Devin Townsend: footage of Namm acoustic performance posted onlineCanadian musician/producer Devin Townsend (Strapping Young Lad, Steve Vai, Lamb Of God, Darkest Hour, Gwar) played a 40-minute acoustic set at the Alvarez booth at this year's Namm (National Association Of Music Merchants) show on Friday, January 15 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. A short clip of his performance can be viewed below.
"Addicted", the second in a series of albums from Townsend to be made available under The Devin Townsend Project moniker, sold 3,700 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 168 on The Billboard 200 chart. It also landed at position No. 2 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.
In a recent interview with Aol's Noisecreep, Townsend stated about the musical direction of "Addicted", "Every time I put something out, folks are like, 'Oh well, that's the direction you're going in,' or, like, 'That's your identity now.' I'm just trying shit out. I've always been into easy music. When I was 15, the record for me was 'Hysteria' by Def Leppard. I loved it, dude. But we go through our adult life, and it becomes a little less en vogue to state your appreciation for pop music. But at the same time, this isn't the last record I'm going to ever do. I wanted to do a record like this, and during the process of this whole Devin Townsend Project thing, and putting together all these songs, there was a record full of that shit."