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Foo Fighters headed for number one on ‘Billboard’ chart


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The new Foo Fighters album Concrete And Gold is headed for a Number One debut on this weekend’s Billboard 200 album chart when the final figures are released on Sunday night (September 24th). According to the trade outlet, the band’s ninth studio LP looks likely to move more than 120,000 equivalent album units in its first week of release after arriving in both physical and digital formats last Friday (September 15th).

The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week based on multiple formats, including traditional album sales, track equivalent albums via individual song downloads and streaming equivalent albums.

  • Foo Fighters previously topped the chart in 2011 with Wasting Light. Seven of the band’s albums have landed in the Top 10, including 2014’s Sonic Highways, which debuted and peaked at Number Two.
  • Longtime bassist Nate Mendel spoke a while back, saying that the Foos have never had to worry that much about commercial success: “Well, one of the things, I think, that’s made the band work so well is how we kind of structured it in the beginning and the opportunity we had, because Dave had been in Nirvana, to do things the way we wanted to do it. We didn’t have the pressure that a lot of bands do of having to write the hit song. I mean, thankfully Dave’s a good songwriter and able to write catchy songs, but we don’t have that pressure where you have somebody breathing over your shoulder, and I think that really is something that destroys a lot of bands.”
  • Foo Fighters have lined up a fall North American tour that kicks off on October 7th in San Bernardino, California with Cal Jam 17, featuring the Foos, Queens Of The Stone AgeCage The ElephantLiam GallagherRoyal BloodThe Struts and more. The rest of the tour begins on October 12th in Washington D.C.


SIDE NOTES: Two more high-profile rock releases are aiming for high debuts on next week’s Billboard 200 chart. Prophets of Rage’s self-titled debut album and Nothing More’s The Stories We Tell Ourselves are both looking at sales of around 20,000 copies each, which could get them into the bottom half of the Top 10.


READ: For more on this story, head to Billboard

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