Fall Out Boy Album Moved Back Six Weeks
Updating a story posted earlier today, Fall Out Boy's new Island album, "Folie a Deux," has shifted from its original Nov. 4 release date to Dec. 16. A post on the band's Web site cited concerns overUpdating a story posted earlier today, Fall Out Boy's new Island album, "Folie a Deux," has shifted from its original Nov. 4 release date to Dec. 16. A post on the band's Web site cited concerns over the planned election day tie-in as one of the reasons for the shift.
"Six months ago we thought it would be a fun idea to release our album on election day but this is not the election to be cute," the band says. "We felt as though rather than making a commentary we were only riding the wave of the election. This seemed less and less like what we intended to do and more of a gimmick."
Later today, Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz said Dec. 16 "is not the date we had originally planned nor the optimal date according some demographic marketing analysis, [but] we put our eight feet down told our label it must come out this year. We're already bummed enough that 'Chinese Democracy' is gonna beat us to release."
An Island spokesperson was unavailable for comment at deadline.
To offset the delay, Fall Out Boy promises "a surprise or two" (one of which has been identified as an Elvis Costello guest appearance) as well as "an extensive preorder campaign that will take into account the current state of our economy" and both new songs and a podcast series via iTunes.
The first single from the album, "I Don't Care," has sold 167,000 downloads in four weeks of U.S. release, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
As another olive branch to expectant fans, Fall Out Boy will play "extremely small club shows" in the U.S. in November, with tickets only being available on the day of. Details have yet to be announced.
"Folie a Deux" is the follow-up to 2007's "Infinity on High," which has sold 1.3 million copies.