Not Fade Away: Billy Idol’s ‘Rebel Yell,’ 30 Years After MTV Brought It to the MassesFor a full year, Idol was omnipresent on the still-young television network. The heavy rotation of his videos helped fuel the success of 'Rebel Yell,' his 1983 album that spent 70 weeks on the Billboard chart, peaking at No. 6 and selling more than two million copies in the U.S. alone.
Billy Idol's 'Rebel Yell,' 30 Years After MTV Brought It to the MassesIf you were one of the fortunate households to have MTV in late 1983 and through 1984, you knew every inch of Billy Idol. It was in those nascent years of the channel that Idol's career was launched, and an album took him from clubs at the first start of the tour, to stadiums at end.