AVENGED SEVENFOLD's new album, "Hail To The King", has registered the following first-week chart positions:
New Zealand: #3
The Netherlands: #6
"Hail To The King" sold 159,000 copies in the United States its first week of release. The disc beat out strong new entries from rappers Big Sean and Juicy J to hold on to the top spot and give the California band their second straight chart-topper after 2010's "Nightmare", which moved 163,000 copies to hit the top spot upon its arrival.
The title track from "Hail To The King" has spent four straight weeks at the top of Billboard's Active Rock radio airplay chart.
AVENGED SEVENFOLD's opening is also the largest week for a hard rock album in over a year. The last to sell more in a week was LINKIN PARK's "Living Things", which debuted at No. 1 with 223,000 copies sold in July 2012.
Next up for AVENGED SEVENFOLD is its first major tour in support of the new CD, which starts October 3 in Chicago. M. Shadows told The Pulse Of Radio that the band is raring to go after more than a year off. "Yeah, we're feeling good, no doubt about it. We're really excited, you know, the batteries are recharged, you know. I think that year off really helps, and then you start wanting to get back on the road. We're looking forward to it. It's gonna be a whole new chapter for us and we're excited to be playing again. We're excited about the record. So when you're excited about the music you're playing, it makes touring a lot easier."
The tour will conclude on October 26 in Las Vegas. Support on the road trip will come from DEFTONES and GHOST.
AVENGED SEVENFOLD celebrated the release of the new album last week with a free show at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles.