If it wasn’t clear last week when Father Of All Motherfuckers debuted with just 48,000 album sales, it’s crystal clear now in its second week that the album hasn’t garnered much interest from fans. While the album managed a 4th place finish in its first week on the Billboard 200 chart, it will likely be in danger of falling off completely this week with Rolling Stone pegging sales at just 5,400. That second-week sales total dropped the album all the way down to #187 on Rolling Stone’s Top 200 chart after placing 6th there last week.
At this point, it looks like Father Of All will have a very difficult time even matching the sales of ¡Tre!, the band’s previous low-water mark, which has garnered around 170,000 units sold. Green Day hasn’t had an album reach a million sold since 2009’s 21st Century Breakdown, but I don’t think anyone could have predicted that they wouldn’t even match that albums sales with the combined sales total of the five studio albums released since.
With a back catalogue of hits as extensive as Green Day’s, there’s no reason to believe they won’t be filling large venues for many years to come. But for a band set to embark on an ambitious stadium tour this summer, you’d have to believe they can’t be happy with the way Father Of All is performing.
The question is, will the rapidly declining mainstream interest change the direction of their next record? Green Day does not strike me as the kind of band that’s ready to fade off into the sunset and rest on past laurels. Maybe the reaction to this new record will be just the kick in the ass they need to push themselves back up to the level we all know they are capable of.