The music industry is still watching the progress of Tool’s Fear Inoculum

Welcome to week three of the return of Tool. How are things are going for Fear Inoculum? It’s worth watching the album’s sales curve given that (a) we waited over 13 years for this thing and (b) it’s more of a pure-play physical release than anything we’ve seen in a while. People are streaming the record like crazy (at least for a rock album) but it’s the physical purchases that are turning heads.

In Canada, Fear Inoculum sold another 1,868 physical units last week, good enough for a number five finish on the chart, less than 300 copies behind number four Taylor Swift. Across the border, it moved another 10,001 units, pushing it to number six.

Moving to iTunes, the record is number two on the Canadian iTunes album chart, number two in Australia, and number five in America, Checking the worldwide iTunes album chart, FI is as high as number two.

One more stat: This is the eighth best-selling album of the year if you look at pure sales.

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.

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