SLIPKNOT frontman Corey Taylor has told UK's Kerrang! magazine that record companies only have themselves to blame for the rise in illegal downloading because "most of the bands they sign are shit.""Why would you blame [people who download music]?" Taylor said. "Half the fucking albums that are out there are shit. I don't download, but at the same time, I don't buy new music 'cause it all sucks. Okay, there's a handful of bands that I buy, but other than that, I just buy old shit because old shit is good. Sorry! "People wanna blame the decline of album sales on downloading, I think it's actually the record companies' fault," he added. "I think it's the quality of the product. If record companies would stop giving any fucking mook on the street with a fringe a record deal or their own record label, maybe you would sell more fucking albums, dipshits." SLIPKNOT's new album, "All Hope Is Gone", debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard album chart on Wednesday (September 3), with the disc selling just 1,134 copies more than its closest competitor, "LAX" from rapper THE GAME. Early reports claimed that THE GAME had topped the chart, but SLIPKNOT's record label requested a recount. The final revised tally of 239,516 copies for SLIPKNOT put the masked Iowa act in front of THE GAME, who sold 238,382 copies, by a slim margin. "All Hope Is Gone" is SLIPKNOT's first No. 1 debut, after its last two efforts landed at No. 2 and No. 3. The victory must be sweet for percussionist Shawn "Clown" Crahan, who told The Pulse of Radio that making the record at home in Des Moines was a real rollercoaster. "For me, this was the worst recording experience of my life and it was the best recording experience of my life," he explained. "It was really enjoyable to be close to home, instead of being locked away, waiting your turn and wondering, you know, which direction your turn will even go because you're having to wait. It was good. It was definitely good, it was definitely bad, but they all are." Early October will find SLIPKNOT heading to Japan, Australia, Russia and Europe, where they'll stay through mid-December. A North American trek is in the works for January.