Let’s check on the sales of Tool’s Fear Inoculum one more time.

It’s been one month since Tool’s Fear Inoculum was released. It’s since become one of the best-selling physical releases of the year, which is remarkable because we still don’t have a standard edition of the album in stores.

The only physical version of Fear Inoculum you can find–if you can find one at all–is the one with the super-deluxe packaging costing at least $50. There’s been at least one reorder for this edition and those copies should be in the marketplace, albeit in limited numbers.

Unlike every other current album on the charts, there is no bare-bones version retailing for the usual $15-20 and no vinyl edition. (I just checked Amazon.ca and could only find resellers offering up the current CD edition starting at $172.99.) Your only other options are to stream the record or purchase a digital download.

Even with this shortage, Fear Inoculum continues to sell. In Canada, the record moved 957 copies last week, good for #10 on the SoundScan charts. In the US, 6,844 copies were sold, good for a #11 finish.

Switching to the iTunes Canada chart, Tool is sitting at #6 while in America, it’s at #10. Australia also has it at #10.

Clearly there’s still a demand for the physical version for the album. So why the delay with a standard CD and the vinyl? Is Tool trying to drive people to streaming and iTunes? If so, why? The margins on CDs are much, much higher.

There must be a method to this. I wonder what it is.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

7 thoughts on “Let’s check on the sales of Tool’s Fear Inoculum one more time.

  • October 1, 2019 at 10:08 am
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    Maximize profit. Higher priced CD for the Tool fan who will buy the vinyl but HAS to have something NOW. Then vinyl, then the cheaper CD. Smart.

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  • October 1, 2019 at 6:34 pm
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    I’m sorry, but this was the most pointless article…

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    • October 2, 2019 at 5:30 am
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      I’m sorry but this was the most pointless comment…

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      • October 2, 2019 at 9:20 am
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        That’s….just like, your opinion, man.

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  • October 2, 2019 at 2:12 am
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    They will sell them at shows.

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  • October 2, 2019 at 6:15 am
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    This was a fairly interesting yet concise piece, but Mr. Cross… Alex in the comments just answered your question. I believe the devil is in the delivery (details) 🙂

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  • October 22, 2019 at 2:16 pm
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    Anyone know where to get a digital copies? Couldn’t get the hard copy, now with digital on itunes I know have to subscribe to apple music in order to buy it from itunes. Wtf?

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