MUSIC NEWS: TOM PETTY AND THE HEARTBREAKERS TOP BILLBOARD CHART WITH HYPNOTIC EYE

Reprise Records is proud to announce TOM PETTY AND THE HEARTBREAKERS have topped the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart with the release of their new album on Reprise Records, Hypnotic Eye. The album has been a hit with fans and critics alike, many of whom have declared the album to be amongst Petty's finest.  

"Congratulations to Tom and the Heartbreakers! This is a landmark event for a brilliant band that has been an indelible part of American culture for the past four decades," said Cameron Strang, Chairman & CEO, Warner Bros. Records. "Tom has written some of the most powerful, insightful, and evocative songs of his career, delivered with phenomenal energy and passion by the Heartbreakers, an extraordinary rock and roll machine that just keeps getting better and better. It's a privilege for all of us at Warner Bros. to join them in celebrating their No. 1 album." 

Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers have hit the road for an extensive North American tour which continues into October. This weekend, the band will headline the Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park.

Hypnotic Eye has been critically embraced around the globe: 

"On Hypnotic Eye, the 63-year-old and his eternal Heartbreakers return to the scrappy heat of those early days with their toughest, most straight-up rocking record in many years, deepened by veteran perspective." - Rolling Stone 

"Passionate yet wise, accessible but not slick, Hypnotic Eye casts a lasting spell." - USA Today

"Equal of anything Petty has released in a long and righteously distinguished career" - Daily Telegraph (U.K.)

"A Rock 'N' Roll Triumph - Were this the summer of 1984, "Faultlines," ''Red River," ''Forgotten Man" and "Sins of My Youth" would be constants on the radio." - Associated Press

"As romance, ethics, community and the economy collapse, Mr. Petty and the Heartbreakers offer two old-fashioned bulwarks: the solidarity of the band and the sinewy construction of the songs." - The New York Times

"All of Hypnotic Eye carries a sense of knowing urgency, as though jamming on itchy blues is the only logical defense against the inevitable."- Entertainment Weekly
"One of the best albums in the band's catalog" - Newsday

"It's his catchiest, most sharply focused album in years." - New York Daily News

"Impossible not to like." - The Guardian (U.K.)

"Petty sounds as inspired as ever." - NME (U.K.)

For more information on Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and their new album Hypnotic Eye, visit: www.tompetty.com.

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