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Queens of the Stone Age Are No. 1.. No, really !!


After a six year wait, a new label, and a car crash with an actress on a CW show, Josh Homme finds himself at number one for the first time. Queens of the Stone Age’s excellent new album …Like Clockwork debuted at number one on this week’s Billboard chart, moving 91,000 copies in its opening week. It’s the first chart-topper for the band, as well as the first number one for indie label Matador, also home to indie stalwarts like Cat Power, Pavement, and Guided by Voices. (The label’s previous high on the chart was Interpol’s self-titled debut, which bowed at no. 7 in 2002.) Interestingly, …Like Clockwork sold 12,000 of those copies via vinyl, making it the second-biggest single-week vinyl sale ever (just behind Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories, which shifted 19,000 LPs in its first frame).