It’s been almost 20 years since Slipknot last owned the albums chart in the U.K., but their popularity hasn’t diminished at all. The band returns to the top spot on the all-genre chart this week with their new album We Are Not Your Kind, which easily claims the throne.
We Are Not Your Kind moved almost 32,000 equivalent units in the country in its opening frame, with over 25,000 of those being pure sales.
Slipknot now claims a pair of No. 1 albums in the country, a rarity for hard rock outfits. They first made it to the peak back in 2001 with their sophomore studio effort Iowa, which helped turn the group into international superstars and one of the most successful names in their genre. In addition to the two No. 1 titles they’ve landed, Slipknot has also racked up three additional top 10s. Only their debut self-titled album missed the mark, though it was commercially successful.
We Are Not Your Kind has thus far produced three singles, only one of which has broken into the top 100 on the U.K. songs ranking. Lead single “Unsainted” has risen as high as No. 68, while its two follow-ups haven’t made it to the tally just yet. An album track titled “Nero Forte” debuts at No. 84 this frame, and now that fans have chosen it as a clear favorite, perhaps it will serve as the next proper single.
Slipknot’s immediate success ends a four-week run at No. 1 for Ed Sheeran, whose latest release No.6 Collaborations Project has proven to be a hugely popular set, though that’s nothing new for the singer-songwriter.
Slipknot Return To No. 1 In The U.K. After Almost Two Decades Away – Forbes