New albums from Phoenix and Rob Zombie both cracked the Billboard album chart's Top 10 on Wednesday (May 1st), with Phoenix's fifth album, Bankrupt!, debuting at Number Four with 50,000 copies sold in its first week of release. That represents both a sales and chart peak for the French modern rockers. Meanwhile, Zombie's fifth solo effort, Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor, entered at Number Seven on sales of 34,000 copies.
- Zombie told us what goals he had in mind for his latest musical venture: "I wanted it to be kind of hooky -- I always want everything to be hooky, but unconventionally hooky, where maybe the first couple of times you hear it, you go, 'Oh yeah, that's a cool song.' And then the more you hear it, the more you go, 'God, I can't get that song out of my head, I can't get that song out of my head.' Whereas sometimes songs are so hooky the first time you hear 'em, that by the fifth time you hear 'em, they're almost like grating."
- Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor is the fifth Zombie solo album to enter the Top 10.
- His previous disc, 2010's Hellbilly Deluxe 2, debuted at Number Eight on the Billboard chart, selling 49,000 copies in its first week.
- Last week's Number One debut, Fall Out Boy's Save Rock And Roll, dropped to Number Five this week with sales of 36,000 copies.
- Phoenix plays this Saturday (May 4th) at the New Orleans Jazz Festival.
- Rob Zombie will be presented on Thursday night (May 2nd) with the Golden God award at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards in Los Angeles.
WHAT DO YOU THINK??
- Did you buy or download Rob Zombie's album? What did you think of it?
- Did you get the new Phoenix album? Do you think those guys are one-hit wonders over here in the States?
INTERNET COMMENTS at Blabbermouth (on Rob Zombie) -- agree or not?
RiotAct666 wrote: "It's a good record. Best RZ once since Sinister Urge."
Horrorholic wrote: "I agree, definitely his best since Sinister Urge, maybe even better."
Nikz wrote: "Congrats to Zombie, for all the hate he seems to get he always ends up in the top 10, which is something a lot in the genre can't quite seem to manage."
Standunder wrote: "pretty impressive sales number for a batch of cartoon lyrics over dance groove loops. Same formula over and over."
DirtyWaterDog wrote: "This is by far the best thing he has done in YEARS. The vocals are really good and heavy. The band actually feels like a band instead of a Zombie conducted project."
CHECK IT OUT: Watch Phoenix perform on Tuesday night's (April 30th) edition of Late Show With David Letterman:
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