2. Arcade Fire "Neon Bible"
Sales this week: 91,800
Actually, I thought the total would be more. What with the number they shipped and the hype.
As for the hype…
Back in the sixties, when music was like video games in the nineties, racking up dough off the radar screen, you couldn’t get mainstream publicity. Ergo the axiom, "All publicity is good publicity".
I ask you, is that still true?
Why don’t we question Britney Spears. Do you think the pictures of her beaver and bald head enhanced her album sales potential?
No, in the era of cable TV/Web, it’s EASY to get publicity, but the more publicity you get, the shorter your career.
Call it the Pearl Jam paradigm. After "Ten", the band decided to do no more videos, no hype. Sure, their record sales trailed off, but FIFTEEN YEARS LATER they can still sell out arenas. Do you want to still be able to work as a musician and not have a day job fifteen years on? Then I’d suggest you watch your publicity. The more ubiquitous you are, the shorter your career.
As for Arcade Fire… There are much worse offenders.
But as Pearl Jam proved, fuck the casual fan. It’s the HARD CORE you’re interested in.
Of course, at first it’s hard to get anybody to pay attention, but once you’ve got traction, pull back on the reins!
81. Son Volt "Search"
Sales this week: 10,254
You know I saw Jay Farrar at this Gram Parsons tribute show a couple of years back and I was stunned how good he was.
Then again, he wasn’t singing his own material.
I guess Jeff Tweedy had all the talent. At least the audience thinks so.
117. Albert Hammond, Jr. "Yours To Keep"
Sales this week: 7,054
No, these albums are the LABEL’S to keep. When the retailers return them.
This is what overhype delivers. No rock band got as much ink as the Strokes. Now this guy puts out an album and NO ONE CARES!
136. Taylor Hicks
Sales this week: 5,933
The most interesting scuttlebutt is this album isn’t hitting, the track isn’t crossing over to Top Forty, because the label is teaching Taylor Hicks A LESSON! He didn’t do what they wanted him to do.
If you’re doing what THEY want you to do, you might as well be making studio movies. Collaborative efforts that don’t stick.
You only get one chance, do it YOUR way. At least you’ll be able to sleep at night.
No one knows as much about your music, your image, where you’re coming from, as you. To thine own’s self be true.
Assuming you’ve got some talent, assuming you’ve got something to say.
Does Taylor Hicks qualify? Well, in his own mind. I applaud him for that. Hell, he’s gotten MORE than his fifteen minutes!
Wow. Son Volt outsold the dude from the Strokes.