Queens of the Stone Age’s ‘Like Clockwork’ Debuts At No. 1

Queens of the Stone Age's 'Like

Band celebrates their first No. 1 album

Queens of the Stone Age celebrated their first No. 1 album last week with the arrival of their debut indie release “…Like Clockwork.”

The Matador Records release topped the U.S. album chart with first-frame sales of 91,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan data for the week ending June 9. The heavy desert-bred Southern California rock act’s previous peak came in 2005, when “Lullabies to Paralyze” reached No. 5.

Queens’ arrival dislodged Daft Punk’s “Random Access Memories” (Columbia) from the chart peak, which it had held for two weeks. Set dipped to No. 2 with 62,000 sold (off 33%).

Three other albums made top 10 incursions last week. Michigan punk unit Sleeping With Sirens attained a career peak with “Feel” (Rise), which captured No. 3 with a 59,000-unit entry. The band previously topped out at No. 78 with 2011’s “Let’s Cheers to This.”

Vet metal act Megadeth’s “Super Collider” (Universal Music Enterprises) entered the fray at No. 6 with a 29,000-unit stanza. The Dave Mustaine-fronted act’s prior peak came in 1994, when “Youthanasia” came aboard at No. 4.

Another long-running band, Canada’s Barenaked Ladies, captured No. 10 with “Grinning Streak” (Vanguard), which sold 26,000. The collection matches the debut position of 2003’s “Everything to Everyone.”

Country acts witnessed chart upticks in the wake of last week’s CMT Awards, though a couple saw unit declines. Blake Shelton’s “Based On a True Story…” (Warner Bros.) climbed a notch to No. 4 with 36,000 sold (down 13%), while Darius Rucker’s

“True Believers” (Capitol Nashville) slid up one post to No. 5 with 33,000 shifted (off The duo Florida Georgia Line, which won two CMT Awards, gained nine slots and moved to No. 8 as “Here’s to the Good Times” (Republic Nashville) tallied 28,000 (up 26%).

Week’s other holdovers included Imagine Dragons’ “Night Visions” (No. 7, 28,000 sold, down 14%) and Justin Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience” (No. 9, 27,000, off 14%).

A new title by the reunited Black Sabbath, featuring Ozzy Osbourne, should find chart favor next week.

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    1. KC says:

      Megadeth’s prior peak position was #2 for 1992’s Countdown to Extinction, not Youthanasia.

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