Rammstein’s Untitled 7th album breaks records
Rammstein‘s self titled seventh album was released on the 17th of May to the delight of fans who had waited nearly ten years for a new studio album. However, in addition to dazzling the band’s fans, the new album has being doing some monstrous business.
Rammstein, the album, debuted at number 3 on the UK album chart beating their previous best when Liebe ist für alle da, reached number 16 in 2009. The first single in German to reach number 1 in the UK is Falco‘s Rock Me Amadeus as best as I can tell in 1986 (it was definitely the first single to top the US Billboard Hot 100 in the US) but oddly, no German language album has ever broken the Top Ten Album Chart before Rammstein.
In Germany Rammstein sold 271,000 units in its first week making it apparently the best first week sales for any rock album this century. This is a figure we were sent by Rammstein’s people and it seems 100% legit considering last year’s best selling new release rock album for the year was Breaking Benjamin‘s Ember with 117,000 sales, while Judas Priest‘s Firepower sold around 84,000 copies.
But then they said century and that means anything since 2000 which puts them up against rock’s big boys – Metallica. Metallica’s Hardwired…to Self-Destruct beats that number with 291,000 units sold in its first week but on further inspection, Metallica included streams of the album in that number so it does seem that Rammstein have legitimately captured the record.
Sticking with Germany, Rammstein continued the band’s winning streak –
- Every studio album has hit the top ten
- Tenth consecutive number 1 album
- The only album to not reach number 1 was first album Herzeleid which debuted at number 6
As if that weren’t enough, Rammstein have 8 albums in the German Top 100 Charts, all in the top 50, 3 of which are in the top 20:
- Herzeleid at #50
- Sehnsucht at #48
Rosenrot at #43
- Mutter at #35
- Reise, Reise at #31
- Made in Germany (1995-2011) at #30
- Liebe ist für alle da at #19
- Rammstein: Paris at 12
- Rammstein at #1
Meanwhile around the world, Rammstein reached number 1 in Germany, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, The Netherlands, Norway and Switzerland. So after a ten year hiatus it seems Rammstein have marched back to reclaim their place at the very top of the mountain and have broken some records along the way!
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Ex guitarist in Zenopede, ex vocals for a goth covers band that was hailed as the future of Welsh music, former DJ, promoter and nightclub director. Writer for Gear4Geeks’ Blog4Geeks and owner of Gear4Geeks ltd. First published music critique was Kerrang letter of the Week.
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