Quick Hits: Album Sales, Gotye, Muse, Stone Temple Pilots, Miley Cyrus, Sheryl Crow, Kid Cudi, Led Zeppelin, Call Me No One / Sevendust
June 6, 2012
John Mayer's Born and Raised hangs in for a second week at #1 on the sales chart, selling another 65,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. This marks Mayer's first album to spend more than a single week at #1. Adele's 21 holds on at #2 this week, shifting another 58,000, and Regina Spektor's What We Saw From the Cheap Seats bows at #3 with 42,000. One Direction's Up All Night moves up to #4, and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros'Here debuts at #5 with 35,000. This gives the band its highest charting album and best sales week yet. Just outside the Top 5, Sigur Ros debuts at #7 this week with Valtari, selling 26,000 copies in its opening frame.
Gotye's hit "Somebody That I Used To Know" is still reaching milestones, as the song now holds the Mediabase record for "largest weekly audience," exceeding over 177.6 million people across six formats. Universal Republic Records EVP of Promotion & Artist Development Joel Klaiman commented, "Reaching this milestone is a testament of the power of 'Somebody That I Used To Know' and Gotye, as well as the tireless effort of our promotion staff. It is extremely rare that so many radio formats have embraced one song. We are thankful to our radio partners and are anxious to see what ceiling we can break next." On June 8, iTunes will offer an EP of 10 remixes of "Somebody That I Used To Know," featuring versions by Tiesto, Adrock, 4FRNT, Gang Colours, M-Phazes and more.
Muse has released a trailer for their upcoming new album, which is due in September. The album will be titled The 2nd Law, according to the trailer. You can check it out below:
Stone Temple Pilots will release the live concert DVD and Blu-ray, Alive In The Windy City, on June 26. This March 2010 concert at the Riviera Theatre in Chicago blended new songs from their self-titled sixth album with classic hits, such as "Interstate Love Song," "Plush," "Vasoline," "Creep," "Sex Type Thing" and "Big Empty." The 18-song show is complemented with exclusive band member interviews.
Miley Cyrus and Hunger Games star Liam Hemsworth announced today (June 6) that they are engaged. "I'm so happy to be engaged and look forward to a life of happiness with Liam," Cyrus told People magazine. The couple have been dating for three years since meeting on the set of The Last Song in 2009. Hemsworth reportedly proposed to Cyrus on May 31 with a 3.5-carat diamond ring. Early Wednesday morning, Cyrus tweeted the phrase, "life is beautiful," but has not commented further on the engagement.
Sheryl Crow has revealed that she was diagnosed with a brain tumor last year, but luckily it is benign. In an interview with the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Crow said the tumor was discovered when she went to a hospital to be tested because she was experiencing memory loss. "I haven't really talked about it," she told the paper. "In November, I found out I have a brain tumor. But it's benign, so I don't have to worry about it. But it gives me a fit." After the news broke, Crow wrote to her fans on Twitter: "Hey everyone - don't worry about my brain tumor, it's non-cancerous. Feeling healthy, happy & working on my new record!"
Kid Cudi tweeted on Tuesday that the title of his third full-length album will be indicud, although it's not clear exactly when the album will be released. "My new album is entitled indicud, it will be my version of The Chronic 2001," Cudi wrote. "Some songs i'll produce, others i'll feature &/or play songwriter."
A new book, Get the Led Out: How Led Zeppelin Became the Biggest Band in the World, will be published by SterlingBooks on November 6. Written by Denny Somach, the book begins with a day-by-day timeline based on Carol Miller's radio show of the same name, and it provides a behind-the-scenes view, revealing quirky details, achievements, and adventures big and small. Twenty-seven rare interviews feature the band members themselves, as well as other musicians and insiders who witnessed it all, including Jason Bonham, Chris Squire of Yes, Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Alice Cooper, and music industry legends Danny Goldberg and Ron Nevinson.
Call Me No One, the new hard rock side project from Sevendust members Clint Lowery and Morgan Rose, just released their debut album, Last Parade, via 7Bros/ILG. The record also is streaming in its entirety at AOL Music here. "It's a lot different from Sevendust, it's hard but it's not the same type of heavy that Sevendust is," says Lowery. "We're still developing it, we're really excited about it." The band is gearing up for an inaugural summer tour with Nonpoint, kicking off July 27 in Fort Wayne, IN. Lowery and Rose have enlisted Rek Mohr (Hurt) on bass and Alan Price (Shinedown) on guitar to round out the lineup.