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Rush’s ‘Clockwork Angels’ Slated for High Chart Debut

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Rush look to have its highest charting album in nearly 20 years. Billboard is reporting that ‘Clockwork Angels‘ will likely debut at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 when the chart is released on Wednesday (June 20).

Based on their data, ‘Clockwork Angels’ is expected to sell approximately 90,000 copies in its first week of release, roughly double the total of the projected No. 3 album, British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran‘s “+.” This will give the Canadian rock legends their best chart placement since ‘Counterparts’ reached the same spot back in 1993. Rush have never topped the Billboard 200.

However, it is unlikely to sell enough copies to top the chart. Usher‘s ‘Looking 4 Myself’ will claim the top spot with somewhere between 120,000 and 130,000 copies sold. Then again, Usher has a very strong female fan base.

Although Rush’s last album, 2007’s ‘Snakes and Arrows,’ sold 93,000 copies in its first week of release, it could not reach higher than No. 3.

‘Clockwork Angels,’ Rush’s 19th studio release, is a concept album about a young man’s search for truth. Bassist Geddy Lee recently said the songs were inspired by the “steampunk aesthetic ” of “one foot in the past, one foot in the future.”

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