[I was off in NYC with No Doubt yesterday so please excuse the lateness of this week's report. - AC]
Last week was a rough one in Canada. We saw a new low for the year for a #1 album on the charts. But in terms of the big picture, things are just fine. Year-to-date sales are now running at +4% from last year. This is all due to digital album sales which are up 30% and digital track sales which are up 26%. Physical CD sales are at -7% from 2011.
FloRida'sWild Ones is back at #1 and only had to sell 6,000 copies to do it. That's the lowest sales total for a number one album since Doo-Wops & Hooligans from Bruno Mars came out in February 2011.
Yesterday was a bit rushed. Up early, drive to the airport, fly to NYC, cab to West 26th Street, 20 minute No Doubt interview. Repeat in reverse.
The new album, Push and Shove, comes out September 25th and is the first full album of No Doubt material in 11 years. I had a chance to talk to everyone in the band and the full interview (audio and video) will be available before the new record comes out.
When I Mother Earth regrouped for a couple of shows earlier this year, they really didn't have any idea of where they were going. "We'll play some gigs, relive old times and then get back to reality" seemed to be the attitude.
But then a funny thing happened. Huge interest from old fans. Tons of new fans. Big demand for...more.
This was unexpected. And it's become difficult.
Everyone in IME had well-established lives and careers before this reunion. How could they continue to be responsible, grown-up, career-minded adults and family members while still meeting the demands of IME v3.0?
[This is a popular topic around the Interwebs but special Aethetic Police correspondent Brent Chittenden wanted to weigh in. Prepare for fugliness. - AC]
The one thing I (among many others) have missed about vinyl is the size of the album cover. Back in the day, album artwork was worked on and the size of the album cover was great for artists to work in detail. But then again, some artists didn't. Some made monstrosities. And today we've collected these pieces of crap in a collection of the Top Ten Worst Album Covers Of All Time.
10) Creed – Weathered
This would have been tolerable except for the incredibly horrible photshop job done on the tree. I'm pretty sure my grandmother could have done a better job.