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First week album sales for Avenged Sevenfold, Foo Fighters, Pupil Slicer, Rancid, Spy, and more

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Although album sales may not hold the same significance as they once did, it remains compelling to compare how different bands perform in their first week of releasing albums. This metric serves as a useful indicator of hype and fan interest in the current market, particularly when compared to other bands of similar genres. Let's take a look at some first-week sales numbers within the genres we cover and see how they compare.

Topping our list this week is Foo Fighters with their latest release, But Here We Are, which did not meet the band's usual sales performances, with sales numbers across the music industry in decline. Their latest has sold 62,000 album units, ranking them at No. 8 on Billboard 200, No. 4 on Album Sales, No. 1 on Current Hard Music, No. 1 on Current Alternative, No. 1 on Vinyl Albums, and No. 2 on Current Rock.

Compared to their past album releases, it's the first time the band has sold under 100,000 units in the first week since its debut self-titled record in 1995, when they sold 40,000 in week 1. The numbers are a far cry from 2005's In Your Honor, selling 235,000, and Wasting Light in 2011, which sold 235,000 overall in the first week. 

How it compares to Foo Fighters' past first-week sales:

But Here We Are (2023) - 62,000* / 55,000 
Medicine At Midnight (2021) - 70,000* / 64,000 
Concrete and Gold (2017) - 127,000* / 120,000 
Sonic Highways (2014) - 190,000 
Wasting Light (2011) - 235,000 
Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace (2007) - 168,000 
In Your Honor (2005) - 311,000 
One By One (2002) - 122,000 
Foo Fighters (1995) - 40,000 

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Avenged Sevenfold debuted with Life is But a Dream..., with a total of 36,000 album units sold. The units sold include 28,000 sales in sales formats such as CD, LP, and paid digital downloads. It ranks at No. 13 on Billboard 200, No. 5 on Album Sales, No. 2 on Current Hard Music, No. 2 on Current Alternative, No. 2 Vinyl Albums, and No. 3 on Current Rock. While impressive for 2023, the numbers can't compare with past sales, with Hail to the King (2013) being their best-seller, selling over 159,000 copies and The Stage (2016) selling over 76,000 copies.

Compared to Avenged Sevenfold's past first-week sales:

Life is But a Dream… (2023) - 36,000* / 28,000 
The Stage (2016) - 76,000* / 72,000 
Hail to the King (2013) - 159,000 
Nightmare (2010) - 163,000 
Avenged Sevenfold (2007) - 94,000 
City of Evil (2005) - 30,000 
Waking the Fallen (2003) - 3000 
Sounding the Seventh Trumpet (2001) - 300

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With their latest album release, Tomorrow Never Comes, punk rock royalty Rancid debuted with 9600 equivalent album units sold, 8500 of which came from album sales such as CD, LP, and paid digital downloads. The album ranks No. 26 on Billboard 200, No. 9 on Album Sales, No. 3 on Current Alternative, No. 5 on Current Rock, No. 9 on Vinyl Albums and No. 18 on Independent. In comparison to their past album releases, Trouble Maker sold 18,000 copies, Let the Dominoes Fall sold 33,000 copies, and Indestructible (2003) sold 51,000 copies. 

Let's compare it to a few of their first-week debuts:

Tomorrow Never Comes (2023) - 9600* / 8500 
Trouble Maker (2017) - 18,000 
Let the Dominoes Fall (2009) - 33,000 
Indestructible (2003) - 51,000 

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Other first-week album sales to round out the week include Pupil Slicer at 500, Dieth at 375, Spy at 175, Omnium Gatherum at 150, and Buggin at 95 sold in their first weeks. 

First-week album sales (CD, LP, Paid Digital):

Foo Fighters - 55,000
Avenged Sevenfold - 28000
Rancid - 8500
Gloryhammer - 1500
Wytch Hazel - 550
Thantifaxath - 500
Pupil Slicer - 500
Dieth - 375
Nercofier - 200
Spy - 175
Omnium Gatherum - 150
Myrkur - 100
Buggin - 95 

First-week LP (Vinyl) Sales:

Foo Fighters - 22,800 
Avenged Sevenfold - 10,600 
Rancid - 4050 

Thanks to Stream N' Destroy for compiling these numbers.


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