System of A Down’s ‘Mezmerize’ Debuts at Number One; First week’s worldwide sales top 800 000

System of a Down has done it again. The band’s fourth album–"Mezmerize" (American Recordings/Columbia Records)–enters the Billboard/SoundScan chart in the Number One position–as did their CD "Toxicity" when it was released in September–2001. Since the release of "Mezmerize" on May 17–the CD has scanned an astounding 453,000 copies domestically.

"Mezmerize" is the first disc in a 2-disc set with disc two–"Hypnotize," expected out late this fall. "Mezmerize/Hypnotize" was produced by Rick Rubin and System’s Daron Malakian.

"Mezmerize" also came in at #1 on numerous music charts around the world including those in Germany–Canada–Austria–France–Sweden–Japan–Switzerland–Colombia–Greece–Brazil–and New Zealand–bringing the first week’s worldwide sales in excess of 800,000 copies.

"B.Y.O.B.," the first single from "Mezmerize," is a Top 5 track at radio–and the companion promo video has been in high rotation at MTV–MTV2 and the Fuse Network for weeks.

"Mezmerize" has also scored big with the press:

"A stunning work." –Associated Press

"Every track burns with urgency." –USA Today

"One of the most inventive–unique albums in years." –Newsday

"Insanely good." –Entertainment Weekly

"Everything on ‘Mezmerize’ hits and splits with viciously honed purpose." –Rolling Stone

"Some of the smartest music in mainstream rock." –Wired

"SOAD’s music makes you wish more rock bands would take such brave and impressive risks." –Newsweek

"Probably the best record NME has heard all year." –NME

System of a Down kicked off a 23-date tour of Europe on Friday–May 27 that will include appearances at major rock festivals in Spain–Portugal–Germany–Austria–Sweden–Belgium–and Switzerland–as well as a three-night headline stand at London’s Brixton Academy. System of a Down will headline a major North American arena tour (with The Mars Volta as special guest) beginning early August. Dates will be announced shortly.

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