SIXX:A.M. RELEASE NEW SINGLE “THE FIRST 21” FROM THEIR CELEBRATORY COMPILATION ALBUM HITS1st October 2021
Sixx:A.M. unveiled their new single “The First 21” from their upcoming compilation album Sixx:A.M. HITS via Better Noise Music. The album is a retrospective celebration of the iconic band’s biggest hits and fan-favorite songs, that will also include five unheard tracks and mixes, marking the band’s first official album with new material since 2016. As the new companion track founding member Nikki Sixx’s new memoir of the same name, “The First 21” looks back nostalgically at the moments where we discovered music, ourselves and our dreams. An official lyric video for the song also premiered today, featuring unseen footage following Frank Feranna’s journey to becoming Nikki Sixx. The video was directed by artist Lucy Dyson, who has handled creative visuals for Paul McCartney, Beyonce, Paul Smith and many more.Stream it HERE. The compilation project’s full tracklisting is below and is available for pre-order and pre-save now across platforms HERE.
Inspired by the highly-anticipated release of iconic music legend Nikki Sixx’s new memoir THE FIRST 21: How I Became Nikki Sixx (Hachette Books; 10/19/21; $30; ISBN: 9780306923708), Sixx:A.M. members James Michael, Dj Ashba, and Sixx are releasing HITS as a companion piece to the upcoming book. With a throwback to the band’s more formative years, “The First 21” captures the captivating content of the memoir for fans. After earning 21 years of sobriety, founding member of Mötley Crüe and Sixx:A.M. Nikki Sixx is still incredibly passionate about his craft and transparent about his life in rock and roll. Now a three-time New York Times best-selling author, Sixx tells the inspirational story of how Frank Feranna became Nikki Sixx in his first 21 years of life. Combining the work of a writer and a musician to offer multi-layered pieces of art, Sixx:A.M. previously released The Heroin Diaries Soundtrack, which acted as a companion piece to Sixx’s best-selling memoir The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star, introducing the concept of a book soundtrack into popular culture in 2007. Both the book and the album became instant successes upon release, with the book landing on the New York Times-best seller list in its first week, selling out in bookstores around the U.S. At the same time, the album spawned the #1 single “Life Is Beautiful,” while simultaneously receiving critical acclaim and eventually achieving Gold certification in the U.S. IGN praised its effectiveness as a concept album, writing, “[It’s] not really an album but rather a musical book. It is almost impossible to recommend any specific songs over others.” Expanding this artistic signature move, The First 21 will now get its own soundtrack with the forthcoming HITS album.
Celebrating their catalogue on Spotify, the band revealed a new “Sixx:A.M. 101 Playlist.” The playlist offers new and old fans a comprehensive collection of the band’s acclaimed catalogue. Stream it HERE.
Nikki Sixx also curated a companion playlist to his book called “Nikki Sixx’s First 21 Playlist” which features the soundtrack to his formative years and is available for streaming HERE.
SIXX:A.M. HITS STANDARD TRACKLISTING
- Life is Beautiful 3:35
- This is Gonna Hurt 3:56
- Lies of the Beautiful People 3:58
- Pray for Me 4:13
- Rise 3:53
- Stars 3:50
- Maybe It’s Time 4:21
- Skin 3:25
- Belly of the Beast 3:47
- Are You With Me Now 4:02
- Girl with Golden Eyes 4:20
- Accidents Can Happen 4:07
- Gotta Get it Right 3:12
- We Will Not Go Quietly 4:20
NEW BONUS TRACKS:
- The First 21 – 3:20
- Talk to Me – Radio mix 3:39
- Penetrate 4:38
- Waiting All My Life 3:17
- Skin – Rock Mix 3:50
- Life is Beautiful – piano vocal 3:06
It’s a universal truth that true artists will always busy themselves creating, and that truly great artists will always find an audience for that work. It is little surprise then that despite storied individual histories playing in and working with some of the most iconic bands ever to have walked the planet, Nikki Sixx, Dj Ashba and James Michael—collectively known as SIXX:A.M.— are set to unleash a collection of their hits featuring new material onto their forever loyal fan-base, that has already taken them firmly to their hearts.
Sixx:A.M., an American rock band from Los Angeles, California, formed in 2007, is best known for their #1 hits, “Life Is Beautiful” and “Lies of the Beautiful People”. The name Sixx:A.M. is a combination of all of the members’ last names (Sixx, Ashba, Michael).
To date Sixx:A.M. have three U.S. Billboard top 20 albums and a string of hit singles already under their belts, with their full catalogue consisting of five studio albums: The Heroin Diaries Soundtrack (2007), This Is Gonna Hurt (2011), Modern Vintage (2014) Prayers for the Damned and Blessed (2016), and three EPs; X-Mas In Hell (2008); Live Is Beautiful (2008) and 7 (2011).
SIXX:A.M. Hits is a collection of songs that will fire up both the head and heart in equal measure – a band who found their true sound and producing art that refuses to be led by anything but their own desires.
From the songwriting and musicianship to James Michael’s production and mixing and Dj Ashba’s captivating artwork, Sixx:A.M. have crafted a style in music as much of a mission statement for the band as it is an impassioned call to arms.
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