Elite 100: Tool Claims Top Spot, Taylor Leads Streams

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Maynard James Keenan of Tool keeps the crowd in his sight at DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkston, Mich., June 7.

After a 13-year wait, Tool dropped its fifth full-length album, Fear Inoculum, and saw a massive response. The band took the No. 1 position on the Elite 100 Artists chart for the week ending Sept. 5, thanks to 259,200 album sales.

The band sold 31,900 songs and 42.5 million on-demand streams for the week, for a total of 296,500 total album units. Those massive numbers were enough to propel the rockers even past Taylor Swift, who led the chart in the song sales category (68,600) and on-demand streams (156.3 million).

Maynard James Keenan and the band have already played a handful of dates in North America and Europe this year to $1 million grosses in nearly every market reported. A highlight so far has been the $1.16 million raked in at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo., May 14. Tool is scheduled to hit the road next month for a full arena tour, and no doubt we will hear more from the band in the months to come.

Lana Del Rey also shot up the chart after the release of her latest album, Normal Fucking Rockwell!, on Aug. 30.

The singer logged 120,600 total album units for the week, with her strongest metric being album sales, with 71,000. She also sold 21,000 songs and 63.8 on-demand streams.

Del Rey’s agent, CAA’s Carole Kinzel, told Pollstar last year: “Although Lana’s greatest joy is creating music in the studio, one would never know that when she takes the stage. She has one of the strongest, most personal relationships with her audience that I have ever seen with any artist. Her songs strike an emotional chord with her fans and they are devoted to her.“

Jeezy continues to have a strong week after coming in at No. 10 last week, with 52,000 total album units. This week Jeezy came in at No. 37 with 28,000 total album units, with his strongest metric being 20.6 million streams, after the Aug. 23 release of TM104: The Legend of the Snowman. His last reported show was April 20 at The Pageant in St. Louis, Mo., with $109,670 grossed on 1,994 sales.  

Sheryl Crow also dropped an album, Threads, Aug. 30, for 18,300 total album units on the week. She has a pair of shows planned at The Theatre At Ace Hotel in Los Angeles Sept. 11-12 and a pair at Ryman Auditorium in Nashville Sept. 23-24.

Next week’s charts will include data for releases from Post Malone, The Highwomen, Lindsey Stirling, XXXTentacion, Melanie Martinez, Rob $tone, Ghostface Killah, Frankie Cosmos, EarthGang, Miles Davis (previously unreleased material), Iggy Pop, Sleeping With Sirens, Childish Major, IDK, and DJ Muggs & Meyhem Lauren.

Also be on the lookout for new releases this week from The Lumineers, Charli XCX, Korn, JPEGMAFIA, Devendra Banhart, Pixies, Puddle Of Mudd, Goo Goo Dolls, Chelsea Wolfe, and Supa Bwe.