Keith Caulfield of Billboard reports:

Rock band Judas Priest debuts at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 albums chart with Firepower — marking the group’s highest charting album ever. The album surpasses the group’s previous chart high, logged when 2014’s Redeemer of Souls debuted and peaked at No. 6…

Firepower — the act’s 18th studio effort — bows with 49,000 units earned in the week ending March 15th, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 48,000 were in traditional album sales — the act’s best sales frame since 2005’s Angel of Retribution bowed with 54,000 copies sold. Judas Priest’s bow was bolstered by sales generated from a concert ticket/album sale redemption offer in association with the band’s tour that began on March 13th.

Firepower and Redeemer of Souls are the veteran band’s only top 10 efforts, though the act has been charting since 1978 with Stained Class (No. 173). The group collected its first top 40 set in 1980 with British Steel (No. 34) and its first top 20 effort with 1982’s Screaming for Vengeance (No. 17).

The new album was ushered in by the single Lightning Strike, which has so far peaked at No. 21 on the Mainstream Rock Songs airplay chart. It’s the band’s highest charting single on the tally since way back in 1982, when their classic hit You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’ peaked at No. 4.

Here’s a look at Judas Priest’s history on the Billboard 200 chart:

Title, Peak Position, Peak Date

Stained Class, No. 173, April 22nd, 1978
Hell Bent for Leather, No. 128, April 28th, 1979
Unleashed in the East (Live in Japan), No. 70, Nov. 10th, 1979
British Steel, No. 34, July 12th, 1980
Point of Entry, No. 39, May 23rd, 1981
Screaming for Vengeance, No. 17th, Oct. 30, 1982
Defenders of the Faith, No. 18, Feb. 25th, 1984
Turbo, No. 17, April 26th, 1986
Live, No. 38, July 11th, 1987
Ram It Down, No. 31, June 18th, 1988
Painkiller, No. 26, Nov. 3rd, 1990
Metal Works ’73 – ‘93, No. 155, June 5th, 1993
Jugulator, No. 82, Nov. 15th, 1997
Demolition, No. 165, Aug. 18th, 2001
Angel of Retribution, No. 13, March 19th, 2005
Nostradamus, No. 11, July 5th, 2008
A Touch of Evil: Live, No. 87, Aug. 1st, 2009
Redeemer of Souls, No. 6, July 26th, 2014
Firepower, No. 5, March 24th, 2017

source: billboard.com

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  • Rattlehead on

    While I’m happy for Priest, I do wonder how many of these “sales” were “free” copies distributed to fans who purchased concert tickets. Seems like the norm thing to do now, Metallica did it (as a double disc, remember, so it counts twice), Bon Jovi did it, Pink did it, etc…It’s the way bands conduct business nowadays.

    I know I bought mine at Best Buy, so that counts as one traditional “sale”, but I don’t know about the remaining 47,999 units…..

    Regardless of how it charted, I think it’s a great album, and I enjoy it more than Angel of Retribution.

  • gregg forbes on

    And yet they are only playing 3 songs from this high charting record???the best songs are not played live???rising from ruins!no surrender!never the heroes!traitors gate!!im still not sure why???but you will here turbo lover,again

    • Jacob Trzaskos on

      Rising from Ruins is their “HellRider” on FirePower. And s–t man, No Surrender is the tits! Other than Flamethrower, which I think is pretty lackluster, what a magnificent f’n album.

  • Doug R. on

    When you got it, you got it! And JP still has plenty of “Firepower” left in the tank! Rock is dead? I don’t think so! ROCK FOREVER!! 😉

  • Doug on

    In my opinion,Priest remains a band that still carries a level of credential, maybe not quite on par, as perhaps other hard rock bands like Metallica, Guns “N Roses, and while not altogether hard rockers, Foo Fighters, their high charting likely reflects their steady presence on the scene. News about Tipton, K.K. or no K.K., and some great YouTube clips of current tour seems to be helping too. Congrats!!

  • shannon mehaffey on

    The last time this mattered was 2001, and look at that dismal showing for a strong album; the critics didn’t give that album any chance, which was unfair. Also, Ram It Down got as high as 31 and that is always considered this failure (!) from them.

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