May 10, 2006 12:10 ET

Pearl Jam's Self-Titled Album Enters the Chart at Number Two and Sets a Chart Record

#1 Digital Album for the Week

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 10, 2006 --With the Number Two debut of their J Records self-titled new album and first week sales of 279,564 units, Pearl Jam have set a new chart record.

Powered by the #1 Modern Rock hit "World Wide Suicide," "Pearl Jam" is also the #1 selling digital album of the week.

"Pearl Jam" is the band's eighth studio album and every one of those albums has reached the Top Five on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart. In the SoundScan era, no other act with as many career studio albums of new material has matched this record. This is also the first time since "Vs." that a Pearl Jam studio release has sold more than its predecessor.

On the eve of the album's release date, several in-store events were organized across the country. In addition, the band kicked off promotion for the album on "Saturday Night Live" on April 15th and appeared on "The Late Show with David Letterman" week of release.

Hailing the success of the incredible campaign to date, J Records founder and BMG U.S. Chairman Clive Davis notes, "It's always thrilling when art and commerce can co-exist. Often time art doesn't get rewarded like this. The public is responding big time and it's very exciting."

Critics are praising "Pearl Jam": "their best album in years," says Rolling Stone; the work of a group that is "stoked, polished, and raging again," noted The Los Angeles Times; Newsweek calls it, "the most immediate and relevant CD Pearl Jam has done since Vitalogy"; "Now as ever, Pearl Jam takes itself seriously," wrote The New York Times. "But it delivers that seriousness not with the sodden self-importance of rock superstardom, but with the craft and hunger of a band still proving itself on the spot."

Following a club show on May 5th at New York's Irving Plaza, Pearl Jam began the first leg of a headlining North American tour with two shows (May 9th-10th) at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. This portion of the tour will conclude with two shows at Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, NJ on June 1st and June 3rd. On June 23th, Pearl Jam's U.S. tour resumes at Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh, PA, culminating in a special "Evening with Pearl Jam" on July 22th at The Gorge in George, Washington.

Since their inception in 1991, Pearl Jam has sold nearly 60 million albums worldwide, including millions of live bootlegs. The band has released 8 studio records, 2 live records, one double-disc b-sides record, and one double-disc greatest hits record.