PAUL SIMON ACHIEVES HIS HIGHEST CHART DEBUT EVER WITH “GROUNDBREAKING,” “EXQUISITE” NEW RECORD, STRANGER TO STRANGER
New Album’s #3 Billboard 200 Entry Is Simon’s Best Ever;
Set Also Debuts at #1 on the US Sales Chart
Stranger to Stranger Enters the UK Album Chart at #1
Simon's First #1 UK Studio Album in 26 Years
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – JUNE 13TH, 2016 - Stranger to Stranger, Paul Simon’s universally acclaimed new album entered the Billboard 200 chart at #3 with 68,000 equivalent album units (traditional album sales + track equivalent albums + streaming equivalent albums) earned in the week ending June 9th. The #3 bow marks the highest debut of Simon’s illustrious career and his highest-ranking record since Graceland peaked at #3 in 1987. Further, Stranger to Stranger debuted this week at #1 on Billboard’s Album Sales chart, which tracks traditional album sales only (no streaming). The record also debuted at #1 on both Billboard’s Rock and Americana chart.
The album had a very strong showing internationally as well, including a #1 entry on the UK Album chart, his first studio album to reach #1 in the UK since The Rhythm of the Saints in 1990.
Stranger to Stranger, Simon’s first new album in five years has been met with resounding accolades both here and around the world. Huffington Post called the album “Paul Simon’s new future classic,” with the Daily Telegraph proclaiming, "Stranger to Stranger is another master class in the potential potency of words, melody, production and performance from an enduring songwriting genius."
Classic Rock Magazine’s review declared: “Wearing its experimentalism lightly, Stranger to Stranger finds Simon boldly planting his flag in the avant-rock sound world of Radiohead or Four Tet, a master craftsman who knows the rules so well that he can now effortlessly break them in playful and surprising ways.”
The Los Angeles Times called the album “exquisite” adding, “This is pop music at its most artful and relevant.” The UK’s Mail on Sunday 5-star review offered, “'A landmark...from a man who has made so many great albums, here is one more.”
“Simon, through some miracle of intelligence, diligence, cosmopolitan interests, good taste, and good humor, bursts with sound and joy every time out,” exclaimed the blog Pretty Much Amazing.
Produced by Simon and longtime musical partner Roy Halee, Stranger to Stranger is full of thrilling, inventive textures that provide a vivid and vital new context for Simon’s well-established virtuosity as a singer and songwriter. The project has been profiled in numerous media outlets including The New Yorker, The New York Times, Vox, VICE, Time Magazine, Huffington Post, Sodajerker, The Guardian, USA Today, Rolling Stone and the Associated Press, to name a few. The album has also received substantial coverage via NPR including NPR Music’s First Listen, All Songs Considered, Morning Edition, Fresh Air and World Café. In addition, Simon recently sat down for an interview with noted music journalist David Fricke for a special episode of SiriusXM’s program, The Writer’s Block.
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Paul Simon on tour:
June 14 – Minneapolis, MN @ Orpheum Theatre
June 15 – Minneapolis, MN @ Orpheum Theatre
June 18 – Highland Park, IL @ Ravinia Festival Pavilion
June 19 – Rochester Hills, MI @ Meadow Brook
June 21 – Toronto, ON @ Sony Centre
June 22 – Montreal, QC @ Place Des Arts
June 24 – Boston, MA @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
June 25 – Philadelphia, PA @ Mann Center for the Performing Arts
June 27 – Vienna, VA @ Filene Center (Wolf Trap Summer Series)
June 28 – Vienna, VA @ Filene Center (Wolf Trap Summer Series)
June 30 – Forest Hills, NY @ Forest Hills Tennis Stadium
July 1 – Forest Hills, NY @ Forest Hills Tennis Stadium
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