Linkin Park: A Thousand Suns Debuts At Top Of Billboard Hot 200
Rock veterans Linkin Park debut at the top of the Billboard Hot 200 chart selling 241,000 copies of their new album A Thousand Suns. They barely edged out Trey Songz whose album “Passion, Pain & Pleasure” sold 240,000.
While the number one debut is a nice sign that Linkin Park still has a fan base, it is a far cry from the sales accomplished by their previous album. That album, 2007’s Minutes to Midnight, sold 623,000 copies in its first week of release. The decrease in debut sales may mean the band is losing some of its star power, it could also simply be a sign of the times with digital downloads now outselling physical albums and rampant piracy making albums available online for free usually before they are even released for sale.
Linkin Park formed in 1996. After a few years of rejection and struggle the band signed with Warner Bros. Records in 2000 and released their first album, Hybrid Theory, which would go on to sell 4.1 million copies. Hybrid Theory would become the top selling album of 2001. While Hybrid Theory reached the number two spot on Billboard’s album chart, all three of their other albums debuted at number one. Linkin Park has sold over 50 million albums worldwide and is widely credited with taking the rap/metal genre out from the underground and into the mainstream.
Rounding out the remainder of the Billboard Chart’s top 5 are Eminen’s Recovery at #3, Country Singer Jamey Johnson at #4 and rock icon Robert Plant at #5. Plant barely edged out Weezer’s Hurley, which came in at #6.
Several Artists including Eminem saw a boost in sales after their performances on the MTV Video Music Awards. Linkin Park, was most likely among those who were helped as their album debuted, but Florence and the Machine got the biggest bump of them all jumping from #44 to #14 on the charts with a 165% increase in sales.
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