Tool‘s Fear Inoculum — the band’s first new album in 13 years — has earned the band their third consecutive No. 1 debut on Billboard’s Top 200 albums chart, moving 270,000 units across the week ending September 5th in the U.S., as tabulated by Nielsen Music. Of that number, 248,000 were actual album sales. In debuting at No. 1. Tool bumped bumped Taylor Swift from the top spot — her latest LP, Lover, was in tis second week. Lana Del Rey’s Norman Fucking Rockwell! came in at No. 3.
Around the rest of the world, Fear Inoculum debuted at No. 1 in Australia, Norway, New Zealand and Belgium, and made Top 5 debuts in the U.K., Germany, The Netherlands, Ireland, Italy and Finland.
The official word on Fear Inoculum’s big week comes shortly after the announcement of Tool’s big fall North American tour with Killing Joke (see the full itinerary below) and the news that the limited edition, physical version of the CD had sold out, compelling Tool to produce a second, limited pressing of the collector’s item. The groundbreaking packaging boasts a 4-inch HD rechargeable screen with exclusive video footage, charging cable, two-watt speaker, a 36-page booklet and a digital download card.