Matchbox Twenty returns with No. 1 album North
NEW YORK (AP) - The recording process for Matchbox Twenty's new album was somewhat like living in a frat house - with tons of red wine instead of beer.
While creating North - and living together in Nashville - lead singer Rob Thomas jokes that the foursome "spent, like, $40,000 on wine. Just on the wine".
"At 5, 6pm, we'd break for dinner and things would just go south," Thomas, 40, said in a recent interview. "And we would think it was awesome, everything we were doing was awesome, and we'd come back in and we would meet some new band out in the middle of Nashville and bring them back to the studio... and play all this crap. I know they walked away going, 'Dude, the new Matchbox Twenty record is going to suck!'"
None of those songs made it on the album North - which may be part of the reason it debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's 200 albums chart last week after selling 95,000 units, according to Nielsen SoundScan.