2012 marked the return of rock heavyweights Soundgarden .
Riding high from a successful reunion tour, in November the band released its first studio album in more than 15 years, King Animal . Debuting at #5 on the Billboard 200, the album sold 83,000 copies its first week, according to Nielsen Soundscan. While King Animal ’s first-week sales performance is impressive, it doesn’t come close to the initial success of the band's previous release, 1996's Down on the Upside , which racked up 176,000 copies in its first week and claimed the #2 spot on the list.
Soundgarden has mapped out an extensive tour to promote King Animal in 2013. That outing kicks off on January 18 at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C., and includes two-night residencies in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Oakland and the band's hometown of Seattle, as well as single shows in Boston, Detroit and Portland, among other cities.
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