DOPE‘s long-awaited fifth album, “No Regrets”, will be released on March 10, 2009 via Koch Records. The band will be shooting videos for a few tracks off the CD in New Jersey on January 8-10. The guys are looking for a “bad-ass chopper” and a a large boa constrictor or a python to feature in one of the videos.
DOPE will be on tour with BLACK LABEL SOCIETY and SEVENDUST all spring long.
Vocalist and guitarist Edsel Dope, alongside Virus, has revitalized DOPE‘s lineup on “No Regrets”. Joining them on bass and backing vocals is Tripp Tribbet, formerly frontman of TWISTED METHOD, who also happens to be the younger brother of MUDVAYNE/HELLYEAH guitarist Greg Tribbet. On drums, DOPE recruited former GENITORTURERS drummer Angel Bartolotta.
Zakk Wylde (OZZY OSBOURNE, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY) lent his signature guitar squeals to DOPE on the new track “Addiction”.
DOPE has released four albums since signing with Epic in 1998, and has sold over 500,000 CDs. Their most recent CD, 2005’s “American Apathy”, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart as well as #1 on the Billboard Independent Album chart.
139,666,000 rock albums sold in the USA during the past year, fueled in part by AC/DC, Metallica and Kid Rock.
AC/DC was the biggest rock act of the year selling 3,418,000 albums in the past 12 months.
While all genres were down in sales for 08, the rock categories fell the least.
Alternative sold 80,919,000 this past year while Metal albums accounted for 50,476,000 sales.
Neilsen SoundScan breaks genres into 12 categories.
The biggest selling genres were:
1. Rock (139,666,000)
2. Alternative (80,919,000)
3. R&B (77,014,000)
4. Metal (50,476,000)
5. Country (47,657,000)
6. Rap (33,410,000)
7. Christian (29,793,000)
8. Latin (25,125,000)
9. Soundtrack (20,847,000)
10. Classical (13,323,000)
11. Jazz (11,791,000)
12. New Age (2,942,000)
2008 was a pretty stellar year for rock. It was so good in fact, that I fear that 2009 may pale in comparison.
2009 may not have releases from the major marquee acts of ’08, but there is new stuff in the works from quite a few Hard Rock Acts.
The following bands are working on new albums for a 2009 release:
Heaven and Hell (Black Sabbath)
Van Halen (Rumored)