Brand New Nabs First Number One Album On Billboard 200 Chart
Mon, 28 Aug 2017 11:07:27
Brand New is number one on the newest Billboard chart. Science Fiction is the band's first album in eight years and fifth of their career and earned 58,000 equivalent album units during it's initial seven day sales period. The fourteen-year gap between Brand New's initial charting album, Deja Entendu in 2003, and this, their first number one album, is the longest since David Bowie's 43-year gap from 1973 to 2016.
Science Fiction has become the third rock album to top the chart this year, joining Arcade Fire's Everything Now and Linkin Park's One More Light. It's also the first independent album to top the Billboard 200 in 2017.
This is the fourth consecutive album from Brand New to make the main Billboard weekly album chart. The band first broke in the top 200 with Deja Entendu, which peaked at number 63. In 2006, they returned with The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me, which reached number 31, and their most recent effort, Daisy climbed to number six on the chart (their previous highest placement) back in 2009.
Elsewhere on this week's Billboard chart, Kodak Black's Project Baby Two debuted at number two. Also launching in the top ten this week is Neck Deep's The Peace and The Panic, which comes in at number four and Dave East's Paranoia: A True Story at number nine.
Plenty of the old guard stuck around upper echelon this week. Kendrick Lamar's DAMN. fell one spot to number three. Last week's number one, Kesha's Rainbow, dropped to five. Khalid's American Dream slipped to number six. DJ Khaled's Grateful tumbled to number seven. Ed Sheeran's Divide lost two spots, coming in at number 8. And Imagine Dragon's Evolve rounded out the top ten.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff