SMASHING PUMPKINS' "Zeitgeist" sold 145,000 copies in the United States during its first week of release to debut at position No. 2 on The Billboard 200 chart.
"Zeitgeist" contains the first new music under the PUMPKINS banner since frontman Billy Corgan disbanded the group in late 2000.
Corgan and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin are the only original PUMPKINS members in this lineup, which introduces new guitarist Jeff Schroeder, bassist Ginger Reyes and keyboardist Lisa Harriton. None of them played on the album, however.
The following are notable heavy metal/hard rock U.S. sales debuts for the week ending July 15, 2007, as reported by Nielsen SoundScan (all CD figures are rounded to the nearest thousand except those under 7,000, which are rounded to the nearest hundred; The Billboard 200 chart position included, where applicable):
SMASHING PUMPKINS - "Zeitgeist": 145,000 (#2)
BAD RELIGION – "New Maps of Hell": 21,000 (#35)
DARKEST HOUR – "Deliver Us": 6,600 (#110)
DANZIG – "The Lost Tracks of Danzig": 4,600 (#164)
NILE - "Legacy of the Catacombs": 800
BEATALLICA - "Sgt. Hetfield's Motorbreath Pub Band": 800
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