This section looks at the 'Def Leppard' album entering the UK charts. The tenth studio album released (of all new material) hit the Number One spot on the Rock chart.
"We know how to make a great record now."
Def Leppard's current self-titled studio album entered the UK charts on this day in 2015.
The band's tenth studio album of all original material had been release onaround the world.
The album entered the main UK Top 40 album chart at Number 11 despite being tipped for a Top Five entry in the mid week chart.
It would fair much better on the Rock And Metal chart by entering at Number One.
The band's second Number One on the rock chart after 2008's 'Songs From The Sparkle Lounge'.
A rock chart which had only existed since the X/Ten era when that album got to Number 3.
'Songs From The Sparkle Lounge' had entered at Number 10 on the main album chart in May 2008 with 'Mirrorball' only peaking at 44 and 'VIVA! Hysteria' at 73.
The album also entered the Independent chart at Number 2 and was Top Ten on the Vinyl, Sales and Physical charts.
Official UK Rock And Metal Album Chart - 6th November 2015
- 01 - Def Leppard - Def Leppard - (New Entry/Peak Position)
- 02 - Skindred - Volume - New
- 03 - David Gilmour - Rattle That Lock
- 04 - Bring Me The Horizon - That's the Spirit
- 05 - Muse - Drones
Main Official UK Album Chart Top 100 - 6th November 2015
- 01 - Elvis Presley - If I Can Dream - New
- 02 - Rod Stewart - Another Country - New
- 03 - Guy Garvey - Courting The Squall - New
- 04 - Ed Sheeran - X
- 05 - Jess Glynne - I Cry When I Laugh
- 11 - Def Leppard - Def Leppard - (New Entry/Peak Position)
Joe Elliott - September 2015 Interview Quotes
EP Idea Becomes Studio Album
"We wrote three songs, and they sounded so good we just kept going. When we got to twelve songs, we knew we had an album."
2014 Album Sessions
"In February 2014. We got together for the whole of that month. We banged those twelve songs out, then left it alone for a bit. We did the tour with KISS. We got back together in May for two weeks to work on those twelve, and we ended up with two more. Then we had another break. So we did six weeks of crafting the songs, then we started working on what we'd got - figuring out the vocals, finishing the lyrics."
Working On The Songs
"The last two tracks on the album, Wings Of An Angel and Blind Faith, were written by the whole band - all five of us together in one room. But mostly we write on our own. Without wanting to sound poncey, we are all songwriters in our own right. We write differently when we write individually, and we write a certain way when we contribute to each other's songs. We're like Queen in that respect. I'm not saying I think we're as good as Queen - we're totally different. But what we do have in common with them is we all write individually. What that gives us is a massive amount of variety in our songs. And that really matters to us."
Recording At Home In Dublin
"We know how to make a great record now - on our own terms. In our own environment, without having to bring in the big guns. We've got this dialled in. We can do it all ourselves, and it's a good way to work. It's very different to walking into Abbey Road with all the gear."
Co-Producer Ronan McHugh
"Ronan's been working with us for sixteen years, since the Euphoria album. He's a phenomenal engineer and now co-producer. He produced the Down 'n' Outz albums with me. He knows how to referee. He's our guy."
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