Each week, SpiritLive will be rounding up the biggest stories from around the mainstream music world, along with the most buzz-worthy pop culture moments in order to keep our readers entertained and informed.
CHRISTMAS CAME EARLY! THE FOO FIGHTERS DROP A SURPRISE, FREE EP!
If you’re a Foo Fighters fan, you know that the band has been alluding to a big announcement with the posting of a mysterious countdown clock on their official website some time ago. Now that the clock has run out, the whole world has been treated to brand new Foo…for free. FREE! The powerhouse rock band released a 5-song EP entitled Saint Cecilia, named after the Hotel Saint Cecilia in Austin, Texas where the songs were recorded. It features everything from the sweet sounds of throwback Foo on the track “Sean” to a melt-your-face-off guitar solo at the beginning of “Savior Breath” (bonus points for that nice play on words boys). Each free download comes with a .PDF copy of a moving, lengthy letter penned by frontman Dave Grohl, chronicling the band’s journey over the past few years: the creation of their documentary and complimentary album Sonic Highways, the now infamous #BreakALeg tour and the making of this new EP – the perfect gift for the Foo faithful.
You can grab your free copy of “Saint Cecilia,” as well as read Dave Grohl’s open letter to fans here.
Adele’s 25 Reigns Supreme, #Duh
After weeks of speculation and prediction, Adele has put an exclamation point on her triumphant return to music by selling 2.3 million – that’s right, MILLION – copies of 25 in a single weekend, and that’s just in the US alone. To put that into perspective, the next album with the highest selling debut week (a full WEEK people) of 2015 was Justin Bieber’s latest, Purpose, which sold only 649,000 copies. Basically, homegirl smashed it. She’ll comfortably surpass reigning champs *NSYNC (shocking, we know – #SorryJT), who hold the record for most copies sold in the US in a single week with the 2000 release of No Strings Attached – 2,416,000 TRUE fan girls assembled during that iconic week. Step your game up Directioners.
You can catch the North American television premiere of her special “Adele: Live In London” tomorrow, Wednesday November 25th at 8:00 pm on CTV. To tide you over until then, watch her amazing SNL performance of “When We Were Young” from this past weekend; if that isn’t enough, you’ll find her isolated vocals here.
City & Colour Announces Canadian Tour
Dallas Green and co. will be hitting the road this upcoming June to promote his latest album, If I Should Go Before You. The offering is a bit of a departure for the tortured Canadian crooner – think more 70s rock sensibility and less crawl-into-the-fetal-position-and-weep-triggering lyrics. He’ll be joined by genre-melding singer songwriter Shakey Graves, the Austin native behind the alternative radio hit “Dearly Departed” featuring Esme Patterson. If you’re down for an evening of gorgeous musicianship, the pair will be playing the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre in Toronto on Saturday, June 18th.
If you haven’t had a chance to check it out, here’s the first single off of City and Colour’s If I Should Go Before You, “Wasted Love.”