Rockers Queens Of The Stone Age have scored their first ever number one album as their latest release, ...Like Clockwork, climbed to the top of the Billboard 200 this week. The band battled off competition from fellow rockers Black Sabbath, whose comeback album 13 looks on course to take the top spot in the UK album chart instead this week, whilst French electronic pioneers Daft Punk managed to keep hold of the number two spot despite the pressure from their rock competitors.

The accomplishment has almost been matched across the rest of the globe, with Sabbath's release keeping them from the top spot in the UK, whilst the album managed to reach the number one spot on Australia and Ireland's respective album charts. Meanwhile, the first single from the album, 'My God Is the Sun', has been faring pretty well too, and so far has managed to scale into the top twenty of the Billboard US Alternative Songs chart, as well as receiving considerable airplay both in America and abroad.

The album has so far been routinely praised by critics, generally receiving a positive feedback from most press outlets, even those who occasionally sidestep rock releases. This is obviously great news for the band and, considering the time they've been together and the level of quality their releases have always tended to be, their achievement in the chart is a well-deserved one.

...Like Clockwork features the talents not just of the desert rockers, but also of some of rock and pop's most famed stars, with regualr contributor Dave Grohl stepping behind the drum set for a number of songs, and the Arctic Monkey's Alex Turner pitching in for a few songs. If that wasn't enough, NIN's Trent Reznor was also on hand to help out on the tracks 'Kalopsia' and 'Fairweather Friends,' with Elton John even showing up on the later. ...Like Clockwork is available to buy now.

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