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I-Empire
Studio album by Angels & Airwaves
Released November 1, 2007 (2007-11-01)
(See release history)
Recorded Jupiter Sound, 2007
Genre Alternative rock
Length 52:54
Label Geffen
Producer Tom DeLonge
Professional reviews
Angels & Airwaves chronology
We Don't Need to Whisper
(2006)
I-Empire
(2007)
Love
(2010)
Singles from I-Empire
  1. "Everything's Magic"
    Released: October 29, 2007
  2. "Secret Crowds"
    Released: February 4, 2008
  3. "Breathe"
    Released: June 20, 2008

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 UK and Ireland and on November 6 in the USA and Canada. It is a concept album and is the continuation of the story told in We Don't Need to Whisper.

Contents

Production

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 re-birth.

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 4 new songs from I-Empire for 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.

Track listing

All songs written by Tom DeLonge.

  1. "Call to Arms" – 5:05
  2. "Everything's Magic" – 3:51
  3. "Breathe" – 5:33
  4. "Love Like Rockets" – 4:50
  5. "Sirens" – 4:19
  6. "Secret Crowds" – 5:02
  7. "Star of Bethlehem" – 2:07
  8. "True Love" – 6:08
  9. "Lifeline" – 4:15
  10. "Jumping Rooftops" – 0:44
  11. "Rite of Spring" – 4:22
  12. "Heaven" – 6:38
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Bonus tracks

  • "It Hurts" (Live from Del Mar) (UK and Indie) – 4:21
  • "The Adventure" (Live from Del Mar) (Indie) – 5:18
  • "The Gift" (Acoustic) (iTunes) – 3:48
  • "The Adventure" (Acoustic) (Target) – 3:18
  • "Good Day" (Acoustic) (Target) – 2:46
  • "Everything's Magic" (Acoustic) (Best Buy) – 3:04
  • "Do It for Me Now" (Acoustic) (Best Buy) – 3:46

Release

Delay

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 1, 2007.

On October 24, 2007, I-Empire was fully leaked onto the internet, a week before its worldwide release. That same day DeLonge posted his response to the leak on the Angels & Airwaves MySpace.[1]

Reception

I-Empire debuted at #9 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, with just over 66,000 copies sold in its first week.[2] 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.

Promotion

On November 16, 2007, 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.

On January 30, 2008, the band embarked on their headlining North American tour, playing sold-out theaters with Meg and Dia, Ace Enders and The Color Fred. The tour was completed on March 15, 2008.

"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.

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.

Personnel

Other contributors

Release history

Country Release Date
Worldwide November 1, 2007 (2007-11-01)
South Korea November 5, 2007 (2007-11-05)
United Kingdom
Canada November 6, 2007 (2007-11-06)
United States

Album notes

  • In the I-Empire album booklet, Matt Wachter is incorrectly labeled as "Matt Watcher".
  • "True Love" and "Star of Bethlehem" were originally one song.
  • At the start and finish of the song "Heaven", extracts of songs from their first album, We Don't Need to Whisper, can be heard. Extracts from which include "Valkyrie Missile", "The Adventure", and "Start the Machine".
  • The cover art of I-Empire was created by Drew Struzan, the artist who painted many of the movie posters for the Star Wars films.
  • Lyrics for "Love Like Rockets" end early in the album booklet as well as on the Modlife site.[3]
  • Many songs from this album are played on the NFL Channel.

References

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