Following his takedown of the media for their negative slant on the first-week sales of Avenged Sevenfold‘s new album The Stage, lead singer M. Shadows turned his wrath toward former label Warner Bros. Records. The label announced an Avenged greatest hits package just days before the surprise unveiling of The Stage, scheduling it for a December 2nd release after initial rumors hinted at a December 9th arrival for the group’s Capitol Records debut.
Shadows told 101.1 WJRR, “We’re not promoting (the greatest hits album) at all. That has nothing to do with us. They, basically, saw the (rumored release date) and, from what we understand, they are trying to undercut our new record, so they were trying to put it out the week before. And as childish as things can be behind the scenes with lawyers and stuff, as I’m sure you can imagine, this is childish on a whole new level.”
- Shadows added, “You’re gonna try to put this record out right before our new record just to undercut us and try to confuse the casual fan, like, ‘Is this the new record? Or is that the new record?’ . . . it’s a record label basically digging themselves into a deeper hole, as far as I’m concerned, ’cause it doesn’t look good to other bands who are potentially gonna sign there, and it doesn’t look good to fans.”
- Avenged Sevenfold is locked in a legal battle with Warner Music over what the label claims is a breach of contract.
- The Stage debuted at Number Four on the Billboard 200 album chart last week. The surprise release of the disc, which was announced the night it went on sale, earned the lowest sales of an Avenged Sevenfold album in 11 years. It sold 76,000 copies in its first week, less than half the tally of its previous two efforts.
- The group made the album available at midnight on October 27th with almost no promotion beforehand, save for the arrival of a new song one week earlier.