Do you know how the Korn band chose the Issues album cover? Do you wonder how the Issues affect the music industry?
Korn is an American nu-metal band from California. The band was formed by metal legends: James “Munky” Shaffer, Reginald “Fieldy” Arvizu, Brian “Head” Welch, and Jonathan Devis. They released 14 studio albums. They started a new era of metal music with their unique music style. Their style is called nu-metal. With their unique style, they won three Grammy awards and 5 MTV Video Music Awards.
In the 90s, rock music started to lose popularity against pop and hip hop music. Boy bands were more popular than grunge bands. We can say that Korn was a boy band which has different ideas. When Korn wanted to record the Issues album, They had already released three albums. With their three-album, they had become the dominant force in the metal world.
Korn Band released Issues on Nov. 16, 1999. The Issues album includes some iconic tracks: “Falling Away From Me,” “Make Me Bad,” and “Somebody Someone.” With these tracks, the Issues album become number on the Billboard 200. Korn accomplished to beat Dr. Dre and Celine Dion‘s new releases that same week. This success was a crucial success for the Korn band. We can say the era of nu-metal started with the Issues album. In addition, besides Dr. Dre and Celine Dion, Korn accomplished to pass Slipknot in Billboard.
Here are eight unknown facts you may not know about Korn’s fourth studio album, Issues. When you read them, you will freak out.
While The band was making the Follow the Leader track, Jonathan Devis got sober in 1998. That’s why The band hired Brendan O’Brien to produce the album to be more work-oriented in the studio. Because Brendan O’Brian is known for restricting partying while working. Because of their restricting contract, the Korn band needed to stop partying.
Album cover contest
Picking an album cover is as important as making good tracks for the album. Because album cover directly affects album sales. That’s why Korn arranged a contest for the album cover. The contest winner is Alfredo Carlos. You can see other top four selections from MTV’s cover art contest.
The iconic Apollo theater performance
Korn played all of the songs from Issues the night before the album release at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York. With this performance, Korn made history. Because this Theater had been known for performances by African American musicians. They become the first rock band accomplishes to play their music in Apollo Theater since Buddy Holly.
We heard the ‘Issues’ album’s first single, “Falling Away From Me,” debut in an episode of South Park. The episode is titled Korn’s Groovy Pirate Ghost Mystery.” This cut was a unique moment for South Park fans.
Although the attorney’s wishes, Korn uploaded the first single of the album “Falling Away From Me” as a free MP3 file on the MTV website. After the song was released, they had started a chain of mail for people who shared the track.
The email includes, “We’re so psyched about it that we wanted to give all you guys, the TRUE Korn fans — a gift from us,” the band wrote. “Please listen to the single. If you like it, send this email it to at least 10 friends and music fans and ask each of them to do the same. It’s a fuckin’ musical chain letter! People turning people on to great music.”
In the addition email chain, Korn and MTV ran another campaign. The campaign slogan is: if you sign the virtual guestbook, you can help one child. People who contributed to this virtual guest book helped thousands of children. Because with virtual guestbooks, people can contribute donations to child organizations. With this campaign, the Korn band donated over $250,000.
Issues album got Platinum
Issues album was certified 3x platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. This was a quick success for the Korn band. Because they get certification over a month release. This success is beyond the Korn band’s expectations.
Static end of the song
While listening to the first three albums, we always find a hidden track at the end. However, Issues is different from the other albums. Instead of the hidden song, we heard static at the end of “Dirty song.” This static’s length is four minutes long. You can listen to the dirt track with iconic static below:
Falling away from a freak on a leash
“Freak on a Leash,” and “Falling Away From Me” music videos surprisingly resemble each other. When we watched the two videos carefully, we saw that the two videos were perfectly tied together. The former opens with the same closing animation the letter had.
Did you know the information listed below? What do you think about unknown facts about the Korn Issues album? You can listen to legendary Issues below.