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Rush's Clockwork Angels set to debut at #2 on the Billboard 200

Thu, Jun 14, 2012@10:11AM | comments

UPDATE - 6/15@8:38AM: I added a few reviews to the list below: NOW Magazine (4/5), TMR Zoo and The Toledo Blade. reports that Rush's Clockwork Angels album is set to debut at #2 next week on the Billboard 200, just behind Usher's Looking 4 Myself:

Usher is heading for his fourth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, as "Looking 4 Myself" should easily top the list next week. Industry sources say the album will sell around 120,000 to 130,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, June 17. ... Other albums aiming for high debuts next week on the Billboard 200 include Rush's "Clockwork Angels," ... Rush's latest -- the band's first studio album since 2007 -- may sell around 80,000 to 90,000. Its last set, "Snakes & Arrows," flew in at No. 3 with 93,000. ...

Hits Daily Double reports the same thing, but with slightly higher sales estimates:

... Canadian prog-rock icons Rush's debut for the Roadrunner label, Clockwork Angels, is the next biggest debut, with estimates in the 85-95k range. That would match, or best, the total of their last album, 2007's Snakes & Arrows on Atlantic, which bowed with 93k. The veteran band's following is among the most loyal-and unabashedly geeky-in all of rock. ...

So unless Adele's 21 bumps them, it looks like Clockwork Angels should debut at #2. Billboard will release the week's album chart next Wednesday, June 20th. The album is #3 on iTunes and is still holding at #1 on the Amazon Best Seller list for Music. Several more reviews of the album came out in the last few days. Here's a rundown of all of them so far:

[The A.V. Club] A-
[Musicians for Freedom]
[Zoiks! Online]
[Rolling Stone] 3.5/5
[] 3/4
[ASU's The State Press] 4.5/5
[NOW Magazine] 4/5
[TMR Zoo]
[The Toledo Blade]
[Pittsburgh Post-Gazette] 3.5/4
[The Irish Times] 3 stars
[Ultimate Classic Rock] 8/10
[The Village Voice]
[Time Magazine]
[Cleveland Channel 5 News]
[The Imaginative Conservative]
[Blinded by Sound]
[Yahoo! Music Canada]
[The Calgary Herald] 3.5/5
[USA Today] 3 stars
[Buffalo News] 4/5
[Peffer Reviews] A+
[Montreal Gazzette] 4.5/5
[] 9.3/10
[] 4/5
[Something Else!]
[Toronto Sun] 4/5
[Toronto Globe and Mail] 3.5/5
[Audio Times]
[Martin Popoff]

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