BIGGEST WORLDWIDE DEBUT IN FOO FIGHTERS HISTORY
Foo Fighters’ ninth studio album Concrete and Gold has entered the Billboard 200 at No. 1, with sales of nearly 130,000 copies in the first week since its September 15th release on Roswell Records/RCA Records.
The group’s second album to hit No. 1 in the U.S. — the first being 2011’s Wasting Light — Concrete and Gold has also posted the band’s biggest ever first week numbers outside its home country. At press time, the album’s world domination included No. 1 debuts in a total of eleven countries: The U.S., the UK (the band’s fourth UK No. 1), Australia (its seventh Australian No. 1), New Zealand (its sixth No. 1 in New Zealand), Canada (the band’s third Canadian No. 1), Ireland (first Foo No. 1 since 2002), Norway, Austria, Greece, Japan and the Netherlands—the latter three territories seeing their first No. 1 Foo Fighters record. Additionally, Concrete and Gold bowed at No. 2 in Germany, Sweden, Italy and Belgium, No. 3 in Finland, and No. 9 in France, marking the band’s first French top 10 debut.
Additional No. 1 debuts are expected as international sales numbers are tallied throughout the coming week.
Concrete and Gold’s arrival was most recently heralded by “The Sky Is A Neighborhood,” visually realized as a Grohl-directed kaleidoscopic sci-fi mini-epic as hypnotic as the slow burning stadium stomper that gave it life. The run-up to Concrete and Gold began just as auspiciously, with the June 1st surprise release of the Billboard Mainstream Rock No. 1 smash summer anthem of 2017, “Run.” With more than two million YouTube views in its first 24 hours, “Run” rocketed into the top five of the iTunes video chart and the top of the 15 iTunes singles chart— quickly amassing the highest first-day numbers of any single in the Foo Fighters’ career. And now finally 2017’s most massive and ambitious rock n roll opus is available to all as it sits atop the global charts.
Concrete and Gold will naturally be supported with an extensive trek of the arena, stadium and festival stages of the world. The U.S. leg kicks off October 7th with the band’s Cal Jam 17 festival at Glen Helen Regional Park in San Bernardino, CA: a non-stop one hundred percent live 12 hour rock n roll extravaganza featuring Queens Of The Stone Age, Cage The Elephant, Liam Gallagher, The Kills, Royal Blood, Japandroids, Wolf Alice, Bob Mould, The Struts, Bully, Circa Waves, Babes in Toyland, Adia Victoria, Fireball Ministry, The Obsessed, Pinky Pinky, Starcrawler, White Reaper… as well as camping, carnival rides, a water park, attractions, a mobile recording studio and so much more. On Friday night, October 6th, campers will also experience the world’s best Go-Go band Big Tony & Trouble Funk, an outdoor movie theater and many other surprises.
Author: Buddy Iahn
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