Fleet Foxes Challenges Adele in the UK

Helplessness Blues
Helplessness Blues

CHART SPOTLIGHT. The folk band Fleet Foxes pose a serious threat to Adele’s reign atop the album chart in the UK. Fleet Foxes’ sophomore set Helplessness Blues vaults into No.2, ahead of  Jennifer Lopez’ Love? (No.6) and Beastie Boys’ Hot Sauce Committee Pt.2 (No.9).

WelcheMusic covered Fleet Foxes earlier this year when it was announced that they will headline Gothenburg’s Way Out West festival this upcoming August.

Helplessnes Blues Online

Fans are treated to a bespoke Helplessness Blues web-site, featuring the possibilities to purchase the album digitally via iTunes, or on CD and vinyl via Amazon. Fleet Foxes is currently on tour and will embark on the European leg at the end of this month. The final date is set for 20/8 at the Green Man Festival at Brecon Beacons in the UK.

In the US, the set has currently bowed at No.13 on the Folk Albums chart and No.22 at the Tastemaker Albums chart (both via Billboard).

Positive Reviews

Bloggers around the world have embraced the new album with positive reviews. According to Luddite Stereo, “you may need to spend significant time questioning and even disliking Helplessness Blues before it reveals its gifts to you, but given that its creation is forever connected with human suffering, that price is only fitting.” The Crooked Timber blog gives it three bus stops up, while Stereogum claims the album is cooly uncool.

Eponymous Debut Album

Fleet Foxes eponymous debut set peaked at No.16 upon its release in 2008. It spent 23 weeks on the chart, finally dropping out in February 2009. Not a single-driven group, Fleet Foxes is yet to chart on the singles tally in Sweden.

Robyn and Fleet Foxes Headline Way Out West

CHART REFLECTION. WelcheMusic is happy to say that Robyn and Fleet Foxes will make a welcome return to the music festival Way Out West this summer.  The event will take place on August 11-13th in Gothenburg. Tickets went on sale this week. Despite festivals facing severe challenges, Way Out West has been sold out every year since  it bowed in 2007.

The Seattle-based folk band Fleet Foxes made its debut in 2008, the very same year they performed at the festival. Expectations will likely rise ahead of this year’s appearance as the group will issue its second album this spring. Joel Borg from the group’s promoter Luger says to news daily NSD.se that “Fleet Foxes is an incredibly important act for Way Out West. It was really fun that we were quick to pick up the act in 2008. And they will return to the [Way Out West] festival as a recognized, experienced act that the critics love. The interest will be really great further to the new  release this spring.”

Fleet Foxes’ eponymous debut peaked at No.16 in Sweden upon its release in June 2008, managing to climb to No.3 in the UK. Pitchfork Media, The Times, Billboard and Mojo all named it best album of the year ’08.

Robyn Picks Up Swedish Grammy Awards

Robyn performed at the festival back in 2009. The singer had a successful week, picking up no less than three Grammy awards in Sweden on Tuesday.  Body Talk was the album of the year while “Dancing on My Own” was awarded Song of the Year. She also picked up the composer of the year award with song-writer Klas Åhlund, whom she wrote several of the tracks with. Robyn was nominated in a total of seven categories. Her latest hit “Indestructable” remains at No.7 on the Swedish singles tally this week in its 12th week. Her three Body Talk may all be found in the top ten of the album chart.

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