Unless you’re Jack Johnson or on a TV show about glee clubs, it was a pretty weak week for music sales once again. On the plus side, Lamb of God have the biggest metal debut of the week, and that’s not counting the 20 or so super deluxe box sets they sold. And next week, there’s about 2,359 metal records that will debut, so let’s have a go at this, shall we?
Melvins, The Bride Screamed Murder, (Ipecac) #170 2,800 sold
This is the third Melvins/Big Business collaboration. We like the Melvins’ game plan – like a band? Absorb them into your band!
Stick To Your Guns, The Hope Division, (Sumerian/Century Media) #173 2,700 sold
Melodic hardcore band’s sophomore album has a pretty solid debut.
Godsmack, Oracle (Universal) #11, 20,100 sold
This band will be halfway to gold in only six weeks. Love them or hate them (we’re kinda ‘meh’) this is good for the industry.
AC/DC, AC/DC: Iron Man 2 (Columbia) #19 17,000 sold
This has already sold 300,000 already, even though it’s all previously released material. We haven’t seen Iron Man 2 yet, but we’d imagine it’s mostly previously released material too.
Bullet For My Valentine, Fever (Jive) #44, 8,000 sold
Wonder if the lobster woman on the band’s album cover likes crabcore?
As I Lay Dying, The Powerless Rise (Metal Blade) #66, 6,100 copies
A modest 16% drop from the reigning kings of metalcore.
Five Finger Death Punch, War Is The Answer (Prospect Park) #132 3,500 sold
In a few weeks, this will be halfway to gold, or about what Jack Johnson sold in his first week.
Motley Crue, Greatest Hits (Motley Records) #161, 3,000 sold
The Ozzfest co-headliners sell another few thousand of their greatest hits album.
Slipknot, All Hope Is Gone (Roadrunner) #174 2,700 sold
It’s unfortunate if people are buying the band’s record just because of Paul Gray’s untimely death, but even if that’s the case, they’re getting a good album out of the deal.
Flyleaf, Memento Mori, (A&M/Octone) #181, 2,500 sold
I’d write something about this band if I knew anything about them.
We Are the Fallen, Tear the World Down, (Universal) #192 2,500 sold
Until Evanescence or another chick from American Idol puts an album out, this will do.
Alice In Chains, Black Gives Way To Blue (Virgin) #197 2,300 sold
This album’s already been certified gold, even though it hasn’t even sold 440,000 yet. Sketchy? Yes, but we’ll save that for another post.
Sevendust, Cold Day Memory (7 Bros.) #200 2,300 sold
While Sevendust didn’t get as popular as many of the bands they came up with (like Staind and Incubus, for example), they’re still selling consistently.
We Came As Romans, To Plant A Seed (Equal Vision) 850 sold
31 weeks on the chart and still consistent sellers. Not bad, guys.
2 Cents, Dress to Kill, (Eight O Five) 540 sold
If you’re going to name your band after a dollar amount, why not aim a little higher, like Nickleback?
Seasons After, Through Tomorrow (Dirtbag) 490 albums
Their metallic take of “Cry Little Sister” from the Lost Boys soundtrack is fueling album sales.
Veil of Maya, ID (Sumerian 450 sold
The best thing to come out of Illinois since, um, a little help here?
Periphery, Periphery (Sumerian) 430 sold
8,500 sold so far.
Atilla, Rage (Artery Foundation/Razor & Tie) 400 sold
This is the kind of band that’s going to keep selling records on the road.
Far, At Night We Live, (Vagrant) 400 sold
Metal? Not completely, but they’ve got plenty of metal cred from their two Epic albums.
Anew Revolution, Imerica, (E1) 350 sold
These guys would probably like to put Slaves on Dope and Unloco behind them. We’re not going to let them.