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New Foo Fighters and Pink Floyd albums soar on charts, while Nickelback bombs

on November 21, 2014, 11:40am

It’s been a pretty pedestrian year for rock music in general, but the last two weeks have seen three of the genre’s biggest bands return with new albums. On November 10th, Foo Fighters and Pink Floyd released Sonic Highways and The Endless River, respectively, while Nickelback dropped No Fixed Address on November 21st.

Despite lukewarm reviews for both their albums, Foo Fighters and Pink Floyd performed admirably on the charts. Going up against Taylor Swift, whose 1989 hit No. 1 for the third week in a row, Sonic Highways finished in second place. The Foo’s eighth LP debuted with 190,000 copies sold, an impressive total for sure, but well short of the 325,000 copies the band’s previous album, Wasting Light, sold in its first week back in 2011.

The Endless River, Pink Floyd’s first album in 20 years, debuted at No. 3 on the charts having sold 170,000 copies. It’s the bands 10th top 10 album to date. Their previous LP, 1994’s Division Bell, sold 465,000 in its opening week.

The news isn’t so good for Nickelback, however. The band has long managed to perform well commercially despite being the butt of jokes for music critics. However, it appears public opinion may finally be turning on Chad Kroeger and co., as No Fixed Address is on track to sell between 60,000 – 65,000 albums in its first week. For context, the first week sales totals for the band’s previous two albums, 2008’s Dark Horse and 2011’s Here and Now, were 326,000 and 227,000, respectively.

Coldplay currently holds the title for best performing rock album in 2014: Ghost Stories sold 383,000 copies in its first week.