May 26, 2009

TOP OF THE CHARTS: Green Day's 21st Century Breakdown

(Photo Credit): Courtesy of Warner Bros Records

GREEN DAY'S 21ST CENTURY BREAKDOWN TOPS THE BILLBOARD ALBUM CHART

(PR)—After nearly five years, Green Day has reclaimed their position as one of the world's favorite rock bands with their critically acclaimed new release 21st Century Breakdown, which is the best-selling album in the U.S. and in 10 countries around the world this week. Released by Reprise Records on Friday, May 15th, the album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, as well as on the Active Rock and Alternative charts, and sold 214,828 copies despite being in stores for only two days, rather than the traditional seven.

21st Century Breakdown is also a hit around the world, with No. 1 chart debuts in the UK, Canada, Japan, France, Norway, Denmark, Belgium, Argentina, Mexico, Korea, Sweden, South Africa, and New Zealand, with more expected by the end of the week.

  Produced by Butch Vig, 21st Century Breakdown has earned rapturous reviews from top media outlets, such as Rolling Stone, which called it "even more ambitious than American Idiot" and "a record of die-hard punk ideals...tightly scripted, continually ascending classic-rock excitement," and the New York Times, which noted in an Arts & Leisure cover story that in its drive to top themselves "Green Day has dared to offer something far denser and more demanding: a whirlwind of thoughts about activism, redemption, and destruction. The rage and sorrows ofAmerican Idiot are pushed even further in 21st Century Breakdown, in songs where idealism and the urge to annihilate are constantly grappling, never far apart."

  Green Day, which is singer-guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong, bassist Mike Dirnt, and drummer Tre Cool, is preparing to launch their first proper tour of the United States and Canada in more than three years. The tour begins July 3rd at Seattle's Key Arena and will cross North America through the summer, including a July 27th stop at New York City's Madison Square Garden, before finishing up with a show at the Forum in Los Angeles on August 25th. Please visit www.greenday.com for all cities, venues, and ticket on-sale dates.

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