Hits is prognosticating that sapmaster Michael Buble’s Oprah-assisted Crazy Love will top this week’s album charts, with preliminary numbers indicating that his new album moved 125,000-130,000 copies since its release on Friday. Meanwhile, Kiss’ Wal-Mart-only Sonic Boom will bow at No. 2, with estimated sales in the 104,000-105,000-copy range. Oprah! Wal-Mart! The only music powerhouses that matter anymore! Oh, 2009. [Hits / Earlier] More »
From Tuesday’s Boston police blotter comes this report of an “incident” at Boston Garden involving Kiss and a non-branded fluid: “According to the victim, she was inside the building attending the KISS Concert when she felt a warm feeling on the back of her leg.” Ewww. But wait, there’s more! More »
Kiss’ Wal-Mart-only album Sonic Boom arrived in outlets of the Arkansas-based megachain this week, and the displays that were stocked with Kiss-branded items like M & Ms, blankets, and Mr. Potato Heads have apparently enticed shoppers into buying the two-CD, single-DVD set: Hits is predicting that between 150,000 and 175,000 of the sets will be bought by
suckers die-hard Kiss fans by close of business on Sunday. But will Wal-Mart prevail over another American cultural force who’s been proven to actually encourage people to buy music? At least one Canadian crooner is hoping so! More »
Kiss, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and LL Cool J lead this year’s roster of first-time nominees for Jann Wenner’s shrine to his concept of “rock and roll,” the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. This year’s nominations total 12, with returnees like the Stooges, ABBA, and Donna Summer competing with the aforementioned newbies. Which nominees are the most likely to pass muster with the shadowy group who decides these sorts of things? Our odds after the jump. More »
As rumored, the forthcoming album by Kiss—Sonic Boom, the made-up marauders’ first album in 11 years—will be a Wal-Mart exclusive. Boom, which comes out Oct. 6, will be part of a three-disc package that also includes a “completely re-recorded” greatest-hits CD and a DVD featuring live performances of six tracks. Will the Wal-Mart push be enough to get Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley their first No. 1 album? Given the anemic sales climate of recent months, the official Idolator Magic 8 Ball says… “Signs point to yes.” More »
THE RUMOR: Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley were among the musicians spotted at last week’s Wal-Mart shareholders meeting… and they’re returning to recording after an eleven-year hiatus. Naturally, that confluence of events means that the record has to be a Wal-Mart exclusive! Right?
TRUTH THRESHOLD: 52%. More »
Like the Timex Social Club, I spend a lot of time lamenting the rumors that surround me every day. How do they get started? And where do they get crazy? In Truthmongerer, I’ll try to suss out the kernels of truth in the rumors that are taking up airspace in gossip columns, blogs, and our tips inbox.
THE RUMOR: Kiss bass player/reality-show star/future conqueror of Canada Gene Simmons sold a kidney stone that he passed on eBay… for $15,000. But don’t worry, it went to charity!
TRUTH THRESHOLD: 37%. More »
Billboard reports that Kiss is routing their upcoming U.S. and Canadian tour based on what cities are demanded at event-based social networking site Eventful. Basically it’s like voting for American Idol, but the “winners” get a gaggle of lecherous old men running loose in their city! Can we seriously have anything anymore without putting it to a vote?