Queens Of The Stone Age debuted at Number One on the Billboard album chart on Wednesday (June 12th), with the band's sixth album, . . . Like Clockwork, selling 91,000 copies in its first week of release. The band's only previous Top 10 debut was 2005's Lullabies To Paralyze, which entered at Number Five on sales of 97,000 copies. The last Queens effort, 2007's Era Vulgaris, moved 52,000 copies to land at Number 14.
We asked frontman Josh Homme how he felt about the response to the new record: "I'm a bit shocked, honestly. You know, we have a long history of challenging our own fans to come on a non-repetitive journey with us, so I know sometimes that can be difficult and it has varying results, you know. Look, I would say if you expect anything from music, you expect too much."
- . . . Like Clockwork is the first Queens disc released on Matador Records after the group left the Interscope label.
- The Queens album knocked Daft Punk's Random Access Memories off the top of the Billboard 200 after the latter stayed there two weeks.
- Queens will begin its live promotion of . . . Like Clockwork on August 2nd at Chicago's Lollapalooza, followed by a mix of headlining and festival dates that will take the band well into October.
LISTENERS' POLL: Are you surprised to see this album do so well? Does its strong showing make you inclined to get it if you haven't already?
INTERNET COMMENTS at Blabbermouth -- agree or not?
syko kyd wrote: "F*** yeah! Its about time a good rock band debuts at number 1. Congrats guys."
AsianDesignMajor wrote: "Great result for Josh and the boys. Sales are up by almost 80% from Era Vulgaris! They're also pretty close to what Lullabies To Paralyze did out the gate 8 years ago. Should end up being their best selling album since that record came out."
mygoodeye wrote: "Terrific album. Might not be as good as EV though, but still amazing. Better than their first four and all the Kyuss albums by a country mile. So much musicianship & creativity in this band, its staggering. Josh truly is at the pinnacle of his craft."
I'm Right, You're Wrong wrote: "Seems like a continuation of the last two disappointing albums from the stuff that I heard. They're not getting my money this time around."
Josh Homme On The Response To The New Queens Of The Stone Age
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