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2009-07-02

DreamTheater's New Album Enters U.S. Top 10 Charts


Great news comes from Progressive Metal act Dream Theater as according to report the band's new album "Black Clouds & Silver Linings" managed to breach the top 10 U.S. Album charts this week, after selling about 40,285 units on its first week. This success was the first time in the rock act's long musical career as their previous best on the Billboard chart was reaching at #19 with their 2007 hit record "Systematical Chaos".

The new album itself debuted at #6 this week, ahead of albums from today's pop idol Hannah Montana's sountrack and Lady Gaga. Confirming the news on the band's official MySpace blog, Mike Portnoy wrote, "DT cracks the US Top 10!!!! Just got this below email from our A&R guy at Roadrunner.... Dream Theater's Black Clouds & Silver Linings entered the US Billboard Charts today at #6!!

Moreover, expressing his happiness over the new album's succes Mike stated, "This is truly amazing....that after almost 25 years together, this band is still growing and progressing and doing bigger and better numbers than ever.....I can't think of many bands that can claim that..." The drummer than added, "Plus - a progressive metal album with four songs over 12 minutes in the US Top 10?(wedged between Jonas Brothers, Eminem and Hannah Montana!) Hell must've frozen over!!!!"(this must be a first of its kind.....)

Just as Mike explained, the news about the new album's great achievement was received from one of the A&R guy on the band's label, Roadrunner Records, Monte Conner who also stated that the first week selling of the new album itself is the highest of the band's career. "That is also DT’s highest first week units total ever - handily beating “Awake” which did 36,160 first week back in October 1994 (#32 on the chart). “Awake” was the first (and very heavily anticipated) DT album in the wake of the band’s previous breakthrough album “Images And Words” - with its smash hit “Pull Me Under” - and yet here we are 15 years later totally crushing it," Monte wrote on his email.

"Black Clouds & Silver Linings" is Dream Theater's 10th album and their second under their new label Roadrunner Records after releasing "Systematical Chaos" in 2007. The new CD itself was dropped to the market on June 23, 2009 and not only being released in a standard CD format, the new LP also had other special edition such as, a vinyl LP, a 3-disc Special Edition CD that includes the full album, a CD of instrumental mixes of the album and a CD of six cover songs.





written by Dewa Nugraha

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