Ace Frehley: Chart 'Invader' As New Album Rules Rock Charts

Ace Frehley, 2014.

Ace Frehley poses with his award after the rock band was inducted at the 29th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York April 10, 2014. 

The former Kiss guitarist lands his first solo No. 1 ranks. Plus, chart action for Nickelback and Tove Lo.

Former Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley nets his highest-charting album ever on the Billboard 200, and his first top 10, as Space Invader debuts at No. 9 with 19,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

The set starts at No. 1 on Hard Rock Albums and the Tastemakers chart, and bows at No. 2 on Top Rock Albums. The two No. 1 ranks are Frehley's first as a soloist on Billboard tallies.

Space Invader surpasses the No. 26 Billboard 200 peak of his previous highest-charting album, his self-titled 1978 solo debut, released at the height of Kiss-mania. The new set is Frehley's first since 2009's Anomaly, which debuted and peaked at No. 27 (with a 17,000-unit start).

The 63-year-old Frehley left Kiss in 1982 but rejoined the group from 1996 through 2002. After his 1978 solo set, he formed the band Frehley's Comet and released the group's self-titled debut in 1987 and Trouble Walkin' in 1989. (Twenty years later, he returned with Anomaly.)

Frehley is the first Kiss member to chart a top 10 album on the Billboard 200 as a soloist. The group's Gene Simmons previously held the high-water mark, when his eponymous set reached No. 22 in 1979. NICKELBACK'S BACK: Nickelback blasts onto Hot Rock Songs at No. 13 with "Edge of a Revolution." Sales account for 88 percent of its start, as the track enters Hard Rock Digital Songs at No. 1 with 26,000 downloads sold.

Radio likewise welcomes Nickelback back, as the hard-driving cut storms Mainstream Rock Songs at No. 16. Of the band's 24 career entries (dating to their 2000 arrival), only two have debuted higher: "Someday" (2003) and "Gotta Be Somebody" (2008), both of which launched at No. 14. "Revolution" previews Nickelback's forthcoming eighth full-length studio album and first on Republic Records.

HIGH LO: As she tops Hot Rock Songs for a second week with "Habits (Stay High)," Tove Lo adds two more No. 1 ranks to the song's resume. The track rises 2-1 on both Rock Digital Songs and Alternative Digital Songs, up by 12 percent to 55,000 sold. As it reaches a new high in weekly plays on the Alternative Songs airplay chart (where it's climbed to No. 19), "Habits" surges 30-23 on the Billboard Hot 100.


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