frontman Rob Halford
recently discussed the metal gods' 2011 performance on the "American Idol
" show, calling it "a great opportunity for heavy metal music."
During an interview with the Screamer Magazine
, the singer named the "power to reach people"
as the popular show's main strength.
"More people saw Judas Priest in America in three and a half minutes than I think we've played to ever,"
Halford said. "35 million people saw the band in one go. It was a great opportunity for Priest, but also for heavy metal music. The next morning, I was checking iTunes, and the Priest collection, I think it was 'The Essential Judas Priest,' had shot to No. 1 overnight. That's the power that 'American Idol' has, in the way that it reaches people."
The frontman also reached the subject of the new album, naming it the top Priest priority at the moment. As previously reported, the band's new record should drop by the end of 2013
"Priest is working on a brand new record right now,"
Halford said. "It's coming together really great. It's got all of the essential elements that you love about Judas Priest if you're a Priest fan. I'm going back to England shortly to start laying all my vocals down."
The group's latest studio effort, "Nostradamus
," came out in June 2008 via Sony/Epic Records as the sixteenth Priest record. With 42,000 copies sold in the US within the first week, it peaked at No. 11 on the Billboard 200 chart.