Slipknot’s We Are Not Your Kind Debuts at #1 on the U.S., U.K., and Australian Charts
A hearty mazel tov is in order for Slipknot, whose new album, We Are Not Your Kind, has debuted #1 on the charts in the U.S., the U.K., and Australia.
In the United States, WANYK sold 118,000 equivalent album units in its first week of release, 102,000 of which were actual album sales. This is the band’s third consecutive #1 showing in the U.S., following All Hope is Gone (2008) and .5: The Gray Chapter (2014). The latter album sold 132,000 copies in its first week, demonstrating that Slipknot have retained a fairly impressive hold on their audience. Billboard does note, however, that “We Are Not Your Kind’s big week was boosted by sales of the album generated from a concert ticket/album sale redemption offer with Slipknot’s tour.” Still, the chart position is meaningful: it’s the first hard rock album to top the chart since 2017, when the Foo Fighters’ Concrete and Gold sold 127,000 copies in its first week of release.
In the United Kingdom, WANYK sold “close” to 32,000 copies, 22,000 of which were from physical sales, 5,000 of which were from downloads and over 4,000 of which were from equivalent sales. Notably, this is Slipknot’s first #1 album in the UK since 2001’s Iowa.
Finally, WANYK came in at number one on Australia’s ARIA Albums Chart, although exact sales figures haven’t been released. As is the case in the U.S., this is the band’s third straight #1 debut in a row.
And so, once again, MetalSucks offers its congratulations to Slipknot on being one of the only two metal bands about whom anyone currently seems to actually care. Tool’s first new album in thirteen years, Fear Inoculum, comes out August 30 (read our initial thoughts on the record here). It will be interesting to see how they do comparatively.