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I really need to share some formal thoughts on it soon, but I’ve been spinning THE RIGHTEOUS & THE BUTTERFLY, the latest effort from MUSHROOMHEAD, quite a bit here at Rock Father HQ these past few weeks. The album, released to the public last week, landed at #20 on the Billboard Top 200 (the band’s highest debut), along with securing the #1 spot on the Hard Rock Chart. The oddball of the bunch is the #5 debut on the Billboard Rock Album chart, where TORI AMOS and LORDE landed ahead of MRH… along with actual “rock artists,” THE BLACK KEYS and SANTANA.

“Either they’re extremely lazy, or Billboard is simply out of touch with current musical styles. This rock chart should be more respectful of rock and metal artists, and all artists, period. Hardworking metal and rock bands don’t have a chance at the proper recognition they deserve. Billboard should redo this chart and remove non-rock artists like TORI AMOS, LORDE and others. It’s disrespectful to all artists. TORI AMOS? I own a few of her early records, and I can assure you when I purchased these, they weren’t filed under ‘rock.’ LANA DEL REY? Didn’t she do a dance mix to get a Top 40 hit? Oh, and she’s performing at KANYE WEST’s wedding to Kim Kardashian – how is that ‘rock’? Even LORDE is annoyed.”Skinny, MUSHROOMHEAD

Indeed, after winning “Best Rock Song” at the recent Billboard Music Awards for “Royals,” LORDE tweeted the following…

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\m/ LORDE \m/

MUSHROOMHEAD will send their new single, “Out of My Mind” to radio on the 27th, and will be on Mayhem Festival this summer.
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