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Good To Be Bad in the charts


good_to_be_bad_cover.jpgNever underestimate the commercial appeal of a well promoted rock’n’roll with cocky lyrics!

On April 18 DPAS reported that the new Whitesnake album Good To Be Bad went to number 6 in the charts even before the UK release date of April 21 and his record company SPV is hoping to achieve #1.

Yahoo UK does not have the album in it’s charts for the week ending April 21, but by all accounts the album is doing well in Amazon charts which are updated a lot more frequently.

At the time of this writing (April 22):

Amazon.co.uk (released April 21)
#15 in Music
#1 in Music > Blues
#1 in Music > Heavy Metal

Amazon.com (released April 22)
#7 in Music
#1 in Music > Hard Rock & Metal > Hard Rock
#3 in Music > Rock
#7 in Music > Pop

Amazon.de (released April 18)
#44 in Music
#4 in Music > Hard ‘n Heavy
#19 in Music > Rock
#34 in Music > Pop

Amazon.co.jp (released April 22)
#46 in Music (as far as we can understand Japanese)

Amazon.fr (released April 21)
#44 in Music
#24 in Music > Rock

Amazon.ca (released April 22)
#15 in Music
#1 in Music > Hard Rock & Metal > Hard Rock
#9 in Music > Rock
#15 in Music > Pop

Thanks to Mike McBain for the info.

20 Comments to “Good To Be Bad in the charts”:

  1. 1
    stefan says:

    Great news….GTBB really kicks ass!!!!

  2. 2
    peter chrisp says:

    After a spellbinding concert in Melbourne,
    Australia around 4 weeks ago, that is great news
    for the “Snakers”, i am really looking forward to the album/cd special edition, the only disappointing aspect of the new album are live
    performances which have been lifted directly from
    the recent in concert dvd, oh why oh why do we get repeats, hmmmmm

  3. 3
    George says:

    Will it be the first Whitesnake chart-topper album ever?
    I always thought, that DC is a great vocalist and Whitesnake (especially in Live performances) is extremely great band.
    I watched Burn/Stormbringer and Still of The Night from new lineup DVD (2006 I think) and it was just better and heavier, than Deep Purple.. Don’t blame me, even Coverdale is in much better form than Ian Gillan…
    I’m a huge DP and IG fan, I just hated Coverdale (Don’t know why), but, the truth is the truth…Today Whitesnake is more hard, more energetic, vibrant and life-full, than Deep Purple…

  4. 4
    jaffa says:

    well George. Much as I love DP (both historically and now) you do have a good point. Coverdale is the man when it comes to performance and will remain so for some time to come I think. GTTB is a great album.

  5. 5
    AndreA says:

    I’d call them DC’s band…about Whitesnake I note only the name..

  6. 6
    purplepriest1965 says:

    I already admitted to play GTBB more than I expected.

    But that is a studio effort.

    I cannot tell if the live(?)versions of “Still of the night” are dubbed or something like that…………….

    So I do not know for sure if DC is better nowadays live.
    I ve heard other stories about that………

  7. 7
    kralle says:

    i´m not supriced the new cd is great never thougt ol dave still had a cd like this in him.

    nice suprice now i want to be supriced by mr blackmore too:)

  8. 8
    purplepriest1965 says:

    My man Blackers seems to have run of surprising people.
    One it was his trademark.
    Now it’s YAWN, YAWN, YAWN………….

    People who did not read carefully in the past look with bewilderment and stare into the haze now………..

  9. 9
    Vitalis says:

    I think (from first impression), that this DC work is absolute SHIT !!! Maybe my internet version is wrong… DC is my idol from greatest vocalist of the world. About this album is only my opinion…

  10. 10
    kralle says:

    arghhh spelling yesterday was not that great 😀

  11. 11
    SEVEN-47 says:

    This might be a good sign for Whitesnake, I attempted to purchase “Good To Be Bad” three days after it’s release, and the music store I was at was already sold out!

  12. 12
    T says:

    This is why Coverdale has no interest in any kind of Purple reunion.

  13. 13
    Tracy Heyder says:

    I finally took a listen the GTBB. On first take, it comes off pretty well. Seems to be over or under produced. Not sure which. Sounds a little “muddy”. The songs are of a nice variety. Some basic hard rockers, some mellow, some bluesy, some in the middle.

    I also mixed in the 4 Studio tracks that are on the “Live in the Shadow of the Blues”, which brings it up to date and makes it a solid CD. I will play it in total while driving to the “Deep Purple Montreux ’06 Showing” on the Big Screen tonight. It probably needs a second listen to get used to it.

    I am glad that he put in the effort though and recorded something new to tour on rather than just rehash the old. I was beginning to fear that “Whitesnake” would become just another “Tribute Band”, but they have avoided that by actually presenting something curent.


  14. 14
    roberto says:

    SHAME ON THEM!!!!!!!!

  15. 15
    stefan says:

    The more I listen to GTBB, the more I´m looking forward to the Copenhagen gig…This album´s a “KILLER”!!!

  16. 16
    Sami says:

    Must say I was a little disappointed(even when my
    expectations certainly weren’t high).
    Have been listening the album two times now,
    and somehow it still sounds mediocre with the same old
    WS(Zeppelin!)cliches, although the musicianship is superb!

    It’s still great to see WS on the charts & I’ll promise to give it a third shot.

  17. 17
    T says:

    Here are some songs for ya!

    After several listens, I find the new Whitesnake album to be quite good. It’s not the overdone style of the ’87 album and in fact sounds much like Coverdale’s 2000 solo release “Into the Light” in some respects–particularly those softer numbers. “Summer Rain,” “A Fool in Love” and “Til the End of Time” all sound more like that solo effort than Whitesnake. Not that that is a bad thing!

    While the new album lacks a strong classic epic like “Still of the Night,” it does hold its own in the Whitesnake catalogue. “You’re All I Want” is reminiscent of the metal-era and could have been on the ’87 album. Ditto “All For Love”. The opener “Best Years” and the Schenker-esque riffed “Can You Hear the Wind Blow” top the list (for now).

    What it all proves is that, like the current DP, Whitesnake can “still do it”.

    Nothing can touch “Slide It In,” which I regard to be the strongest album, and most of us are more “classic” Whitesnake fans than the “metal” Whitesnake. However, this album falls somewhere in the middle of the pack.

    Of more interest to Purple fans perhaps is the bonus live disc. “Burn/Stormbringer” is smashing. Not the Hughes “Burning Japan Live” version, but a strong effort indeed. A real live Hammond would be an improvement, but I found this version to be quite good.

    Of the seven songs on the live bonus disc, and aside from “Burn/Stormbringer”, FOUR are “classic”-era songs and only two are “metal”-era. Very interesting.

    The only oopsie: “Don’t Break My Heart Again”. The Moody/Mardsen/Murray sound could not be duplicated and the heavy staccato beat becomes really annoying.

    The video “Ready to Rock” is production “live” footage and does not contain the real, live soundtrack. It is instead synched. I would prefer the original live sound. But that’s nit-picking.

    You really can’t complain that a new Whitesnake album came out. Give it a few more listens and it will grow on you.

  18. 18
    Miguel says:

    I don’t know….to me it is very mediocre, very standard American sound…cheesy to my ears. Doug Aldrich IMHO is not a songwriter. Period. The chart success shows that the level of contemporary “music” is so low that this album nearly shines. But in all fairness, can it be compared to any of earlier works? Any WS record from any period – “European” blues or American heavy glam is way superior to this….to me it is just a money making effort. Sorry guys.

  19. 19
    T says:

    Good point, Miguel. Well taken.

  20. 20
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Today I heard the new cd F.U.n.k. by former colleague Glenn Hughes.

    Way more interesting than DC’s efforts

    GH is spitting them out by the numbers since the early 90’s and has maintained a high level.

    At the end of the month I ll be seeing him live again.

    In the 90’s I witnessed shows by him, really to cherish!
    But the last years he exaggerated more and more the high screams and the volume was way too loud.

    Glenn, not again! You’re much better than that.

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