QUEENSRŸCHE's latest CD, "Operation: Mindcrime II", has entered the national charts in the following countries:
"Operation: Mindcrime II" sold 44,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release, according to Nielsen SoundScan. This is more than half of the total sales tally registered by the band's last studio album, 2003's "Tribe", which sold 20,000 copies in the first week and has shifted less than 75,000 units so far. Meanwhile, the band's 1999 effort, "Q2K", opened with sales of 28,000 and has sold 150,000 copies to date.
QUEENSRŸCHE's top-selling album by far is 1990's "Empire", which was certified triple-platinum in October 1994 for sales in excess of three million copies in the United States. The original "Operation: Mindcrime" release (1988) attained platinum status in August 1991, while 1994's "Promised Land" reached the same plateau in December 1994.
As previously reported, a 30-minute audio recording of QUEENSRŸCHE's appearance on the "The Men's Room" radio show on the Seattle station 99.9 KISW has been posted online at the station's web site. Listen to a replay of the March 29 program — which includes a live acoustic performance of "The Hands" by Geoff Tate, Michael Wilton, Mike Stone and guest singer Pamela Moore (the voice of "Sister Mary" on QUEENSRŸCHE's "Operation: Mindcrime" albums) — in two parts: Part#1, Part#2.