TOOL are celebrating their third consecutive #1 debut on Billboard’s Top 200, with Fear Inoculum reigning over the U.S. sales charts, selling 270,000 units. In the UK, the album entered the UK Official Albums Chart at #4, with the highest download percentage in over a year.
The news of Fear Inoculum’s impressive debut comes amidst news stories of the album release being met by lengthy lines at retailers as music lovers clamoured to get a copy of the limited edition, physical version of the CD. The spectacular, groundbreaking packaging boasts a 4” HD rechargeable screen with exclusive video footage, charging cable, 2 watt speaker, a 36-page booklet and a digital download card. The Coalition of Independent Music Stores (CIMS) released a rare statement, describing the event-like album release: “Several stores had well-attended midnight sales on Thursday. When we returned to work on Friday morning, there were lines at the door… the TOOL release was the biggest thing to hit retail in years.”
The success wasn’t isolated to the U.S., with the album debuting at #1 in Australia, Norway, New Zealand, and Belgium, as well as Top 5 debuts in the UK, Germany, The Netherlands, Ireland, Italy and Finland.