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Published on August 13th, 2019 | by Alan Cross

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Tool–yes, Tool–mounts an assault on the charts

A week after Tool’s music finally ended up on music streaming charts, things have turned out rather well for them.

Ænima, an album released in 1996, has entered the American Billboard album charts in the top 10, selling the equivalent of 33,000 fresh copies. This is based on a metric called TEAs: Track-equivalent albums. Every 1,500 streams from the album equal the sale of one album. Impressive.

Undertow, (1993), Lateralus, (2001), and 10,000 Days (2006) all attained between 23,000 and 26,000 album-equivalent numbers. That was good for spots in the top 20.

The title track of the Fear Inoculum album (due August 30) runs 10 minutes and 21 seconds. By entering the American Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, it became the longest song in history to hit that chart.

In Canada, the single “Fear Inoculum” was the 333rd most-streamed song of the week with 423,789 listens in its first week.

And so it begins…





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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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One Response to Tool–yes, Tool–mounts an assault on the charts

  1. Mike says:

    Is it too early to talk about Christmas #1 potential in the UK? 😉

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