Anybody Listening? A Tale of Two Rÿches — Team Taterÿche Update: Well, 5,500 People Are Listening

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The numbers are in!

Frequency Unknown shifted 5,500 units in its first week, landing it at #82 on the Billboard Top 200 chart.

Pathetic.

This album has received more promotion and attention — intentional or not — than any Queensrÿche album has in years. I know album sales aren’t what they used to be because nobody has a use for CDs anymore, and because of illegal music downloading, blah blah, but c’mon — 5,500 copies?

Here are the album sales and chart positions for the last few Queensrÿche albums:

Dedicated to Chaos: 8,000, #70

American Soldier: 21,000, #25 (nearly 4x as many as FU)

Operation: Mindcrime II: 44,000, #14

Tribe: 20,000, no chart position available

Q2K: 28,000, no chart position available

I think it can safely be said that Geoff Tate has a mere 5,500 diehard fans. This is the lowest of the low; Tate’s high-flying ego has been grounded, left in a smoldering cloud of dust and broken wine bottles.

FU has 93 one star reviews on Amazon.com, which averages out to one single star review for every sixty people that purchased the album. There are 161 reviews on Amazon.com at the time this article was written. It’s just fun to play around with some numbers and statistics here.

It’ll be interesting to see what happens when Toddrÿche release their self-titled album June 25. I’ll hedge my left ball and three inches of my dick that it sells better.

Quite the FU statement if there were to be one.

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