Foreigner Debuts at No. 1 on Classical Albums Chart With New Live Orchestral Release


It’s the rock band’s first leader on both the Classical Albums & Classical Crossover Albums charts.

Rock band Foreigner forges new chart territory, as the group debuts at No. 1 on both the Classical Albums and Classical Crossover Albums charts with its new release, Foreigner With the 21st Century Symphony Orchestra & Chorus.

The live set — which reinterprets the band’s familiar tunes, including “Feels Like the First Time” and “Urgent,” with a classical twist — starts with 3,000 copies sold in the week ending May 3, according to Nielsen Music. It’s the first No. 1 for the band on both charts, and also the first leader for the group’s collaborator, the 21st Century Symphony Orchestra.

Foreigner — which has previously topped the Billboard 200, Billboard Hot 10​0, Mainstream Rock Songs and Adult Contemporary Songs chart — isn’t the first rock or pop act to find its way to No. 1 on the Classical Albums or Classical Crossover Albums tallies. Previously, artists such as Elvis Presley, Sting, Nas, Tori Amos and Ben Folds have topped both lists.