Limp Bizkit’s first new album in 10 years, Still bad, dropped on Halloween, but only on digital platforms, such as Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music and others. Of course, you can buy MP3 versions of the record, but if you want a physical copy – CD, vinyl, or tape – you’re out of luck because they don’t exist. But why?
Still bad debuted at No.155 on the Display panel 200, making it the lowest Limp Bizkit studio album of their career, despite the massive momentum built behind the band’s viral performance Lollapalooza and Fred Durst’s new “Dad Vibes” look. Seemingly overnight, all rock and metal fans turned the tide on Bizkit and went from ridiculing them as nu metal bottom-feeders to kings of a new age. So Limp Bizkit was cooler than ever and their back catalog was more than justified.
So, with the stars aligned in the most inconceivable way and a new record looming, Bizkit instead decided to keep riding the viral wave, teasing new musical drops that ultimately gave way to a Halloween release.
If pre-orders for physical copies had been available, the band could have absolutely crushed their first week count of 3,500 units allocated to “CDs, LPs, paid digital downloads and equivalent paid track streams.” Song sales even doubled right after Lollapalooza’s set this summer.
As we know, CDs, vinyl records and cassettes were not available for purchase and it should be noted that the figure, provided by Ryan Downey’s weekly newsletter, did not include streaming equivalents, which means that the on-demand flows of Still bad songs were not counted in this total.
To frame the prospect of that number a bit better, take a look at this – Canadian technical death metal band Archspire had a better sales tally in the first week. To exaggerate the obvious, the 360 BPM tech-death and multi-platinum nu metal bands are worlds apart in every way possible, especially when it comes to projected album sales.
Looking for a reason
So, again, why? Why wouldn’t Limp Bizkit make a physical copy available for purchase? Vinyl has been the most popular since the 1980s and has surpassed CD sales for some time now. We’ve all heard that bands don’t make a lot of money from album sales anymore, but that monetary total would likely be bigger for a band like Limp Bizkit. Their position on the chart Display panel 200 would have been much higher – but maybe that doesn’t matter to them?
Is this a big statement from Bizkit that album sales no longer matter as streaming has become dominant in almost every genre except rock and metal? For many groups, chart positions and first week sales numbers factor into their ability to land certain tours, whether they are headline or provide direct support and even help determine time slots. of the festival.
For Limp Bizkit, they don’t really need to provide booking agents with stat sheets. They’re Limp mothafuckin ‘Bizkit – and that’s all everyone needs to know. They don’t even have their own website!
Some wild speculations
It all sounds like a giant troll move, right?
The point is, Durst is trolling (trolling, trolling – yeah!) From the start it just took almost a quarter of a century for the whole world to achieve. Still bad is a self-deprecating game in which the leader makes fun of himself, the band, and how much everyone has loved to hate everything Limp Bizkit stands for over the years.
For years, fans had heard about the expected release of The Disco Elephant Rush, the album that was to succeed that of 2011 Golden Cobra. Bizkit has tried working with members of Bring Me the Horizon to bring new content to life, and it has never resulted in anything, at least not to our knowledge.
In June, guitarist Wes Borland (who just launched his Twitter account – more on that in a moment) said the band had written 35 instrumental songs. Seems like there’s a lot more to a potential release than the 12 tracks that take up the full 32 minutes of running. Still bad.
Was this album a test? Did Limp Bizkit want to gauge the fans’ reaction to a record where the band made fun of themselves to some extent? It definitely puts everyone – the band and the fans – on the same page. Let’s be honest for a second – without the “Dad Vibes” outfit and a record as over the top as Still bad, where would we be? Would the fans still have come to side with Bizkit or would the hatred have continued to flow?
Okay, now back to Borland … “I unfortunately have to be back on Twitter for a project I have coming up. Follow me if you want or not. Who cares,” he said. wrote on Instagram in a post that announced his return to Twitter.
Wait a minute! Wes Borland needs to be on Twitter probably for promotional purposes, but not because of Limp Bizkit? It’s possible that there is new music from Eat the Day coming up, or from another project, but could Bizkit instead prepare for the release of The rush of disco elephants?
Again, this is all pure speculation, but, if physical copies of the long-awaited Stampede disco elephants available, they would sell in large numbers.
… What if we were wrong?
What if we read it all too deeply, trying to find meaningful meaning in something as pure and honest as Still bad?
Maybe, just maybe, Limp Bizkit doesn’t care, that’s what they have been desperately trying to tell us all the time and for some reason we just can’t listen.
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