Metal By Numbers is a weekly column in which we look at the top metal sellers and debuts of the week as well as what’s getting played at Metal radio courtesy of radio trade magazine FMQB, whose metal panel consists of about 80 college and commercial stations that have metal shows, as well as SiriusXM, Music Choice, and more.
Love them or despise them, you’ve got to hand it to Five Finger Death Punch (get it, hand?). They sold over 44,000 copies of their sophomore album, even without their guitar player being around. Children of Bodom pop up inside the top 100 as well. It’s not the juggernaut of last week, with tons of metal albums debuting, but we’ll take it. Megadeth continue to dominate at Metal radio airplay according to FMQB, while one of next week’s big sellers, Metalocalypse: Dethklok, easily snag Most Added. Complete rundown after the jump. Read more »
Rob Halford has made two songs from his new album, Halford III: Winter Songs, available for purchase through Halfordmusic.com.
Metallica’s LiveMetallica.com is now offering single-track mp3 downloads from each concert featured on the site.
Within Temptation has released a new video for the song “Utopia”.
The Faceless and Dying Fetus will co-headline the Planetary Depravity Tour this November /December. More details here.
All That Remains is set to co-headline the Napalm & Noise Tour with The Devil Wears Prada this winter. More details here.
While only two highly pricey RIAA file-sharing suits against individuals concluded in court this year (Capitol V Thomas-Rasset and later Sony V Tenenbaum), four other trials were established, with the defendants failing to appear in court. The same judge who oversaw the Tenenbaum trial issued default judgments this week, to the insane tune of…minimum penalties.
The four defendants who failed to appear (and thus suffering an automatic loss) will have to pay damages of $750 per song, an average total of $7,500 each. Now while that would crush most twenty-somethings, it’s certainly not the terrifying price tag of $675,000 and $1.92 million issued to Tenenbaum and Rasset, respectively. Not to mention how much they spent on lawyer fees for their multi-year trials.
There you have it. Get called to court, don’t answer. It’s working great for Roman Polanski.
Just in case any of our readers are dumb enough to take my writing as serious legal advice, some of Ars Technica’s readers make a good point.
I was interested more in what happens within the federal court system for this article, but several commenters rightly point out that “not showing up” isn’t the cheapest way out of such situations. Settling with the RIAA usually leads to payments of between $3,000 and $5,000, lower than the default judgments issued here by Judge Gertner. Convincing a jury that you’re innocent could be cheaper still (if you find a pro bono lawyer), though it comes with certain obvious risks.
[Via Ars Technica]
So AC/DC has a new box set coming out. You’re probably thinking to yourself, “I have Back in Black and Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap, why would I want to buy an AC/DC box set? Here’s why. Backtracks will be available in two editions. The first features two discs of studio and live rarities and “Family Jewels 3,” a collection of music videos and live performances from 1992-2009. Yeah, whatever, fine. The Deluxe Collector’s Limited Edition,” on the other hand is what you’ll want.
Manufactured in an exclusive run limited to 50,000 pieces, the deluxe collector’s edition of Backtracks includes a CD of studio rarities, two CDs of live rarities, the “Family Jewels Disc 3″ DVD, the “Live at the Circus Krone” DVD, a front-row immersion in the band’s scorching 2003 club show in Munich, Germany, and a 12″ long-playing album, struck in 180 gram vinyl, of hard-to-find studio tracks. The limited edition Backtracks includes a five-disc media carrier to house and transport the set’s three CDs and two DVDs.
In addition the deluxe collector’s edition comes with a 164 page coffee table book and an Original Memorabilia Reproductions Envelope containing an astounding array of facsimiles including the “I DO IT FOR AC/DC” button (the band’s very first tour merch), the 1976 “Lock Up Your Daughters” tour flyer, the Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap recording track sheet, a 2′ x 3′ 1977 Let There Be Rock European Tour poster, a Bon Scott parrot tattoo replica, an AC/DC logo guitar pick, an Australian Money Talks dollar, three b&w fine art lithographs of never-before-seen photos of the band in the Alberts Studio in 1977 and more.
But that’s still not why you want the deluxe collector’s edition. Oh no it isn’t. The deluxe collector’s edition comes in a 12×12 replica of a guitar amp – THAT ACTUALLY WORKS! Yes, it’s a fully functional guitar amp. You can actually plug in your guitar and play along with the box set! Or better yet, play music that isn’t AC/DC. Regardless, if you buy one, you’re not only getting an assload of AC/DC rarities, you’re also saving yourself a trip to Guitar Center.
The box set will come out on November 10, and you can preorder it here. Be forewarned though, it’ll set you back $200.
Hatebreed is streaming their new self-titled album in its entirety at AOL Music.
D.R.I. has added more dates to their U.S. Winter tour. More details here.