“Fear Inoculum,” an album Tool fans had to wait 13 years for was finally released on 30th August to praise from music fans around the world.
In its first eligible week, it debuted at #1 on this past weekends Billboard 200 chart with 248,000 physical albums sold in the US and an additional 22,000 album-equivalent units. These are basically song downloads and streams.
It was Tool’s third US #1 and knocked Taylor Swift’s “Lover” off the top spot. That is an extraordinary achievement considering Swift’s album was only released the week prior, and she is currently the most prominent pop star in the world.
“Remarkably, Fear Inoculum’s big debut is a now-rare example of a No. 1 album without the assistance of a concert ticket/album sale redemption offer, any sort of album pre-order/pre-sale access code promotion, or a single merchandise/album bundle — all of which have become the norm for most major albums in recent years as artists struggle to sell albums through more old-fashioned or traditional methods.”
If you didn’t get a physical copy yet you might have to make do with an MP3 version, or streaming for now, because an actual CD will cost you $155 on Amazon at the time of writing!
While still a big success the album didn’t match the same heights in the UK where it came in at #4 with Lana Del Rey’s “Norman Fucking Rockwell” taking #1.
If you want to hear more about the album, I suggest the Talk Is Jericho episode with Tool guitarist Adam Jones. You can listen to here on WIJ.