"Oceania", the first new album in five years from THE SMASHING PUMPKINS, sold 53,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 4 on The Billboard 200 chart.
Although the material on "Oceania" is part of the PUMPKINS' in-progress 44-song cycle, "Teargarden By Kaleidyscope", frontman Billy Corgan told The Pulse Of Radio why he decided to carve "Oceania" out as its own album. "We decided to release 'Oceania' as a standalone project because we'd been doing a song at a time as part of the 'Teargarden By Kaleidyscope' project, and we found that because of the voracious nature of the Internet, our songs were being swallowed up so fast that people didn't even know that they'd come out," he said. "So when we looked at it, we said, what can we do that will garner at least some length of attention? An album, of course, would do that, at least for that one hour hopefully."
"Oceania" follows up 2007's comeback album "Zeitgeist" and is the first PUMPKINS record to feature the current lineup of Mike Byrne on drums, Nicole Fiorentino on bass and Jeff Schroeder on guitar.
"Oceania" track listing:
03. The Celestials
04. Violet Rays
05. My Love Is Winter
06. One Diamond, One Heart
09. Pale Horse
10. The Chimera
Corgan recently blasted the members of the original PUMPKINS in an interview with NME, calling ex-drummer Jimmy Chamberlin "a fucking liar" and guitarist James Iha "one of the worst human beings I've ever met in my life."
The PUMPKINS have yet to announce tour plans behind the new disc, although they are expected to tour the U.S. this fall.