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Passenger photographed by Caroll Taveras on April 1st in New York.

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Passenger scores its best sales week. Also, chart action from Lorde, Linkin Park and HellYeah

Passenger's "Whispers" debuts at No. 5 on Top Rock Albums and notches its highest rank on the Billboard 200 (No. 12) earning its best sales week yet (19,000 in the week ending June 15, according to Nielsen SoundScan).

The act, aka British folk-rock singer Mike Rosenberg, saw its 2012 effort All the Little Lights, make a slow and steady climb to a No. 5 peak on Rock Albums and to No. 26 on the Billboard 200. It consistent chart performance was fueled by its No. 5 Billboard Hot 100 hit "Let Her Go." While Lights has never sold more than 16,000 in a week, it's shifted 322,000 to date. 

HARD ROCK, HELLYEAH! On Hard Rock Albums, heavy metal supergroup HellYeah, whose members have also played in Pantera, Nothingface and Mudvayne, scores its first No. 1 with “Blood for Blood” (17,000). The title also marks the group's highest position on the Billboard 200 (No. 18). The album’s first single “Sangre Por Sangre (Blood For Blood)" ranks at No. 20 on Mainstream Rock Airplay.

LORDE'S FOURTH ROCK HIT: On Hot Rock Songs, Lorde's "Tennis Court" volleys 11-9, becoming her fourth top 10 on the chart. Meanwhile, her cover of Tears for Fears' 1985 Hot 100 No. 1 "Everybody Wants to Rule the World," recorded for the soundtrack to "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," re-enters at a new peak (No. 27). It sports a 1,500 percent a sales bump to 12,000 downloads sold following its synch in the trailer for video game "Assassin's Creed Unity." The song first spent two weeks on the chart in December, reaching No. 30. 

LINKIN PARK'S 'FINAL' NO. 1: Linkin Park scores the Hot Shot Debut on Hot Rock Songs for a second week with “Final Masquerade” (No. 18) and also rises 3-1 on Hard Rock Digital Songs, marking the band's sixth leader, four of which are from the band’s new album, “The Hunting Party” due for a high debut on next week’s chart. 

'JUNGLE' MAKES SWIFT CLIMB: The Jamie N Commons & X Ambassadors song “Jungle” continues its swift rise on Hot Rock Songs (20-11) adding Streaming and Digital gainer awards, with 78,000 downloads sold to date and a 102 percent increase over last week’s sales. Hot Rock Songs also sees debuts from Rise Against (“I Don’t Wanna Be Here Anymore,” No. 21) and Godsmack (“1000hp,” No. 29).

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