It’s the singer-songwriter’s first No. 1. Plus: 2 Chainz, Lil Skies and Solange debut in high 10.
Hozier scores his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, as his sophomore full-length set Wasteland, Baby! bows atop the record. The LP, launched Rubyworks/Columbia on March 1, earned 89,000 equal album items within the U.S. within the week ending March 7, in response to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 75,000 had been in album gross sales.
Wasteland is the primary rock album to steer the Billboard 200 in additional than three months, since Mumford & Sons’ Delta debuted at No. 1 on the Dec. 1, 2018-dated chart.
The Billboard 200 chart ranks the preferred albums of the week within the U.S. primarily based on multi-metric consumption as measured in equal album items. Units are comprised of conventional album gross sales, observe equal albums (TEA) and streaming equal albums (SEA). The new March 16-dated chart -- the place Wasteland launches at No. 1 -- can be posted in full on Billboard's web sites on March 12.
Wasteland follows Hozier’s 2018 EP Nina Cried Power, which topped out at No. 60. Before that, the singer-songwriter’s self-titled debut full-length set bowed and peaked at No. 2 on the Oct. 25, 2014-dated record. The album was led by the smash single “Take Me to Church,” which climbed to No. 1 on the Hot Rock Songs tally the week after the album arrived on the charts. “Church” spent 23 weeks atop the record, and likewise hit No. 2 on the all-genre Billboard Hot 100.
The Hozier album has spent 174 weeks on the Billboard 200 (together with its re-entry on the brand new March 16-dated record at No. 175) and has earned 2.6 million equal album items within the U.S., with 972,000 of that sum in album gross sales.
Wasteland’s debut week of 89,000 items is the most important for any rock album since Mumford & Sons’ Delta began with 230,000 items (chart dated Dec. 1, 2018). Wasteland additionally snares the most important gross sales week for a rock album since Delta, with 75,000 copies offered (Delta offered 214,000 in its debut body).
Wasteland’s opening sum was aided by gross sales generated from a live performance ticket/album sale redemption provide with Hozier’s U.S. tour, which begins tonight (March 10).
Wasteland’s standard-edition observe record contains two of the 4 songs on the Nina Cried Power EP, together with the title tune, which spent two weeks at No. 1 on the Adult Alternative Songs airplay chart late final yr. The set’s newest radio single, “Movement,” has up to now peaked at No. Three on probably the most lately revealed Adult Alternative Songs chart (dated March 9).
Wasteland can also be the primary No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart for Columbia Records in almost a yr, since Jack White’s Boarding House Reach (Third Man/Columbia) premiered atop the record dated April 7, 2018.
At No. 2 on the brand new Billboard 200 is Ariana Grande’s former chief, Thank U, Next, which holds within the runner-up slot for a second week. It earned 86,000 equal album items (down 26 %). Thank U spent its first two weeks at No. 1.
Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s A Star Is Born soundtrack falls from No. 1 to No. Three with 74,000 items (down 42 %).
A pair of rappers accumulate high 5 entries, as 2 Chainz and Lil Skies see their newest albums enters at Nos. Four and 5, respectively.
2 Chainz notches his fifth high 10 album, as Rap or Go to the League debuts at No. Four with 65,000 equal album items (with 13,000 of that sum comprising album gross sales). He beforehand visited the area with Pretty Girls Like Trap Music (No. 2, 2017), Collegrove (No. Four, 2016), B.O.A.T.S. II #METIME (No. Three, 2013) and Based on a T.R.U. Story (No. 1, 2012). Lil Skies, in the meantime, scores his second high 10 effort, as Shelby bows at No. 5 with 54,000 items (with 6,000 of that determine in album gross sales). Lil Skies netted his first high 10 with Life of a Dark Rose, which peaked at No. 10 on the Jan. 17, 2018-dated chart.
Solange’s When I Get Home is the fourth and ultimate debut within the high 10, because it begins at No. 7 with 43,000 equal album items (with 11,000 of that determine in album gross sales), marking her third high 10 effort. Solange’s final album, A Seat on the Table, garnered the artist her second high 10, and first No. 1, when it entered atop the record dated Oct. 22, 2016.
Closing out the brand new high 10, Gunna’s Drip or Drown 2 falls Three-Eight with 42,000 items (down 54 %), Offset’s Father of Four falls Four-9 with 39,000 items (down 56 %) and A Boogie Wit da Hoodie’s Hoodie SZN slips Eight-10 with 35,000 items (down 6 %).