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System Really Number One

Uncounted albums secure Number One debut for "Toxicity"

September 17, 2001 12:00 AM ET

Despite initial reports that had Alicia Keys' Songs in A Minor as last week's Number One album, an adjustment to SoundScan's figures revealed that System of a Down's second album, Toxicity, sold nearly 50,000 more units than initially thought, resulting in a swap between the Number One and Number Two albums last week.

Keys' Songs in A Minor sold 192,349 copies, while Toxicity was at first reported to have sold 170,093. But a limited-edition enhanced CD of Toxicity, which was also available through retail outlets, went uncounted. With the addition of the limited edition version, Toxicity's sales surged to 222,000, easily earning the Number One spot.

System are hoping to continue to cultivate support for the album with their Pledge of Allegiance Tour, which will also feature Slipknot. The tour was to have launched on September 13th, but following the terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C., the tour will now begin on September 21st in Denver.

Pledge of Allegiance revised tour dates:

9/21: Denver, Denver Coliseum
9/22: Colorado Springs, World Arena
9/25: Portland, OR, Rose Garden
9/26: Tacoma, WA, Tacoma Dome
9/28: San Jose, CA, Compaq Center
9/29: Los Angeles, The Forum
9/30: San Diego, Cox Arena
10/2: Las Vegas, Thomas and Mack Center
10/3: Phoenix, America West Arena
10/5: Oklahoma City, Myriad Convention Center
10/6: Dallas, Reunion Arena
10/7: San Antonio, Alamodome
10/9: Chicago, Allstate Arena
10/11: St. Paul, MN, Excel Energy Center
10/12: Madison, WI, Alliant Energy Center
10/13: St. Louis, Savvis Center
10/14: Cedar Rapids, IA, U.S. Cellular Center
10/16: Baltimore, Baltimore Arena
10/17: Philadelphia, First Union Spectrum
10/19: Hartford, CT, Hartford Civic Center
10/20: Albany, NY, Pepsi Arena
10/21: Portland, ME, CCC
10/23: Peoria, IL, Civic Center Arena
10/24: Cleveland, CSU Convocation Center
10/25: Cincinnati, Cintas Center
10/26: State College, PA, Bryce Jordan
10/27: Detroit, MI, Cobo Arena
10/28: Grand Rapids, MI, Van Andel Arena
10/30: Worcester, MA, Centrum
10/31: East Rutherford, NJ, Continental Airlines Arena

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