JUDAS PRIEST – First-Ever Top 10 Album In U.S. With ‘Redeemer Of Souls’

July 16th, 2014
by EvilG
JUDAS PRIEST - Redeemer of Souls

JUDAS PRIEST – Redeemer of Souls

JUDAS PRIEST’s 17th studio album, “Redeemer Of Souls”, sold around 32,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 6 on The Billboard 200 chart.

Comparatively, JUDAS PRIEST’s 2008 double-disc concept album, “Nostradamus”, sold more in it’s first week of release in the USA with 42,000 copies but didn’t crack the top 10 with a debut at No. 11.  This marked the band’s highest-ever chart position in the U.S. In Canada, the CD opened at position No. 9 after selling nearly 4,000 units.

JUDAS PRIEST’s 2005 CD, “Angel of Retribution”, premiered with 58,000 copies in the U.S. to debut at No. 13.

The following are the peak U.S. chart positions for the PRIEST catalog:

#6 – “Redeemer Of Souls” (2014)
#11 – “Nostradamus” (2008)
#13 – “Angel Of Retribution” (2005)
#165 – “Demolition” (2001)
#82 – “Jugulator” (1997)
#155 – “Metalworks” (1993)
#26 – “Painkiller” (1990)
#31 – “Ram It Down” (1988)
#38 – “Priest Live” (1987)
#17 – “Turbo” (1986)
#18 – “Defenders Of The Faith” (1984)
#17 – “Screaming For Vengeance” (1982)
#39 – “Point Of Entry” (1981)
#34 – “British Steel” (1980)
#70 – “Unleashed In The East” (1979)
#128 – “Hell Bent For Leather” (1978)
#178 – “Stained Class” (1978)

JUDAS PRIEST’s most successful album to date is 1982’s “Screaming For Vengeance”, which spent 53 weeks on the Billboard charts, receiving gold RIAA sales certification on October 29, 1982, platinum on April 18, 1983 and double platinum October 16, 2001. The album included the band’s only U.S. top 100 hit single, “You’ve Got Another Thing Comin'”.

Other million-seller RIAA certifications for JUDAS PRIEST are “Priest Live” (October 29, 2001), “Turbo” (July 24, 1989), “Defenders of the Faith” (September 26, 1988), “British Steel” (August 9, 1989) and “Unleashed in the East” (November 10, 1989).

JUDAS PRIEST also has gold albums certifications (500,000 sales) for “Stained Class” (November 10, 1989), “Hell Bent For Leather” (November 10, 1989), “Point of Entry” (November 10, 1989), “Ram It Down” (July 18, 1988) and “Painkiller” (January 2, 1991).

In the band’s home country of the U.K., 1980’s “British Steel” remains their most successful outing, peaking at No. 4 in the charts and launching three hit singles: “Living After Midnight”, which peaked at No. 12; “Breaking The Law” No. 12 and “United” No. 26.

“Redeemer Of Souls” CD track listing:

01. Dragonaut
02. Redeemer Of Souls
03. Halls Of Valhalla
04. Sword Of Damocles
05. March Of The Damned
06. Down In Flames
07. Hell & Back
08. Cold Blooded
09. Metalizer
10. Crossfire
11. Secrets Of The Dead
12. Battle Cry
13. Beginning Of The End

Bonus tracks:

14. Snakebite
15. Tears Of Blood
16. Creatures
17. Bring It On
18. Never Forget

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