THE MARS VOLTA, PROTEST THE HERO, AIRBOURNE: First-Week Sales Revealed

The following are notable heavy metal/hard rock U.S. sales debuts for the week ending February 3, 2008, as reported by Nielsen SoundScan (all CD figures are rounded to the nearest hundred [except numbers over 20,000, which are rounded to the nearest thousand]; The Billboard 200 chart position included, where applicable):

THE MARS VOLTA - "The Bedlam in Goliath": 54,000 (#3)
BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE - "Scream Aim Fire": 53,000 (#4)
PROTEST THE HERO - "Fortress": 7,600 (#95)
AIRBOURNE - "Runnin' Wild": 7,000 (#106)

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