Rush’s first studio effort in five years, Clockwork Angels, is expected to make a big splash on the Billboard 200 album chart this coming week. According to industry website Hits Daily Double, sales for the band’s 19th album are projected to be somewhere between 85,000 to 95,000 copies during its first week out. Rush's previous album, Snakes & Arrows, sold 93,000 copies in its first week and debuted at #3 on the chart in 2007.
Clockwork Angels tells the story of a young man from a retro science-fiction world who attempts to follow his dreams while being threatened by a variety of oppressive characters. A novelization of the album is being co-written by noted sci-fi writer Kevin J. Anderson and Rush drummer/lyricist Neil Peart. Rush will head out on a North American tour in support of the release that kicks off September 7 in Manchester, New Hampshire.
We’ll find out where Rush stands when the new Billboard 200 chart is released on Wednesday.
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