DREAM THEATER's 'Black Clouds' Tops European Chart

July 3, 2009

According to Billboard.biz, DREAM THEATER's "Black Clouds and Silver Linings" has topped the pan-European album chart. The set jumps 14-1 in Finland and debuts at No. 3 in Germany and Holland, No. 4 in Hungary, No. 5 in Italy, No. 9 in France and No. 23 in the United Kingdom, the band's best ranking there to date.

DREAM THEATER is on a steady upward curve on the composite European chart, having opened at No. 7 with its first Roadrunner album, "Systematic Chaos", in 2007 and No. 16 with "Octavarium", on Atlantic in 2005.

"Black Clouds & Silver Linings" has registered the following first-week chart positions:

Australia: #16
Canada: #5
Finland: #14
Germany: #3
Italy: #5
Norway: #7
Switzerland: #9
The Netherlands: #3
UK: #23
USA: #6

"Black Clouds & Silver Linings" sold 40,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release.

Commented DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy: "This is truly amazing.... that after almost 25 years together, this band is still growing and progressing and doing bigger and better numbers than ever... I can't think of many bands that can claim that. Plus — a progressive metal album with four songs over 12 minutes in the U.S. Top 10??? (wedged between JONAS BROTHERS, EMINEM and HANNAH MONTANA!) Hell must've frozen over!!!! (This must be a first of its kind...)"

DREAM THEATER's last CD, "Systematic Chaos", opened with 36,000 units in 2007 to enter The Billboard 200 chart at No. 19. 2005's "Octavarium" premiered with 27,000 copies to debut at No. 36.

In addition to the standard-version CD, DREAM THEATER's tenth studio album, "Black Clouds & Silver Linings", was also made available on vinyl LP, as well as a three-disc, special-edition CD that includes the full album, a CD of instrumental mixes of the album and a CD of six cover songs.

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