Record Sales

Not really any news today, so I though I’d quickly comment on the recent record sales.  We all know that Tool sold 564,000 copies of 10,000 Days in the US, which is an impressive figure for any band, and outstrips the sales on Lateralus as well.  As it turns out, that’s the highest selling CD in one week so far in 2006.

Since the Red Hot Chilli Peppers new CD was coming out, I thought this record would soon be broken, especially considering how popular Dani California seems to be at the moment, not to mention the large amount of press RHCP are getting, here in Australia at least anyway.  So I was surprised when I read this article saying that Stadium Arcadium only sold 442,500 copies last week.

To me this shows a number of possibilities:

  • 10,000 Days is a better CD than Stadium Arcadium?
  • Tool fans are more supportive of the band?
  • Tool fans are more likely to buy 10,000 Days in the first week than to wait for it?
  • Publicity makes a smaller impact on record sales than is thought?
  • Elaborate packaging really does make an impact on record sales?
  • More Red Hot Chilli Peppers fans chose to download, and then not purchase than Tool fans?
  • RHCP are just not as popular as Tool are, despite market hype?
  • RHCP are less popular in the US than the are in Australia, where I would consider RHCP to definitely more popular that Tool?
  • RHCP suck, where as Tool rules!
  • Tool fans, desparate for some new songs, rushed out to purchase this CD the day it came out?
  • RHCP fans, who’ve had no shortage of releases, are not quite as desparate?

Personally I think Stadium Arcadium will ultimately stay higher in the charts for longer than Tool, and probably sell more CD’s in total than 10,000 Days.  Either way, congratulations to Tool on selling more CD’s than RHCP in the first week, it certainly took me by surprise.

And Maynard, I’m sure that new wing on the Vineyard will be there soon enough…

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Actually, the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ hey-day has pretty much been over for a while. Their previous album only went Platinum while Lateralus went double-platinum, so I’d say that Tool have had stronger sales than RHCP in the past couple years anyway. Also, the new RHCP album is a double-CD, which tend to sell less than standard albums, since they do cost more.

And 10,000 Days sadly didn’t do so hot in its 2nd week, taking a 72% dip to 157,000. Ouch, I guess most of the die-hard fans rushed out on release day to pick it up.

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Looking at how trends of album sales have evolved over the past five years, selling $157,000 units in the second week is pretty damn good. “10,000 Days” should average around 80k-90k units sold per week over the next few months. The release of ‘Vicarious’ on some of the music video channels may boost sales back a up bit. “10,000 Days” will go platinum in the US sometime in June and will probably reach DP over the next few years–similiar to Lateralus. That is fairly phenomenal for any hard rock/metal project today that limits/controls its own marketing point.

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Red Hot Chili Pepper’s hey-day been over for a while? Are you kidding? Californication came out in 1999 and has sold 5 million + copies in the US alone and I believe 15 million worldwide. Sales like that Tool doesn’t even come close to. Their albums top off at around 2 million (and that’s after many many years). Stadium Arcadium will most likely go on to sell may more than 10,000 Days. 10,000 Days sold so well in the first week because most of the people who bought it during it’s first week are Tool’s whole fan-base. It’s going to… Read more »

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replayee

i hate them chilli peppers so much. fancy dani california taking vicarious position in no 1. i am so happy right now. stadium arcadium schmadium. damn right. yay for third eye. so hooked again. just discovered salival. live version. omg wtf rofl this is amazing. i might go look up bill hicks quotes. wikipedia has some great ones

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Maynard I hope that wing will be there soon enough? You pandering dickhead, you’d buy shit smeared on a blank cd if they slapped a tool logo on the other side.

JT
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JT

I’ll never buy a RCHP album after Kiedis got Mr. Bungle kicked off the line up for Big Day Out 2000.

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Actually Rascall Flats sold over 800,000 Copies in there frist week and that was release just a month before Tools album so that is the top sales album of 2006. So Tool has the top sales for a Rock Album of 2006.

By The Way has sold less then Lateralus.

AEnema has sold over 3 Million, Undertow is over 2 Million sold, Lateralus at 2.3 Million Sold, so Tool have not topped out at 2 Million per album.

TOOL >>> RHCP

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+void+

I meant each Tool record sells ABOUT 2 million. Only Aenima hit 3 million. Also…look at the figures on http://www.riaa.com. Red Hot Chili Pepper’s have sold WAY more records than Tool by far. I love Tool, they are amazing but you just have to realize that a band like RHCP is going to kill them sales wise. They have a radio-friendly sound and HIT SINGLES! Tool hasn’t had even ONE Single in the Billboard Top 40 EVER! If you really want it spelled out for you here it is according to the RIAA… Tool’s Total sales = around 8.5 million… Read more »

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am i the only one who is getting tired of hearing songs about how california is jaded? id probably listen to more RHCP is they would add some variation to song topic