Queens of the Stone Age, Sleeping With Sirens + Megadeth Surge on Billboard 200 Album Chart
It was a very good week for rock on the Billboard Album Chart as Queens of the Stone Age’s highly anticipated ‘… Like Clockwork’ disc claimed the No. 1 spot, while Sleeping With Sirens’ ‘Feel’ and Megadeth’s ‘Super Collider’ also earned Top 10 debuts at No. 3 and No. 6 respectively.
Queens of the Stone Age reportedly moved 91,000 copies to claim the top spot, knocking Daft Punk’s ‘Random Access Memories’ out of No. 1 after a two-week reign. The disc has already yielded the single ‘My God Is the Sun’ and is bolstered by an all-star guest lineup that includes Dave Grohl, Elton John, Trent Reznor and others.
The group’s 2005 effort, ‘Lullabies to Paralyze,’ was their previous best when it came to chart debuts, arriving at No. 5. Their last album, 2007’s ‘Era Vulgaris,’ opened at No. 14.
Sleeping With Sirens may have been the big surprise this week. The band’s latest effort, ‘Feel,’ sold 59,000 units to make a solid run at the top spot. In the end, they fell just short, landing at No. 3 for the week. This marks their highest debut in history, with their previous record ‘Let’s Cheer to This’ arriving at No. 17 back in 2011.
As for Megadeth, their ‘Super Collider’ album sold 29,000 copies in its first week, good enough for No. 6 on the charts. This is the band’s first release via Dave Mustaine’s own Tradecraft record label as distributed by Universal Music Enterprises.
Megadeth unveiled such tracks as ‘Kingmaker,’ ‘The Blackest Crow,’ ‘Built for War’ and the album’s title cut in advance of the release. ‘Super Collider’ provides the band a bit of an uptick on the album charts, as their ‘Th1rt3en’ album opened at No. 11 in 2011 and ‘Endgame’ arrived at No. 9 in 2009.
The three strong debuts show a bit of a rock resurgence at the cash register. Just last week, Alice in Chains’ ‘The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here’ sold 62,000 copies to land at No. 2 in their first week on the charts.