System of a Down Debuts At #1, Moving 453,000 Units In The US
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System of a Down's fourth album, "Mezmerize" (American Recordings/Columbia Records), enters the Billboard/SoundScan chart in the Number One position, as did their CD "Toxicity" when it was released in September, 2001. Since the release of "Mezmerize" last Tuesday, May 17, the CD has scanned an astounding 453,000 copies domestically. "Mezmerize" is the first disc in a 2-disc set with disc two, "Hypnotize," expected out late this fall. "Mezmerize/Hypnotize" was produced by Rick Rubin and System's Daron Malakian.
"Mezmerize" also came in at #1 on numerous music charts around the world including those in Germany, Canada, Austria, France, Sweden, Japan, Switzerland, Colombia, Greece, Brazil, and New Zealand, bringing the first week's worldwide sales in excess of 800,000 copies.
System of a Down kicks off a 23-date tour of Europe this Friday, May 27 that will include appearances at major rock festivals in Spain, Portugal, Germany, Austria, Sweden, Belgium, and Switzerland, as well as a three-night headline stand at London's Brixton Academy. System of a Down will headline a major North American arena tour (with The Mars Volta as special guest) beginning early August. Dates will be announced shortly.
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