittany,” went straight from filming Brett Michaels’ show — to shooting a threesome. That’s a busy girl!
According to her MySpace page, the busty blonde recently walked the red carpet for the first time. She was as relaxed in front of the cameras with her clothes on … as she is with them off!
Bret Michaels was pissed when he heard he missed out on a threesome with one of his reality show contestants — but Brandi tells TMZ she doesn’t do them all the time. Riiiiiight.
TMZ spotted the babygotboobs.com star, aka “Brittany,” with “Rock of Love” co-star Heather on Robertson Blvd., shopping for some paparazzi attention. Without being asked, Brandi admitted she was the video vixen, saying, “It was just a one time deal … I just wanted to try it out, see what it’s all about … it was an exciting, fun time, but it’s done.”
Nothin’ but a good time here!
Courtesy of TMZ.com
I must admit that Hell to Pay gives me a small glimmer of hope for Dokken’s up and coming 2007 release, Lightning Strikes Again.
The sound on Hell to Pay is far more subdued that the band’s previous efforts with Lynch and Pilson. There are a few rockers on this disc, but you have to sift through the sludge to find them.
Don’t Bring Me Down is a high tempo rocker with plenty of excellent guitar work by Jon Levin. Don Dokken is in fine vocal form here.
Escape is a low to mid-tempo number that has grown on me after repeated listens. It is an above average track
Better Off Before retains the sound of classic Dokken. There is plenty of guitar noodling and crunching bass in this song. Good Stuff!
Still I’m Sad is a cool song with haunting guitars. It is a mid-tempo number that rocks hard.
Hell to Play still has plenty of misses, and mixing seems a little strange to me. Most people by a Dokken record because they want to hear something that rocks. Hell to Pay starts off with a semi mellow song, The Last Goodbye. It has a few rocking moments, but seems like a odd choice to open the disc with. There are several other songs in this vein, Haunted, Care For You, I Surrender, Letter To Home, Can You See. None of these songs are particularly bad, but they don’t rock as hard as they should.
Does this release compare to the George Lynch and Jeff Pilson releases? No, not even close. This isn’t the kind of release that will get your adrenaline pumping. John Levin’s playing is very good, but Hell to Pay suffers from too many low to mid tempo songs, and not enough songs that rock hard.
I think with the right material, the 4 piece unit of Don Dokken, Mick Brown, Barry Sparks and Jon Levin could probably rock pretty hard. Hopefully, their sophomore effort with this lineup is heavier that this one.
Hell to Pay, is an above average release that will appeal to some. Some Dokken fans may want to use this as a frisbee.
Rating: Out of 10
1. The Last Goodbye
2. Don’t Bring Me Down
5. Prozac Nation
6. Care For You
7. Better Off Before
8. Still I’m Sad
9. I Surrender
10. Letter To Home
11. Can You See
12. Care For You (Unplugged)
Another cool band from the land down under, is the band Electric Mary. A cool band that reminds me of Buckcherry somewhat. Judging from the clips I listened to on the band’s myspace page, they won’t be unsigned for long.
Check out the video below:
Former Scorpions Drummer has released a new video for his solo CD, I’m Back.
Check it Out!
The Scorpions have released an Electronic Press Kit for their new CD Humanity Hour 1. You can watch the video at this link.
If you haven’t picked this disc up, you are missing out one of the better releases of 2007.
You can read the Hard Rock Hideout review here.
The new video clip for the song Humanity is posted below:
This Michael Wagener produced disc features Ron Keel on vocals, Marc Ferrari and Brian Jay on guitar, Kenny Chaisson on bass, and Dwain Miller on drums.
This is a another disc that I have owned on multiple formats. I wore my cassette tape of this out years ago, and was quick to pick it up on CD once that happened.
This disc has a bunch of excellent hard rock tunes and a solid power ballad, Calm Before the Storm. My favorite songs are Somebody’s Waiting, Cherry Lane, King of the Rock and I Said the Wrong Thing to the Right Girl.
If I had to compare Keel to other bands from the same time period, I would say that they are closest to Dokken. Ron Keel belts the vocals out with his melodic screams, and Marc Ferrari has many impressive guitar solos throughout this release.
It should be a crime, that a CD this good is out of print. The only way you are going to find this one now is through EBay, Gemm, or some expensive used copies through Amazon.com.
You can preview a couple of the songs below. Don’t miss out on this disc, if you don’t own it.
Rating: Out of 10
1. United Nations
2. Somebody’s Waiting
3. Cherry Lane
4. Calm Before the Storm
5. King of the Rock
6. It’s a Jungle Out There
7.I Said the Wrong Thing to the Right Girl
8. Don’t Say You Love Me
9. If Love Is a Crime (I Wanna Be Convicted)
10. 4th of July
Quiet riot Drummer Frankie Banali To Release Tribute to Led Zeppelin
September 18, Frankie Banali and his musical friends pay tribute to the legendary Led Zeppelin on 24/7/365. This release finds Banali along with bassist Tony Franklin working with a rotating cast of vocalists and guitarists.
According to Frankie Banali, “the album is dedicated with love and respect to the memory of John Henry Bonham – May 31, 1948 / September 25, 1980, and it has truly been a labor of love.”
Sample MP3 audio tracks and partial CD art can be found at the following location: http://www.frankie-banali.com/LZ-Tribute.html
* THE WANTON SONG
* FOUR STICKS
* OUT ON THE TILES
* RAMBLE ON
* THE OCEAN
* THE IMMIGRANT SONG
* ROYAL ORLEANS
* GALLOWS POLE
* CUSTARD PIE
* WHEN THE LEVEE BREAKS
* (THEY WERE) THE EYE OF GOD
The Rhythm Section:
Frankie Banali/Drums and Percussion
Tony Franklin/Bass (The Firm/Blue Murder)
Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple/Black Sabbath)
Bobby Kimball (Toto)
Don Dokken (Dokken)
Jeff Scott Soto (Yngwie Malmsteen/Journey)
Alex Ligertwood (Santana)
Kevin DuBrow (Quiet Riot)
Robin McCauley (Michael Schenker/MSG)
Mark Boals (Yngwie Malmsteen)
Paul Shortino (Rough Cutt/Quiet Riot)
Chas West (Bonham/Lynch mob)
Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake)
Gilby Clarke (Guns N Roses)
Bruce Kulick (Kiss)
Reb Beach (Winger)
Bill Leverty (Firehouse)
Steve Fister (Lita Ford)
Neil Citron (Hero)
Michael Lardie/Keyboards (Night Ranger/Great White)
Neil Citron/Additional Keyboards
Courtesy of KNAC
Trapt is holding the world premiere of their new video “Stay Alive” on Yahoo today. The band wanted to do something a little different and utilize some of the great talent that exists on the web to create their new video. The band searched hard and found Mile Kalbach, an amazing claymation artists who was a fan of the band. After viewing his work online, the band knew he had to be a part of the “Stay Alive” video.
With direction from the band, Kalbach went out and helped make the underlying feeling of “Stay Alive” actually come to life.
“Stay Alive” is the first track off Trapt’s new live album Trapt Live! which hits stores on September 18th. The band is currently in the studio working on their next album, due out early 2008. In addition to the new album, Trapt are close to announcing a fall tour.
Video premiere link: http://music.yahoo.com/premieres
It is 26 days until the new release of the Nikki Sixx Soundtrack for his book, the Heroin Diaries.
Nikki Sixx has released the following video for the song, Life is Beautiful, in support of the up and coming soundtrack and book.
Sixx A.M. – Life is Beautiful
The Sixx A.M. CD hits the stores on 8/21/07.
The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star will be available on 9/18/07.
There is a new band that is about to break onto the scene in a big way. Judging from the two new single’s released on the band’s myspace page, Sweet Sister, and You Shook Me, swedish rockers, Hell ‘N’ Diesel are going to break out big time, when their new CD, Passion for Power hits in September.
If you like 80′s style hard rock, check this band out! They kick ass!
Here is their video called Miss Cocaine!
I received a note today that Grand Lux’ CD, Carved In Stone is now available at most retailers including Best Buy, Tower Records, and Amazon.com.
I purchased this CD months ago through CD Inzane, and has been one of my favorites in 2007. You can check out the Hard Rock Hideout review here.
The video for the song, Escaping the Clouds is below:
After a storming performance in front of 20.000 enthused fans at this year’s “Masters Of Rock”-festival in the Czech Republic 2 weeks ago, German melodic rock band PINK CREAM 69 has returned home to Karlsruhe. An unbelievable concert in front of 40.000 people at the open air event “Das Fest” followed. One of the highlights in the band’s career so far. Both concerts have been recorded for a double-DVD with the tentative title “Past & Present” to be released in 2008. The first DVD-effort in the band’s 20-year-long career.
The first DVD in the package – to be called “Present” – will contain the highlights from both of the festivals and a full headlining concert to be recorded in the next months. Also included will be interview- and behind-the-scenes-footage.
The second DVD – to be called “Past” – will contain the rare out-of-print VHS-live-recording “Size It Up! – Live In Japan 1992” now in digital quality documenting PINK CREAM 69’s first-ever outstanding appearance in Tokyo/Japan in the band’s original line-up with ex-singer Andi Deris (HELLOWEEN). Furthermore all the 8 promotional PINK CREAM 69-videos from the past will be included along with more bonus features.
Comment: I will definitely pick this one up. This is a great band!
One of the earliest music reviews that I have written at the Hard Rock Hideout was for Stone Sour’s Come What(ever) May.
This band fronted by Slipknot singer, Corey Taylor and Jim Root has experienced a moderate level of success in 2006/2007. Their album has gone gold (over 500,000 units sold).
They have 2 Grammy Nominations, and 3 singles that have charted in the top 21 songs, including a #1 hit song, Through Glass.
Here are the four videos that the band released for Come What(ever) May.
Made of Scars
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HIM’s video for their new single “Kiss of Dawn,” has a secret. Written as part of the original treatment by Director Meiert Avis, you must watch carefully because things are not what they seem – and just when you though you had it all figured out, there is more to find. The video is exclusively available on iTunes today. Once you watch the video go to heartagram.com to solve the mystery. The person who cracks the code will get to see any HIM show of their choice in 2007 or 2008 and meet the band backstage.
HIM will release their new album, Venus Doom, on September 18th via Sire Records.
“Kiss of Dawn” iTunes link http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewVideo?id=260166506&s=143441
I can appreciate an updated sound as a band matures, but this is drastically different, even for Silverchair.
On this new CD, their sound is a lot more like U2.
Check out the video below for Straight Lines!
Sheldon Tarsha has posted the following at his website:
“Two weeks before Rocklahoma, Steven Adler and I spoke
for almost an hour on the phone. He apologized
profusely for derailing our European tour last year
and PROMISED me that he was going to pay me out of his
personal account “If not 20K at least 10K” to be in
the band and do the upcoming tour with him. I
postponed my show on July 13th that I had scheduled in
San Diego with my band (TARSHA) to be available to
play with Steven at Rocklahoma. I tried calling and
texting him several times as the date approached. I
got no call, no nothin’. He completely flaked on me
and never called!
It wasn’t till a couple days ago that I called his
brother Jamie. I told him and Steven’s new manager
that I’m not available to tour with Adler. They BEGGED
me to “At least play the Key Club show…” I told
them, I’m sorry guys, I’ve been on the rollercoaster
ride long enough. PLEASE find someone else. They said
“We want u and only u” blah blah blah… I texted them
back the next day and told them I need 5k up front to
do the tour. They immediately started in with “We
don’t have that kind of money…We’re not rich like u
might think…” I told them that if I was gonna be
involved, I need to know that Adler’s Appetite is a
serious band with plans for real success. They told me
“I thought you said it’s not about the money, which is
it?” I told them it’s about the commitment, not only
to me and the fans, but the overall success of the
project. I told them that if they don’t plan on going
all the way, I don’t want to be involved.” They had no
I’m extremely focused right now with my new band
TARSHA. The current album ‘PROPHECIES’ is selling
worldwide with the first single DIRTY in the Top 10 on
the global radio charts for 25 weeks now on Live365
Radio. I recently signed with national booking agency
AFM ENTERTAINMENT (CELLDWELLER, DEADSTAR ASSEMBLY,
SPYDER BABY) to schedule a North American tour for
TARSHA across the US and Canada in 2006. I’ve been in
the studio working on new songs for the next TARSHA
album which is more than halfway complete and will be
released in 2008.
I wish Adler the best of luck and I hope all the fans
I made touring with Adler’s Appetite will check out my
new music and support my new album.”
DC4, the Los Angeles-based hard rock band featuring former DIO guitarist Rowan Robertson alongside brothers Jeff Duncan (ARMORED SAINT, ODIN) on lead vocals and guitar, Shawn Duncan (ODIN) on drums and Matt Duncan on bass, have finalized the track list for their forthcoming album, “Explode”. The band is shooting for a late August or early September release date and are currently considering several interested labels. However, the band will actually offer fans the first 1000 copies of the album for purchase at their Myspace page. The track list will feature the following 10 songs:
ARMORED SAINT/FATES WARNING bass player Joey Vera, fresh off his work on the new SEVEN WITCHES album, has been behind the controls for both the recording sessions and the mixing of the album.
In other news, the band will be headlining a show at the Knitting Factory in Hollywood on August 18, 2007.
To hear a few songs from the upcoming album, and to learn more about DC4, visit their Myspace page at: http://www.myspace.com/dc4duncan.
Comment: Judging from the tracks that I have heard so far, this will be a must own release when it comes out.
Whether you like them or not, few band’s have experienced the level of success that AC/DC has achieved. AC/DC’s Back In Black has sold over 42 million units worldwide, making it one of the must successful releases in music history. Most bands would be happy if their entire catalog sold this amount.
After the death of Bon Scott, the band soldiered on. No one knew how this release would turn out. This is the band’s first disc featuring singer Brian Johnson. With Mutt Lange at the helm as producer, the band crafted their most popular release ever.
From the opening bells of Hells Bells, you know this is going to be a classic record. It is rare for me to listen to a whole CD all the way through, and not have a song or two that I don’t like. This is not the the case with Back in Black.
I love all of the songs on this disc, by my absolute favorites are Shoot To Thrill, Back In Black, You Shook Me All Night Long, Have A Drink on Me, and Shake a Leg.
This is a disc that stands up well, and does not sound dated in 2007. I can’t think of one thing I would change on this record.
It is a hard rock/metal landmark release that no collection should be without. If you don’t own this, what are you waiting for. 42 Million people can’t be wrong!
Rating: Out of 10
1. Hells Bells
2. Shoot To Thrill
3. What Do You Do For Money Honey
4. Givin The Dog A Bone
5. Let Me Put My Love Into You
6. Back In Black
7. You Shook Me All Night Long
8. Have A Drink On Me
9. Shake A Leg
10. Rock And Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution
The creator of the coffee-based energy drink says it’s named after his own girlfriend — Jovita — and not the 45-year-old rocker.
Bon Jovi’s lawyer has written the man a letter objecting to the phrases “itsmijovi” and “itsmilife” — words that appear in the company’s marketing materials and on the can. He notes that 1 of Bon Jovi’s most popular songs is entitled `It’s My Life.’”
The drink maker he’s willing to stop using “itsmilife” on cans, but says he’s keeping the name Mijovi.
Comment: Hopefully this energy drink doesn’t suck as much as Lost Highway.
After the success of Atreyugame.com, the band has now posted “Becoming the Bull” on their Myspace. “Becoming The Bull” is the first single off the new album, Lead Sails Paper Anchor which hits stores on August 28th. The band kicked off the Family Values tour in St. Louis July 20th. For more information on the Family Values tour and to check out “Becoming The Bull” go to www.myspace.com/atreyurock
Have you seen this video by American Hearbreak? This is the new band featuring guitarist, Billy Rowe from Jetboy.
Have you seen Dario Lorina yet? Dario is the 17 year old wunderkind that is on tour with Jani Lane in 2007.
Check out this video, then go see them live……..
The five piece Minnesota band formerly known as Skywynd, has changed their name to Crash Anthem, and released a new disc, Inside A Red Room. Candlebox singer, Kevin Martin produced this 10 track disc.
Inside A Red Room, is a very polished sounding modern hard rock record. Crash Anthem is one of the better, new U.S. hard rock acts I have heard in a while. They are melodic, without falling into the bass heavy trap that so many new mainstream acts are stuck in today.
Singer, Walter Joseph’s vocals are clean, and easy to listen to. The keyboards give the songs an almost alternative touch, but do not over power the tracks. Most importantly, all of the 10 songs on Inside A Red Room rock hard!
Catch Me If you Can is an energetic rocker. I love the rhythm on this song. The cowbells mixed with the drumming give this song a lot of energy. This is a very cool way to start off this disc.
Favorite Things is a very upbeat song. This song kind of reminds me of what Velvet Revolver is doing today, and may be a little better than that.
Me, Myself and You is a cool moody rocker. This song rocks hard but has a very nice layer of keyboards. Good Stuff!
I love the crunching guitars on Red Room. This song is heavy enough to get you head banging, but he keyboards level it out. As a whole, it is another superb track.
Walter Joseph belts out the notes in a higher pitch on Typical People. This track could easily be a hit on rock radio.
I could not get into A Time for the Kill. This song has a couple of U2 like moments, but I think it drags on a little too much. Biggest Letdown on the other hand is not a letdown at all. This one of the heavier tracks on Inside A Red Room. It is short, but a it is worth hearing. This up tempo rocker is one of my favorites on this record.
Walter Joseph’s vocals on Follow the Leader remind me of someone else greatly, especially during the song chorus, but I haven’t been able to figure out who. I like this song a lot.
Life Story is a multi tempo number that has heavy and melodic parts. I played this one three times in a row after my first listen to it. Cool song!
Wrecking Ball is another song that tends to drag on a little bit. It has a nice guitar solo in the middle by Brian Adams, but the Piano piece in the middle of the song by Jon Storm seems out of place.
As a whole, I really enjoyed Inside A Red Room. Crash Anthem is a band that has a lot of radio potential. It is only a matter of time before this band gets the mainstream success they deserve.
You can purchase In A Red Room for a mere $10.00, online at the following link. Check it out!
Here are a few clips from Rocklahoma!
- A police escort
- Some of our soon to be deployed troops singing with Poison on Something To Believe in.
- Plus a huge crowd of rock and roll fans
It’s a bit of a download but as usual very worth it.
Vintage AC/DC, Nirvana still big-sellers
By JAKE COYLE
AP Entertainment Writer
NEW YORK (AP) — Much of the rock ‘n’ roll and pop canon is well established.
Buying the albums of `60s and `70s acts like the Beatles, the Beach Boys, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix and Bob Marley is akin to a rite of passage for any young music fan. These are the artists that baby boomers love to keep buying, and with whom seemingly every teenager at some point experiments. (Remember A.J. hearing Bob Dylan for the first time in the “Sopranos” finale?)
Now that the `80s and `90s are ancient history, what albums are people still buying from those decades? Do critical favorites like Radiohead and the Pixies grow more popular with time? Or do the Backstreet Boys and Madonna still rule the charts?
The short answer is that, above all, people are buying vintage Metallica, AC/DC, Bon Jovi, Guns ‘N Roses and, well, Trans-Siberian Orchestra.
AC/DC’s “Back in Black” (1980) last year sold 440,000 copies and has thus far sold 156,000 this year, according to the Nielsen SoundScan catalog charts, which measure how well physical albums older than two years old are selling. (All figures for this article were provided by Nielsen SoundScan.)
Those “Back in Black” numbers would make most contemporary CDs a success. Metallica’s self-titled 1991 album is altogether the second-biggest selling album of the Nielsen SoundScan era, which began in 1991. “Metallica” sold 275,000 copies last year.
Bon Jovi’s greatest hits collection “Cross Road” last year sold 324,000 copies, while Guns ‘N Roses “Appetite for Destruction” (1987) sold 113,000. The Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s “Christmas Eve and Other Stories” (1996) continues to be a holiday favorite; it was bought 289,000 times last year.
Greatest hits compilations are counted as catalog releases, and account for the majority of vintage best-sellers. Artists that commercially peaked in the `80s or `90s that have had lucrative best-of collections include Garth Brooks, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tim McGraw, Creed, Queen, Tom Petty, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Def Leppard, Aerosmith and Lionel Richie.
U2, Bruce Springsteen, Prince, Celine Dion, Eric Clapton, Elton John, Dave Matthews Band and the ever-touring Jimmy Buffett also all continue to sell large amounts of old records.
Michael Jackson, of course, still has one of the most desirable back catalogs. His best- selling “Thriller” moves over 60,000 copies a year and his “Number Ones” collection yielded 162,000 sales last year.
Avid fans may be buying everything their favorite artist puts out, but there’s more than nostalgia fueling vintage sales.
“Young fans aren’t excluded from catalog sales – especially the ones who really get interested in music, there’s always that sense of discovery,” says Geoff Mayfield, the director of charts at Billboard Magazine.
Not everything maintains long-term success. Asia’s self-titled 1982 album was the biggest seller of 1982, but only sold 5,000 copies last year. Whitney Houston’s 1985 debut, also self-titled, was 1986′s top album, but now sells about 7,000 discs a year.
The same trajectory has befallen past mega-hits like Ace of Base’s “The Sign,” Bobby Brown’s “Don’t Be Cruel” and the Spice Girl’s “Spice.” Though one of the best selling artists of all time, Mariah Carey’s self-titled debut sold a measly 5,000 copies last year. The Backstreet Boys’ “Millennium” managed only 9,000 sales.
Alas, the turning wheel of fortune isn’t always kind to boy bands.
“The only thing that kept coming to mind to me was that line in the Bruce Springsteen song: `Someday we’ll look back at this and it will all seem funny,’” recalls Rolling Stone senior editor David Fricke.
Now, some critical hits that were trounced on their initial release by the likes of ‘N Sync can claim a measure of commercial superiority. The Flaming Lips’ “Soft Bulletin,” often hailed as one of the best albums of the `90s by critics, sold a solid 38,000 copies last year.
Radiohead’s legendary “OK Computer,” currently celebrating its 10-year anniversary, last year sold 94,000 copies. Nirvana’s “Nevermind” has done even better; it sold 143,000 copies in 2006.
Current events can alter the charts. When Ray Charles died, his older albums spiked for months, says Mayfield. A new album from Alanis Morissette would surely increase sales of her 1995 disc “Jagged Little Pill,” one of the best selling albums of the past 20 years.
Likewise, recent reunions of the Police and Genesis can be expected to increase sales of their catalogs. The Police’s 1986 compilation “Every Breath You Take” has already doubled its already strong 2006 sales by selling 107,000 copies so far this year.
Many well-regarded albums continue to do healthy business, including: U2′s “Joshua Tree,” Dr. Dre’s “The Chronic,” Beck’s “Odelay,” Wu-Tang Clan’s “Enter the Wu-Tang,” the Clash’s “London Calling,” Weezer’s “Weezer,” and the Pixies’ “Doolittle.” Each sold at least 20,000 copies last year.
Still, many albums that are consistently revered on critic top-ten lists of the `80s and `90s have not sold much. Joy Division’s “Closer,” the Smiths’ “The Queen is Dead,” My Bloody Valentine’s “Loveless,” and REM’s “Murmur” all sold 12,000 copies or less last year.
Labels often reissue classic releases to capitalize on the devotion of die-hard fans and to attract a new audience. In the past few years, revered indie label Matador Records has released Pavement’s first three albums, including “Slanted and Enchanted,” a disc frequently ranked among the best in the `90s.
“It’s almost like a new release for us,” says Matador founder Chris Lombardi. “We probably sold in a one-year period, pretty much what those records sold in their first year period when they were initially released.”
Though hip-hop continues to rule today’s charts, many of its most historic albums don’t enjoy the catalog sales that those from rock’s heyday do. Public Enemy’s “It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back” sold 15,000 copies last year; Beastie Boys’ “Paul’s Boutique” sold 22,000; and Run DMC’s “Raising Hell” sold far less than both.
So far this year, catalog sales are down 11.7 percent, but that’s stronger than overall sales, which are down 14.7 percent, according to Billboard. It’s a major portion of the music business. This year’s total catalog sales of 95.6 million copies accounts for about 40 percent of all albums sold physically.
When people switched from cassette tapes to compact discs, catalog sales received a windfall as people re-bought their collections. The onset of digital downloading hasn’t had that affect because CDs can easily be downloaded to your iPod, but digital stores do have the advantage of unlimited (virtual) store space to sell older music.
The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) has pegged catalog downloads as 64 percent of all download sales in the U.S. (Apple declined to share its iTunes data on catalog sales.)
That still leaves illegal downloads unaccounted for, as well as a more important quantity: cultural impact. Though bands like Sonic Youth, the Ramones and Public Enemy may never sell as much as other acts, their influence remains immeasurable.
“Impact is not strictly about sales,” says Fricke. “Otherwise everyone would be running around forming bands that sound exactly like Poison.”
Courtesy of newsjournalonline
(Los Angeles) July 17, 2007 – Executives from MTV along with sister company Pocket Books (a division of Simon & Schuster) held a press conference in a new venue, Crash Mansion, in downtown Los Angeles to give the media and a few lucky fans a preview of Nikki Sixx’s book & soundtrack CD, The Heroin Diaries. The presentation was hosted by Billboard Magazine editor Tamara Conniff, and featured the Mötley Crüe bassist along with several project partners. In introducing Sixx, Conniff called the book “the most addictive Rock & Roll take since The Dirt.” Sixx then revealed to a packed room of reporters and camera crews that the book was based on the actual diaries he kept during the height of his crippling heroin addiction in the late ’80′s along with commentary by a host of people including his Crüe band-mates, Vanity (his girlfriend at the time), Slash and a host of former associates. “I felt the book wasn’t complete without other people’s perspective and opinions on what I was like as an addict,” said Sixx. “They would tell me if I was full of sh*t.” Simon & Schuster Deputy Publisher Anthony Ziccardi, in describing what drew him to the book, called the Heroin Diaries “the most brutally honest and revealing account of drug abuse ever written.” Ziccardi also referenced the unique graphical design of the book by artist and photographer Paul Brown.
Media and guests were also treated to a preview of the accompanying Heroin Diaries soundtrack that Sixx had kept hidden from everyone for months, only revealing it to his management company and label upon delivery of the final book manuscript. To create the soundtrack, Sixx worked with multi-talented musicians/producers DJ Ashba and James Michael, dubbed Sixx: A.M., who drew inspiration from chapters in the book. “We weren’t writing for radio,” said Sixx. However, radio seems to disagree, according to Clear Channel Director of Rock Programming Jim Richards, who heavily praised the lead single, “Life Is Beautiful” which is already top 40 on the rock radio charts despite only officially being serviced for playlists this week. Richard’s referred to the album as a complete body of work and drew comparisons with albums such as “Tommy” (The Who) and “The Wall” (Pink Floyd).
MTV Senior Executive Peter Baron announced that the literary work would be branded as an MTV/VH1 book and supported with a full range of “on channel, off channel and on-line” programming, including heavy support of the music video for “Life Is Beautiful,” which he showed to the media. In introducing the clip, which was also directed by Paul Brown, Baron described the video as “visually bringing the book to life,” by combining band performance with edgy animation of the book artwork.
Sixx also announced that 25% of all book royalties would go to benefit “Running Wild In The Night,” a charity that he began in association with Covenant House, Los Angeles. George Lozano, Executive Director of Covenant House LA, which helps rescue homeless and runaway youth from the street, called Nikki an “inspiration” and “role model” for the kids helped by his organization. To underscore the point, Lozano introduced Irwin Gonzalez, an 18-year old rescued by Covenant House, who said that because of people like Nikki who help provide an alternative to the lifestyle of the street through music, he had been given “the gift of hope.” Sixx, a former runaway himself, said he was drawn to the organization because “music gave me the opportunity to get off the streets and gave me something to live for.
Following the press conference, downtown Los Angeles experienced a 115-decibel tumbler when Sixx: A.M made their world premiere with a live set featuring 5 songs in front of the press and contest winners from radio & MySpace. The thundering sound was accompanied by synchronous visual projections of animation and artwork from the book.
Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star, The Soundtrack was written and produced by Sixx, James Michael and DJ Ashba under the moniker Sixx: A.M., as the dark, sonic companion to the book. The Heroin Diaries soundtrack will be in stores on August 21 via Eleven Seven Music with the book following on September 18 from MTV/VH1
Pocket Books, a division of Simon & Schuster.
Photo caption #1 L-R: MTV Senior Executive Peter Baron, Billboard Magazine editor Tamara Conniff, Nikki Sixx, Clear Channel Director of Rock Programming Jim Richards, George Lozano, Executive Director of Covenant House LA, Simon & Schuster Deputy Publisher Anthony Ziccardi.
Photo caption #2 L-R: Nikki Sixx, James Michael and DJ Ashba.
Photo caption #3: Nikki Sixx
Photo caption #4 L-R: Nikki Sixx and Erwin Gonzalez, Covenant House LA resident.
For more information on Nikki Sixx, Heroin Diaries, Sixx: A.M. and Running Wild In The Night please visit http://www.nikkisixx.net.
Nikki Sixx was born Frank Feranna in San Jose, California, in 1958 and grew up in Seattle with his grandmother. At the age of seventeen, he sold his guitars and took a bus to Los Angeles, where he began hanging out in local clubs and playing in bands. He founded Mötley Crüe in 1981 with friend and drummer, Tommy Lee. As the cofounder, songwriter and bassist of one of Rock’s most notorious bad boy bands, Mötley Crüe, Sixx has achieved international success having sold more than 40 million albums worldwide, documented the band’s quintessentially decadent lifestyle in the best-selling 2001 autobiography and soon-to-be feature film, The Dirt, and had one of the top-grossing tours of 2005, with all four original members reuniting to play before an estimated one million people in the U.S. Sixx is an avid photographer, clothing designer with his Royal Underground line, author and primarily a songwriter who has written songs with Meat Loaf, Marion Raven, Drowning Pool, The Exies and Saliva.