Birdy's 'Fire Within' heats up Top Rock Albums, while synchs spike download sales for Jamie N Commons and X Ambassadors
Birdy's "Fire Within" scores the week's highest debut on Top Rock Albums (No. 5), selling 12,000 copies, with digital downloads accounting for 96 percent of total sales, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The set is the second studio album by 18-year-old Jasmine van den Bogaerde, a.k.a. Birdy, but her first of all-original material. Her eponymous debut of contemporary covers peaked at No. 15 on Top Rock Albums in 2012.
Birdy also takes flight on Hot Rock Songs, but with a song that is on neither of her proper albums. The singer contributed three original tracks to the soundtrack to "The Fault in Our Stars" (which rises 4-2 on Top Rock Albums), one of which, "Not About Angels," re-enters Hot Rock Songs at a new peak (No. 23), with 86 percent of its chart points from downloads (17,000 total, up 208 percent).
Hardcore punk band Fucked Up's fifth studio album "Glass Boys" grants the Canadian group its first No. 1 on Hard Rock Albums and highest rank on Top Rock Albums (No. 20), selling 4,000 first-week copies, with 48 percent of sales from independent stores. Vinyl sales account for nearly half of its sales, as it bows at No. 5 on Vinyl Albums. The album additionally scores independent label Matador its second No. 1 on Hard Rock Albums, following Queens of the Stone Age's "…Like Clockwork" last year.
Imagine Dragons score their fourth top 10 on Hot Rock Songs, as "On Top of the World" rises 12-10. The band also sees "Battle Cry," written for the "Transformers: Age of Extinction" soundtrack, debut at No. 50. The group worked with composers Steve Jablonsky and Hans Zimmer to create the track.
Linkin Park scores the Hot Shot Debut on Hot Rock Songs with "Rebellion," featuring Daron Malakian of System of a Down (No. 21). On Hard Rock Digital Songs, the track marks the band's fifth leader. The group holds the latter list's top three slots, as "Wastelands" rises 3-2 and "Final Masquerade" debuts at No. 3. This marks the first time an act has achieved the feat with new material, and first occurrence since AC/DC first made its music available for digital sale and controlled Nos. 1-3 over seven weeks in 2012-13. All three songs appear on Linkin Park's "The Hunting Party," due Tuesday (June 17).
After spending two weeks, charting as high as No. 40, on Hot Rock Songs in late April, Jamie N Commons and X Ambassadors' "Jungle" re-enters at No. 20 with 86 percent of its chart points from digital sales (19,000, up from a nominal amount the prior week). The resurgence in sales of the Alex Da Kid-produced song can likely be attributed to its placement in an episode and trailer for the second season of the Netflix original series "Orange is the New Black"; the trailer for Paramount's forthcoming film "Welcome to Yesterday"; and a synch in a five-minute World Cup commercial for Beats Electronics.
Both blues rocker Commons and alt-rock band X Ambassadors are signed to Alex Da Kid's KidinaKORNER imprint, a subsidiary of Interscope (and home to Imagine Dragons). Commons previously appeared on Hot Rock Songs with "Lead Me Home" (peaking at No. 38) in March 2013. Both Commons and X Ambassadors also collaborated with Eminem on "The Marshall Mathers LP 2."