According to Billboard.com, DISTURBED‘s cover of SIMON & GARFUNKEL‘s classic “The Sound Of Silence” has landed at No. 1 of Billboard‘s Hard Rock Digital Songs chart, with 11,000 downloads sold in the tracking week ending December 17. The track also jumped 18-12 on the Hot Rock Songs chart.
Although DISTURBED‘s rendition of “Silence” has been available for download since the August 21 release of the band’s latest album, “Immortalized”, the track received renewed interest following the release of the official music for the song on December 8.
DISTURBED frontman David Draiman stated about “The Sound Of Silence”: “When I cut the vocal, I had just finished tracking another song, and it was the end of my work day. I was exhausted, and I wasn’t expecting to have to sing anymore… so I took a nice hit off a big fat bowl. Then Kevin [Churko, producer] played me the arrangement and he said, ‘You wanna try singing to it?’ And I was, like, ‘I just got high! I’m stoned off my ass!’ But I wound up getting back in the vocal booth for two hours, maybe more. Just vibing and going on feel.”
DISTURBED landed its fifth No. 1 album on The Billboard 200 chart with “Immortalized”.
The new disc opened with 98,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending August 27, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 93,000 were pure album sales.
The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA).
DISTURBED is only the third group to score five consecutive No. 1-debuting studio albums. They join METALLICA (five No. 1-debuting studio sets between 1991-2008) and DAVE MATTHEWS BAND (six; 1998-2012).
“Immortalized” is DISTURBED‘s first studio set since 2010’s “Asylum”, which opened atop The Billboard 200 with 179,000 copies sold in its first week, according to Nielsen Music. The act previously led the list with “Indestructible” (released in 2008), “Ten Thousand Fists” (2005) and “Believe” (2002).
The only DISTURBED album to miss the top position was the band’s debut, “The Sickness”, which peaked at No. 29 in 2000.