SHINEDOWN posted a video on Tuesday (December 1) for the song “State Of My Head”, from the band’s recently released fifth studio album, “Threat To Survival”. The track recently cracked the Top 10 at rock radio. Although it’s got a different style for SHINEDOWN, frontman Brent Smith told The Pulse Of Radio it’s his favorite song to listen to from the record. “It’s just stupid, stupid hip,” he said. “It’s just really fresh, it’s really, really cool, and we’re gonna get what we’re gonna get from one side of opinions and personalities for that song and that’s totally fine. It’s just got this fresh rhythm and, I don’t know, for some reason I listen to that song and I kind of feel tough after I hear it. It’s one of those songs that can empower you, I think, in a lot of ways.”
Smith previously stated about the writing process for “State Of My Head”: “‘State Of My Head’ was actually built around its rhythm, inspired by the bounce of the song and the way the track moves. Usually I write with a melody in mind, but this time, it was more about the flow. We really didn’t have the other instrumentation down — I pretty much wrote it to a drum track. We will always be ‘rock and roll’ to the bone, but this song is a prime example of how we refused to limit ourselves on this album.”
“Threat To Survival” debuted at No. 6 on The Billboard 200 album chart, selling 65,000 copies in its first week of release. That’s two notches below the band’s last effort, 2012’s “Amaryllis”, which moved 106,000 copies in its first week to enter the survey at No. 4, a career high for the group.
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).
In terms of pure album sales, “Threat To Survival” opened at No. 5 with 61,000 copies.
“Threat To Survival” is the third SHINEDOWN album to enter the chart in the Top 10, following “Amaryllis” and 2008’s “The Sound Of Madness”, which debuted at No. 8.