Judas Priest Achieve Highest-Ever U.S. Chart Debut with 'Firepower'

Judas Priest have achieved their highest-ever U.S. chart debut with their new album, Firepower. The metal legends' 18th album debuted at Number 5 on the Billboard 200 chart, according to Billboard, edging out 2014's Redeemer of Souls—which debuted and peaked at Number 6—for the band's best-ever position on that chart. It sold 49,000 copies in its first week of availability.

“We knew we had to record a very powerful album, and I think we achieved it,” Glenn Tipton—who played guitar on the album, before bowing out of full-time membership of the band due to his struggle with Parkinson's diseaserecently told Guitar World. “We wanted to do a no-nonsense, heavy metal album that was very much Judas Priest.”

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