NEW YORK – The quintessential modern rock band Pearl Jam is making radio history this week as “Brother,” a previously unreleased track recorded more than 18 years ago, rockets into the #1 slot on the BDS/R&R Modern Rock Chart a mere four weeks after entering the chart.
With the #1 success of “Brother,” Pearl Jam joins the Beatles (“Free As A Bird”) and Elvis Presley (“A Little Less Conversation”) as one of the select few bands or artists to ever hit #1 with a track recorded decades prior.
Recorded in 1991 during the sessions that produced Ten, the band’s classic breakout debut album, “Brother” is Pearl Jam’s fourth #1 Modern Rock single, joining the ranks of “Daughter,” “Who You Are,” and “Worldwide Suicide.” A fifth Pearl Jam single, “Last Kiss,” peaked at #2 on the Modern Rock Chart.
In addition to its #1 Modern Rock status, “Brother” is bulleting up the charts on a variety of rock radio formats including BDS Alternative (#1), BDS Active (#7), Mediabase Alternative (#2), Mediabase Active (#8), Mediabase Mainstream (#3) and Mediabase Classic Rock (#20), garnering a total listening audience to-date of some 53.38 million listeners.
Pearl Jam’s “Brother” is available for the first time as a bonus cut on the upcoming reissue of Ten on Epic/Legacy Recordings.
On Tuesday, March 24, Legacy will release four special edition packages of Ten, each of them featuring two versions of the album: the remastered version of the original album PLUS an accompanying remixed version done by the band’s long-time producer, Brendan O’Brien (Bruce Springsteen, AC/DC, Audioslave).