According to the Associated Press, Lou Reed and METALLICA have tapped award-winning director Darren Aronofsky to helm a music video for their collaborative track “Iced Honey”. Scenes for the clip will be shot in the San Francisco Bay Area and will be available for viewing later this month. Also involved with the project as director of photography will be Aronofsky‘s cameraman, Matthew Libatique, who has worked on all of Aronofsky‘s feature releases — which include such Oscar-nominated films as “Black Swan” and “The Wrestler” — and has been a cinematographer for several Spike Leefilms.
METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich said in a statement Thursday that working with Reed and Aronofsky is “living the dream.”
He added, “As if making a record with Lou Reed is not enough, now I get to make a video with Darren Aronofsky, who has been among my very favorite filmmakers since his first movie, ‘Pi’.” Reed, meanwhile, said he hoped that the video would become “his next ‘Black Swan’.”
“Iced Honey” is featured on METALLICA‘s collaborative album with Lou Reed, titled “Lulu”, which is likely to sell between 12,000 and 15,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release, according to industry web site Hits Daily Double. The estimate was based on one-day sales reports compiled after the record arrived in stores on November 1 via Warner Bros. Records (one day earlier in the rest of the world through Universal Music). By contrast, METALLICA‘s last studio effort, 2008’s “Death Magnetic”, sold 490,000 copies in just a three-day sales window after it came out on a Friday, with sales tracked through the following Sunday.
Even METALLICA‘s controversial 2003 set, “St. Anger”, moved 418,000 copies in its initial week of release, which was also shortened to four days.
METALLICA‘s previous three studio outings, 1997’s “Reload”, 1996’s “Load” and the 1991 “black album” all earned six-figure first week sales as well.
“Lulu” is based on two plays by early 20th century German author Frank Wedekind about an amoral woman.
Both METALLICA and Reed have downplayed the scathing reviews that the album has gotten, with Reed saying that METALLICA fans are “threatening to shoot me.” METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich defended the project, saying, “It’s not for everyone, but I think it’s a fantastic record.”
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