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AFI, Motorhead Score Big on Billboard 200 Chart

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Spencer Kaufman, Loudwire / Mary Ouelette, SheWillShootYou.com

The weekly Billboard 200 chart is out, and it finds AFI in the Top 10. The band’s latest effort ‘Burials’ debuts at No. 9. It was also a good week for Motörhead, whose ‘Aftershock’ debuts at No. 22.

‘Burials’ sold 25,000 copies its opening week, and also takes the No. 2 slot on the iTunes Alternative Chart. It’s AFI’s ninth studio album, and the third to debut in the Top 10. 2006′s ‘Decemberunderground’ topped the Billboard 200 its opening week.

Motorhead have achieved their highest U.S. chart position ever with the No. 22 showing for ‘Aftershock,’ which sold roughly 11,000 copies out of the box. It performed considerably better than their last album, 2010′s ‘The World Is Yours,’ which made it to No. 94 its first week.

That positive news comes on the heels of another tour cancellation. Motorhead had to call off their upcoming European tour as frontman Lemmy Kilmister continues to recuperate from recent health issues.

“We have made the decision because I am not quite ready to hit the road yet, and am working my way back to full fitness and rude health,” Lemmy posted on Facebook. “Don’t worry — I’m not about to start promoting veganism and alcohol-free beverages, but it is fair to say that I personally have been reconfiguring areas of my life to make sure I can come back fitter and stronger than ever.”

Topping the chart, as expected, was Katy Perry’s latest album ‘Prism,’ which sold 286,000 copies. Pearl Jam‘s ‘Lightning Bolt,’ which was last week’s No. 1 album, is bumped down to No. 2 this week.

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