Queens of the Stone Age Screwed Out Of No. 1 Debut


Despite having the most pure album sales last week, Queens of the Stone Age’s new album Villains debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200.

Rappers Lil Uzi Vert (No. 1) and XXXTentacion (No. 2) landed above Queens of the Stone Age on the Billboard 200 chart, they moved 28,000 and 18,000 in traditional album sales, way below QOTSA’s 69,000. The two hip-hop discs were helped out mostly by streaming numbers, which are now incorporated into the Billboard 200.

According to The Pulse Of Radio, Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme has been using a cane recently and told NME that he aggravated a longstanding knee injury while filming the band’s video for its current single, “The Way You Used To Do”. Homme had what was supposed to be routine surgery on the knee back in 2010, but was stricken with an antibiotics-resistant staph infection after the procedure that almost claimed his life and left him bedridden for several months.

He described working through the pain during the eighteen-hour video shoot, explaining: “I tore my leg up in the morning [but] I didn’t want anyone to know because then they would, like, try to baby me. I can bite my lip, so I just did that a lot. We had to cancel a show which I really don’t like doing, you know, everyone cancels if their finger hurts.”

He recently underwent another surgical procedure for the injury, which forced the band to cancel their appearance at the Outside Lands festival in San Francisco.

The singer and guitarist used to fall ill frequently while touring, telling The Pulse Of Radio a while back that he tries to stay healthy on tour even though that lifestyle isn’t conducive to it. “I just try to do my thing and try to hope that it is something that will encourage good health, although I know I’m totally bullshitting myself.”