QUEENSRŸCHE: 'Operation: Mindcrime II' Will Be Band's Best-Selling Album In Years

According to Hits Daily Double, first-day reports from retailers across the United States indicate that QUEENSRŸCHE's "Operation: Mindcrime II" album will sell between 40,000 and 50,000 copies in its first week of release, which could very well put them in the teens or low twenties in next week's The Billboard 200 chart. 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 74,000 units so far, according to Nielsen SoundScan. 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.

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