According to Hits Daily Double, TOOL's long-awaited new album is expected to shift between 240,000 and 260,000 equivalent album units in its first week of release. Of that sum, between 220,000 and 240,000 are projected to be in traditional album sales.
"Fear Inoculum" has a very good chance of beating Taylor Swift's "Lover" for the No. 1 spot on next week's Billboard 200 chart. "Lover" debuted last week with just over 885,000 equivalent album units, of which 700,000 came from traditional sales.
The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption as measured in equivalent album units. Units are comprised of traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA).
"Fear Inoculum" arrived on August 30 via RCA. The 85-minute collection was produced by TOOL, with Joe Barresi engineering and mixing the release. Barresi also worked with the band on 2006's "10,000 Days".
The physical edition of the album includes seven songs, while the digital edition contains 10 cuts, including the closer "7empest", which is almost 20 minutes long.
As previously reported, the "Fear Inoculum" title track recently became the longest song to ever land in the Billboard Hot 100. The TOOL cut, which entered the chart at No. 93, has a running time of 10 minutes 21 seconds, 24 seconds longer than the previous record holder, David Bowie's "Blackstar".