Quick Hits: album sales, Weezer, Them Crooked Vultures, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, R. Kelly, Atreyu, Faith No More, Justin Timberlake, Matisyahu, Julian Casablancas
October 21, 2009

Michael Buble's Crazy Love stayed on top of the sales chart this week as it moved another 203,000 units, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Crazy Love's second week at #1 prevented the Twilight Saga: New Moon soundtrack from earning the top spot, as it bows at #2 with 115,000 copies sold. However, since the album was just released on Friday, October 16, it sold that amount in only three days in stores. Other Top 10 debuts this week came from the Flaming Lips at #8 with Embryonic, selling 31,800 and giving the band its highest charting album; and R&B singer Mario at #9 with D.N.A., selling 31,600. It's the singer's second top 10 album.

Weezer has announced a handful of tour dates in support of their upcoming album Raditude. After playing Los Angeles on October 24 and New York City on Halloween, the band will tour in early December. Just six shows have been announced: Chicago (12/1), Milwaukee (12/3), Toronto (12/5), Boston (12/7), Baltimore (12/9) and Philadelphia (12/10). Also, the video for Weezer's new single, "(If You're Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To," will debut online tomorrow (10/22). Last but not least, the band will appear two nights in a row on the Late Show With David Letterman, on October 29 and 30.

More news has come out about the eagerly awaited album from Them Crooked Vultures. According to Interscope Records, the first single will be "New Fang" and it will arrive at radio stations on Monday, October 26. The band's self-titled debut album will be in stores on November 17.

Fans who attend the The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame's 25th Anniversary benefit concerts at Madison Square Garden on October 29 and 30 will get to some some interesting pairings. Ozzy Osbourne will perform with Metallica, Buddy Guy will join Eric Clapton, B.B. King is playing with Stevie Wonder, and Annie Lennox and Lenny Kravitz are teaming with Aretha Franklin. October 29 also will feature Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, while October 30 boasts a performance from U2.

R. Kelly’s tenth studio album, Untitled, will drop on December 1. It features the singles “Religious” and “Number One" as well as contributions from producers Infinity, Lil Ronnie and Chris Henderson. In a rare move, Kelly broke out of his hometown of Chicago and recorded some of the album in Atlanta. Meanwhile, his Ladies Make Some Noise Tour continues through December 8 in St. Louis.

On Wednesday, October 21, Atreyu will host a live webcast of their sound check from their Houston, TX concert. The sound check will be broadcast exclusively on MySpace, starting at 5 p.m. Central Time. Atreyu is currently on tour with Hollywood Undead in support of their forthcoming record, Congregation of the Damned, which is due on October 27. The band also teamed up with video game creator Jason Oda (Dropkick the Faint), for a game called Metalhead Zombies, which fans also can play on the band’s MySpace page, myspace.com/atreyurock. In other news, Atreyu will be the featured guest on the syndicated radio program Rockline on October 26.

After playing some reunion shows in Europe over the summer, Faith No More is apparently planning to bring that show to the States. Bassist Billy Gould wrote via Twitter, "In response to all of our concerned U.S. brethren, YES, we are now actively planning U.S. dates."

It looks like it will be a while before the world gets another album from Justin Timberlake. He has been tinkering around with his own material, but for the most part, he is only working with other artists. "We just went into the studio with Jamie Foxx and did a couple things for him and it was kind of nice to write R&B again," Timberlake told MTV News. "It was kind of refreshing, and I feel like we're putting a new spin on it — but as far as things for myself, I haven't really made a commitment in my mind about what I want it to sound like."

Matisyahu brings his Festival of Light back to New York City, beginning December 10 at Webster Hall. For the eight night stand, Matisyahu will perform four nights at Webster Hall and four at Music Hall of Williamsburg during the eight nights of Hanukkah. Each night will have a different opening act including Glitch Mob, John Brown’s Body, Kid Koala, Dub Trio and Travis McCoy from Gym Class Heroes.

Strokes singer Julian Casablancas will play a residency at the Downtown Palace Theatre in Los Angeles in November, following the release of his solo record Phrazes For The Young. Casablancas will play every Friday next month. The album is due out November 3.

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