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Fall Out Boy's "American Beauty/American Psycho" Among Top-10 Best-Selling Albums of 2015

Now that July is here, we've reached the halfway point of 2015. The year has seen a number of big rock releases, including Fall Out Boy's American Beauty/American Psycho, which is one of the 10 best-selling albums of 2015 so far. The band's sixth record has sold 478,000 copies since it was released on January 20, which makes it the eighth best-selling album of the year in terms of pure album sales, according to the 2015 Nielsen Music U.S. Mid-Year Report. Using Billboard's equivalent album metric, which combines traditional album sales with streaming and digital track sales, American Beauty/American Psycho…

posted 2015/07/05 by Music News From ABC News Radio - Active Rock


Foo Fighters Begin North American Tour July 4; Taking Things "One Day at a Time"

Foo Fighters begin their North American Sonic Highways tour this holiday weekend with a big July 4 blowout at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. The massive trek will keep the band busy for a while, as it lasts all the way into October. "We're just keeping our heads down and kinda going one day at a time," bassist Nate Mendel tells ABC Radio. "Because if you look at the entire schedule it's a bit daunting." What makes the tour even more daunting is the fact that Dave Grohl is recovering from a broken leg, which he suffered after falling off…

posted 2015/07/04 by Music News From ABC News Radio - Active Rock


Chris Cornell to Appear at Dalai Lama's 80th Birthday Celebration

Chris Cornell will make an appearance at the Dalai Lama's 80th birthday celebration, which will be held July 4 at Rancho Los Lomas in Silverado, California, according to Rolling Stone.  The Soundgarden frontman will be joined at the event by actor Forest Whitaker, singer and rapper Aloe Blacc and former 4 Non Blondes frontwoman Linda Perry. Tickets to the July 4 event are available now at PeakMind.org.  It will also be streamed live starting at 1:30 p.m. PT on the Dalai Lama's website. Perhaps Cornell will perform a song from his forthcoming solo album, which has a name that the…

posted 2015/07/03 by Music News From ABC News Radio - Active Rock


AWOLNATION to Live Stream Tonight's Detroit Show

AWOLNATION's headlining tour makes a stop in Detroit tonight, July 2, but if you can't make it out to the Fillmore for the show, you can watch it streamed live on Yahoo Screen's Live Nation channel. The live stream will begin at 9:50 p.m. ET. AWOLNATION is currently on tour in support of their new album, Run. The band's sophomore record features the single "Hollow Moon (Bad Wolf)," which peaked at number one on Billboard's Alternative Songs and reached the top-15 on Mainstream Rock Songs. The Run headlining tour will run through an August 1 show in Los Angeles. Following…

posted 2015/07/02 by Music News From ABC News Radio - Active Rock

Fort Minor, Disturbed Debut on "Billboard's" Hot Rock Songs Chart

Two bands coming back from hiatus with new material have made big debuts on Billboard's Hot Rock Songs Chart. "Welcome" by Fort Minor -- Linkin Park guitarist and vocalist Mike Shinoda's hip-hop side project -- and "The Vengeful One" by Disturbed have debuted at number 16 and number 17 on the chart, respectively. "Welcome" is Fort Minor's first new song in 10 years. Shinoda only released one album as Fort Minor, 2005's The Rising Tied, before putting the project on hiatus in 2006. While Shinoda says that "Welcome" is "not part of a new album," he tells Billboard that the…

posted 2015/07/02 by Music News From ABC News Radio - Active Rock

Chris Martin Performs Surprise Acoustic Set in India

Chris Martin decided to stop by a bar in New Delhi, India for an impromptu acoustic performance Wednesday night. The Coldplay frontman played "Viva la Vida," "Fix You" and "Paradise." You can watch clips of the performance on BuzzFeed India's Facebook page. According to BuzzFeed, both "Chris Martin" and "Coldplay" were trending on Twitter in India due to the surprise performance. Despite their popularity in the country, Coldplay has never actually performed in India. Buzzfeed adds that Slumdog Millionaire actress Freida Pinto was in attendance during Martin's acoustic set. Coldplay is currently working on their new album, titled A Head…

posted 2015/07/02 by Music News From ABC News Radio - Active Rock

Beastie Boys File Trademark Application for "Live Performances"

Beastie Boys have not performed together since founding member Adam "MCA" Yauch passed away in 2012, but a new trademark application filed by the band's attorney has been taken by some to mean that that surviving members Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz and Michael "Mike D" Diamond could be planning to perform live again. In a post on his website, lawyer David Lizerbram writes that on June 26, Horovitz and Diamond filed a trademark application U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to register "Beastie Boys" as a trademark to be used for "live performances by a musical group." You can view the application…

posted 2015/07/02 by Music News From ABC News Radio - Active Rock

Dan Auerbach Explains Why The Arcs Isn't a Solo Project: "It Wasn't Just Me that Made it Special"

The Black Keys frontman Dan Auerbach has a new band called The Arcs, but don't call it a solo project. While the last time Auerbach went outside The Black Keys to record something new with 2009's Keep it Hid, he released it under his own name, he says The Arcs' debut album, Yours, Dreamily, was a group affair. "It just felt wrong to have it under my own name," Auerbach tells NME. "It wasn't just me that made it special." In addition to Auerbach, The Arcs are made up of Leon Michels, Richard Swift and Nick Movshon -- all of…

posted 2015/07/02 by Music News From ABC News Radio - Active Rock

Breaking Benjamin Frontman Benjamin Burnley Discusses Mystery Illness and Pushing Through "Horrendous Pain"

Since 2007, Breaking Benjamin frontman Benjamin Burnley has been suffering from a mysterious illness that causes dizziness and severe joint and muscle pain. His condition forced the band to cancel part of their 2010 tour and led to a five-year hiatus. While Breaking Benjamin has returned with Dark Before Dawn, their first new album in six years, Burnley's illness has stuck with him. "I'm still extremely sick after getting the same answers from some 300 doctors: 'We don't know what's wrong with you,'" Burnley tells Rolling Stone. "The last time I was in a doctor's office, I slammed down my…

posted 2015/07/02 by Music News From ABC News Radio - Active Rock


Disturbed Releases First "Immortalized" Making-Of Episode

After a four year hiatus, Disturbed will be releasing their comeback album Immortalized this summer. In honor of their return, the band filmed their time in the studio recording Immortalized for a making-of web series. Disturbed has now released the first minute-long episode of the series, which you can watch on YouTube. "Here we are kids, Disturbed, new record, day one," says drummer Mike Wengren in the video. "We are in the middle of the Nevada desert on secret location right outside of Area 51. This is very top secret, you don't even know what's happening right now, you won't…

posted 2015/07/01 by Music News From ABC News Radio - Active Rock

Watch Five Finger Death Punch Make Coffee and Knit in "Jekyll and Hyde" Video

For their "Jekyll and Hyde" video, Five Finger Death Punch decided to "punk" their record label, Prospect Park, and make it as ridiculous as possible. The resulting clip features drummer Jeremy Spencer making coffee, bassist Chris Kael knitting, and frontman Ivan Moody watching TV. Of course, this being Five Finger Death Punch, the band members then stop their activities and just destroy everything. You can watch the madness unfold on YouTube. "Punking the label and trolling the trolls is actually very satisfying," says guitarist Zoltan Bathory in a statement. "So either we make a video that makes a difference like…

posted 2015/07/01 by Music News From ABC News Radio - Active Rock

Breaking Benjamin Notches First Number-One Album on "Billboard" 200 with "Dark Before Dawn"

After over five years in the dark, Breaking Benjamin has reached a new dawn. Dark Before Dawn, the band's first album since 2009, has debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 with 141,000 equivalent album units sold in its first week, 135,000 of which were pure album sales. Dark Before Dawn is Breaking Benjamin's first number-one album and gives the band their best week of record sales in their career.  Their previous chart high came courtesy of 2006's Phobia, which peaked at number two on the Billboad 200 with 125,000 albums sold. Breakin Benjamin's previous best sales week was…

posted 2015/07/01 by Music News From ABC News Radio - Active Rock