THIS WEEK IN SOUNDSCAN: BIG MASTODON DEBUT! EPIC CHRIS CORNELL FAIL!
The infamous Now That’s What They Call Music comp, now it’s thirtieth iteration (!), will never stop selling. Nor will Hannah Montana. Given, it’s tough for any true metal band to crack the Billboard 200, but Mastodon did just once again that by notching a #11 debut with Crack the Skye, beat out metal-wise only by Papa Roach (ugh). Elsewhere, we got some surprises from Chris Cornell, Twiztid (!?) and others. Sales figures for those and other notable hard rock and metal releases after the jump.
8 PAPA ROACH – METAMORPHOSIS
This week: 44,449 (debut)
Red state rock still sells.
11 MASTODON – CRACK THE SKYE
This week: 41,395 (debut)
Best debut of their career; Blood Mountain debuted with 24,000 units sold. Congrats! Yes, the official MS review is coming soon, so stop pestering.
18 NICKELBACK – DARK HORSE
This week: 30,156
See Papa Roach, above.
42 THEORY OF A DEADMAN – SCARS & SOUVENIRS
This week: 11,857
See Papa Roach and Nickelback, above. But bless this band for continuing the help line Roadrunner’s coffers for other, better bands.
54 HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD – SWAN SONGS
This week: 10,339
60 SHINEDOWN – SOUND OF MADNESS
This week: 9,214
77 METALLICA – DEATH MAGNETIC
This week: 7,324
Gonna hit double platinum pretty soon.
81 LAMB OF GOD – WRATH
This week: 7,165
Seems to be sinking pretty fast. Still, a great number for music this heavy. I wonder how these numbers stack up against those of Sacrament five weeks after release?
102 CORNELL*CHRIS – SCREAM
This week: 5,391
Those numbers include the $2.99 giveaway on Amazon. Let me spell that out more clearly: They practically gave this album away on Amazon for $3 and people still don’t want to buy it. Epic fail of monolithic proportions.
109 TWIZTID – W.I.C.K.E.D.
This week: 5,220
This is shocking to me. I didn’t even know this band was still around. Juggalos, rejoice.
115 AC/DC – BLACK ICE
This week: 4,736
Walmart sells records! For most acts this old a record is just an excuse for a tour, but clearly people still want new AC/DC music.
154 AVENGED SEVENFOLD – AVENGED SEVENFOLD
This week: 3,660
A slow and steady burner since its release well over a year ago. Got off to a slower-than-expected start, but I can’t see how the label wouldn’t be happy with these numbers.