The list of bands who have managed to sell a million albums in one week is extraordinarily short. Only 20 albums have done this in the Soundscan era since 1991 – and most of them are pop’s biggest stars. Multiple Taylor Swift albums, boy bands like Backstreet Boys and *NSYNC, Britney Spears, and…Limp Bizkit. Seriously, the band’s 2000 album Chocolate Starfish, released at the height of nu-metal’s commercial popularity (and one week before Linkin Park’s Hybrid Theory), did indeed sell a million copies in its first week of release, and it was at that point that Limp Bizkit was on top of the music world. Seriously, this was a time where rock and metal bands routinely shared airtime on MTV’s Total Request Live with the world’s biggest music stars, and it wasn’t considered all that crazy.
Few years in the annals of music history are more significant than the year 2000. The turn of a new millennium brought with it a rapidly changing musical climate, and as the music industry inched closer to its current reliance on streaming, new genres of music became marketable. 20 years ago, you had nu-metal hitting its commercial peak, with the oncoming storm (hah!) of post-hardcore and metalcore not far behind, in particular. You also had post-metal upstarts like Isis start to emerge out of the underground, the humble beginnings of Lamb Of God, and many more.
Join us as we take a look at 25 albums you won’t believe are turning 20 this year. From Outkast to Radiohead, Marilyn Manson to Mudvayne, and Linkin Park to Limp Bizkit, the gang’s all here.
While we know the band has been working on a new album for what seems like forever, the band continues to maintain their popularity as one of nu-metal’s most successful bands. While many of their peers have fallen off or are reduced to playing small clubs, Limp Bizkit still commands huge crowds around the world. How soon some forget that their 2000 Chocolate Starfish record sold a million copies in one week.
Limp Bizkit guitarist Wes Borland, who’s a driving and creative force in rock music outside of LB as well, has confirmed that the veteran band is hitting the studio after a delay. Said delay was, according to Borland, due to the devastating California wildfires that have gone on for weeks now. The new record is as of yet untitled, but whenever it releases, it’ll be their first new record since 2011’s Gold Cobra – a solid record in its own right.
Borland also posted a video on Instagram below, where he demoes out what appears likely to be new Limp Bizkit riffs. Exciting news for the band, who still manage to reign in massive crowds wherever they go. Of course, the band has sold over 40 million records in their career, so this shouldn’t be much of a surprise.