SEVENDUST' new album, "Chapter VII: Hope & Sorrow" (7Bros/Asylum), sold 25,000 copies in the United States during its first week of release to land at position No. 19 on The Billboard 200 chart. This is substantially less than the opening number of its predecessor, "Alpha", which registered a first-week tally of 42,000 copies in March 2007 to debut at No. 14.

In other sales-related news, IN FLAMES' new album, "A Sense of Purpose" (Koch), shifted 20,000 copies in the United States during its first week of release to land at position No. 28 on The Billboard 200 chart. This is slightly less than the opening tally of "Come Clarity" (Ferret), which sold just under 24,000 copies in February 2006 to debut at position No. 58.

The following are notable heavy metal/hard rock U.S. sales debuts for the week ending April 6, 2008, as reported by Nielsen SoundScan (all CD figures are rounded to the nearest hundred [except numbers over 10,000, which are rounded to the nearest thousand, and figures under 1,000, which are rounded to the nearest 50]; The Billboard 200 chart position included, where applicable):

SEVENDUST - "Chapter VII: Hope And Sorrow": 25,000 (#19)
IN FLAMES "A Sense Of Purpose": 20,000 (#28)
THE SWORD - "Gods Of The Earth": 7,400 (#102)
DREAM THEATER - "Greatest Hit (& 21 Other Pretty Songs)": 6,400 (#122)
ORIGIN - "Antithesis": 2,100
MINISTRY - "Cover Up": 1,400
VEIL OF MAYA - "The Common Man's Collapse": 800
DEATH - "Symbolic" (remastered): 600
DISMEMBER "Dismember": 400
CATARACT - "Cataract": 200

Note: Internet sales *are* included in the SoundScan totals.


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