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Passion Pit's second album, Gossamer, debuted on the Billboard album chart on Wednesday (August 1st) at Number Four, selling 37,000 copies in its first week of release. That's far more than the group's 2009 debut, Manners, did in its first week, and could be fueled by the success of the Top 20 Modern Rock single "Take A Walk." The band has also been in the news recently due to its scrapping several shows in July and this month so that singer Michael Angelakos could deal with a "mental health" issue.
Angelakos wrote at the band's website, "In order for me to ensure that there will be no further disruptions, I am going to take the time to work on improving my mental health." The frontman has admitted to suffering from bipolar disorder.
Passion Pit has canceled a total of eight shows, with some of them rescheduled for September.
The group will still make appearances at the Lollapalooza and Outside Lands festivals.
Meanwhile, Slipknot's new greatest hits package, Antennas To Hell, sold more than 16,000 copies, landing at Number 18 on the chart. The set consists of 19 songs from the band's four major label studio albums, as well as live performances of "The Heretic Anthem" and "Purity", plus a remix of "My Plague". A 17-track bonus disc, (sic)nesses: Live At The Download Festival 2009, is also included in the package.
Vocalist Corey Taylor joined Slipknot in 1997 after leading his own band, Stone Sour, for five years. He recalled how he felt when he was asked to join the masked group: "You know, I was still in Stone Sour at the time, you know, and I kind of started that band in '92, you know, so it'd had been five years of work. And I was like, 'You know what? Let me think about it.' And then, you know, I got together with them I think a few days later and, you know, we did some recording together, we did some demos together, and it just felt right. But there was a part of me that knew that I wanted to do it."
Antennas To Hell is the first release from Slipknot since the passing of bassist Paul Gray in 2010.
Taylor recently confirmed that the group has been "putting together demos" for its fifth major label album, which it expects to begin recording next year for a mid-to-late 2013 release.
Slipknot is currently co-headlining the Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival tour and will headline its own Knotfest shows in two locations later in the month.