For those who spent the better part of the past two years anticipating the release of Travi$ Scott's Rodeo, this week has been a bit of a victory lap. The unofficial sequel to Yeezus might have ended up a bit of a mixed bag, but the album is undeniably laced with a veritable amount of accomplished bangers and mood-centered sonic explorations.
The question for many surrounding the release and clever promotion of Rodeo is as old as this very website: Will internet hype translate into a mainstream success? For La Flame, the answer appears to be "Absolutely." According to Hits Daily Double, Rodeo moved 90,940 copies (sales plus streaming) for a more-than-commendable debut at No. 3:
That showing wasn't quite strong enough to dethrone The Weeknd, whose album Beauty Behind the Madness is still properly infiltrating the subconscious of pop culture to the tune of 142,392 copies. However, the real question here is: What the hell is a Five Finger Death Punch and how exactly did they convince more than 100,000 people to trade currency for their product?