Tool’s Fear Inoculum bumps Taylor Swift off top spot on Billboard 200

Another day, another milestone for the metal band.

Tool Maynard James Keenan Download Festival 2019
Tool's Maynard James Keenan at Download Festival 2019. Image: Eleanor Jane

Last month, Tool’s title track for Fear Inoculum made history on Billboard’s Hot 100 as the first-ever song on the chart that exceeds 10 minutes. The band have now reached another milestone: Fear Inoculum has overtaken Taylor Swift’s Lover at the peak of the Billboard 200 albums chart.

The veteran band’s first LP in 13 years sold 270,000 copies in its first week, with the large majority coming from album sales. As Billboard notes, Fear Inoculum was sold in only two formats: a digital and a limited-edition CD. The latter, which was elaborately bundled together with memorabilia, quickly sold out. So in response to the demand, Tool issued an additional batch, which was sold as a CD/download bundle.

Fear Inoculum is Tool’s third consecutive album to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard’s Top 200 albums chart. The record’s success has gone beyond US borders – it debuted at No. 1 in Australia, Norway, New Zealand and Belgium, and is in the Top 5 in the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, Ireland, Italy and Finland.

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