The album was produced by long-time Cooper producer Bob Ezrin for earMUSIC, the rock label part of the Edel AG group, which markets and distributes the album worldwide through its international network.
Paranormal features guests as Larry Mullen of U2, who plays on 9 of the 12 new songs; Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top; Deep Purple's Roger Glover, as well as a highly anticipated mini-reunion of the original Alice Cooper band members.
Media and fans worldwide have praised the album as a return to Cooper's early years rock and roll sound.
Some of the chart positions achieved by the album so far are among the highest for Alice Cooper in the last 30 years:
*Germany: #4 (Highest charts entry in 45 years since the classic School's Out)
*Australia: #4 (Highest chart entry in 39 years).
*USA: #6 (Current album charts (#32 Billboard 200, #1 Hard Music Albums, #3 Current Physical)
*UK: #6 (Highest chart entry in 23 years; #1 Rock Charts #1 independent Charts)
*Sweden: #6 (Highest charts entry in 28 years since the smash hit album “Trash” in 1989).
*Finland: #9 (Best charts entry ever; #1 physical album sales.)
On release date, Paranormal climbed the iTunes rock charts at #1 in 12 countries and the Top 5 in 20 countries.
...to be continued with more charts to be made public shortly
Alice Cooper's manager Shep Gordon commented, "Working with the earMUSIC team made me remember the days when record companies really contributed to the work and success of an artist."
Just one day after Alice Cooper's triumphal return at the top of the charts, the legendary rock icon took over the main stage at Wacken Open Air, the biggest metal festival of its kind, where he was greeted by over 80,000 excited fans.
This year's edition of Wacken was dedicated to the memory of Motorhead's Lemmy, who has been a long-time friend of Cooper.
Cooper closed his show with a joyful version of Motorhead's classic "Ace of Spades."
When asked to share his memories of Lemmy, during the festival promoter's press conference, Cooper surprised everybody by offering a donation of $10,000 USD to the Wacken Foundation with one condition: the amount would be spent to give a new talented band the chance to record in a professional studio for the first time — to be one day "the new Alice" or "the new Lemmy."
Wacken's founder Thomas Jensen then “relaunched” by promising that he would offer the band the opportunity to play in front of the Wacke's audience.
ALICE COOPER ON TOUR:
DEEP PURPLE/EDGAR WINTER:
8/12 — Las Vegas, NV — The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan
8/13 — Los Angeles, CA — The Greek Theatre
8/15 — Phoenix, AZ — Ak—Chin Pavilion
8/16 — Albuquerque, NM — Isleta Amphitheater
8/18 — The Woodlands, TX — Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
8/19 — Dallas, TX — Starplex Pavilion
8/21 — Atlanta, GA — Chastain Park Amphitheatre
8/23 — Bristow, VA — Jiffy Lube Live
8/24 — Camden, NJ — BB&T Pavilion
8/26 — Wantagh, NY — Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
8/27 — Boston, MA — Xfinity Center
8/28 — Holmdel, NJ — PNC Bank Arts Center
8/30 — Indianapolis, IN — Klipsch Amphitheater
9/1 — Pittsburgh, PA — KeyBank Pavilion
9/2 — Toronto, ON — Budweiser Stage
9/3 — Clarkston, MI — DTE Energy Music Theatre
9/6 — Chicago, IL — Tinley Park
9/8 — St. Louis, MO — Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
9/9 — Cuyahoga Falls, OH — Blossom Music Center
9/10 — Cincinnati, OH — Riverbend Music Center