Terry O'Neill & Trinifold ArchiveThe Who's new archival concert video, Live at Shea Stadium 1982, was released today as on DVD, standard-definition Blu-ray and as a digital download. The film captures the second of two historic shows the British rock legends played at the New York City ballpark in October of '82 while touring in support of their It's Hard album.
The video offers restored footage and newly mixed audio, and captures The Who playing a 25-song set that includes many classic songs, some selections from It's Hard and several lesser-known gems from earlier albums by the band. Among the memorable tunes the group performed were "I Can't Explain," "Baba O'Riley," "Who Are You," "Pinball Wizard," "See Me Feel Me," "Love Reign O'er Me" and "Won't Get Fooled Again." During the concert's finale, The Who also performed covers of "I Saw Her Standing There" and "Twist and Shout" in honor of The Beatles' famous 1960s concerts at Shea.
The show, which took place on October 13, 1982, was part of The Who's last North American tour to feature drummer Kenney Jones, who took over for Keith Moon after Moon passed away in 1978.
You can watch a recently posted preview clip from Live at Shea Stadium 1982 of The Who playing "Behind Blue Eyes" at Eagle Rock TV's official YouTube channel.
Credit: Claude GassianOn Tuesday, The Rolling Stones released a brand-new live album featuring select songs from the band's surprise warmup show for its current Zip Code Tour that was held May 20 at the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles. Sticky Fingers Live is available for purchase now as a digital download via iTunes, and features renditions of all 10 songs from The Stones' classic 1971 album Sticky Fingers that the band played at the intimate L.A. concert.
The album features the songs in the order that the rock legends performed them at the show, which was different from how they appear on the Sticky Fingers track list. The band also played six other non-Sticky Fingers tunes at the Fonda Theatre concert that aren't included on the live album, which was mixed by frequent Stones collaborator Bob Clearmountain.
In addition to serving as the unofficial kickoff date of The Rolling Stones' current tour, the L.A. gig helped to promote the remastered and expanded versions of Sticky Fingers, which were released in the U.S. on June 9. The Stones' next show takes place Wednesday, July 1, in Raleigh, North Carolina. The trek is mapped out through a July 15 concert in Quebec City.
Here is the full track list for Sticky Fingers Live:
"Sway" "Dead Flowers" "Wild Horses" "Sister Morphine" "You Gotta Move" "Bitch" "Can't You Hear Me Knocking" "I Got the Blues" "Moonlight Mile" "Brown Sugar"
David BergmanJon Bon Jovi may be a Democrat, but he still allowed Republican New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to use some Bon Jovi songs while announcing his presidential bid.
The governor played hits from the Jersey rocker during a Tuesday morning event where he announced his intentions to run for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. According to NJ.com, the Bon Jovi songs “Because We Can” and “It’s My Life” played before his speech, “We Weren’t Born to Follow” played as he walked to the stage and “Who Says You Can’t Go Home” played after he spoke.
Christie’s announcement came a day after Jon and his wife Dorothea hosted a fundraiser for Hillary Clinton, who’s vying for the Democratic nomination.
But Jon and Christie are pals, despite their different politics. Jon confirmed in a statement to ABC Radio that although he is a Clinton supporter, he was more than happy to let Christie use his songs. "My friendships are apolitical," he said, "and yes, I absolutely gave him permission to use my songs."
Image Courtesy of Marion County Sheriff's OfficeJourney drummer Deen Castronovo is facing several new and very serious charges apparently in connection with his June 14 arrest after he allegedly injured a woman during a domestic dispute. Oregon's Statesman Journal reports that the 50-year-old musician was arrested again via grand jury indictment Monday on charges that include first-degree rape, second-degree sexual abuse and unlawful use of a weapon.
A public-information officer for the Salem, Oregon, Police Department tells ABC Radio that Castronovo's arrest on Monday came after he violated a court order directing him to have no contact with the woman he allegedly assaulted. According to the Marion County Sheriff's Office, the full list of charges he's facing also includes four counts of fourth-degree assault, one count of second-degree assault, two counts of menacing, one count of coercion, one count of second-degree criminal mischief and three counts of contempt of court. The Salem public-information officer reveals that many of the new charges came about following further police investigation into the June 14 incident. Castronovo currently is being held without bond and is due back in court today, June 30, at 3 p.m. PT.
The drummer was first arrested June 14 by Salem, Oregon, police and charged the following day with fourth-degree assault and menacing. Castronovo subsequently was released after he posted a $20,000 bond. At the time of his release, Deen was directed by a judge to have no contact with the woman he allegedly assaulted. The new arrest came after Castronovo violated that order.
Following the June 14 incident, Journey announced that it would be using a fill-in drummer, Omar Hakim, on its forthcoming North American summer tour "due to Deen Castronovo's pending issues."
Castronovo also was arrested in January 2012 following an alleged assault on a woman. After an alleged violent argument with an ex-girlfriend in Oregon, he was arrested on a number of charges, including coercion, fourth-degree assault, second-degree criminal mischief, harassment and interfering with making a police report. The Statesman Journal reported that Castronovo eventually agreed to a plea deal that called for him to attend anger-management classes and do 80 hours of community service.
Image Courtesy of The KinksFounding Kinks bassist Pete Quaife died five years ago last Tuesday at the age of 66 from complications of kidney disease. Now, his brother Dave has revealed a new album project is being planned that will feature newly recorded versions of rare songs Pete wrote.
In a message on his Facebook page, Dave Quaife reports, "I have recently been given some music tapes of my Bruv Pete which has knocked my socks off! Apart from a lot of music he wrote and played there was also a very good interview. We have decided now to record the songs using only the best bands, and also include extracts of the interview to be intertwined on this album."
Dave points out that putting the album together will take "a gigantic amount of work ahead," adding that "it must be perfect."
Dave Quaife is the co-founder of for the Pete Quaife Foundation, which provides support for young people who are undergoing dialysis treatments. The organization has released a number of multiple-artist compilations featuring covers of songs Pete wrote with The Kinks to raise money for the cause, including the six-part Legends -- Shoulder to Shoulder collection, which was issued earlier this year.
Quaife played with The Kinks from 1963 to 1969, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with the band in 1990. He died on June 23, 2010.
Eagle Rock EntertainmentLast year, Jeff Lynne put together a new version of his band Electric Light Orchestra and performed a huge concert in London's Hyde Park that September as part of BBC Radio 2's Festival in a Day. Now, a home video capturing that performance is set to be released this September 11 on DVD, Blu-ray and as a digital download.
Jeff Lynne's ELO: Live in Hyde Park features the group playing many of its memorable songs with accompaniment from the BBC Concert Orchestra in front of an audience of 50,000. Among the classic tunes performed at the gig were "Evil Woman," "Livin' Thing," "Strange Magic," "Sweet Talkin' Woman," "Turn to Stone," "Don't Bring Me Down" and "Telephone Line." Lynne and ELO also played a version of the Traveling Wilburys hit "Handle with Care." Meanwhile, Jeff has overseen all aspects of the production of the concert film.
"It seemed like the entire 50,000 were singing and clapping along, which carried on for the whole night," Lynne said about the gig. "The Hyde Park concert turned out to be one of the most memorable shows ever for me."
Live in Hyde Park also will offer some bonus features, including new interviews filmed in conjunction with the concert and the 2012 documentary Mr. Blue Sky: The Story of Jeff Lynne and ELO.
Here is the full track list of the concert portion of Jeff Lynne's ELO: Live in Hyde Park:
"All Over the World" "Evil Woman" "Ma-Ma-Ma Belle" "Showdown" "Livin' Thing" "Strange Magic" "10538 Overture" "Can't Get It Out of My Head" "Sweet Talkin' Woman" "Turn to Stone" "Steppin' Out" "Handle with Care" "Don't Bring Me Down" "Rock 'n' Roll Is King" "Telephone Line" "Mr. Blue Sky" "Roll Over Beethoven"
ABC/Randy HolmesFollowing the Supreme Court’s landmark decision on same-sex marriage last week, Elton John has penned a piece reminding people that the gay rights movement "is less about walking down the aisle, and more about walking down the street."
In the guest column for Variety, the pop-rock legend begins by stating how lucky he was to be able to marry his partner, David Furnish, last December.
He continues, "But for the millions of gay people hoping, praying and fighting to one day have the opportunity to wed, their struggle is about more than the right to marry -- it's about equality. The goal of the gay-rights movement is less about walking down the aisle, and more about walking down the street -- with dignity, with pride, and without fear of harassment or discrimination."
Elton says this discrimination and injustice is directly tied to the AIDS epidemic. "Communities that are stigmatized and discriminated against are always -- always -- the most vulnerable to the AIDS epidemic," writes John, who founded the Elton John AIDS Foundation 23 years ago. "They are disproportionately impacted for the simple reason that discrimination prevents them from having equal access to healthcare and critical social services."
He adds that to fight AIDS, we must fight injustice, and the battle for marriage equality is part of that larger fight. "It isn't just about marriage," writes Elton. "And it isn't just about the gay community. It's about the need for all people, everywhere, to have the same rights and protections under the law. It's about the need for all people, everywhere, to be treated with compassion and dignity."
John concludes by expressing his pride for people in the entertainment industry who have advocated for gay rights and marriage equality, and urges everyone to carry on the fight against discrimination and inequality.
Credit: Seth HellmanThe official video for Steven Tyler's new single, "Love Is Your Name," the Aerosmith frontman first foray into country music, will premiere on Friday, July 3. Fans will be able to get their first peak at the clip on ABC's Good Morning America.
Tyler shot the video just outside of Nashville. The clip was directed by Trey Fanjoy, whose lengthy resume includes several CMT Music Award-winning videos for Taylor Swift.
"Love Is Your Name" recently broke into the top 30 of Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart. Tyler debuted the tune in April with a performance on the finale of the latest season of Fox's American Idol. The rocker currently is on the road with Aerosmith, who will be touring North America through an August 7 concert in Canton, Ohio.
Credit: Rob ShanahanThe music world is reeling from the news that Yes bassist Chris Squire has died. The lauded musician, who was the only member of the legendary prog-rock group to remain in the band throughout its entire history, died Sunday of a rare form of leukemia at the age of 67.
A variety of Squire's former band mates, musical collaborators and friends have written messages paying tribute to the influential bassist that have been compiled by Yes on a special section of the group's website.
Founding Yes singer Jon Anderson issued a statement that reads, "Chris was a very special part of my life; we were musical brothers. He was an amazingly unique bass player -- very poetic -- and had a wonderful knowledge of harmony. We met at a certain time when music was very open, and I feel blessed to have created some wonderful, adventurous, music with him. Chris had such a great sense of humor… he always said he was Darth Vader to my Obiwan. I always thought of him as Christopher Robin to my Winnie the Pooh."
Anderson, who left Yes on somewhat acrimonious terms in 2008, added, "Throughout everything, he was still my brother, and I'm so glad we were able to reconnect recently. I saw him in my meditation last night, and he was radiant."
Longtime Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman posted the following tribute on his Twitter feed: "Thanks for your life Chris. You may be gone but the music lives on for ever. You've personally left me with great memories and great music."
Original Yes drummer Bill Bruford wrote an homage to Squire in which he described the bassist as "one of the twin rocks upon which Yes was founded," adding, "He and I had a working relationship built around our differences. Despite, or perhaps because of, the old chestnut about creative tension, it seemed, strangely, to work." Bruford went on to praise Squire's unique and creative approach to the bass, noting that he was "[a]n individualist in an age when it was possible to establish individuality [who] fearlessly staked out a whole protectorate of bass playing in which he was lord and master."
Former Yes guitarist/singer Trevor Rabin, who played with the band from 1982 to 1994, wrote, "I am about as sad as I could be…I spoke to [Chris] about a week ago, and we were still laughing together. Even though he had recently taken a turn for the worse, this was not totally unexpected, and the shock and sadness is extreme. I will miss him terribly. An era is over. Music has lost a one of a kind, and I have lost a dear friend and brother."
Ex-Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett, who released a collaborative album with Squire under the name Squackett in 2012 and worked on a few other projects with the bassist, said he was devastated by the news of his death. Hackett called Squire a "special pal and a man who defined the progressive genre," adding, "Open to all styles with a love of orchestras and choirs as well as thunderous rock, his passing leaves a huge hole in the heart of music. His ingenious sound was unique."
Lastly, Queen guitarist Brian May wrote a lengthy tribute in which he discussed how influential and unique Squire's playing was and how Yes inspired his own band to combine hard rock with soaring melodies. May wrote that Squire's "bass playing style was a million miles away from the low-pitched thud of most bassists of the time." He added, "May he rest in peace and happiness, knowing he played a great part in changing Rock for ever."
Credit: Claude GassianThe Rolling Stones are gathering no moss on the road.
The self-proclaimed Greatest Rock and Roll Band in the World leads Billboard's Hot Tours list having raked in $52 million in box office ticket sales on their Zip Code tour in just six dates this month. Since 2012, The Stones have grossed $320 million on the road, Billboard reports.
The Stones' earnings in those six dates top the tour earnings this spring and early summer of Bette Midler, U2 and Rush, respectively.
Midler is in the number two position with $17.7 million over 18 shows, U2 holds in third place with $10.3 million over six shows and Rush comes in ninth with $1.7 million over two shows in May and June.
Danny ClinchProud parents Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa will support their daughter Jessica's journey to the Olympics by heading up a benefit supporting the U.S. Olympic Equestrian team.
The Springsteens will serve as honorary chairs for the January 22, 2016 United States Equestrian Team (USET) Foundation's "Rockin' Rio" Olympic games benefit in Wellington, FL.
"Helping this country's equestrian athletes and supporting the United States Equestrian Teams has been a family affair for us," said the Springsteens in a statement. "We recognize the hard work and commitment it takes for riders to reach the pinnacle of the sport, and hope that as Honorary Chairs for the USET Foundation's 'Rockin Rio' we can help make this benefit a huge success in support of our riders as they prepare and compete at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio."
The benefit will raise funds for the USET Foundation to further support the United States Equestrian Team horses and riders as they prepare to compete at the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Jessica Springsteen, 23, has "successfully competed at the highest levels of show jumping and has represented the United States on nations cup teams internationally," The USET Foundation says.
Lloyd Bishop/NBCAt age 66, Billy Joel is about to become a father for the second time: he and girlfriend Alexis Roderick are expecting their first baby together late this summer. But the Piano Man tells Newsday he doesn't plan to slow down and become a stay-at-home dad.
Billy, who'll set a record on Wednesday when he plays his 65th show at New York's Madison Square Garden, say he'll continue his once-a-month residency at the legendary venue for the forseeable future. As he tells Newsday, "I'm planning on staying as long as the tickets sell."
Asked how the baby might affect, Billy says, "This is who I am. Even when I have a baby, this is my job. It's not like I'll be on tour away from my child for any significant amount of time. It's once a week and I come right home. Or if I go far away, I take her with me. Babies are pretty portable."
Talking about his residency -- and the record-setting 65th show that will allow him to pass his frenemy Elton John as the artist with the most performances at the arena -- Billy says, "I'm not doing it to break records. I'm doing it because that's what I do. I think if you hang around long enough, all this nice stuff happens to you...I just stayed around. I hung in when a lot of people might have hung it up."
But most of all, Billy's doing it because he's having fun -- and so are the fans. "The audience is having such a blast," he says. "I look out there and think, 'These people are really happy.' I look around and we're the ones making them happy? Well, we're having a blast onstage."
Once Billy breaks the record, he'll be the only artist with his name on two banners in the rafters of Madison Square Garden. He already has one marking the record he set for most consecutive concerts at the Garden, which is currently 18, but which increases with every show he does. He'll have special guests joining him onstage on Wednesday as well, Newsday reports.
"It's a little strange to be what appears to be peaking at this age, when this should be the downhill slope," Billy points out. "It feels like we're cresting here."
He adds, "There's something very gratifying about it happening at this age. I never thought I'd still be doing it at this age. This is a kid's job. I started out as a teenager and I'm still doing the same job that I did as a teenager. It kind of allows you to still be a kid in a way. It probably slows your maturity a great deal. It's the fountain of youth."
Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagicThe four surviving core members of The Grateful Dead -- singer-guitarist Bob Weir, singer-bassist Phil Lesh, and drummers MickeyHart and Bill Kreutzmann -- opened their Fare Thee Well tour in Santa Clara, California, at Levi's Stadium on Saturday night.
The band -- missing the late Jerry Garcia -- was joined by Phish leader Trey Anastasio, Bruce Hornsby and keyboardist JeffChimenti.
The Grateful Dead played the same venue on Sunday night. They'll complete the tour with three dates at Chicago's Soldier Field on July 3, 4 and 5. The concerts celebrate the band's 50th anniversary.
Here's the set list from Saturday's show, according to Billboard:
Set One: "Truckin’" "Uncle John’s Band" "Alligator" "Cumberland Blues" "Born Cross-Eyed" "Cream Puff War" "Viola Lee Blues"
Set Two: "Cryptical Envelopment" "Dark Star" "St. Stephen" "The Eleven" "Turn On Your Love Light" "Drums/Space" "What's Become Of The Baby" "The Other One" "Morning Dew"
James O'MaraJoniMitchell's website has posted an update on her condition, following comments made by her friend David Crosby Friday.
In an interview with The Huffington Post, Crosby commented that Mitchell "took a terrible hit" akin to a traumatic brain injury, suffering from an aneurysm. He also said, "To my knowledge she is not speaking yet."
Mitchell's conservator, Leslie Morris, clarified on Sunday that the singer/songwriter is, in fact, speaking.
Morris said in a statement posted on JoniMitchell.com, "Joni did in fact suffer an aneurysm. However, details that have emerged in the past few days are mostly speculative. The truth is that Joni is speaking, and she's speaking well."
"She is not walking yet, but she will be in the near future as she is undergoing daily therapies," the statement continues. "She is resting comfortably in her own home and she's getting better each day. A full recovery is expected."
The 71-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer was hospitalized in late March after being found unconscious in her home.
Photo by Daniel Knighton/Getty ImagesChris Squire, Yes bassist and co-founder has died. He was 67. A few weeks ago, it was announced that Squire had acute erythroid leukemia, which is a rarer form of the more common acute myeloid leukemia. Both are cancers that affect blood cell production.
A message on the band's Facebook page reads, "It’s with the heaviest of hearts and unbearable sadness that we must inform you of the passing of our dear friend and Yes co-founder, Chris Squire. Chris peacefully passed away last night in Phoenix Arizona. For the entirety of Yes’ existence, Chris was the band’s linchpin and, in so many ways, the glue that held it together over all these years."
The statement adds, "Because of his phenomenal bass-playing prowess, Chris influenced countless bassists around the world, including many of today’s well-known artists. Chris was also a fantastic songwriter, having written and co-written much of Yes’ most endearing music, as well as his solo album, Fish Out of Water. Outside of Yes, Chris was a loving husband to Scotty and father to Carmen, Chandrika, Camille, Cameron, and Xilan"
The statement concludes, "With his gentle, easy-going nature, Chris was a great friend of many … including each of us. But he wasn’t merely our friend: he was also part of our family and we shall forever love and miss him."
Squire's illness meant that he was not going to be part of the band's upcoming tour with Toto, or its fan cruise in November. Longtime Yes collaborator and Squire friend Billy Sherwood was scheduled to fill in. It was to be the first time since 1968 that the band would have performed without Squire.
Squire was the only member of Yes to appear on every one of their 21 studio albums. Nicknamed "Fish," Squire's bass playing was highly influential, and he co-wrote some of Yes' most enduring songs, including "Owner of a Lonely Heart," "And You and I," "I've Seen All Good People," "Leave It," "Starship Trooper," "Yours Is No Disgrace" and many more.
PCH FilmsGlenn Campbell: I'll Be Me, a documentary about the life of the famed singer and guitarist and his battle with Alzheimer's disease, gets its television premiere on CNN this Sunday, featuring interviews with Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, U2 guitarist The Edge, Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith andSheryl Crow, as well as songwriter and longtime Campbell collaborator Jimmy Webb. Actor Steve Martin and former President Bill Clinton also celebrate Campbell in the film.
Directed by Walk the Line filmmaker James Keach, the documentary includes live performances, behind-the-scenes clips and video highlights from throughout Campbell's career, including footage from Campbell's final Goodbye Tour.
The film also is set for an online digital release on August 18, with a DVD release coming September 1.
Glenn Campbell: I'll Be Me airs Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on CNN.
Courtesy of The Grateful DeadFor years, promoters have attempted and failed to reunite the Grateful Dead for a reunion, but beginning this weekend with two shows in Santa Clara, California, the "core four" surviving band members are reuniting for five Fare Thee Well shows.
So how did the concert series' co-producer Peter Shapiro -- former owner of New York's defunct club Wetlands and proprietor of the Brooklyn Bowl franchise -- make it happen?
"I wouldn’t give up. And I had this idea about how to do it: July 4 weekend, in the middle of the country at Soldier Field, the last venue the band played [with late bandleader Jerry Garcia in 1995]," the Shapiro tells Billboard. "Judging by the response, people wanted to go back to another era -- people missed it."
Through the years, Shapiro has booked each individual member of the band for various shows, which Shapiro said strengthened his relationship with the musicians. It also helped that he was a fan.
"The truth is, I listen to the Grateful Dead. I go to shows by different bands, but when I’m in the shower, I want to listen to Jerry. That passion is inside me, and I think that helped me get the [Fare Thee Well] gig," he said.
He also knew that the band gels well with Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio based on a show he witnessed at San Francisco's Warfield Theater in 1999.
"I was there, because I’m a fan, I saw what happened when they dropped Trey into this, so I know what’s gonna happen," he said. "The time has come to bring these two spiritual things together."
He also said Anastasio's appearance can give Phish a boost with Deadhead support.
"You go to a Phish show, it’s all people that have seen Phish 30 times and younger," he said. "A lot of the older Deadheads don’t go see Phish, so it’s a great moment to bring it together."
So what secrets can Shapiro divulge about the forthcoming Fare Thee Well shows?
"I do believe that we’re pushing some knobs up, in terms of what we’re doing with sound, lighting and video, and we’re trying to do it in a way where the music leads," he said. "People will have to remember to pick their brain up off the floor and put it back in their head after the show."
As reported earlier, the four surviving core members of The Dead -- singer-guitarist Bob Weir, singer-bassist Phil Lesh and drummers Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann -- will perform what they've announced as their last shows ever this weekend in Santa Clara, California and on July 3, 4 and 5 at Chicago's Soldier Field. They will be joined at these performances by Bruce Hornsby, Anastasio and keyboardist Jeff Chimenti.
Credit: Django CrosbySince Joni Mitchell was hospitalized in late March after being found unconscious in her home, there have been conflicting reports about the singer/songwriter's condition. But her friend David Crosby offered an update during an interview with The Huffington Post on Friday.
"I have not spoken with her. To my knowledge she is not speaking yet," he said. "She is home. She is in care. She is recovering. How that's going to go, we don't know yet."
Crosby said Mitchell "took a terrible hit" akin to a traumatic brain injury, suffering from an aneurysm. "Nobody found her for a while and she's going to have to struggle back from it," he said.
But he has high hopes for Mitchell's recovery. "She's a tough girl, and very smart. So, how much she's going to come back and when, I don't know and I'm not going to guess," he said. "I love her. She was my old lady....She's probably the best of us -- probably the greatest living singer/songwriter."
Someone not in that category, Crosby said, is Kanye West, who he maintains is a "poser."
"Kanye West can't write, sing or play," he said. "So I have trouble with him as anything but a poser. Produce. That means he sits in a chair while the engineer does the work."
Credit: MJ KimSir Paul McCartney took a moment during his live show in Columbia, South Carolina Thursday night to honor the victims of the South Carolina church shooting.
"This next song, we would like to dedicate to all the people in Charleston," the Beatle tells the crowd at Columbia's Colonial Life Arena, in an audience-shot video posted to YouTube. "We dedicate it to them to just show how solid we are with them after we've been through this tragedy, and we pray that people of all colors will be able to live together in peace and harmony."
McCartney proceeded to play "The Long and Winding Road" while seated at a piano.
During his set at the Firefly Music Festival in Delaware on June 19, McCartney also dedicated the song to the nine victims of the June 17 shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.
Concord MusicJames Taylor is understandably thrilled his new album, Before This World -- his first collection of new material in over a decade -- has become his first chart-topping disc, entering the Billboard Top 200 at #1. He's posted a video thanking his fans for giving him what he describes as a "totally new experience."
"I didn't dare hope that this album could actually debut on the charts at number one," says James. "It's a totally new experience for me, and that's saying something. And for that I thank you, and your support and your enthusiasm and your interest."
James adds he "really believes" in Before This World, adding "I think it's an excellent album; it's the best we can do." He notes, "We're celebrating all day long here -- all week long, actually. But again, it's all because of you and no one knows it better than me. Thank you and carry on."
James is now #3 on Billboard's Artist 100, which tracks artist activity across Billboard's most influential charts. Who's at #1? None other than Taylor Swift, who was named after James.