Red Hot Chili Peppers & Gojira Rule Rock Albums Charts

Steve Keros
Red Hot Chili Peppers

Red Hot Chili Peppers land their third and second No. 1s on Top Rock and Alternative Albums, respectively, while Gojira earns its first Hard Rock Albums No. 1.

Red Hot Chili Peppers' The Getaway debuts at No. 1 on both the Top Rock Albums and Alternative Albums charts (dated July 9) with 108,000 copies sold in the week ending June 23, according to Nielsen Music.

It’s the Chili Peppers’ 11th studio effort, and third to reach Top Rock Albums’ prime spot, following 2011's I'm with You and 2006’s Stadium Arcadium. 

Meanwhile, Getaway is their second No. 1 at Alternative Albums, following I’m with You. (The charts launched in 2006 and 2007, respectively, well into the career of the Chili Peppers, who made its Billboard chart debut in 1987 on the Billboard 200.)

Powered by the new record’s debut, eight of its 13 tracks appear on the Hot Rock Songs chart (which blends sales, airplay and streams), led by the set's first single “Dark Necessities,” which rises to No. 6 and snags Streaming Gainer honors. The track also continues its reign atop the Rock Airplay chart, ruling for a seventh week in a row.

Meanwhile, metal act Gojira snags its first Hard Rock Albums chart-topper with Magma, becoming the first French act to reach the nearly nine-year-old chart’s peak. The set debuts with 17,000 copies sold, topping the quartet’s best sales week of 11,000, achieved with 2012’s L’Enfant Sauvage. Magma also starts at No. 4 on Top Rock Albums, another personal best. Previously, L’Enfant Sauvage peaked at Nos. 13 and 6 on Top Rock Albums and Hard Rock Albums, respectively.

Three other debuts reach Top Rock Albums’ top 10, led by Mumford & SonsJohannesburg EP. The five-song album features collaborations with Senegal’s Baaba Maal, South Africa’s Beatenberg and the Malawian-British collective The Very Best. The set bows at No. 3 with 34,000 sold, and follows Mumford & Sons' last full-length studio album, Wilder Mind, which launched at No. 1 with 231,000 copies sold in 2015.

The EP also opens at No. 3 on Alternative Albums and at No. 1 on the Americana/Folk Albums chart, Mumford & Sons’ third to do so on the latter ranking (and first since 2012’s Babel, which led the chart for 32 nonconsecutive weeks).

The folk rock supergroup of Neko Case, k.d. lang and Laura Veirs enters at No. 5 on Top Rock Albums with the self-titled case/lang/veirs at 14,000 sold. The trio also starts at No. 3 on Alternative Albums and Americana/Folk Albums. The ranking is lang and Veirs’ best chart positions on Top Rock Albums; the former previously hit No. 9 with 2011’s Sing It Loud while the latter went to No. 42 with 2010’s July Flame.

Finally, Thousand Foot Krutch opens at No. 6 with eighth studio effort Exhale. The record moves 14,000 copies in its first week, reaches No. 2 on Hard Rock Albums and lands at the peak of Top Christian Albums, the rock band’s third No. 1 there and sixth to chart within the top two.