Fear Inoculum was the big album story of the release of August 30. When the smoke cleared, Tool had the #1 record in Canada, the US, and a whack of other countries around the world. Taylor Swift’s Lover got smoked, despite the best efforts of the Swifties.
A nice victory for rock, for sure. But what about Week 2?
Before we get to the raw numbers, consider the following:
- There were 13 years of pent-up demand for Fear Inoculum. Almost all the faithful went out and bought the album immediately.
- Last Friday saw the release of Post Malone’s Hollywood’s Bleeding, a record that was designed to be a big hit [SPOILER ALERT: It was.]
- The only CD we could buy was the version with insanely cool special packaging. Even though it was extremely expensive (I don’t think it could be had for less than $50), it pretty much sold out quickly.
- And because the standard (read: less expensive) and the vinyl editions were not available in Week 1, this created obvious inventory issues.
Here’s what I can tell you about second-week sales/streams of Fear Inoculum.
- Canada: The album slipped to # 2 on the SoundScan charts, selling 5,114 physical units (There were that many left?) vs. last week’s 21,577. That’s a drop of 76%, which sounds like a lot, but in this era, that’s about standard. The two-week Canadian sales today is 26,691.
- In the US, sales dropped to 37,736, a hit of -86%. Again, inventory issues probably had an impact.
- Post Malone had a great week with Hollywood’s Bleeding, selling 23,539 copies in Canada and 489,388 equivalent albums in the US.
- Meanwhile, Tay-Tay’s Lover stayed pegged at #2 with another 104,210 copies sold.
I’ll keep digging for more stats and report back when they come in.