Billy Talent II
Billy Talent II is the second studio album by Canadian band Billy Talent, released on June 27, 2006. The album debuted at No. 1 on the Canadian Albums Chart, selling 48,000 copies in its first week. The album also reached No. 1 on the German albums chart. Despite its great success in Canada, the album was not as successful in the United States, where it peaked at No. 134 on the Billboard 200 music chart, selling just 7,231 units in its first week.
|Billy Talent II|
|Studio album by|
|Released||June 27, 2006|
|Studio||The Warehouse Studio, Vancouver, BC|
|Genre||Alternative rock, punk rock, post-hardcore|
|Producer||Gavin "Golden" Brown with Ian D'Sa|
|Billy Talent chronology|
|Singles from Billy Talent II|
The album has less anger and language than their previous self-titled album, as they had mellowed out and matured as men and as a band. More of the songs dealt with real-life issues, to the praise of fans and critics.
We wanted to do something completely different from the first record because we had changed dramatically and had learned a lot from personal relationships. Everyone in the band is partnering up and dealing with those issues. The general theme of this record is trust, the lack thereof or breaking up. That seemed to fuel the record.
The band temporarily released the entire album to their MySpace page for June 23.
Beginning in the fall of 2005, songs from the new album were purposely leaked by the band. A demo of "Red Flag" circulated across the internet, even though it had already appeared on the soundtracks to Burnout Revenge, Burnout Legends, SSX on Tour, EA Sports' NHL 06, and on the Atlantic Records compilation Black by Popular Demand.
"Devil in a Midnight Mass" was the first single. A demo of the song was released on MySpace and Purevolume on Christmas Day of 2005, and the official single was released on April 20, 2006. "Red Flag" was released as the second single. A video for it was shot on July 21, 2006, in Los Angeles, California.
The day after its debut, the band performed a Intimate & Interactive outdoor concert on MuchMusic in the CHUM-City Building parking lot in Toronto, Ontario. They were also interviewed by Much VJ Devon Soltendieck, and asked questions from viewers via telephone, e-mail, and videophone.
"Surrender" was offered for download exclusively on Valentine's Day, 2006; it also appears on this album. According to a MuchMusic interview with the band, Surrender is supposed to be a love song. Radio recordings of that song, as well as "Covered in Cowardice", "This Suffering", and a low quality version of "Worker Bees" became available several weeks before the album's release.
The music video for their third single, "Fallen Leaves", was shot on the first two days of November 2006, in Los Angeles, CA. It was first played in Canada on Much on Demand on November 27, 2006, and worldwide the following week.
On November 22, the band made its American premiere on the Late Night with Conan O'Brien show, performing "Red Flag."
In February 2007, the video for "Surrender" was shot and debuted in Germany on April.2.2007.
In April 2007, the album won a Juno Award for best rock album of the year.
Although never released as a single, the band shot a music video for "The Navy Song", released exclusively through the band's Myspace, during summer 2007.
On November 26, 2007, the video for "This Suffering" was released. It was released mainly to promote the band's new live DVD 666 Live, and the music video was just a collection of clips from the 666 performances.
|1.||"Devil in a Midnight Mass"||2:52|
|5.||"Pins and Needles"||3:11|
|7.||"Where Is the Line?"||3:49|
|8.||"Covered in Cowardice"||4:12|
|10.||"The Navy Song"||4:31|
|13.||"Burn the Evidence"||3:40|
|14.||"Beach Balls" (Best Buy purchase (US only) Bonus Track, originally released on the Try Honesty EP)||3:51|
|15.||"When I Was a Little Girl" (Best Buy purchase (US only) Bonus Track, re-recording of track from earlier Watoosh! album)||2:11|
|16.||"Ever Fallen in Love? (With Someone You Shouldn't've)" (Buzzcocks cover released with iTunes version of the album)||2:41|
|17.||"Devil in a Midnight Mass" (Demo, iTunes Bonus track)|
|18.||"Red Flag" (Live at the Horseshoe Tavern, available only by download)|
|19.||"Fallen Leaves" (Live at the Horseshoe Tavern, available only by download)|
|U.S. Billboard 200||134|
|Canadian Albums Chart||1|
|Austrian Albums Chart||4|
|Finnish Albums Chart||22|
|German Albums Chart||1|
|Swiss Albums Chart||31|
|UK Albums Chart||46|
|End of year chart (2007)||Position|
|German Albums Chart||37|
|Country||Certification||Recording Industry Association||Sales|
|Canada||3× Platinum||CRIA||300,000 Units+|
|Germany||2× Platinum||BVMI||400,000 Units+|
|United Kingdom||Silver||BPI||60,000 Units+|
The Worldwide Sales Estimation is 1,200,000 units.
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