’21’ Hits 22:
Power-housing on despite being down 59% the way of album sales, Adele‘s 21 spends another week as the leader of the Billboard 200 chart, aligning itself as the longest-running No.1 since Prince & the Revolution‘s Purple Rain two-year run from 1984-1985, reports Billboard. Which makes the operative popster a seller of a cool 7.65 million albums. Still a baby compared to Michael Jackson‘s 110 million and counting notch with Thriller. But impressive in the digital age, nonetheless.
2010’s concept album kings Titus Andronicus have debuted a new pop-punk thrasher via frontman Patrick Stickles’ appearance on Tom Scharpling’s The Best Show on WFMU. Titled “Upon Viewing Oregon’s Landscape with the Flood of Detritus (Andronicus),” the three-minute-and-change oi-it single, the first offering since sophomore effort The Monitor, will make it to a physical split with upcoming tourmates Diarrhea Planet sometime soon, according to Stickles. Give it a listen at the 2:37:00 mark here (via Consequence of Sound).
Eldest mic’man of Odd Future, Frank Ocean, has been threatened by The Eagles‘ Don Henley to stop performing “American Wedding,” the early 2011 cut Ocean used “Hotel California” as a backdrop for, subbing out his own pen for a dark reflection of the infamous holy union (LISTEN). Tumbling forth the news and smaller-font response, “He threatened to sue if I perform it again. I think that’s fuckin awesome,” though Ocean has never made any money off the free album, Nostalgia, Ultra on which it was released, ticket sales have apparently been a compounding issue for Henley.
The Man In Black:
Paralleled with a couple documentaries, and museum treatments, an impressive set of luminaries are readying an 80th birthday concert for the late Johnny Cash, dubbed “We Walk the Line: A Celebration of the music of Johnny Cash,” come April 20 at the Austin City Limits Live venue in Austin, Texas. Lucinda Williams, Kenny Chesney, Kris Kristofferson, Chris Cornell, Shooter Jennings, just some of the performers involved, including some still unnamed. As of the post of this news bite, tickets are currently on sale and available on the event’s pop-up website.
21 years after “the day the music died” outside Clear Lake, Iowa, the Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s office stumbled upon the envelope containing one of Buddy Holly‘s most lasting legacies, his thick spectacles, on this day in 1980. As far as Holly remembrances go, the dude had a large hand in geek-chic, rock-world-wise. Something of which has inspired four-eyes ’round the world since, including a young Harvard dropout named Rivers Cuomo who further immortalized the sentiment with his band Weezer and the tune “Buddy Holly.” So goes the chorus:
Oh wee-ooh, I look just like Buddy Holly
Oh, oh, and you’re Mary Tyler Moore
I don’t care what they say about us anyway
I don’t care ’bout that
I don’t care ’bout that