Quick Hits: Adele/Album Sales, The Killers, Killswitch Engage, Elton John / Justin Timberlake, Velvet Revolver, Hurt, The Shins, Celebrity Apprentice, Creed
January 4, 2012
Adele's 21 album jumps back to #1 on the sales chart this week, marking its 14th non-consecutive week at the top of the tally. The set sold 144,000 copies last week, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and continues to be the album with the most weeks at #1 since the Titanic soundtrack held that spot for 16 weeks in 1998. As FMQB also reported in our Breaking News, 21 was easily the best-selling record of 2011 and Nielsen SoundScan confirmed that it also is the best selling album since 2004, when Usher's Confessions sold 7.98 million units. Adele also had the top selling single of 2011, as her smash "Rolling In The Deep" sold 5.81 million digital downloads. Meanwhile, other albums that sold well post-Christmas include Drake's Take Care, which moves up from 5 to 2 with 72,000 sold, Young Jeezy's TM103: Hustlerz Ambition, which holds steady at #3 with 67,000, and Lady Antebellum's Own The Night, which is #4 this week with 54,000. LMFAO's Sorry For Party Rocking shot up into the Top 10 for the first time, zipping from #16 to #5 with 49,000 units sold.
The Killers frontman Brandon Flowers confirmed in an interview with BBC Radio 1's Zane Lowe that his band will "definitely" put out a new album this year. "It's just whether it's the summertime or the wintertime," Flowers said of the release date for the band's fourth album. He added that a few new songs are already in the can, including a "killer" track called "Battle Born." "I think the consensus within the band is to take those things that we've done well and really hone in on that," Flowers told Lowe. "We don't want to make Hot Fuss 2 or Sam's Town 2 or Day & Age 2. We'll maybe take all that stuff, the best of all of it and do what we know how to do."
Killswitch Engage have split with frontman Howard Jones, according to a statement from the Rockers. Jones did not tour with the band on their last North American headlining tour in 2010 and at the time, KSE said in a statement that Jones was "in no condition to be on tour right now." Killswitch Engage's most recent album was 2009's self-titled effort. Jones was the band's second frontman, after original singer Jesse Leach. The band says "priority #1 going forward" is finding a new frontman.
An Elton John biopic is still in the works, and John says an announcement about the movie will be coming "very, very soon." He told the Los Angeles Times that "We have a director on board, and then it's just going to be a matter of getting the script exactly the way we want it." He also said that Justin Timberlake is his first choice to portray him, "because he played me before in a David LaChapelle video of 'Rocket Man' and was superb." Speaking of Timberlake, the singer/actor reportedly got engaged to Jessica Biel over the holidays while the couple was on a skiing vacation, according to Us Weekly.
Scott Weiland will reunite with Velvet Revolver for a one-off performance at a special tribute concert for late ASCAP composer John O’Brien. The concert is set for January 12 at the House of Blues in Hollywood, and the bill also features Adam Levine and James Valentine of Maroon 5, Sheryl Crow, Tom Morello, Stephen Stills and other special guests. It has been almost four years since Weiland split from Velvet Revolver, and there is no word on whether this could be a permanent reunion. Most recently, Weiland recorded and toured with Stone Temple Pilots and also released a Christmas album at the end of last year.
Hurt's sixth studio album, The Crux, is due on March 27 via Carved Records. The band just unleashed the first single, "How We End Up Alone," which embodies the introspective lyrics written by singer and founder J. Loren. "The inspiration is the conceptual exploration of the human condition in our eternally doomed struggle for us as creatures to understand ourselves," Loren said about the band's new music. "Fans of our older works will be pleasantly rewarded to hear a return to the sound that they know and love. We took our time and made this right. It is most different in the way that it is closest to the mark of a flawed perfection that is so very hard to achieve. And we did it while capturing more of our natural passion than ever before."
The Shins confirmed a March 2012 release for their fourth album, Port Of Morrow. It will be released jointly on James Mercer's own Aural Apothecary label and Columbia Records. Port Of Morrow was recorded in Los Angeles and Portland over the course of 2011 with Mercer handling all songwriting duties, lead vocals and the majority of instrumentation. The record was produced by Greg Kurstin and mixed by Rich Costey. An exact release date as well as touring plans will be announced shortly via theshins.com, while the first single, "Simple Song," is shipping to radio on January 9 and impacting on January 16.
Donald Trump has announced the next cast for Celebrity Apprentice, and as usual, it will include a number of recognizable musical names. Clay Aiken, Dee Snider and Debbie Gibson all will participate in Trump's show, as well as radio personality Adam Carolla. Trump announced the new batch of contenders on Wednesday's Today show, and it also includes IndyCar champ Michael Andretti, comedian Lisa Lampanelli, American Chopper star Paul Teutul Sr.,Arsenio Hall, singer/actress Aubrey O'Day, magician Penn Jillette, Star Treker George Takei, Incredible Hulk Lou Ferrigno and more. The show premieres on NBC on February 12.
Creed has added more dates in Connecticut, Washington D.C., Phoenix, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Denver and Kansas City to their special U.S. tour, where they are performing either My Own Prison or Human Clay in their entirety on alternating nights, along with hits from their albums Weathered and Full Circle. Tickets for many of the new dates will be available on January 6. The trek runs from April 13 in Chicago to May 22 in Kansas City.