Issues (Korn album)

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Issues
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Studio album by KoЯn
Released November 16, 1999
Recorded July–September 1999
Studio A&M Studios, West Hollywood, California and Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Genre Nu metal,[1] alternative metal[2]
Length 53:16
Label Immortal, Epic
Producer Brendan O'Brien
KoЯn chronology
Follow the Leader
(1998)
Issues
(1999)
Untouchables
(2002)
Singles from Issues
  1. "Falling Away from Me"
    Released: December 6, 1999
  2. "Make Me Bad"
    Released: February 2000
  3. "Somebody Someone"
    Released: July 3, 2000
2nd place cover design
3rd place cover design
4th place cover design

Issues is the fourth studio album by American nu metal band Korn, released on November 16, 1999 through Immortal Records. Since its release, the album has sold over 13 million copies worldwide. The album was promoted throughout 2000 by the band's highly successful Sick and Twisted Tour.

Recording and production[edit]

During one of the band's recording sessions, journalist Chris Connelly asked about how the recording was coming along, to which drummer David Silveria responded that it "Sounds like the music is a little more simplified and heavier. Kind of heavier grooves, more than the last couple. So kind of more similar to the beginning, except Jon is a much better singer now, so it's all coming together."[3]

In October 1999, Korn posted "Falling Away from Me" on their website as a free MP3 download, although it was against the advice of its attorneys. A statement on the band's site relates: "We're so psyched about [the new album] that we wanted to give all you guys, the true Korn fans — a gift from us." Also at this time, the band attempted to start an online chain email, by posting the letter online and asking fans to email the letter to 10 other people and to then sign the "I Downloaded the Korn Single For Free" guestbook on the band's site. For each person who signed, Korn donated 25 cents to the charities Childhelp USA and Children Of The Night. It raised over $250,000.[4]

The album featured four different covers each designed by Korn fans as part of an MTV contest (the winning cover was designed by Alfredo Carlos; another album cover for special limited edition of the album features a cartoonish half-caricature for the band). There was also a fifth cover selected for the limited tour edition of the album.[5]

Release and commercial performance[edit]

Issues sold almost 575,000 copies in its first six days of being released[6] and went to number 1 on the Billboard 200, preventing both Dr. Dre's 2001 and Celine Dion's All the Way... A Decade of Song from going to number 1.[7] To celebrate the release of Issues, Korn performed the entire album in the exact order it was on the album at Harlem's famed Apollo Theater.[8] On December 22, 1999, one month after the album's release date, Issues was certified 3x platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).[9] According to Nielsen Soundscan, Issues sold at least 3,047,076 copies in the United States.[10] On Billboard's year-end chart for the year 2000, Issues was at number 19.[11]

Three songs from Issues were released as singles: "Falling Away from Me", "Make Me Bad", and "Somebody Someone". On December 25, 1999, "Falling Away from Me" went to number 8 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart. "Falling Away from Me" was on that chart for sixteen weeks.[12] "Falling Away from Me" also went to number 7 on the Mainstream Rock Songs chart[13] and number 7 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart.[14] On April 22, 2000, "Make Me Bad" went to number 14 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart. "Make Me Bad" was on that chart for 12 weeks.[15] "Make Me Bad" also went to number 9 on the Mainstream Rock Songs chart[13] and number 7 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart.[14] "Falling Away from Me" went to number 1 on MTV's Total Request Live many times during both November and December of 1999.[16][17]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[2]
Billboard favorable[18]
Robert Christgau (dud)[19]
Entertainment Weekly C[20]
Kerrang! 4/5 stars
New York Daily News favorable[21]
The New York Times mixed[22]
NME 6/10 stars[23]
PopMatters 3/10 stars[24]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[25]

The album received mixed to positive reviews. According to the band in the booklet that comes with Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 album, they did not want to be part of a popular trend and wanted to do their own thing. The band admits that with Brendan O'Brien working alongside them, they were more focused during recording because he didn't let them just fool around and party, so there was a lot less drinking this time around.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Dead" 1:12
2. "Falling Away from Me" 4:29
3. "Trash" 3:27
4. "4 U" 1:42
5. "Beg for Me" 3:53
6. "Make Me Bad" 3:55
7. "It's Gonna Go Away" 1:29
8. "Wake Up" 4:07
9. "Am I Going Crazy" 1:00
10. "Hey Daddy" 3:44
11. "Somebody Someone" 3:47
12. "No Way" 4:07
13. "Let's Get This Party Started" 3:41
14. "Wish You Could Be Me" 1:07
15. "Counting" 3:37
16. "Dirty" 7:50
Total length: 53:16
  • The song "Dirty" ends at 3:43 and is followed up by 4 minutes and 7 seconds of static.
    • In the advance version, this song ends at 3:46 without the static, followed by an alternative version of "Am I Going Crazy". This version does not contain the reversed channel and has a different mix in the drums and no bass.[citation needed]

All Mixed Up (EP)[edit]

All Mixed Up
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EP by Korn
Released November 6, 2001
Recorded 2000-2001
Genre Nu metal, alternative metal
Length 21:38
Label Immortal/Epic
Korn chronology
Issues
(1999)
All Mixed Up
(2001)
Untouchables
(2002)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 1.5/5 stars[26]

All Mixed Up is a Korn EP released as a bonus disc alongside the album Issues featuring previously unreleased mixes and a previously unreleased song. This EP was made available for purchase separately in 2001.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "A.D.I.D.A.S." (Radio Mix) 2:34
2. "Good God" (Dub Pistols Mix) 6:20
3. "Got the Life" (Josh Abraham Mix) 4:01
4. "Twist"/"Chi" (Live at Woodstock 1999) 5:16
5. "Jingle Balls" 3:27
Total length: 21:38
Chart (2002) Peak
position
UK Albums (The Official Charts Company)[27] 99

Personnel[edit]

Production and other credits

Chart positions[edit]

Preceded by
Breathe by Faith Hill
Billboard 200 number-one album[45]
December 4–10, 1999
Succeeded by
All The Way... a Decade of Song
by Celine Dion
Preceded by
Affirmation by Savage Garden
Australian Albums Chart number-one album
November 22–28, 1999
Succeeded by
S&M by Metallica

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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