Sometimes it’s awkward to write about album sales in 2017, specifically when it comes to bands and artists with longstanding careers. You have to put out qualifiers like “it’s a good debut but it’s nowhere near their best.” Take Marilyn Manson for example: he’s our to debut this week with 32,000 copies sold. Now, that’s really good, no doubt about it. But it’s hard to ignore that more than twenty years ago, 1996’s Anitchrist Superstar sold approximately 132,000 copies its first week. That’s 100k more than what we have today. Of course, all artists go through a roller coaster of debut highs and lows, so it’s not necessarily all about album sales today versus back then. However, you sometimes can’t help but feel like the 90’s are overshadowing today’s records sales.
For the commenter who requested numbers for Korn’s Serenity in Suffering, here are the latest numbers I could find: 300 units sold this week with 131,000 sold in total.
Marilyn Manson, Heaven Upside Down (Loma Vista)
This is a great debut for 2017. Compared to the rest of Manson’s discography, this is one of his lower debuts as it sold less than 2015’s The Pale Emperor and 2012’s Born Villain.
August Burns Red, Phantom Anthem (Fearless)
Whereas the band’s previous album was their best debut yet, Phantom Anthem marks the band’s second lowest first week sales.
The Black Dahlia Murder, Nightbringers (Metal Blade)
On the other hand, The Black Dahlia Murder have managed to outdo their previous album, 2015’s Abysmal.
The Darkness, Pinewood Smile (Cooking Vinyl)
This sells close to 1k, less than 2015’s Last of Our Kind.
Thousand Below, The Love You Let Get Too Close (Rise)
This is the band’s debut album.
The Ongoing Concept, Places (Solid State)
This is the third album from the band that Wikipedia lists as being everything from Christian metal to avant-garde metal to post-hardcore.
Primitive Man, Caustic (Relapse)
This the band’s second LP, though they’ve certainly had a lot of releases between albums.
Autograph, Get Off Your Ass (EMP)
Writers of the 80’s hit “Turn Up The Radio” release a new album that doesn’t feature a single ass on the cover.
Angel Vivaldi, Synapse (Self Released)
This Vivaldi’s second full album after a series of EP’s.
My Ticket Home, unReal (Spinfarm)
This is the third album from the band that refers to themselves as “puke rock.”
Haemorrhage, We Are the Gore (Relapse)
This is the band’s first album in six years.
Pänzer, Fatal Command (Nuclear Blast)
This is the band’s second LP.
Fireball Ministry, Remember the Story (Cleopatra)
This is the band’s third album.
Foo Fighters, Concrete and Gold (RCA/Roswell)
A 31% drop is not solid gold.
Primus, The Desaturating Seven (ATO)
A 81% second week drop.
Queens Of The Stone Age, Villains (Matador Records)
A small 9% drop.
Greta Van Fleet, Black Smoke Rising EP (Republic)
The boost streak ends with a drop of 11%.
Mastodon, Cold Dark Place (Reprise)
This drops by 38%.
Prophets of Rage, Prophets of Rage (Caroline)
Nearing 30k sold.
Nothing More, The Stories We Tell Ourselves (Better Noise/Eleven Seven)
A 32% drop and nothing more.
Black Country Communion, BCCIV (J&R)
A 43% drop.
Metallica, Hardwired… to Self-Destruct (Blackened)
A 27% drop. After nearly a year, this album’s days on the charts might be numbered.
The Contortionist, Clairvoyant (eOne)
A 20% boost has been granted.
Just under 40,000 sold
Chelsea Wolfe, Hiss Spun (Sargent House)
A 39% drop.
Circa Survive, The Amulet (Hopeless Records)
A 42% drop.
Cradle of Filth, Cryptoriana: The Seductiveness Of Decay (Nuclear Blast)
A 42% drop.
Propagandhi, Victory Lap (Epitaph)
A 94% second week drop.
Metz, Strange Peace (Sub Pop)
A 33% drop.
36 Crazyfists, Lanterns (Spinefarm)
An 84% second week drop.
Act Of Defiance, Old Scars, New Wounds (Metal Blade)
A 60% drop in week two.
Kublai Khan, Nomad (Rise)
A second week 78% drop.
Archspire, Relentless Mutation (Season of Mist)
A 40% drop.
Kadavar, Rough Times (Nuclear Blast)
A 70% drop is rough.
Wolves in the Throne Room, Thrice Woven (Artemesia Records)
A 77% drop.
Myrkur, Mareridt (Relapse)
A 45% drop.
The Bronx, V (ATO)
Sales drop by half.
Sons Of Texas, Forged By Fortitude (Razor & Tie)
A 33% drop.
Satyricon, Deep Calleth Upon Deep (Napalm Records)
Call up a 60% drop.
Belphegor, Totenritual (Nuclear Blast)
A 33% drop.
Otherwise, Sleeping Lions (Century Media)
Also a 33% drop.
Ensiferum, Two Paths (Metal Blade)
Sold the same as last week.