Trivium’s In the Court of the Dragon: First Week Sales Revealed
In the Court of the Dragon, the tenth full-length studio album from Florida’s Trivium, sold roughly 11,000 copies in its first week of release (9,000 of which were pure album sales — i.e., not streams), landing it at the No. 71 position of Billboard 200 chart.
That makes Dragon the eighth consecutive Trivium album to debut in the top 100 on that particular chart… although it’s also the only one of those eight albums not to immediately crack the top 35.
Lambgoat notes that Dragon also garnered Trivium’s “smallest first-week sales total since 2005 album, Ascendancy.” But it’s worth noting that, in terms of copies sold, Dragon‘s first week numbers represent a relatively-small 12% dip from the first week sales of last year’s What the Dead Men Say.
Compare that to the sales difference between two albums released by another popular metal band in 2020 and 2021: Asking Alexandria, whose See What’s on the Inside sold 66% fewer copies in its first week of release than last year’s Like a House on Fire, making it is the first of the band’s seven albums not to debut on the Billboard 200 at all. In that context, Dragon‘s first-week sales are nothing at which to scoff.
In the Court of the Dragon‘s other first-week chart positions:
- No. 5, Top Current Albums chart
- No. 5, Top Album Sales chart
- No. 8, Top Rock Albums chart
- No. 3, Top Hard Rock Albums chart