|Studio album by Angels & Airwaves|
|Released||November 1, 2007|
January- September 2007,Jupiter Sound
|Genre||Alternative rock, space rock|
|Angels & Airwaves chronology|
|Singles from I-Empire|
I-Empire is the second studio album by alternative rock band Angels & Airwaves. It was officially released worldwide on November 1, 2007 from the Angels & Airwaves website, where it was available for download. Then it was released on CD on November 5 in the United Kingdom and Ireland and on November 6 in the United States and Canada.
Angels & Airwaves started work on I-Empire in the beginning of 2007. It was the first album ever recorded at Jupiter Sound (Macbeth's studio).
On May 20, 2007, in an interview with Alternative Radio, the band said that the album was 60-70% complete and that the record would be out in October or November 2007. DeLonge also stated that the album would continue the element of the first album, but "times ten" and that in a story, I-Empire would follow We Don't Need to Whisper; We Don't Need to Whisper being a "re-birth" of life, and I-Empire being an album about what you do after the rebirth. It has a slightly more mellow, ambient tone with lyrics focusing more on relationships and less about war and conflict.
On May 30, 2007, DeLonge stated in an interview with Kerrang! that the new album would be named I-Empire and "this is as exciting as rock 'n' roll gets!"
On July 29, 2007, as a part of the 'Everybody Hurts' tour, Angels & Airwaves played the studio versions of four new songs from I-Empire to their fans. The songs played were "Secret Crowds", "Sirens", "Lifeline", and "Everything's Magic", along with live acoustic performances of "Everything's Magic", "The Gift", "Good Day", "Do It for Me Now", and "The Adventure". These songs were all recorded and leaked onto the internet, giving fans their first glimpse of I-Empire, along with the acoustic set.
The album was delayed multiple times before its official release. DeLonge originally stated that I-Empire would be released on October 16, 2007. The release date was later pushed back to October 23, and then November 6, 2007. The record was made available on the band's official website on November 6, 2007.
2016 vinyl re-release
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In January of 2016, DeLonge's media company, To The Stars inc., announced the release of a 180 gram clear first pressing of I-Empire, available only to paid members of the company's website. The vinyl edition features bonus acoustic tracks, "The Adventure" and "Good Day." The record was produced on vinyl by SRC Vinyl and Stan Ricker Mastering. In early February 2016, SRC Vinyl announced a 180 gram gold colored second pressing of the record, available exclusively on the SRC Vinyl website to the public.
I-Empire debuted at #9 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart and #1 on the Canadian Albums Chart, with just over 66,000 copies sold in its first week. It went on to sell a further 20,000 copies in its second week. As of December, 2009, the album has sold 255,000 copies in the United States and 500,000 worldwide.
"Everything's Magic" impacted radio on September 18, 2007. On November 16, DeLonge announced on Modlife that the band were making a short film for the song "Breathe". The short film for the song was made shortly after, and was later released exclusively to premium Modlife members. Prior to this "Everything's Magic" became the album's first single.
"Secret Crowds" was chosen as the second single from I-Empire, although "Call to Arms" was also considered, after receiving lots of positive feedback and decent digital sales. The song impacted radio on February 5, 2008.
On February 25, 2008, "Secret Crowds" aired on MTV2, being the band's second single from the album to hit commercial heights with a music video. It has since gone onto Kerrang! TV and Scuzz in the UK.
"Breathe" is the third single taken from the album, and the video was released on June 20, 2008.
|1.||"Call to Arms"||5:05|
|4.||"Love Like Rockets"||4:50|
|7.||"Star of Bethlehem"||2:08|
|11.||"Rite of Spring"||4:22|
|UK and Japanese bonus track|
|13.||"It Hurts" (live from Del Mar)||4:20|
|Indie bonus tracks|
|13.||"It Hurts" (live from Del Mar)||4:20|
|14.||"The Adventure" (live from Del Mar)||5:18|
|iTunes bonus track|
|13.||"The Gift" (acoustic)||3:48|
|Target bonus tracks|
|13.||"The Adventure" (acoustic)||3:18|
|14.||"Good Day" (acoustic)||2:46|
|Best Buy bonus tracks|
|13.||"Everything's Magic" (acoustic)||3:04|
|14.||"Do It for Me Now" (acoustic)||3:46|
|Worldwide||November 1, 2007|
|South Korea||November 5, 2007|
|Canada||November 6, 2007|
|U.S. Billboard 200||9|
|Top Canadian Albums||1|
|UK Albums Chart||29|
|2007||"Everything's Magic"||U.S. Billboard Hot 100||104|
|U.S. Modern Rock Tracks||11|
|U.S. Pop 100||92|
|UK Singles Chart||103|
|2008||"Secret Crowds"||U.S. Modern Rock Tracks||32
- Official MySpace
- AbsolutePunk.net review
- I-Empire at AllMusic
- Alternative Press review
- Billboard review
- IGN Music review
- NME review
- PopMatters review
- Punknews.org review
- McMartin, Trent (28 November 2007). "Angels and Airwaves: I-Empire". UnRated. Retrieved 28 July 2011.
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- I-Empire at YouTube (streamed copy where licensed)
- Official Angels and Airwaves website
- I-Empire on Geffen Records