Credit: Olivia BeeBilly Corgan touches on a variety of topics in his first interview since Smashing Pumpkins announced their Shiny and Oh So Bright reunion tour. Speaking with The New York Times, Corgan talks for the first time about original bassist D'arcy Wretzky's exclusion from the reunion.
Leading up to the reunion announcement, Wretzky said Corgan had told her she'd be a part of the project, only to rescind that offer. She also shared her texts with Corgan. In a subsequent interview, Wretzky called Corgan "insufferable" and said that he "may have a brain tumor."
"I think what she did demonstrates why she couldn't be involved," Corgan now says of Wretzky. "I was vulnerable and shared things and trusted that there was a reason to give it a chance, despite plenty of empirical evidence that that was not a wise decision."
Corgan adds that the bridge between him and Wretzky is now burned "forever." Instead, Jack Bates, son of New Order's Peter Hook, will play bass on the tour.
Wretzky also said Corgan supported President Donald Trump, but Corgan says he hasn't voted since casting a ballot for Bill Clinton in 1992.
"I'm a free-market libertarian capitalist," Corgan says. "I'm not anti-anything except establishment. I find institutions and systems suspicious."
Additionally, Corgan addressed his controversial reputation, saying that if "kept my mouth shut," the Pumpkins would be "a lot more successful." However, he also refers to himself a "class-A heel," a wrestling term for a villain. In fact, he thinks he's the number-two heel in rock history, only behind Lou Reed.
"I would say 80 percent of the things that I get held up and mocked for, I'm doing intentionally," Corgan says. "It's sort of funny to me that they actually think I'm that stupid."
Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagicRush became a member of the Canadian Music Hall of Fame back in 1994, and now the group's frontman, Geddy Lee, will be on hand at the 2018 Juno Awards this Sunday to induct his countrymen Barenaked Ladies, along with their former lead singer Steven Page.
The ceremony takes place at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver at 5 p.m. PT. It'll air live on CBC, and also will be streamed globally at CBCMusic.ca/Junos.
Among the other artists who'' serve as presenters at the event are two fellow Canadian Music Hall of Fame inductees: acclaimed producer Bob Rock and folk great Buffy Sainte-Marie. Rock has produced albums by the likes of Metallica, Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Motley Crue, Bryan Adams, Loverboy and The Cult.
Crooner Michael Bublé will host this year's edition of the Junos, the Canadian equivalent of the Grammys.
Credit: Scott UchidaSlash is back to rock solo once more.
The Guns N' Roses guitarist will release his third studio album this fall with his backing band, Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators. The currently untitled collection will be the follow-up to 2014's World on Fire, which spawned the hit title track and the single "Bent to Fly."
“I'm excited about the new stuff we put together for this next record," says Slash in a statement. "It's got some cool songs and it's got a great live feel."
Slash and company will hit the road in support of the new album this fall on a North American tour, the details of which will be announced at a later date. Prior to that, the famed guitarist will embark on a summer European tour with Guns N' Roses.
Courtesy of Momentum PicturesA documentary titled Steven Tyler: Out on a Limb, focusing on the making of the Aerosmith singer's country-flavored debut solo album We're All Somebody from Somewhere, will premiere at the Nashville Film Festival's opening night on May 10.
In conjunction with the premiere, Nashville Mayor David Briley will proclaim May 10 "Steven Tyler Day" in Music City, and the the rock legend will attend the celebration.
"Nashville is a key part of my musical journey and has had an influential place in my career, so this recognition from the city is a tremendous honor," says Tyler in a statement. "I'm also so touched that the Nashville Film Festival selected Steven Tyler: Out on a Limb to kick off opening night of this year's event."
The documentary offers a behind-the-scenes look at Tyler as he works on the album, which found him exploring country music influences. It includes narration from Tyler, interviews with various collaborators and musical friends -- including Slash -- and footage from a performance at Nashville's famed Ryman Auditorium.
Steven Tyler: Out on a Limb was directed by Casey Tebo, whose resume also includes the 2013 Aerosmith concert film Rock for the Rising Sun and the band's "Legendary Child" video.
During the film fest, Tyler and his solo group The Loving Mary Band will play a May 12 concert at the The Woods at Fontanel in Nashville. Meanwhile, Tyler has confirmed dates for his 2018 solo tour.
Here are all of the North American dates:
6/12 -- Lewiston, NY, Artpark 6/18 -- New York, NY, SummerStage - City Parks Foundation Annual Gala 6/21 -- Vienna, VA, Wolf Trap 6/24 -- Bethlehem, PA, Sands Bethlehem Event Center 6/30 -- Northfield, OH, Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park 6/27 -- Detroit, MI, Sound Board 7/7 -- Naperville, IL, Ribfest - Knoch Park 7/11 -- Calgary, AB, Canada, Cowboys Calgary
Courtesy of Rocktopia; Danny McClisterCheap Trick frontman Robin Zander has signed on to make an appearance as a featured singer next month in the just-launched Broadway production Rocktopia, which combines classic rock with classical music.
The Rock & Roll Hall of Famer's stint with the show will run from April 23 to April 29, and will mark his Broadway debut.
Rocktopia features a variety of accomplished vocalists performing with a 20-piece orchestra, a rock band and a 40-person choir, and the repertoire includes songs by Journey, Queen, U2, Aerosmith, Heart, Led Zeppelin and The Who, as well as classical works from the likes of Mozart, Handel, Tchaikovsky, and Beethoven. Fans also can expect Zander to sing at least one classic Cheap Trick tune during his stint.
Train singer Pat Monahan is currently the featured guest singer in Rocktopia through the show's April 8 performance. The production's six week run began Tuesday, March 20, at New York's Broadway Theater, with its official opening scheduled for March 27. It winds down on April 29, which also will be Zander's last performance.
Tickets for Rocktopia are on sale now via Telecharge.com.
As previously reported, Zander and Cheap Trick will be teaming up with Poison for a North American tour that kicks off May 18 in Irvine, California. Visit CheapTrick.com to check out the band's full itinerary.
ABC/Rick CartwrightRoger Daltrey helped make a California doctor's 60th birthday an extremely special one, when the Who singer and his solo band played Saturday at a party for the pain-medicine specialist, TMZ reports.
According to the tabloid website, Dr. Craig Flashner, who owns more than 500 nursing homes across the U.S., paid a cool million dollars to have Roger rock out at his bash. A video clip posted on TMZ from the party shows Daltrey onstage singing "My Generation" as Dr. Flashner helps out with backing vocals.
A separate video posted on YouTube captures Roger and his band playing "Won't Get Fooled Again."
The party, which took place at Flashner's home in the Los Angeles suburb of Westlake Village, also featured Cirque du Soleil performers and fire eaters.
RhinoFleetwood Mac's best-selling 1977 album Rumours is among the 25 entries for 2017 into The Library of Congress' National Recording Registry, the collection of recorded works singled out for their historical, cultural or aesthetic significance.
Also on the list: rock 'n' roll pioneers Bill Haley and His Comets' influential 1954 single "(We're Gonna) Rock Around the Clock" (single), Kenny Loggins' chart-topping 1984 hit "Footloose," Arlo Guthrie's 1967 Thanksgiving classic "Alice's Restaurant Massacree," the soundtrack to the 1965 movie musical The Sound of Music, The Temptations' 1964 smash "My Girl," Chic's 1978 disco classic "Le Freak" and Run-DMC's 1986 album Raising Hell, featuring the rap group's groundbreaking collaboration with Aerosmith on "Walk This Way."
Not every recording entering the registry is music. Among the more eclectic entries are "Proceedings of the United Nations Conference on International Organization (4/25/45-6/26/45)" and the 1972 album An Evening with Groucho, documenting the final one-man show by the legendary comedian Groucho Marx.
This latest batch of entries bring the total number of recordings in the National Recording Registry to 500.
Here are all 25 of this year's entries, in chronological order:
"Dream Melody Intermezzo: Naughty Marietta" (single), Victor Herbert and his Orchestra (1911) "Standing Rock Preservation Recordings, George Herzog and Members of the Yanktoni Tribe" (1928) "Lamento Borincano" (single), Canario y Su Grupo (1930) "Sitting on Top of the World" (single), Mississippi Sheiks (1930) The Complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas (album), Artur Schnabel (1932-1935) "If I Didn't Care" (single), The Ink Spots (1939) "Proceedings of the United Nations Conference on International Organization (4/25/45-6/26/45)" Folk Songs of the Hills (album), Merle Travis (1946) "How I Got Over" (single), Clara Ward and the Ward Singers (1950) "(We're Gonna) Rock Around the Clock" (single), Bill Haley and His Comets (1954) Calypso, Harry Belafonte (1956) "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" (single), Tony Bennett (1962) "King Biscuit Time" (radio), Sonny Boy Williamson II and others (1965) "My Girl" (single), The Temptations (1964) The Sound of Music (soundtrack), Various (1965) "Alice's Restaurant Massacree" (single), Arlo Guthrie (1967) New Sounds in Electronic Music (album), Steve Reich, Richard Maxfield, Pauline Oliveros (1967) An Evening with Groucho (album), Groucho Marx (1972) Rumours (album), Fleetwood Mac (1977) "The Gambler" (single), Kenny Rogers (1978) "Le Freak" (single), Chic (1978) "Footloose" (single), Kenny Loggins (1984) Raising Hell (album), Run-DMC (1986) "Rhythm Is Gonna Get You" (single), Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine (1987) Yo-Yo Ma Premieres: Concertos for Violoncello and Orchestra (album), Various (1996)
This marks the third time that the show has been extended since its initial eight-week run began in October of 2017.
Tickets for the new dates will go on sale Wednesday, March 28, at 11 a.m. ET, and will be available to people who previously registered with the Ticketmaster Verified Fan program. Registered fans will be contacted by Ticketmaster with more details on Monday, March 26.
Meanwhile, after the March 28 on-sale date, a limited number of tickets to each upcoming show will be offered for a discounted price through a special online lottery system at LuckySeat.com/springsteen-broadway.
Springsteen on Broadway began previews on October 3, 2017, and officially opened October 12. Before the latest run was announced, the show had been scheduled to end with a June 30, 2018, performance.
As Bruce explained in an initial press statement, the show "is just me, the guitar, the piano and the words and music. Some of the show is spoken, some of it is sung."
During the show, Springsteen is often joined onstage for two songs by his wife, E Street Band backing vocalist Patti Scialfa.
Credit: Mark OwenThe Moody Blues wrapped up its latest U.S. tour leg in January with a four-show Las Vegas engagement at the Wynn resort's Encore Theater. Now, the veteran British rockers have announced plans to return to the venue for a new series of concerts in the fall.
The influential band has lined up a nine-date residency, running from September 19 through October 6. The shows will be extension of The Moody Blues' Days of Future Passed 50th Anniversary Tour, during which the group will perform its classic 1967 concept album, Days of Future Passed, as well as a set of popular songs from throughout its long career.
Tickets for the Vegas concerts are on sale now. Visit WynnLasVegas.com for more information.
As previously reported, The Moody Blues will be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame at a ceremony held April 14 in Cleveland. The band will be honored alongside Bon Jovi, The Cars, Dire Straits, Nina Simone and Sister Rosetta Tharpe.
Two days before the gala event, Moodies members Justin Hayward, John Lodge and Graeme Edge will take part in an interview session at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. The event, set for April 12 at 7 p.m. ET, also will be streamed live on the Rock Hall's Facebook page.
Here are all of the dates of The Moody Blues' upcoming residency at the Wynn Las Vegas' Encore Theater:
The 18th annual Teenage Cancer Trust benefit concert series, organized by The Who's Roger Daltrey, kicked off Monday at London's famous Royal Albert Hall. This year's lineup includes UB40, Nile Rodgers and Chic, Def Leppard and Daltrey himself, who will perform on Thursday.
Daltrey tells ABC Radio that he really appreciates the artists who donate their talents to the long-running series to help raise money for the U.K. charity, which helps fund recreational areas for teens and young adults in various hospitals.
"I'm just amazed that here we are 18 years later from the first year, still doing it," says the rock legend. "Seven days of charity shows where people actually give their time and their effort for free."
Roger points out that it was challenging to get high-profile acts to take part in this year's benefit shows because the events are scheduled at the same time as the South American Lollapalooza festivals. Daltrey says he's "very, very grateful" that Rodgers and Chic, who play tonight's benefit, signed on.
Speaking of Nile, the acclaimed funk-soul musician's own charity, the We Are Family Foundation, announced this week that it is presenting Daltrey with its 2018 Mattie J.T. Stepanek Peacemaker Award, which honors a person who helps promote a peaceful society. Roger is receiving the award because of his work with the Teenage Cancer Trust and its U.S. counterpart, Teen Cancer America.
Daltrey tells ABC Radio that Teen Cancer America is looking for U.S. corporate sponsors to contribute more money to fund recreational areas in hospitals.
"At the end of this year we'll have 18 hospitals finished, but we've got 60 more queuing up," he reports. "I can't do it all on my own, nor can The Who. So, we need you Americans to start standing up for this."
Credit: Amy GranthamAs Graham Nash winds down his latest U.S. solo tour this week, the folk-rock legend reports there's still no thaw in his feud with his longtime collaborator David Crosby, and so no plans for a Crosby, Stills & Nash reunion.
"None of us are talking to Crosby and we don't want to," Nash tells Minnesota newspaper The Star Tribune. "That's the way it is, I'm afraid."
As for how long it's been since he and Crosby spoke, Nash says, "Shockingly, over two years ago." He adds, I was his best friend for so many years. I saved his ass on so many levels it's insane. For him to treat one of his so-called best friends the way Crosby has treated me, I just won't stand for it."
Graham maintains that among the reasons for his rift with David was how his old friend reacted to what Nash wrote about him in his 2013 memoir, Wild Tales, claiming that much of it was B.S.
Nash notes that there's also currently no chance for a Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young reunion, "Because if I'm p***ed at Crosby, you can bet Neil [Young] is p***ed at Crosby.
As for how he's getting along with Young these days, Graham says, "Pretty good," while revealing that he recently met up with Neil and gave him back some of his handwritten lyrics sheets Nash had collected.
Nash points out that since he grew up as the only boy in his family, he would up considering David, Neil and Stephen Stills his brothers, but notes that "as usual with family, after 50 years, sometimes you don't agree with your family."
Here are the remaining dates of Graham's U.S. tour in support if his 2016 solo album, This Path Tonight:
3/20 -- Minneapolis, MN, The Dakota 3/21 -- Minneapolis, MN, The Dakota 3/23 -- Iowa City, IA, The Englert Theatre 3/24 -- Osceola, IA, Lakeside Casino
Credit: Michelle ShiersDuring his life, Scott Weiland was known for singing through a megaphone during his live performances. New Stone Temple Pilots singer Jeff Gutt, however, won't be bringing that move back to the stage.
Eerily enough, though, a megaphone was involved in convincing Gutt to take the STP gig. When he got the call telling him he got the job, Gutt was in his laundry room -- and a megaphone happened to be sitting next to the washing machine.
"I felt like that was Scott's way of giving me a little nod," Gutt says.
Stone Temple Pilots recently wrapped their first tour with Gutt in support of the band's new, self-titled album. They'll hit the road again for a festival run in April.
Credit: Doug SondersUnlike his friend Elton John, Rod Stewart has no plans to retire -- and he's not above making fun of Elton for announcing that his upcoming tour will be his last.
Speaking to the Calgary Sun, Stewart says that when he heard about John's "farewell" tour, "I did actually e-mail Elton and said, 'What? Again dear?' And I didn't hear anything back. I think he's upset with me."
When asked why the two have never toured together after being friends for 50 years, Rod says, "Trust me darling, I've tried so many times. He doesn't want the competition. He's stationary at the piano and I can still jump about and I don't think he likes the idea of that. But I have suggested it. It would be so much fun."
As for why the 73-year-old Stewart has no plans to retire, he tells the paper, "It doesn't even cross my mind -- I enjoy myself." But, he adds, "I might cut it back a little bit 'cause I've got eight children. The two youngest are six and near 13...I can't miss the magic moments of them growing up."
Meanwhile, he insists, "As for putting the word retirement out -- never! I'll just fade away into the bushes."
In the same interview, Stewart is asked if he ever met Donald Trump before he became president.
"Yeah. I lived just down the road from him in Palm Beach...and I used to always go to his Christmas Eve celebrations and a lot of his functions," recalls Rod. "And he always treated me extremely well. That's not the Donald Trump I'm watching on television at the moment."
Following a Canadian tour and his latest run of Las Vegas shows, Rod team up with Cyndi Lauper for a summer tour starting June 25.
John Stillwell - WPA Pool/Getty ImagesRingo Starr is now Sir Ringo Starr to you: He's been knighted in his U.K. homeland for his services to music.
On Tuesday, Prince Williampresented the Beatles drummer with the honor at Buckingham Palace in London. As per tradition, he knelt as William touched his shoulders with a ceremonial sword.
Starr told the BBC, "It means a lot actually. It means recognition for the things we've done. I was really pleased to accept this."
Ringo received his knighthood 53 years after The Beatles were given MBEs, aka "Most Excellent Order of the British Empire" honors, and 21 years after his band mate Paul McCartney was knighted.
Speaking to the BBC, Ringo said he missed having the rest of The Beatles around him, noting, "I was a bit shaky today on my own." However, he said Sir Paul gave him some advice last week: "Keep smiling."
As for whether he'll be known as Sir Ringo or Sir Richard Starkey -- his birth name -- he told reporters, "I don't know yet. It's new and I don't know how you use it properly." Then, he told one BBC reporter, "But I expect you to use it."
The 77-year-old drummer, who arrived at the ceremony with wife Barbara Bach, predicted of his medal, "I'll be wearing it at breakfast."
Robby Krieger & John Densmore on The Big Interview (News & Guts Media/ AXS TV)A new film documenting a star-studded 2016 tribute concert to late Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek will premiere on April 28 at the New Jersey's Asbury Park Music & Film Festival.
The screening of the movie, Break On Thru: A Celebration of Ray Manzarek and The Doors, takes place at noon ET at House of Independents in Asbury Park and will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Doors drummer John Densmore and director Justin Kreutzmann.
Densmore tells ABC Radio that he "can't wait till [the film] comes out."
The concert the film documents took place on February 12, 2016 -- which would've been Manzarek's 76th birthday -- at the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles. John reunited with Doors guitarist Robby Krieger at the show, and they were joined by various members of Stone Temple Pilots, Jane's Addiction, Foo Fighters and X.
"It was really cool," Densmore says of the concert. Manzarek died of bile duct cancer in May 2013. He was 74.
In other news, Densmore and Krieger will be featured in the latest episode of the AXS TV series The Big Interview, hosted by veteran newsman Dan Rather. It premieres tonight at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. The Doors members were interviewed at the L.A.-area venue The Whisky a Go Go, where they served as the house band early in their career.
As Densmore explains, in the interview with Rather, he and Krieger shared memories about the nightclub while also chatting about politics and other topics.
In a preview clip from the show, John discusses late Doors frontman Jim Morrison's self-destructive tendencies.
"Self-destruction and creativity don't always come in the same package," Densmore notes. "Picasso lived to 90. But with Jim, they came together."
ABC/Image Group LAAerosmith only have one confirmed concert lined up for 2018, a May 5 performance at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, but frontman Steven Tyler is preparing to announce his own solo trek, with his backing group The Loving Mary Band.
According to information posted on Tyler's official Facebook page, the trek will run from June to August and will visit venues in North America and Europe.
So far, Tyler's Facebook page has nine confirmed North American dates listed, spanning from a May 12 show in Nashville through a July 11 concert in Calgary, Canada.
The members of The Loving Mary Band contributed to Tyler's debut solo album, the country-flavored We're All Somebody from Somewhere, which was recorded in Nashville and released in 2016.
Here are all of the North American shows listed on Tyler's Facebook page:
5/12 -- Nashville, TN, The Woods at Fontanel 6/12 -- Lewiston, NY, Artpark 6/18 -- New York, NY, SummerStage - City Parks Foundation Annual Gala 6/21 -- Vienna, VA, Wolf Trap 6/24 -- Bethlehem, PA, Sands Bethlehem Event Center 6/30 -- Northfield, OH, Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park 6/27 -- Detroit, MI, Sound Board 7/7 -- Naperville, IL, Ribfest - Knoch Park 7/11 -- Calgary, AB, Canada, Cowboys Calgary
Credit: Fabrice DemessenceThe Who's Roger Daltrey will be one of the honorees at the We Are Family Foundation's 2018 Celebration Gala, which takes place Friday, April 27, at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City.
Roger is known for his ardent support of numerous charities, including the U.K.'s Teenage Cancer Trust and its U.S. counterpart, Teen Cancer America, the latter of which he co-founded with his Who band mate Pete Townshend.
The Teenage Cancer Trust and Teen Cancer America help fund recreational areas in hospitals specifically geared toward teens and young adults.
"I am delighted to receive the 2018 Mattie J.T. Stepanek Peacemaker Award," says Daltrey in a statement.
"As one of the founders of Teen Cancer America, I am proud to be honored by the We Are Family Foundation, who also recognizes the specific needs of our adolescents and young adults and understands how vital it is that we support them as they strive to positively change the world."
Also being honored at the gala will be hip-hop legend LL Cool J, who will receive the Humanitarian Award.
"These two incredibly talented individuals are selflessly dedicated to helping others," We Are Family Foundation founder Nile Rodgers says of Daltrey and LL Cool J.
"We are immensely grateful to them for their efforts to improve the state of humanity and welcome them into our WAFF family."
Daltrey, LL Cool J and Rodgers' band Chic all will perform at the fundraiser. The We Are Family Foundation supports and creates programs promoting cultural diversity while also nurturing and mentoring young people working toward positive change around the world.
Courtesy of LazarusA new film capturing a London performance of Lazarus, the stage musical co-written by the late David Bowie and Once playwright Enda Walsh, will get its theatrical premiere at a one-night-only event on May 2 at the Kings Theatre in Brooklyn, New York. The screening will feature a live soundtrack provided by the seven-piece band that backed the production's original cast during its off-Broadway run in December 2015 and January 2016.
The Lazarus performance that was filmed for the movie took place during the musical's London run at Kings Cross Theatre from November 2016 to January 2017. The production was inspired by the 1963 Walter Tevis novel The Man Who Fell to Earth, the 1976 film version of which starred Bowie in the lead role as the alien Thomas Jerome Newton.
The musical's cast was led by Dexter and Six Feet Under star Michael C. Hall as Newton, while the soundtrack included a variety of classic Bowie tunes, as well as the four songs written specifically for the production. Among the latter was "Lazarus," which also appeared on David's final studio album, 2016's Blackstar.
Tickets for Lazarus: The Motion Picture/Live Soundtrack Experience go on sale to the public Tuesday, March 20, at 10 a.m. ET via Ticketmaster.com. Pre-sale tickets are available now.
Credit: David LaChappelleWhile the music charts are now generally dominated by younger pop and R&B artists, it's a different story when it comes to ticket sales. According to StubHub, the world's largest ticket marketplace, the top concert ticket seller of 2018 so far is an artist who's been at it for 50 years and counting...Sir Elton John.
This is no doubt due to the fact that Elton's upcoming tour, Farewell Yellow Brick Road, is being billed as his last one -- the pop-rock legend says he will no longer do extensive world tours once this one wraps up. Even more impressive, Elton's trek doesn't even start until September.
Coming in next on the list is an equally legendary rock artist: Bruce Springsteen. His Springsteen on Broadway shows, currently scheduled to wrap up June 30, 2018, are currently among the hottest tickets in town.
At #5 on StubHub's list of overall ticket sales is another veteran rock act: The Eagles. The band, which many fans thought would never tour again following the January 2016 death of co-founder Glenn Frey, decided to return to the stage with Glenn's son Deacon and country star Vince Gill rounding out the lineup. Their tour, which started this week, will run through October.
Coming in at #8 are Foo Fighters, who will launch a new tour promoting their 2017 album Concrete and Gold on April 18 in Austin, Texas.
Rounding out Stubhub's 10 most popular tours ranked by ticket sales is Billy Joel, who continues to play a monthly residency at New York City's Madison Square Garden, as well as select other concerts in other cities.
Here's StubHub's full list of top-selling artists in overall sales:
1. Elton John 2. Bruce Springsteen 3. Pink 4. Taylor Swift 5. The Eagles 6. Justin Timberlake 7. Ed Sheeran 8. Foo Fighters 9. The Killers 10. Billy Joel
Former Talking Heads frontman David Byrne scored his highest-charting disc ever, landing at number three with his new album, American Utopia. In fact, it's the first time Byrne has cracked the top ten, whether it be as a solo artist or as a member of Talking Heads.
American Utopia moved 63,000 equivalent album units, with just about all of that number in traditional album sales. The highest Byrne ever charted with Talking Heads was #15 with 1983's Speaking in Tongues.
Meanwhile, legendary heavy metal band Judas Priest also scored their highest-charting album ever with their latest effort, Firepower, coming in at #5. The disc earned 49,000 equivalent album units, with all but 1,000 of those being traditional album sales.
Amazingly, Firepower and 2014's Redeemer of Souls are the band’s only two albums to make the top 10 of the Billboard 200 tally, despite a 40-plus-year career.
Finally, the latest posthumous release of late guitar legend Jimi Hendrix's music, Both Sides of the Sky, lands at #8 with 37,000 equivalent album units earned in its first week of release. The disc marks the third in a trilogy of albums that the record label has called the "best and most significant unissued studio recordings remaining" in Hendrix’s archives.