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.
And the top selling metal artist this past week is … The Scorpions? Really?! Adding more to the shock is the fact that the band’s last album before retiring placed as high as #23. Wow! We’re impressed, especially since we were surprised to hear that they were even still around. This marks their highest placement on the Billboard charts since … before Zach was born! Their last album, Humanity: Hour 1, debuted at #63 in August of 2007, so congrats to Klaus Meine and the rest of them. This week also saw releases from The Dillinger Escape Plan and Triptykon. Lair of the Minotaur topped FMQB’s most added, while Roadrunner’s God Of War: Blood and Metal EP took control over FMQB’s top ten.
The Scorpions, Sting In The Tail (Sony BMG) #23 18,500 sold
Guess the buzz from announcing their retirement really got the album attention. Because I can guarantee you that their duet with ex-Nightwish singer Tara Turunen isn’t the reason for it’s great first week sales.
The Dillinger Escape Plan, Option Paralysis (Party Smasher Inc., Season Of Mist) #76 7,130 sold
Amazing first week. The first album released on the band’s own label Party Smasher Inc. debuts 100 68 slots higher than Ire Works, their last album.
Sick Of It All, Earth Crisis and H20 are some of the bands confirmed to take part in the East Coast Tsunami Festival, which is set to take place June 11-12 in Phoenixville and Monte Clare, Pennsylvania.
Those of you following the No Label Needed Contest and Series presented by Scion know that Iron Thrones narrowly won the contest. What you probably don’t know is that Metal Insider shares a wall with the Machine Shop, the studio where they’re recording. So as I type this, i’m hearing a bass rumbling. So the band is in town, they’re recording, they’re loud, and we’re psyched.
The band is keeping a blog, letting readers follow along with their crash course in the music industry, and you can read the band’s updates at both the No Label Needed web site and right here on Metal Insider.
The metal community was saddened last year to find out that legendary vocalist and inventor of the metal horns (sorry Gene) Ronnie James Dio was suffering from stomach cancer. Thankfully, the 67 year-old seems as spry as ever. Currently receiving chemotherapy in Houston, Dio and his wife sat down for an interview with local TV station KIAH-TV, where he stated the following:
“This hasn’t really been a problem for me. Cancer, I’ll kick the hell out of you.”
As if we needed any more reasons to love the guy. I’ve gotta take issue with the reporter that says he has a “tough guy persona” onstage. Listen dude, Dio’s a rock star, but he never acts tough, even if he’s in a metal band. In fact, he talks to the audience as opposed to yelling at them, treating them like equals. I’m pretty sure the heaviest thing reporter Steve Simon listens to is Train. Would it be out of hand to hope he gets hit by one?
The second annual Revolver Golden Gods Awards will be held in L.A. this coming April. While it is being marketed as the only American Heavy Metal award show, Revolver Magazine isn’t doing anything particularly new. For the past couple of years, the U.K magazine Metal Hammer has been holding their own metal award show called the Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards (what a creative name…oh wait).
It’s got less to do with Revolver ripping off Metal Hammer and a lot more to do with Future, the parent company of both magazines. But whereas the UK awards are prestigious and a must-attend for the metal elite, last year’s inaugural U.S. ceremony was derided by much of the industry for being poorly run, overly corporate, and not giving metal fans a chance to vote. Hopefully, they’ll iron out the kinks this time around. With that in mind, we decided to take a closer look at both shows’ 2010 nominations and performances to further see how the two compare and contrast with each other.
Slash will be honored at the third annual Sunset Strip Music Festival, with the event taking place on August 26 at the House Of Blues Sunset Strip. Meanwhile, Stephen Adler will be honored at a nearby Dennys.
Monster Magnet, in the midst of their first nationwide tour in years, have been forced to cancel the remaining dates of their tour, as frontman Dave Wyndorf has been diagnosed with the flu. Their Toronto, Boston, West Chester and New York dates are effected. The band says that they’ll be back.
Since A Perfect Circle’s box set, A Perfect Circle: Stone and Echo, sold out of it’s 2,500 copy physical run, the band is releasing the audio and video content digitally. You can hear their 20-track live album, Stone and Echo, on consequenceofsound.net before it’s out digitally on November 26th.