Tool’s ‘Fear Inoculum’ Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart With Biggest Week for a Rock Album in Over 1 Year

Tool are on top Down Under with Fear Inoculum (RCA/Sony), the prog-metal veterans’ first album in 13 years. Meanwhile, Tones And I lock-down a sixth week atop the national singles chart with “Dance Monkey” (Bad Batch/Sony), a hit which is just a week away from the record books. 

With Fear Inoculum, Tool snares a third chart leader in Australia, after Lateralus (May 2001) and 10,000 Days (May 2006), their most recent LP. 

The ARIA Albums Chart has had a strong taste of Tool in recent weeks, thanks to the band’s strategy of releasing their catalogue to digital services for the first time, earning them five entries in the top 50 last month.

In a bountiful week for new releases, Tones And I’s debut EP The Kids Are Coming (Sony) starts at No. 3, while Lana Del Rey’s sixth album Norman F—ing Rockwell! (Interscope/Universal) opens at No. 4, snapping a streak for the U.S. singer and songwriter whose four previous albums all topped the survey. 

Melbourne singer, songwriter and musician G Flip (real name Georgia Flipo) earns her first stint on the ARIA Albums Chart as About Us (Future Classic), her debut, bows at No. 6. The new set rules on this week’s ARIA Vinyl Albums Chart.

And U.S. rapper Lil Tecca enjoys a top 20 start with his debut album We Love You Tecca (Republic/Universal), new at No. 13. 

On the ARIA Singles Chart, Tones And I inches closer to history with “Dance Monkey.” 

The single is now equal second for most weeks at No. 1 on the ARIA Singles Chart by an Australian female solo artist, joining Kylie Minogue’s “I Should Be So Lucky” (March 1988) and Merril Bainbridge’s “Mouth” (May 1995). 

Kylie is the all-time leader in that category with 1987’s “Locomotion,” which held top spot for seven weeks, just one week longer than “Dance Monkey’s” run. 

Finally, Post Malone snaffles a ninth top 10 entry on the ARIA Singles Chart with “Circles” (Republic/Universal), new at No. 5 for the week’s highest new entry. “Circles” is the fourth track lifted from his third and latest album, Hollywood’s Bleeding, including “Sunflower,” which led the tally in January of this year. Look for Hollywood’s Bleeding to make a hot start when the weekly chart is published this Saturday. 

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