Two veteran acts Maroon 5 and Linkin Park are set to release their anticipated albums on June 26th. Each are hoping for the #1 spot and I’m surprised their respective teams did not push back one of the releases considering both are projected to debut with 200k in the first week. The competition is close. Both Maroon 5 and Linkin Park’s previous album were released with disappointing results and had many wondering if their luck ran out. It seems each band could re-capture some of the fan base they lost.
NBC’s The Voice gave the Maroon 5 front man Adam Levine his second life. He also replaced his funk rock routine with electronic dance that apparently worked for him. He came out with 2 big hits this year – ‘Moves Like Jagger‘ featuring Christina Aguilera and his featured role on the Gym Class Heroes’ ‘Stereo Hearts’.
Linkin Park’s new single Burn It Down sold close to 400k. The fan enthusiasm is quite noticeable this time around compared to their last failed Rick Rubin produced album ‘A Thousand Suns’ (2008).
News Update: Kings favorite Super Water Sympathy will perform 14 dates on Vans Warped Tour this summer. They have also have lent their writing and production skills to B.O.B’s upcoming album with the track, “Chandelier”. The band is currently recording their upcoming album with Cam Blackwood (Florence and The Machine, Coldplay, Morrissey) at London’s Voltaire Road Studios
Buzz Track: Cherokee
Super Water Sympathy has become a Kings favorite after listening to Cherokee. It’s hard to pin down this Shreveport, Louisiana alternative rock act, but the music grows on you with each listen. The band has played over 75 shows, recorded a full-length original album (“Vesper Belle”), is featured on the new MTV series, “CAGED,” and is playing the 2012 Vans Warped Tour.
We recently reported that Justin Bieber is set to have the biggest debut of the year with his new album ‘Believe‘ which is projected to sell 400k within the first week. But to put everything in perspective Bieber is falling below expectations and could be a sign that his star power is cooling off. His most recent single ‘Boyfriend’ was floundering on the charts and his label had to beef up marketing and promotion to give it new life. Showbiz says this:
“His TV special last night on NBC, “All Around the World,” was a bust. For an 8pm show aimed at pre-teens, it finished fourth out of five shows at that hour. Bieber got a very lackluster 0.9 rating in the 18-49 demo and scored just 3.3 million viewers– about half the number of top rated “So You Think You Can Dance” on Fox. It was also beaten by “Dogs in the City.”
“On the charts, Bieber released a new album this week called “Believe.” On iTunes, it’s number 1, hands down. But on amazon.com, “Believe” is struggling both digitally and in physical sales. Amazon has it doing best at number 9 of all its different versions. But in reality “Believe” is no knock out hit. Hitsdailydouble.com is claiming that “Believe” will end up around 410,000 copies for the week. That seems high given that the impact is low and the reviews–if they mean anything–are not great.
Indeed, Justin Bieber is starting to hit the Britney Spears trend. His original deluded fans are growing out of their age range, and new fans are hard to come by. I have never understood how or why he was popular. At best, he’s a YouTube creation using a heavy dab of Michael Jackson and Justin Timberlake. He has the sex appeal of celery. He also really doesn’t have any songs anyone knows. I defy the average person on the street to name one of his hits.
This was the Jonas Brothers’ problem, too. And look what happened to them. Teen fame is fleeting.It won’t be long before Bieber is playing the Artful Dodger in “Oliver!” on Broadway.
Buzz Track: Who You Are
Incura a hybrid rock act that hails from Canada has become a King favorite. It goes without saying that the rock genre needs a facelift and Incura makes a strong attempt to shake things up. This will be the band’s first full-length release, coming out via Coalition Music (a Canadian indie label distributed by Warner Music Canada) in September 2012. The record was produced by Arnold Lanni (Our Lady Peace, Finger Eleven, Simple Plan) and they recently supported Apocolyptica in May.
News Update: New Jersey pop rock act Glory Days signed a publising deal with EMI. Check out their cover of Katy Perry’s new single ‘Wide Awake’
Buzz Track: Find Me There
Kings favorite Glory Days just released a new EP on iTunes titled Broke In New York. The band has toured with Stereo Skyline and Cash Cash, and were featured as the Top 100 Artists on iTunes following their debut release, Living Room Sessions (2011). For show dates visit their Facebook.