MACHINE HEAD, CLUTCH: First-Week Sales Revealed

MACHINE HEAD's "The Blackening" has sold just under 15,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at No. 54 on The Billboard 200 chart. This marks MACHINE HEAD's highest Billboard chart number ever.

"The Blackening" first-week chart positions so far:

Germany: #12
Belgium: #12
UK: #16
Ireland: #23
Netherlands: #29
France: #36
USA: #54

MACHINE HEAD's last album, "Through the Ashes of Empires", opened with less than 12,000 copies back in April 2004 to land at No. 88 on the Billboard chart.

In other news, CLUTCH's "From Beale Street To Oblivion" sold roughly 200 copies more than "The Blackening" in its first week of release to enter the Billboard chart at No. 52. The band's last CD, "Robot Hive / Exodus", premiered with less than 13,000 copies to debut at No. 93.


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