Green Day recently scored their third U.S. #1 album on the Billboard 200 chart with Revolution Radio (Reprise), the group’s 12th album, which hit stores and digital platforms on October 7, 2016. Revolution Radio reached the plateau by selling 95,000 equivalent album units in the week ending October 13, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 90,000 were in traditional album sales. The album also hit #1 in the U.K. and Canada.
Revolution Radio was cut at the Culver City, California-based mastering facility The Bakery, which is overseen by its founder, mastering engineer Eric Boulanger. For Revolution Radio, Chris Dugan did the tracking, Andrew Scheps the mixing, and Boulanger handled the mastering. The album was self-produced by Green Day. Scheps personally recommended Boulanger and The Bakery for the project.
Dugan previously worked with Green Day on 2004’s American Idiot (pre-production and some instrumental work), 2009’s 21st Century Breakdown, the 2010 American Idiot cast recording, multiple live albums, the band’s three-album studio opus in 2012, and various other Green Day-related side projects. “I am very proud of the band and what we’ve accomplished with Revolution Radio,” Dugan said. “We’re glad to have Andrew and Eric contribute their gifts to the finished product.”
“Green Day is a band with a lot of history and an immediately recognizable sound,” noted Scheps, whose other credits include Adele, Metallica, Jay Z, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Black Sabbath, and Lana Del Rey. “I was really excited that Chris and the band chose me to handle the mix, and I think we got something that is powerful and contemporary that also sits perfectly within the context of their amazing catalog.”
Boulanger added, “I couldn’t be happier to have a project that I’m so proud of not only ‘hit,’ but hit #1! I especially thank Maestro Andrew for his sonic creativity/perfection, while recommending The Bakery for mastering the project. I thank the band and their longtime collaborator Chris Dugan for crafting such inspirational musical material in the first place.”
According to Billboard, Green Day last topped the Billboard 200 more than 7 years ago, with 21st Century Breakdown. That album debuted atop the chart dated May 30, 2009, and spent 1 week in the penthouse. Before that, the band’s first chart-topper, American Idiot, racked up three nonconsecutive weeks at #1 back in 2004 and 2005. Revolution Radio is Green Day’s 10th Top 10 album, stretching back to their breakthrough effort, Dookie, which peaked at #2 back in January 1995.
More About The Bakery
Located in the heart of Sony Pictures Studios, The Bakery offers a complete range of state-of-the-art mastering services for a wide range of clientele. The facility consists of a mastering room and a dedicated editing/production suite. Services offered include: Mastered For iTunes: Apple AAC format; Vinyl Mastering: Vinyl Cutting, Reference Lacquers, and Master Lacquers; High Resolution Audio, from 48kHz/24-bit to 192kHz Masters; and Audio Mastering: Audio Mastering for CD and Digital Distribution.
Founder and mastering engineer Eric Boulanger, who’s also an accomplished professional studio violinist, is the rare professional whose exceptional skill set regularly takes him from the studio to the stage. Working behind the console, Eric has mastered acclaimed projects for the likes of Green Day, Hozier, Selena Gomez, Colbie Caillat, OneRepublic, Eric Burdon, Imagine Dragons, Neil Young, The Plain White T’s, Chris Botti, Amos Lee, Serena Ryder, The Doors, Olivia Newton-John, Rufus Wainwright, and Sarah Jarosz, among others. Several of Boulanger’s projects have been nominated for and/or won Grammy Awards.