New Our Lady Peace Album, Gravity, Debuts on U.S. Top 10
Group Continues North American Headline Tour In Celebration Of New Release
With Gravity, the group's latest critically-acclaimed release, Our Lady Peace has debuted on the U.S. Top 10 for the first time in a career now spanning five albums. Entering the Billboard Top 200 sales chart with first week's sales of more than 66 thousand pieces, Gravity has the highest first week's American sales of any OLP album.
Produced by Bob Rock (Metallica) and mixed by Randy Staub (Nickelback), Gravity was recorded over the course of 10 weeks (the quickest of any OLP album) in late 2001/early 2002 at Rock's Plantation Studios in Maui. "Somewhere Out There," the first single from Gravity, has been Top 10 on the Modern Rock Track's chart for more than 10 weeks and is scaling the Top 40 Adult and Top 40 Mainstream charts as well as the Mainstream Rock and Active Rock charts. The band will be performing the hit single on Thursday, June 27 on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien." Our Lady Peace's video for "Somewhere Out There," shot in Montreal in late April with director Eric Heimbold, can be seen on MTV, VH1, and MTV2.
Gravity is already drawing accolades from the music press. In the June 22nd issue of Billboard, Larry Flick wrote: "Gravity is a giant leap forward...emerging with a crisp, highly commercial collection of guitar-driven jams." It's a sentiment shared by Guitar World's Gary Graff who praised the record in the magazine's August 2002 issue: "...OLP have turned in an album more streamlined and punchy than their previous recordings. Most impressive is the wide assortment of styles here -- a tuneful anthem ('Innocent'), crunchy metal ('All for You') and spacey prog ('Bring Back the Sun') -- with which OLP defy the 'gravity' that personnel changes can have on a band."
Last week, Our Lady Peace celebrated the release of Gravity with in-store performances and autograph signings in Detroit, Chicago and Cleveland. During last Tuesday's (June 18) in-store at Tower Records in Detroit, the band performed seven songs to the more than 850 lucky fans who managed to get inside the store (an additional 300-400 kids were unfortunately shut-out from the event). The OLP performance was covered by the local FOX News channel and broadcast on the affiliate's 11pm broadcast and on the morning's news telecast. Among the OLP fans at the Detroit in store were Steve Yzerman, Sean Avery, and Boyd Devereaux--members of the 2002 Stanley Cup-winning Detroit Red Wings hockey team. Sean and Boyd had recently attended OLP's mind-blowing Detroit concert on June 1.
Our Lady Peace's first album, Naveed (released on Relativity in the U.S. in 1995), generated the Top 10 Modern Rock and Active Rock hit, "Starseed." and went on to sell more than half a million copies worldwide.
The band's second album, Clumsy, was released in 1997 and entered the Canadian sales charts at #1. The record has sold some 2.5 million units worldwide and achieved Diamond status in Canada with sales of more than 1,000,000 copies. Clumsy contained "Superman's Dead" and "Clumsy" which were Top 5 Modern Rock Tracks in the U.S. The album is approaching the RIAA platinum mark in the U.S.
Happiness... Is Not A Fish That You Can Catch was released in 1999 and the album debuted at #1 in the Canadian sales charts, this time ahead of Nine Inch Nails, Chris Cornell, Tori Amos and other albums released that week. "One Man Army," the first single from Happiness ... , went Top 10 on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks; "Is Anybody Home?" went to #20 on that chart. Following this release, Our Lady Peace joined in celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Woodstock Music Festival.
Spiritual Machines, the band's fourth record was released in the U.S. on March 13, 2001. Debuting at #1 in the band's native Canada, the album was certified platinum in a mere four weeks after its release. (Spiritual Machines achieved Canadian platinum status more rapidly than any record in the OLP catalog.) The band hit the road in support of the album and toured in the U.S. until autumn 2001.
As with past releases, Our Lady Peace began touring in support of the album shortly after its completion, launching a series of U.S. dates in mid-May which included radio festival gigs and headlining club shows. The Our Lady Peace Gravity tour will continue throughout the summer.
Our Lady Peace Tour Dates 07/04/02 Milwaukee, WI Summerfest 07/05/02 Indianapolis, IN Summer Stages - Nuvo Stage 07/06/02 Bonner Springs, KS Sandstone Amphitheatre 07/07/02 Omaha, NE Nebraska Raceway Park 07/09/02 Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall 07/12/02 Toledo, OH Hard Hat Concert Hall 07/13/02 Cincinnati, OH Bogart's 07/14/02 Atlanta, GA Earthlink Live 07/16/02 Dallas, TX Deep Ellum Live 07/17/02 Austin, TX Stubb's Bar-B-Q 07/18/02 Houston, TX Verizon Wireless Theater 07/25/02 Salt Lake City, UT Club Xscape 07/26/02 Las Vegas, NV The Joint 07/27/02 Tempe, AZ Nita's Hideaway 07/29/02 Anaheim, CA House Of Blues 07/30/02 Los Angeles, CA House Of Blues 08/01/02 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore 08/08/02 Fargo, ND Playmakers Pavilion 08/09/02 Minneapolis, MN The Quest 08/10/02 Chicago, IL The Vic Theatre 08/14/02 New York, NY Hammerstein Ballroom Additional Our Lady Peace tour dates TBA For press materials online, please go to: http://www.sonymusic.com/b2b
SOURCE: Columbia Records
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