Update: (06/21/2012 9:00am EST): The official Billboard Top 200 Chart has now been updated. In addition to taking the #2 spot in the Top 200 Albums Chart, Clockwork Angels also ranked extremely well in other various categories:Not a bad showing at all...
Digital Albums Rank: #3
Rock Albums Rank: #1
Hard Rock Albums Rank: #1
Taste Maker Albums Rank: #1
Canadian Albums Rank: #1
Update: (06/20/2012 10:00pm EST):More charting statistics were made available via this MarketWatch story which shows Clockwork Angels at #2 in Japan, #10 in Norway, #11 in Germany and Holland, and #21 in Switzerland.
Update: (06/20/2012 2:00pm EST)According to this article from the Toronto Sun, Clockwork Angels has also debuted in the #1 spot in Canada!
Billboard has just announced that Rush's Clockwork Angels has debuted in the #2 position on their Top 200 Album Charts. This equals the best debut Rush has ever had which last occurred back in 1993 with the release of Counterparts. Unfortunately, Rush has never achieved the #1 spot from either a debut week or subsequent week of sales.
Clockwork Angels had estimated first week sales in the U.S. of approximately 103,000 units which makes it one of the fastest-selling Rush albums in recent history. By comparison, 2007's Snakes & Arrows, which debuted at the #3 spot, had first week sales of approximately 93,000 in the U.S.
According to figures just released by SoundScan (Thanks Eric from Power Windows), here is the breakdown of the first-week sales of Clockwork Angels:From the Billboard announcement:
Total Sales: 104,707
LP (Vinyl): 2,361
Digital: 30,339At No. 2 on the Billboard 200, rock band Rush clocks its best sales week in 10 years as "Clockwork Angels" debuts with 103,000. The group last sold more when 2002's "Vapor Trails" bowed at No. 6 with 110,000. "Clockwork Angels" is Rush's second album to hit No. 2 following 1993's "Counterparts." A No. 1 album continues to elude the act.An interesting fact to consider regarding the #2 spot of Clockwork Angels is the impact the sale of the Classic Rock Fan Pack edition of the album had on the Billboard ranking. Fan Pack sales were registered as United Kingdom sales (despite where they were shipped to) and, thus, would not have counted towards the Billboard rankings. However with Usher's Looking 4 Myself taking the #1 spot this week with estimated sales in the 128,000 range, it's not likely that the Fan Pack sales would have made that much of a difference in Clockwork Angels ranking.
Congratulations to the band!
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