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Avenged Sevenfold’s "Hail to the King" Scores First #1 UK Debut

Image courtesy of Warner Bros. Records (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Warner Bros. Records (via ABC News Radio)

Avenged Sevenfold ’s Hail to the King has made a big splash across the Atlantic.  The record has topped the U.K.'s Official Album Chart this week, making it the group’s first album to score the #1 slot on the tally.

“It has been a hell of a ride thus far and having our first Number 1 album in the U.K. is a monumental achievement for our fans and us,” guitarist Zacky Vengeance tells OfficialCharts.com. “Thank you for putting heavy metal back on the throne.  We look forward to growing old with you.”

Hail to the King is also expected to make a #1 debut in the U.S. on the Billboard album chart, with projected sales putting it somewhere around 175,000 copies.  If the predictions are true, the album’s first-week sales will best the debut of A7X's previous release, 2010’s Nightmare , which sold 162,500 copies its first week out, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

The new Billboard 200 chart's top 10 will be released on Wednesday.

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