Disturbed kept their impressive Billboard 200 streak alive as Immortalized, the heavy metal band’s first studio album in five years, grabbed the top spot in its debut week, giving Disturbed five consecutive Number One albums. The Chicago rockers join Metallica and Dave Matthews Band as the only other bands in the Nielsen SoundScan era to rack up five consecutive Number One albums, Billboard reports.
Immortalized sold 98,000 total copies on its way to the top spot. While five straight Number One albums is a remarkable feat, that sub-100,000 total magnifies the significant drop in overall album sales since Disturbed grabbed their first Number One in 2002. In that year, Disturbed’s second LP Believe sold 284,000 copies in its debut week. 2005’s Ten Thousand Fists (239,000 copies) and 2008’s Indestructible (253,000) also enjoyed big opening weeks. 2010’s Asylum debuted at 179,000 copies.
In total, four new releases managed to infiltrate the Top 10 in their debut week. After Disturbed, country singer Kip Moore was the highest placing rookie as his second LP Wild Ones landed at Number Four with 40,000 units. Matchbox 20’s Rob Thomas slotted at Number Six with his third solo album The Great Unknown and mysterious Swedish metal act Ghost secured their first ever Top 10 album as Meliora finished the week at Number Eight with 29,000 copies.
Luke Bryan’s Kill the Lights slid to Number Two after two weeks at the top spot. Dr. Dre‘s grand finale Compton remained at Number Three but saw a 20 percent sales increase thanks to the CD release of the album after two weeks of iTunes exclusivity. Ed Sheeran’s X fell to Number Five while the Straight Outta Compton soundtrack dropped from Number Four last week to Number Nine.
Next week’s Top 10 should see some heavy activity thanks to the arrival of new LPs like the Weeknd‘s Beauty Behind the Madness. Some charts mainstays – like Taylor Swift’s 1989, which clung to Number Seven this week – should also see a nice boost thanks to the post-MTV Video Music Awards sales.