SLIPKNOT have once again made history.
ALL HOPE IS GONE, the Des Moines-based band’s fourth studio album, claimed the coveted #1 debut slot on Billboard’s Top 200 chart in the US, after an extraordinary SoundScan recount. The album was initially announced today as a #2 debut, a mere 13 units behind The Game’s #1 debut, marking the closest margin in SoundScan history. The chart positions resulted from a reported 238,272 copies of All Hope Is Gone sold in its first week in stores, while The Game’s LAX reported 238,285. With such an unprecedented margin, Roadrunner Records and WEA requested an historic recount. SoundScan obliged and chart positions have been reversed, with Slipknot claiming #1 and a new margin of 1134 albums. Final recount numbers are 239,516 for All Hope Is Gone and 238,382 for LAX sold during their first week of release. This marks a landmark achievement for Slipknot and Roadrunner Records.
Slipknot has seen similar outstanding first week sales globally with #1 debuts in Australia, Austria, Canada, Finland, New Zealand, Sweden and Switzerland, #2 in the UK, Germany, France, Belgium and Japan and a #3 debut in Norway.
In addition, Slipknot has been nominated for their first MTV Video Music Award in the “Best Rock Video” category for the album’s first single, “Psychosocial.” Premiered on FNMTV in July and then later added to regular rotation at MTV and MTV2 in the US, the video saw over 80 spins on the channels and has an excellent chance at taking home a Moon Man on Sept 7th.
Having spent their summer as the headliner on the inaugural Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival, playing to an average of 18,000 people a night, Slipknot’s world tour continues on October 8th in Japan. The band will tour Australia, the UK and Europe for the rest of this year and return home for a US headline run in early 2009. Tickets for their December tour in the UK are close to selling out. Dates are as follows:
Mon 1st Dec – London Hammersmith Apollo
Tue 2nd Dec – London Hammersmith Apollo
Wed 3rd Dec – London Hammersmith Apollo
Fri 5th Dec – Cardiff International Arena
Sun 7th Dec – Birmingham NIA
Mon 8th Dec – Glasgow SECC
Tue 9th Dec – Manchester MEN Arena
Thu 11th Dec – Newcastle Metro Arena
Fri 12th Dec – Sheffield Arena