It’s a big week for debuts on the Billboard album chart—six of the top 10 are new entries—but the unbeatable beast that is Frozen continues its dominance on top.
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There’s new never-before-heard music coming from Johnny Cash.
Cash’s estate is releasing Out Among the Stars, an album he recorded with Billy Sherrill in the early 1980s that was never released by Columbia Records, then disappeared when the company dropped Cash in 1986. Turns out Cash and his wife, June Carter Cash, stashed the tapes – along with just about everything else that came into their possession. READ FULL STORY
Depeche Mode's Dave Gahan on 'Delta Machine,' inspiring Frank Ocean, and what his band has in common with Led Zeppelin
Depeche Mode just released their 13th album Delta Machine, their strongest outing of the 21st century. Though they’ve been at it for over three decades, they show few signs of slowing and remain as relevant as ever: They’re constantly being covered (“Just Can’t Get Enough,” the band’s first single, showed up this season on Glee), and as frontman Dave Gahan points out, also regularly providing inspiration for a new generation of boundary-pushing artists.
EW: Your new album Delta Machine was made both in New York, where you live, and in California where Martin Gore has his studio. How does Depeche Mode work being a bi-coastal operation?
Dave Gahan: Depeche Mode is a bit of a revolving door when it comes to other people that work on our record since Alan Wilder left the band 20 years ago. We’ve had to adapt to different ways of working on things. This time we worked with Chris Berg who is a Swedish musician, and he’s worked with bands like Fever Ray and the Knife. He does sort of hardcore electronic stuff. He fit right in, he knew exactly what he was doing, he was very bold, he had great ideas. Martin and I both need a different angle, and that’s what makes it interesting. But to answer your question, yes, Martin’s out there in California, I’m here in New York, so basically we just the recording in half. He has a nice studio in his house, too. This record was really kind of a pleasure to make with Martin. He’s in great shape, he’s writing great songs. He’s as positive as we get as musicians. We’ve come a long way together, we see our strengths and we’ve come to this place where we have a very strong musical bond. I think that just happens with time. Being in a band, you spend the first 10 years chasing something. You spend the next 10 years trying to hold onto it. We’ve spent the last 10 years just kind of doing our own thing. I think there’s a great strength in having the courage and also having the support to do what you want to do when you’re an artist in any way shape or form. And we’ve been lucky to have some great people working with us.
You say you and Martin are positive, but Delta Machine is still pretty dark. Where does that come from?
That’s just in us. READ FULL STORY
country’s No. 1 album for the second week in a row, but now she’s the youngest person to ever win BMI’s Country Songwriter of the Year award. At age 20, Swift beat out previous record holders Bill Anderson, who won at 23 in 1960, and Johnny Cash, who won at 24 in 1956. Swift also took home the BMI Award for Country Song of the Year for “You Belong With Me,” which makes her the first songwriter to win that award three times in a row. Watch the video for her award-winning tune below. READ FULL STORYIt’s a good time to be Taylor Swift! Not only does the young star have the
Memo to all artists planning their next releases: Think twice before dropping your album any time near when Sade has a new one on shelves. The British soul act is ruling the new Billboard 200 albums chart for a third week straight after selling another 127,000 copies of Soldier of Love, according to Nielsen SoundScan. For now, at least, Sade is proving unstoppable.
Lady Antebellum are also doing pretty well for themselves on the charts. Just like last week and the week before, the country trio is close behind Sade at No. 2 with 118,000 copies sold of Need You Now. It remains to be seen whether they can surge back and recapture No. 1, where they resided for two weeks in February, but that prospect is looking less likely by the minute.
The first new entry on this week’s chart is Johnny Cash, whose latest posthumous album, the critical favorite American VI: Ain’t No Grave, checks in at No. 3 with 54,000 sold. With powerhouses like Sade and Lady A still going strong but not much of anything else out there, that’s enough for a solid bronze finish.
Down at No. 10 we find Alkaline Trio, whose This Addiction moved a modest but respectable 26,000. No other new entries made it into the top 20 this week.
What do you think of these results? Did you buy any of these albums last week? How long do you think Sade and Lady Antebellum’s No. 1/No. 2 stalemate can last?
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