Two rock albums score high on Billboard 200 chart this week
It’s a good week in the narrative of Shinedown. The Florida rockers hit No. 4 the Billboard 200 chart with the release of their latest album, “Amarylis,” pushing 106,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That makes “Amaryllis” the group’s best sales week ever. Their last album, 2008’s “The Sound of Madness,” pushed 50,000 copies in its debut week.
Shinedown frontman Brent Smith says “Amarylis” represents the “centerpiece” of Shinedown. “During the recording, the vision of what Shinedown is and where it’s going became completely clear. ‘Amaryllis’ is the manifestation of that vision, the centerpiece of what Shinedown is,” he said, in a release. “It reflects on everything we’ve done and where we’re heading.”
Shinedown are currently headlining the 2012 Avalanche Tour, which also features Adelitas Way, Art of Dying and New Medicine. As for big festival shows on the horizon, the guys are also slated to play Rock on the Range 2012, which happens May 18 through 20 at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Other groups on Rock on the Range this year include Incubus, 12 Stones, Five Finger Death Punch, Lacuna Coil, P.O.D. and more.
This week also brought some great news for alternative rock band the Used, whose latest album, “Vulnerable,” hit No. 8 on the Billboard 200 chart with 32,000 copies sold. “Vulnerable” is the group’s first independent release to date, so it’s an extra special treat to see it make the Top 10. The Used are set to play this year’s Vans Warped Tour.
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