Pearl Jam is on track to sell between 170,000 and 180,000 copies of its new album, Lightning Bolt, in its first week of release, according toBillboard. That will be good enough for a Number One debut on the Billboard 200 album chart next Wednesday (October 23rd), which will mark the fifth time that the veteran Seattle group has topped the weekly sales survey.
Guitarist Stone Gossard told us why he thinks the band remains strong after more than two decades: “I mean, I think we all really respect each other. We’ve been together long enough that we know how lucky we are to be in this position. So I think there’s a lot of gratitude in the band and a lot of like, when we show up together we’re like, ‘Wow, we have our own warehouse and we get to plug in our amps and we’re gonna write some new songs and somebody cares about it and, you know, we’re gonna put a record out and we sold some tickets and . . . ‘ I mean, these things are not just things we take for granted, because we’re totally aware of how fortunate we are.”
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- Pearl Jam has previously topped the Billboard 200 with 2009’s Backspacer, 1996’s No Code, 1994’s Vitalogy and 1993’s Vs.
- The band has also reached Number Two four times, with Ten in 1992, Yield in 1998, Binaural in 2000 and a self-titled effort in 2006.
- Backspacer, the group’s last studio effort, debuted with 189,000 copies in its first week.
- Pearl Jam’s current North American tour brings the band to Brooklyn, New York On Friday (October 18th) for the first of a two-night stand.