SLIPKNOT Tops Australian Album Chart

SLIPKNOT's new album, "All Hope Is Gone", has entered the official Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) chart at position No. 1. The LP moved 18,769 units in its first week of release, but only 487 of them were digital, according to Undercover News. 18,232 of the sales were from fans that went into stores to buy the physical CD.

The band has a chance to debut at No. 1 on next week's Billboard album chart, but will face competition from rapper THE GAME, according to Hits Daily Double. "All Hope Is Gone" is reportedly on target to sell between 230,000 and 250,000 copies in the U.S. in its first week of release, with THE GAME's new one, "LAX", predicted to possibly do just as well. SLIPKNOT's last effort, 2004's "Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)", moved 243,000 copies upon its release to enter the chart at No. 2.

SLIPKNOT percussionist Shawn "Clown" Crahan told The Pulse of Radio he's much more concerned with making music than how it's marketed or how much it sells. "I'm not gonna end up being a cliché rock and roll band on VH1 or something," he said. "I can't do it. It's hurt too much to do all of this for as long as we've done. You know, it's more than just a band, it's more than just a band that makes a lot of people money and gets things going. All the crap is out of my mind these days. It's back to the art."

The first single and video from "All Hope Is Gone" is called "Psychosocial".

SLIPKNOT was forced to cancel several European festival appearances as well as performances for MTV Europe and Virgin TV after drummer Joey Jordison broke his ankle and was advised to rest for four to six weeks.

SLIPKNOT recently completed the first Rockstar Energy Mayhem tour with co-headliners DISTURBED and will return to North American stages in January.


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