Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Music News & Notes

Hopeless Records Plans Avenged Sevenfold Vinyl

Hopeless Records has announced that it is set to release a very special and limited vinyl pressing of Avenged Sevenfold’s upcoming album, 'Nightmare.' The Deluxe Edition includes 2 x 12” discs pressed on blood red 180g vinyl, in a double gatefold, the 2,500 limited edition package also comes numbered. A Standard version is also available, on 2 x 12” discs pressed on standard weight vinyl in a double gatefold packaging.

More details and the pre-sale can be found here:

Avenged Sevenfold is set to release their fifth studio album, 'Nightmare' on July 27th. The album is the first from the band without drummer James “The Rev” Sullivan, who passed away in December. Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy plays drums on the new album.


Michael Jackson's Estate Makes an Estimated $1 Billion in Last Year

As the first anniversary of the death of Michael Jackson quickly approaches, Billboard decided to look back on how the singer's heirs have made over $1 Billion in revenue. It's a combination of huge public interest in his back catalog, a new merchandising deal, the release of the biggest concert film of all-time and his publishing empire.

•Music Sales - $429 million - Since his death, Jackson has sold 9 million albums in the U.S. (plus another 800,000 by the Jackson 5 and the Jacksons) and 24 million in the rest of the world. In addition, 12.9 million individual tracks were downloaded in the U.S. and an estimated total of 26.5 million worldwide.

•Film & TV - $392 million - Michael Jackson: This Is It took in $72 million at the boxoffice in the U.S. and $188 million in the rest of the world. When it was released on DVD, the film made another $43 million in sales and an estimated $25 million in rental income. Additional income came from the DVD overseas along with sales for network licensing and to airlines and cruiseships.

•Publishing - $130 million - The Income is not only from his own publishing company, Mijac, but also from his 50% ownership in Sony/ATV.

•Licensing/Touring - $35 million - The 50 This is It shows at London's O2 Arena never happened, yet they've still brought in $11.5 million. $6.5 million of that is for tickets that fans never turned in for refunds, either in error, because they wanted the ticket for a souvenir or they're looking to make money on the memorabilia market. Additional money came in through merchandise sales and licensing royalties.

•Recording Contract - $31 million - The estate signed a deal with Sony Music worth an estimated $200 to $250 million between now and 2017. $31 million is the estimated amount for the first year of the contract, even though no new product has been released to date.

Conspiracy theory anyone?


You Say Party! We Say Die! Rename Themselves After Drummer's Death
Keyboardist also leave the group...

You Say Party! We Say Die! Have renamed themselves following the recent death of drummer Devon Clifford. Clifford suffered a brain hemorrhage during a performance at the Rickshaw Theatre in Vancouver in April and died later in hospital.

In a statement, You Say Party! We Say Die! said Clifford's family had urged them to continue, but “out of respect” for the late drummer they had changed their name.

The band will now be known as You Say Party.

Keyboardist Krista Loewen has also left the group.

“The 5 of us look forward to carrying the spirit of our friend Devon with us everywhere,” the statement added.

You Say Party are set to release a new single, entitled 'There Is XXXX (Within Me Heart)', in the US next month.


Brian Wilson May Join Beach Boys for 50th Anniversary

Next year will be the 50th anniversary for the Beach Boys and Mike Love has told the Las Vegas Sun that there is a chance Brian Wilson may join the group for the celebration.

Currently, Mike Love and Bruce Johnston are the only original members still touring with the official Beach Boys, a name that Love owns. Wilson, who has issued a number of solo albums and is currently working on an LP of unfinished George Gershwin songs, has toured under his own name mixing his music with that of the Beach Boys. The other living original member, Al Jardine, tours with a band called Endless Summer. Dennis and Carl Wilson have passed away.


Kenny Chesney Releases Details On New Album- Hemingway's Whiskey

Kenny Chesney will release his first studio album in 3 years this fall when Hemingway’s Whiskey will hit store shelves.

“I knew I wanted the record to be something more, something that took what I do in my special projects and weaved it into what I do for the mainstream,” Chesney says.

Hemingway’s Whiskey will be released on September 28.


Warner Bros. Records to release soundtrack to Christopher Nolan's new feature film, 'Inception,' on July 13th

“Inception: Music From The Motion Picture,” the dramatic score to the highly anticipated sci-fi action flick, “Inception,” will be released digitally and on CD by Warner Bros. Records on July 13th, three days before the movie opens nationwide in theatres and IMAX on July 16th. A vinyl edition of the soundtrack will be released on August 3rd


Reunited BUSH To Release New Album In The Fall

As announced by Gavin Rossdale during Stryker's show on Los Angeles radio station KROQ, that BUSH is returning to the front line in 2010.

BUSH will perform is first live show in eight years as part of the Epicenter weekend in Fontana, September 25-26, joining EMINEM and KISS at the Golden State's inland empire venue. Also in the fall, the first new studio album in nine years from BUSH will be released on Interscope, titled "Everything Always Now".


Rob Schneider Releases New Album Ahead of New Film

Rob Schneider is best known for his work on Saturday Night Live but he has now entered a new medium. He has just released his first ever comedy album, 'Registered Offender,' on Oglio Records
Registered Offender features sixteen tracks of sketch comedy with Rob Schneider performing every voice in the album and the compact disc version will included a limited edition sticker of the album cover. Rob's first ever ring tones will also be available in July starting with his famous "You Can Do It" catch-phrase. The CD version of the album will be out in stores on July 27th.

Oglio Records will also release in July a limited edition seven inch vinyl for "She's Gonna Come"/"Swain The Legend".

Rob can be seen along with Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock and David Spade in this summer's Grown Ups, due in theaters June 25th.


Blink-182 Confirm Plans To Record New Album This Autumn

Blink-182's Mark Hoppus has confirmed that the band intend to start work on a new album this year. The reformed group are due to play a series of shows in Europe this summer, followed by a gig in California in September.

Hoppus said that after the latter date they plan begin immediate work on the on the follow-up to 2003's 'Blink-182'.

"In June and July we will be at the rehearsal spot, getting ready for the European tour this summer, and writing new songs,” Hoppus wrote on his blog.


Malevolent Creation Reveals "Invidious Dominion" Album Artwork

Florida based death metal act Malevolent Creation has revealed the artwork from the band's upcoming 11th studio outing entitled "Invidious Dominion." The cover art, which can be viewed here, was brought to life this time around by artist Pär Olofsson.

"Invidious Dominion" will be released on August 24 in North America via Nuclear Blast Records (three days later in Europe through Massacre). The effort will made available in various territories as a regular CD; digipack with bonus material; and vinyl LP.


15 Awe Inspiring Christian Album Covers

If you love album cover art (as I do), there are some very strange covers here that, honestly, are quite scarry. Take a look here:

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