Tool Album Projected To Sell 240-260K In First Week

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Tool's long-awaited new album, Fear Inoculum, is expected to sell between 240,000 and 260,000 equivalent album units in its first week of release according to industry projections. Somewhere between 220,000 and 240,000 are estimated to be in traditional album sales, while the rest will come from digital formats.

That gives Fear Inoculum a chance of beating Taylor Swift's new LP Lover for the Number One spot on next week's Billboard 200 chart, which comes out Sunday night (September 8th). Lover debuted last week with just over 885,000 equivalent album units, of which 700,000 came from traditional sales.

Fear Inoculum arrived last Friday (August 30th), with the 85-minute LP marking the first collection of all-new music from the band since 2006's 10,000 Days. The 10-minute-plus title track is currently Number Eight on the rock radio airplay survey.

Asked in an interview with the BBC why it took 13 years for Tool to complete the new album, singer Maynard James Keenan explained, "You’re paranoid that it’s not gonna be the best that it can be and then you second guess every single step that you make, when it was probably good enough -- and I shouldn’t say good enough -- it was fantastic eight years ago. But then the crippling second-guessing of yourself sets in and . . . it can be extremely daunting."

Tool will begin a North American tour in support of Fear Inoculum on October 13th at Sacramento, California's Aftershock Festival.