MetricĀ“s Fantasies #1 on BillboardĀ“s Heatseeker Chart
METRIC's fourth album Fantasies - propelled by its first commercial hit in the U.S., "Help I'm Alive" - lands the top spot on Billboard's Heatseeker's Chart and Soundscan's Top New Artists Chart by selling over six thousand albums.
Making the #1 ranking more extraordinary is the fact that the album's official release date is not until April 14th, but a global iTunes exclusive starting on March 31st had fans gobbling up downloads as soon as the digital store had Fantasies available (launching the album into the Top Ten Rock Albums charts on iTunes worldwide). The 6,203 albums sold the first week put Fantasies almost 30% ahead of the #2 album on both charts and earned the band a #105 debut on the Billboard Top 200 chart, marking the first time the band has ever earned a spot there. Impressive feats considering the album was self-released on the band's own label: Metric Music International (MMI, also known as Me, Myself & I)
First single "Help I'm Alive," debuted at #1 on the FMQB Top 25 Singles Chart for US Specialty Radio beating out the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and the Decemberists which also impacted the same week. The track, which was a #1 single in Canada - where it is back up at #7 despite follow-up Canadian single Gimme Sympathy rising to #6 this week, giving the band two simultaneous top 10 singles in Canada, has been receiving accolades from the press worldwide with NME saying it's "A beautifully constructed, shiny, shimmying pop belter - one butterfly that's bound to cause a hurricane", and the Washington Post writing it "is an impossibly infectious exercise in '90's pop nostalgia. Springy, clattery, improbably happy, it's like the best Veruca Salt/Breeders collaboration that never actually happened."
The album also has been garnering raves from other notables including Rolling Stone which calls the album a "set of catchy songs" in a 3 1/2 star review, Spin calling it "a welcome return" and Alternative Press referring to METRIC as "one of those bands who never seem to go wrong" and calls Fantasies "well crafted and undeniably likeable", proclaiming that "the band have outdone themselves" and that the album is "Another reason to use the Metric system!".
Fantasies was produced by Gavin Brown and Jimmy Shaw and mixed by Grammy nominated, long time friend and collaborator John O'Mahony (Coldplay, The Strokes).
Metric's first U.S. tour in support of Fantasies begins June 4th in Seattle.