Gang of Youths scores first Top 10 hit with “The Angel of 8th Ave.”

“The Angel of 8th Ave.” is flying in virgin territory.

Gang of Youths’ first single from the Total Serene EP lands at #9 in this week’s Billboard Adult Alternative Airplay chart, making it the band’s first Top 10 single anywhere in the world. The song has been on the chart for seven weeks and has typically been climbing 2-4 spots per week.

The band’s highest previous chart appearance (in the U.S. or anywhere) happened when “The Heart Is A Muscle” debuted at #37 on this same AAA chart back on June 22, 2018. The song spent a total of five weeks in the Top 40 that summer but never rose above its debut position.

Gang of Youths has also had some chart success in its native Australia. “Angel” is its best-ever charting song there, debuting at #48 on the ARIA singles chart in late June. That’s one spot higher than “Let Me Down Easy” reached in February 2018.

Enough of the past. Here’s some of the company that “Angel” is keeping this week in the Top 10.

Angel of 8th Ave. on the AAA chart

Gang of Youths reschedules 4 UK gigs to finish new album

This is good news for all of us who are anxious to hear the new Gang of Youths album. But it’s potentially not good news for all the fans who were excited to see them live over the next few weeks on that small UK tour.

The band announced today that four upcoming gigs have been pushed back to November “in order to have time to finish our upcoming album and avoid postponing its release.” The new dates are scattered before, during, and after the band does a handful of support shows with Sam Fender:

Not affected are Gang of Youths’ scheduled appearances at two upcoming festivals: All Points East on August 30 in London, and Neighbourhood Weekender on September 4 in Warrington.

Here’s the full text of the band’s Facebook announcing the change:

hey everybody who purchased tickets to our upcoming UK shows. unfortunately we have had to postpone the rest of our UK shows until November (festival shows still going ahead) in order to have time to finish our upcoming album and avoid postponing its release — we are sorry for any inconvenience and obviously if these dates no longer work for you, you will be refunded.

as always we love you and appreciate your support and we will see you soon.

dave, donnie, jung, max, tom

The date rescheduling is the strongest indicator yet that the new album is almost done. By moving these dates to mid/late November, we can assume that either a) the album will be finished and turned into Warner Music by these dates, or 2) the album will already be released by these dates.

The Man Himself?!? Did Gang of Youths just tip its new album title?

Gang of Youths may have just tipped fans to the title of its upcoming album.

None of us here at DS were able to watch the band’s TikTok concert replay due to time differences, but here’s what we’ve been able to piece together thanks to fans on social media (particularly in the GOY Appreciation Gang group).

At the end of the concert, as the band was taking its bows on stage, the Mirror Music TikTok account (that’s the band’s management company) encouraged viewers to keep watching. Soon after that, Dave himself was shown on the feed writing three words on a sheet of paper:

The Man Himself

You can see it on the image above — a screenshot from Tom Hobden’s Instagram story. (Full version below.)

There was no context, no explanation, nothing at all to help fans understand what they were looking at. But the assumption is that it’s a reveal of the title of the band’s upcoming album.

And why not? The lead-up to “The Angel of 8th Ave.” saw Gang of Youths and Warner Music employing some next-level shenanigans in the name of creating buzz, like putting up billboards with a phone number that played 30 seconds of the new song and revealing the single’s release date in videos that played in the background of the band’s Spotify catalog.

So at this point, giving away an album title at the end of a TikTok concert stream totally tracks.

(Thx to @gwilsgard for originally catching this on IG. Thx to Dani for help.)