Cake returns after 7 years as industry crumbles: Aidin Vaziri | Cake’s return last month after a seven-year hiatus was marked by two major milestones: The band not only scored its first No. 1 on the Billboard album chart, but also, with 44,000 copies, it set a record for the lowest-selling release in SoundScan history to take the position. The group’s lead singer, John McCrea, who lives in Oakland, is equally proud of both achievements. “I think it’s absolutely perfect,” he says the day after the numbers are released. “Our band has always been about economy and downsizing. Next week it could be zero.” Close. Read more.