“Dedicated To Chaos”, the new album from Seattle progressive rockers QUEENSRŸCHE, sold 8,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 70 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band’s previous CD, the epic concept album “American Soldier”, opened with 21,000 units back in April 2009 to enter the chart at No. 25. This was roughly half the first-week tally registered by QUEENSRŸCHE‘s “Operation: Mindcrime II” album, which shifted 44,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release back in April 2006 to debut at No. 14 on The Billboard 200 chart.
QUEENSRŸCHE‘s 2003 effort, “Tribe”, sold 20,000 copies in the first week while 1999’s “Q2K”, opened with sales of 28,000.
QUEENSRŸCHE‘s top-selling album by far is 1990’s “Empire”, which was certified triple-platinum in October 1994 for sales in excess of three million copies in the United States. The original “Operation: Mindcrime” release (1988) attained platinum status in August 1991, while 1994’s “Promised Land” reached the same plateau in December 1994.
“Dedicated To Chaos” was released on June 28 in North America via Loud Proud Records, a Roadrunner Records imprint focusing on established artists. The band is currently touring in support of the new opus, which was recorded in the group’s hometown and produced by Kelly Gray.
“Dedicated To Chaos” track listing:
01. Get Started
02. Hot Spot Junkie
03. Got It Bad
04. Around The World
06. Retail Therapy
07. At The Edge
09. Hard Times
11. I Believe
13. Wot We Do
14. I Take You
15. The Lie
16. Big Noize
When asked about the overall musical direction of the material on “Dedicated To Chaos”, singer Geoff Tate recently told Paul Anthony of U.K.’s Rock Radio, “It’s kind of like an ‘Empire’ record set 25 years in the future. [Laughs] It’s a very listenable record, I think. I think people will find it interesting to listen to on headphones, especially. There’s a lot going on with it. And there’s definitely an emphasis on the rhythm section. Eddie [Jackson, bass] and Scott [Rockenfield, drums] have written a lot of the songs on this particular record, so it really showcases what they do, which is something very special.”
He added, “This record is definitely a boundary-pusher in a lot of respects, I think. It’s always difficult to describe music; it’s better to experience it. So I’ll let people hear it and make up their own minds.”
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