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William Control Finale Hits No. 1 on 9 Charts + Week 48 Charting Artists


Posted By : IHM, Posted On : December 6, 2017

The Last You’ll Hear of William Control: Revelations in His Own Words

Four months ago, when we last wrote about William Control,  he had just release the third of his four part concept series to smashing success. Now, with the last of the series hitting the charts, we talk to frontman and mastermind William Francis about the origin of the project, the concepts at play, and the end.

Tell us your backstory, where did William Control come from?

At the end of 2007, I was nearing the end of a world tour with my band Aiden. We had been out of the road consistently for a few years and we were all pretty much burned out from the road. William Control was born out of frustration and the turmoil of my own personal life. I had started writing songs that didn’t really fit in the genre and decided a solo project could help me cope with my own demons. It wasn’t ever meant to be a full time band, that was sort of an accident.

Revelations has a deep meaning. Tell us the story behind the concept and making of this record.

Revelations is the last book in the New Testament of the Christian Bible. It’s an apocalyptic description of battle between good an evil. When I was a kid, (and also a believer) revelations was always my favorite book. It’s written from the perspective of a man on acid who describes visions and prophecies and whores and demons and angels, all the fun stuff.

When we were writing this album I knew that it was going to be the end of the William Control story, by splitting it up into four separate EPs titled by the names of the horsemen of the apocalypse, War, Famine, Death, and Conquest, I could bring it to a close.

The plan worked. You made a single release relevant across a year by breaking a full length album up into 4 EPs, tell us how you came up with the strategy, how you ran your presale campaign and kept your audience engaged from release to release.

We live in the digital age of Instagram and Facebook feeds. You post something and a few minutes later it’s buried in your feed by photos of pizza and ass and fireworks. We knew we had to keep people engaged over the course of a year so we decided that splitting it into different albums with different artwork would be a better way to do it. If we released this record as a whole a year ago we wouldn’t be speaking now.

Now that the final EP of the revelations series is released, what’s next for William Control?

Nothing. That’s it for ol’ William Control. The records are there to listen to preserved on a digital platform that will last forever. I’ve played enough shows for a lifetime. I’m going to focus on the merch company, Control Records, working with other artists and spending time in the home I’ve worked so hard to build.

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Week 48 Charting Artists

William Control

William Control  completes his four EP Release Saga with a number one record by reporting direct-to-fan presales online. Read the full story about how this Dropkick CD artist found success on his own terms.

Sizzla

Sizzla re-enters the charts by reporting live show sales as a Drokick CD artist.

Syreeta Thompson Trumpetlady

Syreeta Thompson dominates the Contemporary Jazz Albums chart for her 11th week along with multiple other charts.

Boonie the Kid

Boonie The Kid enters the Soundscan Hot 100 Singles by reporting direct-to-fan digital music sales using Dropkick.

My Silent Bravery

My Silent Bravery continues to dominate the Soundscan Hot 100 Singles Chart by reporting physical and digital sales from his official website as a Dropkick Smart artist.

Week 47 Charting Artists

Syreeta Thompson Trumpetlady

Syreeta Thompson remains on top of the Contemporary Jazz Albums chart for her 10th week along with multiple other charts.

Morgan Riley Ft. Trenton Etris

Morgan Riley hits the Soundscan Top 100 at #7 for the second week by reporting presales and first week of release sales from online digital sales direct-to-fan as Dropkick Smart Artist.

My Silent Bravery

My Silent Bravery continues to dominate the Soundscan Hot 100 Singles Chart by reporting physical and digital sales from his official website as a Dropkick Smart artist.

Bop Boyz

Bop Boyz debut on the Heatseekers chart using live venue sales as a Dropkick CD artist.

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