KORN‘s new album, “The Serenity Of Suffering”, debuted at No. 4 on The Billboard 200 album chart this week, selling 57,000 copies in its first week of release. 55,000 of those were traditional CD sales, with the rest made up of downloads and streaming. This marks the 13th time that a KORN release has debuted in the Top 10, tying the group with LED ZEPPELIN. Among rock acts, only THE ROLLING STONES with 36, THE BEATLES with 32, DAVE MATTHEWS BAND with 15, plus SANTANA and VAN HALEN with 14 each have more.
It’s been just over 22 years since KORN released its self-titled debut album in 1994, with 11 more studio sets and 35 million copies sold worldwide since then. Guitarist James “Munky” Shaffer told The Pulse Of Radio that the band is still having a good time. “There’s been some ups and downs along the way, but it’s been fun, and we continue to have fun,” he said. “Having Brian [Welch, guitar] back with us in the band has definitely brought a sense of gratitude and a lighter side to sort of a dark past, I guess.”
“The Serenity Of Suffering” is the 12th studio album from the veteran California act and first since 2013’s “The Paradigm Shift”.
KORN has just one North American show on its schedule for the rest of 2016, in Phoenix on December 3.
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