Tool Takes Over Taylor Swift's No. 1 Spot on Billboard 200 With 'Fear Inoculum'

The rock band manages to debut at No. 1 on the weekly chart without the assistance of a concert ticket-album sale redemption offer or any sort of album pre-order access code promotion.

AceShowbiz - Despite Taylor Swift fans' effort to keep her latest album ruling the Billboard 200, Tool still manages to overthrow the album with their first release in 13 years "Fear Inoculum". The album arrives at No. 1 on this week's chart with 270,000 equivalent album units, including 248,000 in traditional album sales, in the week ending September 5, according to Nielsen Music.

This is undeniably an incredible achievement, given that the band is able to sell a lot of units without the assistance of a concert ticket/album sale redemption offer, any sort of album pre-order access code promotion or a single merchandise/album bundle. The number of sales additionally marks the biggest week for any rock album in over a year after Dave Matthews Band's "Come Tomorrow" sold 292,000 units in June 2018.

Even though Taylor has to give up her top spot on this week's chart, "Lover" still racks up a satisfying amount of units in its second week. Descending to No. 2, the singer's new album has 178,000 units sold. Following behind "Lover" is Lana Del Rey's "Norman F***ing Rockwell" that debuts at No. 3 with 104,000 units, marking her sixth top ten effort. The last newcomer, Lil Tecca's "We Love You Tecca", comes in at No. 4 with 68,000 units.

Young Thug's "So Much Fun" climbs down to No. 5 with 61,000 units, as Lizzo's "Cuz I Love You" falls from its No. 4 peak to No. 6 with 45,000 units. The rest of this week's top ten are occupied by former No. 1 albums, starting from Billie Eilish's "When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?" that goes down to No. 7 with 38,000 units. On the other hand, Chris Brown's "Indigo" ascends to No. 8 with 34,000 units, followed by Ed Sheeran's "No. 6 Collaborations Project" at No. 9. The latter album has 33,000 units.

Rounding out the top ten is Travis Scott (II)'s "Astroworld", which returns at No. 10 with 31,000 units thanks to the attention generated by his Netflix documentary "Travis Scott: Look Mom I Can Fly".

  1. "Fear Inoculum" - Tool (270,000 units)
  2. "Lover" - Taylor Swift (178,000 units)
  3. "Norman F***ing Rockwell" - Lana Del Rey (104,000 units)
  4. "We Love You Tecca" - Lil Tecca (68,000 units)
  5. "So Much Fun" - Young Thug (61,000 units)
  6. "Cuz I Love You" - Lizzo (45,000 units)
  7. "When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?" - Billie Eilish (38,000 units)
  8. "Indigo" - Chris Brown (34,000 units)
  9. "No. 6 Collaborations Project" - Ed Sheeran (33,000 units)
  10. "Astroworld" - Travis Scott (II) (31,000 units)

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