THIS WEEK IN SOUNDSCAN: CHICKEN-WHAT?
This week in Soundscan, supergroup Chickenfoot shifted a ridiculous number of records. I’m baffled too. Elsewhere, Iron Maiden had a solid debut and bands like Nickelback, Hollywood Undead, Shinedown, Slipknot, and Metallica continued on with business as usual.
4 CHICKENFOOT – CHICKENFOOT
This week: 79,300
That’s a damn big number, but the real story is that in its second week on the charts the record is up 53% from last week. When does this EVER happen these days? Can I get a collective “What the Fuck???” In the rock radio vortex that is NYC, these guys could have a monster radio smash and I wouldn’t know it… do they? Because the admittedly strong reputations of the band members are not, I don’t think, enough to move this kind of tonnage alone.
15 NICKELBACK – DARK HORSE
This week: 24,336
Thank you, Nickelback, for continuing to fund poorer Roadrunner artists.
21 SHINEDOWN – SOUND OF MADNESS
This week: 17,483
Still listening to this great album a year after release.
34 IRON MAIDEN – FLIGHT 666 ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK
This week: 13,274 (debut)
I’m actually surprised it didn’t sell more. Probably because this figure doesn’t count DVD sales, and most sensible people would just buy the DVD to get the full package.
50 HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD – SWAN SONGS
This week: 9,874
Get used to that awful feeling in the pit of your stomach, because these guys are going to be around for a while.
60 MARILYN MANSON – HIGH END OF LOW
This week: 8,947
Third week on, sinking faster than Marilyn Manson’s career.
71 DREDG – PARIAH THE PARROT THE DELUSION
This week: 7,492 (debut)
That’s an alright debut for Dredg, I think? Curious how it stacks up against their others.
112 DISTURBED – INDESTRUCTIBLE
This week: 4,505
Recently crossed the platinum threshold, and it’ll keep going. Unfortunately, this album still has a single or two left in it.
116 METALLICA – DEATH MAGNETIC
This week: 4,432
Look at that, almost double platinum. Sheesh.
154 SLIPKNOT – ALL HOPE IS GONE
This week: 3,404
Almost platinum. Consistent sellers. Good for them!
161 DEVIL WEARS PRADA WITH ROOTS ABOVE & BRANCHES BELOW
This week: 3,310
That’s 3,310 more records than this suck-tastic band should’ve sold this week.
Elsewhere, on the “Top Hard Music” charts….
29 HALESTORM – HALESTORM
This week: 2,604
30 HEAVEN & HELL – THE DEVIL YOU KNOW
This week: 2,584
Warner’s gotta be really disappointed in this number, no? Extremely weak for a band with such a great legacy. Probably would’ve sold more if it said “Black Sabbath” on it.
43 LACUNA COIL – SHALLOW LIFE
This week: 2,188
Century Media, on the otherhand, has gotta be super-thrilled with this.
44 MASTODON – CRACK THE SKYE
This week: 2,408
I think this one’s right about at the same sales number that Blood Mountain topped out at. Not sure, though.
59 CKY – CARVER CITY
This week: 1,713 –
I tried listening to this album thinking, “Hey, I’ll give ’em a fair shot.” It blows.