Every Song From Tool's 'Fear Inoculum' Album Hits the Hot Rock Songs Chart

Travis Shinn


The title track leads at No. 3.

The entirety of Fear Inoculum, Tool's first album in 13 years, infuses Billboard's Hot Rock Songs chart dated Sept. 14, led by the title track at No. 3.

"Fear Inoculum" jumps 5-3 on the list as the chart's top streaming gainer, returning to the No. 3 peak that it initially reached on the Aug. 24-dated tally, having drawn 4.8 million U.S. streams in the latest tracking week, according to Nielsen Music.

Four songs available for the first time upon the album's release follow at Nos. 4-7, paced by "Pneuma," which streamed 5.5 million times (but trails "Fear Inoculum" on the chart due to the latter's presence at radio, as the tfirst radio single bullets at its No. 8 high on the Mainstream Rock Songs airplay chart).

The set's songs occupy six spots in the Hot Rock Songs top 10, marking just the second time that an act has earned at least a half-share of the region with non-catalog songs, following twenty one pilots (five, Oct. 20, 2018).

Six of the album's 10 songs (in its digital release) are over 10 minutes long, led by "7empest" (No. 6 on Hot Rock Songs), which clocks in at 15 minutes and 43 seconds. The album's physical version features seven songs, six of which are at least 10 minutes long.

In addition to its Hot Rock Songs haul, Tool sends four titles onto Rock Streaming Songs, including the band's first top 10, "Pneuma," at No. 9.

Fear Inoculum bows at No. 1 on the Top Rock Albums, Hard Rock Albums and Billboard 200 charts with 270,000 equivalent album units earned, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 22,000 came via streams, making the set the best-streamed rock album since the March 16-dated list, when Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody soundtrack also accrued 22,000 units from streams (though slightly higher than Tool's total before rounding off).

Fear Inoculum also claims the best debut for a rock album streaming-wise since Imagine Dragons' Origins (26,000 units from streaming; Nov. 24, 2018). Its overall consumption total of 270,000 units mark the top week for any rock album since Dave Matthews Band's Come Tomorrow (292,000; June 23, 2018).

Elsewhere, although no songs from Tool's new album reach the Rock Digital Song Sales ranking (none of the 10-minute-plus songs were available to purchase a la carte on iTunes, although they were on select other services, including Amazon Music), Tool nonetheless leads the list with 1993's "Sober," which jumps 6-1 with a 70% surge to 4,000 downloads sold.


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