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Queens of the Stone Age and Megadeth has big debuts this week, but there’s a lot of action coming next week, too, with new ones from The Black Dahlia Murder and Black Sabbath having dropped on June 11. Let’s look at how those sales figures and pending album releases factored into the bands’ rankings.

More sales figures this week and every week at Metal Insider.

1. ↑ The Black Dahlia Murder / Peak: 1 / Last Week: 2 / Weeks On: 5

Albums sold: 0 (Everblack, June 11)
Facebook: 2.5% (993,589 likes · 1,000,975 likes · 25,681 talking about this)
YouTube: 336,000 (“Into the Everblack” premiere)

Band is on fire. 2.5% is a little weak, but I expect that number to rise next week, and it’s always tough for band’s with larger following to get their fan activity up. Stream Everblack in full right here.

2. ↓ Alice in Chains / Peak: 1 / Last Week: 1 / Weeks On: 6

Albums sold: 18,375 (The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here, week two)
Facebook: 1.0% Fan Activity (3,594,561 likes · 38,062 talking about this)
YouTube: 1.1 million (“Stone” official video)

Will cross 100k sold by week four. I wonder if the label, band and everyone involved are happy with these figures?

3. Queens of the Stone Age / Peak: 3 / Last Week: n/a / Weeks On: 1

Albums sold: 90,600 (…Like Clockwork, debut)
Facebook: 3.9% (2,104,330 likes · 83,062 talking about this)
YouTube:  (“…Like Clockwork” official video)

Did not see this one coming at all. The reason it’s not ranked higher is that I don’t feel like they’re getting heat from the metal community… it’s a more mainstream/indie/alternative audience (whatever those words mean in 2013). Nevertheless, that’s a collosal first week number — good enough for #1 on the overall sales chart, and 12,000 of those were vinyl — so kudos to Josh Homme for keeping it going.

4. Megadeth / Peak: 4 / Last Week: n/a / Weeks On: 1

Albums sold: 29,350 (Super Collider, debut)
Facebook: 2.5% (6,286,703 likes · 158,695 talking about this)
YouTube: 623,000 (“Super Collider” official stream)

Super Collider sold right in the middle of its projected first week range, about 13,000 less than Megadeth’s last album. Now Dave looks like even more of an idiot than he already did for bitching about Roadrunner’s lack of marketing push on Thirteen. Still, 29,000 is a GREAT number and he should be happy with it.

5. ↓ The Dillinger Escape Plan / Peak: 1 / Last Week: 3 / Weeks On: 7

Albums sold: [no data] (One of Us is the Killer, week four, [sold 1,875 in week three])
Facebook: 3.3% Fan Activity (189,310 likes · 6,399 talking about this)
YouTube: 307,000 (“When I Lost My Bet” official video)

Band got some unexpected publicity last week in the form of Ben Weinman’s mysterious hand injury and the Weinman-less performance at Orion Fest that followed.

6. ↑ Amon Amarth / Peak: 6 / Last Week: 7 / Weeks On: 3

Albums sold: 0 (Deceiver of the Gods, June 25)
Facebook: 11.4% (438,033 likes · 49,950 talking about this)
YouTube: 421,000 (“Deceiver of the Gods” official premiere)

Holy shit, 11.4%! And the album’s not even out. Shows how invested fans are in this band.

7. ↓ TesseracT / Peak: 4 / Last Week: 4 / Weeks On: 2

Albums sold: 1,200 (Altered State, week two)
Facebook: 3.7% (123,169 likes · 4,583 talking about this)
YouTube: 258,000 (full album stream)

Altered State is really growing on me, despite the lukewarm review MS writer Shanbomb gave it. Give it another listen.

8. ↓ Kylesa / Peak: 5 / Last Week: 5 / Weeks On: 2

Albums sold: 900 (Ultraviolet, week two)
Facebook: 5.7% (49,382 likes · 2,827 talking about this)
YouTube: 49,000 (“Unspoken” official premiere)

The band has their built-in fanbase and that fanbase already bought the record. FB % is still strong, though.

9. Black Sabbath / Peak: 9 / Last Week: n/a / Weeks On: 1

Albums sold: 0 (13, June 11)
Facebook: 2.8% (7,633,283 likes · 219,085 talking about this)
YouTube: 2.6 million (“God is Dead?” official stream)

OK, fine: we may think Black Sabbath are irrelevant in 2013 but clearly lots of folks still care. Let’s see how this one does release week.

10. Extol / Peak: 10 / Last Week: n/a / Weeks On: 1

Albums sold: 0 (Extol, June 25)
Facebook: 9.2% (5,559 likes · 512 talking about this)
YouTube: 33,000 (“Open the Gates” official stream)

Yikes on the overall number of Facebook fans (despite the high percentage it’s a low sample size), but not unexpected given this band was broken up until very recently. Still, great band, deserves more play.

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