A lot of people were happy to listen to some "Detroit Stories" recently.
Alice Cooper's homage to his hometown debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Album Sales chart this week, with 13,000 copies sold in all formats. Most (9,500) were CD copies, while 2,000 were vinyl and 1,500 full-album downloads.
It marks the first time Cooper has ever topped the chart.
"Detroit Stories," which was released Feb. 26, also bowed at No. 1 on Billboard's Tastemaker Albums chart, and No. 47 on the Billboard 200 for Cooper's 27th release on that survey.
The album, recording primarily at Rust Belt Studios in Royal Oak, features original songs Cooper and company wrote in "the Detroit spirit," as well as covers of favorites by Bob Seger, the MC5, Outrageous Cherry and the band Detroit's version of the Velvet Underground's "Rock & Roll." Cooper used a number of area musicians on the sessions, including Paul Randolph, Garret Bielaniec, Matthew Smith, the MC5's Wayne Kramer, former Grand Funk Railroad frontman Mark Farner and Johnny "Bee" Badanjek, the drummer from the Detroit Wheels, Detroit, the Rockets and the Howling Diablos, as well as a former Cooper sideman.
Cooper preceded the album during 2019 with an EP entitled "Breadcrumbs."
"Detroit Stories" coincides with the 50th anniversary of Cooper's third and breakthrough album, "Love It to Death," which was written while he and his band were living in Pontiac and playing regularly around the Detroit area.
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