Neilstein Soundscam: Amon Amarth Nab the Top Spot, Avenged Sevenfold Break In
Neilstein Soundscam is back after a two week hiatus. What happened over the course of the past three weeks? I have no idea! How will that effect chart movement? I also have no idea! Up is down! Down is up! Left is right! Right might or might not be left. Is this chart completely random and subject the whims of my ever-shifting moods and musical tastes? Very likely!
More sales numbers at Metal Insider here.
1. ↑ Amon Amarth / Peak: 1 / Last Week: 4 / Weeks On: 5
Band continues to kill it on the Facebook front, and, well, pretty much everywhere else too. Look for the train to keep rolling at the band is currently out on the Mayhem tour.
2. ↑ Queens of the Stone Age / Peak: 2 / Last Week: 3 / Weeks On: 3
QOTSA have incredible buzz right now, more than I’ve ever seen during their career.
3. ↓ Black Sabbath / Peak: 2 / Last Week: 2 / Weeks On: 3
What can I say… people still really, really care, apparently.
4. ↓ The Black Dahlia Murder / Peak: 1 / Last Week: 1 / Weeks On: 7
Black Dahlia are sliding down the charts, but it’s been a nice run.
5. Battlecross / Peak: 5 / Last Week: n/a / Weeks On: 1
Wow, that FB percentage! This band is definitely gaining steam. Strong sales debut for their second album.
6. ↓ Deafheaven / Peak: 5 / Last Week: 5 / Weeks On: 2
Album sales have barely dipped at all since this column’s last edition. Still a very strong FB percentage and lots of YouTube views. This band is doing great things.
7. Revocation / Peak: 7 / Last Week: n/a / Weeks On: 1
Album’s not even out yet but it’s got all sorts of buzz. FB percentage is solid.
8. ↓ Scale the Summit / Peak: 6 / Last Week: 6 / Weeks On: 2
Album sales, FB percentage and the rate of increase on YouTube views have all slowed considerably suggesting the buzz for their new album is dying down.
9. ↓ Alice in Chains / Peak: 1 / Last Week: 8 / Weeks On: 8
Albums sold last week: 3,750 (The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here, week seven)
Facebook Fan Engagement: 1.5% Fan Activity (3,744,158 likes · 58,616 talking about this)
YouTube: 1.4 million (“Stone” official video)
Sales are strong. Gotta hand it to ’em, they’ve found a way to stay relevant.
10. Avenged Sevenfold / Peak: 10 / Last Week: n/a / Weeks On: 1
Albums sold last week: 0 (Hail to the King, August 27)
Facebook Fan Engagement: 1.2% Fan Activity (14,097,966 likes · 171,328 talking about this)
YouTube: 1 million (“Hail to the King” official premiere)
1 million YouTube views in 3 days… holy shit! And my God, that’s a shit-ton of FB likes even if the engagement percentage is fairly low. The album artwork controversy has generated the band quite a lot of PR as well.