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Slash Debuts at No. 1 on Blues Albums Chart With All-Star Collabs Set ‘Orgy of the Damned’

Slash charts new territory on Billboard’s rankings, as the guitarist’s new album, Orgy of the Damned, debuts at No. 1 on the Blues Albums chart (dated June 1). The new set, largely comprised of covers, is an all-star blues project, featuring guest vocalists including Gary Clark Jr., Beth Hart, AC/DC’s Brian Johnson, Demi Lovato, Iggy Pop and Chris Stapleton, among others. (It’s also Slash’s first entry on the Blues Albums tally.)

Orgy is Slash’s first solo studio album since the rock icon’s 2010 self-titled set. Between the two solo endeavors, he’s released four studio sets featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators.

Orgy also launches in the top 10 on Billboard’s Top Album Sales, Vinyl Albums and Indie Store Album Sales charts, while also bowing in the top 20 on the Independent Albums and Top Rock Albums charts.

The Blues Albums chart ranks the top-selling blues titles of the week in the U.S., based on traditional album sales. Orgy sold 10,500 copies in the week ending May 23, according to Luminate. It marks the largest sales week for a blues album in a little over two years, since Bonnie Raitt’s Just Like That… launched at No. 1 on the May 7, 2022-dated list, with 14,000 sold in its first week.

In a press statement, Slash said, “I love blues music, but I haven’t really done the blues thing because I was always so busy with something else … [the album] was a very spontaneous thing. We just threw it together. There was no researching or trying to find the right tracks – these are just songs I like.”

Among the songs on the album: Robert Johnson’s “Crossroads” with Gary Clark Jr. on vocals and guitar, Willie Dixon’s “Hoochie Coochie Man” (made famous by Muddy Waters) with ZZ Top’s Billy F. Gibbons on vocals and guitar, and Peter Green’s “Oh Well” (first recorded by Fleetwood Mac) with Chris Stapleton on vocals.

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