'The Odd Couple's early release pays off

Just two days after unexpectedly releasing their new album digitally two weeks ahead of schedule, Gnarls Barkley‘s ‘The Odd Couple’ has hit Number One on the US iTunes chart.

The duo’s sophomore album was originally slated for an April 18 US release, but Danger Mouse and Cee-Lo Green decided to release it a couple of weeks early because they “felt the timing was right to just go for it.”

Apparently the gamble has paid off, as it’s this week’s most downloaded album in the US.

Meanwhile, the band have announced upcoming shows at London’s 229 Club on April 3 and Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl on July 27.

–By our Los Angeles staff.

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