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Parkway Drive Earns First Hard Rock Albums No. 1

Parkway Drive Ire
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Cover art for Parkway Drive's album "Ire."

The Australian rockers fend off previous chart leaders Shinedown.

Looks like someone has a "vice grip" on the top of Billboard's Hard Rock Albums chart (to borrow the title of a song from the set at No. 1): Parkway Drive rolls to its first No. 1 on the tally with Ire.

The Australian metalcore act's fifth LP overall, and first since 2012's Atlas, opens with 14,000 on the chart dated Oct. 17. That's their best first-week sum, topping Atlas' 13,000-unit start, according to Nielsen Music.

On Top Rock Albums, Ire arrives at No. 4, marking the band's best rank; it logged its previous high point with 2010's Deep Blue, which opened at No. 7 (with 11,000 sold).

In earning its first Hard Rock Albums No. 1, Parkway Drive wins a tight race over Shinedown, whose Threat to Survival slips 1-2 after debuting atop the chart with 61,000. With another 14,000 sold (down 77 percent, with a minimal sum separating the chart's top two titles), Survival's total now stands at 76,000 in its first two weeks.

Not only does Parkway Drive earn a No. 1 in America, but on the ARIA Albums Chart, which chronicles album sales in Australia, the band hits the top for the first time, edging out Disclosure's Caracal, which outsold Ire stateside.

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